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« Reply #285 on: January 02, 2011, 01:35:59 PM »

Leaking documents could very well lead to that allied soldiers, or indeed those who help them, will face a higher risk to get killed. If he's not willing to risk his own life, then why risk others?  Confused

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He thinks he is important now, that political leverage is granted.
Of course maybe he would be killed. But what is with the other wikileaks members?
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« Reply #286 on: January 03, 2011, 10:14:58 AM »




For anyone who is slightly interested in the role that Claes Borgstrom played in the political persecution of Julian Assange, please watch the video in the attached link.


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« Reply #287 on: January 03, 2011, 10:27:39 AM »

Below is an article that explains Sweden's involvement in Human Rights violation involving torture of 2 persons, which was instigated by the US government.  Thomas Bordstrom (Swedish Minister of Justice), who is a business partner of Claes Borgstrom, was directly involved and pivotal to the successful extradition of the 2 men to Egypt where the torture took place.  Wikileaks is in a position to expose Claes Borgstrom and Thomas Bordstrum.


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Sweden pressured in 2001 terror case: report
Published: 19 Jan 09 07:08 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/17000/20090119/

Share   Fresh details have surfaced about the deportation of two terror suspects from Sweden to Egypt in December 2001, including allegations of US pressure and the role of former foreign minister Anna Lindh, following the release a new book on Monday.


•Egyptian compensated for forced deportation (19 Sep 08)
•Sweden broke torture ban during CIA deportation (8 Nov 06)
•Egypt deportations: Säpo blames Lindh (24 May 05)
•Persson: Lindh didn?t know about CIA (23 Dec 04)
Lindh, who was assassinated in 2003, has long been seen as the one responsible for deciding to expel Ahmed Agiza and Mohammed Alzery to Egypt in late 2001.

But her friend and former press secretary Eva Franchell writes in a new book released on Monday that the commonly held view doesn’t tell the whole story.

While Lindh did indeed prepare the case ahead of the government’s decision to deport the Egyptians, Franchell claims that the foreign minister had a long conversation with then-prime minister Göran Persson before she began working on the case.

“I think that she felt a lot of pressure from the situation,” Franchell told the TT news agency, adding that she believes Persson was aware of what was going on as the matter unfolded.

“Would Anna Lindh deport two suspected terrorists, in violation of human rights law, to a country that uses torture and then rely on the CIA to get them out and then wait several months before she told her boss? That’s a very unlikely scenario,” said Franchell, referring the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency's role in the matter.

The Aftonbladet newspaper, which reviewed an advance copy of the book, entitled Väninnan: Rapport från Rosenbad (‘Girlfriend: an account from Rosenbad’), wrote in its Sunday edition that the United Sates wanted the CIA to help with the deportations of the Egyptians, threatening to implement a trade boycott against the EU if its wishes weren’t met.

“I don’t know exactly how serious the threat was, but I’ve had it confirmed by many sources that Sweden was under a huge amount of pressure,” said Franchell.

She also describes that the justice minister at the time, Thomas Bodström, was made aware of the case the same as Anna Lindh, December 17th, 2001 – the day before the deportations took place.

“It’s confirmed by an email which I was given,” said Franchell.

Shortly after government decision, a CIA plane left Cairo bound for Stockholm’s Bromma airport.

Agiza and Alzery were then handed over to US agents and flown back to Cairo in what was one of several extraordinary renditions carried out by the United States in the early years of the war on terror.

Both men later claimed they were tortured while being held in Egypt, leading many international human rights bodies to criticize Sweden for its role in the forced deportations.

Both men eventually had their deportations overturned and went on to receive damage awards from the Swedish state in 2008.

In the Riksdag’s constitutional committee, Bodström said it was only then that he learned the CIA was involved.

Late on Sunday night, Persson issued a few statements in reaction to press reports about Franchell’s book.

He wrote that, “the government was jointly responsible for the decision to deport the suspected Egyptian terrorists. It was not an easy decision to make. The case was difficult and demanded a great deal of preparation. The member of the government who was responsible for those preparations was Anna Lindh.”

