Tuesday, January 30, 2018



On “Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews David Swanson, an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is the director of WorldBeyondWar.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio.




Saturday, January 27, 2018

Women's March on the Pentagon? Confronting the Bi-Partisan War Machine an Interview WITH Cindy Sheehan

Women’s March on the Pentagon? An Interview with Cindy Sheehan
by Ann Garrison


Since the Dems took control of the House in 2007, the antiwar movement has been pitiful.”

AG: Cindy Sheehan, I understand that you’ve started organizing a Women’s March on the Pentagon. Why?

CS: Yes, Ann, thank you. I’m beginning to organize a Women's March on the Pentagon because since 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats regained a majority in the House of Representatives, there has been an incomprehensible absence of protesting the USA's wars and empire. After Obama took over as president, the antiwar movement all but died. Now we have these huge Women's Marches, climate marches, and so forth, but many of us think that one cannot separate the global emancipation of women, or the destruction of our planet from the issue of war. I feel that instead of beating our heads against a wall to call on these liberal marches to address the issue, we should do what we can to do so ourselves.

AG: Have you set a date yet?

CS: We haven’t set a date yet, but there are some significant dates coming up. October 7 will be the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the Afghanistan War is now the longest running war in U.S. history. Also, October 21 will be the 51st anniversary of the March on the Pentagon to Confront the War Makers organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam .
AG: And what will you do if Rachel Maddow and the rest of the corporate media start shrieking that only Kremlin tools would organize a March on the Pentagon?

“The Women's March on the Pentagon will not be a Get-Out-the-Vote Rally for the Democrat half of the war party.”

CS: Well, considering that Rachel Maddow and the rest of the corporate media are tools of the Pentagon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did start shrieking about "Kremlin tools" organizing a march on the Pentagon. Of course these days everything’s Russia’s fault, and I’m sure that the midterm elections in November of this year will create a lot of liberal push back against this march on the Pentagon. Unlike the previous Climate Marches and Women's Marches, the Women's March on the Pentagon will not be a Get-Out-the-Vote Rally for the Democrat half of the war party. But we really need to highlight that war and peace is not a liberal or conservative issue; it’s a survival issue. And of course we have to be ready for the slings and arrows of people like Rachel Maddow and the corporate media because that’s the way it always is, but the more attention we get for our cause the better.

AG: In the current environment, with Twitter, Facebook, and the Youtube all submitting to governmental pressure to curtail dissent and promote Russophobia, do you have a backup social media plan?

CS: Since we are just starting to organize it, I think people should keep on checking Facebook for the Women’s March on the Pentagon. Of course Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox will have information. We’ll probably put a website together. But to circumvent this Twitter, Facebook, Youtube collaboration with the federal government, we have to go back to organizing the old-fashioned way, including e-mail. And when I call e-mail old-fashioned, that shows how far we’ve come, but over 100,000 people got to the March on the Pentagon to Confront the War Makers in 1967, and more than 500,000 people got to the Vietnam Moratorium March on Washington in 1969 without social media. The organizers used face-to-face contact. They handed out flyers, went to events and called friends and family to promote it.
And we will use social media. There are some new ones coming out that are thus far more free of government censorship.

“To circumvent the Twitter, Facebook, Youtube collaboration with the federal government, we have to go back to organizing the old-fashioned way, including e-mail.”

AG: Will you be suggesting that marchers wear their pink pussy hats or do you have another insignia in mind?

CS: Ha! I think people should wear whatever color, or kind of hat they like. I prefer my hats to be more the style of Commandante Fidel or Ché, myself. Seriously though, I was told by one of the people close to the Women's March that the issue of war would NEVER be addressed as long as women aren't free. She was of course talking about only white American women, apparently, because the war at home and the wars abroad kill or oppress thousands of women and their families every year. No woman can be "free" if any woman is oppressed by the US Empire, anywhere in the world. True solidarity means solidarity with ALL women.
The pink pussy hat is also a symbol of anti-Trump sentiment. I think most of us agree that it's proper to be anti-Trump, but the Women's March on the Pentagon will recognize that the issue of war and peace is, unfortunately, non-partisan.

AG: I’ve heard rumblings about a Men’s Counter March with big dick hats to support the Pentagon. Will you be conducting nonviolent resistance training to prepare for that?

