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Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

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Wikileaks support protest in Sydney on Friday


Support Wikileaks rally called

Supporters of the website Wikileaks will mobilise on Friday (10/12/10) to protest against the backlash it has faced for its release of more than 250,000 US government cables.

The protest will hear from independent journalist Antony Loewenstein, award-winning author of My Israel Question. Pirate Party spokesperson Simon Frew will also speak. Other speakers will be announced soon.

The rally date coincides with International Human Rights Day. Rally organisers say the Australian government has failed to uphold the human rights of Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

“The Australian government should be ashamed for its attacks on Wikileaks, which has been charged with no crime”, spokesperson Simon Butler said.

“Australia should not join the campaign to censor Wikileaks. Wikileaks has released evidence of government lies and duplicity — information that, as citizens, we have a right to know.

“We want the Gillard government to make sure Julian Assange has the same basic rights as every other Australian citizen. Threats have been made against Assange’s life, the Australian government has a duty to protect him, not threaten him.”

Butler said community support for Wikileaks was very high. “We expect a good turnout to the rally. There is a great deal of anger at what’s happening. The bid to silence Wikileaks threatens the rights of everyone.”

The rally will take place at Sydney Town Hall @ 1pm, Friday December 10.

Rally information: Kylie Gilbert 0451 827 693

Media contact: Simon Butler 0421 231 011

  • Flor

    I am SO glad to hear this!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope there will be more protests around the world!

  • chris alexander

    It's taken a while, but finally we are doing something,

  • Dan

    What time….

    Every democratic country that has attacked Wikileaks should have a protest. (US, Uk, Sweden, switzerland and so on.) This is a fight agaist communism dressed as a democracy that will benefit nobody else than us, the citizens.


    Great Job Julian.

  • James Green

    I`m going to go into my town and protest, hand out flyers and make a sign, even if I am the only one.

  • Michelle

    Feel like I'm living in China, what next protesters gunned down?

  • Perez

    We're going to the rally.

  • Antony,

    I suspect this episode involving Mr Assange is an important test for the rights of humans over the rights we have as 'citizens' of states.

    Let us reclaim our souls by loving the truth, even if it is degrading for those in power.

    Whenever one reveals the naked truth, depravity usually follows.

    I will be attending this protest.


    Serkan from The Trip Out Corner.

  • patricia nield

    I'm so glad something has got aussies stirred up. Am inland and cant get to rally but will contirbuter financuially where I can. Fight for freedom of speech. 1960's and David Wicks all over again. Next will it be a Hitler type character Julia or do you have the balls to act on all  your hype and shallow rhetoric. Hitler was a good orater but you have much to learn despite your sad ego.

  • Trying to coordinate rally in Perth, see chat to express interest.

  • Anita

    I fully support Julian Assange, I feel sad that our goverments who supposedly claim their freedom of speech would allow a person or persons to allow other nations to arrest this man who is only telling the world of wrongoings of all the nations.

    Julian Assange is a hero. I feel sad that  our world has become misguided nations not neighbours.

  • Anita

    I'm sorry that I will not be able to attend , could you forward any means to continue this cause, I wish all of all the very best wishes. Anita

  • Kerri Rusnak

    Any word about the same in Melbourne?

  • Adam

    To James Green & the others you R not alone U R millions billions. it s been ten  a decade lies, war crimes, torture, devolving democracy, rape & theft of humans & earth alike. its TIME for accountability.

    In soulidarity.



    No Terror No Torture  Just Truth.

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  • nancy

    An important protest. I hope it attracts support and donations.

  • chantelle

    I really wish I could be there….ive been following this story wishing there was more that I could do its so frustrating just sitting here!!!!

  • Mike B.

    Julian has dropped the towel from several countries' Government departments – but they should have had their costumes on properly! The ugliness is not what he has done and neither is the shame his – it belongs fully to others' words and actions – nay mistakes. Hitting the person who dropped the towel does little to decrease the underlying issues – it is too late alas….

