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The 10 Best writers on the Net

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The Ten Best Writers
On The Internet
Always Read The Stories These People Write
By John Kaminski
 skylax@comcast.net
1-21-5

Let me just say that when a writer on the scene of a dangerous story deliberately leaves his windows open a crack when he goes to sleep at night so nearby bombs won't break them when they explode - and the formula works, although the front door, which was closed tight, DOES blow in! - well, you have a person whose commitment to an important story that needs to be told sets an example for every writer on the planet.

As an editor, I can truly say that this is what reporting - not to mention courage and humanity - is all about.

Such a person - a writer, reporter, and seeker of truth - is Dahr Jamail, whose riveting dispatches as an "unembedded" reporter in Iraq have enabled millions to transcend the mainstream media blackout of real news from that tragic venue and better understand the horrific crimes that are being committed by crazy killers in the name of the American people.

Read a quick interview with him at  http://www.newtopiamagazine.net/content/issue19/features/DahrJamail.php

See for yourself about what's really happening in Iraq at
 http://dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/

Jamail's vivid narratives about widespread war crimes in Iraq can be seen on numerous other websites, notably uruknet.com (which everyone should subscribe to) and rense.com (which most everybody does already look at).

People repeatedly ask me: since I can't get any real news from TV or mainstream newspapers, what should I be reading?

There are several ways to answer: best websites, best stories, and best writers. I wrote a best websites story (too long ago, and now out of date), best stories I'm working on, but best writers is a topic that has been on my mind for a long time.

I've written about a lot of topics, and people have said nice things about me. But each time they do, I always think about the shoulders of the giants I stand upon to get my information. Perhaps a more appropriate title for this should be "My favorite writers" rather than "The best writers." In any case, this is just my feeble attempt to thank them, and introduce them to you in case you haven't had the chance to experience their indispensable reports on what's really happening.

Think of it as a real chance to transcend the media mindlock that is - no exaggeration - killing this planet

So, without further adieu - except to say my criteria are vital topics, thorough research, the ability to describe and enrapture, and some awareness of the manipulated lies that all of us are being told - here's my list of the ten most important writers on the Internet.

1. Dahr Jamail
2. Amy Worthington
3. Michel Chossudovsky
4. Webster Tarpley
5. Joe Vialls
6. Dave MacGowan
7. Chris Floyd
8. Mark Morford
9. Christopher Bollyn
10. Xymphora

OK, let's expand it to 25.

John Pilger, Henry Makow, Kurt Nimmo, Maureen Farrell, Mike Whitney, Bev Harris, William Blum, Sherman Skolnick, Bob Feldman, Stan Goff, Michael Collins Piper, Paul Levy, Leuren Moret, Dr. Ron Paul, Kevin MacDonald.

I've left many great writers off this list, some deliberately, especially those I talk to regularly, so as to avoid any hint of nepotism or personal favoritism. Though I stopped at 25 names, there are hundreds it would behoove everyone to read. My apologies to those unmentioned; you know who you are. Feel free to write me and complain, and I'll either apologize and agree, or tell you why they're not on this list.

If the goal of decent people everywhere is to gather the information and take action to try to make this world and honest and just place, well, these writers will help you travel a considerable distance toward that goal.

In the interest of space, I will list a link for most writers, but better is to type (or copy and paste) these names into the Google searchline and choose from among the hundreds of links that will emerge for each.

1. Dahr Jamail. If you want to really know what's going on in Iraq and want to escape this jaundiced bias that has most Americans in its grip and unaware that the U.S. continuing mass murder is a certain crime against everything human and holy - and if you want to see what real reporting is all about - read Jamail's dispatches (link above). He is the bravest writer I know, and that is the most important quality.

2. Amy Worthington has done more to explain the government's attack on our atmosphere and our health than perhaps any other person. If one paragraph can describe a person's entire output, it is this one, from her masterful overview titled Aerosol and Electromagnetic Weapons In The Age Of Nuclear War:

"We continually witness bizarre meteorological occurrences as powerful electromagnetic devices manipulate both the jet stream and individual storm fronts to create artificial weather and climatic conditions. Black operations projects embedded within these aerosol missions are documented to sicken and disorient select populations with biological test agents and psychotronic mind/mood control technologies."

