Thank you, your Excellency, members of the press, and honored guests for joining us. I’m honored and excited to celebrate this new development in the thriving trade relationship between the United States and Qatar. Today, we’re announcing a deal of historic significance between the Boeing Company and Qatar Airways’ cargo affiliate. I understand from Boeing that this is the largest dollar value commitment for freighter aircraft in the company’s history. More importantly, the economic impact of this sale will reverberate throughout the United States. It’s a win for our workers, our manufacturers, and our suppliers. These new freighters will be manufactured and assembled by American workers on American soil in Everett, Washington.
Thank you for inviting me to speak today. It’s great to see so many familiar faces. And thank you Governor Hutchinson for your leadership on this issue. I know there are many governors here today who are fully committed to expanding access to computer science education. As governor of Rhode Island, I also prioritized computer science education of computer science. In 2016, we launched CS4RI to ensure that every school in the state offered high-quality computer science learning experiences. We all recognize that if we want to increase economic prosperity, we must provide every American with the technology and digital skills they need to thrive in today’s economy. That’s why we’re committed to closing the digital divide.
Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be with all of you today, and I’m glad to see so many familiar faces. As a former governor, I know that your jobs have been made exponentially harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic also made it painfully clear that reliable, high-speed internet is a necessity for everyday life. Too many families can’t afford the cost of broadband service, and too many families live in areas where they can’t access high-speed internet. Gaps in access mean gaps in opportunity: fewer opportunities to learn and work from home, remotely visit doctors, or stay connected with family and friends. Our economy cannot fully recover unless all Americans can fully participate.
When President Biden asked me to take this job, he told me that one of his top priorities is the revitalization of our manufacturing economy. The main reason I took this job is because my dad lost his manufacturing job when it went overseas, like so many others. And my brother told me “Dad would be so proud of you if you were a part of bringing manufacturing jobs back to America.” So from day one, President Biden has recognized that if we want to compete globally, we need to invest domestically. Thanks to his leadership, the economy added 6.4 million jobs in 2021, the most in any year in U.S. history. The unemployment rate dropped nearly 70% in the last year.
Thank you to Governor DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted, Senator Brown and Senator Portman for inviting me to join you today. Senators Brown and Portman were essential partners in our work to pass the US Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate. Thank you, also, to Reps. Joyce Beatty and Troy Balderson for your support of domestic semiconductor manufacturing. My Deputy Secretary, Don Graves, is Ohio’s biggest cheerleader, and I want to thank him for joining us today as well. This is an exciting day for Ohio and our country. From day one, the Biden Administration has recognized that if we want to compete globally, we need to invest domestically.
Thank you to President Biden for inviting me to join you today. This is an exciting day for our country. Let me thank Pat Gelsinger and Intel for making this massive investment right here in America. From day one, President Biden has recognized that if we want to compete globally, we need to invest domestically. He has prioritized the revitalization of our manufacturing economy and has given those of us on his team a clear mission to bring those jobs back from overseas.
It’s great to be with you today along with my friend Secretary Cardona. Our departments are working alongside the Department of Labor to achieve an equitable economic recovery that benefits employers and workers. I’d like to spend some time highlighting the programs we’re working on at the Department of Commerce to invest in education and our workforce. Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, Commerce has launched a new $500 million program called the Good Jobs Challenge.
Thank you, Anne, for inviting me to join you this afternoon. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to come together to discuss the importance of open-source software security. At the Commerce Department, we understand that we need to get this right. And that means working together with all of you in the private sector. I was pleased to attend the White House Cybersecurity Summit last August. And I remember the tech leaders there speaking about the challenges they are facing when it comes to open-source software.
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#AceDailyNews says according to an AP News Report: US authorities search for missing monkeys after truck carrying 100 primates crashes in Pennsylvania
Kindness & Love❤️ says three escaped their names are Hear No Evil, See No Evil & Speak No Evil LOL 😂
The truck carrying the animals crashed with a garbage truck on Friday afternoon local time in Montour County, Pennsylvania, State Police Trooper Andrea Pelachick told local newspaper The Daily Item.
