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Dissident Voice - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trump’s “ultimate deal”, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trump’s arrival...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Following the devastation of WWII, many survivors of the armed sieges sought refuge in lands that were not their own. Among them were not just the beleaguered, but also the ordained. Here I write not of the papacy, but of an equally powerful cabal of power-holders who envisioned the continual...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

According to a nationwide study conducted by the Center For Disease And Prevention (CDC) a greater number of US Americans died (approximately 65,000) from drug overdoses last year than were killed during the course of the Vietnam War.

All part and parcel of capitalism’s war against life...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australia’s...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

As ancient and instinctual
as sex.
It throbs and pulses
through the ages.
Wormhole-ing and devouring
important chunks
out of Destiny’s map.
From ‘Spider and Fly’,
schoolyard ‘Sticks and Stones’
through the explosive passions of Love,
to...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

A man bleeds for mercy at the hands of fire,
a humble plea ascends from the concrete,
he whispered for water, but was tossed on the pyre.

The tax collectors came rabid and wired
like rats raging through the neighborhood street,
a man bleeds for mercy at the hands...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

within
the silent rooms
where we weep
tracing our fingers
our toes in the deep
finding the form
inch by inch
cautiously
touching
the rough boards
beneath
the light switch
too far
the blanket
too warm
our...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Hunger
A hunger so deep it devours its host.
eating away at self-worth,
sucking out the spirit,
starving the mind.
A pain so intense that it defies explanation.
The want of food,
goes deeper than just the physical pangs.
It grows into an emotional...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

down these long dark tunnels
march the schizoid humans
some tall and erect others
eerily slumped and sluggish
stepping in tune to an avatar
intelligence branded within

boasting of their segregation
and blinded by the blackness
they move to the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Those of us restricted
By the weight of responsibility
Beat our lotus words
Against the nape of god
Begging him to listen

What will it take
How many murders
Of how many children

Must the M-16s come marching
Through Your gates
Through...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

There can never be
too many poems
written about
taking a deep breath.

There can never be
too many mornings
of waking up to say,
I love you.

There can never be
too many walks
up to the park
where the quiet woods await.

...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

The Dead
do not require our silence to be honored
do not require our silence to be remembered
do not require our silence as remembrance, as honor
do not expect our silence to end:

the carnage of war
the child starved
the woman raped
the virulence...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

a downward spiral has created a whirlwind
stripping away the surface and exposing
the remnants of
old times ne’er forgotten

could devolution be the cause…

once kindly uncle sam
gave abundant support to people who were facing
depression
war
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Alchemy of money
transforming repulsive,
ugly, hideous human forms into
Powerful producers, reality TV stars,
Super predator presidents,
Multimillionaire quarterbacks,
Elected officials, political operatives,
Oscar-winning actors—
boys being boys...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The vaccine debate and prying into Planned Parenthood’s Standard Operating Procedure are two arenas I have not gravitated toward. Genetically-engineered crops, industrial farming, confined feeding operations (CAFOs), dams killing wild salmon, these are my fortes.

The news daily is like...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause, has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Announcing its plans to eliminate rules reducing carbon pollution from power plants, the Trump Administration framed the repeal as necessary to prevent the demise of the coal industry and its miners. Predictably, environmentalists refuted this rationale, but they aren’t alone. Robert Murray, CEO...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The power of foreign policy nationalism is immense. Even the primary victims of the Canadian state have been drawn into this country’s mythology.

Dispossessed of 99% of their land, Indigenous people have been made wards of the state, had their movement restricted and religious/cultural...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The US selection of leaders has virtually nothing to do with democratic processes and outcomes. It is useful to contrast this with the process in China. In most instances, China’s selection of leaders is far more meritocratic, successful and performance-based. In both the US and China, the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

In a recent piece published on Politico, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, that “crusty ex-cargo pilot,” makes us privy to another of his unnerving assessments of the world-at-large, “The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.” The last time Mr. Clapper...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little.

Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July – well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn – believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

We are living in times of increased global economic injustice, suspicion against the establishment and a political terrain that is being redrawn to such an extent that few analysts really understand what is happening. Rarely have we seen such political mobility and possibility for change. But...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Ask any student of history, and you’ll be told that institutionalized slavery has been outlawed for lifetimes here in the Occident. Posit an idea to the contrary, and you’re sure to receive a sharp rebuttal.

The demarcations of the West and what defines it (psst, it’s a function of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

― Frédéric Bastiat, French economist

Americans can no longer afford...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australia’s only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices....

