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Snowden: Israeli Spyware Used By Governments to Pursue Journalists Targeted for Assassination
Whitney Webb: Snowden also noted that in addition to its role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the NSO Group’s most notorious software product was regularly used by the government of Mexico to target journalists. ... Snowden, speaking to a Tel Aviv conference hosted by Israeli public relations firm OH! Orenstein Hoshen via video feed, stated that secretive Israeli cyberwarfare firm NSO Group Technologies has been “selling a digital burglary tool” that has been used by governments to spy on citizens and journalists in particular. ... He explained that even if some “good actors” use NSO’s surveillance software, known as Pegasus, “it is not just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks ... not just for saving lives, but for making money ... such a level of recklessness ... actually starts costing lives.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2018, 2:22pm

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WHO’S THE MIGRANT?
Mohawk Nation News: Our brothers and sisters to the south are not migrant farm workers. They are farm workers working for a migrant! They come to do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. They have every right to visit their families anywhere on turtle island without hindrance. The white man’s delusional demarkation lines are economic borders and have nothing to do with us. Nature has bound us together as one people with all life on turtle island. ... The invaders are rich from murdering our people and stealing our land and resources, in Canada, United States, Mexico, Guadamala, Honduras, el Salvador, Nicaraugua, Panama and throughout the Western Hemisphere. ... If the intruders refuse to live by the kaianerekowa, great peace, they have to leave... Visit Website ]
Nov 6, 2018, 10:51am

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'I'm Ecstatic': Black Liberation Prisoner Mike Africa Sr Released After 40 Years
Ed Pilkington: Mike Africa Sr has become the second member of the Philadelphia-based group of black radicals known as the Move 9 to be released from prison, more than 40 years after they were arrested for the death of a police officer in one of the most dramatic shootouts of the black liberation era ... The siege that led to the incarceration of five Move men and four women occurred on 8 August 1978. Tension had mounted for months between the commune and Philadelphia police following complaints from neighbors and fears that the group was stockpiling weapons. ... The order was given for hundreds of police officers to go in and evict the residents by the notoriously hardline then mayor of Philadelphia, the city’s former police commissioner Frank Rizzo. In the melee, Ramp was killed. ... All nine adult members of Move living in the house were held responsible for the shooting and sentenced to 30 to 100 years. At trial they told the jury that they had no working firearms in the house... Visit Website ]
Oct 23, 2018, 2:51pm

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Indigenous Suicide in Canada
Greg Macdougall: “Capitalism causes alienation; alienation causes oppression; oppression causes suicide.” ... But Indigenous peoples also face a “double alienation,” ... The imposition of capitalism requires an obliteration of traditional forms of life, which may still be in living memory but for the most part are not currently re-attainable. ... “Indigenous peoples in Canada … are systematically mis-informed about the nature of the forces arrayed against us as individual human beings,” ... “Does the mass of Indians who ‘commit suicide’ understand that this is a murder? Do they understand that their murder is being carried out by people under a façade of helping them?”... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2018, 5:38pm

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Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s Overdue Reckoning
Branko Marcetic: For decades, Saudi Arabia has gotten a free pass from the US for its unabashed brutality. But Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder may finally be a step too far. ... It’s worth putting things into perspective, too. For three years, the Saudi government has been killing, starving, displacing, and infecting with disease a cumulative total of millions of Yemenis as part of its war in the country. None of this has apparently been distasteful enough for US elites to stop fęting the Saudi government. ... It’s also worth noting that Saudi Arabia isn’t the only country committing such brazen acts of violence. Just yesterday, Human Rights Watch released a report about Egyptian-American limo driver Khaled Hassan, who was detained for four months as part of the Egyptian government’s ongoing campaign of terror... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2018, 10:56am

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Ours to Master and to Own
Anna Pazos: We visit Viome, Greece’s only worker-managed factory. ... In February 2013, some of these workers had broken into the then-abandoned factory, followed by TV cameras and activists. The occupation of a shuttered factory was a novelty in the crisis-ridden country, and particularly in a region marked by slow but steady deindustrialization: 25 percent of all factories in the Thessaloniki area had shut down and almost a third of its one million population was unemployed. ... Odds were stacked against them. Factory takeovers weren’t common in Greece — most of Viome’s workers hadn’t even heard of the concept of self management. ... they had to establish what they were going to produce, since the expensive raw materials the old Viome required were out of reach. Eventually, they settled on natural liquid detergents and hand-soap bars, which they started manufacturing through a painstaking trial-and-error process... Visit Website ]
Oct 6, 2018, 10:44am

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September 27, 2018 | Bryan Smith The Espionage Act Has Become an Abusive Censorship Tool
Bryan Smith: The irony with many whistleblower cases is that the defendants are accused of exposing harm that is being done to the US not by foreign powers but by the US government — as with Edward Snowden’s leak of the NSA spy program and John Kiriakou’s reveal of the CIA torture program. ... What all these whistleblower cases have in common is that information was “leaked” with the intent of bringing to public attention material that some branch of government was trying to hide. ... The Espionage Act was originally aimed at protecting the country from spies who would leak information to foreign governments, not to the American people or the press. ... “In the last ten years we have seen an escalation in the Espionage Act’s use in cases involving disclosures of information in the public interest to the press” ... “There really is no affirmative defense for Espionage. If you’re accused of it then you’ll go to prison for it.”... Visit Website ]
Sep 27, 2018, 2:55pm

