Category Current Issues

Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace, January 19, 2022

Hedges, Chomsky, Giroux, Polly Mann, Free Assange, Fake News, Guantanamo, Fascism, Jan. 6th, Climate Crisis, Pipeline Blues, and more

Pipeline Blues
Chorus:
Standin’ on the corner, Singin’ the pipeline blues (2x)
Trying to stop that pipeline, Whatta we got to lose?

Gotta stop Line Three, Stop dirty tar sands oil (2x)
For the sake of the planet, Leave the oil in the soil.
Repeat Chorus

I don’t like Line Three, that oil won’t be used by me (2x)
Gotta’ save our water, while it’s still pure and free.
Repeat Chorus

They’re tearing up our land, polluting our rivers and streams (2x)
Cops are shooting rubber bullets, and brutalizing human beings.
Repeat Chorus

Remembering bell hooks, a Revolutionary Who Led With Love, by Barbara Ransby

“It is her big vision that inspired so many people. She insisted we not compromise our definition of freedom. No one should be thrown under the bus, she argued.”

Now that the War Is Over: A Man-Made Crisis, The Afghan People Face Freezing and Starvation, I Am Livid, Dominik Stillhart

“It’s so infuriating because this suffering is man-made. Economic sanctions meant to punish those in power in Kabul are instead freezing millions of people across Afghanistan out of the basics they need to survive. The international community is turning its back as the country teeters on the precipice of man-made catastrophe.”

The case for a more radical climate movement, by Sean Illing with Andreas Malm

Has the climate movement failed?
Author Andreas Malm on the failures of climate activism and the need for escalation.

The Doublespeak and Newspeak of Release from Guantánamo, By Maj. Todd E. Pierce (Ret.)

“The judge issued an order stating that the U.S. Government must release him from Guantánamo imprisonment. But then again, maybe he won’t be released, even for another decade or more—a scenario which wouldn’t be unprecedented.”

Henry Giroux: Amid Apocalyptic Cynicism, Let’s Embrace Radical Hope in the New Year

“The new year should offer the opportunity to rethink life, dignity, and a humane equality as they unfold in their fullest and always with others. The new year should be rooted in dreams that reject a vision of the future as simply a continuation of the present.”

There Is Hope for Peace on Earth! The call went out and many nations throughout the world rose to answer, by Marie Braun

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) became international law entered into force on January 22, 2021.

Your Rights Are at Risk, Journalism is Not a Crime

The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”.

A Come-to-Jesus Sermon from the Rev. Chris Hedges 

“The Bible has been used by systems of power to perpetuate all sorts of injustices and persecution since the Christian Church was institutionalized in the third century by Constantine, who was a brutal dictator,” says Hedges.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022: Call-in Day for Julian Assange

Julian Assange is charged under the Espionage Act. He is not a spy. He is a journalist. He provided information of public interest to the whole world, not a foreign adversary.

Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange

“When the ruling class peddles lies there is no cost for parroting them back to the public. The cost is paid by those who tell the truth.”

The Pipeline Blues, shared for all to sing by The Stringbeans

Chorus:
Standin’ on the corner, Singin’ the pipeline blues (2x)
Trying to stop that pipeline, Whatta we got to lose?

A Holiday Wish 2021, by Garbonzo and Chickpea

 Ho, ho, ho, ho

Read Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace, alternative to the mainstream media

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn

Know This, Trump’s Attempted Coup on Jan. 6 Was Just Practice

“What’s left to trust and rely upon? Unorganized people organizing. What else!”

Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange

“If [Assange is] found guilty it will effectively criminalize the investigative work of all journalists and publishers, anywhere in the world and of any nationality, who possess classified documents to shine a light on the inner workings of power. This mortal assault on the press will have been orchestrated, we must not forget, by a Democratic administration. It will set a legal precedent that will delight other totalitarian regimes and autocrats who, emboldened by the United States,..”

Chris Hedges: American Satyricon

“The Epstein case is important because, however much is being covered up, it is a window into the scourge of male violence that explodes in decayed cultures, fueled by widening income disparities, the collapse of the social contract and the grotesque entitlement that comes with celebrity, political power, and wealth.”

Rise Up Times Post Summary

$778 BILLION Military Budget Approved (military madness); Hedges and Brown: Inverted Totalitarianism, Nature of Neoliberalism; Code Pink: Cost of War at Home; Nader: Corporate Crimes in Corporate State; COP26 Fails, and more…

Chris Hedges: UK High Court Overturns Assange Win

The court,did not accept that this was a politically motivated case or address the ramifications for all who publish classified material.

Chris Hedges: Sheldon Wolin on Inverted Totalitarianism, with Wendy Brown

[Wolin] argued that America’s system of inverted totalitarianism is different from classical forms of totalitarianism. It finds its expression in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state.