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JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED/ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF PRESS

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JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED/ATTACK ON THE FREEDOM OF PRESS
WIKILEAKS HOPE FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE POWER POLICY OF SUPERPOWER USA AND THEIR ALLIES

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS/
FIRST AMENDMENT UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – Wikipedia

In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win”

Rupert Murdoch

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
~George Orwell

This world is full of injustice.
Julian Assange is in jail, while top American and allies war-criminals are free to go

Wise woman

What was feared by many adherents of whistleblower site Wikileaks has come to reality.

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been arrested by the British police, after he voluntarily surrendered [1]

O fficially this arrest was on behalf of the Swedish Justice, which had issued an European Arrest Warrant agianst him with charges of alleged rape and molestation of two Swedish women[2]

On request of the Swedish police Interpol also issued an International Arrest Warrant against him [3]

However it is clear, that this arrest is motivated by the political interests of the USA and their allies, considering the spectacular revealings of Wikileaks and the American political hysteria, from extreme right wing death treaths and hunting Assange down ”like a terrorist”, [4] till governmental plans to prosecute him [5]

Also State Secretary of Defense mr Gates called the arrest of Assange ”good news” [6]

Releasement on bail :

Initially it seemed, that Swedish Justice appealed against the decision of the UK Court [dd 14th december] to grant bail to Assange. [7]

Mr Stephens, solicitor of Assange, spoke of the ”continuing vendetta by the Swedes” [8]

Later however rumour spread, that the British prosecution had appealed
However, Assange is released on bail now [9]

IN DEFENSE OF THE POWERLESS :

Wikileaks, which has been founded by Assange, is an international new media with a whistlerblower function, revealing otherwise unavailable documents and thus exposing injustice, committed by States, especially Superpower the USA and their allies [10]

As a new medium, Wikileaks has won several prices, as in 2009, Amnesty International’s UK Media Award [in the category ”New Media”] for the 2008 publication of “Kenya: The Cry of Blood – Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances” [11]

RELEASED DOCUMENTS

What has infuriated the US and allies are the released documents about US and alles warcrimes and scandals about secret diplomacy
This happened in close cooperation with The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel, which publicized them

And although Assange has been arrested, the releasements go on

An overview:

Video in US killings in Iraq:

”Exposing warcrimes is not a crime!”
Bradley Manning Support Network

In April 2010, Wikileaks posted video from an American airstrike on Badghdad [2007] [12] in which Iraqi civilians and journalists were killed by US forces, including a Reuters journalist and his driver, on a website called Collateral Murder [13]

A courageous American soldier with a conscience, Sgt Bradley Manning, is supposed to have leaked it

He now possibly faces a trial and a yearlong prison sentence [14]

Afghan war-logs

In July the same year, Wikileaks released Afghan War Diary , a compilation of more than 76,900 documents about the War
in Afghanistan [15], not previously available for public review.

Iraq war-logs

In October, Wikileaks released a package of almost 400,000 documents called the Iraq War [16] in coordination with major
commercial media organisations [17]

As well as the Afghan as Iraq war-logs documents showed shocking details about American and allied warcrimes as torture practices

The moat horrifying however is the total American indifference for Afghan and Iraqi civilian lives

US Embassy Cables

In November, Wikileaks began releasing US State Department diplomatic cables [18]

Those are the most important revelations, internationally known

However, already in 2007 Wikileaks disclosed the ”Standard Operation Procedure for Camp Delta”, a guideline for the American military, how to handle prisoners in Guantanamo Bay [19]

Shocking details were the detention [by arrival] of prisoners in an isolation cell [in the Manual called ” the’Brhaviour Managment Plan”] ’to make them more ”cooperative” for interrigations

Placing in isolation was litterary meant to ”ENHANCE AND EXPLOIT THE DISORIENTATION AND DISORGANISATION BY A NEWLY ARRIVED DETAINEE” [20]
In other words: Cruel and inhumane treatment

Lack of access to the Red Cross:

The manual also revealed, that some of the prisoners were denied access to the Red Cross

Also on arrival, the prisoners were denied basics and access to a Qu’ran [21]

CREDIBILITY:
REACTIONS OF STATES AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Although it is impossible for the common civilian to control the hundred and thousands of document on their credibility, a clear confirmation is been showed in the website ”Collateral Murder, where the video proof of the US attack in Iraq, where 13 civiilians were killed, is clear [22]
Besides, this Iraq document and thousands of others have been controlled by a team of journalists, who work with Wikileaks

Also the close cooperation with quality papers like the New York Times, Der Spiegel and The Guardian, which have their own investigative journalists, confirms the credibility

The Guardian has since then published all Wikileaks documents in her paper [23]

Credibility is also shown by the aggressive and hostile reactiions of several States, especially the USA, which seek to prosecute Assange on the ground of an old ”Espionage Act” , which is ridiculous, since a native Australian and not in American government service, he can’t be a ”spy”

This American use of the Espionage Act to silence critics is not new:
Many critical intellectuals, journalists, film producers and pacifist religious figures were prosecuted. [24]

Human Rights Watch has emphasized her concern about the planned US prosecution in a letter to president Obama, that prosecitung Assange is a violation of the freedom of press and expression [25]
But despite the furious reactions of governing States, no charge on the ground of defamatiion or slander [the socalled libel suit] has followed

THE ”RAPE” CASE

”There’s something rotten in the State of Denmark”
Hamlet, Shakespeare

Let’s make this clear: Nobody is above the Law

When there is really substantial and hard evidence, that Assange should have raped this women, he should be prosecuted and, by enough proof, condemned after a fair trial

However, there are clear indications, that this whole case is politically motivated

That would not be the first or the last time:

Using rape and sexual contact as a political or personal means is as old as Mankind

In the Old Testimony the wife of Potiphar accused Joseph, son of Patriarch Jacob, than slave in Egypt, of rape, when he refused to be intimate with her [26]

Whistleblower Vanunu, who exposed Israel’s nuclear power, was trapped by a gallgirl and so was abducted by Israel, which led to a yearlong imprisonment [27]

From the very start, this real or alleged ”rape case” had some strange and clumsy aspects, which make the whole case look fishy

After two Swedish women, in press called ”Miss A” and ”Miss W” went to the police with accusations about rape and molestation, at 21 august Swedish police opened an investigation against Assange [28]
Within hours, Stockholm’s chief prosecutor Eva Finne, reviewed the case and dropped the rape investigation, saying there was insufficient evidence to suggest rape [the charge on molestation, a far lesser crime, had been maintained] [29]

However, despite the dropping of the case, at 1 september, Swedish Justice reopened the rape case again [30]
At least that sounds very strange

But there were more fishy elements on this case

Accompanied with the European Arrest Warrant, Interpol issued an International Arrest Warrant against Assange [30 november], which is highly out of proportion, seen the charges against him
Then, on request of the British Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Sweden issued a new Arrest Warrant because of incorrectness of the earlier one [31]

Allegations of the women:

Without going into details, at least some of the allegations of the women were dubious

For example:”Miss A”

Despite her accusations ”Miss A” organised a party for the same man whe accused of rape and molestation

And moreover:
Even after her alleged ”rape” or ”molestation” she let him stay in her appartment [32]

Timing

Not long after the revelations of Wikileaks Afghan war logs, the rape accusations of Miss A and W followed

What is a better moment for slander against Wikileaks and his founder, seen American hysterical reactions?

Assange himself commented on Twitter
The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing.” [33]

Of course there is no proof for a political set-up, but overviewing the strang behaviour of Swedish Justice, the out of propiortion Interpol Arrest Warrant, the initially ”wrong” Swedish Arrest Warrant, the contradictional story of the women involved and the ”timing” of the charges, raise a serious doubt and show political intrigue.

