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Financial giants use McClelland statements to blockade WikiLeaks

The companies strangling WikiLeaks are partly relying on the Australian government’s discredited claims about the illegality of WikiLeaks’ publication of diplomatic cables.

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Mastercard to continue WikiLeaks blockade — but won’t touch Murdoch

Mastercard this week confirmed it would be maintaining its blockade of WikiLeaks, but no word on that company actually charged with hacking, News International….

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The humble credit card is now a political tool

WikiLeaks has been so dependent on the business model built up during the commercialisation of the web — that all one needs to do is get people people to hit the “confirm payment” button — that the withdrawal of such became a political tool.

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The slow financial strangulation of WikiLeaks

The slow financial strangulation of WikiLeaks by the major credit card institutions Mastercard, Visa and online payment giant PayPal, has certainly harmed the whistleblower organisation’s capacity to embarrass the world’s governments.

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Funding illegal Israeli settlements?
Priceless.

Visa, Mastercard and PayPal have all blacklisted Wikileaks, but they enable donations to West Bank settlements that breach both international and in some cases Israeli law - and worse.

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Deceptive pink bits

This week we’re giving the Wankley to products that pinkefy themselves with all sorts of glowing promises about their commitment to breast cancer research. Too bad the donations cost less than the feel good advertising it brings them.

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Faris: Boat people put Rudd to the test

This is Australia’s version of the US Green card lottery, writes Peter Faris.

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16 months in Baxter detention centre: that’ll cost you $160,000

Former Baxter detainee Kasian Wililo has been invoiced for his time in detention: for $161,684.60, reports Sophie Black.

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After 475 visa comes 485 – just don’t call it immigration

There are some 250,000 foreigners studying at Australian tertiary institutions and two-thirds of them don’t want to be. Don’t want to be foreign, that is, writes Michael Pascoe.

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Guilt by association: Kevin Andrews has learnt nothing

The hapless Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, fresh from a bollocking over his appalling mishandling of Gold Coast doctor Mohammed Haneef, is refusing to grant a visa to a respected UK based writer and newspaper editor, Abdel Bari Atwan.

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The Haneef fiasco: Case adjourned

In my opinion, at 3pm CDPP Damian Bugg will withdraw the charge and that will be the end of this fundamentally flawed prosecution, writes Peter Faris QC.

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