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Donald Trump Rolls Out Muslim Ban 2.0

Donald Trump Rolls Out Muslim Ban 2.0

  President Donald Trump Monday issued a new Muslim ban executive order that will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim nations who are seeking new visas, though allowing those with current visas to travel freely. According to the Associated Press, Trump’s new order aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion[Read More…]

Trump, Fake News, And The Press

Trump, Fake News, And The Press

Donald Trump is absolutely correct when he says the main stream news media lies, purveys fake news, and is the enemy of the American people. The organizations he banned from the White House informal “gaggle” — The New York Times, L.A. Times, CNN, etc., are all guilty as charged. But the organizations not banned by Trump, CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC,[Read More…]

Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think

Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think

Back in Congress following February recess’s raucous town meetings, Republicans are shuddering. Instead of nearly empty auditoriums, where legislators’ staff often outnumber voters in attendance, meetings were packed with citizens determined to block the “take away” agenda of the Trump Republicans. It takes provocation for people to show up for face-to-face confrontations with their Senators or Representatives. So when out[Read More…]

Electoral Interference As Reality: A Brief History

Electoral Interference As Reality: A Brief History

We should not forget the encouragement: hack those emails, extolled Donald J. Trump during the presidential campaign in 2016.  It was the first public evocation of its sort, an invitation to a foreign power, in this case Russia, to indulge in cyber activity that has now been described by various US members of congress as “an act of war”. The[Read More…]

German Chancellor Visits Cairo Amid Severe Human Rights Violations By Egyptian Junta

German Chancellor Visits Cairo Amid Severe Human Rights Violations By Egyptian Junta

The German Chancellor Angela Markel visits Cairo amid reports of severe human rights violations by the Egyptian Junta led by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who overthrew President Mohammad Morsi, the first democratically President of Egypt in 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Egypt Thursday where she met with e-Sisi before travelling to Tunisia on Friday to meet with[Read More…]

Trump’s Actions And Address To Congress: Some Thoughts

Trump’s Actions And Address To Congress: Some Thoughts

  Coming from Donald J. Trump it was a remarkable speech, the measured tone, the presidential timbre …  plus it offered something to everyone.  Increased military expenditure of $54 billion to establishment Republicans, immigration controls to the Tea Party wing, tax cuts and a repeal of Obamacare for both, and the sop of family leave to the Democrats. Thus went[Read More…]

 Aristocracy Deceives Public about the Deep State

 Aristocracy Deceives Public about the Deep State

The “deep state” is the aristocracy and its agents. Wikispooks defines it as follows: The deep state (loosely synonymous with the shadow government or permanent government) is in contrast to the public structures which appear to be directing individual nation states. The deep state is an intensely secretive, informal, fluid network of deep politicians who conspire to amplify their influence over national governments through a variety of deep state milieux. The term “deep[Read More…]

Dear MR.President  

Dear MR.President  

Dear MR.President,  On Sunday Mister President, you went, as always, to the Church of Christ with your family.  As you know God is a “God of love”, and in the church the priest is praying  about love, peace, respect and understanding for you Mister President, and for all who live. In all probability, You pray every day for yourself to[Read More…]

The Reality Show Comes To Congress: Trump’s Joint Address

The Reality Show Comes To Congress: Trump’s Joint Address

Let us tear through these Trumpland evocations, the business pitches of this show and publicity act that was the first address by the President to a joint sitting of the US Congress. There were the common themes; there were the contradictory messages; and there was plain, traditional nonsense.  In the undergrowth were olive branches being offered (“The time for trivial[Read More…]

Descendants Of Slaves, Forerunners Of Justice: American Muslims Must Stop Apologizing

Descendants Of Slaves, Forerunners Of Justice: American Muslims Must Stop Apologizing

    I had recently been asked to give a talk about “being an American Muslim in the United States.” Although wary of the uses and abuses of the term, I obliged. Islam is a religion propelled by values, not race nor, theoretically, by blind tribal allegiances, I explained. The ‘American Muslim’ identity which has been under constant investigation in[Read More…]

Australia’s One Nation Train

Australia’s One Nation Train

The global populist fever is catching.  Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other.  Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the rural fringes of the country, or the more bitter blue-collar edges disgruntled by immigrants.  While essentially conservative and reactionary, the[Read More…]

The Scrimmage Between ‘Good Pride’ And ‘Bad Pride’

The Scrimmage Between ‘Good Pride’ And ‘Bad Pride’

While the Boys’ Club prez was busy enjoying and amplifying locker-room talk, as in “grabbing them by the putty” (or did I get that wrong?) and in general was being disdainful and disgusting primarily about women but also on issues relating to “other people” and “other faiths” his loyal followers who had been suppressing their very own but similar urges[Read More…]

Guantánamo’s Last 100 Days : The Story That Never Was 

Guantánamo’s Last 100 Days : The Story That Never Was 

In the spring of 2016, I asked a student of mine to do me a favor and figure out which day would be the 100th before Barack Obama’s presidency ended. October 12th, he reported back, and then asked me the obvious question: Why in the world did I want to know? The answer was simple. Years before I had written[Read More…]

Trump’s Speech Outlines Plans For Class War At Home And War Abroad

Trump’s Speech Outlines Plans For Class War At Home And War Abroad

Speaking before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed the core pillars of his presidency: vastly expanding military spending, slashing taxes on corporations, scapegoating immigrants for the crisis of American capitalism, and promoting economic nationalist trade policies. In contrast to his inaugural speech, Trump couched his extreme right-wing policies in the traditional conventions of American[Read More…]

Issues At Stake In Syria’s Peace Talks

Issues At Stake In Syria’s Peace Talks

  Syria’s peace-talks are about settling a horrific six-year-long war, but this is more of an international war that’s being waged on the battlefields of Syria, than it is a civil war within Syria itself. This fact is often ignored by the press, but the peace-talks are really more between the foreign powers than between their proxies who are killing[Read More…]

Trump Boosts Most Wasteful Department, Reduces All Others

Trump Boosts Most Wasteful Department, Reduces All Others

  On February 27th, Reuters headlined “Trump seeks ‘historic’ increase of 9 percent in U.S. military’s budget” and reported that “Trump will ask Congress to boost Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending.” The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the 15 U.S. Cabinet departments, the others[Read More…]

Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically

Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our collective gains to date to create a world in which peace, social justice and environmental sustainability ultimately prevail for[Read More…]

Anatomy Of A Hate Crime

Anatomy Of A Hate Crime

The senseless and brutal gunning down of an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla by an angry Caucasian American, Adam Purinton at a Kansas bar shocked the Indians both in USA and India. The 32-year-old engineer’s murder is ghastly and his family’s grief and loss is unimaginable. The issue brings to fore several complex dynamics. First, undoubtedly, this was a hate crime[Read More…]

 Donald Trump’s Deepest Fraud?

 Donald Trump’s Deepest Fraud?

  U.S. President Donald Trump came into office promising to “drain the swamp” of corruption, and to restore the American people’s control over their government, but what he has been doing since he started his Presidency on January 20th is exactly the opposite: handing control of the U.S. government over to international corporations, and, really, over to the billionaires who[Read More…]

The Insane And The Sane As Bigotry Unleashed: Indian/Pakistani Victims

The Insane And The Sane As Bigotry Unleashed: Indian/Pakistani Victims

A disheveled, unkempt, unclean Steve Bannon finally emerged from his warren this week to claim outstanding success for this administration in its first month in office.  Disheveled, unkempt, unclean is how Mr. Bannon always looks.  The American Psychiatric Association Manual of disorders DSM-IV defines a mental disorder as a “clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern …”.  Add Mr.[Read More…]

“Body counts are completely irrelevant”: H.R. McMaster, the new National Security Advisor

“Body counts are completely irrelevant”: H.R. McMaster, the new National Security Advisor

On February 20, President Trump appointed Lt. General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as the next National Security Advisor. The corporate media, along with numerous Congressional Republicans, praised the decision, calling McMaster a “soldier-scholar and creative thinker” (AP), a “straight-talking, military strategist” (BBC), a “military strategist” (New York Times), “…smart, intense and fiercely outspoken” (Washington Post), and a military[Read More…]

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Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

President Donald Trump delivered a violent, ultra-right speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, attacking the media and reprising many of the “America First” themes outlined in his inauguration address one month ago. The annual CPAC conference was a festival of political reaction. Trump boycotted the event during the election campaign last year, amidst sharp divisions within[Read More…]

Adam Purinton was arrested Thursday and accused of carrying out a shooting in Olathe, Kan. He's seen here in a photo released by the Henry County (Mo.) Sheriff's Office.

An Indian Software Engineer Shot Dead In USA

In what is believed to be a hate crime an Indian software engineer was shot dead in a Kansas bar. A man reported to have shouted “go back to your country” before opening fire. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his friend Alok Madasani, both employees at tech company Garmin, were having a drink at a bar on Thursday when Adam Purinton,[Read More…]

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Amid Mexico Talks, Trump Calls Deportations A “Military Operation”

Amid Mexico Talks, Trump Calls Deportations A “Military Operation”

Two days after rolling out a draconian immigration policy that threatens the deportation of millions of undocumented workers and their families, President Donald Trump described the unfolding crackdown as “a military operation.” Speaking to a White House gathering Thursday of top corporate bosses, including the CEOs of Dow Chemical, General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar Inc., Trump hailed the escalation[Read More…]

Australian Prime Minister designate Malcolm Turnbull with Deputy Prime Minister designate Julie Bishop during a press conference in the Blue Room, after winning the Australian Federal leadership in a party ballot vote, at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy) NO ARCHIVING

Australia  PM Turnbull Backs Genocidal Apartheid Israel With Falsehood And Exceptionalism

  Australian PM Turnbull has trashed Australia’s international reputation and isolated a pariah Australia from Humanity by making Australia second only to the US as a supporter of  nuclear terrorist, racist Zionist-run, genocidally racist, grossly human rights-abusing, ultra-violently anti-Semitic, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. Turnbull has embraced Apartheid Israel with praise, falsehood and racist exceptionalism on the occasion of the visit to[Read More…]

The Extradition Saga of Kim Dotcom

The Extradition Saga of Kim Dotcom

The hunger with which US officials pursue copyright or general intellectual property violations is insatiably manic. The degree of that hunger is expressed by the now suspended, and most likely defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership, an attempt to further globalise the policing of IP laws in favour of corporate and copyright control. Then come the vigilantes and those singing different, discordant tunes[Read More…]

Negative Hallucination à la Trump

Negative Hallucination à la Trump

The English Language gave birth to William Shakespeare, John Keats, and James Joyce, to name but a few of the many bright stars.  It also spawned the likes of Donald J. Trump, a kind of genetically-modified product grown in a hothouse; a man who not only stumbles over every word he utters but coins new and bizarre phraseology to convey[Read More…]

