Monday, August 15, 2022

THIS JUST IN! LISA KUDROW HAS MORE TO SHARE!

BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE  


AS THE ACADEMY AWARDS OFFERS AN APOLOGY TO SACHEEN LITTLEFEATHER, PROMINENT RACIST LISA KUDROW, FRESH OFF LAST WEEK'S SCANDAL (SEE "Lisa Kudrow needs to apologize," "Lisa Kudrow exposes herself as a racist," "Grand Dragon Lisa Kudrow" AND "Iraq snapshot") STATES HER BELIEF THAT NO APOLOGY IS NEEDED.

"YOU KNOW," KUDROW TOLD THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- "THE THING IS THAT PEOPLE WENT TO LIKE BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, OKAY?, AND SO LIKE THEY DID NOT KNOW INDIANS -- EXCUSE ME, NATIVE AMERICANS -- IS THAT WHAT THEY WANT TO BE CALLED THESE DAYS?  IT'S SO HARD TO KEEP UP.  SO ANYWAY, LIKE IT WAS PERFECTLY NORMAL TO LAUGH AT HER AND POINT AT HER AND MOCK HER BECAUSE WE ARE THE NORM AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT."

ASKED IF SHE WOULD EVER WORK WITH A NATIVE AMERICAN, KUDROW LAUGHED, "YOU MEAN LIKE TONTO.  OR THAT CRYING INDIAN IN THE T.V. ADS.  UH, NO.  I DO SITCOMS ABOUT REAL LIVES ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE PHOEBE AND WHATEVER THE NAME OF THE CHARACTER I PLAYED IN 'WEB THERAPY' AND THE ONE I PLAYED IN 'THE COMEBACK.'  I DO IMPORTANT CHARACTER, SO IMPORTANT AND CLASSY THAT THEY NEVER FIND AN AUDIENCE.  I REALLY HAVE NO CAREER OUTSIDE OF 'FRIENDS' AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY I'M SO BITTER.  AND ANGRY"


FROM THE TCI WIRE:

Starting with monkeypox, Benjamin Mateus (WSWS) reports:


Given the rising rates of monkeypox infections across the US and the limited available doses of the Jynneos vaccine (Imvanex in Europe) made by Bavarian Nordic, the only authorized vaccine against the orthopoxvirus, last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to ration the vaccine through the use of intradermal injections.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf said, “In recent weeks, the monkeypox virus has continued to spread at a rate that has made it clear our current vaccine supply will not meet the current demand. The FDA quickly explored other scientifically appropriate options to facilitate access to the vaccine for all impacted individuals. By increasing the number of available doses, more individuals who want to be vaccinated against monkeypox will now have the opportunity to do so.”

What the commissioner is explaining is called fractional monkeypox vaccine dosing, or a dose-sparing measure. Instead of giving the vaccine deep into the muscle, one-fifth of the standard dose is injected between the layers of skin. Evidence for the intradermal route was obtained based on a 2015 clinical study conducted by the government which demonstrated it could provide a similar immune response to intramuscular injection. As a result, the total number of available doses has been expanded by five-fold or five doses per vial.

Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, speaking during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seminar to inform clinicians of the change in the interim guidance on the new practice, estimated that approximately 1.7 million Americans were at risk of contracting monkeypox. At least 3 million doses would be needed, although only half that amount would be available by year’s end.

The fractional dosing offered the only viable alternative as the ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine, which is available in abundance, carries a significant risk of myocarditis and rare but known complications of death. Specifically, ACAM2000 is contraindicated in immunocompromised individuals.

Yet even as an intradermal injection, the Jynneos vaccine (a smallpox vaccine) still requires two doses to be given 28 days apart to complete the series. It has also not been approved for children under the age of 18. Jynneos has also never been verified to be effective against monkeypox, and little is known about its role as postexposure prophylaxis.


We've called out, repeatedly last week, Joe's 'answer' to take 400,00 vaccines and divide them up into fifths to create '2 million vaccines.'  We've pointed out that the basis for this 'answer' is one study -- one clinical study -- that was done back in 2015.  Now, thanks to MJ Lee's reporting for CNN, we know that among those objecting to this move?  The CEO of Bavarian Nordic Paul Chaplin.  Why should that especially register?  Because as Lee reports, Chaplin was the co-author of that 2015 study -- of the only study that this decision has been based upon. Lee notes:

Chaplin, the CEO of Bavarian Nordic, also raised concerns. CNN reported that Chaplin wrote in a letter Tuesday to Califf and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra that he had concerns about the "very limited safety data available" on the newly announced vaccination strategy, and that a relatively high percentage of people in the clinical study -- 20% -- did not get their second shot.


