Category Archives: Commentary

The wealth hiding in your neighborhood

From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town—and driving up your cost of living.

The rich are hiding trillions in wealth. Continue reading

Guilty pleasure: How I actually liked visiting Flora-duh

After hearing so much of this state’s bad press over the years regarding Jeb Bush, Rick Scott, Florida’s hellish foster-care system, the violent Trump rallies, the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, the climate catastrophe and all the other horror tales about Flora-duh, I was totally dreading my trip to St. Petersburg—but still had to go there. Had an important book conference to attend at the historic Vinoy Hotel. Continue reading

Demonization of Russia in a new Cold War era

In examining the future, we must look to the past. Continue reading

The fakest fake news: The U.S. government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory

A Review of ‘9/11Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation’ by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth

If you want to fathom today’s world, absolutely nothing is more important than to understand the truth about the attacks of September 11, 2001. This is the definitive book on the subject. Continue reading

Are we sure it can’t happen here?

One runs a risk whenever one cites the 20th century’s great terror states while discussing current ominous developments in the western democracies. Continue reading

Amazon’s worth $1 trillion, so why is it robbing taxpayers?

It’s like Bonnie and Clyde, but instead of robbing banks, Amazon has enticed city and state officials to rob their own citizens.

How much are you paying Amazon? Continue reading

Did Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh commit perjury?

Perjury involves willfully lying under oath with intent to deceive in verbal, written or other testimony in court, before a grand jury, in congressional testimony, among other proceedings. Continue reading

Nobody in the White House is part of ‘The Resistance’

They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.

This week, the White House continues its furious hunt for the anonymous official who proclaimed themselves part of “The Resistance” in a New York Times op-ed. Unsurprisingly, the president is “obsessed” with it, CNN reports. Continue reading

What I don’t like about life in post-9/11 America

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head. Continue reading

The veiled danger of the ‘dead’ Oslo Accords

Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli ‘peacemaker’ is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. Continue reading

The costs of 9/11 continue to mount

Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of 9/11. During the years that have passed, large numbers of experts have established conclusively that the official government account of the event is false. Every year fewer people believe the unbelievable conspiracy theory that a handful of Saudi Arabians outwitted the entirety of the US National Security State and attacked with hijacked airliners the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nevertheless, the official story still stands, just as the official story of President Kennedy’s assassination still stands despite majority disbelief, just like the official story of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty still stands despite all evidence to the contrary. In the US, the government never corrects its proven lies. Continue reading

9/11: The day rule of law in America died

Throughout its history, America was never beautiful, far from it, a fantasy democracy from inception—the nation today on a slippery slope toward full-blown tyranny. Continue reading

Can the Ethiopian/Eritrean alliance bring peace to South Sudan?

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through the Eritrean capital of Asmara these days, with the latest peace initiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will be bringing peace to South Sudan. Continue reading

Once again, Trump’s phoniness shines through

It is truly amazing how many individuals who stood opposed to George W. Bush’s wars of choice in Iraq and Afghanistan now blindly follow the patently neocon foreign policy of Donald Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump constantly castigated candidates like Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and others for their support for neocon regime change in other countries. Continue reading

How the U.S. does propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama administration’s adviser on the Middle East, Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”. Continue reading

The dangerous myth of deregulation

Trump and his appointees are on a binge of deregulation that masks another kind of trickle-down economics, where the gains go to the top and the rest of us bear the risks and losses. Continue reading

‘Stand your ground’ laws encourage dangerous vigilantism

Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and—sometimes—executioner.

This summer featured at least a dozen stories of black Americans across the country having the police called on them for little or no reason at all. Continue reading

How you can stop Trump’s lie machine

Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers: Fox News, his rallies, and his Twitter account. Continue reading

Reading crimes

A foreign country seeps into one’s consciousness via large events and personalities, mostly, as in war, earthquake, tsunami, coup d’état, unprovoked bombing, Gaddafi and Assad, etc., but it’s the lesser turbulences that will begin to yield more revealing clues about any society. Continue reading

Why you should care that Facebook is at war with LUV News

Every person who believes in a free press should pay attention to Facebook’s war with one of their own groups called “LUV News.” Continue reading

More jobs fictions

According to Friday’s payroll jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy created 200,000 new jobs in August. These jobs, assuming that they exist, are reported to be in low paid domestic service jobs such as transporting and selling goods, ambulatory health care services, and waiting tables and mixing drinks. There are none in manufacturing or in the “high tech clean fingernail” jobs that neoliberal economists promised the American work force in exchange for letting the industrial and manufacturing jobs go to Asia. Continue reading

The nation’s burning question: Who is ‘Mr. X’?

As Washington was still reeling from the contents of Bob Woodward’s new exposé of the inner workings of the Trump administration, a current senior-level official of that administration penned an anonymous op-ed column in The New York Times revealing an unprecedented “resistance” movement within the White House. The movement has, according to the anonymous source, managed to circumvent several of Donald Trump’s anti-constitutional decisions and desires. The opinion piece, titled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” was only published by the “paper-of-record” under an anonymous by-line because the author is a high-ranking official of the Trump White House. Continue reading

Words get in the way

If compassion were contagious, they’d mandate a vaccine to prevent transmission. Continue reading

Trump’s mental unfitness for office bolstered by Woodward’s book

While WMR has been a frequent critic of the often pusillanimous Bob Woodward of Watergate infamy, his new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” does paint a picture of the Trump White House that comes as no surprise to those who have tracked Mr. Trump’s business methods and political chicanery. Woodward, who enjoyed special access to previous administrations, always delivering puff piece descriptions of them in his past “chronicles” of politics on the Potomac, does land several body blows on Trump. Continue reading

The reason India’s Dalits hate Gandhi

The reason India’s Dalits hate Gandhi is that, to the Dalits, he helped preserve the caste system, or Varna, in post-independence India. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: John McCain, Trump Derangement, and false black consciousness

John McCain personified the worst of United States, and his death ceremony brought out the most worthless elements of Black America. Continue reading

Where do we get such men?

Back in 2004, I was involved in giving John McCain an award for his stand against media consolidation. There were several times after that when something outrageous he said or voted for or against made me regret I’d ever been involved! Continue reading

US punishes long-suffering Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is right to reject American mediation. The United States has forfeited its role as a broker, let alone an honest broker in this 70-year-long conflict. President Trump’s Middle East “deal of the century” has turned out to be a mirage, an empty promise devoid of substance. Instead, he is going full steam ahead to bring the Palestinian people to their knees in the hope that they will be forced to accept any scraps off Israel’s table. Continue reading

Iran: Another U.S. war of aggression?

I am getting that Iraq déjà vu feeling again, only this time with respect to Iran. Continue reading

Provocations have a history of escalating into war

Can war be avoided and the planet saved?

The Russian government and President Putin are coming under pressure not from US sanctions, which are very good for Russia as they force Russia into independence, but from Russian patriots who are tiring of Putin’s non-confrontational responses to Washington’s never-ending insults and military provocations. Russian patriots don’t want war, but they do want their country’s honor defended, and they believe Putin is failing in this job. Some of them are saying that Putin himself is a West-worshipping Atlanticist Integrationist. Continue reading

Britain prepares for war against Russia

The headline in the UK newspaper the Daily Mail on August 7 encapsulated much that is paranoid in sad modern Britain. It read “Russian warships pass through English Channel as Putin’s armed forces ratchet up pressure on the Royal Navy.” Continue reading

Trump regime hardliners and Israel control US foreign policy

US presidents are front men for powerful interests running things—dark forces assuring their agenda is served. Continue reading