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Benjamin Netanyahu, Penguins And The United Nations

Benjamin Netanyahu, Penguins And The United Nations

“That’s why Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple: Change it or cancel it. Fix it or nix it.” Benjamin Netanyahu, UN General Assembly Address, 2017 While he is very much the traditional politician, whose sheen has been corrupted, whose approach to policy merits suspicion, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu was happy with US President Donald Trump.  Trump[Read More…]

How Do They Sleep At Night? Part I & II

How Do They Sleep At Night? Part I & II

Part 1* “The problem with Israel thus is not a policy here or there, but its overall strategy that has not changed since 1948 and is as cruel, and far more effective, than some of the ethnic cleansers now in action elsewhere in the  Middle East and in the world as a whole.” Ilan Pappé and  Samer Jaber The nature[Read More…]

Brexiting Hard: Boris Johnson Goes To War

Brexiting Hard: Boris Johnson Goes To War

The Times was none too pleased, riled and concerned. Contributors to The Spectator were wondering whether an imminent implosion was about to take place.  Who would profit from this act of suicide, this ritual of Tory party cannibalism?  The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, naturally. The Tories, Britain’s drivers of Brexit, have gone from trouble to potential disaster. It all came[Read More…]

Fears Of Nuclear War Grow After Trump’s Threat To Annihilate North Korea

Fears Of Nuclear War Grow After Trump’s Threat To Annihilate North Korea

US President Donald Trump’s fascistic tirade at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, in which he declared Washington “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy North Korea,” shocked and horrified people around the world yesterday. The North Korean regime’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned that it might now attack US targets if it detects that US[Read More…]

President Trump’s Bluster At The United Nations

President Trump’s Bluster At The United Nations

Donald Trump’s appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency. If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales of laughter. Instead, they countered his bluster not only against North Korea and Iran but also against the UN body as a[Read More…]

More Than 140 Dead And Counting As A Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Rocks Mexico City

More Than 140 Dead And Counting As A Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Rocks Mexico City

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Mexico City megalopolis at 1:14 in the afternoon on Tuesday, knocking down dozens buildings, leaving large clouds of dust and smoke across the horizon. The scenes of solidarity were immediate, as thousands rushed to join rescue efforts and other disaster management tasks, such as directing appeals of aid and recue on social media, organizing[Read More…]

Snowden’s EthiopiaLeaks; Reading Between The Lines

Snowden’s EthiopiaLeaks; Reading Between The Lines

Edward Snowden’s politburo for secret documents has finally begun to release NSA files on the highly classified (and not so highly classified) activities of the USA in Ethiopia. In an article in The Intercept by veteran Horn of Africa journalist Nick Turse we find the latest chapter of another long awaited expose of the role of Pax Americana in Ethiopia.[Read More…]

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become A UN Security Council Member?

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become A UN Security Council Member?

 There is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Since its establishment atop the ruins of Palestinian cities and villages in 1948, Israel has had the most precarious relationship with the world’s largest international body. It has desperately sought to be legitimized by the UN, while it has[Read More…]

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum. The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull[Read More…]

Ku Klux Klan

How Netanyahu’s Son Became The Poster Boy For White Supremacists

  Nazareth: The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. Last week these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described 27-year-old Yair Netanyahu as “awesome” and “a total bro” for posting a grossly anti-semitic image on social media. It[Read More…]

Donald Trump At The UN

Donald Trump At The UN

It seems to have reached a point of near exhaustion. What will the President of the United States do next?  The money was on some diplomatic mayhem, a series of insults, and a trashing of various aspects of the organisation some Americans regard as a world government. But Donald Trump surprised those at the United Nations with a modest tone,[Read More…]

World Hunger Increasing For The First Time In 100 Years

World Hunger Increasing For The First Time In 100 Years

The number of people suffering from malnutrition worldwide rose to 815 million in 2016, rising by 38 million from the year before. According to a new report co-signed by five United Nations agencies and charities, and made public by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAOUN) on Friday, this was the first such year-to-year increase in a century.[Read More…]

The March of Folly Jointly Led By Kim Jong-Un And Donald Trump

The March of Folly Jointly Led By Kim Jong-Un And Donald Trump

The crisis over North Korea’s reckless but successful pursuit of nuclear- weapon capability and the misguided response thereto by the United States (US) is taking the world nearer to an unnecessary and perfectly avoidable catastrophe. Let us see where we are, why we are there, and how we can get out of the mess. The coverage in the international media[Read More…]

The Blue Whale Challenge

The Blue Whale Challenge

Blue Whale Challenge has now become the grist for the gossip mill, the tech savvy adolescents are often seen ruminating about the same and many of them even try to download this rumoured deadly suicide game from the play store application of their smart phones. Little do they know that it exists only in closed groups and private message conversations.[Read More…]

Australian Pro-Zionist PM Turnbull’s Jewish Heritage Means He May Be Ineligible To be An MP

Australian Pro-Zionist PM Turnbull’s Jewish Heritage Means He May Be Ineligible To be An MP

Australia is second only to Trump America as a supporter of Apartheid Israel. 7 non-Jewish MPs but not 6 Jewish MPs have been referred to the High Court over Section 44 of the Australian Constitution that makes politicians ineligible to be MPs if they have not renounced entitlement to or actual citizenship of a foreign country. However Australia’s pro-Zionist PM[Read More…]

People Protest In St. Louis, Labor Protest In France And A Few Questions

People Protest In St. Louis, Labor Protest In France And A Few Questions

Incidents in St. Louis in the US are not exception in US social scene. Labor regularly protests against anti-labor measures in France. People gathered near the courthouse in St. Louis to protest a court ruling on September 15. Hundreds of people took part in the massive protest. At night, protesters blocked highways, damaged public and private property, broke windows, threw[Read More…]

The CIA Wins: Harvard, Chelsea Manning And Visiting Fellowships

The CIA Wins: Harvard, Chelsea Manning And Visiting Fellowships

It all began with an announcement, made public on the website of the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Chelsea Manning would be joining a curious array of Visiting Fellows, including Mr Disaster, Robby Mook, and Sean Bumbling Spicer.  (Manning, Spicer and Mook has a curious ring to it, the name, perhaps, of an error-prone debt recovery agency.)[Read More…]

Manning At Harvard: The Fears of Veritas

Manning At Harvard: The Fears of Veritas

“I have an obligation to my conscience – and I believe to the country – to stand up against any efforts to justify leaks of sensitive national security information.” Michael Morrell, former Deputy Director, CIA, Sep 14, 2017 Michael Morrell could barely stomach the revelation, which tormented him like indigestible gruel. Chelsea Manning was coming to Harvard’s Institute of Politics. [Read More…]

The Relevance Of International Day Of Democracy

The Relevance Of International Day Of Democracy

  Few might know that UN observes international day of democracy on 15 September which was started in 2007 by a resolution in general assembly. All the UN member states are expected to observe this day. The 2017 theme of this day is ‘ Democracy and Conflict prevention’. It focusses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote[Read More…]

Damaging Damages: Rebel Wilson’s Defamation Case

Damaging Damages: Rebel Wilson’s Defamation Case

There is very little to be gained pondering whether celebrity journalism should be protected with the zeal that some of its advocates do.  A person with the dirt-directed fanaticism of a Piers Morgan is not to be treasured and his court losses in defamation actions have, at times, warranted jubilation. But nor do the victors – in one notable case,[Read More…]

Remembering Ebrahim Yazdi

Remembering Ebrahim Yazdi

[Prefatory Note: I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Yazdi, a pharmologist living in Houston until the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, for the last 35 years of his life. A close associate of Ayatollah Khomeini, Dr. Yazdi became Foreign Minister in the Interim Government established immediately after the revolution succeeded, but resigned following the seizure of the American Embassy in[Read More…]

Please Sign This Petition. I Desperately Need Help!

Please Sign This Petition. I Desperately Need Help!

