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The empire vs. journalism and free speech John Pilger delivers a warning on behalf of Julian Assange who continues to be persecuted for exposing crimes committed by high government officials: “Speak up now,” Pilger said, or face “the silence of a new kind of tyranny.”
Make America sane again As in the presidential primary of 2016, The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is again trying to tilt the contest to favor its anointed ones. Likewise, other institutions of the “establishment,” like Google, are imposing obstacles in the way of candidates who are challenging the military-industrial-banking-corporate complex (Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million). Now is the time for the American people to stand up and use their power to challenge the political establishment…
As Julan Assange continues to languish in the maximum security Belmarsh Prison in London, a movement of journalists and supporters of free speech continues to build. The mainstream media did not report it, but a few days ago “Legendary musician Roger Waters sang “Wish You Were Here” in honor of Julian Assange, at a public concert outside the British Home Office. He was joined by journalist John Pilger and UK MP Chris Williamson in calling for the imprisoned Wikileaks publisher to be freed, and not extradited to the US.” You can read about it in The Grayzone.
In the video below, journalist John Pilger delivers a warning from Julian, “Speak up now,” Pilger said, or face “the silence of a new kind of tyranny.”
You can sign the petition to free Julain Assange at Change.org.
Now is the time for the American people to stand up and use
their power to challenge the political establishment, to oust the war mongers, and
to join together in demanding a government that is committed to promoting the
common good and peaceful relations with the governments of other countries around
Tulsi Gabbard is the only Presidential candidate I’ve seen since John and Robert Kennedy who is willing to put her life on the line to lead the people in this battle against the forces of darkness and domination. Tulsi was “being groomed to be the next great Queen of the Democratic Party establishment” but threw it all away when she “refused to sacrifice her soul” and resigned as co-chair of the Democratic National Committee. Watch this video and start informing yourself.
Richard Wolff provides an insightful analysis and historical perspective on the present state of capitalism and democracy. Clearly, Franklin Roosevelt saved capitalism in the 1930s by yielding a bit to the masses’ demand for a share of the economic benefits. Will there be a repeat of that in the coming decade under the next President?
That is doubtful. Conditions today are much different than
they were in the 1930s. Big government is no longer in vogue since governments
have ceded most of their power to transnational corporations. People now are
much more aware of the need for structural change in politics, economics and
finance. The vogue today is decentralization of power and restoration of the
I don’t know if Marx has any answers because I’ve never
studied Marxist economics.
I am convinced of one thing however that no one else seems
to recognize, that is the fundamental flaw in the global interest-based,
debt-money, central banking regime. It is the “debt-growth
imperative” that derives from the way banks create money by making loans
that require the payment of interest. One need only look at the empirical
evidence of global debt growth over time to see that it conforms to the
exponential growth function of compound interest. Even the richest countries
have exploding levels of sovereign debt because there are limits to how much
debt the private sector can bear, so governments become the “borrower of
last resort” to keep the money supply from collapsing. That’s the reason
for bank bailouts and “quantitative easing.”
The fundamental need is for a deep restructuring of money,
banking, and finance to decentralize control of credit and eliminate the
“debt-growth imperative.” Such an idea may seem radical in the
extreme and will not be welcomed by the powers that be, but alternative
approaches are already in the works and will be ready to save the day when the
capitalist train crashes off the rails.
This is the
sorry state of affairs in today’s world. George Orwell had it right; you can’t
defy Big Brother without facing dire consequences. The following article by Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul
Institute for Peace and Prosperity describes what is happening to Julian
Assange at the hands of the global empire and what the ultimate outcome is
likely to be.
Dear Friends of the Ron Paul Institute:
Constitutional scholar and George Washington University Law School professor
Jonathan Turley wrote this week, the US Attorney General is completely
wrong in his efforts to prosecute Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange under the
Espionage Act. “The use of the Espionage Act strikes at the heart of
the First Amendment,” wrote Turley, who noted with approval that several
prosecutors in the Attorney General’s office shared his view that the
indictment of Assange on espionage charges is a terrible idea.
RPI Board Member Judge Andrew Napolitano hits the nail squarely on the
was Assange indicted? Government killers are a mob, and mobs love anonymity.
Assange assaulted their love by ending that anonymity. When the government
kills and rejoices and lies about it in our names, we have a right to know of
its behavior. Democracies spy on us all, yet they persist in punishing, to the
ends of the earth, those who dare to shine a light upon them. Tyrannies do the
What Assange has done – published leaked information undoubtedly in the public interest regarding probable criminal activities by the US government – is virtually indistinguishable from what mainstream media outlets do on a regular basis. In fact, if Assange is to be imprisoned as the publisher of information given him by NSA whistleblower Chelsea Manning, what’s to stop the publishers of the New York Times and Washington Post from being prosecuted for printing the exact same information?
If it becomes criminal to expose the criminality of our own government, then our days as a self-governing society are well and truly gone. We all become subjects to an authoritarian “deep state” rather than citizens of a republic of constitutionally limited state authority.
And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the idiocy of pursuing Assange for the “crime” of journalism. How does it make any sense that Julian Assange – an Australian – is being charged with treason against the United States, to which he owes no allegiance nor has he signed any form of non-disclosure agreement?
The US government may believe that it runs the world through its global military empire, but the assumption that non-Americans operating outside of the United States are to be subject to US laws regulating freedom of the press is to open a Pandora’s box that cannot end well.
Should American journalists operating in Europe, for example, be expected to adhere to China’s legal press regulation framework? Should the publisher of the Washington Post bone up on the Iranian legal system lest he be nabbed in the street somewhere in violation of Tehran’s media laws?
