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Video: 84-Year Old Dorli Rainey, Pepper-Sprayed at Occupy Seattle, Denounces Police Crackdowns

www.democracynow.org - Police departments across the country are coming under criticism for using excessive force against Occupy Wall Street protesters ... Via Youtube
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Video: Dr. Gabor Maté at Occupy Wall Street Details Link Between Financial Crisis &...

www.DemocracyNow.org - On a trip from Vancouver, Dr. Gabor Maté stopped by Occupy Wall Street on Monday and talked to Democracy Now! Host Amy...
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Video: Secret Docs Reveal FBI "Counterterrorism" Monitoring of Occupy From Its Earliest Days 2...

DemocracyNow.org - Once secret documents reveal the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days and treated the nonviolent movement as a ... Via...
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Video: Joseph Stiglitz on Occupy and Why U.S.-Europe Austerity Will Only Weaken Economic Recovery

DemocracyNow.org - As European leaders scramble to address the sovereign debt crisis, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues the austerity ... Via Youtube
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Video: Occupy World St.: From NYC to Everywhere

All over the globe people are rising up and demanding their rights in a worldwide rally of discontent as protests inspired by the Occupy...
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Video: Editor of The Progressive Calls For Eric Holder to Resign Over Spying on...

http://www.democracynow.org - As the Obama administration faces criticism for the Justice Department's spying on journalists and the IRS targeting of right-wing ... Via Youtube
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Video: Protest turns violent as Catalan students occupy subway station in Barcelona

READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ouo Amid a wider protest in Catalonia on Thursday, a metro station in Barcelona became the scene of intensive confrontation ... Via Youtube

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever

by Gregory Shupak In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000....

Who Was Secretly Behind America’s Invading and Occupying Syria?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The invasion and occupation of Syria by tens of thousands of jihadists who were recruited from around the world...

Israel Cannot Use Violent Self-Defense While Occupying Gaza

Photo Source U.S. Embassy Jerusalem | CC BY 2.0 Whenever bombings and shootings escalate in the Middle East, Israeli propagandists say that Israel is exercising...
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Video: Thousands of activists occupy railway tracks to protest German coal mine expansion

Around 4000 environmental activists took over the tracks that supply energy company RWE's power plants with coal from the open-cast mine in Hambach on...
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Video: Ten Years Since Economic Collapse Sparked Occupy Wall Street, the Cooperative Movement Is...

https://democracynow.org - This week marks the seven-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and 10 years since the collapse of U.S. investment ... Via...
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Video: Facebook ‘attempts to silence’ pro-Palestinian Occupy London page

A Facebook page containing pro-Palestinian posts has been taken down by the social media giant. The latest in a string of pages removed by...

Facebook removes pro-Palestinian Occupy London page — RT UK News

A Facebook page containing pro-Palestinian posts has been taken down by the social media giant....

Video Shows 8 Antifa Members of ‘Occupy ICE’ Arrested Outside ICE Facility

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wpvt3sdXcs] Eight protesters were arrested Wednesday morning as they blocked a van from leaving a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility...

the Lessons From OccupyICE Portland

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair I remember visiting the the OccupyICEPDX encampment during its first week in Portland, Oregon in which activists successfully shut down...

‘Abolish ICE!’ 575 arrested after protesters occupy US Senate building (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT...

Nearly 600 activists, protesting Donald Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against illegal immigrants, have been arrested after staging...

Bodies On the Gears: Occupying ICE

Futher Column - By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer Via Common Dreams. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.
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Video: US Occupying Oil-Rich Areas in North Syria to Choke Damascus

Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek says the United States is keeping a military presence in SDF/YPG-held areas in northern Syria to starve the government in...

Striking Oklahoma teachers storm & occupy state capitol over pay and funding (PHOTOS, VIDEO)...

Thousands of Oklahoma teachers stormed the state capitol and refused to budge when confronted by authorities...

West Virginia teachers occupy streets in statewide strike — RT US News

Ever single public school in West Virginia is closed. Teachers across the state staged a walkout...

Trump’s Announced Strategy for Occupying Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org “The President has committed, as a matter of strategy, that we will not leave Syria. We are not going...
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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

The world is now facing an unprecedented emergency of hunger and famine, with a record number of people requiring life-saving food and medical assistance...

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

by Adam W. Parsons / May 4th, 2017 How is it possible that so many people still die from severe malnutrition and lack of access...

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

Published time: 24 Mar, 2017 01:59 A Freedom of Information Act request has uncovered evidence that the...

Unacceptable: NAACP Members Arrested For Occupying Sessions Office

  Occupiers posted images to Facebook and Twitter With Senate confirmation hearings slated to begin next week, resistance to the appalling notion of an Attorney General...

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

Former New York Police Department Chief and current commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management Joseph...

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

More than 200 Dakota Access pipeline protesters marched in New York City to honor activist Sophia...

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

The FBI, CIA and NSA must release any potential evidence that they spied on Occupy Philadelphia protesters back in 2011, a federal judge has...
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Video: Indigenous Youth Occupy Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters to Demand She Take Stand on...

http://democracynow.org - Just minutes before the the police raid on the camp in North Dakota, here in New York City Native American youth flooded...

Dakota Access pipeline protesters occupy Hillary Clinton campaign HQ

The campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn, New York, was taken over Thursday by protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline being constructed in...

From Occupy Protests to the Platforms

Occupy Oakland general strike, November 2, 2011. Five years after the birth of Occupy, both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms now...
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Video: Black Activists Occupy Police Union Offices in NYC & DC, Demand End to...

http://democracynow.org - Activists in several cities are attempting to shut down the offices of two major police unions: the Fraternal Order of Police and...