Trump Administration Adopts Ruthless New Immigration Protocol

Trump Administration Adopts Ruthless New Immigration Protocol

The Trump administration officially adopted new immigration enforcement policies yesterday that place all undocumented immigrants living in the US at risk of deportation. The new policies were outlined in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos leaked over the weekend. These memos were subjected to only minor changes before DHS Secretary John Kelly made them official on Monday. Press Secretary Sean[Read More…]

Mounting Anti-Semitic Attacks In US Draw Half-Hearted Response From Trump

Mounting Anti-Semitic Attacks In US Draw Half-Hearted Response From Trump

Some 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri, in the suburbs of St. Louis, were damaged or overturned by vandals late Sunday or early Monday, in the most serious in a wave of anti-Semitic threats and actions this year. Ultra-right and anti-Semitic forces have been encouraged by the inauguration of Donald Trump, and particularly his elevation of[Read More…]

 The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel From Itself

 The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel From Itself

  The President of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political outlook about important issues. This is precisely the type of American presidency that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, prefers. However, Donald Trump is not just a raving[Read More…]

Friendship in Defiance of War

Friendship in Defiance of War

  Before making their home in Damascus, Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak had regularly visited Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, where they developed lasting friendships and deepened cultural awareness. Iraq was steadily deteriorating under thirteen years of U.S./UN imposed economic sanctions. Despite iron clad determination by U.S. policy makers to isolate Iraq, Gabe and Theresa repeatedly challenged the economic sanctions[Read More…]

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From Rights To Repentance: Norma McCorvey and Roe v Wade

From Rights To Repentance: Norma McCorvey and Roe v Wade

“I wasn’t the wrong person to become Jane Roe.  I wasn’t the right person to become Jane Roe.  I was just the person who became Jane Roe, of Roe v Wade.” Norma McCorvey with Andy Meisler, I am Roe: My Life, Roe v Wade (1994) The late Norma McCorvey changed US legal and political history as the plaintiff “Jane Roe”[Read More…]

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Instead Of ‘Draining The Swamp’, Trump Is Feeding The Alligators

Instead Of ‘Draining The Swamp’, Trump Is Feeding The Alligators

  Zerohedge’s “Tyler Durden” headlined on February 21st, “Bannon Breaks With Pence, Delivers Warning To Europe” and noted that before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured European leaders this past weekend that the U.S. is as anti-Russian now as it was under Barack Obama, U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, had[Read More…]

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I Was Six When The Russians Came

I Was Six When The Russians Came

as told to Maya Evans February 21, 2017 This is a story about Farzana, translated by her daughter Zarghuna and written up by Maya Evans When I was six life was good; I didn’t know anything outside my mother and father’s world. In the village where I lived it was possible to see the mud houses from far away. The Baba Mountains[Read More…]

Life And Death Struggle For The Children Of Syria

Life And Death Struggle For The Children Of Syria

The Story of One Child’s Struggle to Survive: On 2/17/2017 ten year old Ghina Wadi, who has spent the past seven months often in unbearable pain, which for the first month was periodically relieved for only approximately 15 minutes at a time- by heavy injections of morphine, had another of what hopefully this time will be a leg saving operation.[Read More…]

Chaos And A Surreal Trump

Chaos And A Surreal Trump

  For the ancient Greeks logos meant reason, dialogue and debate.  It could also mean speech, the power of language for good or self-gain, an aspect demagogues know well and the sophist Gorgias (5th century BC) warned against. ‘The Greeks had a word for it’ is an English expression and they often did.  ‘Hubris’ would be the word to understand[Read More…]

North Korea, The US And The Status Quo

North Korea, The US And The Status Quo

In the age of “fake news” and President Donald Trump claiming that Sweden was riddled with terror attacks which of course never took place, and of perpetual corporate and state-media propaganda passed on as real news, it is very difficult to separate fact from fiction. Making matters worse, hyperbolic rhetoric goes a long way to confuse the public about what[Read More…]

Japanese American Internment Remembered, As Trump Rounds Up Immigrants

Japanese American Internment Remembered, As Trump Rounds Up Immigrants

Sebastopol, California: The Japanese American Citizens League held a “Day of Remembrance” at Sebastopol’s Enmanji Buddhist Temple on Feb. 18 in Northern California. Around 200 people marked the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of over 120,000 innocent West Coast Americans of Japanese ancestry in internment camps during World War II. “They were accused of a crime, sentenced without trial and[Read More…]

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CIA Fed False Media, Hillary Dems, Cities Bomber McCain Demand War With & Destruction Of Russia 

The seeds of public awareness of decades of monolithic mainstream media lies, news manipulation & deception sown by a maverick president, who is surely backed by a segment of Wall Street investors whose portfolios are NOT heavily weighted toward the manufacture WMDs and expected gargantuan profits from a new world war, will eventually grow public understanding of US crimes against[Read More…]

New York Times Op-Ed Openly Promotes Formal Apartheid Regime By Israel

New York Times Op-Ed Openly Promotes Formal Apartheid Regime By Israel

That the New York Times demonstrates a systematic editorial bias in favor of Israeli state power and against Palestinian rights is old news. Whether it is reporting on the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement, the deadly Gaza flotilla raid, cease fire violations between the IDF and Hamas, or any other aspect of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,[Read More…]

Americans Must Crow Anew

Americans Must Crow Anew

“But I just had no intention of living this way” — from the Counting Crows’ Raining in Baltimore The actions being taken by concerned citizens respecting our collective crises are too prosaic. Overly “prosaic” in the sense that pleas and demonstrations are utterly too straightforward, much too much run-of-the-mill. Will someone, please, consider injecting poetry into activism? The language and[Read More…]

Strategic Thinking And Organizing Resistance

Strategic Thinking And Organizing Resistance

The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen an amazing explosion of mobilizing to oppose him and his administration on oh-so-many levels.  And that has been heartening. But it is not enough. The fact is, as things now stand, Trump and his minions can outlast us.  And even if we get Trump out of there—which I think is[Read More…]

Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar for Norway during the Nazi occupation from 1940 to 1945. Photo courtesy of The National Archives of Norway / Flickr.

How Norway Avoided Becoming A Fascist State

Donald Trump’s obvious affection for authoritarians is prompting worried comparisons of our polarized country to the polarized Germany of the 1920s and ’30s. Since I’m known to see in polarization both crisis and opportunity, my friends are asking me these days about Hitler, the worst-case scenario. I grant the possibility of the United States going fascist, but argue that will[Read More…]

Trump And The Deep State

Trump And The Deep State

In his book, “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”, Mike Lofgren called attention to the fact that much of the real power in Washington is not controlled by the President and members of Congress, but is in the hands of multi-billion-dollar organizations that are not only huge, but also unelected and[Read More…]

Has The US Corporate Media Become “Adversarial”?

Has The US Corporate Media Become “Adversarial”?

Has the US corporate media become “adversarial”? With President Donald Trump’s claims of the “dishonest media” and “fake news” at his recent press conference, and liberals defending the corporate media as a “watchdog,” the reality of the situation is hard to determine. Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines adversarial as “of or characterized by opposition, disagreement, hostility” and watchdog as[Read More…]

Open Letter To Australian MPs Re Apartheid Israel PM Netanyahu Visit To Australia”

Open Letter To Australian MPs Re Apartheid Israel PM Netanyahu Visit To Australia”

  2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the seizure of all of Palestine by Apartheid Israel and half a century of brutal Israeli Occupation and further, ongoing Palestinian Genocide. Australia, the world’s leading supporter of Apartheid Israel after the US, invited Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Australia in 2017 and he will arrive in Sydney next week for a trip abbreviated[Read More…]

The Number Of Anti-Muslim Hate Groups On The Rise In US

The Number Of Anti-Muslim Hate Groups On The Rise In US

  The number of anti-Muslim hate groups nearly tripled from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. That’s just one of the dramatic statistics in a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This annual count from the SPLC includes groups like the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists, along with anti-government patriot groups and anti-LGBT[Read More…]

Western Sahara: An albatross On African Union’s Conscience

Western Sahara: An albatross On African Union’s Conscience

  AT the 28th Summit meeting of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa on 30 January 2017, Morocco’s readmission to the continental body generated heated discussion. At the end of the day the Kingdom of Morocco managed to win over sufficient member states on its side and it was allowed to join the fold unconditionally. Morocco left the[Read More…]

Two young men at a demonstration organized to protest against racism and Islamophobia in Amsterdam. Photo by Cloud-Mine-Amsterdam / iStock.

The Dutch City That Offered Refugees A Permanent Home

It was an odd sight for residents of Zaandam, a quaint Dutch town 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam. A public park in a village known for 18th-century windmills and wooden clogs had suddenly filled with rows of white tents. Five hundred refugees, mainly from Syria and Iraq, mostly men, had arrived by bus in October 2015. Most left behind[Read More…]

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Adolf, The Donald And History

History may not be as useless as art, but it certainly performs a function that is almost without utility. George Santayana may well have crowed about the warnings of repeating historical mistakes if not learnt – the errant pupil ill-read would simply re-invent the same wheel of folly – but the point was not entirely accurate. What tends to happen[Read More…]

Intelligence Agencies Clash With Trump Over Russia Allegations

Intelligence Agencies Clash With Trump Over Russia Allegations

Only one month into his administration, and two days after the ouster of his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump faces the growing prospect of congressional investigations into alleged ties to Moscow. Powerful sections of the American ruling class are seeking to put the US on a war footing against Russia in a campaign orchestrated by the major[Read More…]

First ICE Raids Under Trump Arrest Nearly 700 Immigrants In Five Days

First ICE Raids Under Trump Arrest Nearly 700 Immigrants In Five Days

Over 680 people were arrested in a five-day-long campaign of raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency last week, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A quarter of those arrested had no criminal records. The first immigration sweep by the Trump administration also marks the first arrest of a DACA recipient, 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina. Ramirez,[Read More…]

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Trump As The Pathology Of Empire And Healing The Wound Of America

The first month of Trump in office unleashed chaos and turmoil with a series of executive orders threatening women’s reproductive rights, immigrants and sacred water guarded by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Trump presidency was a transition from a regime of secrecy to that of naked power. The legacy of Obama’s covert oppression is now being carried out by an[Read More…]

The Resignation Of Michael Flynn

The Resignation Of Michael Flynn

It takes little these days for the darkened air of the Kremlin to have an impact on the politics of other countries.  Across continents, it has become a tenured dark eminence with President Vladimir Putin on his irrepressible steed: Where will it strike next?  His impact is often alleged, it is almost never quantifiable, but the influence, after a time,[Read More…]

Trump Declares War On Russia

Trump Declares War On Russia

  U.S. President Donald Trump made unequivocally clear, on February 14th, that the new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia will continue until Russia complies with two conditions that would not only be humiliating to Russia (and to the vast majority of its citizens), but that would also be profoundly immoral. One of these two conditions would actually be[Read More…]

Nationalist Propaganda Has Many Progressives Demonizing ‘The Russians’

Nationalist Propaganda Has Many Progressives Demonizing ‘The Russians’

Neocon and neoliberal war propaganda, as exhibited in the Washington Post, New York Times, etc., “has turned much of the liberal/progressive community” in the US “into a pro-New Cold War constituency willing to engage in a new breed of McCarthyism”, Robert Parry notes today.  (This author has personally witnessed similar displays.) Leading Russia expert Stephen Cohen, a professor at Princeton,[Read More…]

A rally against Trump’s refugee ban at Reagan National Airport on February 2, 2017. Photo by Geoff Livingston / Flickr.

