Category Archives: Commentary

Red flag nation: Anti-gun laws, sanctuary cities and the Second Amendment

We never learn. Continue reading

Sealed off and forgotten: What you should know about Israel’s ‘firing zones’ in the West Bank

A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. Continue reading

How do billionaires make money? By having money already

The world’s billionaires don’t grow their bank accounts with hard work. Their money does the work for them.

As Ray Charles wailed in a song of true-life blues: “Them that’s got is them that gets/And I ain’t got nothin’ yet.” Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Solidarity with Moms 4 Housing

Black women in Oakland confronted the austerity regime head-on by seizing the housing their families need. Continue reading

US deterrence: Code language for endless wars on humanity

Washington’s criminal class is bipartisan. Continue reading

They like to get the landmarks

In the 2016 science fiction sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, actor Jeff Goldblum, describing the targeting priorities of aliens invading the Earth, says, “They like to get the landmarks.” In both Independence Day and its sequel, movie viewers were treated to scenes of macabre-looking extraterrestrials destroying the Empire State Building, the White House, Los Angeles’s Tower Records building, and London’s Tower Bridge and “the Eye” wheel. Continue reading

A brutal Trump makes culture war on Iran—and everyone else

Civilization gets sucker punched.

There’s an old joke about how Richard Nixon was the kind of politician who’d cut down an endangered giant redwood, then climb on the stump and make a speech about conservation. Continue reading

And we allow this madness to continue

Try as I did, I found it impossible to send New Year’s greetings to friends in Iraq given the unthinkable and shameless actions of Trump and his regime the last weeks. His decision to assassinate Iranian Major General Qasim Soleimani at the Baghdad airport led to the Iraqi Parliament voting to expel all foreign troops from Iraq. Trump’s quick response to that was “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.” Continue reading

The endless war with Iran

The current crisis might be averted, but the longer U.S. war with Iran continues

The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Continue reading

Trump’s escalation imperils innocents

While an eerie, surreal calm has fallen over US-Iranian relations, I wouldn’t assume we’re out of the woods yet. Trump had no reason to be confident that Iran’s response to his most recent escalation of violence would be little more than symbolic. Although he’s accepted that response more or less passively for now, with Trump, things can turn on a dime. Who can tell what determines his mood at any given time? Continue reading

The USA’s system of checks, balances and reality crumbles as it seeks war with Iran

Send in Pope Francis, not the Marines

Yes, boys and girls, he did say that and if you visit Khamenei’s Twitter site you’ll find him sitting next an an elderly woman and to the right of her a Christmas tree adorned with ornaments, including one of Santa Claus. And did you know, kiddies, that Iran’s Majles, the equivalent of the UK’s House of Commons or the US House of Representatives (one hates to make that comparison to denigrate the Majles) has reserved, by constitutional decree/law—dating to 1906, five seats for the following minorities: two Christian Armenians, one Assyrian-Chaldean Christian, one Jew and one Zoroastrian. The Ayatollah Kohmenei preserved condition after the Iranian revolution of 1979. This according to the United States Institute for Peace (USIP—link above). Continue reading

Post-Brexit Britain will be under Trump’s thumb

US president likely to deliver on his pledge to place UK at the front of the deal queue

In just two weeks, Britain will officially be out of the European Union although during the 11-month transition period the country remains obliged to comply with EU rules and regulations. For roughly half the population January 1, 2021 will be a day to celebrate freedom from EU diktats and to welcome an era of unlimited possibilities. Continue reading

The Iranian protests are a Washington orchestration

It is difficult to know who is the most stupid, the protesting Iranian students or the Iranian government. Continue reading

‘Iran must begin acting like a normal nation,’ says totally normal nation

The government which runs a globe-spanning empire led by a reality TV host keeps talking about the lack of normality in the nation of Iran. Continue reading

Four reasons why millennials don’t have any money

The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers—my generation—and millennials. Continue reading

Embracing Palestine: How to combat Israel’s misuse of ‘anti-Semitism’

At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of anti-Semitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. Continue reading

America the repugnant

Assassinating foreign leaders is an act of war

Once upon a time there was a Constitution of the United States. In Article II, Section 2 it stipulated that only the U.S. Congress has the power to declare war, which means the American president has to go to the legislative body and make a case for going to war against an enemy or enemies. If there is a vote in favor of war, the president is empowered as commander-in-chief to direct the available resources against the enemy. Continue reading

Donald Trump’s reckless gamble with Iran to distract from his domestic political problems

I have long suspected that Donald Trump would do anything to save his political skin, and I mean anything, including murder and assassination—if threatened with impeachment,—and even commit an act of war against a foreign country. Well, as I feared, he just did that against Iran. Continue reading

Come home, America: Stop policing the globe and put an end to wars-without-end

I agree wholeheartedly with George S. McGovern, a former senator and presidential candidate who served in the Vietnam War, about one thing: I’m sick of old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. Continue reading

Justice at Last? ‘Panic’ in Israel as the ICC takes ‘momentous step’ in the right direction

At long last, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has uttered the long-anticipated conclusion that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation (into alleged war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) have been met”. Continue reading

Happy New Year?