Persson said he had “another memory” of the matter than what has been described in the press about Franchell’s book.

Bodström is out of the country and didn’t want to comment on the book until he had read it, according to his press secretary.


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« Reply #288 on: January 03, 2011, 11:12:10 AM »




Another article and more information how Sweden participated in a violation of Human Rights, aided by Thomas Bordstrom, business associate of Claes Borgstrom. 



Sweden broke torture ban during CIA deportation
Published: 8 Nov 06 18:13
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/5449/20061108/

Sweden broke the international ban on torture during the deportation of an Egyptian back to his home country in a CIA plane in December 2001.



Swedish officials just looked on while US agents mistreated Mohammad Alzery, along with fellow Eyptian Ahmed Agiza, at Stockholm's Bromma Airport. This means that Sweden itself is responsible for the mistreatment, the committee says, and broke Article 7 of the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the country is a signatory.

"This is very serious indeed for Sweden," said Anna Wigenmark, a lawyer at human rights group the Swedish Helsinki Committee, who represented Alzery at the UN.

"The core of the criticism is that when Sweden decided to deport Alzery, it broke the absolute international ban on torture," she added.

Alzery and Agiza were deported on the US aircraft from Bromma Airport in Stockholm in December 2001. The Swedish government sent them back to Egypt despite having insufficient diplomatic guarantees that they would not be tortured upon his arrival, something Sweden has faced criticism for before, including last year from the UN Torture Committee.

This criticism was reiterated in the latest UN report, which concerned the case of Alzery. The report said Sweden is also responsible for ill-treatment meted out to him by CIA agents while at the Stockholm airport.

The committee points to the conclusion of Sweden's Parliamentary Ombudsman, who said that the men were mistreated by American officials while on Swedish soil. It said that as the CIA agents carried out the mistreatment in Sweden and in the presence of Swedish officials, Sweden was responsible under international law for the abuse of the men.

The report said that it took two years for a Swedish prosecutor to take up the case, something that only happened after a private complaint to the police.

"There was never a full criminal investigation into the allegations of torture," Wigenmark said.

"Nobody ever tried to bring the CIA agents to justice," said Wigenmark.

Sweden has been given ninety days to tell the committee how it plans to prevent future violations and how it plans to provide compensation for Alzery.

The Helsinki Committee is calling for Alzery to be given a Swedish residence permit and to receive compensation for the suffering caused by his deportation.
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« Reply #289 on: January 03, 2011, 11:32:21 AM »

More info on the relationship between Claes Borgstrom & Thomas Bodstrom (Swedish Minister for Justice) who facilitated the extradition to Egypt of 2 swedish citizens for purposes of torture.



Assange's two female accusers' legal representation in Sweden is being handled by the law firm Borgström & Bodstrom. The Bodstrom on the law office shingle hanging in Stockholm is Thomas Bodstrom, the Swedish Justice Minister from 2000 to 2006 in the Social Democratic government of Prime Minister Goran Persson. From 2006 to October 2010, Bodstrom was chairman of the Swedish parliament's Justice committee. After losing his chairmanship, Bodstrom moved in  November 2010, along with his family, to northern Virginia — just as the Wikileaks "story" unfolded. The Social Democrats refused to grant Bodstrom a leave of absence while maintaining his parliamentary seat. Bodstrom resigned his seat. WMR has learned from the Republican Party source that Bodstrom, upset over the decision of the Social Democrats, is now in negotiations with Reinfeldt and the Moderates to switch parties. And, we have learned, the CIA is quietly grooming Bodstrom, a former Swedish soccer star, to be a future Prime Minister of Sweden for the conservative Moderate Party.

