Category Archives: Commentary

NATO’s General Breedlove’s equivocal replies to softball questions about the long war

Evan Solomon, of CBC’s The House, recently had an interview with NATO’s current leading figure, four star General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe. It was a fairly benign interview with no hard questions posed to the most powerful person in Europe. The answers were much more rational than someone from the Republican right domestically may have provided, but they demonstrate the understandable bias of the ‘Western’ views vis a vis NATO, ISIS, and Russia/Ukraine. Continue reading

Washington’s master plan: World conquest

Hitler’s master plan included removing all internal opposition. Genocide. Ethnic cleansing. Continue reading

Thinking out loud

A new movie is opening on Christmas Day titled “The Interview.” Being a comedy, one would assume that it’s an appropriate film for the celebration of the holiday season. Continue reading

This cruel and stupid charity needs transparency

Heifer International is a Little Rock-based Christian charity that “ends hunger and poverty” through sending live animals to poor people overseas. Despite its Unicef style photos of cute kids hugging cute animals which will soon be dinner, its projects have ended in sickness and death for the animals. Continue reading

At what point will Putin bend under Obama’s Ukraine extortion?

Have we reached the point where American economic warfare against Russia has become so painful that Putin has to stop standing between Bashar Assad and Obama? With the “one-two punch” of punitive banking and oil industry sanctions, followed by plunging oil prices, the American aggression is starting to bear evil fruit. Continue reading

Deeds, not claims, say who we are

During the past three weeks we have been living in the United States, a wakeup call to reality that heralds Americans might not be quite the people we claim to be; not in the way we treat people within and beyond our borders. Torture and racial discrimination, different issues with similar amoral results, are intermittently resurfacing; creating great distress for the pharisaic promoters of Pax Americana . . . the self-proclaimed patriots convinced that America, given its predestined godly nature, can do no wrong. Continue reading

Anti-nuke activists fight to close Diablo Canyon

California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors are surrounded by earthquake faults they were never designed to withstand. They are riddled with design flaws and can’t meet basic fire safety standards. They dump huge quantities of hot water into the ocean in defiance of state water quality standards, killing billions of sea creatures. Continue reading

‘That’s not who we are’

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture and rendition programs sponsored by the Bush administration has caused an uproar not only in the U.S., but internationally as well. Continue reading

American values only exist in Hollywood

It is irksome to hear US presidents admonishing other countries on human rights and alleged crimes against humanity, while trumpeting their own country’s set-in-stone values. A nation either operates on a certain set of values, ethics and principles or it does not. Values cannot be cherry-picked as a matter of convenience. US administrations go out of their way to present a squeaky clean facade and when they are caught on the hop, they invariably attempt to get themselves off the hook by stating the crimes in question were committed by a few bad apples who end up getting nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Continue reading

A plan for posterity: the presidential election of 2016

Here is a plan for posterity: Bernie Sanders for president, and Dennis Kucinich for vice president. Continue reading

Torture is exactly who we are

I could not read the names without weeping—a list of the tortured detainees. I stared at each name, lingering, imagining, feeling. I thought of the euphemism, enhanced interrogation, like collateral damage, a manipulation of words to mitigate the depravity by making the unacceptable sound less repugnant. Continue reading

Drones and discrimination: Kick the habit

On December 10, International Human Rights Day, federal Magistrate Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S. Continue reading

The war for America’s soul and treasure

Investigative reporter James Risen has written a new book, “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War,” that gets to the heart of our current American Empire. Continue reading

‘I can’t breath’: Racism and war in America and beyond

America’s ruling elites are blatant in their intentions of maintaining “white privilege” at home and economic dominance by military means abroad. Continue reading

The game is rigged: Why Americans keep losing to the police state

My 7-year-old granddaughter has suddenly developed a keen interest in card games: Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Blackjack, and War. We’ve fallen into a set pattern now: every time we play, she deals the cards, and I pretend not to see her stacking the deck in her favor. And of course, I always lose. Continue reading

We don’t need nice, we need justice: racism and the moral blindness of white America

This past week, Chris Rock noted in an interview that in his estimation, America is producing the nicest white people in its history. Continue reading

Why sharing is a common cause that unites us all

Across the world, millions of campaigners and activists refuse to sit idly by and watch the world’s crises escalate, while our governments fail to provide hope for a more just and sustainable future. The writing is on the wall: climate chaos, escalating conflict over scarce resources, growing impoverishment and marginalisation in the rich world as well as the poor, the looming prospect of another global financial collapse. Continue reading

