We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Recommended Websites/weblogs & Sources of Information and Analysis

I am a socialist. Socialism means a substantial ownership and control by ordinary people of economic institutions instead of a class of "owners" whose ownership under the rules of capitalism largely serves themselves as a class. By "substantial ownership and control" I mean at least the major corporations and the Federal Reserve, a privately owned corporation. Ordinary people will decide that.

 

We see today how the transnational capitalist class inspects our every move over the internet--and worst of all, they propose new digital IDs for everyone so that they can better control us. Because this new dominate, class-based system has fooled nearly everybody with their emphasis on their use of propaganda, psy-ops, gaslighting, and other means of manipulating peoples consciousness of the real world, I see the need for independent political analysts, particularly based on the interests of ordinary people instead of the billionaire-rich. 

 

However, this class-based system still uses violence and the threat of violence to attain compliance when all other means fail. That is why the USA is involved in many wars and have about 900 military bases all over the world. That is precisely the reasons that the ruling capitalist class has established NATO: to impose violence on any nation that thwarts its ambition to rule the world.

 

All the lists, which are in alphabetical order, are based on my experience of more than 12 years of running this website. The first list of websites are those that I feel advocate socialism and reliable information about this capitalist reality. But all lists include dissident writers are based on honesty and, for the most part, propaganda-free deceptions.

  • Breakthrough News  Frequency: very roughly, about twice a week.
  • CADTM  Selections about sovereign debt by Eric Toussaint, a French socialist
  • Caitlin Johnstone  Johnstone is an Australian with her American husband, Tim Foley, also reading the script in the audio section of her article, but you may miss supporting examples, illustrations, supporting links, etc. She blogs almost daily.
  • Covert Geopolitics  Judging by its suffix "co", it is based in Columbia, but recently Pepe Escobar said that The Cradle, also a website of a similar nature, was based in Beirut, Lebanon--Colombian expats currently living in Lebanon?
  • Dissident Voice 
  • EarthNewspaper 
  • Global Research  GR is a Canadian aggregated website recommended for people who have limited time except on the issue of "climate change" which Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, a Canadian and the administrator of the website addresses rarely since the recent IPCC reports were issued. Years ago he considered it as a "hoax". Many writers on his re-posts have at least socialist leanings.
  • Global Times  Reputedly express the views of the Communist Party of China.
  • Guns and Butter  Bonnie Faulkner, the owner of this website, infrequently (roughly about once in six weeks) posts in-depth interviews of independent and top geopolitical thinkers for about an hour.
  • Internationalist 360°  (third world perspectives on world issues)
  • Media Lens  A British left-wing weblog that has lately been publishing roughly twice in a month during the school year, but once a week during the summer when schools are largely closed.
  • Middle East Monitor
  • MintPress News  (based in Minneapolis) Scroll down to the section labeled "Featured News" for the latest posts. They focus on mainly, but not exclusively, on Mid-East issues. They have a top journalist, Alan Macleod, whose reporting and analysis often gets to the essence of issues.
  • Multipolarista
  • New Eastern Outlook
  • Peoples Dispatch 
  • Post-Woke  Mickey Zezima, blogs as Mickey Z., a New York City activist.
  • Sputnik News  (a Russian perspective of world events) I have not been able to access this website today (6/27/2022).
  • Strategic Culture Foundation  Based in Russia but features international writers offering their views on very significant topics. They have a new website address, and I can access their website but I can't access their articles in English. It seems likely they are attempting to avoid censorship which they gleefully practice throughout the de-facto US/British/Zionist Empire. A west coast friend said that I needed VPN. Its mostly a separate service compatible with many browsers. So I signed for a service (ExpressVPN--there is a charge for the service: about $6.99/mo and I chose the lengthy plan) and tech-chat comes with it, which is the reason I chose it (I need all the help I can get). The tech advised me to choose Serbia as the ISP location in conjunction with my browser, but it was complicated process to access the above website and read the articles--my objective. If you are so inclined, you can try a VPN service (in addition to your browser), but use the original website address <https://www.strategic-culture.org>. Let me know via email (ronh36@protonmail.com) if you cannot access this site or any other sites listed in this post.
  • The Grayzone  Frequency: about two per week.
  • The Most Revolutionary Act  Stuart Bramhall, was living and working in Seattle as a psychiatrist, a refugee from FBI harassment (in my opinion, because she, like Jean Seberg, had intimate relations with African-Americans and supported their issues). Bramhall currently lives in New Zealand where she found employment and escaped further FBI harassment. She re-posts an article which she sees an critical importance nearly everyday, and occasionally she writes one herself. (She wrote a book by the same title as her website.)
  • The Wall Will Fall (Vanessa Beeley, a British journalist)
  • Titanic Lifeboat Academy Caren Black, a retired educator, runs an aggregated website and occasionally writes articles herself. This is another website that people, who have limited time, can access and keep up on world events. 
  • UK Column
  • Unlimited Hangout (Whitney Webb)  Webb is coming off from maternity leave, and hopefully she will return to full time writing. She has closely followed the Epstein mysteries (the attempt to corrupt Anglo leaders of the de-facto US/British/Zionist Empire--with "entertainment" provided by "recruited" young women--who can be useful to Israel). Look for her articles in a variety of websites.
  • Unlimited Hangout on Odysee (Whitney Webb)
I don't know where the following list are on the question of whether they favor capitalism or socialism. Because it is hard for many people to be socialists after receiving thorough indoctrination while living in a capitalist societies, it is fashionable for such dissidents to be anarchists. Anarchists focus on only the ruling class's government in contrast to real socialists who focus on the current ruling capitalist class. The following writers, many of which are writing mostly from an anarchist points of view, but hold and write opinions honestly:

  • Arctic News  Frequency: roughly once per three weeks.
  • Behind the Curtain - Edward Curtin Frequency: roughly once per two weeks. His religion, the Roman Catholic religion (if my memory is correct), weaves in and out of his perspective on social issues. 
  • Consent Factory, Inc. C. J. Hopkins is an expat living in Berlin and writes mostly satire with a sardonic twist. Frequency: roughly once per three weeks. I suspect that he is some kind of anarchist.
  • Declassified UK  A left-wing website which includes anarchists, is based in Britain. Frequency: roughly two times a week.
  • John's Newsletter  Frequency: about two times a week.
  • Geopolitics & Empire on Odysee. The unnamed interviewer, who is a former professor of history, resides in Mexico. He interviews independent dissident thinkers for various lengths of time. Frequency: roughly twice a week. 
  • In Gaza - and beyond  (Eva Bartlett, a Canadian journalist)
  • Middle East Eye  (Based in London)
  • Moon of Alabama  Bernhard, an astute German independent blogger, comments on, and analyses policies and trends, behind major world events. 
  • Nature Bats Last Prof. Guy McPherson is a retired professor of biology at the University of Arizona. Based on his discoveries and research, he expects abrupt climate destabilization in the near future. He is some kind of anarchist.
  • Off-Guardian 
  • The Last American Vagabond   Avoid Ryan Cristián's articles, otherwise you will spend several hours on his video and audio posts. Especially look for articles by Robert Inlakesh, Whitney Webb, and Derrick Broze.
  • The Exposé  A British website which has been covering the "covid" pandemic extensively. The only problem is that they consider "climate change" as nonsense. 
  • The New Atlas on Rumble  Brian Berletic who I have followed many years. He is an ex-Marine who lives in Thailand with his family nearly 20 years, and has also been published in New Eastern Outlook.
  • The Pulse A Canadian website which focuses mostly on issues related to the "covid pandemic". 
  • YouTube--my subscriptions  I particularly like this selection in spite of YouTube's tendency to censor. Although I cannot identify all of this selection as being pro-socialist, but they are honest in contrast to mainstream media which practice deception. These are posts, especially those of the Duran and the American Lira, who is living in Karkov, Ukraine, are among the best posts I can deliver to my followers. I also recommend to my followers regarding the YouTube channel by Li Jingjing, a journalist employed by a major newspaper in China. We who live in the Empire have a hard time to learn about China from honest journalists employed by capitalist corporations because they have a virtual monopoly of news reporting worldwide.
Other recommended websites, which are honest, likely represent old-fashioned capitalism in which finance capitalism (neoliberalism) mostly replaced old-fashioned capitalism plus private ownership of the economy in fewer hands that old-fashioned capitalism naturally created. This new ruling class under financial capitalism (neoliberalism or neofascism promoted by transnational and neocon capitalists) is a society ruled by a concentrated self-serving, capitalist ruling class. These societies have characteristics of neofascism (rule by a heavy component of deception backed up by violent methods, and pursuing policies that favor their transnational capitalist operations. This has replaced the earlier form of fascism (mostly rule by violent methods). Such societies makeup the current de-facto US/British/Zionist Empire which preserves the same goal of the earlier ruling capitalist class--striving to control the entire world. Old-fashioned capitalist writers often have much to say that is worthwhile about the current form of capitalism and other issues.

