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Dissident Voice - 2020-06-12 - Original post - cached version

While I am following closely various discussions on Western mass media and social media, simultaneously engaging in several direct exchanges, one overwhelming leitmotif that I see is clearly emerging: “What is happening in the United States (and the UK, France and other parts of Western Empire)...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-12 - Original post - cached version

It is no surprise that many are exploiting the “COVID Pandemic” to advance their narrow self-serving agendas. Charter school advocates are no exception.

Crises often generate instability, chaos, and confusion that can make it easier for such forces to get away with antisocial policies and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-12 - Original post - cached version


San Francisco Public Press

June 3 was the night of a protest to defy the recently declared curfew in Oakland and defend our Constitutional rights. Thousands attended, the plaza was packed full. This was the community...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Cuban medical brigade returning from Italy (Photo: Ismael Fransisco Gonzalez)

Every evening for the past two and a half months the people of Cuba have come out on their streets and porches to applaud and cheer for the 3,000 members of the Henry Reeve medical brigades who are fighting the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Society must return to truth or cease to exist.

— Pyotr Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread, 1892

In these times the establishment continues to bellow out hippie like rhetoric that we’re all in this together, that we must find unity and peace, put down our...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

These, the derisive words of then-President Obama to an unruly crowd at a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in 2016. They would become, in the years that followed, a calling card for Democratic operatives, printed on stickers and hats and coffee mugs, taken up as organizational slogan and event...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

It’s the sort of thing that ruffled the image of a composed and tranquil existence.  In some countries, doing away with political leaders is a periodic affair, deemed necessary to clean the stables.  But in Sweden, change is barely discernible, stability nigh guaranteed and institutions revered...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

A 32-year-old man with the mental age of an 8-year-old child was executed by Israeli soldiers on May 30, while crouching behind his teacher near his special needs school in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The cold-blooded murder of Iyad al-Hallaq might not have received much attention if it...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Defund the police, defund the military (Credit: CODEPINK)

On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

The nationwide street protests following the gruesome murder of George Floyd, who was pinned to the ground and choked by a Minneapolis police officer and three accomplices, were spontaneous and diverse. No leaders, charismatic or otherwise put out the call for people to turn out in the face of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

European Left-wing political scientists find difficult to understand that the colonial contradiction is at the heart of our present, they think it’s a conceptual error, something anachronistic, that the joyful postmodernity – the one that delivers their Macs to them at home – has...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Not the only “finest” but the ones with the biggest TV and movie coverage

While it may be common knowledge that fire departments originated as private organisations to defend the interests of property insurers, it has probably been forgotten that in the US police were originally the hired...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Demonstrators on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in downtown Los Angeles (AP Photo:  Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The breadth of the uprising is astounding with antiracism protests in all 50 states and more than 500 cities plus more than 13,500 arrests in 43 cities. This weekend there were larger numbers of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-10 - Original post - cached version

The National Football League is ruing the day it denigrated the peaceful protests by some players against police brutality and inequality.

The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been pushed to condemn racism and admit to being wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier. He encouraged...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-10 - Original post - cached version

In the near-two decades since the International Criminal Court was set up to try the worst violations of international human rights law, it has faced harsh criticism for its highly selective approach to the question of who should be put on trial.

Created in 2002, the court, it was...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Justin Trudeau is campaigning aggressively for a seat on the UN Security Council. Over the past month he has called about two dozen world leaders and recently organized calls with groupings of UN ambassadors from the Americas, Africa, Arab states and Asia. Just prior to the pandemic the PM...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

‘Outside agitators’ aren’t the cause of last week’s protests, but they are one of the forces that threaten to derail movements.

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Censorship of alternative media is becoming more widespread in the COVID19 era. This article documents the case of SouthFront.

Introducing SouthFront

Where do you find daily news, videos, analysis and maps about the conflict in Syria?  Detailed reports about the conflicts in Libya...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Beginning in December 1951, Ernesto “Che” Guevara took a nine-month break from medical school to travel by motorcycle through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. One of his goals was gaining practical experience with leprosy. On the night of his twenty-fourth birthday, Che was at La...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

In early November 1966, my sister and I―armed with a bucket of home-made paste, a wide brush, and a thick roll of “Vote No” posters―headed off from my student apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to plaster the surrounding area with the signs.  The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Lockdowns imposed in response to Covid-19 forced millions of people to stay at home, businesses closed and a widespread hush descended. The major beneficiary of the controls has been the natural environment; in particular there has been a dramatic reduction in air pollution everywhere. But as...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

I shouted out,
Who Killed the Kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me.

— Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, “Sympathy for the Devil” from the 1968 album Beggar’s Banquet

Destroying my 46″ Magnavox flat screen was the most liberating act...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

What I am saying here is familiar to many people with a knowledge of actual history, rather than the fantasy version in the textbooks.  But actual history is a hidden thing, and therefore frequent reminders are necessary.  Here’s my effort in this regard for today.  We can call it an...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Wafaa Aludaini is a witness to many of Gaza’s recent tragedies and also never-ending resistance. She experienced the violent Israeli occupation, the subsequent blockade on the impoverished Strip, and several wars that resulted in the death and wounding of tens of thousands of Palestinians.

