Tuesday, June 26, 2012

12-06-27 Prominent Americans urge Ecuador to accept Julian Assange's asylum request

Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky among signatories to letter delivered to Ecuador's embassy in London
Ben Quinn
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 June 2012 01.14 BST

Ecuadorean embassy  in London
A man walks past posters in support of Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Photograph: Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images

A letter signed by leading US figures in support of WikiLeaks founderJulian Assange's application for political asylum in Ecuador has been delivered to the country's London embassy.

Among those who signed the letter were Michael Moore, Oliver Stone,Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover.

Other signatories included the author Naomi Wolf, comedian Bill Maher and Daniel Ellsberg, the former US military analyst turned whistleblower, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and has been a long-standing supporter of Assange.

Robert Naiman, policy director at the Just Foreign Policy campaign group, delivered the letter to the embassy on Monday, along with a petition signed by more than four thousand Americans urging President Rafael Correa to approve Assange's request for asylum.


12-06-27 Free Assange!

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12-06-27 Meanwhile in the UK... Beyond the jubilee...

UK: Factory prisons will allow inmates to support families on the outside:  New factory jails are to be built that allow prisoners to earn money for their families and to save up a nest egg for their release, it has been revealed. http://is.gd/CYzilk 

One in five UK families admit they are 'living on the edge':  One in five of them have been left unable to pay household bills while one in eight have even skipped meals in order to ensure their family eats. http://is.gd/ChfrT3 

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12-06-26 Matt Taibbi and Yves Smith: How the Wall Street Mafia Holds America -- and the World -- Hostage

Yves Smith and Matt Taibbi join Bill Moyers to discuss our criminal global financial system.
June 25, 2012  |  
Rolling Stone editor Matt Taibbi and Yves Smith, creator of the finance and economics blog Naked Capitalism, join Bill to discuss the folly and corruption of both banks and government, and how that tag-team leaves deep wounds in our democracy. Taibbi's latest piece is "The Scam Wall Street Learned from the Mafia." Smith is the author of "ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism."

READ MORE:http://www.alternet.org/story/156010/matt_taibbi_and_yves_smith%3A_how_the_wall_street_mafia_holds_america_--_and_the_world_--_hostage?akid=8980.259832.aDTJiP&rd=1&t=2