On the ( Empire’s ) Waterfront

PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—Under the rules of capitalism, where everything is “commoditised” (turned into something to be bought and sold as merchandise), these people are heavily promoted and self-promoting “brands”.  (Note the table above shows significant disparities in compensation. This can be explained because the facts about the actual salary of a particular celebrity in America are usually carefully hidden, and some compensation packages may not be included, by both the employer and the celebrity, and this goes double for “journalists”.)


Ecuadorian police repress mass march demanding Julian Assange’s freedom

BILL VAN AUKEN—The frame-up of Bini is bound up with the Moreno government’s retaliation against the exposure of the president’s and his family’s involvement in a massive corruption scandal involving the funneling of millions of dollars in bribe money from a Chinese construction contractor into an offshore shell company named after the president’s three daughters.The publication of the so-called INA papers exposing this corruption was widely reported and prompted the initiation of a congressional investigation in Ecuador before WikiLeaks called attention to the scandal on its Twitter account last month. The Moreno government seized on the tweet to accuse WikiLeaks and Julian Assange personally—despite the intense surveillance and conditions approaching that of solitary confinement in the London embassy—of having hacked the phones and social media accounts of Moreno and his family to secure the evidence of corruption.


‘No Prisoners, Only Bodies’: US Declassified Documents Expose Argentine Dictatorship Crimes

MAX BLUMENTHAL—”The amount of information the intelligence agencies had sent shivers through one’s spine,” he said. “Imagine what it meant to know about atrocities in real time.”The records confirm that dozens of people who disappeared at the time were assassinated at the hands of the state. More than 1.500 former officials in the country have been put on trial for crimes including torture, thousands of forced disappearances and executions and the abduction of hundreds of babies. The records contain specific information that may help Argentina’s legal system close at least 400 pending investigations.The local Argentine outlet Pagina12 published an article Saturday detailing some of the findings its journalists uncovered from the declassified documents.