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The UNO at Crossroads While Warriors Are Destroying the Humanity

The UNO at Crossroads While Warriors Are Destroying the Humanity

Is There a UNO to Protect the Beleaguered Humanity? Over seventy years of its existence, the UNO should have been enriched with systematic excellence to safeguard the humanity from protracted agony, deaths and deliberate destruction. Not so, the record is otherwise filled with man-made catastrophic conflicts, sarcastic hollowness of indifference to human realities and overwhelming addiction to arrogance mocking the[Read More…]

Facebook Codifies Its Censorship Regime

Facebook Codifies Its Censorship Regime

Facebook, the world’s largest social media company, spelled out for the first time the criteria it uses to censor speech on its platform, purely at its own discretion, and with no legal oversight or recourse. Its “community guidelines” are so sweeping and broad that effectively any statement expressing any critical political view can be constrained as violent, defamatory, “extremist,” “bullying”[Read More…]

Constantinople coming to Ukraine. Is the game worth the candle?

Constantinople coming to Ukraine. Is the game worth the candle?

Recently, the opening of the Constantinople Patriarchate’s metochions in Ukrainian cities Kyiv and Lviv has become quite a hot topic. Not long ago, Director of the Department for Religious Affairs and Nationalities of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine AndriyYurash confirmed this information in an interview to the RISU news agency and claimed opening of the missions “is an irreversible[Read More…]

Economics and Politics in Early-Soviet Russia and Lenin’s Stand [Part II]

Economics and Politics in Early-Soviet Russia and Lenin’s Stand [Part II]

Lenin creates controversy as the Bolshevik leader stands against exploiters; and consequently, theoreticians defending exploiters don’t spare any opportunity to condemn Lenin. Immediately after the Great October Revolution, Lenin had to encounter a reality, which was beyond perception of theoreticians busy with bourgeois ideas strengthened by petty-bourgeois imagination. In the situation immediately after initiating the Revolution, Lenin describes “the incredible[Read More…]

13 Killed, 19 Years Later

13 Killed, 19 Years Later

The quaint, unassuming, elevated area south of Denver known as Columbine rarely, if ever, caught the attention of the average American residing outside the State of Colorado for just over 99% of the twentieth century. When it etched its way into the hearts and minds of shocked onlookers around the world 19 years before Friday, nobody predicted that it would[Read More…]

The Global South in ‘Northern-led’ Order/Disorder: Reading the Baku Declaration and the CHOGM 2018 Communiqué

The Global South in ‘Northern-led’ Order/Disorder: Reading the Baku Declaration and the CHOGM 2018 Communiqué

Two of the recent international documents concerning the future of the Global South should attract the attention of the foreign policy observers in India for several reasons.  One is the Baku Declaration of the 18th Mid-Term Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), held in Azerbaijan during 3-6 April 2018.  The other is the Communiqué of the Commonwealth Heads of[Read More…]

Is Iran And Israel’s Shadow Conflict Coming Out In The open?

Is Iran And Israel’s Shadow Conflict Coming Out In The open?

  Another conflict seems to be brewing in the Middle East, this time between Israel and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused Iran of sending drones to attack Israel. Netanyahu’s statement comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced Israel for violating international law. These statements come in the light of heightened tensions between the two countries.[Read More…]

Putin’s Greatest Battle Is Against The “Gods of Technology” Themselves

Putin’s Greatest Battle Is Against The “Gods of Technology” Themselves

I don’t know how or why I ever got an invitation to come and teach in Moscow.  I was hesitant to come: after all I was teaching at two small colleges near my home, I had a large family who lived close to me, and a lot of friends.  I was comfortable right where I was.  But as one of[Read More…]

Clamouring against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform

Clamouring against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform

In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person’s lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible.  This is not to say that Russia does not engage in an energetic, state of the art program of surveillance and penetration.  More significant is[Read More…]

Baltimore cops and the rotten core of policing

Baltimore cops and the rotten core of policing

The explosive trial of eight of Baltimore Police’s Gun Trace Task Force has exposed some of the worst misconduct imaginable — from robbery and extortion to faking evidence, planting drugs, and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, drugs and valuables from their victims. The eight cops involved have left a wake of destruction within Baltimore’s most vulnerable community. And even[Read More…]

Trump’s Budget: Billions for guns and crumbs for working people

Trump’s Budget: Billions for guns and crumbs for working people

In December, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights visited the U.S., including L.A., with its 55,000 homeless; the Deep and not-so-Deep South; and Puerto Rico. He found that although arguably the richest and most powerful country on earth, the U.S. has the highest infant mortality and is close to the bottom in healthcare, inequality, access to[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  The Brave Hearts of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Edward Snowden

An American Babushka in Moscow:  The Brave Hearts of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Edward Snowden

Perhaps the first signs of his bravery were the fights he fought against bigger, tougher boys in the courtyard of the St. Petersburg building where he grew up.  He fought not only for himself, but also to protect other boys; one could say that even back then, he fought for justice.  Then there was the incident at Dresden when an[Read More…]

Government of China

Government of China

Three Stages of Development in Post-revolutionary China The Chinese government is rare phenomenon in world affairs. We can search through the pages of history for similar regimes. But we are unlikely to find any outside China itself that arevery much like it. For in some waysthe Chinese government is a bit like the governments of the Confucian emperors in ancient[Read More…]

Where on earth is the just economy that works for all, including Afghan children?

Where on earth is the just economy that works for all, including Afghan children?

  Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren’t too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it’s easier and more profitable to mummify[Read More…]

Lula — Champion Of The People

Lula — Champion Of The People

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a/k/a Lula, never went to school, and started working at the age of 12. As a union leader, he led the movement that freed Brazil from military dictatorship, and instituted democracy. Lula then served as President of Brazil from 2003 to 2011, when he lifted 40 million Brazilians out of poverty. Running for President again,[Read More…]

Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu And Australia

Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu And Australia

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. There have been no formal proposals, but the Australian press is agog with reports that the Chinese are instigating[Read More…]

Presstitutes push social media to stamp out free speech and all political dissent

Presstitutes push social media to stamp out free speech and all political dissent

The latest scandal swamping Facebook’s top corporate echelons, and capitalist wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg himself (who is clearly out of his depth and, stuck in the mobs that usually surround his appearances of late, often looks like a deer in the headlights), is not about what his company did or didn’t do regarding the safeguarding of privacy of hundreds of millions[Read More…]

Syria: Chemical Weapons Use, Destruction Of Children, The Ethical Vacuum

Syria: Chemical Weapons Use, Destruction Of Children, The Ethical Vacuum

  At the heart of this growing phenomenon of mass violence and social disintegration is a crisis of values. Perhaps the most fundamental loss a society can suffer is the collapse of its own value system. Many societies exposed to protracted conflicts have seen their community values radically undermined if not shattered altogether. This has given rise to an ethical[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia And Israel: The New ‘Friends With Benefits’

International politics often seems like a subplot straight out of Game of Thrones, with its numerous alliances, strategic agreements and rhetoric of (and sometimes, actual) war. The latest development in this ever-changing game of alliances is the Saudi crown prince’s recent remarks on Israel. In a recent interview on his tour of the United States, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said[Read More…]

Era of Corporate Surveillance

Era of Corporate Surveillance

George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four visualized a situation, where a citizen is under the constant surveillance by the State. It keeps a constant watch on the anti-state activities by its citizens. Any perceived or real situation seen to be going against the perceived interest of the state is immediately acted upon. Such conditions continue to prevail in the country[Read More…]

Indulgent Violence: The Legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Indulgent Violence: The Legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

There was nothing of the Siddhartha about her.  Modest and sombre middle ways are not the stuff of revolutionary ardour.  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s mark on history was always going to render the violent normal, the blood stain a perceived, even psychopathic necessity.  If society itself was prone to sanguinary realisations, she would oblige and flourish within its confines. Everyone has their[Read More…]

Trump Reverses Himself On Syria Pullout Order

Trump Reverses Himself On Syria Pullout Order

After a reportedly heated meeting of the US National Security Council on Wednesday, the Trump White House announced that there was no change in US policy toward Syria, despite a volley of comments and tweets by President Trump demanding an immediate pullout of the 2,000 US troops now deployed in the country. The meeting with the National Security Council was[Read More…]

Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 35 Morsi Supporters To Life Imprisonment

Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 35 Morsi Supporters To Life Imprisonment

  An Egyptian Kangaroo Court Wednesday (April 4) sentenced 35 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for allegedly forming “terrorist cells” to attack security forces and state institutions. The Sohag Criminal Court sentenced another 155 defendants to three to 15 years on similar charges, including plotting to kill public figures and security officials, and joining an outlawed group,[Read More…]

YouTube, Censorship And Nasim Aghdam

YouTube, Censorship And Nasim Aghdam

“People like me are not good for big business, like for animal business, medicine business and for many other businesses.  That’s why they are discriminating and censoring us.” Nasim Najafi Aghdam discussing YouTube She claimed to have detested it, issuing fiery calls on her social media outlets, and asserting that this creature was demonic in its effort to limit talent,[Read More…]

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Arms of America: From Yemen to Florida

Co-Written by Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox The United States government views human rights not as the foundation of human dignity but as an impediment to corporate profits. — Haley Pedersen & Jodie Evans, AlterNet, January 11, 2018. In the United States of America it’s all about the quantity, not the quality, of so-called freedom. That may be because[Read More…]

Man’s Inhumanity To Man: Israel And Kashmir

Man’s Inhumanity To Man: Israel And Kashmir

Man’s inhumanity to man reached new levels of odium.  The generally trigger-happy Israeli army fired at unarmed demonstrators on the other side of the fence cordoning Gazans into a prison.  That hundreds were injured and at least 18 killed evoked little sympathy from our media and certainly no one dared criticize Benjamin Netanyahu’s crowing of the incident as a great[Read More…]

Google Workers Demand End To Company’s Involvement In Drone Murder

Google Workers Demand End To Company’s Involvement In Drone Murder

Revelations last month that Google was designing software for the US military’s illegal drone warfare program have sparked outrage among employees. More than 3,000 Google workers have signed a letter to executives demanding that it end its involvement with the Pentagon. The program, known as “Project Maven,” involves the use of artificial intelligence systems to analyze drone footage, potentially assisting[Read More…]

The Great Skripal Poison Mystery: What Jane Marpel Said

The Great Skripal Poison Mystery: What Jane Marpel Said

The West points its finger at Russia, Russia points its finger at the West.  As for us, we do not really know who did it or why.  We know nothing beyond what we are told, and we can be sure that the details are being kept hidden from us.  So, faced with the mystery of who poisoned the Skripals and[Read More…]

China Pledges To Protect Freedom Of Religion Amid Reports Of Religious Repression

China Pledges To Protect Freedom Of Religion Amid Reports Of Religious Repression

  China pledged to continue to respect and protect its citizens’ freedom of religious belief in a white paper published Tuesday (April 3). As a socialist country under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China adopts policies on freedom of religious belief based on national and religious conditions to protect citizens’ right to freedom of religious belief,[Read More…]

