Category Archives: Commentary

The pornography of hatred

There is danger in the pandering of hatred that goes beyond the freedom of expression. Is there a right to profit from supplying the seeds of destruction to those who have the need to blame others for the poverty of their existence? Bar owners who continue to serve drunks can be held responsible for the deaths of those later killed in traffic collisions, but to what extend should those who peddle the rhetoric of hatred, bigotry, and violence be held responsible for the consequences of their merchandising? Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Putin bombs Islamic State, Obama bombs a hospital

The mendacity of the United States and its allies has been on full and transparent display as the pace of events quicken around the world. On September 28, 2015, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin each made his case before the United Nations General Assembly and both were true to form. Putin said that America should respect other nations’ sovereignty. Obama exceeded his allotted speaking time by twenty minutes only to say that he didn’t care about anyone else’s sovereignty. Continue reading

Obama’s tattered Middle East policy

Let’s not fool ourselves, Washington’s relationships and actions are primarily based on US interests; interests which coincide with its allies in some instances but not on others. Continue reading

Listen to Syrians: The media jackals and the people’s narrative

Imagine the Syrian war from the point of view of ordinary Syrians from a variety of backgrounds. They are most likely to offer a different perspective and to hold entirely different expectations than most other parties involved. Continue reading

Lunatics in Washington want direct confrontation with Russia

Russia’s sovereign independence sticks in Washington’s craw, long-term US policy determined to replace it with governance it controls—even at the risk of WW III. Continue reading

22 people killed by US airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

Before the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and well-being in Baghdad, such as hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools, and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: “To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime.” We encouraged people in U.S. cities to do the same, trying to build empathy for people trapped in Iraq, anticipating a terrible aerial bombing. Continue reading

The TPP’s coming Internet censorship

The agreement by 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the United States, to enact the still-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is fraught with dangers for the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment on freedoms of the press and speech. The pact agreed upon by the 12 nations in Atlanta reportedly contains provisions that could be used by governments, parastatal corporations, and multinational corporations to initiate an international version of what is known in the United States as “SLAPP suits.” Continue reading

This has become routine

In his comment on the mass shootings at the Oregon community college, President Obama said, “This has become routine.” Continue reading

A Palestinian state requires new strategies

Old paradigms for peace have failed and as the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas indicated before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Oslo Accords signed in 1993, to fulfil “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” are now virtually defunct. It takes two hands to clap and, unfortunately, Israel has wielded its mighty hand to slap down an occupied people, strangling their dignity and their hopes. Continue reading

Putin bests Obama on leadership front against Islamic State

President Barack Obama never likes to be upstaged in the popularity and leadership department. Yet, that is exactly what has occurred with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decisive military action against the Islamic State in Syria. Continue reading

‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon: One man against the ‘monster’

John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. Continue reading

The empire eats its own

Terrorism: The Political use of terror and intimidation. So goes the definition of something that can consist of much more than just the use of violence to control others. Continue reading

The latest NYT propaganda piece on Syria

The New York Times is a virtual US administration/Pentagon house organ. Its articles read like imperial press releases, real journalism entirely absent, making sensationalist tabloid operations look good by comparison. Continue reading

How we may begin to dismantle fascism in America

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” Continue reading

Where has Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman gone?

For many, many years, I have relied on Democracy Now! for relevant news reporting, including voices of those who have alternative perceptions and information from that which we see and hear in the mainstream media. Continue reading

Why Bernie and Hillary must address America’s dying nuke reactors

As the first Democrat presidential debate finally approaches (on Oct. 13), America’s nuke power industry is in accelerated collapse. Continue reading

Putin calls out Washington

Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. Continue reading

OMG, Russia is dropping bombs on our terrorists

Peace loving, democracy spreading NATO and U.S. officials have expressed their concern over Russia’s decision to drop bombs in Syria. Continue reading

