Posts tagged ‘afghanistan’

August 25, 2010

Swedish attorneys weigh in on Assange case

THE RAPE AND MOLESTATION charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, which led to an arrest warrant in his name on Friday and its mysterious withdrawal on Saturday (I wrote about it here), continue to perplex Swedish society. The case is far from over, since Assange remains under investigation for molestation and has retained the services of the prominent Swedish lawyer and crime novelist Leif Silbersky.

In comments to Dagens nyheterna today, Silbersky said that…

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August 21, 2010

Swedes question rape accusations against Wikileaks founder

WHAT A SHOCK TO the global antiwar movement: Yesterday, the Swedish chief prosecutor announced that Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, which had recently leaked more than 91,000 classified documents to the press, had been accused of rape and should report to the authorities for questioning. Two women had claimed that Assange committed violent acts against them during his recent visit to Stockholm, where Wikileaks is based. The news, the Swedish press reported, spread across the Internet “like a wildfire.” The daily paper Expressen took the unprecedented step of both announcing the charges and publishing Assange’s photo, even though the two women had not filed formal charges against them. Then, at 4:30 p.m. today, it was suddenly all over. The prosecutor withdrew the charges and Assange remains a free man. Yes, free – and damaged goods as well. The faintest hint of sexual abuse can…

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February 23, 2010

When bishops drink and drive

THE WOMAN WAS CLEARLY blotto. The policeman who had just pulled the fifty-one year-old off the road late Saturday night after she raced through a red light at high speed picked up the tell-tale stench the moment she rolled down the window. No doubt about it: the breathalyzer registered 1.54 – the equivalent of an entire bottle of wine consumed in less than an hour (the legal driving limit is 0.5). Now she’ll have to pay a high fine and lose her driving license for a year. This would be embarrassing enough for an ordinary citizen, but it is nothing short of humiliating for a Protestant cleric. And this is not just any cleric, but Margot Kässmann, the Right Reverend Bishop of Hanover and Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, the recently elected spokeswoman for twenty-five million German Protestants…

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September 26, 2009

Al-Qaeda: “An attack on Germany is tempting”

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WHENEVER BERLIN’S POLICEMAN START wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying submachine guns, you can tell there’s trouble brewing. This time the reason is clear: On September 25, just two days before the parliamentary election, both al-Qaeda and the Taliban threatened Germany with an attack within the next two weeks if it does not immediately withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

One of the video messages is from Osama Bin Laden personally. It shows an image of the al-Qaeda leader along with a voiceover with German subtitles saying that “Europeans should learn from the mistakes of others.” Bin Laden goes on to say in this five minute-long warning that the killing of civilians in Afghanistan is an act of great injustice, “and justice demands that you halt this injustice and remove your soldiers.”

Bin Laden
Osama bin Laden addresses Europe:
“Learn from the mistakes of others”

The Taliban video features images of German landmarks and politicians, suggesting targeted terrorist attacks and assassinations. “Your operation here against Islam makes an attack on Germany tempting for us mujahedeen,” a Taliban in the video states. A third video features 31 year-old German-Moroccan Islamist Bekkay Harrach, a high-ranking member of Al Qaeda, who warns from his hiding place on the Afghan-Pakistani border…

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