OPERATION PAYBACK
CYBERATTACKS ON LARGE CORPORATIONS, CUTTING OFF WIKILEAKS OF FINANCIAL MEANS

PAMPHLET OF ANONYMOUS

WE ARE ANONYMOUS. WE ARE LEGION

Several corporations now have been involved in the censoring of Wikileaks

The censoring of free speech and free information

The censoring of a free world

Amongst these corporatiions are MasterCard, VISA, PayPal, Amazon- some of the largest corporations in the world

We, the people, will make a stand, no matter how large these corporations are

We, the people, won’t budge for government pressure
We, the people, won’t fall for bribery and corruption
We, the people, won’t submit to this attempt by our so-called leaders to protect their own interests and power

We, the people, will fight back. We will not forgive. We will not forget
Expect us

Source: INDYMEDIA.NL [www.indymedia.nl]
http://www.indymedia.nl/nl/2010/12/72120.shtml

Apparently due to American political pressure, large corporations like Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, Amazon and the Swiss Bank cutt of the financial means of Wikileaks [34]

Later the Bank of America joined [35]

Due to this cutting off of financial means, Assange was obliged to sell the rights of his autobiography for his legal fight in Sweden and to keep the website afloat [36]

As a reaction, a group of hackers [socalled ”hacktivists”] of the Group ”Anonymous” systematically attacked and attacks large corporations like Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and Swiss Bank,to protect the right to free information [37]

Also the office of Mr Borgstrom, the laywer of the two women who accused Assange of socalled ”rape” has been under attack [38]

Dutch authorities arrested and later released a Dutch 16 year old, in connection with the Cyberattacks
Also a Dutch man [19 year old] had been arrested [and later released] in connection with an attack on the Dutch public prosecution office, in connection with the arrest of the 16 year old [39]

Cyberattacks:

Attacks on the laywer of the two Swedish women are unacceptable, since any person has a right to a laywer, however controversial his or her case

However, although somewhat extreme, the Cyberattacks on the financial corporations which cut off Wikileaks, are legitimate resistance, since Mastercard and co are supporting American government policy against Wikileaks, violating freedom of press

In this respect and given the American hatred policy against Wikileaks, also attacks on American governmental organisations is legitimate.

Anonymous is an important weapon in the struggle for Wikileaks freedom of press

Also the Also UN Commissioner of Human Rights, mrs Pilay, has criticized websites, that have refused to host Wikileaks, as an attack on the freedom of expression of Wikileaks [40]

EPILOGUE

The arrest of Assange is directly connected with the American political interest to stop the revelations of Wikileaks at all costs

Therefore it is an attack on the freedom of press and the freedom of expression

Journalism feels that, by working together with Wikileaks and saving material, as The Guardian and other papers do

But there’s more at stake:

Whole Internetjournalism may be treathed

When Assange is to be extradited to Sweden and in the horrorscenario, that Sweden extradites him to the USA [41], after British consent [42], there is more to it than a probably unfair US trial

From that moment all critical Internetjournalists, who write unpleasant truths about the US and human rights violating allies, can be prosecuted, persecuted and intimidated

The freedom of press and speech, consolidated in the first Amendment of the American Constitution, will be a dead letter.

However, most bizarre point:
Real or alleged American warcriminals are free to go, while the messengers are shooted at [42]

BUT US AND ALLIES, MAKE NO MISTAKE

Their dirty secrets will always be unmasked and Wikileaks, or a successor, will go on

To defend the victims of US power policy

Astrid Essed
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

NOTES

[1]

ARTICLE JULIAN ASSANGE
THE AUSTRALIAN
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER FOR REVEALING UNCONFORTABLE TRUTHS
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/wikileaks/dont-shoot-messenger-…

”At 9.15am last Tuesday a thin, white-haired figure left the Frontline Club, the west London establishment dedicated to preserving freedom of speech, and voluntarily surrendered to police.”

Source:

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS BACKLASH: THE FIRST GLOBAL CYBER WAR HAS BEGUN
11 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/11/wikileaks-backlash-cyber-war

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/julian-assange

[2]

BBC NEWS
Q & A
ARREST OF WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://ww w.bbc.co.uk/ news/uk-11949 771

”Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, had earlier handed himself in to British police after Sweden had issued a European Arrest Warrant for him. Assange, who denies the allegations, will remain behind bars until a fresh hearing on December 14.”

Source:

REUTERS
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE REFUSED BAIL BY UK COURT
7 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B61PX20101207

[3]

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS: INTERPOL ISSUES WANTED NOTICE FOR JULIAN ASSANGE
30 NOVEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/nov/30/interpol-wanted-notice-julia…

[4]

AMERICAN POLITICAL HATRED HYSTERIA AGAINST WIKILEAKS AND ASSANGE

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS BACKLASH
THE FIRST GLOBAL CYBERWAR HAS BEGUN
CLAIM HACKERS
11 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/11/wikileaks-backlash-cyber-war

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE LIKE A HI-TECH TERRORIST, SAYS JOE BIDEN
19 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/19/assange-high-tech-terrorist-…

MAIL ONLINE:
HUNT WIKILEAKS CHIEF DOWN LIKE OSAMA BIN LADEN:
SARAH PALIN DEMANDS ASSANGE IS TREATED LIKE AL QAEDA TERRORIST
1TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334341/WikiLeaks-Sarah-Palin-de…

POL ITICO NEWS
REP. PETER KING:
PROSE CUTE WIKILEAKS/JULIAN ASSANGE
29 NOVEMBER 2010

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45667.html

PITCH BLOGS
RIGHTBLOGGERS ON WIKILEAKS: KILL JULIAN ASSANGE, BUT NOT TILL WE USE HIS STUFF AGAINST OBAMA
29TH NOVEMBER 2010

http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/11/rightbloggers_on_wikileaks.php

THE HUFFINGTON POST
O’ REILLY: WIKILEAKS LEAKERS ARE TRAITORS, SHOULD BE EXECUTED OR SPEND LIFE IN JAIL
30TH NOVEMBER 2010

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/30/oreilly-wikileaks-leakers-execu…

VOICES
AGAINST THE AMARICAN HATRED CAMPAIGN
OPEN LETTER TO JULIA GILLARD
UNDERSIGNED BY NOAM CHOMSKY AND OTHERS
ABC NET
7 DECEMBER 2010

http://w ww.abc.net.au /unleashed/41914.html

[5]

AMERICAN PLANS TO PROSECUTE ASSANGE

ARTICLE JULIAN ASSANGE
THE AUSTRALIAN
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER FOR REVEALING UNCONFORTABLE TRUTHS
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/wikileaks/dont-shoot-messenger-…

THE GUARDIAN
US LOOKS TO PROSECUTE ASSANGE
6 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/06/wikileaks-cables-founder-jul…

THE NATIONAL
US EXPLORES OPTIONS TO PROSECUTE ASSANGE
3 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/us-explores-options-to-prosecut…


US At torney General Er ic Holder said officials were pursuing a “very serious criminal investigation” into the matter.
Yet while Mr Assange has widely acknowledged his role in disseminating classified documents, legal experts say US criminal statutes and case law do not cleanly apply to his case.
US espionage law has been used to prosecute US officials who provided secrets to foreign governments or foreign spies who pursued US secrets.
But Mr Assange, an Australian citizen, former computer hacker and self-described journalist, did not work for the US government, has no known links to foreign governments, and operates on the internet, by all accounts far from US soil”

SOURCE:

