Wikileaks, Dickileaks & Ubuntu Underage girl

The UK has taken the next step towards extraditing Julian Assange to the US. This is a sad day for journalism.

With all the sex crimes revealed in Australia during 2021, we can’t help feeling Assange has been a scapegoat.

Then again, we couldn’t help thinking there is nothing new here.

How quickly people forget the St Kilda Schoolgirl.
Revealed: St Kilda Schoolgirl is NOT from St Kilda

As the girl was only 16, the press got into the habit of calling her the St Kilda Schoolgirl. In fact, she is not from St Kilda. She only got that name because of her relationships with the St Kilda Football Club.

The news we have to share today is that Julian Assange (Wikileaks) and the St Kilda Schoolgirl (Dickileaks) are both from the same place: FRANKSTON.

— source | Jun 19, 2022

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A foreign policy of might makes right with lipstick

Letters to the Editor

The New York Times

To the Editor:

Hillary Clinton’s exaltation of the late Madeleine Albright neglects the warts and all necessary for a genuine portrait as Oliver Cromwell understood. Was Ms. Clinton seeking to defend her sister misadventures, miscalculations, and extraconstitutional stumbles?

Ms. Albright sermonized against “moral numbness” oblivious to the grisly deaths and suffering inflicted on innocent children and women by economic sanctions she championed. According to Ms. Albright’s moral barometer, killing 500,000 Iraqi children through economic pain was worth it to handcuff Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as she explained to Leslie Stahl on CBS’ 60 Minutes in 1996. Then First Lady Hillary Clinton voiced no dissent, a foreshadow of her support for punitive sanctions as secretary of state that inflicted wincing suffering on Iranian civilians but missed the Ayatollahs.

Ms. Albright chastised General Colin Powell in 1993 for resisting armed intervention to end the siege of Sarajevo with no exit strategy, no discernable national security interest of the United States implicated, and Europe unwilling to do anything at its doorstep. Without addressing General Powell’s concerns, the then Ambassador to the United Nations

— source | Mar 28, 2022

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Sackler family to pay $6bn for role in US opioid crisis

The wealthy Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, is set to pay $6bn (£4.5bn) for its role in America’s opioid epidemic under a new deal.

The sum is nearly $1.7bn more than a previous settlement.

Purdue, which filed for bankruptcy in 2019 amid thousands of lawsuits, made drugs like OxyContin, and is blamed for fuelling the opioid crisis.

Addiction to both legal and illegal opioid painkillers has been a serious, ongoing problem in the US.

The country saw nearly half a million deaths from overdoses between 1999 and 2019, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

— source | 3 Mar 2022

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Credit Suisse’s Bankrolling of Spy Chiefs Involved In CIA Torture

A major global journalism project called “Suisse Secrets” revealed the names of criminals and corrupt government officials who had Credit Suisse accounts, including spy agency chiefs implicated in the CIA’s torture program.

Over a year ago, a whistleblower provided Credit Suisse bank account data to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung from over 18,000 accounts, which belong to foreign customers.

The German newspaper shared the data with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which brought in media partners from all over the world to investigate and verify the data.

Now, in a major global journalism project called “Suisse Secrets,” OCCRP and several media organizations have revealed the names of criminals and corrupt government officials who

— source | Kevin Gosztola | Feb 22, 2022

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Efforts to silence journalists investigating financial crimes

Lawyers are using frivolous legal threats as a key tool to intimidate journalists investigating financial misconduct, according to a new report released by a British think tank today.

The “Unsafe for Scrutiny” report, released by the London-based Foreign Policy Centre, underscores the manifold threats facing journalists internationally who investigate financial misconduct. With responses from 63 journalists working in 43 countries, the survey found that the vast majority of respondents faced threats or harassment during the course of investigating corruption — with many reporters suffering significant impact on their ability to do their jobs.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shared the FPC’s survey with its members, and journalists from ICIJ’s network, which spans more than 260 reporters in more than 100 countries, feature heavily in the report.

“Large-scale transnational investigations, like those conducted by ICIJ, have provided explosive insights into how political and business elites, as well as organised crime

— source International Consortium of Investigative Journalists | Spencer Woodman | Nov 2, 2020

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The Ghosts Haunting Israel’s Wars, Past and Present

The Haaretz editorial for Sunday calls for opening the archives to reveal the complete truth about what happened here in 1948, including all of the massacres and the war crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces soldiers in 1948-49. There is, of course, no demand for justice.

After 73 years, the citizens of Israel are permitted to know what was done in their name during their country’s first war. The victims of that war are also permitted to know all about the travails of their families and the crimes perpetrated against them. A state that is proud of its past does not conceal it. Only a state that is ashamed of its deeds conceals them. An Israel that conceals its past is a state that knows, deep in its heart, that its righteous birth came about through a great and deep sin.

In the wake of the shocking article by Adam Raz in Friday’s Haaretz, disclosing massacres that were reported to the cabinet and concealed ever since, without any of the criminals being punished appropriately, it is indeed time to face the truth, deal with its implications and learn its lessons. The editorial is convinced that when the truth comes to light, it will provoke penetrating public discussion throughout the country. The editorial is mistaken.

That ship sailed a long time ago. Opening the archives and revealing the truth will neither help nor hinder. The process of repression and denial, of erasing reality and

— source Jews For Justice For Palestinians | Gideon Levy | Dec. 12, 2021

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How to Read the Latest Crime Against Women Data?

If the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is to be believed, after many decades Indian women had a relatively good year in 2020. As per the bureau’s ‘Crime in India-2020′ report, crimes against women decreased between 2019 and 2020 by no less than 8.3%. In 2020, a total of 3,71,503 crimes against women were recorded against 4,05,326 crimes in 2019. The NCRB observed in its report, “The country remained under complete lockdown from March 25, 2020, to May 31, 2020, due to COVID-19 Pandemic (First Wave), during which movement in public space was very limited. The cases registered under Crimes against Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Theft, Burglary, Robbery, and Dacoity have therefore declined…”

Was the country actually safer for women in 2020 amid the COVID-19 lockdown? Let us start by looking at domestic violence data to get a clearer picture.

According to the data by the National Commission for Women (NCW), domestic violence against women had increased manifold during the lockdown. Only between March 25 and May 31, the NCW received 1,477 complaints of domestic violence from women. This short span of 68 days recorded more complaints than those received between March and May in the previous

— source | Priyanka Ishwari | 29 Sep 2021

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Top Gymnasts Blast FBI for Bungling Sexual Abuse Probe

Some of gymnastics’ biggest stars offered scathing testimony Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI’s failure to stop serial sexual abuser, USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Lawyers say in the time between when the FBI was first told of Nassar’s crimes and his 2016 arrest, Nassar abused another 120 people. FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized to the gymnasts in the Senate hearing. Last week, the FBI fired an agent involved in the investigation into Nassar. Both the gymnasts and senators on the Judiciary Committee called out Justice Department leadership for failing to appear at Wednesday’s hearing. Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to testify next month.

— source | Sep 17, 2021

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