Category Archives: Commentary

New World Order triumvirate: US, China, Japan

Watching the most recent Hollywood blockbuster, The Martian, I was struck by the political subtext. The great pioneer of outer space was the Soviet Union, and in those days, Hollywood followed the spirit of detente and cooperation in space with such uplifting films as Space Odyssey 2010 and the TV series Star Trek. Now the hostile Cold War has returned, and Hollywood mirrors this in what is otherwise a rather ordinary adventure film. The startling plot device is to point to China as the new partner in space, leaving the Russians pointedly out of the equation. Just imagining a Hollywood nod to Russia—the pioneer of outer space exploration and good will—is impossible given the crisis in international relations today. Continue reading

Pence begins presidential campaign unofficially

On Wednesday, May 17, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has built his political career as both a fundamentalist Christian, and a client of the libertarian Koch brothers’ extensive fundraising network, made his unofficial but starting bid to become the U.S. president: he formed an organization to raise funds from billionaires and centi-millionaires, in order for Pence to be able to distribute those wealthy investors’ funds to Republican politicians (especially to ones in the U.S. Senate and House) whom Pence favors, and who might reasonably then be expected to return that favor by their supporting a Pence bid to become the U.S. president. Of course, the presidency is the only American political office that’s higher than Pence’s current one, the vice presidency. Continue reading

UK prime minister wants government control over Internet content

Theresa May opposes online freedom, the last frontier of free and open expression, a platform for activism, the only reliable independent, commercial-free source of news, information and analysis. Continue reading

Say a prayer for the homeless, Trump’s people will not

It is a bright sunny day in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. The sky is clear blue and the air is cool. It’s definitely a windows-down driving day as I get in my ’99 Camaro and set off to work from Arlington, Virginia to 16th and K Street in downtown Washington. It is just about six miles to get from home, near the Pentagon and Fort Myer, to the office. Continue reading

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s precarious identity is Palestine’s nightmare

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly two million people. Continue reading

Trump’s Muslim world address

In Saudi Arabia Sunday night, Trump addressed the Muslim world—after sealing a $110 billion arms deal, signing a memorandum of intent to supply Riyadh with weapons worth around $350 billion over the next decade. Continue reading

Europe’s view of Trump

European governments, preparing for a round of major summits with Donald Trump, are wary. Continue reading

Escaping the iron cage of hopelessness

In a previous article, I argued that those who think science can solve our major social problems—in particular, world destruction with nuclear weapons and the poisoning of the earth’s ecology and atmosphere—were delusional and in the grip of the myth of science and technology. These problems were created by science when it became untethered from any sense of limits in its embrace of instrumental rationality. Once it became wedded to usefulness and the efficiency of technical means, it lost its original aim: the search for truth. (Obviously this doesn’t include all scientists.) In embracing means as ends, it produced an endless loop of means justifying means that has resulted in what Weber called an “iron cage.” Concomitantly, the ideology of pure objectivity and impartial innocence was joined to elite state power and the capitalist profit motive where it was supported and instantaneously and completely applied to technical applications, including nuclear, biological, chemical and “conventional” weapons; bio-engineering; GMO foods and people; eugenics and cloning; and chemical/oil production, etc. It is indisputable that if our planet is incinerated or slowly destroyed through toxic pollution that modern science with its Faustian “prohibition to prohibit” will stand indicted, if anyone is left to make the case. Continue reading

Hail Emmanuel Caesar! The bankster Macron and Pax Francais in Africa

Emmanuel Macron wears the crown of Caesar in France today, with presidential powers of imperial proportions with his vision for Pax Francais in Africa pointing towards more of “Hollandism,” his predecessors’ practice of putting more boots on the ground to insure French access to Africa’s natural resources. Continue reading

Left liberals and counter-history

I read A Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulting, ultimately, in the emergence of Naziism. He cited other similar cases where Communists of the 1920s and 1930s who refused to distinguish between the far right and those “insufficiently to the left,” ie. Social Democrats, thus paving the way for the fascist right and the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. He cites also the case of Fausto Bertinotti in Italy who withdrew his support for the center-left government of Romano Prodi and paved the road for the disastrous return to power in Rome of Silvio Berlusconi. This indeed sad history is compared to the choice (non-choice) between Clinton and Trump. And thus the nightmare of Trump in the White House. Continue reading

Caste injustice and the politics of abuse

While no one denies that caste injustice is a reality, I wish to dwell on the politics of abuse or abusive behavior from social groups that claim to inherit the legacy of historical discrimination. When the Supreme Court of India decided to punish Justice Karnan, a Dalit judge for “contempt” with a six-month jail sentence, what no one seems to discuss, is the kind of abusive behavior the man had generously indulged in for the past couple of years. Continue reading

Israeli minister calls for assassinating Assad

The US/Israeli axis represents humanity’s greatest threat—serial aggressors, partners in high crimes, waging endless wars. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: No tears for the FBI

President Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey is certainly a topic worthy of discussion and debate. In typical Trump fashion, his amateurish administration has given a variety of contradictory rationales for the action. While there may be confusion about what precipitated the decision, there should be no confusion about the FBI’s long history of persecuting black people in this country. Continue reading

Does Bush have afterthoughts?

