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Dissident Voice - 2020-07-06 - Original post - cached version

By most accounts, the response of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the coronavirus pandemic has been abysmal.  When the architect of the response himself catches the virus, he is either a more informed person for his sin or a buffoon in need of serious chastising.

In June, the prime...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

It is many years ago that Jean-Paul Sartre wrote an essay, which was, in fact, the preface to his magnum opus, The Critique of Dialectical Reason, the title of which was “The Search for Method”.

A significant transformation from his critique of Heidegger, Being and Nothingness, Sartre...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

“Table one wants to see a manager.”

As a restaurant manager, my lap is a proverbial dumping ground where servers regularly invite grumpy and entitled customers to sit. In the prevailing I don’t get paid enough to deal with this shit culture which permeates the service staffs in most...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

As we celebrate the 244th anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence, in the midst of demonstrations and protests against systemic racism and police brutality of African-Americans, it is time to consider replacing our national anthem with one more suitable to the values and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Read Part I, Part II, and Part III.

The US is ruled by a private club of a few hundred oligarchs and corporations. An uprising aimed at the police cannot succeed without taking economic and political power away from this club and redistributing it among the poor and disenfranchised,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Barney came walking back into the living room from his kitchen holding a sandwich baggie and a bottle of cheap scotch. “I’m gonna teach that fuckin’ post office a thing or two about losin’ peoples unemployment checks,” he announced.

He took a pull off the bottle and his entire body...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version


A militant from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard at the entrance of the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, on March 13, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

The United States has built a new military base,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

In reverential tones with ominous background music, director of Planet of the Humans Jeff Gibbs intones about “the most terrifying realization I ever had.” Gibbs instructs us, “Every expert I talked to wanted to bring my attention to the same underlying problem.” It is “not the elephant but the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-04 - Original post - cached version

Welcome to Kolektiva, an open-source platform for hosting anarchist videos from around the world. Our goal with Kolektiva is to help increase communication and material solidarity across borders and linguistic divides. If you are interested in getting involved — whether through hosting your...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-04 - Original post - cached version

There is a long history of human rights violations by Cameroon’s government against its Anglophone people. Brutalized by war with Boko Haram, the Cameroon military is now engaged in low intensity warfare against militant Anglophone separatists. On May 15, 2019 for instance, Cameroon’s military...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version


Chief Hatuey

If you look at a US $20 bill, you might notice Andrew Jackson nervously watching statues of Columbus and Robert E. Lee coming down and wondering if his face is going to disappear from currency. As Democrats...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version

In the past, there have been many attempts at holding accused Israeli war criminals accountable. Particularly memorable is the case of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, (known, among other nicknames, as the ‘Butcher of Sabra and Shatila’) whose victims attempted to try him in a...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version


A view of deserted Ranganathan Street in Chennai on June 23, 2020. Hindu Times

At times, states compete to showcase merchandise and relative productive capacities. Other times, many of these states sell misery to gain...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version

We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.
— The New England Journal of Medicine, May 21, 2020

(T)hey told us exactly what was coming, and advised us to shut up and follow orders...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version

NATO and its supporters and member-nations are hiding the fact that the predominant belief in many of these nations is that they’re dictatorships that merely pontificate ‘democracy’ to other nations.

NATO, which is America’s propagandistically ‘pro-democracy’ military alliance against...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

As tribal governments call on President Trump to cancel his Mount Rushmore Independence Day celebration, we look at why Native Americans have long pushed for the removal of the monument carved into the sacred Black Hills and designed by a sculptor with ties to the Ku Klux Klan. “This place is...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

Arctic temperatures are soaring to new records… and staying there, ever since May of this year. Truth be known, the Arctic’s been heating up for years. Siberia recently hit 105°F. That’s not normal. It’s 30°F hotter than normal.

Farther south, the Amazon rainforest is hit with a drought...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

Sliman Mansour (Palestine), Revolution Was the Beginning, 2016.

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

It is impossible to be calm about the fate of the Palestinian people. Since 1948,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

According to an iconoclastic article in the latest issue of “Science Weakly” (an online publication aimed at highly motivated [but poorly educated] science buffs), part-time honorary particle physicist Dr. D.J. Trump has finally uncovered the illusive corollary to Niels Bohr’s Quantum Theory,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

Somewhere along the way I became an associate. Before that I was a waiter who became a server. Hell, I’ve even been periodically transformed from a barkeep into a mixologist.

The dishwashers are now sanitation engineers. The door person has become the valet. The people who used to be...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

The European Union now excludes travelers from the COVID-ridden U.S., but welcomes those from the virtually COVID-free Cuba. Cuba, the country that sends doctors and infectious disease specialists around the world to fight the pandemic, the country the U.S. has held in contempt for 60 years,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

It was always going to come to this … mobs of hysterical, hate-drunk brownshirts hunting down people not wearing masks and trying to get them fired from their jobs, “no mask, no service” signs outside stores, security staff stopping the mask-less from entering, paranoid pod people pointing and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

The current wake-up call being experienced by more Americans about historic racism is leading to hopeful actions but if all that results is removal of symbolic remnants of a wretched past these may lead to very little substantial change of the present and future. The rush to remove statues,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version


Australian Koala Foundation

The British conservationist Gerald Durrell once remarked that the koala was “the most boring of animals”. Its brain size, proportionally the smallest of any mammal, evolved to cope with its...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades of French colonialism, which has...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.

