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We can put an end to Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border

We can put an end to Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border

The Trump administration has reached a new low. After having nothing but praise for Kim Jong Un, the leader of the most despotic government on Earth, Trump has now initiated policies in our own country that are unprecedented in their cruelty. Like you, I have watched with horror and disgust the countless stories and images of children being ripped away[Read More…]

21st Century Fascism: Trump Style

21st Century Fascism: Trump Style

Introduction. Just because there are elections and an elected government, don’t think that there cannot be fascism. One needs only to look at the Nazi German example. For some years before the German President Paul von Hindenburg named Adolf Hitler Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Germany on January 30, 1933, the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party had simply been one[Read More…]

Today is Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth – the annual and oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the news arrived in Galveston, Texas. That’s right: it took more than two years for the news of freedom to reach some parts[Read More…]

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example

Although the New York Times says that President Donald Trump lies vastly more than did President Barack Obama, the definite liar in that comparison — based on the factual record, to be presented here — is the New York Times itself. It lies in alleging this, which isn’t to say that either President lies more frequently than the other, but[Read More…]

The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional

The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death.  Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Church’s great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power.  The State shall have no say where the priest’s confidence is concerned, for all may[Read More…]

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The Saudi-Moroccan spat: Competing for the mantle of moderate Islam

Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in which history and long-standing religious diplomacy gives Morocco a leg up compared to Saudi Arabia, long a citadel of Sunni Muslim intolerance[Read More…]

G7 failure, penalty tariffs reflect capitalist world disorder

G7 failure, penalty tariffs reflect capitalist world disorder

Trump’s claims of success after his Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un were in complete contrast to the downbeat mood amongst most of the other leaders who had been with him at the preceding G7 summit in Canada. Trump’s claims of success after his Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un were in complete contrast to the downbeat mood amongst most of the other[Read More…]

Is Trump’s Immigration policy based on Racism?

Is Trump’s Immigration policy based on Racism?

  Is racism at the heart of separating children from the parents? Trump doesn’t care about anyone except himself. After all, these immigrants are less human than him, and he is adept in gathering support from those who are quick to dehumanize others. Is this the stinky disguised racism? Are we are more privileged than others? The only right thing[Read More…]

End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis

End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. On June 11, Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying 629 refugees and economic migrants, from docking at its ports. A statement by Doctors without Borders[Read More…]

Banner held outside of Nuclear Submarine Base, King’s Bay, GA

Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament

In the state of Georgia’s Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” The Kings Bay is home port to six nuclear[Read More…]

USA’s “Soft” Coup In Ethiopia

USA’s “Soft” Coup In Ethiopia

The USA has launched a “Soft Coup” in Ethiopia in an attempt to relieve growing revolutionary pressure from the Ethiopian people after 3 years of failed martial law rule. These past three years had seen brutal repression with thousands killed and tens of thousands thrown into regime dungeons with no end in sight. The devil was taking his due, with[Read More…]

Rocking the G7: Trump Stomps His Allies

Rocking the G7: Trump Stomps His Allies

Disruption, disturbance, eruption, the words crowning the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who has effectively demonstrated an idea made famous by Nazi doodler of law and political theorist Carl Schmitt: politics is defined, not by identifying with friends in cosy harmony but with enemies in constant tension. There are many ways that Trump might be seen as a creature of[Read More…]

Foreign interference in Australia 2. British devastation, perversion & subversion of Australia

Foreign interference in Australia 2. British devastation, perversion & subversion of Australia

Australia is presently in the grip of salivating Sinophobia and the US lackey Australian Coalition Government with the support of the US lackey Labor Opposition is rushing through draconian, implicitly Chinese-targeting, human rights-violating   foreign interference legislation. Mainstream public discussion is almost totally confined to China, this ignoring huge UK, US and Apartheid Israeli interference in Australia. British devastation, perversion and[Read More…]

North Korea: What Price Peace?

North Korea: What Price Peace?

First it was the Panmunjom Declaration and now, after some two months, on 12 June the Singapore Declaration was signed, the former between the leaders of the two Koreas, Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) or South Korea. The latter, meanwhile, was[Read More…]

Bangladesh’s World Cup Frenzy Dribbling Beyond the Obvious

Bangladesh’s World Cup Frenzy Dribbling Beyond the Obvious

  2018 Football World Cup frenzy in Bangladesh has left everyone astounded. Entire nation seems to have gone crazy over this year’s championship tournament. Supporters have divided themselves among their favourites and doing the most unthinkable to reveal their choices. For example, a guy in a village, a supporter of Germany, had sold a piece of his land and made[Read More…]

 The West Is Spreading Sick, Racist, Anti-Chinese Nihilism

 The West Is Spreading Sick, Racist, Anti-Chinese Nihilism

It appears that the Western public, both relatively ‘educated’ and thoroughly ignorant, could, after some persuasion, agree on certain very basic facts – for instance that Russia has historically been a victim of countless European aggressions, or that countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran or North Korea (DPRK) have never in modern history crossed the borders of foreign nations in order[Read More…]

Before We Are All Crippled Beyond Recognition

Before We Are All Crippled Beyond Recognition

“Things are going in the wrong direction and have to get back on track before something terrible happens,” said Gregory Hartl, a W.H.O. spokesman. “So we’re saying to the Pakistanis, the Syrians and the Cameroonians, ‘You’ve really got to get your acts together.’ ” — from a 2014 article in the New York Times Things have gotten infinitely worse since[Read More…]

Possibility Of Global Nuclear Disarmament?

Possibility Of Global Nuclear Disarmament?

