Support Assange

The Russian government is encouraging NGO’s to nominate Julian Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile this letter of support has appeared in the Guardian signed by several of our friends. We protest at the attacks on WikiLeaks and, in particular, on Julian Assange (Report, 9 December) The leaks have assisted democracy in revealing the … Continue reading “Support Assange”

Reality Leigh Winner: The Whistleblower We Didn’t Want

It’s a story as old as the 21st century: A young NSA contractor with more access to classified information than they probably should have had leaks that information to the press, believing the public has a right to know that which their elected officials would never allow to see the light of day. That leaker’s … Continue reading “Reality Leigh Winner: The Whistleblower We Didn’t Want”

Anti-Imperialism for Dummies: Ignoring Syrians and Their Own Contradictions

By Charles Davis One of the iron laws of the know-nothing “anti-imperialists” is that if a group is supported by the United States, however minimally, or even just perceived as being aligned with U.S. interests, it goes without saying that the group is very bad and to be opposed by every good practicing opponent of … Continue reading “Anti-Imperialism for Dummies: Ignoring Syrians and Their Own Contradictions”

A Tale of Two Conferences

On his fine blog, Louis Proyect describes two very different conferences and two very different versions of the left – one statist, which finds itself backing “the neoliberal family dynasty that is bombing working-class tenements” in Syria; the other internationalist, supportive of popular revolution, concerned with the class struggle. The first is the ill-named Stop … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Conferences”

The Passion of Bradley Manning

Essayist, lawyer, and PULSE contributor Chase Madar’s much-awaited book The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story of the Suspect behind the Largest Security Breach in U.S. History is out this month from O/R Books. The following is an excerpt from Kelly B. Vlahos’ recent review of the book at It might be too easy to … Continue reading “The Passion of Bradley Manning”

The Terrible Beauty of Wikileaks

The following appears in The Arabs Are Alive, edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Robin Yassin-Kassab.  On 7 December 2010, Tunisian despot Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s regime blocked internet access to the Beirut daily Al-Akhbar for publishing a US embassy cable which painted the dictator, his wife and her family in a deeply unflattering light. … Continue reading “The Terrible Beauty of Wikileaks”

New Media and ‘the War of Ideas’ – On looking in your own backyard

by Roy Revie Don’t worry, this isn’t another article about “Social Media and the Arab Spring”. Not that it’s unimportant, but it strikes me that those involved in the revolutions are better placed to examine these questions. In any case, I’m sure the booming industry in Arab Spring conferences, books, and special journal issues will sufficiently … Continue reading “New Media and ‘the War of Ideas’ – On looking in your own backyard”

Why Bradley Manning Deserves a Medal, Not a Prison Cell

First published by TomDispatch. We still don’t know if he did it or not, but if Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old Army private from Oklahoma, actually supplied WikiLeaks with its choicest material — the Iraq War logs, theAfghan War logs, and the State Department cables— which startled and riveted the world, then he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom instead of … Continue reading “Why Bradley Manning Deserves a Medal, Not a Prison Cell”