About Rise Up Times


Media for Justice and Peace

News, information, stories, commentary, videos and perceptive views on current events, actions, and media issues and links to calendars of Twin City Peace and Justice events.


Sue Ann Martinson, Editor

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RiseUpTimes.org had a good year in 2015, with a substantial increase in views. Since our inception in 2010 we have steadily built a following of you, our thoughtful and intelligent viewers, with our emphasis on contemplative articles and cutting edge  videos that alalysis news and current issues.

Our interest has not been so much in posting around current politics, especially now during presidential elections, as in insightful commentary on the election process and related issues. On Rise Up Times Pinterest you will find a board called U.S. Politics that covers the 2016 presidential election with speeches by candidates as well as specific commentary. (In order to access Pinterest you need to become a member, a free, simple process.)

On Rise Up Times Pinterest you will also find a board about the Environment/ Climate Change, as well as the main Rise Up Times board and boards on Surveillance, Action Now (civil disobedience and other actions around antiwar and climate change activities), and The Drone Papers (based on The Intercepts’ in depth articles on drone warfare by Jeremy Scahill with the addition of illuminating articles about drones). All these boards may be accessed by going to the original Rise Up Times Pinterest page.

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Sue Ann Martinson, Editor
Rise Up Times


  1. Andy Berman · · Reply

    Sue Ann, You have posted on the CISPOS web site adverrtising a program with Max Blumenthal, a strong defender of the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad. This is very much at odds with our understanding in CISPOS that Assad is a major war criminal, who bombs, tortures, imprisons and kills tens of thousand of innocent people. We appreciate that you see the heavily trafficked CISPOS facebook page as an attractive place to post your views. However, the Rise Up Times facebook page blocks me from posting my views. In CISPOS we are happy to exchange viewpoints with those with whom we disagree. A civil exchange of view is helpful in the search of truth. But the access must be mutual. You will no longer be able to post on CISPOS if you do not soon reciprocate the permission we have given you. Kind regards, Andy Berman 4/19/17


    1. The problem, of course, is that in your constant bashing of the Assad regime you ignore the that the US is also a major war criminal that has killed tens of thousands, no millions, of people in pursuit of empire and resources, with your refusal to recognize that the war in Syria is a geopolitical war. The US bombs, tortures, imprisons and kills daily in the Middle East. And is now threatening a totally unnecessary war with North Korea. (Not that I am asserting that you are a Trump supporter.) The US is largely responsible for creating the many many Syrian and other refugees in the Middle East. How can my heart not go out to them? The US, in pursuit of Empire and world domination, wishes to bring Assad under its heel and will do anything it can to crush Syria. There is not proof that this last chemical weapons assault was Assad. No the contrary, there is evidence it was not.

      Remember that the neo-cons under Bush threatened to take out 7 countries: Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran..” (I can’t get the link to work, but you may wish to google that article.) That’s still what the war in Syria is about. War is never the answer.

      I do not find it necessary to post on the CISPOS page. I have not done so before and most likely will not do so again. The excellent article I posted which you decry presented an alternative point of view that is in my opinion well-reasoned by intelligent people who understand the issues. You are very polite now, but certainly were hardly polite at all in your comments and accusations when I banned you from what was then the a WAMMToday page, which it no longer is, although I still maintain ties to WAMM as you know.

      Sue Ann

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  2. Dropping in to express my appreciation for picking up the article on US corporate media ‘liar, liar, with pants on fire.’ I didn’t see an email address, so leaving the message here.

    Ron West


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  3. Sue Ann, sometime during the past few weeks a few WordPress websites (that I am aware of) were reported as “suspicious” to an anti-virus software company that keeps a database of known sources of malware, etc. Webroot is generally pretty good, but when I created my own blog last year, it was rated as “moderate risk” because it was brand new and it was an unknown website, and so that’s how they categorized it. So I contacted them and they directed me to a website where I could request a re-evaluation, and they did. Then recently I created a new blog, and even though it had nothing at all posted on it, it was suddenly rated as “suspicious” within a week – but so was my original blog – it changed. I believe that someone reported my websites for nefarious reasons, and I had to re-submit my blogs again for re-evaluation. They went from “suspicious” back to “moderate risk” for now. During this time, I saw that ‘Rise Up Times’ website was suddenly also rated as “suspicious.” While this kind of thing won’t even be noticed by the vast majority of people, those who have Webroot and who do Google searches, for example, will see an orange icon (rather than green or even yellow) next to whatever post shows up from your website on those Google searches; this is meant to warn internet users that clicking on the link may increase the likelihood of exposure to malware or computer virus. For the most part, this has always been reliable, but as I said, sometime during the past month a few WordPress blogs (such as my own) suddenly had the status changed (without cause) to a “suspicious” rating. I contacted WordPress (never heard back from them about it) and Webroot as well. They have a database on a sister website known as Bright Cloud; so I filled out the form on that website (I had a conversation with Webroot tech support over the phone) and requested a change in status (again). This might be something that you may want to investigate, as it may end up resulting in less readership, etc. You can contact WordPress, but as I mentioned, they never got back to me. Here is the link to the Bright Cloud website; I recommend that you consider submitting a review of your website so that the status changes from suspicious to at least “moderate risk.” It may take a little while for them to look into it, but they are supposed to contact you. Here is the link:


    1. thank you so much. i will look into this.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you Sue Ann for sharing Chris Hedges article. I was impressed and have posted it on Google+, twitter, and Facebook. Peace and hugs

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Arthur Milholland · · Reply

    You invite readers: SUBSCRIBE or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. How does one “Subscribe”? I write as a non-user of Facebook, Twitter, etc.


    1. Arthur Milholland · · Reply

      Apologies — Never mind my question. I found the place to subscribe only after posting my query..

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Looks great!

    I have an article on debt forgiveness that I would like you to review.

    How can I send this to you?


    bob Hertz



  7. Sue Ann, So pleased to see this in my inbox. Will be following. Thanks!


    1. So nice tohear from you. I hope you enjoy Rise Up Times!


  8. Meredith Aby-Keirstead · · Reply

    Congratulations on your new name & look!


  9. Sue Ann, Congratulations on your new endeavor! Great selections. I like that I can see a wide range of issues including environmental and media, in addition to commentary on foreign and domestic policy and peace and justice issues. Particularly enjoy the videos as I may not have seen them.


  10. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    More on this nomination is at


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! What an honor for WAMMToday.


      1. Well deserved 🙂 All the best for you, your blog and all pro peace people!


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