Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

Today, March 28, marks one full year since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was cut off from the internet and his ability to communicate with the outside world. Assange remains confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. There he is subject to constant and invasive surveillance…

March 29 will mark three weeks since Chelsea Manning, who in 2010 provided WikiLeaks with documents exposing US war crimes, was jailed for contempt of court by a federal judge. Manning’s alleged “crime” is refusing to testify in a secret grand jury hearing against Assange. She is being held in solitary confinement, isolated 22 hours a day.

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Australian MPs visit Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison
19 February 2020
Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen said they agreed with UN official Nils Melzer’s assessment that Assange is the victim of psychological torture.
Australian media maintains an unconscionable blackout on the case of Julian Assange
17 February 2020
Meetings should be convened by the staff of every media organisation and resolutions adopted opposing Assange’s extradition and insisting that his case is accurately and honestly reported.
Geo-political conflicts overshadow Vanuatu election
17 February 2020
Next month’s election will take place amid deepening tensions across the Pacific as Washington and its allies ramp up preparations for war with China.
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
15 February 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

On October 7, David North, International Editorial Board chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered the following lecture to a well-attended public meeting in Colombo, organised by the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka). The meeting, the second of two held in Sri Lanka, was called to celebrate the 80thanniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the SEP in Sri Lanka. Click here to read the lecture

John Pilger’s The Dirty War on the National Health Service screening on Australia’s SBS this Sunday
15 February 2020
The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.
Major Australian bushfires finally extinguished by torrential rain
15 February 2020
Insurers have declared Australia’s sixth catastrophe in five months as storms batter the east coast and cause major flooding.
New Zealand’s Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism
13 February 2020
New Zealand’s national day was marked with the opening of a museum to glorify Maori participation and “sacrifice” for imperialism in World War II.
Petition for Assange’s freedom tabled again in Australian parliament
13 February 2020
Despite the powerful public support and strongly expressed sentiments of the petition, its tabling received virtually no coverage in the corporate media.