I need your help. It is as simple as that! I have to impress my town that this potential development is a very bad idea. So please sign your name, town, state (province, district or whatever you name it) and country in the comment section. Here’s the situation in a nutshell: Apparently, a couple with a relatively small acreage was[Read More…]

Destabilizing Egypt; Ethiopia’s Nile River Dam

Destabilizing Egypt; Ethiopia’s Nile River Dam

Ethiopia’s new “ Grand Renaissance Dam”, scheduled to be completed next year, will take close to half (40%) of the Nile River’s water every year for the next 5 years as it fills up. How is Egyptian President Al Sisi going to survive for the next 5 years without almost half the Nile’s water when the country is presently suffering[Read More…]

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Steve Bannon’s Crystal Ball: A Split In The GOP

Rarely does the virus speak so formidably to the condition he is a product of.  The soiling, devastating strategist Steve Bannon, despite exiting the Trump administration, remains within it (symbolically at least), moving about with effect and influence. But it is a legacy of mixed curses that bodes ill for the Republican Party. The one call he repeats with truncheon[Read More…]

Three 9-11s: Satyagraha Launch (1906), Chile Coup (1973) & US False Flag (2001)

Three 9-11s: Satyagraha Launch (1906), Chile Coup (1973) & US False Flag (2001)

The world has marked the 16th anniversary of the US 9-11 atrocity in which about 3,000 people were killed. However unremarked are the 32 million Muslims killed through violence, 5 million, or deprivation, 27 million,  in the post-9-11 US War on Terror;   the 1973 US-backed Chilean Coup on 9-11 (3,000 killed, 300,000 subsequent deaths from deprivation); and the 1906 founding[Read More…]

Shooting at Hurricane Irma: The Seriousness of Humour

Shooting at Hurricane Irma: The Seriousness of Humour

It has all the ingredients of screwball stand up comedy, the necessary corrective to end-of-the-world scenarios.  “And there she was, Irma, blowing herself through the room… And I shot her.” But humour is in scant supply for authorities who have been paying attention to the relentless movements of Hurricane Irma.  Irma, who sounds like a gentle, tea sipping teetotal passing[Read More…]

Visions Of Europe: Macron In Athens

Visions Of Europe: Macron In Athens

The myth can have a greater effect than an untruth, and those who are in the business of manufacturing and building them never go out of business.  France’s President Emmanuel Macron has, for months, busily promoted a new myth: that of being European saviour, the man with healing visions and supportive panaceas, a counter weight to the toxicity of Trumpland.[Read More…]

Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

  It’s been almost one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration and we are still trying to “understand” Zionism and Jewish supremacy in Palestine. For a long time, what stood in the way of full understanding is the desire in Jewish intellectual circles on the left to fuse Zionism and Socialism in the belief that such a fusion would achieve[Read More…]

Why I Don’t Speak of 9/11 Anymore

Why I Don’t Speak of 9/11 Anymore

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, was a non-teaching day for me.  I was home when the phone rang at 9 A.M.  It was my daughter, who was on a week’s vacation with her future husband.  “Turn on the TV,” she said.  “Why?” I asked.  “Haven’t you heard?  A plane hit the World Trade Tower.” I turned the TV on and watched[Read More…]

Raymond Davis, CIA And The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden

Raymond Davis, CIA And The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden

Six weeks before the killing of Osama Bin Laden, on 16 March 2011, a CIA’s private contractor Raymond Davis, who had previously worked for Erik Prince’s infamous Blackwater security firm, was released from a prison in Lahore and was secretly flown to the US. On 27 January 2011, Raymond Davis had killed two armed men on a busy street in[Read More…]

Life Time Achievement Award To David Barsamian

Life Time Achievement Award To David Barsamian

Radical Desi is delighted to announce that it has presented Life Time Achievement Award to David Barsamian – a US based journalist for giving voice through alternative media to the oppressed communities and those fighting against repression at an event held at SFU Harbour Center on Friday evening. Those who presented the award to Barsamian included Chinmoy Banerjee, Parshotam Dosanjh[Read More…]

Trump The Terrible

Trump The Terrible

  For those living in the northern climes of our great country, the season is just beginning to change. Summer has lost its worst heat. The air smells and tastes different … like Spring except that unlike Spring, instead of freshness … there is an undertone of decay. At the end of the American century, her voice has become as[Read More…]

Taking Aim: WikiLeaks, Congress And Hostile Agencies

Taking Aim: WikiLeaks, Congress And Hostile Agencies

Various scribbles have started to pepper the conversation started by the adventurous Mike Pompeo after he branded WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence agency before the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  (This would have generated a wry smile of content from Julian Assange.) The words of the Central Intelligence Agency chief are worth retelling in their mind distorting wonder: “It’s time[Read More…]

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Cheating American Workers Out Of Their Social Security

Cheating American Workers Out Of Their Social Security

     For decades billionaire Foundations and conservative politicians have been spreading the big lie that Social Security is broke (https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/romina-boccia/social-security-going-broke).  Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels wrote, “When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it”.    The fact is that the US Government has borrowed some $3 Trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund—money now owed[Read More…]

Typical Deception By The New York Times

Typical Deception By The New York Times

Here’s a common example of authentically fake-news journalism, the type that’s pervasive in the U.S. — not something like “Saddam’s WMD,” which changed history, but the ordinary everyday type of lies by the American press, being mixed-in with truths so as not to be 100% fictitious, but just enough truths so as to gild the lily of lies that all[Read More…]

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For the third time in eight years, public sector workers in Connecticut have voted for concessions, and it is labor’s so-called friends who have hurt it the most. Photo: Gayle McDermott.

Concession Fatigue in Connecticut

Co-Written By John O’Connor and Louise Williams For the third time in eight years, public sector workers in Connecticut have voted for concessions. State employees have sacrificed a total of $7 billion to close budget deficits in 2009, 2011, and now 2017. With Connecticut existing in a perpetual state of red ink, the unions’ State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) opened[Read More…]

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A World in Which Pinochet Is Better Than Communists!

Premise: Reporting on the still unresolved abduction and murder of statesman, Aldo Moro, by the Red Brigades in 1978—or at least in their name—the current Rome occasionally left-wing investigative magazine, Espresso, reports that not only the USA but also many European leaders considered Premier Moro’s  project to bring the Italian Communist Party (PCI) into the Rome government destabilizing and of[Read More…]

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The Rohingya Genocide And Inadequate Response From Bangladesh

The Rohingya Genocide And Inadequate Response From Bangladesh

  I believe “genocide” is the right word to describe the ongoing mass killing, rape, and expropriation of Rohingyas in Mayanmar. Polish Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) first used the expression in 1943, to denote the mass killings, rapes, torture, extortions, and marginalization of Jews and others in Axis-occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. As Lemkin has defined genocide,[Read More…]

Beggars for War: The US, North Korea And Bankruptcy

Beggars for War: The US, North Korea And Bankruptcy

The statement before members of the United Nations Security Council was both brash and high strung. The US ambassador had clearly decided that firm words were needed to understand the continuing military advances of North Korea. To do so, Nikki Haley, far from the sharpest tool in the US diplomatic toolbox, hit upon what Kim Jong-un was doing: “begging for[Read More…]

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Kenya’s “Null And Void” Election

Kenya’s “Null And Void” Election

It seemed as though last months election in Kenya would be, as always, stolen fair and square. Instead a Supreme Court hand picked by the Kenyatta Royal Family revolted and for the first time in African history declared the election “null and void” and ordered a re-vote. Kenya has been ruled since independence over half a century ago by the[Read More…]

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Lacking Transparency: Israeli Drones And Australian Defence

Lacking Transparency: Israeli Drones And Australian Defence

“Give us the chance to compete, to see our capabilities, to compare, to see the benefit we can bring with our [drone] system.” Shaul Shahar, Israel Aerospace Industries Vice-President, March 2, 2017 A certain part of you should go on vacation when a drone company, certainly one dedicated to killing, gets less custom to do what it does best.  The[Read More…]

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Israel’s Justice Minister Shaked Speaks The Truth

Israel’s Justice Minister Shaked Speaks The Truth

There, said it! Zionism contradicts not only human rights but also universal justice. Zionism is above all. No less than the Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked said this at a conference organized by the Israeli Bar Association in Tel Aviv.[1] Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy call her “Israel’s Minister of Truth.”[2] Right-wing Zionist ideology negates human rights. Shaked and their[Read More…]

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Decimation Of The Left: Whose Loss Is It Anyway…!

Decimation Of The Left: Whose Loss Is It Anyway…!

