Unity for Assange’s Plight Is Necessary To Build a Movement for Democracy

Source WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in solitary confinement inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum in 2012 against the threat of extradition to the United States for his publishing activities. In recent months, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno, under pressure from the U.S. began threatening to evict this political refugee. In response to this dire situation, people across the political spectrum began to form solidarity through #Unify4J, an online platform to organize a social media movement in support of Assange. Among those include prominent Trump’s supporters. In the midst of Trump administration’s draconian measures on immigrants and empowerment of white supremacist groups, the idea of working with Trump’s key allies triggered reaction among the left. Recently, Classconscious.org, an outlet spearheading global civic action for Assange’s freedom, scrutinized the idea of uniting with ultra-right forces that back Trump and urged the movement to draw a line. Strife around the same issue arose from the former associate and early proponents of WikiLeaks. Barrett Brown, an award-winning journalist, previously imprisoned for charges relating to a Stratfor hack, has been one of the strong voices in support of the whistleblowing site. He described how he has long stood up for … Continue reading


Before his links to the world were cut by his Ecuadorian hosts, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview on how technological advances are changing humankind. He said global surveillance will soon be totally unavoidable. The interview was provided to RT by organizers of the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona. Assange, who is currently stranded in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with no outside communication except with his legal team, has a pretty grim outlook on where humanity is going. He says it will soon be impossible for any human being to not be included in global databases collected by governments and state-like entities. This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers. “A small child now in some sense has to negotiate its relationship with all the major world powers… It puts us in a very different position. Very few technically capable people … Continue reading

Azcarate, Spinelli, Eurocommunism, How European are the Italian Eurocommunists?

SOURCE Urban One of the surprises of the last Italian elections was your candidacy for the Chamber of Deputies on the Communist platform. Your decision to run for election in support of Communist policies was received with a mixture of horror and disbelief, not least because you were one of Italy’s two Commissioners on the Brussels Commission and a leading European Federalist. Those not familiar with the intricacies of Italian Communist politics had reason to be puzzled. Has the PCI sufficiently changed its attitude to Europe for Altiero Spinelli to embrace it, or has Altiero Spinelli changed his politics because the Italian Communists appeared to be set for victory? In either case, there were questions to be asked, both in respect of your attitude to the Communist Party and of the Party’s attitude to the policies you represent. What made you decide to run on the Communist ticket? Spinelli My mandate at the European Commission was about to expire when the elections were announced (it expired at the end of 1976); and as I was close to 70, I decided to return to Italy and retire from public life. In the meantime, I was keeping a close watch on the Italian situation, … Continue reading

Ο Raul “Ilargi” Meijer μιλάει για τον Julian Assange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nUpV8JR38c Γ. Χωλ: Καλησπέρα Raul “Ilargi” Meijer. Έχεις ένα ιστολόγιο, το “Automatic Earth” με το οποίο ασχολιέσαι ενεργά. Μπορείς να μας πεις λίγα λόγια για το “Automatic Earth”; Πότε ιδρύθηκε; Ποιοι είναι οι στόχοι του; Ilargi: Ιδρύθηκε σχεδόν 11 χρόνια πριν. Το ιδρύσαμε μαζί με τη Nicole Foss επειδή θέλαμε να γράψουμε για οικονομικά θέματα αλλά οι άνθρωποι για τους οποίους γράφαμε προηγουμένως στο “The Oil Drum” δεν ήθελαν να το κάνουμε και θεωρήσαμε ότι ήταν υπερβολικά σημαντικό θέμα για να μην το κάνουμε. Γ. Χωλ: Και τι κάνεις εδώ στην Άθήνα; Ilargi: Στηρίζω μια ομάδα ανθρώπων που βοηθάνε άστεγους και πρόσφυγες. Έχω γράψει αρκετά άρθρα στο “Automatic Earth” πάνω σε αυτό το θέμα. Γ. Χωλ: Τώρα, παρ’ότι έχεις γράψει άρθρα που δείχνουν ξεκάθαρα πόσο σημαντική θεωρείς την προσπάθεια να προστατεύεται ο Julian Assange, (διάβασα ένα που έγραψες σήμερα που ήταν πολύ εντός θέματος και δυνατό άρθρο), δεν συμφωνείς ακριβώς με τον Julian Assange όσον αφορά τη σπουδαιότητα της προστασίας της ευρωπαϊκής ολοκλήρωσης ή της Ευρώπης των πολιτών. Σ’ένα άρθρο με τίτλο “Είμαι ο Julian Assange” στις 16/5/18, έγραψες: “O Julian Assange δείχνει να είναι οδυνηρά κοντά στο να εξωθεί χωρίς επισημότητες από την πρεσβεία του Ισημερινού στο Λονδίνο. Εάν … Continue reading

Raul “Ilargi” Meijer on Julian Assange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nUpV8JR38c W. Hall: Good afternoon Raul “Ilargi” Meijer. You have a blog called “Automatic Earth” and you are very active with it. Can you say something about “Automatic Earth”? When was it founded? What is its aim? Ilargi: It was founded almost eleven years ago. Nicole Foss and I founded it because we wanted to write about finance whereas the people we were writing for before that, “The Oil Drum”, didn’t want us to do that and we thought it was too important not to. WH: And what are you doing here in Athens? Ilargi: I’m supporting a group of people who feed the homeless and refugees. I’ve written a bunch of articles at “Automatic Earth” about that. WH: Now even though you have written articles that show clearly how important you think it is to try to defend Julian Assange (I read one that you published today [17/8/2018] that was very much on that subject and it was a powerful article). You really don’t agree with Julian Assange on the importance of defending the European integration project or citizens’ Europe. Ilargi: I have no idea what either of these things are. WH: Well, let’s move on. In an article … Continue reading