CS: Yes. Ever since my son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004, there have been counter protests at our antiwar events, and even though no one wore a "big dick hat," they may as well have. Isn’t war the ultimate expression of "my dick is bigger than yours?"

“The war at home and the wars abroad kill or oppress thousands of women and their families every year.”

AG: Today there are reports that a total of 4.2 million people may have attended the Women’s Marches in 60 different cities last Saturday. Most of their focus has been on electoral politics, pro Democrat and anti-Trump. Big donors have given hundreds of millions of dollars to support the march and the staffing and operations of various participating organizations since Trump was elected. A march that challenges the war machine couldn’t hope to raise a fraction of that much funding, so what would you consider a success?

CS: Like I said above, since the Dems took control of the House in 2007, the antiwar movement has been pitiful. The numbers have dwindled from millions on the eve of the destruction of Iraq in 2003, to dozens, or hundreds now (if we are lucky). I have stopped measuring success by numbers. So, the Women’s March turned out 4.5 million people? What systemic change will occur? We know that NO systemic change will occur as a consequence of re-electing Democratic Party majorities.

I would love to see 5000 people at a Women's March on the Pentagon, but who knows? Success for me would also be a cross-section of demographics in attendance. The one thing we can never forget is, "Trump's finger is on the nuclear trigger."

Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at @AnnGarrison or ann@kpfa.org 

Cindy Sheehan is a peace and social justice activist whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004. She's the author of seven books and is the host and executive producer of the podcast Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox  which is entering its 10th year. Contact her via email at cindysheehanssoapbox(at)gmail.com .

Irene and Matt Get a Soapbox (SOAPBOX PODCAST JANUARY 27, 2018)

January 27, 2018


This week Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo join The Soapbox
as our newest hosts.

"In our first ever Soapbox Matt Sedillo and Irene Sanchez welcome Leo Martinez, community organizer, guerilla journalist and owner operator of the Lab 805 in Ventura California.

In this episode we discuss the ongoing water wars in Mexico, the call to boycott Constellation brands and local organizing in Ventura and Oxnard California."



 Matt Sedillo is an L.A. based poet

Irene Sanchez is a Xicana, Mama, Educator and Writer. Born in Southeast Los Angeles and raised mostly in the Inland Empire (IE), she has been committed to social justice for many years living/organzing/working up and down the west coast including in Watsonville, CA and Seattle, WA. She has worked as an ethnic studies educator for over 8 years and returned to Southern CA after completion of her Ph.D. in Education. She now teaches high school Latinx Studies in Los Angeles County, enjoys spending time with her kindergartener son, attending cultural/education/political events, and writing. 





Sunday, January 21, 2018

Peace Should Be Integral to the Women’s March by Cindy Sheehan and Rick Sterling

Women Peace Delegation
Peace Delegates on the Noordam – Mrs. P. Lawrence, Jane Addams, Anna Molloy. Library of Congress

There is one thing missing from  the upcoming Women’s March publicity and philosophy: the urgent need for Peace not War!

The March will speak out against hate, discrimination and exploitation. That’s good.

The March will also speak out strongly in favor of equality, women’s reproductive choice and respect for all people regardless to disability, gender, orientation, etc.. That’s also good.

But the subject of US military aggression and war is essential. We hope that many marchers will include this in their signage and discussions.  Despite many antiwar groups and individuals actively advocating for “peace” to be in the platform/demands of the March, this is the second year peace is being minimized or ignored by the organizers.

For the past century the US has intervened aggressively against governments the Washington establishment does not like. A partial list includes Philippines, Korea, Guatemala, Iran, Cuba, Chile, Vietnam,Angola, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Somalia,  Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Honduras,  Libya and Syria!

These acts of “regime change”  have killed millions of people including many thousands of our own youth, both women and men. They have resulted in hundreds of thousands returning home injured physically or psychologically. Mothers, wives, sisters, aunts, and other family and friends have been profoundly, permanently, and unnecessarily handed a lifetime of pain and sorrow because of the US war machine.

Shouldn’t it be a priority to change the policies and acts of economic aggression and military intervention that result in violence, war and destruction? 

Shouldn’t we address the causes of the refugee crisis as well as the symptom? After all, most refugees never wanted to leave their homelands.

We are sure that most of the women and allies who will be attending the Women’s March agree with us on the need for action and protest against our ongoing wars. 

