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On the Biden Plantation
Margaret Kimberley: The idea that Joe Biden would provide harm reduction was created to help the unpopular candidate secure an electoral victory. The reality is a litany of lies and certain defeat for democrats at the polls. There's no harm reduction in a neo-liberal system. ... Biden isn’t predisposed to do what Black people need. All the platitudes and promises are inevitably hollow. ... At the end of the day, millions of people have nothing except hope that the plantation master of the moment will somehow be kinder... Visit Website ]
Jan 21, 2022, 2:48pm

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Nicaragua in the Multipolar World
Margaret Kimberley: The U.S. regime change effort in Nicaragua has failed. The people are determined to assert their rights of self-determination and the U.S. is not the only player on the world stage. ... Nicaragua’s sovereignty is the heart of the matter. ... Nicaragua’s human rights record is head and shoulders above that of the U.S. ... The world is multi-polar and Nicaragua’s continuing efforts to shape its own destiny is proof... Visit Website ]
Jan 12, 2022, 12:57pm

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Covid Fueled by Neoliberal Austerity
Margaret Kimberley: The United States doesn’t have a true health care system. Instead, for-profit companies run hospitals and private health insurers. Workers have health insurance only if their employers provide it ... The reliance on a vaccine only strategy has led to this situation. ... The only certainty is that a virus continues to mutate when it spreads. ... The spread can be stopped if sick people are paid to stay at home, testing is easily accessible, high quality masks are free and in ample supply, and ventilation is improved indoors... Visit Website ]
Jan 7, 2022, 3:05pm

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“Chinese Aggression” Is Just China Responding To US Aggression
Caitlin Johnstone: The US military budget has once again increased despite the US ending a war this year, and despite its facing no real threats from any nation to its easily-defended shores. The increase has been largely justified by the need to “counter China” ... The actual source of tensions between the US and China never actually has anything to do with “human rights” or “protecting” anyone ... it is in the US empire’s interests to make China smaller and weaker and it is in China’s interests to be big and strong ... Pretty much everything China gets slammed for by the imperial media is actually a response to western aggressions... Visit Website ]
Dec 18, 2021, 11:26am

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Why We Must Defend Julian Assange
Margaret Kimberley: Julian Assange is one of the political prisoners that the US claims not to have. ... His offense is one that the system will not tolerate. Over a period of years his organization, Wikileaks, revealed U.S. crimes committed around the world. ... It isn’t surprising that presidents wage war against the truth tellers of the world. What is especially disheartening is the way that journalists have abandoned Assange and turned into U.S. government spokespeople if they discuss his case at all. ... The United States should not be allowed to use the Espionage Act or any other mechanism to snatch up anyone, anywhere and charge with a crime of dubious legality. ... It is no exaggeration to say that we are all Julian Assange... Visit Website ]
Dec 15, 2021, 12:28pm

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Democratic Party Betrayal, Abortion, and the Supreme Court
Margaret Kimberley: Democrats have been fooled into thinking that only the courts can protect abortion rights. In fact, legislation could protect abortion permanently, but their party has refused to do that. Now that SCOTUS control is lost because of their corruption and betrayals, they continue to spin lies that bamboozle the party faithful. ... The democratic party is called a “big tent” which includes corporate interests, wealthy funders, well funded think tanks, elite academia, and left leaning voters. ... Black people are the constituency they depend upon the most, although one would never know that by looking at the policies the democrats hold near and dear... Visit Website ]
Dec 8, 2021, 12:25pm

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China is Not Colonizing Africa
Margaret Kimberley: International media cannot be trusted to give accurate information. Skepticism is especially warranted when China is the topic and allegations of colonizing Africa make headlines. ... The U.S. and its allies have little to offer except exploitation in the form of extraction and military control through the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). ... It is China that pursues development projects with new railroads in Nigeria and Angola, and a highway in Kenya. ... The only narrative that makes the colonizers look good is a smear against China. ... The U.S./EU/NATO formation still has a hold on African nations and corporate media continue to act as governmental spokespeople and endlessly repeat whatever they are told. Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2021, 12:36pm

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Humanity Is Still Trying To Be Born
Caitlin Johnstone: Things are fucked. That’s our current situation in a nutshell. ... On a global scale we’re seeing it in the way our biosphere is being destroyed due to human behavior driven by the reckless pursuit of profit for its own sake. ... To have a healthy world we’re going to have to metamorphose into a species which is not driven by fear and greed and us-versus-them othering. ... Which doesn’t see my own suffering as meaningfully separate from the suffering of my neighbor. Which doesn’t see the struggles of a population on the other side of the planet as meaningfully separate from the struggles of the population on this side of the planet. Where we collaborate with each other and our ecosystem instead of competing and killing and exploiting and destroying... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2021, 2:38pm

