Bulletin N° 1003
"The Shadow - The Man Who Murdered Time"
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.”
A popular US radio program from 1942, an era when an ideological commitment to democracy and against elitism was influencing US popular culture. This anti-Fascist period in American history is placed in stark contrast with destructive authoritarian ideology of pre-capitalist America.
“Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital”
by Lizzie Wade
The priest quickly sliced into the captive's torso and removed his still-beating heart. That sacrifice, one among thousands performed in the sacred city of Tenochtitlan, would feed the gods and ensure the continued existence of the world.
Death, however, was just the start of the victim's role in the sacrificial ritual, key to the spiritual world of the Mexican people in the 14th to the 16th centuries. . . .
Archaeologists uncover the remains of a giant rack of skulls beneath downtown Mexico City.
Subject: The Proof is in the Pudding : Science as Tautology.
Grenoble, September 26, 2021
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
It was a pleasure to be invited yesterday by the Observatoire sur les discriminations et les territoires interculturels (ODTI) in Grenoble to speak about war resistance. Although the subject was billed as “Résistances du Vietnam à l’Afghanistan,” I chose an approach that I thought might open up some windows of inquiry and bring new light to the discussion of war and war resistance. I began by stating my intention to look at “the glass half-empty,” and try to explain why war resistance over the years has not entered mainstream and evolved into an institutionalized, over-all government policy against war. Also, I intended to address the question: “Why have working-class intellectuals failed to educate an oppressed population?”
I told the participants at this conference that I considered it a privilege to address them on such an important subject, since they represented a population whose families were educated by their experience under Fascist occupation - pure et dure – during the Second World War, when Nazis imposed authoritarian restrictions across France, including the systematic policy of food shortages, which introduced hunger and malnutrition to a significant portion of the nation whose food stuff was exported to the civilian market in Germany to guard against German revolt against the war.
I then suggested the plan for my brief talk: 1) to differentiate four types of wars; 2) to discuss different conditions of alienation; 3) to conduct a short “thought experiment”; and, 4) to describe modes of popular resistance during the Vietnam War and in the more recent period of US wars in the Middle East, as well as some powerful strategies used to weaken this resistance.
The content of my talk was not original, but rather taken from materials – books and essays – I have presented over the past 20 years in my periodic ceimsa bulletins. I can claim no originality here, but I do insist that for pedagogical reasons, these ideas should not be suppressed; I have repeatedly invited open discussions on issues with which I do not always agree, and expert testimonies which I do not always fully understand. This, I have been taught, is the only way to seek truth and make decisions.
The following is a summary of what I presented in my short talk at the start of this three-day meeting of progressive activists in Grenoble, on September 24-26, 2021.
Social scientists have suggested the historic appearance of different kinds of wars and have offered these categories to classify the social/political context of state policies that affect the lives of everyone. We have seen in the past four types of war: 1)wars of national defense (an example is the attack, 27 September 2020, by Armenia across the border of Azerbaijan, which was summarily defeated by 10 November); 2)imperialist wars (like America's 20-year war in Afghanistan); 3)wars for national independence (the Vietnamese victory over the French, for example, after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, March-May 1954.); and 4)civil wars (such as was seen in the Paris Commune in the 19th century; and in Cuba, China and Russia in the 20th century).
Differentiating types of wars is a particularly important exercise in abstract historical thought for working-class intellectuals to help them bring the skills for developing historical concepts for understanding to the people, who inadvertently play key roles in every war, making them possible through their productive labor and by engaging in combat. Only by the quality of their analysis are the intellectuals respected by the working class; it is a social class that creates its own political party, and not a political party that creates its own social class!
This relationship between the working class and intellectuals is mediated by an omnipresent alienation. Here, I stressed, the alienation in the everyday lives of working-class people and intellectuals, as an indispensible condition for war. I suggested that we examine for a moment the concept of alienation in its different modes, as it affects ordinary people: Workers, like the rest of us (including would-be teachers and students), are frequently estranged from their own productive activities – we are usually told what we must do and how we must we do it.
We are, also, alienated from the finished product of our labor, thus construction workers might build a house, which they could never afford to live in, and furthermore they would never be made to feel welcome in the neighborhood where they built after its completion. (Or a teacher might discover that the information he/she provided to a student is being used in an entirely unexpected way, and against the social class interests of both the student and the teacher.)
A third type of alienation is the experience of being cut off from other people and possibly from the community in which one lives. This is sometimes engineered by the manufacture of “artificial scarcity” (including food shortages, such as was done by the Nazis against the French during the occupation) which convinces individuals that they must strive to survive in society by competing against one another (or, alternatively, by obeying the commands from "superiors") in order to secure their niche in the “Great Chain of Being,” located somewhere between subordinates and superiors.
The fourth mode of alienation is the net result of these former conditions; it is the experience of being estranged from one’s deepest feelings and one’s own creative potential, often leading to low self-esteem and frustration.
These two aspects of our common experience – war and alienation – frequently lead to general apathy and blind submission to authority. Working-class intellectuals can ignore these common experiences only at their peril: the fatal cost of losing their credibility. The result is seen in the obedient masses being used by ruling-class interests against their own real interests and the interests of society. Too often working-class intellectuals harbor contempt for the working class who do not conform to their expectations: their dead-end analysis/paralysis is spontaneously rejected by workers, and the ineffectual prescriptions which proliferate from it are usually ignored.
One common example of this alienated intellectual activity is the use of structural analysis as “the final word.” For example, the superior intellect of the would-be teacher might inform his/her “subordinates” that war is inevitable, that the destiny of the working class, at this stage of history, is to support the capitalist agenda, including wars, at the risk of being excluded from society. As proof of this assertion, for example, the intellectual might go on to explain that the military-industrial complex is a permanent feature of US society; that it is fed by wars which no more than “a few outliers” will have the recklessness to resist, and at extreme danger to themselves.
The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with an elected representative serving a renewable two-year term in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Thus, including the two Senators from each state (each elected for a renewable 6-year term), there are a total of 535 law makers in the US Congress. The role of the powerful lobby for the profit-driven military industry is to get the support of the federal lawmakers to increase military budget every year. One of the reasons this lobby is so successful is that this industry can guarantee a lawmaker his/her reelection by offering to expand US defense facilities in his/her congressional district, which would ingratiate his constituency by increasing job opportunities in his/her district. In this way, year after year, the US military budget increases (the approximate US budget for FY 2021 is $705.39 billion, plus much more in hidden subsidies) as employment of millions of Americans is guaranteed across the United States (and cooperative lawmakers keep their jobs, term after term).
