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Dissident Voice - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

In the recent rhetoric over tensions in the Korean Peninsula, US President Trump called North Korean Chairman Kim “Rocket Man” and Chairman Kim responded by calling Trump a “Dotard”. The exchange has plumbed the depths of statesmanship, with the greater offender being President Dotard. Language...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

The recipe for her success, which she has only latterly discovered, is that she’s been able to develop an image as someone who is tuned in to the German soul.

— Oskar Niedermayer, September 22, 2017

Modular furniture divinities, or corporations, may not be...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

With just a week left before Congress’ budget reconciliation process ends, the Senate is once again peddling a poorly-thought out plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If Senators vote before the September 30 deadline, they only need 50 votes instead of the filibuster-proof...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Let me preface what I am about to say by stating that I have the utmost esteem for mainstream medicine’s skill in emergency situations — the do or die surgeries, the dispensing of powerful life-saving drugs necessary in that setting are second to none; and its mastery of cosmetic surgery in...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

She was sitting at the front of the carriage,
with a little lapdog on a folded blanket
upon the seat next to her.
The train jerked to a halt
at the country station of Ivybridge.
The Ticket Inspector
stooped and picked up the travel bag
from down by her...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

There was a day
It was still called Cathay
By those in the West
Who travelled that way
Silk and tea
Porcelain and spice
They brought us
spaghetti
We even took rice.
For centuries
We bought there
Things we don’t need
Brought...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

I heard the oxygen machine humming
on the other end of the line
from the opposite side of the country
as your daughter (my aunt)
held the phone to your ear
so I could say a final goodbye
while the morphine continually dripped
to ease away the pain
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Hear O hear
Listen attentively to the thuds
Sweetly escaping the beating drum
Listen closely to its screams
Bewitchingly exploding
Expressions aforetime caged
Listen carefully to the beats
Rhythmically expelling sounds
Swollen with dreams long...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

i was surprised by your call
i rejoiced when i heard your voice
for i left you minutes before–
you were tired
i was weary
we kissed and parted

when the phone rang
i was near the driveway
the ringing worked its way
through a forced focus on...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Torch-wielding hate-mongers,
Your time is over.
Where once stood your statues
Will grow fields of clovers.
The hour grows late,
And your gaslights are dim.
We’re not here anymore
To exist on your whim.
Your monuments crumble,
And fall piece...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

When you are an immigrant
it is status, illegal
when you are refugee
it is non status, status quo
you don’t know what you are
who you are
you are left to fend from bins
pick newspapers
the homes that shelter you totter
torn plastics cover...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

The granddaughter trailed behind her
Grandmother and aunt
When they passed by two young black women
Sitting on a bench outside a landscaped building

The grandmother said loudly
That’s the way she spoke
“If they weren’t black they’d be pretty”

The aunt...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

It is all done in a fully barefaced manner. Those who are not part of this world could never even dream about such a ‘perfect’ design.

You come to your club, in my case to The Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT), and immediately the long arm of indoctrination begins stretching...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Alongside Washington and Venezuela’s elite, the Trudeau government is seeking to oust President Nicolás Maduro. While Ottawa’s campaign has recently grown, official Canada has long opposed the pro-poor, pro-working class Bolivarian Revolution, which has won 19 of 21 elections since 1998.

...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

An AP report described as “a rare if not unprecedented move,” a purported statement1 by Kim Jong-un, the chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic Republic of Korea, in response to United States president Donald Trump’s bullying speech to the United Nations earlier this week....

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

While war is perceived by many as an inherent institution of the nation state, few people fail to recognize and regret the horror, death, destruction, suffering, and misery it inflicts. Another consequence of war, however, is less often considered, though it is in the long run even more damaging...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Forty-five years ago the late Gregory Bateson [1904 – 1980] wrote these ominous words:

If you put God outside and set him vis-à-vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as outside and against the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

As Prime Minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital role that Britain played a century ago in helping to create a homeland for the Jewish people.

Thus spake Theresa May the other day as she welcomed...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Israel has quietly revoked the citizenship of thousands of members of its large Palestinian minority in recent years, highlighting that decades of demographic war against Palestinians are far from over.

The policy, which only recently came to light, is being implemented by Israel’s...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

After President Donald Trump’s detestable performance at the United Nations General Assembly last week, the New York Times had an opportunity to counter the president’s heedless belligerence with a message of diplomacy and dialogue. What it did instead was publish an op-ed from discredited...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

The term ritual defamation was coined by Laird Wilcox to describe the destruction of the reputation of a person by unfair, wrongful, or malicious speech or publication. The defamation is in retaliation for opinions expressed by the victim, with the intention of silencing that person’s influence...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency. If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales of laughter. Instead, they countered his bluster not only...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose, threatening speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 19, 2017. In addition to harsh attacks on North Korea and Iran, Trump singled out Venezuela and Cuba, reading a host of cliched lies and traditional US government boilerplate from...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

– from United States president Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on 19 September...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

And the cop will not go to jail.  This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today.