See  http://www.rense.com/general59/aerosolandelectromag.htm

3. Michel Chossudovsky not only runs one of the best news sites on the web, the Center for Research on Globalization  http://www.globalresearch.ca/ but has had the unique talent of taking the most important questions of our time and distilling them down to readable, accurate, and mercifully brief explanations of the phenomena being discussed. From "Washington's New World Order Weapons Can Trigger Climate Change" to "Who is Osama bin Laden?," he cuts to the quick on all manner of topics about which we have been lied to by mainstream media.

4. Webster Tarpley, famous co-author of "George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography," brings a formidable grip of history to his comments on current events. Two of his best recent offerings include "9/11 Synthetic Terrorism" on the best new 9/11 website  http://reopen911.org/index.htm and my own personal favorite, The Versailles Thesis  http://www.members.tripod.com/~american_almanac/versaill.htm which will tell you as much about the real history of the past two centuries as you could ever hope to know.

5. Controversial Australian journalist Joe Vialls consistently produces the most jaw-dropping analyses of current events on the web, from behind-the-scenes analyses of terror bombings (like, who really did them) to his magnificent overview of the future of the Western Hemisphere, Fortress America  http://www.joevialls.co.uk/myahudi/fortress1.html, which reveals the Zionists' real plan to move and expand Eretz Israel once the Middle East has been destroyed in a nuclear Armageddon.

6. Dave MacGowan has written the best single overview of 9/11  http://davesweb.cnchost.com/nwsltr69.html and his Center for an Informed America website  http://davesweb.cnchost.com/index.html provides indispensable analyses of topics of interest to us all.

7. Chris Floyd is a trenchant columnist for the Moscow Times whose essays are forwarded to others possibly more than anyone else in the world. He consistently hits the nail of real information right on the head with comments like this:

"This column stands foursquare with the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, when he warns that there will be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large. We know, as does the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, that this statement is an incontrovertible fact, a matter of scientific certainty. And how can we and the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, be so sure that there will be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large? Because these attacks will be instigated at the order of the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense."

8. Mark Morford. The only mainstream media member of this list, this columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle is easily the funniest writer on the net, but best of all, cloaked in his razorlike humor is an understanding of the world that in simply not seen almost anywhere else in medialand. Consider:

"Right now. This minute. As I type this and as you read this and as false Texas dictators rise and sad empires crumble and as this mad bewildered world spins in its frantically careening orbit, there's a nearly 50/50 chance that some sort of devious synthetic chemical manufactured by some massive and largely heartless corporation is coursing through your bloodstream and humping your brain stem and molesting your karma and kicking the crap out of your libido and chattering the teeth of your very bones."

I like to say I can never get out of the first paragraph of one of his stories without breaking into a knowing belly laugh. His self-description?

"He is also a yoga teacher and fiction writer and an outstanding parallel parker and fervent wine devotee and former smoker and former LA rock-god wannabe and careful insinuator and occasional unfair mudslinger and frequent skeptic and sporadic true believer and paradoxical contrarian and tattooed love-monkey and vehement non-conservative and casual coffee drinker and ardent dog lover and medium sleeper and comparison shopper and funky subtle prurient neo-pagan gleaner of screaming delicious naked nuances."

9. Christopher Bollyn is the big gun of American Free Press (one of the two most honest weekly newspapers in America) who tackles all the big subjects and never fails to unearth astonishing facts (like the fires that burned for weeks under the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center) with a profound clarity and objectivity expressed in ways like this:

"A year into what has become an increasingly grim occupation, a chorus of senior journalists are now saying what American Free Press has said all along: the mainstream media "failed the American public" with its uncritical acceptance of the administration's dubious claims about the need to invade Iraq."