 On BREAKING POINTS, Krystal and Saager have a video that confuses me.






What is their point?  Gay people are being hurt by this?  I don't see that in the way that they're claiming.  The people who are being hurt by this are the ones living in a stupid bubble who think they're not at risk because they aren't male -- and gay or bi male at that.  


It is not now, nor has it ever been a gay disease.  Monkeypox has been around forever.  That may 'change' in that the World Health Organization is seeking another name for it and asking for public input.  Maggie Baska (PINK NEWS) reports:


WHO said the decision was made after meeting with a group of “global experts” this week and in line with current best practices for naming diseases. 

The organisation said the goal of renaming monkeypox variants is to “avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and minimize any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare”. 

WHO said the new names for the monkeypox clades will “take effect immediately”. The health agency announced it was also opening a forum for the public to suggest new names for the disease, the Associated Press reported. 


Ireland's JOURNAL reports:


THERE IS A DANGER that commentary around the current global monkeypox outbreak could cause a false sense of security about the level of risk posed by the virus, a leading Irish virologist has said.

There have now been over 100 reported cases of monkeypox in Ireland since the start of the outbreak in May. Around 30,000 cases have been reported across 80 countries where monkeypox is not endemic and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

While the majority of cases in this outbreak have been among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM), experts have cautioned against linking transmission solely to sexual activity and have warned that messaging, if not managed correctly, risks stigmatising people. 

Speaking to The Journal‘s The Explainer podcast this week, Dr Cillian de Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said the terminology around the outbreak can be “challenging”, with some referring to it as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

“Traditionally, we wouldn’t have considered it an STI because when we think about sexually transmitted infections we often think about pathogens, like chlamydia or gonorrhoea, that require direct sexual contact – be that penetrative or otherwise – for transmission,” he explained.

“Now, when we look at monkeypox we know that’s not the case. It’s typically skin-to-skin direct contact, but it can also be respiratory droplets or through contaminated fomites or objects in an infected person’s households.”

Dr de Gascun said referring to monkeypox as an STI “automatically causes some people to think they are not at risk because perhaps they’re not sexually active or they haven’t been in contact with somebody sexually in a period of time or they haven’t seen somebody with lesions”.


And let's be clear on something, Saager, if I were a gay man and I knew you and you came up to me to lecture me about my 'behavior,' I think I'd punch you in the face (a) for your homophobia, (b) for your assumption that I needed you to explain current events to me because you thought I was too stupid to understand them myself and (c) to help you calm your ass down because you were clearly in the midst of a panic.

It is not a gay disease and the sooner everyone grasp that, the sooner things will be better.  Are gay men more at risk, it appears right now that they are.  But they're not solely at risk and things change and infections can morph.  POLITICO notes:


It may be too late to stop monkeypox from circulating in the U.S. permanently.

The Biden administration was caught off-guard when the CDC confirmed monkeypox in a Massachusetts man on May 18. It was part of the first major outbreak outside parts of Africa where the virus is endemic, an unusual event that quickly spun into a global health crisis.


Caught off guard?  What was the lazy, senile man prepared for?  Clearly, it wasn't to govern.  There was a pandemic in place when he was running for the presidency.  Back then, he spoke of how he would address it and all that he felt Donald Trump was doing wrong about COVID.  Now Joe's president and he tells us it's hear and we're all going to catch it and . . .


When is this dumb ass do-nothing ever prepared?



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Monday, August 01, 2022

THIS JUST IN! JOE HAS A PLAN!

 BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE  

 "DID YOU BRING THE STUFF?" A DESPERATE AND NERVOUS JOE BIDEN ASKED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BALCONEY, SWEAT DRIPPING FROM HIS BROW.  "I'M REALLY JONESING."


THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT  BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- HANDED OVER THE SACK OF SALT WATER TAFFY WHICH THE PRESIDENT IMMEDIATELY BEGAN DEVOURING. 


WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE RESULTS OF A POLL THAT FOUND 75% OF DEMOCRATS WANT SOMEONE ELSE THAN HIM TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024 BUT BIDEN DISMISSED IT.