The escalating military budget is driving our country further and further into debt. Meanwhile infrastructure is decaying, health care and housing is diminishing and education is underfunded. College students now graduate with astronomical student debt. Meanwhile there is growing police oppression.

We must include PEACE in our march because unless we can stop the trend, a nuclear war is going to destroy civilization.  There is no such thing as a winnable nuclear war. Resisting the war machine and dismantling ALL nukes should be essential elements in our activism. The continuity of human life on our planet is at stake. These are Women's issues. 

As we demand a change in tone and behaviour in the White House, we must also demand a change in US international foreign policy away from militarism and aggression. 

The demand for "peace, not war" should be integral to the Women’s March.

* Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Specialist Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq in 2004; she is an antiwar activist, author of seven books, Executive Producer and host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox.

* Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist.   




Trump Unwittingly Exposes Empire (SOAPBOX PODCAST JAN 21, 2018)

Soapbox Podcast
January 21, 2018

Guest: Larry Pinkney
Topic: Trump Year in Review


Donald Trump trumps everyone in exposing the hypocrisies and contractions of the evil empire.
Larry Pinkney joins Cindy Sheehan for the 10TH TIME to 
give a wrap-up on the Imperial Presidency of the previous year.




 (RE-PLAY OF 2009--above)










Sunday, January 14, 2018




“The matter is urgent; voices must be raised!”

Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship”

11 January 2018
The following statement was sent by award-winning Australian journalist and documentarian John Pilger in support of the upcoming webinar, “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship: An online discussion with Chris Hedges and David North.” Pilger’s documentaries include The Quiet Mutiny (1970), Year Zero (1979), Utopia (2013) and, most recently, The Coming War on China (2016), on US aggression in Asia.
The webinar featuring Hedges and North will be held Tuesday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.

As a journalist and filmmaker who has long navigated the mainstream, I offer my support to this important discussion between Chris Hedges and David North.

Something has changed. Although the media was always a loose extension of capital power, it is now almost fully integrated. Dissent once tolerated in the mainstream has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism moves toward a form of corporate dictatorship. This is an historic shift, with journalists policing the perimeters of the new order: witness the anti-Russia hysteria and the #MeToo witch-hunts, especially in liberal newspapers such as the Guardian and the New York Times. With independent journalists ejected from the mainstream, the world wide web remains the vital source of serious disclosure and evidence-based analysis: true journalism.

Sites such as wikileaks.org, wsws.org, consortiumnews.com, globalresearch.ca, democracynow.org and counterpunch.org are increasingly targeted as “offensive” by Google and other giants; and the filtering and limiting of Google searches of these sites is rank censorship. These are not marginal sources, but crucial for people trying to make sense of a world in which science and technology have advanced remarkably while mainstream “democratic” politics have regressed to the extremism of class warfare and incessant warmongering.

The perverse contrivance of fake news is part of this, as is Russia-gate. The broadcaster RT—which often does the job the western liberal media has abandoned—would have been destroyed had it not been backed by a powerful government. The same might be said of Julian Assange had he not demonstrated extraordinary resilience and courage and won the backing of a small, brave government. The matter is urgent; voices must be raised! I urge my colleagues to break their silence.

Dakotah's Soapbox w/Guest: Arnold August (SOAPBOX PODCAST January 14, 2017)

 January 14, 2017

Guest: Arnold August

From Dakotah Lilly: As we watch our elections in the United States continue to sink lower (if it’s possible to get any lower) by the Oprah2020 crowd, I thought what was needed was a revolutionary infusion into the discussion on elections. 

So, I asked Arnold August to join us for an interview. An expert on Latin American and Cuban affairs with a concentration on the Cuban electoral system, Arnold has spent years in Cuba and is a fount of knowledge on the subject. We discuss the nomination process, the absence of money in Cuban elections, Cuban relations under Obama, and prospects of the revolution in 2018 and beyond. 

Donate to Dakotah: 




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Speaking Truth to Empire (SOAPBOX PODCAST JANUARY 7, 2018)

JANUARY 7, 2018


This week on the Soapbox, Cindy hosts the host of 

Speaking Truth to Empire, Dan Yaseen.

Cindy and Dan chat about a wide range of topic relating
to the war machine and opposition (or lack thereof) to it.

