Sunday, October 15, 2017

Canada Hands off Venezuela guest blog by Alison Bodine


 Canada Hands Off Venezuela!


By Alison Bodine

Today, Venezuela is facing increasing threats, sanctions and foreign intervention. The United States has been the leader of these attacks against Venezuela’s sovereignty, especially through illegal sanctions, threats of military intervention, and the funding of violent right-wing counter-revolutionary groups and political parties. Venezuela was even included in the latest version of U.S. President Trump’s shameful and inhuman travel ban.

The U.S.-led campaign for “regime change” in Venezuela works hand-in-hand with Venezuela’s violent right-wing opposition. These counter-revolutionaries have attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro through an economic war of hoarding, price gouging and other sabotage. They have also waged a violent campaign on the streets of Venezuela that resulted in the deaths of over 100 people in the four months between April and July, some of whom were burnt alive just for being suspected “Chavista” supporters of the Venezuelan government.

Is Canada Really Concerned about “Human Rights” and “Democracy” in Venezuela?

Since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998, under both Liberal and Conservative governments, all major political parties in Canada have been consistent in their attacks against Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolutionary process.

On September 22, 2017, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that Canada is imposing sanctions against the government of Venezuela under the Special Economic Measures Act. According to Global Affairs Canada the sanctions are “against 40 Venezuelan officials and individuals who have played a key role in undermining the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions of Venezuela.”

These sanctions are the latest escalation in a series of attacks carried out by the government of Canada in the name of supporting “human rights” and “democracy” in Venezuela; an overplayed and unsubstantiated excuse that has been used by the government of Canada before to justify their violations of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

On top of the sanctions, Canada has been a leading voice demanding that the Organization of American States (OAS) to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela by implementing the Inter-American Democratic Charter. As well, Canadian Professor Irwin Cotler is a member of a sham panel that is being set-up by the OAS, outside of Venezuela and without the support of the Venezuelan people, to investigate possible “crimes against humanity” by the government of Venezuela. Cotler, a former Liberal politician and lawyer, is a good representation of who is participating in this panel. He is hardly unbiased in his views on Venezuela, as an international representative for Leopaldo Lopez, a leader in Venezuela’s violent opposition who is currently under house arrest after being convicted for inciting violence.

The government of Canada was also instrumental in the development of the “Lima Declaration,” which was released in August, 2017 following meeting in Peru of representatives from Canada and right-wing governments in Latin America. The Lima Declaration includes unsubstantiated allegations of the violation of various “human rights” and “democratic” norms in Venezuela, as well as a declaration that the signatories will not recognize the National Consistent Assembly elected in Venezuela on July 31, 2017.

After all of these threats and rhetoric, the question must be asked, since when has the government of Canada been in a position to condemn other countries for their abuses of “human rights” and “democracy”? As it goes, people in glass houses shouldn’t through stones.

This September at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted the human rights abuses committed by the government of Canada against Indigenous people. "There are, today, children living on reserves in Canada who cannot safely drink, or bathe in, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps….And for far too many Indigenous women, life in Canada includes threats of violence so frequent and severe that Amnesty International has called it 'a human rights crisis,’” were just some of what he said that day.

Even just reading this alone, how it possible that Canada can claim to be a leading example for human rights around the world? Not only that, following his speech, Trudeau has been widely criticized for crying crocodile tears. Even if he recognizes the atrocities and abuses of the Canadian government, his government continues to take little action towards improving the human rights of Indigenous people in Canada.

Government of Canada is No Friend to the People of Venezuela

In the face of this hypocrisy, the Trudeau’s government continues to carry forward interventionist policies against Venezuela.

In fact, leaders in Venezuela’s violent right-wing opposition have always found a friendly ear with the Canadian government, and have even had the opportunity to speak in Canadian parliamentary hearings. For example, Maria Corina Machado, an opposition leader, has often found an audience within the Canadian government despite her clearly anti-democratic record. For starters, she participated in the 2002 coup-attempt against Hugo Chavez. She was also the founder of a so-called “election monitoring” organization Súmate, which received at least $22,000 from the government of Canada. Súmate is in no-way supportive of “free and fair elections in Venezuela.” During a 2004 referendum, they were exposed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter because they “deliberately distributed this erroneous exit poll data in order to build up, not only the expectation of victory, but also to influence the people still standing in line.”

In order to establish and maintain their close relationship with counter-revolutionaries in Venezuela, the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela also awards a “Human Rights Prize” each year to a member of Venezuela’s violent opposition. This is a shameful insult to the mass majority of the people of Venezuela who support the government of Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian revolutionary process.

