Category Archives: Commentary

Zombies are us: The walking dead in the American police state

Fear and paranoia have become hallmarks of the modern American experience, impacting how we as a nation view the world around us, how we as citizens view each other, and most of all how our government views us. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: The world must judge America’s human rights abuses

Black people in this country are brutalized by police on a daily basis. That has always been true but thanks to modern technology there is a steady stream of proof caught on video. Accessing the Internet means inevitably being confronted with awful imagery such as Marlene Pinnock being beaten by a highway patrolman in California. We see Eric Garner murdered by the NYPD, pleading that he couldn’t breathe. Continue reading

Fighting for survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s convenient war

Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of fascinating cultures that reach back into the past as far as ancient times can possibly go. This thrilling land of contradictions is amazing, yet lethal. Continue reading

The Tyrant Party

The United States appears to be controlled by an oligarchy in which the American Israel Public Affiars Committee (AIPAC) is a major player, accompanied by many of the major corporations in the United States and elsewhere. That there is such a party is pure conjecture, but it is conjecture that is motivated by an abundance of facts. Call it the Tyrant Party because it rules independently of the will of the people. Continue reading

Israel is sworn enemy of Latin America’s progressive women presidents

(WMR)—Through its actions in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, the so-called “ABC” countries all currently governed by progressive women presidents, Israel has identified itself as an enemy of not only progressive governments in Latin America but particularly those with female leaders. Continue reading

Cowardice plagues Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Continue reading

Washington is defaming Putin

Friday, at the Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russia’s President Putin correctly and justifiably denounced Washington for destabilizing the world in order to serve its own narrow and selfish interest and the interests of the private interest groups that control Washington at the expense of the rest of the world. Continue reading

Britain’s real promise to Israel: ‘Symbolic’ vote on Palestine

The text of the letter was short and precise, leaving no room for any misinterpretation in the “promise” made by Britain’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to a powerful representative of the Jewish community in Britain, Lord Rothschild, on that fateful day of 2 November 1917. Continue reading

Hollow justice and courts of order in an age of government-sanctioned tyranny

Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day. Continue reading

Redefining imminent

The Merriam-Webster definition of imminent is: “ready to take place; especially: hanging threateningly over one’s head.” Continue reading

Kiev war crimes

Mounting evidence shows Kiev committed horrendous war crimes in southeastern Ukraine. Continue reading

The Berlin Wall, another Cold War myth

November 9 will mark the 25th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. The extravagant hoopla began months ago in Berlin. In the United States, we can expect all the Cold War clichés about The Free World vs. Communist Tyranny to be trotted out and the simple tale of how the wall came to be will be repeated: In 1961, the East Berlin communists built a wall to keep their oppressed citizens from escaping to West Berlin and freedom. Why? Because commies don’t like people to be free, to learn the “truth.” What other reason could there have been? Continue reading

Pennsylvania’s politics of virtue

The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots. The senators correctly called the ban a matter not of gun rights but of eliminating animal cruelty. Continue reading

America is lost with no moral compass

For all you out there reading this who already reject our current ‘Two Party, One Party’ political con job and understand that our nation is a Military Industrial Empire, the title above is not about YOU. However, this small (too small) group of us still has many friends and loved ones who are lost with no moral compass. We have associates, acquaintances , employers, coworkers and people we run into at the store or gas station who not only have no moral compass, but many are passionate defenders of this empire. The Why to this is most interesting and frightening. Continue reading

Stop the killing

On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as U.S. soldiers saluted their way onto a U.S. military base and climbed a pine tree. The base contained a school training elite Salvadoran and other foreign troops to serve dictatorships back home, with a record of nightmarish brutality following graduation. That night, once the base’s lights went out, the students of this school heard, coming down from on high, the voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Continue reading

A changing Israel-Palestine global dynamic

Pro-Palestinian sympathies are on the rise. Due to the prevalence of social media, mainstream news outlets can no longer control the message. Ordinary folk around the world were incensed by the horrors inflicted upon the residents of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army, seen graphically in videos posted on YouTube and many rounded on the corporate media for seeking to frame the conflict as one waged between equals. Continue reading