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Bobby Ramakant (Written on the occasion of India Pakistan Friendship and Peace March, 19 to 30 June, 2018, Ahmedabad to Nada Bet) After a hiatus in the movement for global nuclear disarmament it is heartening to note that there are some positive developments over the last couple of years. The United Nations General Assembly passed[Read More…]

Morocco may have lost the World Cup but could lead the way in protest

Morocco may have lost the World Cup but could lead the way in protest

Mounting anger and discontent is simmering across the Arab world much like it did in the walk-up to the 2011 popular revolts that toppled four autocratic leaders. Yet, this time round the anger does not always explode in mass street protests as it recently did in Jordan. To be sure, fury at tax hikes in Jordan followed the classic pattern[Read More…]

Balancing Act, Unbalanced Facts

Balancing Act, Unbalanced Facts

Just over a year ago, four of America’s Arab allies — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt — severed relations with Qatar, another key U.S. ally. They enacted a land, sea, and air blockade to punish the tiny emirate for what they claimed was Doha’s “embrace of various terrorist” entities. Observers widely thought the diplomatic spat would[Read More…]

Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain On Yankeedom

Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain On Yankeedom

Leading a double life When my partner, Barbara, first opened an account on Facebook, she used it in a way that most people in Yankeedom use it. Her network was an eclectic assortment of family, current and former workmates, new and old friends, neighbors and relatives living in other parts of the country. Most of what was posted on this[Read More…]

Washington launches trade war measures against China

Washington launches trade war measures against China

The United States went ahead on Friday with the imposition of 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, with the threat of additional tariffs in the future. The decision by the Trump Administration to launch a trade war between the world’s two largest economies will contribute to the already growing tensions and danger of military conflict in[Read More…]

The great, grand BBC: It’s “neutral”!!!

The great, grand BBC: It’s “neutral”!!!

The great, grand BBC was covering the Kim-Trump Singapore summit live. And, as usual it failed to forget its attitude to North Korea: A great show of news-neutrality! The coverage (June 12, 2018) began at 4:32 as it said: “A historic day begins. “Welcome to the BBC’s live coverage of a historic day. The meeting between US President Donald Trump[Read More…]

Deadly siege of Yemeni port of Hodeidah begins with Washington’s aid and approval

Deadly siege of Yemeni port of Hodeidah begins with Washington’s aid and approval

Forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a long-anticipated siege of Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah Wednesday, in what is certain to be the bloodiest battle since the Saudis began bombing the impoverished Arab country in March 2015. The charity group, CARE International, reported 30 airstrikes in the space of a half an[Read More…]

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman

Rome: As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disorder and their inherent inclination toward anarchy. Someone to protect them against their own nature. Promises of more police and more security are reassuring to those Italians who see today’s enemy in immigrants and[Read More…]

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in more than a decade at a moment that the kingdom is vying for enhanced influence in[Read More…]

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament.  Cyber security issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day. The seedy involvement of Australia in the Solomon Islands, ostensibly to block the influence of a Chinese company’s investment venture, is simply testament to the old[Read More…]

Kim-Trump summit: Hardcore war mongers aren’t happy

Kim-Trump summit: Hardcore war mongers aren’t happy

The hardcore warmongers aren’t happy with the just completed Kim-Trump Singapore summit. The warmongers love warmongering and war as these increase their amount and rate of profit. Reactions to the latest diplomatic development in the Korea region speak this love. The warmongers feel pain as they find Kim, the North Korean leader, in a favorable position. Hence, to this group,[Read More…]

Meeting on the Island of Death From Behind: The Kim-Trump Summit

Meeting on the Island of Death From Behind: The Kim-Trump Summit

Everything about this summit is in the showy warm-up run.  “I am on my way to Singapore,” tweets US President Donald J. Trump, “where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World.”  Such descriptions from America’s ever hustling television president tend to become child like, whether glowingly or indignantly. On this occasion,[Read More…]

Trump is now trying to make a big deal out of offering a “pardon” to Muhammad Ali

Trump is now trying to make a big deal out of offering a “pardon” to Muhammad Ali

Number One: In no way, shape, or form does Muhammad Ali need your pardon. You have the blood of Black people dripping from your jaws and now you want to pose as some kind of savior? You insult and demonize those who stand up, you attack and threaten Black communities around the country, you step up and rev up the[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  I Don’t Give A Rat’s Ass

An American Babushka in Moscow:  I Don’t Give A Rat’s Ass

You know things are bad when you confront the blurry image of Robert De Niro on the front page of Revolution Newspaper, that proud electronic banner of the Revolutionary Communist Party, U.S.A.  It gets worse when you read the accompanying blurb – “Robert De Niro came on stage at the Tonys on Sunday night and said: “I’m going to say[Read More…]

The Singapore Summit: A Good Beginning

The Singapore Summit: A Good Beginning

Confounding his critics and an army of pundits who were confidently predicting an unsuccessful summit, President Trump has demonstrated that his deal-making approach can deliver results in an area where patient, plodding, conventional, hesitant diplomacy has signally failed. Trump deserves all credit for the historic success of his summit with DPRK’s Chairman Kim Jung Un. Equally, Kim also deserves full[Read More…]

Unlocking the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” in Korean Peninsula: Between the Rhetoric and Reality

Unlocking the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” in Korean Peninsula: Between the Rhetoric and Reality

The much-awaited Trump-Kim summit finally took place, but ended up in an uncertain platform of rhetoric and ‘great expectations.’ After weeks’ of shifting (and even provocative) statements and comments, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un came down to a ‘level playing’ diplomatic table in Singapore to break the impasse in the Korean Peninsula. Though the long-term pay-off of the summit could[Read More…]

US and North Korea strike a deal in Singapore

US and North Korea strike a deal in Singapore

United States President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un met this morning in Singapore for the first-ever summit between leaders from the two countries. While it has been touted as step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the underlying tensions in the Asia-Pacific will only sharpen, regardless of the reported agreement struck between the pair. After Kim and[Read More…]

Canada Rejects Trump

Canada Rejects Trump

Canada’s parliament has unanimously rejected the Trump agenda on trade and the Trump reaction on his departure from the G7 meeting recently held in Charlevoix, Quebec. The motion contained six items: recognition of strong trade ties between the U.S. and Canada. that the government stand with the workers of Canada, particularly in aluminum and steel and potentially with autoworkers. “strongly[Read More…]

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

There is a lot of tattle going on about why the Australian National University rebuffed, after a series of talks, the offer for the establishment of a specific bachelors degree that would feature Western Civilisation as its content. It would have been managed under the auspices of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Besides, universities have been directing their attention[Read More…]

American Rage

American Rage

“The Bonaparte dynasty represents not the revolutionary, but the conservative peasant; not the peasant who strikes out beyond the condition of his social existence, the small holding, but rather one who wants to consolidate his holding; not the countryfolk who in alliance with the towns want to overthrow the old order through their own energies, but on the contrary those[Read More…]

G7 vs. G6+1 – The War of Words

G7 vs. G6+1 – The War of Words

 Background The war of words has intensified between the U-S and G-7 allies after President Donald Trump retracted his endorsement of the communiqué of the once-united group. The German chancellor called Trump’s abrupt revocation of support for a joint communiqué sobering and depressing. Angela Merkel however said that’s not the end. France also accused Trump of destroying trust and acting[Read More…]

