For want of a Pink Parade, Crimea was lost

Did President Obama’s gay rights obsession lead to a redrawing of international borders?

KUALA LUMPUR—Is it just me or has anyone else noticed a distinct dip in the United States’ LGBT posturing after Crimea’s reunification with Russia? Continue reading

Washington is destroying the world

The aggressive and mindless stance that Washington’s warmongers have taken toward Russia and China have shattered the accomplishment of Reagan and Gorbachev. Continue reading

It’s the stupid, stupid

Barack Obama is not stupid and he says he doesn’t want his administration to do “stupid things” in foreign policy. So why, then, has he done a reckless, stupid thing by starting a new, two-theater war in the Middle East? And why does that war in Syria have to commence right now as an existential necessity? Continue reading

From Washington’s ‘Fear Factor’ playbook: The Khorasan Group is coming to get us

While our attention had been focused on ISIS, the new and heretofore unheard of Khorasan Group has been organizing and planning to implement a terror attack here in the United States. Continue reading

Turning Americans into snitches for the police state: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and community policing

If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone. Continue reading

Getting to sleep in a post-Ambien society

Are new or existing sleeping pills any safer?

It has been several years since the bloom fell off the rose of Ambien, the blockbuster sleeping pill. Recently, the FDA has warned about Ambien hangovers, sedation and the risk of dangerous driving and recommended lower doses. The FDA warnings came a year after Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and former wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was arrested for what was believed to be Ambien-inebriated driving. The arrest came six years after her cousin, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, was also involved in an apparent Ambien-related traffic mishap. Continue reading

China is exporting torture

Research by Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation has uncovered a “flourishing trade” in the “export of tools of torture by Chinese companies” which is fueling human rights violations worldwide. Continue reading

Postcard from the end of America: Jackson, Mississippi

Riding the train from Chicago to New Orleans, I impulsively got off in Jackson, Mississippi. I had never thought about visiting Jackson, never even saw a photo of it, so I had no idea what I’d encounter. In the train’s lounge car, however, a boisterous game of dominoes, with much laughter and trash talking, already told me I was in the Deep South, and the towns glimpsed along the way, Tchula, Eden, Bentonia, spoke of a quietly dignified world that’s also besieged and crumbling. Continue reading

There is no reasoning with an empire waging a world war of deception

On September 24, 2014, the United Nations passed a resolution paving the way to open-ended “anti-terror” warfare against the Islamic State (IS), the “network of death,” promising a war that will “last for years.” Continue reading

Washington’s secret agendas

One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas. Continue reading

An unbearable and choking hell: The loss of our freedoms in the wake of 9/11

What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state. Continue reading

Politicians show their gratitude where it count$

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year’s summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Good riddance to Eric Holder

Barack Obama is nearing the end of his second and last term in the White House. With just a little more than two years before he leaves office, his top cabinet members and aides have begun making the inevitable exit for more lucrative pastures. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that he will resign after a successor is nominated and confirmed. Continue reading

Three secret domestic CIA bases with ties to 9/11

(WMR)—Anyone driving from Norfolk, Virginia to North Carolina’s Outer Banks would normally not notice that when driving south on Caritoke Highway through the one-horse town of Moyock, North Carolina, they would be passing a country road leading to one of the largest “private” paramilitary training centers in the world. If one were to take a right turn on Moyock’s Pudding Ridge Road, after a few miles, they would come up on the gate of the Academi “Elite Training and Trusted Protection” facility. Formerly known as Blackwater and Xe, Academi is nothing more than a privatized arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, which provided the company, throughout all of its incarnations, with sweetheart and lucrative contracts to engage in operations that the CIA wanted to keep free of its fingerprints. Continue reading

9/11 after 13 years

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years, a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state. Continue reading

Convenient genocide: Another failed war to rearrange the Middle East

A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq. Even in the Middle East itself, the Yazidis and their way of life have been an enigma, shrouded by mystery and mostly grasped through stereotypes and fictitious evidence. Yet in no time, the fate of the Yazidis became a rally cry for another US-led Iraq military campaign. Continue reading

Resistance is futile: The violent cost of challenging the American police state

If you don’t want to get probed, poked, pinched, Tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed, don’t say, do or even suggest anything that even hints of noncompliance. This is the new “thin blue line” over which you must not cross in interactions with police if you want to walk away with your life and freedoms intact. Continue reading

