Category Archives: Commentary

Ukraine: US-installed fascist tyranny in Europe’s heartland

Ukraine matters. It’s territory is Europe’s largest after Russia’s. It borders seven countries in Europe’s heartland—Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Russia. Continue reading

Britons should be allowed to decide their fate

Voters must be allowed to decide between crashing out, staying-in or accepting the offer

The fact that all EU member states have so readily agreed to the British prime minister’s compromise deal, while few UK lawmakers are celebrating, more than two years of negotiations speaks volumes. No one can accuse Theresa May of not trying to please everyone but she has ended pleasing hardly anyone. Diehard Brexiteers and Remainers are united in their vehement opposition to her one foot-in and one foot-out solution. Continue reading

The two magical words that could have Trump gone by Earth Day

Our long-awaited “Mueller Time” has filled the punditocracy with tales of collusion and delusion. But most have missed the two-word trapdoor through which Donald Trump is likeliest to fall. Continue reading

Human extinction: Not with a bang but a sore throat

I just got a small taste of what it’s gonna be like here on Planet Earth in the year 2028—and, frankly, it scared the holy crap out of me. “So. What happened?” you might ask. Continue reading

48 hours of Trump lies in a few tweets

In a mere 48 hours, incessant Donald Trump lies, communicated via Twitter, have rocked the stock market, enraged union workers, and have further eroded public confidence in the ability of the White House and its enablers in Congress to govern. Continue reading

US facing a national security crisis?

According to a mid-November National Defense Strategy Commission (NDSC) report to Congress, US military superiority “eroded to a dangerous degree,” the nation facing a “crisis of national security.” Continue reading

What’s a subpoena—and should Trump fear it?

You’re probably hearing a lot about subpoenas. Or you will very soon, once Democrats take control of the House. Continue reading

Shut the f*ck up, Missy

A couple of hours after reading the Trump administration’s devastating climate report, I was assaulted by Tangerine Nightmare’s ignorance, his tweet: “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS—Whatever happened to Global Warming?” Continue reading

Ukraine on brink of war with Russia?

Ukraine’s military under US-installed putschist rule is notoriously dysfunctional. Continue reading

The Blue Wave: A new shampoo?

The recent five billion dollar exercise in market democracy we call mid-term elections in the USA got rid of a few brain dead conservatives and brought in a handful of decent new faces but any notion of real victory for the people is a product of political mind management. This commercial process given a name that sounds more like a hair product than any exercise of the power of the people changed the identity group and possible toilet use balance in Congress which, however heralded as a loss for the current president, saw fewer seats changed than in the midterm after the last president’s first two years. As important issues like staggering debt and Israel remained mostly unmentioned, this was a political mall serving consumers the usual product of mostly regressive forces but with a progressive rhetorical brand name. Continue reading

Big lies drown out truth-telling

All politicians lie, some more than others. The Clintons, Bush/Cheney, and Obama were egregious serial liars. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: The Democrats win and black people lose

If the Democrats were a true political party, Nancy Pelosi’s failures would have taken her out of the running for any leadership position. Continue reading

Eyewitness Juarez: There’s no ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy here

“Oops, here come the Americans! Hide all the breakables! Quick!” Sorry. Too late. Continue reading

The president isn’t orange; he’s yellow

Our president is a coward. Continue reading

Trump to meet with like-minded dictators at G20 in Argentina

Donald Trump, who threatened to misuse the Department of Justice to prosecute 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey as part of a political vendetta, will be meeting like-minded dictators at the G20 summit in Argentina, which will be held from November 30 to December 1. These authoritarian leaders have criminally prosecuted their political opponents, with many currently serving long prison sentences. Continue reading

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Strange bedfellows

Ruling regimes in both countries allied against Iran. The unholy alliance began years ago, one fascist state supporting the other against a common adversary. Continue reading

Russia is disadvantaged by her belief that the West is governed by law

Ukrainian military ships have violated Russian restrictions in the Sea of Azov and Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Ukrainian Navy crossed the Russian sea border and entered a closed area of Russian territorial waters. Clearly, Washington was behind this as Ukraine would not undertake such a provocation on its own. Continue reading

Assange vs. the Cabal

It is widely rumored that, with sealed indictments pending in the US, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange may be imminently forced to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy which has provided him safe refuge since 2012. Continue reading

Trump mocks what responsible governance is all about

He disgraces the office he holds. There’s virtually nothing redeeming about his tenure so far, no prospect for turning a page for improvement, things likely worsening ahead. Continue reading

Being thankful for William Goldman, RIP

‘Movies are a very, very odd way to make a living.’

I remember the first time I saw a movie that was written by William Goldman, the great screenwriter and author who died last Friday. Continue reading

Phil Ochs and the crucifixion of President John F. Kennedy

President John Kennedy was assassinated by the U.S. national-security state, led by the C.I.A., on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. That is a fact beyond dispute, except for those who wish to engage in pseudo-debates to deny the obvious. I prefer not to, since there is nothing to debate. Continue reading

Trump authorizes lethal force against asylum seeking aliens

Refugees, asylum seekers, and others from the wrong countries are unwelcome in Trump’s America—notably people of color and Muslims. Continue reading

Trump’s assault on the rule of law

The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. Continue reading

Birthright citizenship—just and justified

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” Continue reading

How united progressives can topple the empire and empower the people

We are headed toward a catastrophic election in 2020 that must be addressed if humankind is to have a chance at survival. Continue reading

Trump isn’t Nixon, he’s Pinochet

Attempts by some to liken Donald Trump to Richard Nixon fail to understand the depths of fascism to which Trump has descended. A more accurate comparison of Trump to someone who imprisoned his political opponents, shut down the free press, and believed in a strong unitary executive is the late Chilean fascist military dictator, General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. Continue reading

The Amazon robbery

The world’s richest man just pulled a con job on several hundred US cities, which tells us a lot about the (mostly) Democrats that run these towns. Continue reading

The tide is turning: Israel is losing on two war fronts

The November 12 botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is delineating Tel Aviv’s failure to utilize its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Continue reading

This Thanksgiving, don’t just give thanks, pay your blessings forward

Listen: I know it’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year. Continue reading

Why holiday-season arguments with relatives are so frustrating

Most of us think if everyone just knew the facts, they'd agree with us. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.

The weather has turned cool and crisp (or so I’ve heard . . . I’m in California, where it’s hot out and everything’s on fire). We’ve entered the time of year when soon we’ll get together with our loved ones, share a traditional holiday meal, and bicker over politics. Continue reading

El Paso & Juarez: My tale of two cities

When you were a kid, did you ever color Easter eggs? And put the yellow egg into the red die in order to watch it turn orange? That’s pretty much like what has happened here in El Paso in the past 200 years. Two different cultures have been mixed together here—and magically turned into an interesting, viable and delightful third one. Continue reading

Lies, damn lies and post-truth

Most politicians lie. Continue reading