BBC NEWS
BARRIERS TO POSSIBLE US ASSANGE PROSECUTION
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11952817

THE INDEPENDENT
US MAY PASS NEW LAW TO PROSECUTE ASSANGE
12 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-may-pass-new-law-to-…


US Attorn ey General Eric Holder said officials were pursuing a “very serious criminal investigation” into the matter.
Yet while Mr Assange has widely acknowledged his role in disseminating classified documents, legal experts say US criminal statutes and case law do not cleanly apply to his case.
US espionage law has been used to prosecute US officials who provided secrets to foreign governments or foreign spies who pursued US secrets.
But Mr Assange, an Australian citizen, former computer hacker and self-described journalist, did not work for the US government, has no known links to foreign governments, and operates on the internet, by all accounts far from US soil”

SOURCE:

BBC NEWS
BARRIERS TO POSSIBLE US ASSANGE PROSECUTION
8 DECEMBER 2010

http:/ /www.bbc.co. uk/news/worl d-us-canada-1 1952817< /A>

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS CABLES: US ESPIONAGE LAW
1TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/01/wikileaks-cables-us-espionag…

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE ARREST: HOW THE EXTRADITION PROCESS WORKS
7TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/07/julian-assange-arrest-extrad…


There is a Sweden-US extradition treaty, signed in 1961, which provides a legal foundation for extraditions between the countries. But there is still discretion for Sweden to refuse extraditions for “political offences” or where the suspect has reason to fear persecution on account of their membership of a social group or political beliefs.
The treaty also specifies the offences which qualify for extradition, and espionage is not one of them. If the treaty doesn’t apply, there would still be scope for the country to agree to his extradition to the US – Swedish law permits extradition more generally to countries outside Europe, but this could only take place after the current rape proceedings were concluded.”

SOURCE:

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE’S EXTRADITION
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/afua-hirsch-law-blog/2010/de c/08/julian-a ssange-extrad ition-what-ne xt

THE GUARDIAN
A SAD DAY FOR THE US IF THE ESPIONAGE ACT IS USED AGAINST WIKILEAKS
15 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/dec/15/wikil…

[6]

GOOD NEWS REACTION OF THE US DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES:

”The Pentagon welcomed the arrest, with US D efence Secretary Robert Gates saying on a visit to Afghanistan that it was “good news”.

SOURCE:

BBC NEWS
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE REFUSED BAIL

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11937110

[7]


4.1 8pm: Speaking outside the court, Ken Loach said it was “good news” that Assange had been granted bail.

Clearly, if the Swedish government opposes bail it will show there is some vindictiveness beyond this case. It will show there is some political element that goes beyond the case.”

Source:

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE GRANTED BAIL/LIVE UPDATES
14TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2010/dec/14/wikileaks-julian-assange…

[8]

”Mr Assange’s solicitor, Mark Stephens, said after the court appearance the bail appeal was part of a “continuing vendetta by the Swedes”.

Source:

BBC NEWS
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE FREED ON BAIL
16TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12005930

[9]

BBC NEWS
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE FREED ON BAIL
16TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12005930

[10]

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/wikileaks

WIKIPEDIA
WIKILEAKS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks

[11]

WIKIPEDIA
WIKILEAKS

”WikiLeaks has won a number of awards, including the 2008 Economist magazine New Media Award.[10] In June 2009, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange won Amnesty International’s UK Media Award (in the category “New Media”) for the 2008 publication of “Kenya: The Cry of Blood – Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances”,[11] a report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights about police killings in Kenya.[12] ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks

EDITOR’S WEBLOG
WIKILEAKS RECEIVES AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S NEW MEDIA AWARD
9TH JUNE 2009

http://www.editorsweblog.org/newsrooms_and_journalism/2009/06/wikileaks_…

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS 2009

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/uploads/documents/doc_20539.pdf

[12]

WIKIPEDIA
JULY 12, 2007, BAGHDAD AIRSTRIKE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_July_2007_Baghdad_airstrike

”David Schlesinger, Reuters editor in chief, said Tuesday that the video was disturbing to watch “but also important to watch.” He said he hoped to meet with the Pentagon “to press the need to learn lessons from this tragedy.”

Source:

THE NEW YORK TIMES
AIRSTRIKE VIDEO BRINGS NOTICE TO A WEBSITE
6TH APRIL 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/07wikileaks.html

[13]

WIKILEAKS
COLLATERAL MURDER

http://www.collateralmurder.com/

WIKIPEDIA
JULY 12, 2007 BAGHDAD AIRSTRIKE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_murder#Leaked_video_footage

[14]

WIKILEAKS
BRADLEY MANNINGS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Manning

BRADLEY MANNING SUPPORT NETWORK

http://www.bradleymanning.org/

[15]

WIKIPEDIA
AFGHAN WAR DOCUMENTS LEAK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_War_Diary

THE GUARDIAN
AFGHANISTAN: THE WAR LOGS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/the-war-logs

[16]

THE GUARDIAN
IRAQ: THE WAR LOGS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iraq-war-logs

[17]

WIKIPEDIA
WIKILEAKS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks

[18]

THE GUARDIAN
US EMBASSY CABLES

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/us-embassy-cables-the-documents

THE GUARDIAN

THE US EMBASSY CABLES

THE DOCUMENTS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/us-embassy-cables-the-documents

[19]

THE GUARDIAN
MANUAL EXPOSES DIVIDE-AND-RULE TACTICS IN CAMP DELTA
15TH NOVEMBER 2007

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/nov/15/guantanamo.usa?INTCMP=SRCH

[20]

THE GUARDIAN
MANUAL EXPOSES DIVIDE-AND-RULE TACTICS IN CAMP DELTA
15TH NOVEMBER 2007

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/nov/15/guantanamo.usa?INTCMP=SRCH

[21]

THE GUARDIAN
MANUAL EXPOSES DIVIDE-AND-RULE TACTICS IN CAMP DELTA
15TH NOVEMBER 2007

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/nov/15/guantanamo.usa?INTCMP=SRCH

[22]

WIKILEAKS
COLLATERAL MURDER

http://www.collateralmurder.com/

WIKIPEDIA
JULY 12, 2007, BAGHDAD AIRSTRIKE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_July_2007_Baghdad_airstrike

”David Schlesinger, Reuters editor in chief, said Tuesday that the video was disturbing to watch “but also important to watch.” He said he hoped to meet with the Pentagon “to press the need to learn lessons from this tragedy.”

Source:

THE NEW YORK TIMES
AIRSTRIKE VIDEO BRINGS NOTICE TO A WEBSITE
6TH APRIL 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/07wikileaks.html

[23]

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/wikileaks

[24]


US Attorn ey General Eric Holder said officials were pursuing a “very serious criminal investigation” into the matter.
Yet while Mr Assange has widely acknowledged his role in disseminating classified documents, legal experts say US criminal statutes and case law do not cleanly apply to his case.
US espionage law has been used to prosecute US officials who provided secrets to foreign governments or foreign spies who pursued US secrets.
But Mr Assange, an Australian citizen, former computer hacker and self-described journalist, did not work for the US government, has no known links to foreign governments, and operates on the internet, by all accounts far from US soil”

SOURCE:

BBC NEWS
BARRIERS TO POSSIBLE US ASSANGE PROSECUTION
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11952817

[25]

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
US: WIKILEAKS PUBLISHER SHOULD NOT FACE PROSECUTION
LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
15 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/12/14/us-wikileaks-publishers-should-not…

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
US: DON’T PROSECUTE WIKILEAKS FOUNDER
15TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/12/15/us-don-t-prosecute-wikileaks-found…

[26]

WIKIPEDIA
POTIPHAR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potiphar

[27]

WIKIPEDIA
MORDECHAI VANUNU

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu

[28]

THE GUARDIAN
PROSECUTION MAY DECIDE TODAY ON CHARGES AGAINST WIKILEAKS FOUNDER
24 AUGUST 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/24/assange-wikileaks-swedish-pr…

[29]

WIKIPEDIA
JULIAN ASSANGE/SWEDISH SEX CRIME ALLEGATIONS AND ARREST WARRANT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange#Swedish_sex_crime_investigat…

THE GUARDIAN
RAPE WARRANT AGAINST WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE CANCELLED
21 AUGUST 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/21/julian-assange-wikileaks-arr…

””The fact that one prosecutor dismissed the charges against Assange and another picked them up afterwards, makes the case look fishy. The prosecuting authorities should have acted more expeditiously and speedily.”

