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Manuel Valenzuela is a social critic and commentator, international affairs analyst and Internet essayist. His articles as well as his archive can be found at his blog, as well as at other alternative news websites from around the globe. Mr. Valenzuela welcomes comments and can be reached at
Mr. Valenzuela is also author of Echoes in the Wind, a novel made available at most online book sellers and at

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 1, 2005
Cabal of Criminality A look at the Bush/Cheney cabal of criminality and its role in the push towards war, the failures in Iraq, its transformation of America, its pathology and how it has made things worse, not better.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The Dumbing Down of America The American people are being strangulated; unbeknownst to the masses they are being transformed and conditioned, becoming the entity the elite have long sought, the culmination of decades of social engineering designed to make of hundreds of millions the slaves of times past and the automatons of the future.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 26, 2006
The Killing Fields The coming depleted uranium holocaust will in the next few decades kill hundreds of thousands of both Iraqi civilians and American soldiers. Many of them are today ghosts of walking dead waiting only for time to take its toll.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Of Crazies, Neocons and the Enemy Within To say the neocons should be sitting at The Hague, rotting away their existence, contemplating their crimes in perpetuity, locked away for centuries so they can no longer inflict carnage and evil on our world, is an understatement. This cabal of criminality, those responsible for 9/11 and the Iraq War, from the architects to the propagandists, should be forced to face trial for the human wickedness they have engendered.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Unmasking of the Authoritarians Thanks in large measure to an overwhelming propaganda campaign by the neocon controlled corporatist media, an onslaught of manipulation upon the American populace has resulted in the acceptance of authoritarian tendencies in a large segment of the citizenry. These are the authoritarian personalities, and they are a danger to the republic.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 9, 2007
A Nation in Silent Anger We must rescue the America we love from the duopoly ruining the country, its corruption and ignorance and indifference to the great silent majority becoming apparent each passing day. We must rid the airwaves of the vermin and the cockroaches who have sold their collective soul to the demons living among us. Both pillars of America have become corrupted beyond repair, becoming cesspools of waste onto themselves.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The Untermensch Syndrome: Israel's Moral Decay The ongoing Israeli onslaught in Lebanon reminds us of the state- endorsed collective punishment by Israel of Palestinians and contributes to show us the moral decay of the Jewish state.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Land of the Puppet People It oftentimes boggles the mind to try and understand the ease with which the Establishment can manipulate the American citizenry into another warmongering escapade..yet it is easy to comprehend this phenomenon, for we live inside the United States of Amnesia, a country where all semblance of the yesterday becomes but a haze of blatant forgetfulness and convenient whitewash.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Holocaust Redux It is reality, not hyperbole, to describe what is presently happening in Iraq as a new Holocaust, a new paradigm of devastation and destruction, of mass murder and horrific suffering. An entire nation has been made to implode, an entire society has been disemboweled. For a Holocaust does not need toxic chambers to count its dead, nor crematoriums to hide its victims.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Of the Evil Empire Let us dive into the making of the Evil Empire so that we may see what our government has and continues to do in our name.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Operation Iraq Forever In spite of the apparent defeat in Iraq, the American leviathan, that corporatist element within the parameters of the state, that elitist cabal embedded in predatory capitalist markets, will not allow itself or the nation to be extricated from the country, for the price of such a calamity would be disastrous. The Iraq War was first and foremost a war for control of oil. Iraq has thus become a permanent American colony.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 1, 2006
The Enlightenment of Resistance Let it be written by the sands of time that it was the men and women of the early stages of the 21st century that defied all obstacles and enemies of man, transforming human civilization into a catalyst for greatness, instigating a paradigm shift whereby a new dimension of human existence commenced.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2005
America’s Tomorrow Under the pretext of securing the homeland from the terrorists wanting to destroy us for our cherished freedoms and democracy, the police state will be ushered in during the quiet hours of citizen fear and shock, blindly approved by the people themselves
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 22, 2007
We the People versus a Government of, by and for The United Corporations of America In the last century we battled totalitarianism; in this century we will battle corporatism. The war being waged against the People, by the real enemy, albeit a domestic one, is eroding democracy, liberty and our rights. It is making billions of people human cocoons living in indigence, slaves without futures, heads without intelligence, obedient to the commands of television and corporate marketing. This war is being lost.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Pitch Black Void; Neocon Wet Dream The events of 9/11, with the destruction of the World Trade Center, as well as the hit on the Pentagon, were designed by the architects of mass murder as the oil needed to fine-tune our thirst for blood and start the engine of the American war machine as well as those sparkplugs of blind and unthinking support, the American people. 9/11 was, in short, the neocon wet dream come to life.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2006
