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  • zilch
    Hisashiburi
    • Aug 2006
    • 644

    #31
    I wonder what Roman Polanski thinks about all of this?
    http://final-frame-final.blogspot.com/

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    • Robin
      Citizen of Tanelorn
      • Apr 2011
      • 235

      #32
      Originally posted by zilch View Post
      I wonder what Roman Polanski thinks about all of this?
      Well, it has all the ingredients - sex, intrigue, paranoia, conspiracies - for him to make a bit of money out of. I mean, to make a good movie...

      And a bit of personal experience is always supposed to help a storyteller.

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      • Nathaniel
        Champion of the Balance
        • Nov 2006
        • 1989

        #33
        Found a reference to the legal impediment to Sweedon extraditing. Apparently it is Section 58 of the British Extradition act, which would require the signature of the British Home Secretery. Also believe that the European Convention of Himan Rights forbids extraditing someone to a country where they could face the death penalty.
        Not a lawer, but should be reasonably easy to fact check for those so inclined.

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        • Robin
          Citizen of Tanelorn
          • Apr 2011
          • 235

          #34
          Originally posted by Nathaniel View Post
          Found a reference to the legal impediment to Sweedon extraditing. Apparently it is Section 58 of the British Extradition act...
          Yes, and as well as being contrary to the European Convention, it also appears to be forbidden in Swedish law.

          However, the UN already ruled that Sweden violated the global torture ban after its involvement in illegal CIA renditions, and the return of asylum seekers to Egypt who were subsequently tortured. So Sweden already seems to have a record of ignoring the law, at least when the USA are involved.

          http://www.hrw.org/news/2006/11/09/s...-cia-rendition

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          • thingfish
            sairfecht
            • Sep 2007
            • 15756

            #35
            Why dont they just set up a huge PA outside the Ecuadorian embassy and blast him with Abba's Greatest Hits 24/7.

            After a couple of days he would be begging to go to Sweden just so he could kill Bjorn and Benny with his bare hands(keep him away from the other two though!)
            "I hate to advocate drugs,alcohol,violence or insanity to anyone,but they've always worked for me"

            Hunter S Thompson

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            • zilch
              Hisashiburi
              • Aug 2006
              • 644

              #36
              Get a perspective from down under

              Four Corners
              http://final-frame-final.blogspot.com/

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              • Robin
                Citizen of Tanelorn
                • Apr 2011
                • 235

                #37
                Thanks for that, it's very interesting to get a look at something from Australia on the subject. It certainly seemed to support the claims that Assange's supporters have been making. Does Four Corners generally put forward "alternative" viewpoints?

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                • Kymba334
                  Eternal Champion
                  • Jun 2011
                  • 3167

                  #38
                  ...

                  Originally posted by Robin View Post
                  Thanks for that, it's very interesting to get a look at something from Australia on the subject. It certainly seemed to support the claims that Assange's supporters have been making. Does Four Corners generally put forward "alternative" viewpoints?
                  Well Robin, "alternative" to Fox News perhaps!
                  Answer: basically,yes,on the whole, which is why the ABC Broadcasting service is usually not much liked by some Australian politicians past and present.
                  Last edited by Kymba334; 08-22-2012, 03:12 AM.
                  Mwana wa simba ni simba

                  The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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                  • FeAnPi
                    Wanderer of the Mittel March
                    • Jun 2012
                    • 22

                    #39
                    A few words about Cesare Battisti: his situation is a bit complicated. He was condemned without a chance to defend himself, according to the account of a repentant. Basically, in Italy it is possible, when arrested, to reduce your punishing by denouncing his accomplices; accomplices that, more than often, are “suggested” to you.
                    But for Battisti the situation is even more dubious, because according to the accuse he should be some kind of wizard, capable of being simultaneously in two different places. When he was condemned in absentia, also, the situation was very peculiar, as it still is: basically, the so-called “black terrorism”, the right wing terrorism, is largely unpunished (and we speak of the worse kind of terrorism: bombs with dozens of victims, victims whose blood has yet to be avenged, victims whose killers are yet to be prosecuted), but the “red terrorism”, the left wing terrorism, was strongly prosecuted and very often a terrorist was made from a simple activist, thanks to the repentant mechanism.
                    The case of Battisti was a strong point in the politic of a sadly well-known formerly bald sex-addict short man, whose government mounted a real case about a matter unknown to the most. This while former black terrorist obtained jobs in the public sector thanks to the efforts (efforts that in Sardinia are called “accozzi”, from the mussel – cozza – and its strong way to attach itself to the reef) of the fascist major of Rome, who during youth spent months in jail for his actions; it is superfluous to add that this major is a political ally of the formerly mentioned sex addict short man. And, just to throw a few more facts in the thread, a man presented as a victim of Battisti is forced on a wheel-chair after a shoplift of which Battisti is accused, but his injury derives from his father, the owner of the robbed jewel shop, whose aim with his gun was less than acceptable.


