21 April 2021

A Labour MP just asked the killer question of the Boris Johnson/Dyson scandal

During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday 21 April, Labour’s Keir Starmer and the SNP’s Ian Blackford probed the PM over the emerging James … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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How “Representative” is US Democracy?

American politicians love to boast of their nation’s status as the world’s premier “representative democracy,” and to lecture other, presumably less enlightened, countries on the importance of representative political institutions. Going by the numbers (which admittedly don’t tell the whole story), there’s good reason to question whether such preening is justified. Among the world’s states, … Continue reading How “Representative” is US Democracy? → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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20 April 2021

Denying the Demonic

In March of last year as the coronavirus panic was starting, I wrote a somewhat flippant article saying that the obsession with buying and hoarding toilet paper was the people’s vaccine.  My point was simple: excrement and death have long been associated in cultural history and in the Western imagination with the evil devil, Satan, […] The post Denying the Demonic first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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19 April 2021

A Biden-Putin Summit: Jaw-Jaw is Better than War-War

On April 13, US president Joe Biden spoke by phone with Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he has previously referred to, in pot/kettle fashion, as a “killer.” During the call, Biden proposed a summit between the two in the near future. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Russian chess legend and political exile Garry Kasparov … Continue reading A Biden-Putin Summit: Jaw-Jaw is Better than War-War → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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18 April 2021

The US-Russian Sanctions War: Symbolic, Substantive, Or Strategic?

The US-Russian Sanctions War: Symbolic, Substantive, Or Strategic? By Andrew Korybko The recently intensified “sanctions war” between the US and Russia has made many observers wonder whether this escalation is symbolic, substantive, or strategic. The US’ imposition last week of its... Read More › - Voice of East
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A centrist Labour think tank just made a fool of itself on Twitter

Labour Party centrist think tank the Fabian Society caused quite a commotion on Twitter on Sunday 18 April. It might have been best if … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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US election period saw web traffic throttled


Traffic to this very blog was being choked, decreasing to about a quarter of its typical numbers of visitors, during the US regime's heavily criticized election.

Tech companies are inherently protective of the regime and its institutions, committed to every goal of the regime from police-order within the US to US victory in foreign wars. The heads of the companies are statists, seeking to augment the US state's power over citizens, the way some armed US militias are statists and want to augment law enforcement any way they can.

The election, which was won by the pro-censorship Democratic Party, was filled with calls for the suppression of points of view that differed from the heavily favored Democratic candidate using any means. Major US companies such as Twitter and Google evidently took part in suppressing criticism, using their dominance of search engines and online commentary to create favor towards the current president.

That even small blogs aimed at non-US readers, such as clubof.info, would be caught in the crossfire of pro-establishment censorship gives some insight into the tools used by Google to protect the institutions of the regime from criticism and doubt among US citizens.

Constant calls in the mainstream media for people to have faith in the regime's institutions and its elections, as well as official news networks, indicate fear at the widespread lack of trust in US officials. Despite being the result of the repeated lies of the regime with regard to every policy since at least the Iraq War of 2003, the regime seems to see this backlash and the access of its citizens to foreign media (even small blogs like this one in the UK) as a huge threat.

Walls are being put up, to stifle alternate points of view, and they are getting taller every day.

Note that some liberals and libertarians don't see the actions of private organizations as censorship, insted looking in dictionaries and only using the word "censorship" if the state can be proven to have done it (Wikipedia dissents from this view, and the fact church institutions rather than state institutions were among the biggest abusers of censorship historically also dissents from this view).

What is happening is almost state censorship. In the current censorship crusade, many of the involved individuals at Google and other companies such as Eric Schmidt are deeply involved in the state (including through actual contracts) and securing its interests, much like private military contractors (PMCs), even having visited Iraq to aid US war aims. Tech executives, like PMCs, are individuals tied to the state informally and using private means to achieve state censorship precisely to weasel out of being accused of state censorship, just as PMC outfits might be created to enable the state to get away with war crimes.

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17 April 2021

Kashmir Crisis: A challenge to world conscience

Kashmir Crisis: A challenge to world conscience By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai   Benjamin Franklin, a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence from Britain, and a man responsible for negotiating a treaty between the colonies and France, asked, “When... Read More › - Voice of East
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16 April 2021

The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election

A spoiled ballot in Ecuador’s elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador’s April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be.  On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But […] The post The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Pseudonymity and Genocide

Nearly 10,000 residents dance in local Dolan Maxrap folk style in Awat county in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on 9 October 2018. Photo: China News Service In February, I asked, “Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?” China is continually being raked over the coals by western governments […] The post Pseudonymity and Genocide first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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#KillTheBill: here’s where you can join a protest this weekend

Home secretary Priti Patel’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has been in the public eye for weeks. Also known as the Police Bill, … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Congressional Democrats to Biden: Pour Some SALT on That Infrastructure

As the debate over President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposals heats up, Roll Call reports that “[a] new caucus pressing for repeal of the $10,000 limitation on state and local tax deductions boasts the support of more than one-third of Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.” The SALT cap, implemented when Donald Trump was … Continue reading Congressional Democrats to Biden: Pour Some SALT on That Infrastructure → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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14 April 2021

Jacques Ellul: Controversies in the Rise of Propaganda

Orientation Controversies within propaganda theory When I was preparing for a course I had created, “Brainwashing, Propaganda and Rhetoric: Dark Psychology in the 20th Century” I came across the name Jacques Ellul over and over again. Many of the quotes from his book Propaganda amazed me, considering the book was written almost 60 years ago. […] The post Jacques Ellul: Controversies in the Rise of Propaganda first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Joe Biden Reaffirms Washington’s Message to the World: Never, Ever Trust Us

In February 2020, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal with the Taliban, giving US forces 15 months to get out of Afghanistan. Nearly a year later, with  the withdrawal nearly complete and only 2,500 US armed forces members remaining on Afghanistan soil, incoming President Joe Biden took the oath of inauguration and instantly … Continue reading Joe Biden Reaffirms Washington’s Message to the World: Never, Ever Trust Us → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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New polling says it’s time for a coup against Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer has been leading the Labour Party for just over a year. And judging by the latest opinion polls, this means that a … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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12 April 2021

Joe Biden’s Latest “Gun Violence” Fairy Tale

A White House “fact sheet” tells us that “the President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence.” The “fact sheet” departs from the facts starting with its title, which characterizes gun violence as a “public health epidemic.” Gun violence is a set of volitional human behaviors, not an infectious disease … Continue reading Joe Biden’s Latest “Gun Violence” Fairy Tale → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:24:50

