Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | Though Swedish women are quick to report violence, that may no longer hold true if rape charges become trivialisedWhen you read, as a Swede, that we have the third highest number of reported cases of violence against women in the EU – 46% of the Swedish women surveyed had such experiences, just behind Denmark's 52% and Finland's 47% – it's almost instinctive to recite the reasons why this is actually a good thing. We claim to be the most equal country in the world, so it can't be that we actually have high rates of rape or harassment or domestic violence. Rather, it must be a sign of all the things we are doing right.And on some levels, that is probably the case.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | As anyone who has written about feminism now knows, there's no criticism as virulent as the online invective that comes from your own sideThere are so many terrific, beautifully observed details in Andrew O'Hagan's just-published article in the London Review of Books about his attempts to ghost Julian Assange's autobiography that it feels churlish to pick out just one. But for now, I'm going to have to be churlish.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | Conservative country boasts world's highest use of sites per capita, but criticising Islam remains a clear red lineTurki al-Hamad paid a heavy price for a tweet. Last year the novelist told his followers that Islam as practised in Saudi Arabia was not the "message of love" preached by the Prophet Muhammad. The outcome was six months in prison without trial.Conditions were immeasurably better than when he was detained in the 1970s, but the hazards of speaking out in the digital age were still painfully clear.Hamad's case was unusual though not unique. Like Hamza Kashgari, a journalist from Jeddah, he had provoked conservative religious zealots who oppose change in the kingdom – or provide the government with a handy excuse to do so. But Twitter is immensely popular and largely tolerated.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | Former DPP Lord Macdonald dismisses Andrew Parker's claim that greater scrutiny would harm intelligence agenciesLord Macdonald: law has to be master of spying technologyA former director of public prosecutions has launched a strident attack on the head of MI5 for using "foolish self-serving rhetoric" to resist legitimate calls for Britain's intelligence agencies to face more scrutiny in the face of revelations about their surveillance capabilities.Lord Macdonald QC said it was wrong for Andrew Parker and other senior figures in the intelligence community to argue that greater scrutiny and more transparency would affect the ability of MI5, GCHQ and MI6 to do their work.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | Paul Owen and David Blumenstein chart the highs and lows of the Australian election campaign – from Kevin Rudd's sensational return to the throne to Tony Abbott's 'sexygate' row, not forgetting Julian Assange on YouTube and Clive Palmer twerking – allÂ in comic strip formPaul OwenDavid Blumenstein
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner awaits ruling of supreme court on law to limit power of large media companiesArgentina's supreme court is set to rule on a controversial media law at the centre of battle between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the country's biggest news conglomerate, ClarÃn. The judgement, expected in weeks, will be closely watched in Latin America, where several countries have seen confrontations between leftist governments and powerful private news groups.None can match the influence of Grupo ClarÃn, which has dominated Argentina's media landscape for half a century. For much of that time, its flagship daily was the most popular newspaper in the Spanish speaking world.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | A man with no borders, whose philosophies and 'world passports' have guided the likes of Julian Assange and Edward SnowdenThere is a certain kind of advocate of peace it is hard to take entirely seriously, yet who nevertheless cannot be dismissed. People like Garry Davis, Abe Nathan, and John Lennon take the whole world to their bosom, in the words of EB White. Davis, who died last week, was a flamboyant member of that small tribe of men and women, both irritating and inspiring, who vow to rise above tribe. He discarded his US passport in 1948, travelled thereafter on his own "world passport", and issued many thousands of such documents, recently sending them to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | Zimbabwe's political rivals clash over secret paper that alleges president planned to hire Lebanese murder squadZimbabwe's political rivals have clashed over an apparently secret document said to be from intelligence sources that alleges an outlandish plot by President Robert Mugabe to hire a Lebanese murder squad to assassinate his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, and a top diplomat.The typed two-page report – persuasively detailed but at times written in excitable language strewn with grammatical and spelling errors – has been dismissed by Mugabe's Zanu-PF party as "hogwash" and a "typical setup". The rival Movement for Democratic Change said the assassination threats should be taken seriously.They come amid souring relations between neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | Making something out of nothing: the series begins by looking at social enterprise growth in the favelas and beyondOn a five-week journey exploring all five regions of Brazil, social enterprise specialist Richard Brownsdon investigates what opportunities are available for social entrepreneurs in the fifth largest country in the world.Working in the favelas of Rio de JaneiroIn Brazil, one in five people live in a favela (a poor urban community). Some favelas still lack basic amenities and poverty and crime is rife, but many in Rio have been improved by the government's pacification process.This process has seen the military enter the communities, forcibly and often violently removing criminal gangs and drug syndicates.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | The inventor of 'The Liberator' plastic firearm believes in an open future and the 'complete explosion' of all gun lawCody Wilson is a polite, 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas in Austin, with dark, close-cropped hair and a forward, affable charm. This week he plans to release the blueprint for a gun that can be downloaded from the internet and produced using a 3D printer.He and his friends have spent almost a year developing the Liberator, a "Wiki weapon" that can be assembled from components made on an $8,000 (Â£5,150) printer that they bought on eBay. Using files shared online, the machine creates the solid parts from layers of plastic.
Feed: The Guardian | Search phrase: assange | While most foreign embassies occupy grand buildings in the Belgravia-Knightsbridge-Kensington triangle, North Korea has this inter-war semi in Ealing. How much does location matter in the diplomatic world?A sign appeared this week outside a semi-detached house in Ealing, west London, requesting people not to park outside because "loading work" was due to take place. That wouldn't normally make the news, but the house does happen to be the North Korean embassy. As a result, it led to speculation that, given the state's current aggressive posturing, the occupants might be moving out.That wasn't quite true – a new secretary is taking up residence – but it shone a light on the embassy's somewhat unusual location.
Feed: CNN Top Stories | Search phrase: assange | When CNN's Atika Shubert interviewed Julian Assange a year ago, he walked out on her, angered by questions about alleged sexual assault. This time, holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he had nowhere to run.
Feed: BBC World | Search phrase: assange | The UK remains determined to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said after meeting his Ecuadorean counterpart in New York.
Feed: CNN Top Stories | Search phrase: assange | The man responsible for airing the dirty laundry of governments around the world is going to ask for their sympathies on Wednesday.
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