Bodstrom's law partner is Claes Borgstrom, Sweden's former Equal Opportunities Ombudsman and an avid, some would call it extremist, supporter of feminist causes. Borgstrom has been representing the two women who have accused Assange of sex crimes while he was in Sweden. One of the women, Anna Ardin, described as a "Christian feminist" has apparently left the country for the Palestinian West Bank and there are reports that she is no longer cooperating with the Swedish deputy prosecutor for Gothenburg, Marianne Ny. WMR has also learned that Bodstrom has had a close relationship with Ny.
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« Reply #290 on: January 03, 2011, 11:50:30 AM »

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Julian Assange Case Is Being Driven by a Tangled Web in Sweden
 
Sofia Wilen and Anna Ardin

A toxic mix of political, legal, and media elites is driving the prosecution in Sweden of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange--apparently with a helping hand from U.S. political guru Karl Rove.

We already have reported on Rove's ties to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and noted similarities between the Assange case and the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

A source who is deeply familiar with Rove's history on the international stage has studied the Assange matter and found that it likely goes beyond the Rove/Reinfeldt alliance. Sweden, our source says, is a small country where the government, legal, and media communities are intertwined. The country is known for its neutrality and strong record on human rights. But our source says the incestuous nature of Swedish elites--and the country's burgeoning right wing--formed a perfect storm that helped create the peculiar sex-related charges against Assange.

Who are the players in this perfect storm? Here is how our source presents them:

* The Accusers--The women who have alleged that Assange committed sexual crimes, under Swedish law, are Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen. Our source says Ardin has a background in the foreign service and has spent time at the U.S. Embassy in Washington, D.C., and worked as a spy in Cuba. She has ties to the Swedish media and apparently has left the country for the Palestinian West Bank. Little is known about Wilen, other than that she is an aspiring photographer. Numerous Web sites have reported that the two women bragged about their encounters with Assange before going to the police.

* The Lawyers--The women are represented by the Stockholm law firm of Borgstrom and Bodstrom. Claes Borgstrom has been out front in the Assange case. His partner, Thomas Bodstrom, is former justice minister of Sweden and is the author of several novels in the legal-thriller genre. He has been called the "John Grisham of Sweden" and reportedly has moved with his family to Virginia.




* The Media Empire--The Assange story has been largely driven by the Swedish newspaper Expressen, and several reports indicate law-enforcement officials regularly are leaking information about the case to the paper. Expressen is owned by Bonnier AB, which is one of the 10 largest media companies in the world. The company is controlled by the Bonnier family, which has German Jewish roots. Our source says one family member serves as Sweden's ambassador to Israel. Bonnier AB controls numerous magazine titles that are familiar to U.S. audiences, including Popular Science, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and Parenting.

How do all of these pieces fit together? Our source spells it out:

* Anna Ardin has written op-ed pieces for a newspaper that is owned by Bonnier AB.

* Bonnier publishing concerns have produced all three of lawyer Thomas Bodstrom's books.

* Lawyer Claes Borgstrom has two sisters who have written books and newspaper articles for Bonnier companies.

* The Bonnier newspapers are described as maintaining a "centre-right" political profile. Their main competitor, Aftonbladet, is described as "social democratic." Our source says the Bonniers are neoconservative Jews, about as far to the right as one can get in Sweden.

* The Bonnier newspapers were highly critical of a 2009 Aftonbladet report that Israel had harvested the organs of Palestinians killed by the Israel Defense Force. Elisabet Borslin Bonnier, Swedish ambassador to Israel, broke with her own government in condemning the articles. The ambassador is a member of the Bonnier family, which owns Aftonbladet's competitors. An Israeli official later admitted that the stories essentially were true, that Israel indeed had, until the 1990s, harvested organs, especially corneas and skin, from the bodies of soldiers, Israeli civilians, Palestinians. and foreign workers, without getting consent from their families.

* When Karl Rove went to Sweden in 2008 to visit Timbro, a "free market" think tank, he was interviewed by TV4, which is owned by the Bonnier family.