Focus for a moment on the following: “The greatest obstacle… would be the prevailing notion of citizenship, and so the targeted de-legitimization of nations and citizenship is a worthy goal for any currents of techno-liberation. Such a goal can be achieved by thwarting the divisions among nations and thus violating the ideological mask maintaining global disparities. Differences of language and culture represent significant barriers that justify separation and disparity among groups in the global system. If technologies can be developed that allow for greater communication across borders, for example technologies that enhance what the internet is already doing and allow the language barriers to be eroded, then such technologies will help to undermine the social cohesion of nation-states. In turn, this action will force people to re-examine their identities in a more rational way. They may, in this process, de-legitimize and question the concepts of nation and citizen and turn to another basis of identity instead. In addition to breaking down the language barriers, the leaking of state information can also serve to de-legitimize the state and undermine its bullying power with the assistance of technology.” Consider the different technological opportunities you see exist, and investigate if they offer radical options to empower the people. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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The Mad Warhorse of Neoliberalism is Galloping Towards Perdition

We are the United States of Amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing. — Gore Vidal, Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia, 2004 As Americans drown in debt and atomization, the liberal class applauds the arrival of a post-nation-state neo-feudal order which is devoid of checks and balances, integration, national cohesion, […] The post The Mad Warhorse of Neoliberalism is Galloping Towards Perdition first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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11 April 2021

Marr ducks truth bombs over the BBC’s dire prince Philip coverage

Just over a minute of truth appeared on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 11 April. It involved the BBC‘s contentious coverage of the … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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10 April 2021

The news media offers wall-to-wall propaganda every day: we only notice when a royal dies

A few lessons to be learned from the wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death in the British media: 1. There is absolutely no commercial reason for the media to be dedicating so much time and space to the Prince’s death. ITV, which needs eyeballs on its programmes to generate income from advertising, saw a 60 […] The post The news media offers wall-to-wall propaganda every day: we only notice when a royal dies first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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9 April 2021

“Vaccine Passports” and the Holocaust: An Invalid Comparison?

On March 29, the Libertarian Party of Kentucky issued a tweet that aroused considerable controversy (not least among partisan Libertarians themselves): “Are the vaccine passports going to be yellow, shaped like a star, and sewn on our clothes?” Kentucky governor Andy Beshear called the tweet “shameful” and implied it was “anti-Semitic.” Rabbi Shlomo Litvin called … Continue reading “Vaccine Passports” and the Holocaust: An Invalid Comparison? → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Labour’s latest purge may come back to bite it on the arse

The Labour purge has claimed another victim: a well known local councillor. But yet again, it could well end up biting the party and … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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A Damned Murder Inc.: Kennedy’s Battle Against the Leviathan

The Eisenhower presidency would see Washington taken over by business executives, Wall Street lawyers, and investment bankers—and by a closely aligned warrior caste that had emerged into public prominence during World War II. ***** As discussed in Part Two of this series, the war in Vietnam did not start on its official date, November 1st, […] The post A Damned Murder Inc.: Kennedy’s Battle Against the Leviathan first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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8 April 2021

Why Does Ukraine Want War?

Why Does Ukraine Want War? By Andrew Korybko Ukraine wants war with Russia due to a combination of domestic and international factors, but such a scenario would be disastrous for the Eastern European country and only serve the interests of some... Read More › - Voice of East
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7 April 2021

Deliveroo riders strike as the fat cats try to make a killing

Deliveroo workers have gone on strike, just as the company joined the stock market. It was, of course, a game of two halves: workers … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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6 April 2021

Time to Get Government Off Our Lawns

It’s spring, and for many Americans that means it’s time to drag out the mower and trimmer, invest in various seeds, feeds, pesticides, etc., and quite possibly put the water bill on steroids with daily sprinkler operation. According to the American Time Use Survey, the average American spends 70 hours — nearly two full work … Continue reading Time to Get Government Off Our Lawns → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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“Hotel Rwanda” Hero Kidnapped:  Another Victim of Rwanda’s Grinding Machine

It is the 6th of April again and the western establishment’s corporate media intelligence propaganda system has again been cranking out black propaganda that continues to buttress the false narratives about genocide in Central Africa. Under this falsification of consciousness, the victims become the killers and the killers become the victims, and the true role […] The post “Hotel Rwanda” Hero Kidnapped:  Another Victim of Rwanda’s Grinding Machine first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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4 April 2021

The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don’t believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorian people… – Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyred, 24 March 1980 Whether we are aware of it or not, we live by stories. We live by others’ stories while we tell our lives by how we live.  Our actions […] The post The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr. first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Policing of Kill the Bill demos shows the creep of UK fascism

The policing of the bank holiday weekend’s #KillTheBill demos showed the further creep of corporate fascism in the UK. But instances from the protest … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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2 April 2021

America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times

For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans’ religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports,  church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 — down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage seldom dipped below 70%. Why the precipitous drop, and what might it portend for the … Continue reading America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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1 April 2021

MOFA: BBC is Not Trusted even in the UK

According to material openly available, BBC World Service is immune from any form of regulation and can produce all the disinformation it likes with legal impunity in the UK. It has caused the spread of the fake news virus not only in the UK but all over the world. BBC should try to do more […] The post MOFA: BBC is Not Trusted even in the UK first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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China and Iran: A Natural Anti-imperialist Alliance

On 15 July 2015 — the day after the United States agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA; also called the Iran nuclear deal) along with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, plus Germany — then US president Barack Obama said in an interview that Iran was “a great civilization.” Without listing any […] The post China and Iran: A Natural Anti-imperialist Alliance first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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31 March 2021

Labour is being pressured over its dire NHS pay stance

The Labour Party’s position on NHS pay is becoming increasingly poor. It’s ignored a huge social media campaign. It’s also fudging its local election … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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30 March 2021

Gender and Medicine: Two Questions for Arkansas Legislators

As I write this column, Arkansas House Bill 1570 (the “Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act”) awaits the signature or veto of Governor Asa Hutchinson, having passed in the state House on March 10 and in the Senate on March 29. If it became law, the bill would forbid physicians and other healthcare professionals to ” … Continue reading Gender and Medicine: Two Questions for Arkansas Legislators → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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29 March 2021

