Why Russia bashing is so intense

Russia and China are the only nations able to challenge America’s hegemonic agenda effectively, strategically allied, supporting each other politically, economically and militarily—a formidable anti-new world order force. Continue reading

The convoluted discourse: Was the Women’s Boat to Gaza an existential threat?

The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. Continue reading

Obscured American: B.B. the bartender

The flame-like tree and yellow stars from Van Gogh’s Starry Night burn on B.B.’s right shoulder. Blonde, slim and 33, she bartends at Friendly Lounge twice a week. She calls everyone “darling,” as in, “Are you good, darling? You need another one?” Continue reading

Hillary Clinton, the Queen of Flip-Floppery, on genocide

Few people can honestly dispute that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) is the Queen of Flip-Floppery and that her flip-flop record is lengthy: the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Cuban embargo, Keystone oil pipeline, sanctuary cities, same-sex marriage, charter schools, and more. Continue reading

Eritrea, the African Cuba

Eritrea is the African Cuba with the similarities between the two small, revolutionary, socialist countries almost too many to list. To start with Cuba is the only country in Latin America to come to power by the armed struggle just as Eritrea is the only country in Africa to come to power at the barrel of a gun. Continue reading

At second debate, a monster calls

If there was the tiniest doubt left in your mind that Donald Trump holds no regard for the principles and ideals of a representative democracy—or that he views this country as anything more than a podium for his grandstanding ego, base dictatorial instincts and gutter mentality—Sunday night’s debate should have shot that shred of doubt straight to hell. Continue reading

Report: Privatization drives inequality

A new study outlines the negative impact of contracting public services to private companies.

I am one of those tiresome academics who has repeatedly criticized so-called privatization of government functions. I say “so-called” because what Americans call privatization is no such thing. Actual privatization would require government to sell off or otherwise abandon a particular activity, and let the private sector handle it, much like Margaret Thatcher selling England’s steel mills to private-sector interests. Continue reading

The ubiquity of joy and poetry

Is it really so strange to speak, to write about the so-called ubiquity of joy, to assert that in fact joy is everywhere to behold in a world rife with poverty, warfare, deceit and the man-made destruction of the biosphere? Continue reading

One-sided scoundrel media reporting on Aleppo

A brief Google search showed deplorable one-sided scoundrel media reports on Saturday’s Security Council session, focused on Aleppo. Continue reading

Court rejects Dakota Access injunction, but Standing Rock Sioux vow ‘this is not the end’

'This ruling puts 17 million people who rely on the Missouri River at serious risk'

A U.S. federal court of appeals ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe late Sunday evening and denied its request for an emergency injunction against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Continue reading

Television the enabler

How the medium that created the GOP nominee is undermining his campaign.

There are all sorts of lessons to be drawn from Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” video. This is the one I draw because I think it speaks most forcefully to the Trump media barrage: a candidacy launched by television has now most likely come undone thanks to television, particularly one aspect of television—its macho culture. Continue reading

A correspondence on hope: Letters between a student and a professor

“When it was dark, you always carried the sun in your hand for me.” Continue reading

Boots on the ground for public schools

In the midst of a presidential campaign circus, parents and teachers try to put the focus on state lawmakers—and kids.

The shoulder on Highway 9D between Garrison and Cold Spring, New York, is nearly nonexistent in places, and if you attempt to walk side-by-side your pant leg will get covered in burrs. Continue reading

US-supported Saudi terror-bombing incident massacres hundreds in Yemen

Yemen is Obama’s war like all other regional conflicts, others elsewhere—solely to advance America’s imperium, the cost in human lives and vast destruction of no consequence. Continue reading

Fracking industry’s new plan? Prosecute those who push drilling bans

As communities seek to protect themselves from toxic drilling, Pennsylvania industry group mulls statute to deter such ordinances

“Drained” from taking local municipalities to court over fracking bans, a fossil fuel industry group is now considering charging local officials who suggest such prohibitions with criminal prosecution, new reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed last Tuesday. Continue reading

Peres was no saint in his earlier years

World leaders rushed to Jerusalem to pay their last respects to former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93. American President Barack Obama eulogized Peres with the following soliloquy about his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate: “I would be the 10th U.S. President since John F. Kennedy to sit down with Shimon; the 10th to fall prey to his charms.” Continue reading

Surveillance isn’t colorblind

Rapidly developing technology exposes communities of color to near-constant surveillance and over-policing.