The picture remains somewhat murky on the Julian Assange case. But our source says the WikiLeaks founder almost certainly walked into a well-planned trapped that was set by Swedish elites, with significant help from Karl Rove:


The Swedish government provides financial support to the press, and the largest media company in Sweden is Bonnier AB. That company happens to have many connections to the Borgstrom and Bodstrom law firm, which represents Julian Assange's accusers. Bonnier AB has numerous U.S. operations, and I feel certain Karl Rove is quite familiar with those. Plus, Bonnier AB has the largest circulation for a morning newspaper in Sweden, and Rove surely needed their help to get his candidate, Fredrik Reinfeldt, elected. I'm pretty sure the Bonnier family is well connected with the rich and powerful in New York and Washington circles, which probably helps explain how they were able to spring this trap on Julian Assange.
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« Reply #291 on: January 03, 2011, 06:43:07 PM »

* The Media Empire--The Assange story has been largely driven by the Swedish newspaper Expressen. Expressen is owned by Bonnier AB, which is one of the 10 largest media companies in the world. The company is controlled by the Bonnier family, which has German Jewish roots.
* The Bonnier newspapers are described as maintaining a "centre-right" political profile. Their main competitor, Aftonbladet, is described as "social democratic." Our source says the Bonniers are neoconservative Jews, about as far to the right as one can get in Sweden.
This is getting very close to "jews control the media and the entire world"  Blink Bonniers is the biggest publishing company here, and that source doesn't have a clue about the Swedish publishing world. Bonniers are extremely correct - liberals or at most conservative. And Aftonbladet has been chasing Assange just as much as Expressen, they both live on that money. Thinking 
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* The Bonnier newspapers were highly critical of a 2009 Aftonbladet report that Israel had harvested the organs of Palestinians killed by the Israel Defense Force. Elisabet Borslin Bonnier, Swedish ambassador to Israel, broke with her own government in condemning the articles. The ambassador is a member of the Bonnier family, which owns Aftonbladet's competitors. An Israeli official later admitted that the stories essentially were true, that Israel indeed had, until the 1990s, harvested organs, especially corneas and skin, from the bodies of soldiers, Israeli civilians, Palestinians. and foreign workers, without getting consent from their families.
Jews have been eating infants and drinking blood for 2000 years now - not. This is pure antisemitism, one of the oldest myth about jews  Thumb down Aftonbladet then launched a campaign against Bonniers, allowing a journalist with obvious anti-semitic agenda do it 

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The Swedish government provides financial support to the press, and the largest media company in Sweden is Bonnier AB. That company happens to have many connections to the Borgstrom and Bodstrom law firm, which represents Julian Assange's accusers. Plus, Bonnier AB has the largest circulation for a morning newspaper in Sweden, and Rove surely needed their help to get his candidate, Fredrik Reinfeldt, elected.
Sweden pays ALL magazines, not just those who support the governemt - did the source forget to say that about 70 % of the journalists are leftist and support the green-red block? That leaves 30 % liberal /conservative. And Reinfeldt?! He's the most popular prime minister we've had for a long time. Even his opponents trust and respect him. This is nothing but a slap in the face for a Swede, yeah, we do have democracy and elect our own government, did you watch the debates? The 70-30 support among journalists was very obvious then. For instance, Maria Wetterstrands ex boyfriend held one debate, and oh, he's a former communists. Yup, that's Swedish neutral state television working hard to win the election for Reinfeldt Rove... I voted for Teef and Reinfeldt, just like many others. No one held a gun to my head or bribed me with jewish money, I did it all myself.

Guys, don't post all the crap you find! This is nothing but an insult to jews, and Swedes.
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« Reply #292 on: January 03, 2011, 07:02:20 PM »

Oh yes. the Jews again....
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« Reply #293 on: January 03, 2011, 07:56:54 PM »