The alternative set of policies in the Left armoury, the ideology of the Left and its sense of the present are the best weapons for combating the Sangh Parivar rule, although this is an unpalatable fact and lies contrary to this truth are being fed into popular consciousness in numerous ways. The decimation of the Left in parliamentary electoral terms[Read More…]

Unnerving The Donald: North Korea’s Sixth Nuclear Test

Unnerving The Donald: North Korea’s Sixth Nuclear Test

We are now into reckless territory with the latest North Korean nuclear test – in all probability a genuine hydrogen weapon – sending the ever reckless US President Donald Trump into a true state of belligerent adolescence. After Saturday midnight, Washington time, when the test is meant to have taken place, Trump took little time to start pushing out those[Read More…]

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Cuba Has A Higher Life Expectancy Than The U.S- Why?

Cuba Has A Higher Life Expectancy Than The U.S- Why?

  So frequently is the word ‘freedom’ employed in the political vernacular, it has come to mean whatever the listener desires. For Mr. Trump, it is one word in the volcanic plume countering a society’s rhythm, designed to attract attention. That he has garnered in spades, enough to win him the highest office in the land. To many freedom is[Read More…]

People Are Radicalizing The Bolivarian Revolution In Venezuela: An Interview with Christina Schiavoni

People Are Radicalizing The Bolivarian Revolution In Venezuela: An Interview with Christina Schiavoni

by Farooque Chowdhury and Fred Magdoff Amidst imperialist interference, the people in Venezuela are carrying on the task of reorganizing their society. Real-life picture in Venezuela is far different from new-reports the mainstream media continuously circulates. The following interview of Christina Schiavoni, a researcher and food sovereignty activists, provides a different view of the life of the Venezuelan people than[Read More…]

Israel Seeks ‘Jewish’ Non-Jews In Numbers Battle With Palestinians

Israel Seeks ‘Jewish’ Non-Jews In Numbers Battle With Palestinians

Nazareth: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a crushing rebuke to the perennial optimists roused to hopes of imminent peace by the visit to the Middle East last week of Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. At an event on Monday in the West Bank celebrating the half-centenary of Israeli occupation, Netanyahu effectively admitted that US efforts to revive[Read More…]

Durable Conspiracies: Twenty Years After Princess Diana’s Death

Durable Conspiracies: Twenty Years After Princess Diana’s Death

It has been two decades, and a stocktake of the conspiracy theories over the circumstances of Princess Diana’s death in the Pont de l’Alma road Tunnel will reveal the same inventory as were spawned in the immediate aftermath of her demise.  No response short of fanciful will do; no planned horror, however improbable, can be dismissed. Importantly, there must be[Read More…]

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Should V.P. Mike Pence Become America’s President?

Should V.P. Mike Pence Become America’s President?

On August 26th, Morning Consult headlined “More Voters Want Pence as President Than Trump, Poll Shows” and reported that “In a choice between the president of the United States and his second-in-command, more voters say Vice President Mike Pence should take charge of the country.” On August 27th, Axios bannered “First Cohn, now Tillerson, turn on Trump”, and reported that[Read More…]

Jimmy Carter and the US-North Korean Treaty Halting North Korea’s Development of Nuclear Weapons

Jimmy Carter and the US-North Korean Treaty Halting North Korea’s Development of Nuclear Weapons

Very little, almost nothing has been mentioned in the press or on TV about Jimmy Carter and his negotiation resulting in an agreement by the North Koreans, in 1994, to halt its nuclear weapons program and to put its facilities under international inspection – an agreement that held for eight years until the treaty regime decayed due to lack of[Read More…]

The Terror Next Time: The Daesh Story Is Not Ending

The Terror Next Time: The Daesh Story Is Not Ending

 Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, has been reduced to rubble. It has been finally conquered, snatched back from the notorious group, Daesh, after months of merciless bombardment by the US-led war coalition, and a massive ground war. But ‘victory’ can hardly be the term assigned to this moment.  Mosul, once Iraq’s cultural jewel and model of co-existence, is now a[Read More…]

Syria And Lebanon Defeating The ISIS Terrorists

Syria And Lebanon Defeating The ISIS Terrorists

  Whatever the West may think, and no matter what the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri may say publicly, the Lebanese army, in clear coordination with Hezbollah (which is outlawed in many Western countries) as well as with the Syrian army, is now pounding the positions of deadly ISIS/Daesh, right at the border region. The army began the operation on[Read More…]

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Labor Pains 2017

Labor Pains 2017

We celebrate Labor Day by honoring workers – especially the forgotten workers.  Stay-at-home mothers who home school their children are often forgotten.  Other forgotten members of the labor force are those who work in school cafeterias,  those who empty bedpans in nursing homes, and ordinary local guys, like my plumber.  He is smart, honest, and he never over-charges.  These are just ordinary[Read More…]

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Disaster In The Sea Lanes: Bruising The US Navy

Disaster In The Sea Lanes: Bruising The US Navy

“That gives us great cause for concern that there’s something out there that we’re not getting at.” Admiral John Richardson, New York Times, Aug 21, 2017 The large question for naval watchers and those with an interest in maritime matters is what is happening to the US navy.  All powerful, seemingly all invincible, it has been humbled of late by[Read More…]

White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus the night before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Photo by Karla Ann Coté.

Resisting Nazi Fascism And KKK Racism Responsibility Of All True Americans

The tragic events at Charlottesville and UnPresident Trump’s embrace of Nazis and KKK members provide for a teachable moment on fascism and race. The rise of the American fascist and racist far right-wing, of the sort that festered and spread from the state of Wisconsin, threatens national and global well-being and security. Historically lynching and gassing of individuals based upon[Read More…]

Loving The Bollard: Turnbull’s Anti-Terror Tool Kit

Loving The Bollard: Turnbull’s Anti-Terror Tool Kit

It has been a week of bollards.  And defence barriers.  And hedges and vegetation. No, not the radio garden hour, or the herbaceous borders special featured on prime time television, delivered by a bearded man with a facial forest so vast it could regenerate several lost species. This is the anti-terrorist flick of the week, and given that Australia’s Turnbull[Read More…]

The Departure Of The Ideologues: Sebastian Gorka Leaves The White House

The Departure Of The Ideologues: Sebastian Gorka Leaves The White House

Troubling times, indeed, if we are noting the ecstasy of Wall Street traders at the departure of a White House official.  What troubles the financiers and banksters would surely delight Main Street.  But this was not any ordinary cheer, nor ordinary celebration. It was August 7, 2017, and the White House had bled another casualty.  Steve Bannon, the key strategist[Read More…]

A Sinister War On Our Right To Hold Cash

A Sinister War On Our Right To Hold Cash

An operation that began as a seemingly obscure academic discussion three years ago is now becoming a full-blown propaganda campaign by some of the most powerful institutions in the industrialized world. This is what rightly should be termed the War on Cash. Like the War on Terror, the War on Cancer or the War on Drugs, its true agenda is sinister and[Read More…]

Lying About Citizenship: Australian Politicians Before The High Court

Lying About Citizenship: Australian Politicians Before The High Court

It was nothing short of fabulous.  Before the public, the political lie is deemed an imperative, instinctively cultured to repel anything that might appear, let alone resemble, truth.  Never, whatever you do in political garb, reveal the game, convey the reality, even if power is only held on trust.  Those idiots (the voters, that is) won’t know. Before the judicial[Read More…]

Trump’s Strategy May Drive Pakistan Closer To Russia And China

Trump’s Strategy May Drive Pakistan Closer To Russia And China

  Beijing and Moscow have come to Pakistan’s defense in light of President Donald Trump’s Afghan and Pakistan strategy unveiled on Monday. After China’s strong message defending Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and asking the global community to acknowledge its sacrifices in war against terrorism, Russia has echoed similar sentiments following US President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan was offering safe[Read More…]

Obama’s Legacy Is An Excuse For Trump

Obama’s Legacy Is An Excuse For Trump

  Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. is known for its regular polls. It asked voters what words came to mind when they thought of President Donald J. Trump. Different adjectives ascribed to him were subsequently ranked: “Smart” came in at number 28, but “idiot” was number one. In Mr. Trump’s home town, New York City, the public library reports fully[Read More…]