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr.—all under the veil of proper legal process. Today, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security spy on Black Lives Matter activists under the guise of “counterterrorism” and “situational awareness.” Continue reading

Obscured American: Amanda Zinoman the film editor

Yes, it is a bit odd to include Amanda in my series of obscured Americans. She is a very successful editor of films that have appeared on television and in theaters. Her credits include Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (1994), Carmen Miranda: Bananas is my Business (1994), The Lost Children of Rockdale County (1999), Drinking Apart (2000), The Last Jews of Libya (2007) and Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011). Continue reading

The ‘exception to the rulers’

Below is a letter written by Eva Bartlett, Canadian journalist, who has journeyed to Syria on numerous occasions, including this past July and August. Eva is responding to a Democracy Now (DN) program several days ago in which Amy Goodman focused on Syria. Amy’s star guest was Yasser Munif, an assistant professor at Emerson College in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Israel’s Nuclear Man: Shimon Peres, a brand without substance

Former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres was a very successful brand. He was presented to the world as stately, wise, a relentless advocate of peace, and a sane voice amidst a conflict deemed senseless and unending. Continue reading

Police shootings: Law, policy, and accountability

From amongst themselves, the people of the United States have empowered some of their members to enforce their laws and to police their society, but things have gone terribly awry. The police are killing those they are sworn to protect and they themselves are becoming the target of public anger over racial inequality and discrimination. Video images of recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by the mass murder of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, apparently in response to these shootings. Continue reading

The class dynamics in the rise of Donald Trump

Why the Establishment voices stigmatize the white working class as racist and xenophobic

The powerful establishment interests vested in the continuation of the status quo and, therefore, the election of Hillary Clinton, have created a campaign narrative that tends to stereotype and stigmatize the white working class as racist, sexist and xenophobic. This was most colorfully expressed recently by Clinton herself when in an unguarded moment before her wealthy donors in Manhattan she stated that half of all Trump supporters consisted of a “basket of deplorables.” Those backing Trump, she continued, were “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.” Continue reading

Where’s our alt-left? Serving our center-right

With daily bulletins from consciousness control informing us of the dangers of electing a textbook capitalist as president while daily news of textbook capitalism’s increasing dangers to humanity go unreported, it is long past time for an “alt-left” to balance the “alt-right” which seems to represent the only organized critical voice in American politics. Continue reading

Americans’ 2016 choices: Lesser-Able and Lesser-Evil

Once again, the quadrennial apparition has reached the dreaded countdown to political ignominy, placing American democracy on trial once again . . . yet quickly dismissing the charges, letting the political circus continue with its three-ring democracy made up of a dangerous quasi-autocratic executive, a corrupt special-interests Congress, and an ugly, politically tainted judiciary. But in 2016, the choice of whether to reelect Lesser-Evil for the umpteenth time might be looking at Evil as a new candidate: Lesser-Able. Continue reading

Neocon Washington Post urges escalated US War on Syria

In March 2011, America launched proxy war on Syria, raping a nonbelligerent country, using ISIS and other terrorist fighters as imperial foot soldiers—Pentagon warplanes supporting them. Continue reading

You call that a debate?

Well, that was depressing. Continue reading

Massage therapists and manicurists need training—but not gun carriers?

‘No Training’ laws make gun carriers even more dangerous to the public.

It happened at least three times in Walmarts in the last few years—gun accidents. In 2014, a woman was killed in an Idaho Walmart when her two-year-old reached into her purse and retrieved her gun. People who knew the woman said she did not “carry” for self-defense but because it was her “right.” Continue reading

‘Welcome, my friend! How can I help you?’

Back when I was a boy in the 1950s, my parents would occasionally stop at a Marenisco, Michigan tavern called “My Friend’s Place” while traveling to or from our family’s summer cottage on nearby Lake Gogebic. Continue reading

Enough of CIA’s ‘Enough Project’ in Africa

Enough of the CIA’s “Enough Project” in Africa. With Hollywood superstar George Clooney as it’s talking head, EP, as it is known, was founded by senior US Intel “spook” Gayle Smith, former senior director of the National Security Council under President Obama and now head of the USAID/CIA. Continue reading

‘Shameful’: Yahoo spied on email customers at government’s request

Rights groups said the news proves 'the failure of U.S. government reforms to curb NSA's tendency to try and indiscriminately vacuum up the world's data.'

In an astounding and “unprecedented” new account of U.S. government surveillance, Reuters reported Tuesday that Yahoo secretly scanned all of its customer’s incoming emails for a specific set of characters, per request of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI. Continue reading

Humanity’s most urgent priority: Defeating the scourge of US imperialism

America’s long term plan for unchallenged global dominance is humanity’s greatest threat—naked aggression its main strategy of choice, raping one country after another on the phony pretexts of waging war on terrorism and humanitarian intervention. Continue reading

All the ways you can comply and still die during an encounter with police

How do you protect yourself from flying fists, choking hands, disabling electrified darts and killing bullets? Continue reading