30 June 2021

Ranked Choice Voting Isn’t the Problem in New York City’s Mayoral Election

Confusion reigns. More than a week after Democratic voters from New York City’s five boroughs cast their primary ballots, we still don’t know who those voters chose as their party’s nominee for mayor. Seven days after the polls closed, the city’s Board of Elections issued preliminary results, then quickly withdrew them, citing a discrepancy in … Continue reading Ranked Choice Voting Isn’t the Problem in New York City’s Mayoral Election → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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29 June 2021

The Rise of the Terminally Online

Americans, rich or poor, now live in a culture entirely perceived through simulacra-media images and illusions. We live inside a self-referential media hologram of a nation that has not existed for quite some time now. Our national reality is held together by images, the originals of which have been lost or never existed. The well-off […] The post The Rise of the Terminally Online first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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27 June 2021

The BBC just shut down the truth about Boris Johnson’s lies

A BBC presenter just shut down a Labour MP. The reason? The politician had said that Boris Johnson “just lies”. Clearly facts are not … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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26 June 2021

The Canadian Greenhouse and Genocide

In February I wrote, As a rule, basic decency would require that one clean up one’s own yard (except in Canada’s case, the yard was stolen from its Indigenous peoples) before criticizing someone else’s yard. This was in response to a plurality of members of parliament in Canada condemning China for committing genocide in the […] The post The Canadian Greenhouse and Genocide first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Social liberalism's triumphs in North America and our relationship to them

Mont Order website: Not being anchored to a nation-state, Mont members possess varied views defined by geography and culture. As such, what we say can potentially represent real diversity of thought, since our aim is not one ideology but areas of compatibility between the most disparate nations and ideologies. In the US, there are real strides on behalf of institutions toward social liberalism being made a kind of state ideology represented by now diplomatically-displayed rainbow flags, black banners and other symbols, while formerly innocuous conservative sentiments and affections are treated as socially unacceptable vulgarity and worthy of punishment, with lots of talk of sacking and other sanctions applied to tether the opinions of individuals to the new norm (a backlash mainly to Donald Trump and his extreme supporters). The ideologically-charged signals of US entities may seem disturbing to someone of a conservative persuasion in any country, due to the US's lingering vast military and economic power. How long before they find cause to go on another crusade of international aggression? We may imagine them using their military or financial power to force their social liberal value system on sovereign states with deeply conservative populations, for example Turkey or Uzbekistan. This is unlikely, however. While the US "patriotic" right is in a sorry state, both self-inflicted by their own absurdities and also sustained from the US social liberals' electoral and cultural victories, the same isn't likely to happen to conservatives outside the West, or even outside the US. The key is the exact nature of social liberal "wokeness", as it is often derided and praised: it isn't false, but a real awakening among North Americans to the fact both regimes (the US and Canada) are supremely evil and were evil from the moment the first settlers set foot there. While some aspects of US-branded social liberalism might seem like long-term threats to tradition everywhere, the ideology is more likely to curtail global liberal hegemony than strengthen it. As US thought turns to reflect for the first time on their own evil and the fact they were founded on genocide, the US will fail to export its dissonant ideology abroad and will focus more on reeducating its own citizens (half the population, many illiterate and primitive amid their decaying infrastructure, might take a very long time to discipline). As such, conservatives outside the US should ignore the American right and its reported plight. At the same time, Americans who sincerely consider themselves "woke" should not unwittingly become a new species of imperialist or nationalist. They should be encouraged to be especially wary of rhetoric that (1) rehabilititates America on the world stage. "America is back" (AIB) is another "make America Great again" (MAGA), an expression of the same supremacist international will (2) looks back to the days of FDR and calls for the US to reindustrialise (i.e., beat China) (3) pledges that the US needs to save the world from a climate disaster and that the world cannot afford America to die. Excuses for nationalistic salvation are only ever sanitised rightist subversion, hoping to stop the ongoing iconoclasm against the North American regime's racist and unworthy foundations. They are a desperate act to save the doctrine of US exceptionalism from the flames of the awakening - an act that would only renew the oppression of other nations (including US minorities) by the regime. In short, "wokeness" isn't for us. It isn't for humanity or for the international agenda, but it is for the North Americans and we need them to have it. - LOrdreNet
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Words Alone will not End Anti-Muslim Terror in Canada 

The killing of a Muslim family on June 6 in Ontario, Canada, again presented an opportunity for Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to brand himself as a voice of reason and communal harmony. However, Trudeau’s amiable and reassuring language is designed to veil a sinister reality which has, for many years, hidden the true face of […] The post Words Alone will not End Anti-Muslim Terror in Canada  first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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25 June 2021