    The reality is, most of us work our guts out all day long, sitting in rush hour, working every hour God sends and then the small profit that is left goes to pay taxes and this is how they are used. There will either be an international public outcry or the resentment that will remain after this size of injustice will poison and kill off every Government that wishes to stew in the remaining bile. Mark my words the man has changed history and has alreay hit the bullseye. The weight now rests on others to either humbly 'do the right thing' and be accepted or to increase their injustice and be condemned. Their individual choice.

    If it were I in the position of power, I'd face the music now, rather than waste time, look even more stupid and have it land on my head compounded a few days or weeks later.

    We live in an information era – everything is transparent – this brings accountability = as I said from our side – the majority – our accounts are hard pressed, I am forced to declare everything I earn, do and have to people I don't know or trust – and did they think they could take and rule with an iron rod and it would not find them out? There is Justice hanging over this man's revelations and it will crush those who are not prepared to make ammends – with or without any of us so much as lifting even a little finger! Judgement day is coming early and holds eternal consequences with it. Mike B.

  • marla

    So awesome – i will be there

  • charlie

    Shame on you, prime minister, you shoud protect our overseas citizens even he was guilty, no threat.

    I will attend the rally, see you all.

  • Mike B.

    I'm not much good at rallies, but I'll pray the God who created the Heavens and the earth will move on his account and be with him. I've already been praying so hard. Angels will protect him!

    Funny enough I'm from the UK and we get very peculiar when freedom of speech issues arise – remember Salman Rushdie – good on the old country for turning already to sift these schemers in Sweden – I hope they get exposed too and those rednecks and inbreds breathing violence in the US – no wonder we have innocent blood pouring through the streets of Afghanistan, Iraq and now Pakistan – all in the name of causes that you and I knew were wrong and foul in our own hearts and we DID NOT agree with THEIR war or their actions!

    They tried Jesus in the same way – trying to throw Him from one ruler to another to 'get rid of Him'. Disgusting, low, fear driven behaviour – and we know how despised those leaders and instigators grew after their filthy actions. God Himself will oversee Julian's well being and deliver him – because He loves him and has been at the receiving end of this behaviour Himself. These people are driven like animals and have no reason or heart – no compassion and they will be truly exposed now.

    Bless all of you Righteous Ralliers – I am praying down a Mighty Move of the Hand of God to deliver Julian and make you Powerful and Effective in your Victory!!! Rise up in your Spirit man and woman and by every ounce of power within you cry out for Justice and let the cry of your hearts reach the throne room of God Himself! Enough injustice, violence and murder – indeed it is like the days of Noah and now I believe we must take control and overthrow the evil spirits that are in our midst with the weapons of our warfare, which are not carnal, but mighty in God, indeed for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down of imaginations and arguments and every high thing that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God.  

    Mike B.

  • JC

    Julia Gillard is an embaressment to Australia!!!! -Just another Puppet who is being dictated by the US concerns and not looking out for her own Citizens welfare like Julain Assange.

    Unfortunately I can't attend the rally but I wish you all the best and I hope this makes the Goverment wake up from their current slumber……….



  • Please join the Facebook page "I am Julian Assange" by placing his photo as your own until he is cleared of all charges.

  • Tara

    I can only say how surprised I am that there'll be a rally in Sydney at all! I am grateful that Australians are FINALLY going to do something publicly! I wish I could attend. Save Wikileaks!!!!

  • Normal

    Unfortunately I can't attend the rally. I am a supporter of WikiLeaks. No-one should be persecuted for telling the truth. Don't shoot the messenger.

    In a newspaper today someone made this comment – Isn't it strange governments around the world can try to stop ISPs from hosting WikiLeaks but can't do the same for sites hosting child porn?

  • Rob

    When commercial Journalism embedded itself with the US Military… It died forever.

    Long live Wikileaks!


  • Liliana

    I am so proud of Sydney! I will attend the rally!

  • Long live Wikileaks, good on Sydney for leading the world for our right to know the truth

  • Thxs for the info!

    See you in Sydney at the Rally of Justice!!