The third part of my presentation was a “thought experiment” in which I sought to raise consciousness of our own threshold of tolerance and to provide access to our own sources of personal courage.
Imagine that you are walking down the street and you come upon a terrible fire. A large apartment building has burst into flames, and you see a woman at her window on the seventh floor screaming for help. Would you risk your life and rush into the burning building to rescue her? (After a pause…) And if you recognized this woman was your mother?
Next, I turned to a discussion of the Vietnam War resistance in the US. I began by citing the U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War: over 1,000,000 Vietnamese killed, and a total of some 58,000 US soldiers killed in battle; by 1974, the number of suicides among US military combatants had exceeded the number US soldiers killed in action.
It comes as no surprise that the Imperialist war in Vietnam was fought largely by young working-class men. Studies tell us that of the 27 million available men between the ages of 19 and 26, only 11 million served in the armed forces; of these 11 million, 9 million enlisted voluntarily, and 2.2 million were draftees. A total of 2.8 million men and 6,400 women saw service in Vietnam between 1961 and 1973. As the number of casualties in Vietnam rose to 300 dead each week, many young men found ways to protect themselves. Their options included: 1) deferment for marriage (which was dropped in 1965), 2) fatherhood, 3) student status, 4) enlistment in the National Guard or Reserves, 5) enlistment in armed services with the promise to serve in places other than Vietnam, and 6) service in noncombat zones in Vietnam. Of course, the wealthy and educated knew the system best; the result was as follows:
a) Men from high-income families.
24% entered the military
9% served in Vietnam
7% saw combat
b) Men from middle-income families.
30% served in the military
12% served in Vietnam
7% saw combat
c) Men from low-income families.
40% entered the military
19 % served in Vietnam
15% saw combat
During the Vietnam War, the kinds of resistance included: draft evasion (for example, having a dependent child or gaining a 4F exemption due to a physical handicap), deserting the military (AWOL), sabotage within a military unit (this included “fragging” or otherwise neutralizing commanding officers who were considered dangerous by their subordinates), mass demonstrations, political strikes, and teach-ins. One poll reported that 75% of the 16 million men who did not serve in the Military said the War had changed they had changed their life plans to stay away from Vietnam. About 172,000 men applied for alternative service, and 50,000 of them were never located by their draft boards. Approximately 12,000 men went AWOL (absent without leave) to escape Vietnam, and it is estimated that about 50,000 deserters and accused draft offenders left America, of which some 30,000 went to Canada.
But why did the anti-Vietnam War movement not evolve into public policy against imperialist wars?
From a worm’s eye view, we on the ground who participated in the anti-war movement saw the different motivations that inspired people to protest, and to be sure antiwar motivations evolved over time among a segment of the population, who were forced to see nightly television reports of American soldiers brought home from Vietnam in body bags. In general, we saw an evolution with the trajectory trending from simply anti-war sentiment (against this particular war, at this particular place and time) toward anti-militarism (against the authoritarian culture of command/obedience training that war produces at home); toward anti-imperialism (against what seemed for some resisters to be the main cause of the war in Vietnam and elsewhere, and of increased militarism at home); toward anti-capitalism (against what appeared for increasing numbers of people to be the origins of this violence at home and abroad).
What then, in this context, is the role of the working-class intellectual? Is it to promote the take-over of the capitalist state, or instead to prepare for construction of an entirely new kind of state apparatus built to dissolve eventually into direct democracy ("of the people, by the people, and for the people"), representing the interests of society, instead of facilitating gains for a particular social class over the needs other social classes?
For growing numbers of Americans who were engaged one way or another in the dynamics of war resistance, the alienation and exploitation in schools and in the workplace (including the armed forces) were seen as inseparable from the revolutionary call for "self-determination" and "national independence" abroad.
Counter-revolutionary strategies were concocted to subvert this support in the struggle for independence: new incentives to weaken class solidarity within the movement were invented: like ending the draft, increasing wages in the war industries, fragmenting the population into identity politics and promoting social mobility for "success" in capitalist culture (i.e. like "Black capitalism" and the feminist "glass ceiling"), and with recruitment for private membership in exclusive groups and religious sects, etc... to foster, when possible, internecine conflicts within the oppressed population. And, of course, there was the Hollywood film industry which never ceased its production of themes that distorted the historical reality of the war in Vietnam by depicting fictitious scenarios, like the heroic American soldier ready to take risks and even sacrifice his life for his buddies, and at the same time reproducing racist stereotypes of the morally and physically inferior, unscrupulous enemy who had to be eliminated in the name of freedom and capitalist expansion.
Social control mechanisms were put in motion which included exploiting the traditional respect for “superiors” that had been reinforced from an early age in families, in schools, in churches, and in managerial relationships at the workplace. Fear, also, was an arm used in this offensive against the anti-war movement – fear of being excluded from “the social contract” (of forfeiting one's civil and even human rights), fear of collective punishment (of being part of the wrong group and suffering the sanctions against it); as well as the hope to somehow benefit from the injust system as it exists. In brief, it was assumed that the cultural hegemony of the capitalist class would intimidate most people into accepting their exploitation and disarm them from any thought of self-defense. People, it was believed, would find comfort in collaborating with the imperialist agenda and feel threatened by non-conformists and critics of the status quo.
[See Arlo Guthrie's 1969 hippie cult classic, Alice's Restaurant (1:50:45) for an artist's take on the youth culture context of this anti-Vietnam War period in the USA.]
[See Arlo Guthrie's 1969 hippie cult classic, Alice's Restaurant (1:50:45) for an artist's take on the youth culture context of this anti-Vietnam War period in the USA.]
The post-9/11 wars have seen some 7,057 US soldiers killed, and no less than 30,000 suicides among US combatants have been reported. However, these wars have been fought largely by mercenary armies and for-profit private contractors (like Eric Prince's company, Black Water), with an increase in covert activities led by the CIA (with its undisclosed budget). According to one source, the total financial cost of the post 9/11 wars is estimated to be around 2.2 trillion dollars.
The attack on September 11, 2001 came as a national shock comparable to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Quickly, the 2001 event was branded as an “act of war,” and not as a crime, which would have required a systematic investigation and carefully gathered evidence. War and retaliation against “the enemy” easily became the hegemonic doctrine to be followed by everyone, except the traitors. This had the predictable effect of galvanizing national support around “national security,” with a cavalier attitude of “anything goes” to “smoking them out,” as President Bush so eloquently expressed it.