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Britain: the Anti-Semitism Debate
Conn Hallinan: Does the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have an “anti-Semitism problem,” or has the Party’s left wing been targeted by the Israeli government for its support of the growing boycott and divestment movement that challenges Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land? A group of Israeli lawyers and social activists would like to know the answer to that question ... Corbyn has long been a leader in the fight against racism and played a key role in helping to bring down the apartheid regime in South Africa. He has also made it no secret that he makes common cause with the Palestinians and supports the Boycott and Divestment Sanctions (BDS) aimed at forcing Israel to withdraw from the Occupied Territories. ... Polls show the Labour Party is considerably less anti-Semitic than the Conservative Party, and it appears that anti-Semitism has declined since Corbyn took over... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2018, 2:25pm

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The End of Animal Farming Is Not An Impossible Dream
Karen Dawn: Children are now growing up in a world where veggie burgers taste just like meat, and true meat burgers, grown from cells, are soon to be on supermarket shelves. ... Pat Brown, maker of the impossibly trendy, entirely plant-based, Impossible Burger, told attendees to mark their calendars: By 2035, he predicted, all meat will be produced without slaughter. ... Impossible Foods, like its main competitor Beyond Meat, is creating plant-based burgers aimed at the meat-loving market. Both companies, founded by unrelated Browns, Pat and Ethan respectively, are mission based. They hope, in Pat Brown’s words, “to save the world from the biggest environmental catastrophe that it faces, which is the insanely destructive impact of the meat industry.”... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2018, 3:18pm

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The Slaves Rebel
Chris Hedges: The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America. ... Prisons in America are a huge and lucrative business. ... Private corporations exploit prison labor in at least 40 states. In some cases these workers are paid next to nothing. They have no benefits, including Social Security participation, and cannot form unions or organize. ... Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” ... Prisons are not primarily about crime. They are about social control. They are about profiting off black and brown bodies... Visit Website ]
Sep 3, 2018, 12:10pm

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A People’s Definition of Capitalism
Jason Holland: Capitalism in a truthful word: Exploitation. ... Through decades of red baiting and condemnation of any alternative system that doesn’t drive monetary resources to the few at the expense of the many we’ve arrived at a state of indoctrination where people cannot see past the wall of propaganda that has been projected in Plato’s cave. ... Capitalism is a system based on gaining leverage over someone and then exploiting that leverage. Much like a game of chess you are trying to corner your opponent’s options to the point there are no options left except for the options you allow. This is how business is done in capitalism... Visit Website ]
Aug 29, 2018, 2:17pm

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The Anti-President
John Steppling: The U.S. is now a endless machine for war profiteering and endless war itself. Simultaneously a hyper Imperialist machine directed toward global hegemony. Domestically it is a McCarthyesque empire of propaganda and censorship and mass incarceration. On both fronts it is a machine for channelling money directly to the ruling class. ... The United States is sinking under the weight of its contradictions, ideologically, and it’s also materially crumbling. ... And it is economically propped up in part by those trillions of dollars associated with the defense industry. ... The homeless encampments around every city in America are the legacy of so called American Century. That is the end of the line for Western capital and rugged individualism. The postscript to Manifest Destiny is a nation of absolute misery, over medicated, and trying hard to NOT see the misery around them... Visit Website ]
Aug 25, 2018, 10:02am

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Economists ‘Can’t Understand’ Why Workers Can’t Get Paid More in a ‘Booming’ Economy
Dave Lindorff: Mystery of the underpaid American worker ... These poor financial journalists and the economists they quote as their sources are all struggling because their models, and everything they learned in school about market theory, says that if labor markets are “tight,” meaning that there are few jobs available to unemployed workers, it should drive up wages of those who have jobs ... Perhaps in some magic world where workers and bosses were operating basically as equals in some mystical “free marketplace,” that might be true, but it ignores things like power relations and labor law, the pernicious role of the new digital age where a worker’s employment record is immediately available for inspection by any potential new employer ... We’ve got tens of millions of people classified as “working” who are actually under-employed and would like a full-time job but cannot find one... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2018, 11:34am

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UFOs: Proven “Beyond Reasonable Doubt”
Graham Peebles: In December 2017 the New York Times (NYT) revealed details of a hitherto secret defense program set up to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was funded ($22m) by Congress and led by Luis Elizondo, a senior military intelligence officer. It ran from 2007 to 2012 when, the Pentagon claim it was closed down, but Mr. Elizondo, who resigned in 2007 said the program “carried on for another five years.” ... For decades western governments have suppressed data and publicly denied the existence of UFOs, mainstream media approaches the subject with cynicism ... A fog of ignorance and cynicism has blinded humanity to their true nature and the reality of life; it is time to reject such narrow definitions and look with an open, attentive mind, at oneself and the mysteries of life... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2018, 12:51pm

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Going Native: Kneading My Soul
Mark Anthony Rolo: Old-time Indian women would fry bread in the early morning and at the end of the day. I often wonder if they found solace in making the bread, like my mother.... I would stare at my mother from a distance, watching her floured hands pushing that bread over and over. She would knead for what seemed like forever. She never spoke. Her eyes were closed. Years later, I realize how kneading bread dough took her into another sphere, a peaceful place where her soul drifted away from the demands of whining kids and an abusive, drunkard husband. ... It took me decades to recognize how kneading the soul is so vital. While lost in kneading, the world just seems peaceful. There is a lingering glow of this feeling even after I’ve slipped my bread into oven... Visit Website ]
Aug 1, 2018, 4:11pm


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