— Emma Goldman, My Further Disillusionment with Russia, 1924

Class divisions are...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

This week has not been a good one for the Australian legal system.  For those who feel that an open justice process requires abuses of power to be exposed and held to account, it was particularly awful.  It began with the Q&A program on the national broadcaster, the ABC, which supposedly...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Orientation

In this two-part article, I trace facets of neoliberal psychology over a 50 years period, from 1970 to present. The first facet of neoliberal psychology is the “realist” phase in which capitalists strip the individual of as many of our social, qualitative (as opposed to...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Lying about world history is one of the main weapons of the Western imperialists, through which they are managing to maintain their control of the world.

European and North American countries are inventing and spreading a twisted narrative about almost all essential historic events, be...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

July 1 is celebrated by many Canadians as Canada Day. Originally it was called Dominion Day to commemorate the establishment of the Dominion of Canada. But not every inhabitant of “Canada” will be celebrating. On that day, the Indigenous activist organization, Idle No More, is calling for “3...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

On any given day, the plank you’re forced to walk seems to always come up a couple of steps short.

“Manager to the valet stand.” Those seemingly innocuous five words combined in that precise order are usually enough to make any relatively sane supervisor duck for cover. That’s because the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

As a Canadian author associated with a Canadian geopolitical magazine and a book series rooted in the thesis that Canada is still under the dominance of the British Empire to this very day, the July 1st holiday known as “Canada Day” is a bit of a strange thing to celebrate.

As I have...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Not everyone born on an Indian reservation who was sent to reform school and Vietnam ends up a renown, international writer, but Jim Northrup did.

It’s been nearly four years since Northrup passed away. He’s remembered for his syndicated newspaper column “Fond du Lac Follies,” books,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

An Omaha police officer escorts freelancer Megan Feeney, a camera dangling from her zip-tied hands, on June 1, 2020. (Aaron Sanderford/Omaha World Herald).

Government attacks on the media are escalating as the battle for the narrative grows in importance.

For the last decade,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

On 17 July 2014 a Malaysian airlines flight MH 17 was shot down while transiting Ukrainian airspace, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers and crew on board were killed. The Netherlands had the largest number of casualties, followed by Australia, Malaysia, and a small...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Observed from outer space, the United States is in a revolutionary turmoil. Fires are burning, thousands of people are confronting police and other security forces. There are barricades, banners, posters, and there is rage.

Rage is well justified. Grievances run deep, through the veins of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the UK shadow cabinet – on the grounds that she retweeted an article containing a supposedly “antisemitic” conspiracy theory – managed to kill three birds with one stone for new Labour leader Keir Starmer.

First, it offered a pretext to rid himself...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Words are inadequate to describe certain experiences that happen outside the law of cause and effect.  Although they are universal, they are often so weird that to recount them makes most people uncomfortable, unless they are New Agers, spiritualists, or mind-curers who believe in the great...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

The Kafkaesque Imperium has taken yet another absurd step towards mean absurdity with another superseding indictment against Julian Assange.  This move by the US Department of Justice seems to have surprised those involved in his extradition proceedings.  Mark Summers QC, one of the members of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

George Orwell (Eric Blair) was not the first or only person to write that empire needs euphemism as well as control over language and not just the people who use it.1 Mark Twain and even Ernest Hemingway also captured this quality although they were usually less explicit in their illustrations....

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Was Canada defeated in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council because of Justin Trudeau’s effort to overthrow Venezuela’s government? Its intervention in the internal affairs of another sovereign country certainly didn’t help.

According to Royal Military College...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

On June 2, 2020, Jan Dehn of Ashmore Investment Management Limited remarked:

If central banks were to allow asset prices to reflect the actual underlying fundamentals – record levels of debt, record low productivity growth, record unemployment, record populism – the resulting...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-29 - Original post - cached version

Loud acts of racism, like the atrocious killing of George Floyd by a US police officer; the disproportionate number of black men incarcerated in American prisons or the high percentage of young black or minority ethnic (BAME) men subjected to ‘stop and search’ by police in Britain are blatant...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-29 - Original post - cached version


Denis Rancourt

Denis Rancourt is a person who is unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom. For example, he is skeptical about the scientific consensus around climate change, and recently, he looked at the meta-analyses...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-29 - Original post - cached version

Read Part I and Part II.

In the best of economic times, large numbers of homeless Blacks, Indigenous peoples, and other disenfranchised, impoverished and marginalized members of our society live in squalor on our streets while much larger numbers of housing units sit empty. This is...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-29 - Original post - cached version

In Part I, we examined the creation of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) – an extension of the Social Security system – as a means of empowering Blacks, Native Americans, the poor and all Americans by endowing them with a minimum of financial security and independence, and by eliminating poverty....

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-28 - Original post - cached version

In 2016, Tomi Lahren, right-wing talk show host on Fox Nation, opened up during an emotional interview on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and revealed a rare condition she’s lived with her entire life. “I don’t see color,” she told Noah, holding back tears during a poignant discussion about the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-28 - Original post - cached version

The pilot episode of subMedia’s brand new show, System Fail, looks at the incendiary riots that have swept across the United States in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and the state’s desperate attempts to bring things back under control.

Featuring an interview with Oluchi Omeoga,...

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