April 1968: The Black Rebellion That Shook America And The World

April 1968: The Black Rebellion That Shook America And The World

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was cut down by an assassin in Memphis, Tennessee. King was 39 years old and the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. King preached and fought for change, especially against the poverty and discrimination pressing down on Black people, within the framework of this existing system. Before he[Read More…]

Trump And US Deficits

Trump And US Deficits

President Trumps’ histrionics over the US trade deficit seem oblivious to the fact that neocon policymakers had already chosen decades ago amongst paths to “make America great again”! Path one followed the post Second World War scheme where the US rebuilt erstwhile belligerents Japan and Germany into capitalist competitors. It then put a floor under the global economy with an[Read More…]

 Psych Drugs And Guns Don’t Mix

 Psych Drugs And Guns Don’t Mix

  “Violence and other potentially criminal behaviors caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret.” — David Healy, UK psychiatrist and author (and co-founder of www.RxISK.org)   “The establishment media ignores the scientific evidence linking psychiatric medications and violent behavior because psychiatry is the religion of the mainstream media, and they don’t want to see the dangers of psychiatrically[Read More…]

Role Of Youth In The Coming Transformation

Role Of Youth In The Coming Transformation

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The eruption of youth protests over gun violence in schools and other issues is another indicator that the 2020s could be a decade of transformation where people demand economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. Students who are in their teens now will be in their twenties then. They will have experience in how protests[Read More…]

Atmospheric Burnings: The Re-entry of China’s Tiangong-1

Atmospheric Burnings: The Re-entry of China’s Tiangong-1

The precipitous demise of China’s prototype space station, Tiangong-1, was the sort of event that took earthbound discussions to more heavenly matters.  Human beings, as is their wont, tend to follow the rules of colonisation with a certain automatism.  In doing so, they have a distinct habit of leaving debris, a junking phenomenon that has seen space become a celestial[Read More…]

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 Americans Trust ‘Our’ Intelligence Agencies. Should We?

 Americans Trust ‘Our’ Intelligence Agencies. Should We?

The record is clear that ‘our’ (that is, the ruling Establishment’s) intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, have lied to the public many times, and actually lie routinely — but these lies are always revealed only decades later, by historians, when it’s decades too late, because the damage was already done, decades before. Think, for example, of just two now-famous[Read More…]

Greater Of Two Evils: Why The Democratic Party Is Worse Than The Republican Party For 85% Of The U.S. Population

Greater Of Two Evils: Why The Democratic Party Is Worse Than The Republican Party For 85% Of The U.S. Population

How to conceive of the two-party system Lesser of two evils Among liberals and the different types of socialists, when the subject of the Democratic Party comes up, there are at least two variations. One is the familiar liberal argument that the Democratic Party is the “lesser of two evils”. For them, the Republican Party is the source of most,[Read More…]

Rethink Weapons Exports

Rethink Weapons Exports

  How do we treat opponents? In strong democracies, we engage them in cooperative dialogue. In weaker democracies, we exclude and overpower them. If we’re undemocratic, we might kill them. So why has the United States, democracy’s alleged leader, become the world’s largest weapons exporter? In 2016, U.S. government arms exports totaled $38 billion, more than a third of the[Read More…]

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Norway And Its Core Values

Norway And Its Core Values

(A street artist made it in Bergen, Norway on Easter day. The lady Jesus is the former Justice minister.) The month of March was quite interesting and happening for Norwegian politicians and everyone abroad. It all started with a Facebook post with a picture of threatening-looking guys with weapons (most-likely Al Shabaab militants), the image text translated as something like: “AP[Read More…]

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Two Minute To Mid-Night: The Global Nuclear Suicide Machine

Two Minute To Mid-Night: The Global Nuclear Suicide Machine

    “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save human way of thinking and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophes.” Albert Einstein 1946 Figure 1.The Doomsday Machine, by Daniel Ellsberg. Daniel Ellsberg,former presidential advisor, who has released the famous top-secret Pentagon Papers related to the Viet Nam war[ii],has also possessed a cache of top secret documents related[Read More…]

Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War

Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War

In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives and that country’s social fabric and infrastructure now lies in ruins. Gaddafi was murdered and his plans to assert African independence and undermine Western (not least French) hegemony on that continent have been rendered obsolete. In[Read More…]

The British (Western) “Novichok” Plot against Russia

The British (Western) “Novichok” Plot against Russia

The West is doing everything to fabricate a cause of war against or to isolate Russia further internationally. So far, ‘Novichok’ rests on rumors. The affair was made up the British and the French intelligence agencies without having presented any evidence. The term ‘Novichok’ was used to sound Russian, in fact, this nerve agent is known internationally as A-234. Instead,[Read More…]

Faking It and Fakery: Najib and Censorship

Faking It and Fakery: Najib and Censorship

Fake news has not merely become a business but a designation.  It is a way of silencing dissent, and questioning accounts. For the authoritarian, this is not merely a delight, but a necessity.  News accounts are deemed the stuff and dreams of the inventive, and those inventors deserve punishment. Denial becomes a state of mind, and a very convinced one[Read More…]

"Without reconciling its own shadow, this nation of law failed to fully shield the republic from the tyranny of the Old World." (Photo: Backbone Campaign/cc/flickr)

Trump’s War Cabinet and Coming American Despotism: Will We the People Rise Up?

The United States is in a major upheaval. Trump’s cabinet shake up moves the country into an alarming direction. From the nomination of torturer Gina Haspel as a head of the Central Intelligence Agency to Mike Pompeo, the former CIA Director and a vocal opponent of nuclear deal with Iran as a new secretary of state, his selection exposes the White House’s dangerous[Read More…]

Russian Exodus From The West

Russian Exodus From The West

By now the West – the US, Canada, Australia and the super-puppets of Europe, overall more than 25 countries – has expelled more than 130 Russian diplomats. All as punishment for Russia’s alleged nerve gas poisoning of a former Russian / MI6 double-agent, Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter Yulia (33), who was visiting her father from Moscow. Sergei Skripal[Read More…]

Who Calls Anyone Civilized?

Who Calls Anyone Civilized?

  Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and professor of Creative Writing at Texas State.  Her father was Palestinian and a refugee journalist. In one of her poems after 9/11, entitled “Blood,” she writes: I call my father, we talk around the news. It is too much for him, neither of his two languages can reach it. I drive into[Read More…]

Two Freedom Fighters and Political Prisoners: Assange and Puigdemont.

Solidarity with Julian Assange and Carles Puigdemont

On 26 March 2018 Julian Assange tweeted out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London the following correct comparison: “In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to[Read More…]

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins with 92 percent votes

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins with 92 percent votes

  Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won re-election as Egypt’s president, according to preliminary results reported by a number of state media outlets, showing  el-Sisi winning 92 percent of the vote. The official MENA news agency and the state-owned newspapers al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm said on Thursday that 23 million out of the 60 million registered voters – 40[Read More…]

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America’s Caligula Culture

America’s Caligula Culture

The election of Donald Trump prompted a number of people, including historians to make comparisons of Trump’s cult of personality with various historical figures from Benito Mussolini to Roman Emperor Caligula (37-41 A.D.) While such comparison’s make for entertaining reading, they place all emphasis on the individual rather than the system that permitted the individual to rise to power. Hardly[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Russia: The Putin Youth

An American Babushka in Russia: The Putin Youth

  I find two things that catch my eye this morning.  One is an article in the Moscow Times, a liberal English language newspaper written for Moscow expats, the other, a website sent to me by my friend, Alexey Vasilyev.  They are of interest to me because they deal with what might be called the “Putin Generation” – those young[Read More…]

Theresa May Playing a Reckless Game of Nuclear Roulette 

Theresa May Playing a Reckless Game of Nuclear Roulette 

Back in May 2017, just prior to the British general election, I wrote a piece arguing that a victory for Theresa May would see Britain dragged further towards war with Russia. While Britain is militarily weak compared to Russia, the point was that May would continue to do the bidding of Washington by demonising that country and engaging in provocative[Read More…]

Russian Diplomats Expelled Over Allegations Of Poisoning Of Ex-Spy In UK

Russian Diplomats Expelled Over Allegations Of Poisoning Of Ex-Spy In UK

The coordinated mass expulsion of Russian diplomats announced Tuesday by Washington, 14 European Union countries, Ukraine and Canada over allegations of Moscow’s responsibility for the March 4 poisoning of former Russian spy and British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English city of Salisbury marks a major escalation of the political and military threats against Russia,[Read More…]

No Small Victory: Kim Dotcom and the Human Rights Review Tribunal

No Small Victory: Kim Dotcom and the Human Rights Review Tribunal

  “It’s really quite incredible how, at nearly every turn the New Zealand government has managed to mess up the legal case against Kim Dotcom.” Mike Masnick, Techdirt, Mar 26, 2018 Put it down to his tigerish perseverance, or sheer faith in those powers of endurance, but Kim Dotcom’s victory before New Zealand’s Human Rights Tribunal had a stirring ring[Read More…]

Enough! Enough! No More Slaughter!

Enough! Enough! No More Slaughter!

This image shows a US Predator drone firing a missile in Yemen. It is admirable and courageous that many students and others in the USA and around the world want to keep guns out of schools, out of robberies at stores and in home invasions, and out of streets where shootouts often lead to death of innocent civilians, including babies,[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On Toilet Paper And  Ketchup

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On Toilet Paper And  Ketchup

Life in Russia, for the average person, is lived “close to the bone.”  Closer and closer to the bone as the economy suffers under the relentless attacks of the capitalist world.  Well, there is no profundity in that statement I think to myself.  On the one hand, what is true of Russia is true of the whole world,  The vast[Read More…]

Glimpses of Bourgeois Democracies

Glimpses of Bourgeois Democracies

Following are three political incidents/developments from two matured bourgeois democracies. Alleged bribe Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, isn’t shameful for all the election bribery he allegedly accepted gladly from a foreign “friend”, who was murdered later, and in this murder ploy, the French leader was an aggressive participant. A stark show of bourgeois politics with “friendship”! The interventionist is[Read More…]

Pre-emptive Triggers: John Bolton Joins Trump

Pre-emptive Triggers: John Bolton Joins Trump

It has given those in a permanent state of jitters greater reason to jump off the cliff to a certain fate, but John Bolton’s elevation to President Donald J. Trump’s inner circle is predictable and, patterns of employment permitting, brief.  It is easy to see each and every appointment of the current president as manically dangerous, shading those of his[Read More…]

Skripal Affair Exposes Serial Invader UK, US & US Alliance Mendacity & Hypocrisy

Skripal Affair Exposes Serial Invader UK, US & US Alliance Mendacity & Hypocrisy

  We do not know who tried to kill former  UK-Russia double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, assertedly by a nerve agent, Novichok, and the UK refuses to supply Russia  with a sample of the agent for analysis.  However with stunning hypocrisy and mendacity the UK, US, Australia and the US-allied EU have been quick with confected outrage[Read More…]

Israel As A Majority Muslim Arab State – A Desirable Inevitability

Israel As A Majority Muslim Arab State – A Desirable Inevitability

If Israel were to become a majority Muslim Arab state, we can expect such a unitary bi-national (since the minority of Jews will remain substantial) state to be secular and democratic. There is no reason to expect otherwise, especially as the existing Jewish settler-colonial regime brought along with it from Europe democratic ideals to Palestine. These ideals manifest themselves in[Read More…]

