Flashpoint in Syria: Will WW III follow?

WW I followed events in Serbia. Poland was ground zero for WW II. Will East/West conflict in Syria escalate to war to end all others, risking catastrophic nuclear war? Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Yaser Murtaja and Marie Colvin

Yaser Murtaja was a Palestinian journalist acting in his professional capacity when he was murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He was covering the second Great Return March in Gaza and was clearly identified as press when an Israeli sniper fired a fatal shot. Continue reading

The hourglass

Yuri Drexler’s first thought was, “how did this parcel ever manage to get through to me?” upon examining the markings on the parcel. He was surprised to see that it had come from Gaza. Within the parcel he had just received was a well-crafted hourglass, set in a cedar frame with the word Palestine carved into the upper orb. Great care had been taken to insure the artefact would survive the journey as it arrived tightly packed in balls of polystyrene. Continue reading

War, wedding and wine in Nghe An

In Marseilles, I met an illegal immigrant from Nghe An. He said his boss and housemates in Paris were all from the same province. Long known for its poverty, Nghe An leads Vietnam in the ratio of people working overseas, with most never returning. In fact, so many have become illegal in South Korea, Vietnam is blocking 11 Nghe An districts from sending people there. Continue reading

The Good Friday massacre: World . . . we are all Palestinians, now!

Eighteen more Palestinians were unapologetically murdered this past “Good Friday” by the Israeli military. They were unarmed. They were on their own land. They were desperate. They screamed their desperation as they marched. Then, they shouted their daily reality of personal horrors too close to Israel’s attention. So, they were killed. Continue reading

With ‘merger from hell’ reportedly approved by DOJ, warnings of agrichemical chokehold on food system

Watchdog groups raise concerns after Wall Street Journal reports that Bayer's bid to acquire Monsanto has been approved.

Watchdog groups sounded alarms on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the proposed mega-merger of Bayer and Monsanto has cleared its final regulatory hurdle in the United States. Continue reading

Why Israel feels threatened by popular resistance in Palestine

Why did Israel kill many unarmed Gaza protesters and wound over 2,000 on Friday, March 30, and on the following days, when they clearly posed no threat to Israeli soldiers? Continue reading

From Skripal to chemical attack: What accusation is next?

Einstein said that the definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing and expect different results. Isn’t this what the Russian government is doing when it continues to respond to false accusations and expects facts to have any bearing on the matter? Continue reading

Immigrant humanism vs. immigration capitalism

Language has been a concern ever since humans created it and began using words to replace grunting, howling or shrieking. It’s much easier to be clear in communication when speaking, assuming the language is mutually understood, rather than simply gesturing or making barely intelligible noises. But when indicating difficulty in communicating with someone was once referred to as an experience like “talking to a wall,” present political discourse about immigrants and immigration among people who supposedly speak the same language has become divisive screeching in a “tower of babble.” This is a weapon for minority dominating powers who keep humans in a condition of confusion in order to continue ruling out any notion of a state of democracy, another concept widely confusing and misunderstood. Continue reading

Official Skripal story beggars belief

The UK’s behaviour has been oddly secretive from the start with Russia being accused of the crime within hours

Have I got a scoop for you! It has come to my attention that a British minister asked the prime minister “Why don’t you expel 70 Russian diplomats? That has been our practice in the past when we want to ensure the press loses interest in something. Continue reading

U.S. and its press lie Americans into invasions routinely

The 2003 invasion of Iraq is the best-known example of America’s government and press lying to fool the public into invading a foreign country that actually posed no threat to U.S. national security (so that America’s Defense Department was obviously America’s Aggression Department, and even its very name was a lie). However, that fraud and its resulting mega-violence were unfortunately typical, not at all exceptional, for the brutal American regime. This crucial but ugly fact will be documented here, so as to destroy (by clear facts) the lying U.S. regime’s supposed credibility—and this refers to both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party wings (and their ‘news’ media), of our ruling aristocracy. (Same for America’s lapdog, UK.) Continue reading

The truth about an untethered Trump

The petulant adolescent in the White House—who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog—lacks adequate supervision. Continue reading

Br’er Trump burrowed in his White House briar patch

What connection does Donald Trump have with Br’er Rabbit in Joel Harris’s Uncle Remus folktale about a rabbit that tricked a fox into throwing him in a briar patch? Continue reading

A shiny new tool to pad profits: Stealing

From making workers deliver packages off-hours to pocketing their tips, corporate greed is turning theft into business as usual.