"NAH, NOT HAPPENING.  THEY LOVE ME.  THEY LOVE MY DIRTY BATH WATER.  LIKE COVID 19, THEY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF ME," HE INSISTED CHEWING WIDLY.


SO HE IS NOT WORRIED AT ALL?


"NOT A BIT," JOE BIDEN EXPLAINED.  "I'VE GOT A SECRET PLAN.  WHEN THINGS START TO GET TOO BAD, I SEND OUT THE KAMALA-BOT AND SUDDENLY I LOOK SMARTER, WARMER AND BETTER BY COMPARISON."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:

 

Moqtada is self-presenting as he's keeping the government from being formed and some will believe that.  He's not keeping it from being formed.  The Kurds have to decide on the president which, at this point, they still haven't.  After the president is voted on -- and that has to be done in a gathering but that gathering doesn't have to take place in the official Parliament building and, due to COVID, it could, in fact, take place virtually.  


But should cry baby Moqtada get his way and a new vote be held, he is aware he probably won't get his way then.  Meaning?  Moqtada saw his own cult -- after he instructed them to vote -- turn out in their lowest numbers ever.  Let's say he and his goons were granted a revote that took place this fall.  What has he accomplished to up those numbers?


Nothing.


By contrast, there are a number of non-Sadrists who sat out the vote that now feel they shouldn't have.  It's much more likely that the same low number is all Moqtada will be able to turn out in a re-vote whereas many others could show up to vote.  Equally true, Mustafa al-Kadhimi will be stopped if he tries to prevent the security forces from voting this go round.  He'll be stopped by the court.  He pulled that one out of thin air and surprised observers back in October.  It was announced right before the elections.


There's already a court ruling ready to be released if there's a revote.  He's not going to be able to deny Iraqis from voting this time just because they're close to Iran and just because they're in the security forces.


All security forces were supposed to be entitled to turn out in early voting.  But then Mustafa announced that the paramilitaries couldn't.  These militias were supposed to work election day -- often far from home -- to protect election polling places and then return to their own districts in time to vote before the polls closed.  


It was Mustafa's attempt (goaded by the US government) to prevent the militia members close to Iran from voting.  


It shouldn't have happened -- and a lot of non-Iraqis aren't aware it did because the western press ignored it.  They only care about a fair vote when they're personal pets don't suffer.  I don't like the militias, we were against them ever being made part of the Iraqi military.  But I won't pretend that a fair election took place when they were disenfranchised.


Many did pretend, many western outlets.  They would include the fact that the militias were saying the elections were not fair and then these 'fair' outlets would insist that there was no evidence of fraud.  No evidence?  They were prevented from voting with the rest of the security forces in the early election that is held just for the security forces.  Then they were still expected to protect polling places on election day for their assigned shift -- often requiring several hours of travel to get to the polling place they were assigned -- and were supposed to somehow make it to their own polling place to vote.  


This did not happen by accident.  It was a means to suppress the vote.  


 

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    THIS JUST IN! KAMALA STANDS UP!

    BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE  

    TODAY, THESE REPORTER WERE SUMMONED TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR A MEETING WITH  VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS WHO WANTED TO SPEAK TO US -- EXCLUSIVE: MUST CREDIT  BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX --  SPOKE TO A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE -- MAINLY WHITE HOUSE WORKERS THAT HER STAFF CORRALLED AND USED FOR PROPS.  SHE DECLARED:


    I DID NOTHING WHEN THEY CAME FOR JULIAN ASSANGE.

    I DID NOTHING WHEN THEY CAME FOR ED SNOWDEN.

    NOW THEY HAVE COME FOR THE SWEETIN AND I MUST NOT BE SILENT.


    HARRIS WAS, OF COURSE, REFERRING TO THE JUNE 27TH SHOVING OF  JODIE SWEETIN WHEN THE ACTRESS WAS PROTESTING THE OVERTURNING OF ROE V.. WADE.


    "THE IMPORTANCE OF ROE V WADE NEVER ACTUALLY REGISTERED WITH ME," CONFESSED HARRIS, "UNTIL I SAW TV'S LITTLE STEPHANIE TANNER BEING PUSHED AROUND BY POLICE WHILE SIMPLY TRYING TO EXERCISE HER RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH. HOW RUDE! LITTLE STEPHANIE.  SHE'S ALREADY LOST HER FATHER DANNY AND AUNT BECKY, OF COURSE, JUST GOT OUT OF PRISON.  HOW MUCH MORE CAN ONE FAMILY ENDURE?"