On Anti-Semitism And Anti-Zionism: Charlottesville Through A Glass Darkly

On Anti-Semitism And Anti-Zionism: Charlottesville Through A Glass Darkly

I suggest that Zionists fond of smearing critics of Israel as ‘anti-Semites’ take a sobering look at the VICE news clip of the white nationalist torch march through the campus of the University of Virginia the night before the lethal riot in Charlottesville. In this central regard, anti-Semitism, and its links to Naziism and Fascism, and now to Trumpism, are genuinely menacing,[Read More…]

The Rise of the Killer Robot

The Rise of the Killer Robot

“As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm.” Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017 Melbourne: Do you leave the gruesome task of killing, pulverising and maiming to robots?  The US Defence Department gave a portion of its report Unmanned[Read More…]

Nuclear Apocalypse: Trump And Kim Should Not Hold The World Hostage

Nuclear Apocalypse: Trump And Kim Should Not Hold The World Hostage

  Not too far away from Seattle, Washington there are eight ballistic-missile submarines carrying the world’s large shipments of nuclear weapons. The 560-foot-long black submarines are docked at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, hauling what is described by Rick Anderson in a recent Los Angeles Times article as “the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the US.” “If it were[Read More…]

How Life Got Intolerable For Ghulam’s Mother And His Afghan Family

How Life Got Intolerable For Ghulam’s Mother And His Afghan Family

    Ghulam ( second from left ) working on our community’s greenhouse, together with Zek, Khamad and Ali Ali, Zekerullah, Khamad and I miss Ghulam and his family. We feel sad that life in Afghanistan had finally become too burdensome for them. They are now Afghan refugees in Iran. We have known Ghulam for many years, Ali and Ghulam[Read More…]

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1967 Was Not The Summer Of Love In Detroit

1967 Was Not The Summer Of Love In Detroit

Detroit is the most gut-wrenching movie I have ever seen. Fifty years ago, in 1967, San Franciscans here in our City by the Bay were being beseeched to wear flowers in their hair and bask in the glow of the so-called Summer of Love.  That same summer, the Detroit ghetto exploded in rebellion, one of the biggest of the ghetto[Read More…]

Shia Insurrection In Saudi Arabia; The Battle For Awamiya

Shia Insurrection In Saudi Arabia; The Battle For Awamiya

Since May, 2017 an ongoing insurgency has been raging in the Shia heartland town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia and its only thanks to the BBC being allowed to enter the area and film the destruction that the world can see how the House of Saud’s war against the Shia population of Yemeni has now expanded to include the[Read More…]

White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus the night before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Photo by Karla Ann Coté.

Statues In Defeat: The Confederacy, Treason And History

Statues of historical weight tend to represent heroism – of sorts. It might be of the doomed variety, and often is.  Rebellious causes assume the visage of a stony form, to gaze soullessly across promenades or parks, often ignored by many who have long lost a sense of their meaning. In history, their removal is an act that flies directly[Read More…]

 Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism

 Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism

Barack Obama was the only U.S. President who at the United Nations defended nazism — racist fascism — and Holocaust-denial. It received almost no reporting by the press at the time (or subsequently). But his successor President Donald Trump could end up being removed from office because he said that racist fascists are just the same as are people who[Read More…]

A Case For An Incompetent President

A Case For An Incompetent President

  Since January when this administration entered office, has anything significant been accomplished?  Not really.  The only  major bill slapping more sanctions on Russia was entirely the work of Congress.  Whether it is a positive or a foreign policy disaster is debatable, but one thing is certain:  we continue to antagonize, irritate, humble, press  militarily, encircle and threaten the only[Read More…]

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Barcelona’s Grief: Today And Always, The Only Solution Is Nonviolence

Barcelona, 18th August, 2017. Yesterday it was Barcelona’s turn to suffer the indiscriminate madness of a terrorist attack. The killing of people is deplorable, and it saddens me a great deal. I could say “innocent” people but I don’t want to discriminate on this point: any killing, for whatever reason, is terrible to me. And I don’t like the subsequent[Read More…]

A Tale of Two Elections: Democracy & Counter-Democracy in Venezuela

A Tale of Two Elections: Democracy & Counter-Democracy in Venezuela

On July 30, 2017 the people of Venezuela went to the polls to elect a National Constituent Assembly (ANC). The vote was Constitutional, verifiable, secret, direct and universal, and over 8 million people participated. Despite this reality, the government United States and their allies, along with mainstream capitalist media have all decried the elections as “illegitimate,” “unpopular” and a “sham.”[Read More…]

The Burka Comes To Parliament: Pauline Hanson’s Panto

The Burka Comes To Parliament: Pauline Hanson’s Panto

In few environments could this work. A member of Parliament (barely breathing, but still a parliament) running within a Muslim minority country (a small minority, at that) with mocking intent, dons a burka, sits in the stands, and receives appropriate mind bending outrage when she strips it off. One thing can be said: Australia’s Pauline Hanson of her self-described One[Read More…]

Is Donald Trump Promoting Kim Jong-un’s “Erratic Behaviour”?

Is Donald Trump Promoting Kim Jong-un’s “Erratic Behaviour”?

  North Korea has remained a pain in the neck for the “Free World” since the beginning of the Korean Crisis in 1945. The Cold War is over, but the crisis in the Korean peninsula, and the trumped-up nuclear threats from North Korea to its neighbours, and now even to the US, aren’t over. The end of the Korean War[Read More…]

Burqa Stunt Failed To Stir Anti-Muslim Sentiments In Australian Senate

Burqa Stunt Failed To Stir Anti-Muslim Sentiments In Australian Senate

  Perhaps taking cue from the Trump fomented rising tide of ultra-rightists, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Australia’s rightwing One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson Thursday (August 17) staged a burqa stunt to stir anti-Muslim sentiments. Pauline Hanson Thursday appeared in the Australian Senate clad in ‘burqa’ but drew rebuke from the Attorney General George Brandis, who said: “Senator Hanson, I’m[Read More…]

When Will The United States Transcend White Supremacy?

When Will The United States Transcend White Supremacy?

  Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced “white supremacy” into our political vocabulary, let’s ask an uncomfortable question: “When will the United States transcend white supremacy?” My question isn’t, “What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpism’s success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics?” I want to go beyond easy targets[Read More…]

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse To Surrender 116 Times

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse To Surrender 116 Times

On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, the village resident immediately began rebuilding their homes. 22 families, or about 101 residents, are estimated to live here. By now, they are all familiar with the painful routine, considering the[Read More…]

Our Fight Against Fascism

Our Fight Against Fascism

When editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg asserts that “the struggle in Charlottesville is a struggle within our own civilization, within Trump’s own civilization,” and that in the wake of such events “an American president should speak up directly on behalf of the American creed, on behalf of Americans who reject tribalism and seek pluralism, on behalf of the idea[Read More…]

Charlottesville And Beyond

Charlottesville And Beyond

The violent display of white supremacist power at the “Unite the Right” rally by a gathering of men and women openly proclaiming that America is for the whites with slogans such as “you will not replace us” and “Jew will not replace us” directed against the minorities and the democratic minded people of the country and the city is outrageous[Read More…]

Saudi Arabia Wants Out Of Yemen War: Mid East Eye

Saudi Arabia Wants Out Of Yemen War: Mid East Eye

  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has told two former US officials that he “wants out” of the two-year war he started in Yemen, and that he is not against US rapprochement with Iran, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday (August 15) quoting leaked emails published by Middle East Eye. The revelation sheds light on the thinking of Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz[Read More…]

Breaking The Seal: Child Abuse And The Confessional

Breaking The Seal: Child Abuse And The Confessional

The only surprise was that it did not come sooner. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has gotten on with the gruesome task of making 85 recommended changes to the law that will provide some measure of future protection for victims of child abuse. The notable words that should be highlighted and even shouted from every[Read More…]

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Gambling With The Lives Of US Citizens

Gambling With The Lives Of US Citizens

  In November 2016, a casino owner and reality show host was somehow elected President with 63 million votes. The USA is now a casino. You get what you vote for (or at least what you allowed the deep state to vote for). A war of words accompanied by hostile fly bys and war “games” seems to be escalating toward[Read More…]

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A Plague on Parliament: Australia’s Citizenship Crisis