Anthony Lamar Smith with his daughter

In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him.  Stockley claimed that...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Canadian commentators often claim more Tutsi were killed in the genocide than lived in Rwanda. Since it aligns with Washington, London and Kigali’s interests, as well as liberal nationalist Canadian ideology, the statistical inflation passes with little comment.

A Tyee story last month...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo López who is currently serving a 13 year sentence (in house arrest) for his responsibility in the deadly violence of the 2014 guarimbas.

The mainstream media have a crucial role to play in the war...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times Business Page recently featured a front page article about the annual conference In Jackson Hole, Wyoming hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. It contained this interesting opening:

In the decade since the financial crisis economic policymakers...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote to confirm US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, marks the first time in history that a VP has issued the deciding vote to officiate a presidential cabinet appointment. The contentious opposition votes have expressed that among their concerns are...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

If any further proof were needed that the United States has descended into the realm of magical thinking, there could be no clearer example than Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2017.

In 40 minutes of what can only be described as a barely coherent and...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

I’m twelve feet away from the northern eyewall of Hurricane Irma.  Seated behind floor to ceiling panes of glass that can’t be thick enough. “Are they thick enough?” I wonder while staring at the murderous velocity of rain and wind that just a few steps away would lift me whole and launch me...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Many years ago, while the war in Vietnam still raged, the psychologist Ralph K. White wrote a book entitled Nobody Wanted War that has resonated deeply with my own thinking about war. I’ve long believed that the willingness of our government to kill and bring misery to millions of powerless...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Money and the power it imbues atrophies the living daemon in all who are subjected to capitalist games. It is a manipulator of perception, a truth twister, a divider of people. All who wade into the capitalist pool will be permeated with “money values”, and those who stay too long in the tides...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Libertarian U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared from the Senate floor last week in anticipation of the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018:

I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional war…What we have today is basically...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

I listened to part of Trump’s UN speech this morning. I was so embarrassed for him and for my country that I had to turn it off.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

On occasion of the CIA’s 70th anniversary, Lars Schall talked with US researcher Douglas Valentine about the Central Intelligence Agency. According to Valentine, the CIA is “the organized crime branch of the U.S. government”, doing the dirty work for the rich and powerful. Douglas Valentine is...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

A really social media, one where we can freely express ourselves and where we alone control the content, is the problem. It must be stopped at all costs.

First, it was “fake news”: the suggestion that social media is uniquely damaging to democracy, rather than the corporately owned media...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Bearing quilted bedcovers Afghans walk through the cemetery to their mountainside homes

They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.

Last week, these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described 27-year-old Yair Netanyahu as “awesome” and “a...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-18 - Original post - cached version

With all its emphasis on materiality, physicality and corporeality as the prime origin of all conceptualities, dialectical-historical-materialism is, first and foremost, a concept, that is, a philosophy. No matter how much it claims otherwise and continuously stresses the importance and...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-18 - Original post - cached version

It is hard to calculate the cost of the stubborn refusal of the Thai population to learn foreign languages. Some daring estimates, however, calculate that the losses could be in tens of billions of dollars, annually. And the situation is not getting any better.

Bangkok wants to be the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

It all boils down to character and personality,
coloured and flavoured by lessons learnt or ignored,
along Life’s strange, crooked pathways.
You evolve or stagnate, flow or rupture,
all is Change and Change is everything!
No one remains the same longer than an...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

If lost was a place
and heaven was found
would you be willing
to be paradise bound?

With blind expectations
we continue to search
truth always evasive
leaving us in the lurch

Words hidden in hours
phrases lost in days
as life pushes...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Trading Lexington
Once for Mott
Trading the city
For what it’s not
Trodding mornings
To the lake
Do not a handsome
athlete make
Gurgling coffee
In the corner
Sleep disrupted
Peace obstructed
Finally caffein
Turned to...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Some people want to read
about the Holy Spirit;
others would rather God
never be mentioned.

Some people want to see
the inner workings of crystalline visions;
others just close their eyes
to attempt escape.

Some people want to bleed
their...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

pseudo-sincerity
flows from their pores
as they invoke their deity’s name…
natural disasters
terrorism
war
famine
and other “evils”
are their favorite subjects for invocations

while…
corruption
poverty
injustice
...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Where should I take my body?
Now that the Moment has come.
Should I take it to the flames?
Or to be crushed by falling walls?
Or should I fly
For just a few seconds in this heavy life,
And hope the godless wind
Sets me gently down
On the river’s...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Pictures of the hurricane
wash across a television screen
with a diagram revolving
in one corner
showing red and yellow
energy like anger
that doesn’t care which way it goes.
A news anchor’s voice

is audible from the porch at a house
in dry...

Dissident Voice - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

I want to help
Rain suffuses my perspective
I am caught where I am
Gazing at you
Whom I do not know but recognize–
Battered and indifferent
Fluttered like an absent twig
In Martian weather

All you see is empty sky
And a road so covered with...

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