Another Jeremy Corbyn pledge was just ditched by Keir Starmer

Labour has reportedly ditched its plans to offer free social care if elected. Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership put plans for a National Care Service in … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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23 June 2021

What happened to Glenn Greenwald? Trump happened and put the left’s priorities to the test

There’s been a new public fracturing of the intellectual left, typified by an essay last week from Nathan J Robinson, editor of the small, independent, socialist magazine Current Affairs, accusing Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi of bolstering the right’s arguments. He is the more reasonable face of what seems to be a new industry arguing […] The post What happened to Glenn Greenwald? Trump happened and put the left’s priorities to the test first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Real Law, Fake News: No, Ron DeSantis Isn’t Making People “Register Their Political Views”

Raw Story‘s headline is disturbing: “Florida goes full fascist,” quoting a tweet referenced in the story.  “Ron DeSantis sparks furious backlash with ‘authoritarian’ campus political surveys.” “Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring Florida students, faculty and staff to register their political views in surveys in an effort to promote ‘intellectual diversity’ at colleges and universities,” … Continue reading Real Law, Fake News: No, Ron DeSantis Isn’t Making People “Register Their Political Views” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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21 June 2021

Missouri’s New Gun Law Should be Extended to Other Issues

On March 14, Missouri governor Mike Parson signed HB 85, aka the Second Amendment Preservation Act, into law. HB 85’s first two sections can reasonably be read as “nullification” of a sort, insofar as they point out the unconstitutionality of a number of federal laws that violate the Second Amendment. Oddly, however, the US Department … Continue reading Missouri’s New Gun Law Should be Extended to Other Issues → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Manufacturing (New Normal) “Reality”

The ultimate goal of every totalitarian system is to establish complete control over society and every individual within it in order to achieve ideological uniformity and eliminate any and all deviation from it. This goal can never be achieved, of course, but it is the raison d’être of all totalitarian systems, regardless of what forms […] The post Manufacturing (New Normal) “Reality” first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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18 June 2021

Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

On June 16, US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a Joint Statement on Strategic Stability, in which they “reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” and “seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.” With the extension of … Continue reading Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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16 June 2021

“That Is Actually Bollocks”: 20 Propaganda Horrors From 20 Years of Media Lens (Part 1)

After 20 years of Media Lens, it seems only natural that we should look back in gratitude at the support we’ve received. In response to one of our early pieces, a kindly columnist at the Observer commented: ‘Dear David, ‘Thank you very much for sending me a copy of your piece, which strikes me as […] The post “That Is Actually Bollocks”: 20 Propaganda Horrors From 20 Years of Media Lens (Part 1) first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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About That “Border Crisis”

Next week, I’m going to travel across a bunch of imaginary lines drawn on the ground by politicians. Those lines are called “borders,” and in the case of my upcoming trip they separate areas known to most as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and New … Continue reading About That “Border Crisis” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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15 June 2021

Why Democracies in G7 and NATO Should Reject U.S. Leadership

Photo credit: BPM Media – Protest at G7 summit in Cornwall UK The world has been treated to successive spectacles of national leaders gathering at a G7 Summit in Cornwall and a NATO Summit in Brussels. The U.S. corporate media have portrayed these summits as chances for President Biden to rally the leaders of the […] The post Why Democracies in G7 and NATO Should Reject U.S. Leadership first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Monthly Review, Tue, 15 Jun 2021 08:46:42

On this day our choice is Jason Hirthler’s “The Sins of Empire” (https://t.co/GMzonxDbap). Sins is an independently researched intriguing commentary, so to give it the praise it deserves we’re maintaining it on our lists. Here we find contributions that are exceedingly hard-hitting in their depth. If you’re as good at recognizing it as us, you ought to appreciate how buyers react. We took note of the words from a 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.“ So now we’re finished, you might as well go one small step further and search for your own copy. If not, keep track of what’s next by using the email subscription option right at our website.
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14 June 2021

The ProPublica Tax Report: Much Ado About Non-Income

It’s a tantalizing headline from investigative journalism group ProPublica:  “The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax.” The source material for the report is an alleged “vast cache of IRS information” which may have been illegally leaked. A spokesperson for the US Treasury says that angle has been … Continue reading The ProPublica Tax Report: Much Ado About Non-Income → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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YFK Condemns Use Of Violence By India In Sopore Incident Resulting In Loss Of Kashmiri Life

