Forced Anthem Adherence Antithetical to Justice by Linn Washington Jr

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This history-making black Major League Baseball player called out race prejudice in all sectors of American society including prejudice practiced by U.S. presidents, lawmakers, law enforcers and others.

 

This player’s poignant observations about the sinews of the prejudice infecting American society focus antiseptic illumination on toxic stances taken by President Trump on the rights of black pro-football players to protest race-based injustices including police brutality.

 

 

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Capital’s Class War in Brazil

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Brazil is the second largest economy in the Americas, and at the time of the coup, the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world. What kind of example does it make to the United States, to have another major economy in the Americas that doesn’t follow the neoliberal economic policies of the US? That provides an alternative – that raised its minimum wage by 100% in real terms, where public university is free, with a relatively good health care system by third world standards – this is a thorn in the side of the US, from a hegemony perspective.
Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier examines the Brazilian corporate media’s role in capital’s class war, and new evidence indicating capital’s collusion in the country’s 2016 coup – from the opposition government’s destabilizing of the economy ahead of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, to US and petroleum industry influence over Brazil’s post-coup privatization scheme.
Brian recently wrote the article The State of the Brazilian Left: Analysis from an American in Brazil for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

 

The Death Knell of Democracy by River Sun

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Censorship is the foe of freedom. It comes in many forms. The choking grip of control silences dissent. The bullhorns of propaganda blare out lies and fictions of consent. The maddened clench of greed stifles outlets for a diversity of expression, creativity, opportunity, and invention. The lurking spies of mass surveillance send chills down once-fearless spines. The data collectors of corporations mine our lives for ways to shrink-wrap our worldviews into commoditized sales pitches.

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In-Shadow: A Critique of Our Times

IN-SHADOW: A Modern Odyssey is an impressive short film, which paints a dark and satirical portrait of our modern society. During 13 minutes, this short film directed by Lubomir Arsov connects symbols and metaphors, attacking with a rare energy the excesses of capitalism, from the fashion industry to social networks through the world of finance and politics. Embark on a visionary journey through the fragmented unconscious of the West, and with courage face the Shadow.

 

From Shadow into Light. Simply beautiful.

 

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Scratch below the surface & understand why things are the way they are…..

The Rise of the Oligarchs

 

Wealth inequality has risen to stratospheric heights. The statistics, the real statistics, sound like fragments spun off from a madman’s dream.

Eighty-five people have as much money as three and a half billion other people. Look at it like this: 85 people = 3,500,000,000 people.

Forbes Magazine, which used to gleefully refer to itself as a “capitalist tool,” creates an annual list of the richest 400 people in the world. Ten years ago, their combined wealth was $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars). Now, after a world wide crash and all sort of bailouts, their combined worth is $2,000,000,000,000. They have doubled their money. How have you done?

Did their money come to them because the magic of the market realised how ultra-special talented they were? Or because of power? Manipulating laws, buying politicians, even taking over governments. Has the power of money in the United States grown so great that democracy is just a charade? A large, frenetic, incredibly expensive one, but still, just play-acting and a dumb show for the public?

While all the real decisions come from a small group of the ultra-wealthy, to some degree very consciously, but to an even larger degree by the sheer weight of their incredible wealth, the Oligarchs.

That much money, it has to be about power.

Poet’s Nook: “I Come To You Without Me” by Rumi

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I come to you without me, come to me without you.

Self is the thorn in the sole of the soul.

Merge with others,

If you stay in self, you are a grain, you are a drop,

If you merge with others, you are an ocean, you are a mine.

What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse? by Rivera Sun

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We are serving ourselves up on silver platters to the oligarchs and giant corporations. We have apples of misinformation in our mouths and sprigs of patriotic parsley tucked behind our ears. Must we complacently acquiesce to being pot-roasted pigs? Rise up!

