Montag, 21. Januar 2013

Martin Luther King Day Report: State of the Dream 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. on the Power of Media and the Horror of War

MLK s Dream of Economic Justice


''A Mighty Stream'': Martin Luther King Jr. s Faith Guided Him to a Commitment to Economic Justice

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Truthout: Reverend Sekou s review of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. focuses on MLK s yearning for economic justice and ''a warless world, a better distribution of wealth and a brotherhood that transcends race or color.''

Dulling Down Dr. King s Message

Gary G. Kohls, Consortium News: The suspicion that King s gospel-based nonviolent message has been effectively scrubbed from our consciousness was reinforced for me a few years back when a shirt from Atlanta s King Center had printed on it the ''seven steps to social change.''


U.S. Government Claims That the Truth Is Too Complicated and Dangerous To Disclose to the Public

Martin King s Family: Share Civil Trial Case That US Govt Assassinated Martin


The Conspiracy to Kill MLK: Not a Theory But a Fact

By Ira Chernus

On April 4, 1968, the government was part of a successful conspiracy to assassinate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King Condemned US Wars Maintaining Predatory Capitalist Investments And Was Shot Dead

By Jay Janson

For forty-five years US corporate owned and operated media, has made sure that not only American children, but the rest of its world-wide audience as well, hear or read nothing of King s blistering condemnation of US wars.

A Time to Break Silence

By Rev. Martin Luther King

Audio and Text

''Beyond Vietnam'' speech delivered at New York s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year to the day before he was murdered, King called the United States ''the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.''

Die zum Schweigen gebrachte Mehrheit

''Die Medien könnten die größte Friedensmacht der Welt sein, stattdessen werden sie als Kriegswaffen eingesetzt'', sagt Amy Goodman. Kriegskritiker kämen in den USA praktisch nicht zu Wort, abweichende Meinungen würden ausgefiltert. Die Medienkonzerne gäben oft nur die Positionen der Konzerne und der Politiker wieder, die von Konzernen finanziert werden. So schrumpfe die von den Medien abgebildete Meinungsvielfalt in den USA zunehmend. ''Ich nenne es 'die zum Schweigen gebrachte Mehrheit', denn diejenigen, die gegen Krieg, gegen Folter sind, die wegen Armut und der Kontrollmacht der Unternehmen tief besorgt sind, sind keine Randgruppe. Sie sind nicht einmal eine schweigende Mehrheit, sondern eine Mehrheit, die zum Schweigen gebracht wird. Sie wird mundtot gemacht von Medienunternehmen, und das müssen wir ändern''?'' Das Interview mit Amy Goodman auf vom 18.01.2013

Aus: LabourNet, 21. Januar 2013

How the NRA hijacked the Republican Party

by Nicholas Wapshott


There are few better ways of grasping how far the Republicans have abandoned the middle ground, where they used to win elections, than the way their leaders have become agents of the gun industry. Conservatives used to consider themselves law-abiding citizens who put great store by the permanence of institutions, by the rule of law, and by the traditional caution and common sense of the sensible majority. Such devotion to stability, continuation, and moderation explains why so many conservatives were alarmed when the social revolution of the Sixties erupted. Suddenly, it seemed, everything was on the move...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


How the Gun Industry Is Killing Americans

Tom Diaz, The New Press: The number of people killed every year in the United States by guns is about five times the grand total of Americans killed in terrorist attacks anywhere in the world since 1969.

World s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

The world s 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012, enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich.

Goldman Raises CEO's Stock Bonus 90% to $13.3 Million:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) boosted Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein s stock bonus 90 percent to $13.3 million, topping JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) s Jamie Dimon for the first time in five years, as profit climbed.

Ranks of working poor increasing

Nearly a third of the nation s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report.

Wrist Slap for 'Too Big to Fail or Jail' JPMorgan Chase

By Tom Burghardt

When it came to lax drug money laundering controls, the suspicion persists that somewhere fugitive billionaire drug lord Chapo Guzmán is smiling as he enlarges his stable of thoroughbreds.

How the Obama Administration Protected Wall Street from Prosecutions

By Glenn Greenwald

A profound failure of justice that should be causing serious social unrest.