A Plague on Parliament: Australia’s Citizenship Crisis

“You know, when you nominate for Parliament, there is actually a question, you’ve got to address that section 44 question.” Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce It is proving to be a toxic gift that continues to give with increasing regularity.  The latest potential victim of section 44 of the Australian Constitution, one barring a member of parliament from having[Read More…]

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Hezbollah And Syrian Army Finishing Off Terrorists Of Al-Nusra

  From Lebanon, text and photos: Andre Vltchek It came unexpectedly, rapidly and with great force: on 21 July 2016, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Syrian army from their side, in unison, attacked positions of the malevolent terrorist group,Jabhat Fatah al-Sham(formerly known as Al-Nusra Front),in the mountainous province of Jroud Arsal in Bekaa Valley, on the border of two countries.[Read More…]

Money Laundering in Chief: Scandal at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Money Laundering in Chief: Scandal at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Australian banker is a smug species, arguably more than his international peers.  Caught off guard by the financial disasters of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Australian banking system has become an expression of a classic oligopoly, manipulating prices and squeezing customers.  Such an Australian banker is perky as well, self-assured that any inappropriate, let alone illegal behaviour,[Read More…]

The US May End Up At War With North Korea

The US May End Up At War With North Korea

  Trump has stolen the headlines again with more saber rattling against North Korea. American have to worry about Kim Jong-un. Preparing for war leads to war. Preparing for peace might lead to peace. Humankind never prepares for peace. Two schoolyard bullies threatening each other. Both are crazy so who knows if one or both of them will start a[Read More…]

Venezuela Under Threat Of Imperialist Military Intervention: Stand In Solidarity

Venezuela Under Threat Of Imperialist Military Intervention: Stand In Solidarity

The Empire’s unhappy mood with Venezuela is old news. It is now showing its teeth to the Latin American nation. It’s now talking in military terms. The mainstream media including the AP, CNN and Miami Herald said in one of their latest dispatches: Mr. Donald Trump, the US president, said August 12, 2017 that he wouldn’t rule out possibility of[Read More…]

A protester holds a placard as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers his Christmas message as he and wife Lucy attend the Wayside Chapel Christmas Day service, in Sydney, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

Avenging the King of Iran: The Fate of Hamed Shamshiripour

“The only responsible and humane thing for our government to do is immediately evacuate every single man on Manus, every single family and child on Nauru to safety on Australia.” Daniel Webb, Human Rights Law Centre, Aug 7, 2017 Murder comes in various forms. It can be directly inflicted.  It can be willed and directed from afar. It can also[Read More…]

Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars?

Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars?

  “Background noise,” was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The following day, the prime minister’s press officer declared–for the hundredth time–that “Nothing will happen, because nothing happened.” Despite the relentless effort to paint a business-as-usual atmosphere, this time it looks as if[Read More…]

Media Bias And The Israel Lobby In The United States

Media Bias And The Israel Lobby In The United States

In this essay, the arguments of Mearsheimer and Walt in their pioneering study would be supplemented with an inquiry into the dynamics of the Israel Lobby’s influence on US domestic politics and its predetermination of its outcome. This is supplemented or, otherwise reinforced by,the mainstream media’s manifest bias when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Examples will be cited, and[Read More…]

The Character Of Russian Communism

The Character Of Russian Communism

  A civilization reveals itself as fruitful by its ability to incite others to imitate it: when it no longer dazzles them, it is reducedto a mere collection of odds and ends and vestiges of former worldly greatness. The successive attempts of Napoleon and Hitler to create a world empire failed, as the United States of North America has failed[Read More…]

End of Nuclearism or the End of the World: Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares

End of Nuclearism or the End of the World: Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares

We are living amid contradictions whether we like it or not, driving expectations about the future toward opposite extremes. Increasingly plausible are fears that the ‘sixth extinction’ will encompass the human species, or at least, throw human society back to a technology of sticks and stones, with a habitat limited to caves and forests. This dark vision is countered by[Read More…]

Dismantling Tent City

Dismantling Tent City

It all began as a series of daring accretions starting last December.  Now, Tent City in Sydney’s Martin Place has become something of an institution, albeit of the fleeting sort.  But this gathering of the homeless, rather than being considered a social consequence of galloping house prices and general cost of living, has been uneven in pulling heartstrings. Benedict Brook,[Read More…]

STOP the neo-fascist “Freedom Caucus” threats to DEFAULT on The Social Security Program

STOP the neo-fascist “Freedom Caucus” threats to DEFAULT on The Social Security Program

  According to the New York Times, 8/7/17, the neo-fascist Freedom Caucus “is fixated on cutting entitlement spending” and if these cuts are not made, “they’ll refuse to vote on raising the debt ceiling”.[1] The Government owes the Social Security Trust Fund $3 Trillion that they have borrowed over the last decades.  They have used the money to fund endless[Read More…]

U.S. Government & Press Lie Constantly, With Total Impunity

U.S. Government & Press Lie Constantly, With Total Impunity

  The U.S. press don’t report this fact, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. The following will document its truth, by recent prominent examples, and will explain how and why this rampant lying by the government and press is done. The lies are usually about the most important policies and actions of the United States government regarding international relations[Read More…]

Saudi Arabia And Israel Are Best Buddies

Saudi Arabia And Israel Are Best Buddies

That the Zionist and the Saudi regime are cooperating very closely and intensively is all over town. They have a common enemy: Iran. So, Israel doesn’t mind supporting the most radical, anti-democratic, fundamentalist, and repressive Islamic regime on the face of the earth. Besides that, both regimes are not that different. In the last decade under the Netanyahu reign, Israel[Read More…]

Promises Of Incineration: The Nuclear Playground Gets Busy

Promises Of Incineration: The Nuclear Playground Gets Busy

“I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says.” Senator John McCain on President Donald J. Trump, Aug 8, 2017 Moral equivalence is the enemy of the noble and the exceptional, and the screeching rhetoric currently being fired across the diplomatic bows of Pyongyang and Washington have become mirrors of brute[Read More…]

Turkey And Qatar Stage Joint Military Exercises Amid Doha Blockade

Turkey And Qatar Stage Joint Military Exercises Amid Doha Blockade

  Turkish and Qatari navies have carried out a joint exercise as Qatar’s economic blockade by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries entered into third month. The Qatari military said the exercise was aimed at exchanging information, training senior military officials, and improving coordination between the two forces to boost security. Brigadier Hadi Rashid Al Shahwani, commander of the exercise,[Read More…]

20 Years After The Asian Financial Crisis: Is History Repeating Itself?

20 Years After The Asian Financial Crisis: Is History Repeating Itself?

20 years ago this month, a run on the Thai currency triggered a financial crisis that quickly devastated the economy of the entire region, sinking the currencies of Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea and ultimately spreading as far as Russia and Brazil. Far from ‘lessons being learned’, however, history looks worryingly set to repeat itself. On 2nd July 1997, Thailand’s[Read More…]

You Cannot Trap The ‘Magic Rat’: Trump, Congress And Geopolitics

You Cannot Trap The ‘Magic Rat’: Trump, Congress And Geopolitics

  A wonderful thing about observing and analyzing the human mind is that there is a seemingly infinite variety of phenomena to observe and analyze. I sometimes wonder if it is even remotely possible to master this subject but, even if it is not, at least it provides an unending source of ‘entertainment’. The phenomenon that I want to discuss[Read More…]

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 27 Million Died In Russia Because Wall Street Built Up Hitler’s Wehrmacht To Knock Out Soviet Union 

 27 Million Died In Russia Because Wall Street Built Up Hitler’s Wehrmacht To Knock Out Soviet Union 

With criminal corporate monopoly media masking the US created prosecutable genocide ongoing in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan by focusing attention on Russia, fantasized as a dangerous enemy needing military confrontation, it might be a good time to review past US planned, facilitated and at times perpetrated genocidal crimes in Russia. Article recalls those after WW I[Read More…]

260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated

260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated

Asia is home to the largest number of indigenous peoples on Earth, with an estimated 260 million of a total of 370 million original inhabitants worldwide. In spite of their huge number-equaling half of the combined population of Europe– they are often victims of discrimination and denial of their rights. With its 4.4 billion inhabitants, Asia is, in fact, one[Read More…]

