by Philip Reiss The phrase "in the national interest" is frequently parroted by media pundits and politicians alike. It has for decades given me pause to contemplate just what it means for the majority of Americans as opposed to the small minority of super rich Americans. What it means to the 1% of the population greatly invested in capitalistic money making activity as … [Read more...] about In the National Interest
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“Soy América Latina/un pueblo sin piernas pero que camina1.” Calle 13 Calle 13, a Puerto Rican duo made up of brothers René Pérez Joglar and Eduardo José Cabral Martínez, started out as a reggaetón group whose songs have always had an intellectual and literary depth rarely found in contemporary reggaetón2. They began to expand their musical style repertoire in around 2009 to … [Read more...] about Venezuela, Capitalism, and White Supremacy
by Bob Riggs Saturday, March 3, marks the second anniversary of the murder of the courageous worker for justice and women's autonomy, Berta Cáceres. She was killed in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, because of her leadership in the struggle of the Lenca People in defense of their lands, rivers and forests, which were being threatened by the construction of mega … [Read more...] about Remembering Berta Cáceres
by Ted Morgan In speaking of media reporting leading up to the Gulf War of 1991, Noam Chomsky declared that the United States “went to war in the manner of a totalitarian state.” Mass media coverage so totally reinforced George H.W. Bush administration claims that the American public was not aware that there were real grounds for believing that war could be avoided. So it … [Read more...] about Venezuela and Totalitarian Media in the US
by Faramarz Farbod To perish or to radically transform the way we relate to one another and to nature, that is the question humanity has never had to face until now. The evidence backing the above assertion is strong and accumulating. Nevertheless, there remains a stubborn problem of awareness as many who understand the perils facing humanity fail to connect them to its … [Read more...] about Make Capitalism History
by Doug Heath American mass media and political discourse have been so relentless in blaming Russia alone for the prolonged escalating tension between our countries that most Americans probably cannot imagine how Russians could justify their behavior or criticize ours. This mindset is particularly dangerous now that the two governments are abandoning the 1987 … [Read more...] about US-Russia Relations: Marching Toward Disaster?
by Gary Olson Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th District, one of the most liberal in the country where no Republican has been elected since 1962. A Muslim woman born in Africa, she was eight years old when her family fled their native Somalia during the Somali Civil War in 1991. They spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp and in 1995 were approved for … [Read more...] about On Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Calling Obama a “Pretty Face” Who “Got Away With Murder”
David Swanson Trump is for nationalism. So the "Resistance" is predictably for... wait for it... the right kind of nationalism — or nationalism worn properly, as The Week advises. The problem isn't nationalism, The Hill informs us, it's phony nationalism and spurious nationalism, or as the Washington Post explains along with CNN, the problem is actually white nationalism. Of … [Read more...] about There is No Good Kind of Nationalism
Todd Carpien Juan Gonzalez's book Harvest of Empire is a great illustration of the effects of US hegemony in the Western hemisphere. Gonzalez, a Puerto-Rican American, is best known these days as a co-host of Democracy Now! He was a long time columnist for the New York Daily News. His book is of great value in exposing the crimes of the American empire to the general … [Read more...] about Harvest of Empire
Greta Browne and Guy Gray "If the poor of this country knew what is being planned for them, there wouldn't be enough streets to fit all the people protesting against it." Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff From our viewpoint on a small farm in the interior of Brazil, with limited access to the internet and other media, we watch the unfolding of a frightening phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Far Right Pulls the Wool Over Voters Eyes