The truck had been on its way to a lab, Ms Pelachick said.
Montour Country residents joined the police in their search for the missing monkeys in nearby woods.
“We just decided to come and try, see if we could find one,” Nate Allen told local news station WKBN27.
“I saw it on Facebook, and actually this started as kind of a family fun joke about just making an experience and going to try and save a monkey, so I actually brought a kennel, flashlights, night vision goggles,” he said.
There are monkeys on the loose in my hometown. I repeat: Monkeys. On. The. Loose. Nothing this exciting happened when I lived there. https://t.co/xWGcsWKkJF— Riley Sager (@riley_sager) January 22, 2022
An investigation into the accident is underway.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies have been called in to help with the investigation.
Ms Pelachick told NBC News it was not clear if the missing lab monkeys were carrying any illnesses.
Monkeys are commonly used in scientific research for the production of treatments and vaccines for human illnesses, including coronavirus.
Researchers have found some forms of primate illnesses such as malaria or herpes are transmissible to humans.
Authorities have asked residents who might see the monkeys to keep their distance and contact the police.
A police helicopter was used to try to track down the monkeys with thermal cameras, according to WNEP news, as temperatures dropped to single digits.
It was unclear if any people or animals were injured in the crash.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.23: While economic experts predict a full global recovery, employers and workers have faced a tumultuous few years and rising inflation is fueling additional anxiety in many American homes.
#AceDailyNews says that The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is kicking off 2022 with the much-awaited third season of “America Works,” a podcast series celebrating the diversity, resilience and creativity of American workers in the face of economic uncertainty. The new season, launched today, features riveting stories from a teacher and workers at a circus, a meat plant, a vineyard, and a now-closed Boeing factory, among others.
The eight-episode series, part of the American Folklife Center’s ongoing “Occupational Folklife Project”, aims to introduce listeners to a diverse range of voices and perspectives within the changing American workforce. Each 10-minute episode includes workers whose narratives add to the wealth of our shared national experience. The first episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and atloc.gov/podcasts.Subsequent episodes will be released each Thursday through March 10, 2022.
“The eloquence, optimism, and insights of American workers never fail to impress me. Especially during these trying times, I feel honored to help ensure that their stories become part of our national record by being documented and archived here at the Library of Congress,” said Nancy Groce, host of “America Works” and senior folklife specialist at the American Folklife Center. “This podcast series features highlights of these interviews and reassures me that America still works.”
Given these challenges, the stories told in “America Works” are a timely reminder of the spirit and grit of the American workforce and they will be added to the historical record of the nation’s library.
Season Features First-Hand Accounts of a Factory Worker, Architect, Teacher, Circus Clown and More: Library of Congress Release Date: 20 January 2022
The third season of “America Works” includes:
Episode 1— Mario Cervantes, a Hispanic former skilled factory worker for Boeing aircraft in Wichita, Kansas, discusses his family’s long ties to the company and his disappointment that the aviation giant, a community mainstay for over eight decades, shut down its operations there.
Episode 2— Roberta Washington, an African American architect based in New York City, discusses her work designing various public works projects, including the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center for the National Park Service. She also discusses the challenges of being a Black professional in a field that, especially when she started, was dominated by White men.
Episode 3— Henrietta Ivey, a home health care professional in Detroit, Michigan, talks about her pride in helping clients stay in their homes safely and with comfort and dignity. She says home healthcare professionals often encounter hurtful comments, lack of respect and challenging work environments.
Episode 4— Delores Fortuna, a professional potter and owner of Fortuna Pottery in Galena, Illinois, explains how she discovered her love for pottery as a college student and later helped establish annual “pottery tours” to introduce the public to local artisans.