The Bolivarian Revolution With Venezuela prospering as it is, using social democracy as a model, eroding neoliberal policies and unfettered capitalism from its backbone, empowering its people through principles of justice and equality, there exists the possibility that like a domino effect nation after nation will want to replicate the Bolivarian Revolution inside their own borders.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 2, 2006
The Pestilent Presidency Bush is an amateur dictator enraptured and corrupted by absolute power, depending on the army of conditioned Americans to continue his devastation, both in the Middle East and in the United States. Nothing he has ever done has been a success, and now he is sending one more business venture, the nation called America, down the precipice of failure.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Unearthing: An Awakening has Arrived Springing up in all corners of America, indeed, the world, the 9/11 Truth Movement grows and grows, unstoppable even in the face of continous smears and censorship, in spite of every obstacle the criminal element throws our way. Their methods no longer work, for Truth is a million times stronger than anything they can throw at us. It is the flame guiding our way, the shield granting us bravery. It is a new way forward.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2006
The Poisoning of the Well To tens of millions of Americans, Christian fundamentalism, with the Bible seen as the literal interpretation of humanity, of the planet’s creation, and of how civilization is to be managed, remains their idea of truth and of reality, even in the face of incontrovertible scientific truth proving otherwise and even with the accumulated knowledge of an ever-progressing society.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 3, 2006
America the Tyranny Behold and bear witness to what has become of America, in this era of uncertainty and bewilderment, in this time of fear and intimidation, that since towers were brought down and demolished has methodically fallen into the viper pit of neocon decadence, becoming, as it stands today, an authoritarian's heaven and a corporatist's promised land
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 5, 2006
The Army of Good Americans Birthed from the rubble of the World Trade Center, rising like a phoenix on 9/11 to claim dominion over America, this army has been the oxygen-rich blood maintaining alive the criminals in office. They are the defenders of war crimes and the apologizers of corruption.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The Year of Living Dangerously: Part Two of Two All that is needed for authoritarians and corporatists to complete their project, all that is needed for America to descend fully into the depths of Big Brother and complete surveillance and a thriving police state and martial law and tyranny and a final shredding of the Constitution, and thus our freedoms, rights and liberties, is another shock to our senses.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 21, 2006
Into Pyramid's Shadow: At War with Ourselves Democracy is such a charade that for centuries now, regardless of election or of time and place, the elites of all nations have yet to lose the power and control of their respective states. They have yet to be displaced by the people for an extended period of time. Democracy seems at odds with the historical preference of the masses, generation after generation, for authoritarianism and tyranny.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 19, 2006
Upon Red Rivers of Genocide The lives of 25 million human beings lie in ruins, destroyed like the rubble and mortar that lines city streets and boulevards. The Iraqi genocide is what we at present see, a reality fated to continue well into the future, without a hint of when it will stop, a direct and proximate cause of America's war crimes and its illegal and immoral occupation.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Empire in the Mirror The brutality of the Pax Americana, with the stench of death, indigence and suffering apparent everywhere it lays its omnipresent grip, is the result of policies created and enforced towards maintaining wealth, power and standards of living, of expanding interests and of retaining control over the vast sphere of influence. It is the result of Empire building and of curtailing rivals and rebellions to its hegemony
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 24, 2006
Dear "Terrorist" Child: Life Under Empire's Claws It is oil, little one, that has condemned you and your people to futures beholden to the arrogant Empire from America, for black gold has become like a heroin addiction to the world, making your lands the syringe feeding comfort and wealth and greed into the veins of billions.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Cages of Conquest: Part Two of Crusade of Surge and Siege As long as Guantanamo remains the motives of fascists will survive, and the indifference of the American people will be assured. As long as its cages are occupied, as long as its torture rooms resonate with the screams of agony and suffering, Guantanamo will be the symbol of a new Amerika, one at war with the Arab and Muslim world, an Amerika at war with its people, and itself.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Great American Catalyzing Event The 9/11 movement is a truth movement, yet it is also a movement to change the system that has for too long dominated human society, usually for the worst. This movement has uncovered the truth, yet it must also alter or abolish the system itself. For what good does knowing the truth do if the same system that created 9/11 is allowed to once again roam freely in power and control?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 28, 2006
Human Hell and the Demons of War The pages of history, those monuments to humankind's brief rule over the planet, are replete with violence, death and destruction. Indeed, it can be argued successfully that war, genocide, ethnic cleansing and human violence against each other have defined humanity's tumultuous existence on Earth.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 18, 2008
