Trump’s art of the no deal

Trump promised to be America’s dealmaker in chief, touting his “extraordinary” ability to negotiate. But so far—whether he’s dealing with foreign governments or with Congress—Trump has shown that he can’t make a deal. Continue reading

The power of the delayed response

Camus on how the Resistance found its footing

We have now had thousands of children ripped from their parents and caged in our names as Americans, state sponsored kidnapping and child abuse, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders is upset because she was asked to leave a restaurant. She was politely asked to leave because the staff was uncomfortable serving an accomplice to child abuse. Continue reading

Justice Kennedy’s retirement assures greater injustice in America

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective end of July. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: No protest for black people

Donald Trump is certainly a motivator for white liberals. That group was quiescent when other presidents committed human rights abuses and war crimes, but they spring into action when Trump does something they don’t like. Continue reading

America’s moral angst

For all those who in 2016 closed their eyes, held their noses and took a leap into the unknown by voting for Donald Trump, it is time to pry open those eyelids, gaze upon what they have wrought, and smell the decay pervading the country’s public sphere. And indeed, it seems that growing numbers have, rather belatedly, noticed the signs of moral degeneracy coming from the Oval Office. What took them so long? Continue reading

Ten years

Ten years ago, my sister Laura and I were in Greenwich Village at a restaurant near Washington Square Park. We stood all afternoon, hopped up at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade. Continue reading

The U.S. is ruled by the worst among us

Is it possible for the human race to evolve beyond war, extreme income inequality, corporate money’s control of political systems, and other anti-democratic trends? Some people say even hoping for such evolution is too idealistic, even impossible. Others have said if humanity doesn’t evolve it will soon self-destruct. Martin Luther King once said society has to begin to either “love or perish.” Continue reading

Abortion rights about to end and why it should concern you

With the retirement of Justice Kennedy from the Supreme Court, abortion rights are about to end, said Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s judicial watcher, this morning. President Trump, bowing to his glassy-eyed religious right minions, will appoint a replacement justice who will vote to abort Roe v. Wade at the earliest opportunity. Continue reading

Did Israel inspire Trump’s family separation policy?

This past May, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, which placed them in cage-like facilities. Continue reading

Did the U.S. Supreme Court just nullify the U.S. Constitution?

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 majority decision in the landmark case of “Trump v. Hawaii”, about President Trump’s commonly misnamed ‘Muslim ban.’ This decision probably established a new precedent: that national security is an interest that overrides the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

The danger is real: We need a new Declaration of Independence for modern times

Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. Continue reading

Four of the FIVE EYES blocking intelligence sharing with US

Four of the five signals intelligence members of the FIVE EYES alliance are increasing their use of special handling caveats to deny intelligence to the United States—the fifth member of the grouping. According to intelligence community insiders, the presence of certain individuals within the Trump administration has resulted in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, known as “Second Parties” to the Five Eyes partnership, embargoing critical intelligence sharing with Washington. These second parties fear their sensitive intelligence could be compromised to a number of hostile and non-trusted intelligence powers with ties into the White House. These include Israel, Russia, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine. Continue reading

Did the CDC cause the West African Ebola pandemic?

For years now Liberian journalists have been digging into how the Centers for Disease Control based in the USA was at the epicenter of how the Ebola virus suddenly appeared in the West African country of Liberia in 2014. Continue reading

Supreme Court approves fascist assault on Buddhists, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Japanese-Americans, whoever . . . prepare for your very own concentration cam

The US Supreme Court has approved Donald Trump’s presumed dictatorial power to ban and imprison any would-be immigrant group he does not like. Continue reading

Poverty and deprivation in America

America is a land of extremes—unprecedented wealth enjoyed by a privileged few contrasted with deep poverty because of neoliberal harshness, bipartisan force-fed austerity, grievously harming the nation’s most vulnerable. Continue reading

The persecution of Julian Assange proves that Western values no longer exist

The Western world never ceases to speak of its “democratic values.” In Western political theory, the way democracy works is by free speech and a free press. By speaking out, citizens and media keep the government accountable. Continue reading

Why do they flee?