Episode 5— Kira Fobbs, an elementary school teacher in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1996, discusses how her multiethnic heritage helped shape her career teaching 3rd and 4th graders and special education students. She explains that she had pursued a law degree to “help change the world” but instead became a teacher to change the culture “by changing the kids.”
Episode 6— Thomas Sink, a retired circus performer better known as “Popcorn the Circus Comic” in Mead, Oklahoma, spent more than three decades entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest. Despite the high turnover and other challenges that come with the job, Popcorn points out he remained a clown because “it’s a neat life… and I loved the audiences.”
Episode 7— William (Bill) Hatch, a winery worker and owner of Zephaniah Farm Vineyard in Leesburg, Virginia, transformed his multi-generational family dairy and cattle farm into a successful winery. He explains that he started with just over a thousand vines and has transitioned to “more fun” as one of more than 280 wine growers in Virginia. Clients never complimented his milk, but they love his wine, he says.
Episode 8— Komla “Sam” Ewu, a meatpacking plant worker in Beardstown, Illinois, left a prestigious but unprofitable career as an English teacher in his native Togo and migrated to the United States in 2011 after winning a visa lottery. Ewu says he’s grateful because, while he’s “just a meat cutter” performing a grueling job, he is pursuing his American Dream and working hard to bring his family States-side.
Each “America Works” episode is based on a longer interview from the American Folklife Center’s Occupational Folklife Project, a multi-year initiative to document workforce culture. Over the past 12 years, fieldworkers from the American Folklife Center have interviewed more than 1,200 working Americans, documenting their experiences in more than 100 professions. More than 500 of these full-length interviews are now available online.
The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival presentation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs and training. The Center includes the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world.
About the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit atloc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information atcongress.gov;and register creative works of authorship atcopyright.gov.
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#AceNewsReport – Jan.17: An underwater volcano that erupted in Tonga was a ‘massive explosion’ that only happens ‘roughly every thousand years’ and was so large it was visible from space.
#AceDailyNews Media News Report: The explosion triggered a 7.4 magnitude #earthquake and ent tsunami waves crashing into the coast of the Pacific island, and left it covered in ash and cut off from aid: In the US, waves of up to 4.1 feet were recorded in Port San Luis on Saturday, and tsunami-effect waves were recorded along the coast in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and AlaskaBy Chris Matthews
Satellite images showed the spectacular eruption from space and despite the dire warnings, spectators flocked to the beaches to view the surging tsunami waves, while surfers threw caution to the wind to catch the powerful waves generated by the surge.
Tsunami-hit Tonga remained largely uncontactable on Sunday with telephone and internet links severed, leaving relatives in faraway New Zealand praying for their families on the Pacific islands as casualty reports had yet to come through.
Professor Shane Cronin, from the University of Auckland, is an expert in Tonga eruptions. ‘This is one of the massive explosions the volcano is capable of producing roughly every thousand years,’ he wrote in The Conversation.
Prof Cronin added: ‘We could be in for several weeks or even years of major volcanic unrest from the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano.’
Two women drowned in northern Peru when two metre waves hit a truck, dragging it into the sea at Naylamp beach, Lambayeque, in the north of the country.
The driver escaped but his wife and another women drowned in the swell. Although Peru did not issue a tsunami warning, its navy are monitoring ‘abnormal waves’ off its coast.
The massive ash cloud covering the tiny island nation of Tonga is preventing surveillance flights from New Zealand to assess the extent of damage.
One complicating factor to any international aid effort is that Tonga has so far managed to avoid any outbreaks of Covid-19.
The immediate concern in Tonga is for air and water safety due to ash and smoke. The government has asked the public to wear masks and use bottled water for now.
Tsunami advisories were issued for Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific coast. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens were also advised to evacuate as waves of more than a metre hit coastal areas.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the eruption caused the equivalent of magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Scientists said tsunamis generated by volcanoes rather than earthquakes are relatively rare.
The powerful waves registered in Japan, New Zealand and Australia, with a thunderous roar heard 6,000 miles away in Alaska.
