Category Archives: Commentary

No matter who wins the White House, the new boss will be the same as the old boss

The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private. Continue reading

Denver TSA rigged system to grope men’s genitals

From KCNC, the CBS affiliate in Denver, comes this completely unsurprising “news”: TSA clerks at Denver International Airport deliberately messed with the strip-search scanners to alarm on attractive male passengers so one of the blue-shirted goons could grope them. Continue reading

Iran’s longstanding US-inflicted nightmare

It began in August 1953—replacing democratically elected Mohammad Mossadeq (Iran’s most popular politician at the time) with a generation of brutal US-installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi dictatorship. Continue reading

The American nightmare: The tyranny of the criminal justice system

Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be. Continue reading

The eroding character of the American people

Attorney John W. Whitehead opens a recent posting with these words from a song by Bob Dylan. Why don’t all of us feel ashamed? Why only Bob Dylan? Continue reading

A military intervention won’t work, so starve ISIS of all resources

Speaking the uncomfortable truth is often greeted by derision rather than reason. Continue reading

A bumpy road ahead

Amid a volcano of opposition, a framework agreement was signed in Lausanne by P5+1 countries and Iran that will limit Tehran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, while keeping its infrastructure intact, the final pact slated to be signed at the end of June. Iranians may be setting-off celebratory fireworks, but others around the region view this new US-Iranian accord with trepidation. Continue reading

At last, I met my rabbi

Fear of wisdom is one of the notable characteristics of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. I often find myself flabbergasted by the indignation solidarity enthusiasts direct against creative minds, scholars, thinkers and wisdom in general. But the solidarity movement is consistent, coherent and determined on at least one front- it is united in its battle against ‘anti-Semitism.’ Not surprising, given that the movement has long been dominated by Jewish progressive organisations and funded by liberal Zionists such as George Soros and his Open Society Institute. Continue reading

Celebrating the Iran deal is premature

Obama is looking unusually smug; a mainstay of his foreign policy looks like it’s in the bag. John Kerry, whose done the hard work, is all smiles. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif received a hero’s welcome upon his return to Tehran; his charismatic boss, President Hassan Rouhani wallows in unprecedented public approval, even though if all goes to plan, Iran’s nuclear programme will become the most intrusively monitored on the planet. Continue reading

Israeli state terror targets Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar

On April 2, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reported Khalida Jarrar’s arrest. Continue reading

The right to be ‘wrong’

A few years or months ago, I would not have been saying this: but, now, I am convinced that the most sacred of all rights, which every government should protect with all the tools at its disposal, a right for which societies must stake whatever they possess to safeguard, is the right to have a wrong opinion, the right to think and feel wrongly just about anything, the right to live in a manner completely at odds with the expectations of the rest of the world, in short, the right to be wrong for the sake of being wrong. Continue reading

The enduring reality of government by wealth and some of its consequences

If you really want to understand the world in which we live—its endless wars, coups, interventions, and brutality towards great masses of people—you need to start with a correct understanding of the political machinery at work. Continue reading

Netanyahu insists Iran deal includes his demands

He elevates chutzpah to a higher level. He and likeminded Israeli lunatics reject framework agreed on terms. Continue reading

The Allies at Gallipoli: Defeat in 1915, disgrace in 2015

April 25 will mark 100 years since the Allies—the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France—made their ill-fated landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula during WW1. Having barely gotten off the beaches after months of fighting, the Allies withdrew in defeat leaving over 44,000 dead and 97,000 wounded. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: American hell for Yemen

The United States used the Al Anad airbase in Yemen as the staging area for drone attacks which killed some 1,000 people since 2009. Those crimes were committed under the guise of fighting terrorism but now that same place is the location of karmic justice for the American government and its ally, Saudi Arabia. United States Special Forces fled from Al Anad before it was overrun by Ansar Allah rebels, also known as the Houthis. Continue reading

March payroll jobs report

With the Atlanta Fed’s GDP forecast reduced to 0.2 percent growth in the first quarter, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was unable to come up with another high payroll jobs report. Another orchestration couldn’t pass muster. Consequently March’s payroll jobs fell away to 126,000, less than half of recent reports and insufficient to maintain pace with population growth. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia’s aggressive strikes in Yemen

