A rejection of the EU foreign policy also part of Brexit wave

Largely lost in the wave of anti-European Union fervor sweeping through Europe in the wake of the United Kingdom’s historic Brexit vote to leave the union is the rejection by most Europeans of the EU’s common foreign policy that runs counter to the interests of Europeans. Not only has the EU supported sanctions against Russia that have financially decimated European farmers and factory workers and welcomed millions of mainly Muslim migrants to Europe from U.S.-created civil wars in the Middle East and South Asia, but now it encourages many Muslim militants in Europe to return to Syria. In Syria, they continue to wage war against the government of President Bashar al Assad and his allies. Continue reading

Tories intend greater austerity following Brexit vote

Political fallout from last Thursday’s Brexit vote didn’t take long to unfold. David Cameron began it by announcing his resignation, effective when Tories meet in October, he said. Continue reading

Haaretz confirms: Britain has been operating as an Israeli puppet within the EU

“With Brexit, Israel Loses a Major Asset in the European Union,” Haaretz reported Sunday. Continue reading

The Orlando shooting and our reptilian minds

The shooting in Orlando, Florida, is not about homosexuals, or Muslims, or assault rifles. Continue reading

A view from Japan: An interview with Motoyuki Shibata

In Japan, even a serious writer may be seen on mass advertising, and a translator can become a star. One of Japan’s most famous intellectuals, Motoyuki Shibata is a specialist on American literature. He has translated books by Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, Steven Millhauser and Stuart Dybek, among others. Shibata is also the editor of two popular literary journals, the Japanese-language Monkey and the English-language Monkey Business. His book of essays, The American Narcissus, won the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2005. Among the pieces are “Wonder If I’m Dead,” “The Half-Baked Scholar” and “Cambridge Circus.” Continue reading

Early puberty in girls is becoming epidemic and getting worse

Girls with early onset puberty face a number of mental and physical health risks.

Padded bras for kindergarteners with growing breasts to make them more comfortable? Sixteen percent of U.S. girls experiencing breast development by the age of 7? Thirty percent by the age of 8? Clearly something is affecting the hormones of U.S. girls—a phenomenon also seen in other developed countries. Girls in poorer countries seem to be spared—until they move to developed countries. Continue reading

The 2016 U.S. election: A possible repeat of the 1964 election?

The way this 2016 American presidential election is unfolding, there is a good chance that it could be a repeat of the 1964 U.S. election. In both instances, a Democratic presidential candidate is facing a flawed and frightening Republican presidential candidate who multiplies provocative and reckless statements and off-hand comments. Continue reading

The war on weed is winding down—but will Monsanto be the winner?

In April, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis, a form of the plant popularly known as marijuana. That makes nearly half of US states. A major barrier to broader legalization has been the federal law under which all cannabis—even the very useful form known as industrial hemp—is classed as a Schedule I controlled substance that cannot legally be grown in the US. But that classification could change soon. In a letter sent to federal lawmakers in April, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said it plans to release a decision on rescheduling marijuana in the first half of 2016. Continue reading

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel uses water as a weapon of war

Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. Continue reading

Who should make political policy, the people or the politicians?

In the midst of what undoubtedly will be the nastiest and most expensive presidential campaign in American history, it is important to remember that the question is not so much whether a candidate is a good or bad person, but rather what should and will be the policies, objectives, and consequences of her or his administration? What do the People of the United States really want and expect their government to do on their behalf? Who should make political policy, the People, or the politicians they elect to represent them? Continue reading

A week in the life of the American police state

If you’ve been caught up in the circus that is the presidential election, you’ve likely missed the latest news about all the ways in which the government continues to erode our freedoms, undermine our sovereignty, abuse our trust, invade our homes, invade our privacy, destroy our property, hijack our bank accounts, and generally render itself above the law. Continue reading

Was the fix in?

In 2008, Hillary Clinton was forced to accept and support Barack Obama’s nomination for the presidency, something that everyone thought she had locked up. Continue reading

Anti-Brexit camp wants second referendum

Call it the sour grapes crowd. When things don’t turn out its way, it demands another go, hoping for a different result. Continue reading

Brexit & economically incorrect identity politics

Brexit, a loss for not only British but also European and global capital, is ultimately a victory for humanity even though the mentally beleaguered brigades of all-is-always-lost are made to see it as a triumph of the racist right. Continue reading

US propaganda operations attract extremist families

Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando, Florida nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and self-styled leader of a pro-Taliban Afghan government-in-exile in Florida, is emblematic of the American policy that permits extremist propaganda operatives to be nurtured on US soil. Since the Cold War era, the US Central Intelligence Agency has exceled in finding the most extreme Cubans, Eastern Europeans, Afghanis, Uighurs, and others to concoct and broadcast incendiary propaganda on airwaves funded by the US government. Continue reading

