|Saturday, August 23|
|·|| Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State |
|·|| Ferguson: No Justice in the American Police State |
|Tuesday, March 25|
|·|| Freedom Rider: Kwadir Felton and Cory Booker |
|Thursday, July 18|
|·|| On Leaks and Pseudo-Reality: The US’ Futile Search for 'World Domination |
|Wednesday, June 12|
|·|| What Is The U.S. Government’s Agenda? |
|Tuesday, March 05|
|·|| American Foreign Policy - Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything? |
|Tuesday, July 31|
|·|| Gun Rights: From the Black Panthers to the NRA |
|Wednesday, April 25|
|·|| How Liberty Was Lost |
|Sunday, March 04|
|·|| Why Can’t Americans Have Democracy? |
|Friday, January 20|
|·|| Black America Still Paralyzed, Powerless, Irrelevant |
|Tuesday, November 29|
|·|| Freedom Rider: Propagandized America |
|Tuesday, August 09|
|·|| The S&P Downgrade: What It Really Means |
|Tuesday, June 14|
|·|| CIA Requires Secrecy To Conceal Its Own Crimes |
|Monday, June 06|
|·|| CIA Secret Wars Also Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions |
|Monday, May 09|
|·|| Americans Are Living In 1984 |
|Thursday, December 09|
|·|| AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM? |
|Wednesday, November 24|
|·|| A Greater Threat Than the Terrorists: TSA's Gestapo Empire |
|Sunday, October 24|
|·|| America's Tea Party Phenomenon |
|Friday, October 15|
|·|| Foreclosuregate: Time to Break Up the Too-Big-to-Fail Banks? |
|Saturday, October 09|
|·|| ‘Dying to Win’: Newt Gingrich’s ‘Terrorism’ |
|Inside U.S.A.: The U.S. is Not a Democracy, It Never Was|
Wednesday, December 13 @ 19:40:33 UTC
By Gabriel Rockhill|
December 13, 2017 - counterpunch.org
One of the most steadfast beliefs regarding the United States is that it is a democracy. Whenever this conviction waivers slightly, it is almost always to point out detrimental exceptions to core American values or foundational principles. For instance, aspiring critics frequently bemoan a “loss of democracy” due to the election of clownish autocrats, draconian measures on the part of the state, the revelation of extraordinary malfeasance or corruption, deadly foreign interventions, or other such activities that are considered undemocratic exceptions. The same is true for those whose critical framework consists in always juxtaposing the actions of the U.S. government to its founding principles, highlighting the contradiction between the two and clearly placing hope in its potential resolution.
The problem, however, is that there is no contradiction or supposed loss of democracy because the United States simply never was one. This is a difficult reality for many people to confront, and they are likely more inclined to immediately dismiss such a claim as preposterous rather than take the time to scrutinize the material historical record in order to see for themselves. Such a dismissive reaction is due in large part to what is perhaps the most successful public relations campaign in modern history. What will be seen, however, if this record is soberly and methodically inspected, is that a country founded on elite, colonial rule based on the power of wealth—a plutocratic colonial oligarchy, in short—has succeeded not only in buying the label of “democracy” to market itself to the masses, but in having its citizenry, and many others, so socially and psychologically invested in its nationalist origin myth that they refuse to hear lucid and well-documented arguments to the contrary.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Made Man in a Blue Vest: Deray McKesson|
Monday, July 11 @ 15:56:52 UTC
|Made Man in a Blue Vest: Deray McKesson Is Debutante At Aspen One-Percenters Coming Out Party|
By Bruce A. Dixon
July 11, 2016 - blackagendareport.com
It's been a good spring and summer so far for Teach For America alum Deray McKesson. After raising a ton of out of town money the dude in the blue vest finished sixth in the Baltimore mayoral election with a mere 2% of the vote. He was promptly awarded a six figure yearly salary as “interim chief of human capital,” the current term of art for personnel department directors. And last weekend, he was one of the headliners at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.
Made Man in a Blue Vest: Deray McKesson
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|Africa Focus: U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Like Regime Change in Eritrea, “Africa’s Cuba”|
Saturday, June 18 @ 21:06:46 UTC
|By Glen Ford|
June 18, 2016 - blackagendareport.com
“Eritrea’s fierce independence has put it in imperialism’s crosshairs.”
The United States is methodically setting the stage for a so-called “humanitarian” military intervention against the small northeast African nation of Eritrea, under legal pretexts much like those used to justify NATO’s war of regime change against Libya, in 2011. As in Libya, the U.S. has hijacked the United Nations human rights apparatus to claim a “responsibility to protect” (R2P) Eritrea’s citizens from alleged abuses by their own government. War and regime change are the intended result.
Washington engineered UN sanctions against Eritrea, beginning in 2009, on the patently bogus charge that Eritrea’s determinedly secular government provided “political, financial and logistical support” to Islamist Shabaab fighters in Somalia. Islamic jihadism is anathema to Eritrea, whose population of six million on the shores of the Red Sea is about evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. But few people in the United States knew Eritrea existed, much less its secular revolutionary history and politics. The lies stuck, as did the sanctions, even after the UN Human Rights Council conceded there was no further evidence of Eritrean aid to the Shabaab.
