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Strategic Culture - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

The disclosure by the British Parliament of the “Most Sensitive” Operation YELLOWHAMMER document describes a United Kingdom ripe for the machinations of Britain’s proto fascists, who make up a large part of the Tory government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. YELLOWHAMMER’s prediction of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

The people of Hong Kong enjoy one of the highest standards of livings of any city across continental Asia. Since peacefully being reabsorbed into mainland China in 1997, they have confounded endless Western Prophets of Doom: These falsely claimed that Beijing would not maintain its solemn...

The Duran - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Ben Shapiro and Piers Morgan have a history of sharp, even virulent disagreement in interviews with one another. But Piers Morgan demonstrates in an interview held on August 18th how a liberal used to be, and thankfully, how he still is: open-minded, willing to listen to opinions he doesn...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Outside of melting glaciers and global warming discussions, Kalaallit Nunaat does not often find itself in the spotlight, and when it does, it is usually referred to as Greenland. United States president Donald Trump’s real-estate aspirations have given Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland prominence in...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

I used to be a Democrat, until the majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate voted in 2002 for George W. Bush’s 2003 catastrophic invasion of Iraq, even though everything that Bush and his Administration were alleging the invasion to be based on were mere lies, by him and his Administration. A...

Consortium News - 2019-08-02 - Original post - cached version

To be a law-abiding nation, the U.S. must grant self-determination in areas it has stolen, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.   By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers PopularResistance.org The results of centuries of U.S. empire, which began with Manifest…

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-22 - Original post - cached version

A wonderfully written recent article on the ethics of Facebook Inc provoked me to think about my own position. It’s oft said in defence of the software that Facebook is a forum for progressive public debate, an ideal and desirable stimulus for democracy. So I was pleased the article stimulated a...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-19 - Original post - cached version

The US government’s indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange marked the worst attack on press freedom in modern history. Assange has been charged with 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. James Goodale, former general counsel of the New York Times, who urged the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Is the United States becoming a plutocracy?

With the manifestly unqualified but immensely rich Donald Trump serving as the nation’s first billionaire president, it’s not hard to draw that conclusion.  And there are numerous other signs, as well, that great wealth has become a central...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

In the late 1850s, the United States experienced a political realignment when the Whig Party disbanded and many of its members including Abraham Lincoln joined the nascent Republican Party because of the betrayal of the Whig leadership over the issue of slavery and its extension.

American...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-04 - Original post - cached version

In the latest of the interminable media “furores” about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed unfitness to lead the Labour party – let alone become prime minister – it is easy to forget where we were shortly before he won the support of an overwhelming majority of Labour members to head the party.

In...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Morsi surrounded by his minders

Mohamed Morsi (1951–2019) was the fifth President of Egypt (30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013), deposed by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in a coup d’état July 3, 2013. In his last words, Morsi accused the government of “assassinating” him through years of poor...

Consortium News - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Clarity emerges around the political persecution of Lula, Brazil’s former president. But what is still blurry for many is the actual case against him, writes Vijay Prashad. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula…

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Dissident Voice - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

The word democracy derives from the Greek words that means “people govern.” Generally, it is assumed throughout the world that the democratic way of decision-making is the best possible and therefore, the most acceptable. The only problem is that nobody knows what exactly it means. It would be...

Strategic Culture - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Jeff THOMAS

Ancient Greece is credited as raising the societal structure to new heights. Whenever this period is referred to, philosophers and historians are quick to mention that the ancient Greeks gave the world Democracy.

Yet, Socrates, who is regarded as having been a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

John W. WHITEHEAD

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-05 - Original post - cached version

There are many partisan responses to this question. Of course, internationally, the United States is regarded by many people to be the gold standard of what constitutes a democracy (perhaps because the US was the first nation that was born out of a successful revolution against an existing...

Dissident Voice - 2019-05-04 - Original post - cached version

In 1975 just 46 countries were considered to be electoral democracies; forty years later, according to The Global State of Democracy report 2017, the number had risen to 132, accounting for 68% of nations. The bulk of the increase occurred after 1989 following the collapse of the Soviet Union...

Kafila - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Extract from the Preface of  ‘Hindutva’s Second Coming’ Preface Democracy as Majoritarianism “We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal,’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany...

Dissident Voice - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

May Day is one of the most important days to the exploited people. Michael D. Yates, director of Monthly Review Press and former Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine, focuses on US labor and its movement in the following interview from...

Dissident Voice - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version

If the whole ghastly debacle over Brexit has proven anything at all it’s how totally unfit for purpose the British parliament is. For those of us who have known that for a long time and campaigned vigorously for many years for its complete reformation this comes as no surprise. The whole...

Dissident Voice - 2019-03-30 - Original post - cached version


The main problem with the question of Leave or Remain is that it’s not the question most people in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland are really interested in.  It’s just a very fraught proxy for the real question.

Every week as I engage in the by-now comfortably...

Dissident Voice - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

Give the...

Consortium News - 2019-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a “60 Minutes” interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” said…

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Kafila - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

We are publishing below a statement sent to us by the Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies against the suppression and criminalizing of dissent in India The Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS) expresses its deep dismay over...

The Duran - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Paul Carline via Off-Guardian.org:

The banner and the clarion call of western countries, and their own asserted legitimation – especially when they are engaging in illegal wars and coups – used to be “freedom and democracy”: the precious gift they were generously and...

Richard Falk - 2019-02-03 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: Interview Questions of a Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Craveiro on behalf of Correio Braziliense: (Jan. 30, 2019) on current prospects of Palestinian national movement.]

 

Fatah, Hamas, the Future of Statehood and Peace Prospects

 

1. With the...

Stephen Gowans - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

Western politicians and major news media say that the liberal democratic order is under threat. But what do they mean by ‘liberal democracy’? 

January 30, 2019

By Stephen Gowans

Early in a series of lectures delivered in 1965, the political scientist C.B Macpherson observed...

MintPress - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — (Opinion) Venezuela has as much right to call itself a democracy as does the United States. Until that is understood by enough people, the Trump administration will continue to devastate Venezuela’s economy with illegal sanctions and push it towards civil war. People can...

MintPress - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel has recognized opposition figure Juan Guaidó as the president of Venezuela, following in the footsteps of Washington and a host of other nations.

On Sunday, Israel became the second country of questionable legitimacy, following Kosovo, to recognize the formerly...

Dissident Voice - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

America’s power elite are a tiny but very mighty fraction of America’s total population. The power elite belongs to America’s corpocracy, the “Devil’s” marriage between corporate America and government America, with the former firmly in the driver’s seat.1

The primary aims of the power...

MintPress - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States.

According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn’t even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably “flawed democracy” notching it the...

News Junkie Post - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

France is at a crossroad. A fairly benign bread-and-butter protest has turned into a major popular dissent putting in question France’s political system. It is new, unheard of, and because we live in the digital age, with immediate communication, the world is not only watching, but there...

Need To Know News - 2019-01-07 - Original post - cached version

Democrats want to eliminate the electoral college, which would allow 51% of the population to strip the rights away from the 49% of the people. The electoral college protects the rights of individual states and the minority, which refers to those states with smaller populations.

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-27 - Original post - cached version

Bahia Amawai is a US citizen and Texas-based language specialist who helps autistic and speech-impaired children overcome their impairment.

Despite the essential and noble nature of her work, she was fired by the Pflugerville Independent School District, which serves the Austin area....

The Duran - 2018-12-23 - Original post - cached version

This article is republished with the permission of the author.  First published by News Junkie Post.

The illusion of democracy

The Gilets Jaunes movement took most observers and so-called experts in France and worldwide entirely by surprise, but it was actually completely...

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-21 - Original post - cached version


The illusion of democracy

The Gilets Jaunes movement took most observers and so-called experts in France and worldwide entirely by surprise, but it was actually completely predictable. The crisis simmered below the radars of France’s politicians, media, as well as those who...

News Junkie Post - 2018-12-20 - Original post - cached version

The illusion of democracy

The Gilets Jaunes movement took most observers and so-called experts in France and worldwide entirely by surprise, but it was actually completely predictable. The crisis simmered below the radars of France’s politicians, media, as well as those who...

The Duran - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts:

How does the West get away with its pretense of being an alliance of great democracies in which government is the servant of the people?

Nowhere in the West, except possibly Hungary and Austria, does government serve the people.

Who do...

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-02 - Original post - cached version

The Green Party of England and Wales is extraordinary. Whilst I’ve no idea whether it’s very different to other Green Parties around the world, it is totally different to any other large political organisation in Britain. Full disclosure: I’m a member of the Greens, so obviously I have some...

Down With Tyranny - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version

"William Doyle Ruckelshaus [seen above c2009] served as the first EPA Agency Administrator, from December 1970 to April 1973. During EPA's formative years, he concentrated on developing the new agency's organizational structure; enforcement actions against severely polluted cities and...
Jay's Analysis - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version



Tonight I’ll be covering Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball and their Cold War secrets, especially in relation to the first chunk of David Wemhoff’s book on the CIA’s Doctrinal Warfare Program. This is the free half for public viewing, while full talks can be...

Jay's Analysis - 2018-11-12 - Original post - cached version



Jefferson invited me back to have a discussion on traditionalism, Enlightenment liberalism, the philosophy of the state and its relation to economics, Orthodoxy theology and worldviews, atheistic arguments and apologetics, the moon landing and much more! Definitely a great conversation...

Dissident Voice - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Today in America, a tug of war rages between two competing visions of the public interest. One vision is indicative of direct democracy as evidenced by the mammoth and spontaneous Trump rallies. The other is the same ole’ top-down imposition orchestrated by managed democracy‘s “invisible rulers...

Dissident Voice - 2018-11-02 - Original post - cached version

The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

Almost forty years ago I invented direct democracy – or so I thought at the time. I had been raised in Rhodesia, a racist and mostly fascist country, and had just moved to England. Although England considered itself a fine example of democracy (and still does), I was puzzled how such a fine...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version

Last Saturday at least half a million people marched through London demanding a second referendum on Brexit. I don’t blame most of the people who voted for Brexit, and therefore created this mess. For the most part they did not know what they were doing. Most had been lied to or deceived by...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version

In order to meet the colossal challenges of the time, fundamental change to the socio-economic order is needed. The environmental catastrophe is the major issue, together with armed conflict, potentially nuclear. Both threaten the survival of humanity and the planet, and both are widely ignored...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

How does one reliably discern democracy versus totalitarianism? This question is becoming more relevant every day, as the distinction dissolves.

Many authors of the status quo steer us towards a structural analysis of institutions and content analysis of the written provisions of statutes...

21 Century Wire - 2018-10-07 - Original post - cached version

Christopher Black
New Eastern Outlook

On September 14, in an address to the far right American organisation called The Heritage Foundation, referring, one supposes, to their fascist roots, the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, described NATO in effect to be a world...

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