Dissident Voice

2020 Jul 11 - 11:49am
What is a million dollars worth compared to the love of eight million Cubans? — 3-time Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson, on why he never signed a contract to become a professional boxer On April 2, 2019, the Cuban Baseball Federation published a list of 34 players between the ages of 17 and 25 who would be eligible to sign with major league teams. A list of players over 25 who would be able to sign was to have been sent in...
Tags: Cuba, Embargoes, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Fidel Castro, Socialism, Sports
2020 Jul 11 - 9:02am
The Supreme Court of the United States has barely had time to gather its collective breath this last few days.  Among its decisions, including those dealing with President Donald Trump’s financial records, was that of McGirt v Oklahoma. The case furnishes a detailed discussion on the extent Native American self-governance survived the assaults of the US Congress and the creation of the State of Oklahoma in 1907. The Creek (Muscogee) Reservation...
Tags: Original Peoples, Supreme Court, United States
2020 Jul 11 - 7:19am
Hue – full of public spaces Some twenty years ago, when I moved to Hanoi, the city was bleak, grey, covered by smog. The war had ended, but terrible scars remained. I brought my 4WD from Chile, and insisted on driving it myself. It was one of the first SUVs in the city. Each time I drove it, it was hit by scooters, which flew like projectiles all over the wide avenues of the capital. Hanoi was beautiful, melancholic, but clearly marked by...
Tags: Viet Nam
2020 Jul 11 - 4:02am
This just in:  Cable news presenter-hero Jake Tapper finds new spotlight at the Movies with the Millennium Media studio release of The Outpost, based on Tapper’s 2012 book The Outpost:  an Untold Story of American Valor. Tapper’s tale tells the story of a locally massive attack by Taliban-types on a remote American forward operating base, Combat Outpost Keating, in the precipitously rugged Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan’s...
Tags: afghanistan, Film Review, Media, Militarism, Opinion, Battle of Kamdesh
2020 Jul 11 - 3:15am
Updated below An open letter published by Harper’s magazine, and signed by dozens of prominent writers and public figures, has focused attention on the apparent dangers of what has been termed a new “cancel culture”. The letter brings together an unlikely alliance of genuine leftists, such as Noam Chomsky and Matt Karp, centrists such as J K Rowling and Ian Buruma, and neoconservatives such as David Frum and Bari Weiss, all speaking out in...
Tags: "The Left", "The Right", Censorship, Civil Culture, Disinformation, Freedom of Expression/Speech
2020 Jul 11 - 12:58am
Festishizing democracy The U.S. racist-capitalist class and its ideological apparatus fetishize the word democracy. Using fatuous appeals to civil discourse, it sponsors the illusion that democracy is the most advanced political system in human history. In addition to voting for their representatives, people supposedly engage with civil society through which they achieve greater social goods through voting, civic involvement, and giving “voice...
Tags: Activism, capitalism, Classism, democracy, Imperialism, Incarceration
2020 Jul 10 - 4:58am
As a Marxist agitator and lowlife who wants to, as Trump puts it in a recent teleprompted fascist address, “tear down our statues, erase our history, and indoctrinate our children” I feel obliged to make some remarks–to all the impressionable children of the world–about the moron president’s ringingly stupid statement last week under Mt. Rushmore: We will teach our children to cherish and adore their country so...
Tags: Education, History, narrative, propaganda, Taino, tobacco
2020 Jul 9 - 9:22pm
In the midst of a global pandemic that has infected millions and continues to infect thousands daily it would not be surprising if you missed a small but heart-wrenching story that got little local press beyond references to BBC, Aljazeera, or other international reports. On July 2nd a mudslide in northern Myanmar overwhelmed a Jade mine burying a large number of so-called “illegal miners” killing over 160 and injuring over 50. The...
Tags: capitalism, mining, Myanmar/Burma
2020 Jul 9 - 9:00pm
The Verge reports: A team of civil rights auditors has delivered a scathing and unexpected indictment of Facebook’s recent moderation choices after a two-year examination of the platform’s practices and internal policies. “While the audit process has been meaningful and has led to some significant improvements in the platform,” the report reads, “we have also watched the company make painful decisions over the last nine months with real world...
Tags: cartoon, corruption, Opinion, social media, Mark Zuckerberg
2020 Jul 9 - 2:01pm
There have been for some time, especially from libertarian quarters, accusations that the COVID-19 crisis has led to a state that has been called by some “medical martial law”. I believe the more accurate term and point of departure is “medical social engineering and management”. Martial law sounds more dramatic and seems simpler to understand. Yet we have to get beyond slogans and deal with long-term processes and policies if we are...
Tags: Church and State, COVID-19 (coronavirus), Disinformation, dystopia, lockdown, Media
2020 Jul 9 - 12:29pm
Orientation In Part I of this article, I begin by grounding neoliberal psychology in the political and economic reality of neoliberalism between 1970 to 2020. First, we discussed the historical origins of neoliberalism, and then its economic exploitation, mystification and ideological use to control people. I briefly discussed the realities of the practice of neoliberal economic policies which has resulted in cannibalization of the...
Tags: capitalism, Culture, liberalism, mental health, Mythology, Neoliberalism
2020 Jul 9 - 12:10pm
Wednesday, July 1, was meant to be the day on which the Israeli government officially annexed 30% of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Jordan Valley. This date, however, came and went and annexation was never actualized. “I don’t know if there will be a declaration of sovereignty today,” said Israeli Foreign Minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, with reference to the self-imposed deadline declared earlier by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin...
Tags: Annexation, Israel/Palestine, Land ownership, Land Theft, Land Use, occupation

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