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03.07.2020 - 15:12 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Seriously, Get The Hell Out Of Afghanistan

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee has added a Liz Cheney-spearheaded amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which throws severe roadblocks in the Trump administration’s proposed scale-down of US military presence in Afghanistan and Germany.

As The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald notes, both parties advancing the amendment cited in their arguments the completely unsubstantiated intelligence leak that was recently published by credulous mass media reporters alleging that Russia has paid bounties to Taliban fighters for killing the occupying forces in Afghanistan. Yet another western imperialist agenda once again facilitated by unforgivably egregious journalistic malpractice in the mass media.

03.07.2020 - 14:33 [ Lee Camp / Consortium News ]

LEE CAMP: Connecting the Dates – US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ of Peace

Now, I’m not implying Trump is some kind of hippy peacenik. (He would look atrocious with no bra and flowers in his hair.) No, the military under Trump has dropped more bombs than under Obama, and that’s impressive since Obama dropped more bombs than ever before.

However, in certain areas of the world, Trump has threatened to create peace. Sure, he’s doing it for his own ego and because he thinks his base wants it, but whatever the reason, he has put forward plans or policies that go against the military industrial complex and the establishment war-hawks (which is 95 percent of the establishment).

03.07.2020 - 14:30 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

America’s Two Right-Wing Parties Keep Accusing Each Other Of Being Far-Left

The hashtag #ComradeTrump is trending on Twitter as of this writing because a well-funded Super PAC run by never-Trump Republicans put out an appallingly stupid viral video featuring footage of Trump splashed with red hammer-and-sickle symbols interspersed with images of Soviet leaders while an English-captioned narrator gushes about Mother Russia’s support for “Comrade Trump” in Russian. As of this writing the video has over two million views on Twitter alone.

This tactic of negatively associating Trump with communism and socialism, combined with the consistent pattern of attacking the president for being insufficiently warlike, would only work if it was directed at the members of a reactionary, jingoistic right-wing political ideology. And it does work, because that’s exactly the ideology of the Democratic Party.

13.06.2020 - 06:45 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I genuinely don’t understand why people who say „Free speech is an important principle, but…“ don’t just say: „I don’t believe in free speech because…“ People have always debated free speech. There have always been & always will be people who want to limit it. Just say that.

13.06.2020 - 06:08 [ Matt Taibbi ]

The American Press Is Destroying Itself

But police violence, and Trump’s daily assaults on the presidential competence standard, are only part of the disaster. On the other side of the political aisle, among self-described liberals, we’re watching an intellectual revolution. It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind. It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.

11.06.2020 - 08:54 [ CNN ]

Van Jones: It’s not the racists we have to worry about

(29.05.2020)

CNN’s Van Jones says that the black community is tired of hearing empty promises of change and that they should be more worried about „the White Liberal Hillary Clinton supporter“ than a white racist.

11.06.2020 - 08:51 [ Independent.co.uk ]

CNN commentator says black community should be more worried about ‘the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter’ than white racists

(01.06.2020)

“It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about,” Mr Jones said.

“It’s the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park who would tell you right now, ‘Oh I don’t see race, race is no big deal to me, I see all people the same, I give to charities.’

“But the minute she sees a black man who she does not respect, or who she has a slight thought against, she weaponised race like she had been trained by the Aryan Nation.”

29.05.2020 - 19:57 [ Van Jones / Twitter ]

White people are always innocent — and their innocence constitutes their crimes. IT IS TOO LATE TO BE INNOCENT. We’ve had too many funerals for white people to be still THIS innocent and THIS shocked. There is no easy answer – only a hard look in the mirror

@cnn @wkamaubell

04.04.2020 - 10:16 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

How To Tell Real News From Useless Narrative Fluff

Because the news media are controlled by plutocrats who have a vested interest in protecting the status quo upon which their kingdoms are built, almost everything in the news is useless narrative fluff. It doesn’t tell you what’s really going on, it rather tries to influence what’s going on by manipulating the perceptions of the audience. It does this by either (A) distracting from what really matters by focusing on what doesn’t matter, or (B) actively working to manipulate how the audience thinks about a given issue.

02.04.2020 - 16:31 [ Clarity Press ]

CIRCLE IN THE DARKNESS – Memoir of a World Watcher

Circle in the Darkness is a veteran journalist’s lucid, uncompromising tour through half a century of contemporary history intended especially for those who may aspire against all obstacles to change its course for the better. Diana Johnstone recounts in detail how the Western Left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”. Subjects range from caustic analysis of the pretentious confusion of French philosophers to the stories of many courageous individuals whose struggle for peace and justice ended in deep personal tragedy, with a great deal in between.

02.04.2020 - 16:29 [ Paul Craig Roberts ]

A light in the Darkness

Diana Johnstone’s just published book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher, is the best book I have ever read, the most revealing, the most accurate, the most truthful, the most moral and humane, the most sincere and heartfelt, and the best written. Her book is far more than a memoir. It is a history that has not previously been written. If you want the truth of the last 60 years in place of the contrived reality constructed for us by controlled explanations, it is in this book.