Protesters occupy police unions, demand investment in black communities

Black Lives Matter protesters taking aim at police union offices forced a shutdown of one in...

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

Activists in several cities are attempting to shut down the offices of two major police unions: the Fraternal Order of Police and...

Occupy Wilmington Not Wall Street

James Li has been on the run for eight years. His crime? Forging fake purchase orders to inflate his company’s sales and dumping 93...

Anti-Whites at Seattle U Occupy Dean’s Office, Demand School To ‘Decentralize Whiteness’

Washington state is a majority White state. Additionally, all schools and universities across America were built by Europeans, made possible by White pioneers who...

The Spirit of Occupy Lives on in France's Emerging Direct Democracy Movement

A discussion moderator at the Nuit Debout activist occupation in the Place de la Republique in Paris stands beside a visual guide...
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Video: Sanders Must Change Language from Occupy to Black Lives Matter

Kamau K. Franklin and Lawrence Brown say Sanders must find a way to break through with Black voters if he wants a chance to...

US ‘occupying’ Eastern Europe using ‘Russian aggression’ as pretext: Analyst

A US military plan to send more forces into Europe on a rotating basis to purportedly counter a potential Russian attack is equal to...

Hypocritical Obama says USA isn’t about ‘occupying countries’ & ‘firing missiles’

America’s world supremacy is not about the number of occupied countries and fired missiles, believes the US president. Its international strength relies on diplomacy,...
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Video: From Garbage Offensives to Occupying Churches, Actions of the Young Lords Continue to...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sCK1NaIf_4&w=580&h=385] We look back at the Young Lords, a radical group founded by Puerto Ricans modeled on the Black Panther Party. In late July...

Protesters gather in downtown Manhattan for Occupy Wall Street anniversary

Four years ago protesters occupied Zuccotti Park in Manhattan to rally against “the one percent”. From there, the Occupy movement spread across the globe....

Police told to apologize for treating Occupy London protesters as ‘extremists’

The City of London Police has been questioned by the Director of Legal Observers over its apparent classification of Occupy London protesters as ‘domestic...
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Video: ‘Occupy London = al-Qaeda & IRA’? Yes, UK police actually had them in...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEzy3uweG2w&w=580&h=385] London police have been slammed for pigeonholing an anti-capitalist movement, alongside al-Qaeda and Irish paramilitary group, the IRA. RT LIVE ... Via Youtube

All Buildings in Debaltseve Ukraine Were Destroyed or Damaged by the Occupying Ukrainian Army

Eric Zuesse According to the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine, no usable buildings survive in the town of...

US Covers Up Support for Hong Kong “Occupy Central”

Tony Cartalucci  RINF Alternative News The US' clumsy balancing act between backing Hong Kong protesters rhetorically and hiding its support financially, comes to a head.  For the...

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 nilebowie@gmail.com.

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On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, an offshoot group announced that it has erased $3.8 million worth of private student...

UK Activists In Standoff After Occupying Factory Supplying IDF Drone Engines

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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...

American and Israeli Media Fail to Tell the Big Story Amnesty International notes today: Israel maintains sole control of Gaza’s air space and territorial waters, and continues to...

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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Occupy Activist Faces Felony Charge For Elbowing Groping Cop

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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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Libya soldiers occupy PM office

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Talk Nation Radio: Nathan Schneider on the Occupy Apocalypse

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Six Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted)

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Greek workers occupy Athens building

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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 info@octobr2011.org. 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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How the U.N. Joined America’s War Against Syria

Eric Zuesse America has been at war to transfer control of Syria over to the Saud family, who own Saudi Arabia; and America has been...

Putin and Erdogan Plan Syria-Idlib DMZ as I Recommended

Eric Zuesse As I recommended in a post on September 10th, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan jointly announced on September 17th,...

As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed

Corporate media obsessed over the whodunit of an anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times (9/5/18). The anonymous New York Times op-ed  (9/5/18), purportedly...

The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

17 years after 9/11, Al-Qaeda rebranded by US government & media as besieged rebels...

Seventeen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the US government and media outlets have decided that...

Identical airport CCTV time stamp puzzles online detectives in Skripal saga — RT UK...

Online sleuths added to the drama of the Skripal saga (as if it was needed)...

Chicago anti-violence activists detained & fined in ‘respectful’ standoff with authorities (VIDEOS) — RT...

Illinois state police have arrested the organizer of an act of civil disobedience, along with at...

Trump calls out Google for ‘rigged’ search results, ‘illegal’ censorship, vows to take action...

President Donald Trump has accused search giant Google of deliberately highlighting negative news about his administration,...

Trump under fire for ‘disrespect’ & for shelving prepped WH remarks praising ‘national hero’...

The US president is facing massive fury over his failure to issue an official White House...
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Video: Putin portrait appears in Colorado state Capitol where Trump’s should be

While official paintings of George W. Bush and Barack Obama occupy their respective slots, there is still a blank space on the Colorado Capitol's...

Antifa protesters arrested after clashing with cops during Blue Lives Matter rally (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)...

Sixteen members of Antifa groups were arrested after clashing with police during a counter-protest against a...

Senator John McCain dies of brain cancer aged 81 — RT US News

Republican Senator John McCain has died aged 81 after battling a rare form of brain cancer....

America’s ‘Boots-On-The-Ground’ Fighters in Syria are Al Qaeda and Kurds

Eric Zuesse, as originally published at The Saker As will be documented here, America’s troops in Syria are not there in order to fight, but...

Ron Paul on Bolton’s Russia meeting

Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)?

One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground.  His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist...

Distorting Past and Present: Reuters on Nicaragua’s Armed Uprising

From April 18 until late July 2018, an armed insurrection in Nicaragua left hundreds of people dead. The uprising, backed enthusiastically by private media...

