Steve Poikonen, cohost of Slow News Day / the Free Assange online vigil series – Ep 79

Steve Poikonen, host of Slow News Day and co-host of the Free Assange online vigil series, joins us for a discussion on all things Julian Assange (FYI: this was recorded before the recent hearings on Julian’s extradition from the U.K.)  We discuss Steve’s view of NAFTA-driven neoliberalism in his childhood home of Elwood, IN, how the fallout from Chelsea Manning’s leaks made life better for all whistleblowers, even if just on paper, and of course, on the importance of Julian Assange’s actions as a publisher and how important unvarnished views of government activity are to activists who call out government criminality.   


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Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange – Ep 40

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Being a whistleblower is a difficult path, one that only a few choose to follow.  Chelsea Manning is one of those people, but the pain of her choice continues to haunt her in horrifying ways.  Here, we discuss Chelsea Manning’s jailtime over her refusal to testify in a grand jury proceeding related to Julian Assange.  We also discuss Assange’s recent loss of asylum by the Ecuadorian embassy and arrest by UK authorities.

00:55 – Supreme Court rules US terrorism victims cannot sue foreign countries

07:48 – Declaring portions of Iranian military a “terrorist organization”

24:16 – Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

42:22 – Benjamin Netanyahu wins reelection in Israel


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