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|War on Russia: Silencing America as It Prepares for War|
Saturday, May 28 @ 05:56:12 UTC
|By John Pilger|
May 28, 2016 - johnpilger.com
Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.
The first to be assassinated that year, Martin Luther King, had dared link the suffering of African-Americans and the people of Vietnam. When Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, she spoke perhaps unconsciously for millions of America’s victims in faraway places.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Hillary Clinton’s Race Problem|
Thursday, May 19 @ 13:34:27 UTC
By Eric Draitser|
May 19, 2016 - stopimperialism.org
When Hillary Clinton was endorsed by Will Quigg, a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan in California, many observers were skeptical that the statement of support for the presumptive Democratic nominee was genuine. Indeed, some went so far as to argue that the very public backing of Clinton by a white supremacist of Quigg’s standing was a diversionary tactic designed to either smear Clinton or distract attention from former grand wizard David Duke’s endorsement of Donald Trump, which the presumptive Republican nominee failed to disavow. Regardless of whether the support of Clinton was genuine or not, the fact of the matter is that Clinton policies have indeed been unconscionably destructive for Black Americans, and other people of color.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Black Lives Don’t Matter, Black Votes Do|
Monday, April 25 @ 15:53:28 UTC
|The Racial Hypocrisy of Hillary and Bill Clinton|
By Richard W. Behan
April 25, 2016 - counterpunch.org
The Clinton legacy is black impoverishment—so why are we still voting for Hillary?
African-Americans have few reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton. No one understands this better—and says it more forcefully—than Michelle Alexander, civil rights activist, author, and professor of law. She has studied the public life of the Clintons, chronicled their catastrophic impacts on black lives, and observed their self-serving, hypocritical pandering to the African-American community.
—Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The Clintons have always cultivated a warm affection for African-Americans. One iconic image shows Bill riffing on his saxophone for Arsenio Hall. Another pictures Hillary hugging parishioners in black churches. Similar beguiling images appear daily in the media as her presidential campaign progresses.
The affection seems to be mutual. It was apparent in the primary elections across the South, where black voters gave Hillary Clinton overwhelming majorities. But their loyalty is tragically misplaced: the Clintons’ affection is not matched by a serious commitment to relieving the poverty, prejudice, mass incarceration, and second-class citizenry suffered by much of the black community today.
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|War and Terror: San Bernardino Incident Has the Earmarks of a False Flag|
Friday, December 11 @ 06:28:22 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
December 11, 2015 - sjlendman.blogspot.com
Justifiable suspicions about what happened surfaced straightaway after the incident.
The alleged perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, appear to have been used as convenient patsies - the same way April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Dzhokhar were unjustly framed for a crime they didn’t commit.
False flag attacks are used to stoke fear, to enlist public support for planned domestic and foreign horrors, harming the welfare and security of millions at home and abroad - including waging endless imperial wars along with harsh crackdowns on fundamental freedoms.
Events post-9/11 are well-documented. What’s unfolding now looks like more of the same - pure evil on the phony pretext of combating ISIS, state-sponsored high crimes at home and abroad, risking possible nuclear war.
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|Inside U.S.A.: America's gun massacre blues seem to play on an endless loop|
Friday, October 02 @ 13:46:15 UTC
|By Gary Younge|
October 02, 2015 - theguardian.com
Within the American polity there is a cyclical requiem in the wake of each mass shooting – a predictable collective lament for a calamity that ostensibly everyone regrets and nobody can resolve. Profiles of the victims emerge as reporters opine in front of police tape, wringing every last detail from tear-stained survivors. Gradually facts about the shooter emerge, followed by endless speculation about his (they are almost always men) motives before the president calls for prayer and healing.
Everybody knows their lines. With 45 mass shootings already this year they have rehearsed them often enough. Indeed, the tragedy lies not only in the trauma of the victims but in the apparent helplessness of the political class and the hopelessness that the deathly cycle might be broken.
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|World Focus: FIFA Raid Raises Questions About DOJ Priorities|
Friday, May 29 @ 10:51:33 UTC
|Notoriously-corrupt FIFA heads arrested in early morning raid during annual meeting|
By Lauren McCauley
May 27, 2015 - commondreams.org
While the early morning raid and arrest of several high-ranking officials with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) captivated the international news circuit Wednesday morning, many observers were left wondering: With so many corrupt bankers, politicians, and other one-percenters still free to walk the streets here in the United States, why has the U.S. Department of Justice set its sights on FIFA?
The international soccer organization has over time been accused of rampant human rights violations—including exploiting migrant and child labor, and spurring the mass displacement of poor and indigenous peoples—environmental degradation, corruption, bribery, and more or less running roughshod over the nations chosen to host the quadrennial FIFA World Cup tournament.
