Indefinite detention uncharged and untried a crime against humanity

These are troubled times. Rule of law protections don’t help. The US does whatever it pleases, operating by its own rules, inflicting harm on nations, groups and individuals, including its own citizens. Continue reading

Traditional 2019 State of the Union address fraught with security dangers

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s request to Donald Trump to delay this year’s State of the Union address, scheduled for January 29, was based on advice she received from national security and counter-terrorism experts worried about a “Designated Survivor” scenario. Continue reading

The deep-pocket push to deep-six public schools

The backstory to the showdown in Los Angeles between teachers and billionaires

Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits. They struck for professional dignity. Continue reading

The indignity of work without pay

Forty percent of conservative Republicans view the government shutdown as inconsequential

In the midst of the longest government shutdown in history, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown last week launched a “Dignity of Work” listening tour. Continue reading

AI wants to reprogram you

Driverless cars cost jobs and threaten pedestrians. Investors' advice? Just get out of the way!

With chaos in the White House, worsening climate disasters, more wars than we can count, and a wobbling economy here at home, the last thing we need is another big challenge. But—look out!—here comes a doozy! Continue reading

Martin Luther King Day and the unspeakable

As Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country—in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994—people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such service does not include King’s commitment to protest a decadent system of racial and economic injustice or non-violently resist the U.S. warfare state that he called “the greatest purveyor of violence on earth.” Continue reading

JFK, MLK, Bobby & Leonard: Bad things happen when you color outside the lines

Did anyone else besides me watch that TV special on John F. Kennedy Jr the other night? Hmmm. Not sure what to think about it. Why are they showing it to us now? Maybe I’m being a bit paranoid (again) but it appeared to be the ultimate masterpiece of public-relations propaganda—American style. Continue reading

Would Trump have come after my family for being illegal?

My grandfather was an illegal alien. During the 1800s he travelled from England, where he was born, to Canada, which was British territory in those days, so he wasn’t required to have a passport. He travelled to the Canadian West, then crossed the border into Idaho, to be known, thereafter, as an American. Continue reading

The National Security Agency is a criminal organization

Years before Edward Snowden provided documented proof that the National Security Agency was really a national insecurity agency as it was violating law and the US Constitution and spying indiscriminately on American citizens, William Binney, who designed and developed the NSA spy program revealed the illegal and unconstitutional spying. Binney turned whistleblower, because NSA was using the program to spy on Americans. Continue reading

Another day, another disaster. And another, and another . . .

It’s as if the country’s being run by Beetlejuice.

I’ve been trying to write something about the events of the past few days for the last week and a half, and every time I set out to achieve editorial brilliance, or at least try to keep typos and the splitting of infinitives to a minimum, something else wacky happens and it’s back to square one. I’d say it’s Sisyphean if only I knew what that meant. Continue reading

The danger within: Border Patrol Is turning America Into a Constitution-free zone

How far would you really go to secure the nation’s borders against illegal aliens? Continue reading

Deer disease poses risks to general public, not just hunters

If you live in an urban area, should you be concerned about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in U.S. deer herds? Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris destroyed black lives

Harris has spent her career locking up black and brown people. She should not be allowed to shake hands, kiss babies or walk into black churches without being taken to task. Continue reading

Trump regime upping the stakes in Venezuela

Replacing Venezuela’s Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled fascist tyranny is a key Trump regime aim in Latin America—wanting Big Oil able to exploit the country’s world’s largest oil reserves, along with Washington gaining another imperial trophy. Continue reading

The moral travesty of Israel seeking Arab, Iranian money for its alleged Nakba

The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful exodus of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. Continue reading

The government shutdown expands the ranks of ‘underwater nation’

Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.

As the government shutdown drags on, the image of federal workers lining up at food pantries has dramatized just how many workers live financially close to the edge. Continue reading

Johan Galtung, a pioneer: Conceptualizing peace journalism

TRANSCEND Media Service was founded by Johan Galtung, the visionary, and me, the editor, in 2008. It is a medium to present peace journalism-oriented views, news and analyses in written or video format, being both a service to other media and a medium in its own right. The section Peace Journalism Perspective is inspired by a solution orientation, trying to identify the conflicts underlying the violence—direct, cultural and/or structural—so rampant in the world. And to search for a way out, a solution, itself in search of agency. The basic point about peace journalism is multi-truth, multi-angle reporting, with an inspiring, positive solution-orientation. Continue reading

