Thursday, December 22, 2011

Panetta, Iran and Known Knowns

Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner

I.F. Stone once quipped, “All governments are run by liars, nothing they say should be believed.”  The Secretary of Defense, then, is certainly a rather poor source to consult if one is in pursuit of the truth.  The blatant diffusion of propaganda is merely part of the gig. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

American Withdrawal Coverage in the US Press

al-Akhbar English
by Ben Schreiner

On December 19, the last remaining US military convoy in Iraq crossed the border into Kuwait, effectively ending America’s nine-year long war and occupation. (Of course, the US will continue to maintain a heavy presence in the country via its massive embassy).

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Class Struggle on the Waterfront: Portland Shuts It Down

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner

With less than a month’s time with which to plan, Occupy Portland set out early Monday morning to shutdown the Port of Portland.  Braving the morning’s freezing fog, protesters began arriving at Kelly Point Park around 6 a.m. for a final staging before breaking into two groups to march on the port.  A group of 300 or so protesters were directed to head to Terminal 6, the port’s busiest terminal, while another 200 or so headed to Terminal 5.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Shut Down the Port!

Read my article, "Answer the Call! Shut Down the Port!," in the Portland Occupier, the newspaper of Occupy Portland.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Occupy Portland's Street Smarts: A Tale of Re-Occupation

Dissident Voice/Intrepid Report
by Ben Schreiner

After being evicted from the two city parks held for nearly six weeks back in early November, Occupy Portland set out this Saturday with a goal of re-occupying another city park.  And in the process, Portland showcased once again why it remains one of the more dynamic Occupy sites in the country.

Friday, December 2, 2011