Noam Chomsky Testifies In Assange Hearing; Extradition Decision Not Expected Till Next Year

03-10-20 01:42:00,

Authored by Craig Murray via,

I really do not know how to report Wednesday’s events. Stunning evidence, of extreme quality and interest, was banged out in precis by the lawyers as unnoticed as bags of frozen chips coming off a production line.

The court that had listened to Clair Dobbin spend four hours cross-examining Carey Shenkman on individual phrases of first instance court decisions in tangentially relevant cases, spent four minutes as Noam Chomsky’s brilliant exegesis of the political import of this extradition case was rapidly fired into the court record, without examination, question or placing into the context of the legal arguments about political extradition. ago Noam Chomsky visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

Twenty minutes sufficed for the reading of the “gist” of the astonishing testimony of two witnesses, their identity protected as their lives may be in danger, who stated that the CIA, operating through Sheldon Adelson, planned to kidnap or poison Assange, bugged not only him but his lawyers, and burgled the offices of his Spanish lawyers Baltazar Garzon. This evidence went unchallenged and untested.

The rich and detailed evidence of Patrick Cockburn on Iraq and of Andy Worthington on Afghanistan was, in each case, well worthy of a full day of exposition. I should love at least to have seen both of them in the witness box explaining what to them were the salient points, and adding their personal insights. Instead we got perhaps a sixth of their words read rapidly into the court record. There was much more.

I have noted before, and I hope you have marked my disapproval, that some of the evidence is being edited to remove elements which the US government wish to challenge, and then entered into the court record as uncontested, with just a “gist” read out in court. The witness then does not appear in person. This reduces the process from one of evidence testing in public view to something very different. Wednesday confirmed the acceptance that this “Hearing” is now devolved to an entirely paper exercise. It is in fact no longer a “hearing” at all. You cannot hear a judge reading. Perhaps in future it should be termed not a hearing but an “occasional rustling”,

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Noam Chomsky: Die USA sind ein Schurkenstaat & die Ermordung von Suleimani bestätigt dies

27-01-20 03:13:00,

Unter dieser Überschrift hat acTVism Munich dankenswerterweise einen Beitrag von Chomsky ins Deutsche übersetzt und veröffentlicht. Der Beitrag stammt vom 7. Januar, ist aber ganz und gar nicht veraltet. Diesen Beitrag anzuhören, lohnt sich – wegen der klaren Einordnung der Vorgänge durch den Linguisten und wegen der vielen Details. Ich weise auch deshalb darauf hin, weil auch an der klaren Kennzeichnung der USA durch den US-Bürger und Wissenschaftler Chomsky sichtbar wird, wie albern die vor Jahren erhobenen Vorwürfe sind, die NachDenkSeiten bedienten sich des Antiamerikanismus, wenn sie auf den seit langem sichtbaren Charakter der USA (z.B. „Der Tod kommt aus Amerika“ …) hinweisen. Unser Verbündeter ist ein Schurkenstaat. Ob diese Erkenntnis allerdings auch mal in Berlin ankommt, ist fraglich.

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Noam Chomsky: Democrats Are Failing the Test of Our Time

25-08-19 12:30:00,

Noam Chomsky: Democrats Are Failing the Test of Our TimeNoam Chomsky. (Hatem Moussa / AP)

As the Amazon rainforest burns and glaciers melt historically fast, to many Americans, Democrats are failing to rise to the occasion, particularly when they focus on such topics as the Russia investigation, according to Noam Chomsky. “It was obvious from the beginning that they were not going to find very much,” the linguist and activist tells writer David Barsamian in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Truthout.

“Trump’s a crook,” he says. “We knew that already—but they’re not going to find any real collusion with the Russians, and [Mueller] didn’t.” This “laserlike focus on Robert Mueller,” as Chomsky describes it, is consuming too much of Democrats’ airtime, campaigning energy and overall electoral strategy.

He believes they should be focused on Trump’s policies, especially his environmental plans, because “Trump’s climate policy may literally be a virtual death knell for the species,” he points out. “We’ve got a couple of years to try to deal somehow with the environmental crisis. It can be controlled. It’s not easy, but it can be done. If you waste a couple of years by trying to escalate the crisis, you might just push us over the edge.”

Chomsky’s evidence includes the fourth National Climate Assessment by the Transportation Security Administration, produced in 2018, which, he explains, revealed that “by the end of this century, global temperatures will have risen 4 degrees centigrade [7.2 F]. That’s way beyond what the scientific consensus says will make life unlivable.”

As journalist Umair Irfan explained in Vox when the report was released last November, “Global warming could cause more harm to the US economy by 2100 than even the Great Recession did”—if humans are around to bear the impact, that is.

Instead of heeding the advice of its own scientists, the Trump administration practically buried the report, releasing it the Friday after Thanksgiving. Worse, Chomsky notes, rather than use the terrifying information as the impetus to take action, the administration used the report as a reason to not limit car emissions. He says its attitude seemed to be: “Look, we’re going off the cliff anyway, and car emissions don’t make that much of a difference.

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Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.

13-04-19 08:10:00,

Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange’s arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman in Boston, as we sit down with Noam Chomsky for a public conversation. I asked him about the arrest of Julian Assange.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, the Assange arrest is scandalous in several respects. One of them is just the effort of governments—and it’s not just the U.S. government. The British are cooperating. Ecuador, of course, is now cooperating. Sweden, before, had cooperated. The efforts to silence a journalist who was producing materials that people in power didn’t want the rascal multitude to know about—OK?—that’s basically what happened. WikiLeaks was producing things that people ought to know about those in power. People in power don’t like that, so therefore we have to silence it. OK? This is the kind of thing, the kind of scandal, that takes place, unfortunately, over and over.

To take another example, right next door to Ecuador, in Brazil, where the developments that have gone on are extremely important. This is the most important country in Latin America, one of the most important in the world. Under the Lula government early in this millennium, Brazil was the most—maybe the most respected country in the world. It was the voice for the Global South under the leadership of Lula da Silva. Notice what happened. There was a coup, soft coup, to eliminate the nefarious effects of the labor party, the Workers’ Party. These are described by the World Bank—not me, the World Bank—as the “golden decade” in Brazil’s history, with radical reduction of poverty, a massive extension of inclusion of marginalized populations, large parts of the population—Afro-Brazilian, indigenous—who were brought into the society, a sense of dignity and hope for the population. That couldn’t be tolerated.

After Lula’s—after he left office, a kind of a “soft coup” take place—I won’t go through the details,

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Noam Chomsky zur aktuellen Lage von Demokratie & Menschenrechten |

08-04-19 01:43:00,

Ein Beitrag von acTVism Munich

In diesem von Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia (FORSEA) produzierten und von acTVism Munich ins Deutsche übersetzten und synchronisierten Video spricht Prof. Noam Chomsky über die aktuelle Lage von Demokratie und Menschenrechten weltweit. Chomsky spricht auch eine Reihe von Themen an, darunter die Revolution in den Vereinigten Staaten im 18. Jahrhundert und die Ausarbeitung ihrer Verfassung, den Aufstieg der extremistischen Rechten in Europa heute und die globale Flüchtlingskrise in den westlichen Staaten.


Dieser Beitrag erschien am 04.04.2019 bei acTVism Munich.


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