Crusade of Surge and Siege: Part One of Three In Muslim lands they have found an oasis from which to plant and grow a modern day crusade, not to reclaim the Holy Land, but to simply claim the vast fields of the Devil's Excrement; not to rain freedom and democracy on uncivilized people, but to firmly plant permanence in strategic lands; not to bring Christianity to barbarians, but to violently force neoliberal capitalism down the throats of the Muslim world.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 26, 2006
Collaborators of Catastrophe: Inside the Ministry of Truth The creators of American reality, those propagators of charades and mirages who dwell inside the hallways of the Ministry of Truth – otherwise known as the Corporate Media – continue their dance of deception and whitewash, festering in their offices of propaganda, directing the narratives and the epics hundreds of millions of Americans consider truth, as always, protecting the hand that feeds them, the Establishment.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Untermensch Syndrome: Israel's Moral Decay In the land claimed holy and promised the madness of humankind persists, extending the perpetual violence and oppression of the weak by the powerful. Palestine today tells a story of human evils past and present, of the worst actions capable of being manifested by the human phenomenon.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Inside the Fires of Imperialism: Crusade of Surge and Siege, Part Three The American flag has firmly been planted in the great majority of Middle East nations, with the Empire's military establishing permanent Crusader castles and garrisons and bases, in dozens of countries, to secure for the realm the spoils and rewards of the region. At present, in the Middle East is where the lifeblood of the Empire lies.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Keepers at the Gate He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses. Television has become, quite simply, the greatest tool of mass manipulation and thought control civilization has ever seen.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Into the Valley of Catastrophe: Crusade of Surge and Siege, Part Four The people of the Middle East do not hate the Empire for its freedom and liberties, nor for its way of life. They hate the Empire for its transgressions in the region, for its continued support for tyranny, for its hypocrisy in talking democracy and systemically supporting despotism, for its rape and pillage of both land and people, for its addiction to oil that has brought nothing but ruin to the people of the region.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The Unearthing: An Awakening Has Arrived The suppression of truth has long been among the highest priorities for the upper echelons of power and authority. For a minority elite that clings to power by the manipulation of the masses using an omnipresent cocktail of lies, deception, mass-produced ignorance and ingrained propaganda, the destruction of truth is an essential method of control. Such is the case regarding the events of 9/11
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2007
America's Tomorrow Already in control of government, possessing the technologies of private enterprise and the resources of governance, holding all the mechanisms by which to brainwash and manipulate the populace, their wallets thick with the Almighty Dollar, the tentacles of power and control omnipotent and omnipresent, corporatists have all the ingredients deeply entrenched to enact the next step in America's history.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Plague Upon Eden Not satisfied with the level of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions spewed by the world today, blinded by the quest to further our comfortable, gluttonous ways, we continue pushing the increase of carbon, oil and gas consumption ever more.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Enter the Empire In the grand chessboard of geostrategic and geopolitical realpolitik, the invasion and occupation of Iraq served notice that the Empire was declaring the 21st century America's century, fully willing to embark on a most ominous journey of resource acquisition and control. Through 9/11, it served notice that the Empire had arrived, and that even its own people were expendable in pursuit of imperial hegemony.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Two Axioms of 9/11 The desperation of the Republican party, in the run up to the election, can be seen in the level of fearmongering and propaganda it has begun to generate... The search for what really happened on 9/11, besides being an investigation into a crime of the most malfeasant and nefarious degree, is also a search for an America now lost for five years, hidden beneath the ashes of the Twin Towers.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 4, 2008
The Year of Living Dangerously: Part One of Two If you are not alarmed at where, at present, the present course of the United States is invariably taking us, then you have not been paying attention, or you have abandoned the responsibilities of an informed citizen, preferring the comfortable warmth of ignorance to the absolute frigidity of a most ominous reality. In truth, you should be enraged at all that has transpired.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 19, 2005
The Making of the Enemy [Part One of Two] The manufacture, marketing and dissemination of bogeymen enemies, both real and fictional, for a long time endemic in American society, has always worked to perfection, becoming the inertia used to control the population. It becomes the energy needed to maintain America’s permanent wartime economy.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2005
The Making of the Enemy [Part Two] Into Orwellian times have we descended, with the creation of superhuman enemies to frighten us, psychological war to control us and with the making of even newer, more ominous enemies lurking on the horizon.

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