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Dissident Voice - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Consistent with 21st century politics the announcement on 18th April of a general election by Prime Minister Theresa May was a cynical move based purely on self-interest. The ‘snap election’ to be held on 8th June contravenes the fixed parliament act of 2011, which introduced fixed term...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

You can’t be a real spy and have everybody in the world know who you are and what your drink is. That’s just hysterically funny.
— Roger Moore

What are we to make of Bond, that slightly leering brute who does all for Queen and country, always at the ready...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

The United States is the most militarized and jingoistic nation on earth. Its foreign policy is guided by imperialist militarism, neoliberal capitalism and racial xenophobia. For more than sixteen years now, three presidential administrations have carried out a so-called “War on Terror” (GWOT),...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version
Bomb, terrorize and slaughter Middle Eastern majority-Muslim countries for strategic self-interest, but call it humanitarian. Thereby destroy the state’s security and infrastructure creating the perfect conditions for terror groups to operate. Arm, train and fund terror groups who are/have the same...
Dissident Voice - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Bat-Hen Epstein Elias’s long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear.

Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,”...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking.

First, we should define our terms. The “war on drugs” that was started by Richard Nixon in 1971 and...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Syria is not experiencing a “civil war.” It is being targeted by both proxy and direct military force organized by the United States and its allies for the explicit purpose of dividing and destroying yet another Middle Eastern nation.

Worse than that, the United States is employing...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, nearly arm in arm on the recent tilt in US policy...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

The recent seizure of phosphate from a Moroccan state company in South Africa and Panama is a blow to corporate Canada and a victory for national independence struggles. It should also embarrass the Canadian media.

This month courts in Port Elizabeth and Panama City okayed requests by the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

The opposition to the pillaging by the founders of what came to be called capitalism took many forms: from utopian colonies and secret societies of craftsmen to dissenting religious congregations, among other insurgent formations. Many of these rebellious eruptions have modern day equivalents....

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

With the world’s media focused on President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, it’s curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump’s public appearances, there was not a protester in sight.

While Mexicans pour out on the streets to protest Trump’s anti-immigrant...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.

— President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017

The business of making money on property, badly, has shifted to the business of making money,...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version


From the end of WWII until the present, the United States has been borrowing, inventing, or inverting terms to label other nations and their political systems. Eventually, the repertoire of politically motivated rhetorical gadgetries swelled to become a convenient ideological arsenal for...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Whatever has been written about President Emmanuel Macron by the yellow or the respectable press has been mere trivia or total falsehood.

Media lies have a purpose that goes beyond Macron’s election. Throughout Europe and North America, bankers and manufacturers, NATO,...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Many liberals and leftists criticized the New York Times last month for giving right-wing ideologue Bret Stephens a piece of the most valuable real estate in U.S. journalism, a regular spot on its op-ed page.

I rarely find any of Stephens’ arguments compelling (his first column in favor...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

It started with but a small gesture,
a helping hand
from one unconnected stranger to another.
The warmth of the ‘Safety Net’
palm on palm
soared up shaking limb
and burst out of deep, blue eyes,
once beaten,
but now neon, courageous and sparkling...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Me and my Shadow-Drone
went “walking” down the lane.

“If you wouldn’t mind,”
I told the Drone,
“I’d really like to be alone….”

“Computing…,” said the Drone—
making some computer noise–
“You are unhappy with our present arrangement?”

(There was...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

The grass where we sat
Amidst the trees
Mist and dew
Left
From the whispering
Breeze.
Swollen feet
Flaming hands
Pockets bulging
Stolen meat
Rotten flesh
From bleeding lands.
What I felt
What I saw
When I knelt...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Fred visits Bill every month at
the facility he’s been in for years.
Age and booze brought Bill there.
He’s still strapped to his bed
so he can’t go wandering again
when he gets a taste for a beer.

Bill calls Fred by name this time
and asks if Jim has...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

regarding

evolution
world pollution and
your personal health cares

corporate backers
russian hackers and
world wide security scares

all is well
not going to hell

if they say “yes”
then we just say “no”

if they say “stay”...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Why did humanity cross the road?
Because we longed to breathe fresh air again.

Some said there was no other choice
but to set the ships toward Mars,
but, my God!,
I’d rather hang around
and ride the next wave
as earth regains its rhythm
and begins...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Dear Mister Politician
Become a Magician,
A Star we can wish on.

But your star is tainted
By the blood of the nation.
We stood in line but fainted
When we knew of your mission.
Your stardom is painted
With the blood of the nation.

