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posted by janrinok on Saturday August 26 2023, @09:09PM   Printer-friendly

The ScheerPost has published a sermon which Chris Hedges gave on Sunday Aug. 20 in Oslo, Norway at Kulturkirken Jakob (St. James Church of Culture) where the actor and film director Liv Ullmann read the scripture passages. Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has worked for many years at the New York Times, NPR, and several other publications. In his sermon he expounds on the long-standing problem of speaking truth to power.

Julian exposed the truth. He exposed it over and over and over until there was no question of the endemic illegality, corruption and mendacity that defines the global ruling class And for these truths they came after Julian, as they have come after all who dared rip back the veil on power. "Red Rosa now has vanished too," Bertolt Brecht wrote after the German socialist Rosa Luxemburg was murdered. "She told the poor what life is about, And so the rich have rubbed her out."

We have undergone a corporate coup, where poor and working men and women are reduced to joblessness and hunger, where war, financial speculation and internal surveillance are the only real business of the state, where even habeas corpus no longer exists, where we, as citizens, are nothing more than commodities to corporate systems of power, ones to be used, fleeced and discarded.

Given the massive quantities of disinformation spread over a longer period of time against Julian Assange, and the media blackout on coverage of his case and how it effects journalism as a whole, this is a difficult case to find a concise and accurate summary to link to. The bottom line is that, regardless of what one thinks (or has been told to think) about Julian Assange, the case hinges on factors which will determine whether or not there is a future for investigative reporting.

(2023) Australian Lawmakers Press US Envoy for Julian Assange Release
(2023) No NGO Has Been Allowed to See Julian Assange Since Four Years Ago
(2022) Biden Faces Growing Pressure to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange
(2022) Assange Lawyers Sue CIA for Spying on Them
(2021) Key Witness in Assange Case Jailed in Iceland After Admitting to Lies and Ongoing Crime Spree
(2015) French Justice Minister Says Snowden and Assange Could Be Offered Asylum

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 27 2023, @05:10AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 27 2023, @05:10AM (#1322020)

    Have you ever actually met him? Or is your opinion solely due to media manipulation?

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Sunday August 27 2023, @05:24AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 27 2023, @05:24AM (#1322022) Homepage Journal

    You don't have to meet a person to come to some conclusions about them. Mendax thinks he's an unpleasant sort of fellow - and I kinda agree with him. I declare him foolish, and the proof of his foolishness is that he went to an embassy from which there was no escape. He should have run for the border, then if he escaped the UK, he should have kept running until he was beyond extradition. Edward Snowden's story isn't hugely different from Assange, but Snowden understood his odds, and dealt with them appropriately. I also think that I would enjoy barhopping, or dinner, or just idle chitchat with Snowden, far more than I would enjoy Assange's company. Assange is something of a weenie, all things considered. Of course, being a weenie doesn't make you a bad guy, nor does it make you a criminal.

    Through a Glass, Darkly -George Patton
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by mendax on Sunday August 27 2023, @06:36AM (1 child)

    by mendax (2840) on Sunday August 27 2023, @06:36AM (#1322024)

    Of course not, although coincidentally, he and I use the same cyberspace "handle". I think I started using it first, however. Anyway, over the years he just has always struck me as being a jerk.

    It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.
    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Mojibake Tengu on Sunday August 27 2023, @12:37PM

      by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Sunday August 27 2023, @12:37PM (#1322060) Journal

      In Latin, mendax means "lying". Assange took this nick at his age of 16, from Quintus Horatius Flaccus' poetry where it is written as splendide mendax, "nobly untruthful".

      It's pure idealism, an adequate nick for that age. You, no doubt, performed the same. That makes jerks two of you. (I am a tengu, I recognize a jerk when I see one...)

      Besides, Julian Assange is not a saint, but he is still a victim of totalitarian Injustice.
      That's a real shame.
      Not of him of course, but of goddess Iustitia.

      Respect Authorities. Know your social status. Woke responsibly.