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October 12 2019

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@SomersetBean: Today: Julian Assange has been in a London prison for 6 months, after UK police seized him from Ecuador's embassy. A journalist & publisher facing a US kangaroo court & 175 year prison sentence—for exposing the truth.

January 10 2018

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  • RT World News: Julian Assange ‘granted Ecuadorian ID’ required for passport, citizenship (10 Jan, 2018)

    “WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has cryptically uploaded a picture of himself dressed in the national colors of Ecuador. The country’s media reports the whistleblower has been granted an Ecuadorian ID.

    Assange’s ID was issued on December 21, Ecuadorian outlet El Universo reports, citing ‘reliable sources’ and providing the civil registry number to check on the government website. The document number 1729926483, upon checking on the Internal Revenue Service, is indeed registered to one Julian Paul Assange.”

  • RT World News: Assange getting Ecuadorian ID could be ‘first step’ to diplomatic immunity – rights activist (10 Jan, 2018)

    “The Ecuadorian ID reportedly granted to Julian Assange could mark his first step to obtaining diplomatic immunity, as Ecuador wants to resolve Assange’s indefinite embassy stay, human rights activist Peter Tatchell told RT.

    ‘Granting an identity card is potentially the first step towards granting citizenship of Ecuador. And there is a possibility that he could be then granted a diplomatic status, which would give him diplomatic immunity,’ Tatchell, who is a human rights campaigner and the director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said. He added that diplomatic immunity would mean that the WikiLeaks co-founder would be ‘free to leave the embassy and travel to Ecuador and the British government would not be able to lay a finger on him.’

December 27 2017

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I believe the person who are now posting to @JulianAssange is not Julian himself but, maybe, some staffer of the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Free Julian Assange, UK - this is the root cause of the problem.

June 30 2017

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June 13 2015

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Taxing the Wealthy - Why It's Important

“According to a 2014 report by Oxfam, more than half of tax revenue in Latin American and the Caribbean comes from consumption taxes, such as VAT, which means that the poorest spend a greater share of their income to pay taxes than the rich.

‘Tax systems should be balanced toward more progressive models, in which wealth and property and not only consumption and wages are taxed more,’ the report says.

Taxes on income and profits in Latin America accounted for 25.4 percent of revenues in 2011, compared to 33.5 in the countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a 34-member body of high-income nations with high social development.

While tax collection in the region has improved over the last decade, generally speaking, tax structures still rely heavily on flat, consumption taxes, meaning those with less are disproportionately putting their share in.

An increase in public revenue through taxing the wealth of the rich – as Oxfam and many others have advocated – could provide regional government’s with funding stream for numerous endeavors including social welfare programs, which have been instrumental to the region’s poverty reduction strategy and have also buoyed virtually all sectors in Latin America.

Recently, Ecuador chose to increase the tax burden on the country’s privileged, announcing plans to adopt a new inheritance tax starting with a 2.5 percent tax on sums above US$35,400 and climbing in increments, up to 77.5 percent on inheritances above US$849,600. In all, only the top 2 percent of the population would have to pay the tax.

Currently just 4.1 percent of Ecuador’s income comes from taxes on income and profits, compared to an average of 11.4 percent in OECD nations. ​The legislative bill, which is still being discussed in Ecuador’s national assembly, marks the latest initiative in a series of changes to the country’s tax code.

The Andean nation has already approved an increase on income tax of financial institutions as well as a new levy on certain credit operations, which is intended to go toward financing improvements in the health sector including cancer treatment, among other measures.”

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“‘As citizens and social organizations, we support the social policies that have taken forward our people. These last 8 years of revolution have been great for all the groups that were most excluded, for those that were always exploited. Before, power was concentrated in the elites and now it no longer is. This government has invested in social works. Previous governments only cared about their own welfare. This government has invested in roads, in science, in social inclusion,’ Nancy Fiallo from the ‘30 September Never Again’ collective told teleSUR at the protest [against another coup attempt against Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa].

‘The theme of inheritances isn't new, we’ve always had it, now the tables are more equal and this bothers them (the powerful). Why don't they want to help make the country a better place? The people have understood that this is a historical process of change and we have to defend it. We are fighters in the popular struggle and we have ensured that a man from the streets, like the president, has been able to articulate our collective dreams. Before we didn’t have anyone with the courage our president has. He has transformed our dreams into reality and we feel part of this revolutionary process. We are revolutionary citizens.’

‘I am here to support my dear president. The workers before worked to enrich the millionaires and those that left for the beaches of Miami. Now we have true equality. Now we are in a good situation and we support our president,’ said Teresa Dandalia, who also belonged to the same collective and was at the demonstration on Friday.”

