Category Archives: Commentary

Is the U.S. government the enemy of the people?

America’s lost liberties post-9/11

Take heed, America. Continue reading

The war ahead: Netanyahu’s elections gamble will be costly for Israel

On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab countries in a matter of two days. Continue reading

Liar-in-Chief Trump

All politicians lie, heads of state most notably because their prominent positions reach a large audience and get widespread media coverage. Continue reading

Humanity denied: What is missing from the Omar, Tlaib story

Israel’s decision to bar two United States Democratic representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and visiting Palestine has further exposed the belligerent, racist nature of the Israeli government. Continue reading

Ways to stay sane during the primaries

As the presidential primaries get underway, it’s easy to get burnt out or overwhelmed by all the candidates and their platforms. Here are 9 ways to stay sane through the madness of the presidential primaries. Continue reading

Make America… more like Canada

Canadians enjoy much better health care, much less inequality, and—a new study finds—higher incomes too.

We Americans tend not to pay much attention to our northern neighbors. Often, entire election cycles can come and go without anyone running for national office saying anything about Canada. Continue reading

Captain Pia Klemp arrives as David Koch departs the United States Of Altamont

‘We are lived by powers we pretend to understand.’

Fifty Years after rhapsodic auguries of the acid-informed era involving the coming “Woodstock Nation,” the US citizenry—convulsed by violence, strung out on all the wrong drugs, and with the Rolling Stones still touring—stumble in mortification through the grim phantasmagoria of the United States Of Altamont. What a long, strange, bad (Nixonian in its dour, paranoid cultural and political aura; Reagan/Clinton/Obama in noxious, neoliberal fantasy; Bush/Trump in cresting tsunamis of raging stupid) trip it has been. Continue reading

Trump and Netanyahu regimes pushing for war on Iran?

Their longstanding aim is toppling Iran’s legitimate government, wanting it replaced by pro-Western puppet rule. Continue reading

Fix Syria to solve refugee problem

In Europe, refugees and asylum seekers are being blamed for the rise of far-right parties

It’s a crying shame that ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ have almost become dirty words from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Desperate families fleeing conflicts, violence or abject poverty have been dehumanised, turned into scapegoats and in some cases locked-up, treated worse than cattle. Continue reading

Name and shame big political contributors

Donors don’t like it, but using this publicly available information is one of the best ways to fight corruption.

This August, a phony controversy erupted over wealthy donors to President Trump’s campaign and political action committee being publicly named. Continue reading

China says it’s ‘now the biggest market’ for GM cars & trucks

The Chinese government’s Global Times newspaper headlined on August 25, “Quitting Chinese market will be suicide for US firms”, and reported that, China is now the biggest market for some US-based enterprises, such as US automaker General Motors (GM). The automaker’s China sales came to 3.65 million cars in 2018, exceeding its total sales in the US market, where GM delivered nearly 3 million vehicles. Continue reading

US sanctions a weapon of war by other means

The US under both extremist wings of its war party imposes illegal sanctions on nations targeted for regime change—part of its war on these countries by other means. Continue reading

Israel’s democracy disguise is wearing thin

It’s not a country that abides by the rule of law as it promotes colonies deemed illegal

I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard Israeli officials boasting that their country is the only democracy in the Middle East even as it flouts all democratic principles whose mainstays are equality, free expression, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. Continue reading

Trump’s entire worldview is a nut job conspiracy theory

‘Why is everybody always picking on me?’

Once upon a time, when I first was writing for newspapers and magazines, because I was the junior guy in the rotation, one of my many beats was the conspiracy theorists—in those days, mostly small, cult-like groups with some truly bizarre ideas. Continue reading

Red states cut worker pay by $1.5 billion

If you’re a minimum wage worker in a conservative state, your state lawmakers may have cut your paycheck by over $4,000.

Last month, the House voted to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Continue reading

‘Child actorvism’ and the extinction agenda of neoliberal racists

There is no shortage of social justice causes trumpeted by the West† with a revolving medley of “child actorvists” at the forefront. The logical observer may question whether these endless multi-billion dollar campaigns have had any tangible effect at all, except in serving as a stalking horse for mass-mediated interferences in the affairs of other nations. Continue reading

Trump’s increasingly dangerous messiah complex demands his removal from office

Not since the Third Reich regime of Adolf Hitler have Nordic nations been forced to deal with a megalomaniac foreign leader like Donald Trump. Trump has summarily criticized the prime ministers of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, lied about a conversation with the president of Finland; and is likely to soon turn his Twitter venom on the prime minister of Iceland. The five Nordic leaders serve as heads of government of five countries that annually top the world’s list of happiest nations because of their policies that put the health and welfare of their people first. Continue reading

The word ‘philanthropist’ is poisonous

Well hot damn, we’ve lost a Koch brother! Do your happy dance, call out the munchkins and let your voice shake the heavens with a rousing rendition of “Ding-dong the oligarch is dead!” Continue reading

Trump’s re-election strategy: Pit us against each other

I’ve seen firsthand how communities get hung out to dry when politicians scapegoat immigrants for the crimes of corporations.

