Michael Parenti: Free Speech In The Face Of Oppression + Free Speech – At A Price by Michael Parenti

"FREE SPEECH*"

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2011
April 26, 2018

on Aug 31, 2011

Author Michael Parenti challenges his audience to learn about and advocate free speech in the face of oppression. From the origins of the Bill of Rights up to today’s challenges by the FBI and other government entities, Parenti says, it is essential to stand up for one’s rights. He spoke at an event sponsored by the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression.

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Denial and Mass Hysteria: The Liberal Loses It by Arthur D. Robbins

Barack Obama - Second Term Flare-Ups

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
April 16, 2018

If one had wanted to create a psychosocial experiment to study the liberal political mentality, one could not have come up with a better solution than to have Donald Trump follow Barack Obama as president of the United States: one a blank screen, the Archangel, the other, the Antichrist, a raging volcano. The Archangel departed from office to a fond and teary-eyed farewell. The Antichrist was greeted with anger and outrage. There were protests around the country. There were attempts to prevent his election. He is probably the first president in American history to be docketed for impeachment before he even took office.

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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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If There is No Freedom of Speech for Julian Assange, There is No Freedom of Speech for Any of Us by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, April 1, 2018
April 3, 2018

In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

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John Pilger: Blocking Internet Access for Julian Assange is a War on Freedom of Speech

John Pilger: Blocking Internet Access for Julian Assange is a War on Freedom of Speech

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with John Pilger

RT on Mar 29, 2018

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet connection cut off, and isn’t being allowed visits at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Australian journalist and documentary film maker, John Pilger shares his opinion about the issue.

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Chris Hedges: When Are Journalists Foreign Agents? + Q&A

White House Vigil To Save Net Neutrality 2

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with Chris Hedges

Columbia Journalism School on Jan 23, 2018

Columbia Journalism School and the Harriman Institute host a panel discussion with journalism experts on the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Nothing is More Important Right Now Than Preserving Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

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Whatever issues you are interested in depend on keeping the Internet free and open. ~ Lo

From: Battle For The Net

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

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A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up by Nicole Colson

Moving In, Occupy Oakland Move In Day (5 of 31)

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by Nicole Colson
Socialist Worker
February 10, 2017

Nicole Colson explains how Republican-led legislatures are trying to push through laws to criminalize dissent–in the hopes of stopping the growing fight against the right.

LESS THAN three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump is clearly what George W. Bush once claimed to be: “a uniter, not a divider.” Only he’s been uniting many hundreds of thousands of people in protest and many millions in outrage at his bigoted, right-wing actions since taking office.

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An Injunction Against the First Amendment by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 20, 2014

Fracking LA

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Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will be in court Monday morning.

This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout the country. Representing Scroggins to vacate an injunction limiting her travel will be lawyers from the ACLU and Public Citizen, and a private attorney.

The last time Scroggins appeared in the Common Pleas Court in October, she didn’t have lawyers. That’s because Judge Kenneth W. Seamans refused to grant her a continuance.

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Glenn Greenwald: The Job of Journalists Is To Prevent People In Power From Lying To The People Over Whom They’re Ruling

Protect Edward Snowden #NSA

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BBC Newsnight on Oct 3, 2013

BBC Newsnight exclusive interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden, the PRISM revelations and mass surveillance.  Continue reading

Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is—or Isn’t by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
August 19, 2013

The First Amendment

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Sen. Diane Feinstein and a horde of members of Congress of both parties want to decide who is and who isn’t a reporter. Sen. Feinstein says a “real” reporter is a “salaried agent of a media company.”

She mentions the usual suspects—New York Times, ABC News. She dismisses part-time staff. She dismisses freelancers. She dismisses those who write, often without pay, for the hundreds of alternative publications, and often break news and investigative stories well ahead of the mainstream media. She dismisses anyone who, she says, “have no professional qualifications.”

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Chris Hedges: Monitoring of AP Phones a “Terrifying” Step in State Assault on Press Freedom + Transcript

with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 15, 2013

Stop Government Spying

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democracynow on May 15, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges joins us to discuss what could mark the most significant government intrusion on freedom of the press in decades. The Justice Department has acknowledged seizing the work, home and cellphone records used by almost 100 reporters and editors at the Associated Press. The phones targeted included the general AP office numbers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, and the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery. The action likely came as part of a probe into the leaks behind an AP story on the U.S. intelligence operation that stopped a Yemen-based al-Qaeda bombing plot on a U.S.-bound airplane. Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and former New York Times reporter, calls the monitoring “one more assault in a long series of assaults against freedom of information and freedom of the press.” Highlighting the Obama administration’s targeting of government whistleblowers, Hedges adds: “Talk to any investigative journalist who must investigate the government and they will tell you that there is a deep freeze. People are terrified of speaking, because they are terrified of going to jail.”

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Only You Can Prevent Fracking by Peter Rugh + Frack Fact by Walter Brasch

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Forward On Climate Smokey

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by Peter Rugh
SocialistWorker.org
First published at Waging Nonviolence, May 7, 2013
May 9, 2013

SMOKEY THE Bear thought he smelled a fire in the woods. But as he approached the clearing and saw a giant derrick jutting out into the sky, he realized that what his nose had picked up was the scent of hydrocarbons. It was another piece of evidence that the increasingly widespread method of oil and gas extraction known as fracking was poisoning the environment that he and his human friends depend on. He decided something must be done.

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The Latest Threats To Life As We Know It by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
April 9, 2013

Wikileaks _DDC1986

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The Anti-Empire Report

Would you believe that the United States tried to do something that was not nice against Hugo Chávez?

Wikileaks has done it again. I guess the US will really have to get tough now with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

In a secret US cable to the State Department, dated November 9, 2006, and recently published online by WikiLeaks, former US ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to destabilize the government of the late President Hugo Chávez. The cable begins with a Summary:
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