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The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man… it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.

-Sigmund Freud

Under Israeli Apartheid, There Are Two Different Pandemics

Alice Rothchild, © Truthout
February 28, 2021

There is growing concern regarding the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, nationally and internationally. As the rollout continues, some U.S. states are allocating more vaccines to health centers, local health providers and tribal programs, focusing on vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, and paying attention to outreach to communities of color.

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Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

-Viktor E. Frankl

Paranoïas américaines, le legs de l’ère Trump

par Thomas Frank, Monde Diplomatique
February 1, 2021

Ainsi, l’ère de M. Donald Trump est arrivée à sa conclusion, dans une apothéose d’égotisme, d’incompétence et de violence. Le président milliardaire avait gardé le pire pour la fin. Après avoir perdu l’élection du 3 novembre 2020, il a refusé de reconnaître sa défaite et engorgé les tribunaux de dizaines de recours — tous rejetés, y compris par les juges qu’il avait nommés —, prétendant que la victoire lui revenait et qu’elle lui avait été volée selon une méthode non spécifiée. Cette théorie absurde est devenue parole d’évangile pour les élus républicains, notamment les plus jeunes et les plus ambitieux, qui se sont hâtés de la colporter. Le point culminant a été atteint le 6 janvier, lorsque M. Trump a appelé ses partisans à se diriger vers le Capitole, à Washington, où les parlementaires étaient en train de certifier le résultat du scrutin.

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The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.

-Wilhelm Reich

Uncovering the Cultural Revolution’s Awful Truths

BARBARA DEMICK, © The Atlantic
February 1, 2021

In china, history long occupied a quasi-religious status. During imperial times, dating back thousands of years and enduring until the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911, historians’ dedication to recording the truth was viewed as a check against wrongdoing by the emperor. Rulers, though forbidden from interfering, of course tried.

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This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated.

-Paul Watzlawick

US Bombs Syria & Ridiculously Claims Self Defense

by Caitlin Johnstone, © Consortiumnews
February 26, 2021

On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming “a handful” of people were killed.

Rather than doing anything remotely resembling journalism, the western mass media have opted instead to uncritically repeat what they’ve been told about the airstrike by U.S. officials, which is the same as just publishing Pentagon press releases.

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