“That’s not the case. Most of the apples are fully rotten. And so is the mainstream reporting.”—Eva Bartlett, Canadian journalist and activist commenting on the description of terrorists in the “White Helmets” in Syria as “a few bad apples.”
“The real underlying currency of our world is not gold, nor bureaucratic fiat, nor even military might. The real underlying currency of our world is narrative, and the ability to control it. Everything always comes down to this one real currency . . . It ultimately boils down to controlling the dominant stories that people tell about what’s going on in their world.”—Caitlin Johnstone, Australian journalist
“Cuban workers and peasants decided more than 60 years ago they would no longer be servants for US imperialism or capitalism. They have been collectively punished for it ever since.”—Zach Farber, Liberation News
“My hope for a post-pandemic world is that the old excuses for doing nothing about climate—that it is impossible to change the status quo and too expensive to do so—have been stripped away. In response to the pandemic, we in the US have spent trillions of dollars and changed how we live and work. We need the will to do the same for the climate crisis.”—Rebecca Solnit, Guardian columnist
“They’re playing with fire in provoking Russia and China. It is criminal and it’s psychopathic recklessness. It’s also abominable that the planet is being held hostage by such a crazy American regime.”—Finian Cunningham, journalist
“The lawlessness and cruelty of death-dealing sanctions must be recognized as genocide and a crime against humanity and must be prohibited.”—Ramsey Clark, former US attorney-general who dedicated his life to opposing economic wars.
“No.”—Bill Gates on Sky News, responding to a question whether stripping intellectual property protection from vaccine recipes would be helpful in providing poorer countries with supplies
“[American technologies would be used] for other vaccines or even therapeutics for conditions such as cancer and heart problems in the future.”—Financial Times, quoting pharmaceutical sources saying that China and Russia would benefit from patent exposure and might produce life-saving drugs. Couldn’t have that!