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Dissident Voice - 2017-07-25 - Original post - cached version

I am a retired history professor and historian of women, a socialist, and a radical feminist.  I know what feminism is, and I know it’s being co-opted.  What is feminism?  How is it defined?  Feminism is the belief in equality for women.  But feminism is being used now for unrelated, or even...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Now that the Great Acceleration dictates the biosphere with ever more and more intensity, sudden changes in the ecosystem are causing climate scientists to stop and ponder what’s happening to our planet, alike never before… hmm!

The Great Acceleration: “Only after 1945 did human actions...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

“Make America Great Again” was Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. It appeals to the people whose hearts beat with patriotic fervor. But what does such a slogan explicitly point out?

Syntactically, Trump is telling Americans that the United States of America is not great. A country can only...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Two weeks ago the worst fear of Canadian opponents of neoliberal ‘free trade’ agreements came true.

Surprisingly, there has been almost no reaction from the political parties, unions, and other organizations that warned these agreements would be used to undermine Canadian law, even though...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions. The Federal Reserve could do a round of “QE for Munis.” Or the state could turn its sizable pension fund into a self-sustaining public bank.

...
Dissident Voice - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

The Republican Party prepares to violate the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution:  Social Security — the 14th amendment and “odious debt”.

For decades the working people have been paying millions more than was needed into Social Security and for years the excess money has been borrowed...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

There is no wheeling bat-flight
to eye-follow
around the bruised-purple hues
and dim burgundy light.
There’s a rejected pulse/heartbeat
drumming somewhere in the vague… distance
to accompany the mournful cello strings
))))shuddering((((
deep inside...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The end came sudden and without remorse,
panic soaked the hand that held the gun near,
seven times gunshots rang with deadly force.

A child in back seat meant nothing of course,
A mother’s scream for help no one can hear,
the end came sudden and without remorse....

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

A ring
Hanging
Lightly
Grasped
A smile
Holding
Night’s bright
But distant blossoms
Waiting
For morning to bloom
When the smiling sky
Waking
Enters your room
Past the fluttering
Curtains of sleep
With winds...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Over 200 years,
And the bombs
Have never stopped
Bursting in air.

And my
Daughter asked
Last Tuesday:

“What does ‘jingoism’
mean?”

I opened the
window
On the fireworks,
The flagsucking,
Blood-soaked
Celebrants...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

We are outliving our eyes
We no longer can cry
In a wicked world politically
uncaring to weep is to act
in some small but at least human
way out or through hopelessness.
Today we watched a dead child
on a foreign beach far from his home
another on...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Well, George,
it looks
like you were right.

For what seems like forever,
boots have been stamping
on human faces.

This is a time
of universal deceit
where the deceived
help keep lies alive
because truth
is a foreign language...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Calm … quiet … serene
is the scene

Lush … green … gentle
in the woods

One brown leaf
finally falls
under the swelter of summer
after having held on
a bit too long
through autumn and winter

Sometimes it’s best
in life
to...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The roads are black
Pilgrims die like cattle
Paying homage in blistering
Terrain is not enough
Even if the gods do not bless
Terrorists do
In the name of a country
We cannot travel
Kashmir’s gates are too near
Death or the valley of guns...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Reanimated
Ruminations
Realized

Through
postulating
opposition

We severed
our hearts
from
our minds

Only
to
find
that
we
lost
the
capacity
to
miss
their
presence

...
Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Welcome to a peace haven
where bullets on brother bodies
are signposts of no war.
Feel free in our fat-fees
campuses
where
butts
reinforce lessons.
‘No violence! No violence!’
Students chant in Buea,
but human bees from Yaoundé
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Implicit in the banking concept is the assumption of a dichotomy between human beings and the world: a person is merely in the world, not with the world or with others; the individual is spectator, not re-creator.

— Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968)

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Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Of the roughly millions of novels published annually worldwide, Arundhati Roy is one of the rare maverick authors for whom justice and politics is integral to her art and to her identity. Her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which I would describe as her summa injustica of India, has...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

In a letter to a local newspaper about Brexit and the way prime minister Theresa May is handling it, I happened to mention in passing the Balfour Declaration, criticising her plans to celebrate the centenary “with pride” and invite Israel’s PM Netanyahu to the fun. This drew a sharp response...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

After his visit to the Kingdom in May, Donald Trump decided to back the Saudi-led blockade of tiny Qatar (2015 population 2.235 million, but just 313,000 citizens) imposed less than a month later.

The siege was also joined by Bahrain, Doha, the Maldives, the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

I come and stand at every door
But none shall hear my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen

— Nazim Hikmet, I Come and Stand at Every Door


On July 18, 2017, at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing focused on “The Four...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

This time of year Mediterranean beaches are the destinations of choice for many European holidaymakers; it’s also the beginning of the busiest time of year for the people smugglers based in Libya and elsewhere along the North African coast. July to October is their peak season — during this time...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

Dusting away the must on a constitutional text may be a rare thing, but it should be a point of order for the elected officials of a country.  Often, these contain laws that are irretrievably archaic, and resist change by virtue of being embedded in a document deliberated over in another age....

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

In From Global to Local: The Making of Things and the End of Globalisation, Finbarr Livesey challenges the common neoliberal claim that globalization is the be-all and end-all of global prosperity.

