Posts Tagged ‘wikileaks’
this is another paradox. mastercard, paypal, and visa all enable donations to be made to US-registered groups funding illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. but a few weeks ago, they stop their support for wikileaks. what the fact? is it paradox of double standard?
bernard keane made a good coverage about the paradox:
Israel subsidises over 100 settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international law. Another 100+ are “illegal outposts” even under Israeli law. All benefit from extensive support from the United States, channelled through a range of Jewish and right-wing Christian bodies, all of which have charitable status under US law. The International Crisis Group’s report on settlements in July 2009 identified the important role played by US charities. Israeli newspaper Haaretz has investigated the strong support provided via US charities, and Israeli peace groups have also targeted the generous support provided via private donations from the US and Canada.
is this paradox? we are talking about many kinds of freedom. we are talking about freedom of the press, we are talking about internet freedom. we are listening to the haystak gossip. but, this is the paradox. all the kinds of freedom just don’t apply for wikileaks. the rolling stone make a good point.
Listen: You don’t have to approve of Assange or his political views; you can even believe he’s a sex criminal. It doesn’t matter. What’s at stake here isn’t the right of one flouncy Australian expat to embarrass a superpower. It’s freedom of the press. And it’s a dark day for journalists everywhere when the imperatives of government secrecy begin to triumph over our First Amendment.
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it seems that all Indonesian media give a good comment for Wikileaks. it seems that almost all Indonesian paper make Julian Assange a hero. but suddenly I just surprised by several political scientist position about Wikileaks. Mostly, they have more skeptical comment about Wikileaks. Drezner just wrote one article in chronicle about his position. Lynch also wrote several blog post about Wikileaks. Lynch wrote the relation between Wikileaks and Arab Public Sphere in this blog post. in his blog post Lynch said:
I don’t think that there’s going to be much revision of the American foreign policy debate, because most policy analysts have already heard most of what’s in the cables, albeit in sanitized form. The cables still generally confirm the broad contours of what we already knew: many Arab leaders are deeply suspicious of Iran and privately urged the U.S. to attack it, for instance, but are afraid to say so in public. I haven’t seen anything yet which makes me change any of my views on things which I study — the cables show Arab leaders in all their Realpolitik and anti-Iranian scheming.
in another post, Lynch analyzed what the cables really said about Iran and Arab.
In other words, it would be a mistake to "make too much of the private remarks of selected Arab regime figures, without considering whether those remarks reflect an internal consensus within their regimes or whether they will be repeated in public in a moment of political crisis." That’s pretty much still where we are today.
this is Drezner’s inspiring blog post about Wikileaks scandal. Drezner just said that Assange and Osama share the same strategy to ruin U.S. from within.
Let me save you the trouble — I’ve read them and remain unimpressed with Assange’s strategy. According to these documents, Assange expects the U.S. government to become more insular and secretive, and therefore contribute to its own downfall. Glenn Greenwald is correct to observe that Assange and Osama bin Laden really do have the same political strategy — goad the United States into overreacting, expose the U.S. government as an imperial authoritarian power, and then watch the hegemon rot from within.
Drezner aslo criticize current scholarship trend. According to Drezner, Wikilieaks is the current trending topics for scholar research topics. Drezner just said, that Wikileaks is bad for that idea. Wikileaks is bad for scholarship. the question, why is it bad? Drezner said:
I’ll bet I’m not the only one who has this nightmare. International-relations experts writing about recent events suffer a handicap that other scholars avoid: Information that can make or break our arguments is often classified.
recently, wikileaks become a popular trending topic on the net. Huffingtonpost, describe it as whistle blower. and several leak release are going to justify the description. the most recent and hot release is the publication of war diary. the question is, what is actually wikileaks ?
according to the official site, wikileak described as multi-jurisdictional public service designed to protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists who have sensitive materials. in other words, releasing such contentious material is the main purpose of the site. authority and dominant player such as MNC and NGO become the most threatened institution. several release of wikileaks have proved it. so what is to be done for those who is threatened ? just good governance.