Millions of  Students Demand “Never Again” to Gun Violence

Millions of  Students Demand “Never Again” to Gun Violence

Sonoma County, Northern California: Over a million students and allies walked out of classes in the U.S., from Maine to Hawaii, and elsewhere in the world on March 14. Ten days later, March 24, hundreds of thousands of defiant marchers flooded the streets in Washington, D.C., and at more than 800 places on every continent except Antarctica. What might they[Read More…]

India Is Alarmed At Growing China-Maldives Ties

India Is Alarmed At Growing China-Maldives Ties

  The Maldives’ ambassador to China Mohamed Faisal says that the country would push ahead with Chinese projects and seek more investment from the country, regardless of concerns raised by regional power India. His statement to South China Morning Post came after Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen lifted a state of emergency on Thursday March 22 after 45 days. Rivalry between China[Read More…]

 NBA vs. NRA

 NBA vs. NRA

“There was a point at which Jackie Robinson refused to ‘respect’ the flag at ball games.” — James Baldwin Demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man blocked entrances to Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California Thursday night amid chants of “black lives matter,” prompting police to shut down admission to the Sacramento Kings’ National Basketball Association[Read More…]

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Hero Worshipping Murderers And The Stains Of History

Hero Worshipping Murderers And The Stains Of History

 In a previous piece in Countercurrents I once again lambasted Churchill, this time in the context of the recent movie The Darkest Hour and the Academy Award for the “Churchillian” Gary Oldman.   I bristled then as I do now that another hagiographical treatment was gifted to the notorious Imperialist and Racist.  I bristled too at other things of which the[Read More…]

The Temptations of Ball Tampering: Steve Smith’s Australian Team in South Africa

The Temptations of Ball Tampering: Steve Smith’s Australian Team in South Africa

There was an audacity about it, carried out with amateurish callowness.  As it turned out Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, besieged and vulnerable, had been egged on by Australian cricket captain Steve Smith and the Australian leadership to do the insufferable: tamper with the ball. Before the remorseless eagle eyes of modern cameras, Bancroft, in the third Test against South Africa[Read More…]

We WILL Control Our Government & It Will NOT Damage Us!

We WILL Control Our Government & It Will NOT Damage Us!

 I live in a great state of the USA. I do not take this situation for granted since the fight for the condition in which I live is long-standing and ongoing. In short, we have to be ever vigilant to protect our rights and favorable conditions. It is considered the best state in the union — the best out of[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Putin, Hemingway and Paranoia as True Perception

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Putin, Hemingway and Paranoia as True Perception

Frontline has done a series on Vladimir Putin, called The Putin Files. They are available on Youtube and are well worth the watch. In them, a variety of “experts on Putin”, ranging from people who worked with him in Russia, such asGlebPavlovsky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp84TerPgyI&t=4487s) who helped him with the PR for his first campaign for president, through John Bannon, former head[Read More…]

 Kosovo: Who Was In A Hurry?

 Kosovo: Who Was In A Hurry?

On March 21, 2018 Kosovo’s opposition used tear gas to disrupt a parliament vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Lawmakers had to be evacuated from the Assembly building after the opposition Self-Determination Movement party used tear gas in the hall where the vote was due to start. The 120-seat parliament was expected to vote, with two-thirds required to[Read More…]

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Inglorious Snitching: Adrián Lamo, Chelsea Manning and Patriotism

Inglorious Snitching: Adrián Lamo, Chelsea Manning and Patriotism

The hacking community, like poets, tend to be irritable tribesmen and women.  Their modus operandi functions on the stab, the enthusiastic penetration of insecure computer systems and mockery.  Their role is as much to instruct as it is to disrupt. To that end, such figures cut different forms.  There is the lonesome soul finding solace in being a nuisance, or[Read More…]

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China Provides Powerful Tracking System For Pakistan’s ICBM Program

China Provides Powerful Tracking System For Pakistan’s ICBM Program

  China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles, South China Morning Post has reported. News of the sale – and evidence that China is supporting Pakistan’s rapidly developing missile program  – comes two months after India tested its most advanced nuclear-ready intercontinental ballistic missile[Read More…]

When A Terrorist Is Not A Terrorist?

When A Terrorist Is Not A Terrorist?

“Why won’t Trump call Austin bomber what he is? A Terrorist,” this is the title of the story by Alice Salles of Carbonated TV. The Austin bombing suspect is being called a domestic terrorist by people on social media, but why won’t the media and the White House call him that?, she writes. While police are still unsure of Mark[Read More…]

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Emergency Program to Defend Revolution Books Berkeley Against Fascist Attacks

Emergency Program to Defend Revolution Books Berkeley Against Fascist Attacks

On March 3, several Trumpite thugs tried to barge into Revolution Books in Berkeley, located near the University of California campus. They  verbally assaulted staff members who stopped them, and threatened, “We’re going to burn down your bookstore.” The store has been targeted by “alt-right” fascists before, but this is the first time a threat like this was issued. Pls[Read More…]

Do You Love Your Gun?

Do You Love Your Gun?

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. – George Orwell In the USA, there are 357 million guns in civilian hands based on federal manufacturing tallies, from subtracting the number of firearm exports from the number of firearms imported to and remaining in the United[Read More…]

Google sets up “news initiative” to censor political opposition and promote mainstream media

Google sets up “news initiative” to censor political opposition and promote mainstream media

Google announced Wednesday that it is partnering with the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and other major news outlets to reinforce their monopoly over news coverage by blocking independent news organizations. The New York Times, whose stock price soared after the announcement, said Google’s initiative was aimed at combatting “the epidemic of false and unreliable information on the internet,” by “pledging[Read More…]

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica And Surveillance Capitalism

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica And Surveillance Capitalism

Whether it creeps into politics, marketing, or simple profiling, the nature of surveillance as totality has been affirmed by certain events this decade.  The Edward Snowden disclosures of 2013 demonstrated the complicity and collusion between Silicon Valley and the technological stewards of the national security state. It took the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 to move the issue[Read More…]

"Corporate oligarchs, lacking a valid response to the discrediting of their policies of economic pillage and endless war," writes Hedges, "have turned to the blunt instrument of censorship and to a new version of red baiting." (Cartoon detail: Mr. Fish/Truthdig)

Google, Facebook, Algorithms, And The Building of the Iron Wall

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, along with 18 members of the House of Representatives—15 Republicans and three Democrats—has sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that the Qatari-run Al-Jazeera television network register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The letter was issued after Al-Jazeera said it planned to air a documentary by a reporter[Read More…]

The Global Elite Is Insane Revisited

The Global Elite Is Insane Revisited

  In 2014 I wrote an article titled ‘The Global Elite is Insane’. I want to elaborate what I explained in the earlier article so that people have a clearer sense of what we are up against in our struggle to create a world of peace, justice and ecological sustainability. Of course, as I explained previously, it is not just[Read More…]

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The Ease of Accusation: The Skripal Affair

The Ease of Accusation: The Skripal Affair

The policy of responding to assassinations on British soil is a near non-existent one.  Her Majesty’s Government is certainly in the habit of huffing, and steam can issue from deliberations in the House of Commons. But substance is often absent. When Buzzfeed conducted an investigation into the mortuary of incidents in 2017, it found a degree of indifference on the[Read More…]

China Irons Out High-Altitude Jet Fighter Engine Faults To Boost Defenses Against India

China Irons Out High-Altitude Jet Fighter Engine Faults To Boost Defenses Against India

  Chinese military releases video of aircraft on smooth runs in country’s mountainous southwest, suggesting advances to problem-plagued AL-31F engines, South China Morning Post has reported. Footage of Chinese warplanes on drills in the country’s mountainous southwest suggest the military has overcome engine problems plaguing the aircraft at high altitudes, sounding a warning to regional rival India. Video of Chengdu[Read More…]

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Vladimir Putin, The Man And The Leader

Vladimir Putin, The Man And The Leader

Heraclitus, the brilliant Presocratic philosopher, is remembered for having said “You cannot step into the same river twice,” to which one of his contemporaries responded, “you cannot even step into the same river once.”  The doctrine of change or “flux”is, in the mind of Heraclitus, logically tied to two other important concepts.  The first of these is the concept of[Read More…]

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Islamic State’s Leadership and Arms Pipeline

Islamic State’s Leadership and Arms Pipeline

In June last year, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that according to information, the leader of the Islamic State Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi had reportedly been killed as a result of airstrikes conducted by the Russian aircrafts on a southern suburb of Raqqa on May 28. According to Russian claims, the airstrikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking Islamic State leaders where[Read More…]

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Fictional Free Trade and Permanent Protectionism: Donald Trump’s Economic Orthodoxy

Fictional Free Trade and Permanent Protectionism: Donald Trump’s Economic Orthodoxy

Let’s put it out there with suitable portions of provocation: free trade has never actually taken place.  There is an uncomfortable, skirmish-ridden middle ground, where states compete for primacy over surplus and deficits, where the notion of prosperity is language deferred, not to citizens, but corporations who are often backed for pursuing technological remits. The debate about US President Donald[Read More…]

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Trump A Proven Liar Has Many Job Openings

Trump A Proven Liar Has Many Job Openings

A politician on center stage calls Mexican immigrants rapists and killers for those people send their bad guys here; says Syrian refugees are snakes and they and other Muslims could harbor ISIS among them; says African countries are sh*tholes and Haitian immigrants carry aids … .  Then without a hint of irony or embarrassment — except a permanently red face[Read More…]

Historic Paris Commune

Historic Paris Commune

Today, March 18, is a red letter day for the working class and all true friends of the workers in the country and throughout the world. For, on this day, one hundred forty-six years ago, in the municipality of Paris, in France, the Parisian workers garnered a historic greatest achievement. Their proletarian revolution triumphed and established the first working class[Read More…]

00:00:10 Seconds To Midnight

00:00:10 Seconds To Midnight

I have lived my whole life under the notifications of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and their Doomsday Clock. It is currently set a two minutes to midnight after many years of variance, some as far away as seventeen minutes. After reading Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, it would probably be more appropriate to move it forward to ten[Read More…]

No Pardons For Corruption Facilitators And Beneficiaries

No Pardons For Corruption Facilitators And Beneficiaries

South Africa is passing through one of the most troubling times since 1994. The country was brought to its knees by a cynical mafia elite in the governing African National Congress. It’s presence in government had nothing to do with governance. From the president down, their goal was simple: self enrichment at any cost. Selling their country to to bunch[Read More…]

The Strategy of Tension Towards Russia and the Push to Nuclear War

The Strategy of Tension Towards Russia and the Push to Nuclear War

The United States has devised on ongoing strategy of tension towards Russia. It has initiated economic sanctions against Moscow, concocted a narrative about ‘Russian aggression’ for public consumption and has by various means attempted to undermine and weaken the energy-dependent Russian eeconomy. It has moreover instigated a coup on Russia’s doorstep in Ukraine and is escalating tensions by placing troops in Europe. The reality is that[Read More…]

The Far Right In India And USA

The Far Right In India And USA

While all eyes  in India have understandably been on a few important political developments in the past few days. First, the by election results of 3 Parliamentary Seats and 2 Legislative Seats, given the fact that BJP had to face a surprising rout in the strongholds (Gorakhpur, Phulpur) of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister, Keshav[Read More…]

 Under the Radar:Constructing the Gallows of All-Out Fascist Repression in the U.S.