Ron Paul on Bolton’s Russia meeting — RT US News

Donald Trump was elected president as a populist outsider who talked non-intervention, but his administration is...

Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving...

That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality

On August 6, a number of giant online media companies, including Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Pinterest, took the seemingly coordinated decision to remove...

Serotonin in the Service of American Aggression and My Formative Years

From the age of nine (1942) I was allowed to attend the Saturday afternoon matinee at the Killester cinema in Dublin where we children...

‘In the name of fake news’

The temporary ban of a left-wing, pro-Palestine Facebook page was a part of a “massive...

Facebook ‘censors’ conservative education page, says it was a mistake, but few are convinced...

Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization...

NY governor bashes his own country to get at Trump — RT US News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo drew President Trump’s anger, after he told a crowd at a...

US Congress publishes entire text of Russia sanctions ‘bill from hell’ — RT US...

The full text of Congress’ latest sanctions bill has been released, revealing a punitive piece of...

Our Opponents’ Actions Show We’re Winning

The People United Will Never Be Defeated from the Free Farm When in the midst of mass social transformation, it is often hard to see...

NPR blasted for interviewing white nationalist Jason Kessler — RT US News

National Public Radio is facing a storm of criticism from left-leaning journalists after airing an interview...

Answering “What Should I Do?” Is Easier When You Know The Roles Of Social...

People have the power protest inside Ferguson City Hall protest October 13, 2014 The United States is going in the wrong direction on a wide...

America’s Billionaires Battle Each Other for Political Control Over Europe

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A contest for political control of Europe is gearing up between two American teams, one headed by the long-established...

A Deeper Exploration of the Supremacist Origin of Our Common Culture

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The AP headlined on July 27th "#MeToo reaches Vatican as nuns denounce abuse from priests” and reported that the...

Portland mayor’s office violated Constitution by denying ICE protection during protest, union claims —...

Portland mayor’s office violated the US Constitution by telling police not to interfere with a protest...

William J. Astore on Grade Inflation in the US Military

I was looking at some old military history notes today and came across this photo of Lieutenant General Hubert Reilly Harmon, known today as...

Putin portrait briefly appeared in Colorado Capitol where Trump’s one still missing (PHOTO) —...

Trump's portrait is not on display in the Colorado Capitol building because of a failure to...

Fancy Bear Exposed Ukraine is Behind the Hacking Group

  Just one other thing....... Have you heard of Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear? Of course, you have. Everybody has. And we've heard time and again...

Calls to Abolish ICE Get Cold Shoulder on Newspaper Opinion Pages

The Washington Post (7/5/18) tells activists they’re doing outrage wrong. “Abolish ICE,” once a rallying cry for a small number of leftists and activists, has...

When the US Invaded Russia – Consortiumnews

Amidst the backdrop of increased U.S.-Russian tensions and even talk of war, long forgotten is the time the U.S. actually...

Kavanaugh Is No Kennedy, and Kennedy Was No Centrist

There is a growing consensus among legal commentators that D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh will move the Supreme Court sharply to the right should...

‘It Is Really Crucial That People Stand Up for What They Believe In’

On its July 6, 2018, episode, CounterSpin reaired Janine Jackson’s interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the right to protest, originally heard on the July...

It’s Not Civil Disobedience if You Ask for Permission

On Saturday, July 7, social media was flooded with images of an event in Chicago that was advertised as a shutdown of the Dan...

US police drag woman face-down by feet during arrest at Atlanta ICE protest —...

Atlanta police have released bodycam footage following anger over a viral video of a woman screaming...

‘Data Needs to Serve a Public Safety Purpose’

Janine Jackson interviewed Tracy Rosenberg about ICE’s corporate collaborators for the June 29, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

I came to Russia to combat US’ toxic view on the country — RT...

Too many people in the US consider any contact with Russia suspicious, or worse, journalist Glenn...

‘To prevent veterans’ suicide, US should stop waging wars across the globe’ — RT...

Moral injury is the real reason why US veterans are committing suicide, as they realize all...

Nationwide Protests: Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Immigration protesters outside a Federal court calling for the abolishment of ICE and free movement of immigrants, June 29, 2018, in New York (Photo:...

Man tries to bribe immigration officer with thousands of dollars to deport wife —...

A 48-year-old man from Portland has been charged with three counts of bribing a public official...

Congressman warns US heading towards civil war – 31% of Americans agree — RT...

The United States is heading towards civil war, Congressman Steve King has warned. His sentiments are...

U.S. Government Continues Trying to Seize Syrian Territory

Eric Zuesse On June 25th, U.S.-aided fighters in southern Syria were fleeing from the Syrian Government’s Army, southward toward U.S.-allied Israeli-controlled areas in the Golan...

The Palestinian Tipping Point

Photo by Trocaire | CC BY 2.0 On Wednesday, 13 June, for the second time in few days, Palestinians took the streets of central Ramallah,...

BBC praised for its ‘inclusivity,’ introduces gender neutral toilets — RT UK News

While it may still need to work on closing its gender pay gap, the BBC...

Just How Rich are the Ultra Rich?

Nearly seven years ago — I know, wow — the Occupy Wall Street movement began highlighting the divide between the top 1 percent and...

Another Reason Young Americans Don’t Revolt Against Being Screwed

Photo by Aaron Bauer | CC BY 2.0 “8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance” was originally published in...

When Army Became a Four-Letter Word

“There was a young man who said though, it seems that I know that I know, but what I would like to see is...

America’s Genocide in Yemen Starts Tuesday

Eric Zuesse The Houthis in Yemen are expected to start being slaughtered en-masse on June 12th. The U.S.-Saudi-UAE plan is to destroy the Yemenese port...

