Rebuilding and expanding the North American relationship

A major priority for Canada’s new prime minister is to reset the relationships with both the U.S. and Mexico. There is a real opportunity for all three countries to recommit to building a North American community. This includes expanding political, security and economic cooperation, as well as greater coordination on issues such as energy and the environment. Further deepening Canada-Mexico ties is one of the keys to strengthening continental relations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which builds on the commitments of NAFTA could also help take North American trilateral integration to the next level. Continue reading

Can Libya survive yet more US assistance?

Daesh is losing ground and income from sales of oil in both Syria and Iraq. Foreign fighters have had their wages cut by half. Under pressure from US-led coalition, Russian and Syrian regime bombs and renewed resistance from local populations, the group is eying the area around the oil-rich Libyan city of Sirte as its new “capital.” Continue reading

Upholding our values

There appears to be some confusion in official Washington circles . . . what exactly are our values? Continue reading

We need the ‘Ohio Plan’ to stop the ‘strip & flip’ of American elections

As the 2016 election approaches, we must remember that our electronic voting system as it currently stands is thoroughly rigged. The entire outcome can be flipped with a few late night keystrokes, as was done in Ohio 2004. Continue reading

Major catastrophe: Major media problem

On Oct. 23, Southern California Gas technicians discovered a leak of methane from a failed casing on one of the pipes in its Alisa Canyon storage facility, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Flint, Michigan, and democracy

Americans are browbeaten and propagandized into believing they live in a democracy. The word democracy is bandied about with such consistent ferocity that the expression “protesting too much” comes to mind. The story of the tainted Flint, Michigan, water supply is Exhibit A in the prosecution of the American system. The sad story reveals the lie of government by and for the people. Continue reading

Let’s ask Obama to give this speech next

It's time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

Barack Obama once confessed to politics’ original sin but has yet to atone for it. He now has an opportunity to do so. Continue reading

Gaza speaks: This Is what the decade-long siege has done to us

Whenever Mariam Aljamal’s children hear the sound of thunder at night, they wet their beds. Their reaction is almost instinctive, and is shared by a large number of children throughout the Gaza Strip. Continue reading

Canada’s shame

Canadians should be hanging their heads in shame. Continue reading

Right-wing rule to the present day

Years ago, after reading a particularly biased article at The Hill, pushing unspecified Republican Party “values,” which is itself a stretch (do they really have values?), I posted a response that I do not care for right-wingers, be they Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, or Republican. The comment was not allowed to be seen by the moderators and thereafter any comment I made did not appear on their web site. Any extreme right-wing viewpoint was allowed in the comments, no matter how ridiculous or untrue, but one was not allowed to significantly differ in a leftward direction. The Hill is widely considered to be mainstream media. Continue reading

Tossing the Democratic coin: Hillary’s evolution or Bernie’s revolution

We cannot help but smile at the shrill and jingoish display of fervid patriotism that the lady from the heartland of the north, Sarah Palin, brings to American politics. A faux conservatism which is made up mostly of geriatric memories celebrating America’s past glories as center of power and influence in a unipolar world. Continue reading

Demublicans vs. Republicrats: The neo-lib-con job

We started 2016 by ending 2015 with a holiday shopping frenzy falling short of what the private profiteers needed but the public losers really didn’t, foreign policy moves to more war that the military industrial profiteers need but we don’t, and the end of the first phase of a presidential campaign that like shopping and war profits the few at cost to the many, which is hardly what we need. So what else is new? Continue reading

Chicken little was no fool!

For generations schoolchildren have been taught the folk tale of Henny Penny, a.k.a. Chicken Little, running around declaring, “The sky is falling.” The sky never was falling and Chicken Little was made a fool . . . until the sky indeed did begin falling . . . and no one believed Chicken Little . . . until of course it was too late. Such is the case in our current state of affairs here in Amerika 2016. For years many astute writers have warned us about this Military Industrial Empire . . . and only a minority of Americans would listen. Ever wonder why? Continue reading

The populist revolution: Bernie and beyond

The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader in the UK, to Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the Republican polls, to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong challenge to Hillary Clinton—contenders with their fingers on the popular pulse are surging ahead of their establishment rivals. Continue reading

Faking history is a form of burning books

Written by Eugene Pottier in 1871, “The Internationale,” is the anthem of socialists, communists, anarchists, and social democrats. Anti-fascist Republicans sang it during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Continue reading

Money men say, voters move over, it’s not your election!

