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Video: Topless FEMEN activists occupy voting station in Le Pen stronghold

Topless FEMEN activists chanting slogans decrying presidential candidate Marine Le Pen protested outside the Henin-Beaumont voting station on Sunday. Via Youtube

It’s Time to Reawaken the Spirit of Occupy for the Starving Millions

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It’s Time to Reawaken the Spirit of Occupy for the Starving Millions

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NYPD filmed Occupy and BLM protests over 400 times without authorization – report

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Unacceptable: NAACP Members Arrested For Occupying Sessions Office

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Ex-NYPD chief to stand trial in Occupy Wall Street police brutality case

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DAPL protesters for Sophia Wilansky burn US flag, occupy Times Square

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Judge orders CIA, FBI & NSA to disclose whether they spied on Occupy Philadelphia...

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Dakota Access pipeline protesters occupy Hillary Clinton campaign HQ

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Video: Black Activists Occupy Police Union Offices in NYC & DC, Demand End to...

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Black Activists Occupy Police Union Offices in New York and Washington, DC

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Video: Sanders Must Change Language from Occupy to Black Lives Matter

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Video: ‘Occupy London = al-Qaeda & IRA’? Yes, UK police actually had them in...

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US Covers Up Support for Hong Kong “Occupy Central”

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Occupy Central is undermining stability

Hong Kong has been brought to a standstill over the past several weeks as the territory’s pro-democracy movement clogged major roads and transport arteries, blocking traffic in a sustained campaign of civil disobedience. Clashes between demonstrators and local business owners, taxi drivers, and other residents have become commonplace due to the strain placed on the economy by the protest movement.


Irrespective of whether one supports the movement or not, it is self-evident that the sustained protest strategy has long ceased to be constructive. The number of participants has dwindled to the low hundreds in most cases. As evidenced by reports and video footage of chaotic altercations, the persistence of the movement is undermining the city’s social fabric and stability. Support for the Occupy camp is also eroding as business and transport disruptions persist.


Occupy Central is the latest manifestation of an increasingly common kind of movement, whereby a consolidated group of frustrated young demonstrators occupy public areas and refuse to disperse until their demands are met. Elder protest leaders and opportunistic opposition politicians set the agenda, while hordes of students enforce their demands on the street. In the push to achieve the goal of the campaign, the negative impact on local businesses and people’s lives are of little concern.

While movements like these tend to crop up in highly polarized societies, protestors will shrewdly accept nothing less than their demands, even if they represent a contentious minority position. That these groups sing the praises of ‘democracy’ makes for good satire. However, to dismiss these movements altogether as an annoyance or threat to public disorder obfuscates important political signals which need to be listened to.


As it pertains to Hong Kong, an extremely complex set of social and economic factors motivates and fuels the protest movement. The rising eminence of mainland cities as shipping and financial hubs casts a shadow over Hong Kong, which has long ceased to serve as an exclusive gateway into China for foreign investors and banks.


Beijing has taken a hands-off approach to Hong Kong, allowing the territory to operate with a high degree of political autonomy. While there is little evidence of the central government trying to assert its authority and systems onto the territory, the large volume of mainlanders who come to Hong Kong as tourists and property-buyers have instilled in many the notion that Hong Kong risks being absorbed into the mainland’s social and cultural milieu.


The idea of protecting the territory’s unique identity from absorption into the larger polity propounds demonstrators with an ardent sense of urgency and justice. It is undeniable that Hong Kong is rife with chauvinist attitudes toward mainlanders. The demonstrations, in turn, have become an avenue for protestors to assert their status and identity, veiled under a homogenizing pro-democracy banner. Mainland reactions to the protests have been lukewarm because these sentiments can be widely inferred.


Another more obvious factor is economic in nature, pertaining to the territory’s soaring income inequality and the increasing difficulty to make ends meet. The ‘Hong Kong dream’ is fast evaporating, as young people increasingly view barriers to home-ownership and greater material affluence as becoming ever more pronounced. Most poignantly, there is a major trust deficit toward the current administration that could continue to widen and polarize society. 


International media coverage, which has echoed the sympathetic statements made in favor of the protestors by Western governments, has oversimplified the Occupy Central movement by overlooking questions of identity and dislocation. The movement has been framed through a familiar cookie-cutter narrative that is averse to criticizing the student movement whilst often exaggerating the extent of police misconduct.


Teargas was used to disperse the protestors, which had the unintended effect of galvanizing support for the movement, only when students attempted to storm government buildings. In contrast to the heavy-handed conduct and police brutality that has been repeatedly demonstrated in Europe and the United States, the actions of the Hong Kong police were highly restrained throughout. These demonstrations have proved beyond doubt that the Hong Kong authorities have respected their citizens’ rights to assemble.


Western media has also mischaracterized the historical treaty between Britain and China that set conditions for the handover, while obfuscating a critical point: that implementing the universal suffrage system was Beijing’s idea. Nowhere in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration is universal suffrage mentioned. As it pertains to the territory’s Basic Law, the chief executive will be elected by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee.


There is no substance to the allegation that China ‘reneged on its commitment’ to offer universal suffrage, because the law always stipulated that a nominating committee would approve candidates for chief executive. By selectively reporting from pro-Occupy perspectives, the Western media has created an impression that Beijing is suppressing democracy, when in fact the population will be directly electing the chief executive through one-person-one-vote for the first time in history in 2017.

The one-person-one-vote system was never a feature of life under British colonial rule. By 2020, both the chief executive and legislative council be will elected through universal suffrage, representing a move toward popular ballot-box politics. A 1,200-member electoral college currently elects the chief executive; therefore, the accommodation of direct elections will be undeniably more representative than the current arrangement.


It is hardly surprising that the figures associated with the Occupy Central movement, be they student leaders or opposition politicians, have a relationship with the US government, through its foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The organization channeled hundreds of thousands into programs to mobilize university students to demand universal suffrage, while the media has campaigned on their behalf, romanticizing the so-called ‘Umbrella Revolution’ on 24-hour news cycles in the West.


In keeping with other campaigns that have been bolstered by NED’s largesse, the protest movement brands itself with a symbol or color – the umbrella in this case – which is peddled as a fashion statement. The fact that these movements speak with emotions rather than facts make ‘revolution’ a very easy product to sell. Washington’s statements in support of Occupy Central are staggeringly hypocritical given the heavy-handed suppression of the US Occupy movement over the years, in addition to the regular accounts of police brutality that have enflamed race-relations in places such as Ferguson.

US support for the demonstrations in Hong Kong should be seen as part and parcel of a wider strategy by Washington to encourage agitation in China’s periphery regions and territorial disputes. It is only a matter of time before the protest movement loses steam, but the complex attitudes driving the discontent will not be easy to placate. Dialogue between the government and opposing forces will need to take place eventually, but the movement needs to know when to compromise.

A version of this commentary appeared in the Global Times.

Nile Bowie is a columnist with Russia Today, and a research affiliate with the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), an NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Oakland police officer fired over Occupy incident is reinstated

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Amnesty International: Israel Remains the Occupying Power in Gaza and is Thus Bound By...

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Occupy Google 10 arrested at Google Hdq asking for dialogue; battle for Net Neutrality

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NYC Settles over Police Suppression of Occupy Protest

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Government files reveal official campaign of spying against Occupy Wall Street

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Records Show Close Monitoring of Occupy Protests by Fusion Centers

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Guilty Verdict for Occupy Activist an “Attack on Dissent”

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Occupy Activist Faces Felony Charge For Elbowing Groping Cop

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Journalist sues NYPD over Occupy arrest

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Occupy protesters take NYPD to court

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Thai Protesters Occupy State Buildings

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Occupy pepper-spraying cop gets $38K

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Occupy ‘pepper-spray cop’ awarded $38k settlement

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Talk Nation Radio: Nathan Schneider on the Occupy Apocalypse

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Occupy Hungary?

Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary.Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary. (Photo: Európai Bizottság/ Végel Dániel)This Monday, the Hungarian Parliament passed a constitutional amendment that is raising serious concerns among defenders of civil liberties in Europe. After several years of defeats at the hands of Hungary’s highest Constitutional Court, the conservative right–dominated Parliament voted 265-11 to (in effect) take control over the country’s judicial system and throw into question decades of decisions protecting human rights.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and members of his party Fidesz insist the constitutional changes are only “technical” or cosmetic. The president of the European Commission disagrees, warning that the new amendment could violate the rule of law, and the US State Department has told  Orban that the changes “could threaten the principles of institutional independence and checks and balances that are the hallmark of democratic governance.”

This weekend saw days of protest, building on student actions first seen last fall. In this exclusive interview, Márton Gulyás (of Kretakor theater) tells GRITtv about Human Platform, a new coalition comprising groups working in healthcare, education, arts and culture, which played a leading role, alongside the Hungarian Student Network and Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, in bringing thousands into the streets on Saturday and Monday outside the Parliament.

Gulyas says protestors are hoping to wake their country up and with good reason.  In Orbán’s Hungary, the broadcast media consist almost entirely of government-friendly outlets; the universities, the central bank and even the country’s most prestigious theaters are being rapidly brought under Fidesz control while funds to independents are being slashed. As Princeton professor and Hungary watcher, Kim Lane Sheppele has detailed, Amendment Four would crush indefinitely the independence of Constitutional Court, which has so far been the only effective check on Orban’s power since his election in 2010.

“The danger is very real,” says Gulyas, who has put his theater career on hold in order to act on the political stage in what he sees as a critical moment.

Since this conversation was recorded, Hungary’s President Janos Ader has signed the amendment, guaranteeing its passage into law. That means that this March 15, when Hungarians are off work for a major national holiday,  could see even more massive protests.

March 15, Hungarian “Revolution Day” marks the start of Hungary’s 1848 revolution whose leaders called for (among other things) freedom of the press, equal treatment under the law, religous freedom and minority rights. One hundred and sixty-five years later, Viktor Orbán’s right-wing power grab has protesters calling for many of the same rights.  As I learned on a recent trip to Budapest, Hungarians are very fond of quoting their national poet, Sándor Petőfi, a hero of ’48 times.  Expect the first line of his celebrated National Song ("Rise Up, Magyar, the Country Calls")  to be recited this year with a whole new resonance.

For more on the student demands, watch this video from Human Platform (click on “CC” for English subtitles). A facebook group to follow: One Million for the Freedom of Press in Hungary.

Judge Acquits Occupy Activists

Calling them the "most affable group of defendants I've ever come across," and shaking their hands, Judge Nina N. Wright Padilla showed her support for the group, telling them "I hope you continue your work in a law-abiding way."

“Occupy”: Unity Will Increase Our Power

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Getting to the Next Level of Constructing a New Society Requires a Common Vision, Strategy and Unity

Once again the corporate mass media got the story wrong. Headlines across the country claimed that occupiers in New York came from households with incomes of over $100,000. The movement writer for The Nation, Allison Kilkenny, interviewed one of the researchers who points out that a lot of these were young people earning under $15,000 per year who were still in school and living with their parents.

The most important takeaway lesson from the researcher’s point of view:

“The takeaway for me is that this is part of an arch of social movement activity that built on previous work, and is building into continuing work.”

That struck us because we are working with political activists and occupiers across the country to develop a strategy to reach a more effective level of advocacy for transformation to a peaceful, just and sustainable society.

An article from Yes! MagazineOccupy 2.0: The Great Turning, resonated with us pointing out that there are thousands of people working in movements around the world and that uniting them would create an unstoppable force. How do we unite in a way where we keep the diversity of multiple movements but still work together in solidarity?  The answer in part is a common vision and strategic framework. The author, Michael Nagler of the Metta Center, puts forward a strategy they have been developing which they call “The Roadmap.” (The article links to a webinar on this approach.)

Their approach recommends a two track strategy similar to one we have emphasized from the beginning, Stop the Machine, Create a New World; or a resistance program of direct action and a constructive program of building what we want. This approach dates back to Gandhi and has been used in many transformative movements.In an article about the hidden history of economic democracy and how it relates to major social transformations throughout U.S. history, we summarized these two tracks by writing:

“History reinforces the idea that to achieve transformational change, we must proceed on twin tracks: protesting and building. Mahatma Gandhi changed his emphasis in the mid-1930s, a dozen years before independence from the British Empire, to work focused on building economically self-reliant communities from below (sardovaya, or social uplift for all). This became an adjunct to the strategy he is most known for, satyagraha (noncooperation and civil disobedience to unjust laws). Gandhian economics meant thousands of self-sufficient small communities with self-rule and the need for economic self-sufficiency at the village level joined together in a cooperative federation of village republics. This is bookended by the Gandhian social ideal of dignity of labor, equitable distribution of wealth, communal self-sufficiency and individual freedom.”

There is incredible work going on throughout the United States on both these tracks.  Economic democracy is gaining a foothold in the U.S. putting in place the kind of economy we want. And resistance continues to grow. In the last ten days we have reported on the following protests:

That is just in the past ten days! And, we have no doubt we are not reporting anywhere near all the protests that are occurring.  As we found out when we were organizing the Occupation of Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza, Americans have been in revolt for a long time, the media just does not report it.

For a while Occupy brough a lot of movements together under the broad anti-Wall Street goal of economic fairness and justice; that was one reason the movement was not ignored.  But now greater solidarity is needed, in order to show that there is a mass movement that people should be part of, a movement that can succeed in shifting power from concentrated wealth to the people.

One thing needed to bring the movement for social justice to the next level is unity.  It will take many working together to achieve effective solidarity. At OccupyWashingtonDC/Ocober2011, we are considering what we can do to advance solidarity. We ask for your thoughts, write us at [email protected]. Of course, unity is not all that is needed, but it is one step.

In the meantime, realize that Americans are awakening and taking action. Whether they are helping to build cooperatives, community or public banks, community-supported agriculture and farmers markets or other more democratic economic institutions; or whether they are protesting the mistaken direction of the U.S. economy and government – a lot of good work is being done and we should rejoice that so many are working to create a new world.

Some upcoming events:

  • February 6, 2013: Flood the NY Federal Courthouse on in opposition to the NDAA, see here and here.
  • February 9, 2013: Anti-Drone Protest at the CIA Headquarters, information here

Activities that are asking for support:

  • The Rolling Jubilee continues to eradicate debt, get involved! Click here for information.
  • Occupy Sandy in New York and New Jersey continues to clean up and help people get their lives back. Click here for information and here.
This article is a modified version of a weekly newsletter that covers activities in Occupy and other political movements. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers were both organizers of the Occupation of Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza, co-direct It’s Our Economy which works for economic democracy and co-host Clearing the FOG radio and television.

Millennials Occupy TransCanada Offices Across the US

More than 100 young people stormed a TransCanada office in Houston, Texas on Monday as part of a Tar Sands Blockade mass action targeting company offices across the United States. Blockaders streamed into the Houston office, occupying the space with their own hand-crafted “KXL pipe monster.”

Activist Alec Johnson was arrested Monday while refusing to leave the lobby of the Houston office after police ushered protesters outside. A videographer with the Chicago Indymedia Center was also arrested. Four others were arrested in a separate action in Liberty County, Texas for interrupting construction on the Keystone XL at work sites there.

Solidarity actions took place in Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New York, including actions at banks known to have investments in the Alberta tar sands. In Massachusetts eight student organizers locked themselves inside a TransCanada office, super-gluing their hands together to symbolize how fossil fuel corporations have us all locked into to irreversible climate change. The sit-in was organized by Students for a Just and Stable Future, a student coalition also campaigning to divest university endowments from the top 200 fossil fuel companies.

One of those students arrested in Massachusetts Monday was Lisa Purdy, a student organizer with the Brandeis Divestment Campaign Coalition at Brandeis University. Purdy told Campus Progress about her work on divestment back in November, and after she was released from jail we caught up with her again.

“If we want to be building this new economy that’s not based on fossil fuels than we need to be fighting at every level,” Purdy said. “So we have people fighting down in Texas against the actual infrastructure, we have people fighting in the courts, we have people getting arrested at related offices of TransCanada, and we have people working at their universities to divest.”

