The Anti-Empire Report #117 By William Blum: What our presidents tell our young people

4 June, 2013 — Anti-Empire Report

What our presidents tell our young people

In this season of college graduations, let us pause to remember the stirring words of America’s beloved scholar, George W. Bush, speaking in Florida in 2007 at the commencement exercises of Miami Dade College: “In Havana and other Cuban cities, there are people just like you who are attending school, and dreaming of a better life. Unfortunately those dreams are stifled by a cruel dictatorship that denies all freedom in the name of a dark and discredited ideology.” 1

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Video: Julian Assange Pt.1: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond Guilty Plea Part of Crackdown on Journalism, Activism

29 May 2013 — Democracy Now!

Jeremy Hammond of the hacktivist group Anonymous has pleaded guilty to hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions. Hammond says his goal was to shed light on how governments and corporations act behind close doors. Some five million Stratfor emails ended up on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, shedding light on how the private intelligence firm monitors activists and spies for corporate clients. In a statement, Hammond said he accepted the plea deal in part to avoid an overzealous prosecution that could have resulted in at least 30 years in prison. He has already served 15 months, including weeks in solitary confinement. Joining us from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Hammond’s prosecution comes as part of a wider crackdown “on effective political activists and alleged journalistic sources.

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Cables: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda

14 May 2013 — Food and Water Watch

The article presents a report, done by the organization, that shows how US State Department has launched a strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology for the benefit of agribusiness and seed corporations, lobbying foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws.

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Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly

6 May 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 816

World Social Forum 2013, Tunisia

As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization.

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"Shadows of Liberty": New Film Explores How Corporate Control of Media Erodes Press Freedoms

6 April 2013 — Democracy Now!

Shadows of Liberty: Using individual cases of journalists whose attempts to tell their stories have been muzzled by corporations and the government, the film shows how a corporate-controlled media can silence the truth about issues ranging from war to labor practices. In one instance, CBS refused to re-air an investigation by the prize-winning journalist Roberta Baskin on Nike’s use of sweatshop labor in Vietnam. Published on Apr 5, 2013 The new documentary “Shadows of Liberty” had its U.S. premiere last night at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver.

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Media Lens: Heading For A Different Planet By David Cromwell

26 March 2013 — Media Lens

Global Warming, Propaganda-Journalism And The Definition Of Insanity

The systematic propaganda of the corporate media – its deep-rooted antipathy towards upholding proper journalistic standards in the public interest – extends to its coverage of human-induced climate change. The Independent recently delivered a masterpiece of headline obfuscation with: ‘World cools on global warming as green fatigue sets in.’

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The Art of War: The Reconquest of Africa By Manlio Dinucci

31 January 2013 — Global Research ilmanifesto.it

At the very moment when the Democratic Party President Barack Obama reiterated in his inaugural address that the United States “must be a source of hope for the poor” and will “support democracy from Asia to Africa,” giant U.S. C-17 aircraft were carrying French troops into Mali, where Washington a year before had put in power Captain Sanogo, trained in the U.S. by the Pentagon and CIA, exacerbating Mali’s internal conflicts.

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Capitalism, Crises, and a Socialist Alternative: In Conversation With Michael A. Lebowitz By Rebekah Wetmore and Ryan Romard

17 January 2013 — MRZine

Rebekah Wetmore and Ryan Romard (RW/RR): The crisis of world capitalism starting in 2007 was the most severe crisis of capitalism since the Great Depression and thus far the recovery, both globally and within <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Canada, has been weak at best.  With this mind, to what extent is the current crisis cyclical and in what ways is this related to a broader, systemic crisis of the capitalist system?

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