Systemic injustice in America

Monday’s grand jury exoneration of Ferguson, MO, police officer Darren Wilson didn’t surprise. Injustice triumphed. Continue reading

Self-governance: Only basis for dignified communal identity

This Monday, November 24, the spark ignited by a 12-person grand jury’s decision in a Missouri community where black people predominate (67 percent in 2010 census) will have most white Americans confounded why blacks behave as they do, shaking their heads in disbelief. Yet, many of us, our skin color and socio-economic condition aside, see this new notch of extreme discontent and protestation by African-Americans, at the white policeman not being indicted, as another loud cry for change; a desperate clinging to primal that dignity by those who feel oppressed. Continue reading

Swiss gold referendum: What it really means

In a few days, the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold. Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss invested in stocks. These poll results provide new insight into the real reason for Quantitative Easing by the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank. Continue reading

Immigrants are our brothers and sisters

As “undocumented aliens” enter this country, remember that the U.S. Southwest once belonged to Mexico. Those routinely slandered immigrants have a more valid historical claim for being here than we do. Their ancestors had a rich culture from present-day Texas to California while our forebears were huddling in crude huts across the Atlantic. Continue reading

Can we ever recover from the murder of John Kennedy?

The images we ingest never cease to shape us. Continue reading

Gaza bombings rock Palestinian reconciliation

It is ironic that the annual commemoration of the death of Yasser Arafat should turn into an occasion for rekindling the flames of internal strife. This was clearly the aim of last week’s bombings that targeted the homes of Fatah leaders in Gaza, as well as the podium for the commemorative ceremonies of Arafat, who strove to make Palestinian national unity one of the pillars of his political legacy. Continue reading

Tony Abbott: America’s useful idiot Down Under

After Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s unfulfilled threat to physically “shirt front” Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 conference in Brisbane, Abbott did manage to undiplomatically insult the Russian head of state by telling him not to recreate the “lost glories of tsarism and the old Soviet Union.” Continue reading

Opening the gates to World War III

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk. Continue reading

How Americans came to oppose fracking

For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it. Continue reading

Broken mental health system makes patients prisoners, says Patrick Kennedy

This month, mental health and correctional professionals from all over the nation gathered in Chicago to address a problem that many are not aware of. People denied mental health services who end up homeless or incarcerated as criminals. Continue reading

Obama extends war in Afghanistan

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is to say, to “occasionally accompany Afghan troops” on operations against the Taliban. Continue reading

UN resolution on Iran is a mockery of justice

The not-very-independent UN body has made a mockery of justice by soldering a resolution on the so-called human rights violations in Iran. Continue reading

Was the Atta team in Florida a group of poseurs?

(WMR)—HOLLYWOOD, Fla—WMR has sought out and spoken to the few Hollywood residents who distinctly recall how their town became a focal point for the post-9/11 investigation by the FBI of the activities of “lead hijacker” Mohammed Atta and at least three of his compatriots. One very politically-connected resident voices his belief that given the modus operandi of Atta and his team of going out of their way to bring attention to themselves that the purported future hijackers may have been plants. Continue reading

Dividing the spoils

We’ve been watching Congress since the midterm elections and reading Zephyr Teachout’s terrific history book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United. That snuff box was a gift from King Louis XVI of France. His Majesty was a good friend of the American Revolution but when he gave Benjamin Franklin the gold box, featuring the monarch’s portrait surrounded with diamonds, some of our Founding Fathers objected. They worried that the gift would corrupt his judgment and unduly bias Franklin in France’s favor. Continue reading

TSA holiday pleas? Oh, please

At TSA News, a civil liberties watchdog site I run, we often call your attention not only to news reports but to other blogs and websites that discuss the TSA. Consumer Traveler is one of them. Continue reading

Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet again . . . using Saddam’s WMD

“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week.” Continue reading

WSJ reports: Bank of North Dakota outperforms Wall Street

While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks. Continue reading

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from here, Palestine?