Purdy said she felt ecstatic after she was released and hopes that her action will inspire similar actions in across New England.

Assistant District Attorney Julie Richard said the state of Massachusetts will seek “considerable restitution for the costs of removing the protesters," but she did not mention what the amount would be, according to the Westborough Daily Voice.

“Right now we’re unaware of the costs we have to pay for the exact decision or actions led to those costs,” Alli Welton—another student working on divestment at Harvard University who was also among those arrested during the Massachusetts action—told Campus Progress. “It would be unfair for the Westborough taxpayers to pay for the attention that TransCanada has drawn because of its ethically dubious actions.”

“We’re dreaming of a day when the law asks TransCanada to pay restitution for the families they’ve uprooted and the resources they’ve damaged and the other impacts of the climate crisis they’ve caused by pushing forward projects like Keystone XL,” Welton continued.

Protesters also gathered in Brownsville, Wisconsin Monday, at the offices of Michel’s Corporation—the construction company contracted to build the southern leg of the Keystone XL across Texas.

What's next for the Keystone XL?

Despite the years of mass protest against the tar sands project, former Bush and Clinton cabinets have said they expect President Obama to rubber stamp the pipeline soon.

Former Environmental Protection Agency Head Lisa Jackson is expected to resign this month. A reportedly close source suggests the departure is due to the Obama administration's plans to approve the Keystone XL.

“She was going to stay on until November or December,” a Jackson insider told the New York Post. “But this changed it. She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports it [Keystone] getting built.”

President Obama denied the original construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in January of 2012 when TransCanada proposed the 1,700-mile pipeline as a single project. Since then, the corporation has split the pipeline into two halves and reapplied for a permit for the northern section.

Jackson’s spokeswoman, Victoria Rivas-Vazquez, pointed back to the original announcement regarding the resignation, claiming Jaskson wanted to “pursue new challenges, time with her family and new opportunities. She said “the idea that her decision was made based on anything else is entirely false.”

The White House refused to comment on Jackson perceived reasons for leaving. Spokesman Clark Stevens told The Post that the “State Department’s assessment (of Keystone) is ongoing and any speculation would be premature.”

While the EPA is not responsible for the pipeline review process, it is one of many federal agencies that have advised the Obama administration on the pipeline project. The State Department, the agency that is responsible for the pipeline review, has clashed in the past with the EPA over earlier drafts of the pipeline’s Environmental Impact Statement, which the EPA said didn’t address the impacts on air and water quality among many other issues. The EPA, while under Jackson’s helm, has continued to raise serious concerns about the pipeline.

Though questions concerning the reason for Jackson’s resignation still loom, environmentalists are elated over the nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton. While Clinton has been criticized for having close ties to Paul Elliot, a top TransCanada lobbyist and former deputy director her presidential campaign, John Kerry has been known as a vocal climate hawk.

In October 2011, Kerry, the head of the U.S. Senate's foreign relations committee, vowed to use his influence to thoroughly examine the environmental impact of Keystone XL.

But no matter who is charged with helm-holding at the State Department or the EPA—or whether or not the president approves the project—the Tar Sands Blockade movement has proved that something grand and game-changing needs to happen.

Despite mass public outcry, mass symbolic protest actions, legislative battles and now even some high-ranking resignations, it's direct action that's ultimately need to stop a toxic project that has been deemed “game over” for the planet by NASA’s top climate scientist.

And that’s the idea that’s really catching on with young people across the nation who are utilizing nonviolent tactics, like locking themselves to dirty energy infrastructure in an effort to spread the message that we can’t afford to continue down an unsustainable path for our climate.

The Tar Sands Blockade movement vows to continue obstructing construction on the pipeline in the event that President Obama indeed gives the project a green light.

Indigenous Occupy: Canadian grassroots native movement on rise

First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013 (Reuters / Chris Wattie)

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An indigenous movement known as ‘Idle No More’ is gaining momentum in Canada. The First Nations people have promised to bring the country's economy 'down to its knees' if aboriginals’ voices remain unheard.

Having begun with four members in November, Idle No More has now become reminiscent of other grassroots movements like Occupy Wall Street.

Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with native chiefs on Friday to discuss disagreements over treaty rights and other grievances. Despite him promising to pay more attention to their demands, the meeting did not resolve any real issues.

Before the meeting, hundreds of indigenous activists protested in front of the Canada’s parliament, demonstrating their frustration, but also highlighting a deep divide within the country's First Nations on how to push Ottawa to heed their demands.

Mass demonstrations have been sparked by Bill C-45, which was passed by the Canadian government in December. The legislation amends rules about the community's land and protesters say it undermines century-old treaties by altering the approval process for leasing aboriginal lands to outsiders and changing environmental oversight in favor of natural resource extraction.

“Bill C-45 is not just about a budget, it is a direct attack on First Nations lands and on the bodies of water we all share from across this country,” Idle No More said in a statement on its website.

First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada′s Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013 (Reuters / Chris Wattie)
First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013 (Reuters / Chris Wattie)

“Canada is becoming essentially the world’s No.1 corporate colony,” claimed independent researcher and writer Andrew Gavin Marshall. “Our prime minister has negotiated or is negotiating eight free trade agreements – this is opening up Canada to unhindered corporate plundering of the environment and resources. Indigenous peoples are at the front lines of that because their communities are hit first and they are hit hardest. So they may be facing the final stages of the 500-years genocide.”

In an interview with RT, Marshall said the Idle No More movement puts a spotlight on a broad range of problems within Canada. The movement is a resurgence of indigenous resistance against colonialism and oppression, he explained. Apart from that, it addresses human issues, the environment, the economy and society in general.

“In Canada we have essentially what amounts to apartheid system in how we treat the indigenous population. In their communities they have less access to water, food insecurity.”

Another serious issue is the situation that indigenous women are facing. “We have huge numbers of murdered or missing aboriginal women. The police don’t care. It’s unaccounted for.”

As the movement is gaining moment it is spreading outside Canada with hundreds of protests held across the world, Marshall says.“It’s been spreading globally because indigenous issues are human issues and are relevant everywhere around the world. It can spread in the same way the Occupy spread – largely through social media.”

Canadian society is waking up to the fact that the world has changed, Marshall argues.

“You have a youth movement here in Quebec and now an indigenous movement across the country and spreading.”

“What’s happening is part of the global phenomenon of change. This has no national boundaries, this is about people waking up to the power systems that exist and demanding and fighting for change,” he told RT.

“What aboriginal people in Canada are teaching us is that to protect the environment we have to address empire and that’s the reality that people everywhere are facing. As well as economic injustice – these are all related issues – we can’t deal with them separately. We have to deal with them collectively and we have to act on them collectively.”

First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada′s Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013 (Reuters / Chris Wattie)
First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013 (Reuters / Chris Wattie)

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Trump's Treasury Pick Excelled at Kicking Elderly People Out of Their Homes

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, in the lobby of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, November 15, 2016. Mnuchin's...

Top UK diplomats slam Russia’s ‘malign influence’ in Syria

A senior British Foreign Office official has accused Russia of being “a very malign influence” and “making things worse” in Syria. That’s amid UK’s...

9/11 attacks paved way for rise of Islamophobia: Analyst

An analyst says that the 9/11 attacks paved the way for Zionists to preoccupy people in the West with Islamophobia. Read more

Is Obama Setting-up War With Russia By ‘Unraveling’ The Situation In Syria?

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - A 12 August 2012 U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency warning that the Obama Administration’s strategy might drive ISIS from Mosul in Iraq to Der...

Oklahoma Political Elite Fan the Flames of Environmental Deregulation in Trump's US

Activists occupy the Oceti Sakowin Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on November 18, 2016. (Photo: Oceti Sakowin Camp) The famous 1973 occupation of Wounded...

Why Did Japan Choose a Suicidal War in 1941?

Seven decades after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor some truth is finally beginning to emerge from the miasma of propaganda that still clouds...

Squatters evicted from building of squatting-prevention firm in London

A group of campaigners occupying the old headquarters of squatting prevention company Camelot Europe were evicted on Thursday after two months living at the...