The US mainstream media prefer confrontation to cooperation

The Washington Post is a noisily anti-Russian newspaper which every weekday by email produces for subscribers (of whom I am one) the Daily 202 (“Power Post—Intelligence for Leaders”) which covers US politics, a little international stuff, and a section called “There’s a Bear in the Woods” aimed at denigrating, belittling and generally insulting Russia. Continue reading

The big economic switcheroo

The biggest untold story about how we pay for government involves a big switcheroo by America’s wealthy. Continue reading

Whatever your hands find to do

I painted houses for a decade, and on our crews, we always knew of each other’s relative competence, willingness to work, sense of responsibility, substance addictions, if any, and, ultimately, character. My roommate, Jay, for example, really didn’t give a fuck, for he was often late, but somehow always rehired, for our boss, Joe LeBlanc, was a softie. Once, Jay and I left our rather pitiful, unheated apartment at exactly the same time, yet Jay somehow managed to miss the bus, thus work for that day. Continue reading

The hidden structure of U.S. empire

My father was a doctor in the British Royal Navy, and I grew up traveling by troop-ship between the last outposts of the British Empire—Trincomalee, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Malta, Aden, Singapore—and living in and around naval dockyards in England and Scotland. Continue reading

‘State-of-the-art weaponry’ turns out to be crickets

What was purported by the Trump administration to have been widespread illnesses of US diplomats in Cuba resulting from the use—by some nefarious state actor—of advanced acoustic warfare weaponry, turned out to be caused by the mating calls of crickets. In response to accusations that a sonic weapon was targeting US personnel in Cuba, the Trump administration withdrew half of its staff from the US embassy in Havana and expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington, DC. During 2017, some 26 US diplomats complained of nausea, headaches, vision problems, cognitive disorders, and other maladies brought about by a high-pitched drone sound they experienced at their homes and hotels. Continue reading

The WSJ on US war plans against Iran

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump regime “sought options to strike Iran,” falsely saying it may pursue a course no previous US leadership considered. More on this below. Continue reading

Democratic leaders failed their first big test on climate

Kicking the can down the road appears to be a bipartisan sport in Washington.

The science on climate change is clear: All countries desperately need to restructure fossil fuels out of their economies. Continue reading

The Trump dictatorship

The only redeeming aspect to Trump’s presidency is he brings us back to basics. And what could be more basic than the difference between democracy and dictatorship? Continue reading

US plotting coups in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua?

The US wants all nations worldwide colonized, their resources looted, their people exploited as serfs, including ordinary Americans. Continue reading

New analysis shows why Democrats are wrong to fear bold embrace of Medicare for All

‘November's election results show that universal, higher-quality, lower-cost health care through Medicare for All is all moral upside—without political downside.’

On the same day a new poll showed an overwhelming majority of Americans think the nation’s healthcare system is “in state of crisis,” a new analysis shows that Democrats should listen to those Americans—and end their reluctance to run on the promise of a bold solution like Medicare for All while propping up the for-profit system. Continue reading

When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu are ‘brothers’: Why Brazil should shun the Israeli model

Newly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and of indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of like-minded, far-right leaders the world over. Continue reading

The UN must totally break from US administrative control

Ever since it was decided to locate the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, the world body has been beset by constant meddling by the host country, that is, the United States, which is increasingly violating the letter and spirit of the 1947 treaty between the United States and United Nations regarding the headquarters of the UN. The treaty, signed on June 26, 1947 at Lake Success, New York between UN Secretary General Trygve Lie and US Secretary of State George Marshall guarantees the extraterritorial nature of the UN headquarters in Manhattan. Furthermore, it guarantees that the US will not interfere with the expeditious granting of US visas to foreigners and UN personnel transiting through US territory in furtherance of their responsibilities to their own governments and the UN. Continue reading

Extraplanetary extravagance

Maintaining our bloated machine on earth costs over $700 billion a year. Trump wants to blast those costs into space.

If you think our government’s war policy has become out-of-this world cuckoo, consider the spaciness being proposed by the cosmonauts on Spaceship Trump. Continue reading

NewsGuard: Defending fake news over truth-telling

War on journalism the way it should be rages in the West, especially in America where major media feed news consumers a daily diet of managed news misinformation and disinformation. Continue reading

This EPA rule change could kill thousands

Mercury regulations save 11,000 lives each year. Now, the EPA wants to weaken them.

While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong. Continue reading