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Malcolm X Was Right About America, by Chris Hedges

Source: truthdig

Malcolm X about two weeks before he was murdered in 1965. AP/Victor Boynton
Malcolm X about two weeks before he was murdered in 1965. AP/Victor Boynton

NEW YORK—Malcolm X, unlike Martin Luther King Jr., did not believe America had a conscience. For him there was no great tension between the lofty ideals of the nation—which he said were a sham—and the failure to deliver justice to blacks. He, perhaps better than King, understood the inner workings of empire. He had no hope that those who managed empire would ever get in touch with their better selves to build a country free of exploitation and injustice. He argued that from the arrival of the first slave ship to the appearance of our vast archipelago of prisons and our squalid, urban internal colonies where the poor are trapped and abused, the American empire was unrelentingly hostile to those Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth.” This, Malcolm knew, would not change until the empire was destroyed.

“It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck,” Malcolm said. “Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it’s more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody’s blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It’s only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.”

King was able to achieve a legal victory through the civil rights movement, portrayed in the new film “Selma.” But he failed to bring about economic justice and thwart the rapacious appetite of the war machine that he was acutely aware was responsible for empire’s abuse of the oppressed at home and abroad. And 50 years after Malcolm X was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem by hit men from the Nation of Islam, it is clear that he, not King, was right. We are the nation Malcolm knew us to be. Human beings can be redeemed. Empires cannot. Our refusal to face the truth about empire, our refusal to defy the multitudinous crimes and atrocities of empire, has brought about the nightmare Malcolm predicted. And as the Digital Age and our post-literate society implant a terrifying historical amnesia, these crimes are erased as swiftly as they are committed.

“Sometimes, I have dared to dream … that one day, history may even say that my voice—which disturbed the white man’s smugness, and his arrogance, and his complacency—that my voice helped to save America from a grave, possibly even fatal catastrophe,” Malcolm wrote.

The integration of elites of color, including Barack Obama, into the upper echelons of institutional and political structures has done nothing to blunt the predatory nature of empire. Identity and gender politics—we are about to be sold a woman president in the form of Hillary Clinton—have fostered, as Malcolm understood, fraud and theft by Wall Street, the evisceration of our civil liberties, the misery of an underclass in which half of all public school children live in poverty, the expansion of our imperial wars and the deep and perhaps fatal exploitation of the ecosystem. And until we heed Malcolm X, until we grapple with the truth about the self-destruction that lies at the heart of empire, the victims, at home and abroad, will mount. Malcolm, like James Baldwin, understood that only by facing the truth about who we are as members of an imperial power can people of color, along with whites, be liberated. This truth is bitter and painful. It requires an acknowledgment of our capacity for evil, injustice and exploitation, and it demands repentance. But we cling like giddy children to the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. We refuse to grow up. And because of these lies, perpetrated across the cultural and political spectrum, liberation has not taken place. Empire devours us all.

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Of Trade Deals & Commerce

 Earth, Solar System, Milky Way (Orion Arm), Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Laniakea Supercluster, Universe
Our address ->Earth, Solar System, Milky Way (Orion Arm), Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Laniakea Supercluster, Universe

Why do we need a deal?

Shouldn’t our focus be our domestic economy?
 
If we think we need the world to sustain us then we simply are denying reality. Your land is fertile enough to feed all. Your men and women are skillful enough to provide housing. They are skillful enough to give you medicine and education too.
 
So, really? You think we need some trade deal to improve our lives?
 
We are human beings. We are intelligent among the animal kingdom. Do you really think we need some “elected” officials to tell us how to live? what we get and what we dont? Who eats well and who does not? and on top of that tell us how long we live by denying us our rights under various dubious pretexts?
 
When did you decide to stop building society to the best of human potential and instead to build it to the best of human desire?
 
Really now? Is this man in the 21st century or is this a weak subdued human talking ?

 

Mohsin Siddiqui

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Kiwis come out to exercise that thing called freedom, by Mohsin Siddiqui

Anti-TPPA protesters in Auckland on 4 Feb 2016
Anti-TPPA protesters in Auckland on 4 Feb 2016

Today was a good day to be out and about in Auckland. A bouquet of human values was on display that is usually confined to that, overtly distorted, place called ‘personal space’ in this ever shrinking public space.

The protests in Auckland were anticipated by the vast majority of the population in this truly unique Island in the Pacific. There is an almost electrifying blend of people from all walks of life who came out to voice their dissent.

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was signed despite the opposition of the majority of the population. It does not ,however, surprise as precisely such an outcome was predicted at last week’s Auckland Town Hall meeting. The intent of the protesters was more to do with the assertion of their right to dissent and to mark a start to their struggle as renowned New Zealand journalist and film maker Bryan Bruce noted.