Amnesty demands DOJ probe into treatment of DAPL protesters

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has called for an investigation by the Department of Justice into the...

Wounded Knee III in the Making?

The attack on Sunday night, which has been rightly condemned by UN human rights observers as an atrocity, harks back to the simultaneous country-wide...

Four Ways to Look at Standing Rock: An Indigenous Perspective

Police face off against protestors occupying a bridge immediately north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, October 28, 2016....

25 Things Trump Shouldn’t Do

Liberals and progressives, if they were honest, would say that Donald Trump should resign or jump off Trump Tower. Conservatives and libertarians, even if...

Dakota pipeline protesters build bridge in battle for Turtle Island (VIDEO)

Activists fighting the construction of a crude oil pipeline through Native American lands have built a makeshift bridge to protect a sacred hill occupied...

‘They will kill if necessary’: Historian scolds crackdown of DAPL protest (VIDEO)

Corporate America will eventually “liquidate” Native Americans, like those at Standing Rock who are protesting the...

Canada’s Political Parties Enable Israel’s Oppression of Palestinians

How can you identify a Canadian Liberal? They talk to the left, but walk to the right. Under Justin Trudeau “Canada is back” to isolating...

Our Gandalf the Grey

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people. The establishment has...

Obama’s Nonexistent Legacy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org “Trump did more than any democrat to deflate the neocon/neoliberal agenda that liberals themselves screamed was fascist when Bush...

“Activists” continue to protest Trump election, seeking to create ‘movement’

More than a week after Donald Trump’s upset election, protesters continue to take to the streets in the US and elsewhere to condemn the...

‘Not another way’: Dakota pipeline’s developer rules out rerouting

The Dakota Access oil pipeline will not be rerouted, despite mass protests, its developer has said....

The Revenge of Class and the Death of the Democratic Party

Artwork from book cover | America at War with Itself The Democratic Party of my lifetime – the coalition of Wall St finance capital and...

Commies Order Vegan Pizza

5 Years ago my business partner Hunter Lewis asked me if I wanted to develop AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. I ‘d write about the phenomenon of crony...

Shooting at anti-Trump protest in Portland, police looking for ‘African-American male’ (PHOTOS)

At least one person has been injured in a shooting at an anti-Trump protest in Portland, Oregon. The protests, now in their third night,...

Trump Has Been Scrooge McDuck

Remnant Review “President Obama is a very good man. I will seek his counsel in the future.” — Donald Trump (November 10, 2016) The honeymoon with...

BBC interview with French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sparks Twitterstorm

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, is to appear on the BBC’s...

Vandalized cars, smashed windows: Anti-Trump protest in Portland proclaimed ‘riot’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Police in Portland, Oregon, have deployed pepper and OC spray as well as "rubber ball distraction...

Trump denounces ‘media-incited’ protesters in angry Twitter post

Two days since his victory, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter once more, this time lashing...

Time To Rebrand Libertarianism

Silver Lining: The Media has Lost Control of the Narrative I want to talk about some of the silver linings in this awful election, and...

Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails is not directed at a case of negligence in the face of security regulations but at...

As Pipeline Construction and Repression Grows, DAPL Protest is Looking More Like a Mass...

Photo by John Duffy | CC BY 2.0   News this past week from the front line of the Dakota Access Pipeline battle has been alarming. As...

How to Contact the People Who Sent Militarized Police to Standing Rock

Police face off against protesters occupying a bridge immediately north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on...

Why Police From Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp — and Other Questions

Police face off against protesters occupying a bridge immediately north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, October...

Status symbol: Dakota pipeline protest Facebook check-ins fail to ‘confuse’ police

Solidarity for the protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline seems to be growing. Law enforcement, however,...
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Video: Broken Treaties Central to the Injustice of the Dakota Access Pipeline

As water protectors occupy unceded tribal lands, experts detail the treaties violated by the US government that have enabled the Dakota Access Pipeline Visit...

Prison Labor is Slavery by Another Name

Right now there’s a national movement mobilizing to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. But imagine if...

Police warn of eviction 'at any time' as Dakota Access protesters refuse to leave...

Despite officers threatening to clear private land, Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protesters are refusing to leave....

Adam Curtis: Another Manager of Perceptions

Adam Curtis’ new, near three-hour documentary HyperNormalisation, showing on BBC iplayer, is being garlanded with predictable praise from liberal commentators. ...

‘How Do We Get to a Conversation in This Country About Climate?’ – CounterSpin...

Janine Jackson interviewed Mark Trahant about Dakota Access for the October 14, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson:...

Closing arguments made in Oregon refuge standoff trial

The Oregon wildlife refuge standoff trial has entered the closing arguments phase. Seven people, including members...

Turkey Now Likely to Leave NATO if Clinton Becomes President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Turkey’s two top leaders have both indicated that, if the U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton becomes elected as the...

The Imperial Prez’s Toolbox of Terror

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”—Richard Nixon Presidents don’t give up power. Executive orders don’t expire at the end of...

Military Blogger Alleges U.S. Now Aids ISIS to Oust Assad

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - A highly informed anonymous military blogger, who goes by the name of “bernhard” and blogs at his widely followed “Moon of...

Ex-general calls for British boots on ground in Syria

Troops on the ground in Syria are a strategic necessity and if the UK wants...

America’s Pro-Drug War

Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was...

Protests Will Start When the Checks Stop

by Allen W. Smith / October 5th, 2016 My article, “Let the Public Know the Truth About Social Security,” Dissident Voice, September 26, 2016, raised...

I’m a Bernie Sanders Voter: Here’s Why I’ll Vote Trump

By Eric Zuesse Sometimes, things in politics are the opposite of the way they seem. The Presidential contest between the ‘liberal’ Hillary Clinton’ and the...

Clinton describes Sanders supporters as ‘basement-dwellers’ & ‘baristas’ in leaked recording

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made forthright remarks about Bernie Sanders’ supporters during a private meeting...

Obama’s Gift to Israel – and Lockheed

The Israeli lobby wins again! That’s the obvious takeaway from President Barack Obama’s historically large, but not quite unprecedented $38 billion “aid...

A Victory in Mosul Could Help Clinton

If a U.S.-backed coalition drives the Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq, before the U.S. elections, the victory could boost Hillary...

NYPD used undercover police to snoop on Black Lives Matter protests – court documents

Newly obtained documents indicate the New York Police Department may have committed constitutional violations by deploying...

US Propaganda Goes into Overdrive

Over the weekend the Western press is blasting Russia and Syria for alleged war crimes in their assault on the terrorist controlled part of...

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States

Robert J. Burrowes As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this...

SAS troops murdered by Nazis given memorial stones

Memorial stones will be placed at the murder site of SAS soldiers who were executed by the Nazis while operating deep inside enemy-held France...

The Real Enemy of Both Koreas

Warring hotspots all over the world are flaring up in 2016 in what amounts to preparation for World War III between the military forces...

The Road from Standing Rock to Gaza is a Straight Line

Ryan Rodrick Beiler | Shutterstock.com I’m not a North American Indian although I was adopted by clan mothers of the Longhouse Bear Clan from Akwesasne during the...

Living at the Mercy of the North Wind

by John R. Hall / September 17th, 2016 They say that home is where the heart is. If this is so, my heart must be...

Visiting the Imperial Capital

Yesterday, my duties required me to go into the Imperial Capital for meetings. Not being a Cloud Person, and living among the Dirt People,...

‘Keep it in the ground’: Environmentalists gather in DC, demand end to oil drilling...

A group of more than 40 protesters gathered in front of the White House in a...

Wild horses no cash cow: 45,000 to be killed by Bureau of Land Management

Few animals in the US are as romanticized as horses. From gracing the covers of cheesy...

Why Does Trump Survive Scandals? Because Scandals Are Part of His Appeal

Donald Trump accepts the Republican nomination for president on the final night of the Republican National Convention, at the Quicken Loans Arena...

Jon Basil Utley: Phyllis Schlafly Opposed the Wars

Phyllis Schlafly was a giant of the conservative movement. And she opposed America’s recent wars. An early fighter, who started up with opposition...

