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Top 10 Ways We Can Build a Better Economic System

by Gary Engler / August 26th, 2014

For the numerous readers who asked: “But what can we do?” after reading my Top 10 Reasons to Hate Capitalism published here on Dissident Voice:

10. We can elect governments that represent people rather than corporations. This will require serious electoral reform and include laws to make it clear corporations are not people and therefore cannot participate in the political process. A government representing all the people would regulate corporations to ensure socially responsible behaviour and transform psychopathic capitalist monstrosities into democratic, social enterprises that benefit all.

9. We can build communities and organizations that encourage solidarity, compassion and altruism. These will include worker, consumer, housing and producer cooperatives, as well as institutions of government. People must always remain vigilant, especially while capitalism continues to exist, about the pervasive power of greed to destroy these communities and organizations.

8. We can promote and build a democratic economy in which social ownership replaces private ownership of communities’ means of livelihood. The people who work in them and the communities in which they are located should control economic enterprises.

7. Since authentic freedom for any of us can only come when all of us are free we must create enterprises, communities, forms of governance and institutions that respect the rights of everyone and encourage the creativity of all. Socially useful individual enterprise should be encouraged but everywhere people work together we must create effective forms of democratic decision-making to promote creative input from all involved.


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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

By Roger Waters
Source: Salon.com
August 26, 2014

Posted in: Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Palestinian Resistance, Palestinian Struggle, SourceZ, US | No comments
The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of ceasefire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of over two thousand Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseum by the U.S. government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won’t. Instead, it’s cheerleading. Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose –Sen. Rand Paul in particular – and invoke Israel’s right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

Do Congressional leaders ever stop to wonder what they would do if they were born Palestinian, had their homes and private property stolen from them, and were forced to live without freedom under an illegal Israeli occupation for 47 years? Do they know what it means to be on the receiving end of Israel’s barbaric “mow the lawn” euphemism? Scarcely a word is said about the rights of Palestinians who are being pummeled from the sky and shot dead in their neighborhoods by the region’s most powerful military. What, I wonder, would Americans do if it were their neighborhoods being invaded and if they were the ones living under siege? I think it’s safe to say Americans wouldn’t stand for it.

Full article: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/pink-floyds-roger-waters-why-moral-perversity-of-u-s-position-in-gaza-is-stunning/

Black Feminists Respond to Ferguson

By Miriam Zoila Pérez
Source: Colorlines
August 26, 2014

Here at Colorlines, the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, set off by the police killing of Michael Brown, has subsumed our collective attention and energy going on two weeks now. As the gender columnist, I decided to take a look at how Black feminists have been responding to the situation. While the issue of gender (beyond the policing of black masculinity and the crisis facing black men and boys) has taken a back seat in the mainstream conversation, black feminists have been keeping the intersectional analysis alive in their coverage and commentary. Here is a sampling of voices, including queer, trans and gender non-conforming feminist perspectives.


And then there have been the perspectives of mothers themselves, and the heart-wrenching challenges they face explaining the situation, and their emotions, to their children. Feminista Jones, a blogger and activist responsible for spearheading the widespread August 14th National Moment of Silence in honor of Michael Brown, shared this story on her blog:

“Mommy, how come I can’t go with you to the rally?” my son, Garvey, tearfully asked as he said in the back of his father’s car. I’d just explained that it might not be safe for him to come with me, given the country’s sociopolitical climate during his moment of askance.

“It’s not safe,” his father reiterated. “Let mommy do what she has to do.”

“Baby, please know I’m doing this for you,” I told him, trying to reassure him that everything would be OK and that mommy just had some work to do. He continued to cry, and I believe he understood as much as his 7 year-old mind would allow him to process in the moment of “I want my mommy.”

In recent months, there have been entirely too many accounts of police officers in cities around the country using excessive force against civilians in ways that have led to severe abuse and even death. The stories of Eric Garner, Pearlie Golden, John Crawford, Marlene Pinnock, Denise Stewart, and 18 year-old Michael Brown have ravaged our hearts and stirred our souls.

Full article: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/black-feminists-respond-to-ferguson/


By Noam Chomsky

August 24, 2014


I would include excerpts, but the whole article is interesing, imo, and I couldn't pick out just a few.

Israel's real target is not Hamas: It's any possibility of Palestinian statehood

By Dan Glazebrook, Middle East Eye
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples – and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel’s aim for the Palestinians is no different.

Palestinian statehood is clearly an obstacle to this goal; a Palestinian state would strengthen the Palestinians. Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal their land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will. That is why Netanyahu’s Likud party platform “flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”; that is why Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for even suggesting some limited self-governance for the Palestinians; and that is why every proposal for Palestinian statehood, however limited and conditional, has been wilfully sabotaged by successive Israeli governments of all hues.

