Category Current Issues

Anthem, by Leonard Cohen

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Violent Right-Wing Forces Have Been Activated. It Requires Strategic Action to Stop Them

“Finally, we must recognize that our struggle is global. What the United States government has done to its people by denying them what they need to live a life of dignity is what the United States has imposed upon people around the world…”

A Very Intentional First Day of the Year, by Michael Bayly

“Following are images from my time at the George Floyd Memorial Site and the Prayer Tree on the afternoon of Friday, January 1, 2021. I experienced my time at both of these places as holy, grounding, and renewing.”

Chris Hedges, On Contact: Cornel West on America’s Existential Crisis

ON THE RT SHOW THIS WEEK, CHRIS HEDGES TALKS TO MORAL PHILOSOPHER, DR. CORNEL WEST, ABOUT WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT AMERICA’S EXISTENTIAL CRISIS AFTER WITNESSING ENRAGED SUPPORTERS OF DONALD TRUMP STORMING THE CAPITOL

Midwest Dispatch: How Past Economic Policies Influenced Racism of Today, by Sara Lahm

“While hedonism was running rampant among young, white, urban professionals, George Floyd and his family and friends were caught up in another hallmark of the 1980s: the war on drugs.”

Glenn Greenwald: Julian Assange’s Imprisonment Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom

“Censorship, like most repression, is reserved for those who dissent from majoritarian orthodoxies, not for those who express views comfortably within the mainstream.”

New Years Minneapolis Style

Editor’s Note: Everyday as I drive down Lake Street and other parts of the city I see the signs of reconstruction…I also see the still boarded-up windows with artwork. Some of it is taken down, but new artwork has appeared on the sides of buildings, some clearly painted to stay. Boards created by community artists […]

Pete Seeger: This Land Your Land, This Land Is My Land

Pete Seeger singing This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year

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Venezuelan elections a blow to US Imperialism

A video panel discussion about the recent Venezuelan election with Margaret Flowers, Vijay Prashad, Zoe PC, and Bahman Azad. Sponsored by the United National Action Coalition (UNAC).   DONATE AND SUBSCRIBE TO RISE UP TIMES Truth is not fake news. Justice is not fake news. Rise Up Times needs your help to bring you timely […]

Wrecking the Left: Chris Hedges with Diana Johstone

Chris Hedges talks to journalist Diana Johnstone about the betrayal of the Left with its historical role as the champion of social justice and peace now replaced with the boutique activism of identify politics, political correctness and what has become known as humanitarian intervention, the justification of US and NATO adventurism and wars on the specious belief it would liberate the women of Afghanistan or the peoples of Iraq.

Those Who Don’t Fear the Lobby, by Craig Wood

“…Jews worried privately about blowback or even losing their jobs if they openly complained about Israeli injustice.”

Chris Hedges: The Collective Suicide of the Liberal Class

“…the liberals do what they always do, chatter endlessly about political and moral positions they refuse to make any sacrifices to achieve.”

GOP Trail of Tears: Giving Thanks to Indigenous Voters

“If it were up to White folk, Trump would have walked away with Arizona, but Indigenous precincts in Navajo Nation lands reported a 60% to 90% vote for Biden-Harris.”

Saying Her Name: Breonna Taylor

Officers not charged with death of Breonna Taylor. Local and nationwide protests.  By Emma Sron November 5, 2020 This article originally appeared in the print version of Women Against Military Madness Newsletter Vol 38, No 5, 2020. On Wednesday, September 23, a Kentucky grand jury indicted Louisville police officer Brett Hankison for wanton endangerment in […]

Support the Philippine Human Rights Act

“On July 3, Philippine President Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act—a law that Amnesty International has called “yet another setback for human rights.” The law appears to be a pretext to target perceived political opponents.”

Protest at General Mills: “No to U.S. Dough for the Occupation of Palestine!”

“Israel, the Occupying Power, has systemically and unlawfully appropriated Palestinian public and privately owned land, exploiting Palestinian natural resources, while forcing the transfer of and creating coercive environments [sic] to forcibly displace the protected Palestinian population.*

Polly Mann: U.S. Paying for War and the Israeli Military

“And what about this? The United States gives Israel $3.8 billion every year. More of it used to go to economic development, but now the majority of it goes for the Israeli military.”

The global nuclear bargain, by Paul R. Pillar

“The late political scientist Kenneth Waltz argued that nuclear weapons can generally be a good thing because fear of the cataclysmic consequences of a war breaking out can make resort to war less likely. But that always has been a minority view.”

Q and A with Margaret Kimberley, “Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents”

Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents presents 45 essays, one for each presidency, that analyze the history of Black people as they attempt to navigate a political system which is inherently hostile to their existence. Margaret Kimberley  WAMM Newsletter November 5, 2020 This article originally appeared in the print version of Women Against Military Madness […]