Two millstones drowning America into premature oblivion

It was over four decades ago that I first heard the expression “premature oblivion.” It came from a fellow graduate student at UCLA, Stefan, a magisterial peer to many of us, not so much because of his then-soon-to-be ABD status, but rather his Zorba the Greek likeability in his contrarian demeanor. Beyond obstinacy perhaps, most of us close to him would agree, but with an undeniable air of prophetic clairvoyance. And if we took his assertions as Stefan-lite dictums; as the years have gone by, some of us started to realize our misdiagnosed pig-headedness in him was no more than unbending firmness resulting from clear vision, historical knowledge and logical perspective. Continue reading

Why you can’t believe what you’re being told about ISIS

You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS). Continue reading

Dark times: What to do

Professor Noam Chomsky has written an essay entitled, “The End of History: The short, strange era of human civilization would appear to be drawing to a close.” Chomsky invokes the Roman goddess Minerva as she contemplates the end drawing nigh. His essay is thoughtful. It is eloquent. But something is missing. Continue reading

The great unhinging

Summers uses jargon familiar to those who make financial policy, teach at Harvard, and are in process of destroying more of the earth and its people for short-term private profits that guarantee long-term public loss. Continue reading

‘Kill the Messenger’

What happens to people, ordinary citizens in positions to know and journalists, who report and publicize criminal acts committed by agencies in our government? Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Privatized Ebola

Sierra Leone has waved the white flag in the face of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Its meager infrastructure has buckled under the onslaught of a disease which could have been curtailed. The announcement that infected patients will be treated at home because there is no longer the capacity to treat them in hospitals is a surrender which did not have to happen. Not only did Europe and the United States turn a blind eye to sick and dying Africans but they did so with the help of an unlikely perpetrator. Continue reading

Mass surveillance destroys freedom

It’s longstanding. It’s institutionalized. It’s lawless. It has nothing to do with domestic or foreign threats. Or anything related to national security. Continue reading

Shielded from justice: The high cost of living in a police state

Who pays the price for the police shootings that leave unarmed citizens dead or injured, for the SWAT team raids that leave doors splintered, homes trashed, pets murdered, and family members traumatized and injured, if not dead? Continue reading

Yes to Palestine, say British MPs

In a symbolic vote that has zero practical impact on British policy, MPs have voted to recognise Palestine as a state. Continue reading

When the cat’s away the mice will . . .

Sitting in my car in 1963 in front of my newspaper office at Wolfforth, Texas listening to Walter Cronkite tell us John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, I was shocked and dumbfounded. Continue reading

The lie machine

Corporations, trade pacts and the media

I have come to the conclusion that the West is a vast lie machine for the secret agendas of vested interests. Consider, for example, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership. Continue reading

ISIL: From decapitation to Islamophobia

With the ISIL terrorists mounting more gory adventurism in Syria and Iraq and capturing villages and towns, there seems to be no tangible impediment to stop this influx of terror. Continue reading

Should we just follow orders?

Rules of engagement for resisting the police state

The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day, especially if you hope to escape with your life and property intact. The thing you must remember is that we’ve entered an age of militarized police in which we’re no longer viewed as civilians but as enemy combatants. Continue reading

Nothing about us without us: The token Palestinian and authentic narrative

I recall, with particular awkwardness, my first talk at a socialist student gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle nearly two decades ago. When I tried to offer an authentic view of the situation in Palestine from the viewpoint of a refugee, my hosts were hardly impressed. Continue reading

Are you really a size zero?

Size inflation gives Americans a false sense of thinness

It is a sad fact that many want to ignore. The more we work out, the more “diet foods” we eat, the fatter Americans are actually getting. A chilling documentary released this summer, Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric, highlights Americans losing battle with the bulge and indicts government capitulation to the agricultural industries that make the most fattening food. Continue reading

Wave after wave of massacres

Five hours into the ferry ride from Athens to Santorini, the passenger about four feet from me groaned and then vomited into a shopping bag. Twice. Continue reading