Ecuadoreans Defend Correa Against Repeat of 2010 Coup Plot (teleSUR English, Jun. 12 2015)

May 26 2015

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Correa Calls for New Latin American Human Rights Institution | News | teleSUR English

“ [Ecuadorean President Rafael] Correa has frequently criticized the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is affiliated with the Organization of American States, a body that is generally seen as acting in the interests of U.S. foreign policy. The Ecuadorean head of state has taken particular issue with the fact that the IACHR is headquartered in the United States, despite the fact that the U.S. has not ratified its convention and is thus not subject to its jurisdiction.

President Correa warned that a robust human rights institution based in the region is needed, as the threat of coups and destabilization by both domestic and foreign elites is still a present danger.

‘South American cannot discard the possibility of coups, including traditional ones, the desperation of the elites is dreadful, just look at what's happening in Brazil, where people shamelessly call for a military intervention against the constitutional government,’ exclaimed Correa.

In addition to calls for a coup in Brazil, coups against progressive leaders have been attempted in Venezuela and Ecuador. Leftist leaders were successfully removed in Honduras and Paraguay in the past decade, which received a tepid response from the Organization of American States. Correa attributes this to the disproportionate influence of the United States and Canada over the OAS.

In an effort to move away from this influence, regional leaders created the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the Union of South American Nations, both of which deliberately exclude the United States and Canada.”

Reposted byin-god-we-trust in-god-we-trust

April 10 2015

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February 10 2015

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Ecuador will discuss the Assange case during the UN Human Rights Council in mid-March.
— from @wikileaks (Feb. 9 2015)

February 06 2015

5 February 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1522 days. 
 – 962 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1716 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1068 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 877 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1814 days.

Julian Assange News:

  • WikiLeaks released a video from the UN in which Sweden Director-General Anders Rönquist states that there is no limit to pre-trial or pre-charge detention in Sweden. Assange commented, “Sweden has imported Guantanamo’s most shameful legal practice – indefinite detention without charge.”
  • The cost of 24/7 police surveillance outside the Ecuadorian Embassy reached £10 million.
  • In response to a FOIA request, the Metropolitan Police refused to disclose details of the ongoing police operations around the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Reposted fromwikileaks wikileaks

February 03 2015

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Ecuador Representative to the UN Maria Fernanda Espinosa believes there is an ‘open door’ for dialogue with Sweden regarding Julian Assange’s situation. This comes after Assange’s case was brought up during Sweden’s UN Universal Periodic Review.
— from @wikileaks (Feb. 2 2015)

February 02 2015

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Budget cuts have led to fewer officers and posts in the UK. Meanwhile, 24/7 surveillance of the Ecuadorian Embassy continues costing nearly £10 million.
— from @wikileaks (Feb. 1 2015)

October 16 2014

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An Ecuadorian Diplomatic Delegation Visits PRCS/Gaza

from palestinercs.org (Sep. 25 2014):

PRCS received at its premises in Gaza City an Ecuadorian diplomatic delegation chaired by the country’s assistant Secretary of State Juan Meriguet-martinez. The delegation, which brought humanitarian aid to Palestinians affected by the latest Israeli attack, visited towns that were shelled and massively destroyed, including Eastern Rafah, Khuza’a and Al Qarara, as well as the Society’s branch in Khan Younis and PRCS’ Al Amal hospital.

At a joint press conference held in front of PRCS’ Al Quds Hospital in Gaza City, Dr. Khalil Abo Foul, Head of PRCS’ Disaster Management Unit in the Gaza Strip, welcomed the Ecuadorian delegation. He conveyed to its members the greetings of both PRCS’ President Dr. Younis Al Khatib and its Director General Dr. Khaled Joudeh, and underlined efforts made by Ecuador to support Palestinians in general and the victims of the latest Israeli attack in particular. “This visit will help ease the suffering of affected families whose homes and properties were destroyed”, he added.

Mr. Juan Meriguet lauded PRCS’ efforts in the humanitarian and health fields as well as its relentless endeavors to provide relief to wounded and affected Palestinians. He said he was appalled by the large-scale destruction of homes in the Gaza Strip, underlining his country’s continuous cooperation with PRCS with a view to assisting all affected families and supporting PRCS’ staff and volunteers in this regard.

Following the press conference, delegation members toured PRCS’ Al Quds Hospital where they were briefed about the services it provides as well as its needs and challenges facing it. They also visited injured Palestinians treated at the hospital.

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