U.S. Caves to Russia on Syria — Won’t Continue Protecting Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse On Friday, September 9th, America’s Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came to an agreement on Syria, for...

The Hysterical Left

Last week in Commentary, neocon publicist Noah Rothman brazenly or stupidly denied the obvious. Having learned that Hillary Clinton, in a speech before the American...
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Video: One of Ukraine’s largest TV channels set on fire, under siege after claims...

Protesters who've been occupying one of Ukraine's largest TV channels - Inter - say they've now ended their blockade. Activists say they've agreed to...

Phyllis Schlafly Opposed the Wars

Phyllis Schlafly was a giant of the conservative movement. And she opposed America’s recent wars. An early fighter, who started up with opposition...

Powder Keg: the Rage in Urban America

a katz | Shutterstock.com What is happening in America? The city of Milwaukee in the State of Wisconsin was convulsed in violence after the fatal shooting of a...

‘We Are Peaceful Protectors of Water and of Health’ – CounterSpin interview with Kandi...

Janine Jackson interviewed Kandi Mossett about the Native American pipeline protest for the August 26, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

The Ignorance of George P. Shultz

Here is an excerpt from George P. Shultz’s book, Learning from Experience, due this fall from Hoover Institution Press. “They will be more effective if...

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. — Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna 1:45 If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first...

The Excesses of the Extreme Centre

Donald Trump, in a speech given in Charlotte on Thursday, August 18, cast himself as the truth teller for forgotten Americans and a champion...

From the Battle of Seattle to the Financial Crisis

(Shutterstock) I had many lessons from the Battle of Seattle, and one of them was that policewomen can deal it out as good as any...

Tell Us Why We’re At War, Candidates

When I was a kid, successive presidents told us we had to fight in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, because if we didn’t fight them...

"Necessary Trouble" and a Long, Hard Struggle: Talking Movements With Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe. (Photo: Julieta Salgado)What connects the recent movements that have shaken the foundations of US inequality? In her acclaimed book Necessary...

The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right

This talk was delivered on November 23, 2008, at the H.L. Mencken Club. If the H.L. Mencken Club can achieve that for which it has been...

Just How Dangerous Are the Media?

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian...

U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

Eric Zuesse On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that...

‘If I commit suicide, investigate Hillary’: A hot month for the Clinton body count

Donald Trump threatened to kill Hillary Clinton last Tuesday. The Secret Service came to visit him and he's looking at five years in prison....

Ain’t no party like a Green Party: Jill Stein answers questions in townhall

The Green Party’s presidential nominee, Jill Stein, went on CNN to directly address voters and their...

Fringe Benefits

by Gary Beck / August 14th, 2016 Occupying armiesswaggered, pillaged, raped,traditional fruitsof victory.Wine, women, lootconsoled the troopswith abundant diversionunavailable at hometo lower class enlisted menusually...

A Terrorist Endorses Hillary Clinton

Days after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Mike Morell, former acting director of the CIA, said the U.S. should covertly kill Russians and Iranians...

Tim Cast pulls out of Milwaukee: 'For those who are perceivably White, it is...

A well-known journalist who frequently covers civil unrest across the country has decided to leave Milwaukee because of "racial tensions" that he observed...

Updates from on the Ground in Syria: June to August 11, 2016

Since June 13, 2016, I have been visiting different regions of Syria but have not had sufficient time to post regularly.  However, until I am...

Rethinking the Cold War

The Cold War began during the Truman administration and lasted through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations and was ended in...

Thousands Moving Money to Black-Owned Banks

Singer Solange Knowles, sister of pop star Beyonce, recently announced that she was moving her dollars to a Black-owned bank. Last month,...

Federal Investigation Lays Bare How Baltimore Police Systematically Abuse Black Residents' Civil Rights

When Baltimore erupted in an uprising last year following the violent death of Freddie Gray in police custody, angry protesters, most of them black...

Class Dismissed: Identity Politics to the Front of the Line

Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock.com The Eggs in Clinton’s Political Basket and the Potential for Radical Transformation Political discourse in America still takes place within the New Deal/Great Society...

At Freedom Square, the Revolution Lives in Brave Relationships

(Photo: Kristiana Rae Colón) Chicago -- Today is Day 17 of occupying Freedom Square, a block party protest in opposition to Homan Square,...

51 Killed in Iraq; Thousands Used as Human Shields

51 Killed in Iraq; Thousands Used as Human Shields The United States is sending 400 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to...

Fathers’ pressure group occupies Labour leader Corbyn’s roof

Paternal activist group Fathers 4 Justice has occupied the roof of Jeremy Corbyn’s London home...

Olympics: Tribe Facing “Genocide” Defies Ranchers after Baby’s Death

The Guarani have a deep sense of connection to their land, but have seen most of it stolen and destroyed by intensive agriculture. ©...

Chicago cops involved in fatal shooting ‘relieved of police powers’

Paul O’Neal was shot and killed by Chicago police officers after he was pulled over for...

Return of the slums: 31 people found living in single-family home in London

A landlord was exposed and shamed online after his four-bedroom London property was found to be housing 31 people, including in a backyard wooden...

From Gaza to Ferguson: A Pattern of Increased Militarism and Brutality

In the summer of 2014, the people of Ferguson were brutally subjected to a military-style crackdown by local law enforcement following the murder of...

The Times They Are a Changing

There can be little doubt that we are living through an extraordinary, and in many ways unprecedented, era. Times of uncertainty and tremendous upheaval...

New Anti-Government TV Series

“Never trust a criminal … until you have to,” is the official motto of The Blacklist, the American crime-thriller television series that premiered on NBC...

Trump Enrages the War Party

This election season is so much fun because Donald Trump keeps enraging all the right people – and his timing is perfect. Just as...

War & Peace: Azerbaijan & Palestine

Armenians can only marvel at Zionist chutzpahPart I considered the remarkable similarities between Armenians and Jews. They both were socialist, then capitalist, adapting as...

The Distinction between Terrorism and Insurgency

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - The definition of the term “terrorism” has been deliberately left undefined by the Western powers to use it as an umbrella-pretext...

Nice Brings to Mind Operation Gladio

Commentators who have learned to distrust official explanations, such as Peter Koenig and Stephen Lendman have raised questions about the Nice attack. It does seem...

The Long Victory of Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) during a campaign event at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 12, 2016....

The Military Is an Unholy Institution

My articles are usually rated G for general audiences. I don’t normally write articles directed toward a particular group. But since the juggernaut of...

Rikers prison gets $1.2mn military weapons upgrade, incl. Tasers, Kel-Tec shotguns

New York’s Rikers Island prison has a bleak reputation for excessive use of force, inmate deaths,...

Get Tony! People are obsessing over how to punish Blair for Iraq

Critics of ex-PM Tony Blair are lining up to offer ways to punish him for...

The Problem Is Overpolicing

(Photo: Thomas Hawk) Once again we are confronted by the horrifying images of black men being killed by the police. A hauntingly familiar...

Marc Lamont Hill: Dallas Shootings Can't Deter Us From Continuing Movement Against State Violence

The shooting in Dallas that has so far left five police officers dead and six other wounded was carried out by at...

The military-industrial complex of Pakistan

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report that Pakistan’s...

The Iraq War Was an Act of Military Aggression Launched on a False Pretext:...

Before addressing the issues raised in the Iraq Inquiry report, I would like to remember and honour the 179 British servicemen and women killed...

Trump protests turn violent in Denver, 3 arrested

In what has become a typical Trump rally brouhaha, a protest against the presumptive Republican presidential...

Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election

(Photo: Anticapitalistes) The vote was a stalemate, but the political landscape has changed. Spain voted on June 26 with polls suggesting that the populist progressive Podemos...

Brexit: Establishment Freak Out

The “masters of the universe” are shocked and displeased. Increasing numbers of voters are registering their anger, most recently by voting for Brexit in...

Revolts of the Debtors: From Socrates to Ibn Khaldun

Last week I attended a wonderful conference in the university town of Tübingen, Germany, on “Debt: The First 3500 Years,” to bring ancient historians...

