Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Julian Assange: Free Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the Fight for Economic and Racial Justice

ohn and Gabriel Shipton, the father and brother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, are on a nationwide tour to advocate for the release of the journalist, who has been detained in Britain since 2012, and for the Biden administration to drop the U.S. Government’s extradition efforts.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Protests Under Occupation, by Kim DeFranco

“Most of the people who were out there were sincere. They cared about their rights and the rights of others. They wanted to contribute to a better world for their families and others.”

Dismantling Myths on Israel-Palestine

Myth: This is a conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Noam Chomsky: Republicans Are Willing to Destroy Democracy to Retake Power

“The term “neoliberal proto-fascism” captures well both the features of the current party and the distinction from the fascism of the past. The commitment to the most brutal form of neoliberalism is apparent in the legislative record, crucially the subordination of the party to private capital, the inverse of classic fascism.”

Julian Assange: Separating Fact from Fiction

John Kiriakou will discuss his firsthand experience of being tried in the “Espionage Court” in the Eastern District of Virginia and what Assange will actually face if extradited. Plus Ray McGovern and Fidel Narvaez, And the Shiptons.

Celebrating Fifty Years of an Individual’s Courage in an Era of Apathy, by Danny Sjursen

“Still, there stands Daniel Ellsberg – and others like him; living and breathing correctives to any temptation towards apathy.”

Ask Officials to Sign the Parliamentary (Legislative) Pledge!

Has your elected official taken the pledge?

Chris Hedges: Julian Assange and the Collapse of the Rule of Law

“Lliving in truth in a despotic system is the supreme act of defiance. This truth terrifies those in power.”

Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitic, by Peter Beinart

“If antisemitism and anti-Zionism are both conceptually different and, in practice, often espoused by different people, why are politicians such as Macron responding to rising antisemitism by calling anti-Zionism a form of bigotry?”

The military-industrial-media complex renders the American populus ill-informed in matters regarding war

“How real is all this influence? Does the military-industrial-media complex (MIMC) actually affect the information we receive and our perception of war?”

Nonviolence and the New Humanity: A Training Course in 5 Animations

“Wherever people gather for selfless ends, there is a vast augmentation of their individual capacities.”

DN! “Julian Is Suffering”: Family of Assange and Chris Hedges in NYC on Assange

“The situation there is really dire, and Julian is suffering inside that prison.”

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -5: Portfolio of Conflicts

“They ignored the real threat: The U.S. Armed Forces’ rampant carbon-based military activity contributes to anthropogenic climate change, which melts Arctic ice, which opens up northern sea lanes, into which the Pentagon projects its polluting arsenal, which puts more carbon in the atmosphere.”

Taxes Redux: More Money for War! and the Tax System is Racist!

“The Pentagon budget sucks up more than an outrageously outsized 50 percent of the total Fiscal Year 2021 discretionary budget.” and how the US tax system is racist.

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -4: The New BOSS

“Capitalists profit when they adeptly shift costs onto others (humans, other animals, the planet itself). This includes enforcing poor labor safety, crushing labor unions, and polluting the natural world. We, the people, see so much pollution and harm because that’s how the system is designed. Those are intentional byproducts of capitalism.”

Militarization of the Arctic

Dangerous US NATO Expansion in Norway GNspace4peace In recent years, the US and NATO have been militarizing the Arctic through Norway as a means to confront Russia. This militarization is increasing tensions between nuclear-armed nations. As the Arctic melts away, these powerful nations are competing for dominance in the region as new routes are established, […]

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -3: Bribery and Propaganda

When war is your business, peace is your enemy, writes Christian Sorensen. Third in a five-part series on the military-industrial-congressional complex.

G-7 commits to global minimum tax of at least 15 percent

“The G-7 consists of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The announcement is in line with the priorities of the Biden administration, which proposed a global minimum tax rate of at least 15 percent last month.”

Assange’s Father on US Tour, includes Minneapolis/St. Paul

“Assange’s family members will meet with activists, press, and policymakers to raise awareness of the importance of protecting whistleblowers and journalists, and to advocate for the release of Julian Assange, whom the United Nations has declared “arbitrarily detained” since 2010.”

70% of Americans Say Arms Sales Make Us Less Safe. We’re the World’s Top Dealer. By William D. Hartung

“One area where President Biden could readily begin to fulfill his campaign pledge to reduce the harm to civilians from U.S. arms sales would be firearms exports.”