Category Archives: Commentary

Ferguson: No justice in the American police state

There are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police. Police murder Americans for totally implausible reasons. For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, John Crawford picked up a toy gun from a Walmart shelf in the toy department and was shot and killed on the spot by police goons. Continue reading

Gaza changed everything

Things cannot stay the same after Israeli genocide in Gaza

After every bloody episode of violence perpetrated by Israel, media spin doctors are often deployed with one grand mission: to absolve Israel of any responsibility for their acts of carnage. Continue reading

The great Israeli Iron Dome hoax

Call it a billion dollar + scam. Add another congressionally funded $225 million tax dollars. Expect millions more on request. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: American terror lives on

Can America ever overcome its terrible history of conquest, genocide and enslavement? Those horrors are deeply embedded in the American psyche and legal system, and allow for repeated aggressions at home and abroad. This columnist was reminded of the roots of this never ending terror during a recent trip to Alabama. Continue reading

Police brutality in America

Justice in America is a four-letter word. Killer cops mock it. Nearly always with impunity. Continue reading

The militarization of the police has produced a murder machine

I wasn’t surprised at some of the crude comments and hatred expressed toward blacks that came from a few white male anti-immigration Republicans in response to my article Cops Gone Wild. A few were so choked with rage over a “f****** pinko-liberal-commie” who would take the side of a “black bully thief” over the police that they never read beyond the introductory comment about Ferguson. Criticizing police can ignite the same kind of hysterical hatred as criticizing the Israeli government’s murders of Palestinians. Continue reading

HRW’s Egypt hatchet job a self-inflicted wound

It was no happenstance that the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) chose the anniversary of Egypt’s 2013 dispersal of six-week-long Cairo Muslim Brotherhood (MB) sit-ins to release its damning report during a planned press conference in the Egyptian capital. And this at a time when the Brotherhood announced it was poised to “sow chaos throughout Egypt” under “the banner of retribution.” Continue reading

Russia: Waging peace in Ukraine

Throughout months of conflict in Southeastern Ukraine, Russia has gone all-out to resolve things diplomatically. Continue reading

Cops gone wild

Ferguson, Missouri, is a small overwhelmingly black town whose government and police are white. The Ferguson police murdered an 18-year-old black male who had his hands over his head. If you take a look at the photo of the three goon thugs pointing military rifles at point blank range at the kid with his hands up, when any one of the over-sized goons unarmed could have restrained the kid, you can understand how excessive police force results in abuse and murder of citizens. Continue reading

Is this the twilight zone?

Don’t know about you, but I’m experiencing a discomforting sense of unreality. Our once familiar world, where we more or less knew the rules, has changed into what one of my friends on social media described as “a creepy Disneyland,” except it’s infinitely creepier than Disney-like. Continue reading

Obama just as guilty as Netanyahu for this current Nakba

In a recent speech, George Galloway said that he met Barack Obama at a demonstration, and that he spoke to him for awhile. Obama told the British parliamentarian during this conversation that he’d been “well schooled” by Edward Said on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If that is true then the late and great Professor Said, must be rolling over in his grave at the actions of his wayward pupil. The horrors that Obama permits via acts of omission (as well as commission) are truly astounding, indeed. Continue reading

Kiev’s war without mercy continues

Kiev fascists are murdering their own southeastern citizens in cold blood. They’re doing it with full support and complicity from Washington. Continue reading

Washington has placed the world on the road to war

Does the world have a death wish?

A fabricated report was spread by the UK Guardian newspaper and BBC that a Russian armored convoy entered Ukraine and was destroyed by the Ukrainian military. The German media including Die Welt picked up the false report and spread the hysteria. Once again we have confirmation that the Western media is corrupt and unreliable.
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Seeking peace

I am often saddened and frustrated when well-meaning and decent people write or verbalize how Israel and the U.S. missed an opportunity to reach an agreement with the Palestinians which would result in peace. To miss an opportunity for peace, one must attribute to Israel and the U.S. a desire to have peace. Yet when we examine the behavior, not the words of these two countries, one has to wonder if that is truly their goal. Continue reading

The tyranny of the Nanny State, where the government knows what’s best for you

Surveillance cameras, government agents listening in on your phone calls, reading your emails and text messages and monitoring your spending, mandatory health care, sugary soda bans, anti-bullying laws, zero tolerance policies, political correctness: these are all outward signs of a government—i.e., a societal elite—that believes it knows what is best for you and can do a better job of managing your life than you can. Continue reading

Are cops killing more people than ever?

Here’s a pitch for a procedural: How many cops are involved in police shootings in the United States in a given year? Why should that require any detective work? First, there are currently no national statistics on how many people are shot by police each year—and they are sorely needed—both to protect innocent people mistaken for law-breakers and the police themselves. Continue reading

From Boston to Ferguson: Have we reached a tipping point in the police state?