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Rittenhouse and Verdict Mania
Margaret Kimberley: The wish for some justice and the hope that there will be public vindication of what Black people live with is easy to understand . ... Yet these feelings are not very useful in navigating an understanding of how to bring about change. ... The fact that millions of people simultaneously predicted an acquittal in this case, yet still experienced anger and dismay upon hearing the verdict is an indication of the precarious condition of Black life. ... Politics must be independent of the democrats who continue to be seen as protection against white racism when they are nothing of the sort. ... An affirmation of our right to self-determination and the will to affirm that right is the only proper response... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2021, 3:31pm

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In the Middle East, the US was Never about Democracy Promotion
Juan Cole: I think the difference in US Cold War policy was not geographic but dictated by political economy. American theorists wanted to make the world safe for dominant business classes threatened by the socialist model ... This policy of promoting capitalist democracy in Europe depended on cheap energy so that the post-war economies could attain the kind of prosperity that would tamp down working class discontents and blunt the appeal of Communist parties ... Oil, absolutism, and anti-communism in the Middle East, capitalist democracy in Europe. That was the bifurcated US policy ... So in the post-war period the US has never been pro-democracy per se... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2021, 4:26pm

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Climate Action Pretense at COP26
Margaret Kimberley: The international climate conferences are a perennial disappointment to anyone who understands the depth of the world wide catastrophe. ...Every year the rich capitalist nations find a way to undermine the process and consign millions of people to misery and devastation. ... This conference ended with an agreement to “phase down” the use of coal instead of phasing it out altogether. ... The fact that climate agreements allow world temperatures to rise is but one indication that the process falls far short from what the world needs. ... The U.S. is not the only nation keeping the status quo as the world heads toward a cliff... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2021, 2:50pm

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US-Threatens-Regime-Change-In-Nicaragua
Margaret Kimberley: Nicaragua has been a target of U.S. aggressions since the 1850s. ... The Biden administration’s attack on the newly elected government is the latest chapter in a long and sordid history. ... Eyewitness accounts of the electoral process reveal the manipulations and lies concocted by the U.S. and its corporate media partners in this latest regime change effort. ... As a member of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) delegation in Nicaragua, this columnist witnessed the determination of Nicaraguans to choose their own government without interference. More than 200 representatives from 27 nations, were designated as acompańantes, companions, to the electoral process... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2021, 2:51pm

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Elections & The Illusion of Black Political Power
Margaret Kimberley: Black politicians may be openly conservative or pretend leftists but their constituents rarely get what they need. ... While casting a ballot is seen as a quasi-religious duty, the development of mass movements that are the foundation of all important political change is actively discouraged. ... Democrats would not have chosen multimillionaire Nancy Pelosi to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives if they had any intention of doing the things that the majority of voters want. ... The demonization of even a little bit of progressive talk is a sign that the system lives in fear that someone may come along who will actually fight for change... Visit Website ]
Nov 5, 2021, 1:53pm

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Space Colonization And The Myth Of Separateness: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: I’m old enough to remember people defending the incarceration of Nelson Mandela ... Now they smear Assange but history will vindicate his defenders. The only question is how long, and will it kill him first? .... Virtually everyone knows his case is bullshit at this point, even if they don’t have the balls to admit it. ... The only reason anyone even believes it’s possible to colonize space is because cognitive and perceptual biases cause us to assume that the human organism is separate from its ecosystem. ... It is not. ... The biosphere is one inseparably unified happening of which humans are part... Visit Website ]
Nov 2, 2021, 1:44pm

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The Assange Persecution Is Western Savagery At Its Most Transparent
Caitlin Johnstone: The first day of the US appeal of the Julian Assange extradition case saw grown adults arguing in a court of law that the US government could guarantee that it would not treat the WikiLeaks founder as cruelly as it treats its other prisoners. ... I wish I was kidding. ... What’s ridiculous about these “assurances”, apart from the obvious, is that within its own legal argument the US government reserves the right to reverse those assurances at any time ... So they’re just openly brutalizing a journalist for exposing US war crimes, while arguing that they can be trusted to treat him humanely... Visit Website ]
Oct 28, 2021, 3:07pm


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