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On left is the Kadesh Peace Treaty (1258 BCE) believed to be the oldest peace treaty in history. Of the 23,000 photos I took along the Silk Roads 2015-2020, this symbol of hope is my favorite.

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My History with alt-news >


Probably the greatest living social philosopher and icon of the alt-media is Noam Chomsky.

HEROES OF ALT-NEWS

2015.02.25 Edward Snowden and the Great Removal by Thomas Knapp – NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to loom large in the world’s daily news. Revelations from the trove of data he disclosed to journalists roll out on a near-weekly basis, followed by denials and excuses from politicians and bureaucrats he exposes as responsible for rights violations around the world. Citizenfour, a documentary covering his heroic actions on behalf of the public, just grabbed the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature… https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/25/edward-snowden-and-the-great-removal

Julian Assange – Photo source: https://thegrayzone.com/2019/08/20/cnn-media-smears-julian-assange-fidel-narvaez/

Julian Assange 2021.07.01 US Censorship Is Increasingly Official by Alan MacLeod – …The attempts to muzzle the press did not start with Trump, however. President Obama oversaw a war on whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, and ensured that Julian Assange has spent the best part of a decade in hiding or in prison. Assange’s most notable journalistic action was to release the Iraq War Logs and the Collateral Murder video, which showed US pilots massacring civilians—including two Reuters journalists—in cold blood. https://fair.org/home/us-censorship-is-increasingly-official and https://thegrayzone.com/2019/08/20/cnn-media-smears-julian-assange-fidel-narvaez/

Daniel Hale – Photo source: https://fair.org/home/hales-crime-is-not-leaking-information-but-exposing-government-lies-about-the-drone-program

2021.04.16 ‘Hale’s Crime Is Not Leaking Information, but Exposing Government Lies About the Drone Program’https://fair.org/home/hales-crime-is-not-leaking-information-but-exposing-government-lies-about-the-drone-program/ &

2021.07.20 Intelligence analyst Daniel Hale exposed the indiscriminate murder of noncombatants in the global US drone war. For his heroism, he faces 10 years in prison while those who oversee these war crimes continue their killing spree https://scheerpost.com/2021/07/12/hedges-bless-the-traitors

Chelsea Manning – Photograph Source: Mattia Luigi Nappi – CC BY 4.0

2020.01.06 The Government is Torturing Chelsea Manning… by Howard Lisnoff – Chelsea Manning is being tortured for her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury. She already has told a military court as a whistleblower while in the Army about documents pertaining to alleged war crimes that were committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has already been tortured and imprisoned for releasing that information once (“Collateral Murder” video, for example), but here in the US, the land of the free and the home of the brave, readers must be protected from reading and viewing documents about the horrors of the endless wars the US fights. https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/06/the-government-is-torturing-chelsea-manning-does-anyone-give-a-damn

AP photo of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling and his wife Holly downloaded from: https://fair.org/home/sterling-conviction-a-victory-for-governments-right-to-hide/

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling – A New York Times editorial today titled “Overkill on a CIA Leak Case” is critical of aspects of the government’s prosecution of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling who was sentenced to 42 months on Monday. https://accuracy.org/release/operation-merlin-did-cia-seek-to-plant-a-nuclear-gun-on-iran-and-iraq and https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/24/whistleblowing-the-pandemic-and-a-law-and-order-system-of-injustice

2017.02.11 Thomas Drake – Former CIA Analyst Sues Defense Department to Vindicate NSA Whistleblowers – NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has been legally vindicated, but the question he raised about technology and privacy was never resolved. A former CIA analyst is trying to prove Drake was right. https://theintercept.com/2017/02/10/former-cia-analyst-sues-defense-department-to-vindicate-nsa-whistleblowers

2018.06.10 Three years after he was released from prison, former CIA officer John Kiriakou again denounces the torture programme as illegal and unethical which he had exposed back in 2007. Kiriakou explains why he feels no regrets about his decision to blow the whistle, although it came at a high price for him as for NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake: he would do it all over again. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/digitaliberties/cia-whistleblower-no-regrets-i-would-do-it-all-again

https://scheerpost.com/2021/07/12/hedges-bless-the-traitors/

There are things far worse than the above. Usually the IC/DoD uses cutouts, deniable 3rd parties for the most severe of it its crimes.