The eruption has reportedly created a new island in Tonga, the second time such an event has happened in Tonga in ten years.
Left: A satellite image shows the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai with a plume of smoke rising from it, days before the eruption. Right: The volcano two hours before its eruption in Tonga.
The eruption cut the internet to Tonga, leaving friends and family members around the world on Sunday still anxiously trying to get in touch to figure out if there were any injuries and the extent of the damage. Even government websites and other official sources remained without any updates.
Satellite images showed a huge eruption, with a plume of ash, steam and gas rising above the sea. A sonic boom could be heard as far away as Alaska.
Can volcanoes create new isalands?
Volcanic islands are created by eruptions underwater, usually at the boundaries of two tectonic plates, which are pieces of the earth’s crust.
When the plates ease apart, lava spews out in a volcanic eruption.
When the lava cools, layers of erupted material form the basis of new land mass.
They layers build their way up from the sea bed to creat new islands.
The Tonga Meteorological Services said a tsunami warning was declared for all of the archipelago, and data from the Pacific tsunami center said waves of 2.7 feet were detected.
Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau, who chairs the New Zealand Tonga Business Council, said she hoped the relatively low level of the tsunami waves would have allowed most people to get to safety, although she worried about those living on islands closest to the volcano.
She said she hadn’t yet been able to contact her friends and family in Tonga.
Some churches in New Zealand organised community prayers in Auckland and other cities.
‘We pray God will help our country at this sad moment. We hope everybody is safe,’ Maikeli Atiola, the Secretary of the Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Auckland said, Radio New Zealand reported.
Ardern said the main undersea communications cable has been impacted, likely due to loss of power.
Power was being restored in some areas on the islands and local mobile phones were slowly starting to work, she added.
Official damage assessments were not yet available, she said. But Ardern said the New Zealand high commission in Nuku’alofa had said the tsunami has damaged boats, shops and other infrastructure.
Australia said it will send a P8 surveillance aircraft to Tonga on Monday to assess damage to critical infrastructure such as roads, ports and power lines, which will determine the next phase of the response effort.
In the United States, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the country stands prepared to provide support.
He said he was ‘deeply concerned for the people of Tonga as they recover from the aftermath of a volcanic eruption and tsunami’.
Tonga’s cabinet held a crisis meeting on Sunday and was contacting development partners, a spokeswoman for Zed Seselja, Australia’s minister for international development and the Pacific told Reuters. She said Australia would sent a P8 surveillance aircraft to Tonga on Monday.
The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano has erupted regularly over the past few decades but Saturday’s eruption was so loud that residents parts of faraway Fiji and New Zealand said they heard it.
‘My entire house was shaking,’ said Sanya Ruggiero, a Consulting Communications Advisor based in Suva, the capital of Fiji, some 750 kms from Tonga.
‘My doors, windows were all rattling like hell. And mine was not even as bad as others. Hundreds of people ran out of their homes,’ said Ruggiero, who consults for several agencies including the United Nations.
Rumblings and eruptions from the volcano continued to be heard through the night, Ruggiero said. Hundreds of people were moved to evacuation centres in Suva. Fiji Airways had to cancel all its flights due to the ash clouds.
‘This is the worst disaster Tonga has had in living memory and the recovery from this is going to take years,’ Ruggiero said.
Experts said the ash fallout could contaminate drinking water and cause respiratory issues.
‘Help will be needed to restore drinking water supplies. People of Tonga must also remain vigilant for further eruptions and especially tsunami with short notice and should avoid low lying areas,’ said Shane Cronin, professor at the School of Environment, University of Auckland.
Locals took to social media to share dramatic videos of the surging waves making land and crashing through homes and cars (pictured, still images from video filmed in Tonga and posted to social media on Saturday)
‘We are praying that the damage is just to infrastructure and people were able to get to higher land,’ she said.
Tonga gets its internet via an undersea cable from Suva, Fiji, which presumably was damaged.
