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U.K. and Hong Kong: Mutually Reinforced Ignorance
Andre Vltchek: In Hong Kong, the ideological combat has been that of the epic proportions. The battle has been over the most populous country on Earth – China. And not only China the country, but also its system, political, economic, and social, which I have been studying for decades, and which I greatly admire. ... With the anti-racist uprisings in both the United States and Europe, new winds are blowing, and soon they may reach Asia. ... Maybe these events could finally awaken most of the Hong Kong youth. ... Then, perhaps, they will understand that they have been fooled, that they are fighting for the system and culture, which even many Westerners do not desire anymore... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2020, 1:55pm

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Louisiana Environmental Activists Charged With “Terrorizing” for Nonviolent Stunt Targeting Plastics Giant
Alleen Brown: Two leaders of the long-running fight for environmental justice in Louisiana turned themselves in to police in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. The activists, who work in a part of the state known as “Cancer Alley,” faced charges of “terrorizing” related to a nonviolent protest action. ... Formosa Plastics... The Taiwanese petrochemical company plans to build a massive plastics manufacturing complex in a largely Black Louisiana community that has already suffered health problems linked to local industry. ... In October, Formosa agreed to a $50 million settlement for dumping pollutants, including the small pellets that form the building blocks for plastic products known as nurdles, into Texas’s Lavaca Bay ... (The Action)-- a container of the pellets ... appeared on the porch of an oil and gas lobbyist... Visit Website ]
Jun 25, 2020, 11:58am

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Regarding Ignoramuses in Academe
Bill Willers: "Condemnation before investigation is the height of ignorance” ... A peer-reviewed journal, Alternatives, recently published an article, “9/11 Truth and the Silence of the IR Discipline,” by David Hughes, a faculty member at the University of Lincoln in the UK. The article is very well written and may be the single best succinct summation of 9/11 history available. ... “IR” refers to the academic study of international relations, so the sad fact that scholars who pursue such a discipline have failed to be attentive to the multiple lies within the official narrative of 9/11 is brimming with irony because, as Hughes states, international relations is “… the one discipline that should be most conversant with false flag terrorism and the ‘War on Terror.’” ... Visit Website ]
Mar 15, 2020, 12:49pm

Free Speech
Women Are The Face Of Mohawk Resistance
Christopher Curtis: As the provincial government announced plans Tuesday to try to dismantle the protest in Kahnawake, neighbouring Mohawk communities are on guard, ready to act in defence of their nation. The rail protests in Kahnawake and Akwesasne began in early February as an act of solidarity for the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs blocking the construction of natural gas pipeline on their land in northern British Columbia. ... The Mohawk resistance is showcasing a new generation of activists, ones like Rice: young women born after 1990, women who are reclaiming the Kanienʼkéha language and assuming their roles as clan mothers within a sovereign Mohawk nation. ... “It is the women, in (Iroquois) culture, who hold title to the land” ... “It is the women who chose the chiefs and who organize the community.... Visit Website ]
Mar 1, 2020, 2:58pm

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Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger, Assange
Rick Sterling: Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison). ... Wilfred Burchett lived from 1911 to 1983. ... was the first international journalist to report on Hiroshima after the atomic bomb ... “The Atomic Plague”, published in the London Daily Express, Burchett said, “I write this as a warning to the world” ... John Pilger ... exposed uncomfortable truths about his home country and its treatment of aboriginal people ... told the story of atrocities in Pol Pot’s Cambodia with Year Zero ... Julian Assange ... editor-in-chief and publisher of WikiLeaks ... Killing of Reuters journalists and over 10 Iraqi civilians by US Apache attack helicopter in Collateral Murder video... Visit Website ]
Feb 8, 2020, 11:46am

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Snowden Warns Targeting Of Greenwald And Assange Shows Governments ‘Ready To Stop The Presses—If They Can’
Jessica Corbett: In an op-ed (“Trump Has Created a Global Playbook to Attack Those Revealing Uncomfortable Truths,”) published Sunday night by the Washington Post, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden connected Brazilian federal prosecutors’ recent decision to file charges against American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to the U.S. government’s efforts to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ... “The most essential journalism of every era is precisely that which a government attempts to silence. These prosecutions demonstrate that they are ready to stop the presses—if they can.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 29, 2020, 4:21pm

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Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Signs Anti-Protest Bill into Law
David Armiak: Peaceful protestors can now be charged with a felony if they trespass on property owned, leased, or operated by companies engaged in the distribution of oil or petroleum. ... The law, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 33, echoes similar “critical infrastructure protection” model bills pushed out by the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, and the Council of State Governments over the last two years to prevent future protests like the one against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Wisconsin is the tenth state to pass such a bill... Visit Website ]
Nov 26, 2019, 4:27pm

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Doctors Petition UK Home Secretary Over Julian Assange
We write this open letter, as medical doctors, to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange. Our professional concerns follow publication recently of the harrowing eyewitness accounts of Craig Murray and John Pilger of the case management hearing on Monday 21 October 2019 at Westminster Magistrates Court. ... From a medical point of view, on the evidence currently available, we have serious concerns about Mr Assange’s fitness to stand trial in February 2020. Most importantly, it is our opinion that Mr Assange requires urgent expert medical assessment of both his physical and psychological state of health. Any medical treatment indicated should be administered in a properly equipped and expertly staffed university teaching hospital (tertiary care). ... Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2019, 3:01pm