This book is so extraordinary in its truthfulness and conciseness that it is difficult for a less gifted writer to do it justice. It is a book without a superfluous sentence.

Herein I will provide some of the books message. In future columns I hope to present some of the history in the book.

02.04.2020 - 07:49 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

People’s Skepticism About Covid-19 Is The Fault Of The Lying Mass Media

“This pandemic will be more consequential than 9/11. It probably already is. People just don’t realize it, because they still think—still feel—that once this is all over we’ll go back to the way things used to be. We won’t,” says The Bulwark, whose founder Bill Kristol was also the founder of the wildly influential think tank Project for a New American Century (PNAC). PNAC famously argued a year before the 9/11 attacks that the massive worldwide increase in US military interventionism they were promoting at the time would not be possible without “some catastrophic and catalysing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”. All of which miraculously came to pass.

24.03.2020 - 11:26 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Hollywood Celebrities Are Psyops Wrapped In Human Skin

It is an absolute guarantee that powerful people will use this pandemic to advance authoritarian measures which they have no intention of rolling back once the pandemic is over. They are working to do this currently. This is not a possibility, this is an absolute certainty.

11.03.2020 - 21:27 [ Krystal Ball, co-host Rising @hilltvlive / Twitter ]

Something for the left to think abt.

The reason everyone obsesses over the wants & needs of moderates is bc they r constantly threatening to vote for the other team/stay home. The party thinks the left will vote for them no matter what so we have 0 power & get treated like crap.

That’s why even though M4A and GND are overwhelmingly popular, voters choose Biden because they believe they must appease those finicky moderates. Progressives and leftists can be endlessly shit on (compared to nazis called toxic etc) bc they assume we will still vote blue anyway

05.03.2020 - 18:09 [ Sleepy Josh / Twitter ]

They are rigging it before your eyes. Again. Ya’ll got your heads in the sand. Start fighting that now, or you are going to lose. Canvassing doesn’t fix that. Clearly. I’m in CA, and I couldn’t even vote cause the fuckery. Follow @jvgraz , he’s 100% right on this. FIGHT IT NOW.

(today)

05.03.2020 - 14:41 [ Plain Ol' Johnny Graz / Twitter ]

My predictions for South Carolina and Super Tuesday: Massive irregularities and late results. Bernie initially ahead, then slowly losing ground as manipulated results trickle in. At best, a mixed result for Bernie, fueling the brokered convention narrative.

(28.02.2020)

18.02.2020 - 15:56 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It’s extremely important to understand what the establishment wing of the Democratic Party is and who they are. Lying and cheating aren’t occasional ethical flaws they use in careless moments against their enemies. It’s the crux, the soul, of who they are. Expect it.

18.02.2020 - 13:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Op-Ed: Dems Should Do The Sensible Thing And Nominate A Moderate Rapacious Psychopath

If you can’t take it from me, take it from the cold, hard numbers: if Democrats want to beat Trump, they need to nominate a centrist. Someone who rejects the extremes of Bernie’s far left and Trump’s far right and instead espouses sensible, middle-of-the-road values like endless war and military expansionism, rapacious ecocide, corrupt plutocracy, crushing domestic austerity measures, new cold war nuclear escalations, continued deregulation of sociopathic financial and commercial institutions, police militarization, unprecedented levels of imprisonment, Orwellian surveillance programs, internet censorship, and ever-mounting authoritarianism.

You know, the moderate position.

16.02.2020 - 18:37 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Trump Supporters Are George W Bush Supporters LARPing As Ron Paul Supporters

Believing that a US president is going to save you is just as dumb as believing the FBI and CIA are going to save you. Republicans have been doing the former while Democrats have been doing the latter. Both have been duped by custom-made establishment propaganda into cheering for different aspects of the establishment, and the only one who wins is that very same establishment.

15.02.2020 - 15:06 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump’s Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump

Whether it winds up being Buttigieg, Bloomberg, or one of their ideological alt-centrist clones like Amy Klobuchar or the floundering Joe Biden, the mainstream narrative will soon converge around one candidate in a very positive way, with the only important qualification being that they aren’t Bernie Sanders. Many powerful people will do everything they can to prevent a Sanders nomination, whose presidency they oppose more than Trump’s. As journalist Matt Taibbi recently pointed out, the Democratic establishment has “every incentive to play every conceivable card. Trillions at stake.”

03.02.2020 - 18:34 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I do genuinely think it’s an under-discussed story – one that’s quite beautiful – that the only two US Muslim Congresswomen are both vocal and enthusiastic supporters of the candidate who would make history by becoming the first Jewish President in US history.

23.01.2020 - 07:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human

Being a mentally sovereign human means constructing your own understanding of this weird reality based on your own investigations and your own reasoning, which means constructing it from the ground up. Even your most basic assumptions about reality itself must be rigorously cross-examined with complete skepticism. Nothing must be taken on faith.