Freedom Rider: The New York Times covers up American role in refugee suffering

The New York Times is called the newspaper of record for good reason. It chronicles what the powerful and well-connected think and do and it is able to because it colludes with them on a regular basis. The Times can boast of some good reporting, but it generally falls short when asked to take on the task of scrutinizing United States foreign policy. Continue reading

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

A terrible tragedy happened. Our hearts are with the victims’ families. Never mind the so-called terrorist chatter, as yet no one knows for sure what caused Metrojet Flight 9268 to crash in the Sinai desert but, because of Britain’s haste to reach conclusions even before the results of the investigation are known, the world has been indoctrinated with possibilities, probabilities and unproven theories. Continue reading

The creeping privatization of the U.S. Postal Service

One of the arguments against the Republican Party’s objective to privatize the U.S. Postal Service is that postal rates would skyrocket for those least able to afford them. The record has shown that in every country where the postal service has been privatized there has been the same result: increased prices and a decline in service. Continue reading

Democratic socialism

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders, a “democratic socialist”, for the US presidency has produced an unprecedented barrage of discussion in the American media about just what is this thing called “socialism”. Most of the discussion centers around the question of government ownership and control of the economy versus private ownership and control. This is, of course, a very old question; the meat and potatoes of the Cold War ideological competition. Continue reading

Prized Singapore

Recently, I flew to Singapore to participate in its Writers’ Festival. The Lufthansa captain bade us goodbye, “We wish you a successful stay in Singapore.” Continue reading

Snuggling up to celebrities is not part of journalism training

One of the basic tenets of journalism ethics and practices is that reporters must keep their distance from news sources. Continue reading

US increasing troop strength in Europe

US policies are consistent, the greatest ever threat to world peace and stability, verboten notions, endless wars prioritized. Continue reading

The ‘war on terror’ is the hoax foundation of the police/spy state

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media. Continue reading

Deep State’s elephants in the sky

Seems amazing . . . then again, who wants to think about being sprayed with even more sinister pesticides than most bugs? Anyone cozy with thinking Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering (“chemtrails”) are simple water vapor (contrails), and brave enough to face potentially hazardous elevation of, primarily, aluminum and barium in their body . . . submit a hair sample for analysis. Micrograms of awareness are worth more than all the denial in the world. Continue reading

Nightmarish TPP text revealed

TPP now revealed in full is one of the latest examples of how fascists running things in Washington harm public welfare and safety—in bed with predatory monied interests exclusively. Theirs alone matter. Continue reading

The neoliberal engineering of gender and social acceptance

Culturally engineered humans are being produced to meet the design specifications of the neoliberal capitalist system. Those specifications call for the production of psychologically modified individuals to view human and non-human life like the stock that is traded on Japan’s Nikkei or the New York Stock Exchange. Concepts such as emotion, gender, ethics, morals, sex, religion, living, dying, war, soul, spirit or work are relevant only in as much as they have value to capital. More importantly, such individuals must be made to believe that their worth, and their “meaning in the universal scheme of things,” is as human capital, as living tradable stock, nothing more. Continue reading

‘We are a nation of laws!!’

Often, while scrolling through Facebook, I come upon comments made by well-meaning, caring people. “What they’re doing is illegal”; “They are breaking international law”; “They are creating a humanitarian crisis”; “Oh my God, they’re killing children,” etc. Continue reading

Henoko takes on U.S. imperialism

OKINAWA—Around one hundred and fifty Japanese protesters gathered to stop construction trucks from entering the U.S. base ‘Camp Schwab’, after the Ministry of Land overruled the local governor’s decision to revoke permission for construction plans, criticizing the “mainland-centric” Japanese government of compromising the environmental, health and safety interests of the Islanders. Continue reading

Becoming neorealism

One summer a small incident occurred on a visit to my village home that now comes to mind as I write of “neorealism.” After lunch in the courtyard, a man in his sixties appeared, out of nowhere it seemed, decorously clad in a black, over-sized suit and white shirt unbuttoned at the neck. Wordlessly he bowed, smiled, and proceeded to pick off or deadhead the red flowers from the potted geraniums, scattered around the courtyard. “Who is he?’ I asked one of my aunts. “We don’t know,” she said. “He’s been here since the end of the war. He’s harmless. He picks only red flowers.” Nothing more could be got out of her beyond an apologetic shrug. Continue reading

Building a colossal capital city for Andhra Pradesh, India, would destroy its rice bowl

We can’t eat money

A farmer who sold his land declares innocently, “My one acre land which was 10 lakhs [$15,135 US] previously is worth a crore [$151,356 US) . . .” Continue reading

Another 9/11-related ‘suicide’