Foreign Interference In Australia 1. Hugely Disproportionate Jewish Zionist Representation In Australia’s Richest 200

Foreign Interference In Australia 1. Hugely Disproportionate Jewish Zionist Representation In Australia’s Richest 200

A US lackey and Zionist perverted and subverted Australia is second only to the US as a supporter of nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. The Coalition Government with the support of the cowardly Labor Opposition is rushing through draconian foreign interference legislation aimed squarely at China, but there is no Mainstream public discussion of massive US, Zionist and[Read More…]

A Mile in Their Shoes

A Mile in Their Shoes

  One of several murals being created by Kabul’s “ArtLords” painters to welcome the Helmand to Kabul peace walkers. This past Friday in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan’s national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to[Read More…]

US Democracy is facing threat, claims Hillary

US Democracy is facing threat, claims Hillary

The US democracy is facing threat. This has been claimed by Hillary Clinton, former Democratic presidential candidate, former senator and former first lady of the country. Thence, there’s no scope to consider the cautionary signal in a casual way. A Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 25, 2018 datelined Associated Press report (“At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy”) said: Hillary[Read More…]

G7 Follies

G7 Follies

The police are wonderful when they control traffic, or rescue a cat from a tree, when they talk to school kids about catching criminals and locking them up, when they talk to teens about the dangers of drunk driving and the new legalities around marijuana. Crowd control – who benefits? But give them a G7 summit to watch over and[Read More…]

Rachel Maddow Is Setting You Up…to Go Along with a Very Possible Nuclear War Against North Korea, If or When Trump’s ‘Negotiations’ Fail

Rachel Maddow Is Setting You Up…to Go Along with a Very Possible Nuclear War Against North Korea, If or When Trump’s ‘Negotiations’ Fail

On Friday, June 1, a top North Korean official, Kim Yong-chol, made a surprise visit to the White House to meet with Donald Trump about the on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korea summit meeting. That night on the “liberal” MSNBC, Rachel Maddow devoted the first 24 minutes of her show to “sounding the alarm” about the situation. Rachel Maddow Gives You the[Read More…]

On Celebrity, Trade War And Nuclear Peace

On Celebrity, Trade War And Nuclear Peace

  Is there a celebrity brotherhood?  Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star, turned celebrity, visits the White House and promptly there is clemency for a grandmother serving a life sentence for being part of a cocaine distribution ring.  Yet she is right.  Draconian sentences are seldom fair, and judges’ hands are often tied with strict laws, often lobbied for by[Read More…]

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species.  Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death.  Walking he considered a virtue; tourism the ultimate sin.  For the late Anthony Bourdain, a chef turned walker and explorer, no dish was odd enough or peculiar to be avoided or exiled by palate. Bourdain[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  You don’t have to kill us, we will do it ourselves

An American Babushka in Moscow:  You don’t have to kill us, we will do it ourselves

Those who cherish justice throw their bodies against the armies of injustice.  Those who love freedom die fighting for it.  Those who hate oppression are willing to rise up against it.  Those whose lives have some higher meaning beyond their own person, love life in a way that only poets can express.  Even those of us who fight for bread,[Read More…]

14th General Election in Malaysia and the Three Exciting Scenarios

14th General Election in Malaysia and the Three Exciting Scenarios

14th General Election of Malaysia held on 9th May 2018 gave birth to three exciting scenarios to be enjoyed and shared by all. This could happen not just because  the 61 year old ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, BN was defeated by a newly formed opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, PH, but because of a historical reapproachment among the top trio-leaders of[Read More…]

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption.  For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip shuffler can claim to have achieved something – on someone else’s back, naturally. The shift to Google by universities as[Read More…]

Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

Argentina’s cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to persuade the international community to recognize Jerusalem as its capital. The Argentinian decision suggests that despite the fact several countries, including East European nations, are debating[Read More…]

US Trade War with the European Union

US Trade War with the European Union

  Background Brussels, June 6, 2018 (AFP) The EU on Wednesday said a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful metals duties imposed by the US would be ready as early as July. The European Commission, which handles trade matters for the 28-country bloc, “expects to conclude the relevant procedure in coordination with member states before[Read More…]

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Here in Kabul in early June, outside the home of several Afghan Peace Volunteers, a large drilling machine is parked on what was once a lovely garden. To this now muddy patch, workers will soon arrive for another noisy, dusty day of digging for water. The well dried up a week ago. As of today, the household has no water. Ongoing[Read More…]

The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump’s Novel View

The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump’s Novel View

  “If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him.” Newt Gingrich, Jun 5, 2018 It is a view that Charles I would have been proud of: The means by which one can forgive and[Read More…]

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Venezuela – Vanguard of a New World – Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps?

Venezuela – Vanguard of a New World – Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps?

Venezuela is a champion in democracy, in democratic elections, as proven twice within the last twelve months and more than a dozen times since 1999. Never mind that the lunatic west doesn’t want to accept it – simply because the west – the US and her handlers – and her European vassals, cannot tolerate a socialist country prospering – one[Read More…]

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

  Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011 and have since continuously erupted at local levels in a swath of land stretching from Morocco to Egypt. The protests,[Read More…]

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War, Peace And The Significance of Colors

War, Peace And The Significance of Colors

A sad and distressing anniversary slipped by this week almost unnoticed — the centenary of the first use of a premier killing machine.  On May 31, 1918, the Renault FT a French light tank was first deployed in battle.  The 30 tanks sent against two German infantry divisions advancing in the sector bordering Ploisy and Chazelles caused havoc, crippling the[Read More…]

How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

This will document that the ‘new Cold War’ between the U.S. and Russia did not start, as the Western myth has it, with Russia’s involvement in the breakaway of Crimea and Donbass from Ukraine, after Ukraine — next door to Russia — had suddenly turned rabidly hostile toward Russia in February 2014. Ukraine’s replacing its democratically elected neutralist Government in[Read More…]

United Nations: Looking Toward 2020

United Nations: Looking Toward 2020

There are two major issues today that the League of Nations did not have to face. Thus when the League was reincarnated in 1945 as the United Nations, no one considered how to structure appropriate responses. The major political issue today is the disintegration of Member States. The second major issue is the ecological and social consequences of global warming.[Read More…]

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

On Friday, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced at a meeting with employees that the company will not renew its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven following its expiry in 2019. Under the program, which Google entered in September last year, the company has provided the military with artificial intelligence software to perform real-time analysis of drone surveillance footage.[Read More…]

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India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

The decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—a major international agreement to address the Iranian nuclear programme—set in motion a wave of reactions across the world. President Trump terminated the US “participation in the JCPOA, as it failed to protect America’s national security interests.” He said that the JCPOA “enriched the[Read More…]

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Fighting Hunger

Fighting Hunger

 Over 40 million people experience hunger in our country [the USA] every day. That includes over 13 million children. For me, hunger is a political condition. We have the food. We have the resources. We have the infrastructure. We know what it takes. We have everything we need to end hunger now – everything except the political will. It’s our[Read More…]

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

Crisis in Pacistan?

