Category Archives: Commentary

The deep state goes shallow: A reality TV coup d’état in prime time

It is well known that the United States is infamous for engineering coups against democratically elected governments worldwide. Voters’ preferences are considered beside the point. Iran and Mosaddegh in 1953, Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954, Indonesia and Sukarno in 1965–7, Allende in Chile in 1973, to name a few from the relatively distant past. Recently the Obama administration worked their handiwork in Honduras and Ukraine. It would not be hyperbolic to say that overthrowing democratic governments is as American as apple pie. It’s our “democratic” tradition—like waging war. Continue reading

The illusion of freedom: The police state is alive and well

Brace yourself. Continue reading

The Trump-Netanyahu circus: Now no one can save Israel from itself

The president of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political outlook about important issues. Continue reading

Greece should remove its euro shackles

Like the meanest of loan sharks, Brussels has been squeezing the life out of the Greek people for far too long. Whereas non-EU member Turkey is courted with billions of euros due to the usefulness of its airbase to NATO and its efforts to stem the flood of refugees heading to Europe, democracy’s birthplace is treated like an unwelcome poor relation advised to tighten its belt before receiving scraps off the family table. Continue reading

False-flag operations are a way to get popular support for wars

The term false-flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that activities appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. The goal is to both enrage the people as well as to generate fear. Continue reading

Trump: America’s latest warrior president

Trump’s first month in office proved nothing he said campaigning holds water. All politicians lie, saying whatever it takes to get elected, doing whatever they please once in office. Continue reading

Instead of ‘draining the swamp’, Trump is feeding the alligators

ZeroHedge’s “Tyler Durden” headlined on February 21, “Bannon Breaks With Pence, Delivers Warning To Europe” and noted that before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured European leaders this past weekend that the U.S. is as anti-Russian now as it was under Barack Obama, U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, had told European leaders “that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis”—and that this fact supposedly raises a question regarding the Trump administration, of “which axis is dominant: that of Trump/Bannon/Miller or Pence/Mattis/Haley.” However, there is actually no such conflict: the Trump Administration, ever since at least February 14’s White House press conference stating it firmly as President Trump’s policy, is and will remain anti-Russian. Continue reading

The corporate media enemy

Every day Donald Trump exemplifies the contradictions of this era. He may make a statement that the left can agree with, but not because of shared political beliefs or motives. That is the case with his latest twitter statement regarding the media. “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Continue reading

If you are a leftist, you might be a Buddhist

On a miserable day in 1966, I was being shot at from several directions and jumped into a ditch for cover. In seconds the field in front of me was riddled with bullets, as American soldiers returned fire on Vietnamese rebels determined to eliminate their sworn enemies, foreign invaders bent on returning colonialism under a new guise. Continue reading

Trump’s world of intrigue

Twists and turns of the Michael Flynn resignation

With Donald Trump, nothing is as it seems. Continue reading

America’s dangerous descent into symbiotic politics

US media gave us Trump . . . but it seems unlikely that same media will take him away. It’s beginning to look as too formidable a task, unless there is a quick transformation of the mutualism that exists between the Republican congressional majority and the Emperor in the White House wearing no clothes while narcissistically touting sartorial acumen. Continue reading

Western Russophobia

Russia is stereotypically portrayed in the West as the world’s leading bad guy. Continue reading

US imperial lawlessness

Oxford Dictionaries call rogue states “nations or states regarded as breaking international law and posing a threat to the security of other nations.” Continue reading

Why Trumponomics fails

When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina—unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner”—he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina. Continue reading

Netanyahu’s quasi-state or non-state solution

No wonder the Israeli Prime Minister looked like his beaming smile had been glued on throughout his recent visit to Washington! That nuisance of a president with a Muslim name was safely out of the way and in his place was a self-ascribed lover of the Jewish state who’s wagged his finger telling Palestinians to stop hating their occupiers/oppressors. Heavenly music to Benjamin Netanyahu’s ears! Continue reading

Leave no dollars behind

I predict wild success for the Trump administration, at least in its ability to enrich itself. Throughout the campaign it was an open question how rich Trump was. He has, after all, used the bankruptcy rules to his advantage and has failed to pay workers amounts that seem like small change for so-called billionaires. But the question will be open no longer, if all goes as it has been going, Trump will share his new riches with members of his family and administration. Continue reading

