Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Jim Hightower | Billionaires Lay Siege to State Governments

While we’re mesmerized by Trump, shady groups are pushing corporate-friendly legislation in statehouses all over the country. By Jim Hightower  Common Dreams  May 22, 2017 (Originally published on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by OtherWords) Charles and David Koch. (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) It’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus. But a lot […]

Forbidden Questions? 24 Key Issues That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Consider Worth Their Bother by Andrew J. Bacevich

Apart from a commendable determination to discomfit Trump and members of his inner circle (select military figures excepted, at least for now), journalism remains pretty much what it was prior to November 8th of last year: personalities built up only to be torn down; fads and novelties discovered, celebrated, then mocked; “extraordinary” stories of ordinary people granted 15 seconds of fame only to once again be consigned to oblivion…

DN! War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration: Michelle Alexander, Susan Burton (Videos)

Civil rights advocate and best-selling author Michelle Alexander responds to the new push by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to escalate the war on drugs

Noam Chomsky Takes a Look at Income Inequality in his new book

The philosopher casts a cold eye on the economic facts of American life in the 21st century. He looks at the 10 principles of concentration and power at work in America today.

Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison

As FAIR analyst Adam Johnson (1/18/17) noted, it’s a strange day when the US president is to the left of the country’s editorial pages.

Chris Hedges | American Prophets with Albert Raboteau (Video)

Featuring Fannie Lou Hamer and Dorothy Day: the theological and ethical motivations of prophetic figures and their importance in an age of radical evil

Democracy Now! Runs Interference for Imperialism in Syria

Journalism and media must be placed in the context of the generalized struggle against US imperialism. Independent media thrives in periods where peoples’ movements are vibrant and strong.

Jeff Dietrich | Humiliation of the Word

“By filling the media space with bizarre inventions and brazen denials, purveyors of fake news hope to mobilize potential supporters with righteous wrath—and to demoralize potential opponents by nurturing the idea that everybody lies and nothing matters.”

William Hartung | The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker: Never Has a Society Spent More for Less

Put another way, preparations for and the pursuit of war will ensure that any future America is dirtier, sicker, poorer, more rickety, and less safe.

Eric Draitser | The Strategy Behind Washington’s Destabilization Of Venezuela

,,,were there real journalists covering Venezuela, they’d make note of the fact that a campaign of economic and psychological war, targeted assassinations, and corporate intrigue have helped plunge the country into an existential crisis.

Killer Drones in the Empire State

No longer will the pilots who steer drones and fire missiles while staring at computer screens be confined to remote areas like the Nevada desert.

Janine Jackson | Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest

People who broke no windows and set no fires face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? (Videos)

“We’re not part of this. In fact, we’re going to try to undermine it.” We’re going to maximize the use of fossil fuels—could carry us past the tipping point. We’re not going to provide funding for—as committed in Paris, to developing countries that are trying to do something about the climate problems.

Julian Assange: “I will not forgive or forget”

Assange speaks today from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London

DN! Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks’ Assange is “Long Overdue Decision”

We can say that he is innocent. We can concentrate on the right to know and his right to publish.

Robert Koehler | A Public Plan for Peace

Something is dangerously loose at the American core: a need for endless war combined with a nuclear recklessness uncontained by public scrutiny. By Robert C. Koehler  Common Dreams  April 27, 2017 The American will to wage war — endless war, pointless war, total war — is, I fear, impervious to public opinion and even political action. […]

U.S. Military World’s Largest Polluter – Hundreds Of Bases Gravely Contaminated

U.S. military bases, both domestic and foreign, consistently rank among some of the most polluted places in the world…

Forty-Five Blows Against Democracy: How US Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats and Military Regimes by David Vine

This pattern of daily support for dictatorship and repression around the world should be a national scandal in a country supposedly committed to democracy.

Chris Hedges | Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Our failure to defend those who are demonized and persecuted leaves us all demonized and persecuted. Our failure to demand justice for everyone leaves us all without justice. Our failure to halt the crushing of popular movements that stand unequivocally with the oppressed leaves us all oppressed. Our failure to protect our democracy leaves us without a democracy. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)

Mark Fiore | Make the FBI Great Again and Trump Branded Solutions (Video Cartoons)

“You just can’t make this stuff up, and if you did, people would say you’re full of it. Yes, on the day after firing FBI Director James Comey, President Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Henry Kissinger. Everything’s fine. There’s no constitutional crisis, just ask Sergey Lavrov!”