                    So yes, South America is surely not the merry and jolly and happy land that many in Europe dream of, but it is neither the land of dictatorship that US and Europe love to depict, perhaps to mask their decline, forgetting of their own not so liberal nor democratic acts. I mean, in Italy the fact that Chavez supported a law to make possible for him to be elected more than once was criticized as the act of a dictator, while here not a single law forbids to became prime minister for a third or a fourth time (the already mentioned short man was elected three times, was a candidate two more times, and has decided to candidate himself a sixth time; so, if according to right wing press Chaved aspired to dictatorship, what should we say about this little man?).

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                    • zlogdan
                      Hex data reader and professional pawn
                      • Mar 2012
                      • 1931

                      #40
                      Originally posted by FeAnPi View Post
                      A few words about Cesare Battisti: his situation is a bit complicated. He was condemned without a chance to defend himself, according to the account of a repentant.
                      Well, that is new perspective. We get obviously the perspective of that "bald leader" here because part of our press is right-winged ( Veja magazine). But Cesare Battisti is friends with Lula and many other PT guys, which are being investigated for serious corruption crimes. I am still waiting to see a living politician I would trust.

                      We were however told that the Italian citizens were quite offended by Cesare Battisti getting free here in Crapland, that is why I thought we made something wrong. But I will always listen to the people, they know better!
                      "From time to time I demonstrate the inconceivable, or mock the innocent, or give truth to liars, or shred the poses of virtue.(...) Now I am silent; this is my mood." From Sundrun's Garden, Jack Vance.
                      "As the Greeks have created the Olympus based upon their own image and resemblance, we have created Gotham City and Metropolis and all these galaxies so similar to the corporate world, manipulative, ruthless and well paid, that conceived them." Braulio Tavares.

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                      • FeAnPi
                        Wanderer of the Mittel March
                        • Jun 2012
                        • 22

                        #41
                        The fact is, Zlogdan, that most Italian citizens ignored who Battisti was (having forgot it, or more often having not even heard of him); but, when the case exploded, the opinion of many Italians (not mine, but I suppose this is clear enough) was the one you told.
                        Why? Well, imagine a very short old man who controls the three main private TV channels of the country, and many journals, and imagine that, becoming prime minister, this little old man could control (and humiliate, because when his order was to ignore the real fact – as the financial crisis that the government made nothing to prevent or defend the country against - the opening news on TV were the invention of an ice-cream for dogs and similar crap; no, I'm not joking and yes, this is really sad) two of the three main public TV channels. Imagine an opposition to this old man that is forced to accept and incapable of avoiding his topics as the main themes of debate even when the real interests of the nation are elsewhere. So imagine how easily many Italian citizens started believing that Battisti's one was the main problem; not the fact that the prime minister was a close friend of every North-African dictator, not that he was seen in the world as a sex-addict gaffe-maker shame-spreader, not that people was losing his jobs, not that the government did nothing about it. Battisti's freedom was the matter. This acted when the memory of Craxi, a corrupt politician that was a close friend of the mentioned little prime minister, so corrupted that he was forced to abandon Italy in order to avoid jail, was rehabilitated by the governing party

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                        • Ben
                          Ben
                          Nomad of the Time Streams
                          • May 2010
                          • 40

                          #42
                          it's worth mentioning that in connection to Assange, Bradley Manning is still held in the US and awaiting trial.

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Manning

                          As far as I ever trust wikipedia as a reliable source, his story seems particularly tragic and I suspect he will be hung out to dry by the forthcoming proceedings.

                          Personally I can't blame Assange for seeking asylum whereever he can....

                          I find it interesting to compare the Wikileaks/Assange/Manning affair to Pussey Riot. Two equally driven administrations afraid of free speech????

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                          • Robin
                            Citizen of Tanelorn
                            • Apr 2011
                            • 235

                            #43
                            Originally posted by Ben View Post
                            I find it interesting to compare the Wikileaks/Assange/Manning affair to Pussey Riot. Two equally driven administrations afraid of free speech????
                            Except that Bradley Manning has already been locked up for longer than Pussy Riot will spend in jail - and seemingly under much worse conditions. And whatever they have planned for Assange, they're not saying.

                            Also interesting that Pussy Riot supporters were just arrested in Germany, for a "repeat" of the original protest, and could be facing 3 years in jail (although I suspect not). Particularly interesting when the German government have been so critical of the Russian authorities.

                            It looks like they all believe we should have the right to criticise someone else..

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                            • FeAnPi
                              Wanderer of the Mittel March
                              • Jun 2012
                              • 22

                              #44
                              I would say that authority always remains authority. As I wrote above, why if Chavez is elected for more than two mandates this is a sign of dictatorship, but if the above mentioned little old politician candidates himself as prime minister for six times he is not a would be dictator?


                              The ways of power tend to be the same in every country, but it is a custom to the power to cover its crimes against men and to stigmatize those of its enemies.

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                              • opaloka
                                digital serf 41221z/74
                                • Jun 2006
                                • 3746

                                #45
                                Its when they start trying to change the constitution to favor themselves, or installing family members that you have to start worrying.

                                A lot of people were pretty concerned about Berlusconi but it seems to have worked out in the long run. Maybe some more limits are in order.

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