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U.K. Surveillance ‘Worse Than Orwell,’ Says U.N. Privacy Chief

Joseph Cannataci, recently appointed as the first U.N. digital privacy chief, has called British oversight a “bad joke” and says the world needs a “Geneva Convention” for the Internet to safeguard personal data.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge Into Authoritarianism

In spite of their differing perceptions, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley both argued that the established democracies of the West were quickly foreclosing the promise of liberal democracy and entering a space where totalitarianism perverts the modern ideals of justice, freedom and political emancipation.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Samsung’s SmartTV Is Smart Enough to Spy on Its Owners

A startlingly vigilant new television by Samsung, the SmartTV, monitors what people say through a voice activation feature and, as it’s handily interfacing with the Internet, might just share that information with third parties.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

Ordained to Write

Three decades ago Chris Hedges sought to become a minister and report the war in El Salvador. A church committee refused to see his work as a journalist as a valid call to the ministry. On Oct. 5 his ordination—marked by addresses from James Cone (above) and Cornel West—finally took place.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

Why Israel Lies

Its use of the kinds of big lies favored by totalitarian regimes is aimed at feeding two reactions: racism among its supporters and terror among its victims in Gaza.

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Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for his reporting on the U.S. surveillance state, told me that in the year since he first met whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he went back and re-read Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Paine did for the American Revolution what we must do for our present-day revolution against the corporate state: He created a political language that exposed the realities of despotic power and demanded a rational response.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE

Free Elections or Business as Usual: Los Angeles News Group or Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce?

Corporate rule means the rules apply only to workers, but not to corporate CEOs and the ruling class. Unrestricted corporate power is capitalist totalitarianism.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE

Our Sinister Dual State

Edward Snowden’s leaks expose a duality in which a government that carries out crimes under our Constitution lies beyond the reach of the law and citizens are rendered legally helpless. We must use his disclosures to purge from power those who have eviscerated our civil liberties.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE

John Pilger: ‘We Have Been Misled’

Australian journalist John Pilger, who speaks with the moral voice of George Orwell, discusses how a majority of Britons polled could say fewer than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed since the British- and American-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the real number is closer to a million.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE

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The Last Gasp of American Democracy

If we fail to halt the state’s wholesale intrusion into our private lives, exposed by the Snowden leaks, we will find ourselves living under a ruthless totalitarian system. (At right, NSA Director Keith Alexander.)

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE

NSA New Year

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George Orwell Nearly Died Halfway Through Writing ‘1984’

One of the most important books ever written almost never happened.

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Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Animal Farm’ for the Status Quo?

Complex works of art lend themselves to multiple interpretations, especially where political matters are concerned. Late in 1946, American writer Dwight Macdonald asked George Orwell whether the book “ ‘Animal Farm’ … meant that revolution always ended badly for the underdog, ‘hence to hell with it and hail the status quo.’ ” In advance of the publication of a new collection of Orwell’s letters, here is the author’s response.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE

George Orwell’s 1984

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soar Amid NSA Surveillance Disclosure

In the wake of the National Security Agency snooping revelations, George Orwell’s dystopian novel is experiencing a renaissance. 

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

Ryan Rogers

A Call to Action

The Obama administration has passed or made use of a host of laws to infringe our civil liberties, obliterate the balance of power, legitimize a military dictatorship, and control the dissemination of truth in the name of protecting its “secrets.” Soon we will have lost our freedom, not to some foreign nation that hates it, but to our own devices.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE

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What Fate Awaits Orwell’s Birthplace?

Would you bulldoze the house where the beloved author of “Animal Farm” and “1984” was born to build a park in honor of Mahatma Gandhi? Officials in the state of Bihar, India, are considering it.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE

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The Enemy-Industrial Complex

If you opened the American door marked “Enemy,” what would you find? As a start, scattered hundreds or, as the years have gone by, thousands of jihadis, mostly in the poorest backlands of the planet and with little ability to do anything to the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Spy Agencies to Have Access to Your Finances

The Obama administration plans to give all U.S. intelligence agencies full access to a database that contains information on the financial activity of American citizens and others who bank in the country, a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters says.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


The Orwellian Consequences of the War on Drugs

Without much notice, the drug war has expanded government search and seizure powers, turned children into their parents’ monitors and urged many Americans toward blind obedience to authority, Kevin Carson writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

Democracy Now!

NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ is an ‘Undisciplined Slaughter’

Former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William Binney is appalled but unsurprised by last week’s revelation that President Obama has institutionalized a mechanism for generating targets for his secretive assassination list.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE


Orwell’s Weather Reports

The writer’s diaries reveal that he was happiest while gardening and watching his hens. But he also comments that “apparently nothing will ever teach [the rich] that the other 99 percent of the population exist.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Being Gay

Being gay was an expression of nonconformity that had less to do with an urge to proclaim my affection for one type of sex over another than a desire to lodge a formal protest against convention.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE    

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Dems Cheer Obama’s Whistle-Blower Persecutions

Glenn Greenwald sees through the carnival of establishmentarian pieties on display at the Democratic National Convention this week: “Excuse me if I don’t join in Democrats’ sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties,” he writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE

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Big Brother Gets Established in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday revealed that for the last six months the city has been monitoring its residents via a network of roughly 3,000 closed circuit television cameras that feed into NYPD headquarters. The technology is termed the “Domain Awareness System.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE

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That Makes No Sense!

When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours. In a series of scenes, a frustrated young girl booms out: “that makes me mad!” For our present national security moment, however, I might amend the book’s punch line slightly.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Throwing Up for Peace

The sad fact is that all traditional modes of dissent, whether they’re protest marches or boycotts or sit-ins, must ultimately fail because they are generally powerless to prevent their own inception. What does that mean?

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE    

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Tumbrils and the English Language

As George Orwell pointed out more than half a century ago, the storehouse of the English language occasionally needs a good sweep. In the hands of excited, careless or tired writers, words and phrases that once were new or uniquely descriptive become so overused that they seem to threaten the integrity of the language itself. With a broom (or rather, cartwheel) in hand, CounterPunch editor Alexander Cockburn attempts a cleaning.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE

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2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE

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School Lunches Are Making America’s Kids Bigger, Hungrier

American school officials’ attitudes about the relationship between kids and their school lunches have swung from shades of strict social Darwinism to reflections of the free-market mentality over the last century, as Michael O’Donnell explains in his Washington Monthly book review. Thus, the ideal of character-building deprivation gave way to the age of the tater tot.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


Teen Sues Amazon Over Orwell Recall

Amazon’s Kindle reader might still be a great device in the estimation of some literary aficionados, but the honeymoon is over for Michigan high school student (and potential member of Future Lawyers of America) Justin D. Gawronski, who’s getting litigious with the online superseller after his copy of George Orwell’s “1984” was yanked from his Kindle in July.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins on Orwell, Obama and the Media

It’s usually a reliable sign that a once-original idea has been utterly stripped of its impact by the time it becomes the premise for a reality television show. Not so for “Big Brother.” Several seasons of that particular televised train wreck have come and gone, and besides, Apple Computer also cashed in on the whole surveillance paranoia theme ages ago. Big Brother is watching. We get it.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE

Mr. Fish - Ending a War

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it
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