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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Free Speech
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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