How Obama, Clinton, & the DNC forced fracking on the world

This week’s decision by a federal judge to strike down the Obama administration's efforts to regulate,...

CIA forced to release post-9/11 torture evidence, unclear if arrests will follow

Disturbing details of "illegal" torture techniques used by the US government after the 9/11 attacks were...

U.S. Elites: the Original Gangsters

Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock.com   Re-Thinking Organized Crime Donald Trump is at home in the underworld. Tom Robbins writes that the de facto GOP nominee “has encountered a steady...

Never Apologize, Donald

“Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.” Donald Trump has internalized the maxim Benjamin Jowett gave to his students at Balliol...

Radical Chic and the US Military: Together At Last

In Syria, Western leftists ally with Washington’s regime changers The first time as tragedy, the second as farce – that’s what Karl Marx...

Britain secretly upgrading its nukes without asking MPs – report

Britain is secretly upgrading its arsenal of Trident nuclear weapons and is developing an entirely new warhead, according to a report from the Nuclear...

Anti-nuke activists begin month-long blockade of atomic facility

Anti-nuclear activists are starting a month-long protest against Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons program, arguing it...

Trump Unhinged: Satirical series shows ‘sheer ridiculousness’ of The Donald (VIDEOS)

As Donald Trump’s presidential campaign turns from “funny to scary,” a Canadian animation studio told RT...

‘GMO Crops Are Tools of a Chemical Agriculture System’

Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about Monsanto protests for the May 27, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Patty Lovera: “People’s growing...

The Banks Can Be Beaten

When the 2008 financial crash slammed the New York City construction industry, Maribel Touré’s husband lost his job as an architect. On top of...

All Donald Trump’s Men

Donald Trump claims to fight for the little guy against a rigged system, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has...

The State of the Left: Many Movements, Too Many Goals?

The Sanders campaign has proven a couple of important things about today’s political reality in the United States. 1)    A substantial number of Americans...

Tragic Valor of Marines at Con Thien

Exclusive: Memorial Day is exploited by politicians glorifying war and armed services recruiting new soldiers, but it should be a time to reflect...

Feel the Hate

a katz | Shutterstock.com   Many Bernie Sanders activists and supporters are understandably disgusted by the contemptuous mistreatment they and their candidate have received from the corporate-Clintonite Democratic...

All the Presumptive Nominee's Men

Roger Stone Jr., who backs Donald Trump, in front of a Nixon campaign poster at his apartment in New York, August 13,...

Cowgirl Diplomacy? Foreign Policy Under Hillary Clinton

America’s mainstream media, ever attracted to the splashy rather than the serious, has a new topic to occupy the time until Election...

The Empire’s Reach Is Galactic

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino,...

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back...

Žižek at Left Forum: ‘Terrorists, rapists, & criminals among refugees, but who cares?’

Slavoj Žižek, “the most dangerous philosopher in the West,” stirred the melting pot Sunday as the closing speaker at Left Forum 2016 in New...

Replacing Andrew Jackson with the Harriet Tubman Myth

Apr 21, 2016 By Lana Lokteff | redice.tv In 2020, Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill to reflect the “new...

Propaganda Countdown to WWIII

While the two leaders from Armenia and Azerbaijan met this week and agreed to comply with the treaty set forth that ended their bloody six-year war...

Hillary Clinton’s ‘House of Cards’

Special Report: In promoting Hillary Clinton for President, the Democratic Party is betting that American voters are ready to venture...

‘America was never great’: Woman’s hat prompts death threats from Trump posse

American exceptionalists got riled up this week after a young Home Depot employee wearing an “America...

Bill Clinton to Poland and Hungary: Do As We Say on Immigration, You Dirty...

Shortly after World War II, after the Soviet Red Army liberated Hungary from Nazi occupation, the Hungarians held their first election...

Bosses paid too much, says Bank of England economist

Enormous pay packets enjoyed by Britain’s biggest capitalists are holding back economic growth in the...

Mizzou Faculty Offers Educational Videos for White People Who Have a ‘Way of Life...

Does the University of Missouri have a death wish?  In the wake of capitulating to race grievance demonstrators, Mizzou is already experiencing...

South Africa: ‘White people in Sandton must share their empty rooms with the homeless’

The Black First land First (BLF) movement has proposed a controversial new housing plan that would see Alexandra’s homeless housed in sub-divided...

NATO & the Humanitarian Dismemberment of Yugoslavia

On March 24th, 1999, NATO launched its 78-day round the clock aerial assault on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia without the approval of the...

Lucky Lab Accidents

You’d be surprised at how often science meets serendipity. Without happy lab accidents, we might never have discovered phosphorous or penicillin. Moreover, once an...

Bloody Thursday: Reagan’s deadly war on student protesters (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Forty-seven years ago, the US National Guard and armed police violently targeted students and anti-war demonstrators...

Baghdad on military lockdown over fear of protests

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Bill Van Auken Security forces erected heavy concrete blast walls and strung...

New Mexico is going to have a billion-dollar ghost town for research

In the New Mexico desert, a billion dollars is being poured into building a futuristic city,...

RE/MAX: First In Global Home Sales — Including West Bank Settlements

Though not covered much by mainstreams media, the movement to stop Re/MAX from selling properties in the West Bank is now two years old....

Stop laundering of plundered Nigerian assets via UK, reformers tell Cameron

Britain must end its role as a “safe haven” for white-collar criminals who steal Nigeria’s...

‘Environmental breakdown’: Florida Bay hit with huge seagrass die-off

The Secretary of the Interior and scientists are drawing attention to a massive die off in...

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

(Photo: Yann Caradec / Flickr) An extreme weather event hits Norway. Finally shocked into doing something radical about climate change, Norwegian citizens propel the Green...

Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution

Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find? Among...

Farage shoots down Brexit support from French far-right chief Le Pen

Brexit campaigners, including UKIP’s Nigel Farage, have shunned support from the French Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, ahead of her controversial visit to...

The Occupied Mentality Syndrome

Since the Korean War, but particularly since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 until today, the United States has been steadily escalating its military presence...

University used $175,000 to bury ‘pepper spray’ cop internet searches (VIDEO)

Officials at University of California at Davis have reportedly spent $175,000 trying to digitally suppress the...

Don’t be fooled: Panama leak barely scratches the surface of elite corruption

The Panama Papers are a drop in the ocean of offshore tax havens. In total, between $7 trillion and $32 trillion is stashed across the...

The American Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse Even for the post of U.S. President, the preferences of the American people have only a marginal, if any, impact upon the selection...

Controlling History: The Sordid Story of the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia and NATO Aggression

After having stoked the civil wars and violent dismantling of Yugoslavia of 1991-1995, the United States—with the help of the ICTY—stoked a crisis in Kosovo...

UK-trained Afghan soldiers defect to Taliban amid new spring offensive

Afghan Army soldiers are deserting to join the Taliban as the resurgent jihadist group announces...

‘Democracy Spring’ activists to stage sit-in at US Capitol (VIDEO)

Thousands of “Democracy Spring” protesters have arrived in Washington DC, following their 10-day, 140-mile (225km) march...

Arrests made after clashes at far-right and anti-fascist rallies in Dover (VIDEO)

Arrests have been made in the port of Dover, in the south east of the...

The 1% Games: More Than 50,000 New Yorkers Pay Zero City Income Taxes

Perhaps you will be pleased to know that the number of New York City households reporting incomes of more than $1 million has climbed...

No charges for Minneapolis officers involved in Jamar Clark death

Two white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota will not face criminal charges for their involvement in...

Journalism’s Dark Matter

Journalists face numerous ethical and institutional challenges when doing their job. But none of these challenges lays bare the conflicts and compromises involved in...

Terrorism: Then & Now

Ruins of the Metropole Hotel on Sackville Street | Wikipedia The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rebellion. Throughout the year I...

EU gun laws not stopping terror arms trade – police

Flawed European laws have allowed weapons to slip into the hands of Islamic State (IS,...

Terrorism: From the Irish Dynamite War to the Islamic State

How many Western leaders are honestly interested in terrorists’ motives? Pictured: bombing in the Irish Civil War. (Photo: Public Domain) The year 2016 is the...