Click Image for More Info about Speaking Truth to Empire
and to listen to Dan's latest show with Cindy Sheehan



Starting this Month, The Soapbox
has new hosts and a new energy!

On the First and Third Sundays of the Month, Cindy Sheehan will continue to provide radical and revolutionary perspective on the US Empire;

Every Second Sunday we are thrilled to announce Dakotah's Soapbox:
Dakotah Lilly is a young socialist who likes to concentrate on the leftwing
governments in Latin America/Carribean.

On Fourth Sundays we are proud to announce Irene and Matt's Soapbox with
Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo with a radical Latinx flavor!









Friday, January 5, 2018

Canada Expels Venezuelan Diplomats Imperialist Intervention and the Dynamics of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Venezuela by Guest Blogger Alison Bodine

Canada Expels Venezuelan Diplomats
Imperialist Intervention and the Dynamics of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Venezuela

By Alison Bodine

On December 25, 2017, Chrystia Freeland, the Foreign Minister of Canada, announced that the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, Wilmer Barrientos Fernandez, “is no longer welcome in Canada.” Freeland also declared the chargé d’affaires at the Venezuelan Embassy in Canada, Angel Herrera, “persona non-grata.”

This declaration was a direct response to the announcement made by the government of Venezuela on December 23, that the chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela, Craig Kowalik, was a persona non-grata, and would be expelled from the country.

For mainstream media, this is where the analysis has stopped; Canada’s announcement is being painted as a “tit-for-tat” maneuver, nothing more. However, there is much more that must be understood from this escalation in Venezuela-Canada relations, and much that the imperialist media isn’t reporting.

Why Did Venezuela Expel Canada’s Diplomat?

Delcy Rodriguez, the elected President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, explained why Venezuela was expelling Canada’s top diplomat in a statement from Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She said, “We have decided to declare persona non-grata to the chargé d'affaires of Canada for its permanent and insistent, rude and vulgar, interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela; whom, despite the fact that the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry has called attention to respect the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, persistently makes statements and use Twitter to try to give orders to Venezuela.”

Essentially, the expulsion was a result of the diplomat’s intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela.

Venezuela’s decision to declare the chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela it should not have come as any surprise to Canada’s diplomatic mission. In October, Venezuela’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreanza, delivered an official letter calling on the mission and the government of Canada to end their intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela, especially Canada’s questioning of the legitimacy of the elections for governors held in mid-October. The government of Canada issued inflammatory statements about the October 15 regional elections even though they were broadly supported throughout Venezuela, with 220 candidates running in the 23 states, and a 61.4% voter turn-out. They questioned the results because PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) candidates won in 18 out of 23 states, once again proving that, despite what imperialist governments would like us to believe, there is mass majority support in Venezuela for the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

As well, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Canada had recently been called back to Venezuela for consultations in response to the increased intervention and provocations. This included Canada’s sanctions against Venezuela, which were expanded twice in the last two months and now target 52 Venezuelan officials, including President Nicolas Maduro.

Canada’s intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela is also not new. From 2014-2017, Canada’s Ambassador to Venezuela was Ben Rowswell, a career diplomat recognized for his expertise and experience in working with “opposition groups.” As reported by VenezuelaAnalysis in 2014, “While overseeing the "democratic transitions" of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt, the fledgling attaché [Rowswell] specialized in the harnessing of social media for diplomatic missions, in order to interact directly with non-state actors, in effect bypassing the target nation’s government.” Even just as indicated by the Canadian Embassy in Canada’s Twitter account, when Rowswell left in July, the chargé d’affaires certainly continued the same interventionist policies.

The government of Canada’s continued close relationship with Venezuela’s violent counter-revolutionary opposition is also apparent in the “Human Rights Prize” that the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela sponsors each year. The award is always given to someone that is a member of the counter-revolutionary opposition, someone whom has been actively campaigning against the democratically elected government of Venezuela.

Most recently, the government of Canada has also established itself as a pivotal member of the “Lima Group.” The Lima Group is made up of Canada and 11 other right-wing governments in Latin America, who have aligned with the objective of promoting foreign intervention in Venezuela. The third meeting of the Lima Group, which was held in Canada, concluded that "If necessary we must put added pressure on the Maduro regime by taking concrete steps to further isolate it from the international community.” This same sentiment was echoed again by Freeland in her report on meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on December 19 “Rex and I also had the opportunity to discuss hemispheric concerns, including the crisis in Venezuela and what actions we can take individually, together, and in cooperation with the Lima Group, of which Canada is a member, to address the deteriorating political, economic, and humanitarian situation there.”