Live and let live

It has taken me decades to gain some understanding as to why so many members of the human race fear and detest their fellows merely due to the hue of their skin or their belief system, because I was brought up to believe the world is my oyster and we are all brothers and sisters under the skin. Continue reading

Barack Obama: Progressive Americans’ pyrite-politician

Much of conservative America, led by the business community and Wall Street as its parakletos, has from day one after Obama’s election to the presidency granted him a series of political pejoratives that only America’s puritan-capitalism can assign with a straight face, and total ignorance: calling him a socialist, or a communist, or many of the other anti-capitalist denominations in between. Continue reading

Israel’s worst enemy is Netanyahu

A gale of international disapproval, far from softening Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline stance towards Palestinians is having the opposite effect. It reminds me of one of Aesop’s fables. The wind and the sun were in dispute as to which was stronger. They noticed a traveller wearing a cloak. Whichever of us can force the man to remove his cloak is the winner, they decided. The wind blew hard but the man wrapped his garment more tightly around him. When the sun shone brightly, he took it off. Continue reading

America’s children: The trials of growing up in a police state

After a year dominated with news of police shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), SWAT team raids gone awry, photo ops of militarized police shouldering assault rifles while perched on top of armored vehicles, and reports on how the police are using asset forfeiture laws to pad their pockets with luxury cars, cash and other expensive toys, I find myself wrestling with the question: how do you prepare a child for life in the American police state, especially when it comes to interactions with police? Continue reading

Racists circle their wagons

As the furor escalates around the shooting and killing of unarmed black males around the country, white people have decided to circle their wagons and focus us on the “real” problem. What do you mean, the “real” problem? Continue reading

Israel’s Gaza war continues

State terror is official Israeli policy. Gaza war never ended. Israel breached ceasefire terms straightaway. Repeated violations occur. Continue reading

The annual avariciousness assault and a non-existent war upon Christmas

It’s now been about a week after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Continue reading

Thinking is an expensive occupation

Raising unsettling questions and providing disturbing explanations seldom meet with accolades. For example, Guy McPherson is a University of Arizona scientist who has been studying human disruption of the environment and climate for 30 years. Many human caused disruptions have developed into local or regional disasters, but now the question is whether the planet itself is endangered. Is human activity bringing about human extinction? Continue reading

Is it time for a revolution?

There is hope that the people of this country are finally rebelling against the corruption in our economic and political systems. The murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, ignited a community to action. They demanded nothing more than justice and predictably did not get it. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Ferguson’s reckoning for Obama

For nearly six years black Americans have supported President Barack Obama overwhelmingly, only to be treated with disdain. He has gotten away with this disrespect because of misplaced allegiance to racial solidarity and racist attacks against him. But the day of reckoning may have finally arrived via Ferguson, Missouri. Continue reading

The Brown/Garner killings are about a larger state of official terror

First, they’ve come for the people of color. Continue reading

Goon cops murder at will

Another goon thug gratuitous murderer has been let off by a grand jury and a prosecutor. Read the condolences offered by NY mayor Bill de Blasio, officer Pantaleo and the Obama Puppet: They are so sorry about the collateral damage of protecting the public from criminals and terrorists. But our society would collapse if people are allowed to sell on the street untaxed individual cigarettes out of a pack. Without the death of innocents, none of us would be safe. Our safety depended on the NYPD murder of Eric Garner, a father of six who was a threat to no one. Continue reading

The Mockingjay of Palestine: ‘If we burn, you burn with us’

Raed Mu’anis was my best friend. The small scar on top of his left eyebrow was my doing at the age of five. I urged him to quit hanging on a rope where my mother was drying our laundry. He wouldn’t listen, so I threw a rock at him. Continue reading

Boots on the ground and bats in the belfry

The current global monster, Putin, so designated by corporate USA, is a heroic figure to much of the world. Continue reading

The Palestinians have managed to topple another Israeli Government

Occasionally Israeli political and military leadership fail to survive Israeli wars. PM Golda Meir and her Chief Of Staff (David “Dado” Elazar) were sent home after the 1973 blunder (Yom Kippur war). PM Menachem Begin lost his sanity after the first Lebanon war (1982). Defense Minister Amir Peretz and his Chief Of Staff, Dan Halutz, were treated harshly by the Israeli media following the 2006 defeat in Lebanon. PM Benjamin Netanyahu is now paying a price for the recent Israeli disaster in Gaza and the Palestinian uprising that followed. Continue reading