The current mass exodus of people from Central America to the United States, with the daily headline-grabbing stories of numerous children involuntarily separated from their parents, means it’s time to remind my readers once again of one of the primary causes of these periodic mass migrations. Continue reading

Profiting from child kidnapping: Grotesque Obnoxious Profiteers (GOP) to the ‘rescue’

The Trump administration, showing no inclination to reunite children separated from their asylum-seeking parents at the U.S. border, decided to farm out kidnapped youngsters to for-profit detention centers across the United States. The firms that are receiving Trump administration contracts to house children under mentally and physically harmful circumstances have donated generously to Republican coffers. Continue reading

Middle East peace plan doesn’t ring true

US strategy to declare Gaza a mini-state cut off from West Bank is aimed at protecting Israeli demographic interests

The US administration’s peace team, led by Jewish colony funders Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, has recently held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as the leaders of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, hoping to pave the way for the implementation of President Trump’s mysterious peace plan. Continue reading

Trump bashing ignores what’s most important

Make no mistake. Trump is a rogue actor, a despicable character, serving his privileged class exclusively at the expense of most others, the nation’s least advantaged harmed most by his hostile agenda, besides unspeakable horrors inflicted on countless millions abroad. Continue reading

Resisting war by fostering education and creating local cooperatives in Afghanistan

Writing this week for the Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman called a U.S. government report on the war in Afghanistan “a chronicle of futility.” “The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction” report says the U.S. spent large sums “in search of quick gains” in regional stabilization—but these instead “exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption and bolstered support for insurgents.” Continue reading

Plan Colombia Version 2.0

The election of Colombian narcotics syndicate- and death squad-linked Ivan Duque as president of Colombia will herald the second run of the Pentagon’s and Central Intelligence Agency’s discredited “Plan Colombia.” Plan Colombia saw the systematic murder of farm workers, labor activists, and indigenous peoples by Colombian right-wing paramilitary units like the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and Twelve Apostles, both linked to both former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and the Medellin drug cartel. Continue reading

Trump wants US social safety net programs gutted

Trump’s extremist agenda is hostile to what equitable societies cherish. Continue reading

The Trump takeover of the courts

Trump’s most lasting legacy might be his impact on the federal court system. It must be stopped. Continue reading

The entire Western world lives in cognitive dissonance

In this column I am going to use three of the current top news stories to illustrate the disconnect that is everywhere in the Western mind. Continue reading

Big Oil’s man in foreign policy

The Koch brothers are really getting their money's worth from Trump's secretary of state.

The Koch brothers’ extremist political agenda of empowering multinational corporations to reign as sovereigns has always been inextricably entwined with the profiteering agenda of their wholly-owned, $100-billion-a-year industrial conglomerate. Continue reading

Trump regime plans new concentration camps for unwanted aliens

Hundreds of thousands of unwanted immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are arrested and detained under horrific conditions in America annually. Continue reading

The persistent myth of US precision bombing

In my recent report on the death toll in America’s post-9/11 wars, I estimated that about 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion and hostile military occupation of their country. But opinion polls in the United States and the United Kingdom have found that a majority of the public in both countries believe that no more than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed. Continue reading

Slow suicide and the abandonment of the world

Most suicides die of natural causes, slowly and in silence. Continue reading

Questions about a popular antibiotic class

Antibiotics, once considered benign drugs, are raising new and disturbing questions. Excessive medical and agricultural use of antibiotics is now clearly linked to antibiotic-resistant microbes or superbugs. Worse, antibiotics are now known to have negative effects on the microbiome, sometimes called the body’s second brain, contributing to obesity, diabetes and problems with mood. Continue reading

Trump’s mean boy nation

Our “I alone can fix it” president has gotten us in another fix, all right. Continue reading

Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims

President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy stands to create a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs. Continue reading