Good God, The Russia Obsession! How Liberals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New McCarthyism

Ever seen anything like that collective hysterical freakout over the Trump-Putin summit? I have not, and I’ve been paying some attention for 40-odd years.  Don’t forget CBS News head honcho Les Moonves’s candid comments during the 2016 presidential campaign: “Trump is damned good for CBS News” because higher ratings = higher profits, and we’re all…

The Agony and Aghastitude: Thomas Frank in Berkeley Tonight, Corte Madera Thursday

I suspect that for a lot of prosperous liberals, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. For them, there’s an alternative to political victory: a utopia of scolding. Who needs to win elections when you can personally reestablish the rightful social order every day on Twitter and Facebook? When you can scold, and scold, and…

Case Studies in Propaganda: Palestinians and the Great March of Return 2018 – Corporate Press Render Israeli Murder of Palestinian Protesters a Passive, Unattributable Act

“If you’ve been noticing the headlines about Israeli forces killing Palestinian protesters that seem carefully designed to avoid mentioning who’s doing the killing, you may be wondering: Is that how media always do it? The answer is no: Journalists know very well how to include the identity of the killers in the headline—when they think…

Besieged: The Economic Impact of the Israeli Siege & the Collective Punishment of Palestinians

Israel destroyed Gaza’s airport in 2001 and its seaport in 2002. While Palestinian exports are barred, its imports are heavily restricted. Israel prevents Gaza fishermen from venturing further from shore, where larger schools of fish are to be found, and has killed 5, wounded 25 fishermen since 2007. Israeli companies benefit from a monopoly on goods sold to Gaza, making $375 million in 2012, the last year for which data was available. Infographic courtesy of Visualizing Palestine.

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Short Walk Home, Long Walk to Freedom

For seventy years, Israeli violence has permeated every aspect of Palestinians’ lives. Once again, Palestinians are resisting This excellent Visualizing Palestine graphic vastly undercounts the dead after yesterday’s massacre of Gaza protesters, but it remains an effective visualization – many Gaza residents are not far from the land they called home, and have the right to…

Bounty Farm’s 8th Annual Plant Sale: Help us Grow! Earth Day, Sunday, April 22

Everybody eats! Petaluma Bounty aims to grow the sharing economy, the one in which every member of our community has access to enough healthy, nutritious, locally-grown food to thrive. You can help Petaluma Bounty grow its numerous that collectively work towards that goal by shopping for your spring garden’s fruit, vegetable and flower starts at…

Jesus Returns to Palestine

This one from Mr. Fish – first published during a previous (July/August 2014) Israeli attack upon the Palestinians of the Gaza strip – seems more relevant than ever, particularly now that the corporate, for-profit press (recall that their business model is to sell your attention to advertisers) and US blowhard Nikki Haley are so successfully diverting our limited attention to inherently evil and officially-designated enemies, Russia and Syria. – RR

The Agony and Aghastitude: Four More Years – The Trump reelection nightmare and how we can stop it

By Thomas Frank, Harper’s magazine April 2018. The liberal rank and file are more energized than they have been for years. Political novices are signing up to run for office across the country. Democrats are well ahead in nearly any poll you care to mention. But still, I give them only a fair-to-middling chance of…

Whacking the Weeds We Sowed: When Will the New York Times Provide Context for the Global War Being Waged by the U.S.?

“When Russia moved into the Ukraine and seized Crimea in 2014, it got more than its share of (bad) media coverage in the United States, as it did when it intervened in Syria the next year.  So just imagine what kind of coverage Vladimir Putin’s favorite nation would be getting if, almost 17 years after…

Disaster Capitalism in Sonoma County – Who Are Our Local Power Brokers? March 28 in Santa Rosa

CORRECTION: The invitation below was previously published by RR prematurely, and contained a significant error. This event is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County and several other organizations, but it will occur at 6 pm on March 28 at Christ Church United Methodist, 1717 Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa. We regret…

March 28: Disaster Capitalism in Sonoma County – Who Are Our Local Power Brokers?

Head to Christ Church United Methodist in Santa Rosa on March 28 for what should be a lively discussion of who profits and who does not as Sonoma County recovers and rebuilds after last autumn’s wildfires. We assume this will include a discussion of Rebuild Northbay, the foundation that wealthy power broker Darius Anderson founded…

The West Virginia teachers’ strike is what real resistance looks like – Jeff Biggers

This kind of resistance does not allow onlookers to look away, especially in an age of social media. It brings the story to those who have refused to read it Saturday, March 10, 2018 The victorious strike by teachers in West Virginia did not only result in a long overdue pay raise. With the exuberance…

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry Discusses North Korea, Nuclear Policy, & Prospects for Devastation and Diplomacy, March 29 in Petaluma

How the U.S. Can Use Diplomacy with North Korea Former Secretary of Defense William Perry will address the subject of nuclear diplomacy in a presentation at the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College on Thursday, March 29 at 12:15 pm. The event, at the Carole Ellis Auditorium, is free and open to the public.…

