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Ah the challenges of being a “Patreon Journalist”, a moniker that has been given to journalists who are not part of the corporate media cabal. Part of the obstacles of pursuing independent journalism is the limited capacity we have to provide content that on a consistent basis. Though our group of writers here at Ghion is slowly expanding, the truth is we have a skeletal staff to run this operation. As such, I was not able to publish the Daily Ghion Water yesterday morning, but it is kind of fitting given yesterday’s leading article.

Quick programming note, going forward, the Ghion Journal will use feature the profile pictures of people from the past or who are currently living who did their part to advance justice and speak truth to power. I’m going to start this concept by featuring Angela Davis. “Courage Profiled” will be the new feature of the Ghion Water where I detail the person whose profile was used and their narrative. Check at the bottom of this article to find out more about Angela Davis. Without further ado, here is your daily serving of Ghion Water.

Because War is Always a Racket

So much for America as the “shining city on a hill,” and “global beacon of freedom.” The truth is that U.S. deployments were never really about the people of Africa or South and Southwest Asia. Despite the rhetoric, the well-being of Arabs, Pashtuns and Muslims was never atop the agenda. If it was, then climate change and its contributions to famine, disease and refugee flows would have a prominent place—perhaps atop—the U.S. National Security Strategy. [from Truthdig]

Upholding the Principles of Journalism

A growing number of incredibly talented independent journalists and sharp-witted comedians have encapsulated the manipulative reality that undergirds Western media narratives. Caitlin Johnstone, Lee Camp, Jimmy Dore, the late great George Carlin and many others have addressed the divisive political theatre as well as the plutocratic reality that underpins such gaslighting. This article does not represent the first or last time the undercurrent of our collective social drama has been pointed out. [from Disobedient Media]

The Looming Crisis

Many adults don’t realize until they approach retirement age that Medicare does not provide for coverage in what are called long-term care facilities, such as assisted living (where the residents aren’t hospitalized but need help with some activities, like bathing or getting dressed) and nursing homes. Medicaid does, but it has strict financial eligibility limits (among other things, you will effectively be required to exhaust your financial assets). And based on reports by readers, facilities that accept Medicaid patients often do not provide a high standard of care. [from Naked Capitalism]

It’s Not Our Fault, It’s Not Our Fault

The American people are victims. The bootstrap mentality which dominates so much of US culture preconditions an instinctive revulsion at that word, but it’s true. Vast amounts of money and resources have been funneled into the research and development of the science of propaganda and psyops for over a century, and this advanced arsenal of psychological weaponry has been pointed squarely at manipulating and controlling the way Americans think and vote for generations. They are the victims of this psychological abuse, and the oligarchs who are using it to rule them are the victimizers. [from Caitlin Johnstone]

Because Apartheid Did Not Go Away

Human rights experts sounded alarm on Wednesday after an Israeli military judge ruled that 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi—a child who has not been convicted of a crime—must remain in custody during her trial. While the court ruled there was no “alternative to custody,” Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said, “There is nothing that can justify Ahed Tamimi’s continued detention.” [from Common Dreams]

Psychopaths in Charge

The U.S. typically views the use of nuclear weapons as appropriate in extreme circumstances. But the review expands the definition of what constitutes an extreme circumstance to “include significant non-nuclear strategic attacks,” according to the Times. That could include massive cyberattacks, it said. [the Hill]

Fascinating Interview with Jimmy Dore and Abby Martin

This Day in History

1962 – The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas. You know, because the Geneva Conventions are more like guidelines and some are more equal than others when it comes to it’s application.

Quote of the Day

“We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.” ~ Angela Davis

Courage Profiled

If you have not read her autobiography, I suggest you do. I’m using her picture to highlight one of the things I discussed on an interview I conducted yesterday on Hard News Network. We let identity and ideologies get in the way of our common struggle. The story of the Black Panther Party has become a political football where people on the “right” hate the BPP and people on the left see them as radicals who were about fomenting dissension.

In truth, what made the Black Panther Party powerful was not their guns but their spoons. They fed people and their main aim was about building up their community from within instead of depending on government “assistance”. They were on their way to awakening the masses until the FBI and COINTELPRO savagely decimated the leadership and destroyed the party. Angela Davis was at the forefront of the BPP’s rise and their mission in nourishing the people and feeding their hopes.

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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. He is currently the chair of Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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