Canada is Defending Its Own Interests in Venezuela

When Chrystia Freeland made her announcement on December 25, she said “Canadians will not stand by as the Government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic and human rights, and denies them access to basic humanitarian assistance.” These words, and the government of Canada’s baseless excuse for intervention in Venezuela, are not new. There is not a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. As reported by an Independent Expert from the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Alfred de Zayas. “The situation in Venezuela definitely does not reach the threshold of humanitarian crisis” And we only have to examine the government of Canada’s genocidal treatment of indigenous people to know that the government of Canada is not interested in “democracy” or “human rights.”

As reported in Volume 11, Issue 10 of Fire This Time Newspaper “Make no mistake about it; the government of Canada is not just following the orders of US President Trump when it comes to attacks on Venezuela. They are also protecting their own interests.

In fact, the government of Venezuela has been in the targets of Canada ever since Hugo Chavez was first elected. This is when the Bolivarian revolutionary process began to put the powerful natural resources of Venezuela into the hands of the people of Venezuela. For example, in 2008, the revolutionary government expropriated two Canadian firms, Gold Reserve and Crystallex International Corp. both of which had invested hundreds of millions of dollars into gold mining projects in Venezuela.

A report by the Senate of Canada on Venezuela, issued in July 2017, also sheds light on the government of Canada’s interests in Venezuela. These interests that have nothing to do with “democracy” and “human rights” and everything to do with making sure that Canada remains competitive in the world financial market. As the report says, ‘In other respects, the government has become increasingly dependent on financial support from Russia and China in order to sustain the oil industry, giving these two countries an important stake in the future of the Maduro regime.’”

What Is at Stake?

As poor and oppressed people in Canada, we must condemn the hostile action of the Canadian government to expel Venezuela’s leading diplomats, but we also must recognize that this expulsion is an indication of the dynamics between revolution and counter-revolution in Venezuela. Today Venezuela’s pro-imperialist, counter-revolution is disintegrating. Even the New York Times and the Washington Post are reporting on it: “political opposition is weakened and divide,” “The grim reality is that the opposition's morale is at rock bottom.”

So, it seems that the government of Canada and the United States can no longer rely on the opposition in Venezuela to carry-out their dirty work. The revolutionary government of President Maduro is stronger than ever before, whether in the polls during the last three elections, in the National Constituent Assembly, which is actively introducing new legislation that is improving the lives of everyday Venezuelans, or out in the streets, where the people of Venezuela continue to bring the gains of the Bolivarian revolutionary process forward.

Every victory of the people of Venezuela for their independence and self-determination makes imperialist governments angrier. Politically, President Maduro and PSUV are gaining ground again, becoming stronger in order to be able to advance the Bolivarian revolutionary process. As their influence increases, and that of the opposition wains, imperialist’s will have to work differently, and find new henchmen, to regain their control over the people of Venezuela.

Defend Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution!

Today, the governments of the United States, Canada, and their imperialist allies are recognizing that they have so far been unable to turn back the tide of the Bolivarian revolutionary process in Venezuela, and are continuing to lose their hegemony over Latin America. The people of Latin America have suffered a few set-backs, including the establishment of right-wing governments in Argentina, Honduras, and Brazil, but imperialists have not been able to roll-back every achievement made and strong dynamics of anti imperialist movement growing in Latin America. The Bolivarian revolutionary process needs us more than ever before. As the revolutionary forces in Venezuela continue to gain ground and expand the Bolivarian revolutionary process, imperialist’s threats, sanctions and attacks on Venezuela will also increase. We must unite together to demand an end to all forms of imperialist intervention in Venezuela.

Follow Alison Bodine on Twitter: @Alisoncolette

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

American Monsters a Short Film

This short film by Michael A. Johnson features the words and artwork of Anthony Freda. Some of the illustrations appearing in this video are collaborations with artist Dan Zollinger. Sculptures by Anthony Freda and Nick Chiechi. Narration by Michael A. Johnson.