Scapegoating Iran

Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation...

U.S. Challenges Russia to Nuclear War

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Now that the United States (with the cooperation of its NATO partners) has turned the former Soviet Union’s states...

Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home

Photo by T toes | CC BY 2.0 Yes, He’s Awful Much of what liberals say about Donald Trump and the chilling political moment the Trump...

The Evilness of Today’s U.S. Democratic Party

Eric Zuesse This isn’t about the Republican Party, which has been controlled by its super-rich ever since Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865; it’s focusing...

‘White privilege’ is failing NHS BAME workers, say top chief executives — RT UK...

The NHS has been accused of being wrought with “white privilege” by one of its...

America’s Big-Brother ‘News’ Media

America’s aristocratically controlled ’news’ media hide the basic reality — that America’s trillion-dollar annual federal military expense is a taxpayer-subsidization of U.S.-headquartered international corporations,...

The Dispossession of Canada’s First Nations and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Imagine that a group of bandits entered your house without permission and booted you and your family members out. Afterwards the bandits continue to...

Blaming the Victims of Israel’s Gaza Massacre

Israel massacred 60 Palestinians on Monday, including seven children, bringing to 101 the total number of Palestinians Israel has killed since Palestinians began the...

Baltimore passes 100 homicides this year, mayor blames gun makers — RT US News

A 16-year-old boy gunned down on a basketball court was the 100th homicide of 2018 in...

Do Americans Want To Die?

By Paul Craig Roberts PaulCraigRoberts.org May 8, 2018 ...

The Spirit of 1968 Is Inextinguishable —Even 50 Years Later

Capitalist adventurer Richard Branson and cultural and political rebel Tariq Ali were both shaped by the experiences of 1968 – and, significantly, the years...

May 4, 2004, Apocalypse Again – Consortiumnews

We begin a new feature, looking back at articles published years ago on Consortium News on the current date. This...

Facebook snags another Democrat lobbyist as govt affairs expert — RT US News

Facebook has hired another top Democrat staffer to its lobbying team, in a year that’s seen...

7,000 jobs under threat as retail giant protests homeless tax — RT US News

Amazon has halted development of a high-rise office block in downtown Seattle, threatening to ditch the...

How Facebook, Etc., Suppress Key Truths

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On April 23rd, the great independent investigative journalist, Craig Murray — a former British diplomat — headlined at his...

US plan of last push against ISIS raises specter of Syria partition — RT...

Announcing the start of military operations against the remaining strongholds of Islamic State, the US State...

The Hypocrisy of Britain’s “Humanitarian” Missile Strikes on Syria

Photo by EU2017EE Estonian Presidency | CC BY 2.0 There is growing doubt that the alleged chemical attacks in the Syrian town of Douma were...

“Old Europe” comes to Washington

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The Democratic Party’s War History and the AUMF of 2018 – Consortiumnews

If there’s any surprise that Senate Democrats, almost virtually indistinguishable from pro-war Republicans, are about to coalesce in support of...

Douma: “It Just Doesn’t Ring True”

Jonathan Freedland’s ‘committed denialists and conspiracists’, and Paul Mason’s victims of Putin’s ‘global strategy’ clutching at ‘false flag theories’, presumably include Lord West, former...

CIA agrees to partially declassify Haspel documents — RT US News

The CIA announced Tuesday that it will allow senators mulling the nomination of Gina Haspel as...

‘The US Is Not at All Interested in the Welfare of the Syrian People’

Janine Jackson interviewed Gregory Shupak about US policy toward Syria for the April 20, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Macron Changes Trump’s Tune: ‘We’re Staying In Syria’

Just weeks after vowing to get US troops out of Syria “soon,” a meeting with French President Macron has changed...

As Cuba Gains a New President, Raúl Castro Steps Back, Not Down, From Power

For the first time since the Cuban revolution toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista, a president who does not have the last name Castro has taken...

Anti-Semitism and the Silencing of Debate on Palestinian Human Rights

by Edward C. Corrigan / April 20th, 2018 While militarily strong and facing no existential threats, Zionism and Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians has been...

Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy

Photo by Swithun Crowe | CC BY 2.0 The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and...

The leading UK figures questioning ‘proof’ of Douma ‘gas attack’ — RT UK News

Syrians frantically hosing each other down and toddlers with oxygen masks – videos of Douma's...

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy

The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more...

Ron Paul says US Grasping at Straws in Syria

Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton was on the phone with Egypt’s intelligence chief trying to organize a Arab army...

Arab occupational force and Arabs will pay for it – report — RT US...

Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of...

The Real Threat to Donald Trump

Jerome Is the New Jane

The Hourglass

Yuri Drexler’s first thought was, “how did this parcel ever manage to get through to me?” upon examining the markings on the parcel. He...

Facebook: A Cooperative Transformation

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 2 billion users represent a global community whose interest are served at no charge, a community that facilitates and...

But Richest 1% Will Soon Own Two-Thirds Of World’s Wealth

More than two-thirds of the world's entire wealth will be owned by the richest 1% of people by 2030, new research warns. The shocking findings...

Huge Surge in Political Activism, Engagement Has Direct Ties to Trump Presidency, Poll Finds

The Trump administration has given way to an unusually engaged public, with one in five Americans reporting in a new survey that they've attended...

US Isn’t Leaving Syria—but Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised

The White House made clear that Trump’s talk of pulling out of Syria was just talk (Independent, 4/4/18)–but not before numerous media figures expressed...

Teachers striking over pay rise like ‘a teenager wanting a better car’ – Oklahoma...

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin compared state teachers on strike to teenagers who want a better car....

U.S. and its press lie Americans into invasions routinely.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The 2003 invasion of Iraq is the best-known example of America’s Government and press lying to fool its public...

