Sunday, February 18, 2018

Indictment of Russian nationals used to campaign for censorship and war

From WSWS:

On Friday, the US Justice Department announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three organizations for allegedly entering into a conspiracy to “interfere in the US political system.” The indictments are the first charges filed by the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former head of the FBI.
The indictments are primarily aimed at providing the New York TimesWashington Post, and major broadcast media outlets with fodder for their claim of massive Russian involvement in US politics, including through the manipulation of the 2016 elections. The campaign has been used to justify a regime of Internet censorship and condition the population for war against Russia.
Read the full report on the WSWS

A reminder that the WSWS is organizing meetings throughout the US and internationally to build opposition to the corporations’ and governments’ attempt to censor the Internet. Details of initial meetings are below, with more to come.

Some things you can do:
  1. Donate to help us publicize the events
  2. Contact us to help campaign for a meeting scheduled in your area
  3. Don’t see a meeting near you? Write to us to get information about hosting an online meeting at your home, school, or workplace involving a member of the WSWS Editorial Board
  4. Send the announcement to people you know in areas where public meetings are being held.
The World Socialist Web Site
Meeting Information (more meetings being planned):
Syracuse, New York
Friday, March 2, 3:00 p.m.
Beauchamp Library
2111 S. Salina St.
Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 3, 3:00 p.m.
Delancey Street Foundation, El Camino Room
400 N. Vermont Ave.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Union Ballroom West
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
San Diego State University
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Storm Hall West Room 011
San Diego, California
Eastern Michigan University
Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
EMU Student Center Room 330
Ypsilanti, Michigan
University of Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Student Union Room G320
Gainesville, Florida
Wayne State University
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Room 384
Detroit, Michigan
New York University
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center Room 905/907
New York City, New York
Western Michigan University
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Bernhard Center Room 212
Kalamazoo, Michigan
University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan League Hussey Room
Ann Arbor, Michigan
SUNY Geneseo
Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Newton 209
Geneseo, New York

The Parkland Massacre and the Dysfunction of American Society

Wednesday’s school massacre in Parkland, Florida took the lives of 17 people. Fourteen were students, ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old: Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Jaime Guttenberg, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang. Three were coaches: Chris Hixon, Aaron Feis, and Scott Beigel, who was also a biology teacher.
There are many aspects of this horrific act of mass murder that will require extensive investigation, from the alleged connection of the shooter Nikolas Cruz with a white supremacist group, to the fact that he had posted on social media the aspiration to become a “professional school shooter,” a declaration that was subsequently reported to the FBI months before Cruz came to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School armed with an AR-15 rifle.

The United States is a society that is producing substantial numbers of severely traumatized and psychologically damaged people. The crime of Cruz is accused cannot be comprehended and explained in purely individual terms. In the final analysis, this latest massacre, like all the previous episodes of mass killings, is a manifestation of the extreme dysfunctionality of American society.
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