Trump continues Obama’s wars against democracy

U.S. President Trump’s bold support for the apartheid dictatorship of Israel against that theocratic-racist nation’s non-Jews, fits into a larger picture of the supremacist nation that America itself has increasingly become. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: When police kill white people

On rare occasions there is some justice in this country. The white South Carolina police officer who shot Walter Scott in the back was convicted of murder and sentenced to a 20-year prison term by a federal judge. The outcome is altogether satisfactory but it is akin to a blue moon. In this country an average of three people are killed by the police every single day. Even when police are charged they are unlikely to be indicted and even then are almost always acquitted. Continue reading

John Lennon was right: The government is run by maniacs for maniacal means

Militant nonviolent resistance works. Continue reading

The ‘last martyr’: Who killed Kamal Al-Assar?

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but we won something far more valuable than a military victory. We reclaimed our identity. Continue reading

George H. W. Bush’s honorary degrees should be revoked

Former President George H. W. Bush’s honorary degrees should be revoked because of his recent admissions of what should be construed as sexual harassment and groping. Eight different individuals have made sexual harassment and groping allegations against Bush. Continue reading

A $21 trillion global Pandora’s coffer?

As US federal debt approaches $21 trillion in a matter of months, an eye-popping equivalent amount seems to have gone cumulatively missing from government coffers over the past two decades. Continue reading

‘It’s impossible to fight with this system . . . ’

An interview with Viktor Mikhailov, director of the Center for the Study of Regional Threats of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Continue reading

The grave threat of possible nuclear war

Controlled by Wall Street, war profiteers, other corporate predators, Pentagon hawks and likeminded GOP extremists, businessman Trump transformed himself into a warrior leader—continuing naked aggression begun by Bush/Cheney and Obama, threatening war on North Korea and Iran. Continue reading

What Trump has done: The entire US-Middle East political framework just collapsed

Now that US President Donald Trump has fully adopted the Israeli right wing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian Authority is in a very tough spot. Continue reading

Obscured American: Melissa the Iraqi refugee

With their vast parking lots and chain stores, strip malls may appear generic, impersonal and characterless, but each harbors an intense web of social interactions, with an infinity of stories to tell, but to even state this is redundant, for there’s no man, woman, child or dog who isn’t, by his lonesome, asshole self, a thousand-page novel. Continue reading

Will Jim Crow strip & flip the Alabama Senate race . . . or will Monday’s major court victory stop that from happening?

While the whole world watches Tuesday’s Alabama US Senate election, race-based battles behind the scenes could decide the outcome. Continue reading

Trump’s FCC wants to kill a free and open Internet

To understand why the Internet’s in big trouble again, first know this about how Washington works these days. Continue reading

Human Rights Watch disinformation report on Venezuela

HRW is a convenient US imperial tool when it suits its purpose, notably to maintain funding from corporate donors, including George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Continue reading

Beware these Pharma dirty tricks

Even during the recession of 2009 with people losing their homes and jobs, Pharma remained the nation’s third most profitable sector. Now, with its recent five-digit Hep C drugs and six-digit cancer drugs, it is doing even better. (Though Pharma companies still want to incorporate overseas to dodge U.S. taxes.) Continue reading

If you make under $75,000, you lose

Behind closed doors, Republicans admit that their tax plan is all for their rich donors.

Sam Rayburn, a legendary speaker of the U.S. House in the 1940s and ’50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the people or the lobbyists: “Every now and then,” he said, “a politician ought to do something just because it’s right.” Continue reading

Recklessness redefined: Trump’s shame and dishonor

In less than one year in office, Trump exceeded the recklessness and ruthlessness of his predecessors. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Barbuda and disaster capitalism

The Caribbean island of Barbuda was a paradise before hurricane Irma struck in September. Not only was it a place of scenic beauty but the system of government for its 1,800 people gave it a measure of equality that is rare in the world. There is no private land ownership in Barbuda. All property is held in common and one local leader explains the result. “There’s no great inequality in Barbuda.” Continue reading

Let’s not ignore a society that accepts misogyny as a way of life

For many years, I have dedicated myself to fighting against racism. I have pointed out that we are all contaminated with this disease, even the decent and well-meaning folks. Continue reading

Why making American corporations more competitive doesn’t help most Americans

Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says. Continue reading

Can the American left be resurrected?