    "VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS," WE ASKED -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- THIS EVENT HAPPENED A MONTH AGO."


    "TIME," HARRIS INTONED, "KNOWS NO CALENDAR. CARRY ON, MY FOOT SOLDIERS, CARRY ON!"


    WITH A LARGE WHIRRING NOISE, HARRIS SPUN AROUND SUDDENLY AND ZIPPED OFF TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION WITHIN THE EISENHOWER EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:


    If the Security Council takes a pass, Iraq appears ready to address it themselves.  MEHR NEWS AGENCY reports:

    An Iraqi Parliament member announced that the Iraqi Parliament is reviewing passing a law on expelling Turkish forces from Iraqi soil.

    "The Iraqi parliament is determined to determine the task of the case of the illegal presence of Turkish army forces in the areas of northern Iraq, which is considered a clear violation of its sovereignty," the source cited.


     


    The Coordination Framework, an umbrella parliamentary bloc including all Iran-backed Shia factions, formally nominated Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani to be the new Iraqi prime minister, Iraqi state media reported Monday. 

    "Today, the leaders of the Shia framework met in positive conditions and they unanimously agreed to nominate Mr Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani for the [Iraqi] premiership," read a statement released by the Coordination Framework. 

    Al-Sudani, 52, is a Shia Iraqi lawmaker from the south-eastern Maysan Governorate. He has a Bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences. He has held several posts and ministerial portfolios in the Iraqi government, including the governor of Maysan, the minister of human rights in 2010, and the minister of labour and social affairs in 2014.   


    Doesn't that end the stalemate?  No.  As ARAB WEEKLY notes:

    The attention of Iraqis has shifted to the disagreement between Kurdish forces over the nomination of the country’s next president, after the Shia camp within the Coordinating Framework managed to reach an agreement on the selection of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani as its nominee for prime minister.

    Iraqi political analysts say that the approach of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) could scupper any deal with The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to agree on a nominee for the presidency because the KDP is not looking for a compromise with the PUK and continues to pressure the pro-Iran Shia political alliance, the Coordination Framework in a way that some descibe as an "attempt at blackmail"...


    You can't jump to the prime minister.  A prime minister-designate is named by the president.  Once named, the designate has 30 days to form a Cabinet which is the test that proves the designate is up to the job and, if so, can move from prime minister designate to prime minister.

    By custom, the president is a Kurd.

    The forming of a Cabinet in 30 days has never really been held and that's why Iraq's governments have been in disarray from the start.

    So what might be considered is how much does the Constitution have to be followed?

    The Constitution is clear that a president is elected and the president's first job is to then name a prime minister-designate.  Could Iraq use the existing president to name a prime minister-designate?  It probably could attempt to but doing so would make the KDP angry and probably lose their votes.

    Another step around the impasse?

    The Coordinating Framework could nominate, in front of Parliament, a person for the presidency.  By custom, it would need to be a Kurd and it would need to be someone popular enough to get the votes.  There is no rule in the Constitution that says the PUK and the KDP get to work out who the president of Iraq is.  They can be bypassed.  But you're going to need a very popular nominee to do that. 

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    THIS JUST IN! WHO'S NOT A ROBOT!

    BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE  


    IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS SPOKE WITH THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- ABOUT THE STATE OF THE INTERNET. WHAT FOLLOWS IS AN UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT.

    V.P. HARRIS: WELL THANK YOU FOR FINALLY GETTING AROUND TO INTERVIEWING ME. YOU KNOW PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ISN'T THE ONLY ONE WORKING IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. AND I AM A LIVING, BREATHING PERSON. I AM NOT A ROBOT. I HAVE NOT BEEN PROGRAMMED WITH A STREAM OF PAT RESPONSES. I AM NOT A ROBOT. IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU I AM A ROBOT, THEY ARE WRONG. I AM NOT A ROBOT. I AM A LIVING, BREATHING PERSON. I AM NOT A ROBOT.

    US: YES, VICE PRESIDENT, WE WANTED TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT SPOKE ABOUT THE EMPOWERMENT THE INTERNET CAN PROVIDE.

    VP: AT THE CEO SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS, YES.  I ATTENDED AND SPOKE.  AS A PERSON, NOT AS A ROBOT.  I AM NOT A ROBOT.