 A country is on the brink of catastrophe. And its people desperately need our help. Here’s a synopsis of the tragedy unfolding as we speak: A few of the country’s richest inhabitants are spending billions to install political puppets in office — from city councils up to the highest levels of government, even the country’s president — who will do[Read More…]

Disney represents much of what is wrong with contemporary capitalism

Disney represents much of what is wrong with contemporary capitalism

   The Walt Disney Company is an enormously profitable corporation worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 billion. Last year, it made $9 billion in profits and rewarded its CEO, Bob Iger, with a compensation package worth up to $423 million over a four year period. And as a result of the Trump tax cuts, they were given an additional[Read More…]

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf states. A series of anti-corruption measures as well as statements by Mr. Mahathir and his defense minister, Mohamad (Mat) Sabu, since this month’s upset in elections that ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak from office, are sparking concern in both Saudi[Read More…]

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

It is the season for exposures and exposes, and the Catholic Church has been making regular ripples of the wrong and undeniably crude sort.  Globally, the church is finding itself being picked bare in terms of institutional malfeasance, not merely on the issue of having harboured abusive priests, but of placing a dark, impenetrable cover over them. No area of[Read More…]

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Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

 Israel and Myanmar, two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights, have set a worrisome precedent by giving each other a veto over what students are taught about the other. A recently signed education agreement between Israel and Myanmar allows for editing each other’s textbooks as they relate to the portrayal[Read More…]

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people’s desires in a certain way, governments and corporations could sell just about any notion to the masses and manipulate them at will. Whether it was whipping up fear about the bogeyman of communism or selling the[Read More…]

US Trade War with China

US Trade War with China

Transcript of PressTV Skype Interview of 29 May 2019 Background WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday that it will continue pursuing action on trade with China, days after Washington and Beijing announced a tentative solution to their dispute and suggested that tensions had cooled. By June 15, Washington will release a list of some $50[Read More…]

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Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

The modern university is a tertiary colonising institution.  Like the old mercantilist bodies – the Dutch East India Company and its equivalents – the educational world is there to be acquired by bureaucrats, teachers and, it is hoped, suitable recruits. To that end, a good degree of amorality is required.  Scruples are best left to others, and most certainly not[Read More…]

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Venezuela Defeats US In Election, Now Must Build Independent Economy

Venezuela Defeats US In Election, Now Must Build Independent Economy

Upon returning to the United States from Venezuela and reading the terrible media reporting of the election, it was evident that the people of the United States are being lied to. The Intrepid News Fund and Venezuela Analysis invited me and others to come to Venezuela for the election to see first hand what actually happened so we could report[Read More…]

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The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

Early in 1968, Clyde Tolson, F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover’s deputy and bosom buddy, a key player in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed both the hope and intent of those making sure that there would never be another president by the name Kennedy, when he said about RFK that “I hope someone shoots and kills the[Read More…]

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

It was the sort of party you would be reluctant to turn up to, and its cancellation would have caused a sigh of relief. But when the US president replicates the feigned hurt of a guest who has been impugned, the puzzlement deepens.  A mix of crankiness and promise, Trump’s letter announcing the cancellation of the Singapore meeting with North[Read More…]

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Mass Shootings In The U.S. – An Historical Perspective

Mass Shootings In The U.S. – An Historical Perspective

A week ago on May 18, 10 students were killed and 13 wounded at Santa Fe High school just south of Houston, within its metropolitan area.  The shooter was a student who, as can now be expected, had been bullied. While definitions of a mass shooting may vary, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012 labels it as[Read More…]

Election observer: ‘The majority have chosen the path they want for Venezuela’

Election observer: ‘The majority have chosen the path they want for Venezuela’

By Eulalia Reyes de Whitney & Federico Fuentes More than 300 international representatives from organisations such as the African Union, the Caribbean Community and the Electoral Experts Council of Latin America, as well as former heads of states, parliamentarians, trade unionists and solidarity activists, were present for Venezuela’s May 20 presidential vote. Among them was Eulalia Reyes de Whitney, a Venezuelan-born activist with the Australia Venezuela[Read More…]

Dark Web: The darkest corner of internet

Dark Web: The darkest corner of internet

New Delhi: Buying illegal items has never been easier. With a click of a mouse, one can purchase almost any illegal commodity and get it delivered to any location worldwide. Be it an automatic pistol, or drugs from western countries, the mysterious world of Dark Web has it all. One can browse through the dark web marketplaces like People’s Drugs[Read More…]

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500 years is long enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

500 years is long enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

I would like to tell you something about human depravity and illustrate just how widespread it is among those we often regard as ‘responsible’. I am going to use the Democratic Republic of the Congo as my eample. As I illustrate and explain what has happened to the Congo and its people during the past 500 years, I invite you[Read More…]

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How to Deal with the NFL and the USA: Thoughts of Smith, Carlos and Robeson

How to Deal with the NFL and the USA: Thoughts of Smith, Carlos and Robeson

“There is a cross to bear when you go out there far enough, departing severely from what’s permissible, like what Paul Robeson did.” — Richard Martin Oxman The Vets Administration disability backlog of veterans awaiting care had topped 800,000. The cases of sexual assault within the U.S. military which go unpunished hovers around 20,000 these days. The suicides among vets[Read More…]

The ‘Trump Card’ In Korean Peninsula In Times of Uneasy Peace

The ‘Trump Card’ In Korean Peninsula In Times of Uneasy Peace

The US President Donald Trump has done it again. He has withdrawn from his commitment to a planned summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June. Trump announced this amid reports of North Korea dismantling its nuclear facility in Punggye-ri on Thursday. Trump stated that he had come to this decision following “hostile” statements from[Read More…]

Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers

Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers

It has fuelled enough speculation to fill libraries and populate databases at catchy speed.  The disappearance of MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, one of two Malaysian Airlines flights to perish that year, continues to torment relatives and tantalise the diviners of mystery. Ocean Infinity, the Houston-based company retained by the Malaysian government to[Read More…]

Shithole Trump Calls Immigrants Animals… But Who Are the World’s Most Savage Beasts?

