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Dissident Voice - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Enhanced transcript on an interview with PressTV

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Cuba complained recently that a shipment of test kits, masks and respirators, donated by the Chinese Alibaba group, didn’t arrive because the American company tasked with transportation feared breaching US sanction rules....

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Advocates of privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools have never stopped working to funnel as much public money as possible from public schools into their own private pockets, even if this means undermining the education and future of students attending those public schools....

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

A new study in Nature (April 2020) casts a disturbing light on the prospects of abrupt ecosystem collapse. The report analyzes the probabilities of collapsing ecosystems en masse, and not simply the loss of individual species.1

The paper states that a high percentage of species will be...

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These are dark days. As the COVID-19 crisis turns our world upside-down, the social isolation and atomization of capitalism has given way to full-blown social distancing. At a time when we most need to come together, we’re told that human contact can kill us. Alarm bells are flashing everywhere...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

The United States is experiencing an upheaval from the Coronavirus pandemic that is deeper than anything in modern American history, and military and civilian Pentagon elites have responded to it in a way that seems certain to further magnify the broader corrosive impact of the crisis on their...

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There’s an interview of Bill Gates in which Gates reveals more than he might have intended. Rosemary Frei details many of the Orwellian aspects of Gates’ plans. In particular, consider these comments by Gates from disparate parts of the interview:

It’s [Covid19] quite...

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Sanders as transforming the Democratic Party

There is a debate on the Left about the role of Bernie Sanders.  A good many (probably a majority) are enthusiastic.  Some believe that he represents a truly progressive force and brings renewed hope in reshaping the Democratic Party to become...

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Perhaps some of us were harboring naïve hopes. We were thinking: If it became obvious that China and its government are doing things much better than the West, many of the ‘opposition figures’ in Hong Kong, including the most hardened rioters, would see reason, repent, and once and for all...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Preparing for a pandemic requires understanding that a change in the relationship between people is primary and the production of things is secondary and flows from social factors. Investors in profit-based medicine cannot comprehend this concept. Nothing could exemplify it more clearly than...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

In the backdrop of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Michael D. Yates, decades-long union activist, director of Monthly Review Press and former Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine, discusses condition of the working people and steps required. The interview of Professor Michael Yates,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

As any risk-taking pioneer knows, it is lonely taking the lead and suffering the derisive scorn of one’s compatriots.  I have been there and so can understand what Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the public face of the U.S....

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

“For my opinions,” wrote Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci, “I am willing to lose my life, not only to stay in prison. And this is why I am calm and at peace with myself.” Gramsci spent 11 years in prison during the fascist reign over Italy, a brutal regime that crushed every form of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Like most everyone else, I don’t get out much lately due to shelter-in-place. But when I walk around my community, I am heartened by neighbors asking if there is anything we might need. I suspect this scenario is taking place everywhere.

Around the world amidst the pandemic, people step...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

The Palestinians of Gaza know all about lockdowns. For the past 13 years, some two million of them have endured a closure by Israel more extreme than anything experienced by almost any other society – including even now, as the world hunkers down to try to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Tweeter-in-chief Donald Trump constantly bashes “do nothing Democrats.” In fact, it’s Mopey Mitch McConnell who’s the do nothing man, refusing to act on nearly 400 bills passed by Pelosi’s House.

One big Democratic initiative did manage to become law, pushed through as part of a late-2019...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

So the War on Populism is finally over. Go ahead, take a wild guess who won.

I’ll give you a hint. It wasn’t the Russians, or the white supremacists, or the gilets jaunes, or Jeremy Corbyn’s Nazi Death Cult, or the misogynist Bernie Bros, or the MAGA-hat terrorists, or any of the other...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Save Our Planet Save Our Future, Belgium, January 31, 2019 (Photo: EuroNews/Twitter)

This is the fourth newsletter in our series on the 2020s as a decade of transformation See Remaking International Relations, Remaking the Economy for the People, and Remaking Healthcare. In addition to...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

On 12 March, British PM Boris Johnson informed the public that families would continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

He added:

We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.

...
Dissident Voice - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

The DeVos Department of Education’s new “Proposed Rules” for federal regulations of “Distance Education and Innovation” (85 FR 18638) will effectively open the floodgates for online education corporations to put public brick-and-mortar schools out of business by streamlining “adaptive-learning...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

A little over 20 years ago, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) conducted a military exercise that involved a “hypothetical scenario” of hijacked planes flying into both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

One year later, on October 24-26, 2000, another “hypothetical”...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-12 - Original post - cached version

As Canadians focus on the coronavirus pandemic the Trudeau government announced it was lifting its suspension of arms export permits to Saudi Arabia. It has also renegotiated the government’s $14 billion armoured vehicle deal with the belligerent, repressive, monarchy.

This is not...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-12 - Original post - cached version

This sense of viral isolation, dread and global make-over (for good and worse) gets the proverbial juices flowing of our local and national bards. It’s not a stretch to say there are many people on our coast and farther east who consider themselves to be “poets.”

With a liberal dose of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-12 - Original post - cached version

It should not be a matter of distinction, but Julian Assange is a figure who is becoming the apotheosis of political imprisonment.  This seems laughable to those convinced he is an agent without scruple, a compromiser of the Fourth Estate, a figure best packed off to a prison system that will,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Call it a ‘quarantine’, a ‘shelter-in-place’, a ‘lockdown’ or a ‘curfew’, we Palestinians have experienced them all, though not at all voluntarily.