Queen Street, Auckland, NZ
Queen Street, Auckland, NZ

Signing the TPPA is merely symbolic and no matter what the state propaganda machine regurgitates (from PR coaches), the truth is that the majority of a nation cannot be silenced. And as such, a piece of paper is meaningless. The people do not want the TPPA and they will not allow for it to steal their right to life,dignity and freedom.

The Establishment should simply give up pushing through a corporate takeover of sovereign Aotearoa. What is the point? Do they never expect to interact with the common man? Do they really think human spirit can be crushed by politics of fear,lies,intimidation and injustice?

Last night the Auckland Transport Authority ‘mysteriously’ announced that buses will not be running from 09:00am to 03:00pm. That just happened to coincide with the peak commute time for protesters from around Auckland.

This is Aotearoa and its people cannot be dominated by corporations:

To their credit the people were 100% peaceful with their protest and civil disobedience. Men, women, children and the elderly marched in solidarity cheerful,hopeful and dignified as their rights were being signed away at a casino. The government decided to sign a fundamentally undemocratic treaty in the one place they could.

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An Association of Journalists who stand for honesty and dignity of life, by Augmented Ether

This blog has been online for sometime now and it has given us the opportunity to survey the landscape of popular left opinion makers, writers, journalists,philosophers,poets,historians,,economists,media organizations and more.

We have found there to be much good in the community, a lot of good will, true honest dedicated individuals and very driven truth seekers. To be honest, it has been the proverbial breath of fresh air to work with the wonderful people involved in speaking the truth.

However, we have also at the same time noticed a few things that can be done a lot better by just some simple coordination and collaboration. It has been very surprising to us that we were able to talk to veteran journalists, suggest ideas and even introduce people. And this was just a part time blog.

There are a number of good people doing great things and we wish to help them all connect with each other. That is pretty much the aim at the moment.

One such person who has been generous with her unwavering support of the truth and of raising the bar of journalism is Dagmar Henn, a former Munich City Councilor and now a member of the German Communist Party.

It was during a conversation with her that the idea of an “Association of Journalists” was mentioned by Dagmar.

Here, below, we (this blog) explain it in our own words.

The Proposition:

One need that we have seen in the Alternate Media landscape has been a lack of collaboration to establish standards that would help identify the honest from the run of the mill.  Perhaps a vehicle that could be a form of loose fraternity if you call it, would be say an “Association of Journalists who stand for honesty and dignity of life”. We all know how much damage the Mass Media inflicts on ordinary people who lap up lie after lie after lie

When the unenlightened go online, they are met with a barrage of news reports from every corner of the planet. There is simply no way to verify the report, certify the credibility of the author nor to assume with confidence that journalistic standards were followed. Now, if you are the average joe, would you really dig through to find the truth of the matter?

For instance, a logo or digital water mark for display pictures could be one simple way to indicate at first sight what the journalist stands for. We could even have a people fact checked and maintained database of journalists from around the world. These are just some ideas on how we could do things and by no means a final suggestion.

The idea is to spark conversations and working groups to help us all realize a positive outcome, a consolidation of our respective followers, a unification of the global movement now underway in various shapes, colours and forms. 

Please help spread the word!

When there is utter corruption in the landscape then we must form a new body to be the focal point of fighting this corruption via people funded media. We feel NewsBud has that potential, it is a truly unique way to transform news for the 21st century.

Similarly, we see exciting stuff at Peak Prosperity that will serve as a great educational tool for the masses of interested people.

Another example of powerful people power is Mint Press News that has quickly gained a steady following.

How can we have everyone collaborating more?

How can we shape opinion by using technology to enable discussion panels with the worlds foremost experts on a regular basis broadcast online for the entire planet to learn from? for example. A panel dedicated to responding to official government claims on matters such as the TPPA .

There is much to think about and this is by no means an attempt to answer all questions but we feel it is a step in the right direction.

We would like to call on anyone in our community of peers to discuss these idea among yourselves, your network of friends & family and us.

Never before in the history of the world did we all have so much talent available at our finger tips. Lets get smart and use it to our advantage. We can do wonderful things.

Augmented Ether

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Disruptive ideas from the ether abound, Max Keiser leads the way!

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‘Tel Aviv sur Seine’ – as a rather ‘sick Jewish joke’ bites the dust, by Paul Matthews

'Samson in the Temple of Dagon, destroying his enemies, and himself' - Wood Engraving  Gustav Doré La Bible : Traduction de Bourassé et Janvier, appelée aussi Bible de Tours, 1866
‘Samson in the Temple of Dagon, destroying his enemies, and himself’ – Wood Engraving
Gustav Doré La Bible : Traduction de Bourassé et Janvier, appelée aussi Bible de Tours, 1866

“Frederick John Westcott (26 March 1866 – 18 September 1941), best known by his stage name Fred Karno, was an English theatre impresario of the British music hall. He is credited with popularizing the custard-pie-in-the-face gag. During the 1890s, in order to circumvent stage censorship, Karno developed a form of sketch comedy without dialogue. Cheeky authority-defying playlets such as “Jail Birds” (1896) in which prisoners play tricks on warders and “Early Birds” (1903), where a small man defeats a large ruffian in London’s East End, can be seen as precursors of movie silent comedy. American film producer Hal Roach stated: “Fred Karno is not only a genius, he is the man who originated slapstick comedy. We in Hollywood owe much to him.” Among the music hall comedians who worked for him were Charlie Chaplin and his understudy, Arthur Jefferson, who later adopted the name of Stan Laurel. These were part of what was known as “Fred Karno’s Army”, a phrase still occasionally used in the UK to refer to a chaotic group or organisation. The phrase was also adapted by British soldiers into a trench song in the First World War, as a parody of, or rather to the tune of, the hymn The Church’s One Foundation … “. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Karno.