America squandered chance to help create a just world order

All of us, Americans and non-Americans alike, should welcome BRICS’ siding with Russia to restore some semblance of power-balance in all three aspects which depict cohesion or fragmentation in the world: socially, ideologically and militarily. Not wishing for any nation to exercise undue power or influence over the rest, but precisely in order to curb any such nation from misusing that influence and power, we must cling to the hope America’s attempt for world hegemony will soon come to an end. Continue reading

US pogrom parody featuring Narendra Modi

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 26, 2014—The timing of this summons was impeccable, and I presume this was intended to issue a subtle carrot-and-stick ultimatum to a key BRICS partner. This is not the first time the US had tried to splatter Modi with mass murderer gobs. Perhaps Washington hopes that some residual stain may prove fertile in the United States, within that dung called the collective American consciousness. It is the type of consciousness that induced the genocide of 200,000 Syrians, many of them minorities, women and children after the US attempted to remove the only leadership capable of protecting them in the region. And simply because the Saudi Wahhabi masters of the United States demand these orgies of death! Continue reading

More bad news from the jobs front

The Bureau of Labor Statistics headline Friday morning read: “Payroll employment increases by 248,000 in September; unemployment rate declines to 5.9%.” Continue reading

The theater of politics

According to our president, we are initiating the bombing in Iraq and Syria in order to neutralize ISIS, a group of religious fanatics the U.S. helped grow and gain strength in order to overthrow the Assad regime. Continue reading

Decapitation American style

America’s anti-humanism can cause shock among hyenas, vultures and other creatures that feed on death in accordance with rather than opposition to nature. But as the empire sinks more deeply into the political economic sewage of its own creation, its weaponized psyche grows more malevolent and the behavior pattern more dangerous. The public has to be nearly lobotomized to allow its leadership to perform at such odds with reality. That is almost the case. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Theodore Roosevelt and American racism

It is true today and was true in the past. The most celebrated political figures in this country, including those called blue blooded, elite or patrician, were mostly criminals. The descendants of the Mayflower ought to be ashamed of their heritage instead of bragging about their ancestors who began the genocide of indigenous people. The earliest American presidents Washington, Jefferson and Madison, earned their wealth through slave holding. Their successors in the office of the presidency either acquiesced to the slave holding interests or actively protected them until a bloody civil war put an end to their dirty work. Continue reading

Our boys in Hong Kong

A not so angelic craziness

I woke up the other morning to read the news in the Guardian that the pope believes in angels. I took the headline on faith, and moved on. The Guardian introduced me to Joshua Wong, leader of the “the spontaneous nature of the civil disobedience,” in Hong Kong, as if to illustrate the pope’s charming belief. Continue reading

Poverty report contradicts GDP claims

It is amazing how the government manages to continue selling Brooklyn Bridges to a gullible public. Americans buy wars they don’t need and economic recoveries that do not exist. Continue reading

Preparing to asset-strip local government?

In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation’s largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral. assets (HQLA). That means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds that do satisfy the requirement. Continue reading

The American delusion: Distracted, diverted and insulated from the grim reality of the police state

Caught up in the uproar over this year’s latest hullabaloo—militarized police in Ferguson, tanks on Main Street and ISIS—Americans have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over the NSA and government surveillance but are generally foggy about everything that has happened in between. Continue reading

Nation of cowards

What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences and machine-gun towers, a population with nowhere to run? No, that is not put strongly enough. Not just attack, but use the latest and most ferocious weapons from the American arsenal to slaughter more than 2,100 people, including more than 500 children, destroying along the way a major portion of the housing, businesses, and institutions of a poor people. Continue reading

We are taking a break

If all goes according to plan, Intrepid Report will resume publishing on or about the first full week of October. Continue reading

Journalists, hypocrisy, and Obama’s de facto 21st century U.S. fascism

The ill-gotten wealth of the filthy national and global rich—power elite—’one percent’ is a systemic cancer that is consuming the life-blood of humankind of all colors in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. Continue reading

Keynes is dead; long live Marx

Many liberal economists envisioned a new dawn of Keynesianism in the 2008 financial meltdown. Nearly six years later, it is clear that the much-hoped-for Keynesian prescriptions are completely ignored. Why? Keynesian economists’ answer: “neoliberal ideology,” which they trace back to President Reagan. Continue reading

Media spies put all journalists in danger

The increasing tendency of the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies to disregard previous prohibitions against the use of journalists as agents puts every legitimate reporter around the world in jeopardy. Continue reading