Livesey’s premise, which he supports with an impressive array of data, is that...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature,...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

While few Canadians could find Zambia on a map, the Great White North has significant influence over the southern African nation.

A big beneficiary of internationally sponsored neoliberal reforms, a Vancouver firm is the largest foreign investor in the landlocked country of 16 million....

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Should capitalism be put in a museum?

If you think that’s a good idea, you should visit the Museum of Capitalism (MOC) in Oakland, California.

Some might object that this is an outlandish idea, that capitalism is hardly material for a museum in the way communism or apartheid may be...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem.

The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

During World War II, Japan’s imperialist military invaded Northeast China and afterward spread throughout Southeast Asia, then on to an ill-fated attack on Pearl Harbor. Japanese crimes were many during the war and included the coerced services of ianfu (comfort women) for Japanese troops, slave...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

A chavista campaigns for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections (left) and opposition officials set fire to the voting records from their consultation

Sunday, July 16, was a significant day in Venezuela’s political history. The right-wing opposition MUD, backed by the United States,...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

It’s all well and good to huff at the current President of the United States, who has managed to get under more irritated skin than an army of dedicated leaches.  The immersion of the White House into the reality television show of Trumpland has set people on edge, lighting volatile fires and...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Monday morning. David Chalian, CNN Political Director, on CNN’s “New Day” program. News ticker: “How do Trump-Russia and DNC-Ukraine compare?

New Day co-anchor Alysin Camerota (former Fox anchor) puts the question to her Political Director.

Chalian’s mechanical reply: “Russia is an...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

When Russian and Syrian forces were bombarding ‘rebel’-held East Aleppo last year, newspapers and television screens were full of anguished reporting about the plight of civilians killed, injured, trapped, traumatised or desperately fleeing. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian leader...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

On 4 July 2017 North Korea fired a missile from their territory that landed in the Sea of Japan.  Western commentators immediately labeled it an ICBM with the capability of reaching Alaska, and by implication, the north of Australia.

The “threat” posed by North Korea’s missile test has...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

The Ancient Greeks knew: “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.” No less a figure than the late Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CIA made use of this saying by recruiting the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

In January 2004, Giorgio Agamben, an Italian philosopher, refused to travel to the United States to teach at New York University after biometric security measures such as retina scans and fingerprints were introduced to U.S. visas in the wake of the September 11 attack. Agamben’s account of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

In some cases
one can see
anger coming
from across the sea
Destructiveness
travels no longer
under sail
But in data streams
floats e-mail
Of intelligence
from satellites
may be no dearth
but what use
to the idiots...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

They didn’t have a single good tooth between them
but, they were smiling like children all the same.
In their mid fifties, homeless and destitute,
sat upon the curb of the gutter outside of the Foodbank
sharing mineral water and pre-packaged sandwiches.
He was...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

In some cases
one can see
anger coming
from across the sea
Destructiveness
travels no longer
under sail
But in data streams
floats e-mail
Of intelligence
from satellites
may be no dearth
but what use
to the idiots...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

One of the lessons
in life
most difficult
to learn
is that when someone
says love
they might really
mean lust
which can leave you
in the lurch
with a heart
held in your hands
looking foolish

But I would never
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

There were women at train stations
waving their last sad goodbye
to their sweethearts bound for battle
as the soldiers who would die
sometimes for true, good reason
other times for just a lie
when there was no valid answer
to that anguished question: “...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

When we’re young, we think we are the only species worth knowing. But the more I come to know people, the better I like ravens.
― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

sun bursts on sod
clod like desert offering
solitary figure in the grass
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

It’s all made up, but still
we want to know what happened
when a Spitfire crashed into the doctor’s house
just as the butcher’s wife was giving birth
while the wife of the obnoxious writer
was desperately trying to contact
her departing Czech lover
and...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

I put the overhaul in too
and these scattered bits
you called memory’s jar
off the shelf
off the cuff
a lot of words
cut like cloth
they ought only
lie still enough
to not knock us out
from under ourselves

in a single moment...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Delilah,
why don’t you now
cut my locks of memories too?

In the dark they all come back,
every bit…
dense as the night.

When all the lights go to sleep
we grow our cropped hair
once again long.

The dust of your days
settles on my...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Moment to moment, we learned
more at recess than we learned,
moment to moment, in any class.
Learned how to decide upon the extra
boy at extra shortstop between first
and second, learned the poetry
of jump rope and why boys could
only watch, and jeer...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The long unending chain of toadies all but goes on knees
To kiss the ground beneath the Caesar’s feet divine,
And masses spineless fawn o’er him with lolling tongues canine,
While Caesar smugly smiles.
His laurels, rank, and destiny, his power, throne and crown,
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes silence in politics speaks louder than words.

Israel lobby groups’ response (or lack thereof) to NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton’s recent support of Palestinian rights suggests they believe previous criticisms backfired.

Two months ago B’nai B’rith attacked Ashton...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

The failure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in four-day talks with the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and a Kuwaiti official, to mediate an end to the inter-Arab dispute over Qatar, suggests that U.S. influence in the Middle East is waning. Even in the wake of the most recent...

Dissident Voice - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

On Monday 10th July, a ruling was handed down by London’s High Court, which should, in a sane world, exclude the UK government ever again judging other nations’ leaders human rights records or passing judgment on their possession or use of weapons.

The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (...

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