The bombing of Hiroshima. Photo from National Archives. Identifier: 542192
The Bombing of Hiroshima. Photo from the National Archives. Identifier: 542192

Seventy-six years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Decades later, and as we pass another anniversary commemorating the achievements of a nuclear peace, the facts should have us resolve that these bombs weren’t necessary at all, and they were undeniably completely avoidable.

Japan’s militaristic leadership was preparing to defend its nation against what appeared to be an imminent US invasion. Japan was even mobilizing civilians to fight the potential invading force. An invasion which was thought to be costly for the US.[1] …


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Ten years ago, Wikileaks released the Iraq War Logs — approximately 400,000 secret US Army field reports. The reports detail torture, executions, war crimes, and how the US and other coalition forces ignored, encouraged, and used these tactics in their military operations.

Wikileaks provided these war logs to news media outlets like Der Speigel, The Guardian, and the BBC before posting them on the Wikileaks website. The Guardian, Der Spiegel, BBC, etc. reported on the Iraq War logs, as did hundreds of news media outlets.

This October marks the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War Logs. Aside from some outliers…


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News — local, national, and international — is often interlinked. Global events can affect local communities on the other side of the world, COVID-19, for example. The need for accurate, accountable journalism has never been more critical. Yet, in its current state, it is beaten, battered, and bruised. Much of journalism’s debt is carried by class interests, the other “objectivity.” Who owns news media, their empires, and thusly who has say in what and how news stories are covered, guides a lot of journalistic operations — its editorial voice, narrative, and views that are published, especially when business-driven and profit-orientated…


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Media coverage matters, and it matters when it plays every side in reporting stories. This was never more true than during the Alberta 2019 election. It matters when it’s complicit while it covers for discriminatory and prejudicial behaviours of political candidates, and it matters when it utterly fails to critically challenge political parties that seek to protect and include those very candidates. How did it come to this?

“Divisive” “polarised” and “controversial,” were used throughout, amongst a variety of others. …


Noam Chomsky has turned 90 years old.

Noam Chomsky has been America’s foremost dissident intellectual. Authoring over a hundred books and providing innumerable lectures, Chomsky’s activism and advocate work have endured while remaining virtually unheard in corporate news press. Chomsky, an intellectual radical in word and in action. Partnering with other intellectuals and writers and journalists, he has worked tirelessly to study and advocate human rights, legal rights, and moral rights in the face almost continuous war and conflict since the Vietnam war.

Receiving virtually no airtime despite his expertise in linguistics, foreign policy, and political history, Chomsky never once…


Sept. 25, 1965, paratroopers of the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade cross a river in the jungle area of Ben Cat, South Vietnam. Credit Henri Huet / AP

Though written years earlier, “Drive On,” is Johnny Cash’s Vietnam ballad. It was released in 1993, on ‘American Recordings,’ which was produced by Rick Rubin. This version, which was originally recorded as an equipment test, was sidelined by Cash because he thought the song “was too good to be wasted on an album that would go nowhere.”

“Drive On” centers on US Vietnam veterans, a poignant account of a war many of them knew was wrong and as a result suffered post-traumatic stress (PTSD). …


Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga

The passing of US Senator John Sidney McCain III induced a shower of hagiographies and reverent tributes from any and all US political figures. US corporate media did an impressive job of ensuring the myth of John McCain was dutifully ingrained in a final lasting visage. This mourning is standard and anyone remotely familiar with the national enthusiasm required within the US for those like McCain — stalwart pillars of power — expects precisely what transpired from establishment forces in times of national mourning.

Canada also rushed to help echo the faithful mythos of “patriot,” John McCain. America’s allies have…


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Facebook, Google/Youtube, Apple, and Spotify almost simultaneously banned and purged Infowars and Alex Jones from their platforms. After Apple moved first, the rest followed. These tech giants control vast amounts of the information that is in the public sphere and now years of interviews, reports, news accounts, and public discussions are instantly gone. This, without any open debate and cataloguing of information and data. Apple has allowed the Infowars podcast app to remain in its App Store, which has since become the fourth most popular app in the US.

For years these tech companies have profited from Infowars. Jones and…

David Slater

Journalist and writer | contributer to The Fifth Column & Pontiac Tribune | curious reader and lover of boxers

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