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Category: December 2016 issue

How Sweden bribed its way to a seat in the UN Security Council using millions taken from the public budget for aid to poor countries

By Prof Marcello Ferrada de Noli, PhD. Chair, Swedish Doctors for Human Rights.  “It was a cover operation for what this is really about, namely to buy votes, says the source” (In DN) In a few days, Sweden will be occupying a seat on the UN Security Council, including the chairmanship. This was the result of a hard campaign initiated in 2015 to gain endorsement among the voting governments. For that purpose, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spent 27 million SEK. The operation included the invitation to Stockholm, of UN ambassadors of a variety of poor and developing countries, and it was carried out on the most luxurious terms. This was financed with money taken from the Swedish Aid…

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Filling the Phantom of Democracy with Our Networked Power

By Nozomi Hayase, Ph.D. Member of The Indicter Editorial Board. After the Electoral College vote, the Trump presidency is now official. As denial and blame games continue, this was not a ‘foreign government coup d’état’, clarified by U.S. Intelligence Chief James Clapper, noting that agencies lacked evidence for WikiLeaks’ connection with alleged Russian cyber-attacks. The truth is, democracy in America has been rotten to the core for decades. It is meddled with by corporate lobbyists, Big Pharma, Big Oil and Wall Street –those who are addicted to money and power. American democracy is hollowed out, veiled with a loud media echo chamber, bringing feigned solidity to its emptiness. Out of this vacuum emerges a madness for power. U.S. politics is…

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The new geopolitics of Sweden: Feminism, arms exports to dictatorships, & NATO. Impact in the Assange case

By Prof. Marcello Ferrada de Noli, chair, Swedish Professors & Doctors for Human Rights – SWEDHR. Introduction For exactly six years ago, Sweden ordered the detention of the WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. According to the Snowden documents, the US government had  asked the countries participating in the occupation of Afghanistan under US-military command, to initiate prosecution of Assange. [1] Only Sweden complied. In a previous analysis I concluded that Sweden most likely would persist in neither undertaking nor recognizing the international criticism for its rejection of the UN conclusion regarding the arbitrary detention of Mr Julian Assange. That is to say, it will not do so at least in the nearest future. Further, the article hypothesizes that –in the eventuality…

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Julian Assange replies to allegations on WikiLeaks helping to elect Donald Trump. The Stefania Maurizi interview

Editor’s Note. While a persistent campaign in social media has questioned during weeks the actual whereabouts of Julian Assange, author and journalist Stefania Maurizi conducted newly this interview with the WikiLeaks founder.  The Guardian reproduced today a segmented text of the interview, not oly leaving important items out of the publication, but also falsifying Julian Assange’s interview replies. The Indicter republishes here, in agreement with author Stefania Maurizi, this significant interview in full text. A first publication was made in La Repubblica [in Italian, Julian Assange: “Donald? È comunque un cambiamento”]. The place where the interview was done, namely the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is clearly stated in both the original Italian version and the English translation published in La Repubblica.…

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Assange Defense Underscores Shameful Swedish, U.S. Tactics

By Andrew Kreig, J.D., M.S.L., attorney and journalist. Member of The Indicter editorial board. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last week refuted the dubious prosecution Sweden began against him in August 2010. Assange’s written response on Dec. 7, with his first detailed defense, underscores the disgraceful procedures used by Sweden, the United States, and the United Kingdom, with the complicity of mainstream media outlets that primarily published biased accounts. With the zeal and arrogance of a police state, Sweden has repeatedly violated due process under a veneer of legal and human rights rhetoric. Sweden’s use of sexual misconduct claims to capture Assange stems from coordinated reprisal by the three nations for his WikiLeaks publication in 2010 that included some 250,000 classified U.S.…

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Tell Sweden to respect decision by the United Nations body on Arbitrary Detention and free Julian Assange!

By Prof Marcello Ferrada de Noli, chair, Swedish Professors and Doctors for Human Rights – SWEDHR. Updated image: Senator Sasse wishes to stop WikiLeaks exposures on CIA. Sweden refuses to clearly state whether or not they will extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. There is no charge whatsoever against Julian Assange in Sweden; and he does not need to be “pardoned” by Sweden. It is Sweden that needs to abide with the decision taken by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD)  demanding the immediate freedom of Julian Assange. In the past, Sweden has been internationally recognized as a leading country on matters of human rights and respect of individual’s political and civil rights. At its…

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The answer given by Julian Assange to the Swedish prosecutor in the London questioning of 14-15 November 2016

More details at justice4assange.com. See also on Julian Assange health status at “What about the health-status of Mr Assange?” in Analysis: Trump, WikiLeaks, Assange and Sweden, and “HR lawyer Jennifer Robinson: Assange going through Swe interrogation amid deteriorated health“. 14/15 NOVEMBER 2016 QUESTIONING AT THE ECUADORIAN EMBASSY LEGALLY PRIVILEGED You have subjected me to six years of unlawful, politicized detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and four and a half years at this embassy. You should have asked me this question six years ago. Your actions in refusing to take my statement for the last six years have been found to be unlawful by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and by the Swedish Court of Appeal.…

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Six years arbitrary detention of Assange in the context of Sweden’s military strategy

By Prof. Marcello Ferrada de Noli, chair, Swedish Professors & Doctors for Human Rights – SWEDHR.   This is the second part of the series “Why Sweden’s violations against international law &  Assange’s human rights remain unabated after 6 years of his arbitrary detention?” [First part: The Assange case in the context of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy for international trade gains] II The Assange case in the context of Sweden’s Sweden’s military strategy Swedish troops under US.military command in Afghanistan. In the image receiving NATO medals. Coinciding with the transient decline of Russia after the Soviet Union’s downfall, Sweden started to shift from a self-defence system characterizing non-aligned countries during the cold war, towards a belligerent strategy against Russia. This,…

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Analysis: The Assange case in the context of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy for international trade gains

By Prof. Marcello Ferrada de Noli, chair, Swedish Professors & Doctors for Human Rights – SWEDHR. This is the first part of the series “Why Sweden’s violations against international law &  Assange’s human rights remain unabated after 6 years of his arbitrary detention?”   Introduction A previous analysis concluded that Sweden most likely would persist in neither undertaking nor recognizing the international criticism for its rejection of the UN conclusion regarding the arbitrary detention of Mr Julian Assange [See UNGWAD full document in Appendix 1]. That is to say, it will not do so at least in the nearest future. Further, the article hypothesizes that –in the eventuality of a positive intervention by the upcoming Trump administration regarding the case…

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