By David Walsh - 14 January 2013
“Everyone who contributes skill and energy to a motion picture...shares responsibility for the impressions the picture makes and the ideas it expresses...[If] torture is a crime...then it doesn't matter whether it ‘works’ or not. Zero Dark Thirty condones torture. … If the deeply racist Birth of a Nation was released today, would we vote to honor it? Would we give an award to [German filmmaker] Leni Riefenstahl's brilliant pro-Nazi documentary, Triumph of the Will?”
- Actor David Clennon
We've heard it all before. Media scoundrels hype fear. So do drug companies. Doing so boosts sales.
America came to stay. Accelerated withdrawal claims reflect subterfuge. Washington officials and media scoundrels don't explain. Misinformation and illusion substitute for reality.
By Jordan Shilton - 12 January 2013
British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has intensified his party’s promotion of anti-immigrant chauvinism. In two speeches now, Miliband has decried what he terms are uncontrolled levels of immigration, while advocating a strengthening of national identity...The aim of Miliband’s remarks was to place the blame for the disastrous decline in living standards for the broad mass of the working class in recent years onto immigrants and shift the debate sharply to the right.
Chavismo reflects more than one man. Popular sentiment shows it. It's part of Venezuela's culture.
January 11, 2013 marks Guantanamo's 11th anniversary. On January 11, 2002, its first 20 prisoners arrived. It's one of many US torture prisons globally. Most held there are innocent victims. They're not terrorists. They're lawlessly detained. Many remained for years uncharged and untried. Fundamental rights are denied.
By Alexander Fangmann - WSWS
The lead negotiators for the NHLPA acted from beginning to end as though concessions were entirely normal and expected. The team owners easily extracted from the players nearly everything they originally sought, including wage cuts and player contract restrictions.
By Robert Fisk - Znet
...[S]omething is going wrong here. Surely this is not what the internet is for? Across the world now, anonymity...is accepted by cyber-journalism, the more hateful, the more understandable. I’ve pulled out of several radio “chat” shows in mid-broadcast because of the absolute refusal of the anchors to explain why they will not challenge the sometimes viciously named Tweeters or email writers. Websites and blogs and chat-rooms were never intended to cover the Breivik-like cruelties of these sick people.
By Frida Berrigan - January 10, 2013
It was a tough trip. We listened to story after story after story. We wept endlessly. We were reminded again and again of the hundreds of millions of dollars in economic, military and political support doled out by Washington over the decades to repressive oligarchs in Guatemala City. We heard about human rights violations and crimes carried out by Guatemalan soldiers trained at the U.S. School of the Americas. We visited modest monuments inscribed with the names of men, women and children slaughtered by government-backed death squads.
By Eric Walberg - January 7th, 2013
Not only do Canada’s natives empower all Canadians against the 1%, they also help us understand Canada’s actions in Palestine and Iran, countries whose people love Canada and root for our natives, whose struggle against the imperial order is their struggle too. Victory against Canada’s Mubarak helps Egyptians shake off the legacy of neoliberalism, helps Palestinians in their struggle against Jewish colons in Israel, and Iranians dying in hospitals for lack of medicines due to the embargo intended to crush their independence.
At Treasury, Lew becomes Obama's deficit-cutting point man. He'll function in his low key/soft-spoken way. He'll mask what's really going on.
By LTS-CC, Mexico
Monday, December 31, 2012
From the Liga de Trabajadores por el Socialismo, we greet the release of the 14 male and female prisoners from the North Prison and from Santa Maria Prison, as a first step in the struggle for their unconditional freedom. This is a result of the national and international mobilization of social organizations, collectives, human rights, students’, workers’, and parents’ organizations, as well as the actions carried out by the prisoners themselves and legal assistance from the lawyers of the December 1 League.
It shouldn't surprise. It raged throughout his tenure. It continues while he's ill. It vilifies progressive Bolivarianism. It wants neoliberal harshness replacing it.
By Kumaran Ira - 11 January 2013
Three female Kurdish nationalist activists were found dead early Thursday morning in the Kurdistan Information Centre in Paris...The victims were the co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), Sakine Cansiz, close to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan; Fidan Dogan, a member of the Brussels- based Kurdistan National Congress; and a young woman, Leyla Soylemez.
By MICHAEL D. YATES - Counterpunch
The Vietnam War should never be forgotten. It was a stain on our country and on humanity itself. To glorify it is an ignominious crime. We should instead honor the Vietnamese people, who fought more valiantly and suffered more for their liberation from foreign rule than we ever did for our own.
Chavez is recovering from his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months. He needs more time to regain health. He's getting superb care in Havana.
“Land Grabbing” — News from International Capitalism States Buy Up Other States’ Territories for the Cultivation of ‘Strategic Agricultural Goods’ — Without Being Invited by the Established Global Economic Powers
When professional observers of global business practices are currently critically examining the “land grabbing” by some political actors who had previously escaped scrutiny, and feel reminded of a “bygone era of colonialism,” this is, regarded objectively, a bad joke. On the other hand, it is also an index that in our free economic world order not everybody is allowed to do just anything.
Post editors are contemptuous of fundamental human rights. They spurn democratic values. They consider rule of law principles quaint and out-of-date. Wealth, power, privilege, and dominance alone matter.
By Matt Moir - January 1, 2013
Though Canada doesn't yet lock up the same percentage of its citizenry as its southern neighbor -- the most heavily incarcerated society in the world -- measures passed by Prime Minister Harper's Conservative government have resulted in a steady increase in the number of Canadians behind bars. Canadians of Aboriginal ancestries have borne the brunt of the surge of prisoners.
By Peter Rugh - December 31st, 2012
There is a tendency in this country to regard mental illness — as if in deference to the antiquated notion of “possession” — as the personal property of those who exhibit the most alarming symptoms. But the circumstances of each of these shooters indicate the social character of mental illness, and the need for a social response to it...“Brain chemistry and neurotransmitters are semi-irrelevant. People are sick because of poverty. People are sick because we live in a traumatized environment where people are [on] the edge because of fear. That’s social.”