Journalists tortured and killed for reporting truths the US gov. and it’s “cut-out” allies want to keep hidden

18 Journalists Killed in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – between 1992 and 2021 / Motive Confirmed

2021.05.19 Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian journalist Yousef Abu Hussein at his home

Just a few of the Champions of Alt-News currently working today

Aaron Maté @aaronjmate
Ajit Singh @ajitxsingh
Ajamu Baraka @ajamubaraka
Alan Macleod @AlanRMacLeod
Ben Norton @BenjaminNorton
Caitlin Johnstone @caitoz
Danny Haiphong @SpiritofHo
Dilyana Gaytandzhieva @dgaytandzhieva
Eva Bartlett @EvaKBartlett
Jeff Cohen @jeffcot
Helen Buyniski / Helen of desTroy @velocirapture23
Jeffrey St. Clair @JSCCounterPunch
Maitreya Bhakal @MaitreyaBhakal
Mnar Muhawesh Adley @mnarmuh
Ramzy Baroud @RamzyBaroud
Scott Ritter @RealScottRitter
Vanessa Beeley @VanessaBeeley
Wikileaks @wikileaks

The war is not over until the USA ends all of its wars and economic sanctions against other nations. Right now, the US war machine is the worst it has ever been.

The first “alt-news” I ever saw was called Kaleidoscope (1967-1971). My family returned back to Milwaukee again from Europe in late 1968. In early 1969 my older brother had some issues of Kaleidoscope laying around and I was fascinated by how totally differently they saw current events, in our city, nation and the Vietnam War compared to the local (MSM) newspaper the Milwaukee Journal and its syndicated stories from AP, and UPI.

Kaleidoscope, Volume 5, Number 6 3, 1971, https://collections.lib.uwm.edu/digital/collection/kal/id/3161/rec/1

My uncle the super-spy/solder had killed himself not long before (after leading bombing raids in the illegal wars in Laos and Cambodia), and then my parents had a very serious talk with me. They told me that I should not follow his path. That was liberating because my childhood was in some ways very “Spartan” to a degree few can possibly imagine. I had been groomed to follow my uncle’s footsteps and suddenly found myself quite free instead. The Summer of 1969 was very enlightening for me. I realized I had grown up seeing the world upside down and backwards. Then the alt-news Bugle American newsletter/magazine came out in 1970, which was also anti-war and I absorbed that with rapt attention.

There was a large state university right across the street so at the tender age of 13 I started partying with the hippies and freaks, who were mainly bonded by opposition to the Vietnam war and apartheid in South Africa. That was the first time in American history millions of whites and blacks sat down together at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood. We didn’t eat much back then but agreed on our shared knowledge that war is evil. Everybody we knew who came back from Vietnam was messed up in the head, and murdering innocent Vietnamese was all due to a corrupt deal between the big corporations and the government; a blood for money equation.

Kaleidoscope and then the Bugle American were the flagpoles of the anti-war movement in Milwaukee but not the heart of it. Still, those alt-newspapers articulated what everyone knew was true. The heart of the anti-war movement was in the university dorm rooms late at night. A few times Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) showed up but mostly everything was local and organizing anti-war and anti-apartheid demonstrations were just some of the topics people talked about. The world was being reborn and we were part of it. The “establishment” was corrupted by corporate influence, from the oil corporations and fast-food franchises to the military industrial complex and its guns, bombs, napalm and landmines.

I remember when the Bugle’s office was firebombed in 1975 and the car of Kaleidoscope’s editor John Kois was also bombed. Everyone believed Milwaukee Police Department’s Red Squad was behind those attacks. So radicalizing youth movements were the norm back then too. Thus, I guess my current opinions regarding the need for alt-news were shaped a long time ago.

https://www.wuwm.com/regional/2018-02-09/whatever-happened-to-milwaukees-alternative-newspaper-the-bugle

As bad as that was, it was worse in other places like Kent State University, where police shot down and killed students for protesting against expanding the Vietnam war into Laos and Cambodia. Those protests were not funded by any foreigner powers. Those were purely domestic.