Gambling on the darkness after Trump

I’m still here in Las Vegas, covered in neon and surrounded by false hopes. But still and all, riding up and down The Strip in the front seat of the Deuce bus at night is magical, almost like Christmas; there are that many colored lights. Continue reading

The CIA’s social engineering and media-based mind control

Douglas Valentine’s life’s work has been to expose and explain the CIA’s role in many key aspects of American society, and how they’re behind most of the atrocities, subversion and war since WWII, all over the world. I doubt that any other writer has given the details, or written with the force and courage that he has. He’s told us how America really functions, and what is behind much of its success in business, especially overseas. He’s described how the CIA infiltrates and is protected by the media and all the branches of the government, and how they can create chaos and control political messages, here and abroad. Continue reading

Breitbart, neocons consolidating control in Trump administration

A toxic combination of alt-right Breitbart writers and George W. Bush neocons are consolidating their control over the Trump administration as allegations concerning the president and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, buffet the White House. Continue reading

Trump praises rogue state Israel

During a White House press conference with Netanyahu, Trump turned truth on its head, calling Israel “a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression.” Continue reading

Republicans, where’s the backbone?

Congressional Republicans, we watched you at the White House Thursday. Just before Donald Trump’s rambling, manic, often snarky press conference—delivered more in the manner of a churlish insult comic than leader of the free world—the president met with a group of you, a self-titled “Trump caucus” of early supporters. Continue reading

Let them eat gadgets

Just before the French Revolution, remember Marie Antoinette’s famous line, when appraised of the plight of the masses? When told that they did not have enough bread to eat she retorted ” Let them eat cake!” Well, in this 21st Century Amerikan Empire, when dead end box store and service jobs are the norm for many of our fellow citizens, they will always have their electronic gadgets to play with. Continue reading

Welcome to Trumpland: Obama’s legacy

A new gang is in power in Washington. No one quite knows how or why, but the old gang is fighting back with all of its might. A charlatan heads the new gang; he says he opposes everything the old boss did. He says he will set it all right at home and in the global neighborhood, yet his cabinet of consiglieri is stacked with muscular Pentagon Telamon Ajaxes, avaricious bankers and Wall Street vultures, and the mother of all archaic fossil-fuel planetary polluters—Exxon Mobil. Continue reading

The imperial presidency of Donald Trump: A threat to American democracy and an agent of chaos in the world?

When 46.1% of Americans who voted, in November 2016, to elect a real estate magnate in the person of Donald Trump as U.S. president, they did not know precisely what they were buying, because, as the quote above says, we really know how a politician will behave only once he or she assumes power. Americans surely did not expect that the promised “change” the Republican presidential candidate envisioned and promised was going to be, in fact, “chaos” and “turmoil” in the U.S. government. Continue reading

Farewell to doublespeak: Israel’s vision for the future is terrifying

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Human rights industry protects imperialism

Humanity is in desperate need of individuals and organizations to speak up for their right to live free from the threat of state violence. Instead we have a human rights industrial complex which speaks for the powerful and tells lies in order to justify their aggressions. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are at the top of this infamous list. They have a pattern and practice of giving cover for regime change schemes hatched by the United States, NATO partners and gulf monarchies like Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

The dangers of liberalism

Most of us on the left began our political activism as liberals. I admit that I did. I wanted to reform a system that had tremendous inequities . . . in income, access to healthcare, access to quality education, access to affordable housing, continuous wars, etc. Continue reading

Trump is our imperial vulture come home to roost—we must repent

As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective. Continue reading

Coming soon to a city near you: The U.S. military’s plan to take over America

The U.S. military plans to take over America by 2030. Continue reading

We must know the truth

This is the worst scandal involving the White House and a foreign power since Iran-Contra. Demand the facts.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there MUST be an investigation by an independent, bipartisan commission of Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates and that nation’s interference in our elections. Emphasize independent and bipartisan. That commission must have full subpoena power to call witnesses and make them testify under oath or risk prosecution. Hearings must be held out in the open, and televised live for the nation and the world to see. That’s what a democracy is all about. Continue reading

Michael Flynn and the 6 big questions

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth. Continue reading

Gambia: A very African coup

Recently the Gambian president, as corrupt and brutal as any in Africa for over 20 years now, was overthrown by a foreign invasion and occupation following a tightly contested election. Continue reading