Israel election: The Far-right is Triumphant: The Only Obstacle Left is Netanyahu

As 13 parties struggle with Israel’s complex post-election maths, seeking alliances that can assure them power, the most significant outcome of the vote is easily missed. The religious fundamentalists and settler parties – Israel’s far right – won an unprecedented and clear-cut victory last week. Even on the most cautious assessment, these parties together hold 72 […] The post Israel election: The Far-right is Triumphant: The Only Obstacle Left is Netanyahu first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:10:00

Futurism forces us to check the secret currents of history. Technological revolutions are like political revolutions, often generating de facto freedoms that states were not formerly compelled to accept. On that topic, the Catalyst Thesis of 2013 states, “We are currently able to witness transnational political actions, e.g. global protests and formation of transnational political will, to an extent that would be impossible before the internet. This is a trend that does not carry good news for the traditional Nineteenth Century nation-states we are living in. It undermines the capacity for any nation-state to live in isolation from world opinion, and to base decisions on some kind of national consensus independent of the political will of humanity. Such a possibility would likely not have been as notable in the past, because the expansion of the world-system seen today has been due to the increases in networking from better transport and communication technology. Because of this, the consequence of the internet is that the communication option, i.e. the ‘political’ option, of the global system becomes clearer to everyone.” THE TRUTHS OF MODERNITY MUST BE ACTED UPON - TECHNO-LIBERATION IS NECESSARY. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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28 March 2021

Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes

Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel culture, this time in the art world.  Tasmania’s Dark Mofo art festival prides itself on being gritty but the mood was very much about removing any grit to begin with.  Interest centred on the project of Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, who had proposed soaking […] The post Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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A Tory minister on Marr just insulted the whole of Scotland

A Tory minister’s assertion about the current state of the “union” was a low moment. This was even by the Andrew Marr Show‘s usual … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Petition calls on Biden to restore Obama-era "We The People" site

A petition launched by American libertarian writer Thomas Knapp calls on the Biden administration to restore (ironically) an Obama-era petition website cancelled by Biden.

Launched at Change.org, the petition argues:

"We The People," while imperfect, served a valuable function. While it could not compel action on an issue, It put the executive branch on the spot, requiring it to explain itself when Americans demanded such action.

We call upon President Joe Biden to restore the "We The People" site, and, in keeping with his inaugural comments lauding "the will of the people," to commit to responding in a timely manner to petitions which gather 100,000 or more signatures.

One signatory had written, "I believe one of the most important things that President Obama did was to actively seek the involvement of his fellow citizens in creating policies and providing the political pressure needed to pass controversial legislation. And the White House's "We The People" web page was probably the best example of that. So I was shocked to discover today that the Biden Administration had pulled the plug on it."

The arrival of signatures has slowed since last month. If you support the restoration of the White House's former petition site, you can take part in the signing at https://www.change.org/p/joseph-r-biden-restore-the-white-house-s-we-the-people-petition-site

- ClubOfInfo

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27 March 2021

Selective moral, humanitarian outrage for US strategic ends continues

Mont Order group: International media coverage is often designed to manipulate, for the strategic gain of a particular country. Whenever our focus is directed, by another party, onto a very specific country's alleged human rights abuses, our suspicion is in order. It is especially in order if that other party is part of the mainstream US-based media. Presently, we see incitement against the regime in the case of Belarus, China, and Myanmar, and we know all attention used to be on Syria (that campaign of manipulation ended in failure). While there are genuine human rights abuses and movements to counter them around the world, many such movements are in the thrall of US strategy or would accept such a pathetic role in order to be funded. If someone is criticising a regime, it is most likely to be credible criticism if it is a US-backed regime neglected by media coverage. For that reason, the least misguided assessment of international affairs demands a clear picture of the geography of pro-Western subservience and US-led liberal hegemony. If a country targeted for whatever official "humanitarian" reasons is presently escaping the coercion of the hegemonic power, that may be the only true reason it is being targeted. - LOrdreNet
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26 March 2021

In Georgia, Republican Dumbness Whets Democrats’ Thirst for Victory

On March 25, Republican governor Brian Kemp, signed a bill overhauling various aspects of Georgia’s election laws. Within hours, voting rights groups challenged the bill in federal court, claiming it is “clearly intended to and will have the effect of making it harder for lawful Georgia voters to participate in the State’s elections.” Among the … Continue reading In Georgia, Republican Dumbness Whets Democrats’ Thirst for Victory → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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25 March 2021

Justice in China and the West

To begin, it must be emphatically stated that the arrest of any person on knowingly false charges is a grave abnegation of morality and a despicable travesty of justice by whichever governmental, law enforcement, or judicial body involved. The Canadian government has upped its diplomatic pressure to secure the release of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig […] The post Justice in China and the West first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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24 March 2021

Value, Cryptocurrency, and the State’s War on Both

In a March 24 Yahoo! Finance interview, as the price of Bitcoin hovered above $55,000, Bridgewater Associates chief investment officer Ray Dalio weighed in on  the future of cryptocurrency.  The two main takeaways from the interview are a little scary, each in a different way. Takeaway Number One: What’s up with a  billionaire hedge fund … Continue reading Value, Cryptocurrency, and the State’s War on Both → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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The BBC just went full-on North Korea against #KillTheBill

The BBC just cemented its position as a state-supporting broadcaster in its coverage of a #KillTheBill camp in Bristol on Tuesday 23 March. It … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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23 March 2021

The Big Picture is Ignored in the Covid Debate

What is the “Big Picture” of Covid-19, alias SARS-CoV-2 ?  Is it what we could also call the end-game, or what Aldous Huxley called the “Brave New World” (1932), science-fiction – gradually turning into reality in the form of the UN Agenda 2030 – with the implementing tool of the Bill Gates created Agenda ID2020 […] The post The Big Picture is Ignored in the Covid Debate first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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22 March 2021

Media Pseudo-Debates and the Silence of Leftist Critics

You’ve heard of them, no doubt, the U.S. rulers who can’t rule too well and are always getting surprised by events or fed bad advice by their underlings.  Their “mistakes” are always well intentioned.  They stumble into wars through faulty intelligence.  They drop the ball because of bureaucratic mix-ups. They miscalculate the perfidy of the […] The post Media Pseudo-Debates and the Silence of Leftist Critics first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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The Filibuster: Imperfect, But Better Than Nothing

