Abby Martin’s ‘The Empire Files’: Bold Debut On teleSUR.

by Jerry Alatalo

“It is very dangerous to write the truth in war, and the truth is also very dangerous to come by.”

– ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1898-1961) American writer, Nobel Prize 1954

Veterans For PeaceAfter leaving her successful “Breaking the Set” news talk show on RT a while back, many of her fans wondered what was next for the truth-reporter Abby Martin. Her fans don’t need to wonder anymore, after her new program “The Empire Files” was broadcast for the first time on the Latin American network teleSUR.

Thus far the debut has received a combined 3,000 views just between teleSUR English and therealnews (The Real News Network) YouTube channels, where “thumbs up” tallied 384 and “thumbs down” tallied 4, so by that measure the show is off to a good start. Many of the comments expressed approval that Ms. Martin has returned to the arena, the common sentiment being “great to see you back, Abby”.

The first program could be described as a short documentary about the American empire, including its history, particularly in Latin America, visuals showing its global reach, expenditures and details of the military industrial complex, an interview with critical analysis of the US’ 800 bases around the Earth – suggesting their presence results in rising tension and resentment among the people where they’re located,  plus another with a former British soldier who refused to continue serving in Iraq, joined Veterans for Peace, and now speaks out against war and militarism when and wherever possible.

People should see it as a good sign and reason for optimism that shows focused on the simple conveying of truth become accepted with overwhelming approval, plus think about how telling the truth in the media became so rare that when it occurs people find it “extraordinary” – instead of rightly the way it is  for every journalist and media organization.

Abby Martin’s first show and what gets revealed might be viewed by some in the US government/military from the context of recent changes in military laws that place war reporters like Ms. Martin in the unfortunate class of “unprivileged belligerent” (an open-ended, vague legal term), subject to the same treatment as terrorists (also labeled unprivileged belligerents) – indefinite detention, secret military tribunals, denial of Constitutional rights and who knows what else.

The program conveys true historical facts and the truthful opinions of people concerned about continuing wars and militarism, and one has to ask how that is either extraordinary or in any way considered some kind of “threat”. This is simply what real journalists do, and if Abby Martin in this and future episodes of “The Empire Files” shames or forces other journalists guilty of lying by commission, omission or “spin” to report the truth she does a great public service.

In the field of journalism/media, reporting the truth should by definition be the only goal – period and end of story.

(Thank you to teleSUR English at YouTube)

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Gosling: ‘ISIL Could Be Closed Down In Blink Of An Eye.’

by Jerry Alatalo

“That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.”

– FRANCIS HUTCHESON (1649-1746) Scottish professor of moral philosophy

keyboard777-1Alphabet Sometimes you wonder if the day will ever arrive when all world leaders speak nothing but truth and investigative journalism becomes unnecessary. Think of all the time that would be freed up for both professional journalists and men and women around the world who try to track truth down.

Take the case of ISIL, or ISIS, or Daiesh, or Islamic State as an example. One would think that its so-called “leader” or Caliph al-Baghdadi would’ve sent out more communications to the world than the single speech he delivered over a year ago. This is supposedly the man who wants to convert the entire human race to his form of radical Islam, yet he can’t manage to produce video messages using the available inexpensive, professional-grade DSLR cameras made by Canon, Nikon and other companies.

There’s one question about ISIL/ISIS: where is al-Baghdadi, and why has he remained completely silent? There are a number of legitimate questions about ISIS that aren’t being asked by Western media organizations, including the question about ISIS’ sales of black market oil that Tony Gosling mentions in his short Press TV interview. Has any Western media group done even one report on ISIS’ illegal sales of oil?

For that matter, has any Western news group done any extensive, deep investigative reporting on ISIS whatsoever? Unless someone can point such reports out, the answer is no, and that leads to the question “why not?” While elected high power American politicians speak out about the extreme dangers of ISIS, the terrorist organization bringing death, suffering and destruction in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East – North Africa region seems completely missing from corporate media lists of news stories on which to focus.

