ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Australia Suddenly Cares About Its Journalists When They Get in Trouble in China
Where was the concern over arbitrary detention then? Assange is an Australian citizen and is a journalist by any conventional definition of the term — an award-winning journalist at that. Why has his home country abandoned him so outrageously while he faces torture and ailing health for years, yet even the slightest hint of a mainstream reporter potentially suffering a fraction of that injustice sends all the alarm bells ringing?
The answer to these questions, as with so much else, boils down to power and imperialism. For all the huffy, self-righteous indignation, this is about nothing more noble than imperialism and oligarchic control.
Australia is a part of the U.S.-centralized empire, the tight network of allies which functions more or...
ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Australia Suddenly Cares About Its Journalists When They Get in Trouble in ChinaHuman rights are only ever a concern for member states of the U.S. empire — such as the home country of the WikiLeaks founder — when they can be leveraged against nations outside the ...