Christmas versus Xmas: A Political Reading by James Petras

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by James Petras
Global Research
Dec. 28, 2013

Introduction

The transformation of Christmas from a story about a migrant working-class family fleeing state persecution, in the search for a safe haven and receiving support and solidarity to the biggest capitalist commercial bonanza of the year – has far-reaching political consequences.

Taking Christ out of Christmas

The fundamental ‘change’, engineered by the capitalist class in pursuit of profits, was to take the ‘Christ Story’ out of Christmas and to convert the weeks before and after into a consumer orgy. Continue reading

Julian Assange’s Christmas Address from the Ecuador Embassy in London (2012) + Snowden delivers Christmas message

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LeakSourceTV on Dec 20, 2012

“True democracy is the resistance of people armed with the truth against lies. From people in Tahrir to right here in London.”

The man on the frontline of the information battle, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, has given a Christmas address. He has delivered his speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s been ensconced for six months, after being granted political asylum.

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Bethlehem Story, Present Reality by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 26, 2013

The Seperation Wall.

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The annual Christmas celebrations around the world conjure up a kaleidoscope of emotions, ranging from the sombre to the joyful, from pity to awe.

One thing often missing though from the celebrations is a connection between the original historical event – some 2,000 years ago – and how this story relates to present reality.

But a new billboard campaign in the US is giving the Christmas story a refreshing, but realistic, contemporary meaning.

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Christmas Dawn: The Shepherds Glorified God For All They Had Seen

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Merry Christmas!

by Don Schwager
www.dailyscripture.net
December 25, 2013

Verbum caro factum est

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Scripture: Luke 2:15-20 (alternate readings from: Matthew 1:1-25; Luke 2:1-14; John 1:1-5,9-14)

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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In case you missed it: A Christmas Journey to Freedom

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Merry Christmas to all! A beautiful and sad story, a little music and inspiration along with a history lesson. Please enjoy. ~ DS

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Iconic screen shot from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Merry Christmas!

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.  Continue reading

The Man From the North: Shopping as an Act of Resistance by Rivera Sun

Meet My Farmer, Rob

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 1, 2013

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

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Message of the Day: Merry Christmas

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Verbum caro factum est

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A Daily Spiritual Seed
Shalom Place
December 25, 2012

Message of the Day

In the case of the virgin birth the power of the Highest was implanted immaterially in the undefiled body and took the Virgin’s purity as the material for the flesh, employing it as the contribution of the virgin body towards the formation of one who was in truth a new Man… Continue reading

Scrooge (1935) and Scrooge (1970) + The Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’ Short Story as told by Vincent Price (1949)

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Marley’s ghost, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Seymour Hicks plays the title role in the first sound version of the Dickens classic about the miser who’s visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. This British import is notable for being the only adaptation of this story with an invisible Marley’s Ghost and its Expressionistic cinematography. This is the uncut 78 minute version.

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An Army Of Marley’s Ghosts by Philip A. Farruggio + The Christmas Carol (1949)

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
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December 23, 2010

The Last of the Spirits, from Charles Dickens:...

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[To properly understand this fable, one must know the Dickens’s story of Scrooge. Either read the novel, or watch the fine film”A Christmas Carol”. ]

It was Christmas season once again. If one is really still and perfectly quiet, looking up into the sky above, imagination makes way for an absolute reality… One that we seldom ever sense. Through the ceiling of powder blue (or gray, depending on where you live) up past any cloud cover or ozone layer, if our focus flows further into the outer spaces…. There it is! Some call it heaven, or nirvana, or the Central Sun…. Continue reading

A Christmas Journey to Freedom (repost)

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Merry Christmas!!!!

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Merry Christmas to all!  A beautiful and sad story, a little music and inspiration along with a history lesson.  Please enjoy.  ~ DS

Day of Discovery – A Christmas journey unlike any you have ever taken before—the first in a series of special holiday presentations with soloist Wintley Phipps, author and professor Dr. Allen Callahan, and actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as Harriet Tubman in the dramatic presentation… Read More

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If Only (Some) Movies Were True by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
December 19, 2010

Please remember, this Christmas season, to sit and watch the following two films: A Christmas Carol & It’s A Wonderful Life . After you watch these films, go implore your friends, neighbors and loved ones to do the same. Why? Well, let’s dissect them.

A Christmas CarolIn this movie, we follow the life of one Ebenezer Scrooge. Yes, he came from a dysfunctional family…. His mother died giving birth to him, and his father never forgave him for it. Scrooge only had the love and tenderness of his sister, but alas, not enough to save him. He grew up thinking that life was a ‘ dog eats dog ‘ existence. Continue reading

Palestine: Yet People Celebrate (Christmas 2010) + Action Alert

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In this time of year, people around the world celebrate. They celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem Palestine. They celebrate a birth that was meant to propagate a set of ideals to make the world a better place. 2010 years later, that same birthplace is plagued by a regime that practices the exact opposite of those ideals. Bethlehem is surrounded by a racist wall of biblical proportions, by regime which is racist to biblical proportions. Yet people celebrate.

But that is OK. The people of Palestine also celebrate. They need to, as any other people would need to celebrate. After all it is the season to make exceptions. In this season, people make exceptions when it comes to their spending, to their diets, to the way they treat each other. So it is only logical to make an exception by putting an effort for the land, the homes and people of the birthplace of Christmas… for justice in Palestine…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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The Best Christmas Gift for ALL!! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
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December 2, 2010

Listen, we have Christmas coming soon. How about a real Christmas gift from our government? This gift will surely, I guarantee it, be appreciated not only by our fellow Americans, but by the entire world! The beauty of this gift is that it will cost our government NOTHING:
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The Harris Pole – Winter 2009-2010 by The Other Katherine Harris

by The Other Katherine Harris
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Glitzqueen
Jan 11, 2010

NORTH POLE – Of Kringleshire, renowned from time immemorial as an elfin wonderland at the top of the world, only slush and traces of crushed peppermint remain. Continue reading