Build a Strong Movement in Canada in Defense of Venezuela

As long as the government and revolutionary people in Venezuela continue to take a stand for their sovereignty and self-determination, the government of Canada will continue their attacks. The Bolivarian revolutionary process has made massive improvements in the lives of the majority of people in Venezuela, at the expense of private and international interests, including those of Canadian mining and resource extraction companies.

As people living in Canada, we must build a strong and united movement in the defense of the sovereignty and self-determination of the people of Venezuela. We must fight against the illegal sanctions by the government of Canada. We must also demand that the government of Canada to recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela’s democratically elected government and put an end to their meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela.

U.S./Canada Hands Off Venezuela!
No more U.S./Canada Sanctions and Threats!

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Burned Again: The Vietnam War Whitewash by Anthony Freda

 

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We now know that The Gulf of Tonkin Incident ( the claim that two U.S. destroyers were attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats) was a lie.
 
This falsehood provided the moral pretext to launch a massive escalation of the Vietnam War.
Johnson’s deceitful speech of Aug. 4, 1964, won accolades from editorial writers. The president proclaimed the New York Times, “went to the American people last night with the somber facts.” The Los Angeles Times urged Americans to “face the fact that the Communists, by their attack on American vessels in international waters, have themselves escalated the hostilities.”

Without the benefit of real, independent journalism, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution — a pseudo-declaration of war against North Vietnam — was approved by Congress on Aug. 7. (Two brave senators, Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska, provided the only “no” votes.) The resolution authorized the president “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.”
 
Exactly as they did in the run-up to the Iraq War, the mainstream media exclusively relied on U.S. government officials as sources of information and refused to question official narratives on national security issues. How could we possibly not have learned the simple but profound message that we should be extremely wary of any evidence provided to us by the unholy alliance of the corporate press and U.S. intelligence agencies? They have the blood of millions on their hands and Burns does a great disservice to history and humanity by failing to lay blame where it belongs.

Daniel Hallin’s book The “Uncensored War” observes that journalists had “a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account [of Tonkin Gulf events]; it simply wasn’t used. The same can be said about the WMD lies which were promoted by government officials and the MSM in 2003. In 1965, Lyndon Johnson commented: “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.” In 2016, Colin Powell said of his WMD presentation to the United Nations, "Of course I regret that a lot of it turned out to be wrong,"

Christopher Koch, the first American reporter to visit North Vietnam reviewed the Burn's documentary:
"It’s the lack of accountability, the failure to prosecute those who lied to get us into the war, who encouraged battlefield tactics that resulted in the massacre of women and children, who authorized the indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets, who drenched Vietnam in chemical poisons that will cause birth defects and death for generation.
 
Burns and Novick also portray the peace movement in the worst possible terms. In at least three places, they have moving sound bites about how returning soldiers were spat on or in other ways disrespected. It’s a false memory, at least in any general sense. They couldn’t find any visual support, no signs about baby killers because it didn’t happen."
 
"The moral center of the Vietnam War was held by those who opposed it. 
 
Burns suggests Vietnam’s a tragedy. It’s not. In tragedy, a powerful human makes a terrible mistake and suffers the consequences. No one suffered any consequences for Vietnam. Burns assures us that even if people did wrong, they didn’t mean to."

By not holding the media and government officials who lied us into this horrific war accountable, and by regurgitating discredited talking points which were designed to malign the anti-war movement at the time, Burns has reinforced the false mythology of the Vietnam War and failed to use his platform to teach the American people the essential and true lessons we should have learned from that nightmare.


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"If You Live in the US, You Live in a Freak Show" (Soapbox Vlog-cast 10/15/17)


 October 15, 2017

"If You Live in the US, You Live in a Freak Show"

Cindy Sheehan's vlog (video blog) about the war crimes and other crimes of the USA.

"No pyrotechnics, no screaming, no flashy graphics, just one truth bomb after another.... On the 16th anniversary of the US invasion and ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, Cindy Sheehan gives her thoughts on US Imperialism and how we must be in solidarity with all oppressed people of the world. Also, information on opposing the further US intervention in Venezuela."




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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oakland Antiwar Forum Sends Message of Support to Venezuela Consulate in San Francisco (English and Spanish)


 English Version
(Spanish Below)


 
October 11, 2017

Attention:
Antonio Cordero
Venezuelan Consul General in San Francisco

Dear Consul General Cordero,

On October 7, labor and antiwar activists from across the San Francisco Bay Area came together at a “U.S. Out Now!” public forum that was sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and held at the Niebyl Proctor Library in Oakland.

Forum speakers addressed all the major arenas in which the U.S. government is intervening throughout the world, sowing chaos, death, and destruction -- but special attention was paid to the urgent situation facing the Venezuelan people as a direct result of the U.S. intervention.