Petition to ban 'dangerous' Cameron from re-entering UK receives over 23k signatures

More than 23,000 people have signed a petition to stop British Prime Minister David Cameron...

Can We Change the Political System? Strategic Lessons of the Bernie Sanders Campaign

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a town hall at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on January 25, 2016. (Photo: Alex...

Sanders Tip-toes in Criticizing Israel

Exclusive: Sen. Sanders ventured hesitantly down the scary path of criticizing Israel, but even his timid approach looked heroic compared...

Understanding Obama’s Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse On 28 May 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the West Point Military Academy class of graduating cadets, future leaders of America’s armed...

Trump: ‘I want to get along with Russia’

Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination, said he favored better relations with...

The Revolution May Not Be Televised, But Bernie Sanders Is Going All The Way

Tom Weis First the political powers that be tried to count Bernie Sanders out after Super Tuesday, only to watch him come roaring back with...

Two US prosecutors who covered up police killings lose primary elections

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. David Brown Last Tuesday, the state’s attorneys in Cleveland and Chicago lost...

It’s a Money Thing

by Scott Thomas Outlar / March 13th, 2016 We interrupt this broadcastto televise the protest They ditched the idea of tongues and pensand started swinging fists...

Denouncing Free College in the Name of the Poor

Protest against the imposition of tuition at New York City’s Cooper Union, historically a tuition-free private college. (cc photo: Michael Fleshman) Although corporate media outlets...

The False Flag of Regime Change

(…Or The Plot Calling The Kettle Black)  Denis A. Conroy (RINF) - The political sphere in the West is experiencing thrombosis; elites are clogging up the...

As Trump Calls Himself "Very, Very Pro-Israel," Rubio and Cruz Accuse Him of Being...

At the Republican debate in Miami, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich all came out opposing any negotiations between the Israelis...

Trump’s America: A Shining Outhouse on a Hill

When Donald Trump announced he was running for president, I mocked him. “Of the United States?” I asked. (I got a C- in Mockery...

Western Reporter in Syria Finds U.S.-Backed Fighters Are Jihadists

Eric Zuesse Eva Bartlett, an independent journalist who is the first Western reporter who has travelled through the areas of Syria that have been freed...

You Think North Korea Is Aggressive Now?

orth Korea warned it would make a preemptive nuclear strike if the U.S. and South Korea engaged in scheduled joint military exercises. Pictured: North...

This is how we spooked Putin: What the New York Times won’t tell you

All of a sudden, straight out of nowhere, Ukraine creeps back into the news. There is renewed fighting in the rebellious eastern regions. There is...

Ontario report: Inequality at levels “not seen since the Great Depression”

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Dylan Lubao A report published by the union-backed Ontario Common Front paints...

An Open Letter to the People of West Papua

James Burrowes & Robert J. Burrowes Wa wa wa wa. We have recently been discussing your ongoing courageous struggle to liberate yourselves from more than 100...

How a Little Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

(ResoluteSupportMedia / Flickr) After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this...

Article on Sanders’ Complaints About Journalism Demonstrates Why Sanders Complains About Journalism

The New York Times caps its attempt to refute Sanders’ media critique with a photo proving that Sanders is sometimes on TV. (photo: Lexey...

Breaking the Backbone of Indian Society: The Small Farmer

This is an updated and amended version of an article originally published in August 2015 which includes new information and new links to journal...

Fearing Sanders as ‘Closet Realist’

Exclusive: To Washington’s neocons like David Ignatius, Sen. Sanders should be disqualified for being a “closet realist” who doesn’t accept their forced “regime change” in...

The Meaning Behind the Sanders Surge

What is most startling about the excited response to Sen. Sanders’s campaign is that millions of Americans seem to be saying that free-market capitalism...

Huge win for Net Neutrality in India: new rules ban discriminatory pricing and “Zero...

Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero...

Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 1 Percent

Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the “1...

Latest Round of Syrian Peace Talks Stumbles Out of the Blocks

Thanks to Russia, Assad isn’t going anywhere. (Photo: Thierry Ehrmann / Flickr Commons ) Yet again the Syrian conflict has taken the front pages of...

Bernie Hysteria & Liberal Hypocrisy

Chris Ernesto (RINF) - The primary purpose of this article isn't to make any of Bernie Sanders' Democratic or Republican competition look comparatively good -...

Breaking The Neocon Stranglehold On Washington

No matter who occupies the US presidency, it seems the neoconservatives always occupy positions of foreign policy power. A neocon like Robert Kagan, for...

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

Robert J. Burrowes A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of...

Google testing secretive drone project that can beam 5G internet – report

Google is reportedly testing a new internet connectivity program called Project Skybender. The project involves solar drones that use millimeter radio waves to allow...

‘Slow death of social housing’: 80,000 council homes face Tory chop

The Conservative government’s Housing and Planning Bill will cause at least 80,000 council properties in Britain to vanish by 2020, according to the Local...

Manna from Hell

War is hell. Unless, of course, you happen to be a global corporate peddler of rockets, drones, bombs, and all the other hellish weaponry of...

If Ramadi Is What ‘Victory’ Against ISIS Looks Like, We’re in Trouble

(U.S. Army / Flickr) One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways...

The Seeds Of Spin: Decoding Pro-GMO Lies And Falsehoods

If you are in some way critical of genetically modified food and agriculture or have some concerns that remain unaddressed, here is a brief...

The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq

 (Image: “Vote Different”) Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion...

Overuse of electronics is causing worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness in children

Myopia, or nearsightedness, has been increasing over the past few decades among adults and is showing up more in very young children, even preschool-age...

The U.S. Has an Empire of Bases in the Middle East – and It’s...

U.S. Amy (Photo: WikiCommons) Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a...

Wrestling with Wrestling Jerusalem

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling Jerusalem Solo shows are about journeys. The performer tells the story of how he or she navigated through an experience of...

Britain apologises for Kurdish protests — Turkish media

British authorities have reportedly apologised for the Kurdish protests which took place while the Turkish prime minister was visiting the UK in January, according...

A Balanced View of the Obama Presidency

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Barack Obama’s Presidency turns out to have been what neither his supporters nor his opponents expected. A balanced historical...

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

Robert J. Burrowes It has been argued that nonviolent struggles to liberate occupied countries — such as West Papua, Tibet, Palestine, Kanaky and Western Sahara...

AlterNet Cites FAIR on Media and Inequality

AlterNet associate editor (and frequent FAIR contributor) Adam Johnson cited FAIR’s research on media and poverty: Bringing up the issue of poverty to the debates’...

Requiem for a News Channel

From USA Today (8/13/13): Turns out the skeptics were right. Skeptics said it wouldn’t last, and they were right. Al Jazeera America launched in the...

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage

Unraveling the Gordian knot of media issues in the Oregon standoff between federal authorities and a Patriot/Militia alliance of building occupiers is a daunting...

Perpetual Bases, Perpetual War

Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a...

Outrage in Oregon

The armed men occupying an isolated federal building in a remote Oregon bird sanctuary say they won’t leave until the federal government stops its...

Removing Cancer of the Islamic State Can Kill the Patient

The efforts of the U.S. and Iraq to extract the Islamic State have left Ramadi uninhabitable. ...

Leading Republicans Are Promising to Commit War Crimes – and Their Base Loves It

(Photo: mashleymorgan / Flickr) They’re back! From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because...

How Debt Conquered America

Special Report: America presents itself to the world as “the land of the free” but — for the vast majority — it is a...
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Video: These Aren’t the First Armed Whites to Take Over That Oregon Land: Just...

Democracynow.org - The armed militia members occupying a federally owned wildlife outpost in eastern Oregon have demanded that the land be "returned" to ... Via...

How Media Turned Right-Wing ‘Willing to Kill’ Extremists Into Peaceful ‘Rancher’s Rights Protesters’

Of all extremist groups, the far-right is consistently given the kindest news coverage in US corporate media. This weekend, the world witnessed a prime...

The War Against the Cowboys

As our old republic fades into history, replaced by a voracious global Empire, the division between foreign policy and domestic policy is erased. A conquistador treats...