Facebook and the Rise of Anti-Social Media

Photo by paz.ca | CC BY 2.0 It was a bit over four years ago that journalist Glenn Greenwald reported that British ‘intelligence,’ GCHQ, had developed...

New Poll Shows Republicans Losing Voter-Base

Eric Zuesse The Morning Consult poll released on March 30th headlines "Republicans Drive Biggest Decline in Voter Optimism Since Trump Took Office: Record drop isn't...

Ninety-Nine Bullets and One Dead Teen

Ten officers. Ninety-nine rounds. That's the tally of gunfire that police used to kill 19-year-old Jesus Adolfo Delgado-Duarte on March 6 in San Francisco's Mission...

Academic Black Shirts Brutally Assault Students in France

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deDj60-2LFM?start=10&feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] In scenes reminiscent of Mussolini’s black shirts, a dozen or so militants dressed in black, some wearing ski masks, brutally beat peaceful protesters...

The Children’s Crusade (Against Early Death by School-Shootings)

Everyone except the NRA and Donald Jr. thinks it’s a beautiful sight. These high school students, so many of them (have you noticed?) extraordinarily...

Journalism of, by and for the Elite

Wall Street Journal offices (cc photo: John Wisniewski). Above: New York Times Building (cc photo: Jason Kuffer). American journalism has long maintained a sort of...

If John Bolton Is Right, Pearl Harbor Was Perfectly Legal

John Bolton, President Trump’s new (and improved) National Security Advisor argues a nuclear first strike against North Korea is "legal." I am just a country...

Russian interview with Putin (and others) discusses geopolitics, nationhood, and America

Eric Zuesse https://off-guardian.org/2018/03/15/no-russia-no-world-full-movie-world-order-2018/ discusses and presents a new feature-length, interview-laced, documentary, about the way that Russians, and also Putin, view America, and view the future...

Because ‘Corporate Media Ignores Rise of Oligarchy,’ Sanders Says Rest of Us Must Fill...

How often does the corporate media cover skyrocketing inequality, crippling poverty, and the pernicious influence of corporate cash on the American political system? "We need...

Trans people labelled ‘parasites’ & an obstacle to feminism during Parliament event — RT...

Transgender women in the UK “invade” women’s spaces and threaten gender equality, it was claimed....

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Opponents Say Louisiana Governor’s Office Is Surveilling Them

Louisiana Bucket Brigade founder Anne Rolfes at a press conference protesting Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' treatment of anti-pipeline activists. (Photo: © Julie Dermansky) Opponents...
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Video: Rebel groups begin fighting in Ghouta as civilians bid to escape deadly area

Terrorists and rebels occupying Eastern Ghouta in Syria have reportedly started fighting each other - after moderates were urged to separate themselves from extremists,...

Wildest MP claims from Skripal session in UK parliament — RT UK News

Members of the UK parliament competed with one another on Monday afternoon to produce the...

Hotel slammed for turning away homeless during storm is vindicated — RT UK News

A hotel accused of callously turning away homeless people who had been ‘donated’ rooms during...

Media Erase US Role in Syria’s Misery, Call for US to Inflict More Misery

Simon Tisdall argues in the Guardian (2/10/18) that “the West let down Syria”—not by fueling a murderous civil war, but by failing to ensure...

Schild & Vrienden: Defending Gravensteen from Open-Border Activists

Schild & Vrienden activists took action when they heard open-border activists and marxists were planning to occupy the Gravensteen castle in Ghent. Read more

Heartless hotels sent homeless back out into snow after rooms donated to charity —...

Guests who were unable to travel due to last week's snow asked for at least...

Ron Paul on Carving Up Syria: Anything Left for the Syrians?

Turkey has launched an attack on Syrian government-affiliated forces as they approach Kurdish areas of northern Syria. The Turks are occupying increasing parts of...

Worst Ever. Resist Bigly.

New York. Getty Image Americans spent this President's Day wishing we had one, honoring the 44 former actual ones, especially the last, we did have,...

The Three Global Super-Powers

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are currently three global super-powers, three nations that lead the world: China, Russia, and U.S. After World War II,...

Banned News: Rapid Movement Now Toward Global Nuclear War

U.S. Preparations to Conquer Soon Donbass, N. Korea, & Syria world news compiled by Eric Zuesse —— https://freeukrainenow.org/2018/01/19/fearing-peace-the-u-s-humiliates-south-korea-threatens-north-korea-japanese-and-u-s-historical-aggression-against-korea/#more-6950 Fearing peace, the U.S. humiliates South Korea, threatens North Korea....

Senator Rubio calls for military coup in Venezuela — RT US News

Republican Senator Marco Rubio called for the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rebel against the government, in...

Shard’s Qatari owners try to halt pensioner class war activist from holding ‘ghost towers’...

The Shard’s owners have filed a High Court injunction against 70-year-old Ian Bone, who plans...

Presidency affects American happiness, especially if they’re rich — RT US News

With Washington politics becoming increasingly acrimonious, the effects of ‘who is president’ are being felt far...

#MeToo Is Riding a New Wave of Feminism in India

Reading other women's #MeToo stories brings back memories of my sexual abuse as a young girl growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s...

Tillerson’s Promise of More War in Syria Gets Warm Reception From Corporate Media

Washington Post (1/22/18): Tillerson will break with Obama’s Syria policies by maintaining the occupation of Syria started by Obama. In a speech at Stanford this...

Washington Widens the War in Syria by Provoking Turkey

Photo by davitydave | CC BY 2.0 The Trump administration has drawn Turkey deeper into the Syrian conflict by announcing a policy that threatens Turkey’s...

Bitcoin, Innovation of Money and Reinventing Activism

Bitcoin’s price explosion made news headlines this last year. Topics of digital assets entered onto dinner tables and friendly chats at work places. Fever...

