Julian Assange and the story of WikiLeaks - with podcasts
"Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions after spending almost seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Today, he has an extradition hearing, which could conclude with him being sent to the US. Esther Addley and Julian Borger chart his rise and fall."
Assange fights extradition to U.S.
"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court that he will fight extradition to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. The judge adjourned the case until May 30, with a substantive hearing to follow on June 12..."
US Charges WikiLeaks Founder Assange after London Arrest- Text + Audio- 11 April 2019
"British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Assange had taken refuge in the embassy in 2012.
He went there to avoid being sent to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning as part of a sexual assault investigation."
ASSANGE ARRESTED IN LONDON - 11 April 2019
"Julian Assange, the controversial founder of Wikileaks, was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrested on charges of breaching bail conditions in a Swedish rape case that’s no longer under investigation. He’s also wanted in the U.S. for publishing classified documents.
He had been holed up in the embassy for more than six years."
Julian Assange: Why Wikileaks founder spent years in Ecuador's embassy- VIDEO- 11 April 2019
"Some see him as a reckless 'hacktivist' - others think he's a campaigner for truth.
Julian Assange lived in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years and is the man behind whistleblowing site Wikileaks.
Now he's been removed from the embassy and arrested by UK police. But why was Assange there in the first place?"
Convict escapes using spoon - 24 February 2010
"A violent criminal used a spoon to dig her way out of a Dutch prison...
The 35-year-old woman, held for an unspecified "violent crime", fled on Saturday night through a tunnel she had dug with a spoon." (telegraph.co.uk)
The Name Says It All: Burma's Insein Prison - 15 May 2009
"Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been brought to the country’s infamous Insein (pronounced “insane”) prison, to face trial on May 18. The prison has been described as the “darkest hell-hole in Burma” and houses many of the country’s more than 2,100 political prisoners."
"Myanmar's Insein Prison, where Auung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of others are held (c) Digital Globe 2008. Image taken from Google Earth"
PRISONS in FRANCE:
France wants its prisons blurred on Internet maps(October 12, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"France's government has asked Google to blur all images of French prisons on the Internet." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Prisons - Level 0, Prisons - Level 1 or Prisons - Level 2 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
Peru opens a cold prison in Andes- 10 July 2016
"Peru has opened a sprawling new prison high up in the Andes, with solar panels glistening in the bone-chilling cold...
And the new facility launched on Saturday at 4,100 metres (13,451 feet) above sea level in Cochamarca, in the Pasco area, will hold as many as 1,224 inmates."
Amnesty Report on Syrian Prisons Details ‘Catalog of Horror'- Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 August 2016
"A new Amnesty International report alleges the torture of tens of thousands of political prisoners in Syria.
The report also estimates more than 17,000 people died or were killed in Syrian military prisons since March 2011."
PRISON in THE PHILIPPINES:
Life in a prison with 5,500 other inmates- 2 May 2018 "Thousands of those caught up in the Philippines war on drugs end up in Manila City Jail where they often spend years waiting for their day in court.
Dennis Garcia, accused of two counts of robbery, has spent 16 years waiting for his trial.
He tells the BBC's Howard Johnson what life inside the jail is like."
Steep rise in prison officers smuggling drugs into jails - 1 September 2018
"Hundreds of staff have been sacked or disciplined for passing contraband, including weapons and mobile phones, to inmates, according to Ministry of Justice figures...
The number of staff found taking contraband into prisons in England and Wales has risen by 57% in the past six years, according to ministry of justice (MoJ) figures obtained through a freedom of information request, with 341 either dismissed, excluded, convicted or cautioned by police. In 2017, there were 71 cases of staff smuggling compared with 45 in 2012." (theguardian.com)
UK prison crisis - in numbers- VIDEO - 19 December 2016
"UK prisons are at crisis level, with a record 290 deaths in prisons in the 12 months to March 2016 and a 92 per cent rise in the prison population in England and Wales since 1993. Watch the video above to learn more about the figures behind the crisis."
Warning over drone security threat to prisons- 17 September 2015
"There were nine attempts to use drones to infiltrate prisons in England and Wales in the first five months of 2015, according to the Ministry of Justice."
Prisons: "Time for Roll Call!" "historical questions about the various London correctional institutions"
Tower of London- "Test your knowledge
of this beautiful, ancient building."
All New York prisoners to get free tablet computer(February 03, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be given free tablet computers." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Tablet Computers - Level 4 or Tablet Computers - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-) (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Charles Manson, Leader of Murderous Cult, Dies- Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 November 2017
"Infamous prisoner Charles Manson died Sunday at 83.