But what if Attorney General Barr and all the rest of the “permanent state” or “national security state” or whatever we choose to call it already knows that prosecuting Assange is going to be a wrenching and possibly ultimately futile endeavor? What if the goal is not to make him disappear in a supermax prison for the rest of his life but to actually just make him…disappear?
We have learned through Assange’s attorneys this week that he is so sick he cannot even have a normal conversation. He is reportedly “gravely ill” and has been moved to the hospital ward at the UK’s gulag-like Belmarsh prison. What if Assange is getting the “Milosevic treatment” – held in appalling conditions waiting for a judicial decision while being denied adequate medical treatment and in the end passing away before the case falls apart.
That’s just what happened to Miloevic at the Hague. He was held in inhuman conditions for years while they prepared his trial. He did not receive needed medical care and in the end he died before his trial – a trial which he was eventually exonerated.
So in the end it did not matter that the authorities could not prove their case. The case was closed. Permanently.
How could a dead Assange possibly help the national security statists in their efforts to keep us supine subjects, never questioning endless war and encroachment on our civil liberties? Because after Assange is dispensed with, who is going to take any risks to expose the crimes committed in our names and with our money? As I said in today’s Liberty Report, we will only be left with the mainstream media state stenographers, whose publication of national security leaks mostly consists of bolstering or hampering rivals inside the deep state apparatus. Rarely if ever do they actually expose the deep state for what it is – a murderous, lying, authoritarian mob that seeks total control over all of us.
That is why Assange in a recent handwritten note urged others to continue his work exposing such evil. “Everyone else must take my place,” he pleaded. But when the state has his ruined body on display, who would dare step up?
That is how they win. And we cannot let that happen. We must all do what we can to draw attention to the plight of Assange and the attack on our freedom of information. Our future and the future of coming generations depends on it!
Greece and the Global
Debt Crisis Thomas H. Greco, Jr.
The Greek debt crisis is emblematic of a more general, decades-long pattern of economic exploitation and reactionary politics that threatens not only the European Union but the stability of the global financial infrastructure and Western democratic civilization. The situation calls for a different form of globalization, not one that is dominated by transnational banks and corporations, but one that is built upon local self-determination and self-reliance, and based on local and domestic control of money, credit, and finance. Greece (and other debtor countries) can recover a measure of sovereignty and rebuild its economy by combining “debt triage” with public and private actions for creating domestic liquidity.
In the summer of 1977, I first ventured abroad from North America on a journey to explore ancient civilizations, cultures, and religions, and to experience contemporary life in Egypt, Israel, and Greece. During my six-week odyssey, I was able to visit the Pyramids, amble over the Holy Land, and visit the temple ruins of Athens and Delphi.
At one point while in Cairo I came upon a scene that greatly troubled me. There was a small burro hitched to an enormous cart that was laden to the hilt with onions. I felt nauseous as I watched the poor animal lying on its side being flogged by a man in a vain effort to rouse it to the task of moving what seemed to be an impossible load. As a stranger in a strange land, I felt helpless to intervene and quickly moved away. I often wonder what might have been the ultimate outcome, but in my imagination I see the man with the whip standing over the lifeless body of that animal lying in the street, and weeping in worry and frustration.
Now, when I contemplate Greece’s current predicament, that image comes to mind. I see Greece as that beaten and dying animal, overburdened with debt that is beyond its capacity to service, and being ﬂogged by its creditors in a vain attempt to get it to pay up. In my mind’s eye I see a future in which the dead carcass of Greece is being carved up and distributed amongst the creditor institutions. In actuality, Greece will survive, but under new (foreign) management, as she is forced to sell oﬀ her assets at ﬁre-sale prices.
In the eyes of the Germans and other creditors, represented by the so-called “troika” institutions (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund), the Greek people are lazy freeloaders who have been living “high on the hog” at their expense, and who now balk at repaying what they borrowed.
But there is another side to the story that paints a different picture, and even if there is a bit of truth in that characterization, what is there to be gained by creditors insisting upon their “pound of ﬂesh”? As civilization has advanced, debtor prisons have been eliminated and bankruptcy laws have been instituted to protect people and companies from creditors who insist upon collecting more than debtors, for whatever reason, are able to pay. Why can’t nations be aﬀorded the same considerations?
First of all, it was not the Greek people who did the borrowing, it was a series of Greek governments that were either corrupted, coerced, or seduced into taking on a series of debts that were increasingly burdensome. Greece was lured into the debt trap from which it seems impossible to escape. Ellen Brown has summarized in her article, The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion, some of the many moves that were made to ensnare the Greek government, and by extension, the Greek people. … more.
As society grapples with the reality of
climate change, many believe that technology will somehow save the planet. As
this book argues, that is not enough: larger-scale collaboration, coordination,
and funding is needed. Individuals and groups, even with significant personal
resources, will not be able to reverse the present course of ecological
disaster. What our endangered planet needs is broadly supported community
action, which is what happens when people come together and organize for the
common good. What we need, in short, is political structures and actions. The
essays in this book examine the political structures that have led to our
present crisis and offer concrete lessons from the U.S., Japan, Brazil, and
Greece, that can, if heeded, bring us back from the brink and toward an
This book of essays emerged out of some of the presentations
that were given at a major conference, Seizing
an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization. that was organized by Center
for Process Studies and held at Pomona College (CA) in June 2015 and attended
by more than 1500 people. It includes two of my own essays, Greece and the Global Debt Crisis, and How Private Currencies and Credit Clearing
Exchanges Can Help Save Civilization, as well as essays by John Cobb, Ellen
Brown, Gayle McLaughlin and several others.
The full list of contents and order form can be found here.
The book can also be ordered on Amazon.com
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