Category Archives: Commentary

Journalists, hypocrisy, and Obama’s de facto 21st century U.S. fascism

The ill-gotten wealth of the filthy national and global rich—power elite—’one percent’ is a systemic cancer that is consuming the life-blood of humankind of all colors in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Van Jones and Charles Blow absolve white America

Few people outside of the St. Louis, Missouri, area had heard of the town of Ferguson before August 9, 2014. On that day 18-year old Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was shot six times, and after he was killed the police left his uncovered body to lie in the street for four hours. Continue reading

Steven Salaita’s academic lynching

Criticizing Israel is the third rail in American politics, the major media and academia. Continue reading

Like it or not, the present is always rooted in the past

Monday, August 25, 2014, we found ourselves waking up in an America which is neither in peace with much of the world and, most definitely, far from being in peace with itself. A predicament that philosopher George Santayana warned us about a century ago in a much-quoted, but seldom-heeded warning: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And condemned we are in America . . . for being blind, deaf and mute in acknowledging our past! Continue reading

DA won’t prosecute fake TSA agent who groped women

Remember the guy who dressed up in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and blue gloves and impersonated a TSA agent in San Francisco last month? He succeeded in leading two victims into a curtained booth and groped at least one of them. Well, we don’t know exactly what he did, since he was hidden. We only know that he got away with it, and that if he had been an actual TSA clerk, whatever he did, including sexual molestation, would’ve been legal. Continue reading

The final nail in the coffin: The death of freedom in our schools

No matter what your perspective on the showdown between locals and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, there can be no disputing the fact that “local” police should not be looking or acting like branches of the military. Continue reading

Fascism grips Israel

Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli historian, political scientist and outspoken critic of emerging Israeli fascism. Continue reading

Burger King’s last straw

Not content with Ferris Wheel-sized tax evasion loopholes that have given top corporations profit extravagance while American workers—the actual creators of our societal wealth—are stuck with part-time jobs providing lousy pay and no benefits, Fat Cat profiteers scheme to grow fatter still. Continue reading

Post racist America?

I’m assuming that most of you know the name Michael Brown. He is the 18 year old African-American who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Continue reading

Who leaked hostage rescue mission to ISIL?

(WMR)—During the night of July 3, U.S. Special Forces landed at the formerly Syrian government-held Akershi military base at Raqqa in eastern Syria to rescue American journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and other U.S., as well as foreign, hostages reportedly held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist fighters. ISIL renamed the base the “Martyr Osama bin Laden Camp” and used the base prison to hold its foreign hostages. Continue reading

Judicial Watch sues TSA/DHS over sexual abuse complaints

This is what it takes to get answers from the TSA and DHS: you have to sue them. And even then you’ll be stonewalled. Continue reading

It isn’t Ferguson; it’s the USA

Now that almost all mainstream political and media mind managers have responded, in horror, sympathy or skepticism, to the most recent—as this is written—police killing of an unarmed black man, it is time to consider radical action for social change as opposed to the usual reactionary individual reform. Continue reading

Rights groups react to the murder of journalist James Foley

James Foley was a much stronger journalist than I could ever hope to be. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012, and it appears that he remained stoic right through the last words he spoke on video just before his brutal beheading by an Islamic State terrorist thug. Continue reading

Lost in the funhouse: A president’s words

“They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence,” Barack Obama said in his statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Leadership in many countries and citizens in those countries could say the same about the USA. Black Americans could say the same about law enforcement or wannabe police officers like George Zimmerman) in their communities. Continue reading

A baby boomer’s lament: August ’64

Living here in Florida during the dog days of summer invites memories of some 50 years ago . . . in Brooklyn NY. We, our little group of East 24th Street friends, waltzed through the hot summer days so easily. When you’re fourteen, fifteen and sixteen you are immune to stifling August heat attacks. Continue reading

Turning America into a war zone, where ‘we the people’ are the enemy

Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, don’t carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, don’t expect privacy in public, don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone, don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard, don’t play music for tips in a metro station, don’t feed whales, and on and on. Continue reading

