Jeremy Corbyn’s Silence During Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing – Global Research

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02-03-20 05:04:00,

Last week, Julian Assange was subjected to an extradition hearing brought by the Trump administration to bring the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face Espionage Act charges carrying a 175-year prison sentence.

Throughout the four-day proceedings in London, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his closest allies, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, along with every single Labour MP, have kept their mouths firmly shut. Their silence was tantamount to collusion in a monstrous political show trial, aimed at silencing a publisher and journalist who has exposed US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Assange’s defence team detailed Washington’s conspiracy to silence him by any means necessary. The proceedings also revealed how the British courts and Boris Johnson’s Conservative government are prepared to trample on basic democratic and legal rights to ensure that Assange is sent to the US and silenced forever.

The extradition hearing had a Kafkaesque character. On February 24, Assange took his seat at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in a bulletproof glass box. He could barely hear his legal team outlining his defence against extradition. The bulk of the world’s press, stuck in a porta-cabin grandly described as a “media annexe,” could also barely hear or follow events.

For the defence, Edward Fitzgerald QC made a powerful presentation insisting that the US extradition request was illegal because it was demonstrably politically motivated. He detailed the extraordinary level of criminality involved in the US vendetta against Assange, including the methods employed by Spanish security firm US Global on behalf of the CIA to monitor every movement of the award-winning journalist during his political asylum inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Private and privileged conversations between Assange and his lawyers and doctors were filmed, even in the toilet, so that he was forced to sleep in a tent in his bedroom to protect his privacy.

More devastating still were the revelations of an unnamed Spanish whistle-blower, “witness 2,” that the US had plotted to kidnap and possibly kill Assange.

“There were conversations” between the CIA and UC Global head David Morales “about whether there should be more extreme measures contemplated, such as kidnapping or poisoning Julian Assange in the embassy,” Fitzgerald told the court.

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Jeremy Hunt stays mum when asked about Assange on way to press freedom conference (VIDEO)

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11-07-19 12:46:00,

What did UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the host of an international media freedom conference, have to say about the controversial arrest and pending extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange? Nothing.

Assange marked his 48th birthday inside a top security British prison last week, where he is awaiting extradition hearings on request from the US, where he is likely to be sentenced to effectively a lifetime behind bars. Critics say he is being punished for revealing embarrassing secrets of the US government and that his expected trial and conviction would set a disastrous precedent for media freedom.

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Seems like a thing to be discussed at the Global Conference for Media Freedom currently underway in London? Not really, it’s not on the agenda.

So Ruptly, RT’s video agency, which was not allowed to take part in the high-profile gathering by the British authorities, tried to get a comment from Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as he was rushing to the event on Thursday. The official wouldn’t say a word about Assange and only muttered that banning Russian media from the conference was “not about freedom.”

His nonchalance was caught on camera.

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Das Komplott mit dem Ziel, Jeremy Corbyn von der Macht fernzuhalten

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09-07-19 09:40:00,

Seit Jeremy Corbyn im September 2015 mit überwältigender Mehrheit zum Vorsitzenden der Labour Party gewählt wurde, weht ihm ein feindseliger Wind entgegen – aus den Medien und vom politischen Establishment. Zuletzt hieß es: Er sei dem Amt des Ministerpräsidenten alleine körperlich und geistig nicht gewachsen. Die Angriffe auf Corbyn, der sein ganzes politisches Leben lang für die Armen, die Arbeiter, für Benachteiligte und Minderheiten eingestanden ist und gegen Rassismus, Apartheid – sei es in Süd-Afrika oder Israel – und die kriegerische Außenpolitik Großbritanniens gekämpft hat, sind kein Zufall, so der Journalist Jonathan Cook. Er sieht darin vielmehr den konzertierten Versuch der etablierten Kräfte, ihn von der Macht fernzuhalten – koste es, was es wolle. Ein Artikel von Jonathan Cook aus dem Englischen von Susanne Hofmann.

Jonathan Cook ist britischer Journalist und berichtet seit 2001 als freier Auslandskorrespondent aus Nazareth. Er ist Preisträger des Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Zu seinen Büchern gehören „Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East“ und „Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair”. Seine Berichte finden sich auch auf seiner Website.

Das Komplott mit dem Ziel, Jeremy Corbyn von der Macht fernzuhalten

Während des jüngsten schier unaufhörlichen Medien-„Rummels“ um Jeremy Corbyns angebliche Untauglichkeit für das Amt des Labour-Vorsitzenden – ganz zu schweigen vom Amt des Premierministers – gerät leicht in Vergessenheit, wo wir standen, kurz ehe er die Unterstützung einer überwältigenden Mehrheit der Labour-Mitglieder bekam, die Parteiführung zu übernehmen.

In den vorangegangenen Jahren kam man im Fernsehen um die Figur Russell Brand kaum herum: ein Komiker und zweitrangiger Filmstar, der sich nach jahrelangem Kampf gegen Drogenabhängigkeit als spiritueller Guru und politischer Revolutionär wiedererfunden hatte.

