The Guardian • Issue #2012


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2012

The Russian government’s visitation ban on a list of media types and some residents of Australia’s corporate cesspool has brought forth the nationalist breast-beating and the equivalent of the schoolyard finger. Mining oligarch Gina Rinehart called for “millions of smart mines” (the exploding type) to encircle Australia’s coastline, along with “missiles, war drones and more”. Rinehart – whose mine magnate father was a proponent of genocide against Indigenous Australians – was joined by fellow billionaire miner Andrew Forrest, who called for countries in Europe to stop buying Russian gas. The Russian ban is, in part, a response to stream of verbal diarrhoea about Russia from the mass media: a stream that’s been running since before a shot was fired in Ukraine. The mass media blitz leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the “coalition of the willing” ran along similar lines. The pretext for invasion – a claim Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” – as pronounced by George W Bush, Tony Blair, and John Howard, was the big lie in a firestorm of lies, and a crime that cost the lives of more than a million Iraqis. Now the western military industrial complex is fighting a war against Russia by fuelling the conflict in Ukraine, a place where NATO wants a base with nuclear missiles aimed at Russia. The trio at the head of the current coalition of the killing is again the US, Britain, and Australia.

“On 17 June, following consideration by both the Magistrates Court and High Court, the extradition of Mr Julian Assange to the US was ordered.” Thus began the statement by the British Home Office pronouncing the death sentence of an Australian citizen. Just so we’re not left in doubt, the statement continues: “In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange, nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that while in the US he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.” Assange is not being sent into the arms of his executioners to be granted freedom, justice or human rights of any kind. And the Albanese government? Greg Barnes SC is working with the Australian Assange Campaign: “This is an appalling decision. We appreciate the new Australian government is conscious of highly significant issues in this case: Freedom of the press and most importantly Julian Assange’s human rights. We think now is the time for the government to work with its key allies in Washington and London to end this case.”

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