Author Archives: Rise Up Times

DN! Forced Entry: NSO Group Spies Secretly Seized Control of Apple Devices by Exploiting Flaw in Code

“This is … the most important crisis around global civil society right now.” Over 1.65 billion Apple products in use around the globe have been vulnerable to the spyware since at least March.

The Messy Truth About Carbon Footprints

“So by all means, skip that next beef burger, or take a pass on that cheap flight to Cancún. But then ask yourself how you can magnify the impact of what you do.”

Rep. Barbara Lee, Who Cast Sole Vote After 9/11 Against “Forever Wars,” on Need for Afghan War Inquiry

“Let us not become the evil we deplore.” And with those words, Oakland Congressmember Barbara Lee rocked the House, the Capitol, this country, the world, the lone voice of more than 400 congressmembers.

Norman Solomon on what the media won’t say: “The American people live in a warfare state” by Chauncey DeVaga

“Napoleon said that it’s not necessary to censor the news. It’s more efficient to delay it until it no longer matters. In terms of the dead, it no longer matters.”

United Nations committee asks U.S. to investigate possible Line 3 treaty violations

“If the violations are verified by the United Nations, the letter says it would be a breach of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which has been signed and ratified by the U.S. “

Hedges: The Empire Does Not Forgive

“The cynicism of arming and funding the mujahedeen against the Soviets exposes the lie of America’s humanitarian concerns in Afghanistan.”

DN! Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on Reparations for Afghanistan and What the U.S. Owes After Decades of War

“I think we would have to look to the U.N. and groups that have a reputation for being able to truly assist people in Afghanistan, and then reparations through dismantling the war system.”

DN! Afghanistan Faces Future Under Taliban as U.S. Withdraws and Drone Strikes Continue to Kill Civilians

As the last U.S. forces leave Afghanistan, ending the longest war in U.S. history, we go to Kabul to speak with Danish Afghan journalist Nagieb Khaja, who was once kidnapped by the Taliban and later embedded with them on a reporting assignment. He has been investigating Sunday’s U.S. drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians, […]

Minnesota Law Enforcement Shared intelligence on Protest Organizers with Pipeline Company, by Alleen Brown

“The email sent out ahead of the training included a series of “Incident Briefing Maps” laying out scenarios where Enbridge and law enforcement might need to coordinate a response. The various scenarios had something in common: They all involved protests.”

What are the Prospects For Peace: an Interview with Noam Chomsky

“According to the Constitution, Article I, Congress has the sole right to declare war. But that provision has long been dispatched to the ashcan, along with other inconvenient provisions of the document that we are taught to revere.”

Stop Line 3 Weekly Vigil and Bannering

Stop Line 3 insolidarity with water protectors. Join the weekly vigil and bannering.

We’re Number One in Weapons Sales, by Polly Mann

The main recipient region in 2016–20 was Asia and Oceania (accounting for 42 percent of global arms imports), followed by the Middle East (33 percent), Europe (12 percent), Africa (7.3 percent), and the Americas (5.4 percent).

DN! Afghanistan: Interviews with Jeremy Corbyn, Sarah Chayes, and Obaidullah Baheer

Chayes: ” … the behavior of those Afghan leaders that we, the United States, kind of put forward toward their own citizens, and the role of U.S. officials and U.S. development organizations in reinforcing and protecting and enabling, I mean, just an unbelievably corrupt and abusive governmental system, so that, you know, my Afghan friends, who were not in university — they were ordinary villagers in and around Kandahar — they just didn’t know what to make of it. It was like, ‘Look, the Taliban shake us down at night, but the government shakes us down in the daytime’”

Updates: Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, by Women Against Military Madness

“Unless something changes, military skirmishes will continue between Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine on the one hand, and the U.S. and its allied client-partners on the other, and may develop into a devastating new war in the Middle East.”

Dangerous Military Actions in Asia and The Pacific, a panel moderated by Ann Wright

A comprehensive look at the U.S. military in the Asian Pacific. A sobering account: lean, mean, mobile.

Chomsky: Biden’s “Radical” Proposals Are Minimum Measures to Avoid Catastrophe, interview by C. J Polychroniou

In this exclusive interview, Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s greatest scholars and leading activists, shares his insights on the state of the world and the conundrum of activism and change, including the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement, the movement for Palestinian rights, the urgency of the climate crisis and the threat of nuclear weapons.

Where’s Humanity with an Exploding National “Defense” Budget? by Marie Braun

“The vast bulk of military expenditures today have nothing to do with keeping us safe. And the advocates for war are a small minority – politicians, militarists, weapons makers, oil companies, and relatively small fanatical groups like al Qaeda.”

Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next? panel by Code Pink

Includes Biden’s full speech to the U.S. nation and responses of the panelists.

Henry Giroux: The Right Wing Wants Misinformation and Manufactured Ignorance, Not Democracy

“Times have changed. Capitalism has degenerated into a full-stage criminal enterprise and democracy is no longer distrusted; on the contrary, it is disdained, feared and subject to the scorn of crooks parading as politicians. Instead of having too much democracy, the current historical moment is being framed by the call to eliminate it altogether.”

Minnesota Governor Walz “Can’t” Stop LINE 3, by Susu Jeffrey

Minnesota is home to the headwaters of the three major North American watersheds that drain north to Hudson Bay, south down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, and east out the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River to the North Atlantic Ocean. Slicing across all three watersheds are two black Enbridge tar sands oil pipelines from North Dakota to Superior, Wisconsin. The southern pipeline is the new “replacement” Line 3 that would carry more than 31-million gallons of oil daily, with a huge dump of carbon emissions into the earth’s atmosphere.