Nevertheless, there was resistance from the start, and mostly it took the form of mass demonstrations as seen in the incomplete description provided below, taken from the article, "Protests against the invasion of Afghanistan" (full text published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License by the the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., and last edited on 30 August 2021).
On September 29, 2001, as many as 20,000 people demonstrated in Washington, D.C., United States, denouncing the impending United States invasion of Afghanistan. The protests were organized by the recently formed the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R.) Coalition. Thousands gathered at Meridian Hill Park (Malcolm X Park) and marched downtown, while elsewhere members of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence clashed briefly with police on their way to Edward R. Murrow Park, across from the headquarters of the World Bank and the IMF. Both groups of marchers converged on a rally at the Freedom Plaza.
In San Francisco almost 10,000 people converged on a park in San Francisco's Mission District to denounce the Bush administration's plans for military intervention in Afghanistan.
In Los Angeles roughly 2,500 protesters marched through the streets of Westwood.
In New York City 3,000 to 5,000 people took part in a peace march at Union Square.
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On October 7, 2001, 10,000 to 12,000 people turned out in New York City to oppose the Bush administration's so-called war on terror. The group marched from Union Square to Times Square, cheering the police at the beginning of the march. The list of about twelve speakers was cut to three or four by the police, and they were herded at the end into a one-lane-wide "bullpen".
On April 20, 2002, 75,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. against U.S. militarism and foreign policy in the largest peace presence since the war began the previous fall. The April 20th Mobilization to Stop the War, a coalition of many groups, held a rally just south of the Washington Monument. Another protest focusing on perceived Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people was held near the White House, while a third protest focusing on the policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund took place near the headquarters of those institutions. The three rallies then converged together in a march up Pennsylvania Avenue to the United States Capitol in the largest anti-war demonstration to take place in Washington since the Gulf War more than a decade ago.
Protesters denounced the bombing of Afghan civilians and carried signs and banners reading, "No blank check for endless war," "Criminals in the White House again" and "War without an end. Not in our name."
. . .
Some of the most moving speeches opposing the U.S.'s aggression were given by family members of victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11. Derril Bodley, who lost a daughter on September 11, said he had travelled to Afghanistan to call for an end to the "barbarous bombing campaign there." Just a few days after his daughter's death he spoke out against the possibility of war, saying, "Don't kill more innocent people in the name of my daughter." He said thousands were suffering and dying by the "perpetration of an aimless war."
Another speaker, Michael Ratner, a human rights lawyer and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, denounced the conditions in which hundreds of prisoners captured in Afghanistan were being held at the U.S.'s military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
There are 300 people there right now, in dog cages, surrounded by chain-linked fences, in temperatures of over 100 degrees, infested by vermin in a desert in Cuba. We went to an international court, and the Organization of American States says this is illegal. The US says: 'We don't care.'
Another 15,000 to 20,000 people marched in San Francisco in a simultaneous protest on the West Coast, and demonstrations also took place in a number of other American cities.
On March 20, 2009, in the first large demonstration in Washington, D.C. since Barack Obama became President, thousands of Americans, some bearing mock coffins to protest war casualties, took the streets on the sixth anniversary of the 2003 Iraq invasion to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More than 10,000 people marched on the Pentagon. Led by a contingent of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, the protesters proceeded on to the headquarters of major military-industrial corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and KBR, corporations that the demonstrators characterized as "merchants of death" and to which they sought to deliver symbolic coffins.
Protest against the war in Afghanistan in New York City, December 10, 2009
In Los Angeles, thousands marched down Hollywood Boulevard to call for all U.S. troops to be brought home. A 4,000-strong crowd took part in the "Stop the Wars" march and rally.
Another 4,000 people demonstrated in San Francisco. Rallies against the wars similarly took place in New York City, San Diego, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and other American cities.
On March 28, 2009, up to 15,000 protesters marched through central London to demonstrate ahead of the G20 summit of world leaders. The Put People First march, organized by an alliance of more than 150 anti-war, environment, charity, labour, student, faith, and development groups, included calls for Western troops to pull out of Afghanistan and protesters chanting "What do we want? Jobs not bombs."
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On October 7, 2009, Students for a Democratic Society called a national day of action against the war in Afghanistan. Over 25 chapters of SDS planned and held various actions around the country. A "Funk the War" march led by Rochester SDS was forcibly ended by the police, with 12 of the 60 marchers arrested and later released or bailed out.
On the weekend of October 17–18, 2009, anti-war protests took place in 50 cities across the United States. In Boston, hundreds of protesters gathered at Copley Square to protest the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Zoya, a 28-year-old Afghan woman spoke against the U.S.-led war in her country, saying her homeland does not need more foreign occupation. Suzette Abbot, carrying a sign that read "Yes We Can Get Out of Afghanistan", said "Obama needs to make good on his promises. We all worked to get him elected. Now he needs to earn that peace prize."
In Minneapolis, 400 people marched, calling for an end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan and an end to the continued U.S. occupation of Iraq.
The organizers in Minneapolis stated:
President Obama is reported to be listening to the generals about the next steps in Afghanistan; he should be listening to the people, who want an end to the war. During the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the U.S. government is spending billions for wars and occupations, while millions lose their jobs and housing and go without health insurance.
On Saturday March 20, 2010, an estimated 10,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Washington, D.C. to protest the U.S.-led invasions and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The crowd, stretching about four blocks long, started at Lafayette Square, stopping in front of Halliburton's offices and the Mortgage Bankers Association's building, and ended at the White House. Protesters contrasted the financial funding of the two American wars to the lack of money for health care, job growth, and cash-strapped local governments and school systems. Protest signs included "Healthcare not warfare" and "Drop tuition, not bombs", and marchers shouted:
Money for jobs and education, not more war and occupation!
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On October 7, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, over 200 protesters demonstrated outside the White House, denouncing the war, carrying model drones, and demanding an immediate pullout of the Western military forces from that country.
Hundreds of American war veterans and their families and anti-war protesters marched to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., carrying signs saying "Fund jobs, not war!" and "Wars are poor chisels for peaceful tomorrows." Speakers included three women from Afghanistan representing the group "Afghans for Peace".
Ten long years that we have engaged in war, dropping bombs, killing people, spending trillions of dollars.
We are not listening to Dr. King's words.