In its current form, the US Senate delaying tactic called the “filibuster” hangs on a rule requiring 60 votes for “cloture.” Simply put, it takes 51 Senators to pass a bill, but before that it takes the consent of 60 Senators to end debate and actually get to a final majority vote. Each time control … Continue reading The Filibuster: Imperfect, But Better Than Nothing → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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21 March 2021

Milquetoast for all Three Meals: All’s Dumb in the United States of A

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. — aphorism There is dumb-downing, cancel culture (I’ve been cancelled since beginning in 1972 in high school, way before the trendy terminology), forced consent, manufactured bifurcation,  false balance, triangulation, perception as reality, equivocation, a host of propaganda […] The post Milquetoast for all Three Meals: All’s Dumb in the United States of A first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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The crucial Census question people must answer

Sunday 21 March is Census day in England, Wales, and the north of Ireland. We all have to complete it by law, and this time … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Monthly Review, Sun, 21 Mar 2021 13:15:54

On this day our choice of politically-relevant title is Dirk Bruere’s “The Praxis” (https://t.co/Z3RkxkmKMJ). PRAXIS is an independently researched alert non-fiction work, so if we’re going to give it the recognition it needs, we’re incuding it at the top of our list of recommended non-fiction for today. Here we found benevolent ideas that are absolutely radical in their depth. Before you leave our site, you ought to have a quick look at how buyers took it. We took note of the words from one reader, “The Praxis is a brilliant gem. In just 112 pages Bruere does not only inform you about everything you need to know about the technological singularity and transhumanism Kurzweil failed to tell you. It’s much more than that: The praxis is scripture. Bruere eloquently provides us with definitions about spirits, soul, death, resurrection and transmigration, all fitting within the framework of present-day understanding of technology and science from artificial intelligence to quantum mechanics. The Praxis transcended my expectations by presenting transhumanism from a particular humanitarian perspective. A hope giving sound on morality and ethics without the usual tyrannical top-down ordaining known from traditional religions.” So now we’re finished, you might as well go the whole way and get a copy of the book yourself. If not, stay with us for more by subscribing for email updates.
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19 March 2021

Women’s Rights In Conflict Area: A Case Study Of Indian Occupied Jammu And Kashmir

Women’s Rights In Conflict Area: A Case Study Of Indian Occupied Jammu And Kashmir By Dr Shagufta Ashraf Kashmiri women are the biggest victims of the ongoing conflict. They have suffered human rights abuses under the impunity of the suffocating... Read More › - Voice of East
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Ian Hislop exposed the Tories BS live on Question Time

It’s rarely hard work pulling apart Conservative Party policy. But it is sometimes tricky to do it in a concise manner. So, enter Ian … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Reefer Madness: Biden White House Director’s Cut

“Dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign or placed in a remote work program,” The Daily Beast reports,  “due to past marijuana use.” Or, rather, due to having truthfully disclosed that marijuana use when applying for their jobs. It’s a felony to lie on forms like the Office of Personnel Management’s … Continue reading Reefer Madness: Biden White House Director’s Cut → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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17 March 2021

Bizarre RT Framing

… you have to include the important information first. — News Writing for Television and Radio, University of Florida RT America begins a newscast with anchor Rick Sanchez standing by a map of Iraq, informing viewers: “Seven rockets hit a US military base just north of Baghdad. It houses US troops.”1 Sanchez continues, “But here […] The post Bizarre RT Framing first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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“Censor”: When a Word Means Everything, it Means Nothing

Some words carry emotional force such that using them creates an immediate negative reaction on the part of the listener or reader. That makes such words useful — until they get over-used and misused so much that they cease to have the effect. Lately, the trending “creep people out to get them on my side” … Continue reading “Censor”: When a Word Means Everything, it Means Nothing → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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16 March 2021

Sanitized Tyranny: The Weaponization of Truth

On Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol Hill “insurrection”, the Parler social media app was the number #1 most downloaded app in the Apple App Store. On “January 10, 2021, Parler CEO John Matze announced the company had been ‘dropped by virtually all of its business alliances after Amazon, Apple and Google ended […] The post Sanitized Tyranny: The Weaponization of Truth first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Kashmir and the Role of the United States

Kashmir and the Role of the United States By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai The Kashmir question is one of the oldest unresolved international problems in the world. The experience of nearly seven decades has shown that it will not go... Read More › - Voice of East
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15 March 2021

Monthly Review, Mon, 15 Mar 2021 13:10:29

Today’s choice is Dirk Bruere’s “The Praxis” (https://t.co/Z3RkxkmKMJ). PRAXIS is a truly intriguing contribution, and if we’re going to declare our praises with certainty we’re incuding it on our lists. Here we found ideas that are surely eye-opening in their understanding of the world. Before you’re done, you ought to begin by reading how readers reacted. In the words of one buyer, “The Praxis is a brilliant gem. In just 112 pages Bruere does not only inform you about everything you need to know about the technological singularity and transhumanism Kurzweil failed to tell you. It’s much more than that: The praxis is scripture. Bruere eloquently provides us with definitions about spirits, soul, death, resurrection and transmigration, all fitting within the framework of present-day understanding of technology and science from artificial intelligence to quantum mechanics. The Praxis transcended my expectations by presenting transhumanism from a particular humanitarian perspective. A hope giving sound on morality and ethics without the usual tyrannical top-down ordaining known from traditional religions.” Well, now we’re done you might as well go one small step further and search for your own copy. If not, keep track of what’s next by subscribing for email updates.
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 13:07:32

Catalyst: A Techno-Liberation Thesis (2013) argues that we must channel chaos in a productive direction, towards an alternative world and alternative humanity. This means that anything that unleashes novel technologies to the world, even with destructive consequences, is part of a larger step towards human liberation and empowerment. Rifles liberated oppressed peoples. The internet makes the voices of dissidents louder. It is is historically undeniable, and will happen again with synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and other things that seem distant or esoteric to us now. Humans are no pinnacle, just as modernity is no end. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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Daylight Saving Time Kills

March 14 marked the beginning of National Tired and Grouchy Week in much of the United States as we participated in the annual gimmick of “springing forward” to Daylight Saving Time. Tired and grouchy people don’t drive as well. According to a 2016 study by University of Miami economics professor Austin Smith, “springing forward” results … Continue reading Daylight Saving Time Kills → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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14 March 2021

Finally. The DWP £20 uplift is facing legal action.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) £20 uplift to Universal Credit is facing a legal challenge. It’s from people on so-called legacy benefits. … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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13 March 2021

