RIP Michael Ratner–On the Side of Right and Justice by Anthony Arnove + Julian Assange: Michael Ratner was a “Campaigner for Justice” from Guatemala to Palestine

Michael Ratner (CCR) at Justice After Bush Panel, Princeton

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Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael Ratner. — Lo

by Anthony Arnove
Socialist Worker
May 12, 2016

Anthony Arnove, co-author with Howard Zinn of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, pays tribute after the passing of a giant among radical lawyers.

THE SOCIALIST lawyer Michael Ratner, emeritus president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, passed away on May 11 at the age of 72.

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Egypt: Military Coup? The Real News reporter Jihan Hafiz was detained

Protesters face-off with security forces and separated by barbed wires.

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Jihan Hafiz reporting from Egypt.

Supreme Court disbands Parliament and brings back emergency powers as Egypt moves back to outright dictatorship

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British Monarch Celebrates Coronation Jubilee with Gulf Despots and Dictators + US resuming arms supply to Bahrain

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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East Africa
May 18, 2012

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When Queen Elizabeth II receives her guests at Windsor Castle today to celebrate 60 years as head of the British state she will be greeted and fawned upon by some of the world’s most ruthless dictators.

Some 40 sovereigns from around the world are invited to the celebratory lunch to mark the queen’s Diamond Jubilee, six decades after she accessed the British throne in 1952.

A spokesman for Britain’s House of Windsor said the occasion would be an historic and intimate gathering of crowned heads. Among the attendees will be the queen’s counterparts from other European royal households, including sovereigns from Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and Norway.

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The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News (2002; must-see)

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Please turn off your TV. Forever. ~ DS

Media Consolidation Sucks

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Peter Pan on Sep 21, 2011

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the “liberal media.” Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of “elite propaganda.”

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Ralph Nader: Obama is a Dictator! + Nader, Ron Paul, Kucinich Speak to Occupy Wall Street


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Updated: Oct. 12, 2011 added another video

With Ralph Nader

MOXNEWSd0tCOM on Oct 7, 2011

October 07, 2011 News Corp

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Our Red, White and Blue Dictatorship by Ed Dunphy

by Ed Dunphy
Guest Writer
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August 12, 2011


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In contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state.

This writer takes no satisfaction for this application. However if we take an honest look at the actions of our President and both houses of congress, it is shamefully so. Continue reading

The US Dictatorship and its White House Servant ‘President’ by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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1 August, 2011


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If there is one thing that the office of President Barack Obama demonstrates it is that democracy does not exist in the United States. This may seem a rather outlandish statement. For many people, the fact that the 44th president is the first black man to preside over the White House – with its American colonial-style architecture – is a tribute to the triumph of US democracy.

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Is Myanmar at a Crossroads? by Brian McAfee

by Brian McAfee
Guest Writer
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April 24, 2011

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So far 2011 is proving to be an eventful year for Myanmar, formerly known as and still generally called Burma. Despite the slight easing of restraints put on Aung San Suu Kyi, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Shan State in northeast Burma on March 24, which the junta controlled media says killed 75 people but aid agencies believe killed over 150, leads to widespread distrust of the country’s rulers and their version of reality. Now the U.S. is sending a new envoy to Myanmar, Derek Mitchell, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific affairs. It is an open question: What will be his role in Burma?

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Michel Collon: Five Objectives of the United States In Africa

Hands Off Libya ! لا تدخل في ليبيا

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with Michel Collon
Bonnie Faulkner
Guns and Butter
April 13, 2011

The African strategy; five goals of the US war against Libya; the five principles of war propaganda; NATO as the policeman of the world; Africom; Gaddafi’s rein in Libya; the Libyan opposition; Israel; Yemen and Bahrain; Eritrea; geostrategic importance of the Indian Ocean; global war on terrorism; indicators of US decline.

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Noam Chomsky on Obama, the financial crisis, the Middle East and more

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by Frank Barat

On Thursday, 10th March 2011, Hicham Yezza, editor-in-chief of Ceasefire Magazine, conducted an interview with world-renowned linguist, philosopher and political analyst Noam Chomsky.

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Legislated Dictatorship: Coming to a State Near You? by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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March 17, 2011

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In the past, modern dictatorships have been established in a variety of ways.  In 1919, in response to a short-lived communist revolution, the King of Hungary appointed the first modern civilian absolute ruler, Admiral Nicholas Horthy, who became the first fascist dictator in history.  In 1922, after much maneuvering, Benito Mussolini organized the “March on Rome” by his unofficial “Black Shirt” militia.  King Vittorio Emmanuel III acquiesced in replacing the sitting Prime Minister chosen by Parliament with Mussolini.  By 1924, with the acquiescence of Italian ruling class, Mussolini had established himself as dictator and in fact coined the modern meaning of the word “fascist” to describe his form of absolute rule.

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IMF Rates Up Dictatorships Just Before Revolutions By Michael Collins

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By Michael Collins
The Money Party
March 3, 2011

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) made an embarrassing error just two days before the start of the Libyan people’s revolution on February 17.  This quote from an IMF country study appeared in a previous article: “The outlook for Libya’s economy remains favorable.”IMF Feb 15 This advice was 180 degrees off target.  The Libyan economy has ceased functioning as protests and popular demands imploded the Gaddafi regime. (Image)

Further investigation unearthed a specific pattern of positive IMF endorsements for each of the nations experiencing popular uprisings that are sweeping the region.  When the IMF blesses a nation’s progress for conforming to the economic policies underlying globalism, watch out! There is a popular rebellion in the wings.

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I smell a rat By William Bowles + Liberated Libya Rejects US Intervention

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
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Crossposted on Strategic Culture Foundation
March 3, 2011

“[T]o be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.” —Henry Kissinger

From the very beginning of the Libyan uprising/coup, call it what you will, something didn’t strike me as ‘right’, events unfolded in a vacuum as if overnight, chaos took over. As I reported in an earlier piece, all the videos coming out of Libya, were grainy unattributed snatches of events, it was impossible to tell what was really going on, and accompanied by all manner of rumours about what it was alleged Ghadifi’s regime was doing.

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Libya: Is Washington Pushing for Civil War to Justify a US-NATO Military Intervention?

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by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Global Research, February 25, 2011
– 2011-02-24

Is Tripoli being set up for a civil war to justify U.S. and NATO military intervention in oil-rich Libya?

Are the talks about sanctions a prelude to an Iraq-like intervention?

Something is Rotten in the so-called “Jamahiriya” of Libya

There is no question that Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi (Al-Qaddafi) is a dictator. He has been the dictator and so-called “qaid” of Libya for about 42 years. Yet, it appears that tensions are being ratcheted up and the flames of revolt are being fanned inside Libya. This includes earlier statements by the British Foreign Secretary William Hague that Colonel Qaddafi had fled Libya to Venezuela. [1] This statement served to electrify the revolt against Qaddafi and his regime in Libya.

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Noam Chomsky: Stability means obedience to US domination


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