Dispatches From The War On Women: Assange, Ecuador and Rape Culture

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The Julian Assange saga embodies the very essence of rape culture. Assange, who has recently been granted asylum by Ecuador, is accused of sexually assaulting two women in Sweden. Assange supporters insist the charges are trumped up (because women are liars, duh) to discredit Assange. And now we learn that one of the reasons Assange was granted asylum was because the actions at the heart of the sex assault complaints don’t constitute a crime in Ecuador. So, it would seem, Ecuador has a rape problem too.

McDonalds, General Mills and a host of other companies are accused of collecting data about children through their websites and targeted for unlawful “refer-a-friend” campaigns where kids are asked to provide the email addresses of friends to recruit to play games.

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Should we be restoring monuments of members of the Ku Klux Klan or should some things be left to ruin?

Officers in Nebraska believe a Lincoln woman’s attack was staged by her to look like a hate crime.

Let the 7-year-old have her bunny, for goodness sakes.

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Dominic C.
Dominic C.3 years ago

The other thing is that you all think that there is this conspiracy and if Assange is extradited or walked out of the Ecuadorian embassy, he will arrested and tortured. C'mon, this is not a Jason Bourne movie and/or novel. The British Government under the EU Laws on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act of England have to abide by letters of the LAW. Lawyers and attorneys can refute claims against incorrigible actions and remember the WORLD is watching and we all will be commenting on this blog as well. The current American and British Governments will not do such things, especially now that they want to show to China and Russia their attitudes and attributes. However, if this have been a Blair and Bush Administrations, I will retract my comments. Nevertheless, at the moment, its not. Its time Assange face his troubles at a Swedish inquiry.

Dominic C.
Dominic C.3 years ago

Simon B., you are putting in such a way that a conspiracy is happening. Please, there is no way that Assange is going to get a bullet in the head. He is not Anwar Al Malaki or Osama B. Laden. This is a different issue. You are saying that as if that the extradition to the Swedish authorities will become a rendition - pretty much a farce. An extradition order is between one country to another country is only as such and it cannot be transferable. If it becomes transferable then it no longer is extradition and the rule of law is broken. The lawyers can always scrutinize the extradition order before the offender agrees to the extradition. Swedish authorities want Assange extradited back to Sweden because the propensities of facing justice is better and not tainted by a foreign investigative body like Britain or America. The Scandinavians have the best legal justice system in the world and it does not matter what crime one committed - they always follow the rule of law.

Douglas Jack
Douglas Jack3 years ago

Julian Assange has no charges against him even though he specifically asked for any charges to be made apparent during his extra month long due-diligence in Sweden. In the justice system where accused are considered innocent until tried & convicted, it is not fitting to extradite individuals to nations such as Sweden, which do not follow civil justice procedures & have hidden agendas to extradite further to nations which routinely practice torture & murder such as the USA, Canada & other NATO nations. Annmari L., What part of this system of law do you not understand? Like only a few commenters on this article, are you proposing torture & confinement first, then justice? Can we bring the world back to civil human relations? www.indigenecommunity.info

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

The victims (alleged) in this case have been threatened, percecuted and ridiculed by supporters of Assange. The women have had to go into hiding, lose their jobs, cut of contact with friends, because their names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc have been published on-line by Assange supporters. They have even been made a fool of by leading European politicians that claim that it's not a crime to do what Assange allegedly did.
Assange have been fighting extradition for two years and is now hiding his behind in an embassy from a country where journalists are sent to prison, are tortured and murdered. Assange guilt or innocence aside, that is not only weird but essentially demeaning towards those journalists in Equador! And, at the mean time, the women in this case are still without an end in sight.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Simon B. Read my answer to Dr. C.
"He has offered to make concession after concession to clear his name."
I would also like to add that his concessiona re not worth anything, because he's not in the position to make any. He's the one hiding and making untrue accusations about the legal system of Sweden. If he's questioned at the Equadorian Embassy, it's on Equadorian ground. Not British. Not Swedish. Democratic countries with a long history of a fair legal system do not cater to suspects by meeting them elsewhere than where the allegeded crime has taken place.
If you, and others with the same opinions about Assange and the legalities surrounding his extradition, would take a few minutes to read up on International law, you would realize that it's not the Swedish authoroties that decide about any future extradition to the US. It's the British Government. There's also a presedence in Europe that none of the EU/EFTA-countries ever extradite people to countries where they risk the death penalty. It's a big no-no, since the death penalty have been abolished in Europe.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

"Dr. C: If the Swedish authorities can make the effort to go to England for all this legal maneuvering, why not take Mr. Assange up on his offer to be questioned by the Swedish authorities while he is in England?"
Because that's not how a legal process are done in a civilized and legal system.
Because there may be follow-up questions.
Because the lawyers for the victims will need to be present.
Because it's not common that the one wanted for questioning sets the rules for the same!

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson3 years ago


Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

While the cables leaked by WikiLeaks exposing corporatism have been published around the globe , US citizens reading those same documents could face harsh government retributions.

Which countries would come to mind that would punish it's citizen's choices of publicly available reading materials?

Douglas Jack
Douglas Jack4 years ago

Obviously with wars of NATO: US, Canadian & British destabilization against governments boiling in a dozen countries & festering through massive armament of dissidents in another two dozen, we have a case of national schizophrenia. NATO's face speaks publicly through the media usually while the hands & feet are up to murder. Julian's role was to bring murder/ decadence into the open so as a hundred whistle-blower / activists before him, it seems NATO intelligence services employed their significant human-resources & large harems to honey-trap him.

Our job as citizens is not to 'know' exactly what happens in what the women partners seem to have communicated as consensual, but to support all parties in fair civil process. At the same time, recognizing state/corporate schizophrenia, citizens can do all in our individual & connected powers to make sure that all parties are treated fairly. As citizens we are particularly responsible that; Julian not be exposed to the kinds of loaded-court-process, torture or targeted assassination which NATO / USA has become known for. Julian's role in this process is most instructive, because he's enabling all of us to get to the heart of the deceitful-incrimination, legal-collusion, propaganda-lies assassination & war, which so disables world society by being completely open about this accusation. www.indigenecommunity.info

Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

@Rodger M. [I don't think it matters one way or the other what any of us believe happened.

All that matters is that Mr Assange speaks to the Swedish police. That's what happens when someone is charged with rape, right?]

There is no "rape charge", never has been. The Swedish government claims this whole extradition saga is for but the purposes of "questioning" , without any charges at all.

If the Swedish authorities can make the effort to go to England for all this legal maneuvering, why not take Mr. Assange up on his offer to be questioned by the Swedish authorities while he is in England?

No charges have been filed , just a desire to have Mr. Assange in Sweden.

Those that would dismiss the idea that there is far more to this than a desire to "question" Mr. Assange don't speak well of their own intellect in doing so.