 Under the Radar:Constructing the Gallows of All-Out Fascist Repression in the U.S.

Outside the spotlight of Washington politics, without passing a major piece of legislation like the notoriously repressive Patriot Act of the George W. Bush era (still in effect), the fascist forces led by the Trump/Pence regime are escalating political repression, and laying the legal and ideological groundwork for an unprecedented clampdown on political protest. The recent threats by Trump’s attorney[Read More…]

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Gleaning The Meaning

  In the first 11 weeks of 2018, there have been 12 school shootings. Although shootings on school campuses only make up a tiny fraction of gun injuries and deaths annually, a March report from the Giffords Law Center focuses on the deep impact of gun violence on children in the USA, elaborating on how it extends far beyond the classroom.[Read More…]

Tillerson – Fired by Twitter – but What’s Next?

Tillerson – Fired by Twitter – but What’s Next?

Hilarious! – Fired by Twitter. Apparently, that’s how Rex Tillerson learned about his dismissal, while he was talking to Chinese diplomats about a possible rapprochement between Pyongyang and Washington. Frankly, Tillerson is no loss to humanity. The only point in his favor is that he disagreed with Trump on the Iran Nuclear Deal. Trump wants to abolish it (following like[Read More…]

Trump’s Intelligence Circus: Tillerson, Pompeo And Haspel

Trump’s Intelligence Circus: Tillerson, Pompeo And Haspel

It takes much to make a figure like Rex Tillerson seem not merely sane but competent.  The Trump administration, with its almost paranormal sense of revisionism and fantasy, has managed to make old Rex seem mildly credible. His sacking, inflicted with adolescent petulance, was bound to happen. At stages, Tillerson came across with clues and cues about what would happen,[Read More…]

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Blessed Be The Peacemakers: “They Can’t Kill Us All.”

Blessed Be The Peacemakers: “They Can’t Kill Us All.”

Yesterday, in solidarity with the 17 students killed in Parkland, FL., students all across the country left their classes for 17 minutes.  These students echoed the moral determination of their grandparents, almost fifty years ago, in nationwide student strikes following the murder of four student antiwar protesters at Kent State.  Check the Congressional Record, and you’ll find one speech  commemorating[Read More…]

Thousands of Students Protest Gun Violence

Thousands of Students Protest Gun Violence

  Sonoma County, California: Driving through small-town Sebastopol on March 14 toward the Senior Center, this 73-year-old noticed groups of young students with signs gathering on downtown street corners and waving to motorists. These active participants in direct democracy joined thousands who walked out of schools across the U.S. and the world, organized by the Women’s March Youth branch. As[Read More…]

Protecting Students’ Rights

Protecting Students’ Rights

A superintendent threatens to suspend students protesting gun laws. But that’s not legal. Curtis Rhodes, the superintendent of the school district in Needville, a small town southwest of Houston, wrote a letter to students and parents that was distributed Tuesday on the social media page for the town’s high school. It began with a reference to the protests around the country[Read More…]

Spy Games: Some Basic Questions (Rest you already know!)

Spy Games: Some Basic Questions (Rest you already know!)

Britain’s reaction of sending 23 Russian diplomats back is hasty. Not supporting the death/killing of the former Russian Spy (later a traitor for Russia and Spy for MI6), but we don’t know the reasons behind that as of now. As per the legal definitions, “innocent until proven guilty”; why not to wait for the outcome of an investigation? I didn’t[Read More…]

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Was Russian Spy Poisoned To Avert Brexit?

Was Russian Spy Poisoned To Avert Brexit?

In July 2003, Dr. David Kelly, a British weapons inspector who disclosed to the media that Tony Blair’s government’s dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was “sexed up,” was found dead in a public park a mile away from his home. The inquiry into his death concluded Kelly had committed suicide by slitting his left wrist but the mystery[Read More…]

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Countering Israel’s Public Relations Deception

Countering Israel’s Public Relations Deception

Military strength is one pillar of Israel’s strategy to incorporate all the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and possibly beyond, into its territorial borders. Other pillars are a strong economy to finance the adventure and a worldwide deception plan that confuses those who aid Israel and, if they had all the facts, may object to Israel’s illegal tactics. Because Israel devotes excessive resources in a[Read More…]

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Stephen Hawking Dies With Warnings On Climate Change

Stephen Hawking Dies With Warnings On Climate Change

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), British genius, the leading most scientist in all the spheres in contemporary time with focus on astrophysics has left the planet earth. A man with severe body debility, he contracted ALS, a form of motor neurone disease when he was about 21 years young person, continued with nerves of steel and became the epitome of strongest will[Read More…]

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China Becomes World’s Fifth Largest Arms Exporter

China Becomes World’s Fifth Largest Arms Exporter

  China has become the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China replaces Britain in the top five arms-dealing countries between 2008 and 2012, a group dominated by the United States and Russia, which accounted for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exports, SIPRI said Monday March 13. Germany and France ranked[Read More…]

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Further Signs of More War: A Most Dangerous Game

Further Signs of More War: A Most Dangerous Game

  Donald Trump’s days of playing the passive/aggressive host of a reality-television game show are coming to an end.  Either he fires all the apprentices who might slightly hesitate to wage a much larger world war and lets the bombs fly, or he will be replaced by one who will.  Signs are that he has learned what his job entails[Read More…]

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Amazon’s Initiative: Digital Assistants, Home Surveillance And Data

Amazon’s Initiative: Digital Assistants, Home Surveillance And Data

It says a lot that societies who are still part of what is rather weakly called the free world could do this.  Technology, viewed as emancipating and rewarding, can actually introduce different chains and shackles, becoming repellent and self-defeating. The field of privacy is one such precarious area, permanently assailed by the chest-thumping innovators. Privacy, that intangible phenomenon Mark Zuckerberg,[Read More…]

Will Israeli Policies Change If Netanyahu Leaves Office?

Will Israeli Policies Change If Netanyahu Leaves Office?

  If scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, exits his country’s political scene today, who is likely to replace him? And what does this mean as far as Israel’s Occupation of Palestine is concerned? Netanyahu, who is currently being charged with multiple cases of corruption, misuse of government funds and public office, has, for years, epitomized the image of Israel[Read More…]

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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP, File) ORG XMIT: WX101

Musings on the Trump Phenomenon: The Art of Asymmetric Forthrightness

Millions of Americans celebrated, or were surprised or outraged, and some even went into hysterics, and many powerful people felt great anxiety, when Donald J. Trump, ‘unexpectedly’ (to most media, ‘experts’ and pollsters), was elected president of the United States. This perplexing political ‘happening’ and its aftermath – some call it The Trump Phenomenon – comes after a generations long[Read More…]

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Just How Powerful Is Russia Internationally?

Just How Powerful Is Russia Internationally?

After the 2016 U.S. election, Barack Obama provided some perspective on the U.S.’s growing fear of Russia; fear that has only grown in the year since. “Russia can’t change us,” Obama said. “They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy except oil, and gas and arms.” Obama was[Read More…]

 Why Super-Rich Rush To Buy Nuclear-Proof Bunkers

 Why Super-Rich Rush To Buy Nuclear-Proof Bunkers

  The rush amongst the super-rich started after the key event of 2014; this single stunning event suddenly sparked that rush by the super-rich to buy nuclear-proof bunkers, and the rush has been nonstop since that event. Though many news-media in The West have reported on the existence of this suddenly booming market for luxurious and supposedly nuclear-proof bunkers, none[Read More…]

With Hundreds On Death Row, Egyptian Court Sentences 10  To Death Ahead Of Presidential Election

With Hundreds On Death Row, Egyptian Court Sentences 10  To Death Ahead Of Presidential Election

  An Egyptian Kangaroo court Saturday (March 10) sentenced 10 people to death and five others to life in prison for allegedly forming a “terrorist group” to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions. The state-run MENA news agency said the defendants are affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.  MENA said three of the 15 defendants were sentenced in[Read More…]

Who Are The Friends Of Fake News

Who Are The Friends Of Fake News

I expect most of you, if not all, saw this post on WhatsApp about how and why fake news spreads faster than real news. For those who didn’t here it is. http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/08/media/fake-news-mit-study/index.html This is a ten plus year MIT study which comes up with many surprising findings one of which is: “A surprising twist in the study was that bots[Read More…]

Passerby at Ex-US Embassy Tehran

Iran: Stepping Into A CIA Spider Web

Tehran, Iran – The four words ‘DOWN WITH THE USA’ prominently stood out of the white concrete wall. They looked so full of life, fuming and screaming in defiance, as I stood next to the graffiti right outside the busy exit of the Taleqani Metro Station on Taleqani Avenue in Tehran. The bold, iconic message etched on the wall was[Read More…]

An Issue Following The Food-Sought-To-Santa Story

An Issue Following The Food-Sought-To-Santa Story

The incidents of the recently-exposed poor and poverty in the US [an article on hungry children, evicted old lady and other poor people carried by Countercurrents.org on December 21, 2017 & Frontier on-line, December 22, 2017] tell a few aspects that trail the exposed poverty. Tracking the aspects helps lay bare a few facts; and the facts help take away[Read More…]

A Porn Star Makes It Tough For Trump – South Koreans To The Rescue

A Porn Star Makes It Tough For Trump – South Koreans To The Rescue

Another departure from the White House, but then it is almost a weekly affair now.  This time it is Gary Cohn his chief economic adviser.  A former president of Goldman Sachs, he was the head of the National Economic Council.  Apparently he was furious at Donald Turmp’s import tariffs on steel and aluminum. Mr. Trump believes the scales are weighted[Read More…]

Zionist Subversion, Mainstream Media Censorship

Zionist Subversion, Mainstream Media Censorship

  While numerous anti-racist  Jewish intellectuals are resolutely  critical  of the  ongoing Palestinian Genocide, Western Mainstream Media variously  censor  or white-wash  the nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, and grossly human rights-abusing conduct of Apartheid Israel.  A part  explanation for this huge moral discrepancy is that the American 60% of the world’s 30 biggest media companies have a disproportionately high  Jewish Board[Read More…]

Why The West Cannot Stomach Russians

Why The West Cannot Stomach Russians

When it comes to Russia or the Soviet Union, reports and historical accounts do get blurry; in the West they do, and consequently in all of its ‘client states’. Fairytales getintermingled with reality, while fabrications are masterfully injected into sub consciousness of billions of people worldwide. Russia is an enormous country, in fact the largest country on Earth in terms[Read More…]

Bullied Relations: Australia, East Timor And Natural Resources

Bullied Relations: Australia, East Timor And Natural Resources

“The Commission instead opted for the easiest way out, which is a shame as in my perception it reveals a lack of impartiality on your behalf!” Chief East Timorese negotiator, Xanana Gusmão, Feb 28, 2018 In the scheme of things, Australia has deputised as regional bully for imperial powers since it became an outpost of the British empire.  Neighbouring states[Read More…]

Future Is The Son Of The Past, Dear Russia!

