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Cold War Redux: The “Fake Information Age”

London — The great tedium of history is that those who refuse to acknowledge its immemorial works tend to see exceptional events everywhere.  The next event of terror is singular; the next act of technology inspired hacking is remarkable.

Listening to the crackling consternation of the airwaves this Friday morning, the sense of a dark, sulphuric fog, not unlike the polluted air of London descending upon the UK, is palpable. There is a terror that the UK is escaping the bosom of the European family, a painful process of separation involving a mixture of exhilaration and bile-filled disgust.

With equal terror is …

Trump Admin. Covers Up Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Exaggerates Iran's Role

Journalist Ben Norton tells Paul Jay that the U.S. and Saudis are overwhelmingly responsible for the atrocities committed in Yemen.

Raising Hell in the Social Services Domain

Solidarity alliance of social workers sounds like a modern Wobbly Kind of Thing

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

— Sal Alinksy, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, 1971, Random House

Let’s make it clear – before Trump, things were really bad. For the homeless, the precarious workers (like, 70 percent of us), for minorities, Muslims, countries on the kill list or Colin Powell’s WMD list; for students, for the planet, for rivers, air, the native Americans fighting against privatization and Monsanto, for the peace makers, for the teachers, for the scientists, for the intellectuals, for the LQBTQ advocates, for non-profits looking to help …

Mr T: Another in the Long Line of Imperialist Presidents?

Anti-Empire Report #148

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Alice in Wonderland

Since Yalta, we have a long list of times we’ve tried to engage positively with Russia. We have a relatively short list of successes in that regard.
– General James Mattis, the new Secretary of Defense

If anyone knows where to find this long list please send me a copy.

This delusion is repeated periodically by American military officials. A year ago, following the release of Russia’s new national security document, naming as threats both the United States and the expansion …

You Gotta Serve Somebody, Not Some Body

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of the proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
— Plutarch, On the Eating of Flesh

Down a country road, across from a nursing home high on a hill, is the factory hog farm, surrounded by acres of soybeans. The “farm” is several low, windowless aluminum buildings that contain about a thousand pigs. Except for the stench from the manure-filled slurry lagoons, no one would know there are animals here.

Our guide, let’s call her Beatrice, …

Netanyahu scandals reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more than an imprudent taste for Cuban cigars and pink champagne.

In truth, however, the allegations ensnaring Netanyahu reveal far more than his personal flaws or an infatuation with the high life. They shine a rare light on the corrupt nexus between Israel’s business, political and media worlds, compounded by the perverse influence of overseas Jewish money.

Of the two police investigations Netanyahu faces (there are more in the wings), the one known as Case 1000, concerning gifts from …

Human Extinction 2026

Human Extinction by 2026, a controversial/questionable idea, is examined in some detail on the web site: arctic-news.blogspot.com. Within the posted article, a bright red box highlights the hypothesis: “Will Humans Be Extinct By 2026?” Of course, simply posing the question is tantamount to endorsing the conclusion in the affirmative.

Also of recent, but not directly related to the extinction article, scientists moved the infamous Doomsday Clock ahead by 30 seconds closer to midnight because of rising global nationalism and failure to confront both nuclear weapons and climate change, coincidentally as Trump takes over control of the big red button, which is …

Anti-racist Writer Desmond Cole on Stage with Individuals Supporting Discrimination against Palestinians

Apology to Warren Kinsella

On February 2, 2017, Dissident Voice published this article by Yves Engler that stated “In 2014 Kinsella applauded Israel’s killing of 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza.”

As soon as Mr. Kinsella informed us that he objected to the wording of this sentence, in consultation with Mr. Engler, we removed it.

We apologize unreservedly to Mr. Kinsella for the original wording of the article.

— Dissident Voice and Yves Engler
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Why would one of Toronto’s leading anti-racist writers share a stage with three individuals who support an explicitly racist institution?

Recently radio host and Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole spoke at …

No Gods, No Masters: Live the Golden Rule

Deep inside anyone who’s capable of thinking for themself beats the heart of an anarchist. Robb Johnson, arguably the greatest political songwriter working today, wrote a line that goes “Each child born, is born an anarchist”. Quite so.

Anarchism is one of the many words that’s routinely misused and abused by the mainstream media. If asked what an anarchist is, most people would reflect this misinformation by replying with words suggesting some sort of violent terrorist. This is the image that’s been carefully crafted, polished and maintained by the media. Even highly educated people, who really should know better, routinely …

Police lied to me over Umm al-Hiran Deaths

Speaking to me for my report last month on the killing by police of Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan during the demolition of his home in Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld made three allegations against Abu al-Qiyan that he said proved he was a terrorist. All of them have now been shown to be entirely unfounded.

A fourth claim, made against Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List and the most senior politician among Israel’s 1.7 million Palestinian citizens, has also proved to be untrue.

The Israeli police appear to have been caught out as serial liars. Rosenfeld himself …

Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation

The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily brusiable ego, marinated in infinite megalomania, with ideologues harboring objectives that would have frightened Nixonites and Reaganites alike, a runaway train is leaving the station.

