Category Archives: Commentary

Senate passes deplorable budget bill

Class war rages in America, escalated under Trump and congressional Republicans, most hardline. Continue reading

Bitch, get out!!

Saturday, Oct 14th, I opened snail mail to read this typed letter that arrived in a typed envelope with a Purple Heart stamp. Continue reading

Vung Tau

And so we’re in Vung Tau, a sleepy, seaside city at the mouth of the Saigon River. I’m staying in a hotel owned by an Army unit. My room is quiet, cheap and has an ample balcony with an ocean view. I’ve only stumbled onto two other guests, each sitting on a massage chair. Continue reading

Israel’s war on Palestinian media freedom

Israeli military censorship prohibits publishing anything about IDF high crimes against peace and daily persecution of Palestinians. Continue reading

One nation, in sickness and in health

Time and again, "repeal and replace" has proven to be a farce. Let's focus on the hard work of true reform and get health care for all.

A couple of things observed after successful surgery and a week in the hospital: For reasons seemingly unrelated to your operation, you will find bits of surgical tape attached to odd parts of your body for days after your return home. Continue reading

The American Century’s final curtain

History will show that the United States, more than a decade after being drawn by rabid neo-conservative war hawks into costly and ill-advised conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, saw the final curtain drawn on its post-Cold War “American Century.” The inauguration of Donald Trump, who acts more like the Roman emperors Caligula or Nero than an American statesman, is hastening the final act in the Pax Americana stage play. Continue reading

Washington is destroying American power

Readers at home and around the world want to know what to make of the announcement that China henceforth will conduct oil purchases and sales in gold-backed Chinese currency. Continue reading

Athens vs. Mondoweiss

In my new book, “Being in Time—A Post Political Manifesto,” I delve into the clear distinction between Athens and Jerusalem. Athens is the capitol of philosophy. In Athens we think things through. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is the city of laws that set the boundaries of correct thinking. In Jerusalem we obey first and think later. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Russiagate brings Black Caucus to a new low

The so-called Russiagate scandal is a fiction. The hapless Democrats see it as a means of doing what they failed to do on election day in 2016, defeat Donald Trump. The fear mongering also makes the case for waging war by other means against Russia and supporting American imperialism. But this worst of all fake news stories fell apart. The only way to continue the dubious cause was to ratchet it up with more lies. Enter the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Continue reading

Three for the road, in light and shadows

It was getting dark on the street as the young man emerged from his high school on New York’s Upper East Side after basketball practice. He had lost track of time as he dreamed his basketball dreams and headed to the subway for the long ride home. It was December, 1961. A man, dressed in a cashmere overcoat and carrying a silver bowl, was walking his dog on the street. The boy asked him for the time. The man told him, adding with a grin that his watch always ran fast. The boy recognized the grin from what seemed like a dream. He pet the man’s dog, and the man asked him about the imposing school next to them. He asked the boy his name and the boy said “Eddie.” While the dog did its business in the street, they chatted for a few minutes. The man wished him luck with his basketball and said his name was Paul. Continue reading

Trump outsources U.S. foreign policy to Israel

The signs that Donald Trump planned to allow Israel to largely call the shots on U.S. foreign policy have been evident since he named ultra-Zionist New York bankruptcy attorney David Friedman, formerly with the Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman law firm, as his ambassador to Israel and son-in-law Jared Kushner as his “special advisor on Middle East peace.” Israel’s control over Trump’s foreign policy, especially on Middle East issues, has manifested itself in several ways. Continue reading

The real reason behind Trump’s angry diplomacy in North Korea

To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’s belated ‘pivot to Asia’ to counter China’s rise has been, thus far, quite ineffectual. Continue reading

Deplorable US public ignorance

Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people on the planet—despite 84% of households having a computer, 73% with broadband Internet access, according to Pew Research. Continue reading

Donald Trump, the divider in chief

One has to admire Donald Trump. He really knows how to play to his constituency. Continue reading

Will the human race end this century or is there a glimmer of hope in the stars?

At our current pace of capitalist exploitation, the human race will die out within a century. Homo sapiens, the last species of the genus homo, will be no more. Continue reading

Wrongful rhetoric and Trump’s strategy on Iran

Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs” at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. His punishment for breaking the silence about Israel’s capacity to manufacture nuclear weapons included eleven years of solitary confinement. Continue reading

Neocon Nikki Haley the dark force behind Trump’s decertification of Iran nuclear deal?