Future Is The Son Of The Past, Dear Russia!

It is almost certain that Vladimir Putin will continue to be in office as elections in Russia are about to be held. Things have changed for Russia after the collapse of the USSR. Still, there are a lot of things which seems to be the same as they were. An article by Anders Åslund (Anders, A (2001). Russia. Foreign Policy,[Read More…]

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US Coup in Ukraine Has Produced Religious Persecutions

When the democratically-elected President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in the bloody US-backed coup of February 2014, turning Ukraine against Russia, one of the beneficiaries was Ukraine’s ‘anti-Russian church’: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP). This church was established in 1992 by a former Metropolitan of the Moscow Patriarchate, Filaret (Denisenko), after he failed to be elected Primate[Read More…]

Donald Trump’s Tariff War

Donald Trump’s Tariff War

“To protect our Country, we must protect American Steel!” Donald J. Trump, Twitter, Mar 5, 2018   As an agent of chaos, US President Donald Trump is keeping busy.  Last week’s announcement that tariffs will be imposed on steel and aluminium imports – 25 percent on the former, 10 percent on the latter – has not gone down well with[Read More…]

 Defying the Fascist Regime…  

 Defying the Fascist Regime…  

It was meant to be another day in the normalization of the Trump/Pence Regime. Steve “The Mouse” Mnuchin came to the UCLA campus to speak and “politely” converse about the regime’s cruel and brutal Tax Plan. But students and professors had been organizing to greet him. And in the midst of protest, boos and hisses from the audience, women from[Read More…]

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The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming from Russia and Muslim Terrorists

The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming from Russia and Muslim Terrorists

  As anyone even slightly aware knows, Americans are being inundated with endless Russian and Muslim propaganda aimed at convincing the American people that it is the United States that stands in the way of peace around the world.  Sophisticated and crude in turns, what the psychologists call passive aggressive, these efforts at mind-control can be seen all across the[Read More…]

Mass Mobilization Agaist Trump Military Parade

Mass Mobilization Agaist Trump Military Parade

Co-Written by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese President Trump ordered the Pentagon to start planning a military parade on Veteran’s Day this November. Trump wants to outdo the military parade he attended in France on Bastille Day. Estimates are it could cost up to $50 million. The last military parade was after the Gulf War in 1991. A coalition of groups is organizing[Read More…]

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Is Kremlin’s New Missile A Product Of Trump’s Failed Russia Policy?

Is Kremlin’s New Missile A Product Of Trump’s Failed Russia Policy?

  Putin’s recent unveiling of an “invincible” nuclear missile has dealt a fresh blow to U.S.-Russia relations. The announcement about the development of a new range of strategic nuclear missile came just weeks ahead of the Russian presidential election. Putin’s claims on rendering US and NATO missile technology ‘useless’ seemed more than just domestic muscle-flexing; it was almost a direct[Read More…]

Nuclear Bravado: Putin’s Nuclear Invincibles

Nuclear Bravado: Putin’s Nuclear Invincibles

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, seemed perplexed, sticking to a drafted script.  Politicians on the Hill were troubled.  The Pentagon attempted to be reassuring.  The Russian bear was on the move in indelicate fashion – again. In his fourteenth state of the nation address, President Vladimir Putin was keen to focus on Russian-made and prowess in military[Read More…]

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The Middle East’s Nuclear Technology Clock Starts Ticking

The Middle East’s Nuclear Technology Clock Starts Ticking

The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future military options. Concern about a nuclear arms race is fuelled by uncertainty over the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, a seeming US willingness to weaken its strict export safeguards in pursuit of economic advantage, and a willingness by[Read More…]

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 New Nightmare Looming for the Middle East: U.S. and Israel Escalate Threats of War on Iran

 New Nightmare Looming for the Middle East: U.S. and Israel Escalate Threats of War on Iran

  For the last 16 years, the U.S. and a host of other reactionary forces have bombed, shot, and tortured their way across Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and other countries in the greater Middle East. Literally millions of lives have been damaged or destroyed. It’s hard to imagine how the situation could get even worse—possibly much worse—for the people. But that’s[Read More…]

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Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death

Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death

Here in Kabul, as the rising sun begins to warm our chilly rooms, I hear excited laughter from downstairs. Rosemary Morrow, a renowned Australian permaculture expert, has begun teaching thirty-five young students in a month-long course on low-resource farming. In war-torn Afghanistan, there’s a desperate need to rebuild agricultural infrastructure and help people grow their own food. People verging on[Read More…]

The Nightmare That Is Trump

The Nightmare That Is Trump

Why does a President Trump lay himself open to mockery?  Simply because his behavior is not only unlike a dignified president but his policy tweets are quite outrageous.  From ‘my nuclear button is bigger than yours’ addressed to Kim Jong-un to arming teachers to defend schools against mass shooters — he is quite off the wall. Two weeks after the[Read More…]

Who Are The ‘Arsonists And Firefighters’ In Syria?

Who Are The ‘Arsonists And Firefighters’ In Syria?

Recently, General Joseph Votel, the head of US Central Command, accused Kremlin of playing as both arsonist and firefighter in Syria. This projection is farthest from truth because in fact it’s Washington which kindled the fires of militancy in Syria and now it appears desperate to douse those fires. First, Washington nurtured militants against the Syrian government for the first[Read More…]

Netanyahu’s Corruption: How Israeli Journalists Project Israel’s Crimes On To Palestinians

Netanyahu’s Corruption: How Israeli Journalists Project Israel’s Crimes On To Palestinians

In an article published in Al-Monitor without a single verifiable citation, Israeli journalist, Shlomi Eldar, went to unprecedented lengths to divert attention from the corruption in his country. He spoke of Palestinian journalists – all speaking on condition of anonymity – who ‘applauded’ and ‘admired’ Israeli media coverage of corruption scandals surrounding the country’s rightwing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Eldar’s[Read More…]

Taking Stock: Low Wages In A Rigged Economy

Taking Stock: Low Wages In A Rigged Economy

Among the many banalities of partisan rhetoric is a rationalizing of the Dow Jones when it is falling or stagnant and a fetishizing of it when it is ascendant. Countless social media memes, not to mention articles in the business press, have be written comparing the stock market performance during Trump’s first year in office to Obama’s first year. This[Read More…]

Prostituting Charity: The Oxfam Debate

Prostituting Charity: The Oxfam Debate

Oxfam has outdone itself.  In the murky, squalid business where charity seems to chase, then embed itself in disaster zones like a dedicated virus, Oxfam ranks highly.  In terms of a tally, the number of reported abuses in the charity sector is galloping ahead, with one of Britain’s most noted charities in the lead. The revelations this month that the[Read More…]

Trump, North Korea And Post-Olympic Angst

Trump, North Korea And Post-Olympic Angst

With the icicles still glinting with the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games, US President Donald Trump, like any disgruntled child, wanted to reassert his relevance.  Little Rocket Man had assumed diplomatic pose, or at the very least adopted a stance of considered caution towards his South Korean counterparts.  While the US seemed stubborn and sulky, South Korea[Read More…]

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China: It’s Official – Xi Jinping Aims To Be “Dictator For Life”

China: It’s Official – Xi Jinping Aims To Be “Dictator For Life”

Lifting of presidential term limits plunges China and its autocratic regime into unchartered territory The news from Beijing is historic – nothing less than a political earthquake with repercussions around the world. At its upcoming “parliamentary session” (the National People’s Congress, NPC, which starts next week), China will remove the two-term limit for the presidency and vice presidency. This confirms what[Read More…]

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, February 12, 2018.  (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Australian Government Sex Ban  Echoes Those Of Deep South, Nazi Germany, Apartheid South Africa & Apartheid Israel

  Australia is ruled by a Liberal Party-National Party Coalition. The Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce (National Party) has been castigated by PM Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal Party) for leaving his wife and 4 daughters and finding love with his former media adviser who is expecting a baby.  Self-righteous Turnbull has announced a ban on Ministerial sex with staffers, and Joyce[Read More…]

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Arab Leader’s Shame And The Bloodbath At Ghouta (Syria)

Arab Leader’s Shame And The Bloodbath At Ghouta (Syria)

Are the Arab-Muslim leaders waiting for the unknown and unthinkable catastrophic end to their own life and time in history?  To inhabit the world of new political imagination beyond the obvious horizon, these leaders could encompass the same ending as happened to the Romans.  Would the estranged Arab leaders ever know and understand the cruelty of civilian bombardment, pains, destruction[Read More…]

Normalizing Nukes, Pentagon-Style

Normalizing Nukes, Pentagon-Style

If you’re having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who… you’re not alone. But don’t despair. A breakthrough remedy has just gone on the market.  It has no chemically induced side effects and, best of all, will cost you nothing, thanks to the Department of Defense.  It’s the new Nuclear Posture Review, or NPR, among the most soporific documents of our[Read More…]

An Epidemic of U.S Mass Shooting When There Can Be an Answer

An Epidemic of U.S Mass Shooting When There Can Be an Answer

That there is a change in the air is evident this time.  Since the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, there have been demonstrations by school kids, their parents and others, confrontations of politicians including the president, and a general feeling that enough is enough. The most prominent opposition to gun control, the National Rifle Association (NRA)[Read More…]

Net neutrality supporters hold signs in front of the White House. (Photo: Joseph Gruber/flickr/cc)

Next Stage Of Net Neutrality Conflict Begins

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers On Thursday, the FCC’s net neutrality rule was published in the Federal Register. This was the official start of the next phase of the campaign to protect the open Internet as a common carrier with equal access for all and without prejudice based on content (net neutrality). There are multiple fronts of struggle to[Read More…]

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Conflating Zionism with Judaism, President of San Francisco State University Embraces Apartheid

Conflating Zionism with Judaism, President of San Francisco State University Embraces Apartheid

  Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a movement that came into prominence, as Ali Abunimah documents in The Battle for Justice in Palestine: The Case for a Single Democratic State in Palestine (2014), after the collapse of the so-called “two-state solution” in response to the escalating problem of the partitioning of Palestine in 1948. As Columbia University MESAAS professor Joseph Massad wrote about[Read More…]

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 Drones and Jets: The “Brazenness” Belongs to Israel

 Drones and Jets: The “Brazenness” Belongs to Israel

  “Iran brazenly violated Israel’s sovereignty,” stated Netanyahu on 10 February. “They dispatched an Iranian drone from Syrian territory into Israel.” In response to this alleged reconnaissance drone, which the Israeli military characterized as a “serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory,” Israel promptly bombed twelve Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria. A vagueness persists about the alleged drone. Iran stated the claim[Read More…]

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Arming Educators: Trump, Gun Violence And Schools

Arming Educators: Trump, Gun Violence And Schools

It had been in the works.  Instead of engaging in the traditional revulsion associated with a mass shooting, or even digesting the grief of outraged students and grieving parents, US President Donald Trump’s solution to guns violence was elementary.  To target the perpetrator, it was necessary to arm instructors, mount the barricades, and raise the stakes. His address of February[Read More…]

Devious Ways the Predatory US Food Industry Has Us Paying More for Less

Devious Ways the Predatory US Food Industry Has Us Paying More for Less

When shopping at the supermarket, do you believe that your dollars don’t go as far as they used to? Guess what?-You are absolutely right! As we cruise through the supermarket here are some of the ways you may pay more for less. You’re at the ice cream section looking for your favorite ice cream container –there it is and it’s[Read More…]

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Refuting Nuclear Winter Denial

Refuting Nuclear Winter Denial

We are all familiar with the climate change denial of Donald Trump and the US Republican Party. Motivated by the greed of giant fossil fuel corporations, climate change denial contradicts the research of the vast majority of scientists and endangers the futire of human civilization and the biosphere. There exists another very similar greed-motivated denial: It is the denial of[Read More…]

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Trump Buoyed White Supremacists, Sparking Backlash Among Black Nationalist Groups

  President Trump’s first year in office proved to be just as racially divisive as his campaign — but even more consequential, says the Southern Poverty Law Center report released on Wednesday (Feb. 21). “President Trump in 2017 reflected what white supremacist groups want to see: a country where racism is sanctioned by the highest office, immigrants are given the[Read More…]

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Lebanon: Should It Be Devil, Deep Blue Sea… Or Russia?

