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How the Sept 11th victims’ families search for answers was met with Stonewalling, Lies and Political Theatre
Ray McGinnis: “It turns out almost everything about 9/11 was out of the ordinary, including the fact that it was never properly investigated... The reason that we need an investigation into 9/11 is because we never actually had one. The 9/11 Commission was not a real investigation. It was political theatre ... Commissioner Max Cleland ... “the White House had played cover-up and a slow walk to this game from the beginning” ... compared the 9/11 Commission to the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy ... Were the events of September 11th a psychological operation?... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2022, 11:39am

Free Speech
Free Speech Doesn’t Matter If Propagandists Determine What People Say
Caitlin Johnstone: None are more hopelessly ignorant than those who falsely believe they’re informed. ... We grow up saturated with US empire propaganda in the west. We marinate in it. It pervades our consciousness. But because it’s all we’ve ever known, most of us don’t even notice it. ... If speech wasn’t free people would realize they’re being oppressed, but if people started using their speech to voice real grievances about real power, they would swiftly discover that their speech is being ignored and power is doing as it likes... Visit Website ]
Aug 29, 2022, 12:31pm

Free Speech
ESSAY: Women in Prison: How We Are, Assata Shakur, 1978
Editors, The Black Agenda Review: Many Black radicals, along with their Native American and Puerto Rican sistren and brethren, remain locked up and continue to be tortured. Assata Shakur was the rare one who managed to get away. ... while incarcerated at Riker’s Island that Shakur wrote, “Women in Prison: how we are,” first published in the journal The Black Scholar in 1978 ... “There are no criminals here at Riker’s Island Correctional Institution for Women, (New York), only victims.” ... “Women can never be free in a country that is not free.” ... She was given political asylum in Cuba, where she remains today... Visit Website ]
Aug 12, 2022, 11:51am

Free Speech
We Need a New Constitution
Basav Sen: When every branch of our government is corrupt to the core, where do we go from here? ... Five out of nine justices who were part of the 6 – 3 majority in the West Virginia vs. EPA ruling were appointed by presidents who had lost the popular vote. ... Overrepresentation of some people and underrepresentation of others is written into the Constitution, contrary to the fundamental democratic principle of equal representation of all citizens. ... The federal judiciary as currently structured has no place in a functional democracy. Nor do the Electoral College and the U.S. Senate ... Manchin’s role in U.S. energy policy is a textbook example of corruption... Visit Website ]
Aug 1, 2022, 3:01pm

Free Speech
Impossible American Dreams? Really? Why Should That Be?
Jaime O’Neill: You'd think a rich and great country could nourish such dreams, and even accomplish them. ... 1. Tax the rich. ... If we had truly progressive rates of taxation, much of the stress that makes things so hard for so many in this country could be reduced. ... 2. Enact sane gun laws. .. A nation that has more guns than people is not exactly the image that first leaps to mind when we hear the phrase "land of the free, home of the brave." ... 3. Negotiate Prices on Prescription Drugs. ... our very expensive government is in collusion with a small but increasingly wealthy band of thieves ... 4. Remove corruption from the way we elect politicians. ... how hard could it be to reform a system that, as currently constituted, mostly misinforms vast numbers of people according to where the money is coming from.... Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2021, 11:59am

Free Speech
Lies About How the Attack on Afghanistan Started
John Scales Avery: ...So, only hours after the 9/11 attacks, military leaders were engaged in using the “Pearl Harbor moment” to justify wars on a global scale. ... What is the truth about the 9/11 attacks on New York? ... According to the testimony given by CIA insider Susan Lindauer, the CIA knew about the planned attacks on the World Trade Center as early as April, 2001. ... According to Lindauer, it was realized that airplanes striking the buildings would not cause their collapse, and so the disaster was deliberately made worse than it otherwise would have been by US government agents who planted explosives. ... Political leaders frequently lie to gain public support for their wars... Visit Website ]
Sep 2, 2021, 2:36pm