Kent State University, USA, Mary Ann Vecchio crying out over a fatally wounded Jeffrey Miller, photo by John Paul Filo, 1970 http://100photos.time.com/photos/john-paul-filo-kent-state-shootings

The police and FBI were playing all kinds of dirty tricks back then, same as today. I had a good friend named “X” who was paid to “penetrate” the Black Panther movement at our university. I think mostly they penetrated her from the stories she told me. I know dozens of dirty tricks the police used back then, the same as today. Infiltrate, divide and conquer.

Now however the “establishment,” the corporate masters also use more sophisticated methods, like blocking alt-news on the internet, and starving them until some of them give in and agree to publish some articles that support the war machine. I think the alt-news sources on my list are clean still. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, the Great Linking is a good idea. I haven’t seen a better plan to get any semblance of the truth to American voters.

I traveled a lot in my life and want and need American and European voters to wake up to the realities of their voting decisions – and THEY CAN’T DO THAT without (CAUTION: the following sites contain the real results of American hegemonic wars: death) seeing the results of those decisions, or at minimum having access to some real news for a change.

Meanwhile I see the USA teetering on the edge of a class-based civil war and ready, willing and able to start WWIII in a desperate attempt to hang on to its sick, psychotic and fading fantasy of global domination forever (hegemony in perpetuity).

During past years I’ve read the mission statements (and hundreds of articles) of most of the best alt-news and am convinced they’re on the right track. Likewise I’ve read the mission statements of many of the biggest peace organizations, and they appear to genuinely want to promote peace.

American voter patterns are not going to change until they have fair access to real news. They can’t get fair access to real news because of Google‘s algorithmic tyranny and the supersaturation of the public’s attention by corporate controlled media.

In other words, I see this Great Linking or something similar as essential to ending the wars and economic sanctions. All the petitions, demonstrations, conferences and so on make people feel good, like they’re “really doing something important” but they can’t stop the gigantic war machine in its bloodthirsty totality. Voters need access to honest news on a very wide range of topics. That’s the bottom line to honest elections, obtaining social justice and ending wars.

Democracy in the USA is not in danger. Democracy in the USA is dead and has been for a long time. It is dead because corporate controlled political parties and corporate controlled news ultimately decide who should be candidates. That is not representing the people. That is only representing the rich people who own stock in those corporations and other special interest groups.

The corporations will not permit voters alternative views, with Google being at the head of that line, followed by the “CNN effect.”

If the USA continues assaulting other nations with unjustified sanctions, soon, within the next few year at the most, the dollar will become worthless. The avalanche could start tomorrow. There is no time to waste.

As US wields sticks, China, Russia to counter dollar hegemony – As Washington wields sticks, urgency rises for de-dollarization: experts, by Wang Cong, March 22, 2021

“Facing a series of damaging sanctions by Washington and potential blockade to the dollar-dominated global payment system, or SWIFT, Russia, China and other countries have embarked on de-dollarization efforts in recent years by using their own currencies in transactions instead of the dollar…

“After a multi-year campaign, China and Russia’s de-dollarization efforts saw a breakthrough, as the dollar’s share in bilateral trade dropped from 90 percent in 2015 to 46 percent in the first quarter of 2020, falling below the 50-percent mark for the first time, according to the Financial Times…

“After the US government imposed unilateral sanctions against Iran in 2019, European countries, including France, Germany and the UK, announced a euro-denominated payment trade with Iran designed to circumvent the US sanctions…

“Remember that the real value of the dollar is in its wide adoption, the trust of a large amount of market participants in a paper that would otherwise be just worthless, a toilet-paper currency,” Angelo Giuliano, a Hong Kong-based financial consultant from Switzerland, told the Global Times on Monday…”

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1219107.shtml

What caused the Great Depression? Isolationism. And President Biden is following President Trump’s lead in this. That’s economic suicide. It always has been and always will be. Why did/are they doing this? It plays well to the American public. “Hating them, brings us so much closer together.” It’s called tribalism, and the “Rally around the flag” trick. But, now is totally the wrong time for such games.

