Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 19

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 19 Today was the worst day for the defence since the start of the trial, as their expert witnesses failed to cope with the sheer aggression of cross-examination by the US Government and found themselves backing away from maintaining propositions they knew to be true. It was uncomfortable viewing. It was not that the prosecution had in any way changed their very systematic techniques of denigrating and browbeating; in fact the precise prosecution template was once again followed. It goes like… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Labour troubles, the Independent Question and the future of Britain

Source:: Gerry Hassan Labour troubles, the Independent Question and the future of Britain Labour troubles, the Independence Question and the future of Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 27th 2020 Labour conference met this week but in the new online world of Zoom the only cut through was Keir Starmer’s keynote address along with his TV response to Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 broadcast. It is now nine months since the Tories won a landslide election victory. But the world has been turned upside down since last December. Boris Johnson was sold as a great… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

Labour has to stop being ambivalent and tell a convincing story about Britain: its past, present and future

Source:: Gerry Hassan Labour has to stop being ambivalent and tell a convincing story about Britain: its past, present and future Labour has to stop being ambivalent and tell a convincing story about Britain: its past, present and future Gerry Hassan Prospect, September 24th 2020 Keir Starmer in his keynote conference address has indicated that he wants to reclaim patriotism as a principle and thread that runs through everything the Labour Party stands for. This on the surface might sound uncontroversial but it isn’t. The Corbynistas had an instinctive opposition to all things patriotic and to many of the […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 18

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 18 It is hard to believe, but Judge Baraitser on Friday ruled that there will be no closing speeches in the Assange extradition hearing. She accepted the proposal initially put forward by counsel for the US government, that closing arguments should simply be submitted in writing and without an oral hearing. This was accepted by the defence, as they need time to address the new superseding indictment in the closing arguments, and Baraitser was not willing for oral argument to take… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 17

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 17 During the hearing of medical evidence the last three days, the British government has been caught twice directly telling important lies about events in Belmarsh prison, each lie proven by documentary evidence. The common factor has been the medical records kept by Dr Daly, head of the jail’s medical services. There has also been, to put it at its very lightest, one apparent misrepresentation by Dr Daly. Personally, I am wary of the kind of person who impresses Ross Kemp.… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 16

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 16 On Wednesday the trap sprang shut, as Judge Baraitser insisted the witnesses must finish next week, and that no time would be permitted for preparation of closing arguments, which must be heard the immediate following Monday. This brought the closest the defence have come to a protest, with the defence pointing out they have still not addressed the new superseding indictment, and that the judge refused their request for an adjournment before witness hearings started, to give them time to… Read the full article:: Craig […]

The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking

Source:: Gerry Hassan The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 23rd 2020 The British Empire has never really gone away. Its presence and influence has always been here – sometimes in the background, often in the foreground, being invoked, defended and even celebrated by some. It is there in the ridiculous debates about the UK ‘punching above its weight’ on the global stage, the painful dependency of UK elites on ‘the special relationship’ with Washington,… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

A Better Way to Discover Blogs and Get Inspired

Source:: North British Post A Better Way to Discover Blogs and Get Inspired WordPress is home to millions of sites across countless topics. It’s a big and beautiful world, and we want to make it easier for you to discover new voices. Over the past few months, the mobile team has been working hard to improve the experience of your WordPress Reader on the mobile app. In particular, we’ve been exploring different ways for you to discover new blogs and find inspiration. The new Discover tab on your Reader will recommend blogs and… Read the full article:: North […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15 When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, the US Government burgled the office of his psychiatrist to look for medical evidence to discredit him. Julian Assange has been obliged to submit himself, while in a mentally and physically weakened state and in conditions of the harshest incarceration, to examination by psychiatrists appointed by the US government. He has found the experience intrusive and traumatising. It is a burglary of the mind. Julian is profoundly worried that his medical history will… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14 Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses can and cannot say has combined with a joint and openly stated desire by both judge and prosecution to close this case down quickly by limiting the number of witnesses, the length of… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Toward zero: Reducing and offsetting our data center power emissions

Source:: North British Post Toward zero: Reducing and offsetting our data center power emissions Following the massive Australian bushfires earlier this year, I was motivated to act within my role as a data scientist at Automattic to help fight anthropogenic climate change. Together with colleagues from across the company, we formed an employee resource group focused on sustainability. We are pleased to announce that as a result of our efforts, Automattic now offsets data center power emissions produced from non-renewable sources. This means that the servers running WordPress.com, WordPress VIP, Tumblr, and other Automattic… Read the full article:: […]

The political and moral collapse of the Conservative Party, conservative thinking and unionism

Source:: Gerry Hassan The political and moral collapse of the Conservative Party, conservative thinking and unionism The political and moral collapse of the Conservative Party, conservative thinking and unionism Gerry Hassan Sunday National, September 20th 2020 The clue is meant to be in the name – the Conservative and Unionist Party. The Unionist moniker may refer first and foremost to the union with Ireland, but has a wider meaning in relation to the union that makes up the United Kingdom. Tory unionism has historically gone to the core of the party’s DNA. At its peak –… Read the […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13 Friday gave us the most emotionally charged moments yet at the Assange hearing, showed that strange and sharp twists in the story are still arriving at the Old Bailey, and brought into sharp focus some questions about the handling and validity of evidence, which I will address in comment. NICKY HAGER The first witness of the day was Nicky Hager, the veteran New Zealand investigative journalist. Hager’s co-authored book “Hit and Run” detailed a disastrous New Zealand SAS raid in… Read the full article:: Craig […]

A Small Confession

Source:: Craig Murray A Small Confession I have to confess that after the last court session of another tough week (and yesterday was a particularly emotional and startling court day) I went to the pub with a friend after court yesterday rather than start writing. So Friday’s report this afternoon. Although Julian’s days in court are horrible in some ways, with 5am starts, strip searches and shackling for transport in a kind of upright fridge inside an armoured serco van, at least he gets to see… Read the full article:: Craig Murray A Small Confession

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12 A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government’s insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly underlay the entire line of questioning in the afternoon session. The morning opened with Professor John Sloboda of Iraq Body Count. He is a Professor of Psychology and musicologist who founded Iraq Body Count together with Damit Hardagan, and was… Read the full article:: Craig […]