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Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 28, 2012

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on the United States to move from words to actions, and put an end to its persecution of WikiLeaks, its people and its sources. He made the statement during an address to a panel of UN delegates.

Addressing the representatives of the United Nations’ member countries, the WikiLeaks founder spoke of the difference between words and actions, praising US President Barack Obama for his words.

“We commend and agree with the words that peace can be achieved… But the time for words has run out. It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks, our people and our sources.”

Assange was highly critical of US involvement in the Arab Spring, denouncing Obama as audacious for exploiting it. He added that it is “disrespectful of the dead” to claim that the US has supported forces of change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live on RT: Assange to address UN on human rights

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 26, 2012

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)

Julian Assange will address permanent representatives to the UN General Assembly at a high-level talk on the legal and ethical legitimacy of diplomatic asylum. RT has exclusive rights to broadcast the event live from the UN headquarters in New York.

Among those joining Assange for the panel discussion at the 67th General Assembly Debate on Wednesday will be Ricardo Patino, Foreign Affairs Minister of Ecuador, and Baher Azmy, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Ecuador’s sponsorship of the event is linked to their mid-August decision to grant Assange political asylum, a move that sparked worldwide debate over the legal and human rights dimensions of diplomatic asylum.

Assange took shelter in Ecuador’s London embassy in June after losing his court battle to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault. The WikiLeaks founder fears he will be extradited to the US after arriving in Sweden for his role in leaking thousands of secret US diplomatic and military cables. Washington and Stockholm denied Assange’s allegations. Read the rest of this entry »

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No DNA link to Assange in condom central to sex assault case

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 18, 2012

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

A ripped condom given to Swedish police by one of Julian Assange’s accusers does not contain the WikiLeaks founder’s DNA, forensic scientists have reportedly found.

In a 100-page document shown to Assange’s lawyers, it was revealed that the torn prophylactic, having been examined by staff at two forensic laboratories, did not bear conclusive evidence that Assange had ever worn it, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

Assange’s lawyers said the lack of DNA evidence on the condom, which was allegedly used during a supposed August 2010 sexual assault, indicates that a fake one could have been submitted.

The woman in question, now aged 33, claims to have been molested by Assange at her flat in Stockholm. She says that at one point he deliberately broke a condom in order to have unprotected sex with her.

Assange claims he had consensual sex with the woman, but denies intentionally tearing the condom. He had previously told police that he continued to stay at her residence for the week following the alleged incident, saying his accuser never made any mention of the ripped condom.

But DNA purportedly belonging to Assange was present on a condom submitted by a second woman, who has accused him of rape, prompting Swedish authorities to push ahead with their bid to have him extradited from the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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Assange lawyer: A man who committed no crime is persecuted (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 11, 2012

Julian Assange (AFP Photo/Carl Court)
Julian Assange (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

Baltasar Garzon is no stranger to conflict when it comes to fighting injustice carried out by state powers. In an exclusive interview with RT, the Spanish jurist explained why WikiLeaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange is “worth defending.”

The seemingly intractable battle between Ecuador and Britain over Julian Assange has brought a spotlight on the dangerous path whistleblowers tread in exposing abuses of state power.

With Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June, the small Latin American country’s decision to grant the WikiLeaks founder political asylum sits in heavy contrast to the fact that he lives under lock and key like a fugitive, in constant fear of arrest.

In the midst of this international standoff, Garzon spoke at length with RT’s sister channel Actualidad RT about why the UK was only bluffing when British authorities threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy, why he has no doubt the US is pursuing a case against his client, and the irony that Assange is being persecuted for exposing gross human rights violations, while the perpetuators who committed those criminal acts remain free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gordon Brown Takes Up UN Education Envoy Role

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 14, 2012

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown has taken up a role with the UN as the body’s special envoy for global education, he said in a statement on Friday evening.

The former prime minister said it was a “great privilege to be appointed UN Special Envoy for Global Education and work with Ban Ki-moon to achieve quality education for all.”

Brown, who remains a Labour MP, is set to help support the education’s first initiative, which “aims to achieve quality, relevant, and inclusive education for every child.”

“He will focus on countries with the highest burden of children out of school, recognizing that nearly half of out of school children are in countries affected by conflict. He will help bring about change, mobilize resources and generate additional and sufficient funding.”

The role comes in the same week another former Labour prime minister, Tony Blair, took up a formal post as an adviser to the party on sports policy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brits to pay $3 bln to be spied upon on web, emails, texts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 3, 2012

Police to gain access to who you call, what sites you surf and how you play video games.

