Ecuador: U.K. Threatened To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Embassy

Ecuador has accused the UK of making a “threat” to enter its embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. Mr Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he denies.

The Wikileaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments, particularly the US, in 2010, and Mr Assange says he fears Sweden will pass him on to the American authorities.

At a news conference in Quito on Wednesday, Ecuador foreign minister Ricardo  Patino said a letter from the UK government was delivered through a British embassy official: “Today we received from the United Kingdom an express threat, in writing, that they might storm our Embassy in London if we don’t hand over Julian Assange,” he said. He said such a threat was “improper of a democratic, civilised and rule abiding country”.


A Foreign Office spokesman said the UK remained “determined” to fulfill its obligation to extradite Mr Assange. Police have so far been unable to detain Mr Assange for breaching the terms of his bail as he is on diplomatic territory. The law Britain has informed Ecuador it could use in the case is the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987. It allows the UK to revoke the diplomatic status of an embassy on UK soil, which would potentially allow police to enter the building to arrest Mr Assange.

In 2010, two female ex-Wikileaks volunteers alleged that Mr Assange, an Australian citizen, had attacked them while he was in Stockholm to give a lecture. Mr Assange claims the sex was consensual and the allegations are politically motivated. He says he is concerned he may be sent later to the US to face espionage charges. In June, judges at the UK’s Supreme Court dismissed his final appeal against extradition to Sweden.

Should Ecuador just hand over Julian Assange to avoid more conflict? Do you think the Wikileaks founder is guilty of the assault and rape charges he is currently facing?

Source: BBC News

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Teacher Files Suit for Right to Use ‘N Word’ in Teaching

A white teacher is suing for the right to utter a racial epithet during discussion with his students about the perils of offensive vocabulary, after he was suspended for using ‘verbally abusive language’.

In a lawsuit fled against Chicago’s board of education, Lincoln Brown claims that his use of the word “n***er” during a conversation with students was a constitutionally-protected attempt to teach his class “an important lesson in vocabulary, civility and race relations”.

The incident arose after his sixth-grade pupils – aged between 11 and 12 – were left “unsettled and arguing” over a note that one of them had passed around class, containing lyrics to a rap song that included the racially offensive term. Mr Brown consequently started with them “a discussion about how upsetting such language can be, attempted to give his own denunciation of the use of such language and discussed how even such books as Huckleberry Finn were being criticised for the use of the N-word,” the lawsuit states.


As the discussion was taking place inside his classroom at the Murray Language Academy, where the majority of students are black, the head teacher, who is black, passed by and overheard. Mr Brown was then suspended for five days for “using verbally abusive language” in front of pupils.

Mr Brown, 48, who teaches writing and social studies, said that he was simply exercising his responsibility to educate children against racism. The school board has dismissed his lawsuit as “without merit” and added in a statement: “The principal determined that the way the teacher used the word was improper.”

Source: Digg

Image: Your Black World