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Dissident Voice - 2020-09-28 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times released sequel six in the best-selling Putin-the-Poisoner series on September 22. The incredibly gifted junior G-men and women in the Times Tower have sleuthed yet another episode of boundless evildoing by the arch-villain Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

“The editorial...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-28 - Original post - cached version

The primary goal of politics in the environment and in the institutions of bourgeois democracy is, above all, to hold power. Power, on the other hand, is about getting a share from the monopolies. Obviously, this cannot be the objective of democratic politics. Even if...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-27 - Original post - cached version

September 25.  Central Criminal Court, London.

On this Friday, the Assange trial moved into the rarefied realm of computer hacking and the less than rarefied world of when final arguments will be made.  The WikiLeaks publisher is confronting the prospect of extradition to the United...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-27 - Original post - cached version

If you find yourself wondering what the hell is going on right now – the “Why is the world turning to shit?” thought – you may find Netflix’s new documentary The Social Dilemma a good starting point for clarifying your thinking. I say “starting point” because, as we shall see, the film suffers...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-26 - Original post - cached version

David Pena has responded to a critique I wrote of an article of his published in this e-journal.  My critique was published in the Socialist Standard, monthly journal of the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB), and Pena’s response has appeared here.   What follows is my response to Pena’s...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-25 - Original post - cached version

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It sometimes feels incredible that this time last year, many of us had never even heard of coronavirus. There had been no lockdowns. No lives lost. No economic collapse.

And for many of us, the threat of a pandemic felt like a relic of the last century...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-25 - Original post - cached version

September 24.  Central Criminal Court, London.

The lion’s share of today’s Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange’s extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk.  The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-25 - Original post - cached version

I am neither a supporter of the Democratic, Republican or Liberal parties. It is obvious to me that our system is corrupt, it functions on behalf of the wealthy and those employed either directly or indirectly by our government and or the military industrial complex.

Voting for either of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-25 - Original post - cached version

In Kenya during Al-Shabaab standoff (September 24, 2013)

If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?
— Eduardo Galeano, Upside Down, 1998

For decades, Andre Vltchek, an old-school...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Baasanjav Choijiljav (Mongolia), Promise, 2018.

In April 2020, a month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the pandemic, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the numbers of people who lived with acute hunger around the world would double due to COVID-19 by the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version


Starving girl shows impact of Yemen war, Reuters

Thousands of precious Yemeni children are being starved to death, dying of cholera, or being blown to bits by US made and managed missiles. Can Americans glued to their...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

We can report that the skies over South East England have been swarming with Spitfires and Hurricanes this month. Is there a war on? Well, yes. In 1991, the historian Howard Zinn described the two targets of Operation Desert Storm:

The American population was bombarded...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

In Kenya during Al-Shabaab standoff

André, my good friend and comrade, is no more.

We worked on several investigative projects together. André’s professional rigor, sharpness of understanding, vision and ability to connecting the dots is exemplary.

We shared some...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

September 23.  Central Criminal Court, London.

Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey.  In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States for 17...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Stephen Lewis seems to want Palestine to disappear. The latest example in a long history of anti-Palestinian activism is his claim that Canada’s anti-Palestinian voting record at the UN didn’t contribute to its defeat for a seat on the Security Council.

Recently I was forwarded an email...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

September 22.  Central Criminal Court, London.

Today, the prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud.  The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanizing, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Unlike their upstart competitor McKinsey, they don’t bother to homogenize their people. They never made their people wear fedoras; they put no premium on the trained-seal avidity McKinsey wants. They acculturate their people slowly, on sailing jaunts, or sprawling banquets, or card games, or...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

The World Wildlife Foundation, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, recently issued an eye-popping description of the forces of humanity versus life in nature, the Living Planet Report 2020, but the report should really be entitled the Dying Planet Report 2020 because that’s...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

The American writer Mark Twain once observed that there were three kinds of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics. In the 21st century that list might usefully be added to and include lies of omission. The modern mainstream media do not so much write and broadcast actual lies, although it is not...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

PressTV Interview – slightly enhanced transcript

Background

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has slammed U-S sanctions against his country, saying they are a flagrant violation of the UN charter.  In an address to the UN General Assembly, Rouhani said the Iranian nation...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Each year tens of thousands of Irish-Americans proudly celebrate their heritage on St Patrick Day, yet few are aware of the fate of the Irish in the St Patrick’s Battalion (el Batallón de San Patricio) who chose to fight under their green flag for Mexico against the aggression of the United...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis of claims by...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

September 21.  Central Criminal Court, London.

