PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “On Contact: Rise of Hindu Fascism with Shehla Rashid Shora” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Shehla Rashid Shora, Indian Activist, discusses Hindu fascism through religious and political unrest and classism in India.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “On Contact: Coming Unrest with David North” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

David North, Chairman of the World Socialist Web Site’s International Editorial Board, discusses the capitalist crisis in the United States.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “An Officer’s Path to Dissent” / MAJ Danny Sjursen ☮

For a while there, I was a real star. High up in my class at West Point, tough combat deployments in two wars, a slew of glowing evaluations, even a teaching assignment back at the military academy. I inhabited a universe most only dream of: praised, patted and highly respected by everyone in my life system and viewed as a brave American soldier. It’s a safe, sensible spot. For most, that’s enough. Too bad it was all bunk. Absurdity incarnate.

The truth is, I fought for next to nothing, for a country that, in recent conflicts, has made the world a deadlier, more chaotic place. Even back in 2011—or even 2006, for that matter—I was just smart and just sensitive enough to know that, to feel it viscerally.

Still, the decision to publicly dissent is a tough one. It’s by no means easy. Easy would be to go on playing hero and accepting adulation while staying between the lines. Play it safe, stick to your own, make everyone proud. That’s easy, intellectually immature—the new American way.

When you take the journey of dissent, you lose friends, alienate family, confuse confidants and become a lonely voice in your professional world.

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IN REMEMBRANCE: “Anniversary Tribute to Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011)” ☮

“Thinking for Yourself”

“(The SMILE) RIP 1949-2011”

“Christopher Hitchens on the Afterlife”

“The Thinking Atheist’s Tribute to Christopher Hitchens”

“Christopher Hitchens: On Fascism”

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Israeli Occupation of Palestine with Mohammad Saba’aneh” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Mohammad Saba’aneh, Palestinian Cartoonist, discusses the Israeli occupation of Palestine through his political cartoons.