Shithole Trump Calls Immigrants Animals… But Who Are the World’s Most Savage Beasts?

This week Nazi Shithole Trump called immigrants subhuman “animals”: “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in…. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” Leave aside Trump’s hollow excuse that he was talking about gangs. He was talking about people—immigrants, in many cases driven here by what the U.S.[Read More…]

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Sovereign Money to Restore Democracy in Switzerland

Sovereign Money to Restore Democracy in Switzerland

  In the latest survey by Swiss television 59% of the citizens surveyed will vote yes to a reform of the money system in Switzerland. The Full Reserve Money referendum scheduled for Sunday June 10th 2018 will ask Swiss citizens to vote on a proposed change to the Swiss constitution to require the federal government to supply the national economy[Read More…]

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Scourging Yemen

  On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Saudi Air Defenses intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles launched from inside Yemeni territory targeting densely populated civilian areas in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. No one was killed, but an earlier attack, on March 26, 2018, killed one Egyptian worker[Read More…]

Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton’s Libya Solution

Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton’s Libya Solution

The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs.  Dates have been set – the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, though there is much time for disruptive mischief to take place. One field of possible disruption[Read More…]

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Open letter to UK Sharmi Chakrabarti: Stop inciting censorship of zionist crimes

 The not-so Hon Shamishta Chakrabarti Labour Party House of Lords UK Parliament   Dear Shamishta Chakrabarti I met Mr Livingston on many occasions in London in The House of Commons and I voted for him as London Mayor. He also co-hosted a Saturday morning radio show on LBC 97.3 FM with Ex Tory Minister David Mellor. Needless to say that[Read More…]

In Support of Net Neutrality, the DC Solidarity Brigade crashed the "Telecom Prom."(Photo: Backbone Campaign/Flickr/cc)

The Path to Victory on Net Neutrality in the House of Representatives

The United States Senate has voted to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality protections, the fate of that measure currently rests in the House of Representatives. While many will think that the uphill battle there makes it a lost cause, that is simply not true. Together, we have the power to win in the House of Representatives. Now that[Read More…]

To Have A Shot At Not….

To Have A Shot At Not….

“Nadine Gordimer once said that socially-conscious writers should write as if they were dead. For unless they did they’d never find the courage to tell the truth. Well, that’s only partly true today. One has to add that such a one must write as if all loved family members are dead too. For the powers that be now use shotguns.”[Read More…]

Academics protest Google’s role in drone murder

Academics protest Google’s role in drone murder

Three prominent technology scholars published an open letter Monday, which has now received over 900 signatures, condemning Google’s collaboration with the Pentagon’s illegal “targeted killing” program. The academics published their letter in support of over 3,100 Google employees who issued their own open letter last month protesting the company’s participation in a Pentagon program called Project Maven, designed to leverage[Read More…]

 On Board British Airways: ‘Enjoy’ Anti-Soviet Propaganda And Glorification Of Churchill

 On Board British Airways: ‘Enjoy’ Anti-Soviet Propaganda And Glorification Of Churchill

First of all, the British Airways is not in the league of airlines such as Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific. Many of its intercontinental planes are old and unkempt; monitors are onlybit bigger than a pack of cigarettes, and the selection of films thoroughly pathetic for a ‘global carrier’ – just a mainstream diet of Hollywood and British blockbusters. While[Read More…]

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Jingoistic, US Lackey Australia’s Deadly Betrayal Of Its Traumatized Veterans

We  honor all those who risk their lives in serving their country. However we must condemn immoral and war criminal politicians who commit their countries to  immoral and illegal wars. Mainstream journalist, politician and commentariat presstitutes ensure that the politicians get away with their criminal warmongering, jingoistic political exploitation of their servicemen both living and dead, and deadly betrayal of[Read More…]

Bloody Monday Every F_ _ _ _ _ g Day of the Week

Bloody Monday Every F_ _ _ _ _ g Day of the Week

The most important aspect of our policy must be our ever-present, manifest desire to institute complete equality for the Arab citizens living in our midst … The attitude we adopt toward the Arab minority will provide the real test of our moral standards as a people. … What saddens me is less the fact that the Jews are not smart[Read More…]

A hard way to Westphalia: Ukraine on the brink of new Thirty-Year War?

A hard way to Westphalia: Ukraine on the brink of new Thirty-Year War?

  Does Petro Poroshenko see the red line drawn 370 years ago in Westphalia and will the leaders of the democratic world remind him of it again? The President of Ukraine has declared his intention to unite several largest Ukrainian Orthodox confessions into one Church. Wow… Even the first sentence was too much for me. It’s hard for a modern[Read More…]

A Miracle in the State of Pennsylvania

A Miracle in the State of Pennsylvania

An American Babushka in Moscow:  A Miracle in the State of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. – four socialists backed by the Democratic Socialists of America win primary seats. I am exhilarated today, not because it is a beautiful day in Moscow, nor because of anything Putin has done, but because of what has happened in the State of Pennsylvania.  Not one, not[Read More…]

The Trust Deficit And The BN Defeat In Malaysia

The Trust Deficit And The BN Defeat In Malaysia

   The significance of the fourteenth General Election goes beyond Malaysian shores. 9th May will be remembered as the day when the multi-ethnic population of a country ousted the world’s longest ruling coalition through the ballot-box in a peaceful atmosphere without a drop of blood. This is unique in emerging democracies in the Global South. It makes one proud to[Read More…]

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Remembering Big Dead Place

Remembering Big Dead Place

The image of Antarctica in common circulation is environmental and utopian.  The scientist of valour, the investigator thirsting for discovery in a litmus test environment that will give warning about current and impending variations in temperature that will affect the globe.  Noble stuff indeed.   On other occasions, the continent has tickled the conspiratorial mind.  Did Adolf Hitler find relief[Read More…]

