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The Doll House the CIA Built - Review of Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies by Edward Curtin
Ray McGinnis: In a dark time, one discovers the fragmented and broken state of things. With this fitting epigraph, Ed Curtin proceeds to alert his readers to the fragmented and broken state of things in America, and the task of its citizenry to begin to see more clearly. ... Curtin notes that while average Americans have not constructed the doll’s house they live in, they are complicit. It is average Americans who have accepted “decades of fabricated reality for so-called peace of mind.” ... A consequence of accepting illusory narratives is that people are not really free... Visit Website ]
Feb 25, 2021, 3:20pm

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Indonesian Slaughter, Allen Dulles, and the Assassination of JFK
Edward Curtin: A Review of Greg Poulgrain’s book JFK vs. Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia ... exposes the intrigue behind the ruthless regime-change strategy in Indonesia of the longest-serving CIA director, Allen Dulles, and how it clashed with the policy of President John F. Kennedy, leading to JFK’s assassination, Indonesian regime change, and massive slaughter. ... Reading Poulgrain’s masterful analysis, one can clearly see how much of modern history is a struggle for control of the underworld where lies the fuel that runs the megamachine – oil, minerals, gold, copper, etc... Visit Website ]
Feb 3, 2021, 2:56pm

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Martin Luther King’s Radical Anticapitalism
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Excerpted with permission from the forthcoming book Fifty Years Since MLK, edited by Brandon Terry. ... In a posthumously published essay, Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out that the “black revolution” had gone beyond the “rights of Negroes.” The struggle, he said, is “forcing America to face all of its interrelated flaws—racism, poverty, militarism and materialism. It is exposing the evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 21, 2021, 2:03pm

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Fifty Years Ago the United States Government Killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Review of The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper: William Pepper resurrects the revolutionary MLK, and in doing so shows in striking detail why elements within the U.S. government executed him. After reading this book, no fair-minded reader can reach any other conclusion. ... As with the assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother, Robert (two months after MLK), all evidence points to the construction of patsies to take the blame for government executions. Ray, Oswald, and Sirhan all bear striking resemblances in the ways they were chosen and moved as pawns over long periods of time into positions where their only reactions could be stunned surprise when they were accused of the murders ... At the center of all these murders is a trinity of men who were devoted to ending the Vietnam War and all wars, restoring economic justice for all Americans, and eliminating racial inequality...(Reprint from 2018) Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2021, 12:32pm

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Wars R Us: A Review of Christian Sorensen’s New Book “Understanding the War Industry”
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Pay no attention to all those nasty left-wing allegations about how military contractors collude and conspire with the Pentagon to warp our economy, impoverish our citizens, pervert our national goals, and foment needless bloody wars that slaughter millions in order to fatten corporate profits. The truth is actually much worse than you could ever imagine ... we actually have a military-industrial-congressional complex, with a media and academic adjunct ... The U.S. military is today one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases that cause climate change ... The U.S. Executive Branch has meanwhile come to take on the function of an international arms peddler. ... The peace movement clearly has a lot of work to do... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2020, 3:55pm

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The War Inside the War in Vietnam
Doug Anderson: The Best Medic in the Green Time by Marc Levy ... We see in Medic both the viciousness of the fighting and the minutia of everyday life in the field ... we see how the daily murder and crushing fear slowly degraded a soldier’s morality in a war that made no sense ... Whatever their view of the politics of the war veterans came home knowing they’d been lied to. ... There is no talk of “healing” in Medic. The US lost over 58,000 and probably 3 million wounded. And there were thousands of suicides among Vietnam Vets. ... People don’t heal from such an experience... Visit Website ]
Nov 11, 2020, 11:52am

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Bill Gates’ Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life
Excerpt from Vandana Shiva’s book Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom ... The pandemic is a consequence of war. A war against life. The mechanical mind connected to the money machine of extraction has created the illusion of humans as separate from nature, and nature as dead, inert raw material to be exploited. But, in fact, we are part of the biome. And we are part of the virome. The biome and the virome are us. When we wage war on the biodiversity of our forests, our farms, and in our guts, we wage war on ourselves. ... Health is about life and living systems. There is no ‘life’ in the paradigm of health that Bill Gates and his ilk are promoting and imposing on the entire world... Visit Website ]
Sep 24, 2020, 1:45pm

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How Capital Strikes Yanked Barack Obama’s Presidency to the Right
Tarun Banerjee, Michael Schwartz, Kevin Young Excerpt from Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do About It ... President Obama entered office in the throes of a historic disinvestment crisis. The problem was not a lack of money, but the fact that corporations were hoarding trillions of dollars in capital rather than investing it in the economy. ... During Obama’s first two years, many corporate leaders deemed his policies insufficiently pro-business. Their critique was overblown: from the start, the administration took great pains to accommodate corporate demands. But business was not satisfied. ... In the November 2010 midterm elections, business made its anger known. ... Following election day, Obama buckled down in an effort to boost executives’ “confidence” in his administration.... Visit Website ]
Aug 25, 2020, 12:33pm