Workplace exploitation is at least as old as the industrial revolution. But rather than using whips to make the assembly lines move ever faster, today’s corporate exploiters use technology, devious work schedules, and lobbyists to extract more work from employees—for less pay. Continue reading

Now, with a donation of $10 or more to Intrepid Report, receive a copy of ‘The Book of Healing’

Get beyond corporate medicine to natural healing. The best medicine in the world is in John Balkwill’s The Book of Healing in a concise, easy to read, 27-page .pdf format. Continue reading

The Bayer-Monsanto merger is bad news for the planet

Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. Continue reading

Skripal-Novichok case: Hiding UK-U.S. lies gets top priority

The U.S. and its allies have been successful in hiding the basis on which Russian diplomats were expelled from their countries—expelled on still-undocumented accusations that Russia’s government was behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury England on March 4. On Wednesday, April 4, the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said no to Russia’s proposal for an OPCW investigation into the source of the toxin that was used in the attack. Fourteen of the 41 OPCW countries endorsed an investigtion; 9 abstained; 17 opposed; 1 absented. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Israeli meddling and Palestinian death

On March 30, 2018 the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) committed cold-blooded murder in Gaza. Thousands of unarmed Palestinians marched peacefully to protest the occupation and declare their right to return to their homeland. The Great Return March was met with gunfire and 18 people died. Continue reading

Rim Banna and the cultural war that Palestinians must win

Rim Banna passed away at the age of 51. Her death on March 24, after a decade-long battle with cancer, brought grief to Palestinians everywhere. Continue reading

Lest we ever forget, three lists for Donald Trump

You may know this famous old political joke, but please indulge my current fantasy. Continue reading

Now, with a donation of $10 or more to Intrepid Report, receive a copy of ‘The Book of Healing’

Get beyond corporate medicine to natural healing. The best medicine in the world is in John Balkwill’s The Book of Healing in a concise, easy to read, 27-page .pdf format. Continue reading

U.S.-Mexico commission fails to stop sewage plaguing border

The Trump administration is backing away from treaty mandate to “give preferential attention to the solution of all border sanitation problems.”

LAREDO, Texas — Tom Vaughan steers his two-person kayak across the 50-yard-wide Rio Grande River to an inlet on the Mexican side of the river. On either side of the creek plastic bags, diapers and shredded clothing dangle from the shrubs, providing a warning of the hazard ahead. Continue reading

The Lebanon/Israel border: Reasons for peace . . . excuses for war!

“No pictures!” growls a burley Lebanese Army captain, looking me deliberately in the eyes from not three feet away across his major’s desk, while pointing directly at my Nikon. “No pictures!” he repeats, now staring at my translator. Since we are both seated in his office deep within the heavily armed perimeter of the Army’s southern command, scores of heavily armed soldiers all around us, and these being the only words of English so far spoken by him, there was no doubting his sincerity on this point. Continue reading

How many people has the U.S. killed in its post-9/11 wars?

Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan

In the first part of this series, I estimated that about 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed as a result of the illegal invasion of their country by the United States and the United Kingdom in 2003. I turn now to Afghan and Pakistani deaths in the ongoing 2001 U.S. intervention in Afghanistan. In part three, I will examine U.S.-caused war deaths in Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. According to Ret. U.S. General Tommy Franks, who led the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan in reaction to 9/11, the U.S. government does not keep track of civilian casualties that it causes. “You know, we don’t do body counts,” Franks once said. Whether that’s true or a count is covered up is difficult to know. Continue reading

Skripal incident big lie unraveling in plain sight

Whoever dreamed up the scheme should be fired for disinformation incompetence—falsely blaming Russia for what lack of evidence proves otherwise. Continue reading

America hasn’t learned a thing: Racism, materialism and militarism still reign supreme

I was sitting in a crowded bar, drinking a beer, when the news broke that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed. Continue reading

Raw deal: Decades of sewage overflows and health problems plague two Arizona border towns

Mystery untreated sewage appears in Mexico just across the border from an Arizona wastewater-treatment plant, city official says.

DOUGLAS, Ariz.—Public Works director Lynn Kartchner guides his city pickup truck down the overgrown, littered alleys of the Bay Acres mobile-home community in search of raw sewage. Continue reading

How many millions of people have been killed in America’s Post-9/11 wars?

Part One: Iraq

How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the U.S. launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Continue reading

There are unjust laws just as there are unjust men

Gandhi is right in equating unjust laws with unjust men. Unjust men motivated by a need to assert power in the face of their own feelings of inferiority will use the law to suit their pursuit of public attention for ill-formulated causes. They put an imaginary notion of justice above truth, blindly adhering to the view that truth is a matter of perspective. What I call an unjust law is not only that which gives the powerful an escape route when they are caught committing unlawful acts as is usually the case with how lawyers are able to twist and turn the interpretation of evidence to weaken the truth. Continue reading

Dollars for decency

Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’s queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg—a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control—“whines about” being rejected by four universities he applied to. She linked to an article from the Daily Wire calling him a “gun rights provocateur.” Continue reading

Melting pots, new identities and flowering barbarism

In 1987, V.S. Naipaul was asked by Andrew Robinson, “Have the immigrants from Asia and the Caribbean changed British life?” Continue reading

Communities in US and Mexico at risk from sewage, pollution and disease

President Trump and Congress ignore the nation’s poorest residents along the U.S.-Mexican border, where an environmental health crisis threatens millions of lives.

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol Agent Christopher Harris steers his truck along the hilly road next to the border fence separating this beach community in the extreme southwest corner of the U.S. from Tijuana, Baja California’s largest city. Continue reading