Author Archives: Paul Balles

No escape from surveillance

Judging from all the reports, America’s National Security Agency (NSA) can do just about anything involving the communication of just about anyone. Continue reading

Defending good or evil, depending on which side you are on

Typically, people argue to defend what they do (or believe), attacking opposing views where they can, and ignoring arguments they haven’t considered. Continue reading

Right to resist oppression

In August 2004, Richard Hugus, critic of progressive injustice, wrote an article on the “Lies of the Israeli Peace Movement.” Continue reading

Who are the terrorists?

When Helen Thomas told a rabbi that the Jews should go back to where they came from, he asked where that would be. Continue reading

Online freedom under threat

On November 23, British inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, warned that “Internet surveillance by British and US spying agencies has posed a threat to online freedom and the future of democracy.” Continue reading

Untamed nature: Is the world ready for another tsunami?

Since the beginning of recorded history, mankind has struggled with the destructive forces of nature. Continue reading

Israeli hawks resisting deals

To the Israelis, any deal made between the world powers and Iran would be a bad deal. Continue reading

Israeli settlers burning and uprooting Palestinians’ olive trees

This is the olive picking season. Like other harvests, it should be a season of joy. However, the land-grabbing occupiers of Palestine have imbued Israeli youth with the destructive arrogance of conceited, swaggering, self-loving Jews. Continue reading

Israel benefits as world loses

What started off as Arab Spring has turned morbidly into Arab Fall. What began as a seasonal description became directional and self-destructive. Continue reading

Islamophobic injustice

Sami Al-Arian’s story is one of the most appalling tales of brutal, horrifying, unjust treatment of a Palestinian victimized by Americans. Continue reading

Filtered, slanted and censored media

Twenty years ago several journalists expressed concern that the number of major news sources in America had diminished to fifty. Today, conglomerates have bought up most of those news sources; and the number of major news sources controlling the media has been reduced to six! Continue reading

Mass media madness

Television anchors and their guests waste hours of viewer’s time. Continue reading

Dealing with deceivers

Most of us have favourite causes; and many will go out of their way to defend those causes. Continue reading

The practice of preemption

We’re now living and dying in an age of preemptive actions. Continue reading

Indulging in fallacies

“Apparently, you are too stupid to comprehend the difference between an insult and an ad hominem argument,” someone argued. Continue reading

America’s bridges are falling down, falling down . . .

SEATTLE, Washington—An Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River, dumping two vehicles and a trailer in the waters north of Mount Vernon. A law-enforcement source said 150 yards of the interstate dropped into the water. Continue reading

Protected by guilt and fear

How do most Americans react to criticism of Israel? Those who know little about the history avoid discussion. Continue reading

Wake up call for America

I’m tired of politics, of the injustices, the corruption, the assassinations, the gross illegal behaviour of the strong, the plundering of the poor and the indignities wrought on the weak. Continue reading

Hypocrisy of US war on terrorism

“I don’t have a single American friend,” said Tamarlan Tsarnaev “I don’t understand them.” Continue reading

Greatest purveyor of violence

In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967—a year to the day before he was murdered—the Reverend Martin Luther King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Continue reading

Worldviews of America

Terms like justice, democracy, freedom and moral accountability are generalized with varied meanings for different people. They also mean something different for citizens of other countries who want to live in America. Continue reading

Shift in war hawks

Watch out for a shift in war hawks. Before the Iraq war, at least a dozen in the U.S. administration and major media spread enough propaganda to silence the majority of Americans. Continue reading

The social cost of Israeli aid

Josh Reubner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation says “Israel stands to lose approximately $250 million of its $3.1 billion military aid package from the United States under the terms of the sequestration.” Continue reading

Future thought

A book that gave cause for thought in1970, Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, predicted some difficult tomorrows. Toffler presented clear evidence of how the speed of change had increased drastically as human progress pushed forward. Continue reading

Harnessing the imagination

One of the most dismal futuristic images I’ve seen was recently painted by Chris Hedges in the opening of an article he entitled A Time for “Sublime Madness.” Continue reading

Paranoia run wild

Thinking ahead is one thing. Preemptive thinking is paranoia run wild. Continue reading

Who are the real terrorists?

The US Code defines terrorism as a crime that appears to be intended to (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping. Continue reading

Deadly drones and the blowback they are engendering

Relatively little has appeared in the mainstream media about recent drone warfare. Continue reading

Murdering the truth

Judging from the latest Israeli attacks on Gaza with its bombs and missiles, Palestinian journalists have been doing their best to get the news reported. Continue reading

End military suicides by silencing the war drums

Some of the important news gets reported quickly and is then forgotten just as hurriedly. The following, from CBS Chicago, reported on May 10, 2012, provides an example of an under-reported event. Continue reading

Greatest threats to democracy are ignorance and apathy

Yesterday I was angry. Today, I’m tired; but I refuse to be apathetic. Continue reading

Who is the middle class?

It’s sad that Barak Obama had to be the first black to be elected president. Continue reading