Category Archives: Commentary

The grumpy old men of the Senate: Time for this movie to fade to black

Call me a sentimental fool (pipe down out there) but I keep waiting for the big Frank Capra moment that, rationally, I know may never come—you know, like the climax of Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington when the corrupt, patrician senator played by Claude Rains, finally undone by the truth told by Senator Jefferson Smith (earnestly played by Jimmy Stewart), tries to shoot himself. Continue reading

Lest we forget one of Washington’s greatest crimes

The world will long remember the present immigrant crisis in Europe, which has negatively affected countless people there, and almost all countries. History will certainly record it as a major tragedy. Could it have been averted? Or kept within much more reasonable humane bounds? Continue reading

Hazardous to health GMO foods and pesticides

The danger is indisputable. Independent scientific studies exposed the hazards long ago—suppressed by Washington and US media, supporting corporate profits over human health. Continue reading

Amazon is making workers tweet about how great it is to work there

They even get bathroom breaks, they say. Doesn't sound suspicious at all!

In Corporate World, when trouble pops up and things get sticky, CEOs don’t wring their hands and try to dodge the issue. Continue reading

Oromo freedom fighters in Addis Ababa Hail Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

This past weekend over 1,500 Oromo freedom fighters made a triumphant return to Addis Ababa from many decades of exile in Eritrea to a jubiulant rally of over 100,000 where a giant photo of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki graced the stage. That’s right, not the Oromo Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Ahmed Abi, no sir, Isaias picture was front and center at this victory celebration, for the Oromos, like the Amhara leadership two days earlier, know full well who made Ethiopia’s Peaceful Revolution possible. Continue reading

Trump regime escalates trade war with China

On Monday, Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products. Continue reading

Why women don’t report sexual assault

Delays should never be used to discredit accusers like Christine Blasey Ford.

When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak out then? Why didn’t she go to the police? Continue reading

The three big lessons we didn’t learn from the economic crisis

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. Continue reading

Why America Is a dictatorship

America is a country in which dollars count far more than voters do, and that’s what all of the data shows. And that’s a dictatorship by the richest. Continue reading

Sleeper Senate race in Nebraska could benefit Democrats

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed his fear that the Senate is in play in this year’s mid-term elections. Although Democrats are defending 10 Senate seats in states that Donald Trump won, a combination of events, including a conviction and cooperation deal with Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; the sleaze factor surrounding Trump and members of his administration; and farmers and livestock growers devastated by retaliatory moves by other countries on Trump’s tariffs, has put an unlikely state in play for the Democrats: Nebraska. Continue reading

The ‘No IDC NY’ state of mind

A coalition of young, committed activists has turned New York Democratic politics on its head.

Part of my awkward youth was spent in service of the New York State Democratic Party, an act of true hubris if you grew up, as I did, in rural upstate, where it was easier being a Menshevik than a Democrat. Continue reading

Lessons for Kerala and India from the devastating flood

The Buddha’s approach to wrongdoing is a realistic one: if you think it makes you happy do it; if it does not make you happy it is foolish to continue doing it. This is a more practical way of dealing with ethical issues than using guilt as a form of social control which has grave side effects both to the individual and the society at large. Continue reading

One crazy world

As someone who has worked in psychoanalysis and psychiatry for the past three decades I suppose I may be considered as having some expertise in ‘madness.’ This is not to say that I have devoted my life to determining who or who is not ‘crazy’—and that is because the true work of a mental health clinician is not to impose totalitarian judgments but rather to accept the diverse variety of humanity in all of its manifestations and to alleviate mental and emotional suffering. Continue reading

Me Too, America

For decades, America has been sending its young boys and girls to die for Israel. It sends billions of its taxpayers’ dollars to the wealthy Jewish State instead of supporting America’s own people in need and its deteriorating infrastructure. Continue reading

The wealth hiding in your neighborhood

From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town—and driving up your cost of living.

The rich are hiding trillions in wealth. Continue reading

Guilty pleasure: How I actually liked visiting Flora-duh

After hearing so much of this state’s bad press over the years regarding Jeb Bush, Rick Scott, Florida’s hellish foster-care system, the violent Trump rallies, the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, the climate catastrophe and all the other horror tales about Flora-duh, I was totally dreading my trip to St. Petersburg—but still had to go there. Had an important book conference to attend at the historic Vinoy Hotel. Continue reading

Demonization of Russia in a new Cold War era

In examining the future, we must look to the past. Continue reading

The fakest fake news: The U.S. government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory

A Review of ‘9/11Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation’ by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth

If you want to fathom today’s world, absolutely nothing is more important than to understand the truth about the attacks of September 11, 2001. This is the definitive book on the subject. Continue reading

Are we sure it can’t happen here?

One runs a risk whenever one cites the 20th century’s great terror states while discussing current ominous developments in the western democracies. Continue reading

Amazon’s worth $1 trillion, so why is it robbing taxpayers?

It’s like Bonnie and Clyde, but instead of robbing banks, Amazon has enticed city and state officials to rob their own citizens.

How much are you paying Amazon? Continue reading

Did Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh commit perjury?

Perjury involves willfully lying under oath with intent to deceive in verbal, written or other testimony in court, before a grand jury, in congressional testimony, among other proceedings. Continue reading

Nobody in the White House is part of ‘The Resistance’

They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.

This week, the White House continues its furious hunt for the anonymous official who proclaimed themselves part of “The Resistance” in a New York Times op-ed. Unsurprisingly, the president is “obsessed” with it, CNN reports. Continue reading

What I don’t like about life in post-9/11 America

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head. Continue reading

The veiled danger of the ‘dead’ Oslo Accords

Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli ‘peacemaker’ is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. Continue reading

The costs of 9/11 continue to mount

Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of 9/11. During the years that have passed, large numbers of experts have established conclusively that the official government account of the event is false. Every year fewer people believe the unbelievable conspiracy theory that a handful of Saudi Arabians outwitted the entirety of the US National Security State and attacked with hijacked airliners the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nevertheless, the official story still stands, just as the official story of President Kennedy’s assassination still stands despite majority disbelief, just like the official story of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty still stands despite all evidence to the contrary. In the US, the government never corrects its proven lies. Continue reading

9/11: The day rule of law in America died

Throughout its history, America was never beautiful, far from it, a fantasy democracy from inception—the nation today on a slippery slope toward full-blown tyranny. Continue reading

Can the Ethiopian/Eritrean alliance bring peace to South Sudan?

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through the Eritrean capital of Asmara these days, with the latest peace initiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will be bringing peace to South Sudan. Continue reading

Once again, Trump’s phoniness shines through

It is truly amazing how many individuals who stood opposed to George W. Bush’s wars of choice in Iraq and Afghanistan now blindly follow the patently neocon foreign policy of Donald Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump constantly castigated candidates like Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and others for their support for neocon regime change in other countries. Continue reading

How the U.S. does propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama administration’s adviser on the Middle East, Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”. Continue reading

The dangerous myth of deregulation

Trump and his appointees are on a binge of deregulation that masks another kind of trickle-down economics, where the gains go to the top and the rest of us bear the risks and losses. Continue reading

‘Stand your ground’ laws encourage dangerous vigilantism

Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and—sometimes—executioner.

This summer featured at least a dozen stories of black Americans across the country having the police called on them for little or no reason at all. Continue reading

How you can stop Trump’s lie machine

Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers: Fox News, his rallies, and his Twitter account. Continue reading