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality – Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political[Read More…]

The Crisis of Social Democracy: From Norway to Europe

The Crisis of Social Democracy: From Norway to Europe

The crisis of social democracy is being debated throughout Europe. Several of the historically strong labour parties have almost been wiped out in elections while others seem unable to recover from defeat. In the last few years, a number of social democratic parties have ended up with only one-digit election results (Greece, Ireland, Iceland, The Netherlands, France), while others have[Read More…]

The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida: Why Do These Atrocities Keep Happening?

The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida: Why Do These Atrocities Keep Happening?

  On February 14, 2018, it happened again. Young people, full of potential, their futures before them, shot down… at school, supposedly a place for learning, growing, having fun, making friends, even falling in love. This time the murderous violence struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A former student wielding a semiautomatic rifle massacred 17 people—14 students,[Read More…]

Frontiersman of the Internet: John Perry Barlow

Frontiersman of the Internet: John Perry Barlow

He may have been a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, but a component of John Perry Barlow’s activism and corpus will forever be associated with a concept fast losing its gloss: internet freedom. “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” had a certain founding father’s imperative, and, along with that added enthusiasm, a degree of misunderstanding.  Like the mind expansion[Read More…]

The Coming Wars to End All Wars

The Coming Wars to End All Wars

  “The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imagination.”                                      – John Steppling, “Trump,[Read More…]

A “Salute” to Winston Churchill to “Properly” Dishonor him and His “Great War Time Leadership” and Expose His Hypocrisy and Lies

A “Salute” to Winston Churchill to “Properly” Dishonor him and His “Great War Time Leadership” and Expose His Hypocrisy and Lies

How can we anywhere on the face of this Earth today “properly” dishonor Winston “the faker” Churchill as no less than the late great Alexander Cockburn aptly referred to him?  Oh let us count the ways, and while we’re at it, list them and give some “lovely” details?  Hey why the Hell not?  Let’s do it. Bearing in mind, that[Read More…]

Battle Line Blurs As Turkey Assaults Afrin

Battle Line Blurs As Turkey Assaults Afrin

  Turkey’s assault on Afrin for the last few weeks has made it difficult to define a battle line in the imperialism-intervened Syria. The people in Afrin are experiencing death and destruction as Turkey is bombing and bombarding Afrin, yet a part of Syria. The Kurdish people in Afrin are being driven to caves and basements. And, the sectarian rights-mongers[Read More…]

Meddling for Empire: The CIA Comes Clean

Meddling for Empire: The CIA Comes Clean

“We’ve been doing this kind of thing [electoral meddling] since the CIA was created in 1947.” Loch K. Johnson, New York Times, Feb 17, 2018 Electoral meddling has become the gruel of US politics for months, and more servings are being promised in the wake of the indictments against 16 Russians and Russian entities dished out Robert Mueller last week. [Read More…]

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The Question of Transnistria

The Question of Transnistria

In a world of close to 200 United Nations member states, hardly more than a dozen are “outcasts” from this union. According to constitutive – as opposed to declarative – theory, the question of statehood is a matter of context, as the recognition by another international community is more vital than the state is in itself a functioning community. States[Read More…]

Muslims Face Increasing Discrimination, State Surveillance Under Trump

Muslims Face Increasing Discrimination, State Surveillance Under Trump

US President Donald Trump received another setback last week when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Richmond, Virginia, ruled against the latest version of his Muslim ban. In its ruling, the court stated that the ban is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus towards Islam” and that its central purpose is “to exclude Muslims from the United States.” Despite the[Read More…]

The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets And Sexual Abuse

The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets And Sexual Abuse

It’s the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting.  Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body to begin with, are taking note.  Such revelations draw out the worst of missions supposedly altruistic in[Read More…]

West Asia In Flux: Connecting The Dots

West Asia In Flux: Connecting The Dots

  A series of events linked to West Asia in the last nine months has brought to the surface the under-currents and cross-currents in the region’s perennial struggle between occupation and hegemony, on the one hand, and resistance and liberation, on the other. It is crucial to understand how these events are related to one another, to connect the dots,[Read More…]

Population Growth — A Problem or Not?

Population Growth — A Problem or Not?

According to the author Garrett Hardin, there is “No Global Population Problem,” UCSB. The Humanist, July/August 1989. There is No Global Population Problem, by Garrett Hardin – The … An excerpt: “Almost two hundred years have passed since Malthus disturbed the world’s slumber with his celebrated Essay on Population. Today, the world has more than five times as many people[Read More…]

Making Mugs of Voters: Mueller’s Russia Indictments

Making Mugs of Voters: Mueller’s Russia Indictments

Tagged to the Trump presidency like an insistent limpet, the investigation into Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 provides constant fodder for the unimaginative political animals in the United States. But any diet that remains unvaried is bound to induce illness or nutritional deficiency.  Variety is strength. US politics, and its political culture, distinctly lacks nutritional health.  Estranged,[Read More…]

Colombia: If We Do Not Get Engaged With Politics …

Colombia: If We Do Not Get Engaged With Politics …

  Renewed initiative for a peaceful and decent Colombia is facing fatal hurdles as assassinations and assaults are being unleashed against the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common (Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común, acronym FARC), the political party formed by the former FARC leaders and activists. Blood of progressive activists is being spilled by the ultra-rightist/conservative forces in the land[Read More…]

On Jettisoning Failed Leaders And Mass Shootings In The US

On Jettisoning Failed Leaders And Mass Shootings In The US

The scene is the House of Commons; the date May 7, 1940.  A simple motion to adjourn for the ten-day Whitsun recess is of little concern to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who has a comfortable 213 seat majority.  Then things take a turn.  A plan approved by the first First Lord pf the Admiralty Winston Churchill to land troops in[Read More…]

Ramaphosa Installed as South African President

Ramaphosa Installed as South African President

Former trade union boss Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as president of South Africa following an intense battle within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) which led to the ousting of Jacob Zuma who had held the presidency since 2009. The move against Zuma was set in motion last December when Ramaphosa won a closely fought struggle within the[Read More…]

The Incarceration of Tariq Ramadan: A Travesty of Justice

The Incarceration of Tariq Ramadan: A Travesty of Justice

The unjust incarceration of Dr Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, demeans and disgraces the French legal system. Tariq has been detained in a solitary cell in the high security wing of Paris’s Fleury-Merogis prison since the 2nd of February 2018. It is alleged that he raped two women in Lyon and Paris in 2009 and[Read More…]

Fourth Court of Appeal Declares Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ Unconstitutional

Fourth Court of Appeal Declares Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ Unconstitutional

  A panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., Thursday (Feb. 15) declared Trump’s Muslim ban (3.0) illegal and unconstitutional. The appeals court in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump stayed its decision pending resolution of a related case that is already at the U.S. Supreme Court. That case, Trump[Read More…]

The Bucket of Blood Beyond Parkland

The Bucket of Blood Beyond Parkland

“Sixty-eight percent of U.S. citizens believe that ‘better mental health screening’ would help to reduce the number of school shootings, but one has to ask what’s considered mentally healthy in our spiritually-anemic, sick society.” — Richard Martin Oxman Relationships and loyalties within a family are the strongest and most important ones, say most people. [Pause.] Yes, blood is thicker than[Read More…]

Seventeen Killed in Mass Shooting at Florida High School

Seventeen Killed in Mass Shooting at Florida High School

Seventeen people were killed and at least 14 more wounded Wednesday afternoon in the latest horrific school shooting in the United States. The tragedy unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, located some 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, in Broward County. According to reports, a former student started shooting from outside and then entered the school[Read More…]

Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant

Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant

Justice is an elastic concept.  Like other terms in law, it has room to expand and contract.  But one weakness burdens legal strictures that supposedly have an objective reality to them: power.  Power brutish, power as a spectral force, and power arbitrarily exercised. Any reading of Julian Assange’s case must be, to that end, understood as a dynamic less of[Read More…]

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well – a[Read More…]

Al-Baghdadi Incapacitated In Russian Airstrike

Al-Baghdadi Incapacitated In Russian Airstrike

In June last year, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that according to information, the leader of the Islamic State Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi had reportedly been killed as a result of airstrikes conducted by the Russian aircrafts on a southern suburb of Raqqa on May 28. Similarly, Rami Abdul Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) told Reuters [1][Read More…]

Below The Tip Of The Oxfam Iceberg: The Authentic Charitable Gesture

Below The Tip Of The Oxfam Iceberg: The Authentic Charitable Gesture

  At the turn of the new millennium, a new phenomenon has emerged: conservatives who just decades before had rejected the expanding human rights culture began to embrace human rights in order to advance their own political goals. This book accounts for how human rights—generally conceived as a counterhegemonic instrument for righting historical injustices—are being deployed to subjugate the weak[Read More…]

Resist Bigotry, Recover Solidarity: Say No To “Hindus for Trump”

Resist Bigotry, Recover Solidarity: Say No To “Hindus for Trump”

 We, the members of India Civil Watch (ICW) reject unequivocally the rank opportunism of “Hindus for Trump” (henceforth HFT) that leads them to offer to pay for President Trump’s proposed wall at the Mexican border as long as it will facilitate their own presumed ability to stay in the U.S. The enthusiastic support of HFT’s members – immigrants or children[Read More…]

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The UK’s Hidden Hand In Julian Assange’s Detention

The UK’s Hidden Hand In Julian Assange’s Detention

  Nazareth: It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assange’s effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade. Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend[Read More…]

Fearing Peace: Olympic Diplomacy In Action

Fearing Peace: Olympic Diplomacy In Action

Mike Pence was a man with a mission.  At stages through the opening parts of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, he looked like a man on a mission.  With diplomatic gestures flowering all around with weedy vigour in Pyeonchang, he was intent on fighting them.  The gardener of empire had his implements at the ready. The US Vice-President had[Read More…]

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Peace Theme At Winter Olympics Contrasts Domestic Violence In Trump White House