The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosion and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the government’s response but in the community’s response. Continue reading

House committee: No Benghazi scandal

The House Select Committee on Intelligence, following almost a two-year intense investigation, unanimously determined there is no basis for what has become known as the Benghazi Scandal. Continue reading

Washington chokes truth with lies

Are Western propagandists fooling anyone but themselves? Continue reading

Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Israel reveals its true colours and true aspirations every time it attacks Gaza (or any other self-perceived enemy) as being the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, even to the degree—as the references above indicate—to the act of genocide. The Western world/Washington consensus group are guilty of enormous war crimes in their full complicit support of Israel, regardless of the rhetoric expressing their concern over the deaths, while they continue to supply Israel with its military needs. Continue reading

MH17, Gaza and the “genius” of Western propaganda

Not a month goes by without the West invoking yet another affront to humanity, another crime against humanity, another wave of sanctions, or yet another UN Security Council resolution. This is what North Korea would be like if it is ever armed with social media. Continue reading

Cuomo turns on the charm for Israel; Palestine denies him an invitation

Yes, New York’s charming governor, Andrew Cuomo, is paying for the trip to Israel for his staff and himself from his multi-million dollar war chest, while Palestine declares him persona non grata, denying him an invitation. Continue reading

Extremism is the side effect of Israeli brutality

It’s indisputable that Hamas is winning in the court of global public opinion and understandably so, when almost 2,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 440 children. The sight of toddlers’ mutilated bodies has even galvanized housewives in Kentucky to lend their support on social media to Hamas, which is becoming increasingly viewed as a group of heroic freedom fighters instead of the terrorist organization designated by the US, the UK and several other western nations. Continue reading

Will they EVER leave Cuba alone? No.

The latest exposed plot to overthrow the Cuban government . . . Oh, pardon me, I mean the latest exposed plot to bring democracy to Cuba . . . Continue reading

Ghost of Richard Nixon haunts Hillary Clinton

As the nation reflects on the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon from office, Washington’s pundits are wondering aloud about “future Nixons” who might assume the presidency. One name that keeps popping up again and again as a person who has the “air of Nixon” about her is all-but-declared 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Continue reading

A nation of Monday morning quarterbacks

A recent poll purported to have found 57 or so percent of US voters would now vote for Mitt Romney if they had the chance, whereas only 26 or so percent would vote for Barack Obama. Assuming these percentages are representative of the actual percentages among the population, so what? Who cares whether voters would now vote for Romney or Obama. Such percentages tell you little or nothing about the relevant underlying issue: how well Obama has performed and how well Romney would have performed had he been elected. Continue reading

God bless Amtrak—ride the rails, avoid the TSA!

I’m sitting in the Metropolitan Lounge of the magnificent Union Station in Chicago, waiting to board the fabled Southwest Chief on my way to Santa Fe. Continue reading

Cold War Two

During Cold War One those of us in the American radical left were often placed in the position where we had to defend the Soviet Union because the US government was using that country as a battering ram against us. Now we sometimes have to defend Russia because it may be the last best hope of stopping TETATW (The Empire That Ate The World). Yes, during Cold War One we knew enough about Stalin, the show trials, and the gulags. But we also knew about US foreign policy. Continue reading

Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza fought back

My old family house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza was recently rebuilt by its new owner into a beautiful three-story building with large windows adorned by red frames. In Israel’s most recent and deadliest war on Gaza, the house sustained significant damage. A large hole caused by Israeli missiles can be seen from afar, in a part of the house where our kitchen once stood. Continue reading

Terrorists must be crushed, not ignored

A photograph seen on social media of fighters from the misnamed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) could have come straight out of an historical documentary on the Middle Ages. If some seer had told me five years ago that 10,000-15,000 deranged killers could have established a caliphate over 30 percent of Syria and 35 percent of Iraq, he wouldn’t have had his palm touched with my gold. But at a time when crazed killers, who slaughter thousands without blinking are mushrooming, the fact that ISIL exists is less astonishing than the fact those murderers have been permitted a virtual free hand to behead, crucify and threaten Iraqi minorities with ‘death by the sword’ if they refuse to convert to their twisted brand of religion that has nothing to do with Islam. Continue reading

Remembering Robin Williams

Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. Continue reading

Common sense likely to silence the drums of war

Empire-hawks have had the upper hand in American politics for several decades and, given the shifting economic power taking place in the world, they are now seemingly suicidal, ready to lead us into nuclear holocaust. Just like Jim Jones did with his followers 36 years ago in Jonestown. This time, however, the Kool-Aid is being dispensed by the US mainstream media laced with a different poison: raw propaganda against the Russian Federation and its malefic leader, Vladimir Putin. Continue reading