Police to gain access to who you call, what sites you surf and how you play video games.

UK taxpayers will have to pay billions of dollars to have their web surfing, email exchange, text messaging, and even Skype calls, monitored. In addition to the hefty price-tag, innocent Brits risk being misidentified as terrorists.

The shocking data comes ahead of the plan announcement in the Queen’s speech, which is scheduled for May. Meanwhile, the Home Office, Britain’s interior ministry, said ministers were preparing to legislate “as soon as parliamentary time allows”.

More than $3 billion over the first decade alone is the extraordinary sum the British taxpayer will have to pay to be legally spied upon, reports the Daily Mail. In addition, annual running costs of roughly $320 million – $610 a minute – to store the data gathered from private communication.

Moreover, the above figures are based on 2009 estimates, which means the actual price, if it were estimated now, would be higher still.

British security agencies are pushing for a law, which would allow police to gain access to who you call, what sites you surf and how you play video games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salbuchi: Putin a break against neo-colonial West

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

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Iran cuts off oil supplies to Britain, France

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) tours the Abadan oil refinery during the inauguration of a petrol making unit in the southwestern city of Abadan on May 24, 2011 (AFP Photo / ISNA / Amir Pourmand)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) tours the Abadan oil refinery during the inauguration of a petrol making unit in the southwestern city of Abadan on May 24, 2011 (AFP Photo / ISNA / Amir Pourmand)

The move was confirmed by the country’s Oil Ministry, with the spokesman saying that Iran will be “selling its oil to new customers”.

The decision is not expected to have a big impact, as France only bought three percent of its oil − 58,000 barrels a day − from the Islamic republic last year, and Britain buys less than 1 per cent.

But it was seen as a warning shot to other EU nations that are bigger consumers of Iranian oil, including Italy, Spain and Greece. The latter would be the most affected, should Iran go ahead with the cuts, as crisis-hit Greece gets more that 30 percent of its oil needs from the Islamic Republic. Read the rest of this entry »

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US closes embassy in Syria, UK recalls ambassador

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 6, 2012

UK foreign secretary William Hague speaking in Parliament on Monday

UK foreign secretary William Hague speaking in Parliament on Monday

The United States has shut down its embassy in Syria. The announcement comes amid mounting reports of lethal government attacks. The UK has followed the suit, summoning their ambassador from Damascus.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says the British ambassador has been recalled from Syria for consultations. The Secretary has also summoned Syria’s representative in London to the Foreign Office so that he could express his“abhorrence” at the violence in the Arab country.

Hague accused China and Russia of “betraying the Syrian people,” saying their blocking a UN resolution on Syria was a “grave error.” The UK Foreign Secretary pledged to increase pressure on the Syrian government through the UN and other bodies.

This is a doomed regime as well as a murdering regime,” Hague told British lawmakers on Monday. “There is no way it can recover its credibility internationally.

Russia says the West is overreacting to the veto Moscow and Beijing used in the UN to block the resolution on Syria, which the two countries perceive as unbalanced. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called such remarks “almost hysterical.” Read the rest of this entry »

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UK Spies Used Fake Rock To Gather Intelligence On Russia, Former Official Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2012

LONDON — It was the spy saga that sounded too implausible to be true – British intelligence officers communicating with Russian agents using equipment hidden inside a fake rock left in a Moscow park.

Now Tony Blair’s ex-chief of staff Jonathan Powell has acknowledged that Russia’s accusations against Britain over the 2006 affair were correct, the first official acknowledgment of the espionage plot that soured ties between London and the Kremlin.

At the time, Russian state television broadcast footage which appeared to show four British officials placing or retrieving the fake rock, and exposed the sophisticated communications equipment inside the plastic boulder.

Blair – then the British prime minister – declined to comment on the issue and Britain’s government has never confirmed the Russian allegations, citing a long standing policy not to discuss intelligence issues.

Powell, however, told the BBC in a documentary broadcast Thursday that British spies had been caught red handed.

“There’s not much you can say, you can’t really call up and say ‘I’m terribly sorry about that, it won’t happen again’. I mean, they had us bang to rights,” said Powell, Blair’s chief of staff throughout his decade in office. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scotland Independence Vote Championed By Alex Salmond

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 11, 2012

LONDON — Breaking up is supposed to be hard to do – but Britain’s government confirmed Tuesday it would happily offer Scotland the powers it needs to sever centuries-old ties to England.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it would sweep away legal hurdles to allow the Scots a vote on whether their country should become independent for the first time since the 18th Century Act of Union, which united Scotland with England to create Great Britain.