Nikki Haley reportedly was Trump’s first choice for secretary of state, a war goddess Hillary clone, a Ziofascist, a recklessly dangerous neocon. Continue reading

Hanoi jottings

With only a week and a half in Hanoi, I’ve been out and about almost nonstop. This article, then, is being jotted down at 5:11AM, as I’m lying in bed on my stomach at the Letters Home guesthouse. Stuck in a grim alley in an unfashionable neighborhood, it’s not exactly popular, so about the only noises I’ve heard in Letters Home came from my air conditioner or fan. Only rarely does a motorbike beeping, car horn honking or dog barking reach me. Continue reading

Is Trump unraveling?

Last week, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview with the New York Times that Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Continue reading

Thugs take advantage of America’s foreign policy dysfunctionality

Thuggish world leaders are using the dysfunctionality of U.S. foreign policy to push the envelope while America is preoccupied with a moron and man-child as president. Giving authoritarian leaders like Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Saudi King Salman, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and Moroccan King Mohammed VI leeway in the absence of U.S. leadership and influence is what was partially behind Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s description of Donald Trump as a “fucking moron” and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker’s Twitter reference to Trump as an impetuous man-child in need of day care supervision. Continue reading

Trump the entertainer

The media continue to view Trump through a political lens when an entertainment lens would be more appropriate.

It is becoming increasingly clear that to speak of a “Trump presidency” is a misnomer. There is no presidency, at least not by traditional standards. There is a “Trump show,” and that makes all the difference in the world. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: True conspiracies

American history has many examples of governmental and corporate plots that deceive, kill, create wars, and ruin lives. United States covert operations destroyed movements domestically and overthrew governments overseas. No one has to prove the existence of high level conspiracies that furthered the interests of the state and or its corporate partners. Continue reading

What is behind the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation?

Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. Continue reading

Power corrupts: A culture of compliance breeds despots and predators

Power corrupts. Continue reading

Putin, Jimmy Carter, Trump and Mattis on North Korea

Avoiding conflict on the Korean peninsula is an urgent priority of our time. Possible nuclear war would be too catastrophic to risk. Continue reading

The Balfour Declaration destroyed Palestine, not the Palestinian people

Some promises are made and kept; others disavowed. But the ‘promise’ made by Arthur James Balfour in what became known as the ‘Balfour Declaration’ to the leaders of the Zionist Jewish community in Britain one hundred years ago, was only honored in part: it established a state for the Jews and attempted to destroy the Palestinian nation. Continue reading

What happened to Trump’s pledge to close this billionaire loophole?

The president's pledge to roll back a hedge fund loophole has mysteriously vanished from his tax plan.

These are hard times for America’s gold miners. They’re scrambling to get ahead, but seeing their pay dropping. Continue reading

Britain to criminalize reading online extremist content

Like America, Britain is unfit and unsafe to live in—both countries police states, serving privileged interests exclusively, allied in waging wars OF terror in multiple theaters, along with abolishing fundamental homeland freedoms. Continue reading

War culture-gun culture: They’re related

If you go to the Wikipedia page that gives a timeline of U.S. foreign military operations between 1775 and 2010, you are likely to come away in shock. It seems that ever since the founding of the country, the United States has been at war. It is as if Americans just could not (and still cannot) sit still, but had to (and still have to) force themselves on others through military action. Often this is aimed at controlling foreign resources, thus forcing upon others the consequences of their own capitalist avarice. At other times the violence is spurred on by an ideology that confuses U.S. interests with civilization and freedom. Only very rarely is Washington out there on the side of the angels. Regardless, the bottom line seems to be that peace has never been a deeply ingrained cultural value for the citizens of the United States. As pertains to foreign policy, America’s national culture is a war culture. Continue reading

The evil that guns do

The firearms lobby suggests that because morality can't be legislated, the evil of gun violence can only be controlled by . . . more guns.

In the United States, you will hear madmen insist that: 59 dead and 500 injured in Las Vegas are the price of freedom; 49 dead and 58 wounded in Orlando, Florida, are the price of freedom; 27 dead and 2 injured in Newtown, Connecticut, are the price of freedom. Continue reading

How offensive ads sell drugs for pharma

How did pharma become the third most lucrative U.S. industry? In addition to millions doled out to federal lawmakers and medical groups, it uses the world’s best ad agencies and public relations firms to “move product.” Continue reading

House passes draconian budget

America already is thirdworldized. Majority House members deepened it. Continue reading