At the conclusion of the meeting, participants voted a “U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!” statement that we are forwarding to you and to the people of Venezuela. The statement reads as follows:

We, the participants in the October 7 “U.S. Out Now!” public forum in Oakland, California, were informed by the speakers of some very disturbing developments involving the stepped-up U.S. intervention in Venezuela:

* On July 14, the U.S. Congress, with a large bipartisan majority, approved an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget titled, "On the Situation in Venezuela." This amendment has a military component. It begins by talking about the "instability" in Venezuela ("which risks spreading throughout the entire region") and directs the Secretary of Defense to hold a briefing ("which could be classified or not") no later than September 30, 2017 to lay the groundwork for a possible “humanitarian” multilateral intervention to address the "deteriorating situation in Venezuela."

* Eight hundred U.S. Marines are slated to participate in November in joint military exercises in the Amazon jungle of Brazil, at the invitation of the illegitimate Brazilian coup government headed by Michel Temer, together with troops from Brazil, Peru and Colombia. Across Brazil, these exercises are seen to be targeting Venezuela and its Bolivarian government.

According to credible sources, on October 13, the Venezuelan rightwing opposition will be declaring a “Government in Exile” and will be receiving the immediate support of the U.S. government and the OAS. The opposition will also establish a Supreme Court in Exile.

We, UNAC forum speakers and participants, express our deep concern that this fraudulent and U.S.-funded "Government in Exile" will at some point call on the "international community" -- led by the United States -- to approve a "humanitarian” military intervention in Venezuela, much like they did in Haiti under the cover of the U.N. MINUSTAH troops.

We, UNAC forum participants, reaffirm out commitment to building the broadest antiwar united front coalition, with actions in the streets across the United States, to demand U.S./OAS Hands Off Venezuela!

United, we can prevail to stay the hands of the U.S. warmakers. U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!

In solidarity,

Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mother, antiwar activist
Jeff Mackler, Administrative Committee, United Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Tova Fry, Forum, co-organizer, International Action Center
* Alan Benjamin, Editorial Board, The Organizer Newspaper
* Judy Greenspan: Worker's World Party (Bay Area) 

Spanish Version

Estimado Cónsul General Cordero,

El 7 de octubre, activistas sindicales y anti-guerra de todo el área de la Bahía de San Francisco, California, nos reunimos en un foro público "U.S. Out Now / Estados Unidos Fuera Ya!" patrocinado por la Coalición Nacional Unitaria de la Lucha Contra la Guerra (UNAC). El foro se llevó a cabo en la biblioteca de Proctor-Niebyl en Oakland.

Los oradores del foro abordaron todas las regiones principales a escala mundial en las que el gobierno de Estados Unidos está interveniendo, sembrando el caos, la muerte y la destrucción. Pero en el foro se prestó especial atención a la situación urgente a la que se enfrenta el pueblo venezolano como resultado directo de la intervención estadounidense.

Al final de la reunión, los oradores y participantes votamos una declaración titulada "Estados Unidos Fuera de Venezuela Ya!" --declaración que le estamos enviando a continuación a usted y al pueblo de Venezuela. La declaración dice lo siguiente:

“Nosotros, los participantes en el foro público "U.S. Out Now / Estados Unidos Fuera Ya!" --patrocinado por la Coalición Nacional Unitaria de la Lucha Contra la Guerra (UNAC)--  fuimos informados por los oradores de algunos acontecimientos muy inquietantes relacionados a la intensificación de la intervención estadounidense en Venezuela:

* El 14 de julio, el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, con una gran mayoría bipartidista, aprobó una enmienda al Presupuesto del Año Fiscal 2018 titulada "Sobre la Situación en Venezuela". Esta enmienda tiene una componente militar: Comienza señalando la "inestabilidad" en Venezuela ("que corre el riesgo de extenderse por toda la región") y ordena al Secretario de Defensa de los Estados Unidos que organice una sesión de trabajo ("que podría ser a puerta cerrada o no") a más tardar el 30 de septiembre de 2017 para sentar las bases para una posible intervención multilateral "humanitaria" para hacer frente al "deterioro de la situación en Venezuela".

* Ochocientos Marines de los Estados Unidos están programados para participar en noviembre en ejercicios militares conjuntos en la selva amazónica de Brasil, a invitación del ilegítimo gobierno golpista brasileño encabezado por Michel Temer, junto con tropas de Brasil, Perú y Colombia. En todo Brasil, estos ejercicios están siendo denunciados como ejercicios que tienen en la mira a Venezuela y a su gobierno bolivariano.

* Según fuentes fidedignas, el 13 de octubre, la oposición venezolana derechista y pro-yanqui declararía un "Gobierno en Exilio" y recibiría el apoyo inmediato del gobierno de los Estados Unidos y de la OEA. La oposición también establecería un Tribunal Supremo en Exilio.