    US: YOU USED AN EXAMPLE OF HOW A WOMAN IN HONDURAS, RURAL HONDURAS, COULD BE EMPOWERED. IT CAN EMPOWER AND IT CAN HARM. LAST WEEK, THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCED A NEW TASK FORCE THAT WOULD BE EXAMINING "CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ONLINE HARASSMENT, MASS SHOOTINGS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND MEMBERS OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY."

    VP: CORRECT AND I AM HEADING THAT TASK FORCE. IT IS AN IMPORTANT JOB AND WOULD NOT BE HANDED OVER TO A ROBOT. WHY DO YOU ASK?

    US: IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE MAKING THE INTERNET SAFER -- A TASK WE THINK IS IMPOSSIBLE AND WILL ULTIMATELY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD -- WHY DON'T YOU BAN REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. LIKE SCOTT PIG RITTER. THREE TIMES ARRESTED, CONVICTED AND SENT TO PRISON AND NOW A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER. HE ATTEMPTED TO HOOK UP WITH UNDERAGE GIRLS AND HE UTITLIZED THE INTERNET FOR THAT. BUT NOW, NOT ONLY DO PEOPLE LIKE JIMMY DORE BRING HIM ON HIS SHOW, HE ALSO JUST STARTED HIS OWN SHOW ON YOUTUBE. AT THE VERY LEAST, SHOULDN'T HIS APPEARANCES AND YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND TWITTER FEED COME WITH A WARNING THAT HE IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER.

    VP: WELL. AGAIN, THIS IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOUR VOICE, YOUR EXPERIENCCE, YOUR TRUTH, CANNOT BE SUPPRESSED AND IT MUST BE HEARD, RIGHT? I -- AT SOME POINT -- YOU KNOW -- WE ARE GOING TO THE BORDER. WE'VE BEEN TO THE BORDER. SO THIS WHOLE -- THIS WHOLE -- THIS WHOLE THING ABOUT THE BORDER. WE'VE BEEN TO THE BORDER. WE'VE BEEN TO THE BORDER.

    US: HUH?

    VP: UKRAINE IS A COUNTRY IN EUROPE. IT EXISTS NEXT TO ANOTHER COUNTRY CALLED RUSSIA. RUSSIA IS A BIGGER COUNTRY. RUSSIA IS A POWERFUL COUNTRY. RUSSIA DECIDED TO INVADE AQ SMALLER COUNTRY CALLE DUKRAINE. SO BASICALLY THAT'S WRONG.


    US: OKAY, UH, WHAT ABOUT THE SCOTT RITTER ISSUE?

    VP: WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN -- I KNOW FOR THIS GROUP, WE ALL BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE CHILDREN OF THE COMMUNITY, THEY ARE A CHILDREN OF THE COMMUNITY.

    US: VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS, ARE YOU OKAY?

    VP: YES AND I AM NOT A ROBOT. I AM A LIVING, BREATHING HUMAN BEING. I AM NOT A ROBOT. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS, WHICH IS WHY WE WILL WORK TOGETHER AND CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, TO TACKLE THESE CHALLENGES, AND TO WORK TOGETHER AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK, OPERATING FROM THE NEW NORMS, RULES AND AGREEMENTS THAT WE WILL CONVENT TO WORK TOGETHER ON TO GALVANIZE GLOBAL ACTION. WITH THAT, I THANK YOU ALL. THIS IS A MATTER OF URGEN PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US, AND I KNOW WE WILL WORK ON THIS TOGETHER.

    SUDDENLY, THERE WAS A WHIRRING AND A BUZZING. WITH A JOLT AND A JERK, VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS TURNED TO THE SIDE AND WITH A BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP BACKED UP BEFORE SUDDENLY WHIZZING AND WHIRLING OFF TOWARDS THE OVAL.

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:


    The persecution of Julian Assange continues.  Oscar Grenfell (WSWS) reports:

    On Friday, British Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that she has approved WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States. Assange’s family, including his wife, Stella Moris, immediately declared that they would fight the decision, including through a further British legal appeal.

    If Assange is extradited, he faces 18 charges under the Espionage Act and 175 years imprisonment for publishing what the American government and the British courts acknowledge was true information exposing US foreign policy.

    When it comes to Ukraine, the US and its allies continuously claim that they are defending democracy against Russian “authoritarianism.” On the basis of these assertions, the Biden administration has funneled tens of billions of dollars in weaponry to the Ukrainian government, in what has become a US-NATO proxy war against Russia.

