War on Dissent by the US and West Threaten Speech, Media and Academic Freedoms

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
War on Dissent by the US and West Threatens Speech, Media and Academic Freedoms

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman) 

Censorship is the new normal in America and the West, wanting the message controlled, targeting what conflicts with it for elimination, notably on major geopolitical issues.

Digital democracy is the last frontier of free and open expression.

It’s threatened by social media, Google, and other tech giants —  complicit in a campaign against content conflicting with the official narrative.

Media scholar Robert McChesney earlier said without digital democracy, “the Internet would look like cable TV…a handful of massive companies (controlling) content” — deciding what’s permitted online and what’s suppressed.

Without free expression rights, all others are threatened — where things are headed in US and other Western societies.

Fundamental rights
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Trump to Slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump to Slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, he was asked if cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security is on his agenda.

“At some point they will be,” he responded, adding: Cutting them is “the easiest of all things,” falsely claiming greater economic growth that doesn’t exist makes it possible.

His 2020 budget calls for large cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals.

Candidate Trump earlier said “(e)very Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security.” 

“They want to do it on Medicare. They want to do it on Medicaid. (W)e can’t do that. (I)t’s not fair to the people that have been paying in for years and now all of the sudden they want to…cut.”

Time and again, Trump as president showed indifference to equity and justice for the vast ma
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US Peace Plans Unrelated to Peace

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
US Peace Plans Unrelated to Peace

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Trump may reveal his no-peace, deal of the century peace plan next week, according to reports.

Whenever released, it’s unrelated to peace, what he’s dismissive of, what hardliners in his regime and vast majority in Congress abhor, what Netanyahu supports, what Palestinians rejected before release because it serves Israeli interests exclusively at their expense.

Peace, stability, equity, justice, observing the rule of law, and governing by democratic values defeat Washington’s domestic and geopolitical agendas.

It’s served by endless conflicts, instability, and chaos, aiming for control over other nations, their resources and populations — what the scourge of imperialism is all about.

Why else would endless US direct and proxies wars have raged and continue raging throughout most of the post-WW II period.

Military Keyne
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Trump’s Machiavellian Iran Plan

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump’s Machiavellian Iran Plan

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The US has been hostile to Iran since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist tyranny, the nation regaining its sovereignty that was destroyed by the CIA’s 1953 coup, its first ahead of decades of high crimes to follow.

Trump regime hostility toward Iran exceeds the worst of his predecessors, waging all-out economic terrorism on the nation and its people — its aim all about regime change, wanting pro-Western rule replacing Iranian sovereign independence, along with gaining control over its vast hydrocarbon resources.

Asked on Friday what the Trump regime’s plan is for Iran, neocon hardliner Pompeo equated US war on the country by other means to “diplomatic efforts,” together with “coalition” partners, aiming for unilateral surrender, a futile agenda against a nation willing and able to defend its sove
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The Denisovans at the Gates of Dawn: An Interview with Andrew Collins

This article was published in New Dawn 177 (Nov-Dec 2019) Many New Dawn readers are familiar with Andrew Collins, the British writer and researcher specialising in books that “challenge the way we perceive the past.” He is a pioneer in […] Continue reading

SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: January 26, 2019 Edition

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Opinion Column by John Semmens
NJ Gov Announces Road Closure

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that the main route to the Jan 28 Trump rally site in Wildwood will be closed “so work can be done to repair the roadway. I realize that the deplorables who need their regular infusion of Trump’s lies may be inconvenienced, but those who will be deterred from participating in this brainwashing event will have cause to thank me later.”

Profs Protest Pro-Life Film

Forty-three faculty members of King’s University College at Western University in Ontario, Canada signed a letter demanding that the college administration “apologize for allowing this film to be shown on campus. The film’s message that it is okay to oppose abortion is not fit to be aired at an institution of higher learning.” The film—Unplanned—is based on the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager who became a pro-life advocate after personally witnessing an abortion &quo
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Putin Calls For A New System Guided By UN Charter… But Is It Possible?

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News Story Source: https://www.zerohedge.com by Matthew Ehret
This is not an opinion, but a fact. We are moving towards eight billion lives on this globe and the means of productive powers to sustain that growing population (at least in the west) has been permitted to decay terribly over the recent half century while monetary values have grown like a hyperinflationary cancer to unimaginable proportions. Derivatives speculation alone under the deregulated “too big to fail” banking system has resulted in over $1.5 quadrillion in nominal values which have ZERO connection to the real world (GDP globally barely accounts for $80 trillion). Over the past 5 months $415 billion of QE bailouts have been released into the bankrupt banks to prevent a collapse. So, economically it’s foundation of sand.

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