Source:

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE FURORE DEEPENS AS NEW DETAILS EMERGE OF SEX CRIME ALLEGATIONS
18 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/18/julian-assange-allegations-w…

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE DEFENDS DECISION NOT TO FACE QUESTIONING IN SWEDEN
21 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/21/julian-assange-defends-decis…

[30]

See the notes under [29]

[31]

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE: SWEDEN ISSUES FRESH ARREST WARRANT FOR WIKILEAKS FOUNDER
2 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/02/julian-assange-faces-arrest-…

[32]

”Assange’s supporters point out that, despite her complaints against him, Miss A held a party for him on that evening and continued to allow him to stay in her flat.

Source:

THE GUARDIAN
10 DAYS IN SWEDEN: THE FULL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JULIAN ASSANGE
17 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE FURORE DEEPENS AS NEW DETAILS EMERGE OF SEX CRIME ALLEGATIONS
18 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/18/julian-assange-allegations-w…

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS: THE MAN AND THE IDEA
17 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/17/wikileaks-man-idea-e…

MAIL ONLINE
SUPPORTERS DISMISSED RAPE ACCUSATION AGAINST WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE…BUT THE TWO WOMEN INVOLVED TELL A DIFFERENT STORY
29 AUGUST 2010

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1307137/Supporters-dis…

WIKIPEDIA
CLAES BORGSTROM, LAWYER OF MISS A AND MISS W

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claes_Borgstr%C3%B6m

THE GUARDIAN
Q & A: JULIAN ASSANGE ALLEGATIONS
17 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-q-and-a?intcm…

[33]

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE TO BE QUESTIONED BY BRITISH POLICE
7 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/06/wikileaks-julian-assange-pol…

[34]

THE GUARDIAN
PAYPAL JOINS INTERNET BACKLASH AGAINST WIKILEAKS
4 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/04/paypal-internet-backlash-wik…

BBC NEWS
PAYPAL SAYS IT STOPPED WIKILEAKS PAYMENTS ON US LETTER
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11945875

CBS NEWS
MASTERCARD PULLS PLUG ON WIKILEAKS PAYMENTS
6 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20024801-503543.html

FOX NEWS
SWISS POSTAL SYSTEM CUTS OFF WIKILEAKS BANK ACCOUNT
6 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/12/06/swiss-postal-cuts-wikileaks-bank…

INDEPENDENT
WIKILEAKS PAYMENTS CUT OFF BY VISA
7 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/world-news/wikileaks-payments-cu…

[35]

THE AUSTRALIAN
BANK OF AMERICA CUTS OFF WIKI;EAKS
19 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/wikileaks/bank-of-america-cuts-…

[36]

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE TO USE £1 M BOOK DEALS FOR LEGAL FIGHT
26 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/26/julian-assange-book-deals

[37]

WEBSITE ANONYMOUS
ANONNEWS

http://www.anonnews.org/

OPERATION PAYBACK: PROTESTS VIA MOUSE CLICK
9TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Operation-Payback-protests-vi…

THE GUARDIAN
ANONYMOUS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/anonymous

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS CABL ES: ANONYMOUS DECLARES ONLINE WAR AGAINST COMPANIES
10TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/dec/10/wikileaks-cables-anonym…

THE GUARDIAN
WIKILEAKS BACKLASH
THE FIRST GLOBAL CYBERWAR HAS BEGUN
CLAIM HACKERS
11TH DECEMBER 2010

http://w ww.guardian. co.uk/media/2 010/dec/11/wi kileaks-back lash-cyber-wa r

BELFAST TELEGRAPH
WIKILEAKS: PALIN, SWEDEN AND AMAZON FACE ANONYMOUS HACKERS ONSLAUGHT
10 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/wikileaks-palin-sweden…

ALTERNET
6 COMPANIES THAT HAVEN’T WUSSED OUT OF WORKING WITH WIKILEAKS
10TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.alternet.org/story/149142/

[38]

ATTACKS ON SWEDISH JUSTICE MINISTRY AND THE LAWYER OF THE TWO WOMEN, WHO ACCUSED MR ASSANGE OF ”RAPE”

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
TEEN ARRESTED IN CYBER-ATTACKS: OTHER PURSUED
9 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/9/teen-arrested-in-cyber-at…

[39]

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
TEEN ARRESTED IN CYBER-ATTACKS: OTHERS PURSUED
9 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/9/teen-arrested-in-cyber-at…

REUTERS
DUTCH RELEASE MAN ACCUSED OF CYBERATTACKS
12TH DECEMBER 2010

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BA25Y20101212

[40]

BELPHAST TELEGRAPH
WIKILEAKS: PALIN, SWEDEN AND AMAZON FACE ANONYMOUS HACKERS ONSLAUGHT
10 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/wikileaks-palin-sweden…

[41]

THE GUARDIAN
JULIAN ASSANGE’S EXTRADITION: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/afua-hirsch-law-blog/2010/dec/08/julian-as…

THE NEW YORK TIMES
SWEDISH PROSECUTOR RAISES POSSIBLE EXTRADITION OF WIKILEAKS FOUNDER TO US
14 DECEMBER 2010

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/swedish-prosecutor-raises-po…

STATEMENT FROM DIRECTOR OF PROSECUTION, MS MARIANNE NY
SWEDISH JUSTICE OFFICE

http://www.aklagare.se/In-English/

THE HUFFINGTON POST
OUR CONCERNS REALIZED: SWEDISH PROSECUTOR DISCUSSES ASSANGE’S EXTRADITION TO US
15 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vincent-warren/our-concerns-realized-swe_b…

[42]

BBC NEWS
Q & A: ARREST OF WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE
16 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11949771

THE NEW YORK TIMES
SWEDISH PROSECUTOR RAISES POSSIBLE EXTRADITION OF WIKILEAKS FOUNDER TO US
14 DECEMBER 2010

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/swedish-prosecutor-raises-po…

[43]

THE AUSTRALIAN
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER FOR REVEALING UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS
JULIAN ASSANGE
8 DECEMBER 2010

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/wikileaks/dont-shoot-messenger-..