Nosotros, oradores y participantes en el foro de la UNAC, expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación de que este "Gobierno en el Exilio", fraudulento y financiado por Estados Unidos, pudiera hacer un llamado a la "comunidad internacional" - encabezada por los Estados Unidos-- para que apruebe una intervención militar supuestamente “humanitaira” en Venezuela, al igual que hicieron en Haití bajo la cobertura de las tropas MINUSTAH de la ONU.

Nosotros, los participantes en el foro de la UNAC, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso de organizar la más amplia coalición de frente único, con acciones en las calles a través de los Estados Unidos, para exigir que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos ponga un alto inmediato a todo tipo de intervención en Venezuela.

Unidos, podremos prevalecer para imponer un alto a la intervención estadounidense en Venezuela.”

En solidaridad,

* Cindy Sheehan, Madre Estrella de Oro (*0, activista contra la guerra
* Jeff Mackler, Comité Administrativo, Coalición Nacional Unitaria de la Lucha Contra la Guerra (UNAC)
* Tova Fry, Partido Obrero Mundial
* Alan Benjamin, Comité Editorial del periódico The Organizer (El Organizador)

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(*) Madre Estrella de Oro significa que su hijo murió en la guerra de Irak


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Speaking Truth to Empire with Dan Yaseen (September Edition)


 SEPTEMBER EDITION

GUEST: ANN GARRISON

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On Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM Free Speech Radio for Central California. Dan Yaseen interviews Ann Garrison. Ann is an independent journalist and a columnist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her articles appear in Counterpunch, San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, the Black Agenda Report and the Black Star News. She produces radio for KPFA-Berkeley and WBAI-New York City. In 2014, the Womens International Network for Democracy and Peace awarded her the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

BLOODY U.S. HANDS OFF OF VENEZUELA (SPECIAL SOAPBOX REPORT ON UPCOMING COUP ATTEMPT)

October 8, 2017





Guest: Jeanette Charles
Topic: Upcoming Coup against Democratically Elected
Government in Venezuela.

Jeanette Charles

Questions? Comments? Messages of Solidarity?
Jeanette can be reached at:
editor@venezuelaanalysis.com

For years, the US has tried to undermine and depose the government of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela---first with Hugo Chavez; and now with Nicolas Maduro as president.

Recent Trump dangerous buffoonery has further compromised
the sovereignty and self-determination of Venezuela.

Please read this article:

OAS to Swear in “Parallel” Venezuelan Supreme Court in Washington 

 

GO TO Venezuela Analysis for good information about what's happening on the ground in Vz

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Venezuela TRUTH Bomb on The Soapbox (Again) (SOAPBOX PODCAST 10/09/17)

October 9, 2017



Guest: Dakotah Lilly
Topic: Venezuela 




 Dakotah in Caracas photo-bombing president Maduro.

Exciting Announcement:
Dakotah is a 19 year-old college student who is anti-imperialism and pro-Socialism and a long time supporter of and contributor to the Soapbox.

The Soapbox is pleased to announce that Dakotah will be hosting one Soapbox per month with from a fresh perspective of a young person trying to make a difference outside the acceptable paradigm of Capitalism and treacherous political duopoly.

Dakotah just returned from a trip to Venezuela which he will talk about in this interview. 

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Global Front to Resist Imperialism Zionism and Saudi Terrorist Regime (SIGN-ON)

A group of Yemeni and Arab political activists and Human Rights NGOs in cooperation with the Intifada Conference of Tehran and the Arab & Islamic Forum in Support of Resistance, have launched the International Campaign to boycott, Indict and Sanction the Saudi Terrorist Regime for its crimes against humanity and violations of International law.


The Global Front to Resist Imperialism, Zionism and Saudi Terrorist Regime


The Zionist Colonial regime in Palestine and the terrorist Saudi regime are results of the division of the Arab homeland in order to serve the imperial global capitalist system and its hegemony over the energy resources and strategic passage routes of the region. 




Whereas the Zionist Colonial regime provides a military, hi-tech and advanced security base for the imperialist powers, the terrorist Saudi regime provides financing, training, and arming of tens of thousands of mercenary forces. Both have finally joined efforts through political, diplomatic, intelligence & military ties. They both fear for their mere existence, especially after several defeats, while creating millions of victims and refugees, and the destruction of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and occupied Palestine.

 

We support Yemen against the US-Saudi led atrocities upon Yemeni civilians, mostly women, children and elderly, and the intentional destruction of their heritage and infrastructure. Clearly, both the Zionist colonial and the terrorist Saudi regimes and their masters pose a constant threat to regional & international peace, security & prosperity.