Southern Cross Cable Network, the company that manages the connection, does not know yet ‘if the cable is cut or just suffering power loss,’ chief technical officer Dean Veverka said.
The Fiji-based Islands Business news site reported that a convoy of police and military troops evacuated Tonga’s King Tupou VI from his palace near the shore. He was among the many residents who headed for higher ground.
On Tonga, home to about 105,000 people, video posted to social media showed large waves washing ashore in coastal areas, swirling around homes, a church and other buildings.
New Zealand’s military said it was monitoring the situation and remained on standby, ready to assist if asked.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there had not yet been any official reports of injuries or deaths in Tonga, but cautioned authorities had not yet made contact with some coastal areas and smaller islands.
She said: ‘Communication with Tonga remains very limited. And I know that is causing a huge amount of anxiety for the Tongan community here.’
She said there was significant damage to boats and shops along the Tongan coastline.
The New Zealand Prime Minister added Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa was covered in a thick film of volcanic dust that was contaminating water supplies and making fresh water a vital need.
Aid agencies said thick ash and smoke had prompted authorities to ask people to wear masks and drink bottled water.
Ms Ardern said New Zealand was unable to send a military surveillance flight over Tonga on Sunday because the ash cloud was 63,000ft (19,000 metres) high but they hoped to send the flight on Monday, followed by supply planes and navy ships.
Dave Snider, the tsunami warning co-ordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Centre in Palmer, Alaska, said it was very unusual for a volcanic eruption to affect an entire ocean basin, and the spectacle was both ‘humbling and scary’.
In Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported waves that measured 1.6 feet in Nawiliwili, Kauai and 2.7 feet in Hanalei. The National Weather Service said there were reports of boats getting pushed up in docks, but the hazard diminished as the morning went on.
‘We are relieved that there is no reported damage and only minor flooding throughout the islands,’ the tsunami center said, describing the situation in Hawaii. The tsunami advisory for the islands was lifted about 11 hours after the eruption more than 3,000 miles away.
In Tonga, a Twitter user identified as Dr. Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted video showing waves crashing ashore.
‘Can literally hear the volcano eruption, sounds pretty violent,’ he wrote, adding in a later post: ‘Raining ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky.’
The explosion of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano was the latest in a series of dramatic eruptions.
Earth imaging company Planet Labs PBC had watched the island in recent days after a new volcanic vent there began erupting in late December.
Satellite images captured by the company show how drastically the volcano had shaped the area, creating a growing island off Tonga.
‘The surface area of the island appears to have expanded by nearly 45 per cent due to ashfall,’ Planet Labs said days before the latest activity.
Following Saturday’s eruption, residents in Hawaii, Alaska and along the U.S. Pacific coast were advised to move away from the coastline to higher ground and to pay attention to specific instructions from their local emergency management officials, said Dave Snider, tsunami warning coordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.
‘We don’t issue an advisory for this length of coastline as we’ve done – I’m not sure when the last time was – but it really isn’t an everyday experience,’ Snider said.
He said the waves slamming ashore in Hawaii were just under the criteria for a more serious tsunami warning.
‘It looks like everything will stay below the warning level, but it’s difficult to predict because this is a volcanic eruption, and we’re set up to measure earthquake or seismic-driven sea waves,’ Snider said.
Beaches and piers were closed across Southern California as a precaution. The National Weather Service tweeted there were ‘no significant concerns about inundation.’ Strong rip currents were possible, however, and officials warned people to stay out of the water.
On California’s central coast, the National Weather Service reported tsunami waves up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) and flooding in beach parking lots at Port San Luis. About 200 miles (320 km) down the coast, the waves were much smaller at Southern California’s Seal Beach, according to Michael Pless, the owner of M&M Surf School.
‘The waves are looking pretty flat,’ Pless said. ‘We’re hoping they reopen the beach in a couple hours.’