How Iceland Overthrew The Banks

Court: Iceland Doesn t Need to Repay UK and Dutch Depositors


''Why do we consider banks to be like holy churches?'' is the rhetorical question that Iceland s President Olafur Ragnar Grimson asks (and answers) in this truly epic three minutes of truthiness from the farce that is the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Wall Street s average cash bonus last year: $121,900

Those with high-paying jobs are still taking in fat bonuses. The average cash bonus on Wall Street last year rose an estimated 9% to nearly $121,900, according to a report released Tuesday by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Meet The Fortress Hotel That Separates The Davos Billionaires From The Peasants


Here is the hotel in which the bleeding heart Davos billionaires are staying: a $170 million fortress surrounded by barbed wire, security cameras, motion sensor and even its own helipad.

Davos Billionaires: Oblivious to the Coming Revolution

By Paul Farrell

A powerful virus is spreading, rising from the grass roots of billions in the repressed poor and the middle class, forcing moral leaders to step forward and openly challenge the destructive forces of capitalism.

From Information Clearing House


GOP, Thomas Hobbes Rig Elections

Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks, The Daily Take: It s time that we as a nation ask ourselves if we are capable of governing ourselves, or if we should simply let the modern-day kings, the billionaires, run things?

The Lack of Class Consciousness in an Era of Record Inequality

Anthony DiMaggio, Truthout: As Americans' awareness catches up to the realities of the increasing US class divide, shrinking life opportunities for the majority and the disappearance of social mobility, we will be unable to address the problems of high unemployment and economic stagnation.


JP Morgan s Jamie Dimon Spurs Outrage in Davos

Why Wall Street s Leaders Escaped Prosecution After the Crash

To End Extreme Poverty, Let s Try Ending Extreme Wealth

Davos' Elite Message Deserves 'Fierce Resistance' Not Applause

JPMorgan Chase s Jamie Dimon Rewarded With 74% Pay Increase

Nine killed in US airstrikes in Yemen

U.S. kills four people in Yemen

Tribal sources said a pilotless plane had attacked a car on a main road linking the capital Sanaa with Maarib. ''The strike burnt the car which was carrying four suspected al Qaeda (militants) and killed those in it,'' a source told Reuters.

Yemenis block road connecting Marib to Sana a over US drone attacks

On Saturday, at least eight people were killed in US drone attacks in Abieda valley in Marib province. Local residents said two Saudi nationals were among the dead.

From Information Clearing House


'Pedal to the Metal': Obama s Drones Surge as New Term Dawns

US kills 5 people in northeastern Afghanistan

Villagers say all the victims were civilians and had no links to any militant group.

Prince Harry: I have killed in Afghanistan

But Dad wants me to act like a prince: At end of four-month tour, Captain Wales describes his time at Camp Bastion and frustration with sections of the media.

'Arrogant and insensitive': Stop the War Coalition attacks Prince Harry for admitting he has killed Taliban insurgents

The Taliban have also condemened the third in line for the throne, calling him a 'coward'.

Prince s Harry

By Joe Glenton

Captain Harry Wales; fighter, lover, occasional exhibitionist and warrior-prince of the House of Saxe-Gotha-Coburg.

US-led drone raids kill dozens in Afghanistan

Dozens of people have been killed in two successive US-led assassination drone strikes in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The deadly attacks took place in eastern Nuristan province late on Monday.

I killed people in Afghanistan. Was I right or wrong?

By Timothy Kudo

When I joined the Marine Corps, I knew I would kill people. I was trained to do it in a number of ways, from pulling a trigger to ordering a bomb strike to beating someone to death with a rock.

From Information Clearing House

British troops face fresh charges of Iraq war torture and killings

Allegations to be unveiled in high court of 'systemic' policy of abuse from 2003 to 2008.

From Information Clearing House

The African-American Army

By David Swanson

Why should anyone participate in oppressing anyone anywhere for the Pentagon?

France s Fabius says Africa 'must' send troops to Mali

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France had been obliged to send in troops ''very, very rapidly otherwise there would be no more Mali''.

MLK Injustice Index 2013

Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

By Bill Quigley

We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values...when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King


Anthony Monteiro: Obama s presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King, it's actually the opposite.

''Beyond Vietnam''

A Time to Break Silence

By Rev. Martin Luther King

MLK s Vehement Condemnations Of US Militarism Are More Relevant Than Ever

By Glenn Greenwald

''How can they trust us when now we . . . charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land? Surely we must understand their feelings even if we do not condone their actions.''

From Information Clearing House


Martin Luther King on Vietnam


MLK s Vehement Condemnations of US Militarism are More Relevant Than Ever

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