He was the former leader of led a cult who persuaded his followers to carry out murders of powerful people in the Los Angeles area in 1969." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Drone drops package of drugs into Ohio prison yard- 5 August 2015
"Ohio officials are investigating after a drone dropped a package full of illegal drugs into a prison yard, sparking a fight over the contraband...
The package contained small amounts of marijuana and heroin." (BBC)
Men Escape American High Security Prison- Text + Audio - 12 June 2015
"David Sweat and Richard Matt are convicted murderers.
They cut through thick walls and crawled through sewers to escape from a prison in New York.
But their success is rare in the U.S. prison population and almost non-existent at maximum security facilities.
Police say the men had help from inside." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Reward offered in New York jail break 'crisis' - 8 June 2015
"More than 200 officers are involved in the manhunt...
Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, used power tools to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora...
New York state is offering a $100,000 (£65,000) reward for information." (BBC)
New York prison break - 8 June 2015
"NY gov.: 2 convicted murderers used power tools to escape
Agencies (The Boston Herald)..." (cle.ens-lyon.fr)
Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails- Text + Audio
+ Video: John Howard Association of Illinois, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient
"The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population.
One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state.
The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Joe Arpaio= "a law enforcement officer and the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States.
Arpaio, who promotes himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff", is controversial for his approach to operating
the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office."
US man freed by DNA evidence after 35 years in prison - 18 December 2009
"A US man has become the longest-serving prisoner to be freed after DNA evidence proved he was innocent of the crime he was convicted of three decades ago...
He said the support of his family and his religious faith had helped him get through his ordeal...
Last year Florida passed a law that means Mr Bain is entitled to $1.75m (£1.08m) for the time he spent in jail while innocent." (BBC)
Alcatraz escape still surprises, 50 years on - 12 June 2012
"Those who ran Alcatraz liked to say nobody ever escaped alive.
But that hasn't stopped US marshals from continuing the search for three men who made it off the island 50 years ago..." + "Philip Dollison was living on Alcatraz island when three men escaped."
US Military Plans for Guantanamo to Stay Open Indefinitely - Text + Audio- 22 June 2018
"The United States government opened the prison at its Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002 as a place to hold terrorism suspects.
Despite calls to close it, the military is preparing the prison to stay open for years to come."
Guantanamo Bay: US in largest detainee transfer under Obama- Article + Videos - 16 August 2016
"The US says it has sent 15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United Arab Emirates - the largest single transfer during President Barack Obama's administration.
The Pentagon says the transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans brings the total number of prisoners down to 61 at the US facility in Cuba...
President Obama wants to close the prison before he leaves office."
Guantanamo Bay: A Video Diary
"Human Rights First's Daphne Eviatar went to Guantanamo Bay to monitor military commissions proceedings in April 2010.
Her video diary reveals some realities of the place and the perspective she gained from her visit.
She was surprised at what efforts -- and great costs -- were spent constructing something that never needed to exist in the first place.
Our courts can handle terrorism cases."
President Faces Difficulties Closing Guantanamo Prison- Article + Audio + Video - 16 January 2015
"The Obama administration ended 2015 with the release of more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On December 30, the Department of Defense announced that three Yemenis and two Tunisians were flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement."
Guantanamo Bay: What next for Cuba prison camp? - Article + Video - 15 January 2015
"After years of stagnation, there's been a burst of activity in transferring inmates out of the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Where will it end?" (BBC)
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp
It "is a controversial United States detention center operated by Joint Task Force Guantanamo since 2002 in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba... The detainees currently held as of June 2008 have been classified by the United States as "enemy combatants".
After claims were made that these prisoners were not entitled to the protections of the Geneva Conventions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against this interpretation on 29 June 2006..." (Wikipedia)
Prison Valley - Un webdocumentaire
"Bienvenue à Cañon City, Colorado.
Un coin reculé de 36.000 âmes et 13 prisons, dont «Supermax», la nouvelle Alcatraz américaine.
Une ville-prison où même ceux qui vivent dehors vivent dedans..."
Johnny Cash : I Got Stripes "On a Monday I was arrested (uh huh)
On a Tuesday they locked me in the jail (po' boy)
On a Wednesday my trial was attested
On a Thursday they said guilty and the judge's gavel fell"
(lyricsplayground.com) + the VIDEO (YouTube)
criminal mindby Styx : "I've spent my life behind these steel bars
I've paid my debt in time
But being brought to justice
That was my only crime
I don't regret action
I'd do the same again" (sing365.com)