— United for Peace and Justice, October 7, 2011
In Los Angeles, around 100 people marched downtown to call for an end to the war in Afghanistan on its 10th anniversary. The demonstration started with a prayer service at a church followed by a march to a civic center federal building. 14 peace activists were arrested by authorities for blocking traffic in planned civil disobedience.
Among those attending the protest was actor Mike Farrell from M*A*S*H who said he believed the war has wasted billions of dollars without significantly affecting terrorism. Farrell also stated his disappointment that President Barack Obama, who was given a Nobel Peace Prize, had continued the war in Afghanistan.
In New York City, a protest against the war took place in Times Square. Led by the Granny Peace Brigade, they called for the war in Afghanistan to be ended immediately and troops to be brought home.
In New Jersey, around 70 people led by Princeton-based Coalition of Peace Action demonstrated in Trenton to protest the war in Afghanistan on its 10th anniversary – the longest war waged by the United States in its history. Rev. Robert Moore called for American troops to be brought home now, rather than in 2014, in order to save Afghan civilian lives, the lives of American soldiers, and billions of dollars needed at home:
[The war in Afghanistan] is taking money away from job creation and other urgent needs at home. For every soldier brought home from Afghanistan, $1 million is saved, which could create 20 jobs at $50,000 each in the United States.
We need to speak out now, with an estimated 25 million unemployed and foreclosures again on the rise. It's time for our elected officials to bring the war dollars home.
— Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition of Peace Action
Jean Athey, head of an activist group in Maryland, who recently visited Afghanistan, spoke of the impact of the war imposed on Afghans:
There's tremendous suffering there. The Afghanistan people feel the world is fighting a proxy battle in its villages.
On October 8, 2011, anti-war protesters at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. were pepper-sprayed by security forces and the museum was closed early. The protesters, estimated at 100 to 200 people, had planned to participate in a "die-in" at the museum's "Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" exhibit to protest the massive military spending and the U.S. use of unmanned military drones against civilians in the war in Afghanistan. Under the Obama administration, drone strikes quadrupled from less than 50 under the Bush administration to more than 220 in the past three years. Dozens of protesters were sickened by the pepper spray, and several people fell to the ground in agony.
In Chicago, a crowd of around 700 people gathered downtown to protest the decade-long war in Afghanistan. The rally began at noon at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, before the anti-war protest marched through downtown Chicago to call for an end to U.S. military action in Afghanistan. Stopping at President Obama's campaign headquarters for the 2012 presidential election, protesters likened Obama to many of his Republican predecessors in his policies on the war and economy.
Demonstrations in post-9/11 were nowhere near the scale of protests that had grown across the US to contest the war in Vietnam.
Instead of respecting support for self-determination and self-defense, the new neoliberal cultural hegemony quickly materialized that placed a high value on mass submission to the will of "superiors" in the name of “national security.” General Wesley Clark, who was very briefly a Democratic Party presidential candidate in 2004, announced in 2001, just 10 days following the events of 9/11 that he had learned from Pentagon officials that, “the U.S. intends to attack seven countries in the next five years – Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.”
In this period, a spate of new social controls were put in place with the passage of the Homeland Security Act, the George W. Bush’s declaration of “War on Terror” (“If you’re not against the terrorists, you are against the United States!”) echoed in the minds of tens of millions of people in America and throughout the world. Any possibility of open-mindedness was temporarily extinguished.
As we see again and again, the bourgeoisie temporarily succeeds in remaking the world in its own image! This success, however, becomes more difficult to achieve as ordinary people learn to think for themselves and begin to discover the true source of their injuries and the injustices they are made to suffer collectively.
In the midst of ambiguity and confusion, mass protests were amplified on September 17, 2011, with the popular coalition, “Occupy Wall Street,” and by October 9, this massive demonstration of multicultural solidarity using civil disobedience had spread from New York City to over 600 communities in 95 cities and onto 82 counties world wide. The grievances were diverse, but violent police repression and the permanent nature US war commitment in the Middle East had galvanized this alliance to demand reform. Once again, it was a cultural expression, without a political strategy, but nevertheless a sign of hope for eventual full class empowerment against capitalist domination.
One quantitative change since the Vietnam War is undeniable. The sheer number of anti-war organizations has proliferated since the period of the Vietnam War. In 2021, a total of 144 associations were catalogued according to geographical location and religious affiliation (Source: Anti-War Organization, June 15, 2021).
United States of America . . . 63
Canada . . . 6
France . . . 5
United Kingdom . . . 10
In addition, the list of International Organizations has grown :
Africa . . . 4
Asia . . . 3
Europe . . . 10
Oceania . . . 1
Under anti-war organizations with "religious affiliations" we find the names of 15 Christian groups and 1 Buddhist association.
Now with the illegal Covid-19 Experimental Vaccine mandate, as suggested by Dr. Richard Flemming in a recent interview, War has been declared once again, and the attempt to create a hegemonic capitalist ideology is again underway. This time the old, discredited ideology of Eugenics has been resuscitated, and once again has risen its ugly head. Like Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), the British economic theorist for the East Indian Company, and the German master race theorist of the Nazi Party, Alfred Rosenberg (1892-1946), the contemporary American owners of capital, such as Bill Gates (b.1955), are obsessed with the thought that the world is "overpopulated," and this time they intend to do something about it, to engineer the reduction of the world population to “reasonable” proportions, where class society can prosper in a post-capitalist environment. This mania for social control cannot succeed, but it can devalue human life to the point that the ruling class can easily do whatever they wish, whenever they want. These rulers stand deluded at a non-existent Archimedean point in time, where their actions will bring their own destruction.
Hope springs eternal, while destiny is in the hands of the gods . . . !
The 12+ items below include articles and essays which penetrate the facade of bourgeois "humanism" and expose the hypocracy and the true nature of the neoliberal attempt to create "a new social order." This material below should invite public debate and inspire positive reflection on how we might extract ourselves from the complex historic impasse into which we have been lead by our conspicuously misdirected leaders, who are now thrown into a state of disarray.
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professeur honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur des Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Eric Schmidt Cashes in on Artificial Intelligence Arms Race
by Dan Cohen
As the Pentagon drives a hi-tech arms race to maintain its global military superiority, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the man at the center. Behind The Headlines’ Dan Cohen investigates how the U.S. empire’s drive to control the world using Silicon Valley technology creates the possibility of a devastating war.
“I think they want people to die.”
by Jodi O'Malley & Project Veritas
This shocker calls to mind the revelations by Erin Olszewski, the travel nurse who, in the summer of 2020, blew the whistle on the killing ground at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, "the epicenter of the epicenter." (Scroll down for that link.)