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Undermining the Grand Design of Darkness

Undermining the Grand Design of Darkness

“What but design of darkness to appall?” — from Robert Frost’s Design How can you teach children in a community that is hungry for food? I’m talking about kids suffering from severe hunger. Children who — also — have no way to secure proper medical attention when they’re sick. Little ones whose parents can’t find work. Since Martin’s time things[Read More…]

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 Probable Installation of Torture-Monger Gina Haspel as Head of CIA Will Mean More Open Torture from America

 Probable Installation of Torture-Monger Gina Haspel as Head of CIA Will Mean More Open Torture from America

Donald Trump—who brags gleefully that “torture works,” wants to “go much stronger than waterboarding,” and advocates murdering the families of “terrorists”—has nominated Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Haspel is a long-time CIA operative steeped in “black ops,” who in 2002 ran a secret CIA torture chamber in Thailand. It is expected that she will be confirmed. This is both[Read More…]

Switzerland – A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to spreading Positive Banking News to the World

Switzerland – A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to spreading Positive Banking News to the World

It’s called “Vollgeld Initiative” – in German, meaning more or less “Referendum for Sovereign Money”. What is “Sovereign Money”? – Its money produced only by the Central Bank, by the “Sovereign”, the government, represented by its central bank. Money created in accordance with the needs of the economy, as contrasted to the profit and greed motives of the banking oligarchy[Read More…]

Victory Day! Russians Remembered Their 26 Million Dead Unaware of USA Having Armed Nazis to Invade?

Victory Day! Russians Remembered Their 26 Million Dead Unaware of USA Having Armed Nazis to Invade?

  Russians parading in celebration of the anniversary of their costly victory over Nazi Germany. Millions marched throughout Russia, holding photographs of their fallen family members in bittersweet remembrance. There was no public reminder that Hitler’s armed forces were built up by the West in open violation of the Versailles Treaty’s prohibitions in expectation of Hitler fulfilling his threats to[Read More…]

High Alert For Palestinian Slaughter And Conflict With Iran

High Alert For Palestinian Slaughter And Conflict With Iran

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of[Read More…]

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The Biggest Threat to Peace

The Biggest Threat to Peace

Lately we are being bombarded with an extensive warning campaign by officials and media; mainly Israeli and American, that Iran has become the biggest threat to world peace. “Iran is the world-leading sponsor of terror” alleged President Trump, who had lately pulled the US from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu broadcasted a theatrical powerpoint presentation repeating his[Read More…]

Flight from Doha to Nairobi

Do You Want To Travel Around The Middle East? Think Twice!

Do you think it is that simple to travel around the Middle East? Think twice! Ask Palestinians, about trying to get from a point A to a point B in their own nation. Some time ago, sitting in an old Ottoman hotel in Bethlehem, I asked a waiter what it takes to travel from there to Gaza, where he said,[Read More…]

Egyptian Kangaroo Court jails 65 Morsi supporters up to 10 years

Egyptian Kangaroo Court jails 65 Morsi supporters up to 10 years

Egypt’s top kangaroo court upheld on Saturday (May 12) jail terms from seven to 10 years against 65 loyalists of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group over committing acts of violence in 2013 in the capital Cairo, official MENA news agency reported. The rulings of the Court of Cassation are final and un-appealable. The convicts have been accused of holding[Read More…]

Germany’s New Right Wing

Germany’s New Right Wing

  Since parliamentary democracy was restored in Germany after World War Two, several right-wing parties have sought to get the required 5% of the popular vote to be represented in parliament. They all failed until 2017. In that election a new right-wing party, Alternatives for Deutschland (AfD), won 13% of the vote, making them the third most powerful party, ahead[Read More…]

The Eclipsing Iran Deal-Truth And Consequences

The Eclipsing Iran Deal-Truth And Consequences

International treaties and agreements are between countries — not between leaders or governments, for if that were the case they would not be worth the paper they were written on.  The Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union was signed in 1972.  Bush II withdrew unilaterally in 2001 citing a changed world.  On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced the[Read More…]

 Why We MUST Fight Ferociously to Remove the Trump/Pence Regime From Office—A Rebuttal to Vox’s Dylan Matthews

 Why We MUST Fight Ferociously to Remove the Trump/Pence Regime From Office—A Rebuttal to Vox’s Dylan Matthews

In a recent piece at Vox.com, Dylan Matthews, a founder of the Vox website and former Washington Post reporter, makes a well-argued—but dangerously wrong—case against what he sees as the unfounded and harmful hopes many harbor to see Trump removed from office. Matthews finds these hopes understandable; he, too, feels that “our democracy” is being eroded. But he insists that[Read More…]

Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador’s foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities. On March 28, under immense pressure from the governments in the US, Britain and other[Read More…]

Pakistan Imposes Reciprocal Restrictions on US Diplomats

Pakistan Imposes Reciprocal Restrictions on US Diplomats

  Pakistani authorities have imposed “reciprocal” restrictions on the movement of U.S. diplomats in the country after Washington took similar measures, the Associated Press reported Friday. A letter sent to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad says the restrictions will be implemented Friday. The move comes after the U.S. required Pakistani diplomats to get permission five days in advance to travel[Read More…]

Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann

Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann

“the evasions and obfuscations of these two willing technicians of state terror are chillingly similar” On May 9, Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s choice for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified at her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC. Some senators questioned her about her tenure, in 2002, as CIA station chief in Thailand. There, the agency ran one of[Read More…]

The Spectre of Torture: The Gina Haspel Hearings

The Spectre of Torture: The Gina Haspel Hearings

“I’m not going to sit here with the benefit of hindsight and judge the very good people who made hard decisions who were running the agency in very extraordinary circumstances.” Gina Haspel, May 9, 2018. It was always going to be the most complicated of hurdles. Having moved Mike Pompeo on to the role of Secretary of State, President Donald[Read More…]

The Mummy Returns: Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian Elections

The Mummy Returns: Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian Elections

It was a victory, but it could hardly count as a truly revolutionary one.  Grizzled, aged but formidably stirring, Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s former prime minister, is set to form government as the world’s oldest elected leader.  His Pakatan Harapan coalition ventured past the 112 seat threshold required to form government, while a weary Barisan Nasional limped through with 79. Shocks[Read More…]