  • A Son of the American Revolution  Larry Johnson is presently a historian at the College of William & Mary and was formerly employed at the CIA & State Department.
  • Children's Health Defense  (founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.) Scroll down to the section labeled "The Defender" for their latest posts.
  • Children's Health Defense--Europe  Frequency: roughly once per week.
  • Consortium News  The weblog features posts and re-posts about relevant events. Frequency: about three times a week.
  • Craig Murray  Murray is a Scotsman, retired British diplomat, and exponent of Scotland's independence. Frequency: about once a week
  • Glenn Greenwald  Frequency: about once a week.
  • Paul Craig Roberts  Roberts is a former Asst. Secretary of the Treasure in the Reagan administration. He is an old-fashioned capitalist (industrial capitalist). Frequency: He take weekends and most holidays off.
  • Peak Prosperity  Chris Martenson, PhD, who is administrator of this website, seems to be advocating "back to the land" by cutting most ties to city and government services. Thus Martenson is an anarchist who believes that the existing society is so thoroughly corrupt, and the best way to deal with it, is to cut ties with the larger society. He has also contributed to the unraveling of the many mysteries of the "covid pandemic".
  • Reminiscence of the Future...  The founder of this weblog, Andrei Martyanov, is a Russian immigrant and a US citizen for over 20 years and is reputedly a Russian military expert. Recommended by Pepe Escobar.
  • The Ice Blog  Frequency: about once per month. 
  • The Saker  You can access Pepe Escobar's articles here as well as other articles of interest. Founded by Andrei Raevsky ("The Saker"), who is descended from White Russian immigrants (essentially capitalist armies who fought against Bolsheviks) and who, after the defeat of White Russian armies, immigrated to Europe and he eventually became a US citizens. Raevsky is the founder and administrator of the website. After receiving threats from governmental/corporate authorities, he moved his server to one in Iceland. Post of special interest to all American socialists and people who are addicted to corporate propaganda media (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NY Times, Washington Post, etc.): How the West uses its propaganda skills to defame its enemy countries  It is a post by a journalist from China and a part of a webinar and posted on The Saker (The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism’s global war on multipolarity--2:48:10). 
  • The Unz Review  Founded by Ron Unz, a retired physicist, who has a brilliant mind but limited by anti-Jewish attitudes (although he is a Jew--101.25m) which seem to be fading appropriately into a view that targets right-wing Jews (Zionists). And, he seems to be moving to the true left as he includes more articles by Pepe Escobar, who in my opinion, is the best journalist and geopolitical analyst in the world, and economist Michael Hudson. Meanwhile, you will find articles criticizing the faux-left (the fake left on the political spectrum mostly represented by the Democratic Party). Many non-socialist writers have been confused by the appearance to the faux-left, created and promoted by the current capitalist financial ruling class via the Democratic Party. If you will read all articles on this list, you will still find articles attacking faux-leftists; but meanwhile you will be wading through the swamp of racist ideas like the ideas argued and promoted on behalf of white supremacy. We must be patient with Unz. To his credit, Unz's most important contribution has been uncovering the many mysteries of the "covid" pandemic and revealing what is underneath--a US biowarfare project.
  • Wall Street on Parade  Founded by Pam Martens and Russ Martens who find lots of misdeeds regarding Wall Street. They blog almost daily except for weekends and holidays.