After unexpectedly winning the Electoral College but decisively losing the popular vote, Trumpsters are wasting no time. They are undermining the efficacies of the civil service, the Congress, the media, organized labor, and soon the federal courts, while already betraying desperate Trump voters (many of …

“Outside World” according to the Western “Progressive Liberals”

Most likely you have already heard that tune, ten times, or maybe one hundred, depending where you live and the circle of friends you have. But let me remind you how it goes: “I’ll never set foot in Singapore, because it is all business there.” Or: “Let others go to Gulf countries, I’d never do something like that. They have no culture and it is all showing off and glitz there, purchased with oil money… not to mention all those terrible conflicts they are fueling in the region.” Then, there is that big ugly “I” name: “Me going there? Over …

Trump Proves He does not Differ from the Bush-Obama War on Muslims

Now a US War Criminal


Former Ronald Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts continues to take aim at the Left. Why this time? Apparently Roberts supports Trump’s ban on Muslims (a ban on people from seven countries, all Muslim majority countries).

“The mindlessness is unbearable,” writes Roberts of the Left’s protesting the selective ban on refugees and migrants.

Roberts argues,

Clearly America’s wars on Muslims wreck far more lives than Trump’s ban on immigrants. Why the focus on an immigration ban and not on wars that produce refugees? Is it because Obama is responsible for

Clamoring for Israeli Approval

Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

US President Donald Trump promises to be pro-Israel in every aspect.

‘I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel,’ he boasted at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Forum in Washington DC, in December, 2015.

For a brief moment, Trump appeared as if rethinking his unconditional support for Israel, when in February 2016, the Republican presidential nominee pledged ‘neutrality’ between Palestinians and Israelis.

“Let me be sort of a neutral guy,” he said during an MSNBC town hall meeting.

Since then, this position has been surpassed by the most regressive rhetoric, beginning with his speech before the Israeli lobby (AIPAC) conference, …

US Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem a “War Crime”

Analysts fear mixed signals from Trump administration may conceal a plan allowing the US ambassador to work out of Jerusalem

From the windows of the grey, cube-shaped building that houses the US embassy in Tel Aviv, staff enjoy an undisturbed view out over the Mediterranean and a beach adorned in the summer with sunbeds and parasols.

Most days the only evidence of activity is outside on the pavement: A queue of Israelis snake out of a side door, clutching their documents and watched over by Israeli soldiers as they wait expectantly for a US travel visa.

The drab exterior offers no clues of the incendiary battle raging behind the scenes over whether the embassy’s days are numbered. Israel, and its allies in …

President Trump’s Travel Ban Is an Affront to Civilised Values

President Trump banning people from certain countries entering the US has robbed millions of people of their individuality. They are no longer separate human beings with their own thoughts, principles, likes, dislikes, fears and hopes. It is treating them all as an amorphous mass of humanity, not worthy of the right to be judged personally by their deeds and words.

Being an Iraqi-born British citizen, I thought the ban would apply to me, but according to our foreign secretary I and others like me are now exempt. Wow, how generous, and what an achievement by our government! So now I am …

Plastic and Capitalism Are Killing Ocean Life

For 21st century capitalism the more disposable the better. Ocean life and human health be damned.

According to a recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, the world’s oceans are set to have more plastic than fish by 2050. At the current rate of production and disposal the net weight of plastic in the oceans will be greater than that of fish in a little over three decades.

There are currently 150 million tonnes of plastic debris floating in the world’s oceans. Most of it takes centuries to break down. Thousands of large animals – such …

What is Trump Signaling about China?

During the 2016 US election period, Russia was accorded intense attention. Hillary Clinton took a belligerent stance vis-à-vis Russia, while Donald Trump took a more diplomatic stance.

Trump emerged victorious. Following his inauguration speech a choice became apparent for international relations and the direction a nation may pursue.

Trump has been a mixed bag from a Chinese viewpoint. He has nixed the Trans Pacific Partnership from which Obama sought to exclude China. And Trump has come out as skeptical to American bases, such as in Japan and …

Refugee

Refugee is a song that speaks to the plight of millions of desperate people forced from their homes, cities or countries as a result of endless conflict, most of which is sponsored in whole or in part by external forces.  Whether from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, or Yemen, these people flee in mass (primarily to the “West”) where most face continuing hardship and  hostility from their hosts.

— One Earth

 

Donald Trump vs. Jackie Walker


The Guardian reports 30 January that the White House has defended its omission of Jews and antisemitism from a statement remembering the Holocaust by saying that Donald Trump’s administration “took into account all of those who suffered”.

In practice the conservative ‘reactionary’ president has succeeded where ultra progressive Jackie Walker failed. Walker was suspended from the Labour Party a few months ago for pointing out that the Holocaust Memorial Day was not wide-ranging enough to include other genocides.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day last Friday, the White House ‘failed’ …