So who hacked Clinton? The truth could be more shocking than you expected

The U.S. Intelligence Community, led by the three most political actors in recent history, claims to have irrefutable “proof” that the Russian government was behind the hacking of Democratic Party computers and those affiliated with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. However, Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and National Security Agency director Admiral Mike Rogers provided not one iota of evidence that it was Russian state players who hacked into the computers of the Democrats or the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and other staffers. Continue reading

Trump’s racist ‘rigged election’ attack is as old as America

Donald Trump’s demand for “monitors” at polling places to prevent a “rigged election” is an old and ugly story. Continue reading

UN Human Rights Council supports America’s imperial project in Syria

The HRC includes a rogue’s gallery of states supporting naked aggression among its 47 members, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and NATO nations Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Latvia, Albania, and Slovenia—backing US-led aggression on Syrian sovereign independence. Continue reading

Hope shrinks eternal ( . . . for transformational political change in America)

Enough! Here we are in the midst of a national election . . . literally. Many Americans are already casting their votes while an over-staffed, self-serving mainstream media continue keeping us entertained in a surreal world where democracy and hypocrisy walk hand in hand, as if a perfect couple forged right in the bosom of E-Harmony. Continue reading

Pushing politics to extract payments

My wife, Rosemary, a registered Republican, received a black and white poll in the mail. Plastered across the top of the sheet in bold black letters was the title: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” I wonder who that could be? Continue reading

The many ‘truths’ on Syria: How our rivalry has destroyed a country

“The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. Continue reading

Watching a dark debate from the City of Light

PARIS—If I believed there ever was any chance of escaping the US election by running away to France for a week of business meetings and a little off time, all hope was dashed the moment we stepped into a cab at Charles de Gaulle Airport and the driver immediately started grilling us about Donald Trump. Continue reading

American psycho: Sex, lies and politics add up to a terrifying election season

When it comes to sexual predators, there should be no political bright line test to determine who gets a free pass and who goes to jail based on which candidate is better suited for office. Continue reading

Now the nadir

This time, Donald Trump dug himself in deeper all by his lonesome.

Heading into Wednesday night’s debate, many of us expected the worst. After Debate Two, in which the media instantly declared that by not losing, Trump won—notwithstanding his lies, insults, stalking, intemperance, illogic, nonsense, aggression and threats, only to be compelled to reverse their course when the viewers in CNN’s poll decided otherwise, the only possible direction seemed to go further downward. Continue reading

Capitalism, imperialism, and the lies of Western culture

There are many things about our Western culture and history that perpetuate capitalism, imperialism, consumerism, and racism. Continue reading

Prop. 51 versus a state-owned bank: How California can save $10 billion on a $9 billion loan

School districts are notoriously short of funding—so short that some California districts have succumbed to Capital Appreciation Bonds that will cost taxpayers as much is 10 to 15 times principal by the time they are paid off. By comparison, California’s Prop. 51, the school bond proposal currently on the ballot, looks like a good deal. It would allow the state to borrow an additional $9 billion for educational purposes by selling general obligation bonds to investors at an assumed interest rate of 5%, with the bonds issued over a five-year period and repaid over 30 years. $9 billion × 5% × 35 equals $15.75 billion in interest—nearly twice principal, but not too bad compared to the Capital Appreciation Bond figures. Continue reading

‘I was doing my job’: Climate reporter facing 45 years in prison speaks out

Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker arrested for documenting climate protest, says she believes felony charges are 'unjust'

The filmmaker facing a lengthy prison sentence for documenting a nonviolent civil disobedience action last week has spoken out on behalf of journalism, the First Amendment, and the global climate movement. Continue reading

Imperial tool NYT calls RT International ‘a snarky anti-West’ Kremlin mouthpiece

The New York Times long ago lost credibility, deplorably serving as a press agent for wealth, power and privilege—publishing virtual state-sponsored propaganda on major world and national issues, especially when America goes to war. Continue reading

The greater evil of ‘lesser evilism’

I have never witnessed a more shameful presidential election during my politically conscious lifetime, which extends as far back as Nixon v JFK. We are now faced with two candidates, both thoroughly loathsome in their individually unique ways, and both thoroughly corrupt. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Henry Louis Gates’ $10 million scam

The word “underclass” means poor black people and they are responsible for their own condition. So sayeth white America’s go-to black man, Henry Louis Gates. In fact they are poor because they have no jobs, or low wage jobs, or are churned in and out of the mass incarceration complex and are, therefore, condemned to future joblessness. Oh yes, and racism diminishes their odds of getting a good education or being hired at all or living where they want regardless of income. Continue reading

Benghazi, gold for arms—Libya, Syria, South Sudan and East Africa

On 7 or 8 September 2012, a cargo freighter departed the Libyan port of Benghazi, on board were two containers, guarded by mercenaries, contents and destination unknown. Days later, on September 11, 2012, an attack on the US Consulate resulted in the deaths of the US ambassador and several US citizens, labeled as the “Battle of Benghazi.” Continue reading