What Jodi O'Malley has now revealed, thanks to Project Veritas, is that Elmhurst is no anomaly, but typical of public hospitals under Covid. They're evidently doing everything they can to finish people off—mostly people of color, it appears— with all involved "just following orders," to keep their jobs.
So black lives don't matter after all. Neither do white lives.
The only lives that matter to the authors of this ongoing horror are their own.
Mark Crispin Miller discusses COVID, propaganda, NYU (and more)
on Freedom TV in New Zealand Mark Crispin Miller
(25 Sep 2021)
(with long delay...
Undercurrents of American fascism
with Chris Hedges and Gabriel Rockhill
On January 6, 2021, a mob incited by outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, stormed the U.S. capital in an attempt to halt the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Within the mob, as the scholar Gabriel Rockhill points out, were many current members of the military and police. Some of the leaders of the organizations involved, such as Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio and Joseph Biggs, had direct ties to U.S. intelligence agencies, having served as FBI informants. Only one fifth of Capitol Police were on duty that day, and they were unprepared and under-equipped, even though the U.S. national security state had advance knowledge of the plot. Capitol Police were seen opening barricades and fraternizing with the mob. The assault raises questions about how deeply fascist undercurrents run within the ruling elites and organs of state security. How much of the ruling capitalist class backed the organizations behind the assault on the Capitol? To what extent are proto-fascist groups such as the Proud Boys “astroturfed” by them (meaning discretely funded to create the illusion of a grassroots movement from below)? What was the exact ratio and relationship between state agents and the para-state—i.e. vigilante—actors? Was this solely an organic conflict between the Trump and Biden camps, or was something more at play? And what does all this portend for the future, especially given the staggering levels of social inequality, deep financial wounds cause by the pandemic and decision by the Biden administration to walk back from its tepid campaign promises, including raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. Is this a moment of rising fascism in American society? And is prefigured by the attempt by the ruling elites in the 1930s to carry out a fascist coup with the breakdown of capitalism? Is this where we are headed?
The Capitalist Mind: Sicker & Stranger Than You Think
with RJ Eskow and Richard Wolff
The Age of Manufactured Ignorance
with Chris Hedges and Henry A. Giroux
On the show Chris Hedges discusses the age of manufactured ignorance with the scholar Professor Henry A. Giroux. Education, the scholar Henry Giroux writes, has increasingly become a tool of domination as right-wing pedagogical apparatuses controlled by the entrepreneurs of hate, attack workers, the poor, people of color, refugees, immigrants from the south and others considered disposable. A Republican Party dominated by the far right believes education should function as a tool of propaganda and pedagogy of oppression, rightly named ""patriotic education."" Dissent is defiled as corrupting American values and any classroom that addresses racial injustice is viewed as antithetical to ""a Christian and white supremacist world where Black people 'know their place'."" Banning instruction on ""critical race theory"" has become the new McCarthyism. Noam Chomsky argues that any reference to the history of slavery, systemic racism or racial injustice now replaces ""Communism and Islamic terror as the plague of the modern age."" Chomsky, Giroux argues, may not have gone far enough, since GOP extremists argue that the threat of communism has simply been expanded to include Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Movement and other emerging protest groups, all connected and viewed as updated forms of Marxism and part of an international communist-global conspiracy. The Red Scare, Giroux warns, is alive and well in America
“You Have NO Choice”
with George Carlin
Glenn Greenwald on why the left-wing media has turned on Biden
from The Telegraph
Twenty years of lies from the military establishment cannot be forgotten. Journalist Glenn Greenwald asks why no one has taken accountability for the Afghanistan debacle and argues for a new system of transparency. Greenwald joins Steven Edginton for this week’s Off Script podcast to discuss Joe Biden’s chaotic Presidency and why America was right to end its nation-building campaign.
“General Milley & The Deep State: The Real Insurrectionists”
with Ron Paul
Who are the real insurrectionists? Yesterday's release from an upcoming Bob Woodword book in the last days of Trump claiming that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Milley, had established secret back-channel contacts with the commander of China's People's Liberation Army outside the chain of command looks, if true, to be far more of an insurrectionist move than the protesters of Jan 6th. Who really runs things? Also today, more Fauci hypocrisy, strange numbers out of Israel, and...is Biden punishing Alabama?
Noam Chomsky weighs in on Afghanistan
from Gulf News
(September 8, 2021)
9/11 Truth: Lessons Learned?
with James Corbett
Today, there’s an entire generation who have grown up in the shadow of the towers. Who have never known a world that was not haunted by the hobgoblin of terrorism. Who have never thought twice about giving up the freedoms they barely knew they had in the name of fighting the “invisible enemy.” How can we blame them for not understanding the gravity of this moment, today, giving up those few freedoms that remain in the name of fighting the new phantom menace?
Afghanistan Chaos and What Comes Next
with Whitney Webb and Tom Luongo
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on Afghanistan, 9/11
“US Empire Falling Fast, May be Unsalvageable”
with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
Afghanistan Chaos and What Comes Next
with Whitney Webb and Tom Luongo
NEW Recordings BLOW UP Julian Assange Case
with Ryan Grimm
From: Cat McGuire
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Subject: SPECTACULAR Times Square Freedom Rally - September 18, 2021
Wow! Wow! We had such a phenomenal rally in Times Square, Saturday, September 18, 2021. Agreed by all, it was New York’s best health freedom rally to date. Forget what so much of the press said, there were thousands present, not hundreds.
The charged spirit of the crowd carried the day more than anything else. Having our rally in big, boisterous Times Square, where if you make it there, you can make it anywhere, added to the intensity of everyone’s mission to speak out against the illegality of masks, lockdowns, mandates, and passports.
I co-produced the event and was finally able to get us the permit for Times Square after team members had tried for 2 months. But then we lost the location, got it back, and lost it again. Detective Mike Dugan fought for us in negotiations and finally at 5:00pm on Tuesday, 4 days before the event was to take place (!), we were officially confirmed with a permit for Times Square. It was very stressful to say the least.
But here it is in living color, a fabulous rally!
Pfizer Admits Israel Is the Great COVID-19 Vaccine Experiment
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola
September 21, 2021
According to a recent Israeli news report, which I posted on Twitter1 September 13, 2021, Pfizer admits it’s treating Israel as a unique “laboratory” to assess COVID jab effects. Whatever happens in Israel can reliably be expected to happen everywhere else as well, some months later.
