Feb 032012

by Peter Hart, FAIR

Presidents of Venezuela and Iran meet: Mortal threat to peace, no doubt.

Alarmist corporate media coverage of the “threat” from Iran is everywhere, thanks to a Senate appearance yesterday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

But Clapper said very little in his remarks that would justify the propagandistic coverage we’re seeing.  His main point was that Iran could launch attacks if it felt threatened. It is hard to see how this is particularly surprising. Clapper pointed to the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington D.C. as evidence that Iran seems more eager to assert itself, perhaps even inside the United States. But there were many people who raised serious questions about that rather implausible scenario (which involved hiring a Mexican drug gang to carry out the assassination). Continue reading »

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Feb 032012

The Anti-Empire Report—

The Lord High Almighty Pooh-Bah of threats. The Grand Ayatollah of nuclear menace.

by William Blum

As we all know only too well, the United States and Israel would hate to see Iran possessing nuclear weapons. Being “the only nuclear power in the Middle East” is a great card for Israel to have in its hand. But — in the real, non-propaganda world — is USrael actually fearful of an attack from a nuclear-armed Iran? In case you’ve forgotten …

In 2007, in a closed discussion, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that in her opinion “Iranian nuclear weapons do not pose an existential threat to Israel.” She “also criticized the exaggerated use that [Israeli] Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making of the issue of the Iranian bomb, claiming that he is attempting to rally the public around him by playing on its most basic fears.” 1 Continue reading »

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Feb 032012

Are We Happy Yet?

The art of mass disassociation.

By Franco Bifo Berardi | Adbusters

What if society can no longer resist the destructive effects of unbounded capitalism? What if society can no longer resist the devastating power of financial accumulation?

We have to disentangle autonomy from resistance. And if we want to do that, we have to disentangle desire from energy. The prevailing focus of modern capitalism has been energy: the ability to produce, to compete, to dominate. A sort of energolatria, a cult of energy, has dominated the cultural sense of the West from Faust to the Futurists. The ever growing availability of energy has been its dogma. Now we know that energy isn’t boundless. In the social psyche of the West, energy is fading. I think we should reframe the concept and practice of autonomy from this point of view. The social body is unable to reaffirm its rights against the wild assertiveness of capital because the pursuit of rights can never be dissociated from the exercise of force. Continue reading »

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Feb 032012

By itizen | Originally published April 28th, 2010 | Category: Vigilant Reports 

Image source deesillustration.com

Mass media is the most powerful tool used by the ruling class to manipulate the masses. It shapes and molds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable. This article looks at the workings of mass media through the theories of its major thinkers, its power structure and the techniques it uses, in order to understand its true role in society.

Most of the articles on this site discuss occult symbolism found in objects of popular culture. From these articles arise many legitimate questions relating to the purpose of those symbols and the motivations of those who place them there, but it is impossible for me to provide satisfactory answers to these questions without mentioning many other concepts and facts. I’ve therefore decided to write this article to supply the theoretical and methodological background of the analyzes presented on this site as well as introducing the main scholars of the field of mass communications. Some people read my articles and think I’m saying “Lady Gaga wants to control our minds”. That is not the case. She is simply a small part of the huge system that is the mass media. Continue reading »

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Feb 032012

No. 1 in our Tactics & Strategies discussion series—

How can a revolution succeed when our rulers have well-armed and well-manned militaries at their command?


January 20, 2012

THOSE WHO rule will not give up their power peacefully.

Try to disrupt one of their events–like meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund–and our rulers are willing to mobilize thousands of cops, shut down half a city and attack with clubs, tear gas and pepper spray.

Imagine what they might do in a revolution–if millions of workers attempted to seize control of the factories, mines, hospitals and schools and run them democratically.

Perhaps that’s why socialists are often confronted with the question, isn’t the state all-powerful?  

LEFT: Poster produced during the Portuguese Revolution of 1975 (“carnation Revolution”), which saw a great deal of fraternizing between the insurgent military and the civilian population.  Continue reading »

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