Although former Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Coleman had primary responsibility at the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Manhattan for white collar crime, especially that committed within the concrete canyons of Wall Street, his tenure in New York would have placed him front and center in the Justice Department’s investigation of suspicious stock “puts” on the stocks of United and American Airlines before the 9/11 attack. Continue reading

Another phony payroll jobs number

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the US economy created 271,000 jobs in October, a number substantially in excess of the expected 175,000 to 190,000 jobs. The unexpected job gain has dropped the unemployment rate to 5 percent. These two numbers will be the focus of the financial media presstitutes. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Americans are poor

Americans are perhaps the most deluded people in the world. Facts are habitually ignored in favor of wishful thinking. Fantasies are created by white supremacy and the ruling classes in order to minimize the numbers of people willing to point out that the emperor has no clothes. One of the most pernicious false beliefs is the statement “America is a rich country.” Continue reading

Co-existence with apartheid? J K Rowling owes Palestinians an apology, not an explanation

There is a possibility that you have heard of the famed British author, J K Rowling, writer of the popular fantasy series ‘Harry Potter.’ While I knew of her books–through my teenage kids, I knew little about the author herself, until recently. Continue reading

The suspicious downing of Metrojet Airbus A321-200

The explosion and crash of Russian Metrojet Airbus A321-200 over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula raises ominous new questions. There are going to be numerous theories bandied about in the course of another long international “investigation,” accompanied with endless political spin from all sides. Continue reading

Mass migration pre-planned as a soft power weapon in 2000 U.S. intelligence report

A December 2000 U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) report, written by the council’s Strategic Futures Group, outlines the use of coerced migrants as a U.S. soft power option. The present migrant crisis in Europe is a direct result of the implementation of mass migration as a U.S. soft weapon arising from American support for the Islamist destabilization of Syria, Libya, Iraq, and other countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Continue reading

Former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds is boiling over former House Speaker Hastert’s plea deal

Launches campaign to blow the cover off the cover-up

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, founder of Boiling Frogs Post, is boiling mad these days and has launched a campaign to blow the cover off the cover-up of powerful criminals, including pedophiles, operating at the highest levels of the United States government. The ACLU” calls her a “silenced patriot.” Continue reading

Moscow’s and Washington’s contradictory strategies in fighting terrorism in the Middle East

The decision by Russia (September 30) to send its jet fighters to bomb terrorists in Syria and its alliance with Iran and Iraq to share intelligence information about terrorism has surprised Washington which tactically altered its grand design for the Middle East. Logically, such a decision should be a welcome development for Washington. Instead, Washington has strongly denounced Russia and has presented its attempt as a threat to U.S. interests in the region. Continue reading

When the rich took over our neighborhood

The Chinese restaurant across the street from me—one of the last, reasonably priced joints in the neighborhood—closed last weekend. Their lease was up for renewal and the rent increased from $5,000 a month to $25,000. Continue reading

Irresponsibly calling Russia America’s greatest threat

Shameless fear-mongering along with bashing independent countries and their leaders is longstanding US practice. Russophobia rages out-of-control in America. Propaganda substitutes for hard truths. Continue reading

Corporate pot goes down in Ohio

Official vote counts in Ohio indicate a major defeat for the nation’s first corporate-sponsored marijuana legalization referendum. Continue reading

The real issues you won’t hear from the 2016 presidential candidates this election year

The countdown has begun. Continue reading

‘Papers, please’ is un-American

When police in Corinth, Texas, stopped Dorothy Bland to caution her against walking on the right side of the street (she was out to get some exercise with a “power walk”), Bland—a former newspaper editor and current dean of the University of Texas’s Mayborn School of Journalism—felt that she had been racially profiled and said so from the bully pulpit of a column for the Dallas Morning News. Continue reading

Where are the Syrians?

Call me old-fashioned, but I can’t help feeling that when a country’s future is being discussed those directly impacted should have a place at the table, nay at the head of the table. Instead, this ancient Arab heartland is being treated like a plaything by foreign powers. Continue reading

‘Even war has rules,’ said Doctors Without Borders head Dr. Joanne Liu

That’s the problem, the acceptance of such degeneracy as representing something called civilization. How about rules of rape? Rules of child molesting? Or worst of all for some people, rules of animal cruelty? Continue reading

America’s $43 million Afghan gas station

Remember earlier reports about $7,600 coffee makers, $640 toilet seats, $436 dollar hammers and numerous other US military items, including hugely overpriced weapons systems, some of which were never used or don’t work? Continue reading

Justin Trudeau: Start of a Canadian legend

Canada has just lived through a fairytale decade, complete with evil jinn and youthful hero. Think of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” starring youthful naif, Justin Trudeau, and the giant raining evil down on Canadaland from the clouds, Stephen Harper. Justin bravely climbs the slippery, perilous political ladder to fight the giant . . . and wins against all odds, saving his humble home from the jinn. Continue reading