Category Archives: Commentary

How to survive the journey ahead: A graduation message for a terrifying age

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

A US foreign policy in three simple words: do no harm

When it comes to the worldwide destruction of democracy, Trump is the enabler supreme.

“The global trend is sour.” So says Larry Diamond, senior fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution. Continue reading

What and who gave us Trump?

Why did Trump look around and think, ‘Hey, I can get away with this.’? Well, take a look around.

Donald J. Trump’s presidential ambition has simmered for decades. He was and is a regular TV watcher and saw the changing political landscape. One by one, previous presidents diminished the integrity of the presidency and violated the rule of law, paving the way for Trump’s candidacy. Continue reading

Madonna’s fake revolution: Eurovision, cultural hegemony and resistance

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim. Continue reading

‘Made in America,’ in China

The president pretends to stand up for manufacturing workers while kowtowing to corporations that flagrantly violate Made-in-America laws.

What’s the matter with Donald and The Trumpeteers? Why won’t they stand up for the American workers and business owners who make their products right here in the United States? Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Abortion rights and the power of protest

An abortion rights crisis looms, but Americans have lost their fighting tools, lulled to sleep by the corporate fixers of the Democratic Party. Continue reading

The disparity behind anti-abortion laws

Laws restricting reproductive freedom come out of a culture that doesn’t see women’s sexuality as equal to men’s.

In the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has exploded with posts about abortion. If you use Facebook, probably yours has too. Continue reading

Money, media and the climate crisis

Immediate action is needed to save the future

The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately. But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind urgently needed action because the most severe effects of global warming belong to the long-term future. Continue reading

Why we must legalize marijuana

The federal prohibition on marijuana has been a disaster. For decades, millions of Americans have been locked up and billions of dollars have been wasted. It’s also deepened racial and economic inequality. Continue reading

The retrograde South

In the early 1970s, the Old Confederacy was reborn as the “New South.” Although Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” saw the old Dixiecrat Democrats embrace the Republican Party, a wave of moderate-to-liberal Democrats swept into governors’ mansions across the South. These included Jimmy Carter and Carl Sanders in Georgia, Terry Sanford in North Carolina, Reubin Askew in Florida, Albert Brewer in Alabama, Bill Waller in Mississippi, John West in South Carolina, and Ray Blanton in Tennessee. Even George Wallace, who returned to the Alabama governorship after a 1968 firebrand presidential run geared around segregation and an unsuccessful assassination attempt during his Democratic run for the White House in 1972, became known as one of Alabama’s most progressive and inclusive governors in the state’s history during his third and fourth terms in office. Continue reading

Distance yourself from US Iran policies or be responsible for the next catastrophe in the Middle East

Remember President Trump’s tweet and accompanying statements by the Trump administration officials concerning Iran—as reported here by CNN on May 19, 2019? Continue reading

Attacking Iran would risk global disaster

On Monday, 13 May 2019, the New York Times posted an article with the title “White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran. in Echoes of Iraq War”. Besides the aircraft carrier and other naval forces already sent to the Persian Gulf, plans include sending as many as 120,000 US troops to the region. There is a great danger that an attack on Iran might be sparked by a Gulf-of-Tonkin-like false flag incident involving Saudi oil ships. Continue reading

A US war on Iran would be evil, stupid, and self-damaging

“If Iran wants to fight,” US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, “that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again.” Continue reading

US rage for dominance driving its decline

Throughout the post-WW II era, the US demanded and continues demanding that other countries bend to its will—by pressure, bullying, intimidation, threats, naked aggression and other hostile actions. Continue reading

Bundestag falsely brands BDS movement anti-Semitic

Freedom to shine a light on injustice through boycotts should be upheld

On Friday, Germany’s Bundestag voted to brand support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as anti-Semitic in response to a motion submitted by the Christian Democratic Party, the Greens and the Free Democrats. The resolution cited stickers urging consumers not to buy Israeli goods and appeals to blacklist Israeli artists as echoing Germany’s dark Second World War history. Continue reading

Unlawful arrests of Venezuelan DC Embassy protectors symbolic of US decadence

Activist embassy protectors were invited into Venezuela’s Washington diplomatic facility by its legitimate ruling authorities in Caracas. Continue reading