Mister...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Chicago wasn’t so ripe for the picking.
The open collars aren’t rubes anymore.
Still un-tied, they own Harvard law degrees,

Lake Shore penthouses, contracts, theories
of arbitrage and cultured cynicism.
At thirty-five thousand feet above the hearth,
home is...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

It is a bright sunny day in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The sky is clear blue and the air is cool. It’s definitely a windows-down driving day as I get in my ’99 Camaro and set off to work from Arlington, Virginia to 16th and K Street in downtown Washington. It is just about six miles...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Rojava supporters may point out that YPG fighters worked with Syria and Russia which allowed the final victory in the liberation of Aleppo last year and note with pride the statement of Hediye Yusuf, the co-chair of Rojava’s Constituent Assembly, who said that they seek autonomy, but do not want...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Over 17.1 million live in a socially democratic, secular state, the Syrian Arab Republic, ravaged by overt and covert imperialist machinations supported by Turkey, the Gulf autocracies, and the Western capitalist states. Their government is led by the National Progressive Front (NPF), with its...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Trust Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian to ask the most pertinent question of the coming British general election and then fail to offer the one answer staring him in the face.

After examining the manifesto commitments of the Conservative and Labour parties, he asks: “British voters look...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

A recent photo in French daily Liberation hints at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s role in facilitating tax avoidance, which is partly an outgrowth of Canadian banking prowess in the Caribbean and Ottawa’s role in shaping the region’s unsavoury financial sector.

Just before the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

It had been, from the start, a cruel wait and see game.  Lacking logic and consistency, the Swedish effort to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom, not for formal charges but the pretext of questioning him over sexual assault and rape, collapsed on Friday.

The Director of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange speaks following Swedish prosecutors dropping their case on him. He’s now said he will work with US Justice Department about their case on him.

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that “the battle is over but the war has just begun” after Swedish prosecutors...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to highlight his “art of deal” by clinching a massive $100 billion arms deal. But instead of using his presidency to be a salesman for the arms industry, Trump should be a statesmen for the suffering Yemenis. He should use his visit to press for...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

It constitutes the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War affecting huge numbers of people and demanding all that is best in us. Yet instead of compassion, understanding and unity, all too often intolerance, ignorance and suspicion characterise the response to the needs of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

This year, Palestinians and their supporters mark the 100th anniversary of The Balfour Declaration, a written statement from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, to Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, in favour of the establishment of a...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.

— Karl Rove speaking to a small group of reporters at a cocktail party in 2004…… printed in the Washington Post

The adjective ‘Orwellian’ is so overused mostly because it is so incredibly apt...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

You say that you want facts – facts and more facts – before you can commit. Before you finally decide to become part of something: a political party, a movement or another human being. You already have plenty of them: an avalanche, a tsunami of facts. “In fact”, your life is overflowing with...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Over 20 years ago, long before the experts caught on, the writers Mark Zepezauer and Arthur Naiman zeroed in on the upward redistribution of income in the United States. They called it “wealthfare,” and used the term to open their 1996 book Take the Rich Off Welfare. Here’s the first sentence: “...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Delegates at the 2009 Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism convention in London. The organization issued a declaration calling on governments to use an Israel-centric definition of antisemitism and to outlaw and prosecute such “antisemitism.”...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Former President Barack Obama’s $400,000 check from a Wall Street investment bank to give a one-hour speech is both a partial reward payment for previous services rendered and a graphic reminder of how our political system works.

I was going to begin this op-ed by listing twenty-five of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

The essential kernel of Karl Marx’s labor theory of value is the fact that “labor power is measured by the clock”1, namely, how many hours of labor an individual worker is required to work for capital in order to replenish the labor power he or she expends working for this very same capital. For...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

When we search the internet for ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’, there are hundreds of thousands of hyperlinks to books, news, articles, and videos that describe the event as a “Massacre”; and even the reputable Encyclopaedia Britannica also cites the Western media as sources to describe the 1989...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Can cute Canadian Caribbean dreams about enchanted islands come true? Or is reality more complicated and Canada a far less benign actor than we imagine ourselves to be?

In a recent Boston Globe opinion titled “Haiti should relinquish its sovereignty”, Boston College professor Richard...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

SUMMARY: The Canadian legal system is in crisis. I describe the circumstances of the crisis, its features, and its large-scale causes. I propose a radical and complete solution in the form of a “distributed justice” model. The model is a wiki approach for judicial decisions, using small teams of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

In a Connecticut State Superior Court decision on September 7, 2016, Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher ruled that while the state of Connecticut is providing adequate funding for its school districts, the methods by which those funds are being distributed violates the state’s constitution. According to...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Protests urging net neutrality under Title II were outside of Ajit Pai’s Arlington home on May 14, 2017. (Photo by Anne Meador, DC Media Group)

Despite public opinion and the facts, he intends to serve the Telecom Industry. Pai is behaving like he is still Verizon’s lawyer, not someone...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

All over America, school children are completing another academic year before their summer vacation. This invites the questions, what did they learn and what did they do with what they learned?

I’m not talking about their test scores, nor the latest fads in rebranding education, like the...

Dissident Voice - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Besides the grinding, debilitating repetition, the reason I can’t bear to watch comedians do their Donald Trump shtick is that the material is so obviously based on the premise that this guy is somehow unworthy of being our president.  That his being elected was a monumental goof, a mistake,...

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