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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power, buttressed by the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and global capitalism, is unraveling. Most, including many of those at the heart of the American empire, recognize that every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie. Global wealth, rather than being spread equitably, as neoliberal proponents promised, has been funneled upward into the hands of a rapacious, oligarchic elite, creating vast economic inequality. The working poor, whose unions and rights have been taken from them and whose wages have stagnated or declined over the past 40 years, have been thrust into chronic poverty and underemployment, making their lives one long, stress-ridden emergency. The middle class is evaporating. Cities that once manufactured products and offered factory jobs are boarded up-wastelands. read more


Monday, August 31, 2015

Rick Falkvinge, TorrentFreak: The copyright industry has consistently used the word "content" for anything creative. Just like most other things the copyright industry does, there's a thought behind the choice of wording -- a choice they hope that other people will copy, because it reinforces their view of the world, or rather, what they would like the world to look like. ... The copyright industry has been allowed to establish the language completely on its own, and therefore, we're using terms today that reinforce the idea and the notion that the copyright industry is good and that people who share are bad. read more


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years' jail after being found guilty of "aiding a terrorist organisation" have arrived back at Tora prison in southern Cairo, according to Egyptian media.

Security sources told the Egyptian MENA state news agency that Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Canadian Mohamed Fahmy had arrived at the prison, just hours after sentencing in their retrial.

Australian journalist Peter Greste was also sentenced to three years' jail on Saturday but was deported to his home country in February under a new law allowing foreign prisoners to be deported. He was sentenced in absentia.

The journalists were accompanied by Chadi Abdel Hamid, a student, who was also sentenced to three years' imprisonment, along with Sohaid Saad and Khaled Mohamed, MENA reported.

Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months for possession of a spent bullet casing. read more


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Republican presidential candidate leading every poll, Donald Trump, recently unveiled his plan to forcibly deport all 11 million human beings residing in the U.S. without proper documentation, roughly half of whom have children born in the U.S. (and who are thus American citizens). As George Will noted last week, "Trump's roundup would be about 94 times larger than the wartime internment of 117,000 persons of Japanese descent." It would require a massive expansion of the most tyrannical police state powers far beyond their already immense post-9/11 explosion. And that's to say nothing of the incomparably ugly sentiments that Trump's advocacy of this plan, far before its implementation, is predictably unleashing. read more


Shortly after the influential Univision anchor and Mexican-American immigrant Jorge Ramos was removed from a press conference for confronting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Trump's proposed immigration policy, many of Ramos' colleagues in the profession denounced him as an activist and a "conflict junkie" who transgressed the conventional but relatively new journalistic imperative to keep his opinions to himself.

The video above shows a standing Ramos questioning Trump at a press conference in Iowa about Trump's plan to forcibly deport 11 million people who live in the U.S. without proper documentation. Trump ignored Ramos at first, then scolded him for speaking out of turn. "Sit down" and "Go back to Univision," Trump said. When Ramos refused to leave, one of Trump's bodyguards physically removed him from the room. read more


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