Reacties uitgeschakeld voor From 2010/Julian Assange arrested/Attack on freedom of press

Opgeslagen onder Divers

Poland-Belarus border crisis/Letter to the EU/”EU’s human obligations against the refugees”

Een Koerdische familie uit Irak wacht met zestien leden uit drie generaties op de grenswachten. Al acht keer werden ze teruggestuurd naar Wit-Rusland, waarbij ze klappen kregen en door honden gebeten werden. Foto Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

Voertuigen die zich nabij de grens begeven worden streng gecontroleerd. Foto Marko Djurica / Reuters

Achtergebleven spullen van migranten in de bossen. Velen van hen krijgen met geweld en intimidatie te maken. Foto Marko Djurica / Reuters

Ondertussen proberen hulporganisaties de migranten waar mogelijk te helpen. Hier sorteert een Poolse vrijwilligster gedoneerde kleding in een brandweerkazerne. Foto Kacper Pempel / Reuters

Activisten van de Poolse ngo Grupa Granica houden foto’s omhoog van gestrande migranten, met de oproep hen hulp te bieden. Foto Marko Djurica / Reuters

Oekraïense nationalisten houden borden en flares omhoog in protest tegen de komst van migranten voor de Poolse ambassade in Kiev. Foto Sergei Supinsky / AFP

Medici verzorgen een gewonde migrant, terwijl anderen verderop door de Poolse politie worden ingerekend. De Poolse premier Mateusz sprak onlangs van „een brute schending van onze oostelijke grens (…) de ergste in dertig jaar”. Foto Woitek Radwanski / AFP

Migranten drommen samen om noodpakketten te ontvangen van de Wit-Russische krijgsmacht. Foto Stringer / EPA

Een migrant draagt zijn ontvangen noodrantsoen weg van het uitdeelpunt van het Wit-Russische leger. Veel migranten verblijven in het grensgebied onder erbarmelijke omstandigheden. Foto Stringer / EPA

Poolse militairen en politieagenten staan rechts paraat langs de grens met Wit-Rusland, terwijl links migranten te zien zijn in hun geïmproviseerde kampementen.

POLAND-BELARUS BORDER CRISIS/LETTER TO THE EU/”EU’S HUMAN OBLIGATIONS AGAINST THE REFUGEES, WHO ARE TRAPPED BETWEENTHE POLAND-BELARUS BORDER”

TO MRS Y JOHANSSONEU COMMISSIONER  FOR HOME AFFAIRSRelating her responsibility for Migration and Asylum
Subject:The Poland Belarus crisis on migrants:Eu’s obligations regarding universal human rights

Dear Mrs Johansson,[When you are pressed with time, just read the last piece”EU’s obligations”]

I am greatly concerned about EU’s recent attitude against refugees, who are trapped in the border between Poland and BelarusFirstly the EU waited months after months and allowing Poland to close andmilitarize its borders against those refugees, thus violating their right on asylum,violating their universal human rights by letting them try to survive in the freezingcold and, to add insult to injury, pushing them back from the border, fully knowing that push-backs are against International Law. [1]As a consequence, at least thirteen refugees died. [2]Instead of immediately demanding of Poland, to refrain from violatinghuman rights and giving those refugees entrance to Poland, all the EUdid was express solidarity with Poland and also denying the refugees their right to asylum:I quote from the statement from EU president, mrs von der Leyen, from 8th november 2021:”Finally, the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.” [3] That’s inhuman.
In her report ”Die Here or Go to Poland”, Human Rights Watch wrote among else:”Polish authorities should immediately halt all summary returns and collective expulsions to Belarus and stop all abuse by Polish officials of migrants. The government of Poland should also immediately allow humanitarian and other civil society organizations access to the area currently restricted under the state of emergency order for the purposes of saving lives. Journalists and other monitors should also be permitted access.” [4]Poland is a EU member and should apply toEU rules, among else consolidated in the Charter’for Fundamental Rights of the EU Union [5],in which the right to asylum is granted [article 18] [6] and pushbacks are forbidden [article 18, article 19,EU Charter of Fundamental Rights] [7]
As long as Poland is an EU member, Poland has to conduct according toEU rules!And it is the EU task to remember Poland of its obligations.
PROPOSAL OF THE EU COMMISSION FROM1 DECEMBER 2021
Not only that has not happened, now the EU Commission did proposals in the favour of Poland.Latva and Lithuania taking ”exceptional measures”I refer to the recent Statement from 1 december 2021, calling for measures of an ”of an extraordinary and exceptional nature” [8]
According to my information from Amnesty International,EU Commission proposals ”normalize dehumanisationof asylum seekers” [9]
Amnesty International writes among else:
”“The arrival of people at the EU’s borders with Belarus is entirely manageable with the rules as they stand. Today’s proposals will further punish people for political gain, weaken asylum protections, and undermine the EU’s standing at home and abroad. If the EU can allow a minority of member states to throw out the rule book due to the presence of a few thousand people at its border, it throws out any authority it has on human rights and the rule of law.

“The current situation at the EU’s borders with Belarus is being used by some countries as an excuse to weaken protections of asylum-seekers and push their anti-migrant agenda. Holding asylum seekers in detention for four months, without the protection standards required by international law, is normalising de facto unlawful detention at the EU’s external borders.” [10]

That’s clear language and I have nothing to add to this

EU’S OBLIGATION

Summarizing:

During the Poland-Belarus crisis on migrants,

all the EU really did was to express solidarity

with Poland, thus encouraging Poland in it’s 

unlawful policy of denying the right to asylum and

practising illegal pushbacks and, to add insult

to injury, letting vulnerable refugee freezing in the cold,

without adequate provisions.

With this the EU has violated her own rules of

humanity, right to asylum and the prohibition

of pushbacks.

So it’s time, the EU acts again in accordance with it’s own Charter and Laws and not proposing ”extraordinary

measures” [11] which violate it’s own rules.

So I call the EU to require from Poland to admit the

refugees and give them a proper asylum procedure,

according to human rights and stop pushing them back.

Of course Belarus bears responsibility too for the

existing situation [12], but that doesn’t excuse

the EU from practising their own rules of

humanitarian protection of refugees, which is formally established in the EU Law.

Return to your own Laws and Charters, EU and stop

dehumanizing refugees.

That’s all I ask.

Kind regards

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

NOTES[1]

HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[2]

”At least 13 people have died in the area in recent weeks, most due to exposure.”

THE GUARDIAN

ONE YEAR OLD SYRIAN CHILD DIES

IN FOREST ON POLAND-BELARUS BORDER

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/18/one-year-old-syrian-child-dies-in-forest-on-poland-belarus-border

[3]

EU SOLIDARITY WITH POLAND:

”I have spoken to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš to express the EU’s solidarity and discuss with them the measures the EU can take to support them in their efforts to deal with this crisis.”

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT VON DER LEYEN ON

THE SITUATION AT THE BORDER BETWEEN

POLAND AND BELARUS

8 NOVEMBER 2021

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_21_5867

EU, NOT RESPECTING THE RIGHT ON ASYLUM:

”’Finally, the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.”

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT VON DER LEYEN ON

THE SITUATION AT THE BORDER BETWEEN

POLAND AND BELARUS

8 NOVEMBER 2021

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_21_5867

FULL TEXT:

Belarus must stop putting people’s lives at risk.

The instrumentalisation of migrants for political purposes by Belarus is unacceptable.

The Belarusian authorities must understand that pressuring the European Union in this way through a cynical instrumentalisation of migrants will not help them succeed in their purposes.

I have spoken to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš to express the EU’s solidarity and discuss with them the measures the EU can take to support them in their efforts to deal with this crisis.

I am calling on Member States to finally approve the extended sanctions regime on the Belarusian authorities responsible for this hybrid attack.

Vice-President Schinas, in coordination with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, will travel in the coming days to the main countries of origin and of transit to ensure that they act to prevent their own nationals from falling into the trap set by the Belarusian authorities.

The EU will in particular explore how to sanction, including through blacklisting, third country airlines that are active in human trafficking.

Finally, the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.