Immanuel Kunt’s Vision of Life Beyond Guns & God

(A tribute to a great idea; ‘The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases’ @ University of Baltimore) Immanuel Kunt…living in Ballarat, a provincial Australian city...

US escalates war for annexation of Syria

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Trump Officially Restores Cold War

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 20th, CBS News bannered “Terrorism no longer the military's top priority, Mattis says” and opened: “There is...

Kissinger & elder statesmen take on modern challenges — RT US News

In testimony before the Senate, national security strategists from the Nixon, Reagan and Bush administrations identified...

US military aircraft emergencies & incidents over Japan doubled in 2017 — RT US...

Incidents involving US military aircraft over Japan more than doubled in 2017, Tokyo has announced, challenging...

A US-Turkish Clash – LewRockwell

“Pakistan Is a Fractured Client State of the US Empire, Afghanistan a US Colony”

Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump New Delhi/San Francisco – Editor’s Note: US Domestic and Foreign Policy Analyst Mark Mason speaks...

‘Assad Must Go!’ – Antiwar.com Blog

Confirming that the US military presence inside Syria had little to do with fighting ISIS, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled in detail...

Slapping an Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting a Palestinian Child in the Face

Newsweek‘s depiction (1/1/18) of Palestinian prisoner Ahed Tamimi (left), “16-year-old who attacked Israeli soldiers.” Israeli soldiers shot 14-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Tamimi point-blank in the face...

Erdogan’s Turkey: When Knives Cut Both Ways

A Leader should be like a father… he helps the country grow, teaches it, provides for its future. Erdogan? He is no father to...

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence | By Martin Luther King, Jr

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City:I come to this magnificent house...
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Video: Greek police disperse anti-austerity protesters ahead of new measures

Clashes erupted between protesters and police in front of the parliament in Athens, Friday, as demonstrators attempted to occupy steps leading to the building...

U.S. Again Supports Al Qaeda in Syria

Eric Zuesse According to the most reliable reporter on the war in Syria, who anonymously blogs at his “Moon of Alabama” site, the United States...

Books Are Everything – Which Must Be Why New York Prisons Want To Ban...

Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters New York's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in its enlightened wisdom has launched a pilot program drastically limiting books, fresh...

Coverage of Iran Protests Illustrated With Protests Not in Iran––Organized by Fringe Cultists

When it comes to covering protests in other countries, it seems any vague picture of brown people protesting can stand in for those actually...

‘These Plainly Discriminatory Policies Are Really a Wholesale Attack on Immigrants’

Janine Jackson interviewed Suman Raghunathan about Donald Trump’s revived Muslim ban for the December 22, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

What Is America’s Mission Now?

Wolff’s Trump Book Highlights White House Press Corps’ Access Trap

There’s an old adage in journalism: The most interesting stories aren’t told in the newsroom, they’re the ones that reporters tell each other privately...

The Deafening Silence around the Moon-Putin Plan

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0 “In the heart of appeasement there’s the fear of rejection, and in acts of fear there are...

Judge dismisses case against rancher after mistrial — RT US News

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons were released by a federal judge in Las Vegas,...

Second emergency landing in three days for US helicopters in Japan — RT US...

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 11:52 Edited time: 8 Jan, 2018 12:07 A US attack helicopter...

Iran Is Not Ready for Regime Change

Listen to the state-‘guided’ US media this past week and you’d believe a series of spontaneous anti-government protests broke out across Iran.  The protests,...

Brazil Announces End to Amazon Mega-Dam Building Policy

Environmental activists hold banners during a demonstration, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 20, 2011, against the construction of Belo Monte dam at Xingu...

Progressive House Democrat promotes Antifa book in selfie — RT US News

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 03:15 Edited time: 4 Jan, 2018 10:16 It would “strike fear...

Gangs, Race and Melbourne | Dissident Voice

Two’s a company; three’s a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit...

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision and Ongoing U.S. Decline

Photo by zeevveez | CC BY 2.0 The world, to say nothing of two-thirds of the people in this country, deplores Donald Trump. It rejects...

Ensuring Justice In The Era Of Transformation

World Events Ensure Major Transformations are on the Horizon. The Movement Must Ensure that Economic, Racial and Environmental Justice and Peace are Realized in...

Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule

Photo by Timothy Krause | CC BY 2.0 The Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the country six-plus years ago lacked proper organization and...

Germans complained about ‘exceedingly harsh’ conditions for Nazi war criminals, letter reveals — RT...

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 12:24 Edited time: 29 Dec, 2017 21:40 Nazi war criminals...

New Footage of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Reveals Possible Muzzle Flashes from Helicopters That...

What appears to be muzzle flashes emitting from multiple aircraft can be seen on numerous videos captured on the night of the...

‘Whataboutism’ Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points | By Adam...

For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of...

‘Secret Santa’ who gifted horse manure to Mnuchin likens himself to Jesus — RT...

Dropping horse manure as a Christmas gift to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was a Jesus-like...

The Day America As We Know It Died

On the least of these they feed, devouring dreams deferred delighting at the prospects, of blood diamonds and deals on the green, greedy mouths move; mitigate with lying lips tearing...

‘Whataboutism’ Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points

For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of...

Trump’s promises reversed in new US security strategy, senator says — RT US News

Rushed to completion by war hawks, the newly-released US national security strategy “drastically reverses” President Donald...

An Unfortunate Revelation on Securing North Korean Nukes – Antiwar.com Blog

Specialists on North Korea have cited many reasons over the years for why China cannot be relied on to stop...

As American Statecraft Crumbles into Dangerous Incoherence, Where is the Senate? | By Andrew...

