Category Freedom of Speech

John Pilger: Have Western Democracies Mutated Into War Propagandists?

“The war hysteria that has rolled in like a tidal wave in recent weeks and months is the most striking example. Known by its jargon, “shaping the narrative,” much if not most of it is pure propaganda.”

The Persecution of Julian Assange

“Whether or not Assange is guilty of sexual violence, we do not believe that is why he is being pursued. Once again women’s fury and frustration at the prevalence of rape and other violence is being used by politicians to advance their own purposes.”

Read Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace, February 14, 2022

Big 5: How MIC controls politics, Connections: Militarism /Climate Chaos, Nader: Biden, Giroux: book ban, Greenwald: Neo-Cons; Bacevich: Very Long War Ukraine, Bell Hooks, and more…

Meet the Big 5: How the Military-Industrial Complex Controls Politics

Why, despite public opposition, do military budgets continue to rise and arms sales to authoritarian governments continue? Find some answers here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022: Call-in Day for Julian Assange

Julian Assange is charged under the Espionage Act. He is not a spy. He is a journalist. He provided information of public interest to the whole world, not a foreign adversary.

DN! Chomsky Blasts the “Torture” of Julian Assange and Biden’s Provocative Acts Against China

“it’s the same story as always, just like Glasgow. It’s those the voices in the street which can end this tragedy of the Assange torture and persecution, like everything else, like the civil rights movement, like the social democratic initiatives in the 1930s, the New Deal measures, like the antiwar movement, like the women’s movement, everything, always the same answer.”

Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange

“When the ruling class peddles lies there is no cost for parroting them back to the public. The cost is paid by those who tell the truth.”

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges on NSA Leaks, Assange and Protecting a Free Internet

FREE ASSANGE, PRESS FREEDOM, MEDIA FREEDOM INTERNET,

What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files, By Michael Levenson

“When the wars intensified, the authority to approve strikes was pushed further down the chain of command, even as an overwhelming majority of strikes were carried out in the heat of war, and not planned far in advance.”

Read Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace, alternative to the mainstream media

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn

Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange

“If [Assange is] found guilty it will effectively criminalize the investigative work of all journalists and publishers, anywhere in the world and of any nationality, who possess classified documents to shine a light on the inner workings of power. This mortal assault on the press will have been orchestrated, we must not forget, by a Democratic administration. It will set a legal precedent that will delight other totalitarian regimes and autocrats who, emboldened by the United States,..”

Attacks on Professors Are Attacks on Democracy, by Benjamin Carter Hett

The fascist movements of the 20th century were notoriously anti-intellectual and anti-professor.

Thom Hartmann: The News Is Too Vital To Be Left to the “Free Market” and Must Again be Owned and Run by Actual Journalists

“Infotainment “news” media won’t talk about many of the most vital issues of our day, and treats politics as if it were the NFL instead of the most vital tool for our democracy. We must reverse the past 40 years’ destruction of our news ecosystem.”

‘CIA Tried to Kill Assange;’ US: ‘He’s Only Moderately Depressed and Won’t Go to Isolation (Day Two)

“This is a case of credible evidence of U.S. plans to do serious harm to Assange, contemplating assassination, rendering, kidnapping and poisoning and it is worthy an investigation of these assurances that this same government asks us to believe.”

PSYOPS, by Patrick Lawrence

“The Deep State — and at this point it is mere pretense to object to this term — long ago made it a priority to turn the mainstream press and broadcasters to its purposes — to make a free press unfree. This has gone on since the earliest Cold War decades and is well and responsibly documented.”

The Belmarsh Tribunal: The War On Terror is Put on Trial

“To free the world we have to free Assange. Stay Free.” Edward Snowden

The Kabul Strike: Drone Whistleblowers React

While the media and decision makers are reckoning with the Kabul strike the voices of drone whistleblowers have been conspicuously absent from these national discussions.

Hedges and Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

“The Red Scare, Giroux warns, is alive and well in America.”

Matt Taibbi: Responding to “On the Media” on Free Speech: FIRE’s “So to Speak” Podcast

Last month, On the Media, a popular radio program from New York City’s WNYC, aired an episode that questioned free speech values and challenged so-called “free speech absolutism.”
On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Matt Taibbi, Nadine Strossen, and Amna Khalid, who provide direct responses to many of the free speech critiques made in On the Media’s program