In its mortally dangerous and crumbling state, the global capitalist empire temporarily headquartered in the USA is showing more signs of ruling class behavior which would make that of a cornered rat seem passive, humanitarian and reasoned. The year begins with an American terrorist attack killing a popular Iranian leader seen as heroic by many of his people, ever more feverish stories of an alleged Chinese capitalist menace to humanity worse than Mao’s communism, and Russian capitalist threats to the multi-billion dollar perverted circus that passes for democracy in America. As these tales approach hysteria, we are also given wonderful economic news by our ministry of mind management showing a booming national shopping mall and ever expanding stock market, financed by increasing and staggering debt, while growing numbers of Americans are reduced to poverty and homelessness. Things are looking great to those of us who eat soup with a fork or rely on corporate media for trying to understand material reality, but a growing number are aware that we are caught up in a national act of political economic suicide. What is to be done? Continue reading

Fake history is changing global perceptions of reality

Propaganda disguised, sometimes believably, as actual news. Age-old religious teachings being transformed into the dogma of political cults. And now, historical facts being discarded and replaced with alternate chronicles of humanity’s past. Such is the nature of information warfare now being waged by political hucksters, hoaxers, and hustlers on a global scale. Never before have the basics of primary, secondary, and collegiate education been more important in guarding against the whimsical fantasies and alternate realities of politicians like Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson, and others in their mold. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Iran and the need for black activism

Black Americans, as perpetual targets of US lies and attacks, should be the first to reject Washington’s rationales for war with Iran. Continue reading

Felonious democracy

The leaders of our democracy don’t actually like it when people participate, but Americans are a rebellious bunch

The awful truth about the corporate and governmental power elites in our democratic society is that they really don’t like democracy at all. They prefer to rule by buying lawmakers, hiring lobbyists, running Orwellian PR campaigns, and relying on authoritarian police power to control people. Continue reading

The Soleimani assassination: Worse than a crime, a mistake

In March of 1804, French dragoons secretly crossed the Rhine into the German Margraviate of Baden. Acting on orders from Napoleon himself, they kidnapped Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien. After a hastily convened court-martial on charges of bearing arms against France, the duke was shot. Continue reading

Attacks on Iran, past and present

The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani

On Friday, 3 January 2020, progressives in the United States and all peace-loving people throughout the world were horrified to learn that Donald Tromp had added to his long list of crimes and imbecilities by ordering the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, who is a hero in his own country, Iran. The murder, which was carried out by means of a drone strike on Friday, immediately and drastically increased the probability of a new large-scale war in the Middle East and elsewhere. Against this background, I would like to review the history of oil-motivated attacks on Iran. Continue reading

The sham of corporate social responsibility

Boeing recently fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg in order “to restore confidence in the Company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders.” Continue reading

A state of war exists between the US and humanity

There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on globally. Continue reading

Drum Major Trump marches us into the folly of war

I know nothing of war. Unfortunately, neither does Donald Trump and he’s the crazy man in charge. Continue reading

Christmyth: A holiday alternative to Christmas

Christmas celebrations indoctrinate people into Christianity because they can be fun and make people want to participate in the Christian holiday and Christianity. Most people are forced to take one or more holidays at Christmas time, so they end up participating in Christmas celebrations. To prevent Christian indoctrination, people who aren’t Christian could have an annual celebration of their own on December 25 called Christmyth or Christ-Myth. The name of this celebration sounds similar to Christmas, but means that Jesus Christ is a myth or fictional character. Continue reading

Nullify government tyranny: In 2020, harness the power of your discontent

Twenty years into the 21st century, and what do we have to show for it? Continue reading

Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna and why Israel hates him

“They will run and not grow weary,” is a quote from the Bible (Isaiah, 40:41) that adorns the homepage of Kairos Palestine. This important document, which parallels a similar initiative emanating from South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle years, has come to represent the unified voice of the Palestinian Christian community everywhere. One of the main advocates of Kairos Palestine is Archbishop Atallah Hanna. Continue reading