What might does to right

A few months ago, I broke a vow to avoid talking politics with neighbors and anyone I meet at social events. My infraction invited this: “Don’t say that to me. If you feel that way you should leave the country.” The woman nearly stumbled, appalled by my lack of patriotism. Continue reading

Pope Francis in Philadelphia

A pope zone cut Philly in two. Hundreds of soldiers poured in. Throughout downtown and Old City, they manned every intersection, including alleys. Since 9/11, Americans have been conditioned to see soldiers in battle fatigues on their sidewalks, but this is unprecedented for peacetime Philadelphia. At least these troops were not armed. Only the cops were. Concrete barriers, heavy steel fences and security check points hindered both car and foot traffics. Hearing movie-acclimated blades rotating overhead, citizens looked up to gawk at choppers. Pope Francis would not arrive until the next day. Continue reading

Who’s the guy in the white suit next to all those billionaires?

Many of you know the words: “And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” So sayeth Jesus in the New Testament’s Book of Matthew, Chapter 19, Verse 24. Continue reading

Putin shows Obama to be a weak-kneed incompetent on ISIL

As Russian President Vladimir Putin followed up his request before the United Nations General Assembly for a grand coalition to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by launching Russia’s first air strikes on ISIL positions near Homs in Syria, President Barack Obama belatedly got around to issuing sanctions and asset freezes on a number of ISIL officers and fighters tied to Western intelligence services. Continue reading

Putin trumps Obama at the U.N.

If the peevish expression on Barack Obama’s face was any indication, Vladimir Putin is a force in the world who cannot be ignored. Ever since Russia annexed Crimea in response to the United States- and NATO-backed coup in Ukraine, Obama and the corporate media have falsely declared that Putin is isolated from the rest of the world. They claim he is a monster, a despot and an irrelevance on the world stage. Continue reading

Canada’s quiet coup: How a CIA off-shoot helped install Stephen Harper as Canada’s prime minister

The biggest threat to Canada’s national security is internal. It is the offshoot of an extraordinarily successful—because it remains largely undetected—coup that imposed itself on the country with the federal election of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) in 2006, and solidified its impacts with the election of a Conservative majority in 2011. Continue reading

Irresponsible Putin bashing following his UN address

It’s always open season on irresponsibly bashing Vladimir Putin—instead of embracing his sensible solutions to major world problems. Continue reading

Media ruins Corbyn’s chances

Jeremy Corbyn, the darling of the British left, a self-ascribed dyed-in-the-wool socialist and former chair of the Stop the War Coalition recently elected to lead the Labor Party, must have believed he was destined to be a backbencher for all time. And, in truth, the sudden rise of this rebellious activist turned politician has caught the party elites on the hop especially as the odds against him were 100-1 when he initially threw his cap in the ring. Continue reading

A lay doctrine for man’s survival: Acceptance of compromise

Humble Francisco appears to have chosen, from the time he accepted his papal tasks, a narrow path with overgrown thorny brambles; also a major role as arbiter in the West between two ideologies which view very differently both the exercise of power and the distribution of wealth. Continue reading

Living in the age of ageism

One of the deadliest forms of discrimination and one that is hardly talked about except in the clichéd and sentimental terms scripted by popular movies is ageism. Continue reading

Putin steps in where Obama fears to tread

Out of the mouth of babes comes truth. American Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is no babe but his knowledge of the Middle East borders on juvenile. He doesn’t know the difference between the Kurds and Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Al Quds force, for instance. But there’s one thing he does knows for sure. There will be no American boots on the ground to tackle Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria on his watch—a vote-getting stance when Americans have little appetite to get seriously embroiled in yet another war in the Middle East. Continue reading

‘Minority Report’ is 40 years ahead of schedule: The fictional world has become reality

We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control. Continue reading

‘Paging Dr. Doctivity’: Medicine evolves into a business model

Beneath a three-column headline in my local newspaper was a barely-edited press release. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Ahmed Mohamed and Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.” Continue reading