Category Militarism

Glenn Greenwald on the Biden Administration and Expanding Censorship with Chris Hedges

The Biden administration and what it will mean for a country in crisis…

How the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Impacts the United States, and Why the United States Must Embrace its Entry into Force

“President-elect Biden faces many nuclear weapons policy challenges as he takes office. Under the Trump administration, the United States withdrew from [several key treaties around nuclear weapons issues] and did not extend New START, all while urging other countries to not join, or even to withdraw their ratifications to, the TPNW. The United States has a chance to return to the table on multilateral nuclear negotiations and build back better.”

EFF: Digital Security Tips for Protesters (on and off the streets)

Organizers: Consider alternatives to Facebook and Twitter

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…”

Democracy Now! Fascism Scholars Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Walden Bello, and Timothy Snyder discuss Trump, the Capitol assault, and fascist authoritarianism

“The American republic is hanging by a thread because the president of the United States has sought to use violence to stay in power and essentially to overthrow our constitutional system,” says Snyder.

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

Peacestock: 99 Hours to Inauguration. . .Where Do We Go From Here?

With the new president and a new year, join us to organize and discuss strategies about “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Chris Hedges: The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange

“WikiLeaks and you personally are facing a battle that is both legal and political,” Weinglass told Assange. “As we learned in the Pentagon Papers case, the U.S. government doesn’t like the truth coming out….”

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.”

Increasing Pentagon Spending When People Are Going Hungry Is Madness, by John Nichols

“Upending the process by which ever increasing cash flows are directed into the military-industrial complex may not be popular with McConnell and the defense contractors he represents. But it most definitely is popular in a country where the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters and more than half of Republicans voters are ready to take money out of the Pentagon budget and move it into the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the economic pain that extends from it.

Do Americans really care about war crimes? by Jared Keller

“So do war crimes matter to the average American? In the short term, it appears that war crimes and their related pardons are simply new battlegrounds in the ever-expansive culture war between left and right, liberals and conservatives, that seems to have enveloped modern politics rather than becoming matters of human dignity in their own right. And that’s a damn shame.”

Chris Hedges: The Great Delusion

“The message of the Biden administration to progressives and left-wing populists is very clear – ‘Drop dead.'”

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

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The new COVID “relief” bill includes:

“tax breaks if you own a race horse” (and how corrupt is the US government?)

Chris Hedges: Decline of US Empire, Liberal Class Suicide and Fascism

Chris Hedges has for years argued that the Democratic Party sold its soul long ago and turned its back on the American people and that we Americans have been living through what he calls a “corporate coup d’etat in slow motion.”

Matt Taibbi: “Amazing” Hypocrisy: Democrats Make Wreck of Covid-19 Relief Negotiations

“There are no direct payments for regular working people, people living off tips,” the aide says. “But they made sure there’s a provision in there to help defense contractors who aren’t working right now. They get what they’re looking for.”

STRATCOM: The Most Dangerous Organization in the World

The Peace Report: Fighting One Empire at a Time

Polly Mann, tireless peace and justice activist and cofounder of Women Against Military Madness, celebrates her 101st (no that’s not a typo) birthday with WAMM.

Speak Truth to Power!

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.”

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.”