10. If you want just one daily stop to get a very quick fix on what's going on in the world, that place would be Xymphora Blogspot. Usually only a few paragraphs each day, it targets one important subject and provides a unique perspective that never fails to enlighten. Who Xymphora actually is I have no clue, except that his comments are among the most frequently passed around on the net.

OK, that was a lot of information passed really fast. We'll recap the rest of the list even faster.

* John Pilger is the famous Australian journalist/filmmaker who never loses sight of the most significant political issue of our times, the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians.
See  http://pilger.carlton.com/

* Henry Makow is the controversial Canadian Jew who points out that Zionists harm Jews as much as anyone else, and that the real center of the worldwide totalitarian tyranny is in London.
See  http://www.savethemales.ca/

* Kurt Nimmo is an accomplished journalist known for solid reporting and a savvy blog at  http://www.kurtnimmo.com/blog/

* Maureen Farrell is an evocative Buzzflash columnist whose pieces are archived at  http://www.buzzflash.com/farrell/archives.html

* Mike Whitney is an outstanding Counterpunch columnist whose pieces can be seen all over the web, like this one.  http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20editorials/2004%20opinions/March/3%20o/Bush
%20and%20Kerry%20separated%20at%20birth%20By%20Mike%20Whitney.htm

* Bev Harris is the driving force behind Black Box Voting who has done more to reveal the hoax that American elections have become than any other single person.
 http://www.blackboxvoting.org/investigations.html

* William Blum is the premier chronicler of America's unjust invasions of other countries.  http://members.aol.com/bblum6/American_holocaust.htm

* Sherman Skolnick is the mindboggling, encyclopedic investigator of the nasty underbelly of American history. It is safe to say you'll never be the same after reading Skolnick.
 http://www.skolnicksreport.com/

* Bob Feldman is the principal revealer of the Gatekeeper syndrome, one of the most important phenomena in understanding what's really going on with American media.
 http://www.questionsquestions.net/feldman/feldman07.html

* Stan Goff is an ex-military guy whose view of American politics shows what happens when soldiers grow up and become human beings.  http://home.igc.org/~sherrynstan/

* Michael Collins Piper is the author of the best book on the Kennedy assassination and perceptive commentator on current events for the American Free Press.  http://www.serendipity.li/zionism/final_jgmt_reviews.htm

* Paul Levy is an uncommon spiritual analyst among whose essay titles is "Christ Would Not Support Bush."
 http://www.awakeninthedream.com/html/index.html

* Leuren Moret is the world's foremost chronicler of America's tragic involvement with depleted uranium weapons.  http://www.sfbayview.com/081804/Depleteduranium081804.shtml

* Dr. Ron Paul is one of only a handful of conscientious members of Congress who pronouncements sustain the fleeting hope that one day we will have an honest government.
 http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/welcome.htm

* Kevin MacDonald is a California professor whose works on Judaism from an Evolutionary Perspective furnish penetrating insights into contemporary politics.  http://www.csulb.edu/~kmacd/books.html

Whew. That's a lot of information, particularly if you spend any time in the links.

Two traits characterize everyone on this list. First is a willingness to look behind the veneer of media-described events to investigate subjects of primary importance to our continued survival. Second is not to be cowed into conformity by the inducements of lying for money which afflicts so many of our so-called journalists.

If our popular media were dominated by personalities like these, the world would certainly not in the trouble that it is now, where civilization has been captured by a small group of rich people who manipulate our reality and plunder our resources for their own selfish, greedy, and evil purposes.

I give you this list as a gift of hope, to show you that it is possible that honest people CAN rule the world, if the rest of us would only listen to the descriptions by these wonderful writers, and try to be as honest as they are.




John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida and whose Internet essays can be seen on hundreds of websites around the world. These essays have been collected into two anthologies, the latest of which is titled "The Perfect Enemy." For more information go to  http://www.johnkaminski.com/





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you missed one 22.Jan.2005 18:03

sf

kirsten anderberg
way more radical than the others
 http://www.kirstenanderberg.com

That was excellent, John, thanks 22.Jan.2005 19:15

sfh

If you ever receive requests for vital information from the victims of empire, however, may I suggest disastertodevelopment.com

nona 23.Jan.2005 10:05

literature of grinolandia unite!

yes, let's hear it for the under read white male author! not enough of those on the net!

