Originally published by the Guardian.
The news stories, which quickly surface, long enough to cause scary headlines, then vanish before people can learn how often the cases are thrown out. These are stories about "bumbling fantasists", hapless druggies, the aimless, even the virtually homeless and mentally ill, and other marginal characters with not the strongest grip [...]
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Originally published by the Guardian.
With the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, New York City has abruptly become the scene of two very different official approaches to investigating sex-crime cases, one traditional and one new. The new approach so far appears to be reserved for Strauss-Kahn alone.
Consider the first [...]
Al Jazeera correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin is on a victory lap in the United States — or rather, Al Jazeera is sending him on its own victory lap.
After all, Mohyeldin is a modest guy, despite being one of Al Jazeera's best-known reporters — and clearly a rising international media star.
Al Jazeera has good [...]
I am here in Park City, Utah, for my first encounter with the Sundance Festival; I had expected starlets in ski boots and parties in which people said 'Darling' and perhaps many worthy little films with artistic merit, but — my mistake, probably due to the grudging reluctance on the part [...]
Sweden's Serial Negligence in Prosecuting Rape Further Highlights the Politics Behind Julian Assange's ArrestDecember 17th, 2010 by Naomi Wolf
As I have been making the case on media outlets in the past few days that the British and Swedish sex crime charges related actions against Julian Assange are so extraordinarily and unprecedentedly severe — compared to how prosecutors always treat far more cut-and-dry allegations than those in question in this [...]
Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United StatesDecember 12th, 2010 by Naomi Wolf
This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to [...]
As a longtime feminist activist, I have been overjoyed to discover your new commitment to engaging in global manhunts to arrest and prosecute men who behave like narcissistic jerks to women they are dating.
I see that Julian Assange is accused of having consensual sex with two women, in one case [...]
OXFORD - Just when it seemed that America's "Homeland Security state" could not get more surreal, the United States Transportation Security Administration has rolled out a costly Scylla and Charybdis at major airports: either you accept dangerous doses of radiation and high-resolution imaging of your naked body, or, worried about the [...]
You may recall that in June of last year, I was in Guantanamo when the detainees' representative, Mohamed al Hanashi, was found dead in his cell, "an aparent suicide" according to the Gitmo press office. To recap, there was plenty wrong with that picture: al Hanashi had been taken out of his cell shortly after having been elected the detainees' representative — he had been, according to relatives, in sound mind and feeling helpful because he had just been assigned a lawyer after seven years — and he was taken to a meeting with the Admiral and the head of the Guard force. He never was returned to his cell after that meeting — taken straight to the psych ward, though now family members and two sources, including Binyam Mohamed, have confirmed that he was not mentally ill.
I spent four magical days in the avant-garde heart of the new Croatia — speaking about the “Ten Steps” to a closed society, and about what a citizens’ democracy movement can do to reopen such a society, in the perfect test case for this thesis — Zagreb, the magical, medieval-hearted, yet avant-garde capital of Croatia. [...]