Trump’s Coup Attempt Requires Us To Rise Above Position And Party

On Aug. 8, 2016, 50 former top-level Republican officials who served under Republican presidents going back to Richard Nixon issued a warning letter. Many had held senior national security posts. They called out the threat to national security posed by President Trump’s lack of self-control and impetuously “erratic behavior” and concluded that he “would be the most reckless president in[Read More…]

Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Donald Trump’s national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday following an escalating controversy in Washington over reports that he discussed anti-Russian sanctions with Moscow’s ambassador to the US in the month before President Donald Trump took office. Speculation within the media was rife Monday that Flynn could either be fired or forced to resign following the[Read More…]

Between Message And Martyrdom: The World Press Photo Of The Year

Between Message And Martyrdom: The World Press Photo Of The Year

tur“Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.” Susan Sontag, On Photography (1977) The photograph is a still image of messages, trapped fleetingly.  For that reason, it has been seen as mimicking death, a mask forever preserved.  It suspends, a captured meaning hovering in time.  That such images become weapons[Read More…]

People protest at a demonstration in Market Square, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Cleveland. The demonstration was organized in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration order. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Thousands Demonstrate In Defense Of Immigrants As White House Vows More Deportations

Demonstrations in the US continued over the weekend against last week’s mass roundup of immigrants, the first “surge” in deportations since President Donald Trump signed a January 25 executive order dramatically expanding the purview of anti-immigrant police actions. An annual march for civil rights in Raleigh, North Carolina, held Saturday, drew a record crowd of over 20,000. The turnout was[Read More…]

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Bungling In Yemen: Trump And The Cult Of The Action Hero

Bungling In Yemen: Trump And The Cult Of The Action Hero

“Rather than advancing a political solution that almost everyone agrees is the only way to solve the conflict, it seems the Trump administration’s actions are just adding fuel to the fire.” Adam Baron, European Council on Foreign Relations, Feb 7, 2016 The seething bickering in Washington has been going on for over a week. Was the first authorised international raid[Read More…]

Is Rising Inequality A Failure Of U.S. Democracy?

Is Rising Inequality A Failure Of U.S. Democracy?

It is a conceit of democracy that opposing parties, after months of trying to convince the public the other would be a disaster for the country, should after the election cooperate for the good of the whole. In fact, with rare exception, what happens was postulated by the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto over a century ago.  Power is contested between[Read More…]

Death Of Nawar al-Awlaki

Death Of Nawar al-Awlaki

It is my intention to make my entire life a rejection of, a protest against the crimes and injustices of war and political tyranny which threaten to destroy the whole human race and the world … If I say no to all these secular forces, I also say yes to all that is good in the world and in humanity.[Read More…]

Something Is Happening

Something Is Happening

Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is: Do you? (1) No one knows, really, as this something is still evolving.  As we look back to 2016, though, it is abundantly clear that history has awoken from its slumber. We’ve had a couple events in the West last year: Brexit and Trump. Politically-charged, dynamic events (as Alain Badiou might define them) have been rare in the[Read More…]

Trump Orders Could Affect Up To 8 Million Immigrants As Deportations Begin

Trump Orders Could Affect Up To 8 Million Immigrants As Deportations Begin

Donald Trump signed two executive orders on January 25 outlining a series of new measures aimed at setting massive restrictions on immigration to the United States and on tearing those already present in the country away from their children, parents, and other loved ones. Two particularly high-profile components of these measures, the construction of a border wall between the US[Read More…]

Legal Stutters: Trump Falters In The Ninth Circuit

Legal Stutters: Trump Falters In The Ninth Circuit

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Donald J. Trump, Twitter, Feb 9, 2017 It seems in little need of recapitulation, but the Executive Order 13769, otherwise known as “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” has been living a charmed and distorted life.  It sought to ban, for 90 days,[Read More…]

US Appeals Court Bars Enforcement Of Trump Travel Ban

US Appeals Court Bars Enforcement Of Trump Travel Ban

A three-judge Appeals Court panel issued a unanimous ruling Thursday afternoon rejecting the Trump administration’s claim of “unreviewable” presidential power and sustaining a judicial order that bars enforcement of Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as his temporary ban on the entry of refugees from any country. The 3-0 ruling was signed by judges William[Read More…]

The Plight Of 18.8 Million War-Torn Yemenis

The Plight Of 18.8 Million War-Torn Yemenis

  The United Nations and humanitarian organizations Wednesday (February 8) launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 18.8 million Yemenis. This is more than two thirds of the total population of 27.4 million of the war-devastated Yemen. At least 12 million people in Yemen need life-saving assistance in 2017, the UN sources said. “Two years[Read More…]

Australia Welcomes Genocidal Racist And Serial War Criminal Netanyahu

Australia Welcomes Genocidal Racist And Serial War Criminal Netanyahu

Netanyahu is the PM of nuclear terrorist, racist Zionist-run, genocidally racist, serial invader, serial war criminal, women-abusing, children-abusing, democracy-by-genocide, ethnic cleansing, pathologically mendacious, neo-Nazi, anti-Arab anti-Semitic and indeed anti-Jewish anti-Semitic, race-based  kleptocracy  Apartheid Israel. Netanyahu has been invited to visit pro-Zionist, US-lackey, climate criminal  Australia, the world’s leading supporter of Apartheid Israel after the US, and will address the Australian[Read More…]

A Vision of America’s Future With Ratification Of The USVRA

A Vision of America’s Future With Ratification Of The USVRA

Let us imagine two things. First, that the United States Voters’ Rights Amendment has been enacted and ratified as the result of a mass, nonpartisan, political movement, and that we can take a time trip into the future to see the results. Let’s visit that not-so-distant time and observe what the People have been able to accomplish—once they took control[Read More…]

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump For The Wrong Reasons? 

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump For The Wrong Reasons? 

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. US mainstream media, which rarely deviates from supporting the American government’s conduct, however reckless, is now presenting Trump as if an aberration of otherwise egalitarian, sensible, and[Read More…]

A Portrait Of The President As A ‘Mad’ Man

A Portrait Of The President As A ‘Mad’ Man

When the French psychologist and philosopher Michel Foucault wrote Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason in 1973, he did not have in mind President Donald J. Trump because his study sought to answer the question of insanity from 1500 to 1800 only.  Still, the book, a milestone both by reason and skill, sheds some[Read More…]

Populism In Australia: Channelling Trump Down Under

Populism In Australia: Channelling Trump Down Under

Australia’s prime minister has been politically tone deaf for the duration of his tenure, which was won by the political assassination of his predecessor, Tony Abbott.  Since being in power, he has squandered a workable majority, been held in a headlock by reactionaries in his party, and looking every bit the straw man of politics. As he withers, opponents within[Read More…]

Trumpism And The Working Class

Trumpism And The Working Class

Trumpism is not a uniquely American phenomena. It is the local variant of an ultra-right anti-establishment ideology that has a worldwide manifestation. In Europe there are right-wing anti-EU parties growing in many of the member states in the EU based on anti-immigrant policies and appeals to nationalism and economic protectionism to preserve jobs for native born citizens, as well anti-Islam[Read More…]

Where We Are And How We Got Here

Where We Are And How We Got Here

Following are excerpts from the Freedom Socialist Party document “Standing on the Edge of Something Big,” adopted at FSP’s September 2016 convention. These sections analyze the political and economic nature of the times and the history leading up to today’s reality. Others examine the decline of capitalist democracy; the 2016 elections; the upsurge in class conflict and social activism; and[Read More…]

American Police-State Militarism And Gun Violence

American Police-State Militarism And Gun Violence

Introduction Contrary to the Hegelian assumption that civilization progresses in a linear mode, the contradictions of capitalism between the promise of prosperity for all, on the one hand, and the reality of perpetual capital concentration, on the other, undermines bourgeois democracy and leads toward a more militaristic-police state. The nexus of structural and behavioral violence has not been lost even[Read More…]

U.S. Veterans joined the Standing Rock Sioux encampment protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo: Joe Brusky/Overpass Light Brigade)

Make America Ungovernable

Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer exist. Corporate exploitation, through the abolition of regulations and laws, will be unimpeded. Global warming will accelerate. A repugnant nationalism, amplified by government propaganda, will promote bigotry and racism. Hate crimes will explode. New[Read More…]

The Courts versus Donald Trump

The Courts versus Donald Trump

The resilience of the US legal system is being tested in the first great and continuing confrontation between the Trump administration and his marshalled opponents. The battle is testing the Republic to its limits, pitting views of sovereign will and legality against each other with near unprecedented viciousness. The wail on the part of the Trump administration is that of[Read More…]

White House Appeals Ruling Against Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

White House Appeals Ruling Against Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

On Friday, Federal District Judge James Robart entered an order halting the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban, which has prompted large protests across the US and worldwide. The Trump administration has responded by filing an immediate appeal, arguing that the judge’s order violates a “fundamental sovereign attribute” of the president. Robart’s order was entered in a lawsuit[Read More…]

Another Missile Crisis or More Chaos?

Another Missile Crisis or More Chaos?