Where is J. William Fulbright when we need him? Or if not Fulbright, perhaps Robert M. La Follette or George W. Norris. Personally, I’d...

Indiana Grad Students Protesting Tax Bill Get a Lesson in Democracy for the Rich

Risking arrest, activists from Campus Action for Democracy occupy the office of US Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Indiana) on December 11, 2017. The activists are...

Trump’s Illegal Syrian Mission Creep – Consortiumnews

Even as the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria collapses, the U.S. government is keeping about 2,000 soldiers in-country despite lacking...

Former US House Speaker Hastert banned from being alone with minors — RT US...

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 12:21 Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been barred by...

Supermodel Bella Hadid wows fans after joining Palestine rally in red party dress —...

Published time: 11 Dec, 2017 21:16 Bella Hadid has won praise across Britain after marching...

The Evil Freak – LewRockwell

If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One | By John...

Don’t kid yourself: 2016 was a revolutionary year in the United States. Yes, I know, the United States is a deeply conservative country. Americans don’t...

‘Antifa’ Gear No Longer Available on Walmart Website

‘Antifa’ clothing is no longer available on Walmart’s website as of Saturday afternoon. The clothing’s third-party manufacturer, TEE Bangers LLC, also appears...

US deployment of drones in Niger is a ‘big problem for Africa’ — RT...

The Niger government’s recent decision to allow American drones over its territory will accomplish little in...

Libya – Trumps Jumps Back In – Antiwar.com Blog

For over a year, the United States has been disengaged from Libya’s turmoil, with President Donald Trump declaring America had “no interest” in its...

Backlash Against Russian ‘Fake News’ Is Shutting Down Debate for Real

A few days before the Halloween hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, where powerful tech companies would provide testimony...

Why James Mattis Should Be Fired and Court-Martialed

Eric Zuesse The U.S. Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, made a secret decision to place the safety and welfare of some foreigners higher than...

Giving Thanks for Our Occupation of America?

Here it is, that time of year (the fourth Thursday in November) when we are all beseeched to consider “what we are thankful for.”...

The Pentagram’s Ally in Fact

Russia & Brexit Britain ‘on the threshold of a new era of trade &...

Ahead of this year’s Russian-British Business Forum on November 29, Boris Abramov, Russia’s Trade Representative...

The Quality of Mercy by Kathy Kelly – Antiwar.com Blog

During the spring of 1999, as part of Voices in the Wilderness’s campaign to end indiscriminately lethal U.S./U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, the Fellowship...

Rising Grizzly Bear Deaths Raise Red Flag About Delisting

Photo by angela n. | CC BY 2.0 With the recent cold snap, some Yellowstone grizzly bears are slowing down — but it will still...

Trump admin threatens to shutter Palestinian office in Washington – report — RT US...

After Israel's Jerusalem affairs minister called for a million Jewish settlers to occupy the West Bank,...

A Bizarre US Pretext for Military Intrusion in South America

The United States has imposed military bases and deployed troops throughout Latin America. Its 4th fleet cruises surrounding seaways. Such doings, one assumes, relate...

A Christian Nation?

Photo by Forsaken Fotos | CC BY 2.0 Over the years I have often heard Christians of various political stripes assert that the United States...

How the U.S. Aristocracy Deceive the U.S. Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The progressive former Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman wrote at Forbes, on 22 July 2014: Another year has passed with...

China’s Overture to Wall Street

Photo by thenails | CC BY 2.0 For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese...

The Balfour Declaration’s Century of Turmoil – Consortiumnews

As Israel continues to occupy Palestinian lands and threatens a new war against Lebanon, much of this turmoil traces back...

Will May fire Patel? Tory who held ‘undisclosed’ meetings with Israelis summoned back to...

Published time: 8 Nov, 2017 10:57 Edited time: 9 Nov, 2017 11:31 Tory minister Priti...

Priti Patel resigns amid row over secret meetings with Israeli politicians — RT UK...

Published time: 8 Nov, 2017 20:43 Priti Patel resigned from her post as international development...

Palestinians see Priti Patel’s secret Israeli meetings as further proof Britain isn’t their friend...

While the UK collectively holds its breath to see whether International Development Secretary Priti Patel...

Congress’s Romance With Cowardice: War Without War Powers

US Army soldiers test a weapon on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on August 22, 2014. (Photo: The US Army)   On September 1, 1970, soon after President...

Letters from the Leader of Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse   Since there's no decent presentation on the Web of Ayman al-Zawahiri's lengthy 9 July 2005 letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, I'm here posting...

From the Ground Up by Kathy Kelly – Antiwar.com Blog

Masoumah invites Afghan mothers to speak about difficulties they face (credit: APVs)On a recent Friday at the Afghan Peace Volunteers‘ (APV) Borderfree Center, here...

Reflections on the Counsel of Italian Clowns, Anarchists and Social Movements

Ex Caserma Liberata, Bari, Italy — Some four years ago, a group of (mostly) anarchists occupied the premises of what was once a military...

Guardian Sells False Image of an Open Jerusalem

A Guardian essay on a new Israeli open-rooftops project in Jerusalem, part of a Season of Culture, sadly falls into a standard trap for...

NYT Laments ‘Forever Wars’ Its Editorials Helped Create

In considering why “the public is quiet” about the United States’ unending wars, the New York Times (10/23/17) fails to examine the failure of...

Report listing RT guests ‘illustrates new McCarthyism in US’ – Colin Powell’s ex-chief of...

Published time: 23 Oct, 2017 17:10 A recent report targeting RT’s on-air guests reveals the new...

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

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Corporate Media Have Few Apologies for Getting IRS Scandal Backwards

Back in May 2013, corporate media outlets expressed alarm at a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that suggested that...

