Category Archives: Commentary

Trump regime plans new concentration camps for unwanted aliens

Hundreds of thousands of unwanted immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are arrested and detained under horrific conditions in America annually. Continue reading

Slow suicide and the abandonment of the world

Most suicides die of natural causes, slowly and in silence. Continue reading

Trump’s mean boy nation

Our “I alone can fix it” president has gotten us in another fix, all right. Continue reading

Draconian GOP FY 2019 budget proposal

America is being systematically thirdworldized—notably since the neoliberal ‘90s, escalated under Bush/Cheney, social justice further assaulted under Obama. Continue reading

Government eyes are watching you: We are all prisoners of the surveillance state

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, “The Prisoner”—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Democrats unhinged by Korea

The process of Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un was as singular as the event itself. His ignorance, incompetence and egomania moved him from “fire and fury” and “little rocket man” to scheduling a meeting to cancelling the meeting to finally holding the summit. But a process has begun which might free two nations from American threats and put them in charge of their own destiny. The Democrats are left with nothing except attacking Trump from the right. Continue reading

The inscrutable protocols of the zeitgeist

In our technological age, the protocols of the zeitgeist are shrouded in dubious practices. Like the use of the term ‘force’ in Star Wars, force has become a very special fluid simultaneously circulating in the body politic and the imagination of speculative investors. The monographic stamp of neoconservative politics is everywhere apparent, showing how money has become what it is today in capitalist modernity, an unpredictable and ungovernable human institution that benefits the financial elites. It is a force that subjects the polity to the ambiguities of casino casuistry. Continue reading

I remember when America was a free country

I remember when America was a free country. You could get on an airliner without an ID. Driving licenses didn’t even have photos. If a friend was coming through your city on a flight and had a few hours layover, you could meet them inside the airport for lunch or dinner. You could meet friends, children, and relatives at the gate or see them off at the gate. Parents could actually put children on the plane and grandparents could take them off. Continue reading

Immigrants & Muslims are Trump’s Jews . . . until he comes for the actual Jews

Make no mistake: Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions’ assault on immigrant families and their “tactic” of separating parents from their children are right out of the Nazi playbook. Continue reading

Trump further escalates trade war with China

Things are getting serious. Tit-for-tat tariff announcements assure losers, not winners, if implemented and stick. Continue reading

The Republican Party falls apart, the Democrats get stuck

The Republican Party has been falling apart for at least 54 years. The official start of this process can be dated to 1964, when the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater captured the GOP nomination for president. When asked his plans if elected, he replied, “I do not plan to pass laws. I plan to repeal them.” That was a signal that he was intent on changing the role of government. His goal was to narrow the government down to the basic tasks of defending the realm (the military), enforcing a diminishing number of federal laws (the courts), and providing only those few necessary services that the “free market” could not take care of. Continue reading

On the road in a time of global disaster

Near the end of Hermann Hesse’s novel Narcissus and Goldmund, Goldmund returns to the abbey for the last time where he had begun his education decades earlier. The setting is medieval Europe, in what is now the south of Germany. Hesse’s novel, a coming of age story about the battle between the spirit and the senses does not fit neatly into today’s assessment of plot and character development. Goldmund is the artist in search of what it means to live a full life, however, critics will immediately take offense at the way in which women are portrayed in this writing: They are not developed as characters and generally serve the needs of the protagonist Goldmund on his many trips of wanderlust. Continue reading

Violence in Nicaragua: US-orchestrated coup attempt?

The pattern is familiar. Ongoing violence in Nicaragua has the earmarks of another US-staged color revolution attempt. Continue reading

Egypt surpasses US and UK in safety rankings

Gallup’s recently published annual Global Law and Order poll places Egypt the safest country in Africa and 16th out of 135 countries in terms of personal safety on par with Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands. Down the scale comes the United Kingdom (21st) and the United States which ranked 35th. Respondents were asked how they felt walking around after dark and whether they had ever been assaulted or mugged among other pertinent questions. Continue reading

US acts as world’s cop making others comply with its national laws

An anti-doping bill was introduced to Congress on June 12 to make the use or distributing drugs during international sports events a punishable crime. The act offers fines of up to $250,000 for individuals and prison sentences of up to 10 years for those who make, distribute or use banned substances at sports events including four or more US athletes and other athletes from three or more countries. Continue reading