In other words, the Israeli population is one giant test group — without a control group, unfortunately — and as noted by the news anchors, the people really should have been informed that they were part of one of the biggest medical experiments in human history.
Pfizer entered into an exclusivity agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Health at the outset, so the only COVID shot available is Pfizer’s. As noted by the news anchor, we now realize that the Pfizer shot has a higher risk for heart inflammation among young men than some of the other COVID shots, but Israeli youth have no option but to get the most dangerous one.
Israel Rolls Out Booster Shots
Israel was one of the first countries to implement draconian vaccination mandates, even though the Pfizer shot was completely experimental. Israelis were told they could not enter certain venues without a vaccination card, such as restaurants, gyms, swimming pools and hotels.
As a result, they now have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. As of mid-September 2021, nearly 14.6 million doses had been administered.2 At two doses, that would give them a vaccination rate of 80.5%. It’s probably a bit less than that, because Israel started giving out third boosters at the end of July 2021.3
The first group to qualify for a third shot were seniors over the age of 60. Less than three weeks later, eligibility expanded to include people over the age of 40, as well as pregnant women, teachers and health care workers, even if they’re younger than 40. By the end of August 2021, boosters were offered to all previously vaccinated individuals, all the way down to the age of 12.4
By the second week of September 2021, when an estimated 2.8 million Israelis had received a third dose, a possible fourth dose was already being prepared.5
Health Ministry director general Nachman Ash told Radio 103FM they still don’t know when a fourth dose might be needed,6 but clearly, there’s no indication that the boosters won’t continue. And each time that happens, the people will forfeit their freedoms all over again, until they get the next shot.
Israeli Data Considered the Best Around
If there’s a silver lining to this experiment, it’s that Israel at least appears to be far more diligent and transparent in its data collection than the U.S. The data coming out of Israel is considered by many to be the best in the world because of their commitment to transparency. As explained by Science magazine:7
“The nation of 9.3 million … has a robust public health infrastructure and a population wholly enrolled in HMOs that track them closely, allowing it to produce high-quality, real-world data on how well vaccines are working …
Israel’s HMOs … track demographics, comorbidities, and a trove of coronavirus metrics on infections, illnesses, and deaths. ‘We have rich individual-level data that allows us to provide real-world evidence in near–real time,’ [Clalit Health Services chief innovation officer, Ran] Balicer says …
Now, the effects of waning immunity may be beginning to show in Israelis vaccinated in early winter; a preprint8 published last month … found that protection from COVID-19 infection during June and July dropped in proportion to the length of time since an individual was vaccinated. People vaccinated in January had a 2.26 times greater risk for a breakthrough infection than those vaccinated in April.”
Unfortunately, we cannot rely on U.S. data to get a clear idea of how the COVID shots are working, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has chosen not to track all breakthrough cases. As reported by ProPublica,9 the CDC stopped tracking and reporting all breakthrough cases May 1, 2021, opting to log only those that result in hospitalization and/or death.
As noted in the article, this irrational decision has “left the nation with a muddled understanding of COVID-19’s impact on the vaccinated.” It also prevents us from understanding how variants are spreading and whether those who have received the jab can still develop so-called “long-haul syndrome.” Individual states are also setting their own criteria for how they collect data on breakthrough cases, and this patchwork muddies the waters even further.
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September 10, 2021, National File posted a shocking video10 on Twitter featuring senior doctors and a North Carolina marketing director discussing how they would count recovered COVID patients as active COVID hospitalization cases in an effort to inflate hospitalization rates. Why? For no other reason than to scare people into getting the jab. It’s a marketing ploy.
Additionally, a study showed nearly half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have only mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. They were hospitalized for some other reason and just happened to test positive.11 These and other data manipulations discussed in “CDC Caught Cooking the Books on COVID Vaccines” make U.S. data on infection, hospitalization and mortality rates near useless.
Clear Evidence of Vaccine Failure
The boosters in Israel were rolled out in response to obvious vaccine failure. Pfizer’s shot went from a 95% effectiveness in December 2020, to 64% in early July 2021 and 39% by late July, when the Delta strain became predominant.12,13 While the country boasts one of the highest fully vaccinated rates in the world, they now also have one of the highest daily infection rates.14 So much for the hallowed concept of vaccine-induced herd immunity.
August 1, 2021, the director of Israel’s Public Health Services, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, announced half of all COVID-19 infections were among the fully vaccinated.15
The vaccinated are not only susceptible to testing positive, though: They’re also increasingly likely to experience serious disease when infected. Double-jabbed Israelis started making up the bulk of serious COVID-19 infections in July 2021, and by mid-August, 59% of serious cases were among those who had received two COVID injections.16
Others have cited even higher numbers. August 5, 2021, Dr. Kobi Haviv, director of the Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, appeared on Channel 13 News, reporting that 95% of severely ill COVID-19 patients were fully vaccinated, and that they made up 85% to 90% of COVID-related hospitalizations overall.17
August 20, 2021, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky admitted that the Israeli data “suggest increased risk of severe disease amongst those vaccinated early,”18 and just like the Israeli Ministry of Health, the CDC’s answer to this dilemma is simply more shots, as if that’s going to solve anything.
Mass Vaccination Actually Drives Mutations
Natural immunity is far superior to the protection you get from the COVID shot. Why? Largely because it works on more levels to provide a far more comprehensive and robust immune response. When you recover from the infection, your body makes antibodies against all five proteins of the virus, plus memory T cells that remain even once antibody levels diminish.
This provides lifelong protection, unless you have impaired immune function. The immunity you receive from the COVID jab is in the form of just one type of antibody — the antibody against the original SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. If that spike protein sufficiently mutates, those antibodies become useless.
As warned by Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche,19 those specific antibodies are also more robust than the nonspecific antibodies you get from natural infection, so they overtake any natural antibodies you may have.
Aside from that, mass vaccination also creates evolutionary pressure that drives the production of mutations. While most mutations result in milder versions of greater infectivity, it could also result in more deadly variations.
This is particularly true when a vaccine is “leaky,” meaning it doesn’t fully prevent infection (which none of the COVID shots does). Just like when you overuse an antibiotic that fails to eradicate the bacteria, which allows antibiotic-resistant bacteria to flourish, overuse of a leaky vaccine can pressure a virus to become more lethal.20,21
In an open letter22 to the World Health Organization dated March 6, 2021, Bossche warned that implementing a global mass vaccination campaign during the height of the pandemic could create an “uncontrollable monster” where evolutionary pressure will force the emergence of new and potentially more dangerous mutations.