Free Speech
Why Free Speech On Israel-Palestine Matters So Much
Nathan J. Robinson: We need to be able to tell the truth about the ongoing crime against Palestinian rights. The enforcement of silence by major newspapers enables atrocities... The legacy of Israel’s 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories has been systematic human rights violations on a mass scale. Palestinian villages are routinely bulldozed. Palestinian water is stolen. Palestinians are harassed, arrested, beaten, and killed. ... Israel has never been held accountable for its crimes against Palestinians. ... The situation for Palestinians will only grow worse if it cannot be discussed... Visit Website ]
Mar 25, 2021, 4:59pm

Free Speech
The Truth is a Joke Zionism Can’t Accept
Lawrence Davidson: When it comes to anti-Semitism, the Israelis and their Zionist supporters are so deceitful that they risk the moral degradation of Judaism. ... First, the Zionists are deceitful because they purposely conflate Zionism which is an ethnocentric political ideology adhered to by a subset of Jews, with Judaism, a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural religion. ... Second, this deliberately instigated error is an attempt to stave off criticism of the Israeli state and its policies toward Palestinians. ... the sad truth is that Israeli state policies result in racist behavior towards the Palestinians.... Visit Website ]
Mar 11, 2021, 11:30am

Free Speech
The Guardian revealed its true face in sacking a columnist for criticising US military aid to Israel
JONATHAN COOK: The revelation that a leftwing journalist, Nathan J Robinson, has been sacked as a Guardian US columnist for criticising Israel on Twitter – and that he was pressured to keep quiet about it by Guardian editors – should come as no surprise. ... His sarcastic, but pointed tweet criticising the billions of dollars the US is sending to Israel so it can buy more weapons to kill Palestinians – and during a pandemic in which Americans are being denied the full promised $2,000 checks – was treated by the Israel lobby, as most criticism of Israel is nowadays, as evidence of “antisemitism”... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2021, 2:37pm

Free Speech
The Biden Administration’s Continued Push for Julian Assange’s Extradition Is Bad News for Journalism
James Risen: A successful prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder could empower the government to go after journalists for publishing classified information. ... The Assange case could allow prosecutors to build criminal cases against journalists who obtain government secrets based on their interactions with their sources. ... That would make it nearly impossible for reporters to aggressively cover the Pentagon, the CIA, or the National Security Agency — and ultimately imperil the American republic... Visit Website ]
Feb 11, 2021, 3:52pm

Free Speech
I Am Greta isn’t about Climate Change - It’s about the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World
Jonathan Cook: Our world is not one of the sane versus the insane, but of the less insane versus the more insane. .... The schoolgirl shunned as insane by classmates suddenly finds the world drawn to the very qualities that previously singled her out as weird: her stillness, her focus, her refusal to equivocate or to be impressed. ... For 90 minutes we live in Thunberg’s shoes, we see the world through her strange eyes. For 90 minutes we are allowed to live inside the head of someone so sane that we can briefly grasp – if we are open to her world – quite how insane each of us truly is. ... We are in an ideological bubble – and one that will burst as surely as the financial kind. Thunberg is that still, small voice of sanity outside the bubble... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2020, 12:24pm

Free Speech
Mainstream International Media Turns a Blind Eye on Suffering Yemen
Hritika Joshi: The unfair treatment of mainstream international media towards Yemen and its ongoing crisis clearly indicates the lack of objectivity and decreasing reliability in the media industry. ... While Yemen suffers, the rest of the world has almost turned a blind eye to it, likely because of the power dynamics that exist among states. ... it is often presented as a Saudi-Iranian war and almost always ‘forgets’ to mention the role of western governments in fuelling the war. ... It is known that Saudi gets most of its arms and ammunition from the UK, US and France and Saudi even uses satellite technology from the US to identify targets during air strikes... Visit Website ]
Aug 31, 2020, 11:43am

Free Speech
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

Free Speech
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

Free Speech
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


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