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Verily, be honest, decent and ethical while living righteously through your actions.

Verily, turn away in hatred from that which is indecent, unethical, morally ambiguous and wrong.

Be not caught up in the temptations and snares of materialism, shallowness and narcissism; be not distracted from the highest calling of your true self, but connect fully with that inner voice which propels your will along the path of what you are meant to pursue in this life.

Verily, the soul is deep.

Verily, dive into its waters.

Flow in the River Tao where consciousness is reflected cosmically in a conductive ocean of collective connectivity. Breathe of …

The US and Global Wars

To the growing army of critics of US military intervention, who also reject the mendacious claims by American officials and their apologists of ‘world leadership’, Washington is engaged in ‘empire-building”.

But the notion that the US is building an empire, by engaging in wars to exploit and plunder countries’ markets, resources and labor, defies the realities of the past two decades. US wars, including invasions, bombings, occupations, sanctions, coups and clandestine operations have not resulted in the expansion …

ISIS and Israel Allies Against a Palestinian State

An image speaks a thousand words – and that is presumably what Israel’s supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times.

Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIS, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting his terrible fate. The other, titled Hamas, is a scene from Gaza, where a similarly masked killer stands over two victims, who cower in fear.

A headline stating “This is the face of radical Islam” tries, like the images, to equate the two organisations.

We have heard this line repeatedly from Israel’s prime …

Two Studies in High Finance

Part 1 – From Bible Bill to Uncle Ben

In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression in Alberta, William Aberhart, a Calgary school principal, lay Baptist preacher and creator of The Prophetic Bible Institute and its radio program “Back To The Bible Hour,” founded Alberta’s Social Credit Party. Four years later, he and his party were swept into power and he became Premier of the Province of Alberta. “Bible Bill” – as he was called by his mainstream party scoffers – died in 1943, but the Social Credit Party was to hold sway in the Province of Alberta until …

Guns and Rights in the U.S.

With the US facing internal state crisis, symbolized by recent protests against arbitrary violence and cruelty by militarized police in places like Ferguson, Missouri, it would be wise draw upon the counsel of veterans of the US civil rights struggle like Charles E. Cobb, Jr. With this in mind, his book This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed (2014) is an excellent place to start. It is also especially relevant due to the prominence of the Second Amendment in recent US political discourse.

I have already given my arguments in favor of US gun rights within the context of the …

Losing the Plot: Israel’s Prime Minister to Face New Gaza Reality

Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush

Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on 26 August, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.

Since his first term as a prime minister (1996-99), Netanyahu has showed particular savviness at fashioning political and military events to neatly suit his declared policies. He fabricated imminent threats that were neither …

Hamas Rocket Launches Don’t Explain Israel’s Gaza Destruction

IPS — Israel and its supporters abroad have parried accusations of indiscriminate destruction and mass killing of civilians in Gaza by arguing that they were consequences of strikes aimed at protecting Israeli civilians from rockets that were being launched from very near civilian structures.

That defence has already found its way into domestic U.S. politics. A possible contender for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, defended her vote for more military aid for Israel during the Israeli assault on Gaza by citing the rocket launch defence.

“[W]hen Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using …

The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

Some Western commentators interpret the cease fire in Ukraine obtained by President Putin as a victory for Russia. The reasoning is that the cease fire leaves Ukraine with disputed borders, which rules out Ukraine’s membership in NATO.

But will the cease fire hold? The right-wing Kiev militias, whose members often wear nazi insignias, are not under Kiev’s complete control. These militias can easily violate the cease fire, and there are already reports of violations. Moreover the billionaire oligarch that Washington has installed in Kiev as president of Ukraine will violate the ceasefire on Washington’s orders, unless, of course, Putin has put …

Tony Blair: The War Criminal Middle East “Peace” Envoy

A Dead Statesman

I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?

– Rudyard Kipling, “Epitaphs of the War”

How can a just peace be achieved between the Israelis and the Palestinians? The answer is simply to appoint as peace envoy a war criminal who — like former French President Nicolas Sarkozy — also happens to be an Israeli sayan. Before qualifying as a fully fledged war criminal, Blair started out as …

First Person’s First 9/11

I lived through an unarmed socialist revolution that lasted for one thousand days.

As a teenager I witnessed the electoral triumph of President Allende and I was still a teenager when I witnessed his killing and the destruction of his popular program and everything around him. Airplanes destroying buildings in downtown Santiago, schools with no arms, a beer battle, and cats shooting at police while the bloody hand of a mad US foreign policy was all over it.

It was my first 9/11.