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|World Focus: It Is Time to Call Radio "Liberty" What It Is: Radio Gestapo Amerika|
Friday, May 08 @ 12:10:25 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
May 07, 2015
Radio “Liberty” has always been a propaganda ministry. Formerly its propaganda was directed against the Soviet Union. Today it is directed against distinguished Americans who are known and respected for their allegiance to the truth.
Radio Liberty’s latest target is an American scholar who is far more widely respected than Radio Liberty. Like everything else in Washington the two-bit propaganda ministry is carried away by hubris and a mistaken opinion of its own importance.
A Radio Liberty non-entity named Carl Schreck, of whom no one has ever heard, has declared America’s most distinguished Russian scholar, Stephen Cohen, to be “a Putin apologist.”
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|World Focus: The Neoconservative Threat To International Relations|
Thursday, March 05 @ 11:44:53 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
February 26, 2015 - paulcraigroberts.org
For the illustrated version go here: http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-trust-now-shattered-russia-u-s-world-annihilation-threatened/
This week I was invited to address an important conference of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Scholars from Russia and from around the world, Russian government officials, and the Russian people seek an answer as to why Washington destroyed during the past year the friendly relations between America and Russia that President Reagan and President Gorbachev succeeded in establishing. All of Russia is distressed that Washington alone has destroyed the trust between the two major nuclear powers that had been created during the Reagan-Gorbachev era, trust that had removed the threat of nuclear armageddon. Russians at every level are astonished at the virulent propaganda and lies constantly issuing from Washington and the Western media. Washington’s gratuitous demonization of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has rallied the Russian people behind him. Putin has the highest approval rating ever achieved by any leader in my lifetime.
Washington’s reckless and irresponsible destruction of the trust achieved by Reagan and Gorbachev has resurrected the possibility of nuclear war from the grave in which Reagan and Gorbachev buried it. Again, as during the Cold War the specter of nuclear armageddon stalks the earth.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Ferguson Reexamined|
Sunday, November 30 @ 21:20:59 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
November 30, 2014 - paulcraigroberts.org
Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown.
The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case as all evidence indicates that it is, then the police when they gratuitously murder members of the public are merely doing what they have been trained to do. As police are trained to use violence as a first resort, the police cannot be held accountable when they do.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Freedom Rider: Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Ferguson|
Monday, November 24 @ 17:29:03 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
November 24, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“Jackson was supplanted by Al Sharpton, who surpassed him in crookedness and politically prostitution.”
If a picture is worth 1,000 words the photo above proves the old adage to be true. This image encapsulates so much that is wrong with the so-called leaders of the black political class. Each of the three men depicted make a mockery of any claim to be allies of black people.
For decades Jesse Jackson’s seal of approval was enough to quiet or excite the masses to action. As a young lieutenant of Martin Luther King and then as leader of Operation PUSH he became in effect the leader of what was left of the civil rights movement old guard. His presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988 mobilized millions of people to vote and brought election victories to progressives across the country. His history is part righteous and part mercenary, as he sought and received tribute from corporations around the country eager to curry favor with him and by extension the masses he sometimes did represent.
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|War and Terror: Washington’s Secret Agendas|
Monday, September 29 @ 19:09:30 UTC
By Paul Craig Roberts|
September 29, 2014 - paulcraigroberts.org
One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas.
The public fell for the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan are terrorists allied with al Qaeda. Americans fought a war for 13 years that enriched Dick Cheney’s firm, Halliburton, and other private interests only to end in another Washington failure.
The public fell for the lie that Saddam Hussein in Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” that were a threat to America and that if the US did not invade Iraq Americans risked a “mushroom cloud going up over an American city.” With the rise of ISIS, this long war apparently is far from over. Billions of dollars more in profits will pour into the coffers of the US military security complex as Washington fights those who are redrawing the false Middle East boundaries created by the British and French after WW I when the British and French seized territories of the former Ottoman Empire.
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|War and Terror: The US and Global Wars: Empire or Vampire?|
Friday, September 12 @ 07:21:31 UTC
|By James Petras|
September 12, 2014 - petras.lahaine.org
Introduction: To the growing army of critics of US military intervention, who also reject the mendacious claims by American officials and their apologists of ‘world leadership’, Washington is engaged in ‘empire-building”.
But the notion that the US is building an empire, by engaging in wars to exploit and plunder countries’ markets, resources and labor, defies the realities of the past two decades. US wars, including invasions, bombings, occupations, sanctions, coups and clandestine operations have not resulted in the expansion of markets, greater control and exploitation of resources or the ability to exploit cheap labor. Instead US wars have destroyed enterprises, reduced access to raw materials, killed, wounded or displaced productive workers around the world, and limited access to lucrative investment sites and markets via sanctions.
In other words, US global military interventions and wars have done the exact opposite of what all previous empires have pursued: Washington has exploited (and depleted) the domestic economy to expand militarily abroad instead of enriching it.
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