August 17th, 2012.
Russia's foreign ministry issued a warning to Britain for suggesting that it might arrest Assange within the grounds of Ecuador's London embassy1; while Wikileaks founder is currently working for Russia Today, a Kremling-funded TV channel. In the meantime an anti-Putin stunt earns punk band Pussy Riot two years in jail despite international condemnation of the verdict2, that calls it 'disproportionate'3. In the global choir of protest and concern, the voice of the United States stands out, wanting to "ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld"4 while continuing to run the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Simultaneously, a positive international vox populi is rising for Ecuador, that has offered asylum to Julian Assange, getting international approval for this public defense to the man that has forced western democracies to redefine secrecy in politics. Though Correa, Ecuador's prime minister, continues his attempts to silence independent medias, the fight of the provinces against the Empire’s central power is a matter of fact.
I'm back from my summer holidays, and the intricate state of things seems to scream that freedom of speech is still one of the trending topics of our times and international law becomes more and more a petty neighborhood where the grass of the neighbor always look less green than ours.
- 1. source: France24 "Russia issues warning to Britain over Assange" (http://www.france24.com/en/20120817-russia-issues-warning-britain-over-a...)
- 2. source: New York Times "Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/18/world/europe/suspense-ahead-of-verdict...)
- 3. source: Russia Time "US Pussy Riot reaction shows double standard" (http://rt.com/news/pussy-riot-double-standard-989/)
- 4. ibidem