Amid Heightened Tension, Senators Feinstein, Markey, Sanders & Merkley Propose to Jumpstart Strategic Talks with Russia – Mainstream Press Fails to Cover Story

Four United States senators are urging a new approach to U.S.-Russian relations based on renewed arms control efforts, but you probably haven’t heard about it from the mainstream media, Gilbert Doctorow and Ray McGovern report. In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

From #MeToo to #WeStrike – What the Movement Can Learn from Latin American Feminists

The following essay is drawn from the ebook Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo, freely downloadable now from Verso Books. This originally appeared at The Literary Hub.  March 8, 2018  By Liz Mason-Deese A year before #MeToo erupted in the United States, women in Argentina were fighting against an epidemic of violence against women in which, on average, one woman…

The Political Economy of a Collapsing Two-Party System & Warnings from 2014 Democrats Failed to Heed

Academics Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen and Jie Chen, writing for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, recently published an interesting working paper, Industrial Structures and Party Competition in an Age of Hunger Games: Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election. It should come as no surprise at this point that they found that political and…

Petalumans Insist Upon Their Right to Vote, Defeat Mike Healy-Led Effort to Appoint Future Mayors

Appearing autocratic, oblivious to Petaluma public opinion, and apparently unaware that disenfranchising voters of their right to elect their mayor might be viewed as an anti-democratic move, the effort of Petaluma city councilmember Mike Healy and his fellow lawyers on the council, Kathy Miller and Dave King, to move the city to an appointed-mayoral system…

The Lawyers on the Petaluma City Council Would Like to Pick Your Next Mayor For You

The three lawyers currently serving on the Petaluma City Council – Mike Healy, Kathy Miller, and Dave King – would like to choose Petaluma’s next mayor for you, and they’re attempting to place an item on the agenda of this evening’s (February 26, 2018) meeting to discuss doing just that. If approved, this evening’s Healy/Miller/King…

Do Pentagon Black Sites Have the Best Amenities? CIA Directors Who Oompa Loompa, but only for the Cause of Democracy + Make Wuv Not War from the Mr. Fish Archives

Responding to a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told a federal judge last week that it had a right to leak classified information to one select group of journalists and then to deny release of exactly the same information to other journalists requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Though we are fascinated by…

Peter Coyote Calls for Removing Profit Motive from the News Business

Notes the U.S. is Now a Corporatocracy Digger, actor, author, narrator of eight Ken Burns films, and now Buddhist priest, Peter Coyote, sought to ‘lift the fog of fake news’ in Bolinas yesterday during a return visit and presentation to an appreciative crowd at The New School at Commonweal. Acknowledging the challenging path ahead for…

Once Upon a Time There Was a Girl Named Dulce Carajal Whose Mother Was About to Be Deported

Courtesy of Cinthya Santos Briones and The Nation magazine.

The Nation
Published on Feb 14, 2018

Dulce Carvajal is a lot like most ten-year-olds. She likes reading and writing, drawing and horses, and playing with her younger siblings. She’s bright and shy and often soft-spoken. Too much attention embarrasses her. Candy makes her giddy. But unlike most other kids her age, she has spent the last six months of her young life living in a church alongside her mother and two younger siblings.

The family took refuge in Holyrood Church in Washington Heights last August, after Dulce’s mother, Amanda Morales, was told she was going to be deported to Guatemala. All three children—Dulce, Daniela, and David—are US citizens. But when faced with the prospect of being separated from her children while fighting the Trump administration’s deportation efforts, Amanda decided to bring her children into sanctuary with her.

Dulce is an aspiring writer and storyteller. So, as she has grappled with her new and complex world, she has begun writing her own story. In the evenings, sitting at the small dinner table or at the edge of her shared bunk bed, she peers at her family’s laptop and types in bursts of concentrated energy, pausing occasionally to ponder her next thought amid the din of her new life—her mother talking with some of the church members, who have become fast friends; her sister whirling across their single, cramped bedroom; and her baby brother’s tablet streaming his favorite cartoons.

What follows is Dulce’s story as told by her through photos, written text, and narration. It is the second installment of Finding Sanctuary, a Nation series chronicling Amanda and her children’s daily lives as they seek refuge from today’s increasingly anti-immigrant landscape.

Video Produced and edited by Cinthya Santos Briones.