Iran test-fired a missile and the U.S. government went ballistic. It put Iran ‘on notice’ — a phrase meaning little but with a distinct menace. Rummaging around in the Obama administration files, the new arrivals soon discovered well-prepared plans for sanctions should Iran’s actions displease. Iran was no longer ‘on notice,’ it was sanctioned. The Iranians are furious, saying nobody[Read More…]

The Question Of Jerusalem

The Question Of Jerusalem

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President has ushered in a new era of uncertainty, nowhere more so than in the Middle East.  The rules of the game have indeed taken a turn for the better for Bibi Netanyahou, who gave the final push to the construction of 566 new homes in East Jerusalem.  The new lodgings will[Read More…]

Islamophobic With A Smile—The Quebec Case

Islamophobic With A Smile—The Quebec Case

When the Indian-Canadian and later Indian-American novelist Bharati Mukherjee complained in the 1970s that Canada was more racist than America, many people thought she was harsh in her reading of the Canadian society. Only a handful of people told her that she was right. I personally think she was dead right. I can testify to her anguish in that I[Read More…]

Trump Furious As Judge Suspends Muslim Ban

Trump Furious As Judge Suspends Muslim Ban

On Friday, a federal judge in the US state of Washington granted a nationwide stay on key provisions of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to most nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. The most far-reaching court order yet, the ruling by US District Judge James Robart in Seattle clears the way for tens of thousands of individuals stranded outside[Read More…]

Ship The Statue Of Liberty Back To France

Ship The Statue Of Liberty Back To France

Today’s America is a mockery of it. Lady Liberty weeps now. So, let’s ship her back from whence she came, and maybe Europeans will like the symbolism of it. After all: we got it from Europe, just like we got the immigrants from there. Donald Trump might not be able to get Mexicans to pay for his wall that the U.S.[Read More…]

Legality Of Banning Refugees’ Entry Into United States Under Domestic And International Laws

Legality Of Banning Refugees’ Entry Into United States Under Domestic And International Laws

The refugee crisis exploded on the global landscape in 2015 which cautioned the comity of nations that refugees are not socio-political resources. The year 2016 corroborated that the refugee crisis is not going to be a vanishing point of human existentialism. But it has made available an opportunity that to address the plight of flight of refugees in 2017. It[Read More…]

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Cold War Redux: The “Fake Information Age”

London.: The great tedium of history is that those who refuse to acknowledge its immemorial works tend to see exceptional events everywhere.  The next event of terror is singular; the next act of technology inspired hacking is remarkable. Listening to the crackling consternation of the airwaves this Friday morning, the sense of a dark, sulphuric fog, not unlike the polluted air[Read More…]

Trump Issues Orders To Roll Back Bank Regulations

Trump Issues Orders To Roll Back Bank Regulations

President Donald Trump signed executive directives on Friday initiating a sweeping rollback of regulations on banks and financial brokers enacted under the Obama administration following the Wall Street crash of 2008. Trump’s actions target in particular the 2010 Dodd-Frank bank regulations and a Labor Department rule set to take effect in April requiring financial advisers to put the interests of[Read More…]

Muslim Ban Blocked: Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Trump Order

Muslim Ban Blocked: Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Trump Order

A federal judge in Washington state issued a nationwide injunction late Friday against President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration—widely denounced as a travel ban targeting Muslims and refugees from war-torn states—that stirred airport protests across the U.S. last weekend and dozens of lawsuits and legal challenges throughout the week. In Seattle, U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled in[Read More…]

Trump Apartheid America Exempts Anglo Five-Eyes 6% But Not 94% Of Humanity From Racist Travel Bans

Trump Apartheid America Exempts Anglo Five-Eyes 6% But Not 94% Of Humanity From Racist Travel Bans

  Citizens of the mostly White  Anglo Five-Eyes intelligence-sharing club (US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are 6% of Humanity and are exempt from racist Trump’s anti-Muslim travel bans which apply to the remaining 94% of mostly non-White Humanity encompassing 188 of the 193 members of the UN. Apartheid South Africa at least allowed Japanese as “Honorary Whites”. Humanity’s[Read More…]

Trump Dresses Down Australian Prime Minister

Trump Dresses Down Australian Prime Minister

In what appears to have been a calculated leak from the highest echelons of the White House, US President Donald Trump reportedly “blasted” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a phone call last weekend and then abruptly cut off the call. According to the details first published by the Washington Post yesterday, Trump fumed at Turnbull for asking him to[Read More…]

Trump Threatens UC Berkeley Funding Cut After Protest Against Fascistic Provocateur

Trump Threatens UC Berkeley Funding Cut After Protest Against Fascistic Provocateur

President Donald Trump threatened to revoke federal funding to the University of California at Berkeley, one of the top public research institutions in the United States, following a protest Wednesday night by thousands of students against Milo Yiannopoulos, the extreme right-wing editor of Breitbart News. Yiannopoulos had been invited by the campus Republicans to speak at the university. The protest[Read More…]

How Trump Propaganda Works

How Trump Propaganda Works

John Pilger may certainly be correct in arguing that “Trump is not the Issue” but the way the latter’s propaganda works certainly is. Trump undoubtedly values the propagandistic role in domination and oppression and the fact that it helps obscuring the narratives that explaindomination and oppression.[i] Trump is a master of domination and oppression and his recently acquired power demands[Read More…]

Québec Mosque Attack

Québec Mosque Attack

I was deeply saddened upon hearing the news about the murder of six people in a mosque in St Foy, Québec yesterday. While these kinds of killings are commonplace in the U.S., and the killings in other areas of the world greatly outnumber this relatively local occurrence, this one seemed to be more significant. It is not significant just that[Read More…]

Donald Trump – Executive Order And Islamophobia

Donald Trump – Executive Order And Islamophobia

President Donald Trump you have placed restrictions on entry of immigrants from seven Muslim countries in your executive order dated 27th January, 2017. You have placed restrictions in the name of security of American citizens and protecting them from the threat of terrorism. The concern for security of American citizens is welcome. So also is the case of being concerned[Read More…]

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Embracing Malevolence Is Never The Answer

Embracing Malevolence Is Never The Answer

Open any newspaper or peruse any website and you’ll find at least one celebrity, one politician, or one pundit demanding that the rest of us “embrace” President Trump and his gang. Some suggest that we “give him a chance” and others say basically that “you guys lost so stuff it and deal with the new guy.” Others, true to the[Read More…]

White House Issues War Threat Against Iran

White House Issues War Threat Against Iran

In an extraordinarily bellicose statement Wednesday, US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn accused Iran of “destabilising behaviour across the Middle East” and warned, “As of today we are officially putting Iran on notice.” He denounced Tehran for carrying out a ballistic missile test on Sunday and accused the Iranian regime, without any substantiation, of responsibility for an attack on a[Read More…]

The Right-Wing Record Of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

The Right-Wing Record Of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

On Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court seat formerly held by arch-reactionary justice Antonin Scalia. Within Republican circles, the nomination was generally met with approval. Gorsuch was considered by the “mainstream” Republican establishment to have the requisite right-wing credentials, including his proven reactionary record[Read More…]

The Brexit Debate: Down The Rabbit Hole With Parliament

The Brexit Debate: Down The Rabbit Hole With Parliament

London: What role Parliament?  Edmund Burke put forth his known idea before the electors of Bristol on November 3, 1774.  An ideal, and therefore refutable notion, was advanced: “Certainly, gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents.”[1] The role[Read More…]

Democracy And The Corporation: Coporatizing The World

Democracy And The Corporation: Coporatizing The World

“The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.”      Edward Dowling We’re seeing a sudden surge of dictatorial fascistic leaders around the globe. Here’s something I wrote several years ago, trying to explain what’s happening[Read More…]

Milo Yiannopoulos Speech Called Off At UC Berkeley After Student Protest

Milo Yiannopoulos Speech Called Off At UC Berkeley After Student Protest

The scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at MLK Student Union at UC Berkeley yesterday, was called off after a student protest. Milo is an editor for Breitbart which is an anti-Semitic, racist, white supremacist Web site. CNN reported that violence erupted at UC Berkeley on Wednesday night hours before Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. More than 1,500 protesters had[Read More…]

We Must Fight

We Must Fight

We must fight the encroaching fascism. We must fight it hard and fight it now. This time, fascism is global in its implications and nuclear in its capabilities. Today we are all Yemenis, Libyans, Iraqis, Iranians, Somalis, Sudanese, and Syrians. Today we are all connected humans who will not see the bullies win. Today we are all empaths. Today we[Read More…]

Trump And The War On Windmills!

Trump And The War On Windmills!

Trump seems like Don Quixote, who invents enemies and fight them and believe to be victorious. It is true that Trump has succeeded in the real estate business. But the administration’s policy is much bigger than estate companies and alcohol factories. However, this does not mean that the world had reached the stage morality has become embedded in politics, but[Read More…]

Clamoring For Israeli Approval: Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

Clamoring For Israeli Approval: Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

  US President Donald Trump promises to be pro-Israel in every aspect. ‘I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel,’ he boasted at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Forum in Washington DC, in December, 2015. For a brief moment, Trump appeared as if rethinking his unconditional support for Israel, when in February 2016, the Republican presidential nominee pledged[Read More…]

Trump Nominates Ultra-Right Justice To US Supreme Court

Trump Nominates Ultra-Right Justice To US Supreme Court

President Donald Trump has chosen an ultra-right acolyte of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the vacancy created by Scalia’s death a year ago, nominating Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, Colorado. Trump unveiled the nomination in a prime-time television production Tuesday night that had been hyped[Read More…]

Fussing About The State Visit: Queen Elizabeth II And Trump Traumatic Disorder

Fussing About The State Visit: Queen Elizabeth II And Trump Traumatic Disorder

London: Trump Traumatic Disorder has been making its away across the Atlantic, numbing British officials, activists and commentators on one vital point: Should President Donald J. Trump be able to see the Queen on an official state visit? A good of deal of this was sparked by Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority states.  On a daily basis,[Read More…]

Western Media Ignore Huge US-imposed Avoidable Mortality In Muslim Countries Subject To Trump Travel Ban

Western Media Ignore Huge US-imposed Avoidable Mortality In Muslim Countries Subject To Trump Travel Ban

Racist Trump America now severely restricts immigration from 7 Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. While Trump’s racist travel ban on citizens from 7 Muslim countries has elicited well-justified outrage from Western media, politicians and commentators, the politically correct  racist (PC racist) West resolutely ignores the horrendous,  US-imposed avoidable mortality in[Read More…]

Protesters marching in Tijuana

Protests In Mexico Continue Against Gas Price Hike, Water Privatization

The gasolinazo protests, which erupted in Mexico early this month over the slashing of gasoline subsidies, continue throughout the country. In Baja California, these protests have coincided with enormous social anger over PAN (National Action Party) state Governor Francisco Vega’s attempt to ram through legislation that would privatize water services and implement severe rate increases, a measure backed by the[Read More…]

The Fake News Inquiry: Old Wine In New Bottles

The Fake News Inquiry: Old Wine In New Bottles

London: Any inquiry into fake news is much like having a Royal Commission into the make up and motivation for Halal food. (The latter absurd proposition has been put forth by a few Australian politicians irritated by the Islamist bogeyman.)  Neither mission is particularly helpful, other than to illustrate a mounting ignorance about a phenomenon that always was. In the[Read More…]

Lawsuits Filed Challenging Trump’s Muslim Ban

Lawsuits Filed Challenging Trump’s Muslim Ban

At least two lawsuits were filed Monday (Jan. 30) against against President’s Trump’s Friday’s “Muslim ban” executive order. In Seattle, Washington, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslim immigrants and refugees, calling it unconstitutional and asking for a temporary restraining order. In Washington DC, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)[Read More…]

Trump’s Entry Ban: Linked To The Neo-Con Agenda?

Trump’s Entry Ban: Linked To The Neo-Con Agenda?