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The Monopoly on Racial Wealth
Thom Hartmann: Reprinted from The Hidden History of Monopolies ... The wealth monopoly in America isn’t just the concentration of money in the hands of the top 1 percent; it’s also the concentration of wealth among white people ... It’s not just white people who have seized almost all working- and middle-class wealth; it’s largely white men. While Black men faced huge barriers to education, housing, and good jobs up to and through the 1970s (and still do, albeit less explicitly), so did white women (albeit less severely). ... These racial- and gender-based monopolies of wealth in America keep down women and nonwhites, while producing a significant drag on the economic and cultural vitality of our nation.... Visit Website ]
Aug 24, 2020, 4:40pm

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How America’s Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice
Kim Peterson: Academic Fredrik deBoer has written a book, The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice (All Points Books, 2020), that questions the enormous value attached to people based on their academic talent. ... The author defines the Cult of Smart thus: “It is the notion that academic value is the only value, and intelligence is the only true measure of human worth. ... because there is no equality of opportunity and no equality of conditions that meritocracy is an illusion ... "the educational playing field is not confined to the school. It extends to the homes of the students, the upbringing they receive at home, and the economic status of the home"... Visit Website ]
Aug 21, 2020, 11:52am

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“How Trump Stole 2020″— An Interview With Greg Palast
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume: Voter suppression is simply class war by other means.” —Greg Palast ... Starting with W’s theft of the election in 2000, he paints a picture of graft, theft, and malice, in which Republicans steal national office from Democrats, and Democrats steal their own party from their own progressive wing. ... You don’t steal votes to steal elections, you steal votes to steal the money. ... Billy Koch needed the Xcel pipeline because he runs a company called Oxbow Carbon ... They take the carbon sludge out of the Xcel pipeline, ... Trump was hostile Xcel pipeline because it is, after all, foreign oil coming into America, but he got a lot less hostile when he got a big, big check from Bill Koch... Visit Website ]
Jul 20, 2020, 2:01pm

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The Secret to Corporate Power
This excerpt from Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do about It by Kevin A. Young, Tarun Banerjee, and Michael Schwartz: In 1931, the philosopher John Dewey lamented that “politics is the shadow cast on society by big business.” Government “in general is an echo,” and at times a direct “accomplice, of the interests of big business.” ... The political power of banks and corporations ultimately derives from the power that they wield over the economy itself—what some call their “structural power.” ... The most potent weapon of banks and employers is the capital strike: the withdrawal of investment capital from one or more sectors of the economy, or “disinvestment”... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 2:51pm

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Robin Wall Kimmerer: 'People can’t understand the world as a gift unless someone shows them how'
James Yeh: Her book Braiding Sweetgrass has been a surprise bestseller. The nature writer talks about her fight for plant rights, and why she hopes the pandemic will increase human compassion for the natural world ... This is a time to take a lesson from mosses ... “What is it that has enabled them to persist for 350m years, through every kind of catastrophe, every climate change that’s ever happened on this planet, and what might we learn from that?” ... She lists the lessons “of being small, of giving more than you take, of working with natural law, sticking together. All the ways that they live I just feel are really poignant teachings for us right now.” ... Visit Website ]
May 28, 2020, 5:13pm

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The Military-Industrial-Governmental Complex - Christian Sorensen’s Understanding the War Industry
Eric Walberg: Sorensen compares the war industry to a cancer. Given the current viral pandemic, I think a virus is a better metaphor, and it is not the war industry per se that is the virus, but capitalism. It is capitalism’s logic of expansion, conquest, exploitation that drives the war machine. ... The disease affects different people differently. If you are really big and control lots of resources (US, Germany), you tend to become a bully, stealing from others or enslaving them to give you even more goodies. If you get lazy, you can farm out the work to willing servant-slaves (China, Bangladesh, etc.)... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2020, 4:06pm

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US Uses “Humanitarian Intervention” to Advance Economic and Strategic Interests
Roger D. Harris: A review of Dan Kovalik's book No More War ... Kovalik documents in instructive detail how US intervention is “not about protecting human rights ... [but] about profit, power, and imperial domination.” ... He comments how the US military devastates a country so that US corporations can profit in rebuilding it ... The obscene oxymoron “humanitarian intervention” is used to contravene international law. No More War makes the case that this concept is neither humanitarian nor has a place in international law... “Every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” ... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2020, 12:26pm


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