David Brooks is a worried man. Continue reading

Sarah Palin’s quixotic quest for relevance

She’s back and tightly holding Donald Trump’s coattails. Continue reading

Circus politics: Will our freedoms survive another presidential election?

Adding yet another layer of farce to an already comical spectacle, the 2016 presidential election has been given its own reality show. Presented by Showtime, The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth will follow the various presidential candidates from now until Election Day. Continue reading

Intrepid Report will resume publishing Monday

The cornea transplant is a success. The eye is better than it has been in more than a year. So now it’s time to get back to work. Continue reading

Another interruption in publishing

I am scheduled to undergo a cornea transplant Monday. Continue reading

War fraud: The great lies behind imperial warfare in the 21st century

The “War On Terror” and “The War On Drugs” are both fraudulent, and they are both related. In a classic example of “reverse projection”, ”the War on Terror” is literally a “War for Terror,” and the “War on Drugs” is literally a “War for Drugs.” Continue reading

Who will shed tears for the thousands of children killed at the hands of the U.S.?

It was interesting watching President Obama giving his address on gun control on Tuesday. He seemed legitimately moved to tears, especially when referring to the 20 children gunned down and killed in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. The killing of these babies brings all of us to tears that their lives were taken from them before they had an opportunity to live them. Continue reading

Obama’s indifference to violence and human suffering

America is the greatest purveyor of violence in world history. No other regime ever matched its barbarity on a global scale over a longer duration, its contempt for human rights and welfare. Continue reading

Pfizer: We’re aren’t paying no stinking taxes

You would think the drug company that made the best selling drug in the world—Lipitor—and the blockbuster Viagra would appreciate the country and patients who have been so good to it. You’d be wrong. Continue reading

Palestine after Abbas: The future of a people at stake

Although intended to inspire his Fatah Party followers, a televised speech by Mahmoud Abbas on the 51st Anniversary of the group’s launch highlighted, instead, the unprecedented crisis that continues to wreak havoc on the Palestinian people. Not only did Abbas sound defensive and lacking in any serious or new initiatives, but his ultimate intention appeared as if it was about his political survival, and nothing else. Continue reading

Is Pennsylvania the center of the pedophile mafia?

If the pedophile mafia operating at the highest echelons of the United States government had a central state, it might as well be Pennsylvania. Not only have Republicans and Democrats in the state banded together to unseat Pennsylvania’s first female and Democratic Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, who has been undauntedly persistent in her attempt to rid the state of pedophile enablers, but they have rolled over and permitted convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to receive a $211,000 check for his withheld state pension from his conviction for child molestation. Six percent interest was added by a state court that ruled the state Pension Forfeiture Act was improperly applied to Sandusky in 2012 after he was convicted of sexually molesting 10 boys. Sandusky’s monthly state pension of $4,900 a month will also resume this month. Continue reading

Black and blonde

Nowadays, the United States exports almost nothing but weapons, noises, images and attitudes, and among the last, the black ghetto, keeping it real, thug, gangsta life is being gobbled up eagerly by millions all over, from Jakarta to Istanbul, to Berlin. White, yellow or brown, many pose enthusiastically as dwellers of the American black ghetto. Continue reading

Playing the government’s game: When it comes to violence, we all lose

Yes, the government is corrupt. Continue reading

Listening to Frank Sinatra on New Year’s Day

Like many people, when the New Year rolls around, I think of turning over a new leaf. The problem with doing that, especially in New England, is that it’s hard to find one. Nothing grows in this cold climate at this time of year, except old habits. You can turn them over but they’re still aged without a bit of green newness anywhere. Continue reading

An open letter to young Muslims everywhere: The seed of triumph is in every adversity

When I was a little boy, I used to dream of being reborn outside the hardship of the Refugee Camp in Gaza, in some other time and place where there were no soldiers, no military occupation, no concentration camps and no daily grind—where my father fought for our very survival, and my mother toiled to balance out the humiliation of life with her enduring love. Continue reading

A crisis worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins begin

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US. Poverty also kills. Continue reading

New Year market turmoil

Will 2016 be the year the artificially stimulated US economic house of cards collapses? It’s long overdue. What can’t go on forever, won’t. Markets levitate only for so long. Day of reckoning time inevitably arrives. Continue reading