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Freedom Rider: Russiagate and Democracy
Margaret Kimberley: Hillary Clinton is the author of Russiagate. She created the scandal to cover up Clinton Foundation dealings with the Russian government. As Secretary of State she approved a deal shepherded by Bill Clinton that gave Russia control of 20% of America’s uranium supply . The foundation received $145 million in pledged donations from persons associated with the Uranium One consortium and Bill Clinton personally received $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow after the deal was done. Because the revelation would have been problematic during her presidential campaign Clinton chose to project her own corruption onto her opponent Donald Trump... Visit Website ]
Feb 21, 2018, 2:18pm

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Let’s remember the Schoolchildren US & Russian bombs are killing, too
Juan Cole: The US-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen is keeping two million children out of school (Yemen is a country of 27 million). Worse, schools and schoolchildren have repeatedly been struck from the air by Saudi, UAE, Moroccan and Jordanian pilots using American-supplied planes and bombs, in a campaign backed by Washington and the Pentagon and the United Kingdom. The US military supplies logistics, refueling and targeting advice to the aggressors. ... And while there are legitimate reasons for gun ownership, for congressmen and senators to run interference for 10 gun manufacturers to make sure their sales are in no way hindered is also a sort of war crime... Visit Website ]
Feb 17, 2018, 12:17pm

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Freedom Rider: U.S. Escalates Syrian War
Margaret Kimberley: The seven year-old war waged against Syria ought to be over by now. ... All of the elements needed to bring peace to this country were in place. Far from being the evil force that Americans have been told to fear, Russia took the lead in winning the peace and in seeking a settlement among the various Syrian factions. .... “The United States is determined to throw a wrench into any process that might lead to peace.” ... American presidents get away with their criminality because they govern an uninformed and confused populace. The average American is captive to corporate media lies and never looks elsewhere for information. Any narrative that counters the official story is deliberately disappeared from view and the result is ignorance and a tiny, ineffective antiwar movement... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2018, 2:21pm

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Freedom Rider: Russiagate and the Surveillance Duopoly
Margaret Kimberley: Republican and Democratic Party dueling over Russiagate provides us with a teachable moment. It should teach us to disrespect and discredit the law enforcement system as it exists in this country. We must oppose the surveillance state altogether and we should not be tricked by duopoly theatrics into thinking that either of the evil twins are acting in our interests. ... Local cops plant drugs and weapons in order to arrest and convict anyone they want. They kill an average of three people every single day. ... The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) created a system which determines when the federal government may spy on anyone suspected of acting on behalf of a foreign agent. ... Prosecutors are among the worst criminals in this country... Visit Website ]
Feb 7, 2018, 12:33pm

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Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist Freedom Rider: Stop the Immigration Police State
Margaret Kimberley: Police state actions against immigrants have been in full effect for many years but these stories went under the radar until Donald Trump became president. Every day immigrants are swept up in raids or taken off of buses and trains but these conditions are not new either. The Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) may operate anywhere within 100 miles of the border and the agency has been violating human rights in western New York state and the entire state of Florida for a very long time. ... It is time to say no to the entire rotten structure. Americans accept armed police, mass incarceration and a plethora of corporations with the ability to violate our privacy and our rights. The police state is a danger to everyone’s life and it must be eliminated... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2018, 11:16am

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Freedom Rider: Robert Mercer Rules
Margaret Kimberley: If it can be said that any one person is responsible for Donald Trump’s election then Robert Mercer is the clear choice. The founder of Renaissance Technologies hedge fund is a billionaire, backer of Republican politicians to the tune of $25 million in 2016, and patron of the effort to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union. When Trump’s campaign was foundering under the onslaught of Hillary Clinton’s $1 billion, Mercer brought him a lifeline of cash and staff like Steve Bannon. ... According to a former Mercer employee he is not just conservative. He is an outspoken racist too. ... The ultra-rich far right have reached their holy grail. They have gotten more from Trump than from any other Republican... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2018, 3:48pm

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Billionaire Boom a Sign of Economic Failure
Stephen Lendman: It reflects the ravages of predatory capitalism, rewarding the super-rich at the expense of most others in societies – exploited so its privileged class can benefit hugely. ... It’s a global sickness, fostering unacceptable extreme inequality, highlighted in a new Oxfam report titled “Reward Work, Not Wealth,” its executive director Winnie Byanyima saying: ... “The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system.” ... “The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food are being exploited to ensure a steady supply of cheap goods, and swell the profits of corporations and billionaire investors.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 23, 2018, 3:26pm

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The worst thing about Year One of Trump: Fascistization of Cable News
Juan Cole: American mass media journalism is broken. ... (I am speaking primarily of television news here, and primarily of the 24 hour channels). ... There aren’t two factually correct sides of every issue. Racism is not a legitimate explanation for anything. Immigrants are mostly law-abiding and do not take jobs from native-born people ... But where one side in this debate is factually incorrect, it means you are doing the opposite of journalism. You are diluting the truth with false, paid-for propaganda... Cable news is now pumping out Trump talking points hourly to millions of people around the globe, because of their broken business model. It is degrading our society and our human values.... Visit Website ]
Jan 21, 2018, 11:03am