Recently I learned from a feature article in a print magazine that George W. Bush, as Jimmy Carter and Winston Churchill did, has taken up painting. Among Bush’s subjects are 98 war veterans from Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffered traumatic injuries. Some of the portraits were reproduced in the magazine, and they are good. Three months ago, 98 portraits were published in a coffee table book, Portraits of Courage, the proceeds from which are donated to the Bush Center. Continue reading

Trump’s traitor, Pompeo’s fraud, the damned: Chelsea Manning goes free, Julian Assange and Ed Snowden doomed

Chelsea Manning’s leaked information made WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, a household name. It also made them permanent enemies of the US State. In 2010, Assange released a video that he called Collateral Murder. The video shows an airstrike in which Iraqi journalists are killed. Other releases based on Manning’s leak were known as the Afghan Diary and Iraq War Logs. The diplomatic cables exposed some of the silly machinations of the US State Department and the over classification of documents. Continue reading

What’s behind restoration of the Cold War?

What’s behind restoration of the Cold War is a fall off in the global armaments trade after the capitalist-versus-communist Cold War ended with the 9 November 1989 opening-up of the Berlin Wall, and after the ideological excuse for buying and using nuclear weapons thus ended when the Soviet Union and its communism and its Warsaw Pact military alliance against America’s NATO alliance ended soon thereafter, in 1991. Weapons became less needed, because there was no longer an ideological excuse available for invading, and for perpetrating (and/or backing) coups in, foreign countries. And this reduction in the weapons-market harmed the major investors in arms-manufacturing international corporations. Their business was suffering. Continue reading

The exponential growth of insecurity

There is no such thing as cyber security. The only choice is more security or less security, as the recent hack of the National Security Agency demonstrates. Continue reading

The end of Trump

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Continue reading

Israel is promoting anti-Semitism

The Zionists of Israel have taken another step to promote anti-Semitism among the international community. Continue reading

In a time of madness, Sally Yates is a profile in courage

Let us now praise a class act. Continue reading

100 ways the Deep State plans to kill off your mom . . .

First let’s start with the obvious. By cutting down on the availability of healthcare in order to buy more weapons and give more Lean-Green to banksters, thousands of American apple-pie-baking moms are automatically gonna get hauled before death panels right before our very eyes. Sorry about that, Mom, but your cancer is a preexisting condition. Continue reading

Are there 22 patriotic House Republicans?

Trump warning to former FBI Director James Comey against leaking anything negative about him—tweeting “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”—is deeply troubling. Continue reading

New charter: Should Hamas rewrite the past?

Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity. Continue reading

History’s actors

Somebody’s contradicting the contradiction of someone else. WTF’s going on here? The more I know, the less I know or the more I think I know the more I realize I’m powerless to understand. Continue reading

Double standards R us

After being vilified as a Satan by neo-liberals for allegedly costing their anointed one the election—this was before Putin was appointed Greater Satan—the former FBI director is sanctified by neo-liberals as martyr to the cause of justice and democracy. This continues an American tradition born the day European immigrants began making this country great by taking it from its original inhabitants who were foolishly trying to live with nature instead of dominating it for profits. Continue reading

Avoiding another war In North Korea

During the Korean War, the United States dropped more bombs and napalm on North Korea than was used against the Japanese during World War II. The carpet bombing destroyed all of the cities and most of the villages in North Korea. More than 3,000,000 Korean civilians died in the war—most were in the North. Since the war ended with a cease fire in 1953, the North has been governed by the Kim family dictatorship, which uses the threat of American aggression to maintain its ironfisted physical and mind control of the North Korean people. Continue reading

Donald Trump is attempting a coup—we must have a special prosecutor

So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Democratic Party death spiral

The Democratic Party is in a death spiral that it cannot escape. The debacle continues with members of Congress singing lyrics, “Hey Hey Hey Good-bye,” from an old song. The juvenile display showed that they are up to their old tricks. They are again counting on Republican unpopularity to regain power. They have no intention of doing anything proactively that would energize their rank and file and reverse their string of defeats. Continue reading

How Trump mocks his voters

It usually comes from his actions, instead of from his words, but sometimes Trump mocks his voters verbally too, such as when the New York Daily News bannered on 9 December 2016, SEE IT: Donald Trump admits he doesn’t ‘care’ about locking up Hillary Clinton and opened: President-elect Donald Trump once again disassociated himself from his aggressive campaign rhetoric when he told a crowd in Michigan on Friday [9 December] that he doesn’t “care” about putting Hillary Clinton in jail anymore. Continue reading

No matter how hard we run, we always seem to be standing in the same place

Political activism has been a part of my life for most of my adult years. I picketed, I marched, I signed petitions, and I collected signatures. I was fighting for change, for a better, more just life for people, not only for those of this country, but for those around the world. I became very familiar with Washington, DC. It was like a home away from home. Continue reading

Israel’s draft nation-state law codifies racism

The 1917 Balfour Declaration is its antecedent—“establish[ing] in Palestine a national home for the Jewish people,” at the expense of indigenous Arabs as things turned out. Continue reading

You are the true guardians of the galaxy: A graduation message for a tyrannical age

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. Continue reading