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Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

The “lost child” endures as motif and theme, the stalking shadow of much literature, the background to a society’s anxiety.  The child, often deemed innocent, becomes the ink blot of loss in such disappearance.  In Australia, it was captured by Peter Pierce’s The Country of Lost Children: An...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Who could have guessed that the Floyd protest was the best Coronavirus vaccine? The same people that warned us that the virus is the deadliest plague and staying-at-home is the only escape, now commanded us to march amongst throngs, shoulder-to-shoulder...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

It’s been a historic and heavy two weeks in the US, following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Calls for justice have grown from a mid-sized protest outside a precinct to a nation-wide uprising, leading Donald Trump to run to his bunker and threaten...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

The ABCs Insider program broadcast each Sunday morning is one of the ABCs most watched and most important programs. The three guests are drawn from the country’s mainstream media outlets. This is perhaps itself a limitation considering the broad range and frequently high standards of much...

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

• To read this essay on the Americans for Middle East Understanding website, click here

• For a PDF version, click here

It was inevitable that when the coronavirus pandemic reached the occupied Palestinian territories, as it did in early March, it would find its first purchase in...

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

The protests are reminding people in Los Angeles of an incident in the early 90s that led to riots and civil unrest. CGTN correspondent Ediz Tiyansan discussed that with history professor Brenda Stevenson, who’s written a book about that period. She says what happened then draws similarities to...

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

150 years ago, on April 21, 1870, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, was born. According to many, he was the greatest revolutionary of all times, a man who gave birth to both internationalism and anti-imperialism.

It is time to “revisit Communism”. It is also time to ask some basic,...

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

I am not trying to be cute and play with words.  That title is meant to convey what it says, so let me explain.

The people who own the United States and their allies around the world have a plan.  It is so simple that it is extremely devious.  Their plan has been in operation for many...

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is basking in the popularity of his meticulous Covid-19 news briefings and simultaneously predicting a pandemic-driven $61 billion state deficit over four years. Astonishingly, the Governor electronically rebates an existing tiny stock transfer sales tax back to...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-05 - Original post - cached version


Every 4 June, a famous photo from 1989 is splashed all over the world, as a symbol against Chinese “totalitarianism” and “bloodthirsty brutality”. You know the one I’m talking about, Tank Man. It is flaunted like a Western talisman to celebrate “freedom” and “rebellion” in the face of “...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-05 - Original post - cached version

More than 100 companies are competing to be first in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine to market. It’s a race against time, not because the death rate is climbing but because it is falling – to the point where there will soon be too few subjects to prove the effectiveness of the drug.

...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-05 - Original post - cached version

The inability of the outdated capitalist economic system to provide for the needs of the people and to sustain itself has been exposed repeatedly throughout history.

However, 2020 is revealing just how grave and profound the failures and dangers of this exhausted system of advanced...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-05 - Original post - cached version


Comic Zine

Paul Craig Roberts, a staunch opponent of police brutality in his writings, seeks to deny white racism or argue that we are all racist. In a recent article, he writes, “If white people are racist, how was...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Armed police transporting suspected members of a communist youth group, Jakarta, Indonesia, October 10, 1965.  Photo Credit: Vincent Bevins)

I’m guessing that “Jakarta Is Coming” or “Plan Jakarta” won’t elicit immediate recognition from most of you and until very recently that was also...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

More than two centuries of lies are now getting exposed. Bizarre tales about freedom and democracy are collapsing like houses of cards.

One man’s death triggers an avalanche of rage in those who for years, decades and centuries, have been humiliated, ruined, and exterminated.

It...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

Israel’s balancing act that allowed it to reap America’s unconditional and, often, blind support, while slowly benefiting from China’s growing economic influence and political prestige, is already floundering.

Thanks to the heated cold war between the US and Chinese economic superpowers,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

In this episode of Know Your Stuff we speak with author and journalist Yves Engler about Canada’s foreign policy and the impact it has globally. Is Canada’s image as a peaceful actor and force for good a real reflection of its policy or is it just that, an image?

To watch more videos on...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

‘Hero’ Trump brandishes a Bible to frighten away devilish protesters his DC National Guard may have missed in their brutal assault on them clearing the way for his photo-op.

The wretched and ignorant former governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has praised President Trump for his “...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

Minneapolis organizer Tony Williams speaks about the ongoing uprisings and how groups can work towards the strategic dismantling of the police.

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

It is the anxiety-inducing nightmare for the studious: A dream where you find yourself in an exam hall, which might, on ordinary days, be a gym or some other facility.  It is repurposed for that most cruel of blood sports: sorting out the learned from the dolts, the prize winners from the dunces...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Robert Reich’s new work, The System: Who Rigged it, How We Fix it offers a wide-ranging critique of our nation’s contemporary political and economic ills. Reich does a brilliant job succinctly reminding us of the scale and scope of corporate corruption, economic inequality, and political...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Do you know who coined the curse, “conspiracy theory” or accusation, “you are conspiracy theorist!”?  It was nobody less than the CIA in the 1950s, to silence those who saw through the lie of the Cold War against the Soviet Union. This was a complete lie by US war strategists to install fear in...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Since I started News Junkie Post, eleven years ago, I have, as a rule, avoided the first person narrative. In my mind, there is a simple reason for an aversion for the “me, myself, and I” type of storytelling so widespread in our culture. The first person is fine for a journal, an...

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