Category Archives: Commentary

The politics of war: What is Israel’s endgame in Lebanon and Syria?

On August 4, hours before a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued an ominous warning to Lebanon. Continue reading

This is Amerika where fascism, totalitarianism and militarism go hand in hand

There’s a pattern emerging if you pay close enough attention. Continue reading

Military recruiters don’t belong in high schools

Recruiters deliberately exploit the financial and social insecurities of teenagers to enlist more soldiers.

Schools have become contested territory. Continue reading

Want to get into some ‘good trouble’? Join the fight to save our post office

And that means fighting for our right to vote.

Every now and then an enormously beneficial soul comes along—someone whose work is so productive, honest and inspirational that he or she ought not be allowed to die. That’s how I felt last month when I heard that John Lewis had slipped away from us. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: TikTok and the war on China

Every charge that Trump and his minions make against Chinese companies is true for US corporations, which have been spying on Americans and the rest of the world for decades. Continue reading

A message to the left about Kamala Harris—and us

If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected, they'll still be influenced by the powerful forces that have shaped their careers. All the more reason progressives cannot sit this one out.

Millions of people have worked for change in this country in recent years. An incomplete list includes the Occupy movement, Standing Rock, the Sunrise movement, the Bernie Sanders campaigns, Black Lives Matter, the Red State teachers’ strikes, and the Women’s Marches. For the activist left (I include myself in this group), here’s a thought: It matters who Joe Biden chose for vice president. Of course, it does. But it doesn’t matter as much as you do. If you stay committed, if you unite your movements into a broad alliance for social and economic change, change will come. You have that power. Continue reading

Trump envoy for regime change in Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, adds Iran to his portfolio

Everything thrown at the Islamic Republic for over 40 years to return the country to US client state status failed. Continue reading

U.S. defense secretary tells EU: ‘deter peace,’ confront Russia & China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Europeans, in statements on July 29th and August 9, “I’ve said that very publicly, I’ve said that very privately to my counterparts as well, about the importance of NATO, any alliance, sharing the burden so that we can all deter Russia and avoid peace in Europe.’” Continue reading

The smartest guy in his West Point class

The imaginary inner world of a fool is a dangerous place, especially if he happens to be the Secretary of State of the United States of America. Continue reading

The Likud conspiracy: Israel in the throes of a major political crisis

Protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government’s mediocre response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 is experiencing a massive surge throughout the country. Continue reading

Individuals with a cervix

A recent flash in the pan on Twitter was this tweet from CNN. Continue reading

P Is for Predator State: The building blocks of tyranny from A to Z

While America continues to fixate on the drama-filled reality show scripted by the powers-that-be, directed from the nation’s capital, and played out in high definition across the country, the American Police State has moved steadily forward. Continue reading

Apartheid or one state: Has Jordan broken a political taboo?

What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Continue reading

US war on Chinese enterprises

US war on China’s rising prominence on the world stage is a bipartisan affair. Continue reading

Majority forces need to combat market dictatorship

An economy on the brink of more serious failure than the usual cyclic form entered an even more critical state when the COVID virus hit. We now find the mind-boggling debt before the capitalist pandemic growing to be very near breaking the capitalist bank. Along with the awakening public opposition to racism experienced by some who are encountering it for the first time, this is producing the greatest surge for substantial change since the near transformation that took place back in the 1930s, when capitalism defensively improved the lives of much of its working class to avoid social revolution. So, naturally, our intellectually and morally crippled rulers are making every effort to incorporate into the market any and all efforts at creating change, while blocking when not totally smothering public consciousness in the thickest fog of dis-and mis-information to make all previous treatment of mind management seem almost thoughtful by comparison. Continue reading

How Mitch McConnell’s Republicans are destroying America

Senate Republicans’ shameful priorities are on full display as the nation continues to grapple with an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Continue reading

Israel considers human rights activists national security threats

Like the US and other Western states, Israel is a fantasy democracy. Continue reading

Too many Americans belong to the cult of selfish individualism. In the COVID era, this has become a death cult.