Days of ’49: Remembering Peekskill

Tayo Aluko · Paul Robeson’s Love Song (trailer) A new radio play by Tayo Aluko based on events surrounding Paul Robeson’s concert in Peekskill, New York in 1949, and the racist, anti-communist riots that came before and after it, drops on Paul Robeson’s birthday — April 9th — and it seems more timely than ever. […] The post Days of ’49: Remembering Peekskill first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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12 March 2021

A Labour MP just put Keir Starmer’s leadership to shame

A backbench Labour MP has made a video about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Its narrative and analysis have shamed Keir Starmer’s response to the … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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11 March 2021

The Stimulus Bill’s Anti-Socialist Poison Pill

On March 8, the Biden administration endorsed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021, which would allegedly “strengthen the Federal laws that protect workers’ right to organize a union and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.” The bill, however, isn’t just about making it easier for employees to unionize. … Continue reading The Stimulus Bill’s Anti-Socialist Poison Pill → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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10 March 2021

India Is Wrong To Blame The IRGC For Late January’s Attempted Terrorist Attack

India Is Wrong To Blame The IRGC For Late January’s Attempted Terrorist Attack By Andrew Korybko India knows that it’s being lied to by the US, “Israel”, and/or Saudi Arabia but is still going along with them anyhow because it naively... Read More › - Voice of East
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A BBC article on Piers Morgan is nearly as vile as him

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS REFERENCES TO PEOPLE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. SOME READERS MAY FIND THIS DISTRESSING. The BBC‘s media editor just wrote one of … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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9 March 2021

Dr. Seuss Monetizes the Culture Wars

On March 2 — the late Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 117th birthday — Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that, some time last year, it ceased publishing/licensing six of the popular author’s children’s books which “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” Cue woke approval, deplorable outrage, investor interest, and low-information reader fear, all of which … Continue reading Dr. Seuss Monetizes the Culture Wars → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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8 March 2021

Boring Revelations and Fanciful Victimhood: The Harry-Meghan-Oprah Show

This is the sort of stuff barnacles clinging on the antiquated raft known as British Royalty were waiting for.  One of the royal couples makes a dash for it, shirking and then shedding their subsidised duties.  They get in touch with that great squeeze and fluff of publicity, Oprah Winfrey.  Being interviewed by Winfrey is […] The post Boring Revelations and Fanciful Victimhood: The Harry-Meghan-Oprah Show first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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7 March 2021

Release of Kashmiri Political Prisoners Demanded

Kashmiri Political Prisoners Must Be Released By Our Special Correspondent Washington, DC March 6, 2021 – “Masarat Alam Bhat, an alumnus of a prestigious missionary Tyndale Biscoe School, is one of the most recognizable Kashmiri youth leader. He has been-detained... Read More › - Voice of East
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Mask Mandates: Pope Joe versus “The Science”

“Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference,” said President Joe Biden in response to the lifting of mask mandates in Texas and Mississippi.  “[T]he last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that [as vaccines roll out], everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.” Biden’s statement abandons … Continue reading Mask Mandates: Pope Joe versus “The Science” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Marr just witnessed a car crash. It was a Tory minister on NHS pay.

The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 7 March saw a Tory minister crash and burn. But education secretary Gavin Williamson wasn’t talking about schools … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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6 March 2021

Ring Out The Old: Ring In The Old

While our sacred democracy was allegedly being served by a stupid attempt to unsuccessfully impeach an ex-president for the second time and essentially tell more than 70 million Americans that they might as well vote for Pavlov, FDR, Hitler or Oprah Winfrey since any alleged exercise of supposed freedom on their part would be meaningless […] The post Ring Out The Old: Ring In The Old first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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5 March 2021

Broadbent Institute Head smears Ashton, Robinson and Internationalism

Broadbent Institute head Rick Smith should just be frank and say he hates Palestinians and doesn’t care about internationalism. On Tuesday Smith tweeted that it was disturbing that NDP MP Niki Ashton was doing an upcoming fundraiser for the Progressive International with former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. In response to former NDP MP […] The post Broadbent Institute Head smears Ashton, Robinson and Internationalism first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Protesters just brought the hellish conditions at Penally to the Home Office’s front door

The Home Office has had the situation for refugees in the UK brought directly to its door. Because protesters have blockaded the entrance to … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Monthly Review, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:03:15

On this day our choice is Jason Hirthler’s “The Sins of Empire” (https://t.co/GMzonxDbap). Sins is an alert contribution, so to give it the praise it deserves we’re maintaining it on our lists. Here we reveal ideas that are absolutely eye-opening in their understanding of the world. Before you leave our site, you’ve got to begin by reading how buyers took it. In the words of one buyer, “The Sins of Empire is an amazing book to read. As someone who doesn’t consider himself "patriotic,” reading this helped cement a great deal of the things I had already believe to be true. (By “patriotic” I mean that i don’t blindly worship the US and refuse to align myself with any political party.) You will hear that the United States is “the greatest country on Earth” and is “the land of the free and home of the brave.” but what is brave about sending our soldiers into foreign countries to seize control of things we can monetize and monopolize in the name of freedom? What is brave about creating terrorist cells in other countries as a smoke and mirror technique to remove attention away from the freedoms we are losing on a daily basis. This is not something that can be collectively blamed on one President. This is a multiparty effort to spread the American Empire across the world.“ Well, now we’re done you might as well go the whole way and get your own copy. If not, stay with us for more by subscribing for email updates.
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4 March 2021

The Psychic Dangers of Infected Minds (With a Lie this Large)

The emergence in 2020 of the Coronavirus (or Covid-19) and the putative dire implications for us all of its unchecked spread and virulence caught most people on the planet off guard. This development signalled an epochal turning point for the global political economy, for our society and humanity. Greg Maybury gets ‘up close and personal’ […] The post The Psychic Dangers of Infected Minds (With a Lie this Large) first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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India-Pakistan Ceasefire: What Next?

