There are those who would have us fold up our banners and take down our protest signs. They urge us to be reasonable and polite. They expect us to cram our dissent into narrow boxes of occasional grumbling comments and take our frustration out at the election box once every few years. These people write letters to the editor of small town newspapers claiming that the visible signs of dissatisfaction – pickets, protesters, political signs – are bad for business and distasteful.
Sociologist Nisha Kapoor in her new book Deport, Deprive, Extradite – 21st Century State Extremism argues the extradition of Muslim men from the U.K. to the U.S. to face trials over terrorism allegations are being used by the state to enhance laws to silence free expression, dissent and protest.
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi joins us to examine the dangerous juncture our freedom finds itself in when Facebook, Twitter, and Google work with the government and its intelligence services to control what we see and hear.
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.”
“Canton, Ohio” speech made on June 16, 1918 by Eugene Debs. Eugene Debs made his famous anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio, protesting World War I which was raging in Europe. For this speech he was arrested and convicted in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio under the war-time espionage law. He was his own attorney. His appeal to the jury and his statement to the court before sentencing are regarded as two of the great classic statements ever made in a court of law. He was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
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“In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one of the pillars of democracy – press freedom – by implementing a plan to control, manipulate and censor all news coverage, on a scale never seen in U.S. history.” — Christopher B. Daly, Smithsonian, April 28, 2017
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.
The first nationally televised debate (C-SPAN) on the subject of mandatory voting, or voting duty, occurred in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2011 (watch it at: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/DebateonMa). Why did it take so long? Because discussing this topic has been a taboo in electoral, legislative and main media arenas.
Cindy Sheehan was arrested March 20, 2010 during a protest outside the White House, and received a stay-away order from same. She was acquitted July 12, 2010, along with Jon Gold and Jim Veeder. Elaine Brower, Matthis Chiroux and LeFlora Cunningham-Walsh were convicted. Sheehan’s stay-away order was removed with acquittal. There may be an appeal. Defendants’ co-counsel speak about the charges prior to trial and the ramifications of D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin’s ruling.
On the 7th anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion eight people were arrested in front of the White House protesting the continuing crimes—you know that place! It’s a big White House—as a matter of fact it’s a HUGE White House in the middle of a park-like estate where heavily armed thugs roam. It’s okay to stop and gawk and take pictures if you are decked out in Hawaiian shirts or sundresses, but exercising fundamental rights to free speech or to peaceable assemble is not.
View WAWA’s exclusive and uncensored interview with Mordechai Vanunu from March 24, 2006, (that has not gone through Israeli Military censors), and understand his thoughts on what is taking place in modern Israel Palestine, his views on human rights, as well as his current situation and persecution from the Israeli Government.
15-Feb-09 Vanunu updates the world on the second anniversary of his three year long FREEDOM of SPEECH trial in Israel. Vanunu’s Supreme Court Appeal is still TBA. The 5th year of restrictions that deny him the RIGHT to leave the state, the RIGHT to speak to non-Israelis expire April 21, 2009. Learn More: VANUNU ARCHIVES WeAreWideAwake.org