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PostIn Defense of Julian Assange, Ilhan Omar (Massoud Malek, USA, 04/17/19 6:31 am)
Should Julian Assange, who has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his services against warmongering, be protected by the First Amendment and freedom of expression, or prosecuted as a cyber-criminal?
On 9 November 1926, the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini enacted a new wave of emergency laws, taking as a pretext an alleged attempt on Mussolini's life several days earlier. The fascist police arrested Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Marxist philosopher, theoretician, and politician. At his trial, Gramsci's prosecutor stated, "For twenty years we must stop this brain from functioning."
Whistleblowing is part of the legitimate architecture of constitutional democracy. WikiLeaks was producing things that people ought to know about those in power. But people in power don't like whistleblowers, therefore they must be silenced.
What was Julian Assange's crime? He embarrassed everyone in power and humiliated Hillary Clinton, a corrupt woman who wanted to be the president of the most powerful country in the world.
By the way, we need politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who tell the truth. A few days ago WAIS paid homage to a bigot and anti-Muslim man who distorted everything about Islam. For example, Muslims are not true Americans or that he saw Muslims washing their faces in toilet bowls before praying.
I advise A.J. Cave and Gary Moore to read carefully what congresswoman Omar said, before accusing her of being unpatriotic. I respectfully ask our editor to ignore distorted posts about Muslims.
JE comments: How were A. J.'s and Gary's posts anti-Muslim? A. J. was arguing rather that Rep. Omar cannot speak for all Muslims, just as (my extrapolation) a single Christian should not be assumed to speak for every follower of Christ.
L'affaire Omar does raise the age-old question about identity politics. Can you criticize an individual Muslim without being accused of Islamophobia? Likewise, can you attack Netanyahu without exposing yourself to cries of anti-Semitism? The answer is often "no."
Our much-missed friend Randy Black could be crass and blunt in his posts, but I assure Massoud Malek that Randy was loving of all peoples and cultures. De mortuis nihil nisi bonum.
Rep. Ilhan Omar and...Mussolini
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
04/19/19 4:47 AM)
Our good friend Massoud Malek (April 17th) was angry for what he considered a distorted appraisal of certain US Representatives.
If Massoud is so sensitive about how someone is viewed by public opinion, he should review the history of Mussolini, acclaimed as the Sword of Islam by the Libyans and acclaimed also by an Eritrean great-grand-niece of the Prophet.
Oh by the way, do not pay attention to the Nobel Peace Prize. Scores of warmongers and criminals have received or have been nominated for this honor.
JE comments: Eugenio, I hope you won't be offended if I propose a new law. The Battaglia Principle: every discussion on world affairs eventually leads, somehow, to Mussolini.
A question we've raised before on the Forum: what does it mean to be "nominated" for the Nobel? The prizes don't work like the Oscars. There are no announced nominations or water-cooler discussions.