Google Censorship & Zionist Constraint On Effective Free Speech Threaten Planet

Google Censorship & Zionist Constraint On Effective Free Speech Threaten Planet

While Western countries have wealth, peace, and free speech not found in many other countries, corporate Mainstream media ensure very limited effective free speech for dissident humanitarians. The disproportionately Zionist-dominated US media giant Google has responded to “fake news” assertions with massive but sneaky Google censorship that further limits effective free speech of dissidents worldwide,  further empowers the neocon- and[Read More…]

Gay Plebiscites: Australia’s Crisis on Same-Sex Marriage

Gay Plebiscites: Australia’s Crisis on Same-Sex Marriage

What a fabulous mess. And a churning one it is for the Australian government, now mired in yet another farce of weak leadership and bullying factions.  A mess for those who feel that this issue need never have gotten this far.  A mess for others who just wish to be left alone with their decisions. Such is the nature of[Read More…]

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American Muslims Alarmed At Minnesota Mosque Bombing

American Muslims Alarmed At Minnesota Mosque Bombing

  The seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed over Saturday’s mosque bombing in Minnesota, which the community sees as a further evidence of an anti-Muslim backlash that has worsened in recent months. A blast caused by what the FBI called “an improvised explosive device” rocked the Dar Al Farooq Center before dawn Saturday (August 5), just as a small[Read More…]

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Fighting The Sanctions Against Russia And Laughing At Trump

Fighting The Sanctions Against Russia And Laughing At Trump

  The high level individuals leaving the Trump administration must be a record.  Eleven since the end of January averaging out to almost two per month.  The latest Mr. Anthony Scaramucci now holds a record of sorts as the shortest serving White House communications director in history.  He was in office exactly ten days when the White House Chief of[Read More…]

Is The Russian Government, Under Direction From President Putin, Silencing Dissidents?

Is The Russian Government, Under Direction From President Putin, Silencing Dissidents?

From the number of deceased Russian dissidents, complicity in their demise seems plausible. From evidence, thought, and logic, complicity seems unlikely: (1)    Only circumstantial links to Putin’s office have been established in the cases. (2)    Because political opposition is weak, and no obvious threat to the ruling United Russia Party, what would the government gain in assassination of opposition figures? (3)    Because Putin’s approval rating[Read More…]

People Celebrate Constituent Assembly In Caracas

People Celebrate Constituent Assembly In Caracas

People are celebrating the recently concluded elections of the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela although the mainstream media reports completely ignore the fact.

Key Myths And Facts About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

Key Myths And Facts About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

In 1945, US president Harry Truman (who had dictatorial control over the atomic bomb) and his advisor James Byrnes intentionally prolonged the US war with Japan until, and apparently so that, they could target Japanese civilians, without warning, with atomic bombs. The bombings were planned and carried out, as Alperovitz notes in an almost thousand-page study, in a way that[Read More…]

The Epic Failure of Labor Leadership In The United States, 1980-2017 And Continuing

The Epic Failure of Labor Leadership In The United States, 1980-2017 And Continuing

  The US labor movement is in terrible shape; in 2016, union membership was only 6.4 percent of workers in the private sector, and 34.4 percent of the public sector, giving an overall percentage of 10.7 percent.[1](It had been 33.4 percent in 1954.)  But, worse than the actual numbers and percentages is the all-but-total lack of vision as to what[Read More…]

How US Lawmakers Failed To View The Real Threat By Imposing Sanctions On Russia

How US Lawmakers Failed To View The Real Threat By Imposing Sanctions On Russia

The US President Donald Trump has signed executive order to impose sanctions on Russia, though he did so reluctantly. He was not in a position to prevent the Congress decision. This is a bizarre situation in USA. Since the election of Trump the foreign policy front is highly volatile. Relations with Russia are the most complex front where Trump is[Read More…]

Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be, T Sabri Öncü Argues

Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be, T Sabri Öncü Argues

  An excellent review of global debt in the Economic and Political Weekly last month concludes that capitalism is probably insolvent. The article by T Sabri Öncü is entitled Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be. The author makes the excellent observation that whilst total global debt has increased to USD 217 trillion or about 327% of global GDP,[Read More…]

Russia and the United States’ Presidential Election

Russia and the United States’ Presidential Election

  The icy look at the Russian Federation has taken a new twist; not only is President Vladimir Putin’s Russia responsible for unnerving and destabilizing Eastern Europe and Syria, antagonists accuse Russia of undermining the 2016 United States presidential election and attempting to destroy faith in the U.S. democratic electoral process. Media have packaged incomplete information, spurious information, and misinformation[Read More…]

RIP Liu Xiaobo: Nobel Peace Awardee Who Supported All Wars Unleashed By US Imperialiasm

RIP Liu Xiaobo: Nobel Peace Awardee Who Supported All Wars Unleashed By US Imperialiasm

  “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”     — William Shakespeare       ****                  **** Nobel Peace Prize Awardee,  Liu Xiaobo ((28 December 1955 – 13 July 2017)  of China died of multiple organ failure due to liver cancer on July 13. He was 61. He was incarcerated as a political prisoner[Read More…]

Fanciful Terrors: Bomb Plots And Australian Airport Security

Fanciful Terrors: Bomb Plots And Australian Airport Security

In the classroom of international security, Australia remains an infant wanting attention before the older hands.  During the Paris Peace talks, Prime Minister William Morris (“Billy”) Hughes screamed and hollered Australia’s wishes to gain greater concessions after its losses during the Great War, urging, among other things, a more punitive settlement for Germany. In the post-September 2001 age, recognition comes[Read More…]

Bombs And Regime Change For “Democracy” In Venezuela  

Bombs And Regime Change For “Democracy” In Venezuela  

  Venezuela is now super-charged with struggle for democracy as propertied interests and imperialism are mounting a campaign against the Venezuelan people’s initiative to determine their political arrangement. Now, there is a news report by the mainstream media (MSM) that bombs are being prepared by a group of protesters in their struggle for “democracy”. The group is also planning to[Read More…]

 Dual Israeli Citizenship & Zionist Perversion Of America, Australia, India & Humanity

 Dual Israeli Citizenship & Zionist Perversion Of America, Australia, India & Humanity

  Entitlement to or actual foreign citizenship should be renounced as a condition of political office. However this is not required  in Zionist-subverted and perverted America. Such renunciation is required for membership of the Australian Parliament  from which several Senators have recently resigned after discovering their inadvertent dual citizenship. However Zionist-subverted Australia ignores 100,000 Australians including 6 MPs actually or[Read More…]

The Pine Gap Anniversary Party

The Pine Gap Anniversary Party

It all happened without much fuss, since fuss was bound to be the enemy. Dignitaries, guests and various partners lined up for a gathering at Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory on Saturday, commemorating the secret base’s half-century. The Alice Spring News Online described it, not inaccurately, as a “stealth party”.  The Convention Centre hosting the dinner was tight lipped[Read More…]

The U.S Media And Venezuela’s Fight For A New Constitution

The U.S Media And Venezuela’s Fight For A New Constitution

The Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday (July 30) to elect delegates who will rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. In Latin America generally, society is broadly divided into three groups: whites, mixed race mestizos and the original native peoples. The elite ruling classes, namely whites, select and have elected white presidents. Evo Morales in Bolivia, the late Hugo Chavez and now[Read More…]

The Cardinal, The Church And Legal Theatre

The Cardinal, The Church And Legal Theatre

  “The world is watching.” Cathy Kezelman, Blue Knot Foundation president, The Washington Post, Jul 25, 2017 The show on Wednesday was grim, busy, crowded.  Cardinal George Pell, the highest Vatican official thus far to be brought within the legal fold of accusation and accountability for historical crimes of sex abuse, fronted for the briefest of shows at a lowly[Read More…]

From Watergate To Russiagate; Hidden Scandal of American Power

From Watergate To Russiagate; Hidden Scandal of American Power

Political corruption often leads to a constitutional crisis. The Watergate scandal that took down Richard Nixon shook up American politics. Over four decades later, we are now seeing another scandal associated with campaign officials. Dubbed “Russiagate”, a liberal media frenzy began over the claim of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia before and during the 2016 election. Now, new intelligence[Read More…]

Threat To Free Speech

Threat To Free Speech

  There is a Senate bill, along with a companion bill in the House, working its way through Congress with strong bipartisan support, that poses a significant danger to free speech. One would think this bill would be a big deal but, surprisingly, the bill has not received much coverage in the mainstream media. Fortunately the American Civil Liberties Union[Read More…]

Fear And Trepidation In Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing The Syria War?