Has any corporate news group, or the United States government, reported on successful efforts to cut off financing for the ISIS terrorist organization?  How about reports of only the efforts being undertaken to shut down ISIS finances, putting successful efforts and the details to the side? Has anyone seen reports including the names of specific bankers, specific banks, specific oil trading businesses, specific transactions methods used, amounts entered on bank accounting forms, and so on?

How about lead stories on the 6 o’clock news broadcasts of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, etc. showing the photographs of ISIS or other terrorist groups’ soldiers killed, and commentary about the soldier’s country of origin, interviews of family and friends in that country of origin, etc.? Apparently the editors and program chiefs at these major media corporations believe stories about obesity, newly discovered “wonder” drugs, Donald Trump’s hairdresser, tips for eating healthier, and any number of irrelevant topics are more important than finding the truth about ISIS, with focus on journalism devoted to efforts to stop its rampage of killing and destruction.

Has any Western corporate media organization interviewed one, much less every, national leader from the Middle East or Africa and asked them to describe their thoughts about ISIS and other terrorist groups – how the terrorists manage payrolls, get their money, weapons, food, supplies, sell oil on the black market, who is buying the oil, etc. –  and what they think is necessary to stop them?

Why haven’t the leaders or representatives of every nation in the Middle East and Africa, or any region where terrorists are operating, addressed appropriate committees in the United States Congress during focused discussions on dealing effectively with terrorism?

Is the “war on terror”, in particular the war on ISIS, as Tony Gosling says “a farce… a lie”?

Men, women and children by the thousands are fleeing from Syria, Libya, Iraq and other nations to escape wars and violence brought by paid mercenary terrorists. The unanimous consensus is that the situation in Syria is the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster. Only by speaking the truth can the suffering begin to diminish, step-by-step leading to a return to normalcy for ordinary citizens simply wishing to live their lives in peace – then finally end.

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(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

USA Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr. Talks About Peace – From Crimea.

by Jerry Alatalo

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”

– CHIEF JOSEPH

aaa-16Alphabet After recently coming across a number of short news reports about champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. and his travels in Russia, it was pleasantly surprising to find him being interviewed for a half-hour from Crimea. It’ll be interesting to see whether American television audiences will soon find a similar half-hour interview of Mr. Jones Jr. during their prime-time viewing.

Like world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali nearly a half century ago when he said “I’ve got nothing against those Vietnamese people” – refused to go fight in Vietnam and was stripped of his boxing title, and was banned from boxing for years during his prime while holding to his spiritual beliefs – Roy Jones Jr. is taking a personal moral stand for peace: between Americans and Russians.

During the interview Mr. Jones talked about the importannce of showing real mutual respect between human beings, that this is one of the fundamental qualities necessary for sitting down and engaging in dialogue to resolve differences and offers the best option as opposed to wars and killing each other. Others may agree that Roy Jones Jr. deserves the highest of respect and sincere gratitude for his efforts to create peace between Americans and Russians, and that what he’s attempting should earn him mention for a place on this year’s list of Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

What is particularly refreshing about his way of looking at the world is how the philosophy combines wisdom with simplicity, where, in contrast to academics who seem to need 2-hours of in-depth, complicated analysis to talk about East-West relations, Mr. Jones distills what’s said in 2-hours by highly respected professors down to “we can talk to resolve differences instead of killing each other.”

It’s probably the case that most men and women who listen to Roy Jones Jr. speak in his both simple and profound way will come to develop a great appreciation for the vision of peace he’s been guided by spirit to pursue. Such a high vision is worthy of pursuit at all times, now more than ever, and is perhaps best described as humankind’s highest visionary potential.

The great vision of peace can be achieved when a sufficient number of men, women and children on Earth develop their God-given abilities to the point of collectively “delivering the knockout punch to wars and violence”. The entire world needs to get what Roy Jones Jr.’s got – the heart of a champion for peace.

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(Thank you to WorldsApaRT at YouTube)

True Art For Peace.

A young man from Germany created an astounding, powerful work of art combining music, history, film, truth and a message of peace. The creative effort is a clearly brilliant, original example of rarely manifested true art, raising the bar higher for artists everywhere.

(Thank you to We Are Change at YouTube)