“Where is the left wing when we need it?” is a question I have asked at times. Some of my readers who confuse the left with Antifa and Identity politics have been confused by my question. Why, they ask, do I want more Antifa thugs and Identity Politics hatred of white people? Continue reading

What Trump is doing in Jerusalem and why he is doing it

Trump does seem like a dangerous idiot suddenly and unexpectedly set loose on the world of international affairs, a world which normally assumes an appearance of restraint and order and careful words. Continue reading

Moore is less: Alabama, the Senate and the nation will suffer

Amid all the craziness surrounding Roy Moore’s race for the US Senate and the seeming willingness of Alabama’s likely voters to send a man of such dubious merit and morality to Capitol Hill (where, admittedly, the bar already is pretty damned low), I keep thinking of a line from the Randy Newman song “Rednecks.” Continue reading

Plunder capitalism

I deplore the tax cut that has passed Congress. It is not an economic policy tax cut, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with supply-side economics. The entire purpose is to raise equity prices by providing equity owners with more capital gains and dividends. In other words, it is legislation that makes equity owners richer, thus further polarizing society into a vast arena of poverty and near-poverty and the One Percent, or more precisely a fraction of the One Percent wallowing in billions of dollars. Unless our rulers can continue to control the explanations, the tax cut edges us closer to revolution resulting from complete distrust of government. Continue reading

‘Say the word’: What the Rohingya struggle is really about

Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 27, he refrained from using the word ‘Rohingya.’ Continue reading

What went wrong in Charlottesville: At all levels, government is still the problem

Corruption. Graft. Intolerance. Greed. Incompetence. Ineptitude. Militarism. Lawlessness. Ignorance. Brutality. Deceit. Collusion. Corpulence. Bureaucracy. Immorality. Depravity. Censorship. Cruelty. Violence. Mediocrity. Tyranny. These are the hallmarks of an institution that is rotten through and through. Continue reading

How the U.S. dictatorship works

A recent article in the Washington Post described how the current US tax-‘reform’ bill is being shaped; and it describes, basically (at least as far as tax-law changes are concerned), the operation of a US dictatorship by the super-rich. Continue reading

Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS)

It’s a work in progress, yet to be released. Prepared by Trump’s national security team, it’s nearing completion, expected out soon. Continue reading

The atrocious Big Pharma record of the new HHS nominee

It should come as no shock that Trump has nominated Alex Michael Azar II, a former Pharma executive and lobbyist, to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). After all, Trump named Scott Gottlieb, a Pharma consultant and stock speculator, FDA commissioner and EPA opponent Scott Pruitt to be head of the EPA. Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned amid a scandal over his use of taxpayer money for his personal and official travel. Continue reading

‘13 Reasons Why’: Suicide by propaganda

I’m so full of gloom and doom these days that nobody even invites me to parties anymore and most of my out-going e-mails end up in the spam box. Relatives avoid me during holidays and I don’t even like to spend time with my own self. Continue reading

Postcard from the End of America: West Scranton, PA

On Thanksgiving, I came to Scranton to stay with a 65-year-old friend who’s going through a cage fight kind of divorce, though only one side is dishing out the sharp elbows and knees. Just hearing Christmas music at the Dollar Store was driving him mad, Chuck confessed. The four-hour bus ride from Philly stopped in Doylestown, Easton, Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono. Continue reading

US foreign policy: Another Trump Organization, Inc. property

With the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution ignored, the Trump administration has turned US foreign policy into an instrument that rewards the Trump Organization’s investors and business partners, punishes its enemies, and enriches members of the Trump family and those of the Jared Kushner clan. The Emoluments Clause forbids a president of the United States and members of the administration from using his or her position to enrich themselves by receiving gifts or emoluments—cash and other valuable financial instrument—from foreign states without the consent of the US Congress. Continue reading

Veterans challenge Trump’s Islamophobia

U.S. President Donald Trump, revealed his inner nature again last week when he retweeted a series of anti-Muslim propaganda videos from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, neo-fascist hate group in the UK. Trump sank to a new low in terms of the blatant falsehoods and myths he will invoke and propagate to incite enmity against Muslims. He has demonstrated repeatedly that white nationalism and the demonization of Islam is something that he wholeheartedly embraces and intends to advance at every opportunity. Continue reading