Inspired by the Russell-Sartre Tribunal of 1966, the Belmarsh Tribunal is putting the U.S. in the dock for its War on Terror crimes. Watch the replay.
The Belmarsh Tribunal is trying the U.S. government for its crimes of the twenty-first century — from atrocities in Iraq to torture at Guantánamo Bay to a surveillance program.
Inspired by the Bertrand Russell and Jean Paul Sartre Tribunal of 1966, when representatives of 18 countries gathered to hold the U.S. accountable for its war crimes in Vietnam, the Belmarsh Tribunal will try the U.S. for its War on Terror crimes.
The Belmarsh Tribunal turns the tables in the extradition hearing next Wednesday and Thursday against Julian Assange, who exposed those war crimes, in a case that will shape the future of journalism for decades to come.
Among those who took part in the tribunal were Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, former British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, Stella Moris, Assange lawyer and his partner, and author, filmmaker and activist Tariq Ali, who attended the Russell-Sartre Tribunal in 1966. (Full list of participants below.) Watch it here live:
Featuring:Tariq Ali, Renata Ávila, Apsana Begum, Richard Burgon, Jeremy Corbyn, Rafael Correa, Özlem Demirel, Deepa Govindarajan Driver, Daniel Ellsberg, Selay Ghaffar, Markéta Gregorová, Heike Hänsel, Srecko Horvat, Annie Machon, Stefania Maurizi, John McDonnell, Edward Snowden, Yanis Varoufakis, Ben Wizner, and Eyal Weizman.
Exclusive: Ken Loach calls out Sir Keir Starmer, what were his dealings in the Julian Assange case
Everyone knows the real story everybody can see it, we can’t believe anybody is hoodwinked. it’s not espionage this is journalism!
Ken Loach spoke out after a screening of a new film highlighting Julian Assange’s political incarceration titled ‘ The War on Journalism: The Case of Julian Assange.‘ After denouncing the mainstream media for sucking every story out of Julian Assange and the Wikileaks organisation, then leaving him to dry in the clutches of the vengeful establishment. Ken went on to call out the self-serving media. Ken Loach always one for expressing the truth asked the questions of the mainstream media most journalists and political commentators now shy away from. He went on to say:
“Everyone knows the real story everybody can see it, we can’t believe anybody is hoodwinked. it’s not espionage this is journalism! When you get a right-wing politician like David Davis saying Julian Assange is a political prisoner, everyone knows it, the Guardian knows it who took his stories then disowned him, the BBC knows it, Channel 4 news, every serious editor current affairs programme, of a national newspaper ‘knows this is the truth’ and yet they are silent the journalist are silent, the lawyers are silent.”
Ken Loach: Starmer should be challenged, what does he know?
Stating this should be a test for him! Starmer speaks of openness in his dealings, well let him be open about this, and let’s hear what he says about the torture and the illegal oppression of Julian Assange. Read more…