‘Shock and awe’ comes to America

The United States has employed “shock and awe” techniques—described by Pentagon policy documents as the use of “spectacular displays of force” to intimidate an opponent—against the civilian population of the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Ferguson, just a stone’s throw from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The police use of “shock and awe” tactics followed street protests after the police shooting death of an 18-year-old black teen, Michael Brown. Continue reading

Russian humanitarian aid reaches Lugansk

Kiev putschists blocked vitally needed humanitarian aid for days. They did so for spurious reasons. Continue reading

Railroad ‘bomb trains’: Speeding to disaster

It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50 mph. Continue reading

Ferguson: No justice in the American police state

There are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police. Police murder Americans for totally implausible reasons. For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, John Crawford picked up a toy gun from a Walmart shelf in the toy department and was shot and killed on the spot by police goons. Continue reading

Gaza changed everything

Things cannot stay the same after Israeli genocide in Gaza

After every bloody episode of violence perpetrated by Israel, media spin doctors are often deployed with one grand mission: to absolve Israel of any responsibility for their acts of carnage. Continue reading

The great Israeli Iron Dome hoax

Call it a billion dollar + scam. Add another congressionally funded $225 million tax dollars. Expect millions more on request. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: American terror lives on

Can America ever overcome its terrible history of conquest, genocide and enslavement? Those horrors are deeply embedded in the American psyche and legal system, and allow for repeated aggressions at home and abroad. This columnist was reminded of the roots of this never ending terror during a recent trip to Alabama. Continue reading

Police brutality in America

Justice in America is a four-letter word. Killer cops mock it. Nearly always with impunity. Continue reading

The militarization of the police has produced a murder machine

I wasn’t surprised at some of the crude comments and hatred expressed toward blacks that came from a few white male anti-immigration Republicans in response to my article Cops Gone Wild. A few were so choked with rage over a “f****** pinko-liberal-commie” who would take the side of a “black bully thief” over the police that they never read beyond the introductory comment about Ferguson. Criticizing police can ignite the same kind of hysterical hatred as criticizing the Israeli government’s murders of Palestinians. Continue reading

HRW’s Egypt hatchet job a self-inflicted wound

It was no happenstance that the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) chose the anniversary of Egypt’s 2013 dispersal of six-week-long Cairo Muslim Brotherhood (MB) sit-ins to release its damning report during a planned press conference in the Egyptian capital. And this at a time when the Brotherhood announced it was poised to “sow chaos throughout Egypt” under “the banner of retribution.” Continue reading

Russia: Waging peace in Ukraine

Throughout months of conflict in Southeastern Ukraine, Russia has gone all-out to resolve things diplomatically. Continue reading

Cops gone wild

Ferguson, Missouri, is a small overwhelmingly black town whose government and police are white. The Ferguson police murdered an 18-year-old black male who had his hands over his head. If you take a look at the photo of the three goon thugs pointing military rifles at point blank range at the kid with his hands up, when any one of the over-sized goons unarmed could have restrained the kid, you can understand how excessive police force results in abuse and murder of citizens. Continue reading

Is this the twilight zone?

Don’t know about you, but I’m experiencing a discomforting sense of unreality. Our once familiar world, where we more or less knew the rules, has changed into what one of my friends on social media described as “a creepy Disneyland,” except it’s infinitely creepier than Disney-like. Continue reading

Obama just as guilty as Netanyahu for this current Nakba

In a recent speech, George Galloway said that he met Barack Obama at a demonstration, and that he spoke to him for awhile. Obama told the British parliamentarian during this conversation that he’d been “well schooled” by Edward Said on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If that is true then the late and great Professor Said, must be rolling over in his grave at the actions of his wayward pupil. The horrors that Obama permits via acts of omission (as well as commission) are truly astounding, indeed. Continue reading

Kiev’s war without mercy continues

Kiev fascists are murdering their own southeastern citizens in cold blood. They’re doing it with full support and complicity from Washington. Continue reading

Washington has placed the world on the road to war

Does the world have a death wish?

A fabricated report was spread by the UK Guardian newspaper and BBC that a Russian armored convoy entered Ukraine and was destroyed by the Ukrainian military. The German media including Die Welt picked up the false report and spread the hysteria. Once again we have confirmation that the Western media is corrupt and unreliable.
Continue reading