These terrorist states must be held accountable for their crimes: 



1- The Saudi regime supported the British Colonial power schemes in assisting the Zionist terrorist gangs with arms, training and eventually waging a war against indigenous Palestinian people which resulted in bloody massacres and forced a million people to exile reaching over seven million today who are still targeted in their refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and their temporary refuge states all over the globe.


2- The Saudi role in the 1956 war against Egypt by British, French and Zionist forces.



3- Its role in the 1967 Zionist colonial regime expansionist  war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan which led to occupying all of Palestine, Sinai and Golan Heights.



4- The Saudi use of political money to extort and blackmail heads of state and liberation movements and leaders (e.g. PLO) to carry out US agendas in the Arab homeland and as far as Nicaragua, Angola, Mozambique, Mali, Chad, Nigeria, Bosnia/Herzegovina.



5- The Saudi role in 1976 Lebanese civil war (e.g. theTel el-Zaatar massacre against the Palestinians) which lasted for 15 years, the 1978 Litani invasion, the 1982 Zionist war of aggression and invasion of Lebanon led by the terrorist Ariel Sharon.

6- Their implicated role in the Madrid and later the 1993 Oslo accords orchestrated by Bandar Bin Sultan to form a Palestinian autonomy which maintains the occupation and the Zionist project and continuous aggression actions against Palestinians.

7- Zionist / Saudi genocidal wars against the Palestinian people in Gaza in 2008, 2012, 2014 and the continuous blockade of Gaza.

8- Their leading role in the seven-year proxy war against Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

9- Their continuous terrorist threat to other countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria and their occupation of Bahrain.

These crimes, causing misery and loss of life to millions also prove the dysfunction of the UN as an international organization, due to manipulation by the US and its satellite states regardless of the efforts of other UNSC members’ efforts to the contrary.

It is time for human rights organizations, political activists & peace movements to form a global network that unites and organizes their efforts in coordination with other targeted countries' peace organizations in order to stop the terrorist states from pursuing their heinous actions which are a threat to all people other than the usurpers.


The Steering Committee
Beirut, Lebanon

March 2017


The steering committee is looking for peace and social justice activists and organizations to sign on to this statement.

If you wish, please contact Amal Wahdan at:
 Amalwahdan1712@gmail.com

or WhatsApp: 
970 597 061 775
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Basta! 16 Years of War in Afghanistan (Event 10/7/17)


U.S. Out Now!
 
AFGHANISTAN - Longest War in U.S. History
U.S. Hands Off!*
 

Syria • Palestine • Korea, • Venezuela • Haiti • Cuba
 

Saturday, October 7,  7- 9:30 pm
No to U.S. overt & covert wars, sanction/embargo wars, drone & cyberwars, Special Operations/CIA wars proxy wars and the war against working people at home!

Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland (at 65th Street)
Hear:
 

Cindy Sheehan, Peace and social justice activist and producer/host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

Walter Riley, Haiti Action Committee; Haiti Emergency Relief Fund

Jeff Mackler, UNAC Nat’l Admin. Comm.; author, “Syria: Anatomy of Another U.S. Imperialist War;” Socialist Action

Judy Greenspan, Workers World Party and International Action Center: speaking on Korea

Alan Benjamin, Editor/National Organizer, Socialist Organizer: speaking on Venezuela/Latin America

Sponsor: United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Co-sponsors: Initial list/co-sponsors welcome: Haiti Action Committee • Socialist Organizer • Socialist Action • Workers World Party • Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal • Hands Off Syria Coalition • International Action Center • Karen Wald, Cuba Solidarity Activist
 

Donation requested: No one turned away for lack of funds For information call 510-268-9429
jmackler@lmi.net

Friday, September 29, 2017

The War on Fake News by Anthony Freda

 
Fake News by Anthony Freda


As it becomes increasingly clear that yesterday’s conspiracy theories are today’s real news, the call to kill the messengers just gets more shrill and hysterical. 

The attacks on free speech with high-tech censorship campaigns and old-fashioned hit pieces in the "War on Fake News" are massive and concerted. 

The book burners are starting so many fires it’s impossible to stamp them all out. 

What are the horrible thought crimes committed by the alternative press? 

The new media has consistently exposed the lies and crimes of our corrupt and broken institutions. 

Pioneers of alt media have passionately and convincingly made the case that The Patriot Act literally reversed the gains to human liberty codified in The Bill of Rights. 

Independent media dismantled the lies that were presented as the pretexts to the invasion of Iraq. The same lies aggressively promoted by Bush, Hillary Clinton, CNN and The New York Times and that resulted in the death of a million people and global chaos. By contrast, how many people have died as a result of alternative media reports? The answer is zero.

