Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Beyond NATO: Time to Break the Silence, End NATO’s Militarism

Hundreds of thousands have died in U.S./NATO wars in Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Yugoslavia. Millions of refugees are now risking their lives trying to escape the carnage that these wars have brought to their homelands, while workers in the 29 NATO member-countries are told they must abandon hard-won social programs in order to meet U.S. demands for even more military spending.”

Would Dr. King Oppose NATO?, Black Alliance for Peace

Black Alliance for Peace  January 19, 2019 The United States attempted to co-opt the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing his birthday. The ruling elites tried to strip King of his militancy and suspend him above the mass movement that produced him. The state certainly had no intention to remain the focus of […]

Song Around the World: Seeds of Freedom

“Be Ready.” “Last chance to Save Humanity”

Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War

Militarism in the Media: On January 15, 2019, 100 participants joined our webinar featuring experts Rose Dyson and Jeff Cohen discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare. Militarism is the “elephant in the room,” says FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. Former TV pundit for MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Jeff was fired for […]

Report from the First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases, by WAMM

US military domination worldwide. Is it necessary? Negative effects on countries with US bases.

Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report, by Nick Turse

“U.S. bases abroad cost upwards of $50 billion per year to build and maintain, which is money that could be used to address pressing needs at home in education, health care, housing, and infrastructure,”

Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO, by David Swanson

The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers, by Chris Hedges

American workers have never achieved the array of rights won by workers in other industrialized countries.

VA to shift billions of dollars to private care for veterans

Critics, which include nearly all of the major veterans’ organizations, say that paying for care in the private sector would starve the 153-year-old veterans’ health care system, causing many hospitals to close.

Minnesota Peace Action Coalition Statement on Trump’s Troop Withdrawal Plans

It’s clear the question is not “how” the troops will be brought home, but whether they will be brought home at all.

How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media

Newsguard gives Fox News high marks for accuracy. …examination of this organization reveals that it is funded by and deeply connected to the U.S. government, neo-conservatives, and powerful monied interests, all of whom have been working overtime since the 2016 election to silence dissent to American forever-wars and corporate-led oligarchy.

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics, by Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames

Now infiltrating the US: a massive “political smear unit” i

Exposing the Corporate Bribery Network, on Sheer Intelligence

RS: Adam Smith in “The Wealth of Nations” talked about, you know, the invisible hand; that no one should be able to control the action. But the multinational corporations, and they are dominant now—they want a hand. They want it controlled.
DM: They have an invisible hand through bribes. There isn’t a free market that we think, there isn’t free and fair competition. In fact, it’s all—I don’t want to say it’s all rigged, but it’s greatly rigged through bribes.

Update on ALEC, Center for Media and Democracy

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). What corporations have quit ALEC? Is your legislator a member of ALEC? and more.

‘There’s a Disconnect Between DC and What People Actually Want’: CounterSpin interview with Tim Karr on net neutrality

Tim Karr: “We’re talking about millions and millions of dollars that have gone from the phone and cable lobby to elected representatives to lobbyists to lawyers, to try to get net neutrality off the books.”

Seeds of Rebellion, Seeds of Transformation, Part II

By Sue Ann Martinson Rise Up Times  January 3, 2019 Part II: Unity in Diversity, Community, Language, and a Sea Change Further thoughts on Unity and Diversity John Dear’s essay on “Unity and Diversity in the Land of Nonviolence” referenced in Part I was published in the journal Oneing in an issue with the theme of  “Unity […]

Seeds of Rebellion, Seeds of Transformation, Part I

What does Moral Revival mean? It can be confusing if misinterpreted.

Solidarity Among People: A Response to the New Jewish National State Law

This new law wipes out democracy and equality and establishes that Israel
belongs only to Jews!

American Anomie, by Chris Hedges

The left, like most critics of Trump, personalizes our decay. It focuses myopically on Trump, who is the symptom, not the disease.

Depriving Children of Basic Needs Is Not Acceptable!  by Polly Mann

As a woman against military madness, I’m especially glad to see the issue of curbing militarism addressed.