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The Tyranny at Standing Rock: The Government’s Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Working

The Tyranny at Standing Rock: The Government’s Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Working
By John W. Whitehead
Posted November 30, 2016

protecting and serving the 1%What we’re witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government’s battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: battlefield tactics, military weaponry and a complete suspension of the Constitution.

Militarized police. Riot and camouflage gear. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Drones. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Concussion grenades. Arrests of journalists. Intimidation tactics. Brute force. This is what martial law looks like, when a government disregards constitutional freedoms and imposes its will through military force. More…

Shot in the Back at Standing Rock

Shot in the Back at Standing Rock
by Josh Fox
Posted November 21, 2016

cheering for your teamElders kept in cages. Demonstrators shot with rubber bullets. What’s happening at Standing Rock isn’t just a protest, it’s a character test—one America is failing. At its base, this is a struggle between the people and a government corrupted by corporate power.

The moral soul of this continent is at Standing Rock, and at the moment that soul is being beaten, maced, pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed, and locked up by a militarized police force acting on behalf of foreign oil companies. As North Dakota police lock up and abuse peaceful “water protectors,” members of a growing resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline slated to transport oil under the Missouri River, it becomes clear that the fight over the tribal land of Standing Rock is not only the primary battleground for indigenous sovereignty; it is the center of the fight for clean water, to fight climate change, and to ban hydraulic fracturing. More…

Looks like all those wars abroad have now come home to roost and the government is nowusing militarized police to turn on its own people in order to “protect and serve” corporate interests.

Human Derivatives and Gold – The Oligarchs’ Plan to Monetize Humanity

Human Derivatives and Gold – The Oligarchs’ Plan to Monetize Humanity
By Stewart Dougherty
Posted November 18, 2016

wealth extraction by the uber richDerivatives are layered on top of what are known as “underlying” assets, such as stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, government debt, and securitized debt and mortgages. We believe that the oligarchs are creating a new class of financial derivatives that could produce the largest transfer of wealth in history, from the people to them.

We call them “Human Derivatives,” or “HDs.” The “underlying” asset in HDs is humanity itself; specifically, the personal wealth and future wealth-creation potential of human beings, in addition to rich, deeply personal, tradeable and exploitable information about them. With HDs, the Oligarchy intends to monetize humanity. By positioning themselves as the “House,” and giving themselves proprietary fee-setting, settlement, arbitrage and inside trading powers over HDs and bank deposits, the oligarchs intend to create a monopolized toll booth through which most monetary assets must pass. This will enable them to siphon off trillions of dollars of existing and future financial wealth from “underlying” human beings. The oligarchs plan to turn humanity into a financial asset over which they have control. More…

Through the Gates of Hell: Empire of Chaos

Through the Gates of Hell: Empire of Chaos
by Tom Engelhardt
Posted November 15, 2016

we will bring you democracyThe one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination. So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its military than the next 10 nations combined: it’s been an empire of chaos.

Back in September 2002, Amr Moussa, then head of the Arab League, offered a warning I’ve never forgotten. The Bush administration’s intention to invade Iraq and topple its ruler, Saddam Hussein, was already obvious. Were they to take such a step, Moussa insisted, it would “open the gates of hell.” His prediction turned out to be anything but hyperbole — and those gates have never again closed. More…

The TPP is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power

The TPP is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted November 14, 2016

TPP is a betrayalThe Obama administration faced reality on Friday when they recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be ratified by this Congress. The TPP is dead. How did people power win?

We have worked to stop the TPP and other Obama trade agreements for more than five years. We were part of the ‘movement of movements’, the largest coalition ever opposing a corporate trade agreement, which stopped it. It included all sorts of activists who work on human rights, worker rights, the environment, climate change, Internet freedom, health care, food safety and more.

People told us stopping the TPP was impossible. Even after the election of Trump, people still told us we could not win, the corporations wanted this and they would get it. But, after years of work, the impossible became the inevitable and the TPP is dead. More…

The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained

The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained
by Brad Plumer
Posted November 7, 2016

water protectorsFor months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has been waging a pitched battle against a proposed oil pipeline that would run near their reservation — arguing that it could endanger both their water supplies and sacred sites.

These protests have become a huge, huge story. The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline encompasses everything from the federal government’s historically appalling treatment of Native Americans to broader debates about fracking and climate change. The cause has attracted an array of tribes, activists, and environmentalists around the country, and authorities have been clashing with protestors all summer. More...

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