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.

- ClubOfInfo

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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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