Wikipedia: Our New Technological McCarthyism, Part Two

Wikipedia: Our New Technological McCarthyism, Part Two

Co-Written by Richard Gale and Gary Null In Part One, we discussed the threats social media technology poses to a healthy and educated populace, the scientist cult of Skepticism and its extremist medical wing, and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a leading promulgator for Skepticism’s agenda. In Part Two, we go deeper into the Science-Based Medical faction and its advancing[Read More…]

Withdrawal Symptoms: Trump And The Iran Nuclear Deal

Withdrawal Symptoms: Trump And The Iran Nuclear Deal

Hot on the heels of the Benjamin Netanyahu “nuclear archive” show supposedly revealing Iranian perfidy, US President Donald Trump added succour to the Israeli cause by promising to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear deal, more lengthily known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The JCPOA originally comprised various undertakings and actions on the part of the Obama administration: the[Read More…]

Misplaced Loyalty From An Unlikely Dynast

Misplaced Loyalty From An Unlikely Dynast

The Queen of England has had one of the better months of her long and eventful life. Looking back, she and the country she heads, are likely to see this last month as of particular importance, in asserting their role as a decision-maker in international affairs. Deftly, she has ensured both change and continuity, in the succession, for her family.[Read More…]

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 Disastrous US Policy Handed Iran Influence and War Now Would Be Another Disaster

 Disastrous US Policy Handed Iran Influence and War Now Would Be Another Disaster

  When Corinth and Megara, both allies of Sparta went to war, Athens sensed opportunity and soon formed an alliance with Megara.  It precipitated the First Peloponnesian War (c 459 – 445 BC) and Athens soon turned the alliance into control of Megara.  When peace returned, so did Megara into the Spartan fold.  In 1941, Nazi Germany broke its non-aggression[Read More…]

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China’s Determined March Towards An Ecological Civilization

 Andre Vltchek & John Cobb Jr There is no time for long introductions. The world is, possibly heading for yet another catastrophe. This one, if we, human beings will not manage to prevent it, could become our final. The West is flexing its muscle, antagonizing every single country that stands on its way to total domination of the Planet. Some[Read More…]

Teachers’ Strikes Past and Present

Teachers’ Strikes Past and Present

            Almost out of nowhere, an inspiring wave of strikes by public school teachers has sweept the United States. Teachers in Arizona have just ended a strike on the heels of walk-outs in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kentucky. Similar actions between now and the end of the school year loom in others states. Thus far, unity among teachers in[Read More…]

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 An inevitable thunderous awakening of voices from the overwhelming majority of Humanity

 An inevitable thunderous awakening of voices from the overwhelming majority of Humanity

  The title question is asked in dedication to the more than half million Syrians who have perished or been maimed in the so called civil war arranged by the American led colonial or neocolonial powers for the profit and power of wealthy investors speculating in death, terror and destruction. The title question is directed to people in nations that[Read More…]

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Israel’s Murderous Strikes On Syria (Via ‘Pacified’ Lebanon)

Israel’s Murderous Strikes On Syria (Via ‘Pacified’ Lebanon)

On April 9, 2018 at least 14 people were killed during the murderous strike bythe Israeli air force on the Syrian T-4 airfield at Homs. Israeli F-15 fighter jets flew over Lebanese airspace, as they have done on many previous occasions, in total disregard of international law. Both Israel and Lebanon are still technically at war, and the latest action[Read More…]

The Politics of Nobel Peace Prize

The Politics of Nobel Peace Prize

A group of 18 GOP lawmakers led by Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, have formally nominated President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work toward peace in the Korean Peninsula. The nomination letter states that President Trump has worked “tirelessly to apply maximum pressure to North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace[Read More…]

 Open Letter to Kanye West

 Open Letter to Kanye West

In the face of the storm that broke out from your remark that slavery was “a choice” for the enslaved, you say in your own defense that you’re being “attacked for presenting new ideas.” No, your ideas are not fucking “new”—you’re just recycling the same shit that the white supremacist capitalist oppressors who run this place have spewed out from[Read More…]

Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize

Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize

It seems like rich nonsense, but should peace be attained on the Korean peninsula, with arrangements entrenched to ensure durability as opposed to unconvincing window dressing, President Donald Trump might well join the list of frauds and charlatans who have obtained the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination for the 2019 prize came in a letter from 18 of Trump’s Republican[Read More…]

Countercurrency as Insurgency:  Reflections on the old and new face of the “internet” in light of Gale and Null.

Countercurrency as Insurgency:  Reflections on the old and new face of the “internet” in light of Gale and Null.

There is news, there is old news, and there is history.  Gale and Null’s article is old news on the verge of becoming history.  Moreover, it is full of unsubstantiated grandiose pronouncements and distortions of all kinds.  To begin with the title itself is deceptive.  Is Wikipedia a new venue in and through which Communists are identified and persecuted?? Are[Read More…]

Armenia’s People-Power Revolution, Russia, and the Western Bloc

Armenia’s People-Power Revolution, Russia, and the Western Bloc

  As we write this, massive peaceful civil actions against Armenia’s establishment have continued under the leadership of Nikol Pashinyan, a National Assembly (N.A.) member who is part of the opposition Yelk (Way Out) Alliance. Though widely unpopular Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has been forced to resign, his Republican Party (RPA) still has a narrow majority (58 of 105) in[Read More…]

The Koreas Unified and at Peace? – How about Syria, Iran and Venezuela?

The Koreas Unified and at Peace? – How about Syria, Iran and Venezuela?