* The Media Empire--The Assange story has been largely driven by the Swedish newspaper Expressen. Expressen is owned by Bonnier AB, which is one of the 10 largest media companies in the world. The company is controlled by the Bonnier family, which has German Jewish roots.
* The Bonnier newspapers are described as maintaining a "centre-right" political profile. Their main competitor, Aftonbladet, is described as "social democratic." Our source says the Bonniers are neoconservative Jews, about as far to the right as one can get in Sweden.
This is getting very close to "jews control the media and the entire world"  Blink Bonniers is the biggest publishing company here, and that source doesn't have a clue about the Swedish publishing world. Bonniers are extremely correct - liberals or at most conservative. And Aftonbladet has been chasing Assange just as much as Expressen, they both live on that money. Thinking  
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* The Bonnier newspapers were highly critical of a 2009 Aftonbladet report that Israel had harvested the organs of Palestinians killed by the Israel Defense Force. Elisabet Borslin Bonnier, Swedish ambassador to Israel, broke with her own government in condemning the articles. The ambassador is a member of the Bonnier family, which owns Aftonbladet's competitors. An Israeli official later admitted that the stories essentially were true, that Israel indeed had, until the 1990s, harvested organs, especially corneas and skin, from the bodies of soldiers, Israeli civilians, Palestinians. and foreign workers, without getting consent from their families.
Jews have been eating infants and drinking blood for 2000 years now - not. This is pure antisemitism, one of the oldest myth about jews  Thumb down Aftonbladet then launched a campaign against Bonniers, allowing a journalist with obvious anti-semitic agenda do it  

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The Swedish government provides financial support to the press, and the largest media company in Sweden is Bonnier AB. That company happens to have many connections to the Borgstrom and Bodstrom law firm, which represents Julian Assange's accusers. Plus, Bonnier AB has the largest circulation for a morning newspaper in Sweden, and Rove surely needed their help to get his candidate, Fredrik Reinfeldt, elected.
Sweden pays ALL magazines, not just those who support the governemt - did the source forget to say that about 70 % of the journalists are leftist and support the green-red block? That leaves 30 % liberal /conservative. And Reinfeldt?! He's the most popular prime minister we've had for a long time. Even his opponents trust and respect him. This is nothing but a slap in the face for a Swede, yeah, we do have democracy and elect our own government, did you watch the debates? The 70-30 support among journalists was very obvious then. For instance, Maria Wetterstrands ex boyfriend held one debate, and oh, he's a former communists. Yup, that's Swedish neutral state television working hard to win the election for Reinfeldt Rove... I voted for Teef and Reinfeldt, just like many others. No one held a gun to my head or bribed me with jewish money, I did it all myself.

Guys, don't post all the crap you find! This is nothing but an insult to jews, and Swedes.




I.m not sure what point you are trying to make in relation to the political persecution of Julian Assange.  

Are you arguing or denying the link between Bonniers and Thomas Bodstrom, and his business partnership with Claes Borgstrom?

I have been trying to explain that Thomas Bodstrum was significant in violating Human Rights when he was Swedens Minister for Justice, and how Julian Assange thru wikileaks has exposed him and the part he played in the rendition of Alzery & Agiza for the purpose of torture.
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« Reply #294 on: January 03, 2011, 08:49:30 PM »

I.m not sure what point you are trying to make in relation to the political persecution of Julian Assange. 

Are you arguing or denying the link between Bonniers and Thomas Bodstrom, and his business partnership with Claes Borgstrom?

I have been trying to explain that Thomas Bodstrum was significant in violating Human Rights when he was Swedens Minister for Justice, and how Julian Assange thru wikileaks has exposed him and the part he played in the rendition of Alzery & Agiza for the purpose of torture.

I don't care about Assange, I care about the obvious anti-semitism in this article and the clear insult on my land, our democracy and our politicians. I think it's very offensive that these journalists write that jews steal organs, and these awful accusations about Bonniers. So Bonniers publish Bodströms books, big deal, it's a huge company, they do publish books. No one would have cared, if they had not been jews. It's anti-semitism, and a very ugly one.

Bodström is now living in the US and won't be back in the political life here. Concerning the case with the two "innocent" Egyptians, that was handled by Anna Lindh, so I'm just waiting for these journalists to discover that so that they can taunt her memory. And her husband died under sad circumstances, I wonder if they'll use that too, in that case, two children who has lost both their parents will be hurt. But I guess that would be a bonus for whoever wrote that, after all, they've now succesfully offended the Swedish government, the Swedish jewish citizens, everyone who voted for the blue block and the Swedish media
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« Reply #295 on: January 04, 2011, 04:47:28 AM »

I.m not sure what point you are trying to make in relation to the political persecution of Julian Assange. 