President Donald Trump’s ban on nationals from 7 Muslim majority countries in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) entering the United States of America for a period of 90 days has brought to the fore the role and influence of some of the forces that shape US foreign policy in the region. With the exception of one country, the Trump[Read More…]

A Bully Pulpit or A Bully’s Pulpit

A Bully Pulpit or A Bully’s Pulpit

Such a flurry of activity in the first week as executive orders poured out of the Oval Office at a fast and furious pace.  To what end … Yes, a wall is going to be built … except it might be a fence and might not cover the whole stretch.  The chief of the border patrol has resigned/fired over disagreement. [Read More…]

Trump Defies Mass Protests Against Anti-immigrant Measures

Trump Defies Mass Protests Against Anti-immigrant Measures

Protests against the Trump administration’s executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries and all refugees spread across the country on Sunday, as the Homeland Security Department and immigration authorities continued to detain men, women and children denied entry to the US on the basis of the illegal executive order issued Friday by the new president. Tens of thousands gathered[Read More…]

President Trump: A Bull In A China Shop?

President Trump: A Bull In A China Shop?

Presidents and Prime Ministers assuming office in mature democratic countries after an election start with a period of honeymoon with the public and the rest of the world. President Kennedy had a long honeymoon and President Hollande a briefer one. Trump has willfully chosen not to have any honeymoon by his pronouncements before the inaugural and the speech he made[Read More…]

Divest From War, Invest In People

Divest From War, Invest In People

All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction–with even more executive orders promised. In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed “America First”. The U.S. does rank first in weapon sales, in mass incarceration and in[Read More…]

Red & Blue: Let’s Make America Great Again!

Red & Blue: Let’s Make America Great Again!

Last night I dreamt of Alan Kurdi. Remember him? …No? Well, I thought so, or rather I was sure that you would have forgotten. After all it’s natural to forget tragedies, pain and death! That is such a natural, lovely, human trait, essential to survive the pain-hole that this world is! It’s been more than a year since Alan’s lifeless[Read More…]

Worsening Inequalities: The Courage To Face The Challenge

Worsening Inequalities: The Courage To Face The Challenge

It is not surprising that the Davos Forum held in the middle of January 2017 chose not to examine the obscene, grotesque, ever widening economic inequalities in the world brought to its attention  by Oxfam, the global aid and development confederation. Oxfam revealed on the 15th of January that “the richest eight tycoons on the planet are worth as much[Read More…]

Trump Orders Military To Prepare For War

Trump Orders Military To Prepare For War

During a visit to the Pentagon on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive action calling for stepped up violence in Syria and a vast expansion of the US military, including its nuclear arsenal, to prepare for war with “near-peer competitors”—a reference to nuclear-armed China and Russia—and “regional challengers,” such as Iran. “I’m signing an executive action to begin a[Read More…]

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Take Notice, Trump: We Are Not Protestors—We Are Protectors

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump took the presidential oath of office before a crowd best described as puny compared to the estimated 1.8 million people who attended Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. The following day, the world erupted as millions of people joined demonstrations in major cities across the United States and the world to express their commitment to opposing[Read More…]

On Email Hacking Allegations, West Establishment says Trust Torturers, Distrust Torture-Whistleblowers

On Email Hacking Allegations, West Establishment says Trust Torturers, Distrust Torture-Whistleblowers

  British mainstream paper the Daily Mail reported that former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, says he can attest first hand that the Clinton/Podesta materials handed to Wikileaks were leaked from a Washington insider, not stolen by Russia. But the Daily Mail, knowing the majority of people won’t read into the article, says, in the large, bold-lettered article summary beneath the[Read More…]

Hundreds, Including Journalists, Charged With Rioting In Wake Of Inauguration Protest

Hundreds, Including Journalists, Charged With Rioting In Wake Of Inauguration Protest

Two hundred and thirty-five people were arrested by police last Friday morning during protests in Washington D.C. at the inauguration of Donald Trump. The protests were described by participants as both “anti-capitalist” and “anti- fascist.” Those arrested, composed largely of politically unaffiliated individuals, were first surrounded and indiscriminately detained at the intersection of 11th and K Street. There riot police[Read More…]

White House To Issue Executive Order On “Safe Zones” In Syria, Ban On Muslim Immigrants And Refugees

White House To Issue Executive Order On “Safe Zones” In Syria, Ban On Muslim Immigrants And Refugees

US President Donald Trump declared in an extended interview with ABC News broadcast Wednesday that he will sign an executive order directing authorities to implement US controlled “safe zones” in Syria. The order would also block the entry of refugees and immigrants from a number of majority Muslim countries, including Syria. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a complete[Read More…]

A boy looks at U.S. workers building a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Breakdown In Mexico-US Relations As Trump Threatens Trade War

On Wednesday Donald Trump announced the construction of a wall along the US’s southern border, provoking a diplomatic crisis without precedent in the modern history of US-Mexico relations. When Trump repeated his ultimatum that Mexico pay for the cost of construction, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a visit to the White House that had been planned for January 31.[Read More…]

Doomsday Clock Now Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight

Doomsday Clock Now Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight

The symbolic Doomsday Clock inched closer to midnight on Thursday, and we have President Donald Trump largely to thank for the ominous development. At the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists‘ Science and Security Board moved the hands of the iconic clock 30 seconds closer to “midnight,” or the end of[Read More…]

Blindness At Davos

Blindness At Davos

Davos The World Economic Forum (WEF), a Swiss non-profit foundation for public-private cooperation “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”, met in Davos from 17-20 January, as it does every year, in an ambience of high-level meetings interspersed by opulent partying. It[Read More…]

White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting A Verdict

White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting A Verdict

This morning, here in Minneapolis, six jurors decided beyond a reasonable doubt that I am guilty as charged and my co-defendant, Dan Wilsonwas found innocent.  The court case stems from an action protesting the execution of Jamar Clark, age 24, who died in the early morning of November 15, 2015 outside a north Minneapolis apartment complex. Two Minneapolis police officers,[Read More…]

Brexit And The UK Supreme Court

Brexit And The UK Supreme Court

It was predicted, it was warned against, and it happened: Prime Minister Theresa May’s government cannot commence the official process for leaving the European Union without parliamentary approval. In upholding the decision of the lower court Parliament, deemed the sovereign voice of the UK, was again affirmed as ultimate arbiter, the historical figure of force that cannot be bypassed.  This[Read More…]

Trump Executive Orders Approve Dakota, Keystone Pipelines

Trump Executive Orders Approve Dakota, Keystone Pipelines

President Donald Trump has ordered US government agencies to expedite approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, running roughshod over opposition by environmentalists and Native American tribes. The Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) has encountered impassioned opposition, with thousands gathering despite the deep freeze of the North Dakota winter to block completion of the 1,200-mile-long pipeline, which is[Read More…]

A Letter To Two Presidents

A Letter To Two Presidents

January 20th is unique … unique in that it has been inauguration day in the U.S. since 1937.  Thus it is on this day the people have two presidents, one before noon and the incoming one after.  This letter then is addressed to two presidents starting with President Barack H. Obama who ends his term of office. I Mr. President [Read More…]

Betsy DeVos And Blackwater

Betsy DeVos And Blackwater

Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who has been called “America’s most notorious mercenary” by author and journalist Jeremy Scahill, has emerged as an influential advisor to the incoming Donald Trump regime. Prince is also the brother of Betsy DeVos, who is in the process of being confirmed as secretary of education — and an advocate for the privatization of public schools.[Read More…]

The U.S. Voters’ Rights Amendment: Explained

The U.S. Voters’ Rights Amendment: Explained

The 2016 election just cost $5 billion and produced two major candidates who were despised by a majority of the People. Given the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, 45 percent of voting-age Americans did not cast a ballot, and only 46.5 percent of those who did vote choose Trump. Almost three million more voters selected Clinton over Trump,[Read More…]

Trump Uses Executive Orders To Impose Hiring And Regulatory Freezes

Trump Uses Executive Orders To Impose Hiring And Regulatory Freezes

In the first days of his presidency, Donald Trump has issued a series of executive orders and memoranda that outline his administration’s far-right agenda: economic nationalism and war abroad; attacks on living standards and democratic rights at home. On Friday, immediately following his inauguration, Trump issued an executive order weakening the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The order,[Read More…]

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Revolt Is The Only Barrier To A Fascist America

Revolt Is The Only Barrier To A Fascist America

This is a transcript of a talk Chris Hedges gave at the Inaugurate the Resistance rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The ruling elites, terrified by the mobilization of the left in the 1960s, or by what [political scientist] Samuel P. Huntington called America’s “excess of democracy,” built counter-institutions to delegitimize and marginalize critics of corporate capitalism and imperialism. They[Read More…]

The Chicago Women's March was so large that no one photograph or photographer could have covered the vastness of it (estimated by TV news at a quarter million people, and possibly much more). Above, part of the crowd on Michigan Ave. looking north from the Art Institute (to the right in the photo). Substance photo by Susan Zupan.

Chicago Women’s March… More Than 250,000 People, Majority Of Them Women, On The Move Against Trump And Trumpism…

The Women’s March of January 21, 2017, was too large for anyone to “cover” as a reporter or photographer. This is one participant’s report, view and experience from the streets of Chicago during the January 21, 2017 Women’s March. My report is presented mostly as a snapshot of the people, posters and chants encountered. I did not hear even one[Read More…]

The Revolt Of The Intelligence Community: Future Battles With President Donald Trump

The Revolt Of The Intelligence Community: Future Battles With President Donald Trump

Factionalism and fury are basic ingredients of the US Republic. Designed as a classic response to the lynch mob fantasy of direct democracy, and the weakness of unaccountable monarchy, those behind the US constitution contrived a select form of paternal snobbery: letting groups fight it out in the amphitheatre of politics. Such a battle would always adhere to certain demarcations[Read More…]

Obama Legacy, Racism And Trump Victory in America

Obama Legacy, Racism And Trump Victory in America

As there’re multiple causes and factors behind most events, so is Donald Trump’s election victory not attributable to any single factor. However, there is always the “most important factor” behind everything. Here, neo-fascist racism played the most important role in the election of Trump. One may attribute his victory to the so-called Obama Legacy or Factor. We know Trump is[Read More…]

Appearance Of Military Officers During Trump’s Inaugural Address Still Unexplained

Appearance Of Military Officers During Trump’s Inaugural Address Still Unexplained

A strange and disturbing sequence took place behind President Donald Trump as he delivered his inaugural address Friday, which has gone virtually without comment in the news media. Early in his address, ten military officers walked up and stood behind the president so they would prominently appear with Trump in the camera shots beamed across the US and the world.[Read More…]

Trump’s Inaugural Address: Neoliberal Anti-Christ Donald Trump’s “America First” Trumps Jesus’ “Love Thy Neighbour”

Trump’s Inaugural Address: Neoliberal Anti-Christ Donald Trump’s “America First” Trumps Jesus’ “Love Thy Neighbour”

US President Donald  Trump’s Inaugural Address was a mish-mash of populist rhetoric, unachievable promises, lying by commission and egregious lying by omission, most notably over the 1.7 million Americans who die preventably each year in the neoliberal US Corporatocracy.  Crucially, espousal of “America First” by an anti-Christ Donald Trump contradicts the “Love thy neighbour” imperative of that wonderful Palestinian humanitarian[Read More…]

