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Julian Assange

(idioms: EN & ES ) Former President Rafael Correia : ”Assange is, and has been since last year, an Ecuadorian citizen”. As such, today’s arrest ”is not only unlawful in terms of the legal obligations with respect the status of those granted asylum (the rights thereof) and binding International Law , but also, the Ecuadorian Constitution” – which Correa classifies as ”unheard of” and ”outrageous”.
El expresidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa – Correa ha recordado que “Assange es, desde el año pasado, ciudadano ecuatoriano”, con lo cual, según explica el exmandatario, la detención llevada acabo hoy “no solo rompe las reglas de asilo y el Derecho internacional, sino la Constitución ecuatoriana”, algo que Correa ha calificado como “inaudito” e “indignante”.
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ACLU | American Civil Liberties Union : comment on Julian Assange Arrest  
(April 11, 2019)

(Portion taken of the article. Please click on the available link for the full article)

« Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, issued the following comment in response:

“Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest.

In response to the unsealed indictement, Wizner added:

“Criminally prosecuting a publisher for the publication of truthful information would be a first in American history, and unconstitutional. The government did not cross that Rubicon with today’s indictment, but the worst case scenario cannot yet be ruled out. We have no assurance that these are the only charges the government plans to bring against Mr. Assange. Further, while there is no First Amendment right to crack a government password, this indictment characterizes as ‘part of’ a criminal conspiracy the routine and protected activities journalists often engage in as part of their daily jobs, such as encouraging a source to provide more information. Given President Trump’s and his administration’s well-documented attacks on the freedom of the press, such characterizations are especially worrisome.”



Further links : (The Sydney Morning Herald)




The Martyrdom of Julian Assange –

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Truthdig columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers…(more)

(Paragraph taken from the article. Please click on the avaiable link for the full article)

« Under what law did Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno capriciously terminate Julian Assange’s rights of asylum as a political refugee? Under what law did Moreno authorize British police to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy—diplomatically sanctioned sovereign territory—to arrest a naturalized citizen of Ecuador? Under what law did Prime Minister Theresa May order the British police to grab Assange, who has never committed a crime? Under what law did President Donald Trump demand the extradition of Assange, who is not a U.S. citizen and whose news organization is not based in the United States? »







ICE Let Sexual Assault Reports Slide At Migrant Detention Centers Run By Contractors: Inspector General — AMA NEwsInfo

Federal immigration officials are not adequately policing contractors running immigrant detention centers where serious problems are often going unreported, according to a report the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security released last week. In some cases, contractors ― including both private businesses and public operations, such as county jails ― failed to notify Immigration…

via ICE Let Sexual Assault Reports Slide At Migrant Detention Centers Run By Contractors: Inspector General — AMA NEwsInfo


Terrorismo — A Estátua de Sal

(José Preto, advogado de Bruno de Carvalho, 18/11/2018) Pode ser expressão de uma oposição política, ou opção política de um regime para manter o poder. Começou aliás por aqui. Houve o regime do terror, antes do aparecimento do terrorismo como classificação. Embora não se mostre ainda sedimentado como conceito, terrorismo é uma imputação de violência política. A meramente militar não basta, embora possa caber na designação, porque é remetida para o rol dos crimes de guerra.

via Terrorismo — A Estátua de Sal

September 11

Fotografia de Alice Valente Alves – photographer
Fotografia de ALICE VALENTE ALVES – photographer

This stunning image above is a full colour fotograph taken by Alice Valente Alves of a misty grey NYC dawn. ___________________________________________
In an age of intolerance and rampant police state tactics across the globe…
A decade ago from this day we have lived in such an age, or at least such is and has been manifest thenceforth to a far higher degree than ever before.
This was a day for change on a global level in many aspects and one could instantly feel it as the day’s events unfolded.. as one watched in a stupefied, alarmed daze helplessly witnessing horror – perpetrated by mindless prejudice that walks about hand in hand with intolerance.

Reminded by a friend moments ago, an equally horrid day was this precise day – September 11, in 1973
with the assassination of Salvador Allende and the horrific reign of treachery that ensued.
Truly a day of intolerance.. whereupon a fraction of Mankind rears it’s ugly head and wreaks terror upon all others.

