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

Sunday, July 3, 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" (billionaire capitalists) whose ownership under the rules of capitalism largely serves themselves as a class. By "substantial ownership and control" I mean that this applies to at least the major corporations and the Federal Reserve (a privately owned corporation that deceptively suggests a name which implies public ownership.) 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, censorship, 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  7/18/2022: I could not access this website today, and I have been unable to access this website since 7/17/2022. Another victory for censorship? 7/26/2022: Today I was able to access this website. 7/30/2022: I wasn't able to access this website. 7/31/2022: Same today. 8/1/2022: I have not been able to access this website since 7/25/2022. 8/3/2022: I have access today!
  • 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", this website 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? 7/23/2022: I could not access this website, instead it very briefly accessed it, but quickly over-road it with this. The censorship of real news and analysis is getting worse by the day! 7/24/2022: Still cannot access it--the same experience as yesterday. 7/25/2022: Haven't been able to access this website since 7/22/2022--another success for the censorship fans!
  • 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 founder of the website, addresses climate destabilization 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°  Frequency: nearly everyday. This provides a third world perspective on world political 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. I especially recommend articles by a top journalist, Alan Macleod, whose reporting and analysis often gets to the essence of issues.
  • Multipolarista
  • New Eastern Outlook
  • Peoples Dispatch 
  • RT on Rumble  I discovered Rumble is posting RT's collection of posts.
  • Sputnik News   This website furnishes a Russian perspective of world events. I have not been able to access this website since 6/26/2022. In its place, I found this--clearly a propaganda-filled fake website. Finally, on 7/9/2022 I had access to the real site, but I have had no access since then.
  • 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 ***** 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, US citizen, who was living and working in Seattle as a psychiatrist, a refugee from FBI harassment (in my opinion, because she, like actor 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. Although not nearly as comprehensive as Global Research, this is another website that people, who have limited time, can access and keep up on most general 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)  Frequency: ?
  • World Socialist Web Site: I've removed this website after listing it because it has continued to parrot the Democratic administration's lies about the pandemic.
I don't know where the people on the following list are on the question of whether they favor capitalism or real 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 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. But to his credit, he has often exposed the lies behind the Kennedy assassination and his brother which, in his view, began the slow disintegration of the USA.
  • 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.
  • Edward Slavsquat on Substack  Frequency: roughly twice a week. I refer you to Wikispooks brief bio, which is really by Riley Waggaman who writes under the pen-name of Edward Slavasquat and is based in Moscow. I have encountered his articles in the past and he seems to be influential among other independent writers. 7/22/2022: I discovered him today in Off-Guardian.
  • Franc Analysis on Odysee. Frequency: roughly once a week. Recommended by Eva Bartlett. I am including this on Odysee because Rokfin charges you to subscribe.
  • John's Newsletter  Frequency: about two times a week.
  • Jonathan's Newsletter (on Substack)  By Jonathan Cook, a Brit, a former journalist of The Guardian, and one of the world's top independent journalists, has returned to Britain after living in Nazareth, Palestine for 20 years.
  • Geopolitics & Empire on Odysee.  Frequency of posts: roughly twice a week. Hrvoje Morić, who is a former professor of history, of Croatian descent, and resides in Mexico in spite of being born and raised in Chicago. He, as a conservative, is very critical by infringes of his freedoms. Morić has recently been outspoken in his political beliefs which is laced with the Catholic religion and the Christian bible (he was raised in the Catholic Religion). Morić has given fascinating interviews of independent dissident thinkers for about an hour or less. Frequency of posts: roughly twice a week. 
  • In Gaza - and beyond  (Eva Bartlett, a Canadian journalist) Bartlett has moved to Russia and has been residing there for a year. Thus, she has since focused on the Ukraine war. I have included her on my selection of YouTube's posts.
  • 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  7/14/2022: I recommend this important article and this on the same topic that most of alternative media has overlooked.
  • Our Finite World--Gail Tverberg  She is a master actuary (statistician); and for her, the numbers to add up to any solutions to our many crises.  