The independent press interviewed NSA whistleblowers who accurately described how the U.S. government was illegally spying on its citizens and retaining our data, and how these whistleblowers were being persecuted by their own government for coming forward and refusing to break the law.

This was years before anyone heard of Edward Snowden. 

Amazingly, there was very little interest in these bombshell allegations in the mainstream press. 

It’s hard to believe now, but in those days, people who claimed the government was surveilling innocent citizens were dismissed as paranoid by the self-proclaimed arbiters of truth at the NYT and CNN. 

Grassroots media detailed a decade ago how police forces all over America were becoming militarized and predicted that this dangerous trend would lead to racially charged conflict on the streets of the nation. What kooks! 

We have also railed against; torture, needless wars, police brutality, government corruption, the two-party duopoly, the criminality of the banksters and the end of privacy. 

Now the very same mainstream media hacks who promoted the lies that lead to war in Iraq and Syria and mindlessly regurgitate whichever talking point is uploaded onto their teleprompter are gleefully assassinating what they call "fake news" using edited tape and misleading hit-pieces. 

While these discredited war cheerleaders lie about why our sons and daughters are sent to die, we are bravely exposing the fraudulent casus belli they traitorously and disgracefully promote. 

While these corporate spokespeople work for the interests of the oil and drug companies and political forces that pay their salaries, we risk everything to expose the crimes and scams of these same broken institutions. 

We have done a great public service by exposing the deceptive, psychological methods used by the ruling elite to warp historical narratives, manipulate patriotism and manufacture consent.

By helping people to recognize and suspend their belief in propaganda and therefore their own complicity in it, the alternative media is helping to create a public awareness to the tactics our enemies use to keep us divided, steal our rights and slaughter countless innocents all over the world. 

I know it’s fun and easy to call us tin-foil-hat wearers, or whatever pejorative has been chosen for you today, but let’s be clear about whose dirty work some are doing. Ironically, many are using talking-points written by deep-state operatives to ridicule the idea that the deep-state exists at all!! 

Alternative media is in direct competition with the mainstream media for revenue and the MSM want to control the information we are exposed to.

The MSM are waging a concerted demonization campaign aimed at destroying some of the dominant platforms exposing the lies and crimes of their corporate and deep-state masters and many are helping them do it. 

The MSM is an enemy of the truth and of the people. Friends of mine have been accused of being Russian agents in The NYT because they simply told the truth about Clinton during the campaign. 

The corporate press has gone from lying to the American people to lying about the American people.

Do we have the will and power to destroy our common enemy?      

Anthony Freda
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Football Wars by Anthony Freda

Football Wars
by 
Anthony Freda

How appropriate it is that the culture war is being fought on the ritual battlefields of the football stadiums.

People seem to care more about ritualized warfare than they do about actual wars being fought with our money and our children's lives.
 
Shallow and hollow patriotism is on full-throated display in NFL spectacles. They are the new Roman games designed to reflect the glory of the Empire.
 
U.S. military might has always been projected onto the faux warriors of the football circuses, and dissent was never even considered to be possible.
 
How can you play football and question America at the same time? 
 
The ideals that guide our policy are to be reenforced in the games and not challenged.
 
The tradition of standing with your hand on your heart as the National Anthem is played before every game is proof that these are Imperial games and not private sporting events.
 
The concussion-inducing combat on field is wildly cheered on even as the wounded are carried out on stretchers.
 
Fans entering stadiums are subjected to humiliating TSA style searches and military jets routinely do fly-overs during halftime while jingoistic spectacles are performed on the field.
 
All of this is designed as an affirmation of the moral legitimacy of the police state and endless war.
 
Are you ready to play some football? This game is going to get rough.
 
 
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Actors and other Useful Idiots for Empire by Cindy Sheehan



In 2005 while I was roasting for peace under the hot Texas sun at Camp Casey in Crawford, Tx, Rob Reiner sent his wife Michelle and a crew there to film a commercial with me.

Before the end of 2005, a lot of the people/groups who supported our antiwar effort kicked us to the curb when they figured out we really were against war and not just against Bush's wars. 

The Reiners were among the ones that I discovered didn't so much care about the wars, but cared more about getting Demo-quacks elected.

Soon after Camp Casey temporarily shut-down that summer, I was invited to the Reiner's house to have a meeting. I was never the kind of person who got all twittery over so-called celebrities, but if the Reiners could help our cause, I was anxious to further our collaboration.

Rob Reiner and his team had already offered to do the paperwork and pay for getting Gold Star Families for Peace (my organization at the time) non-profit (501c3) status which we gratefully accepted.

Anyway, at the meeting (which included billionaire, Demo-quack funder, Steve Bing), after the niceties were over, both Steve and Rob got down to the real brass-tacks of the meeting.  They wanted me to throw my influence (which was then pretty considerable) behind the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Bing looked me in the eye, with a serious face and said, "Mrs. Clinton is our only hope."