You would think after a white nationalist murdered 22 people and injured dozens more in El Paso, Donald Trump would lay off the hate, even just for a moment. Apparently, he’s not capable. Or not willing. Continue reading

Brazil’s regime destroying the Amazon rainforest for profit

In October 2018, hardline Social Liberal Party (PSL) candidate Jair Bolsonaro defeated Workers Party (PT) aspirant Fernando Haddad. Continue reading

American apocalypse: The government’s plot to destabilize the nation is working

The U.S. government is working hard to destabilize the nation. Continue reading

Lindsey Graham’s blank check

Why a defense agreement with Israel would be a disaster for Americans

Two world wars began because of unconditional pledges made by one country to come to assistance of another. On July 5, 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s complete support for whatever response Austria-Hungary would choose to make against Serbia after the June 28 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. This fatal error went down in history as Germany’s carte blanche or “blank check,” assurance to Austria that led directly to WW I. Continue reading

The New York Times’ propaganda war on Syria

On major issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones, the NYT is a lying machine, a propaganda machine, an anti-truth telling operation, a virtual state-sponsored ministry of deception, masquerading as real news, information and opinion. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Protest and the corporate media

The corporate media are steadfast partners with the United States government and faithfully follow the party line on foreign policy issues. Continue reading

Just who got Trump’s farm bailouts?

Rich families cashed in on over half the bailout money set aside for farmers hurt by Trump’s trade policies.

Donald Trump loves farmers. We know this because he says so. “Farmers, I LOVE YOU!” he declared in December. Continue reading

The 5-step CEO pay scam

Average CEO pay at big corporations topped 14.5 million dollars in 2018. That’s after an increase of 5.2 million dollars per CEO over the past decade, while the average worker’s pay has increased just 7,858 dollars over the decade. Continue reading

Trump regime threatens illegal sanctions on nations legally buying Iranian oil

The US under both extremist right wings of its war party is a rogue state by any definition. Continue reading

The oligarchy’s plans for our future keep getting dumber

It’s rare to get a billionaire to share their grand plans for the future, which is weird because billionaires pretty much rule the world. Whenever they do, though, it’s always something incredibly sociopathic, like replacing all jobs with billionaire-owned automation/AI and giving people a Universal Basic Income set by the billionaire-owned government. Or loading all the humans onto rocket ships and sending them to live on Amazon Space Dildos. Continue reading

Trump wants to buy Greenland, but it’s not for sale

Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland, an autonomous constituent part of the Kingdom of Denmark. If any other US president proffered such an idea, it would be viewed as a joke. But with Trump, it is a serious proposal, according to White House insiders who passed the information to The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading

Is America crazy?

Mass shootings, economic inequality, a racist president: have we grown dangerously accustomed to a country gone mad?

The United States witnessed three mass shootings in one week recently in California, Texas, and Ohio. There have been more than 250 mass shootings so far in 2019, more than one a day. This year in America, more than 33,000 shooting incidents have killed more than 8,700 people. Continue reading

Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar

Over 40 days after Britain illegally seized Iran’s Grace 1 super-tanker (renamed the Adrian Darya 1) on orders by the Trump regime, likely John Bolton—the vessel left Gibraltar late Sunday evening for a reported Mediterranean destination believed to be Kalamata, Greece, according to Continue reading

American capitalism is based on plunder

The plunder is getting worse

American capitalism is based on plunder. With the continental USA plundered, American capitalism hoped to continue enriching itself by plundering Russia as it did under Yeltsin, carefully including the Russian “Atlanticist Integrationists” in the spoils in order to have support from the liberal, progressive forces in Russia for stripping Russia of its assets. But Putin more or less put a halt to the American/Israeli rape of Russia, although it still continues through the neoliberal economics that Harvard brainwashed into the Russian central bank and economics profession. Brainwashed Russian economists are the main reason Washington is able to punish a powerful country such as Russia with economic sanctions. Continue reading