When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good. Now imagine if that journalist was not dependable to begin with, even more than it being “interesting,” the outcome runs the risk of becoming a mockery. Continue reading

It’s not what Obama says, but what he does

Four rabbis, three of them American citizens, plus a police officer were killed by two Palestinian “terrorists” on Tuesday, November 18. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Ferguson

If a picture is worth 1,000 words the photo above proves the old adage to be true. This image encapsulates so much that is wrong with the so-called leaders of the black political class. Each of the three men depicted make a mockery of any claim to be allies of black people. Continue reading

Ideological foundations of the mainstream neoclassical economics: Class interests as ‘economic theory’

There is now a widespread consensus that mainstream/neoclassical economists failed miserably to either predict the coming of the 2008 financial implosion, or provide a reasonable explanation when it actually arrived. Not surprisingly, many critics have argued that neoclassical economics has created more confusion than clarification, more obfuscation than elucidation. Economic “science” has, indeed, become “an ideological construct which serves to camouflage and justify the New World Order.” Continue reading

Legislating abortion behavior: Lessons from Romania and Prohibition

An unprecedented epidemic of anti-abortion legislation swept across America after Republicans gained control of many state legislatures in 2010. Indeed, more new laws restricting access to or interfering with abortions were passed in 2011-2013 than in the prior decade. Continue reading

The white man as weapon of mass destruction—part 4

When does perception become reality? Continue reading

21st century Amerika: The Fourth Reich

In Joachim Fest’s fine biography of Adolf Hitler, aptly titled ‘Hitler,’ we learn many things never before taught in our World History classes here. To delve into it now with the needed detail from this 700+ page masterpiece would be futile for me the columnist. There is just so much to digest and comprehend about this Austrian of little education and no professional calling who became the Fuhrer. Yet, throughout the book one cannot help but realize just how much the movers and shakers of our Amerikan empire copied tactics and outright propaganda from the Hitler gang. Continue reading

Beware of evil beings in cyberspace

Internet users are plagued by viruses, spam and government spying, which we know is happening thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. But you may not be aware that there are gangs of cheats and blackmailers prepared to ruin your reputation, if not your life, for a whole lot more than a fistful of dollars. Continue reading

Living with insanity

Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reported by a spokesman, to have had the following exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Brisbane G-20 summit: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.” Putin is said to have replied, “Impossible. Since we are not there.” Continue reading

‘Dude needs a vacation,’ a Net neutrality update

A week has passed since President Obama surprised everyone with a strong statement in support of Net neutrality, declaring that the Internet should be available to everyone—reclassified under Title II of the Telecommunications Act as a common carrier—a public utility like telephone service or electricity without special privileges to companies willing to pay a premium for faster, more exclusive access. Continue reading

The white man as weapon of mass destruction—part 3

And now, we come to the 21st century where the white man, under the leadership of the United States, continues his journey toward global destruction. Continue reading

The next presidential election will move the world closer to war

Glenn Greenwald has revealed that Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate of the banksters and warmongers. Pam and Russ Martens note that Elizabeth Warren is the populist alternative. I doubt that a politician who represents the people can acquire the campaign funds needed to run a campaign. If Warren becomes a threat, the Establishment will frame her with bogus charges and move her aside. Continue reading

The Devil’s bargain: The illusion of a trouble-free existence in the American police state

It’s no coincidence that during the same week in which the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Yates v. United States, a case in which a Florida fisherman is being threatened with 20 years’ jail time for throwing fish that were too small back into the water, Florida police arrested a 90-year-old man twice for violating an ordinance that prohibits feeding the homeless in public. Continue reading

The inevitable rightward march of America

Midterm election debacle promises right-wing future

Every two years, the deck chairs rearrange on the Titanic known as American democracy, as it continues to head towards certain disaster. The 2014 midterm election was another harbinger of calamity. Continue reading

What we truly learned from the Great War and the absurdity of Remembrance Day

No matter what high-blown claims the politicians make each year on Remembrance Day, the Great War was essentially a fight between two branches of a single royal family over the balance of power on the continent of Europe, British foreign policy holding to a longstanding principle that no one nation should ever be permitted to dominate the continent. Continue reading