Personally, the first 23 years of my life were lived in virtual ‘lockdown’. My father’s ‘quarantine’ was experienced much earlier, as did his...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Soon there might be silence. The liberation of Prague, as well as the liberation of Auschwitz and/or Warsaw by the Red Army, will be forgotten. At least in Europe, even in Eastern Europe, where it took place.

This is where it is all leading to. Perhaps, one day, East European governments...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Easter Marches: No social distancing for peace

Today someone sent me an article published in the US Naval Institute Proceedings in which the author describes the war against China waged by the US and suggests that like in the 1812 war against Great Britain, the US regime should issue...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another.  Their responses varied.  But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the...

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Introduction

What is the future for architecture in these times of climate change and economic crises? Should sustainability and affordability be a major factor in the design and development of future buildings? What about aesthetics? There are many individual examples of modern buildings...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind.

— Shakespeare, King Lear

Many thousands of New Yorkers have temporarily moved into the small Massachusetts town (permanent population approximately 7,000) where I live because of fear and panic created by...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives…. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.

— UN Secretary-General António Guterres

At least 70 countries have signed on to the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Champagne corks will be popping in the Trump Empire for good reason.  Whatever happens come November, the exit of Senator Bernie Sanders from the US presidential race will be a relief.  The fractured republic can be reassured that the Democrats have not moved on, stuck, as it were, in the glades...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

There’s a video of Lawrence O’Donnell, spokesperson for MSNBC, saying in 2020 what he’s paid to say, namely that electing a candidate with a platform you approve of is somehow in conflict with electing a candidate who can win. The logic of this is that most people are expected to vote for a...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

RT’s On Going Underground speaks to legendary journalist and film-maker John Pilger about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He discusses the fact that the Conservative government was warned about shortages leaving the NHS vulnerable in pandemics 4 years ago, the damage privatisation has done...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Days, weeks, months, an indeterminate amount of time as the world seems paralysed by the journey of SARS-CoV-2. The lack of certainty increases the anxiety. This virus, as Arundhati Roy writes, ‘seeks proliferation, not profit, and has, therefore, inadvertently, to some extent, reversed the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

CGTN’s Zou Yue, a Wuhan native, believes the experiences that came with paying a high price fighting COVID-19 in Hubei Province, could – and should – be a lesson for the rest of the world, regardless of ideological and political differences.

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Now that the corona virus is making its rounds it seems a good time to illustrate the great divide between calamities’ effects on the filthy rich (aka the power elite) and the rest of humanity. With perhaps one exception to be identified near the end of this piece, the difference has endured...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most acclaimed film directors, has spent more than a half a century dramatising the plight of the poor and the vulnerable. His films have often depicted the casual indifference or active hostility of the state as it exercises unaccountable power over ordinary people...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

History Repeats Itself, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

I wrote this article almost four years ago right after the Democratic primaries in 2016. I am reposting it because it demonstrates how, while history changes, the machinations of the Democratic Party are the same, or in this case,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Image credit: Giacomo Carra on Unsplash

The question is whether Covid-19 will awaken us to the stark inequalities of our world, or does it simply represent a new cause of impoverishment for the vast swathes of humanity who have long been disregarded by the public’s conscience?

...
Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout.

Worse, amid growing international...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

In my recent paper Why Assume there will be a 2020 Election?, I took the opportunity of today’s multifaceted crisis in order to revisit an important Wall Street funded coup d’état effort of 1933-34. As I explained in that location, this bankers’ coup was luckily exposed by a patriotic general...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned organizations and prominent individuals, condemn the false claims of criminal charges by the US government against the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other high-ranking officials with the pretext of their alleged involvement in international drug...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Refrigerated trucks parked outside of a New York City hospital (Screenshot from Twitter of @bestgug)

While the United States government and corporate media point fingers at China, accusing the Chinese government of under-reporting the number of deaths from COVID-19, it is actually the US...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

We live with a profound paradox.  Our lives are powerfully affected by worldwide economic, communications, transportation, food supply, and entertainment systems.  Yet we continue an outdated faith in the nation-state, with all the divisiveness, competition, and helplessness that faith produces...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Capitalism’s “invisible hand” gives us the middle finger with ever more contempt these days.

With the national unemployment rate soaring to Depression-era levels and beyond, the self-proclaimed “job creators” of our glorious free-market paradise are now drowning in gluttonous excess from...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Scribes of the Julian Assange case must surely gawk with a sense of horrified wonder at each proceeding unfolding at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.  Assange is in a battle that can only be described as titanic, seeking to avoid the clutches of the US Justice Department, not to...

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

The Network in Defense of Humanity, US Chapter, expresses our heartfelt solidarity with the people of Venezuela and its only legitimate President Nicolas Maduro Moros in this hour of danger.

The US administration is creating more conflict and aggression against Venezuela, while people all...

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

Virus Raging.  Statewide Louisiana is second only to New York in deaths per 100,000 people with 582 reported as of April 7.  Six parishes (counties) in the New Orleans area are in the top ten in deaths of all the counties in the nation: St. John the Baptist, Orleans, St. Charles, Jefferson, St....

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

People line up to buy face masks from a medical supply company in Nanning, China on 29 January 2020. © 2020 Chinatopix.

What we have experienced in the past two months is too dreamy and now, in retrospect, it seems not so real...

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

As Ivan Illich pointed out in Medical Nemesis (1976), the reigning medical industry enjoys a virtual monopoly on defining “disease,” as well as on the endless production of lucratively patented new drugs ostensibly effective as treatments.  “Public awareness” campaigns are highly selective: one...

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