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Unfree Media: State Stenography and Shameful Silence
Media Lens: The state-corporate management and manipulation of ‘the news’ relies on a subtle filtering process whereby leading journalists select – consciously or otherwise – which facts are ‘fit’ to be reported, and which can or should be ignored. ... This issue of journalist access in return for maintaining a power-friendly narrative has long been known. The media’s heavy reliance on state and corporate sources is one of the five ‘news filters’ – along with corporate ownership, advertising, flak and ‘anti-Communism’ ... A further, grave example of present-day propaganda filtering involves the corporate media blanking of further proof that western powers, notably the US, have been manipulating the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)... Visit Website ]
Nov 8, 2019, 4:05pm

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Who Decides Who’s Allowed to Say the N-Word?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Walter Mosley’s recent New York Times article, “Why I Quit the Writer’s Room,” detailing his contentious interaction with the HR department of a major entertainment studio that led to his quitting should be required reading for every American because it addresses what constitutes free speech in the workplace, in schools and in the arts. ... To summarize, Mosley was telling a personal anecdote in the writers room of CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery: “I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n---ers in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n--er neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good.” ... An unidentified writer in the room complained to human resources ... HR admonished Mosley ... (who) quit the show... Visit Website ]
Sep 12, 2019, 3:07pm

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Nuclear 9/11 Can No Longer Be Ignored, It is Killing Us All
Gordon Duff: A German physicist with no access to US media, call it language barrier, laziness or hyper-focus that scientists have, did a study on the events of 9/11. ... He built on work done by French physicist Francois Roby and a US activist with a strong science background named Jeff Prager. Pommer published a first version of his findings, that the World Trade Center was destroyed by nuclear weapons placed under the structures, in 2017. Then in 2019, he put out a slide presentation backed by irrefutable physics and a video presentation. ... The scientific study shows, without question, that whether planes hit buildings or not, the destruction, which included huge caverns filled with molten granite and iron that gave off incredible heat for months, could only be described and accounted for as a series of underground nuclear explosions. ... Visit Website ]
Sep 3, 2019, 3:48pm

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Freedom of the Press? Not in the U.S.
Ted Rall: The United States ranks 48th among nations for press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders. Since few other countries have the equivalent of our First Amendment, learning that we rank below Botswana and Slovenia may come as a surprise. ... Censorship is insidious; readers and viewers can’t know what they’re not told. .... The nation’s 1,000-plus newspapers employ countless Democrats and Republicans. But there isn’t a single staff columnist or editorial cartoonist who agrees with that 43% of the public that socialism would be better than capitalism. ... Pervasive among both corporate and independent journalists is self-censorship. ... The Washington Post and other corporate news companies ridiculed Bernie Sanders’ recent assertion that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ownership of the Post influences its coverage ... No matter how much they protest that they can follow any lead and print anything they want, that knowledge of who butters their bread informs every move they make... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2019, 2:33pm

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MOVE: Injustice Ignites Excessive Costs
Linn Washington: The recent release of three inmates from prisons in Pennsylvania – persons considered political prisoners by many worldwide – is a poignant reminder of how the costs of injustice ravage not just those directly targeted for persecution but also the taxpayers who unwittingly pay for that persecution. ... The 40-years of unjust, revenge-driven imprisonment endured by this trio imposed incalculable emotional/physical costs on their lives and it cost Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars. ... while each member of this trio was eligible for parole in 2008, the Pennsylvania Parole Board employed specious excuses (persecution) to continue their expensive imprisonment until their release on parole in late Spring 2019. ... That trio’s cost of incarceration for just that 11-year span between their parole eligibility and their actual parole release totaled more than $1.7-million... Visit Website ]
Jul 10, 2019, 4:39pm

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New York Times Clears National Security Stories with the Government Before Publication. Source: New York Times
Thomas Neuburger: The New York Times has just admitted that it clears national security stories with the government before it publishes them. ... It now looks like it occurs most of the time, if not all of the time. ... The reason always given for the government suppressing a national security story is, of course, that lives will be put in danger, even when they won't. ... It's understandable, in a way, that in the current panicky environment, administration employees are treating the president, their boss, as someone to withhold information from ... Is this a precedent, though, we want to cheer or set? The act of cementing in place an American Praetorian Guard with a publicly sanctioned veto over decisions of an elected head of state, once done, won't be undone easily.... Visit Website ]
Jul 2, 2019, 11:39am

Free Speech
FBI Continues to Break Its Own Rules by Tracking Protesters
Vanessa Nason: Does FBI Act as Subsidiary for Fossil Fuel Industry? ... The FBI has, once again, violated department protocol by tracking environmental activists and nonviolent protesters ... Why track 350.org? The ostensible reason is that the FBI sought to assess whether this very large group posed a danger ahead of a series of protests in 2016. 350.org’s “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” campaign involved 30,000 people who participated in events on six continents to protest dependence on oil, coal, and natural gas. ... “Trying to deal with the greatest crisis humans have stumbled into shouldn’t require being subjected to government surveillance,” McKibben told the Guardian. “But when much of our government acts as a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, it may be par for the course.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 22, 2018, 2:01pm


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