But in return, Cameron – who opposes any breakup of the United Kingdom, which also includes Wales and Northern Ireland – is urging Scotland to make its intentions clear “sooner rather than later.” He claims investors are becoming increasingly wary of Scottish leader Alex Salmond’s plans to delay a vote for several years, damaging Britain’s economy.

Salmond, head of Scotland’s semiautonomous government, has long championed independence to allow the country greater control over lucrative oil and natural gas reserves in the North Sea.

His separatist Scottish National Party insists that winning autonomy over tax and spending policies – powers the Scottish government doesn’t presently have – would help replicate the economic success of neighbors like Norway, which has used its energy riches to fund state pensions.

“This is a huge decision for Scotland. This is potentially the biggest decision we have made as a nation for 300 years,” Salmond said Tuesday, on a tour of an oil facility in Dyce, eastern Scotland.

He insisted that Cameron should not take any role in setting out the timetable for the crucial referendum.

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CEBR: Russia to be one of the world’s top five economies by 2020

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2011

Meanwhile, the UK's rating went down one place to seventh position as a result of the continued growth of the Brazilian economy (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Kudenko)

Russia may well improve its standing in the list of the world’s most powerful economies in the next eight years, says the UK-based Center for Economics and Business Research.

According to the Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), Russia would rise to fourth spot from its current position of ninth. With India and Brazil also forecast to climb the ratings, the BRIC economies will take four out of the six top positions in the list. The USA, China and Japan are expected to hold their respective first, second and third places.

The agency says the eurozone crisis is going to be the major contributor to Russia’s ascent. The European Union’s economy is expected to contract by 0.6 per cent in 2012 at best, but by as much as to 2 per cent “if the euro problem is not solved.” The other factor is Russia’s economical slant to the export of natural resources.

The CEBR’s ratings for 2011 included a disappointment for the UK, whose rating went down one place to seventh position as a result of the continued growth of the Brazilian economy. Brazil has surged up to sixth position owing to its vast reserves of natural resources and a rapidly growing middle class, while the UK is gripped by a national-debt crisis and a lack of bank credit.

Brazil has beaten the European countries at soccer for a long time, but beating them at economics is a new phenomenon. Our World Economic League Table shows how the economic map is changing, with Asian countries and commodity-producing economies climbing up the league while we in Europe fall back,” said CEBR chief executive Douglas McWilliams as quoted by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran attack: UK embassy stormed in Tehran

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

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US govt demands Wikileaks destroy all files about them – Assange

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 28, 2011

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has told a media summit that the US government has ordered Wikileaks to destroy all the material is has published on them and stop working with its sources in the government.

“[When we released our documents] the Pentagon said we must destroy everything we published and were going to publish,” Assange said.  ”And if we didn’t, we would be ‘compelled to do so,’” the summit’s website says.

Assange made the allegation in the course of a speech made via Skype at the News 2011 Summit in Hong Kong. Reports say he is being forced by police to stop talking at the summit – exactly the kind of oppressive official action his work has been highlighting.

He was met with a storm of applause from journalists as he appeared on the screen.

Julian Assange is facing extradition from the UK to Sweden on rape charges. His defense believes the extradition could lead to their client facing prosecution in America for his involvement in WikiLeaks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Durban Conference: Ending The Deadlock On A New Kyoto Deal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 28, 2011


World leaders! Be serious on Global Warming issue, please do not play with this:

A new deal on climate change is the hope, but for the nearly 10,000 delegates of the UN’s conference in Durban on the eastern coast of South Africa, a week of difficult negotiations lays ahead.

The event, which starts on Monday, offers a chance for the world community to come together and agree on action. Most pressing is the debate about the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty that set limits on emissions. The treaty runs out at the end of next year, yet so far there has been deadlock on whether to renew, as favoured by China and India, or to draw up a new treaty, as favoured by Russia, Canada and Japan.

India and China favour renewal as they are classed as developing countries, which under the existing treaty have no obligation to cut emissions, leaving developing countries to shoulder the burden. However, as China and India now represent the largest and the third largest emitters on the globe, most industrialised countries are demanding a new agreement, which sees India and China also forced to make reductions. The US pulled out of Kyoto in 2001 over the apparent unfairness of the 1997 terms.

As such, the issue is nothing new. The climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 reached a stalemate over Kyoto, with many predicting a similar outcome for Durban.

However, minds at the conference may be focused by recent figures that reveal that carbon emissions in the atmosphere now far exceed even the worst case predictions of four years ago, with a UN report showing a 6% increase in 2009 to 2010 levels.

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