The situation is more than intolerable . . . it is ridiculous . . . it is obscene. Our citizenry behaves like swine in the feedlots of the giant corporations and their rich owners. We eat the swill they slop down of toxic food, poisonous lies, mind-numbing media, and soul-crushing policies of oppression. We roll in the muck too moribund to rise up and organize for life, liberty, and love!

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A Culture of Death

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President Trump’s presidency is so “annihilatonist” that it may very well be the last presidency of the United States says Professor Vijay Prashad at the CODEPINK Summit. This brother speaks brutal truth which we should not shy away from.

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The Power of Propaganda

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Stuart Ewen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film & Media at Hunter College and author of Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture joins Chris Hedges for a conversation on the power of mass propaganda. Quite thought-provoking.

Offshore Secrets of the Rich Exposed


The Paradise Papers are a huge new leak of financial documents, these documents consist of 13.4 million files mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance, Appleby. In these documents we see how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest large amounts of cash offshore in places known to be tax havens. From these papers we also see Trump’s Commerce Secretary shady dealings with Russian individuals who have been sanctioned by the US.Follow the money…always follow the money.

The Time of the Intellectual-Activists Has Come by Creston Davis

The time is now for intellectuals to rise up and create spaces in which new futures can be created -- without putting students in harm's way -- through ourselves, and not the 1 percent.

A crucial element of change happens when people realize that the current state of things no longer works. Change is a fundamental aspect of all areas of life — growth requires change. But institutions that benefit from keeping things the same have a vested interest in resisting change. The more powerful the institution, the more it seeks to resist change. Even the threat of change is a threat to powerful economic and social institutions because change shifts perspective and imagines a different world.

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Study Proves Sugar Is Responsible For Remarkable Rate Of Disease by Dr. Joseph Mercola

 

Refined sugar was not consumed on a daily basis until the past 100 years. Before that, it was a treat afforded only by the very rich as sugar cane was a difficult crop to grow. In the past 100 years, rates of obesityheart diseaseType 2 diabetes and numerous other chronic diseases have skyrocketed.

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Dr. Mark Mason: ‘The U.S. Is The Biggest Terrorist Organization On Earth’

 

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Tasnim: In mid-October, US President Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy for Iran, saying it begins with imposing tough sanctions on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and also accused Iran of proliferation of missiles and weapons. Why, do you think, has Trump focused on efforts to curb Iran’s military capabilities?

Mason: United States foreign policy is set within the context of empire. The USA is an empire, and empires do not have friends. They have client states obeying orders issued from the imperial center, and they have enemies. There is no in between. There is no such thing as friend of the empire. The US empire does not honor treaties. The American Empire has a rotating Imperial Ruler called a President. Some are Imperialists Light, whereas others are Imperialists Heavy. This was true of Rome and the British. It’s true of the USA. The Republican Party is Empire Heavy, as was demonstrated by former President George Bush.

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Republican Tax Cut Plan Will Drive Up Deficit and Debt by Simon Johnson

 

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Name the country. Its leader rails against foreigners, erects various import barriers and pushes for low interest rates and lots of cheap credit for favored sectors. Government debt is already high, but the would-be strongman in power decides to pile on even more by increasing the budget deficit, arguing that this will boost prosperity to previously unattainable levels. While the government claims to represent the common people, state contracts are awarded to friends of friends.

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White Spite: Why Education Is at the Center of Trump’s Politics of Resentment by Jennifer Berkshire

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(Editor’s Note: Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. Her latest book is White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Ward.)

Jennifer Berkshire: You’re the author of the book White Ragebut I thought of another title for your book: White Spite. The history you recount is basically about how as a country we’ve systematically denied opportunity to kids of color, even if everyone else gets screwed in the process.

Carol Anderson: That’s it. It’s amazing to watch, and it’s horrifying to watch. Think about Sputnik, for example, or the threat that the Soviets were going to hit the U.S. with intercontinental ballistic missiles. You’d expect that a massive national security threat would be enough to shake even the most hardened white supremacist, hardened segregationist, or hardened Jim Crow lover, out of the commitment to systematically denying millions of black children access to quality education.

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