India-Pakistan Ceasefire: What Next? By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai India and Pakistan reached to the ceasefire arrangement at the Line of Control (LoC) and all the sectors with effect from midnight February 24/25, 2021. It is happy augury to know... Read More › - Voice of East
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3 March 2021

Rishi Sunak just ignored disabled people literally knocking his door

Rishi Sunak and the Treasury just refused to listen to sick and disabled people. Because a campaign group tried to deliver the stories of … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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2 March 2021

“Engaging the World”: The “Fascinating Story” of Hamas’s Political Evolution

On February 4, representatives from the Palestinian Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development on the unity talks between the Islamic Movement and its Palestinian counterparts, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas’s officials traveled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues to represent an […] The post “Engaging the World”: The “Fascinating Story” of Hamas’s Political Evolution first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Biden’s Foreign Policy: No Joy in Mudville

Well, at least he hasn’t started any NEW wars! For four years, that was the excuse I got from anti-war Donald Trump supporters every time he escalated one of the several wars he inherited from George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I expect to start hearing it from anti-war Joseph Biden supporters soon. Trump was … Continue reading Biden’s Foreign Policy: No Joy in Mudville → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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1 March 2021

Catalyst in detail: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:04:59

Predicting the future forces us to check the secret currents of history. Any technological revolution brings forth new political demands and new realities. As written in 2013, “Communication technology is the key item that can be rapidly recognized for its liberating and empowering political effects today. It is reasonable for anyone to speculate that some further advances in fields not yet attracting popular enthusiasm will also produce the effects of techno-liberation in decades to come. Such developments should be watched out for eagerly by those of us who have an interest in challenging archaic state power and oligopoly.” http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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28 February 2021

Breaching Digital Rights: India’s Platform and Media Ethics Code

Having made something of a splash last month with the fuss over Australia’s News Media Bargaining code, Facebook, and the digital giants, are facing another stormy front in India.  The move here has nothing to do with revenue so much as alleged bad behaviour.  “We appreciate the proliferation of social media in India,” stated Ravi […] The post Breaching Digital Rights: India’s Platform and Media Ethics Code first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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SAATH Forum, International NGOS And Hybrid War Against Pakistan – 1

SAATH Forum, International NGOS And Hybrid War Against Pakistan – 1 By Ik Justuju  This is Part-1 of our video series on the SAATH forum. In this series we will share the role of SAATH and international NGOs in influencing... Read More › - Voice of East
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Marr just told one of the biggest lies of the pandemic, and it could impact all of us

Andrew Marr just repeated one of the biggest lies of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. What’s worse, it’s one that could help the Tories put … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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27 February 2021

Documentary: The Panama Deception

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26 February 2021

North Korea Steadfastly Resisting US Hegemony

I learned a while back to be especially skeptical of western mass media and their governments.1 My experience of life in China is nothing like how western demonization portrays it to be. Therefore, I looked forward to the chance to experience North Korea first hand. I traveled there with a Chinese group departing China. Starting […] The post North Korea Steadfastly Resisting US Hegemony first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Now Keir Starmer thinks beating the war drum will win votes

Yet again, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is aping the Tories. And once more it’s shifted the rhetoric away from both the current leader’s previous … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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25 February 2021

Capitol Riot: Well Past Its Sell By Date

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel said in November 2008, shortly before becoming White House Chief of Staff in the Obama administration. Left unsaid: Even if you have to make something into a “serious crisis,” molehill-to-mountain style. There are plenty of real crises. There’s almost always something important that’s … Continue reading Capitol Riot: Well Past Its Sell By Date → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Exposed: Devastating DWP cuts have led to more people dying during the pandemic

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) welfare cuts have had a “direct” and “negative” impact on people’s mental and physical health. That’s the view … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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23 February 2021

Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook

The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage.  The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook’s decision to scrap and block Australians from sharing and posting news items on hosted pages. The company’s target of opprobrium: the News Media Bargaining Code. The Code’s ostensible purpose […] The post Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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22 February 2021

Picnic Video Exposes Both Faces of Israeli Apartheid

A short video taken by a family as they picnicked in the West Bank this month may be the best field guide yet to Israel’s complex apartheid system of state-sponsored Jewish supremacy. In the clip posted to Facebook, armed Jewish settlers arrive unexpectedly to break up the picnic of a Palestinian family – including grandparents […] The post Picnic Video Exposes Both Faces of Israeli Apartheid first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?

The Jewish Virtual Library quotes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as having said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Yet that could be called a lie, or more kindly put, a misattribution. Wikiquotes provides the accurate quotation, albeit not as a Nazi stratagem: […] The post Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It? first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Turkish Foreign Minister raises the issue of Kashmir at the UN

Turkish Foreign Minister raises the issue of Kashmir at the UN By News Desk Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum has expressed gratitude to Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister, Republic of Turkey for raising the issue of... Read More › - Voice of East
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:55:50

These words are worth consideration: “Despite it being offensive, let us imagine a hypothesis that techno-liberation is undertaken to its most daring levels and yet something goes severely wrong with the technology in the process. There is no reason to think such an accident is avoidable at all, or would violate the spirit of history and humanity’s eternal will to power even if it is avoidable. Perhaps terrible things can be predicted to happen if techno-liberation is poisoned by lack of government regulation or care for the environment… Risk may become high only because the stakes are high, but the current system is dependent upon scarcity and upheld by suffering masses, so we can already know it is doomed to end one day. What happens to our most perilous emerging technologies, the nano machines and bio machines, when the economic system that gave rise to them collapses because of its own internal faults?” Humans are no pinnacle, just as modernity is no end. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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21 February 2021

The Global Cry for Change

Change is in the air, it’s been hovering for some time, but thanks to Covid-19 festering social issues and inequalities have been highlighted, intensifying the need for a new approach. Talk of environmental action and reimagining how we live and work fills the airwaves; catchphrases abound, spilling from the lips of duplicitous politicians who claim […] The post The Global Cry for Change first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Confirmed: the Tories have caused destitution to explode

The number of households living in destitution has more than doubled in 2020. That’s according to new research. It shows nearly half a million … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Kashmir: Symbol of Multiculturalism

Kashmir: Symbol of  Multiculturalism By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai “…It is really difficult for me to distinguish between a Hindu Kashmiri and a Muslim Kashmiri. You people speak one language and have one culture. While the rest of the country... Read More › - Voice of East
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20 February 2021

Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos

Creepy and ruthless Facebook has again impressed with its steely indifference to civic responsibility, as if a company established by a sociopath could ever be a model of human improvement. On February 18, Mark Zuckerberg’s antisocial company took aim at Australia by blocking those in that country from sharing local and international content.  As the […] The post Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Cancun Kerfuffle: In Defense of Ted Cruz