On a per capita basis, Belgium has been the European country hardest hit by the coronavirus. With a population of 11.5 million, it registered over 66,000 infections and nearly 10,000 deaths. In fact, Belgium’s level of mortality of 860 deaths per million inhabitants is the highest in the world. Continue reading

Visiting Wisconsin: The presidential Zoom convention that will make Milwaukee famous!

My reconnaissance trip to Milwaukee this week is going quite well. I’ve spied out the lay of the land here. Everything looks good. Let the invasion of happy Democratic convention delegates begin! Continue reading

When corporate power is your real government, corporate media is state media

The New York Times published an astonishingly horrible article the other day, titled “Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic,” accusing governments like Venezuela and Nicaragua of exploiting COVID-19 to quash opposition and oppress democracy. Continue reading

Ten years after Lieberman’s “Internet Kill Switch,” the war on freedom rages on

In 2010, US Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Thomas Carper (D-DE) introduced their Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. Better known as the “Internet Kill Switch” proposal for the emergency powers it would have conferred on the president, the bill died without receiving a vote in either house of Congress. Continue reading

Why a joint Arab force is urgently needed

It is beyond time that Arab governments learned to trust one another

‘The Arab World’ is an obsolete construct. The MENA region is torn by fractures and disagreements permitting malevolent foreign entities to exert influence and power. Never has the time been so auspicious for Arab states with a similar world view to unify so as to create an Arab Army on the lines of NATO. Continue reading

Pompeo’s big lies and deception never quit

Mike Pompeo’s public remarks in speeches, press conferences, interviews, and before Congress feature a litany of Big Lies and mass deception—notably when commenting on Trump regime’s policies and about nations on the US target list for regime change. Continue reading

It’s easy to laugh at Louie Gohmert, but…

The Texas congressman’s a dangerous fool, like the president he so admires.

A few years ago, while I was president of the Writers Guild of America, East, several union members and I went down to Washington to hold a midday briefing on Capitol Hill about net neutrality. Continue reading

A ‘brazen giveaway’ GOP HEALS Act is a $30 billion bonanza for the Pentagon

The new $1 trillion GOP HEALS act includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache Helicopters, and other welfare programs for the Pentagon.

On Monday, the Senate GOP released their outline for a new $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. A successor to March’s CARES Act, the 177-page document, named the HEALS Act, includes no funding for hazard pay, the Postal Service, state and local governments, nutrition assistance, or help for uninsured or underinsured Americans, but incorporates a $29.4 billion bonanza for the Pentagon. Continue reading

The diabolical GOP HEALS Act

The vast majority in Washington are indifferent toward public health, safety and welfare. Continue reading

‘The world’s most dangerous man’ picks on Portland to pick up votes

Trump’s quest for scenes of urban chaos may not be over, but for now, it could be ending with a whimper not a flashbang.

Watching the news from Portland, Oregon, where night after night anonymous Federal forces in combat gear and camouflage continued to go after protesters with tear gas, flashbangs, rubber bullets and batons, doing their damnedest to make a tough situation worse, I was again reminded of a simple fact. It will come as a shock to no one other than the most credulous: Reality TV isn’t real! A pearl-clutching revelation, I realize. Continue reading

One nation under house arrest: How do COVID-19 mandates impact our freedoms?

We have become one nation under house arrest. Continue reading

Pompeo gives new meaning to ugly American

Judge him by his actions and rhetoric, defining the menace he represents. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Let the movement be radical

Craven black misleaders jumped at the chance to side with white corporate power against radical white allies. Continue reading

The virus that’s really killing Americans? Greed

Health care giants are taking COVID-19 relief money while cutting jobs and paying CEOs millions.

The holy mantra of health professionals was coined about 2,500 years ago by the Greek physician Hippocrates: “Do no harm.” Continue reading

How would Joe Biden’s America differ from Trump’s?

He would change course on every aspect of the Trump presidency with some exceptions

Polls and pundits cannot be trusted when it comes to predicting the winner of a US presidential ballot. In early November 2016, pollsters and so-called expert election analysts were left with egg on their faces. Continue reading