Category Current Issues

Fourth of July Musings: The Curse of Exceptionalism and the Perils of Patriotism

“…empire-building has always been the path of this vocally republican nation. Like racism and slavery, empire evolved rather than ended.”

Lee Camp, The ‘Threat’ of Peace and Media Dupes: Connecting the Dates on Russia Bounties Bombshell

“I’m referring to is how our military industrial complex (with the help of our ruling elite and our corporate media) have stopped Trump from pushing us toward the brink of peace. …Yes, the brink of peace.”

Chomsky: We Must Not Let Masters of Capital Define the Post-COVID World

“Since January, Trump has escalated…threats to survival. He has continued his project of dismantling the arms control regime that has provided some protection against nuclear disaster.”

Chris Hedges: My Student Comes Home

“I feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation,” he said. “It feels so strange right now to be walking outside without handcuffs and shackles.”

Andrew J. Bacevich, The All-American Way: MLK’s Giant Triplets

“What I am suggesting is that those calling for fundamental change will go badly astray if they ignore Dr. King’s insistence that each of the giant triplets [racism, extreme materialism, militarism] is intimately tied to the other two.”

Chris Hedges: Seeing Through Faux-Solidarity Performance Stunts Of Police Politicians & Corporations

Julianna welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Chris Hedges, to discuss how as lawmakers and activists are working together to make real changes in policing that are worth celebrating, it is important to name the statements that are opportunistic and performative, like police officers taking a knee with protesters before proceeding to pepper […]

Murderous US Military Agents and Left-wing Extremists Share Stage in the Fake News Sweepstakes

A USAF sergeant with ties to a Second Amendment group has been charged with murdering a federal security officer at a George Floyd protest to bring about police reform while Fox News deems Antifa and BLM’ers seeking the same “domestic terrorists.” People, including those associated with the boogaloo movement, pray as they demonstrate against business […]

Chris Hedges: Gaslighted by the Ruling Class

“Police unions, often little more than white hate groups, continue to have the unassailable power to brush aside would-be reformers, including community review boards, mayors and police chiefs. These unions generously bankroll the campaigns of elected officials, including public prosecutors, who do their bidding.”

The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis, by Luke Mogelson

“It’s not just about George Floyd,” she told me. “It’s about all the unseen shit, where we don’t have the video.”

Patrick Cockburn: The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars

“These lessons are pretty obvious, but they don’t seem to be learned,” he goes on, “particularly by the sort of political elite, above all in Washington.”

A Pandemic, the Geopolitical Struggle for Power, and the Urgency of Common Security

“The pandemic teaches that we are a single interdependent species, and that militarism and xenophobic policies threaten our security and survival.”

A Better Place: Playing for Change, Song Around the World

Some inspiration after days of protest, police violence, and demands for Justice for George and all that implies about changing a system that promotes racism and poverty except for a few who oppress and exploit the many. Playing For Change Get this song on our album “PFC 3: Songs Around The World”: http://bit.ly/PFC3SATW This video […]

Henry Giroux: The system has to be stopped: On state terror and collective rebellion.

“The fires burning in our cities are unfortunate, but the real fires go unnoticed. These are the fires burning the spirits of those who suffer daily traumas, fears, police violence, and policy driven hardships are what need to be noticed, addressed, and rouse mass anger. No one talks about the roots of these problems…”

Democracy Now! Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results

We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.”

The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd

Includes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announcing the changing of charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd Degree Murder and the charging of the other three officers; we also hear from Tamika Mallory in New York and Nekima Levy Armstrong in Minnesota with information about Breonna Taylor of others in Louisville, Kentucky.

Justice for George Day 5 and more…

Minneapolis, St. Paul, the State of Minnesota responds to the violence created by the murder of George Floyd while thousands of peaceful protesters take to the streets.

The Murder of George Floyd

The question they are asking is, When will it end?

Henry Giroux: It is impossible to be radical without being optimistic. Henry Giroux

Pablo Rivera and Ezequiel Passeron had the honor and privilege of talking with professor Henry Giroux, one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, to analyze the challenges of covid-19. Digital Lighthouse Truth is not fake news.  Justice is not fake news. We don’t have to tell you what dangerous times […]

As US Reels From COVID-19, Trump Turns to Sanctions, War Making and Threats

“No country was willing to sell or even donate medical equipment to Iran to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic for fear of Trump reprisals, making the outbreak significantly worse. In the end, the World Health Organization stepped in to supply them, one reason Washington has pulled all funding from the group. “

Show Me An Old Rebel

Caitlin Johnstone May 14, 2020 SHOW ME AN OLD REBEL Do not show me a young rebel, whose eyes are bright and whose tail is bushy.Young rebels are fine and good, but they are merely doing what the young are meant to do. Show me an old rebel. One who keeps punching when his hands […]