The Lobby-USA, Parts 1-4

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Updated: Nov. 14, 2018; added an interview with , editor of The Electronic Intifada

The Electronic Intifada
Nov. 2, 2018

“The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States. […]

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Max Blumenthal: Scaremongering Over Russia And China Is Being Exploited To Silence Dissent On Social Media

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Part 1: Facebook Purge of Alternative Media Is ‘Just the Beginning,’ Boasts DC Neocon Operative

on Oct 26, 2018

As Facebook and Twitter are purging alternative media outlets, a neoconservative operative at a US government-funded think tank says more censorship is on its way. Max Blumenthal and Jeb Sprague discuss how scaremongering over Russia and China is being exploited to silence dissent on social media.

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What Is COINTELPRO? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What Is COINTELPRO? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“We don’t think you fight fire with fire best; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism. We’ve stood up and said we’re not going to fight reactionary pigs and reactionary state’s attorneys like this and reactionary state’s attorneys like Hanrahan with any other reactions on our part. We’re going to fight their reactions with all of us people getting together and having an international proletarian revolution.” — Fred Hampton, Speech delivered at Olivet Church, 1969

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Chris Hedges: Digital Monitoring Of The Poor

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 6, 2018

Author, Virginia Eubanks, explains to Chris Hedges how the goals of Victorian-era poorhouses have evolved with 21st Century high-tech to exert control and surveillance of needy, poor and homeless people. Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor.

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Max Blumenthal on the Merger of the National Security State and Silicon Valley + Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites + US Policy Toward Global Internet Governance Is Misguided

Net Neutrality

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Updated: Aug. 15, 2018

Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (Pt 1/2)

TheRealNews on Aug 11, 2018

From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights “the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley.”

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Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others

Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 4, 2018

Barrett Brown, publisher and journalist talks to Chris Hedges about the US government’s war on Wikileaks, Assange and other outlets exposing the inner workings of power.

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Chris Hedges, David Swanson, et al Interviews in Support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (#Unity4J)

Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others

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with Chris Hedges

#Unity4J on Jul 15, 2018

In a world of divide and conquer, unity is the ultimate act of resistance.

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Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 6, 2018

There was something quite odd about the very welcome news that some Google employees were objecting to a military contract, namely all the other Google military contracts. My sense of the oddness of this was heightened by reading Yasha Levine’s new book, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.

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Abby Martin, Jill Stein and Glenn Greenwald: Freedom and Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0

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“Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.” — Howard Zinn, (2012) The Historic Unfulfilled Promise, p.208, City Lights Publishers

acTVism Munich on May 9, 2018

On the 6th of May 2018 we organized an event in Munich with Glenn Greenwald, Jill Stein & Abby Martin under the title “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0”.

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US Homeland Security Wants to Track Journalists Worldwide

US Homeland Security Wants to Track Journalists Worldwide

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Updated: April 18, 2018

RT on Apr 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recruiting staff to compile a database, aimed at monitoring journalists around the world.

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Deep State and the FBI – Federal Blackmail Investigation by Finian Cunningham

Blackmail (1929)

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 21, 2018

It’s hilariously naive how mainstream American news media feign an air of disdain concerning accusations of impropriety by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the last presidential elections.

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Industrializing Class War by William Bowles

George Orwell's 1984

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by William Bowles
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Investigating Imperialism
London, England
February 3, 2018

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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Chris Hedges and David North: Organizing Resistance To Internet Censorship

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with Chris Hedges

WSWS on Jan 16, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the World Socialist Web Site will video livestream a discussion on Internet censorship, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairperson David North. WSWS reporter Andre Damon will moderate the discussion. The webinar will explore the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and abolish net neutrality, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (i.e., “fake news”), and discuss political strategies to defend democratic rights. Hedges and North will also field questions from on-line listeners.

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The Two-FacedBook by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 7, 2018

At the end of the 1970s, when I first started using and investigating digital media, it quickly became apparent to me, that what became the World Wide Web, was very much a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it afforded independent journalists and investigators, a vehicle for reaching a public outside the control of corporate/state media and whose only parallel lay back in the 17th century, with the invention of the printing press and moveable type, broadsheets and later the so-called Penny Dreadfuls. Sold on street corners and in coffee houses, and produced in literally hundreds of small printing shops, they challenged the status quo in ways previously impossible. Often banned and their writers/publishers thrown in jail under the then new sedition laws, they heralded the arrival of modern capitalism.

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Censorship: The Death Knell of Democracy

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 21, 2017

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

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