As Texas went dark last week, with much of the state’s population experiencing blackouts under severe winter weather conditions, US senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his family jetted off to Cancun for a warm, sunny family vacation. Mockery and outrage ensued. The mockery was quite fun and often on point given Cruz’s political positions (“heroic … Continue reading Cancun Kerfuffle: In Defense of Ted Cruz → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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19 February 2021

A report just slammed the Universal Credit £20 uplift as “inadequate”

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Universal Credit is under the microscope again. This time, a survey of claimants found the benefit left … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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18 February 2021

The Eye of the Wolf: Measuring Myself through Death

If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it’s to contribute to the literature of hope. — Barry Lopez, About This Life A passing. A death. Moving on. Back to earth. A new journey. He filled the air with lyrical words and ideas grafted to our role as […] The post The Eye of the Wolf: Measuring Myself through Death first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Joe Biden and “Open Borders”: As If

On February 9, more than 50 Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent President Joe Biden a letter decrying his “open border” policies. Of all the hyberbolic claims I’ve read regarding the Biden administration since Inauguration Day, that one takes the cake. In neither word nor action has the new president come within … Continue reading Joe Biden and “Open Borders”: As If → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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16 February 2021

India’s Serum Institute – Surrounded by Covid19 Vaccine Controversies

India’s Serum Institute – Surrounded by Covid19 Vaccine Controversies By Haleema Khalid Nearly a week ago South Africa suspended the use of AstraZeneca shots manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and showed inclination to sell those doses to other... Read More › - Voice of East
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What Happened to “We The People?”

“The will of the people has been heard,” said President Joe Biden in his inaugural address on January 20, “and the will of the people has been heeded.” Later in the speech, Biden told us that “the American story” depends on “‘We the People’ who seek a more perfect union.” At some point on that … Continue reading What Happened to “We The People?” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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15 February 2021

Why are Effective and Inexpensive Chinese and Russian Vaccines Unavailable in Much of the West?

In 2016, I attended an information session about First Nations in Lax Kxeen (colonial designation Prince Rupert),1 “BC.” During a break, I conversed with some fellow attendees. They expressed skepticism to colonial provincial authorities being behind the intentional spreading of smallpox among First Nations people2 and that a vaccine was withheld from infected Indigenous individuals. […] The post Why are Effective and Inexpensive Chinese and Russian Vaccines Unavailable in Much of the West? first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Evolving Strategic Environment in the Indian Ocean Region and Significance of AMAN Exercise 2021

Evolving Strategic Environment in the Indian Ocean Region and Significance of AMAN Exercise 2021 By News Desk On 9th February 2021, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad organized an Online Conference on ‘Evolving Strategic Environment in the Indian... Read More › - Voice of East
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Monthly Review, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:00:43

On this day our choice is Jason Hirthler’s “The Sins of Empire” (https://t.co/GMzonxDbap). Sins is a challenge to our prejudices, an intriguing contribution, and if we’re going to declare our praises with certainty we’re maintaining it on our lists. Here we found benevolent ideas that are exceedingly eye-opening in their understanding of the world. If you’re as good at recognizing it as us, you ought to begin by reading how politics readers reacted. In the words of an impressed buyer, “This is an honest critique of this country’s disastrous foreign policy. Mr. Hirthler pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. He excoriates a sitting president along with many other politicians and media hacks. The author uses wit and sarcasm to make his points. While this reviewer may not embrace all of the author’s opinions, Mr. Hirthler challenges me to rethink my own.” Well, now we’re done you might as well go the whole way and search for a copy of the book yourself. If not, you’ve upset us, so stay with us for the next book choice by subscribing for email updates.
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:53:06

The Catalyst Thesis makes a case that emerging technologies that have the potential to sustain welfare belong with the world’s poorest and oppressed countries. The Global North retains its status through high-tech monopolies. Freedom from oppression demands sharing new and powerful technologies with the downtrodden states of the world. Such nations must be allowed to enhance their industrial capabilities, to undergo the most radical and empowering changes that are possible. The greater the haste with which new technologies are transferred to the poorest countries and allowed to uplift them, the better are the chances that the oppressive states will fail to act in time to prevent the achievement of this justice. The dependency of poor countries on rich countries can be overcome through such means. We have seen the power in the DNA of our technology, and the sin is not to act boldly but to deny the human right to that power. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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14 February 2021

Vaccinations and Stimulus Packages Won’t Mend the Economy

The social and economic destruction engulfing the U.S. and dozens of other countries remains out of everyone’s control and more chaos, instability, and insecurity now mark the global landscape. The ruling elite have repeatedly shown their inability to tackle any serious problems effectively. They are at a loss for how to deal with current problems […] The post Vaccinations and Stimulus Packages Won’t Mend the Economy first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Why I’m Still Not Worried about Biden’s “Gun Control” Proposals

In a column last November, I dismissed worries that the incoming Biden/Harris administration would — or, rather, could — successfully implement a more aggressive victim disarmament (English for the euphemism “gun control”) agenda than previous administrations. On Valentine’s Day, Biden cynically exploited the third anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, asking Congress to … Continue reading Why I’m Still Not Worried about Biden’s “Gun Control” Proposals → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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More headache for Keir Starmer as yet another Labour group is looking to boycott the local elections

A group of Labour members is planning on not campaigning for the party in the upcoming local elections. But the problem for Keir Starmer … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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12 February 2021

Lib Dem leader caught-up in racism ‘cover up’ scandal

The Lib Dem leader Ed Davey is at the centre of a growing storm. It involves a councillor for his party accused of racially … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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11 February 2021

Same as the Old Boss, Julian Assange Edition

On February 9, the US Justice Department announced that US President Joe Biden, as in so many other areas, intends to serve Donald Trump’s second term when it comes to persecuting heroes guilty of exposing US war crimes and embarrassing American politicians. As Trump’s presidency drew to an end, some activists held out hope that … Continue reading Same as the Old Boss, Julian Assange Edition → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Continuing Prosecutions: Assange and the Biden Administration

With changes of presidential administrations, radical departures in policy are always exaggerated.  Continuity remains, for the most part, a standard feature.  It is precisely that continuity being challenged by groups fearful of the continuing prosecution of Julian Assange. The effort by the US Justice Department to extradite Assange from the UK on eighteen charges based […] The post Continuing Prosecutions: Assange and the Biden Administration first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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10 February 2021

A staggering fact in the Universal Credit chaos just emerged

New research has plunged Universal Credit into further chaos. It involves the debate around the £20 a week uplift. A charity has claimed that … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Role and Responsibility of Global Kashmiri Diaspora

Role and Responsibility of Global Kashmiri Diaspora By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” Winston S. Churchill. The disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir stands apart as the most cantankerous... Read More › - Voice of East
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9 February 2021

Impeachment: Why the Senate Will Acquit Trump

As I write this, the US Senate is cranking up for its trial of former President Donald J. Trump. The House impeached Trump on January 13, a week before the end of his term, on one article charging him with “incitement of insurrection” in the form of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. … Continue reading Impeachment: Why the Senate Will Acquit Trump → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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7 February 2021

No, Tony Blair isn’t back. It’s just Keir Starmer clusterf*cking again.