In a few hours after the coup d’etat started on Tuesday September 11, 1973, 11am, major political centers and media …

Modern Capitalism

The economy is not nearly as complex as Wall Street economists and the U.S government would have you believe. When discussing the economy we’re often talking about things that are not tangible in themselves but rather some very basic cause and effect relationships which affect the conditions and overall health of the economy at any given time. It’s important to understand how these cause and effect relationships interplay with each other, and that certain conditions must occur before certain other things can happen. It’s impossible to discuss one aspect of the economy without discussing others and how they influence each …

Preparing to Asset-strip Local Government?

The Fed’s Bizarre New Rules

In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation’s largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral. assets (HQLA). That means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds that do satisfy the requirement.

Muni bonds fund the nation’s critical infrastructure, and they are subject to the whims …

What Price These Lies?

In a statement issued at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales, US President Barack Obama said, “The path for Russia to rejoin the community of nations that respects international law is still there”.

The arrogance of this willingness to stand upon the world’s stage, and turn the truth directly on its head with an out and out bald-faced lie, is breathtaking. We can surely presume that most people in the US are primarily focused on the weekend’s ball games, or on who’s dating whom in Hollywood, and know very little about the facts concerning events in Ukraine. These …

Joan Rivers and Atlanta Hawks Make the Stories Unfit to Read While Gaza/ et al Burns

Saying goodbye to a niece, bound for Alaska, basketball scholarship, from the frying pan of Phoenix to the fridge of Fairbanks. A great kid. Catholic high school, small, in the big ugly city of Phoenix: endless thermals along endless roads leading to endless warehouses and strip malls. The rotten university – ASU – proclaims the most sustainable (green) college status. What a sick joke, and that University of Phoenix shit for nothing education was invented there, and, well, ASU, one of the largest schools in the USA, has its own on-line perversion of a school (sic).

I cut my journalism teeth …

Strangler Fig Nation

The unique national strategy for the state of Israel

Strangler fig is the generic name given to a class of vines that sprouts high in the canopy of trees in tropical forests. It is deposited by birds that eat its fruit. Its roots envelope the tree and feed off it, weakening the tree. If the process is allowed to continue indefinitely, it sinks its roots into the ground at the base of the tree and destroys it completely but takes its form, creating a hollow shell of living vines where the tree once stood.

On Friday, July 18, 2014, as one of the most powerful military …

“Offensive Realism” Opens the Door to China Conflict

“Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin” is the splendid title of John Mearsheimer’s article in the recent issue of Foreign Affairs. Like Jimmy Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, the title alone, along with the prestige of the author in the firmament of the elite, make the book a potent weapon in the struggle to curb the U.S. Empire – before it permanently curbs us. Mearsheimer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and co-author with Stephen Walt, Professor and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, …

Tri-Polar Homeostasis

All rolled into one, the paradigms of yesterday become the evolved fresh perspective of a new present moment awareness. A cascading vision of truth shimmering upon the lake’s surface as the pristine water of the River Tao flows flawlessly along in the gentle current. Ease and precision without a big fuss. Nothing to see in such a sanctified location except perfection. So move along if the only reason you came was to trample upon pearls. But if your third eye is open, and if you are awake and aware, and if you can hear the …

America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying

Free E-Book Offer for DV Readers

This is a preview of my new Kindle e-book, America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying. The preview gives the table of contents and a portion of the preface telling about the book.

I am providing this preview as a way to announce that beginning on September 8 and lasting until September 12, 2014 people who have Kindles can get a free copy of my book. I am doing this free promotion because I do not want to make a dime off of America’s miseries. I am also doing it in appreciation for Dissident Voice, its staff, authors, and readers.

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Saving the World — One Local Issue at a Time

Disregarding almost 90 percent of what is reported anywhere

You can say Snowden’s revelations matter and the big news about lies and Gaza killing matters and the unfolding bulletins about Jews and Zio-Nazi’s creating ISIS (you know all those historical terrorists that started the Jewish state and became prime ministers, generalissimos, presidents, heads of the .2 percent world wide disaster-shock doctrine capitalists WANTED an enemy to justify their existence as arms dealers, drone makers (future Buck Rogers child-woman-man killing unmanned air vehicles now in reality) matter. All of that pseudo crap of national and international scope, well, does it matter?

Think hard …

Selling Fear and Lies to Control the Public

The media is selling fear of beheadings to the public. Syria is destroyed and so is Iraq, principally at the hands of the U.S. military machine and western partners. Oil pipelines and weapons deals are the reasons for this monstrosity that knows no end in its brutal occupation. The U.S. sold arms to Nouri al-Maliki to back his corrupt regime and backed his forces with drone strikes against ISIS, even though the American CIA also previously supported jihadist Sunni rebels, including the ISIS—procuring weapons for these groups, to attack the government of Bashar al-Assad. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are …