Why Aren’t We Calling the Oregon Occupiers ‘Terrorists’?

As of Sunday afternoon, The Washington Post called them "occupiers." The New York Times opted for "armed activists" and "militia men." And the Associated Press...

#OregonUnderAttack: People slam lack of govt action after Bundy’s militia takeover in Oregon

Clive Bundy’s armed rancher militia taking over a federal building in Oregon seems to have aroused no concrete action from the government, compared to...

Probing Bernie Sanders’s Identity

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may be a strong voice on income inequality but his positions on military spending and foreign policy are muddled and his...

Sanders Blasts US Mass Incarceration as ‘International Embarrassment’

In Chicago appearances, Sanders also distances himself from embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel by Deirdre Fulton In a speech that included an overt jab at embattled Chicago Mayor...

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

(Photo: Wikipedia) In fairy tales, the hero makes a wish. After a few trials the wish comes true, and everyone lives happily ever after. But...

An End to the Right’s Reign In Spain?

Spain’s woes began with the American banking crisis of 2007-08, which crashed Spain’s vast real estate bubble and threatened to bring down its financial...

Dead, Disabled, Displaced or Destroyed — Democracy Delivered

Six months ago, the Washington DC-based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PRS) released a landmark study over the death toll from 10 years of the...

If Israel Wants to Prevent Terrorism, It Should Stop Evicting Palestinians

A bulldozed Palestinian home in the village of Beit Ommar. (Source: Palestine Solidarity Project / Flickr) Late last year, two Palestinian cousins broke into a...

Will Washington Greenlight Another Coup in Haiti?

(Photo: Haiti Innovation / Flickr) In October, Haitians went to the polls in a critical election for nearly 5,000 political positions, including the presidency. The...
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Video: Helping you to #QuestionMore: How RT covered OWS protests from Day One

Originally a little-known movement, Occupy Wall Street was at first ignored by the mainstream media. In contrast, RT thoroughly reported on OWS from their...

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

Jerry White There are some events that starkly expose the reality of class relations and class rule in the United States. Such is the case...

An Invitation to Collective Suicide: From ISIS to War World IV

Assume that the hawks get their way -- that the United States does whatever it takes militarily to confront and destroy ISIS. Then what? Answering...

The War on Terror Is Creating More Terror

The interventionists will do anything to prevent Americans from seeing that their foreign policies are perpetuating terrorism and inspiring others to seek to harm us. The...

The World’s 20 Largest Economies Just Met, and the Media Reported on Cats

(Photo: dat’ / Flickr) Doesn’t the Internet have enough cat videos? News of the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, which concluded a few days after the...

Insights Into the Resistance Movement in Turkey (Second in a Series)

Turkish authorities could have investigated suspects in the July 20 suicide bombing in the Kurdish town of Suruç, but instead allowed them to remain...

Co-op Bank closes Palestine Solidarity Campaign accounts

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has filed a lawsuit against the Co-operative Bank after the financial institution closed its accounts without warning last month. The...

Hitting Saudi Arabia Where It Hurts

Exclusive: Though faced with a global terrorism crisis, Official Washington can’t get beyond its neocon-led “tough-guy-gal” rhetoric. But another option — financial sanctions on...

UK local authorities crack down on the homeless

By Dennis Moore Local officials in Britain have responded to the growth of social destitution resulting from continued mass unemployment and cuts to social spending with...

G20 Media, Did the Cat Get Its Tongue?

News of the G20 Summit focused on Paris, Syria, and yes, cats. Where was the media on other issues? by Lacy MacAuley Doesn’t the internet have enough...

Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

Image from New York Times video of mourners at the Place de la Republique in Paris. At the time of the attacks in Paris, FAIR’s...

Obama deported more people than any US president: American writer

President Barack Obama has “humanely” deported more immigrants than any US president in history, according to American writer and political activist Mickey Z.  The author...

EU Approves Labeling for Israeli Settlement Products

by Stephen Lendman  (RINF) - Since June 1967, Israel established 125 illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land, home for about 600,000 settlers, many Zionist zealots,...

U.S. SecDef Ashton Carter Implies Russia & China Are Enemies of U.S.

Eric Zuesse INTRODUCTION On Saturday November 7th, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who had started his career at the Defense Department during the Reagan Administration...

AP/GfK Poll: Americans Want Gov’t. Shutdown Unless Federal Spending Is Cut

Eric Zuesse According to the AP/GfK Poll published on October 27th, 50% of Americans agree with the statement, "Congress should ONLY increase the debt ceiling if...

Israel intensifies genocide of Palestinian citizens

(RINF) - It's unlikely that the world has ever seen building and construction used as a weapon on this scale before, but Palestinian land...

Donald Trump Says the U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraqis’ Oil After Destroying their Country

Eric Zuesse On Sunday the 25th of October, Republican U.S. Presidential aspirant Donald Trump was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, and was asked...

Culture of violence shapes US policy: Analyst

The first US Democratic presidential debate has reminded us that America’s “culture of violence” controls Washington’s policies and prompts US leaders to wage wars...

Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview and the crisis of US policy in Syria

By Barry Grey In an extraordinary interview Sunday evening on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” program, President Barack Obama sought to defend his policy in Syria against...

Private NSA Army is Attacking YOU!

  Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!   In the first part of this article series, the post 9/11 rise of a private NSA was detailed. Some started...

American Jihadi Starts Private NSA and Attacks America

Have you ever wanted to put somebody on a no-fly list because they were black, white, Christian, Muslim, liberal or conservative?  Maybe because they believed...

Here Is A Security Threatening, Terrorist-Sympathising, Britain-Hating” Ideologue — His Name is Not Jeremy...

Graham Vanbergen TruePubica David Cameron has lambasted Jeremy Corbyn as a “security threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating” ideologue in his most vocal attack yet on the newly appointed...

Empire or Humanity?

[Note from TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt: Here’s how I described Howard Zinn in 2005 when I met him for a TomDispatch interview: “He's tall and...

Know World War II, Avoid World War III

Tony Cartalucci - (RINF / LD) - An Asian state aggressively expanding its military, bullying its neighbors, illegally fortifying islands, and bent on regional, then...
terrorist attack in Torez

A Voice from Novorossia: “I wish that no child should suffer the things our...

While the world is led to believe that a complete cessation of hostilities has taken place in Donbass, the Ukrainian military continues to violate...

UN snub: Britain is turning its back on human rights, experts say

Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to opt out of a United Nations (UN) General Assembly debate has prompted fresh allegations that the majority Conservative...

Obama’s war crimes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson  Speaking before the Human’s Rights Council in Geneva, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for...

Engineered Refugee Crisis to Justify “Safe Havens” in Syria

Tony Cartalucci (RINF, Land Destroyer) - While the Western media attempts to portray the sudden influx of refugees suddenly appearing out of no where at...

Israel to Demolish 13,000 Palestinian Structures

Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Longstanding Israeli policy calls for Judaizing Palestine, ethnically cleansing non-Jews, continuing slow-motion genocide against Muslims, and prohibiting Palestinian self-determination. The Israeli Committee...

Dangerous Redefinition of ‘Terrorism’

Robert Parry The classic definition of terrorism is the intentional killing of civilians to make a political point, as in planting bombs near the finish...

Dangerous Redefinition of ‘Terrorism’

Exclusive: “Terrorism” is a word of condemnation, referring to the coldblooded killing of civilians to advance a political cause. But U.S. pundits and officials have...

Immigrant Crisis Is the Final Nail in the EU Coffin

From: dcclothesline.com One of the biggest flaws with the EU, was the idea that they could house dozens of cultures with distinct histories...

Europe’s Refugee Crisis: Bridges, Not Fences, Are the Answer

The inability of the European Union to agree a meaningful response to the current migrant crisis is not only disgraceful, it risks defining the...

Escalating Violence in America: Misdiagnosing the Problem

Chris Ernesto Reasons given for murders by the police, escalating homicides and rampage killings are overly narrow, if not inaccurate (RINF) - A number of years...

The Washington Post and the Federal Reserve Cult

“The very hallmark of central-bank independence, without which there is no point in having a central bank, is the occasional willingness to resist popular...