Reclaiming the UN’s radical vision of global economic justice

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the most translated and celebrated documents in the world, marking its 70th anniversary this year. But relatively few people are aware of the significance of its 25th Article, which proclaims the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living—including food, housing, healthcare, social services and basic financial security. As our campaign group Share The World’s Resources (STWR) has long proposed, it is high time that activists for global justice reclaim the vision that is spelled out in those few simple sentences. For in order to implement Article 25 into a set of binding, enforceable obligations through domestic and international laws, the implications are potentially revolutionary. Continue reading

The military-industrial drain

As Trump stokes tensions around the world, he’s adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. It’s a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people. Continue reading

Postliterate America

I was just interviewed by two Temple University journalism students, Amelia Burns and Erin Moran, and though they appeared very bright and enterprising, with Erin already landing a job that pays all her bills, I feel for these young ladies, for this is a horrible time to make and sell words, of any kind, and the situation will only get worse. We’re well into postliteracy. Continue reading

Caging children, separating families: Has the war on immigration gone too far?

Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand. Continue reading

Beating the US ‘veto’: Palestinians need urgent protection from Israel

What is taking place in Palestine is not a ‘conflict.’ We readily utilize the term but, in fact, the word ‘conflict’ is misleading. It equates between oppressed Palestinians and Israel, a military power that stands in violation of numerous United Nations Resolutions. Continue reading

Why Republicans always win, even if they’re called ‘Democrats’

In their casual rhetoric at election time, Democrats pretend to represent the public interest, saying you should vote for them to stop the Republicans, but never tell you they are the Republicans in a two-corporate-party duopoly made up of clones with two names. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: A tale of two summits

There were two summits of world leaders held very recently. The one which got Americans’ attention was the Group of Seven (G7), comprised of Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany. The meeting, held in Quebec, proved that Donald Trump means what he says. He campaigned on a theme of “America first” and he is making good on his slogan. Continue reading

Is Trump giving Amazon the Postal Service?

Trump wanted to use the Postal Service to hit back at Amazon, but he may end up doing the opposite.

The U.S. postal system has 30,000 outlets serving every part of America. It employs 630,000 people in good middle-class jobs. And it proudly delivers letters and packages clear across the country for a pittance. Continue reading

Is Europe too brainwashed to normalize relations with Russia?

Judging from statements made by G-7 leaders at the recent meeting, President Trump’s application of US sanctions to Europe and disregard of European interests, just as Washington dismisses every country’s interests except Israel’s, has not caused Europeans to disassociate from Washington’s hostility to Russia. Continue reading

Pence’s hypocritical speech to the OAS

In a speech earlier this month to the Organization of American States, Vice President Mike Pence issued the standard, obligatory denunciation of the communist regime in Cuba, which the U.S. national-security establishment (i.e., the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA) have targeted for regime change ever since the Cuban revolution in 1959. Continue reading

The view from Singapore

Negative fallout ahead is more likely than overall ongoing afterglow continuing longer than short or perhaps intermediate term—the way US agreements most always play out. Continue reading

More humane approach to refugees needed

US President Donald Trump’s stance on migrants from Central America fleeing gang warfare or persecution due to their race, religion or political views makes a mockery of the plaque on his nation’s most recognisable monument. “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . .” now reads like a bad joke. Continue reading

The constitutional crisis is now

I keep hearing that if Trump fires Mueller we’ll face a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

Net neutrality ends, battle to save it continues

The battle for digital democracy, the last frontier of press freedom crucial to preserve, continues on a day that will live infamy if right doesn’t triumph over pure evil. Continue reading

Are you brainwashed?

It’s frightening. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar. Continue reading

Nevermind the wall, they’re building warehouses

The newest plank of immigration enforcement? Kidnapping children and piling them into detention centers.

Most mornings lately, I’ve woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it’s time to get up. Then I see the news stories about other toddlers our immigration authorities ripped away from their parents. Continue reading

Psychiatric drugs for kids—a Big Pharma revenue stream

How did the once modest medical specialty of child psychiatry become the aggressive “pediatric psychopharmacology” we see today? Millions of children who were once just considered too active are now diagnosed with ADHD, conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, mixed manias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, pervasive development disorders, irritability, aggression and personality disorders and given drugs. Children who were once considered shy or moody are now diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, social phobia, anxiety, borderline disorders, assorted “spectrum” disorders and even schizophrenia. Continue reading