  • Post-Woke on Substack  Mickey Zezima, blogs as Mickey Z., a New York City activist. 7/13/2022: recommended re-post "‘This is a war of propaganda’: John Pilger on Ukraine and Assange with Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo". Also, this post on 7/19/2022 when he was an activist in the 2012 Occupy Movement which was infiltrated and destroyed by the cops. Although Zezima says he is non-ideological; but when he is forced to label himself, he identifies as an anarchist. 7/29/2022: I have had personal correspondence with him to illustrate how much he changes his tone to vindictiveness when confronted by dissenting ideas he doesn't like. I have doubts about him. For instance, his work with homeless women--don't there exist homeless men and children? Is his reported work with homeless women merely a virtue signal? What about his identification with the Occupy Movement? Can both alleged experiences be a perfect cover for an undercover spy agent? And, he ignores the real possibility of a catastrophic nuclear war that the Biden administration has started by the encroachment of NATO bases next to the border with Russia, aggravating the war by pouring weapons into Ukraine, and Pelosi's visit to Taiwan that crosses official red lines of China. I will keep his website on this recommended list until I discover further evidence which discredits him.
  • The Dreizin Report on Rumble 
  • 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".
  • 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 during the Russian Revolution of 1917) and who, after the defeat of White Russian armies, the family immigrated to Europe and he eventually became a US citizens. Raevsky, who is the founder and administrator of the website, who 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). Today (7/8/2022) I had a problem accessing this website. I will try to find a fix this. Meanwhile, try another browser (I'm using Firefox with ExpressVPN). "The Saker" is back online after a day or two of failed access. 7/31/2022: I had difficulties accessing this website, but I finally succeeded.
  • Voice for Science and Solidarity  This website is founded an run by Geert Vanden Bossche, a world renowned virologist who is rather recently concerned by the methods of the UN's World Health Organization, whose top funder is Bill Gates, to cope with the covid pandemic and anticipated pandemics. WHO's head is none other than Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the aggressive Tigray province of Ethiopia which has been trying to destabilize Ethiopia and propagandized by US-based corporations like CNN, Facebook, and Twitter. These facts raise several questions: Could this be another project of the CIA? Could the appointment of Ghebreyesus as head of the WHO be a coincidence?
  • 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 always practice deception and propaganda. 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. Then there is Danny Haiphong who is a real socialist. 7/12/2022: I recommend this which indicates news "management" and censorship across Europe. Censorship and news "management" apparently is much worse in various parts of the world than in the USA. 7/20/2022: I am also including YouTube's "BestEvidence" channel by John Titus and adding to my provisional list after viewing one dated 8/14/2021, and I recommend that you view this video. Also, he has posted the past week. I am adding this provisionally because I do not thoroughly understand it with my aging brain (86 yrs old). I am adding it to this collection of videos on a provisional basis on the strength of a recommendation of west coast friend who I have relied on frequently.
Other recommended websites, which are honest, likely represent old-fashioned capitalism (industrial 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 on behalf of the ruling capitalist class--the fascist Empires lead by Germany and Japan). Currently, such societies makeup the neofascist (more deceptive methods and less violence within the USA) and transnational capitalists in the de-facto US/British/Zionist Empire which preserves the same goal of the earlier fascist Empires--striving to control the entire world. Old-fashioned capitalist writers often have much to say that is worthwhile about the current and dominant form of capitalism (finance capitalism) and other issues. We must listen to them by reading their articles.

  • A Son of the American Revolution  Larry Johnson is presently a historian at the College of William & Mary and was about 20 years ago employed at the State Department & CIA.
  • 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. 
  • Naked Capitalism  Frequency: nearly everyday.
  • Paul Craig Roberts  Frequency: Nearly every weekday, seldom on weekends and holidays. Roberts is a former Asst. Secretary of the Treasure in the Reagan administration. He is an old-fashioned capitalist (industrial capitalist).
  • 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 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 to attack China and Iran. I think it was developed for the above reasons in addition to the above reasons by the transnational capitalist class located in the de-facto US/British/Zionist Empire's plan in order to reduce the world's (the Earth's) population of ordinary humans to save themselves as a ruling class.
  • 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.