“There can be no doubt that continued mass vaccination campaigns will enable new, more infectious viral variants to become increasingly dominant and ultimately result in a dramatic incline in new cases despite enhanced vaccine coverage rates. There can be no doubt either that this situation will soon lead to complete resistance of circulating variants to the current vaccines,” Bossche wrote.23
Israeli Data Confirm COVID Jab Increases Infection Risk
Real-world data from Israel seem to confirm Bossche’s fears, showing those who have received the COVID jab are 6.72 times more likely to get infected than people with natural immunity.24,25,26
Knowing what we already know about the risks of these shots and their tendency to encourage mutations, it seems reasonable to suspect that all we’re doing is digging ourselves an ever-deeper, ever-wider hole that’s going to be increasingly difficult to get out of.
Disturbingly, a study27 posted August 23, 2021, on the preprint server bioRxiv warns the Delta variant “is posed to acquire complete resistance to wild-type spike vaccines.”
The researchers found that, if four common mutations were to occur simultaneously in the receptor binding domain of the Delta variant, the resulting virus would not only be immune to the neutralizing antibodies produced in response to Pfizer’s injection, but it would also enhance the infectivity of the virus.
This could essentially turn into a worst-case scenario that sets up those who have received the Pfizer shots for more severe illness when exposed to the virus than they would have experienced had they not gotten the shots.
Will Boosters Fail?
Initial reports from Israel suggest the third Pfizer dose has improved protection in the over-60 group, compared to those who only got two doses of Pfizer.28 According to Reuters:29
“Breaking down statistics from Israel's Gertner Institute and KI Institute, ministry officials said that among people aged 60 and over, the protection against infection provided from 10 days after a third dose was four times higher than after two doses. A third jab for over 60-year-olds offered five to six times greater protection after 10 days with regard to serious illness and hospitalization.”
However, anyone who thinks one or more booster shots are the answer to SARS-CoV-2 is likely fooling themselves. Time will tell if the third booster will rein in hospitalization and death rates, but I’m not optimistic.
Knowing what we already know about the risks of these shots and their tendency to encourage mutations, it seems reasonable to suspect that all we’re doing is digging ourselves an ever-deeper, ever-wider hole that’s going to be increasingly difficult to get out of.
Dvir Aran, a biomedical data scientist at the Israel Institute of Technology, doesn’t seem very hopeful either, telling Science the surge in COVID-19 cases is already so steep, “even if you get two-thirds of those 60-plus [boosted], it’s just gonna give us another week, maybe two weeks until our hospitals are flooded” again.30
Older Than 50: 60% Who Die From COVID Are Double Vaxxed
Data from the U.K. — where available COVID shots include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen — are also starting to show vaccine failure, at least among older adults.
As of August 15, 2021, 58% of COVID patients admitted to hospital who were over the age of 50 had received two COVID jabs and 10% had received one dose. So, partially or fully “vaccinated” individuals made up 68% of hospitalizations.31
Only in the 50 and younger category were a majority, 74%, of hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. The same applies to deaths. Unvaccinated only make up the majority of COVID deaths in the under-50 age group. In the over-50 group, the clear majority, 70%, are either partially or fully “vaccinated.”
It’s also unclear whether hospitals in the U.K. are still designating anyone who is admitted and tests positive with a PCR test as a “COVID patient.” If so, people with broken bones or any number of other health problems who have no symptoms of COVID-19 at all might be unfairly lumped into the “unvaccinated COVID patient” total.
Why Do Naturally Immune Need the COVID Shot?
As explained earlier, natural immunity is far superior and longer lasting than vaccine-induced immunity. This is a long-held medical fact that has been tossed aside as too inconvenient to matter in COVID-19. Instead, everyone, including those who have recovered from the infection, are told they need to get the shots.
In a recent CNN interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked why people with natural immunity are required to get the COVID shot even though they’re likely more protected than “vaccinated” people. His reply is telling:32
“That’s a really good point. I don’t have a really firm answer for you on that.”
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Natural Immunity Is the Best Answer
While Fauci is feigning ignorance, it’s quite clear that the way out of this pandemic is through natural herd immunity. The COVID shots, and now boosters, will undoubtedly continue to drive mutations that evade the vaccine-induced antibodies, resulting in a never-ending cycle of injections.
At this point, we know there’s no reason to fear COVID-19. Overall, its lethality is on par with the common flu.33,34,35,36,37 Provided you’re not in a nursing home or have multiple comorbidities, your chances of surviving a bout of COVID-19 is 99.74%, on average.38
We also know there are several early treatment protocols that are very effective, such as the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance I-MASK+39 protocol, the Zelenko protocol,40 and nebulized peroxide, detailed in Dr. David Brownstein’s case paper41 and Dr. Thomas Levy’s free e-book, “Rapid Virus Recovery.” Whichever treatment protocol you use, make sure you begin treatment as soon as possible, ideally at first onset of symptoms.
The reported rate of death from COVID-19 shots in the national Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), on the other hand, exceeds the reported death rate of more than 70 vaccines combined over the past 30 years, and if you are injured by a COVID shot and live in the U.S., your only recourse is to apply for compensation from the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Act (CICP).42
Compensation from CICP is very limited and hard to get. In its 15-year history, it has paid out just 29 claims, fewer than 1 in 10.43,44,45 You only qualify if your injury requires hospitalization and results in significant disability and/or death, and even if you meet the eligibility criteria, it requires you to use up your private health insurance before it kicks in to pay the difference.
There’s no reimbursement for pain and suffering, only lost wages and unpaid medical bills. This means a retired person cannot qualify even if they die or end up in a wheelchair. Salary compensation is of limited duration, and capped at $50,000 a year, and the CICP’s decision cannot be appealed.
To get an idea of what the risks actually are, consider reviewing some of the cases reported to nomoresilence.world, a website dedicated to giving a voice to those injured by COVID shots.
Sen. Warren Threatens Amazon to Ban ‘The Truth About COVID-19’
Since the publication of my latest book, “The Truth About COVID-19,” which became an instant best seller on Amazon.com, there’s been a significant increase in calls for censorship and ruthless attacks against me.
Most recently, so-called “progressive” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in an outrageous, slanderous and basically unconstitutional attempt to suppress free speech, sent a letter to Amazon, demanding an “immediate review” of their algorithms to weed out books peddling “COVID misinformation.”
Warren specifically singled out “The Truth About COVID-19” as a prime example of “highly ranked and favorably tagged books based on falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines and cures” that she wants to see banned from sale.