Las Vegas shooter fired at fuel tanks as part of escape plan, sheriff says

Las Vegas police now say that a security guard found gunman Stephen Paddock drilling a hole...

IRS targeted pro-border patrol groups, left-leaning organizations too

Published time: 6 Oct, 2017 04:17 Liberal and leftist non-profit groups seeking tax-exempt status have been...

Joan Tafalla: “In Catalonia, it is all in the hands of the popular initiative”

The recent years of economic crisis in Spain have had two major consequences in the political landscape: the arrival of progressive political movements and...

State Dept. distances itself from ambassador saying Israel occupies mere ‘2% of West Bank’

The US still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the State Department has emphasized,...

Trump keeps eyes on Afghan mineral prize in meeting with Ghani

President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have voiced support for US companies developing Afghanistan’s...

Street Protests Erupt as Spain Accused of Stomping on Democracy in Catalonia

Protests erupted in Catalan cities as well as Madrid on Wednesday after Spanish authorities ramped up their efforts to thwart the northeastern region's upcoming...

‘No justice, no profits’: 6th day of St. Louis protests targets local economy

Published time: 21 Sep, 2017 02:29 Edited time: 21 Sep, 2017 02:46 The St. Louis Galleria...

Antifa and neo-Nazis in Ukraine

“I knew some anarchists resisting in the Black Bloc, who never seem to set foot on any black blocks.” - hip hop artist Son...

Youth in Revolt: Why Millennials Are the Key to Future Social Transformation

Young Americans are not "rebels without a cause." Rather, they share radical countercultural values that challenge the very foundation of US political and economic...

Imploring President Trump to Reconsider Reinstating Program Offering Military Surplus to Police

On August 28, the Trump administration unveiled a new plan to roll back limits President Obama had placed in 2015 on the controversial 1033...

Union groups charged with exploitation seeking Harvey funds

Activist groups seeking funds to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts are coming under fire for alleged...

‘Unlawful occupation’: Native Americans seek to reclaim ancestral land from Brown University

Published time: 22 Aug, 2017 21:13 Edited time: 23 Aug, 2017 09:19 More than 50 members...

Next Standing Rock? Pokanoket Nation in bid to reclaim land in Rhode Island

A Native American tribe has set up an encampment on a mountain in Rhode Island, seeking...

Reporting on Trump’s Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians

Coverage of Trump’s Afghan speech rarely mentioned how many civilians have been killed since the US launched the Afghan War in 2001. As President Donald...

Something Stinks About Charlottesville

Evidence is turning up from, of all places, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as Breitbart and others, that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the...

A Call for Self-Defense in the Face of White Supremacy

  White nationalists and neo-Nazis exchange insults with anti-racist counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right'...

Green Party Urges Prosecution of White Supremacist Groups For Domestic Terrorism In The Wake...

WASHINGTON - The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths...

The Terrorism of Moral Indignation

To be sure, the whole of Western culture is complicit, but what astounds is the complicity of what defines itself as left.  Notably, the...

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters hits out at musicians for crossing Israel ‘picket line’

Rock legend Roger Waters has spoken to RT America’s Anya Parampil in a wide-ranging interview that...

Empty Kensington flats face demolition while Grenfell inferno survivors remain homeless

Tower blocks in Kensington and Chelsea, earmarked for demolition to make way for luxury apartments,...

Global Polling: Which Nations Are Happiest? Unhappiest?

Eric Zuesse Results have recently been published from surveys of 68,759 people in 69 countries around the world during 2016 by WIN/Gallup International, which organization...

Being Rich Wrecks Your Soul. We Used to Know That.

With a billionaire real estate tycoon occupying America’s highest office, the effects of riches upon the soul are a reasonable concern for all of...

'Kill the Bill, Don't Kill Us!': Protests Erupt as McConnell Begins Trumpcare Vote

As the Senate prepared to vote on a motion to proceed to a debate over the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act...

The Bloody ‘Liberation’ of Mosul

Official Washington deemed Syria’s defeat of jihadists occupying Aleppo a “war crime” but called the U.S.-backed defeat of ISIS in...

Big Tobacco v Global Health: Time for New Strategies

If present trends continue, experts predict, the tobacco toll in the 21st century will reach one billion premature deaths, ten times the 100 million...

America’s Invasion of Syria

Will it finally end now? Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. government has invaded and occupies Syria to overthrow its President, Bashar al-Assad and...

Empire of Destruction: Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh

You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and...

‘There’s an Effort Around the Country to Curtail People’s Fundamental 1st Amendment Rights’

Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the right to protest for the July 14, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq

Amnesty International’s report on the plight of civilians in Mosul, where ISIS “has systematically moved them into zones of conflict, used them as human...

Auguries of Innocence & Navel-Gazing

Does our understanding of freedom depend on how we respond to two contra cosmological paradigms…namely the interaction between the ‘particular’ and the ‘universal’ …or...

Trump’s Road to Debacle in the Greater Middle East

The superhighway to disaster is already being paved. From Donald Trump’s first days in office, news of the damage to America’s international stature has come...

Private business: State Dept spends $15k at Trump hotel to accompany first family

The US State Department spent over $15,000 of taxpayer money at a Trump-branded hotel in Vancouver,...

2 Americans, 1 British volunteer killed fighting alongside Kurds against ISIS in Syria

Six volunteer fighters, two from the US and one from the UK, were killed in Syria...

The U.S. State of War: July 2017

Photo by DVIDSHUB | CC BY 2.0 This is the state of war in the United States in July 2017. The US bombing campaign in Iraq...

Report: Trump Continues to Profit Lavishly From Golf Club Membership Fees

As the Trump White House faces numerous lawsuits over potential conflicts of interest stemming from the president's refusal to separate himself from his business...