Acceptable Censorship: The extradition farce and media silence on Julian Assange

When do we ever hear about “responsible journalism”? When is morality ever evoked as the guiding tenet of this work? The reference to “disobedient, moral journalism” at the top of the printed issue is borrowed from John Pilger’s article this past September, “The Stalinist Trial of Julian Assange”. Pilger invokes “the exceptions, the dissidents …… Continue reading Acceptable Censorship: The extradition farce and media silence on Julian Assange

A glimpse at the current state of affairs in Eritrea

A conversation with Abraham T. Zere Published in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 LK: One of the most flouted achievements in Eritrea’s recent history was the rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia on July 9, 2018. Two years have since passed. How would you characterize the developments between 2019 and 2020? AZ: Dashed… Continue reading A glimpse at the current state of affairs in Eritrea

Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities

The concept of “rights” doesn’t meaningfully exist in the state vocabulary of today’s Eritrea. The idea has been replaced by “duty and responsibility.” By Abraham T. ZereOriginally published by PEN International for Human Rights Day 2019.Published in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 The state media apparatus constantly pounds into citizens the need… Continue reading Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities

The Spoils of War

A decade after publication, what have we really learned from the Afghan and Iraq War Diaries? By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 5 of The SparkplugDecember 2020 “Dead Bastards” What has changed about the memory of the wrongfully murdered civilians in Iraq since the words of a US Air force crew resounded around the… Continue reading The Spoils of War

Exposing the Show Trial Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Assange’s first extradition hearing took place in London over several weeks from February to September 2020.  A decision regarding his extradition is expected to be handed down in the New Year – on January 4, 2021. By Elizabeth LeierPublished in Volume 1, Issue 5 of The SparkplugDecember 2020 This hearing is the culmination of a… Continue reading Exposing the Show Trial Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange