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Strategic Culture - 2020-02-15 - Original post - cached version

No democracy can survive censorship. If there is censorship, then each individual cannot make his/her own decisions (voting decisions or otherwise) on the basis of truth but only on the basis of whatever passes through the censor’s filter, which is always whatever supports the censoring regime...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Michela PALESE

A new report by the recently established Centre for the Future of Democracy at the University of Cambridge has found that dissatisfaction with democracy has reached an all-time global high. Westminster-style democracies (the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US)...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The investor George Soros objects that Facebook is doing what the U.S. Government allows it to do, but he doesn’t object to the U.S. Government’s allowing it. Yet, he claims to be opposing the Republican Government of Donald Trump, while he demands that the leadership of Facebook be replaced —...

The Duran - 2020-01-30 - Original post - cached version

If one judges the age of nations by how old their constitutions and governmental structures are, Paul Ryan tells the truth when he says the US has the oldest democracy in the world. This is verified as True, even on PolitiFact. The US Constitution was ratified in 1788, and although it has...

The Duran - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

U.S. President George Washington’s final words to his fellow Americans, upon leaving office, are now even more timely than when he spoke them, but have been ignored in practise for many decades; and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

From the far distance sounded the muffled howling of a family of monkeys, monos gritones, passing the night in the crowns of the mighty trees. It echoed through the jungle like the roar of an angry mountain lion. Gruesome and terrifying, it seemed to tear the night apart, but it did...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-02 - Original post - cached version

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is now in severe legal jeopardy, because the Russiagate investigation has turned 180 degrees; and he, instead of the current President, Donald Trump, is in its cross-hairs.

The biggest crime that a U.S. President can commit is to try to defeat American...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-22 - Original post - cached version

Globalization, Democracy, and Migration are themes which continually ignite both scholarly and non-scholarly debate.  Not so surprisingly, none of this is new. In his own inimitable way, the German Enlightenment philosopher, Immanuel Kant, touched upon all these current hot topics and more....

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-07 - Original post - cached version

In the December 4th statement that was made by Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan was this:

We have become the shining city on a hill. We have become the nation that leads the world in understanding what democracy is. One of the things we understand most...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-02 - Original post - cached version
Billionaire on the mayoral campaign trail in New York. (Mike Bloomberg is the turkey to the right of the chicken and eagle.)

Michael Bloomberg, according to Forbes Magazine the 9th richest man in the world with a net worth this year of $54.7 billion, isn’t just the real billionaire candidate...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-24 - Original post - cached version

Building solidarity for social emancipation from the state, capitalism, patriarchy, and theological intolerance across the geographic and ethnic divisions of the MIddle East.

Here in the US, Rojava is known for decentralization of state and patriarchal power. The adoption of community...

Strategic Culture - 2019-11-23 - Original post - cached version

The purpose of ethnic cleansing is often misrepresented as being just a bigoted majority venting their common hatred against some minority, but it’s actually a crime by the state — that is, by the Government, the rulers — in order to get rid of enough of its opponents there so as to be able to...

The Duran - 2019-11-23 - Original post - cached version

The powers ascribed to the President of the United States of America give him broad authority to define and carry out foreign policy matters. However, for decades this “power” has been guided from a retinue of advisers who past presidents have blindly trusted, perhaps even against their...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version

Amidst a right-wing coup, Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday. Evo’s forced exit from the Bolivian presidency was a right wing coup by army and police chieftains with imperialist backing.

Prior to the putsch, imperialism-backed rightists organized unrest, violence...

The Duran - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse

I was shocked to find that a Google search of the phrase “the U.S. regime” indicates that I am the only writer who refers to “the U.S. regime.” Is the United States really more democratic than this description of the political reality in the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version

Legendary political and media persona Pat Buchanan has recently published a serious lamentation about the dying state of Democracy we find ourselves in. His piece “Is Democracy a Dying Species” asks a profound and very relevant question that I will humbly try to answer for Mr. Buchanan is one of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-11-02 - Original post - cached version

The expanding cultural authority of the armed forces is a problem for U.S. democracy, writes William J. Astore.

William J. ASTORE

When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our...

Strategic Culture - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

At face value, the protests in Chile against the right-wing government of Sebastian Piñera are about the 3 per cent rise in metro fares which would put Chileans outside elite circles at increasing socio-economic disadvantage.

However, the protests indicate a simmering anger over the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

We have been taught since childhood that popular election is essential for democracy. In reality, although it is much better than, for example, a military junta, it is a very problematic way to choose public officials and is 100% not necessary for democracy.

The US political system would...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

Snippet of a possible conversation overheard:  “So, who won the Game?”
“You know, I don’t know, but Democracy was losing pretty badly when I fell asleep…”

It almost goes without saying that this is no longer a Democracy, these United States.  Never mind the...

The Duran - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Once again, a piece of the truth rises to the surface as the result of President Trump’s determination to “drain the swamp”. Who would have thought that part of that swamp included the bolotniy (болотный) all the way across the sea in the land of Ukraine? But there it is, now getting...

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...

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