Ignored Ironies: Women, Protest And Donald Trump

Ignored Ironies: Women, Protest And Donald Trump

  The USA has Urinary Trump Infection. Protest sign, San Francisco Women’s Rally, Jan 21, 2017 San Francisco: The man, called Bruce, goes by the name of DJ Chocolate Starfish.  He is energetically occupying himself in the corner of a room on the third floor of the often noisy San Francisco Public library, eyes moving with frenzied delight at the mixed[Read More…]

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise

When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize. There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow seem to be continually surprised when easily predictable negative consequences of this way of life come to pass. So we’re surprised when[Read More…]

Trump's inauguration speech had unsettling echoes of 1930s Germany. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)

Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech From the Original German

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe. So here is a plain English translation of some key passages. Today’s ceremony, however, has very[Read More…]

The Birth Of Trumpland: Notes On An Inauguration

The Birth Of Trumpland: Notes On An Inauguration

San Francisco: With the country ridden by woe and revulsion; with the discontent so profound and vicious, the Trump presidency began.  It did so by way of comparison – of the chalk-cheese variety.  In 2008, when the shining armour of Knight Obama took centre stage, there were sighs, ecstatic releases, heavy exhalations of hope.  The theme, then, to start this presidency:[Read More…]

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Inauguration Day: A Good Day For A Walk In The Woods

Not since the Civil War has an American presidential Inauguration Day been so fraught with fear and dread (on February 23, 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled to his inauguration under military guard, arriving in Washington, D.C., in disguise). The incoming president is the most unpopular of any to assume office since modern polling began. In a single news cycle this past[Read More…]

If We’re Honest, We All Know Trump’s America

If We’re Honest, We All Know Trump’s America

When a local organizer for a new adult education project in Austin, Texas, asked me to teach a course on politics in January, it was tempting to focus on the potentially disastrous short-term consequences of the election. Instead, I decided to frame the course around the disastrous long-term forces that shape the contemporary United States, no matter who is in[Read More…]

The Legacy Of Iran’s Powerful Cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The Legacy Of Iran’s Powerful Cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the main pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran, died on January 8, 2017, in Tehran. The Islamic government announced the cause of his death as heart attack, but some other sources have claimed he was killed by the agents within the clerical regime. According to one source, he was suffocated in a Sa’dabad[Read More…]

The Three-Way Tug Of War That’s Pulling Syria Apart

The Three-Way Tug Of War That’s Pulling Syria Apart

Last month, the Islamic State recaptured Palmyra from where it was evicted by the Syrian army only in March; and this week, the Islamic State has launched a fierce assault in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, near Syria’s border with Iraq, and has successfully managed to surround the military airport, thus cutting off food supplies to the besieged city.[Read More…]

Yemen War Death Toll Reaches 10,000

Yemen War Death Toll Reaches 10,000

  The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said that the death toll in the Yemeni war had reached 10,000, up from the previous figure of 7,000. The UN envoy’s statement came after his talks in Aden with the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Hadi who rejected the UN peace plan. “A peace agreement, including a well-articulated security[Read More…]

Yemen: Obama’s Parting Gift To Terror

Yemen: Obama’s Parting Gift To Terror

Barack Obama saved his parting gift to terror, his worst crime, for last, the War on the Yemeni People. Obama’s last war has institutionalized a failed state and which will continue to inflict terror and suffering on 25 million Yemenis for generations to come. When the Saudi army began its aggression against Yemen, Obama seemed only a reluctant partner, but[Read More…]

Post-Truth Is A ‘Relative’ Concept; India Experiencing It For Years

Post-Truth Is A ‘Relative’ Concept; India Experiencing It For Years

  The pendulum swings both ways. Big things or changes in socialactions and behaviour of human beings, in its true macro sense, do not happen within a year. To a section of observers of the social and political developments around the world, post-truth did largely manifest in 2016. It would be a mistake to assume similar interpretations of the post-truth[Read More…]

The Balancing Act Is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us About Israel 

The Balancing Act Is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us About Israel 

For some, the ‘manslaughter’ conviction – following the murder by Israeli army medic, Elor Azaria, of already incapacitated Palestinian man, Fattah al-Sharif – is finally settling a protracted debate regarding where Israelis stand on Palestinian human rights. Nearly 70 percent of the Israeli public supports calls to pardon the convicted soldier, who is largely perceived among Israelis as the “child[Read More…]

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

President Barack Obama has commuted noted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, and Manning will be released on May 17 of this year. Human rights defenders, government watchdogs, and LGBTQ advocates have long been pushing Obama to commute Manning’s 35-year sentence, particularly as Manning, who is transgender and is being denied appropriate healthcare in military prison, has attempted suicide twice in[Read More…]

Iraqi Civilian Death Toll Mounts As Fighting Intensifies In Mosul

Iraqi Civilian Death Toll Mounts As Fighting Intensifies In Mosul

Fighting has intensified in Mosul over the past two weeks as Iraqi government forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have pushed forward to the Tigris River in their efforts to recapture the country’s second-largest city from Islamic State. The US-backed offensive is having a devastating impact on the civilian population, which numbered over 1 million when operations began in October.[Read More…]

Pathological Terror: Health Fears Ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

Pathological Terror: Health Fears Ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

“Ain’t going to let no ego maniac turn me around, turn me around, keep on walking, keep on talking going to build ourselves a brand-new world.” Joan Baez, San Francisco, Jan 15, 2017 San Francisco.: The City Hall gleamed in the crisp air of an unusually wintry day in San Francisco, where gatherings ahead of the inauguration of the US[Read More…]

Thanking Obama or The Best Slaves Are The Ones Who Thank Their Masters

Thanking Obama or The Best Slaves Are The Ones Who Thank Their Masters

As President Obama takes his last lap around the governing field before turning it over to Donald Trump LLC many liberals and some deluded “leftists” have taken to thanking him for his eight years of service to the 1%. The best that can be said from a Marxist perspective is that there have been worse presidents (we are about to[Read More…]

Divided America: Root Causes And The Road Ahead

Divided America: Root Causes And The Road Ahead

US Culture Clashes and the Return to “Clash of Civilizations” Theory Based on the bourgeois ideals and value system of the Enlightenment, Western open societies are culturally pluralistic but have limits in social cohesion owing to the hierarchical structure created by the political economy of capitalism. Symptomatic of the market economy, social differentiation and exclusion are a permanent fixture regardless[Read More…]

The Thorniest Policy-Question That President Trump Will Face

The Thorniest Policy-Question That President Trump Will Face

A decision must be made at the start of Donald Trump’s Presidency on one issue, which will shape both his foreign and domestic policies, and so his entire Presidency. Mark Strauss, the Editor of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, headlined on 8 September 2014, “Nukes Are Cannibalizing The U.S. Defense Budget”, and he raised the question of why nuclear forces are “cannibalizing the U.S.[Read More…]

Populism And The Rise Of The Demagogues

Populism And The Rise Of The Demagogues

While the winter, outside, descends in all its severity, thoughts go to all those people who now have to face the cold, under miserable conditions. Thoughts go to war refugees who are left to their fate, the Greek islands, the Balkans and other places, where political Europe does not want to burn their hands and would rather look away. Politics[Read More…]

We Must Not Demonize And Threaten Russia

We Must Not Demonize And Threaten Russia

Eisenhower’s warning In his famous farwell address, US President Dwight Eisenhower eloquently described the terrible effects of an overgrown military-industrial complex. Here are his words: “We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions…. This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence, economic,[Read More…]

Traitors In Britain’s Leadership

Traitors In Britain’s Leadership

When a UK Prime Minister, such as the Conservative David Cameron, does the work of a foreign power, working for that foreign power and against UK’s democratic ideals, and also against the interests and values (such as equal-rights, and UK’s sovereign independence) which are held by the UK public, then that UK Prime Minister is perpetrating treason, whatever else it[Read More…]

An Uncertain Future Follows Obama’s Farewell

An Uncertain Future Follows Obama’s Farewell

President Obama’s farewell address focusing on the state of our democracy offered a lofty perspective coupled with a homily on the responsibility of citizenship. Thrown in were elements of legacy seized upon by numerous commentators from the left and right. The trouble is an aloof president on a lofty perch is unlikely to get much of anything done in the[Read More…]

The Transpositions In Trump-Land Are Irrevocable If We Let Them Complete Themselves

The Transpositions In Trump-Land Are Irrevocable If We Let Them Complete Themselves

Politics and power create curious albeit predictable transpositions. Misogynist and Paleolithic conservatives transpose themselves into self-described beacons of hope for women as they simultaneously deride Islam for its differential treatment of women and launch an attack on women’s freedom and rights in the United States.  As they deride Democrats for pandering to Wall Street, they promote the richest cabinet in[Read More…]

Obama Expands NSA Spying

Obama Expands NSA Spying

With the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump only days away, the Obama administration announced on Thursday a vast expansion of the spying power of American intelligence agencies. Under the new rules, the National Security Agency (NSA) can now share raw bulk data consisting of private communications with 16 other intelligence agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.[Read More…]

Trump Team Targets Iran

Trump Team Targets Iran

  Saudi Arabia dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers, and its royal family dominates as the world’s top financial backer of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, but incoming President Donald Trump has chosen to lead his national-security team, only people who blame Iran and not Saudi Arabia, as being the main source of international[Read More…]

Trump Means War

Trump Means War

  On Saturday afternoon, January 7, 2017, I attended an indoor rally entitled United Against Trump at the Women’s Building in San Francisco.  The room was packed to the rafters.  The spirit of resistance was high.  There were inspiring speeches on defending immigrants, on fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, on fighting for health care, on taxing the rich.  There were[Read More…]

From Official Policy To Mainstream Discourse: Propaganda In The Making

From Official Policy To Mainstream Discourse: Propaganda In The Making

The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act (CDPA), passed last December 8th by Barack Obama, was first presented to the US Congress on March 16th. This effort in information warfare was in the making long before the mainstream media campaign against “fake news”,or serious allegations of Russian meddling in US elections, started. This is an analysis of how foreign and domestic[Read More…]

Dossiers, Make Believe And Fantasy: The CIA, Trump And Unverified News

Dossiers, Make Believe And Fantasy: The CIA, Trump And Unverified News

London: Morning breakfast news on the BBC’s Radio Four on Friday was a delightful affair filled with discussions on Russia (when do we not talk about that busy, stirring Bear these days?), Donald Trump, dossiers and the intelligence fraternity. Did it even matter that various sources have been unverified, subject matter lumped together in cumbersome conversations on fake news, sexual frolics[Read More…]

Obama’s Stellar Effort To Preserve Our Cultural Heritage in Syria

Obama’s Stellar Effort To Preserve Our Cultural Heritage in Syria

The National Museum, Damascus: President Obama’s Syria legacy is already being widely debated. In 2009 the former Southside Chicago community organizer and Law Professor entered the White House promising a new direction and vision in the Middle East from that of his predecessor and pledging “a new way forward.” “A New Beginning” is the name of the speech he delivered on[Read More…]

Anti-racist Jewish Humanitarians Oppose Apartheid Israel & Support UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Anti-racist Jewish Humanitarians Oppose Apartheid Israel & Support UN Security Council Resolution 2334

The persecution of Jews in Europe that culminated in the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million Jews killed by violence or deprivation) means that anti-racist Jews are inescapably obliged to oppose race-based Apartheid, disempowerment, dispossession, expulsion, ethnic cleansing  and genocide. Accordingly, numerous anti-racist Jews have come out to back UN Security Council  Resolution 2334 (2016) that explicitly condemns such war crimes[Read More…]

Freeland – Aimed At Putin? Or Trump?