Revolutionary Islam and regime change in Ethiopia

With ethnic uprisings spreading across an Ethiopia now ruled by martial law there is only one nationally based organization in place to lead the eventual regime change in the country and that is the revolutionary Islamic movement. Continue reading

Our presidents have always been scumbags, a President Trump would hardly be unique

We are all getting a kick out of watching the ridiculous soap opera packaged by the mainstream media as a “presidential election,” with the usual ignoring of issues important to the American people. Continue reading

US and UK want RT International silenced

America, Britain and their rogue partners want total control over information dissemination, alternative voices silenced—things headed incrementally in this direction. Continue reading

The wonder of the uncanny

As a sociologist, I teach college students to think logically, to make connections, to observe closely, to keep careful notes, and to seek and confirm facts. But I also teach them that sociology is an art form, as the conservative sociologist, Robert Nisbet, so beautifully maintained; and I teach them that as artists they must use their imaginations, as the radical leftist sociologist, C. Wright Mills, so cogently argued. Continue reading

US lights fuse in Syria to World War III countdown

At this 11th hour, 59th minute while we’re still alive, we must do everything in our collective power as peace-loving citizens of the world to stop the madness bent on destroying life on planet earth. An unbroken stream of treasonous Washington neocons from the seamless Bush-Clinton-Obama ad nauseam regime is recklessly pushing humanity off the doomsday cliff. The DC despots have already lit the now burning fuse countdown to World War III against the Russian-Chinese-Iranian Eastern alliance. If we passively wait any longer, millions will soon be dying and our planet may lay in apocalyptic ruin. Continue reading

Licentiousness and back-stabbing rule this US presidential race

Neither presidential candidate is fit to be the leader of the so-called free world. Both have skeletons falling out from multiple closets and are just about the most unpopular candidates in US history. Rather than debate serious issues of concern to voters, they focus on slandering the other while their respective campaigns are shoveling up as much factual and fabricated dirt as they can unearth. Sheer disgust is the overriding emotion of many observers on the outside looking in. Continue reading

Canada goes to war; Trudeau postures for the UN

Wow, the world gets crazier every minute! Stephen Lewis, former socialist NDP leader from Canada’s province of Ontario was asked about PM Justin Trudeau’s letter to the UN asking for a special General Assembly meeting, as reported by the CBC Sunday. Continue reading

The real humanitarian crisis is not Aleppo

Why do we hear only of the “humanitarian crisis in Aleppo” and not of the humanitarian crisis everywhere else in Syria where the evil that rules in Washington has unleashed its ISIL mercenaries to slaughter the Syrian people? Why do we not hear about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen where the US and its Saudi Arabian vassal are slaughtering Yemeni women and children? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Libya where Washington destroyed a country leaving chaos in its place? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, ongoing now for 13 years, or the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan now 15 years old? Continue reading

Putin blasts US cyber threats

Maybe he’ll stop calling America Russia’s “partner,” knowing relations are increasingly adversarial and hostile. Continue reading

The democratic swindle: Hillary or Trump?

“Do you think we would be better off under Hillary or Trump,” asked the members of my Writing Group, at the meeting first Sunday in October. Continue reading

Why I love the law

I can hear you already, I know, I know: What are you talking about? And didn’t the great Shakespeare himself have one of his characters say (to lots of applause down through the ages) “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” (Henry VI,” Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73)? Continue reading

Canada goes to war, pretending to keep the peace

I heard the news today . . . Continue reading

It’s worse than pussy grabbing

Repelled by Donald Trump’s pussy grabbing, Republican politicians are scattering like roaches exposed to strobe lights. (This just in: Many of the roaches are crawling back.) Continue reading

America losing its grip on Southeast Asia

The recent diplomatic row between the Philippines and the United States has come as a shock to U.S. State Department and Pentagon policy wonks but for astute observers of Southeast Asian politics, the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to “pivot” to China and Russia was long in the making. Ever since the so-called “Yellow Revolution” that saw Corazon Aquino replace the Philippines autocratic ruler Ferdinand Marcos, the majority of Filipinos have roiled under one corrupt American-blessed president after another. Duterte, the fiery former mayor of Davao City in Mindanao, has channeled the disgust of many in the Philippines to adopt a hostile attitude in the face of a renewed U.S. military presence in Southeast Asia designed to counter China. Continue reading

Delusions of worthy wars

Fifteen years ago, on October 19, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld addressed B-2 bomber crews at Whiteman AFB in Missouri, as they prepared to fly halfway across the world to wreak misdirected vengeance on the people of Afghanistan and begin the longest war in U.S. history. Rumsfeld told the bomber crews, “We have two choices. Either we change the way we live, or we must change the way they live. We choose the latter. And you are the ones who will help achieve that goal.” Continue reading

U.S. about to lose another key Asian ally

The United States, stung by the rapid deterioration in relations with its longtime ally, the Philippines, now stands on the precipice of losing another strategic ally in Asia. Reports that the much-revered king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has sat on the throne for 70 years and is 88-years old, is gravely ill is prompting a belief that Thailand will join the Philippines in rejecting American dictates. Continue reading