[4]HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORTSUMMARY”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[5]

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

[6]

Article 18 Right to asylum 
The right to asylum shall be guaranteed with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol of 31 January 1967 relating to the status of refugees and in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

[7]
Article 18 Right to asylum 
The right to asylum shall be guaranteed with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol of 31 January 1967 relating to the status of refugees and in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

Article 19 Protection in the event of removal, expulsion or extradition 
1. Collective expulsions are prohibited. 2. No one may be removed, expelled or extradited to a State where there is a serious risk that he or she would be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

”Notwithstanding any changes to Polish law, Poland’s pushbacks without due process violate EU law including the Charter of Fundamental Rights.[25] The Charter guarantees the right to asylum and standard international refugee law practice, under which any expression of intent to seek asylum should promptly be forwarded to the competent authorities for assessment based on the person’s individual grounds for seeking asylum.[26]

HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES
POLISH LEGISLATION & VIOLATION OF EU LAW
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

Polish pushback practices are also in violation of article 19 of the Charter and Protocol 4 of the ECHR, which both state unequivocally that collective or mass expulsions of aliens are prohibited.[28]

HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES
POLISH LEGISLATION & VIOLATION OF EU LAW
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses
[8]
ASYLUM AND RETURN: COMMISSION PROPOSES TEMPORARY LEGALAND PRACTICAL MEASURES TO ADDRESS THE EMERGENCY SITUATIONAT THE EU’S EXTERNAL BORDER WITH BELARUS1 DECEMBER 2021
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_6447

TEXT

The Commission is today putting forward a set of temporary asylum and return measures to assist Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in addressing the emergency situation at the EU’s external border with Belarus. The measures will allow these Member States to set up swift and orderly processes to manage the situation, in full respect of fundamental rights and international obligations, including the principle of non-refoulement. The proposal follows the invitation by the European Council for the Commission to propose any necessary changes to the EU’s legal framework and concrete measures underpinned by adequate financial support to ensure an immediate and appropriate response in line with EU law and international obligations, including the respect of fundamental rights. The measures, based on Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, will enter into force after their adoption by the Council. The European Parliament will be consulted. The measures will remain in force for a period of 6 months.

Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “In the past weeks, we have managed to bring the EU’s collective weight to bear in face of the hybrid attack directed at our Union. Collectively, the EU made clear that attempts to undermine our Union will only solidify our solidarity with one another.  Today we are giving living manifestation to that solidarity: in the form of a set of temporary and exceptional measures that will equip Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the means needed to respond to these extraordinary circumstances in a controlled and swift manner and to operate in conditions of legal certainty.”

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said: “Although the EU’s intense efforts have brought rapid results, the situation remains delicate. Today, to protect our borders, and to protect people, we are giving flexibility and support to Member States to manage this emergency situation, without compromising on human rights. This should allow the Member States in question to fully uphold the right to asylum and align legislation with EU acquis. It’s also time limited and targeted. To make our response to hybrid threats future-proof, we activate the EU’s formidable diplomatic and legal capacity, to apply sanctions and persuade third countries to stop flights. We will soon propose a reform of the Schengen rules. Making progress now on the Pact on Migration and Asylum is essential.”

Provisional measures proposed

The measures included in this proposal are of an extraordinary and exceptional nature. They will apply for a period of 6 months, unless extended or repealed, and will apply to non-EU nationals who have irregularly entered the EU from Belarus and are at the vicinity of the border or those who present themselves at border crossing points. The main elements of the proposal are:

Emergency migration and asylum management procedure at the external borders:

  • The 3 Member States will have the possibility to extend the registration period for asylum applications to 4 weeks, instead of the current 3 to 10 days. The Member States may also apply the asylum procedure at the border to process all asylum claims, including the appeal, within a maximum of 16 weeks – except where adequate support for applicants with particular health issues cannot be provided. In doing so, well-founded claims and those of families and children should be prioritised.
  • Material reception conditions: Member States focus reception conditions on the covering of basic needs, including temporary shelter adapted to the seasonal weather conditions, food, water, clothing, adequate medical care, and assistance to vulnerable persons, in full respect of human dignity. It is important that Member States ensure close cooperation with UNHCR and relevant partner organisations to support individuals in this emergency situation.
  • Return procedure: Member States concerned will be able to apply simplified and quicker national procedures including for the return of people whose applications for international protection have been rejected in this context.

All procedures carried out in line with this proposal must respect fundamental rights and specific guarantees provided for by EU law, including the best interests of the child, emergency health care and needs of vulnerable people, the use of coercive measures and detention conditions.

Practical support and cooperation:

  • Support from EU agencies: EU agencies stand ready to help the Member States on request. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) can help register and process applications, ensure screening of vulnerable people and support the management, design and putting in place of adequate reception. Further Frontex support is available for border control activities, including screening and return operations. Support from Europol is also available to provide intelligence to counter smuggling.
  • Continued cooperation: The Commission, the Member States and EU Agencies will continue their cooperation, including an obligation on the Member States to continue reporting relevant data and statistics via the EU Migration Preparedness and Crisis Management Network.

The Commission will regularly reassess the situation and may propose to the Council to prolong or repeal these provisional measures.

Next steps

Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU states that after consulting the European Parliament, the Council may adopt provisional measures for the benefit of the Member States concerned. This happens by qualified majority vote. Once agreed by the Council, in view of the urgency of the situation, this Decision should enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

Background  

Since the summer, the Lukashenko regime and its supporters have initiated a hybrid attack on the EU, especially Lithuania, Poland and Latvia, which have experienced an insidious new threat in the form of the instrumentalisation of desperate people.

In October 2021, the European Council invited the Commission to propose any necessary changes to the EU’s legal framework to respond to the state-sponsored instrumentalisation of people at the EU’s external border with Belarus. Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides for the adoption of provisional measures in emergency migratory situations at the EU’s external borders.

Today’s proposal is the latest in a series of coordinated EU actions that include: targeted measures for transport operators that facilitate or engage in smuggling; diplomatic and external action; stepping up humanitarian assistance and support for border and migration management.

This proposal is in line with the comprehensive approach set out in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It complements the Schengen Borders Code and the upcoming Schengen reform, in which the Commission intends to propose a permanent framework for addressing possible situations of instrumentalisation that may still confront the Union in the future.

Financing of this proposal will be accommodated within the budget of the existing EU funding instruments under the period 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 in the field of migration, asylum and border management. Where exceptionally necessary, if the situation aggravates further, the flexibility mechanisms within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 could be used.

For More Information

Proposal for a Council Decision on provisional emergency measures for the benefit of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

Communication: Responding to state-sponsored instrumentalisation of migrants at the EU external border

[9]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/

In response to today’s proposals from the European Commission which would allow Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to derogate from EU rules, including by holding asylum-seekers and migrants at the border for 16 weeks with minimal safeguards, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Office said:

“The arrival of people at the EU’s borders with Belarus is entirely manageable with the rules as they stand. Today’s proposals will further punish people for political gain, weaken asylum protections, and undermine the EU’s standing at home and abroad. If the EU can allow a minority of member states to throw out the rule book due to the presence of a few thousand people at its border, it throws out any authority it has on human rights and the rule of law.

“The current situation at the EU’s borders with Belarus is being used by some countries as an excuse to weaken protections of asylum-seekers and push their anti-migrant agenda. Holding asylum seekers in detention for four months, without the protection standards required by international law, is normalising de facto unlawful detention at the EU’s external borders.

“Asylum rules should be upheld, not allowed to be side-stepped by countries via so-called exceptional measures. Amnesty International is alarmed that the proposal will violate people’s rights, and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis at borders while continuing to expose the EU to further internal and external manipulation and blackmailing.

“While Lukashenka’s mistreatment and instrumentalization of migrants and asylum seekers is deplorable, he is exploiting the EU’s own tendency to treat people at their borders as a threat.

“At least 10 people, including a one-year-old child, have died at the EU’s Eastern borders in recent weeks. Today the European Commission is bringing in measures which undermine rights and normalize the dehumanization and suffering of people at the EU’s borders.”

