Category Archives: Commentary

Regressive liberals, reactionary progressives: The New Left?

When an economic Cro-Magnon can make what passes for a left in America look like political Neanderthals, you know we’ve got big problems. The rush to passionately embrace the “Russiagate” story is only one, though a big one, of the moves of what was once called a liberal progressive segment of the American people so far to the right that mad dog conservatives are fighting to maintain their position as least logical pretenders to sanity. What is going on here? Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: US imperial tool

Like his predecessors, Guterres was appointed to serve US and other Western interests exclusively. Continue reading

The moral movement against violence

Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Continue reading

Is the CIA so bad that even when it tells the truth it adds-in lies?

On Sunday, February 17, I was surprised to see in the reliably neoconservative newspaper, New York Times, an ‘opinion’-article headlined with the distinctively non-neoconservative title, “Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too.” Continue reading

Raining on the parade

Of course Donald Trump wants a military parade. I’d be surprised if he didn’t. It’s just what an insecure narcissist would want. Continue reading

Message to new activists

A picture is worth a thousand tears. “Not my child. Please, not my child.” Continue reading

Why the common good disappeared (and how we get it back)

In 1963 over 70 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing all or most of the time; nowadays only 16 percent do. Continue reading

Merchants of death: America’s toxic cult of violence turns deadly

We are caught in a vicious cycle. Continue reading

The coming wars to end all wars

The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable reason for one. No doubt they are working hard to solve this urgent problem. If they can’t find a “justification” (which they can’t), they will have to create one (which they will). Or perhaps they will find what they have already created. Whatever the solution, we should feel confident that they are not sitting on their hands. History teaches those who care to learn that when aggressors place a gun on the wall in the first act of their play, it must go off in the final act. Continue reading

More than a fight over couscous: Why the Palestinian narrative must be embraced

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavours of Palestine,” a controversy ensued. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. Continue reading

Nikki Haley insults Palestinians and humanity

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley responded to Mahmoud Abbas’ Israeli/Palestinian peace plan presented to Security Council members. Continue reading

Before you get too excited about Russia’s meddling in US politics

We’ve witnessed a sustained Western media attention to the alleged interference by Russia (Putin) in American politics in favour of President Trump’s election. The same media seem to find it less interesting to write about US meddling in the political affairs, including elections, in other countries. But scattered articles—good ones—do exist. Continue reading

Abbas at the Security Council

Mahmoud Abbas long ago lost credibility for collaborating with Israel as its enforcer against his own people—for special privileges he’s enjoyed for years, growing super-rich, much of his ill-gotten wealth stashed in offshore tax havens while most Palestinians remain deeply impoverished and viciously persecuted, besieged Gazans most of all. Continue reading

Disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico

The pattern is familiar, corporate predators profiting from natural and other disasters. Continue reading

Egypt’s economic measures bear fruit

President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi is arguably the first Egyptian president with an eye firmly focused on his nation’s long-term economic health. He is motivated largely by a burgeoning population projected to increase by as much as 20 per cent in 2020 and unlike many of his predecessors he eschews short term feel-good fixes. Continue reading

The 3 choices when it comes to Trump

First, you can complain. Yell. Bang on the dinner table. Tell your family and friends the man is a dangerous fool. Explode every time you read something about him. Swear every time you see him on TV. Go ballistic when you listen to him or about him on the radio. Continue reading

I know who really controlled our elections (and it wasn’t 13 Russians)

It is amazing to hear from the corporate media warnings about those who spread what they call “fake news.” Amazing because nobody spreads more fake news than the mainstream press. This week they are parroting FBI charges that 13 Russians are the most important part of the control of our elections, as always, without investigating the charges. Continue reading

Big Pharma still tries to push dangerous drug class

Bisphosphonate bone drugs are among the most harmful and misrepresented drug classes still on the market. But that has not stopped Pharma-funded medical associations like the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Bone Health Alliance from periodically wringing their hands over low sales. Continue reading

Longstanding US hegemonic meddling abroad

Washington’s rage for dominance began by exterminating its native people to expand the nation from sea-to-shinning sea. Continue reading

A common culture makes the nation

In Saigon, the foreign tourists stay mostly downtown, where they can patronize American bars, and restaurants serving Indian, Thai, Korean, Italian, Mexican and Middle Eastern food, not to mention McDonald’s, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, Starbucks and Lotteria, the last a Japanese chain. With English as the lingua franca, they can be overseas, yet somewhat at home, and with their smart phones, they can be anchored further in the familiar. Once, traveling meant having virtually no news from home, and no choice but to be immersed in the alien. How many still remember picking up an International Herald Tribune to find out, say, if the Phillies won three days ago? Continue reading

The best we can expect from our corrupt government

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt can’t fly coach because people in coach inform him that he is “Fucking up the environment,” so he is forced to fly First Class, where, ostensibly, people don’t give a damn if he is “fucking up the environment.” This is his actual excuse. Continue reading

Our new St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

On Wednesday, St. Valentine’s Day, I had just printed out an article from the CNN website headlined, “Exclusive: Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official’s proposal to deregulate.” Minutes later came news of gunfire at a high school in Parkland, Florida. By nightfall, 17 were dead. Continue reading

It’s time to deal with Trumputin’s Second Amendment idiocy

My beloved childhood friend, someone I’ve known since before elementary school, has lost his grandson in the latest Florida shooting. Continue reading

John Kelly: An American viceroy and imperialist

President Donald Trump’s embattled chief of staff, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, served as an enigma in uniform. Under President Barack Obama, Kelly had problems following orders during his stint as Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), headquartered in Miami, Florida. Geographical area commanders, such as SOUTHCOM, and the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, have become virtual viceroys, often competing with the U.S. State Department in crafting U.S. foreign policy in the areas of the world they have been assigned for their own geo-political and military tinkering. Continue reading

Nikki Haley’s big lies on Syria

US ambassadors notoriously lie for their country. Haley does it repeatedly, again during a Wednesday Security Council session on Syria—a beginning-to-end recitation of Big Lies fooling no one. Continue reading

The boomerang effect: How Netanyahu made Israel an American issue, and lost

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Continue reading

Liberals today

On January 24, I went to the Washington, DC, bookstore Politics & Prose to hear David Cay Johnston, author of “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.” To my surprise he repeatedly said negative things about Russia, and in the Q&A session I politely asked him about this. He did not take kindly to that and after a very brief exchange cut me off by asking for the next person in line to ask a question. Continue reading

Fake news by omission—the Haiti example

“I’m happy to have a president that will bluntly speak the truth in negotiations,” Eric Prince commented on Breitbart News. “If the president says some places are shitholes, he’s accurate.” Thus did Mr. Eric Prince pay homage to Mr. Donald Trump. Prince of course being the renowned founder of Blackwater, the private army which in September 2007 opened fire in a crowded square in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians and seriously wounding 20 more. Continue reading

No due process for Trump’s assassinees

President Trump is making a big deal out of the fact that former staff secretary Rob Porter is being denied “due process of law” because people believe that his two former wives are telling the truth regarding his purported physical abuse of them and disbelieving Porter’s denials of such abuse. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: U.S. escalates Syrian war

The seven year-old war waged against Syria ought to be over by now. The jihadist forces backed by the United States, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia were nearly all chased out of the country. The combination of Syrian, Iranian, and Hezbollah forces utilized Russian air protection to their advantage and ISIS was on the run. Continue reading

Israel wants illegal settlements annexed

Israeli hardliners already considers illegal settlements part of the Jewish state, formal annexation in the cards. Continue reading

‘Fake news’ is fake news

The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. They’re billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. Continue reading