Peace – in the Koreas, is what the world expects; and Peace in the world is what humanity expects, the vast majority – 99.9% of the world population wants peace, but it’s the 0.1% that commands war and destruction, since war and destruction is what runs the western economy. Literally. If peace would break out – what we in the[Read More…]

Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens

Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted, and the intelligence services should start getting busy in expanding their operations against the next Doomsday threat. This became clear from leaked material on discussions that illustrate in no subtle way the security paranoia afflicting officials[Read More…]

Macron’s Travels in Trumpland

Macron’s Travels in Trumpland

All smiles and hugs is the current French President, Emmanuel Macron.  In the White House, there seemed to be an emotional equation generated by the supposedly warm relationship between President Donald Trump and his guest.  In entertainment vision, substance would only consist of wiping the dandruff off the jacket of Macron and handshakes so firm they appear, at stages, to[Read More…]

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Wikipedia: Our New Technological McCarthyism, Part 1

Wikipedia: Our New Technological McCarthyism, Part 1

Co-Written by Richard Gale and Gary Null Today, the internet, often thought of as our world’s “final frontier” for free thinkers and the flow and exchange of ideas and information, is seriously ill. It has been systemically infected by ideological viruses, memes of information intent on poisoning freedom of expression that we take for granted every time we use Google[Read More…]

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How Those In Power Behave And The Chances of Peace In Korea

How Those In Power Behave And The Chances of Peace In Korea

  It has been noted, principally by the Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, that people who display empathy and fairness towards others often reach the top; once there however, they lose such inhibitions in their exercise of power. On a macro scale think of Barack Obama our Nobel Peace Laureate president and the upscaling of the war in Afghanistan, the mushrooming[Read More…]

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Netanyahu’s Anti-Iranian Reality-TV Show

Netanyahu’s Anti-Iranian Reality-TV Show

With his newest anti-Iranian rant, Netanyahu wanted to impress another braggart of reality-TV, President Donald Trump. This time, Netanyahu got professional, speaking in English, using slides and pictures, not cartoons like in the United Nations where he had ridiculed himself. He even exposed two “monuments,” one showing shelves full of folders apparently containing documents about Iran’s secret nuclear program. Perhaps[Read More…]

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An American Babushka in Moscow: May Day in the Former Soviet Union

An American Babushka in Moscow: May Day in the Former Soviet Union

When I first came to Russia I was thrilled by any artifact of the Soviet Union, by every Red Star I saw atop a building, by every hammer and sickle bas relief.  The statues of Marx across from the Bolshoi, of Engles standing tall in the small park across from Kropotkinskaya Metro sent shivers up my spine.  But I will[Read More…]

Propaganda Priming our Population for War with Russia: The Case of “Quirks & Quarks”

Propaganda Priming our Population for War with Russia: The Case of “Quirks & Quarks”

On Saturday, April 21, Canada’s science radio show, “Quirks & Quarks,” interviewed Edward Spiers who is a professor of strategic studies at the University of Leeds in the UK.  The topic was gas warfare.  The interview sounded very much like “Quirks & Quarks” had been recruited to the US-UK propaganda campaign to arouse our populations for war with Russia. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/chemical-weapon-science-exploding-ants-and-more-1.4625156/a-scientific-history-of-chemical-weapons-1.4628101[Read More…]

May Day 2018: Exploitation, NO! Expropriation, NO! Unite for Justice!

May Day 2018: Exploitation, NO! Expropriation, NO! Unite for Justice!

Interview of Monthly Review analysts In view of the historic May Day, May 1st, analysts from Monthly Review, the famous independent socialist magazine, identify tasks the working classes should press with. In the following interviews, conducted in early-April, John Bellamy Foster, Professor and Editor of Monthly Review; Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus, and one of Monthly Review’s closest associates; and Michael[Read More…]

Do Bing Searches To Circumvent Mendacious Pro-Zionist Google Censorship – Bing It!

Do Bing Searches To Circumvent Mendacious Pro-Zionist Google Censorship – Bing It!

Western Mainstream media are dominated by Jewish and non-Jewish Zionists with few more so than Google or its holding company Alphabet  that is the world’s number 1 media company as compared to number 17 Microsoft that owns Bing. Bing Searches involving key terms are much more  successful than Google Searches ranking-wise in detecting  some key  websites documenting humane opinion about[Read More…]

Blockchain Technology: From the Chaos of Capitalism a New(Revolutionary) World Order Emerges

Blockchain Technology: From the Chaos of Capitalism a New(Revolutionary) World Order Emerges

While there are many approaches to it, there is only one truth: that the world is One and thus that all is internally related.  The genius of Einstein is that he expressed and established this as the physical truth of the universe by negating Newton’s profound misconception of the world as separate and isolated units coexisting in an ether which[Read More…]

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‘May Day’: Militancy Needed To Create The Economy We Need

‘May Day’: Militancy Needed To Create The Economy We Need

Co-authored by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese Seventy years of attacks on the right to unionize have left the union movement representing only 10 percent of workers. The investor class has concentrated its power and uses its power in an abusive way, not only against unions but also to create economic insecurity for workers. At the same time, workers, both[Read More…]

 May Day in a Neoliberal Society

 May Day in a Neoliberal Society

A Forbes article entitled, “On May Day, Communism Is A Much-Closeted Joke” proclaimed the triumph of neoliberalism and the end of celebrating workers as follows: “Once its biggest self-celebration, May Day now signals Mayday for global communism. Just a half century ago, it seemed irrepressible, now communism is just reprehensible, with the relevance of a renaissance festival. Ironically, it is[Read More…]

Panmunjom Declaration: A Glimmer Of Hope

Panmunjom Declaration: A Glimmer Of Hope

Taken pleasantly by surprise, not least because of the speed at which the joint Panmunjom Declaration has materialised, the world cannot but rejoice. In the few months from the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea when the buds of peace sprouted, amidst sporting competition between nations, both leaders of North and South Korea have planted a tree of peace, shook[Read More…]

The Korean Promise: The Meeting in Panmunjom

The Korean Promise: The Meeting in Panmunjom

It seems, and certainly feels like a distant number of months since a panel of experts noshed and chatted over how best to overcome the nuclear impasse that pitted North Korea against its southern neighbour and allies.  Held in Seoul last December, the project of attendees hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy was ambitious and lofty: the denuclearisation of[Read More…]

The Big Secret: US- North Korea Summit Venue Revealed

The Big Secret: US- North Korea Summit Venue Revealed

  This piece is unusual in that it is either going to end up as a fiasco or a scoop.  If the latter, then, as they say … remember you read it here first. The possible venues floated by the White House include places like Sweden and Switzerland.  But we all  know Mr. Kim Jong-un has a chronic phobia of[Read More…]

Venezuela: Rural Communities Organise to Confront Economic Crisis

Venezuela: Rural Communities Organise to Confront Economic Crisis

With campaigning for the May 20 presidential elections underway in Venezuela, the United States has stepped up its crusade against the Nicolas Maduro government. Hiding behind claims of a “humanitarian crisis” and “growing dictatorship”, Washington’s aim is to bring down the government by any means. It seems to end the two-decade-long pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution that was initiated by Maduro’s predecessor,[Read More…]

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]