Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Joy Harjo: Fire

Fire   11/6/13   Joy Harjo We are each planted with a spark of light. Each life is like a fire. We must take care of that light. Feed it. Do not let passions for anything we find delight in Rage and consume us In any small or large manner Or we will dim the fire. […]

Popular Resistance: Day Of Mourning Statement From Leonard Peltier

This may sound like the ramblings of some old 69 year old man in prison for 38 years but I have had a lot of time to think about these things and when my grandchildren come to visit me, it gives me a sense of urgency for all of us to start doing something NOW! […]

Mother Agnes Mariam: In Her Own Words on Syria

You know, before working in reconciliation, I thought the so-called “democratic world” was really protecting freedom of expression and political choices. I am not involved with politics but they are ‘framing’ me; politicizing me.  Am very shocked to learn that in this democratic world it is forbidden to think differently, talk differently and act differently […]

Fair: Drones and the Cult of Secrecy

Pretending a Name Is Still Secret — in the Name of the Cult of Secrecy By Jim Naureckas  November 28, 2013  Fair.org  The Pakistani political party PTI outs the CIA’s man in Pakistan. In retaliation for a US drone strike in Pakistan that allegedly targeted a religious school, killing six people, the Pakistani political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf accusedboth CIA […]

Chris Hedges: The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

Jeremy Hammond in a March 2012 booking photo from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago. AP/Cook County Sheriff\’s Office By Chris Hedges   Posted on Nov 10, 2013   truthdig.com NEW YORK—Jeremy Hammond sat in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last week in a small room reserved for visits from attorneys. He was wearing an oversized prison […]

‘We Had One Enemy; Now We Have Three’—A Conversation With Malalai Joya of Afghanistan

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering. Dani McClain November 13, 2013   |    This article appeared in the December 2, 2013 edition of The Nation. In 2003, Malalai Joya was the 25-year-old director of a clinic and orphanage in Afghanistan’s Farah province. She was not a […]

Is the NSA Really Preventing Terrorist Attacks?

The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.    NSA operations center in 2012. (PHOTO: PUBLIC DOMAIN) By Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer  November 19, 2013  Pacific Standard  Two weeks after Edward Snowden’s first revelations about […]

[Video] Democracy Now! Corporations Enlist Ex-U.S. Spies to Surveil Nonprofits

A new report reveals how corporations use ex-U.S. intelligence agents to spy on environmental, anti-war, consumer safety and other kinds of nonprofit groups they regard as potential threats. Democracy Now! Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by Truthdig.com According to the report by Essential Information, a project of the Center for Corporate Policy, the enterprises ordering the spying […]

[Video] Polly Mann Reminisces About Peace, WAMM and Life

Subscribe or “Follow” us on Rise Up Times.wordpress.com. Rise Up Times is also on FACEBOOK! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today.  Find us on TWITTER at Rise Up Times(@touchpeace). Rise Up Times is also on Tumblr and Pinterest. Published on Nov 22, 2013 From videomaker Bill Sorem:  Polly […]

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell — The Case for Hope

The future is bigger than our imaginations. It’s unimaginable, and then it comes anyway. To meet it we need to keep going, to walk past what we can imagine. We need to be unstoppable.  By Rebecca Solnit  May 19, 2013  TomDispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Ten years ago, my part of the world was full […]

Dave Lindorff: Americans Want Improved Social Security and Medicare and Less Military Spending

A recent poll, for instance, by Public Policy Polling, released on Nov. 20, found that voters, by an “overwhelming margin,” support expanded Social Security benefits, not cuts in the 77-year-old New Deal program. Dave Lindorff  Thursday 21 November 2013  NationofChange.org While I cannot claim to be an expert on the retirement systems of other nations, it […]

[Video] Bill Moyers interviews Henry Giroux: book “Zombie Politics”

Published on Nov 22, 2013 In his book, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, author and scholar Henry Giroux connects the dots to prove his theory that our current system is informed by a “machinery of social and civil death” that chills “any vestige of a robust democracy.” Subscribe or “Follow” us […]

Kathy Kelly: Enlightenment

The Pentagon’s request for operations in Afghanistan in 2013 is $85.6 billion, or $1.6 billion per week.   by Kathy Kelly  November 20, 2013  wammtoday.org I’ve been a guest in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following a week-long retreat with Colorado College students who are part of a course focused on nonviolence. In last weekend’s Colorado Springs Gazette, there […]

Spencer Ackerman: Fisa court documents reveal extent of NSA disregard for privacy restrictions

Incensed Fisa court judges questioned NSA’s truthfulness after repeated breaches of rules meant to protect Americans’ privacy Spencer Ackerman in New York  Tuesday 19 November 2013 13.42 EST  theguardian.com   Fisa court judge John Bates found that the NSA engaged in ‘systemic overcollection’. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP Newly declassified court documents indicate that the National Security Agency shared its […]

[Music Video] Donovan, First Aid Kit: The Universal Soldier

 BeatnikManfred First Aid Kit – Universal Soldier (Buffy-Sainte Marie)  jagadambarecords Uploaded on Jul 15, 2009 This protest song was written in the early sixties by Buffy Sainte-Marie. It’s about individual responsibility for war. We wanted to sing this song because, unfortunately, what Buffy sang about at her time is still is so true today and will probably […]

[Music Video] Phil Ochs: Love Me I’m A Liberal

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McChesney and Nichols: Free the Media!

It’s time to get back to our roots—the grassroots—to fight for reform of an increasingly monopolistic and manipulative media. by John Nichols and Robert McChesney  Published on Friday, November 8, 2013 by The Nation  CommonDreams.org FFI:  freepress.net It’s time to get rid of corporate control of the Internet. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) When we helped form the national media-reform network Free Press, […]

Noam Chomsky: America’s Going Rogue

The U.S. snubs treaties, obligations and universal principles. It was frequently noted during the 2012 presidential campaign that Obama and Romney had nearly identical opinions on major policy issues, including their shared approval of the United States’ aggressive policy of drone attacks. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia) BY NOAM CHOMSKY   November 6, 2013  InTheseTimes.com  WEB ONLY// FEATURES To take a typical example, […]

Alice Walker: Thousands of Feet Below You

Thousands of Feet Below You  By Alice Walker Thousands of feet Below you There is a small Boy Running from Your bombs. If he were To show up At your mother’s House On a green Sea island Off the coast Of Georgia He’d be invited in For dinner. Now, driven, You have shattered His bones. […]

Collect it all: America’s surveillance state

Fault Lines investigates the fallout over the NSA’s surveillance programme in the US and abroad.  Fault Lines Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013  AlJazeera.com Some of the US’ best secrets are out since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified documents about government surveillance in one of the most significant leaks in US […]