Freeland – Aimed At Putin? Or Trump?

The CBC today (Tuesday, January 10, 2016) presented the news concerning Chrystia Freeland’s new appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister for Canada’s Trudeau government, noting mainly that she was on the sanctions list from Russia. The announcer also noted that she is of Ukrainian background and is very opposed to Russia’s supposed actions in Ukraine. I say supposed because the descriptor[Read More…]

Eight Years A President: What Did The Hope And Change Champion Achieve?

Eight Years A President: What Did The Hope And Change Champion Achieve?

The decisive victory of Senator Barack Obama over veteran Republican Senator John McCain in the fiercely fought 2008 US Presidential election proved to the world that America is truly exceptional. In a country built on the foundation of slavery and shrouded in segregation until the 1960s, the spectacular rise of an African-American to the zenith was a testament to the[Read More…]

Mexican Protests Continue As Consumer Prices Rise

Mexican Protests Continue As Consumer Prices Rise

  In the face of continuing protests, marches and occupations in Mexico, the ruling class is looking for political and economic alternatives to Peña Nieto as his political partners, the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), distance themselves from the gas subsidy cuts in the face of widespread public opposition. Wednesday marked the[Read More…]

Fury At Azaria Verdict Is Israel’s Trump Moment

Fury At Azaria Verdict Is Israel’s Trump Moment

  Nazareth: The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming president Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. Two fallacious narratives have greeted the army medic’s manslaughter conviction last week, after he was filmed firing a bullet into the head of a[Read More…]

How Anti-Capitalists Can Seize The Moment As Trump Enters The White House

How Anti-Capitalists Can Seize The Moment As Trump Enters The White House

In 2000, I was 17 years old. I didn’t know the first thing about politics, history, or social change. My first preference in the U.S. Presidential Election was for George W. Bush.[i] Somehow in my ignorance I had figured out that the Democrats were the more popular party, and I reviled what was popular. The President for the last eight[Read More…]

Does Israel Exist As A Nation State?

Does Israel Exist As A Nation State?

  Criticism of Israel’s actions, which are finally being countered by international pressure, may have one built-in failure — critics are dealing with the wrong Israel. To whom are the United Nations and the U.S. Secretary of State addressing? They may direct speech to leaders of a nation called Israel; but is there a nation called Israel? Not according to[Read More…]

Obama Is A Disaster!

Obama Is A Disaster!

My book “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions” (Clarity Press: 2009) set forth a comprehensive analysis and critique of all the hideous atrocities President Bush Jr et al inflicted upon international law, human rights law, the U.S. Constitution, and innocent human beings, especially Third World People of Color, starting from when Bush Jr et al. stole the U.S. Presidency from the American[Read More…]

Syria And The Antiwar Movement

Syria And The Antiwar Movement

While everyone agrees that Syria is a humanitarian disaster, there has been a complete fracturing of the left when it comes to analyzing the conflict. Unfortunately, the debates have been unusually vicious and sectarian making rational discussion difficult. The specifics of Syria account for only a part of the viciousness of the debate. At heart are differences in conception of[Read More…]

Mexican Government, Trade Unions Mobilize Against Protests To Pave The Way For Trump

Mexican Government, Trade Unions Mobilize Against Protests To Pave The Way For Trump

Mass protests in Mexico and the looming inauguration of Donald Trump as US president are adding to uncertainty in the Mexican ruling class and among foreign investors over fears of growing social unrest and economic crisis. Ongoing demonstrations continued across Mexico this weekend as Mexicans continue to reject the government’s gas subsidy cut.

Another Mass U.S Shooting: Wars And Consequences

Another Mass U.S Shooting: Wars And Consequences

Yet another mass shooting in the U.S., this time at Ft. Lauderdale airport, Florida’s second largest.  A certain Esteban Santiago flew from Alaska changing planes en route at Minneapolis.  Arriving, he headed to the baggage collection area, claimed his suitcase, opened it in the privacy of a toilet, removed a gun, methodically loaded it, and began shooting in the baggage[Read More…]

What Is To Be A Muslim In America Today?

What Is To Be A Muslim In America Today?

Can one define what a Muslim is in the wake of the decision that President-elect Trump wants to take to ban all Muslims from entering America? The late Edward Said—were he still alive—may attempt an answer to the question I pose here as he did in the late seventies but I gather it will not be sufficient in that we[Read More…]

Squeeze And Wiggle: Transport Chaos In London

Squeeze And Wiggle: Transport Chaos In London

London.: It has the air of being a well minted yet distinctly first world problem: inconvenienced commuters in one of the world’s first true megalopolises, gnashing their teeth as they are pushed and grounded together during the rush hour.  All because of a strike by station workers on the London Underground, which supplies the arterial blood for commuter traffic in[Read More…]

Laudato Si Supplement

Laudato Si Supplement

  At the time of Jesus’ birth, the earth’s entire population was just 300 million, smaller than the U.S. by itself today. About 45 million of those people, including Jesus himself, lived in the Roman Empire, whose borders stretched in Jesus’ time from modern-day Portugal in the west to Turkey in the east. It is estimated that the population of the world reached[Read More…]

Russia:Enemy Of Western Democracy?

Russia:Enemy Of Western Democracy?

There is a great deal of continuity in Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great until the present. There was clear discontinuity during the Bolshevik Revolution and the brief period when V. I. Lenin was in power, but then the USSR reverted to some very traditional practices in domestic and especially foreign affairs. Just as Tsars Peter the[Read More…]

Four Dead, 1,000 Arrested As Demonstrations Continue Across Mexico

Four Dead, 1,000 Arrested As Demonstrations Continue Across Mexico

  The Mexican government on Thursday declared that it would not rescind its gasoline subsidy cut, as clashes at protests against the measure in recent days left four dead, dozens hurt and over 1,000 arrested. The cut, known as the gasolinazo, will result in a 20 percent gas price hike in the coming year. Although Mexico is a leading oil[Read More…]

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Block Trump Muslim Registry

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Block Trump Muslim Registry

On January 5, 2017, nine Democratic senators filed a bill blocking the executive branch from registering people based on religion, race, gender, age, national origin or nationality. “Contrary to the President-elect’s beliefs, America’s diversity is not a threat — it is, in fact, our greatest strength,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) was quoted by The Hill as saying. He added that “if our incoming[Read More…]

The Anti-Russian Warmongering Is As Bad As The Anti-Iraq Warmongering Of 2003

The Anti-Russian Warmongering Is As Bad As The Anti-Iraq Warmongering Of 2003

I graduated from the exact same PHD Program at Harvard that produced Kissinger and Brzezinski before me. They gave me Kissinger’s old office at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. I also went through the exact same Soviet/Russian Studies Program at Harvard that produced Brzezinski before me, and passed my PHD Oral/General Examinations in Soviet Politics and Russian History under Adam[Read More…]

The Insane Circus Now Going On In Washington Is A Sad Parody Of Joseph McCarthy

The Insane Circus Now Going On In Washington Is A Sad Parody Of Joseph McCarthy

The single most important point to keep in mind about the “Russians did it” three-ring circus underway in Washington – after the essential fact that still no proof has been provided to support accusations coming from the highest level – is that there is no issue around the contrived notion of interfering in an American election or endangering American security.[Read More…]

US Corporate Press Selectively Publicizes Disagreements Between CIA, President

US Corporate Press Selectively Publicizes Disagreements Between CIA, President

The US corporate press was abuzz with front page, top stories today about the disagreement between incoming president Trump and some figures from the CIA and other intelligence agencies regarding the leaking of facts about Hillary Clinton, which some in the US speculate caused her to lose the election. Some US establishment figures claim the information was stolen and released[Read More…]

Strikes Spread In Mexico, Thousands Of Police Deployed To Capital

Strikes Spread In Mexico, Thousands Of Police Deployed To Capital

Police made up to 600 arrests throughout Mexico yesterday as protests continued against President Enrique Pena Nieto’s cut to gas subsidies, known colloquially as the gasolinazo. One police officer was killed during confrontations in an impoverished neighborhood of Mexico City, and the mayor deployed 9,000 police to guard commercial centers throughout the city. Yesterday also saw indications that localized protests[Read More…]

On Trump’s Plan To Replace Obamacare

On Trump’s Plan To Replace Obamacare

  Critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or Obamacare) have openly advocated the full repeal of the legislation since its implementation some years ago. It is no secret that Trump has advocated for a full repeal as well. Given his tendency to renege on his word, however, it remains uncertain whether the president-elect will, in fact,[Read More…]

The War On Experts: Brexit, Populism And Sir Ivan Rogers’ Resignation

The War On Experts: Brexit, Populism And Sir Ivan Rogers’ Resignation

London: Populism has a much needed place in political arrangements, the necessary, disruptive gust that keeps the complacent from losing touch. For one, it often threatens to destroy those arrangements altogether, or at the very least provide a blustery challenge. This, however, comes with its costs, notably in the modern State.  For one, it promises a mixture of bloodletting and indifference[Read More…]

Holiness’ “Holy” Act: An Archbishop, Reportedly, Initiates Onslaught On The “Sinful” Venezuela

Holiness’ “Holy” Act: An Archbishop, Reportedly, Initiates Onslaught On The “Sinful” Venezuela

The following news-report by Fox News says: “On New Year’s Day, priests across Venezuela reportedly were instructed by Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the archbishop of Caracas, to read […] a text during the homily encouraging parishioners to take a stand for democracy and not be intimidated by the socialist rule of Nicolas Maduro.” The January 4, 2017 datelined news-report says:[Read More…]

Notes On Modern Day Capitalism

Notes On Modern Day Capitalism

              The current economic crisis has been interpreted variously. To most of the analysts it is merely a crisis of the new globalized financial system and the absence of any effective global regulatory mechanism. Another variant of the theme points the finger to the policy of completely freeing the American corporate, especially the financial corporate, oligarchy of any regulatory[Read More…]

Hacking or Leak And Expelling Diplomats

Hacking or Leak And Expelling Diplomats

  In the U.S., the big news lately has been the expulsion last week of 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee that revealed a corrupt leadership. The claimed hacking was on May 16, 2016 and the information released just prior to the Democratic Convention held July 25 – 28, 2016. How it[Read More…]

Aping Washington: Tony Abbott, Israel And Australian Foreign Policy

Aping Washington: Tony Abbott, Israel And Australian Foreign Policy

He is one of Australia’s truly singular politicians, relentlessly zealous, hewn from the granite of an older fanaticism. Despise him, loathe him, but consider him for one fundamental point: he has escaped the management artists, the curbing focus groups, and the broad political classes in a way unusual for the modern Australian politician. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has[Read More…]

Hiding head in sand

Ending Ostrich Syndrome

  “President Obama had tears in his eyes in January, 2016, calling for relief from record breaking shootings and killings in the U.S. Yet 2016 became a record breaking year for U.S. export of weapons to other countries.  The U.S. is responsible for nearly 33% of worldwide weapon exports—by far the top arms exporter on the planet.” — Kathy Kelly,[Read More…]

The Biggest Underreported Stories Of 2016

The Biggest Underreported Stories Of 2016

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society…is the true ruling power…we are governed, our minds are moulded, our tastes formed…it is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” Thus wrote Edward Bernays in his book[Read More…]

Cathy Breen with close friends in Baghdad

What Will Baghdad Face In 2017?

