Want To Save The Environment? De-Fund The Pentagon.

Want To Save The Environment? De-Fund The Pentagon. Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone Millions of people are uniting in demonstrations worldwide against our civilization’s ecocidal march toward extinction, which makes me so happy to see. It’s really encouraging to see so many young people burning with love for their planet and for a hunger to reverse the damage that has been done to our ecosystem by the refusal of previous generations to turn away from our path of devastation. This must continue if we are to survive as a species. The…

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Universal Basic Income + Automation + Plutocracy = Dystopia

Universal Basic Income + Automation + Plutocracy = Dystopia Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone Americans are discussing the possibility of a universal basic income (UBI) more seriously than ever before, largely due to the surprisingly popular campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Yang has made UBI the central issue of his platform, promising a “Freedom Dividend” paid for by a Value Added Tax on businesses which would give every American over the age of 18 an unconditional $1,000 a month to help offset the looming crisis of automation replacing US…

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A Society Is Only As Free As Its Most Troublesome Political Dissident

A Society Is Only As Free As Its Most Troublesome Political Dissident By Caitlin Johnstone You wouldn’t know it from any Western mass media reporting as of this writing, but musician Roger Waters is about to perform the iconic Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here” in front of the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel in order to draw attention to the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Earlier this year, billionaire Richard Branson staged a “Live Aid”-stye concert in Colombia near the Venezuela border with the purported…

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Everyone’s A Conspiracy Theorist, Whether They Know It Or Not

Everyone’s A Conspiracy Theorist, Whether They Know It Or Not By Caitlin Johnstone Plutocratic propaganda outlet MSNBC has just run a spin segment on the breaking news that the medical examiner’s determination of the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s death is “pending further information”. “Our sources are still saying that it looks like suicide, and this is going to set conspiracy theorists abuzz I fear,” said NBC correspondent Ken Dilanian. “NBC News has been hearing all day long that there are no indications of foul play, and that this looks like…

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Jeffrey Epstein Dies Of “Suicide”

Jeffrey Epstein Dies Of “Suicide” Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone Disappointing everyone yet surprising no one, accused sex trafficker and alleged billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has “committed” “suicide”. Details are muddled and conflicting, with CNN reporting that Epstein “was taken from New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in cardiac arrest and died at an area hospital” and the New York Times reporting that “Mr. Epstein hung himself and his body was found this morning at roughly 7:30.” Some reports claim that Epstein has been on suicide watch due to…

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Twitter Restores Assange Activism Account In Response To Backlash

Twitter Restores Assange Activism Account In Response To Backlash By Caitlin Johnstone After a week of vocal protests from online supporters of Julian Assange, Twitter has reversed its unjust removal of the prominent pro-Assange activism account @Unity4J. After the account was suspended without any explanation being presented to its operators, Assange supporters drew a clear line in the sand against internet censorship and began making a big noise that couldn’t be ignored. The account’s suspension drew condemnations from high-profile Assange supporters like Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, World Socialist Website, RT and Lee Camp,…

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Top Assange Defense Account Deleted By Twitter

Top Assange Defense Account Deleted By Twitter By Caitlin Johnstone One of the biggest Twitter accounts dedicated to circulating information and advocacy for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, @Unity4J, has been completely removed from the site. The operators of the account report that they have been given no reason for its removal by Twitter staff, and have received no response to their appeals. Any Assange supporter active on Twitter will be familiar with the Unity4J account, which originated to help boost the wildly successful Unity4J online vigils in which well-known Assange…

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“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World” — Misattributed, Misused, And Obscenely Underappreciated

“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World” — Misattributed, Misused, And Obscenely Underappreciated Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone Name a quote by Mahatma Gandhi. Odds are the first thing that jumps into your mind is the famous, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s a good quote. It’s pithy enough to fit on a bumper sticker, and it resonates deeply with something inside us all which tells us that it points to something true and valuable. But, like so many other pithy bumper sticker…

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7 Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident

7 Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident By Caitlin Johnstone In a move that surprised exactly zero people, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wasted no time scrambling to blame Iran for damage done to two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, citing exactly zero evidence. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has…

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New “Call Of Duty” Video Game Encourages Support For The White Helmets

New “Call Of Duty” Video Game Encourages Support For The White Helmets By Caitlin Johnstone The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization’s signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. To give you an idea how popular the CoD franchise is, as of this writing the official YouTube version of the trailer…

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