I'm glad that's settled. 23.Jan.2005 11:11

Reader of Indy

We didn't even have to take a vote or anything.

Another Recommendation 23.Jan.2005 11:25

An Activist

I would like to add a name to this list. Actually, several names if I may. The writers who contribute to the World Socialist Web Site are, far and away, producing the best commentary on political, economic and cultural developments that's published anywhere.

Among the best of the bunch is the WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh, whose articles pieces in 2004 examined "Kill Bill, Vol. 2," "The Passion of the Christ" the Scott Peterson case, and the recent retirement of NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. The site's editorial board chair David North has also published some excellent pieces recently, including the best single obituary of Ronald Reagan you'll find anywhere. His latest article, "The logic of the irrational: Bush's inaugural address and the global strategy of American imperialism," is must reading.

To quote directly from the site, the WSWS:

"...provides analysis of major world events, comments on political, cultural, historical and philosophical issues, and valuable documents and studies from the heritage of the socialist movement.

The WSWS aims to meet the need, felt widely today, for an intelligent appraisal of the problems of contemporary society. It addresses itself to the masses of people who are dissatisfied with the present state of social life, as well as its cynical and reactionary treatment by the establishment media.

Our web site provides a source of political perspective to those troubled by the monstrous level of social inequality, which has produced an ever-widening chasm between the wealthy few and the mass of the world's people. As great events, from financial crises to eruptions of militarism and war, break up the present state of class relations, the WSWS will provide a political orientation for the growing ranks of working people thrown into struggle."

The WSWS has been publishing six days a week since January 1998. It's a valuable resource, absolutely worth visiting regularly. The political and intellectual clarity, and the moral integrity that informs the journalism here is unmatched, without confusing Marxist jargon. I highly recommend it.


patriarchy...naw we're way to progressive for that 23.Jan.2005 13:43

a male

wow how things are changing in the movement!

Last list of top 25 lefty authors I saw there was only 2 womyn. Now there is 4. That's a 100% increase!

Those ladies are now at a whopping 16%! That's double digits! take that you femi-nazi man haters.
If this isn't progress within the progressive and radical community I don't know what is.

We are SO, SO close to equality I just have no idea why people are always complaining about sexism and patriarchy.

Ok I admit 1 or 2 of those chicks might have been added for some sort of liberal p.c. affirmative action thing, but shit, considering how much smarter, tougher, and able to ask the hard questions that men are than women...well let's just say we men are being aweful generous with you girls!

Shit if this whole +8% / year thing continues women will be taking over completely in just over a decade! geeez. Better keep a watch on that.

well, who are they? 23.Jan.2005 20:20

scientist

if "a male" wants to see more women on the list, perhaps he could provide some names. the way to fight under-recognition of female writers is to publicize them. who are they? i'll read their stuff.

Kick Ass Women Writers Out There Too!! 25.Jan.2005 20:37

a woman

Without looking on websites like Commondreams, ZNet, or the countless others that list the authors in the side bar (hint hint), here's the list of excellent female writers on the web I came up with: Kari Lydersen, Arundathi Roy, Katharine Ainger, Rebecca Solnit (one of the best writers out there in cyberspace, regardless of gender), Jennifer Whitney, Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, Andrea del Moraal, Ewa Jasiewicz, Andrea Schmidt, Vandana Shiva....

For absolutely the best investigative reporting on Iraq, try Naomi Klein and / or Antonia Juhasz.

For outstanding blogging from Baghdad, try the pseudonymous young Sunni woman who uses the name Riverbend (and writes in English).

and you know, if you can't figure out ways of looking for excellent women writers (online or otherwise), you might consider asking a librarian. A female one, preferably.

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