Taking stock of Robert Parry (1949-2018)

The point is, not who is right but that it’s almost impossible for anyone to be able to tell what is “true” without context. The context seems more important than truth, because there isn’t any absolute truth now it’s all mixed up both accidentally and on purpose.

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Yesterday, Nat Parry announced the death of his father Robert Parry on Consortium News, a website he created in 1995 in order to create an alternative to the mainstream news. While Robert Parry had announced to his readers on December 31, 2017 that a stroke would inhibit his ability to provide the kind of content they had become accustomed to, the underlying ailment responsible for his untimely death was cancer of the pancreas that he had unknowingly been suffering from for the past 4 to 5 years.

Nat Parry’s article summarizes his father’s considerable accomplishments that date back to Reagan’s war against the Sandinistas. I recommend it as an indication of a career that any journalist could be proud of, as long as the cut-off date is 2011 or so.

He credits his father with digging beneath “the reality of the chemical attack in Syria in 2013” and for…

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Troubles brewing in Iran

We’re familiar with the arguments given to justify cutting money for some in favour of giving more to others. It seems from this article that this is also happening in Iran

To me it seeems very similar to the situation in Turkey, a country of similar size with a population that’s burdened down, having to struggle so much even to stay alive.

Have a look at this article and see what you think yourself.

 

http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=13896

https://zcomm.org/zblogs/irans-streets-again/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/04/iran-unrest-cry-freedom-platitudes-from-trump-and-his-ilk-are-foolish

Happy New Year resolution

We’re facing an interesting time ahead: the decisions we didn’t make/others didn’t make on our behalf in the past- will have repercussions galore …

The BigTech scene and our tiny role in their world- we’ll only count for much if we can join up together and make ourselves big enough not to ignore any more  …

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/01/silicon-valley-eating-soul-google-facebook-tech?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

We hear all  this talk about Trump & Wall Street  crony influence – but let’s not forget:

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/01/thomas-frank-obama-chose-wall-street-main-street.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

Obama had a huge opportunity briefly –  but he missed an open goal and now we have this result  …

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/27/worlds-richest-500-see-increased-their-wealth-by-1tn-this-year

 

 

The Fearless Benjamin Lay

Time we all knew much more about Mr Ben Lay

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

COUNTERPUNCH, DECEMBER 29, 2017


A decade ago I reviewed “Amazing Grace”, a hagiographic biopic about William Wilberforce, the parliamentary opponent of the slave trade in Great Britain. Since I am far more interested in a film’s politics than tracking shots, I saw it as an opportunity to cut Wilberforce down to size:

The film was meant to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of the bill that banned the slave trade in the British Empire, an event that constitutes the climactic scene.

What it does not make clear is that the bill did not abolish slavery itself, which would persist in Jamaica and other British colonies for another 30 years. When younger and more militant abolitionists pressed Wilberforce to enter legislation to that effect, he replied that because of the effect “which long continuance of abject slavery produces on the human mind…I look to the improvement of…

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