Today was one of reiteration and expansion.  Computer scientist Christian Grothoff of the Bern University of Applied Sciences supplied the relevant chronology on what led to the publication of unredacted US State Department cables, the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

As Arun Gupta tweeted the other day, “Pardon the catastrophic global warming, we now return you to your regularly scheduled state violence.”

It’s been quite a week here in Oregon. I know there are plenty of other horrors happening in the world. The invisible ones...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

So, it appears the War on Populism is building toward an exciting climax. All the proper pieces are in place for a Class-A GloboCap color revolution, and maybe even civil war. You got your unauthorized Putin-Nazi president, your imaginary apocalyptic pandemic, your violent identitarian civil...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

The polarized nature of American politics often makes it difficult to address fundamental differences between the country’s two main political rivals, Republicans and Democrats. As each side is intent on discrediting the other at every opportunity, unbiased information regarding the two parties...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. Image

In 2005 Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko was dubbed “the last dictator in Europe” by President George W. Bush’s Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

“It’s impossible to sit through every day of the hearing and believe this is a fair and impartial process — because it isn’t.”

Former diplomat Craig Murray discusses Assange’s extradition hearing and new disputes over the publisher putting people in danger with his leaks.

The post...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version


Image from Peterborough Examiner

The world-wide collapsing economies and collapsing ecosystems together create such a catastrophic storm that all versions of buttoning down the hatches and weathering it out simply won’t...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

On the occasion of the death of the remarkable, pro-women’s rights US Supreme Court judge but fervent supporter of genocidally racist Zionism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), one notes that in her outstanding over 60 year career she was utterly silent about the human rights of Palestinians...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

In 1888,  the year before he went insane, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the following in Twilight of the Idols:

We have got rid of the real world: what world is left?  The apparent world perhaps? … But no!  Along with the real world we’ve done away with the apparent world as well...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Be wary of anyone insistent on using the word “streamline” in the context of policy and planning.  It suggests a suspicion of sound procedure, due process and keen scrutiny.  The streamliner hates accountability, attacks the world of red tape and suggests that barriers be removed.  Cut the tape...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

It’s the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere, a beautiful and refreshing space between the heady days of summer and the chill of winter, a transitional time. And collectively we are living through a time of global transition; a shift from one civilization, colored by certain...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny has created intensified support by pro-U.S., and especially pro-NATO, officials in the European Union, to block the nearly completed NordStream 2 natural-gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, and to import into the EU, instead, far costlier U.S. LNG, liquefied...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Basketball star Jaylen Brown has said only a few words publicly about the problem of police brutality, abuse, repression and impunity, but they are important words that cut right to the core of both the problem and its solution. He has said that we should stop speaking and thinking in terms of “...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Image courtesy of our comrade Hermit

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed up the world….
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy – pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections despite the endless challenges of covid, of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of a totally illicit blockage of reserve currencies –...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

September 18.  Central Criminal Court, London.

The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today.  Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version


A billboard van calling for an end to extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange waits at traffic lights in Parliament Square in London, England, on September 14, 2020. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto)...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Don Fitz’s new book Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution was going to press at Monthly Review in early spring, as the pandemic was ramping up, so he had just barely enough time to slip in a postscript teasingly titled, “How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19.” The postscript puts...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

At the risk of counting chickens before they hatch, what would the return of Team Blue portend?

As is patently obvious, the US is in trouble. Climate driven heat waves and fires grip the nation. An already faltering economy with deep contradictions could only tank given the shock of the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

September 17.  Central Criminal Court, London.

The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey struck similar notes to the previous day’s proceedings:  the documentary work and practise of WikiLeaks, the method of redactions, and the legacy of exposing war crimes.  In the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Liu Bolin (China), Guernica, 2016

Dedicated to Soni Prashad, 1929-2020, who spent her life looking for a better world.

US President Donald Trump and his ‘war council’ – led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – have amplified their aggression against China. What began as a trade...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

September 16.  Central Criminal Court, London.  Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange’s extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases.  John Goetz of Der Spiegel added...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

While President Trump lashes out at rioting and looting in Portland and Kenosha, half way around the world, the USA and Turkey are plundering and looting Syria on a vastly greater scale with impunity and little publicity.

Turkey Loots Syria, then Disrupts Safe Water Supply  

Turkey...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

The US Still Dominates the World Economy

The US ruling class has dominated the planet since the end of World War II. Key elements of this control include its military superiority in nuclear and conventional weapons, and the stationing of over 900 military bases around the world. In...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz.

Gantz is the main political rival of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The “left” rationalization for collaborating with the neoliberal wing of the democrat party is premised on the argument that a win for the national Democrat candidate translates into better possible policy outcomes for the “people” and nation. More importantly though, they assert, Trump’s defeat...

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