Crowds gathered at the Santa Cruz Harbor in California to watch the rising and falling water strain boat ties on docks. Law enforcement tried to clear people away when big surges started at around 7:30 a.m.
About an hour later, a surge went over the back lip of the harbor, filling a parking lot and low-lying streets and setting some cars afloat. In 2011 after the Japanese earthquake a series of surges cost $20million of damage in the harbour.
Although experienced surfers would consider the waves reaching the West Coast barely high enough to qualify as swells, the National Weather Service warned that tsunamis cause deceptive water surges powerful enough to pull people out to sea.
Residents of American Samoa were alerted of a tsunami warning by local broadcasters as well as church bells that rang territory-wide Saturday. An outdoor siren warning system was out of service. Those living along the shoreline quickly moved to higher ground.
As night fell, there were no reports of any damage and the Hawaii-based tsunami centre cancelled the alert.
Authorities in the nearby island nations of Fiji and Samoa also issued warnings, telling people to avoid the shoreline due to strong currents and dangerous waves. In New Zealand, officials warned of possible storm surges from the eruption.
New Zealand’s private forecaster, Weather Watch, tweeted that people as far away as Southland, the country’s southernmost region, reported hearing sonic booms from the eruption. Others reported that many boats were damaged by a tsunami that hit a marina in Whangarei, in the Northland region.
Earlier, the Matangi Tonga news site reported that scientists observed massive explosions, thunder and lightning near the volcano after it started erupting early Friday. Satellite images showed a 3-mile-wide plume rising into the air to about 12 miles.
The Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano is located about 40 miles north of the capital, Nuku’alofa. In late 2014 and early 2015, a series of eruptions in the area created a small new island and disrupted international air travel to the Pacific archipelago for several days.
There is not a significant difference between volcanoes underwater and on land, and underwater volcanoes become bigger as they erupt, at some point usually breaching the surface, said Hans Schwaiger, a research geophysicist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
With underwater volcanoes, however, the water can add to the explosivity of the eruption as it hits the lava, Schwaiger added.
Before an explosion, there is generally an increase in small local earthquakes at the volcano, but depending on how far it is from land, that may not be felt by residents along the shoreline, Schwaiger said.
In 2019, Tonga lost internet access for nearly two weeks when a fiber-optic cable was severed. The director of the local cable company said at the time that a large ship may have cut the cable by dragging an anchor. Until limited satellite access was restored people couldn’t even make international calls.
Southern Cross Cable Network’s Veverka said limited satellite connections exist between Tonga and other parts of the world but he did not know if they might be affected by power outages.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.10: Judge Timothy Holroyde said the United States had given assurances to the United Kingdom about Mr Assange’s detention, including about his treatment in the US prison system
#AceDailyNews says according to ABC News Report: US wins appeal against London court’s decision not to extradite Julian Assange: The win means Mr Assange is a step closer to being extradited to the US to face charges of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating espionage law and that the US would allow him to be transferred to Australia to serve any prison sentence.
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Judge Holroyde ordered that the case now be sent back to Westminster Magistrates’ Court with the direction that it be sent to Home Secretary Priti Patel for the final decision on whether to extradite Mr Assange.
Mr Assange has been remanded in custody. He will remain behind bars at London’s Belmarsh prison, where he has been held since his arrest in April 2019.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: Assange briefly appeared via video from the UK’s Belmarsh prison on day one, with supporters, family and loved ones visibly shaken by his current health. Washington is appealing that he IS fit enough to be extradited to face charges which carry a maximum penalty of 175 years behind bars: Crowds are gathering outside the Royal Courts of Justice (Britain’s top appeals court) ahead of what could be a defining day for whistleblowers around the globe.
#AceDailyNews says according to the various news sources Assange Should be Hailed, not Jailed Says Corbyn at US Extradition Appeal & US Department of Justice, represented at the hearing by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has offered assurances that he could serve any sentence in his native Australia.
