Everything Will Fundamentally Change, by David Swanson

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 8, 2020
November 9, 2020

In June 2019, Joe Biden promised wealthy so-called donors that nothing would fundamentally change. At this moment hundreds of millions of people — from those shooting off fireworks to those ranting as though they will soon shoot up public places in their MAGA hats — seem convinced that everything will fundamentally change. Biden was wrong. Everybody else is right. Either everything will change for the better or one or both of the twin dangers of environmental and nuclear apocalypse will change everything for the worse.

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Roger Waters, John Pilger, Ray McGovern and Miko Peled: The Trial of Julian Assange

graffiti, Leake Street

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with John Pilger

Miko Peled on Oct 15, 2020

Recently, U.S. prosecutors indicted WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange on seventeen espionage charges stemming from the disclosure of atrocities committed by the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. With global consequences directly affecting the freedom of the press, Assange stands to be extradited from the UK to trial to the U.S. under the Espionage Act. In this upcoming online event, author and activist, Miko Peled, speaks with three prominent activists who have persistently advocated for Assange’s release and freedom.

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Chris Hedges and Craig Murray: Assange Extradition Hearing + John Pilger: Assange’s Crimes Are Truth Telling + Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange, by John Pilger

Free Julian Assange

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 3, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with Craig Murray, a former British Ambassador, the hearing underway in London to extradite Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to the United States.

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John Pilger, Daniel Ellsberg and Alexander Mercouris: Julian Assange Extradition Hearing + Kevin Gosztola: Day 10 + Joe Lauria: Day 10 + Craig Murray: What I’ve Told You Won’t Be Reported On The BBC

Free Assange

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CN Live! E16 The Extradition Extra Edition: Ellsberg, Pilger & Mercouris

Consortium News on Sep 19, 2020

After a powerful week for the Assange defence we invite expert witness Daniel Ellsberg, veteran journalist John Pilger and UK legal analyst Alexander Mercouris to comment.

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Six Reasons Julian Assange Should Be Thanked, Not Punished, by David Swanson

Free Julian Assange

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 18, 2020

1. The effort to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for journalism is a threat to future journalism that challenges power and violence, but a defense of the media practice of propagandizing for war. While the New York Times benefited from Assange’s work, its only reporting on his current hearing is an article about technical glitches in the court proceedings — utterly avoiding the content of those proceedings, even falsely suggesting that the content was inaudible and otherwise unobtainable. The corporate U.S. media silence is deafening. Not only does President Donald Trump’s effort to imprison Assange (or, as he has publicly advocated in the past, kill him) conflict with media fictions about Russia, and contradict fundamental pretenses about U.S. respect for freedom of the press, but it also serves an important function that is clearly in the interest of media outlets that promote wars. It punishes someone who dared to expose the malevolence, cynicism, and criminality of U.S. wars.

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Global Assange + Julian Assange’s Father, John Shipton Speaks Out

Julian Assange

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

ARTE Documentary on ~ Jun 30, 2020

The ‘Operation Hotel’ revelations back in 2018 revealed that the Ecuadorian government was spying on Julian Assange, taking refuge in their London embassy at the time. But recent evidence from Spanish authorities suggests that it was in fact American intelligence that sponsored the surveillance. With the USA currently trying to extradite Assange from his London prison to be tried for the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents on WikiLeaks, the global Assange story, murkier than ever, is ongoing.

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Chris Hedges: Collateral Murder Video and the US Military Cover Up

Birgitta Jonsdottir visits US to raise awareness about Manning

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 11, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to journalist, Dean Yates, who thirteen years ago was the head of Reuters’ Baghdad bureau. On July 12, 2007, Yates learned two of his employees – Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen had been fired upon and killed by the U.S. Army. A war crime the U.S. military tried to cover up. Their deaths, and those of others, were the focus of the now-infamous video, Collateral Murder, leaked by Chelsea Manning and released by Wikileaks.

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Chris Hedges: Ramifications For Press Freedom In Julian Assange Extradition

Julian Assange US Extradition Hearing: It Raises Massive Concerns About Free Speech

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 27, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the extradition hearing of Julian Assange with lawyer, author and professor, Marjorie Cohn.

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Trump and Fox… Peddling Fake News for Military Coup + So It’s OK to Erase Soviet Statues, but Not Western Imperialist Ones? by Finian Cunningham

Abolish the Police Street art, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, MN, June, 2020

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, June 16, 2020
June 21, 2020

President Trump’s favorite news channel Fox has been caught out falsifying protests in Seattle, giving the distorted impression that the city is overrun by armed anarchists. That conveniently set Trump off on a rant in which he threatened to send in military forces to “take back” the city from “domestic terrorists”.

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John Pilger, Stefania Maurizi and Charles Glass: Journalists Speak Out For Julian Assange

Free Assange

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with John Pilger

Consortium News on Apr 18, 2020

With imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange facing the twin dangers of extradition to the U.S. and Coronavirus in Belmarsh prison, watch a panel discussion on the state of Assange’s legal process, the state of his health and the health of press freedom with John Pilger, Italian reporter and WikiLeaks partner Stefania Maurizi and journalist and author Charles Glass.

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John Pilger: Julian Assange Must Be Freed, Not Betrayed + The Prosecution of Julian Assange

John Pilger: Julian Assange Must Be Freed, Not Betrayed + The Prosecution of Julian Assange

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by John Pilger
John Pilger
February 18, 2020

On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

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David Swanson: How Do You Blow the Whistle on a Whole Society? + Transcript

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 25

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 6, 2020

“Both war and murder are crimes. It is a crime under Iraqi law to murder someone in Iraq, just as under U.S. law to murder someone here. It is a crime under international law to commit war in Iraq just as it would be in the United States. War is murder by military. Murder is war without military. The legal and moral distinction between murder and war is not and should not be what people suppose. And the distinction should not be a question of who the victims are.”

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Chris Hedges, Abby Martin and Mike Prysner: The Heroic Aspect Of The Palestinian People Who Just Keep Resisting

The Heroic Aspect Of The Palestinian People Who Just Keep Resisting

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with Chris Hedges, Abby Martin and Mike Prysner

RT America on Dec. 7, 2019

Chris Hedges talks to journalist Abby Martin and producer Mike Prysner about their new film. ‘Gaza Fights for Freedom‘ focuses on the Palestinian Great March of Return protests, during which nearly 200 people were killed and 10,000 men, women and children were wounded.

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The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now by John Pilger + Jennifer Robinson: What’s Really Happening to Julian Assange?

Free Assange

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by John Pilger
John Pilger
November 25, 2019

Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the “Assange effect”.

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Abby Martin: Netanyahu Should Be Indicted for War Crimes!

Abby Martin: Netanyahu Should Be Indicted for War Crimes!

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with Abby Martin

Abby Martin: Israeli War Crimes Against Palestinians, an In-Depth Look ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’

goingundergroundRT on Nov 23, 2019

We speak to journalist and creator of the ‘Empire Files’ series Abby Martin on her new documentary ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’. She discusses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent indictment and why this will change nothing for Palestinians since Netanyahu is not being indicted for war crimes. She then discusses her new documentary which features sections on Israel’s use of banned explosive rounds and use of tear gas and other chemical weapons on Gaza’s Palestinians, the continuously deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, the history of Israel’s establishment and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs, war crimes committed by the IDF historically and recently during Gaza’s Great Return March protests and more!

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