Das politische und mediale Establishment reagierte mit feixender Herablassung auf Brands Kritik – Tacheles im Schnellsprech – an der bestehenden politischen Ordnung. Diskreditiert, nannte er sie, unverantwortlich und nicht repräsentativ. Dennoch begegneten ihm die britischen Medien, das war zu einer Zeit, ehe Donald Trump Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten geworden war, mit einer gewissen Nachsicht. Offenbar glaubten sie, er und seine Ideen könnten ihnen zu besseren Quoten beim jüngeren Publikum verhelfen.

Doch Brand entwickelte deutlich mehr Strahlkraft als man ihm zugetraut hatte. Sogar mit angeblichen medialen Schwergewichten wie Jeremy Paxman von der BBC und Jon Snow von Channel 4 nahm er es auf und rang sie nieder,

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The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power – Global Research

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04-07-19 06:09:00,

In the latest of the interminable media “furores” about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed unfitness to lead Britain’s Labour party – let alone become prime minister – it is easy to forget where we were shortly before he won the support of an overwhelming majority of Labour members to head the party.

In the preceding two years, it was hard to avoid on TV the figure of Russell Brand, a comedian and minor film star who had reinvented himself, after years of battling addiction, as a spiritual guru-cum-political revolutionary.

Brand’s fast-talking, plain-speaking criticism of the existing political order, calling it discredited, unaccountable and unrepresentative, was greeted with smirking condescension by the political and media establishment. Nonetheless, in an era before Donald Trump had become president of the United States, the British media were happy to indulge Brand for a while, seemingly believing he or his ideas might prove a ratings winner with younger audiences.

But Brand started to look rather more impressive than anyone could have imagined. He took on supposed media heavyweights like the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman and Channel 4’s Jon Snow and charmed and shamed them into submission – both with his compassion and his thoughtful radicalism. Even in the gladiatorial-style battle of wits so beloved of modern TV, he made these titans of the political interview look mediocre, shallow and out of touch. Videos of these head-to-heads went viral, and Brand won hundreds of thousands of new followers.

Then he overstepped the mark.

Democracy as charade 

Instead of simply criticising the political system, Brand argued that it was in fact so rigged by the powerful, by corporate interests, that western democracy had become a charade. Elections were pointless. Our votes were simply a fig-leaf, concealing the fact that our political leaders were there to represent not us but the interests of globe-spanning corporations. Political and media elites had been captured by unshored corporate money. Our voices had become irrelevant. 

Brand didn’t just talk the talk. He started committing to direct action. He shamed our do-nothing politicians and corporate media – the devastating Grenfell Tower fire had yet to happen – by helping to gain attention for a group of poor tenants in London who were taking on the might of a corporation that had become their landlord and wanted to evict them to develop their homes for a much richer clientele.

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The Hitlerization Of Jeremy Corbyn (Among Others)

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14-06-19 08:37:00,

Authored (satirically) by CJ Hopkins via The Unz Review,

Every time you think the corporatocracy’s manufactured anti-Semitism hysteria cannot possibly get more absurd, they somehow manage to outdo themselves. OK, stay with me now, because this is a weird one.

Apparently, American Hitler and his cronies are conspiring with some secret group of “Jewish leaders” to stop British Hitler from becoming prime minister and wiping out all the Jews in Great Britain. Weird, right? But that’s not the weird part, because maybe American Hitler wants to wipe out all the Jews in Great Britain himself, rather than leaving it to British Hitler … Hitlers being notoriously jealous regarding their genocidal accomplishments.

No, the weird part is that everyone knows that American Hitler does not make a move without the approval of Russian Hitler, who is also obsessed with wiping out the Jews, and with destroying the fabric of Western democracy. So why would Russian Hitler want to let American Hitler and his goons thwart the ascendancy of British Hitler, who, in addition to wanting to wipe out all the Jews, also wants to destroy democracy by fascistically refunding the NHS, renationalizing the rail system, and so on?

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? In any event, here’s the official story.

In “a recording leaked to The Washington Post,” and then flogged by the rest of the corporate media, Reichsminister des Auswärtigen, Mike Pompeo, told a group of unnamed “Jewish leaders” that American Hitler (i.e., Donald Trump) will “push back” (i.e., intervene) against British Hitler (i.e., Jeremy Corbyn) to protect the lives of Jews in Great Britain if British Hitler becomes prime minister (and is possibly already doing so now). The identities of these “Jewish leaders” have not been disclosed by the corporate media, presumably in order to protect them from being murdered by Corbyn’s Nazi hit squad. Whoever they were, they wanted to know whether American Hitler and his fascist cabinet were “willing to work with [them] to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews” after Jeremy Corbyn seizes power, declares himself Führer of Communist Britannia, and orders the immediate invasion of France.

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