Jeremy Corbyn has said Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be “hailed” for exposing war crimes and state snooping — not jailed in the USThe former Labour Party leader spoke at a protest outside the High Court in London on Thursday, where Assange’s legal team were opposing an appeal by the US government against a magistrate’s decision to deny his extradition to the US on espionage charges.
“He’s committed no crime, and he’s in a maximum security prison”, Corbyn said.
“If he [was] moved to the United States, he may well, because of his mental health condition, take his own life”, the veteran politician stressed.
“That is what we have done to this person who told us the truth, the truth about Afghanistan, the truth about Iraq, the truth about surveillance and revealed the incredible levels of secret power held by the United States and indeed many other governments around the world”.
Assange has been held in the ultra high-security Belmarsh prison in south London, where terrorist suspects and convicts are commonly jailed, since April 2019. He appeared by a video link from the prison on the first day of the appeal hearing on Wednesday.
The journalist’s fiancée and mother of his two children Stella Moris said this week she had become even more concerned about his health after visiting him in Belmarsh, where he appeared emaciated.
Assange’s barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC argued that rendering him to the US would worsen his already-damaged mental health and put him at risk of suicide.
Fitzgerald says the district judge assessed Assange’s mental condition based on the “very fact that his extradition” would remove “protective factors.” For example, the loss of family support that he has in the UK.— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) October 28, 2021
Fitzgerald deals with the particular issue of Assange’s intellectual ability to commit suicide and how it would likely be driven by his mental health condition. He mentions the Lauri Love case.
Assange was arrested on 2 April 2019 after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno revoked the political asylum status granted to the journalist in 2012 by his predecessor Rafael Correa’s government, and evicted him from its embassy in the capital’s wealthy Knightsbridge.
He was convicted of breaching his bail conditions in 2012 by seeking refuge at the embassy while awaiting extradition to Sweden on charges of rape, which have since been dropped. Assange’s lawyers argued that the Swedish request was a ruse to get him into a jurisdiction from which extradition to the US would be easier.
“In a different country he would be hailed as a whistle-blower who told the truth about the dangers we are all facing, the dangers the whole world is facing”, Corbyn said.
“I think we should bear witness to Julian’s bravery and his determination and demand two things: one that he’s not removed under any circumstances to the United States, and secondly that he be released from Belmarsh so he can continue his life with his partner, with his children”.
If extradited to the US, Assange faces trial on charges that could see him spend the rest of his life in prison. The allegations stem from Wikileaks’ publication of evidence of war crimes by US forces leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning over a decade ago.
Court is on break for lunch. In the afternoon, Mark Summers QC will address the “assurances” from the US government. We expect to hear more discussion of recent revelations involving the CIA’s war on WikiLeaks and the plans that were sketched out to kidnap or kill Assange.— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) October 28, 2021
Corbyn was suspended from his party last year on the orders of his successor Sir Keir Starmer — a former head of the CPS — after he defended the party from anti-Semitism allegations.
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Within a decade or so, the Royal Australian Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine fleet will be a structural part of America’s Indo-Pacific pivot.
Its main task will be to counter increased militarisation of the crowded and highly contested seas to Australia’s north, west and east.
In this regard, the trilateral Australia-United Kingdom-United States security partnership, or AUKUS, is the realisation of the ANZUS pact, 70 years after it was signed.
Once you commit to this nuclear path, there’s no turning back.
That Australia should see fit to tear up a $90 billion contract with the French to build up to 12 conventionally powered submarines demonstrates how significantly the security environment is considered to have changed in just the five years since the deal was inked.
The allied attitude towards the Chinese President in the past decade has gone from trained curiosity at Xi Jinping’s regional adventurism, to abhorrence at Beijing’s outright militarism, its debt diplomacy and sanctioned cyberbullying.
The Prime Minister made clear Australia’s concern about the project’s drift. Morrison demanded a clear September deadline for its design work.
He informed Macron that as far as Australia was concerned, the strategic environment had changed.