Fear And Trepidation In Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing The Syria War?

Israel, which has played a precarious role in the Syrian war since 2011, is furious to learn that the future of the conflict is not to its liking. The six-year-old Syria war is moving to a new stage, perhaps its final. The Syrian regime is consolidating its control over most of the populated centers, while ISIS is losing ground fast[Read More…]

Andre Vltchek with military leaders in Marawi, Philippines.

Philippines: Western Media Is Distorting Reality, People And Army Unite To Battle “ISIS”

Covering the recent battle for the city of Marawi on Mindanao Island in the Southern Philippines, the Western media has been grossly exaggerating unconfirmed reports and rumors. It has been spreading twisted information and ‘facts’. At the beginning of July, I visited Mindanao as one of only a few foreigners allowed inside the besieged city of Marawi and to its[Read More…]

Temple Institute head Yisrael Ariel, who has called for the destruction of churches and mosques and the mass slaughter of those who refuse to accept his extreme version of Judaism, at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in June. (via Facebook)

These Are The Israeli Leaders Who Want To Destroy al-Aqsa

Since the gun battle at the al-Aqsa compound on 14 July that ended in the deaths of three Palestinian citizens of Israel and two Israeli police, Israeli media have largely focused on outrage that anyone would carry out an attack at a holy site, while praising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s collective punishment against the Palestinian population. “They are the strife mongers,” Yedioth Ahronot columnist[Read More…]

Slaying In Minneapolis: Justine Damond, Shooting Cultures And Race

Slaying In Minneapolis: Justine Damond, Shooting Cultures And Race

It plays out as a horror story of law enforcement. A distress call to the Minneapolis police about activity taking place behind the house on Washburn Avenue, possibly a sound of intercourse, distress, or both, taking place after 11 during the night of July 15.  “Hi, I’m, I can hear someone out back and I, I’m not sure if she’s[Read More…]

Free Speech or Terror TV? Al Jazeera’s Support for ISIS and Al Queda

Free Speech or Terror TV? Al Jazeera’s Support for ISIS and Al Queda

Al Jazeera’s Arabic TV channel has been promoting both ISIS and Al Queda/Al Nusra for years now. ISIS and Al Nusra representatives appearing on the channel are greeted with “welcome back brother” and when finished are told to “go with god”. Rayan Mishaal, founding Director of the ISIS-Aamaq news agency, was a regular guest and when he was killed in[Read More…]

The Bilateral Relationship That Matters

The Bilateral Relationship That Matters

  Which is the most important bilateral relationship in the international arena today?  Many analysts would argue that it is the relationship between the United States of America and China that has the greatest significance for the world. Some see it as the relationship between an established power and a rising power which has often led to war in the[Read More…]

A US – Iran War

A US – Iran War

  There are two kinds of people:  those with, and without, grace.  President Trump can decide on which side he falls, although Mrs. Abe the Japanese Prime Minister’s wife has clearly made up her mind.  Anyone who can read a whole speech in English knows enough to say, ‘Excuse me, I do not speak English well’.  So, to not respond[Read More…]

Social Security –The 14th Amendment And “Odious Debt”

Social Security –The 14th Amendment And “Odious Debt”

     For decades the working people have been paying millions more than was needed into Social Security and for years the excess money has been borrowed by the government.  Presently there is almost $3 trillion owed by the government to the Social Security Trust Fund.  The Republican Party now controls the government and has a budget plan that will give[Read More…]

Quantitative Easing, The Largest Transfer Of Wealth In History

Quantitative Easing, The Largest Transfer Of Wealth In History

It appears that the massive, almost decade-long transfer of wealth to the rich known as ‘quantitative easing’ is coming to an end. Of the world’s four major central banks – the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan – two have already ended their policy of buying up financial assets (the[Read More…]

Malarial Attitudes

Malarial Attitudes

  “King Trump is no more or less than a malarial mosquito in a stinking swamp of quicksand we’ve created. You can say the same about the Queen of England with regard to the British historical record and present momentum. They’re both deadly forces, but — ultimately — distractions from ourselves, our responsibility.” —  Richard Martin Oxman Malaria comes from[Read More…]

From Spicy To The Mooch: A Farewell To Sean Spicer

From Spicy To The Mooch: A Farewell To Sean Spicer

What will entertainers do in his absence?  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was more than grist to the mill of celluloid delights, becoming, by the admission of the US President, a “tv hit” smoking the ratings.  When a press secretary’s conduct is valued, not for the substance of his material, but the entertainment he garners, the Republic is surely[Read More…]

Iraqi Sources Place Real Death Toll In US-Led Siege Of Mosul At 40,000

Iraqi Sources Place Real Death Toll In US-Led Siege Of Mosul At 40,000

According to intelligence reports from Iraq, the US-led massacre in Mosul has claimed a staggeringly higher toll of Iraqi civilian lives then had previously been reported. More than 40,000 men, women and children were killed in the grinding nine-month-long siege of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, according to a report published Thursday by the veteran Middle East correspondent for the British[Read More…]

At Every Door

At Every Door

Billions, perhaps trillions, will be spent to send weapons, weapon systems, fighter jets, ammunition, and military support to the region, fueling new arms races and raising the profits of U.S. weapon makers. But, we can choose to stand at the doors of our leaders and of our neighbors, honoring past sacrifices and the innocent lives we were unable to save, as we redouble efforts to stop war makers from constantly gaining the upper hand in our lives.

The Politics of Textbook Jihad

The Politics of Textbook Jihad

  The final version of Turkey’s national school curriculum has left evolution out and added the concept of jihad as part of Islamic law in books. Announcing the new school curriculum, Turkish Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz told a press conference in Ankara on Monday, “Jihad is an element in our religion; it is in our religion… The duty of the[Read More…]

Curbing Participation: The US Congress and Yemen

Curbing Participation: The US Congress and Yemen

In recent times, there hasn’t been much cheery in the power circles of Washington. The US is gradually finding itself unmoored and floating from international agreements at a dizzying rate. Its president is cool-mad distant, self-serving and occasionally clenching in peculiarity.  And the traditional buffet room of conflict continues to be stacked with US interests and US armaments, armaments sales[Read More…]

The Story Behind The Jerusalem Attack

The Story Behind The Jerusalem Attack

  Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges of ‘trying to hit an Israeli soldier’. Misbah is familiar with[Read More…]

No Pink Wooly Caps For Me

No Pink Wooly Caps For Me

This article was originally published in February 2017 and is even more relevant now. This “Pussy hat Project” group has morphed now into something called “The Resistance”, which invites the discredited Democratic Party and right wing liberals under its tent, and is funded by Hillary Clinton and George Soros. At a time when capitalism is in its worse world crisis ever,[Read More…]

The ANC Cannot Be Reformed

The ANC Cannot Be Reformed

  That matters have come to a head in South Africa is going to prove to be the catalyst for change that is overdue. The myth that the ANC is governing the country for the benefit of all its people has been smashed. It has become a party of the ANC elites who have one agenda, which is using their[Read More…]

Uhlmann’s Trump Problem

Uhlmann’s Trump Problem

It’s all well and good to huff at the current President of the United States, who has managed to get under more irritated skin than an army of dedicated leaches.  The immersion of the White House into the reality television show of Trumpland has set people on edge, lighting volatile fires and driving some commentators, quite literally, around the bend.[Read More…]

A picture shared on Twitter by the activist Ye Du showing Mr. Liu and his wife, Liu Xia. Credit Ye Du, via European Pressphoto Agency

Liu Xiaobo And Liu Xia: A Love That Survived Incredible Odds

A photo shared on Twitter by activist Ye Du was inserted in arecent front-page story in the New York Times. The skeletal like couple (Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia) clinging onto one another will break any heart. In the photo, frail Xiaobo is pictured in his hospital pajamas and delicate Xia with shaved head in her everyday street clothes. The[Read More…]

Militarising Civilian Life: Australia, Policing And Terrorism

Militarising Civilian Life: Australia, Policing And Terrorism

It is far from unusual in recent times: a spate of terrorist activity, followed by police seemingly agog, then the call for cavalry, usually in the form of military forces to guard vital installations and furnish the public with a reassuring presence.  Unfortunately, such moves tend to take place long after the horse has bolted, an ineffectual measure in terms[Read More…]