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

What do you say about this fellow – practicing to be a Jesuit priest. Yale Law School. His family involved in California politics since the 1930s. His great-grandfather here from Germany for the great California Gold Rush, 1852.

Yes, that genocidal, land-thieving time of California’s...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent.  The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version


from Al-Monitor

Missing from corporate media accounts is what causes the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK aka North Korea) to be singled out for opprobrium for what, essentially, is developing a deterrent against any entity that would...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Surkh Gul with her daughter.

“My family’s water well has dried up,” 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

“Ours too,” echoed 13-year-old Inaam.

A distressed Surkh Gul lamented: “We have to fetch water from the public well along the main road, but that water is muddy, not fit...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time, on the banks of a great river in the north of our world there lay a land called Shenanigonia.  The citizens of Shenanigonia were honest folk who lived in peace in their stone houses.  The years went by and everyone prospered and lived healthy lives.  Then one day, an...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Common objections to socialist planning from below

In my last article, “Do You Socialists Have Any Plans? Why We Need Socialist Architects“, I argued that the only way 21st century socialism is going to get any traction with working class people is to not only have a socialist vision, but...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australia’s trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The last two weeks of October 1962, 55 years ago, was the closest the world has come so far to a widespread nuclear exchange in what has become known as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.” 

The First Use of Nuclear Weapons

In August 1945, the United States government, having, at that...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby.

Ms Patel’s off-the-books meetings with...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Thousands of protesters and members of Native nations marched in Washington DC to oppose the construction of the proposed 1,172...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

in the morning
without warning
terrible tenderness
lay exposed
where once
were smiles
suppressed
under debt’s
weight
compressed
judgment feigned
viciously trained
from above to fall
To each other’s smiles
they...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Rhythms and rhymes
and tides
of cascading energy
that collide
atop waves
of miraculous
magical moments
orchestrated by
divinely
enchanted signs
that point
to the sky
where clouds sneeze
a breeze
that blows
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Hunger pains twanging,
nauseatingly,
like out of tune bass strings.
Dysentery of the mind.
Neurotic Apathy;
now there’s a contradiction in terms…
but, when you cross the borderlands
into that crazy and confused
‘Land Of Empty’
you realized...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

As the city we love
submerges
into decay,
stores closing everywhere
no one concerned enough
to stop decline,
the wealthy secure
in castles of comfort
indifferent
to loss of jobs, homes,
and the people are silent,
overwhelmed...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

His nickname was “Spanky.”
A Vietnam vet who slept
under the rattling rails
of the brown line on Western.
With gashes grossly gathered upon lips
from bar room fist fights
he would wander through nights
floating with alcohol wings
probing the street...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Out where the durum wheat grows to
Mill into our daily loaves, not far away

From the fields of waving bounty, reside
Metal gods deep in the plains, modern-

Day trolls armed for war. We never see
These secretive metal deities for whom

We tithe our taxes to...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

so many lives have been offered for
borders, constitutions, ideals, and religions
the number of corpses must have fallen short
for there is still a need to fight–to destroy–to kill

so many soldiers have died
some with honor
some in disgrace

so many...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

redemption starts in a dark nightmare

i can’t forget the light behind my eyes
not only when i sleep but, when i hide
inside, forgiveness bursts a fireworks
display of every choice i made to survive
and its cost in lives

not dying became a muscle memory...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

If love is blind, patriotism has lost all five senses.
— William Blum

Today is Veterans Day, which used to be called Armistice Day, and differs from Memorial Day who knows exactly how. All we are supposed to know is that military service makes one a...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

A British government minister was apparently so dedicated to her work that she spent a “family holiday” in Israel conducting 12 undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Those covert meetings brought about the downfall of Priti Patel on...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s 5-country Asia tour has nothing to do with seeking peace anywhere. It has not even to do with diplomacy – it is entirely a warmongering business trip for the Military Industrial Complex. It is amazing that the world doesn’t catch on.

We know about Obama’s several years...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

OMG! Congress held hearings recently on geo-engineering techniques to stop the evils of global warming. Whew! The irony is absolutely fantastically mind-boggling, a real knee-slapper.

Think about the paradox as Dr. James Hansen, the top climate scientist of NASA at the time warned...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did these poor fools get themselves into this mix?  With each wave of refugees arriving in the country’s young history, the cold...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

The truth of corporate journalism, and the great irony of its obsession with ‘fake news’, is that it is itself utterly fake. What could be more obviously fake than the idea that Truth can be sold by billionaire-owned media dependent on billionaire-owned advertisers for maximised profit?

...

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