Peace Theme At Winter Olympics Contrasts Domestic Violence In Trump White House

  It is the optimism of the young that is infectious, drowning out the cynicism of the old:  the smiling faces, their enthusiasm, their energy, their sheer delight in being there.  They are the spirit of the Olympics, drawing in the record audiences for the opening ceremonies and for the events. The Winter Olympics of 2018 opened today in South[Read More…]

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 The Washington Post’s Shoddy Defense of the Russiagate Investigation

 The Washington Post’s Shoddy Defense of the Russiagate Investigation

  An editorial in the February 2nd Washington Post headlined “The Nunes memo shows the opposite of what Trump hoped it would prove”, and its first argument was that “the memo reveals that there were preexisting [i.e., prior to the FBI’s investigation into the DNC’s infamous Steele dossier, which even Steele himself acknowledged was probably 10% to 30% false] grounds[Read More…]

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Mounting Nuclear Portents While Rome Burns

Mounting Nuclear Portents While Rome Burns

It has been said that in the nuclear age war is obsoleteii, but around the world tribalism and with it the drums of war are on the rise, including talk of “usable” nuclear weapons. The atmosphere is reminiscent of pre-WWII suppression of the press the judiciary and academia, extreme nationalism leads to persecution of minorities and ultimately genocide, with echoes[Read More…]

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 Implications of Downing the Israeli Fighter Plane

 Implications of Downing the Israeli Fighter Plane

  Israel had gained air space superiority in the Middle East after it destroyed the Egyptian air force during the 1967 6-days Israeli aggression war against it neighbors. Since then, the Arab weakness in the air force arena had emboldened Israel to use its air force power intensively and unhindered, up till now, to inflict damages to its Arab neighbors[Read More…]

Lauri Love, Hacking And Extradition

Lauri Love, Hacking And Extradition

“Horse-trading determines who goes to jail and for how long.  That is what plea bargaining is.  It is not some adjunct to the criminal justice system; it is the criminal justice system.” US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy (2012) The February 5 decision of the British court refusing to permit the extradition of hactivist Lauri Love was more than an opinion.[Read More…]

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Keeping an Eye On Australia: Admiral Harry Harris Goes To Canberra

Keeping an Eye On Australia: Admiral Harry Harris Goes To Canberra

Imperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects.  In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre.  It offers land, facilities, and the means to eye future enemies and keep allies in check.  Wedged between China and the United States, Australia could focus on smoothing rocky roads and building bridges.  But this is[Read More…]

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Korea: An Olympic Truce – Time For Concerted Nongovernmental Efforts

Korea: An Olympic Truce – Time For Concerted Nongovernmental Efforts

  The holding of the Winter Olympics in South Korea from February 9 to 25, followed by the Paralympics on March 9-18, may be an opportunity to undertake negotiations in good faith to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula and to establish, or re-establish, forms of cooperation between the two Korean governments. Such negotiations in good faith would be in[Read More…]

Templates Of Denial: Selective History And Poland’s Holocaust Law

Templates Of Denial: Selective History And Poland’s Holocaust Law

Holocaust history has never been far away from political manipulation.  The deaths of millions tends to supply various causes: for those who survive, radicalisation can be imminent.  For those who participated in the killings, justification and denial can combine in cruel fashion.  Some, prompted by guilt, embrace the memories of those slain with a zeal akin to a civil religion;[Read More…]

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 What ‘News’Media in U.S. And Allied Countries Never Report

 What ‘News’Media in U.S. And Allied Countries Never Report

  Newsmedia effectively ban reporting corruptness of newsmedia — even of media that stand on the opposite side of the political divide. The ‘news’media in the U.S. and allied countries never report the corruption (including lying) perpetrated by any except the very few non-mainstream media that are authentically pro-democracy (or “anti-Establishment” or “anti-elitist” — which doesn’t necessarily mean the same[Read More…]

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The Demonization of President Vladimir Putin Must Stop

The Demonization of President Vladimir Putin Must Stop

No other world leader is more demonized and slandered by the Western media than the Russian President Vladimir Putin. All the major US media outlets and corporations caricature one of the most rational and thoughtful leaders on the international stage. Compared to Donald Trump, Theresa May, and Emanuel Macron, not to speak of the most overrated Angela Merkel, Putin has[Read More…]

Foreign Policy For Sale: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance With Israel

Foreign Policy For Sale: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance With Israel

For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. A new Greece was being born out of the pangs of pain of economic austerity, imposed by the European Union and its overpowering economic institutions – a troika so ruthless, it cared little while the Greek[Read More…]

The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy

The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy

The United States Department of Defense released its latest ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ (NPR) on 2 February, updating the last one issued in 2010 during the previous administration. See ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’. The Executive Summary of the NPR is also available, if you prefer. See ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018 Executive Summary’. Several authors have already thoughtfully exposed a phenomenal[Read More…]

US Jingoism vs. Russian Propaganda: From ‘The List’ To Social Media Censorship

US Jingoism vs. Russian Propaganda: From ‘The List’ To Social Media Censorship

Let’s take the infamous The List article apart, along with the growing social media censorship surrounding it, and this whole subject of alternative English-language media’s infiltration by ‘Russian Propaganda’—just to clear the missile strewn air a wee bit insofar as that may be possible with hardened silos on either side.The List article begins with the not-so-subtle subtitle ‘An Initial Set of Sites That[Read More…]

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Julian Assange Loses Initial Bid To Overturn British Arrest Warrant

Julian Assange Loses Initial Bid To Overturn British Arrest Warrant

A judge in London yesterday rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to withdraw a British arrest warrant issued against him in 2012. In a judgment full of obvious contradictions, she ruled that way even though a Swedish-initiated European arrest warrant—the trigger for the British warrant—was cancelled in May 2017. Despite the trumped-up Swedish government “sexual assault” allegations against[Read More…]

The “Memo Affair”—An Act Towards A Fascist America

The “Memo Affair”—An Act Towards A Fascist America

On February 2, acting with the authorization of Donald Trump, the Republican leadership of the House Intelligence Committee released a four-page memo produced by its Republican majority on alleged FISA abuses. FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act) courts are the arm of the judiciary that approves electronic surveillance, based on evidence provided by law enforcement. The memo’s central charge is that[Read More…]

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Rumblings In The Tory Palace: Theresa May And The Brexit Troika

Rumblings In The Tory Palace: Theresa May And The Brexit Troika

As the Sunday news vine began getting heavy, that sole topic of all-consuming, toxic interest – Brexit – threatened to claim the casualty of the British Prime Minister herself, Theresa May.  Interest centred on a possible troika that had busied itself on harrying May. In any context, this troika would have seemed a compilation for pure comic effect: buffoonish Boris[Read More…]

 Delegation arriving in Honduras/ Photo credit: Ken Jones

Accompanying Honduras

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio Progreso. Piling on to the bus came some twenty staff members of the station to bid us goodbye. Each of them greeted us with an embrace, a kiss, or a clasp of hands expressing heartfelt gratitude[Read More…]

The Charade of Trump’s State of the Union Speech

The Charade of Trump’s State of the Union Speech

  The least popular American president; Donald Trump, whose popularity hovers around 30%, took the podium to address the American people about the state of the union on Tuesday January 30th. Although the words of the speech were very carefully selected, and Trump seemed to be intensely coached to be serious, he could not completely hide his narcissistic, self-aggrandizing conceited[Read More…]

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World Is Burning – While Western Left Is Quarreling

World Is Burning – While Western Left Is Quarreling

It really is a shame, and it is tiring, but it is actuallynothing new: there is now total disarray amongst those countless‘progressive’ and ‘semi-left’ Western intellectuals, publications, movements and political parties. Cowardice, bloated egos, lack of discipline and intellectual pettiness are often to blame, but that is not all. It is now absolutely clear that the Western left lost patently[Read More…]

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Magician or Con Man:  Trump Addresses Congress

If a headline for the State Of the Union (SOTU) address was expected to be:  “A Truculent Trump Traduces Democrats”, it now could be “Trump Triumphs — Credits American People for Year of Successes.”  The speech was a litany of success stories, economic and military illustrated by tales of valor, grit, hard work, forbearance in the face of tragedy, the[Read More…]

 Trump’s State of Union Address… A Nazi-Like Rally

 Trump’s State of Union Address… A Nazi-Like Rally

  Tuesday night, January 31, Donald Trump began his first State of the Union message by declaring, “Each day since [he took office], we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission—to make America great again for all Americans.” Then for 80 bellicose minutes he made clear what that meant. Trump threatened to unleash America’s “unmatched power”[Read More…]

National Socialist Furniture: Ingvar Kamprad And The IKEA Vision

National Socialist Furniture: Ingvar Kamprad And The IKEA Vision

It seemed to be an act of counter-intuitive genius, one framed in a manner that could have been deemed both insulting and flattering.  You, dear customer, would be the one expected, not only to fork out for a product; you would also be expected to assemble it, to envisage the functioning of its parts, to have the means by which[Read More…]

Canada’s North Shore Traffic Congestion: A cataclysmically Frayed Rope

Canada’s North Shore Traffic Congestion: A cataclysmically Frayed Rope

Vancouver and its North Shores are considered among the worst congested areas in Canada. A recent column in the North Shore News by Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver (“A Promising Step Forward on Congestion”, Friday, January 19th, 2018) calls for immediate action to address the ever-mounting traffic congestion on the North Shore. North Shore residents and governments[Read More…]

United States representative Mike Pompeo speaks to a rally of general aviation workers at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., Monday, March. 21, 2011. The rally was attended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Governor Sam Brownback, Senator Jerry Moran and an estimated 2,000 aircraft workers of general aviation companies in the Wichita area. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

Vulnerability And Prowess: Mike Pompeo Meets The BBC

In this age of reality television (or televised unreality), the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency was not going to miss out.  Unlike other chief spies who operate in habitual darkness and moving shadows, Mike Pompeo was very keen to get his voice and opinion across on the British Broadcasting Service. Pompeo specialises in seeing enemies everywhere, and to be[Read More…]

Known As National Pentagon Radio in Some Circles

Known As National Pentagon Radio in Some Circles

    “It’s not just the government’s bum that NPR wipes.” — Geoff Dutton I have 101 articles in front of me which document the degree to which National Public Radio (NPR), arguably the most popular “political” station in the U.S., is a VERY poor source of news. ZNet, Black Agenda Report andCounterpunch provide three examples of decent attacks on their documentation and agenda, and[Read More…]

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A Treacherous Crossing

A Treacherous Crossing

  On January 23rd an overcrowded smuggling boat capsized off the coast of Aden in Southern Yemen. Smugglers packed 152 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia in the boat and then, while at sea, reportedly pulled guns on the migrants to extort additional money from them. The boat capsized, according to The Guardian, after the shooting prompted panic. The death toll,[Read More…]

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2.0 Minute To Midnight On The Clock  Of The Atomic Scientists

2.0 Minute To Midnight On The Clock  Of The Atomic Scientists

  “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” Winston Churchill[i] On the 25 January, 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the arms of its doomsday clock to 2.0 min to midnight, the closest it has been since[Read More…]

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Kosovo For “Europe”: Serbia Between “Holy Land” And Stepmother

Kosovo For “Europe”: Serbia Between “Holy Land” And Stepmother

The assassination of Kosovo’s Serb leader Oliver Ivanović on January 16th, 2018 in the northern (the Serb) part of the divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica once again put on the agenda both the issue of contested land of Kosovo and Serbia’s policy toward the West, in particular, the EU. The Western (the USA/EU) client Serbia’s government is quite long time[Read More…]

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What Being Effective Looks Like

Occasionally, there are things that can be done in Congress that actually accomplish something. Let me tell you about my successful effort to audit the Federal Reserve. Wall Street didn’t like losing to me on that one. Isn’t that exactly what we all say we want in a Congressman? Someone keeping an eye on our money, and swinging into action[Read More…]

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Fabricating A Fig Leaf Of Democracy In Egypt

Fabricating A Fig Leaf Of Democracy In Egypt

  A fig leaf of democracy is being developed in Egypt amid persecution of opposition, mass executions and imposition of state of emergency to give wide powers to suppress all kind of dissent of a quazi-military government of US-client President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who deposed Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013. The presidential election in Egypt[Read More…]

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Assassination In Kosovo: The Killing of Oliver Ivanović

Assassination In Kosovo: The Killing of Oliver Ivanović

“I won’t even start with the old rule that when there’s a contract killing, it’s usually the killer who first offers their condolences.” Nenad Čanak, Radio Free Europe, Jan 22, 2018 The highest form of scandalous patriotism is real estate, often blood soaked, and almost always fortified.  What one controls is often less important as who is doing so. In[Read More…]

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Hotel Intercontinental Siege – Is Kabul Falling?