Are you arguing or denying the link between Bonniers and Thomas Bodstrom, and his business partnership with Claes Borgstrom?

I have been trying to explain that Thomas Bodstrum was significant in violating Human Rights when he was Swedens Minister for Justice, and how Julian Assange thru wikileaks has exposed him and the part he played in the rendition of Alzery & Agiza for the purpose of torture.

I don't care about Assange, I care about the obvious anti-semitism in this article and the clear insult on my land, our democracy and our politicians. I think it's very offensive that these journalists write that jews steal organs, and these awful accusations about Bonniers. So Bonniers publish Bodströms books, big deal, it's a huge company, they do publish books. No one would have cared, if they had not been jews. It's anti-semitism, and a very ugly one.

Bodström is now living in the US and won't be back in the political life here. Concerning the case with the two "innocent" Egyptians, that was handled by Anna Lindh, so I'm just waiting for these journalists to discover that so that they can taunt her memory. And her husband died under sad circumstances, I wonder if they'll use that too, in that case, two children who has lost both their parents will be hurt. But I guess that would be a bonus for whoever wrote that, after all, they've now succesfully offended the Swedish government, the Swedish jewish citizens, everyone who voted for the blue block and the Swedish media
Star Idun. I'm perfectly happy for people to theorise about the persecution of Julian Assange but this whole "Jews are the root of all evil" is old and offensive. It's blatant anti-Semitism and not how an accepting, multi-cultural, mature and democratic society should operate. I'm quite happy for people to speak out if a Jew does something wrong but they shouldn't think that they've done something wrong just because they're a Jew.
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« Reply #296 on: January 04, 2011, 06:16:35 AM »

I.m not sure what point you are trying to make in relation to the political persecution of Julian Assange.  

Are you arguing or denying the link between Bonniers and Thomas Bodstrom, and his business partnership with Claes Borgstrom?

I have been trying to explain that Thomas Bodstrum was significant in violating Human Rights when he was Swedens Minister for Justice, and how Julian Assange thru wikileaks has exposed him and the part he played in the rendition of Alzery & Agiza for the purpose of torture.

I don't care about Assange, I care about the obvious anti-semitism in this article and the clear insult on my land, our democracy and our politicians. I think it's very offensive that these journalists write that jews steal organs, and these awful accusations about Bonniers. So Bonniers publish Bodströms books, big deal, it's a huge company, they do publish books. No one would have cared, if they had not been jews. It's anti-semitism, and a very ugly one.

Bodström is now living in the US and won't be back in the political life here. Concerning the case with the two "innocent" Egyptians, that was handled by Anna Lindh, so I'm just waiting for these journalists to discover that so that they can taunt her memory. And her husband died under sad circumstances, I wonder if they'll use that too, in that case, two children who has lost both their parents will be hurt. But I guess that would be a bonus for whoever wrote that, after all, they've now succesfully offended the Swedish government, the Swedish jewish citizens, everyone who voted for the blue block and the Swedish media
Star Idun. I'm perfectly happy for people to theorise about the persecution of Julian Assange but this whole "Jews are the root of all evil" is old and offensive. It's blatant anti-Semitism and not how an accepting, multi-cultural, mature and democratic society should operate. I'm quite happy for people to speak out if a Jew does something wrong but they shouldn't think that they've done something wrong just because they're a Jew.



Well then thank god for Julian Assange, because thru Wikileaks the truth will always be exposed irrespective of race, nation, creed, individual, politician, corporate god, or any other animal.  

In at least 3 previous posts i posed the yet unanswered question:



WHY DID 6,000,000 Jews die at the hands of one governemnt represented by one man who was loved by millions?




yes, the sound of silence was deafening.



Julian Assange is 1 man who would have spoken out and published the event, just as he has published the facts about the systematic murder of over 1,000,000 million Iraqis by the US government and associated forces.



Humanity cannot have it both ways - remain silent and expect justice and truth to prevail.