Writing again from Occupied France, I’ve just watched ‘The Anna Tuv Story’ (q.v.) She lost an arm, her husband Yuriy, and their 11 year old daughter Katya when, in May 2015, their house in Gorlovka was shelled, probably by Ukraine’s 1st howitzer division. But with ‘soundbites’ scripted mostly by the swivel-eyed hasbara merchants, the news was never reported. Neither were the 800 artillery rounds falling on Donetsk to greet the UK’s visiting Defence Secretary. As London and Washington manifested their support for putschists in Ukraine and Brazil, police, journalists and protestors heavily outnumbered pro-Israeli ‘pleasure seekers’ at the Paris Plages fiasco.

The arms trade is booming. With their ham acting and weasel words from White House Apparatchiks, la Mère Hidalgo in Paris, le Père Porochenko and the Right Honourable Tory MP Michael Fallon in Kiev fanning the flames of hatred and intolerance, farce competes with tragedy to sharpen our appetite for truth, justice and peace. The threatened coup d’Etat to oust Dilma Rousseff is deeply disturbing. In a rare moment of optimism, I had considered renaming my, as yet unpublished, research «La décheance du peuple élu – à quand la fin d’une élite autoproclamée ?». But can one translate that into English ? Is there any reason to warrant the belief that we, or any other dissident group, make any impact on this loathsome, repressively Permissive Society of ours ?

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Conversation: Life of African-Russians In the Russian Federation

This article originally appeared on: Slavorum

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When we think of multicultural society we always think of USA, and naturally during Cold War Era of Soviet Union one could not see black people from Africa located inside Russia. In other words maybe just some African delegations, but as Russian population none. However as USSR fell apart, and as Russia also turned to capitalist system things have changed in last years and as you are about to see many more people have come to become naturalized Russians. These people today live in Russia and work on positions from mayors, to policemen, army-men and anything else that comes to ones mind.

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They are now sucesfully incorporated in all branches of society, so they work in public transport:

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One Russian town has recently elected an African mayor:

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This was the new Russian mayor during his campaign:

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Orthodox church has also become un-orthodox in it’s composition:

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Locals come to holy mass held by African priests:

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Group of young naturalized Russians taking a photo before “whitey” town sign.

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After hard work many enjoy their time in traditional Russian food and drinks:

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Cossacks have also strengthen their ranks:

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Communist Russian party also has new members:

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Soldier ranks also have new members from Mozambican Army which are in Russia for training

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Police in Siberia also became more colorful:

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Many have learned how to play traditional Russian Balalaika instrument:

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Ice baths that Russians enjoy are also loved by African-Russians:

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Now it’s proven Lenin also had it’s African-Russian twin:

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They enjoy Russian cos-plays and history re-enactments:

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All in all happy bunch! Don’t you think? :)

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

 

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Conversation: I Stand with Russia

This is a really interesting effort being led by Sean Davis in the Asia Pacific region. He has taken a stand and we encourage you to take a stand for truth as well.

We initially reported on this at the beginning of the year here. And we are very happy to see that the initiative is continuing and growing!

Thank you Sean!

AE
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The Fascist News Network (BBC) and reality

The BBC has been supporting the Nazi cause since the beginning of the Ukrainian genocide
The BBC has been supporting the Nazi cause since the beginning of the Ukrainian genocide

Notice the humble “President in deep thought” moment captured and plastered on the BBC website.  This despite the fact that Poroshenko is a certified Nazi who is ordering genocide in East Ukraine. The British state propaganda channel has been playing a notorious role as the Imperial Mouthpiece for many decades.

What the BBC will not show you (courtesy of FortRuss and Kazzura):

The disingenuous reporting right from John Simpson’s ludicrous insinuations at the Putin press conference to the treatment of the Greek Finance Minister to the usual support for Israeli murder in Palestine has now reached sickening depths.

The BBC is specially painful to watch as it distorts and lies with finesse that is not found on the run of the mill Fox News type cartoon shows. The channel manipulates the public’s trust in it by serving the agenda of the Elite.

With Britain now militarily helping the Nazi Junta in Ukraine and the BBC serving as the ever faithful mouthpiece, there is little hope for reality to set in.

AE

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