I gasped and averred how she had not only voted to support the very war that killed my son, but was the Bush regime's Demo-quack cover for war propaganda. Then Steve said this with a straight-face and no sense of how hurtful this statement could be to a mother whose oldest child was killed for these lies, "Mrs. Clinton is really against the wars and she will come out against them when it is politically expedient for her to do so." What?! People are still dying in Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere) and how can mothers like me even understand a little about "political expediency" when our hearts are ripped out of our chests? Not just for one day, but for the rest of our lives.

The meeting didn't end really well, but I thanked them for their help and still refused to support Clinton for anything. When I wrote an article a couple of months later about how the antiwar movement should NOT support Clinton that was posted at Huffington Post, the attack dog of the Reiners called my sister and told her that they were pulling all support from me and Gold Star Families for Peace. In fact, Dede and CODEPINK, L.A. were protesting at a fundraiser for Clinton when Rob and Michelle pulled up and gave them the middle-finger.

The above is recounted for background on why the motives and credibility of Reiner should be viewed with suspicion. 

The Meathead goes full-Archie Bunker and Produces Tripe

Enter this week's outrage from Rob Reiner: A video (below) he made with Morgan Freeman as the "star," which is a complete, unabashed, total piece of lying propaganda against Vladimir Putin and Russia 

Interestingly enough, this video was posted about the same time that 41 Demo-quack US senators voted to give the regime tens of billions of dollars more in Pentagon funding: almost 700 billion. This amount is three times more than China spends and TEN times more than Russia spends on so-called defense.

Of course, Rob Reiner could use his considerable wealth and influence to talk about something real like election fraud, but, since the DNC and Clinton campaign stole the 2016 primaries from Bernie Sanders, that wouldn't be productive for doing what is his life work, getting his only "hope," in the Oval Office. 

The tens of thousands of people in Libya murdered by Clinton and Obama matter not to Reiner; the ongoing slaughters in Iraq and Afghanistan are not even in his remote consciousness. Rather, blaming Russia and Putin for the loss of one of the most (rightly) unpopular politicians in US history and fomenting for more war is what he wants to join with other neocons like David Frum and Max Boot, to do.

Besides the treacherous motivations behind this piece of rotting tripe, there is actually not one shred of proof that Russia had anything to do with Clinton's loss. I know she and her lackeys would like to blame everything from Putin to bad weather, but putting out a video like this is like playing with nuclear winter.

Other neoliberal/neoconservative idiots say, "Russia hacked" like it acceptable wisdom. "Russia hacked and in other news, water is wet." 

Reiner, Freeman, and their ilk are not only liars, but they are dangerous propagandists approaching the level of a Riefenstahl. 

Reiner and other useful idiots for Empire have formed a group called, "Committee to Investigate Russia," to, “help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy." Besides the fact that the USA has never been a democracy, and even if it were, elections here with one War Party under Wall Street have been compromised and invalid for decades, not just since his Grating Hope got creamed by a carnival huckster.

I challenge this "committee" to produce any hard evidence for their malignant horseshit. 


 Unpacking the Horseshit: Clump by Clump

Face it, Morgan Freeman's voice does have a nice, authoritative kind of benevolent principal tone to it, but in Reiner's irresponsible piece of doggerel, he uses it to unashamedly promote fearmongering.

We have been attacked

We are at war

That's how we begin.

From what I have been able to glean, the powers that be in Russia are treating this like an infantile joke, which on the surface it is. 

However, the video obviously was made to sink us back into the lowest depths of the McCarthy witch hunts and HUAC hysteria and as a Cold War Kid, "I don't find this stuff amusing anymore," (Paul Simon, Graceland).

I don't appreciate being dragged back into a time when I was abused into believing the the Soviet Union was the most evil entity on earth and as I study about the Bolshevik Revolution (Slogan: Peace Bread Land) on this 100th anniversary, I resent these Hollywood elites' participation in this skewed "history."

But, of course, the US is "at war," and the US has been at war for all but about two dozen years of its existence.

He (Putin) Uses Cyberwarfare to Attack Democracies

After going on with the video's undocumented "Putin for Dummies," (truly, one has to be a Dummy to believe any of this) we "learn" how this "KGB" agent uses his trickster wiles to "attack democracies around the world." We don't know which democracies Russia has "attacked" because this is a commercial to sell the commodity of fear, not a fact-based narrative.