What the PM didn’t tell Macron over that long dinner in Paris — and perhaps why the French President might be particularly miffed — is that Morrison had, just a day or so before, already reached an informal agreement with United States President Joe Biden and British PM Boris Johnson for an extension of a nuclear technology sharing agreement.
This revelation brings a new complexion to the tripartite meeting in Carbis Bay in Cornwall on June 12 between the two PMs and the US President.
Johnson was, by some observers, portrayed as the awkward peacemaker between Morrison and Biden over presumed differences on climate change.
It turns out this three-man meeting may be the most consequential in decades; it ended with an understanding that Australia might indeed be extended nuclear secrets previously kept the preserve of only Washington and London since 1958.
The ABC understands the federal government began exploring the nuclear-powered submarine option about 18 months ago when Linda Reynolds was still defence minister.
It was tentatively discussed at a “systems level” with the Brits and the Americans — that is, whether nuclear subs were feasible in an Australian context.
It was not raised with the Trump administration at a political level, even if there had been careful discussion at a military level.
No point raising it between leaders and ministers if there’s no way it could be made to work, was the thinking.
It wasn’t until April this year that the Australian government formally approached the US about sharing its nuclear submarine technology.
The French deal always hinged on the answer.
“This was not a change of mind, it’s a change of need,” is how one Australian government figure puts it.
Diplomatic challenges aside, the cost will be enormous
About $2.4 billion already sunk into the French build is lost. Some say it’s more. The Naval Group will claim significant compensation in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
And going nuclear will be significantly more expensive, even if Australia only builds eight at Adelaide’s Osborne shipyards, rather than 12 as planned under the French deal.
Sources say building eight nuclear subs will cost significantly more than $100 billion and this country’s defence spending will be entrenched well above 2 per cent of GDP for decades to come, given the AUKUS agreement includes long-range strike capability, unmanned undersea drones, artificial intelligence and quantum technologies.
Regionally, Morrison’s pressing task is reassuring New Zealand, a Five Eyes partner, whose anti-nuclear stance has long tested the ANZUS treaty, and Indonesia.Why Australia wants nuclear submarines
After the National Security Committee of Cabinet signed off on the nuclear option, Morrison’s first call was to his Kiwi counterpart, Jacinda Ardern.
Morrison wants Ardern to be a partner of reassurance of the Asia-Pacific and ASEAN nations. Whether she will play that role remains unclear.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton informed Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto on Wednesday night.
Maintaining good relations with Indonesia has long been considered critical to Australia security.
Domestically, Morrison will face significant challenges, many of which will only be lessened if Labor extends political bipartisanship.
On the score of manufacturing capability, domestic maintenance and sustainment, Labor offers firm support, even if some in ALP ranks will object to Australia becoming beholden to American nuclear reach, as former prime minister Paul Keating contends.
“This arrangement would witness a further dramatic loss of Australian sovereignty, as material dependency on the United States robbed Australia of any freedom or choice in any engagement Australia may deem appropriate,” Keating said.
Morrison’s reply to Keating was to refer to Australia’s “forever relationship” with the United States and Britain.
“I prefer to be in the company of John Curtin and Robert Menzies when it comes to this issue,” Morrison told reporters.
But history is always in the writing and Australia’s political authors come from two tribes.
Anthony Albanese says Labor has three conditions for supporting nuclear-powered subs: that there be no requirement of a domestic civil nuclear industry and no acquisition of nuclear weapons.
Third, Labor wants absolute assurance that the agreement is compatible with Australia’s obligations as a non-nuclear weapons state under the non-proliferation treaty.
The government insists all three conditions will be adhered to. If so, Labor appears a lock.
Indeed, Biden and Johnson separately affirmed that the subs would not be nuclear-armed, although this was more geared at avoiding inflaming tensions with China.
That will come anyway.
The geostrategic wrestle between Washington and Beijing is one for the ages and Australia is now to play an even bigger role — in a stealthier and speedier bit of nuclear kit.