[Marxism] Ecuador defies British threats, strikes a blow for dignity

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 21:06:54 MDT 2012

The government of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa gave Julia Gillard's
Australian government a lesson in dignity on August 16 when, in face of
threats by Britain to raid its London embassy, it granted WikiLeaks asylum
to editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

Ironically, Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to the Australian citizen
who founded the whistleblowing website came on the same day the Australian
Senate voted to further punish those seeking asylum in this country.

Adding to the dark irony, WikiLeaks has exposed war crimes committed by the
United States in countries such as Afghanistan — from where many of those
who seek asylum in Australia have fled.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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