CounterVortex, an ultra-dissident voice of left in a time of deep reaction, depends 100% on our readers for support. We receive no foundation sponsorship to meet our operating costs of some $2,000 per year. You can't tell us we're beholden to George Soros, because we don't get a dime from him. We appeal, as we do once a year, to our readers to at least help us meet our annual costs. This year, we are especially appealing to new readers. There is a handful of around 10 hardcore supporters who have been extremely generous since our founding in the immediate aftermath of 9-11. But they have more than done their part. Google stats indicate that our readership is growing, at least modestly. May we ask those of you who have never donated before to step up to the plate today?
CounterVortex editor and chief blogger Bill Weinberg will speak at the Left Forum in New York City on June 4, at a panel on "Confronting 'Anti-Neoliberal Left' Collaboration with Trumpism and the Far Right." In spite of Trump making good on as many of his racist, sexist, nationalist, anti-immigrant and anti-worker plans for the US as he can, a portion of the left continues to insist that the rise of Trumpism is preferable to or no worse than the "neoliberal" status quo. We see the same tendency now in part of the French and international left regarding Le Pen. Is this phenomenon due to ignorance of the dangers of white-nationalist authoritarianism, or because a portion of the left actually favors it over "neoliberalism"? This panel will offer diverse views on the causes and consequences of collaboration with Trumpism and the far right and will suggest diverse ways to try to keep it from stifling the real left—the growing Resistance in the streets.
CounterVortex editor and chief blogger Bill Weinberg will be on assignment overseas and away from Internet access for the next 10 days, so the Daily Report will be on hiatus and there will be no headlines e-mailing next weekend. The Daily Report should be active again Friday April 7, and the mailing should resume Monday April 10. If you wish to be added to the weekly e-list, please be in touch. Your address will never be shared with any third parties, and you will receive only one mailing per week. Meanwhile, please consider supporting our ongoing work. Remember: CounterVortex receives no foundation sponsorship; we depend entirely on our readers to keep us going.
World War 4 Report, the news service and digest we founded in the aftermath of 9-11, is being incorporated into a new domain: CounterVortex. We take this move in light of our expanding areas of coverage (beyond our original mandate of the Global War on Terrorism), and to emphasize positive alternatives to the consolidating dystopia. The planet is spiraling into a vortex of ecological collapse, permanent war, and totalitarianism—whether of the techo-security state or the religious and ethnic fundamentalisms that ostensibly oppose it. Through our resistance, we create a counter-vortex, generating movement toward sustainability, peace, and popular democracy.
Hey, loyal readers and newbies. In 2015, World War 4 Report finally took the plunge and removed the damn Google Ads from our website. We were encouraged by the fact that a reader in Montreal signed up to sponsor us on Patreon. Since then, a reader in Oman became a monthly subscriber on PayPal, joining another in the Bronx. So now have one Patreon sponsor, and two monthly PayPal subscribers. Supporters in Brooklyn, NY; Portland, Maine; and Danbury, NH, have also sent us donations totaling $200. When we first broached ditching the Google Ads, we set a goal of $100 a month from our readers—which had been our goal for Google Ads earnings. Between our three monthly subscribers, we are now making $15 a month. We consider that a good start! Just 17 more subscribers at $5 per month will bring us to our goal! Will you help our ultra-dissident voice survive?
We finally took the plunge and removed the damn Google Ads from the World War 4 Report website. We were encouraged by the fact that one reader signed up to sponsor us on Patreon. We now have one Patreon sponsor, and one monthly subscriber on PayPal. Both are paying around $10 per month. The Patreon sponsor pays $1.50 per "paid" post from World War 4 Report. We pledge to keep "paid" posts to Patreon within the range five-to-ten a month. We hope we can gain more subscribers and make up for the modest earnings we got from Google Ads. Will you help our ultra-dissident voice survive?
World War 4 Report editor and chief blogger Bill Weinberg will be traveling for the next 10 days, so the blog will be at a reduced level of activity and there will be no headlines mailing next weekend. The mailing should resume Monday Aug. 3. If you wish to be added to the weekly list, please be in touch. Your address will NEVER be shared with any third parties, and you will receive only one mailing per week. Meanwhile, please consider supporting our ongoing work by becoming a sponsor on Patreon. We will happily accept between $0.25 and $5.00 per post. Payments can be discontinued at any time. Remember: World War 4 Report receives no foundation sponsorship; we depend on our readers to support our work.
Amid all the "spin" and punditry that usually hides more than it reveals (whether it is coming from the left, right or center), World War 4 Report is producing daily no-bullshit updates on the terrifying situation in Iraq and Syria: Just the facts, detailed but concise, mostly from independent sources within the region—occasionally punctuated by pointed commentary dissenting from the unthinking dogmas of left, right and center alike. Do you value this? Please show it. Any donation at least makes a dent in our considerable overhead. Help us to keep these daily updates coming. Thanks to generous donations from three readers, we have made $250 since we launched our fund drive last month. So a big "thank you" to those of you who have come through. We would like to reach at least $500—about a quarter of our annual operating costs. If you appreciate World War 4 Report's fact-heavy, comprehensive but digestible approach, please let us know! Click here to make a PayPal donation.