Diablo shutdown marks end of atomic era

As worldwide headlines have proclaimed, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it will shut its giant Diablo Canyon reactors near San Luis Obispo, and that the power they’ve been producing will be replaced by renewable energy. Continue reading

Chewbacca and the world of semi-reality news media

A Facebook video of a woman wearing a Chewbacca mask and laughing almost hysterically in her car has drawn more than 140 million hits from numerous sources in the past two weeks. Continue reading

Escaping the cult

Last time I watched mainstream TV, I was with my sister Laura, traveling after attending our niece’s wedding. One of the interchangeable anchors asked a Trump fan about her candidate’s obvious lies. (Funny, since they all lie.) She said she doesn’t care. She likes him, will support him, regardless. Continue reading

Myths about Brexit and the EU

The upset victory of the Brexit campaign for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Europe Union has all the usual suspects pulling their hair, gnashing their teeth, clutching their pearls, and looking for the nearest fainting couch. The gloom and doom predictions that the world now faces an economic catastrophe are on the lips of George Soros-paid operatives and Wall Street con artists who have managed to book themselves on the blathering “news” shows found in the vast wasteland of cable television. Continue reading

The Brexit vote

What does it mean? Continue reading

How America’s Afghan crusade came home to Orlando

Orlando ISIS gunman was embedded in expatriate US-backed Afghan jihad network

There are many threads to this tragic, horrifying story of a gay American son of an Afghan mujahid. Continue reading

Trump, his virus and the dark age of unreason

There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity—and an opportunist with no scruples. Continue reading

Omar Mateen & the US State Dept: Two peas in a pod?

Here we go again. The American military-industrial complex is once again dropping really broad hints that stepping up its illegal “war” on Syria would be really, really nice. They are hoping that it might be a lot nicer than their recent illegal “wars” on Libya, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan—but don’t hold your breath. Continue reading

Worst mass shooting in American history?

Contrary to press reports, the killing of 50 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida is not the worst mass shooting in American history. Where to begin? Continue reading

Intrepid Report will resume publishing Monday, June 27

My dear friend who was here in March is traveling a long distance to visit again, so I will be spending the next three weeks with her. Continue reading

If you aren’t frightened yet, then you haven’t been paying attention

The U.S. and NATO have decided to embark on a massive military buildup along Russia’s western borders. Professor Stephan F. Cohen, expert and teacher of Russian studies at Princeton University and at New York University, states that this buildup has no precedent even during the hottest moments of the 40 years of the Cold War. Continue reading

Basic Income: International experience (Brazil, Namibia, Canada, India)

Founded in 1986, the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) is the international NGO that promotes BIG around the world. It held its last conference “Re-democratizing the Economy” at McGill’s Faculty of Law in 2014. A North American congress was held in Winnipeg in May 2016 and its 16th congress will be in July in Seoul, South Korea. Its credo is that some sort of economic right based upon citizenship rather than upon one’s relationship to the production process or one’s family status is called for as part of the just solution to social problems in advanced societies. Continue reading

Former Mossad chief admits to helping Al Qaeda branch in Syria

In an interview with the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera, Efraim Halevy, the former head of Mossad confirmed what many in the Middle East and around the world already surmised: that Israel provided “tactical” assistance to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda, throughout the Syrian civil war. Continue reading

Israel’s future is terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon and Israel’s disconcerting ‘morality’

Israeli society is constantly swerving to the right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. Israel is now ‘ruled by the most extreme rightwing government in its history’ has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years. Continue reading

Congress’ treachery, the FBI’s double-crossing and the American citizenry’s cluelessness

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

As the grandfather of three young ones, ages 5 to 9, I get to see my fair share of kid movies: plenty of hijinks, lots of bathroom humor, and an endless stream of slapstick gags. Yet even among the worst of the lot, there’s something to be learned, some message being conveyed, or some aspect of our reality being reflected in celluloid. Continue reading

Fake humanitarians and fake leftists taking Canada down the wrong path

There’s really no excuse for supporting the NATO/terror position. We’ve seen the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, now Syria, all built on lies, all beneath the guise of “humanitarian interventions”. Since people with any sense of historical memory cannot legitimately plead ignorance, supporters of the terrorist invasion of Syria fall into the category of fake humanitarians. They aren’t “progressive” or “left” when they support the criminal violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Continue reading

Second Zurich Insurance exec’s suicide amid renewed interest in 9/11 culprits

Amid renewed public interest in determining the identities of all the culprits behind the 9/11 attacks, comes word that a second executive with one of the World Trade Center’s insurers has died from “suicide.” Continue reading