END OF STATEMENT

[10]AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/

[11]AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/

[12]HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

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US airstrike kills top Iran general, Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad Airport/US liquidation of Iran’s general Soleimani is state terrorism

DAUGHTER OF LIQUIDATED GENERAL SOLEIMANI

US AIRSTRIKE KILLS TOP IRAN GENERAL, QASSEM SOLEIMANI AT BAGHDAD AIRPORT/US LIQUIDATION OF IRAN’S GENERAL SOLEIMANI IS STATE TERRORISM
INTRODUCTION:
Again, dear readers, wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
https://www.astridessed.nl/happy-new-year-6/

Unfortunately however, the New Year did not start peacefully, with the US liquidation of Iran’s general Soleimani [1], being an extrajudicial execution and adding to the many crimes of Superpower USA. 
Besides:What is there to be expected from rogue president Trump, who makes is as a sport to violate International Law? [2]Also it is an utter scandal, that the Dutch government, which is bound to promote the International Legal Order [article 90, Dutch Constitution] [3], has declared, in the words of the Dutch minister of Defense, mrs Bijleveld, to ”understand” the liquidation of Iran’s general Soleimani! [4]I will write them about that, but that’s another story.
Back to USA/Trump:
Your Avenger of injustice would not have been your Avenger of injustice, if she would not have taken action:
This time by a Letter to the Editor, which I have sent to a number of American, British and other international papers.I did the same with a Dutch Letter to the Editor, sending it to Dutch and Belgian newspapers.
Since I, of course, don’t know, whether it is published at all, hereby I share the Letter with you.
See firstly the Letter,Then, below, the notes, belonging to this Introduction piece.
ENJOY READING!

Astrid EssedAmsterdam

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR, SENT TO AMERICAN, BRITISH AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS:

US LIQUIDATION OF IRAN’S GENERAL SOLEIMANI IS STATE TERRORISM
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Unfortunately, this New Year has begun far from peaceful with ”thanks” to the US liquidation of Iran’s general Soleimani on the orders of president Trump.This liquidation is an act of war against Iran and will have dangerous consequences with very probably as main victims Iranian and Iraqi civilians, but also it endangers the chances of terrorist attacks, as in the USA as in countrieswhich agree with this insane Trump adventurism. But there is more:This liquidation of general Soleimani with six other victims like  a high profile Iraqi military is a serious violation of International Law.To say it like it is:The USA is not at war with Iran [in which case Soleimani, as a combatant, would have been a ”legitimate” target], neither Soleimani launched an attack on American territory.And since there was no proof whatsoever of an ”imminent threat” [apart from not proven allegations of Trump] this is an assassination maffia style.Because rocket attacks on political enemies, also called ”extrajudicial executions” are a flagrant violations of the right to life, as the right to a fair and independent trial.And I am not alone in this:Recently Agnes Callamard, UN Special Reporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions has criticized the liquidation as illegal and contrary with International Law.Now I certainly am no adherent of the Iran regime, because of its systematic violations of human rights, neither of the role of mr Soleimani [being a strong supporter of the Syrian dictator Assad], but human rights are human rights, regardless, and the liquidation of human being without any trial is illegal.Therefore it is a shame, that the Dutch government has declared to ”understand” the Soleimani liquidation and it only shows, how little respect this Rutte III Dutch government has for the International Law that she is obliged to advance, according to article 90, Dutch Constitution.

Astrid EssedAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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NOTES, BELONGING TO ”INTRODUCTION”

[1]
NBC NEWSUS AIRSTRIKE KILLS TOP IRAN GENERAL, QASSEM SOLEIMANI AT BAGHDAD AIRPORT  
4 JANUARY 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/airstrike-kills-top-iran-general-qassim-suleimani-baghdad-airport-iraqi-n1109821

[2]

TWO EXAMPLES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW

FIRST EXAMPLE
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BBCJERUSALEM IS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL, SAYS DONALD TRUMP6 DECEMBER 2017
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42259443

THIS TRUMP STRAPATZ IS IN  VIOLATION WITH UN SECURITY RESOLUTION 478

WIKIPEDIA

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 478

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_478

FULL TEXT RESOLUTION

The Security Council,

Recalling its resolution 476 (1980),

Reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible,

Deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security,

Noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980),

Reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel,

1. Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

2. Affirms that the enactment of the “basic law” by Israel constitutes a violation of international law and does not affect the continued application of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since June 1967, including Jerusalem;

3. Determines that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the recent “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith;

4. Affirms also that this action constitutes a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;

5. Decides not to recognize the “basic law” and such other actions by Israel that, as a result of this law, seek to alter the character and status of Jerusalem and calls upon:

(a) All Member States to accept this decision;

(b) Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of the present resolution before 15 November 1980;7. Decides to remain seized of this serious situation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_478#Full_text_of_Resolution_478

SEE ALSO

https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/IP%20SRES%20478.pdf

SECOND EXAMPLE

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BBC

US SAYS ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS ARE NO LONGER ILLEGAL

18 NOVEMBER 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50468025

THIS SECOND TRUMP STRAPATZ IS A FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, DECLARING ALL ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES ILLEGAL 

THE ILLEGALITY OF THE ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

THIS IS WHAT INTERNATIONAL LAW SAYS

”The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from transferring citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory (Article 49).

The Hague Regulations prohibit an occupying power from undertaking permanent changes in the occupied area unless these are due to military needs in the narrow sense of the term, or unless they are undertaken for the benefit of the local population.”

BTSELEM.ORG

SETTLEMENTS

https://www.btselem.org/ settlements

”Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

ARTICLE 49, FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION

https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/Article.xsp?action=openDocument&documentId=77068F12B8857C4DC12563CD0051BDB0

SEE ALSO

FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION:

CONVENTION (IV)  RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF

CIVILIAN PERSONS IN TIME OF WAR, GENEVA, 12 AUGUST 1949

https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/Treaty.xsp?documentId=AE2D398352C5B028C12563CD002D6B5C&action=openDocument

THE HAGUE CONVENTION 1907

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/us-treaties/bevans/m-ust000001-0631.pdf

[3]

DUTCH CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 90

The Government shall promote the development of the international legal order

https://www.rechtspraak.nl/SiteCollectionDocuments/Constitution-NL.pdf  [4]

DUTCH REVIEWDUTCH GOVERNMENT ”UNDERSTANDS” US ASSISSINATION OF SOLEIMANI, BUT WANTS FURTHER EXPLANATION

On the TV program Op1, Dutch Defense Minister, Bijleveld, says she understands why the US killed Soleimani and nodded to the awful atrocities Iran is responsible for, NOS reports. Nonetheless, the Netherlands, as a member of NATO, is focussed on de-escalation. 

“A real crook”

Bijleveld described Soleimani as “a real crook” and discussed his involvement in the war in Syria as commander of the Quds Force.But she went on to acknowledge that the assassination of the leader created “a very fragile situation” and emphasised that NATO members are well aware of the potential retaliation from Iran.

Must focus on de-escalation

However, the minister said the Dutch government are focussed on de-escalation. Bijleveld referred to statements made by Stoltenberg, the secretary of NATO, who also stressed the drone strike was a decision made solely by the US and is not endorsed by NATO.

The Netherlands wants explanation from United States Government

Bijleveld believes the Netherlands and other countries should have been informed of the attack before it happened.

The Netherlands wants the United States to provide a “legal basis” for such a major decision. The US claim the attack on the Iranian general was “self-defense”.

In a letter sent to the House of Representatives, the cabinet says the Netherlands “will underline Iran’s negative influence on regional stability and point out the importance of Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” during the upcoming meeting between EU foreign leaders scheduled for Friday.

