Today’s Poor People’s Campaign: Too Important Not to Criticize

PATRICK WALKER—Now, anyone reading Dixon’s piece will instantly notice its snarky tone toward religion. As a frequent reader of Black Agenda Report (a black leftist publication, after all), I find this par for the course and hardly unjustified; how often, after all, has religion—especially U.S. Christianity—been used to buttress the powers that be? Or, in other words, to provide respectable support—even God’s sanction—for a ruthless capitalist or militarist establishment or even Nazis?

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Israel Commemorates Nakba with Mass Murder at the Gaza Fence

AJAMU BARAKA—Hitler came to the Americas in 1492. He traveled with the conquistadors as they destroyed the Aztecs and then the Incas. He oversaw the Transatlantic Slave Trade, then went to the Congo and reduced the population by 5 million. He rode with U.S solders at Wounded Knee and advised the French, British and Portuguese to attempt to keep their colonies after the second imperialist war in 1945 no matter how much native blood was shed.

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Israeli Settler Colonialism and Occupation Fact Sheet

AN ISRAELI OFFICIAL: “This is … not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists… Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people.  …the entire Palestinian people is the enemy…  …in wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.  …in our war this is sevenfold more correct…  Every brave Um-Jihad [mother of a ‘little snake terrorist’] who sends her son to hell should know she’s going with him, along with the house and everything inside it.  [Their] houses should be bombed from the air, with intention to destroy and to kill. And it should be announced that we will do this from now on to every home of every martyr.

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Trumpspeak Is Newspeak

WM. J ASTORE—The suppression or elimination of words and phrases is one big step toward thought control; so too is the parroting of certain pet phrases and concepts, such as “support our troops” or “make America great again” or “homeland security.”  In an article about Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz that appeared in the Nation, Adam Kirsch writes of how Döblin recognized the “sinister” nature of “the colonization of the individual mind by parasitic discourses,” the way in which reality itself is “cloaked” by “predigested phrases.”  Döblin wrote of how “The words come rolling toward you, you need to watch yourself, see that they don’t run you over.”

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Israel, Ukraine, and U.S., Crack Down Against Press

ERIC ZUESSE—Whether the U.S. regime will soon start similarly to treat its own critical press as “traitors” isn’t clear, except that ever since at least the Obama Administration, and continuing now under Trump, the U.S. Government has made clear that it wants to seize and prosecute both Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for their journalistic whistleblowing, violations of “state secrets,” those being anything that the regime wants to hide from the public — including things that are simply extremely embarrassing for the existing rulers.

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‘Poor us’: IDF tries to garner sympathy after shooting Palestinians – gets public backlash instead

So the IDF’s plea to the world backfired. Few people were fooled by its grotesque propaganda. In fact, the IDF just provided an opportunity for people to point to all of the actions that show the Israeli government is the actual threat. Israel has occupied Palestine for over 50 years. It’s stolen masses of Palestinian land. As Glenn Greenwald says, it’s turned Gaza into an open-air prison.

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