The missing step

In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement. Continue reading

Something is wrong with Trump: The insulting names are no longer welcome

Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be doing well. He also seems serious about leaving Syria and Afghanistan, though those initiatives are currently on hold pending the approval of his consigliere “Defender of Israel” award winner John Bolton. Continue reading

Answering the mysterious call of an artist’s spiritual vocation

‘What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance’ by Carolyn Forché

Myths and popular tales, like life, are replete with accounts of those not answering the call, of locking the door to their hearts and shutting themselves up in sterile and safe lives where the rest of the world is not even an afterthought, where others suffer and die because of one’s indifference. Answering can be very dangerous, for it can take you on a journey from which you may never return, surely, at least, as the same person. Only the courageous heed the call. Continue reading

The Pompeo-Bolton tag team from hell

There was little pretense that when former UN Ambassador John Bolton became President Trump’s National Security Adviser and former Rep. Mike Pompeo moved into the Secretary of State position, that either would bring a professionally credible and respectable presence to world diplomacy or foreign affairs. Continue reading

Trump regime reimprisons Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning’s release from unjustifiable imprisonment for 63 days over her constitutional right to remain silent was short-lived. Continue reading

Texas state bill would make protesting pipelines a felony on par with attempted murder

‘This needs to be a nationwide story.’

A bill making its way through the Texas legislature would make protesting pipelines a third-degree felony, the same as attempted murder. Continue reading

Trump, extortionist-in-chief

Donald Trump fancies himself as a deal-maker. His foreign and economic policies, however, are more akin to those of a Mafia extortionist. At a minute after midnight on May 10, Trump hiked tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports. He also threatened a 25 percent tariff on the rest of the $325 billion of imports from China. Trump, who is as challenged in simple mathematics as he is with the English language, falsely tweeted that Chinese tariffs would be paid directly into the US Treasury. This statement was both comically and tragically wrong. Any increase in US tariffs on foreign goods are charged to the importer, which passes the higher costs on to the American consumer. Trump, in order to stoke his trade war with China, decided to hold the US consumers as hostages to higher costs for goods. Continue reading

Drivers beware: The deadly perils of traffic stops in the American police state

We’ve all been there before. Continue reading

UNRWA: Over one million Gazans to lose food aid in June

Last fall, the UN said 20 million Yemenis are hungry, millions facing starvation—because of US orchestrated aggression, ongoing since October 2001 the world body failed to explain. Continue reading

Israel’s common denominator: Why Israel will continue to bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. Continue reading

McData: At McDonald’s, you’re on the menu

The company plans to use AI ordering to gather data on your ‘movement patterns’ and license plate number.

The great thing about corporate giants is that they’re such amazing business innovators. For example, in the category of “wheel-spinning” innovation—i.e., trying to change a corporation’s course without actually changing anything—it’s hard to top McDonald’s. Continue reading

The most dangerous time for women’s rights in decades

Merely banning abortion isn't enough for some on the rabid right—a few are even threatening women with the death penalty.

We’re living in the most perilous time for abortion rights and reproductive freedom since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Continue reading

Media propaganda machine pushing for US war on Iran

Whenever Washington goes to war or plans one, naked aggression every time launched based on Big Lies and deception, US media genuflect supportively, acting as Pentagon press agents—backing what demands denunciation. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: U.S. wages war against the world

The U.S. “troika of tyranny,” Trump, Bolton and Pompeo, are making things up as they go along, seeking to bend the planet to their lawless will. Continue reading

The House now has a constitutional duty to impeach Trump

Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas. Continue reading

800+ retired justice department lawyers demand Trump’s impeachment

As of this writing, 802 former federal lawyers—all of them former federal prosecutors working for the U.S. Department of Justice—have signed a public letter headlined on May 6th “STATEMENT BY FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS”, which states the charges they all think should be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in an indictment of the president, which then would be considered by the U.S. Senate in a possible forced removal of him from office, which would immediately make the current vice president, Mike Pence, the nation’s president for the remainder of the existing president’s term, which ends on 20 January 2021. Continue reading