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Dissident Voice

a radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice

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Interview with Andre Vltchek for Farhikhtegan Newspaper in Iran

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:15:12 +0000

Mostafa Afzalzadeh: Why do you think the western countries are trying to use people against Iran and not use military force? What is the difference? Andre Vltchek: It is because Iran is ‘not alone’. If the West were to dare use military force against Iran, directly, there would be an immediate response from many countries […]

The Punditry of Shithole Thinking

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:28:59 +0000

Our capitalist elites have used propaganda, money and the marginalizing of their critics to erase the first three of philosopher John Locke’s elements of the perfect state: liberty, equality and freedom. They exclusively empower the fourth, property. Liberty and freedom in the corporate state mean the liberty and freedom of corporations and the rich to […]

Monbiot Is a Hypocrite and a Bully

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:18:35 +0000

It is time for George Monbiot’s legion of supporters to call him out. Not only is he a hypocrite, but he is becoming an increasingly dangerous one. Turning a blind eye to his behaviour, or worse excusing it, as too often happens, has only encouraged him to intensify his attacks on dissident writers, those who […]

Solidarity from Central Cellblock to Guantanamo

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:18:45 +0000

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song […]

Dr. King and Ms. Baker

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:24:24 +0000

I woke up this morning thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And then I began thinking about Ella Baker, whose model of “group-centered leadership” I have recently been meditating on and writing about. I heard Dr. King speak in person twice during the 60’s, once at Grinnell College in Iowa a few months before […]

President Emmanuel Macron in China

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:44:39 +0000

Since coming to power, Emmanuel Macron has given the impression of forging ahead with new agendas and ideas crafted from a novel perspective.  This has been far from the case.  True, the man’s novelty has shone through in doing what seemed to be the undoable: establish a power base against traditional power-brokers and carve out […]

Textbook Example of the Theory of Conceptual-Commodity-Value-Management in Action

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:48:25 +0000

Recently, the Ontario Liberal government raised the minimum wage for workers to 14 dollars, with a further increase set for next year to 15 dollars. The idea was that the increase in the minimum wage would alleviate the financial stress of the majority of the workforce and enable the workforce to pay-off debt and ease […]

Why So Little Empathy and Compassion Within American Culture?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:49:29 +0000

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas; the class which is the ruling material force in society is at the same time the ruling intellectual force. — Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels Setting aside the 3-4 percent of the U.S. population that can be classified as psychopaths (‘snakes in […]

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:19:04 +0000

January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. Witness Against Torture demonstrators marching to the White House (Credit: Justin Norman) About thirty people gathered in Washington D.C., convened by Witness Against Torture, (WAT), for a week-long fast intended to […]

Brexit, Corbyn and Trade Unions

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:02:50 +0000

RMT demonstration at King’s Cross Station in London (RMT Photo) A broken-down consensus and a resurgence of socialist ideas – this is how Steve Hedley describes the current political landscape in the United Kingdom. Hedley is the Senior Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, the RMT. In this […]

Prize the losses

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:08:36 +0000

Mourn the burial of your nuggets of gold While the bereaved in the chaos of communalism Dig up sanguinous soil to bury their beloveds Erect a mausoleum for every edifice razed A toast to the master class languid and lush Past the palisades of their palace courts Fortified by the hubris of the frenzied herd

The Shithole Countries of Donald Trump

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:24:57 +0000

As an American of Norwegian descent, I deeply resent President Trump’s recent statement, calling Haiti a “shithole country” and then in the same breath saying he wants more immigrants from Norway. That is not a compliment to Norwegians; it’s just a disgusting way to talk. But let’s look at what he said. By “shithole” I […]

On Being a Social Justice and Peace Activist

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:04:58 +0000

Browsing the Internet, one can find a deluge of entries on social justice and peace activists, but very little about their own introspections on how they see and feel themselves as activists. Seeking to fill at least partially that void I aim to explore in this article what it is like to be an activist […]

BBC Debate About Equal Pay Misses Bigger Point

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:48:36 +0000

One can be resolutely in favour of equal pay for men and women and still view the current debate about discriminatory salaries among senior BBC journalists as missing a much bigger point. That is neatly illustrated by the furore over comments by John Humphrys, who presents the BBC’s early morning current affairs programme Today on […]

The Sun Bounced Today

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:04:26 +0000

… as your carefree skipping step held hands with my swagger. The early afternoon horizon tilted giddyingly, sonic-booming a Scold Of Jays skyward from the trees into a pinkish brown/electric blue heart-shaped riot before us. I once more believed in something thought lost… a soaring natural intoxication unequal in both its dangerousness and euphoria. The […]

Angels sweat too, when they sleep

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:03:57 +0000

in little ways the clouds say the grapes alone may not stay the wind worries for it does not know bears it cooling breath or fire below Nature’s heart (like woman’s too) man’s laws obedience will eschew may men that learn some hope, some pray that rains our sorrows may wash away Not alone for […]

Mozart in Nairobi

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:03:51 +0000

On Wednesday afternoon, an imminent life lesson ends at three o’clock with a Mozart concerto, live broadcast from our detention centre. The outer heavy traffic, the rain washing the rooftops across Nairobi penetrate the walls – a sharp, urgent, high-pitched cry. Across the border, the ants come to light, through a crack in the wood. […]

Our Primordial Nightmare

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:02:37 +0000

If you can’t change the person, change their shape, cloister a kitty to reveal its make; flash the scud: splice the need to touch the breaks. Was she worth the time to resuscitate? That clod flashed and gave himself an earache. If you can’t change the person, change their shape. Shaking hands sever her head […]


Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:02:36 +0000

communities where have they gone they seem to have been replaced by neighbor-less neighborhoods catalysts for selfishness it takes a village where have they gone they seem have become pockets of inactivity: eyes diverted to avoid connecting with the truth of ourselves ears plugged to prevent hearing the cries of those in need mouths closed […]

To The Harvey Weinsteins

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:02:31 +0000

Skeletons are climbing out of the coffins in the graveyard of secrets