Campaign ‘donations’ are bribes and the ‘Free’ World ain’t so free:

Fixing the Language of Journalism to Reflect Reality

  We have needed to eliminate a bunch of euphemisms from our political lexicon if we’re going to have serious debates about the future of the country.  A new president, an ousted fascist predecessor, and an obstructionist opposition party that wants nothing to change despite losing a national election is a great time to take …

Withdraw? You can’t do that!

For the US in Afghanistan’s Endless War, Surrender is Apparently Not an Option

The US War in —or on—Afghanistan has rightly been called the “Forever War.” Launched on October 7, 2001, while the ruins of the World Trade Center were still smoldering from the 9/11 attacks five weeks earlier, the war is now in its 19th year, making it almost nine years longer than the Vietnam War. And …

‘Free Press = Free Assange’ Webinar Event

  The Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition [i] condemns the on-going persecution and prosecution of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, a non-profit organization that has published more than 10 million classified documents just between 2006 and 2016 revealing war crimes, torture, corruption and other outrages committed by scores of governments. Exposure of official wrongdoing should be applauded not …

It May Not Be Sunny in Philadelphia, But the Town’s Not Burning Either

This article originally was initially published in FAIR.org   Philadelphia — I was awakened at 8 a.m. Wednesday by a worried call from a good friend, journalist and radical prairie activist Michael Caddell in Kansas. “Dave!” he said urgently, “Is Philly burning?” I groggily asked him what he meant? Had the closed Sunoco tank farm and …

A horror story in two parts:

Part I: Will England Send Assange-the-Messenger to America’s Dungeons?

  Most people might be excused for not knowing it, because the story is mainly ignored, or is shamelessly misreported in the corporate media when it does get any attention. A courageous Australian journalist, abandoned by his own country, is being railroaded by a British court towards extradition to the US where he could face …

Time for a little truth about the economic crisis:

Screwing with the Unemployment Statistics By Dave Lindorff

  Something is screwy about unemployment numbers coming out of Washington. In late July, just before the end of the supplemental $600 weekly checks for people collecting unemployment benefits, the New York Times reported that 30 million were receiving those checks. That’s 30 million laid-off workers who qualified for unemployment benefits, which is not everyone …

Right-wing columnists seem to get a factcheck pass:

When It Comes to the Truth of Opinion Columns, It’s ‘Reader Beware’

  It is quite normal for newspapers to run columns in their editorial pages written by people who don’t share the same editorial perspective of the publication’s editors. It’s why they call them “op-ed pages”—for “opposite the editorial page.” But normally, there is at least the assumption, among professional journalists and readers alike, that the opinion pieces …

Trump launches attack on key programs for the elderly

Alert! Social Security and Medicare are in Critical Danger

  (This article is part of a joint publication between ThisCantBeHappening.net and Tarbell.org)   Watch out! Uncle Donald is coming for your and all your relatives’ Social Security and your Medicare! The all-out attack on Social Security and Medicare, those two remaining standing edifices of the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s …

Article in FAIR.org

NY Times Acknowledges Need for Economic Change—Without Crediting Those Who Would Bring It

(This article by Dave Lindorff appears in Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting where it can be read in its entirety)   Online readers of the New York Times might have been forgiven if, when they got to the editorial section on June 24, they thought they had accidentally jumped to the website of Socialist Action, or at least The …

Redistribution by another name:

Nationwide Looting and Arson as Urban Poor Lose Fear and Pent-Up Rage at Cops and the System Explodes

Across the US, cities, especially fancy malls and outlets of major retail chains, are being busted into and ransacked, as police squad cars get flipped over and torched, in scenes not seen in the US since the mid to late 1960s. Many of the perpetrators of these actions are black residents of these cities, but …