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« Reply #298 on: January 04, 2011, 08:35:24 AM »

ussia, Realism, and the WikiLeaks Factor

Another nugget from Assange's gold mine

by Justin Raimondo <http://original.antiwar.com/author/justin/> , December 31, 2010

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The WikiLeaks cables <http://wikileaks.ch/cablegate.html>  continue to bear fruit, and what a golden harvest it is: the US spying on the world’s diplomats <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-spying-un>  (and even collecting their bank card numbers!); the US hiding behind the rather thin skirts <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/8166610/WikiLeaks-Yemen-covered-up-US-drone-strikes.html>  of the Yemeni "air force" as we bomb and strafe their citizens <http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/cable-reveals-airstrike-killed-21-children-yemen/> ; the US letting the Israeli Mafia <http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/12/02/wikileaks-exposes-israeli-mafias-growing-influence/>  into the country without so much as a by-your-leave; the US standing passively by <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/22/iraq-war-logs-military-leaks>  as their Iraqi sock puppets torture and murder detainees. And now this <http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/12/09MOSCOW3144.html> :

"An observer for the International Bar Association stated his belief that the trial is being conducted fairly…. XXXXXXXXXXXX told us December 23 that he believes the trial is being conducted fairly and that Judge Danilkin has been doing everything in his power to make sure that the defense gets a fair opportunity to present arguments and challenge the prosecution’s evidence."

Written a year ago today by Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Rubin <http://moscow.usembassy.gov/dcm.html> , the cable doesn’t exactly comport with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s outburst of moral indignation at the news of Khodorkovsky’s conviction.According to her <http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/1230/Russian-oil-tycoon-Khodorkovsky-sentenced-to-six-more-years> , the verdict raises "serious questions about selective prosecution – and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations." 

Unfortunately, Google Translate <http://translate.google.com/>  has yet to develop a Bizarro World <http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2002/02/13/bizzaro-world/>  option, and so in translating Hillary-speak into plain English, just remember the Bizarro principle of inversion: whatever comes out of her mouth is the exact opposite of the truth. Keeping this in mind, Clinton’s pronouncement should be read as follows: the United States government is allowing political considerations to overshadow the facts (as reported in the Rubin cable). 

The White House, not about to be outdone in the Russia-bashing department, mounted <http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/12/27/Obama-Clinton-blast-Khodorkovsky-ruling/UPI-43601293483005/>  an even higher horse:

"We are troubled by the allegations of serious due process violations, and what appears to be an abusive use of the legal system for improper ends. The apparent selective application of the law to these individuals undermines Russia’s reputation as a country committed to deepening the rule of law."

Selective perception of the facts is a cognitive disability seemingly rife within the ranks of this administration. Their people on the ground feed them the facts, but they just fart out the same old flatulent cold war rhetoric, just as if it were 1962 <http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/cuba_mis_cri/>  all over again.

Not that this administration is any different from its immediate predecessors <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/16/opinion/polls/main4728399.shtml> . When the facts on the ground meet a self-serving ideological narrative it’s the former that  invariably gives way. The Bush crowd was open about it <http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174938/kill_them_we_are_going_to_wipe_them_out_> , but it takes WikiLeaks to really get a fully rounded picture of the same principle operating in Obama-land. 

Which raises a more general point: If you’re an empire, with its vaunted self-assurance and air of invulnerability, any sort of sustained "realist" foreign policy is fundamentally impossible because appearances must be kept up, no matter what the facts might be. Retreat is not an option: the frontiers of empire must be pushed ever-forward, never back. 