Hmmm....The CIA was formed to be a bad actor on the world stage and here is a list of the Democracies the US has attacked and overthrown just since World War II:


Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

By William Blum – Published February 2013
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
Original Post
  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
  • East Germany 1950s
  • Iran 1953 *
  • Guatemala 1954 *
  • Costa Rica mid-1950s
  • Syria 1956-7
  • Egypt 1957
  • Indonesia 1957-8
  • British Guiana 1953-64 *
  • Iraq 1963 *
  • North Vietnam 1945-73
  • Cambodia 1955-70 *
  • Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  • Ecuador 1960-63 *
  • Congo 1960 *
  • France 1965
  • Brazil 1962-64 *
  • Dominican Republic 1963 *
  • Cuba 1959 to present
  • Bolivia 1964 *
  • Indonesia 1965 *
  • Ghana 1966 *
  • Chile 1964-73 *
  • Greece 1967 *
  • Costa Rica 1970-71
  • Bolivia 1971 *
  • Australia 1973-75 *
  • Angola 1975, 1980s
  • Zaire 1975
  • Portugal 1974-76 *
  • Jamaica 1976-80 *
  • Seychelles 1979-81
  • Chad 1981-82 *
  • Grenada 1983 *
  • South Yemen 1982-84
  • Suriname 1982-84
  • Fiji 1987 *
  • Libya 1980s
  • Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  • Panama 1989 *
  • Bulgaria 1990 *
  • Albania 1991 *
  • Iraq 1991
  • Afghanistan 1980s *
  • Somalia 1993
  • Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  • Ecuador 2000 *
  • Afghanistan 2001 *
  • Venezuela 2002 *
  • Iraq 2003 *
  • Haiti 2004 *
  • Somalia 2007 to present
  • Honduras 2009
  • Libya 2011 *
  • Syria 2012
  • Ukraine 2014 *
  • Syria
He (Putin) Convinces people in democratic societies to 
distrust their media

Do I even have to go there? Reiner and Freeman and the other neocons and Useful Idiots for Empire are aware that all the worldwide "mainstream" media are owned by a handful of very powerful people and entities and if we don't "distrust" our media, then we are the foolish ones.
It has been proven, just in the Iraq War that killed my son, that outlets like MSNBCia used paid Pentagon shills to sell that war to a seemingly gullible American population. The White House had a group to make up crap like, "Mushroom Clouds," that Hillary Clinton participated in. Garbage in, garbage out.

Morgan then sits behind a desk in what looks to be a bomb shelter and calls on Donald Trump to use the resources of the USG to determine "how this happened." As far as I can tell, it has not even been determined "if" it happened. Let's not skip any steps here. 

For 241 years, our democracy has been a shining example of what we can all aspire to

To me, this is the most dangerous and irresponsible lie of the entire video and I don't know how a black man can even utter those words without vomiting, because they make be throw up a little in my own mouth. Morgan Freeman is a sellout to the struggle for black emancipation and the struggle for people under the terrible yoke of US occupation and oppression around the world. 

The USA was one of the the last "democracies" to (allegedly) abandon slavery, and it took the lives of almost 700,000, mostly poor working-class young men, to do it. I say "allegedly," because if anyone thinks slavery has been abolished in the USA, I suggest you watch "13th," a most enlightening Netflix documentary on how the 13th Amendment to the US constitution just transferred slavery to the prison systems.

Like I pointed out above, the founders of the US didn't frame our government as a democracy and most of the founders owned black slaves that were stolen from their continent and forced to perform labor in this "shining example;" the "shining example" that also committed genocide on its native population and has worked overtime to overthrow many democracies---true democracies; not just the feeble representation of democracy propagated by this horseshit.

Paul Robeson was a black man who realized how oppressed his people were and how that oppression connected to the liberation and anti-colonial struggles around the world. He paid a price for his courage and integrity, saying, among other things "why should the Negroes fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you they will never fight against the Soviet Union, or the peoples' democracies."

More than Reiner, who is just a tool for the demented Clinton wing of the Demo-quack party, Freeman should be ashamed of himself. I am sure Malcolm X would define him as a "house negro" always looking out for the interests and well-being of the master and not the enslaved masses.

And we owe it to the brave people who have fought and died to protect this great nation and save democracy

This bold declaration of exceptionalist horseshit is posted over young American troops being sent to slaughter and I know my son didn't die to "protect" this "great" nation or save democracy. Like every single troop sacrificed before and after him, he was a victim to capitalism and imperialism. 

It can be, and has been argued rather convincingly that the United States have never waged a war to "save democracy," and the Soviet Union bore the brunt of Nazi savagery in World War II, yet was the first to liberate the death camps.

Reiner, et al., are enemies of truth;

They are enemies of peace;

They are enemies of true democracy;

They should be exposed and shamed.


Watch the Horseshit Here:
(If you must)

 

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
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Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies. Paul Robeson
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Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/paul_robeson
Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/paul_robeson
Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/paul_robeson


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