Tag Archives: freedom of speech

Polly Mann: Injustice of Justices

Justice Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. I am reminded that such appointments have some of the greatest impact of any of a president’s decisions, and will probably last long after the president has left office.

Chelsea Manning: We’re citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear

Manning: After 9/11, a dedicated office of lawyers specializing in novel applications of law for national security issues, the National Security Division (NSD), was created and now, with a small caseload and an enormous amount of resources, this division of the Department of Justice has been waging a quiet war against the media, their sources and the right to free speech and a free press, using the growing national security and surveillance apparatus to prosecute various cases and, occasionally, target the media.

ActOutonOccupy: Interview with Mnar Muhawesh of Mint Press News

 We talk to trailblazing editor in chief of the alternative media site, Mint Press News, Mnar Muhawesh about the alternative media revolution, her work, and her life as an activist entrepreneur — from death threats to coloring books. MintPress News @MintPressNews · Apr 26  2015    Published on Apr 23, 2015 Occupy.com Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up […]

Organizing Notes | Bruce Gagnon: Why Do Washington-London-Brussells Hate RT?

Media wars have entered new territory: Secretary of State John Kerry, members of the EU and the military alliance NATO all have singled out this television station – RT – as some kind of security threat. Since when is holding and broadcasting a different opinion or narrative a threat to global media freedom?  By Bruce […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country?

Engelhardt: don’t for a second think that the American political system isn’t being rewritten on the run by interested parties in Congress, our present crop of billionaires, corporate interests, lobbyists, the Pentagon, and the officials of the national security state.

▶ Democracy Now! Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says “I Would Do It All Again” to Expose Torture

Kiriakou: “My case was never about leaking, my case was about blowing the whistle on torture.” Published on Feb 9, 2015 In 2007, John Kiriakou became the first CIA official to publicly confirm and detail the agency’s use of waterboarding. In January 2013, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Under a plea deal, […]

Truthdig: Political Cartoonists From Around the Globe React to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

The international response to Wednesday’s attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been varied and extremely powerful. READ MORE    and see some of the images of cartoons from cartoonists around the world in reaction to the shooting Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times […]

Mike Ludwig: FCC Chairman Wheeler Moves Toward Strong Net Neutrality Rules

The debate over the FCC’s latest proposals to protect net neutrality has raged for nearly a year. Net neutrality activists have regularly held loud protests at FCC meetings and flooded the FCC’s public comment inbox with millions of letters and comments. At one point, the sheer number of comments overloaded and shut down the agency’s server.

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▶ Ursula Le Guin’s Viral Video: “We Will Need Writers Who Can Remember Freedom”

We are “letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant and tell us what to publish and what to write.”

Chris Hedges: Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

The revolutionists call on us to ignore the political charades and spectacles orchestrated by our oligarchic masters around electoral politics. They tell us to dismiss the liberals who look to a political system that is dead. They expose the press as an echo chamber for the elites. The Real News screen shot By Chris Hedges  […]

▶ ‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force

Liberty activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been released by New York police, after spending hours behind bars. Joins RT to tell everyone what happened. Published on Oct 31, 2014 Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! […]

ACLU: Free Speech for Some Means Free Speech for None

Our defense of speech regardless of speaker comes down to a simple truth: once you give the government the ability to silence unpopular speech, no one is safe. First Amendment  By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office October 22, 2014 In honor of Free Speech Week, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the obvious. […]

▶ Mark Fiore: Post-Racial America Alert

Another great satirical animation from Mark Fiore. To watch the video click on the Watch the Video  with the blue background and white lettering. What better way to defuse racially-charged tension following a police shooting of an unarmed man than with a show of militarized force? Cue the tough talk from the pudgy pink police chief. […]

Norman Solomon: An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

The Obama administration is insisting that Risen name his confidential source — or face imprisonment. Risen says he won’t capitulate. by Norman Solomon  Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Common Dreams New York Times journalist James Risen continues to face prosecution by the Department of Justice for performing his job. (Photo: Alex Menendez/UCB Graduate School of Journalism/) […]

Lawrence Davidson: How the US Propaganda System Works

Americans are told that other governments practice censorship and propaganda, but not their own. Yet, the reality is quite different with many reasonable viewpoints marginalized and deceptive spin put on much that comes from officialdom. . . . By Lawrence Davidson  ConsortiumNews.com   May 9, 2014 Many Americans assume the U.S. government speaks “the truth” to […]

Bill Moyer: The 8 Stages Of Successful Social-Political Movements

The Movement Action Plan by Bill Moyer PopularResistance.org  Originally posted December 26, 2013   The Movement Action Plan by Bill Moyer Long-time political activist and social change agent Bill Moyer, who developed the Movement Action Plan Model of how successful progressive movements evolve makes his last public presentation in this video six weeks before he […]

Cartoon: The mysterious disappearance

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UMN Faculty Statement on the Visit of Dr. Condoleezza Rice  

University of Minnesota faculty respond to decision to have Condoleezza Rise speak on campus. Comment by Coleen Rowley and link to petition: Please read the concerns of nearly 200 U of MN faculty who object to the University President and Humphrey Institute Dean who, without consulting anyone, decided to put someone who has committed war […]

‘It’s Information Warfare Against Journalism, Against the Public’

The state now wants to make sharing unapproved information a crime,” DSWright writes at FireDogLake. “Which is to say the stakes in the Barrett Brown case could not be higher.” truthdig.com  March 3, 2014 The author explains: The government is pressing charges that carry up to 100 years in prison against Brown mostly for the […]

The Criminalization of Journalism: Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir Pens Open Letter in Defense of Jailed Journalist, Barrett Brown

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF JOURNALISM The Sparrow Project  FEB 24, 2014 [DALLAS, TX]  The curious case of Barrett Brown —a freelance journalist and satirist, turned political prisoner— has captivated thousands in the lead-up to what many are calling a “show trial” slated to take place in Dallas, TX, later this year.  In an open letter published this morning (and […]