The idea that the Russians are falling back into a form of neo-communism, or neo-Stalinism, with Putin in the role of Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin> , is utter nonsense, and yet it serves the purposes of the War Party, which can never run out of enemies. Ever since the rise of Vladimir Putin, the US government and its ideological enablers the world over have been spinning this storyline of a "resurgent Russia <http://www.google.com/search?hl=&q=%22resurgent+Russia%22> " out to take back its empire and reestablish the Warsaw Pact. Yet the reality is quite different: Russia is a ramshackle nation <http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-12/russian-gdp-grew-2-7-last-quarter-below-estimates.html>  with a rapidly diminishing population <http://geography.about.com/od/obtainpopulationdata/a/russiapop.htm>  and a faltering economy. It is, in short, neither a military nor an ideological threat to the West. The Ossetians <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Ossetia#Political_status>  and Abkhazians <http://www.abkhazworld.com/articles/analysis/285-int-legal-status-abkhazia-vchirikba.html>  voted in a referendum to secede from the central Georgian government and are now allied with Russia: who is the US to intervene? What standing do we have in the region, aside from lavishing millions of our tax dollars on a tinpot dictator like Saakashvili <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/georgia/2519908/Caucasus-in-crisis-Georgia-invades-rebel-region.html> ? 

The myth of Russia’s re-Stalinization is equally tenuous. If we look back at the dark abyss the Russians have climbed out of — the Soviet Mordor, with its gulags <http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Danzig-Baldaev/Danzig-Baldaev/e/9780956356246/?itm=19&USRI=gulag>  and orc-like nomenklatura <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,960302,00.html>  – the Russia of today seems a positive paradise. The Western media’s attempt to create some pseudo-historical costume drama, based on cold war stereotypes, has so far proved to be a box office flop. Russian has free and relatively fair elections: Putin’s party keeps getting reelected because Putin is very popular <http://www.zeenews.com/news676695.html> , not because Russian voters are presented with no alternatives. And surely the quality of Russian "dissidents" has gone waaaay down: in the old days, we had Alexander Solzhenitsyn <http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1970/solzhenitsyn-autobio.html>  and Cardinal Mindszenty <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3zsef_Mindszenty> , today we have embezzler-billionaire oligarchs and National <http://www.slate.com/id/2078955/>  Bolsheviks <http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2006/07/12/russias-fifth-column/> . 

The Russian system is no more undemocratic than, say, that of Georgia, our "democratic" ally, whose provocations aimed at Moscow nearly dragged us in <http://blogs.ft.com/rachmanblog/2010/02/did-dick-cheney-want-to-start-a-war-with-russia/> to a military conflict-by-proxy with Moscow. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we know that, prior to the outbreak of hostilities, our embassy in Tbilisi stupidly accepted Saakashvili’s version of events at face value <http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,732294,00.html>  – that the Russians had attacked first, and Putin’s army was about to march on Tbilisi. When the Russians stopped fifty miles away, and it turned out <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/world/europe/07georgia.html>  that it was the Georgians who initially launched an all-out assault on Tskinvali, the Ossetian capital, the US was left holding the bag — while our Georgian "allies" blamed the Americans for their defeat. 

Here, also, the two-facedness of American foreign policy is underscored with a vengeance: US rhetoric, aimed at the Kremlin, was belligerent, and support for Saakashvili – in words – seemingly unconditional. No wonder the Georgians assumed we’d back them if they carried out a revanchist military campaign against their breakaway provinces. Saakashvili made the mistake of conflating the official reality with the real reality, an error thousands of Georgian soldiers paid for with their lives. 

This, it seems to me, is the chief benefit of the WikiLeaks phenomenon: we get a chance to look at the real reality, or at least catch vivid glimpses of it – and to anyone who wants to understand American foreign policy and where it is going wrong, that is an invaluable tool indeed.

 

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« Reply #299 on: January 04, 2011, 08:51:22 AM »

Thanks again Geta,

I take this from your material above:



This, it seems to me, is the chief benefit of the WikiLeaks phenomenon: we get a chance to look at the real reality, or at least catch vivid glimpses of it – and to anyone who wants to understand American foreign policy and where it is going wrong, that is an invaluable tool indeed.



But, how many want to know the "real reality" today?  

Is it anywhere near the number of persons who wanted to know the "real reality" of the genocide of 6,000,000 Jews?  

While everyone seems to have an opinion on the INS & OUTS of Julian Assange's sex life, noone has yet attempted to answer the question as to why the genocide of 6,000,000 Jews happened softly and silently.
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