YFK Condemns Use Of Violence By India In Sopore Incident Resulting In Loss Of Kashmiri Life By News Desk India’s police and paramilitary resorted today to an attack on civilians in Sopore, a town in Baramulla district of Indian-occupied Jammu... Read More › - Voice of East
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12 June 2021

30 Years Later, Kashmir Activists Demand India Open Investigation Into Chota Bazar Massacre

30 Years Later, Kashmir Activists Demand India Open Investigation Into Chota Bazar Massacre By News Desk ISLAMABAD—Human rights defenders issued an appeal to the Government of India to resume investigations into a case registered under Section 302 at Karan Nagar... Read More › - Voice of East
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11 June 2021

Thomas Friedman’s last gasp

Thomas Friedman’s recent column in the New York Times reflecting on Israel’s 11-day destruction of Gaza is a showcase for the delusions of liberal Zionism: a constellation of thought that has never looked so threadbare. It seems that every liberal newspaper needs a Thomas Friedman – the UK’s Guardian has Jonathan Freedland – whose role […] The post Thomas Friedman’s last gasp first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Wuhan Lab Leak: It’s Not a “Theory”

Was SARS-COV-2 — the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic — created (or at least weaponized by being made transmissible to and between humans) in a Chinese research lab? Was it then leaked, accidentally or intentionally, from that lab into the human population? It’s impossible to overstate the explosive potential of a provable “yes” answer … Continue reading Wuhan Lab Leak: It’s Not a “Theory” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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9 June 2021

The Tory’s ‘unlawful’ £560k contract is the tip of the iceberg

A judge has ruled that the Tories awarding a contract to their mates was “unlawful”. This was thanks to the Good Law Project. People … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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7 June 2021

Covid:  Threats, Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Abound

The well-reputed online magazine Nature.com published on May 24, 2021, a research-report finding that people who had a corona infection have also developed antibodies and will most likely be immune against the disease for the rest of their lives.   (Note: The link to the Nature.com article, still working on 4 June, has since been “fact-checked” […] The post Covid:  Threats, Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Abound first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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6 June 2021

Israeli forces just ‘assaulted’ and arrested an Al Jazeera journalist

On Saturday 5 June, Israeli security forces “assaulted” and then arrested a prominent Al Jazeera journalist. The media outlet has condemned her treatment, accusing … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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5 June 2021

Taking a Trip Through the Magical Mania Tour

Oh, the time I have, putting in application after application, for a job. A job, that’s a double-edged word. What is that job without a jab. Now, one year-plus, perfectly accepted that the restaurant or retail outlet or any manner of “job” can require you to submit to the jab. Make that jabs. This is […] The post Taking a Trip Through the Magical Mania Tour first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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4 June 2021

Business as usual in Cornwall as hotels evict homeless families

Hotels in Cornwall are evicting homeless families. The council has told The Canary that it’s “not a result” of the upcoming G7 summit taking place … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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The Etymological Animal Must Slip Out of the Cage of Habit to Grasp Truth

Life is full of slips. Words slip out of our mouths to surprise us.  Thoughts slip into our minds to shock us.  Dreams slip into our nights to sometimes slip into our waking thoughts to startle us.  And, as the wonderful singer/songwriter Paul Simon, sings, we are always “slip sliding away,” a reminder that can […] The post The Etymological Animal Must Slip Out of the Cage of Habit to Grasp Truth first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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2 June 2021

Two Centuries Of ‘The Imperialist, Warmongering, Hate-Filled Guardian’

In contrast to Media Lens modestly marking a mere two decades in July, the Guardian has been deluging itself with praise on reaching two centuries this year. Not that we would expect otherwise. As editor Katherine Viner proclaimed in a long, celebratory essay: ‘The Guardian is not the only newspaper to declare that it has […] The post Two Centuries Of ‘The Imperialist, Warmongering, Hate-Filled Guardian’ first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Israel is detaining over a dozen Palestinian journalists

Israeli security forces are detaining 13 Palestinian journalists; some following the violence in May. An international organisation campaigning for journalists has called this “unacceptable”. … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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1 June 2021

All (MacCarthyite) hell breaks loose in Peru as the country prepares to choose new President

Huge billboards across Lima’s main avenues read like cheap Cold War propaganda: “Peru says no to communism”, “Socialism leads to communism”, and “Think about your children’s future”, are just three of the many panic-inducing slogans. Nobody knows who’s paying for the expensive advertisement and nobody cares, including the government agencies created to stop this kind […] The post All (MacCarthyite) hell breaks loose in Peru as the country prepares to choose new President first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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