Cultivating strong relationships with Western governments and having access to seemingly undepleted oil money have enabled the ruling Saudi family to act regionally with impunity. The ruling family has managed to coercively seduce foes and buy the loyalty of several governments across the globe. Continue reading

Israel’s exceptionalism

We can all breathe a little easier, Iran and the U.S. have agreed to a framework regarding Iran’s nuclear program that, hopefully, will avoid military confrontation. However, Israel is not breathing easier but rather creating a movement against this treaty which might grab the imagination of many Republicans in Congress who would like nothing more than to create a rationale for another war in the Middle East. Continue reading

Pennsylvania school is flushed by a problem

Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Montgomery, a fourth grade student at Park Elementary School in Munhall, Pa., now has access to that school’s restrooms. Continue reading

Sing another song

Here in Lexington federal prison’s Atwood Hall, squinting through the front doorway, I spotted a rust-red horse swiftly cantering across a nearby field. The setting sun cast a glow across the grasses and trees as the horse sped past. “Reminds me of the pope,” I murmured to no one in particular. “What’s that?” Tiza asked. I tried to explain that once, when I asked a close friend his opinion of the pope, shortly after Catholic bishops had elected Pope Francis, my friend had said, “The horse is out of the stable! And galloping.” Continue reading

Britain prepares for nonexistent Russian attack

Britain is run by the same kinds of lunatics infesting America. Prime Minister David Cameron and other UK officials hype nonexistent “Russian aggression.” Continue reading

Urgent ‘musts’ needed for Palestinians to defeat apartheid

Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time, during which the suffering of an entire nation—torn between an occupied home and a harsh diaspora—will not cease. But what are Palestinians and the supporters of a just peace in Palestine and Israel to do? Plenty. Continue reading

Jesus died in a police state

If you buy into the version of Christianity Lite peddled by evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham, who recently advised Americans to do as the Bible says and “submit to your leaders and those in authority,” then staying alive in the American police state depends largely on your ability to comply, submit, obey orders, respect authority and generally do whatever a cop tells you to do. Continue reading

Britain’s foreign secretary matches Kerry’s bullying, bluster and big lies

America and Britain partner in each other’s high crimes. Their longstanding relationship dates from the 19th century. Continue reading

The social costs of capitalism are destroying earth’s ability to support life

I admire David Ray Griffin for his wide-ranging intelligence, his research skills, and for his courage. Dr. Griffin is not afraid to take on the controversial topics. He gave us ten books on 9/11, and anyone who has read half of one of them knows that the official story is a lie. Continue reading

It’s all right, Ma, . . . I’m only bleeding!

Just watched Alex Gibney’s new documentary on Scientology, “Going Clear.” Continue reading

Leaked doc proves what we’ve been saying for years: TSA is nuts

Everyone’s been sending me the article from First Look/The Intercept about the latest “confidential” TSA document. Continue reading

The myth of capitalism and privatization

Growing up in The Bronx, the myth of capitalism and privatization was drummed into me. Publicly managed and controlled business operations were wasteful and, often, corrupt. It was the profit motive that made the private businesses efficient and profitable. If you want the job done right, you privatize. Continue reading

Arabs in a ‘decisive’ mood

Arab League summits used to be dismissed as little more than talking shops, mere forums for Arab leaders to stay in touch. Final communiqués were usually devoid of actionable steps to resolve issues. However, those criticisms are old news as the mood and outcome of the 26th summit held in Sharm El-Sheikh strongly indicates. Continue reading

Keep licking the icing and you’ll never eat the cake

Americans love to be diverted. Continue reading

Lithuanians under police state attack and the world under Washington’s attack

According to news reports and to this appeal by Kristoferis Voishka the pro-American government installed in Lithuania is persecuting Lithuanians who dissent from the anti-Russian propaganda that is driving Washington’s NATO puppets to war with Russia. Continue reading

36 years of Three Mile Island’s lethal lies . . . and still counting

The lies that killed people at Three Mile Island 36 years ago on March 28, 1979 are still being told at Chernobyl, Fukushima, Diablo Canyon, Davis-Besse . . . and at TMI itself. Continue reading