Two days later, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., followed in Warren’s footsteps, sending letters to Facebook and Amazon, calling for more prolific censorship of vaccine information. Even President Joe Biden has recently used a debunked report as his sole source to call for my censorship.
Sadly, these attacks are being levied by the very people elected to safeguard democracy and our Constitutional rights. Essentially, what they are calling for is modern-day book burning. This is a democracy, not a monarchy.
Sources and References
Epstein Docs UNSEALED, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Dershowitz
with Krystal and Saagar
Bill Gates SQUIRMS Over His Jeffrey Epstein Connections
with Jimmy Dore
From Glorious Millennia to Death and Destruction: Zionists Rewrite
by Miko Peled
The Zionist narrative is arguably responsible for the welcoming and forgiving attitude the entire world has towards the horrendous, unforgivable crimes committed by Israel since its founding in 1948.
From: Ariel, CODEPINK [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Subject: PayPal is Facilitating the Colonization of Palestine, ACT NOW!
Tell PayPal to stop allowing settler organizations to use their services for fundraising!
The Abraham Accords, signed one year ago this month, were touted as stopping Israeli annexation of the West Bank in exchange for normalization with the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco. But, over the past year, not only did Israel wage another war in Gaza, killing over 250 people, including 67 children, but their illegal settlement enterprise continued full steam ahead. Along with the attempts to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods, just last month, Israel approved 2,000 more settlement units in the West Bank and pushed forward a plan for a massive new settlement — 9,000 housing units — in East Jerusalem. If completed, it will be the first new settlement to be built in East Jerusalem since 1997.
Palestinians trying to hold onto their lands not only have to deal with an apartheid state supported by the U.S., but the online payment company PayPal is facilitating the missions of settler organizations.
Here are some of the settler organizations accepting donations via PayPal:
At the beginning of August Israel’s Supreme Court issued a “compromise” ruling for East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah: the Palestinian families got the status of protected tenants. However, the court also ordered them to pay 1,500 shekels ($465) a year to the settler company Nahalat Shimon, hell-bent on removing Palestinians. Settler organizations plan on using a loophole where if they obtain urban renewal construction permits, they can force the Palestinian families out of their homes.
Tell PayPal to stop helping the settlers carry out ethnic cleansing. Sign our petition now!
To mark the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords, last week Jared Kushner hosted an event at the Four Season hotel in Washington D.C. As Kushner was giving his opening remarks, I joined him on the stage. “No matter how many countries Israel normalizes relations with, peace will not happen until Palestinians are free,” I said. “There’s nothing normal about apartheid,” I continued as security forced me from the room. Help me tell PayPal to stop facilitating apartheid and get on the side of peace.
P.S. Wear your values. Pick up a CODEPINKPalestine t-shirt today.
From: MintPress News Team
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Subject: ICYMI: Our top headlines this week
“Life Has Become Unlivable in Honduras”:
How Corruption & Drug Trade Fueled Migration to U.S.
with Laura Gottesdiener and Adriana Beltrán
Iraq Vet Disrupts George W. Bush Speech, Sept. 19 2021
Iraq War veteran and Empire Files producer Mike Prysner disrupted a speech by George W. Bush in Beverly Hills on Sept. 19, 2021.
Reporters Kicked Out Of Press Conference Mid-Sentence
with Jimmy Dore
From: Jim O'Brien via
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Subject: [H-PAD] H-PAD Notes 9/23/21: Links to recent articles of interest
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Lawrence Wittner, Z Blogs, posted September 20
Compares the ancient Greek myth to the current worldwide lack of effective policies regarding three major threats to human life -- nuclear-weapon buildups, climate change, and disease pandemics -- despite warnings that go back decades. The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.
By Juan Cole, Common Dreams, posted September 19
A short article on the extent of US bombing in Afghanistan in the last years of the war. "The incident underlines the dangers of conducting counterterrorism remotely with missile and drone strikes." The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan.
By Randa Tawil, Washington Post, posted September 16
Compares the scapegoating of immigrants by the Republican governors of Texas and Florida with the policies of the major 19th-century colonial powers toward the spread of contagious diseases such as cholera. "Ignoring science to maintain business interests while blaming migrants and marginalized populations for the spread of disease is nothing new." The author teaches at Texas Christian University.
By Eric Foner, Portside.org, posted September 16 (originally in London Review of Books)
Review essay on Scott Ellsworth's 2021 book The Ground Breaking: The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice. The essay covers both the massacre itself, on its 100th anniversary, and the decades-long suppression of its memory. The author teaches history at Columbia University.
By Farah Stockman, New York Times, posted September 13
On the US war in Afghanistan, reliant to a great extent on the bribing of warlords. "Instead of a nation, what we really built were more than 500 military bases — and the personal fortunes of the people who supplied them. That had always been the deal." The author is an editorial board member of the New York Times and a former Pulitzer Prize winner.
By Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted September 12
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His latest book (to be published in October by Dispatch Books) is To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change.
By Laura Weinstein, History News Network, posted September 12
On the workings of Ireland's former constitutional ban on abortions, repealed by popular referendum in 2018, and its similarity to the new Texas abortion law. The author has a PhD in Irish history and works at Macauley Honors College in Queens College, CUNY.
By Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted September 10
A historical analysis of why US "nation building" succeeded in the Philippines and in postwar Japan and failed in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The author is a professor at the University of the Philippines and a former member of the Philippine House of Representatives.
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Monthly Review, posted September 1
A lengthy historical critique of nation-of-immigrants rhetoric, which "continues to mask the settler-colonial violence that established and maintained the United States and turns immigrants into settlers." Among the author's books is An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2014).
By Ross Douthat, New York Times, posted August 31
"[I]f the only aspect of this catastrophe that our leaders remember is what went wrong in August 2021, then we'll have learned nothing except to always double down on failure, and the next disaster will be worse." The author is a conservative columnist for the New York Times.
China's “Common Prosperity”:
A Possibly Revolutionary Moment?
with David Harvey
Prof Harvey details recent projects by the Chinese government that may represent a fundamental shift in their economy and the Communist party's goals for a socialist society. "There seems to be almost a revolutionary reconfiguration going on in China but as Giovanni would say, it's not a done deal. You can't tell. You don't know where this may go, but it is going in a different direction now than it was just six months ago."
British soldier arrested for protesting against Yemen war & arms support for
with Lowkey and British soldier Ahmed Al-Batati