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[Article of John Pilger]/The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Image result for Julian Assange/Images

 

THE ASSANGE ARREST IS A WARNING FROM HISTORY

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in  almost seven years.

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Funeral refusal for London Bridge attackers/Violation of religious and human values

muslims-london-bridge-attack.jpgMosques and Islamic groups across the UK have condemned the London Bridge attack Reuters
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-attack-imans-no-funeral-prayers-terrorists-refuse-500-muslim-clerics-islam-isis-burial-khuram-a7776861.html

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. - Mahatma Gandhi
FUNERAL REFUSAL FOR LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKERS/VIOLATION
OF RELIGIOUS AND HUMAN VALUES
”AN EYE FOR AN EYE ONLY ENDS UP MAKING THE
WHOLE WORLD BLIND”
QUOTE MAHATMA GANDHI
SHAME ON YOU!
No, I don’t mean the three London Bridge Attackers, who
recently have made at least 7 deadly victims [and now perhaps more].[1]
Because that need not to be stated:
Any terrorist attack [a military attack on civilians, with a political purpose]
is horrific, anti human and an utter violation of human values.
No, SHAME ON YOU! is directed against  the attitude of Islamic
religious leaders towards the perpetrators of the London Bridge Attacks,
for refusing to bury them.

 

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KLM refuses seven passengers following Trump’s muslim country ban/KLM complicity with Trump’s discriminatory policy

KLM ACCOMPLICE TO TRUMP’S DISCRIMINATORY AND ISLAMOPHOBIC POLICY!
BEFEHL IST BEFEHL NO VALID ANYMORE
AFTER NUREMBERG TRIALS!

 

KLM REFUSES SEVEN PASSENGERS FOLLOWING
TRUMP’S MUSLIM COUNTRY BAN/KLM COMPLICITY
WITH TRUMP’S DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Underlying letter is the English translation of a letter
I wrote to KLM to protest their
collaboration with the discriminatory and Islamophobic Trump
travel ban:
See my website under KLM
Text of my letter:
”KLM weigert VS reizigers vanwege Trump/KLM medeplichtigheid aan uitsluitingsbeleid”
See the KLM  statement under note 1
Although the muslimban is temporarily cancelled  by the Federal Judge [2],
reason why KLM gave in [3], my letter about
the complicity and co responsibility of KLM with Trump’s discriminatory and
Islamophobic policy  is still valid.
See under the notes my letter to KLM

 

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War on your doorstep/Action against the National Aerospace Laboratory [NRL] in Amsterdam/Statement of solidarity

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THE NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY
PROVIDER OF ARMS, USED FOR BLOODY WARS
AT THE COST OF HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS CIVILIAN
VICTIMS
DOWN WITH ARMS TRADE AND ARMS FAIRS!

 

ARMS FAIR ABU DHABI,ARMS TRADERS BLOOD ON
THEIR HANDS
IDEX

LAND, AIR & WATER DEDICATED ZONES

Featuring IDEX, NAVDEX and Unmanned Systems Area

 More information

 

 

IDEX

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS

Daily choreographed displays taking place on water and on the purpose built demonstration track

 More information

 

IDEX

SPONSORSHIP

IDEX offers individually tailored high visibility packages

 More information

 

 

THOSE ARE THE WAR TOOLS
WHICH ARE USED IN IMPERIALIST WARS
AND OTHER BLOODY CONFLICTS
AT THE COST OF
HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS
CIVILIAN VICTIMS.
ARMS TRADERS,
SHAME ON YOU!
THE DEFENCE SUMMIT

THE DEFENCE SUMMIT

 

WANTED FOR WAR CRIMES

ARMS TRADERS, BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!

 

 

 

 

 

Revealing a crime is not a crime
Introduction:
Early morning 19th february action Group ”War on your doorstep” , has  taken action  against the National Aerospace Laboratory , one of fifteen companies from the Netherlands that are planning to take part in one of the largest arms fairs in the world, the largest in the Middle-East, the IDEX [International Defence Exhibition
The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), located in Amsterdam, received lots of red paint on their doorstep and facade, as well as broken windows.
A good action, as far as I am concerned.
 
For of course it didn’t happen ”out of the blue”
 
BACKGROUND:

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Susan Higginbotham/History Refreshed/Comments on Guest Post by Jeffrey Stayton, Author of ”This side of the River”

HOWEVER TRAGIC THE PTSD SOLDIERS WAR SYNDROME,
WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT THE WARCRIMES VICTIMS,
THE CIVILIAN POPULATION, PAYS THE HIGHEST PRICE
IN WARS
PHOTO’S OF WARCRIMES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR,
AS US WARCRIMES IN THE VIETNAM, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
WARS ARE PICTURED HERE, SINCE THE ARTICLE ON SUSAN
HIGGINBOTHAM’S BLOG ”HISTORY REFRESHED” REFERS TO THOSE
PERIODS OF WAR
[EXCEPT VIETNAM]
CIVILIAN  VICTIMS OF WARCRIMES
File:Battle of Lawrence.png

WAR CRIMES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
THE LAWRENCE MASSACRE
US WARCRIMES IN VIETNAM
Daily Casualty Count of Afghan Civilians Killed in U.S. Bombing Attacks

WARCRIMES
US BOMBINGS IN AFGHANISTAN
WARCRIMES
US BOMBINGS IN IRAQ
SUSAN HIGGINBOTHAM/HISTORY REFRESHED/
COMMENTS ON GUEST POST BY JEFFREY STAYTON,
AUTHOR OF ” THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER”
Dear Readers,
Knowing Susan Higginbotham as the author about
Medieval history and often blogging about that period and
shortly thereafter, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about a
Guest post, referring to the American Civil war.
Guest poster is the writer Jeffrey Stayton, who wrote a novel
about the Civil War, focusing on a sort of soldiers shell shock,
PTSD.
His book is titled
”This side of the River”
See the Blog
Perhaps she welcomed his Guest Post because of her yet to be published
novel on the aftermath of the American Civil War ”Hanging Mary”, which
actually refers to the president Lincoln murderer William Booth
However interesting, I had some comments on Stayton’s post and approach.
For I acknowledge the suffering of soldiers because of the horrors
of war, but comparing to that, the suffering of the thousands and
sometimes 100 000 civilians is seldom counted, at least not as individuals.
Therefore I wrote the following comment under Jeffrey Stayton’s post,
for remembering everyone, that the common civilians mostly pay
the highest price in wars.
A TRAVEL TO THE PAST AND PRESENT

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Letter to the members of the District Council of Amsterdam Zuid-Oost about their refusal to provide basic needs for the rejected refugees of the Vluchtgarage

LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL  OF AMSTERDAM ZUID-OOST
ABOUT THEIR REFUSAL TO PROVIDE BASIC NEEDS FOR THE REJECTED REFUGEES OF THE VLUCHTGARAGE
Dear Readers
A Happy, Healthy 2014 with a continuation of the struggle against injustice and human rights violations.
Hereby my translated letter to the members of the district council of Amsterdam Zuid-Oost [South-East], which
I wrote in december 2013 about their refusal to provide elementary
facilities to thegroup of rejected refugees, who is staying for now in the Vluchtgarage, Kralenbeek 100,
Amsterdam Zuid-Oost.
With great respect for those, who squatted  the ”Vlucht” locations for the refugees, everytime when they were evicted again.
And with  thanks to the Christen-Unie, which did the proposal in the District Council to provide
the refugees from basic needs.

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Statement Bradley Manning/”Somtimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society”

 

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PAY A HEAVY PRICE TO LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY

 

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

WATCH VIDEO OF COOMBS STATEMENT HERE

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

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