January 2, 2017: Being stuck in traffic is daily fare in Baghdad. While checkpoints have been dramatically reduced in recent times, and the number of concrete walls appear markedly decreased, traffic jams still defy description. It doesn’t help in the least that everyone is leaning on their horns. A half-a-million taxis roam around Baghdad spewing pollution as they look for[Read More…]

The State Of The State Of Syria

The State Of The State Of Syria

Significant developments took place regarding Syria in December 2016. The partial cease-fire brokered, or rather, brokered and imposed, by Russia and Turkey, with Iran’s concurrence, on President Basher al Assad and a part of his foes, known as ‘moderates’, might mark a turning point in Syria’s tortuous and painful journey since 2011. Left to himself, Assad would have preferred to[Read More…]

The Rohingya Open Letter And Search For A Permanent Solution

The Rohingya Open Letter And Search For A Permanent Solution

2016 did not end completely hopelessly. In late December,15 Nobel Laureates including Professor Mohammed Yunus and 12 global leaders wrote an Open Letter to the President of the United Nations Security Councils (UNSC) and its members decrying the Rohingya carnage in Myanmar that are“amounting to ethnic cleansing” and that the crisis has “the potential for genocide” and that it “has[Read More…]

One of more than 750 crosses carried in a Chicago rally commemorating homicide victims on New Years Eve/ Photo By Ed Juillard

Eternal Hostility: A New Year’s Resolution

  January 1, 2017: This New Year’s Eve, 750 heavy wooden crosses were distributed to a gathering of Chicagoans commemorating the victims of gun violence killed in 2016. Rev. Michael Pfleger and the Faith Community of St. Sabina Parish had issued a call to carry crosses constructed by Greg Zanis. The crosses, uniform in size, presented the name and age[Read More…]

Protest outside AIPAC Convention,  Washington 2015

Kerry’s Speech And The Fate Of Israel

  John Kerry’s speech of December 28th, 2016 is an eye-opening indictment of Israel. Though prolix and padded with platitudes, its meat is a long overdue j’accuse. Much of the world has long viewed the Jewish state as a serial landgrabbing killer. Indirectly, Kerry converged with this near consensus, “the settler agenda is defining the future of Israel. And their[Read More…]

NATO’s Playbook Of Proxy Wars In The Middle East

NATO’s Playbook Of Proxy Wars In The Middle East

Since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at NATO to raise money from the oil-rich emirates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait; then buy billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe; and then provide those weapons and guerilla[Read More…]

False Unities: Brexit In The New Year

False Unities: Brexit In The New Year

London: The pile of detritus in Tooting had been growing ahead of the New Year’s Eve gatherings. The pubs were initiating their usual trick of closure and charging for tickets in the hope of getting some ruddy cash ahead of 2017.  In parts of London, an air of dark pessimism lingered like a cold fog.  Ominously, bad weather threatened Heathrow at[Read More…]

US Government Collecting Social Media Accounts Of Visitors To Country

US Government Collecting Social Media Accounts Of Visitors To Country

The US government has begun requesting foreign travelers to submit their social media information to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before traveling into the country. The practice is claimed to be part of broader efforts to identify potential “terrorist threats.” The request is part of the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a visa waiver application that many visitors must[Read More…]

Taiwan: Ignorance, Danger Of War And A High School Nazi Parade

Taiwan: Ignorance, Danger Of War And A High School Nazi Parade

At the end of December 2016, both Taiwan and the world were shaken to the core, when images appeared inthe local press and online, depicting students paradingin Nazi uniforms proudly raising their hands in salute, an act banned in most of countries of the world. Mail Online reported: “A school in Taiwan has been condemned after students waved Nazi flags[Read More…]

A Response To The Fallback Argument Of Likudniks

A Response To The Fallback Argument Of Likudniks

  As Israel’s myriad human rights abuses and contraventions of international law have become impossible to deny, one argument that apologists for Israel routinely fall back on is: While Israel has engaged in human rights and other abuses, other countries commit far worse abuses. Therefore, it is wrong – and possibly indicative of anti-Semitism – to focus excessively on Israel’s[Read More…]

Fidel

Fidel

  Fidel shows the way the world moves, and the path to be trodden. In this January day, the first day of the year, lessons from Fidel are to be reiterated, are to be spread around with renewed vigor. Revolution unrolled its flag of victory over Havana in a similar January day in 1959, and a long, arduous journey began.[Read More…]

Photo by MarioGuti / iStock.

It Wasn’t All Bad: 5 Signs Of Positive Change In 2016

It was a year blown up by the election results. There are now two very different 2016s—the one before and the one after we learned that Donald Trump would become president of the United States. Before Nov. 8, most assumed that Hillary Clinton would be elected and would lead the nation more or less in the footsteps of Barack Obama.[Read More…]

As the Sun Sets On The Nuclear Wasteland

As the Sun Sets On The Nuclear Wasteland

The problem of nuclear waste has yet to be dealt with. There have been numerous plans made, numerous barrel-loads of dangerous waste dumped into rivers, water-ways and oceans, numerous false starts that went nowhere, and numerous failed projects. As cooling ponds around the world near their capacity, spent nuclear fuel rods have become the singular intractable problem for those who operate nuclear power plants. They generate high temperatures that must be controlled for decades. And they hold a mix of highly radioactive fission products that must be kept isolated from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years.

Phantom Democracy In The Age Of The Internet

Phantom Democracy In The Age Of The Internet

After the Electoral College vote, the Trump presidency is now official. As denial and blame games continue, it becomes clear this was not a foreign government coup d’état. The truth is that democracy in America has been rotten to the core for decades. It is meddled with by corporate lobbyists, Big Pharma, Big Oil and Wall Street –those who are[Read More…]

Dial O For Obama

Dial O For Obama

As he prepares to say good bye to the White House, President Barak Hussein Obama leaves a trail of successes and failures.  Notorious among the former are the Iran deal, the US abstention in the December 2016 resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Occupied Palestine, the killing of unarmed Osma bin Laden, the visit to Cuba, the[Read More…]

The Dark Colors Of The Times

The Dark Colors Of The Times

Every generation feels that it’s living through the worst of times. As do the ones now that are occupying Earth for fleeting moments, as is the eternal law. In times like the present, obviously, there are more than only a couple reasons for conditions to look as dismal as they do. And those are mighty substantive reasons too. The ongoing[Read More…]

Israel Presses Settlement Expansion, Defies UN Resolution

Israel Presses Settlement Expansion, Defies UN Resolution

  Flatly defying last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution, the Israeli government has announced that it will move ahead with thousands of new homes in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank territories seized by force nearly 50 years ago in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Jerusalem’s municipal government was expected to approve more than 600 housing units[Read More…]

Reviving Israel’s Dying Two State Solution

Reviving Israel’s Dying Two State Solution

The Christmas season is when people in the Christian world are encouraged to think of those less fortunate, including of course people oppressed for no other reason than being a particular ethnic or national group by birth.  And iconic in such misery are Palestinians.  Palestinians are both Christian and Muslim.  Few in the West know, for example, that the late[Read More…]

Ghulam Reza makes a toy for himself

Portraits From Kabul

Ghulam Reza often plays at the Borderfree Centre. He’s 5 years, 3 mos. On Saturday, he was filling an empty chips bag with water, tying off the top, and pushing it along, atop a roof tile. Zarghuna and I tried asking if it was a ship or a truck, but he generally ignored us and kept on playing quietly. Near[Read More…]

Playing Russian Roulette On More Than One Count

Playing Russian Roulette On More Than One Count

Britain’s nuclear safety regulator has been accused of turning a blind eye to dozens of serious mistakes at power plants and military bases. I initially came across the information given below on Sky News’ Press Review, as part of Monday’s coverage of what that mainstream media outlet considers stories of the day; usually entertainment/celebrity icons dominate the fare, and Monday[Read More…]

Under Cover Of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency That Threatens Press Freedom

Under Cover Of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency That Threatens Press Freedom

In the final hours before the Christmas holiday weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday quietly signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law—and buried within the $619 billion military budget (pdf) is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedoms. The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, introduced[Read More…]

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In The Time Of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other

This Christmas I mourn the long, slow death of our democracy that led to the political ascendancy of Donald Trump. I fear the euphoria of those who have embraced the atavistic lust for violence and bigotry stoked by him. These nativist forces, part of the continuum of white vigilante violence directed against people of color and radical dissidents throughout American[Read More…]

Pope Francis And The Style Of Politics For Peace

Pope Francis And The Style Of Politics For Peace

Brian Terrell, December 25, 2016: Since Pope Paul VI proclaimed January 1 a “World Day of Peace” in 1967, popes have issued statements for peace for that day. On December 8, in this most perilous of times, Pope Francis published the fiftieth World Day of Peace declaration for 2017, catching the church and the world by surprise with its call[Read More…]

Syrian Civil War Is The Reenactment Of Soviet-Afghan Jihad

Syrian Civil War Is The Reenactment Of Soviet-Afghan Jihad

George Santayana presciently said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The only difference between the Afghan jihad back in the ‘80s, that spawned the Islamic jihadists like the Taliban and al Qaeda for the first time in history, and the Libyan and Syrian civil wars, 2011-onward, is that the Afghan jihad was an[Read More…]

families that fled Mosel, living near Najaf

Iraq: Signs Of Hope In Desperate Times

  Najaf, Iraq–A week has passed since my arrival in Iraq.  Once again we come desiring to strengthen the bonds of human friendship, bonds which threaten to break as the opportunities to visit each other become less and less possible. A few days prior to my departure, I attended a Veterans for Peace holiday party in New York City where[Read More…]

Castle Romeo (yield 11 Mt) - an atmospheric nuclear test carried out by the U.S. on 1 March 1954 at Bikini Atoll, Marshal Islands. (Photo: The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization/cc/flickr)

Trump’s Tweet And The Danger Of Nuclear War

A tweet sent Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump advocating