    In the Asia-Pacific, Washington and its allies similarly assert that they are defending “freedom” in opposition to Chinese “autocracy.”

    The persecution of Assange exposes all of these statements as complete lies used to justify a program of aggressive militarism and war.

    In the heart of Britain, Assange, a journalist, is imprisoned in a maximum-security prison without charge, while the US seeks his extradition for exposing its war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Assange’s legal and democratic rights have been continuously attacked. There is clear evidence that the US oversaw a massive spying operation against Assange, while he was a political refugee in Ecuador London’s embassy. This included illegal surveillance of his privileged communications with lawyers.

    Last September, Yahoo! News reported that in 2017, the Trump administration and the CIA discussed kidnapping or assassinating Assange in London. The article was based on the statements of 30 former US officials.

    Outgoing United Nations Rapporteur Nils Melzer has repeatedly branded the US and British treatment of Assange as torture. Hundreds of doctors have demanded Assange’s freedom and warned of his deteriorating health.

    Despite all of this, the Biden administration has continued the prosecution and the British courts have facilitated it. The contradiction between the supposed US-led campaign for “freedom” in Ukraine, and its determination to lock Assange away, is a staggering display of imperialist hypocrisy.


    This persecution of Julian is about silencing the press.  Monday April 5, 2010, WIKILEAKS released US military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh.  That is when the persecution begins.  It was an intimidation carried out by multiple presidents starting with Barack Obama, continuing with Donald Trump and now the baton for killing the press has been handed off to Joe Biden. This has had the effect of scaring off many traditional news outlets.  They once partnered with Julian to report and now they act as though they've never heard of him.  Saving their own asses?  They may think that.  If they do, they're dead wrong.  An attack on Julian is an attack on all.  And if the attack on Julian is not loudly and publicly rebuked, you can be sure that next up will be THE WASHINGTON POST or THE MIAMI HERALD or some other institution -- despite the US Constitution -- the same one that's being ignored in this attack on Julian.

    Kevin Gosztola (SHADOWPROOF) explains that Patel and the Home Office made the decision that press freedom is "an act capable of 'far more serious damage' than traditional espionage." Max Blumenthal Tweeted:


    Mainstream US reporters could have led a drum beat for freeing Assange but most kept silent or defamed him as a digital terrorist and/or Russian asset. The US msm has thus colluded in one the worst assaults on a free press of our time and share responsibility for his extradition.


    Glenn Greenwald (SUBSTACK) notes, "An extremely unusual unanimity among press freedom and civil liberties groups was formed in early 2021 to urge the Biden administration to cease its prosecution of Assange, but Biden officials — despite spending the Trump years masquerading as press freedom advocates — ignored them (an interview conducted last week with Stella Assange by my husband, the Brazilian Congressman David Miranda, on Brazil's Press Freedom Day, regarding the latest developments and toll this has taken on the Assange family, can be seen here)."   Saturday, Oscar Grenfell (WSWS) reported:


    Meanwhile, El Pais reported last week that Britain is obstructing the Spanish National High Court from examining other allegations of illegal spying on Assange’s legal team.

    Taken together, the various abuses to which Assange has been subjected, and the protracted character of his persecution, brand it as one of the political crimes of the century.

    Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, Assange’s wife Stella Moris said the British legal process was being “used to prolong Julian’s suffering.” Britain, she said, “should not be engaging in persecution on behalf of a foreign power that is out for revenge… that foreign power committed crimes which Julian put into the sunlight.”

    Moris vowed, “we’re going to fight this,” including through a final appeal within the British set-up. Robinson explained that this would focus on the political nature of the prosecution, its contravention of the British-US extradition treaty and the various abuses, including the CIA plots against Assange.

    Together with Moris and WikiLeaks, press groups, journalists’ associations and international rights groups warned that Patel’s decision represents a frontal onslaught on core rights that will be deployed against others.

    American whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who exposed mass NSA spying, tweeted: “Hard to believe, but it looks real. Every serious press freedom group in the world has protested this. It is an appalling symbol of how far the British and American governments’ commitment to human rights has declined.”

    Well-known Australian investigative journalist John Pilger posted: “Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of Julian #Assange to an American hellhole. A new appeal will now challenge the political rottenness of British ‘justice.’ Either we raise our voices as never before, or our silence colludes in the death of an heroic man.”



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