Hotel Intercontinental Siege – Is Kabul Falling?

Afghanistan is now facing mortal danger. It has to survive, but it is not clear how it can manage. Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul, which was attacked by gunmen last Saturday, used to fit like a glove, like a grandmother’s couch. Outside, the war has been raging. Millions of Afghan lives were aimlessly broken, hundreds of thousands lost. The price of[Read More…]

The Time Is Now! Stand Against the Fascist Assault on Immigrants

The Time Is Now! Stand Against the Fascist Assault on Immigrants

In recent months, weeks, and now practically every day, our immigrant brothers and sisters have been going into the streets and into the halls of Congress, risking arrest and deportation to challenge “business as usual,” and resist the most vicious, blatant, and criminal assault on the rights, the dignity, the humanity, and the very lives of immigrants in this country[Read More…]

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Bitcoin, Innovation of Money And Reinventing Activism

Bitcoin, Innovation of Money And Reinventing Activism

Bitcoin’s price explosion made news headlines this last year. Topics of digital assets entered onto dinner tables and friendly chats at work places. Fever of the digital gold rush that has swept mainstream finance became contagious. Institutional funds are now entering into cryptos, seemingly hedging their bets with their “sugar high” bubble economy. Jamie Dimon, the JPMorgan CEO who previously[Read More…]

Homeless In America Illustrates Inequality Discussions At Davos

Homeless In America Illustrates Inequality Discussions At Davos

A few days ago Oxfam reported on wealth inequality:  The richest one percent wrapped their hands around 82 percent of the wealth created last year.  Worse the 3.7 billion people comprising the poor half of humanity gained nothing. If anyone in the U.S. thinks those poor are remote, take a walk along with Leilani Farha, a Canadian lawyer and UN[Read More…]

Australian Sinophobia & China-Bashing From Colonial Persecution & White Australia To Trump America’s Asia Deputy Sheriff

Australian Sinophobia & China-Bashing From Colonial Persecution & White Australia To Trump America’s Asia Deputy Sheriff

  White Australia has had a nasty record of Sinophobia from persecution of Chinese gold miners (involving exclusion, deportations and violent riots),  exclusion from jobs and unions,  exclusion from immigration via the White Australia Policy, and war against Chinese  in the Boxer Rebellion  and the Korean War. 45 years of rapprochement has been interrupted  with present Australian support for  Trump[Read More…]

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The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget

The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget

  On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther King’s Day. His famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’ was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced way in American society. But that is only one version of Dr. King that is allowed to be[Read More…]

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Djokovic, Tennis And Player’s Unions

Novak Djokovic, on returning to competitive tennis at the Australian Open, caused something of a a stir that a revolt in the game was brewing.  Was it about ball boys or girls, or his smooth unblemished victory against the unfortunate Donald Young?  Umpires and adjudications?  Nothing of the sort.  It was tennis players, and the old issue of remuneration. At[Read More…]

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Daily Life In Cuba

Daily Life In Cuba

The biggest problem for families in Cuba these days is the financial difficulties caused by the United States blockade. It has not been removed even though diplomatic relations were established following former President Obama’s visit to Cuba. This is due to, among other things, the fact that there are laws that have to be repealed by the US Congress. So[Read More…]

 Russiagate, Trump, And An American Police-State?

 Russiagate, Trump, And An American Police-State?

Republicans in the U.S. House have made available to all members of the House an allegedly scandalous “memo” that allegedly summarizes the FBI’s cooperation with the Democratic Party during the 2016 Presidential election; but, supposedly, no House member is being allowed to make this evidence available to the public, because, supposedly, as Republican House Intelligence Committee member Mike Conaway from[Read More…]

One Year of Trump: The Defenders of Fictional Democracy

One Year of Trump: The Defenders of Fictional Democracy

It seemed so much busier, much more manic and crowded than the one year that had passed.  Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump continues to excite the same headlines and explosions that began even before he made it to the White House. By the time he got there, there were protests galore at agendas yet to be implemented, decrees yet[Read More…]

Eight Men’s Wealth Is Equal To The Wealth Of Half Of The World’s Population, India Worst Hit

Eight Men’s Wealth Is Equal To The Wealth Of Half Of The World’s Population, India Worst Hit

Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new report published by Oxfam to mark the annual meeting of political and business leaders in Davos. Oxfam’s report, ‘An economy for the 99 percent’, shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had[Read More…]

Arab Leadership Quagmire – What Are They Fighting For?

Arab Leadership Quagmire – What Are They Fighting For?

  The world must save the Holy City from Israel, fearlessly confront false claims, challenge the cruelty and expose the lies. Campaigners for justice — and that includes civil society in all countries — need to re-frame the Palestine-Israel narrative and demolish the Zionist fantasy.……Zionists claim Jerusalem is theirs by right. Actually, it was already 2000 years old and an[Read More…]

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 Blackwater Founder Erik Prince On “Shithole Countries”

 Blackwater Founder Erik Prince On “Shithole Countries”

The news cycle these days moves fast and furious, especially when it comes to our esteemed President Donald Trump.  The reader may remember that a few days back Trump referred to parts of the planet as peopled by “shithole countries,” including Haiti and all of Africa, among other places.  Trump was greeted with nearly unanimous, bipartisan condemnation for his blatant[Read More…]

2018 Portends Intensification Of Syria’s Civil War

2018 Portends Intensification Of Syria’s Civil War

Hama, Syria: Rather than the conventional wisdom of a “wrapping up,” of Syria’s seven years of civil war, this observer calculates that the conflict is on a trajectory to expand during 2018. Granted, over the past six monthsthere have been perhaps more than a dozen inflated declarations of “Victory.”  including 2 or 3 of the “Devine Victory” variety from three[Read More…]

Kurdish Frictions: Turkey’s Campaign In Afrin

Kurdish Frictions: Turkey’s Campaign In Afrin

It’s a cruel saga, and one that promises no immediate end. Turkey, considered one of the more potent of powers within the NATO alliance, has manoeuvred itself into a play that Washington will find hard to avoid.  For Ankara, one thing must not happen as Islamic State forces gradually vanish, or more likely metamorphose into the next force they will,[Read More…]

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The “New Normal” In Cyclical Recessions

The “New Normal” In Cyclical Recessions

There is a ‘new normal’ in cyclical recessions, namely, that the recovery cycle is itself recessionary for the vast majority of the population, not just in periphery countries that invariably suffer much more during contracting economic cycles, but in core countries as well. One of the biggest myths about the contracting cycles is the underlying assumption that they have an[Read More…]

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Big Power Diversions: Olympic Diplomacy On The Korean Peninsula

Big Power Diversions: Olympic Diplomacy On The Korean Peninsula

The more overtures, sudden but entirely appropriate, being made by North Korea to their South Korean counterparts, the more concern seems to emanate from quarters in Washington and Tokyo.  A recurring streak in these engagements is the fear that Pyongyang is simply prevaricating, distracting and diverting: they are having us all for fools. This betrays the whole premise of how[Read More…]

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Countering Israel’s Strategy Of Deception

Countering Israel’s Strategy Of Deception

Part I- False charges of anti-Semitism and undue attention to World War II Holocaust    Effective mechanisms for halting Israel’s oppression, impeding the drive to incorporate all of former Palestine into a greater Israel, and preventing the Palestinians from becoming completely subservient to Israel’s dictates has been elusive. Obvious, and not entirely accepted, is that Israel has no intention of[Read More…]

The Kids The World Forgot

The Kids The World Forgot

I spent much of yesterday with some kids the world forgot. Young, remarkably sturdy and resilient,theycan often be naïve and almost willfully gullible. They inhabit a world that delights in tripping them up and watching them fall. They are Kabul’s Street Kids. Every Friday morning, roughly 100 of these forgotten children sit in noisy – sometimes raucous – groups of[Read More…]

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 Solidarity From Central Cellblock To Guantanamo

 Solidarity From Central Cellblock To Guantanamo

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song and poetry and addresses by[Read More…]

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When African Americans Learn of Criminal Media’s 54 Year Blackout of King’s Condemnation of US Wars

When African Americans Learn of Criminal Media’s 54 Year Blackout of King’s Condemnation of US Wars

  How strange it is that the African American community  has been, either openly or indifferently, supportive of white racist regime change, imperialist bombings, invasions and bloody occupations in smaller nations of people whose skin color is of various hues even though MLK condemned them as “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 to maintain unjust predatory investment in countries overseas,”[Read More…]

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Macron In China

Macron In China

Since coming to power, Macron has given the impression of forging ahead with new agendas and ideas crafted from a novel perspective.  This has been far from the case.  True, the man’s novelty has shone through in doing what seemed to be the undoable: establish a power base against traditional powerbrokers and carve out a good slice of the electoral[Read More…]

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Eric Greitens And The Bondage Scandal: Looking Beneath The Surface

Eric Greitens And The Bondage Scandal: Looking Beneath The Surface

When I shook hands with Eric Greitens following the 2016 debate for Missouri Governor, none of us on the Green team imagined that, a year before, he had tied a woman up, blindfolded her, undressed her, photographed her and warned that he would release the photo if she ever said what happened.  The story made local and US news on[Read More…]

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Thus Spake Oprah As The New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire

I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious moderators, and gallery of lowest common denominator-giddy cretins attendant to the hype-driven fare. Yet[Read More…]

"The deep disillusionment and anger that led to Donald Trump’s election—a reaction to the corporate coup d’état and the poverty afflicting at least half of the country—have destroyed the myth of a functioning democracy."(Photo: Mr. Fish)