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…

We Can Do It! by Mr. Fish

Mr. Fish’s We Can Do It! image received a great deal of exposure thanks to news coverage of last weekend’s marches, appearing on Morning Joe, in the L.A. Times and elsewhere. This image is from the Respect Rally in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

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The Saudi War on Yemen Supported by U.S. – ‘Worst Humanitarian Crisis in 50 Years’ – was Not Newsworthy to MSNBC in 2017

Russiagate Stories = Higher Ratings = Higher Profits Busily fueling the Grand Kremlin Conspiracy to Subvert Our Peace-Loving Democracy, MSNBC spent 2017 virtually ignoring the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 Years, in Yemen. As a major media institution with a large audience, MSNBC helps to define the scope of respectable political discourse in the United…

January 15, 1968: Sisterhood is Powerful – The Jeannette Rankin Brigade Marches on the Capitol

Fifty years ago, on January 15, 1968, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, a coalition of women’s peace groups, organized an anti-war march in Washington, D.C. that would become the largest march by women since the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Rankin led five thousand participants from Union Station to the steps of the Capitol Building, where they presented…

Democracies Require the Most Sophisticated Propaganda

From Taking the Risk Out of Democracy by Alex Carey (1995). Contrary to common assumptions, propaganda plays an important role – and certainly a more covert and sophisticated role – in technologically advanced democratic societies, where the maintenance of the existing power and privileges are vulnerable to popular opinion. In contrast, under authoritarian regimes power…

Woodrow Wilson & Permanent Counterrevolution as U.S. Global Policy – Tariq Ali

Text from The Dilemmas of Lenin (2017), by Tariq Ali. Chapter 8: October, p 184. Images added. Even as Lenin was presenting the April Theses to the Petrograd Soviet, the war party in Washington was almost ready to move into Europe. Woodrow Wilson was in discussions with close advisors regarding US entry into the First World…

Whose War? by John Reed

Whose War? John Reed The Masses, April 1917 edition By the time this goes to press the United States may be at war. The day the German note arrived, Wall Street flung the American flag to the breeze, the brokers on the floor of the Stock Exchange sang “The Star Spangled Banner” with tears rolling…

January 1918: Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and Empire as a Way of Life

An excerpt from Empire as a Way of Life, by historian William A. Williams (1980) on the subject of President Woodrow Wilson. His great admirers, beginning with himself, have sought to discount or even deny his understanding of the capitalist imperative to expand the marketplace, and his enjoyment in exercising police power in order to…

The Russiagate Woes of the Profit-Driven Press Continue

Here are two reports – from Democracy Now! on January 2 and The Real News Network on December 11 – detailing yet another false mainstream media story that purportedly proved Russia/Trump/WikiLeaks collusion. In its zealous effort to prove the Russiagate narrative it has promoted for more than a year, much of the corporate press continues…

Sonoma County Chicken Farmer Joe Rapoport on the War & Revolution That Led Him to Petaluma

This is another post in the Raucous Rooster’s series on war and revolution in the early 20th century, and how the extremely consequential events of 1914 – 1918 helped shape the world we live in today. The excerpt below is from Kenneth Kann’s oral history of the life of labor organizer and radical Sonoma County…

What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking – Lessons The Resistance Needs to Learn

Rutgers historian Jackson Lears has published the most cogent critique yet written of the ongoing Russiagate hysteria in the January 4, 2018 edition of the London Review of Books. Difficult though it will be, we would all be well-served if our citizens among the mainstream corporate press, Congress and the general public who remain sufficiently…

You Have Cosmic Companionship, All Life is Interrelated – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 Christmas Eve Sermon on Peace

Drew Dellinger has written in the New York Times recently on Martin Luther King’s 1967 Christmas Eve Sermon on Peace, and how far ahead of his time King’s vision of the interconnectedness of the struggles for civil rights, and against war, racism, and militarism was. Dr. King was, writes Dellinger, “tying his vision of justice and…

Net Leaders Tell Congress the Effort to End Net Neutrality is an ‘Imminent Threat to the Internet’

According to World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and a host of other internet pioneers, “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create”, they wrote…

FCC’s Mignon Clyburn Offers Helpful Edits to Chair Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has helpfully proposed some simple edits to Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to end Net Neutrality. Pai’s proposal is likely to be approved by the FCC on Thursday, and would be a major gift to the largest telecom providers in the country, including Pai’s former employer, Verizon, at the expense of…

Calls for a National Strike in Honduras, While Authorities Proceed with Electoral Theft

Social Movements in Honduras Call for National Strike Telesur 12/11/17 Honduran democracy on the brink  Al Jazeera 12/11/17 Honduras Election Body Says Partial Vote Recount Shows Same Result Telesur 12/10/17 Honduras opposition requests annulment of election results Deutsche Welle 12/9/17 No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Led to Election Crisis…

It’s Human Rights Day – Celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its 70th Year

An important message from the United Nations on Human Rights Day. The goal – guaranteeing the universality of the human rights of all peoples – seems at first glance more remote and unlikely a possibility as ever. Yet everywhere one cares to look, assuming the willingness to seek information beyond the for-profit corporate media gatekeepers so…

Honduran Opposition, U.S. Senator Leahy Call for a Recount or New Election; Honduran Police Refuse to Crack Down

Yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont made the statement below for the public record on the situation in Honduras, where the government is attempting to steal the November 26 election. Unfortunately the 2009 decision by the U.S. State Department to support what it initially admitted was a coup d’etat has led to an emboldened…