Within three years of the 1993 Oslo declaration, for example, which promised self-governance for Palestinian areas, foreign minister Ariel Sharon was urging “everyone” to “grab as many hilltops as they can” in order to minimise the size and viability of the area to be administered by Palestinian Authority. The 1999 election of a Labour Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, made no difference, ushering in “a sustained commitment by Israel’s government to avoid full compliance with the Oslo agreement”, according to Jimmy Carter, most notably in the form of the greatest increase in illegal Israeli settlements that had yet taken place. The popular story that Barak had made a ‘generous offer’ on Palestinian statehood at negotiations in Taba in 2001, turned out to be a complete myth.

In the 2000s, the stakes were raised by the discovery of 1.4 trillion cubic metres of natural gas in Gaza’s territorial waters, leading Israel to immediately strengthen its maritime blockade of Gaza to prevent Palestinian access to the reserves. But Palestinian sovereignty over this gas would obviously enormously strengthen the economic position of any future Palestinian state – and thus made the Israelis more determined than ever to prevent such a state from coming into being.

Full article: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/15/israels-real-target-is-not-hamas/

Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014
by Common Dreams

Under threat from climate change, “relocation is the only option available that will keep the community safe," maritime engineer says
byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer"

A boy pilots a boat into Taro Island, Choiseul, Solomon Islands (Photo: IUCNweb/Manuai Matawai)

In an unprecedented move that illustrates the dramatic impacts of planetary global warming, one community in the South Pacific has decided it has no choice but to pick itself up entirely and flee for higher ground.

All too aware of their vulnerability to the effects of climate change — such as rising sea levels and extreme weather events — communities in the Pacific Islands have long acknowledged that their very existence is threatened by global warming.

But now, authorities in a town on Taro Island, a coral atoll off Choiseul in the Solomon Islands that sits less than seven feet above sea level, have decided to relocate to the mainland in response to increasing coastal hazards including tsunamis, storm surges, and erosion. The exodus from Choiseul Bay Township, the provincial capital that's currently home to about 500 people, will take place over many years. It is the first such official migration — of people, services, and facilities — in the Pacific Islands.

According to Reuters, "the groups behind the Choiseul adaptation plan said it is being hailed by the Solomon Islands national government as a model for other provinces across the nation and more broadly across the Pacific."

Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/facing-rising-ocean-pacific-island-town-must-relocate

The Carnage of Capitalism

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014
by Common Dreams

by Paul Buchheit


Global Greed

Lives are being ravaged by unregulated, free-market capitalism, in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Global Forum for Health Research, less than 10 percent of the global health research budget is spent on the conditions responsible for 90 percent of human disease.

And the greed is getting worse. Perhaps it's our irrational fear of socialism, peaking in the years after World War 2, that has inspired our winner-take-all culture. In the Reagan era we listened to Margaret Thatcher proclaim that "There is no such thing as society."

In a more socially-conscious time, in 1955, after Dr. Jonas Salk had developed the polio vaccine, he was asked by reporter Edward R. Murrow: "Who owns the patent on this vaccine?" Responded Salk, "Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

A free-market capitalist might remind us that a skillful hedge fund manager can make as much as a thousand Jonas Salks.

Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/18/carnage-capitalism

Calls for Revolution, Civil Disobedience in Pakistan as Protests Continue

Published on
Monday, August 18, 2014
byCommon Dreams

“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday"

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Opponents of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have issued calls for a revolution and mass civil disobedience as days of protest bring chaos to the capital of Islamadad.

Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in demonstrations led by former cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party and cleric and activist Tahirul Qadri of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party.

The two have called for Sharif to resign, accusing his government of fraud. On Thursday they began separate convoy protests from Lahore to the capital.

“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday.

Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/calls-revolution-civil-disobedience-pakistan-protests-continue

#Ferguson: CNN is lying! And we're facing the police again

I had subscribed to receive their emails, just thought you might be interested in this one:


I have not slept for days. Last night I stood again at the front lines of a mass protest in Ferguson, Missouri. We were marching peacefully, calling for justice in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown last week.

NEWS FLASH: I will be interviewed tonight at 7:00 PM ET on the nationally-syndicated Thom Hartmann Show (listen live).

Michael Brown rally, Ferguson MO

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou (in red keffiyeh, to camera left of Rev. Jesse Jackson)

Ferguson is home for me.

My sister lives here. I was born and attended high school in Saint Louis. I served as youth pastor at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Louis; taught alternatives to gang violence at Stevens Middle School; and directed the Fellowship Center in the Cochran Housing Project.

Last night at about 9:00 p.m., a battalion of military tanks descended upon us. These heavily armed police forces gave an order to disperse. But within moments, they started shooting tear gas and sound grenades. Women and children were trapped on a ledge and the police continued to shoot tear gas.

CNN and other mainstream media misled their audiences last night, uncritically giving Capt. Ron Johnson the space to report that we nonviolent protesters were the cause of the confrontation.

This is wrong! The police started the violence by attacking our peaceful action. The continued to move down the street, shooting tear gas and eventually rubber bullets. It was sheer pandemonium.

This is despicable, and this is evidence of how the mass militarization of local police units (as discussed in this New York Times op-ed by FCNL's Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank) is used to target our communities and incite violence rather than lead to peaceful resolution of conflict.

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