This Great Linking offers the world some breathing space. A real “break” from the past. Corporate control over news must be challenged if democracy, the USA and/or even the human species is going to survive.

Simultaneously, those of us who advocate for a fair and balanced approach to news, international business, and any meaningful sense of justice are threatened with death by the true terrorists – who always were created by and worked for the American so-called “intelligence community.”

“Now some people say there’s an alternative: you can go with China,” said (John) Mearsheimer. “Right, you have a choice here: you can go with China rather the United States. There are two things I’ll say about that. Number one, if you go with China you want to understand you are our enemy. You are then deciding to become an enemy of the United States. Because again, we’re talking about an intense security competition.

“You’re either with us or against us,” he continued. “And if you’re trading extensively with China, and you’re friendly with China, you’re undermining the United States in this security competition. You’re feeding the beast, from our perspective. And that is not going to make us happy. And when we are not happy you do not want to underestimate how nasty we can be. Just ask Fidel Castro.”

From his presentation at: Mearsheimer Australian Center for Independent Studies

The CIA did try to murder Fidel Castro many times.

(51:16) You understand, we’re trying to wreck the Chinese economy… We do not want them growing over the next 30 years the way they’ve grown over the past 30 years. So, you’re gonna help feed the beast? You’re going to trade with China and basically just ignore us? I don’t think that’s going to work out too well.

Poor Mr. Mearsheimer. His arguments have more holes than Swiss cheese. I do hope someone can find the right psychiatrist or counselor for him. He simply needs to learn how to share and play well with others. Most children learn this by age four. But he appears to have some kind of mental block. Perhaps it was a childhood trauma? Who knows? In any case that poor man needs help. Win-win solutions are possible if one is creative and looks for them. The age of savage beasts ruling the world really must come to an end. Perhaps he could benefit from reading a book about Amarna Diplomacy or Hittite Diplomatic Texts? We humans have experienced at least five thousand years of civilization because of our ability to cooperate. Just throwing all that in the garbage and demanding absolute rulership of the world isn’t just immature, it’s actually quite dangerous and pathological. Can someone please help that man grow up, in a kind and diplomatic manner? Thank you!

Which brings me back to the Kadesh Peace Treaty at the top of this page. What is so difficult about the American leadership making mutually beneficial peace treaties with all its imagined enemies? Perhaps if they too had better access to more accurate information (which the alt-news provides) they could make better decisions. If they could make peace treatise 3,279 years ago, why can’t we make some now?

In sum, please post alt-news links on your quality sites. The alternatives are catastrophic.

My email: gregbrundage at live.com

Please see my new “publication” page on Silk Road Virtual University. That has quite a number of articles you might find interesting and can download.

My most complete publication bibliography is posted below.

A record of my published works on academia.edu 2017 to June 2021

One of the hardest thing to live with is regrets. Let’s avoid those regrets and start linking now. Sure there may be some “conflict of interests” with some sponsors. They’ll get over it if they think about it long enough. The alternatives? Regrets – maybe on a colossal scale.

I have friends in many countries in great need, living in fear of their lives. Donations can help me keep advocating for changes to end the horror and death the saturation level of corruption the colonizers in the USA, UK, etc. are inflicting upon the innocent. “Freedom” isn’t free, it’s earned, and the lack of it paid for in oceans of agony, tears and blood. Help to put an end to the sick fantasy of “hegemony in perpetuity,” and other racist, murderous colonial practices however prettily dressed up they are by the western Mainstream Media (MSM), aka Presstatutes.

I’ve had the PayPal below for two years and nobody, not one person has ever donated a dime. Also incidentally, I’ve been unemployed for two years and need a dentist. Please, if you can, help keep an honest reporter smiling and advocating for positive social changes at home and abroad.

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Writer leading stretching with National Jr. Wushu Team in Hanoi 2019
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