Category Human Rights

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 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.”

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.”

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,..”

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…

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Minneapolis Set to Vote on Dissolving Police Department, by Mike Ludwig

“If passed, Question 2 would not immediately remove police officers from the streets or the city’s payroll. Instead, proponents say, Question 2 would kickstart the process of expanding the city’s approach to public safety — such as dispatching unarmed social workers to help unhoused people and sending de-escalation experts to domestic disputes — rather than relying on the “armed-police only” approach.”

The Belmarsh Tribunal: The War On Terror is Put on Trial

“To free the world we have to free Assange. Stay Free.” Edward Snowden

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. “

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.”

Amazon Rainforest

Chris Hedges: How Corporate Tyranny Works

“They tried to grind us down using classic corporate defense tactics,” Donziger said of the legal war. “They filed thousands of motions. We stood strong. We had a great legal team of Ecuadorian lawyers.”

#DeadlineGlasgow: Defund Climate Chaos Aug. 13 focus #StopLine3

List of demands put in place by November 1, 2021 when international Climate Chaos conference begins in Glasgow.

James Baldwin Was Right All Along, by Raoul Peck

“Why can’t we understand, as Baldwin did and demonstrated throughout his life, that racism is not a sickness, nor a virus, but rather the ugly child of an economic system that produces inequalities and injustice?”

Our New Postracial Myth, by Ibram X. Kendi 

“Just as you can recognize an impoverished country by its widespread poverty, you can recognize a racist country by its widespread racial inequity.”

Do Haitian Black Lives Matter to Us, by Mary Beaudoin

A look at the past history and immediate unrest in Haiti before the recent assassination of Moise.

Less-Lethal Weapons: Violence to Silence Justice, by Jasmine McBride       

“Tear gas was initially developed as a chemical weapon for military use. These chemical weapons are now banned in warfare…”

‘Julian Assange indictment is attack on press freedom,’ his father and brother tell St. Paul forum

“Reporting truth is not a crime..”