Any mind that is blinded by greed, hatred or prejudice withers and dies.
It becomes a feeble shell full of worthless quotation and campaign, incapable of sustaining a thought of its own – a helpless cripple that succumbs to the poisons of Man and the false notion of superiority.

There is no honour in terror. In terror there is only terror – and emptiness.

I leave below a painting created almost a year after these deadly and cruel occurrences 10 years ago and videos of two pieces by Charlie Haden as a token of just homage not only to the victims of terror of this day, but victims everywhere that succumb to intolerance, greed and blood thirsty scavengers. The image (the painting here at the bottom) is also a protest to how this world has become dystopic, and how lust for power and greed keep murdering people through: hunger, physical torture/strife, racial/religious oppression of all kinds, blind fanaticism, neo-liberal slaveries and the ill use of “slogan” in order to perpetuate intolerable manipulation (to confuse and confound all around). This post is in memory to the victims of the day, and to Man’s struggle to keep a sound soul.. in an age of cold “fake” cash.

I also leave videos of the man


plus a piece by Charlie Haden performed by his Liberation Music Orchestra on David Sanborn’s Nightmusic

and his “Silence”

I further leave a link with a tribute to the Hudson River School of painters GUIDA FINE ARTS

– and below this
– my “Ab ovo: IV”

Nelson Mandela – 18 de Julho (July 18)

Que dia tão bonito…

(truly a beautiful day..)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela – born July 18 , 1918.

« O medo mais profundo não é o de sermos inadequados. O nosso medo mais profundo é o sermos poderosos muito além da medida. É a nossa “luz” e não as nossas trevas que nos assusta mais.

E perguntamo-nos a nós mesmos: quem sou eu para ser tido(a) como brilhante, maravilhoso(a), talentoso(a), fabuloso(a)?

Então assim sendo, quem é que não deverias (deverás) ser?

És filho de Deus. Fazer o papel de quem “pequeno” é não serve (nada adianta) neste mundo. Nada se “ilumina” ao se encolher para que o “outro” não se sinta inseguro em nosso redor. Fomos todos feitos para brilhar, brilhar como brilham as crianças. Nascemos para que se manifeste a glória de Deus que cada um traz dentro de si. Não está apenas presente em alguns de nós, está em todos. E conforme deixamos a nossa própria “luz” brilhar, inconscientemente permitimos “ao Outro” (aos outros) fazer o mesmo. Ao libertarmo-nos do nosso próprio medo a nossa presença automaticamente liberta “o Outro” (os outros). »

Tradução:  Maria MFA Costa

(e assim de repente vem à mente um pensamento que provêm de ‘outra’ pérola da Humanidade –
“A única maneira de castigar quem se ama é sofrer em seu lugar.” – Mohandas Gandhi)





Post Scriptum: date – July 18th, 2018


I have become aware that the above quote, has been wrongly attributed to the great  Nelson Mandela, over the years, and at the time I was writing this post in celebration of his birthday (he was still with us) I wasn’t even aware that it had been attributed to his 1994 inauguration speeches , specifically.

Not that he wouldn’t be capable of such a beautiful thought (for we all know he was), but in truth, at such a moment in time, it would be out of context – upon the achievement of being elected after having gone through such turmoil, hardship and struggle – as a freedom-fighter.
So, I leave you with LINKs to his 1994 inaugural speeches (for they are no less inspirational, and truly worth the read), and out of fairness also a link to the actual author – one who was flattered when she became aware that many had placed her words in the mind of Madiba at such an incredibly moving moment in History.

Thank you, for reading this, and have a stunningly beautiful Madiba Day!


LINK – May 10, 1994 – by President Nelson Mandela  (This is such a wonderful read, indeed)

LINK – May 9, 1994 – by President Nelson Mandela (incredible, and uplifting moments in History)


LINK  – NelsonMandelaOrg/Search


– Link  to the author of the passage whence, apparently, the above words had come from, and subsequently,  wrongfully attributed to President Mandela.  The internet has been a source of misinformation, and I wish to not take part in that (though inadvertently, I had).



LINK (I do love this image ♥ )


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