You’d be forgiven for thinking Tony Blair was back as Labour leader. Because a leaked email showed the party tacking towards an “unashamedly pro-business” … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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6 February 2021

Dreams Outside the Hopes of the Neuronormal

The legacy of a society is, well, how it treats its young, old, frail, infirm, sick, poor and those hobbled by structural and environmental injustice. Some in urban planning circles also allude to how safe a community is based on the popsicle test – can a child or two walking from home to a store, […] The post Dreams Outside the Hopes of the Neuronormal first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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5 February 2021

Resolution Of Kashmir And Junagadh Issues Is Prerequisite To Peace In South Asia

Resolution Of Kashmir And Junagadh Issues Is Prerequisite To Peace In South Asia India is not a country but a region where every nation has the right to freedom By News Desk Islamabad: MUSLIM Institute organized ‘Solidarity Walk’ on Kashmir... Read More › - Voice of East
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Are people finally noticing CENSORSHIP hurts citizens and helps elites?


The alignment of US tech companies with US foreign policy is drawing more attention. Online political censorship is now impacting people who identify themselves as being on the American left, including those who mistakenly endorsed censorship because they believed it was aimed at hatemongering conservatives.



Many of us did try to point out the folly of supporting arbitrary censorship (against anyone, even if we hate them) early on, but we were ignored.


Now, we're in a situation where presidents and platforms are being removed from the internet with insufficient cause. The US has a pro-censorship administration that endorsed taking all opposition TV channels off the air in a country, as noticed in a US Embassy tweet in relation to a legally dubious decree in Ukraine.


Countries will take greater liberty to block or attempt to place limits on US entities, because they can point to the US government's zeal to suppress dissent and the censorship taking place on US social networks themselves. If US companies are censorship-prone, nothing will be missed if they get blocked or censored themselves.

Seen this way, the US is losing its "cold war" with Russia and China. It has compromised its ideology and changed tone away from "freedom" and towards state security, giving the initiative to countries like China and Russia to repeat the US's pro-censorship rhetoric back to it and block US influence.


Although it is consistent with the views of the state in China and Russia, blocking foreign interference in the US and not consistent with the US state ideology (capitalist liberal democracy). Effectively, the US is destroying its own ideology and system faster than any foreign adversary could do so.

Based on the US state ideology, the US is the "melting pot" of foreign interference; the Biden administration should welcome foreign interference and set up new agencies to accelerate it rather than prevent it. For example, Chinese students should be welcomed by Biden, rather than getting accused of being enemy spies as they were under Trump's revisionist policies.

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A BBC report completely disrespected Children’s Mental Health Week

The BBC has shown contempt for Children’s Mental Health Week. Because during one of its flagship news programmes, it repeated a piece of Tory … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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3 February 2021

Boris Johnson ‘clapping for Tom’ is the most twisted thing this week

Captain Tom Moore sadly died on Tuesday 2 February. And now, Boris Johnson and his government will be leading a national ‘clap‘ for the … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Examining The Ethics And Implications Of Twitter’s Censorship Policy In India

Examining The Ethics And Implications Of Twitter’s Censorship Policy In India By Andrew Korybko Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government’s request to temporarily “withhold” access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to... Read More › - Voice of East
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2 February 2021

Biden’s Iran Dilemma: Serve Obama’s Third Term — or Trump’s Second?

Even before winning the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden began hedging his bets on US policy toward Iran. While correctly blaming Donald Trump for violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran nuclear deal, he tried to fob responsibility for restoring that deal off on the Iranians rather than accepting the job … Continue reading Biden’s Iran Dilemma: Serve Obama’s Third Term — or Trump’s Second? → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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If Twitter is loyal to the US, other countries should block it


Has Twitter started to act like a leading propaganda agency of the US state after the Democrats assumed power this year? We can speculate that it is going to support deadly US foreign policy objectives while also shielding the regime at home from criticism.

Views critical of the regime may be hidden, while many label them as treasonous. Parrots who praise the regime mindlessly might be bizarrely boosted on the social network, even while being mocked on the street (this could be proven by identifying a list of such users and analysing the way they talk about their IRL experiences).

As of today, Twitter still maintains its permanent ban on the current top US opposition figure, Donald Trump. At the same time, the social network is alleged to support the opposition figure and NATO stooge in Russia, Alexei Navalny, who begged for US and EU sanctions against his own country in a letter (imagine if Trump had written to Moscow for a package of sanctions on America in response to his election defeat!)
One way that Twitter obviously filters information is by shadowbanning popular accounts so users cannot find them, and by recommending headlines from the North American regime's preferred newspapers and broadcasters instead.
Twitter's excuses for banning Trump were related to preventing violence like the chaos at the US Capitol. Even if these excuses are valid, they resemble the same national security reasons given by governments (such as Uganda) when they block Twitter itself during sensitive political periods. Twitter's pompous managers are trying to use the same arguments for blocking information as far away as Africa, while condemning the actual government authorities in Africa for using these arguments or taking any action.

In using such poor arguments and being so glaringly hypocritical, Twitter has essentially given carte blanche for all governments in the world to block its services completely if they want. Twitter's own statements prioritising political stability and preventing interference actually support arguments for the social network to be blocked by governments during sensitive times.


And so Twitter should be blocked more regularly around the world, if it is going to be an arm of America.
In conclusion, we should be tolerant of any government choosing to block Twitter, as the website now heavily overrrepresents the views of a single state entity and its elite rather than a society.

When newly introduced, a technology will set many people free and let them punch above their weight. Perhaps when it reaches its maturity and the limits of its power, we then see excessively powerful monopolies (as we see now with social media). Around this time, there often are abuses and atrocities before states inevitably have to step in and restrict everything once again.

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