By Bruce E. Levine - February 8, 2013
The...fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...will be released by the [American Psychiatric Association] in spring 2013...[Duke University Professor Emeritus Allen] Frances states, “My best advice...[is] be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication”...For mental health professionals, this advice from the former chair of the DSM-4 task-force is shocking — almost as if Colin Powell were to advise U.S. defense and state department employees not to blindly follow all administration orders.
By Laura Gottesdiener - January 17, 2013
Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters -- linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire...
By David Edwards - Znet
One really has to be willfully blind, or perhaps not have worked for a corporation, to fail to understand that criticizing the company, the product, the owner - suggesting that the product is harmful and that customers should look elsewhere - is incompatible with the corporate profit drive. It cannot be tolerated because, from the perspective of profit, it is self-destructive and absurd.
February 5th, 2013 - Dissident Voice
At least 54 countries including Syria, Iran, Sweden, Iceland, and UK offered CIA “covert support” to detain, transport, interrogate and torture suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report.
In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized US foreign policy. He pulled no punches. He called it: "very dangerous (in its) uncontained hyper-use of force - military force - in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts." US imperialism, he stressed, "overstepped its national borders in every way."
By Edward S. Herman - Z Magazine
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama gravely and indignantly warned Syria that its use of chemical weapons would be “totally unacceptable”...and the Western establishment repeat this without comment, one marvels at the mind-boggling hypocrisy. After all, the United States has been the champion user of chemical weapons in modern times, has opposed international agreements to curb their use, and now regularly employs depleted uranium in its wars...The U.S. use of Agent Orange on a massive scale in the Vietnam War is well-known, as is its deployment of white phosphorus munitions in Iraq.
He's conspiratorially involved in Western crimes. His overall silence, inaction, and support for wrong over right speak volumes.
By DIANA JOHNSTONE - February 1-3, 2013
Why has the U.S. Government so eagerly endorsed the crusade against “genocide”?...The reason is clear. Since the Holocaust has become the most omnipresent historical reference in Western societies, the concept of “genocide” is widely and easily accepted as the greatest evil to afflict the planet. It is felt to be worse than war...Therein lies its immense value to the U.S. military-industrial complex, and to a foreign policy elite seeking an acceptable pretext for military intervention wherever they choose.
By Ha-Joon Chang - Tuesday 29 January 2013
Gone are the days when the upper classes were terrified of the angry mob wanting to smash their skulls and confiscate their properties. Now their biggest enemy is the army of lazy bums, whose lifestyle of indolence and hedonism, financed by crippling taxes on the rich, is sucking the lifeblood out of the economy...In the eurozone, many believe that its fiscal crisis can be ultimately traced back to those lazy Mediterranean types...who had lived off hard-working Germans and Dutch...Unless those people start working hard, it is said, the eurozone's problems cannot be fixed.
By Patrick Cockburn - January 21, 2013
The logic of the US policy of covertly co-operating with fundamentalist Sunni groups has reached its logical conclusion. There is now “good” al-Qa’ida on our side and “bad” al-Qa’ida fighting on theirs. In Syria, the former operates under the name of the al-Nusra Front, labeled by the US as the Syrian branch al-Qa’ida, and is the main fighting force of the rebel National Coalition. This is recognized by the US, Britain and many others as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
By Robert Fisk - Znet
...[S]omething is going wrong here. Surely this is not what the internet is for? Across the world now, anonymity...is accepted by cyber-journalism, the more hateful, the more understandable. I’ve pulled out of several radio “chat” shows in mid-broadcast because of the absolute refusal of the anchors to explain why they will not challenge the sometimes viciously named Tweeters or email writers. Websites and blogs and chat-rooms were never intended to cover the Breivik-like cruelties of these sick people.
By Eric Walberg - January 7th, 2013
Not only do Canada’s natives empower all Canadians against the 1%, they also help us understand Canada’s actions in Palestine and Iran, countries whose people love Canada and root for our natives, whose struggle against the imperial order is their struggle too. Victory against Canada’s Mubarak helps Egyptians shake off the legacy of neoliberalism, helps Palestinians in their struggle against Jewish colons in Israel, and Iranians dying in hospitals for lack of medicines due to the embargo intended to crush their independence.
“Land Grabbing” — News from International Capitalism States Buy Up Other States’ Territories for the Cultivation of ‘Strategic Agricultural Goods’ — Without Being Invited by the Established Global Economic Powers
When professional observers of global business practices are currently critically examining the “land grabbing” by some political actors who had previously escaped scrutiny, and feel reminded of a “bygone era of colonialism,” this is, regarded objectively, a bad joke. On the other hand, it is also an index that in our free economic world order not everybody is allowed to do just anything.
By Nozomi Hayase - January 09, 2013
The indigenous movement sparked in Canada has gone beyond borders and across the ocean to countries like New Zealand and England. It has been gaining strength as a force of healing and regeneration. Idle No More calls for all to join in and participate...This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of government around the world.
By Mumia Abu Jamal - Znet
[Rosa Luxemburg's] spirit...of principled resistance to Imperialism and advocacy of revolution over reform, endears her to us, and informs young activists involved in struggle against the US Empire.