Dissident Voice

2019 Dec 9 - 11:00pm
To those candidates who are putting themselves forward as MPs to become a voice within the UK Parliament — would you stand up for Julian Assange and for those who. in speaking truth, have the audacity to challenge the dialogue of power? I am disappointed that my question relating to the arbitrary detention of Julian Assange was not presented at the Hustings meeting at Kirbymoorside. I consider it to be a question of such vital importance...
Tags: chelsea manning, Crimes against Humanity, Crimes against Peace, Extradiction, Julian Assange, Opinion
2019 Dec 9 - 10:13pm
It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving media and, bankrolled by rich Arab countries, whose only goal is to serve their specific, often sinister, agendas. One does not need to highlight of how state-controlled media in the Middle East lacks...
Tags: Media, Middle East
2019 Dec 9 - 7:54pm
Bulgaria, it appears, is a captured state.  I’ll get to that in a minute.  I first heard about Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a lengthy prison sentence in Bulgaria, through a fellow Australian.  The context was a message from my friend Kamala that was straightforward, to the effect of, “would you write a song about Jock?” I’m never entirely sure what the answer is going to be to a question like that, because it...
Tags: Australia, Bulgaria, Incarceration, political prisoners, Jock Palfreeman
2019 Dec 9 - 11:49am
NATO leaders’ meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, north of London, on December 4, 2019 (Al Drago for The New York Times) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held an abbreviated two-day meeting this week in London on its 70th anniversary. On display was a zombie alliance that is bitterly divided on multiple issues and has lost its purpose for existing. Rather than recognizing it is time to end this obsolete military...
Tags: (Ex-)Yugoslavia, afghanistan, Canada, France, Iraq, Libya
2019 Dec 9 - 11:02am
A nonprofit employer is not necessarily a better boss than a profit-making one. That sad truth is reinforced by the experience of some 2,200 nurses at Albany Medical Center, who have been fighting for a contract since April 2018, when they voted for union representation. Even that union recognition struggle proved exceptionally difficult.  The management at Albany Med―a vast, sprawling enterprise with roughly $2 billion in revenue and 9,500...
Tags: Health/Medical, Labor, Medical Insurance, Strikes, Unions, United States
2019 Dec 8 - 11:29am
Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting.  While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a casual glance would have suggested otherwise.  This was a show of some bickering. France, never the most comfortable member, suggested that NATO was “experiencing… brain death”.  While this...
Tags: Canada, France, NATO, United Kingdom, United States
2019 Dec 8 - 12:06am
West Point Professor Tim Bakken’s new book The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military traces a path of corruption, barbarism, violence, and unaccountability that makes its way from the United States’ military academies (West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs) to the top ranks of the U.S. military and U.S. governmental policy, and from there into a broader U.S. culture that, in turn, supports the subculture of the...
Tags: anti-war, Book Review, Classism, corruption, Crimes against Peace, Disinformation
2019 Dec 7 - 10:48pm
On 25 November 1960, three of four of the Mirabal sisters – María Teresa, Minerva, and Patria – of the Dominican Republic were assassinated for their resistance against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. The youngest of the three – María Teresa – said before her death, ‘Perhaps what we have most near is death, but that idea does not frighten me. We shall continue to fight for justice’. Twenty-one years ago, at the first Encuentro (Encounter)...
Tags: Gender, Justice, Statism
2019 Dec 7 - 10:04pm
The Union of Cypriots is one of the prominent organizations that is fighting against the Turkish occupation of Cyprus and struggles for a united Cyprus. It also took the world’s attention with its strong image and messages lately. Today, you can hear its name when the Cyprus subject opens, anywhere, despite the fact that the solution it supports for the reunification is not the one supported by the foreign powers included in the “Cyprus...
Tags: Cyprus, Interview, Opinion, turkey, Mustafa Akıncı, Oz Karahan
2019 Dec 7 - 1:04pm
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – emerged in the early 1970s, during a long-term rightist movement in the United States. The DSA’s contribution to the American Left was its new founded identity as a radical organization born out of a merger between the DSOC and NAM. DSA also sought to become a...
Tags: capitalism, Co-operatives, Democratic Socialism, England, Labor, Neoliberalism
2019 Dec 7 - 12:37pm
In the December 4th statement that was made by Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan was this: We have become the shining city on a hill. We have become the nation that leads the world in understanding what democracy is. One of the things we understand most profoundly is it’s not a real democracy, it’s not a mature democracy if the party in power uses the criminal process to go after its enemies. I think you heard testimony, the...
Tags: barack obama, Classism, democracy, Democrats, Disinformation, donald trump
2019 Dec 7 - 11:50am
For tens of thousands of years the Arctic’s carbon sink has been a powerful dynamic in functionality of the Earth System. However, that all-important functionality has been crippled and could be permanently severed. According to new research based upon field observations conducted from 2003 to 2017, a large-scale carbon emission shift in the Earth System has occurred. The “entire Arctic” now emits more carbon than it absorbs, a fact that can...
Tags: climate change, Environment, Neoliberalism, Paris 2015, Permafrost, COP25

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