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Freedom Rider: Oligarch Jeff Bezos
Margaret Kimberley: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $105 billion and is the richest man in the world. But he is not just the richest man at this moment in history. He is the richest person who has ever lived. ... The corporate media refuse to state what is obvious. Namely that inequality is worse around the world precisely because these super rich people demand it. ... Bezos owns a newspaper that is an organ of the ruling elite ... The Washington Post was the force behind Propaganda or Not, an effort to destroy left wing voices ... The last thing any city needs is a new Amazon headquarters. We need an end to billionaire rule in this country and around the world. That will be the salvation of the people, not more sweat shops run by wealthy people who steal from everyone else... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2018, 1:16pm

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The US Role in Turning Countries into Shitholes and provoking Immigration
Juan Cole: Trump just can’t help letting the cat out of the bag. And boy does his administration have a lot of cats in bags. The line of the Republican Party right wing has been that voter suppression laws are necessary for the integrity of elections. In fact, they are crafted to prevent racial minorities from voting, by making it hard and/or expensive to register. Race drives the policy, not a search for fair elections. Likewise, Trump’s policies on immigration have been portrayed as a matter of law and order. But they aren’t about lawlessness. They are about racial hierarchy. ... That is, in some key areas–corporate power, racial hierarchy, militarism– the Trump wing of the Republican Party are Franco or Mussolini fascists in ideology... Visit Website ]
Jan 12, 2018, 4:40pm

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Civilized UK, rebuking Trump on Coal, now 30% Wind Powered
Juan Cole: Nope, coal is still doomed. Coal is the dirtiest fuel for electricity generation, putting out enormous amounts of carbon dioxide when it is burned. Its use is responsible for a significant amount of global climate change since the late eighteenth century. ... In a world where human beings were rational, intelligent, and caring, coal would have been banned a long time ago ... About thirty percent of US electricity comes from coal. ... The UK had its first coal-free day of electricity in 2017, and last year renewables and nuclear produced a majority of the country’s electricity. Fossil fuels were responsible for 47% of electricity, down from 75% in 2010... Visit Website ]
Jan 6, 2018, 11:37am

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Freedom Rider: Alabama and the Duopoly Trap
Margaret Kimberley: The electoral process has changed very little for black people. At this late date in history our highest political expectations still amount to little more than keeping hardcore racists out of office. Any other victories are negligible. Even when we win we still lose. ... All Americans live in a political world constrained by control of one far right party and one center right party. The system creates a lack of choice and yet we are constantly told that small electoral changes are fraught with great meaning. ... Such was the case in Alabama where a Democrat unexpectedly prevailed in a special election for the U.S. Senate... Visit Website ]
Dec 21, 2017, 2:40pm

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America’s Permanent War Agenda Threatens World Peace
Stephen Lendman: Endless US wars of aggression against sovereign independent states threaten world peace, stability and security. ... Its megalomaniacal quest for world dominance risks eventual nuclear war against one or more countries – North Korea and Iran the most likely targets, Russia and perhaps China later on. ... Madness defines America’s agenda, undemocratic Dems as bloodthirsty as Republicans. ... No real ones (enemies) exist so they have to be invented. ... America uses the Security Council as a platform for its agenda, fortunately restrained by Sino/Russian veto power, Britain and France going along with US policies, virtual appendages of its imperial madness.... Visit Website ]
Dec 16, 2017, 3:02pm

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Having had Green Electricity for 300 days, Costa Rica Moves to EVs
Juan Cole: Costa Rica, which has among the cleanest electrical grids in the world, has just passed a law promoting electric vehicles. ... The country’s congress overwhelmingly passed the law on its second reading, which aims at a goal of 37,000 EVs within 5 years. It has 1.4 million automobiles, So that would be about 2.6% of its fleet. ... Wind and geothermal energy each provide 10% of the country’s electricity, with a whopping 78% coming from hydro. So far solar represents less than 1% of the mix, which is a missed opportunity. But it isn’t just that they are blessed with wind and lava. The country has invested in its electricity grid so as to be able to handle and transport this electricity... Visit Website ]
Dec 16, 2017, 1:31pm

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Freedom Rider: When Police Kill White People
Margaret Kimberley: ...a black person is killed by police, security and vigilantes once every 28 hours. On average there is a yearly tally of more than 1,000 deaths at the hands of American police. It turns out that at least one white person is also killed by the police on an average day, with a grim total of 574 in 2016 alone. ... If police killing became a punishable offense, even for a white victim, they would have to examine the basis of allowing all police to carry guns. The United States is unique among the nations that considers it civilized to have cops armed to the teeth. ... The imperative to control black bodies began during the period of enslavement, continued through the days of Jim Crow and even intensified when American legal apartheid ended. The vortex can catch white people too, but by and large their group is committed to maintaining their racist system... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2017, 3:14pm


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