Turkey One Year After The Failed Coup

Turkey One Year After The Failed Coup

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday there will be no mercy for traitors. Speaking at a rally in Istanbul to mark one year of a failed coup, Erdogan warned to “chop off the heads” of traitors. The opposition says his call for “chopping off the heads” may return the capital punishment abolished in August 2002, in a bid[Read More…]

Kumar Vishwas Greeted By Protesters In Canada

Kumar Vishwas Greeted By Protesters In Canada

Comedian turned politician Kumar Vishwas received an angry reception from several activists in Surrey, BC on Friday evening. The group of protesters included Sikh and leftist activists, besides supporters of Aam Aadmi Party. Though Vishwas also belongs to the AAP, a section of the local AAP support group is upset with his “right wing ” politics. The protesters were offended[Read More…]

A Question of Accountability: Cardinal Pell, The Vatican And Child Abuse

A Question of Accountability: Cardinal Pell, The Vatican And Child Abuse

The Catholic Church, much in the manner of a modern corporation, is a sprawling edifice of operations and functions.  To hold part of it accountable for abuses – against human, bank account, or country – has presented a formidable legal obstacle. This nightmare has taken place amidst a broader question: the extent Church officials believe they are accountable to secular[Read More…]

Stand Up To Anglo-Zionist Fascism

Stand Up To Anglo-Zionist Fascism

  The election of Donald Trump as president of United States has sent waves of condemnation and fear throughout Western states. Western “humanitarian” interventionists, political commentators, “progressives” and academics are concern that a “pre-fascist” or a “crypto-fascist” regime is “on the rise” in America.  This is an empty rhetoric designed to mislead people for undeclared propaganda aims and deflect attention[Read More…]

Chinese Peace Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Is Dead

Chinese Peace Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Is Dead

Chinese Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has met his end. The end signifies several things- that no state oppression can ever defeat the strong will of the people. Liu stood for a cause and state did its oppressive acts as is the nature of the non democratic states, but he defeated the Chinese policy of restriction to dissidents as[Read More…]

Fighting The Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

Fighting The Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

  Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims, were holed for ‘added security’, I was asked numerous questions about[Read More…]

Terrorism Is A Tool Used By The Militarily Strong, Not Just By The Weak

Terrorism Is A Tool Used By The Militarily Strong, Not Just By The Weak

Hasan Breijieh is a Palestinian activist and spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).  He participates in weekly protest activities against the Israeli military presence in the West Bank (aka occupation), the illegal Jewish colonies turned into townships on stolen Palestinian land (aka settlements) that choke off Palestinian villages around Bethlehem and elsewhere, and the illegal[Read More…]

Saffron Swastika Hugs The Star of David

Saffron Swastika Hugs The Star of David

  (Modi’s hug of President Ruvi reminds one about the two opposites embracing each other just for the hatred of the third one considered by the both, a common enemy!) Like the North Pole and the South Pole meeting for the formation of the present State Government in J & K, the hug between President Ruvi and Prime Minister Modi[Read More…]

Exaggerated Victories: The Mosul Effect

Exaggerated Victories: The Mosul Effect

The need to tick off the tactical and strategic boxes in the interminable war against Islamic State is so pressing it acquires the quality of ham acting, where generals and leaders become thespians of exaggerated promise before the camera. Nothing typified this more than the euphoric statements outlined by the Iraqi leadership in the aftermath of its efforts to retake[Read More…]

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Muslim Americans Mourn The Death of Dr. Jack Shaheen

Muslim Americans Mourn The Death of Dr. Jack Shaheen

  The seven-million-strong American Muslim Community Sunday (July 9) mourned the death of Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, a prolific author and professor whose career centered on dismantling stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs in the US media. He was perhaps most famous for his book “Reel Bad Arabs,” where he chronicled over 900 movies where Arabs were represented negatively. In addition[Read More…]

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Israel’s Ever-More Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore Up A Sense Of Victimhood

Israel’s Ever-More Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore Up A Sense Of Victimhood

When Israel passed a new counter-terrorism law last year, Ayman Odeh, a leader of the country’s large minority of Palestinian citizens, described its draconian measures as colonialism’s “last gasp”. He said: “I see … the panic of the French at the end of the occupation of Algeria.” The panic and cruelty plumbed new depths last week, when Israeli officials launched[Read More…]

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Lies That Capitalists Tell Us

Lies That Capitalists Tell Us

Please share these counter-arguments far and wide, in order to educate your fellow citizens, and, if necessary, to provide the intellectual beat-downs needed when arguing with pro-capitalists. So without further ado, here is our list of the most devious “Lies that Capitalists Tell Us”:

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Why Peace Is A Refugee In Our World?

Why Peace Is A Refugee In Our World?

  Israel and India have become great friends with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Jewish nation. As a result Israel will help India to have more sophisticated weapons to fight terror. Friendship should usher in greater peace. That is what friendship in my understanding means. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies[Read More…]

Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party

Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party

In the periphery of the circles in which I travel, people do not actively defend what it means to be a member of the Democratic Party. They come on much stronger when they say they are against the Republican Party. And why not? The Republican Party is the party of old money, inheritance, white supremacy and fundamentalist Christianity. Republicans and[Read More…]

Pa’lante: The Young Lords In Bridgeport

Pa’lante: The Young Lords In Bridgeport

Virtually every segment of society was impacted by the democratic upsurge in the United States in the 1960’s and Puerto Ricans were no exception. Puerto Ricans in a number of places came together to form organizations and participate in multiracial coalitions in order to address a number of pressing problems. Among the most popular Puerto Rican organizations was the Young[Read More…]

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“Ain’t No Such Thing as A Just War” – Ben Salmon, WWI resister

  Several days a week, Laurie Hasbrook arrives at the Voices office here in Chicago. She often takes off her bicycle helmet, unpins her pant leg, settles into an office chair and then leans back to give us an update on family and neighborhood news. Laurie’s two youngest sons are teenagers, and because they are black teenagers in Chicago they[Read More…]

Review: “Disruptive Asia. Asia’s Rise And Australia’s Future” – Exceptionalist Australia & Resurgent Asia

Review: “Disruptive Asia. Asia’s Rise And Australia’s Future” – Exceptionalist Australia & Resurgent Asia

On its 20th anniversary, the Asia Society of Australia has issued a very important collection of essays by over 20 scholars and other  professionals that considers future mutually beneficial interactions between rich and peaceful Australia (the Switzerland of Asia) and South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian countries, notably India, China, Japan and Indonesia. Despite some major key omissions[Read More…]

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Power Dynamics Changing In World Order

Power Dynamics Changing In World Order

This new global alignment is a positive. The US has dominated the world for too long and must learn to become a cooperative partner. And as US power is waning on the world stage, there is an opening for people power in solidarity across borders to grow.

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Tensions in Hamburg: The G20 Fractures

Tensions in Hamburg: The G20 Fractures

  “I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.” Angela Merkel, BBC News, Jul 8, 2017 Such gatherings and summits are not always smooth, but on a planet bearing witness to a Trump presidency, there was always going to be a chance for more excitement at[Read More…]

“The July 2017 G-20 Summit: Beyond The Theatrics

“The July 2017 G-20 Summit: Beyond The Theatrics

If anything, this is the first time this century is faced with a seemingly intractable set of overlapping problems.They range from Poverty and Unemployment, Human Rights and Climate Change, to xenophobic levels of fear of Global Terrorism, Wars in the Middle East and Africa and, importantly the climacteric threat of war in the Japanese Peninsula.The latter concern must receive priority[Read More…]

The North Korean Dilemma Part II : Economic Ties And The Banyan Tree

The North Korean Dilemma Part II : Economic Ties And The Banyan Tree

About a hundred miles north of Bangalore, India, in the village of Thimmamma Marrimanu grows an eponymous banyan tree. There are all kinds of records for trees: the tallest, the stoutest, the oldest, and so on, but the record for the largest canopy, at an astounding five acres, is held by this banyan. And it also holds the key to[Read More…]

Jeremy Corbyn And The Power Of Literature

Jeremy Corbyn And The Power Of Literature

Something strange happened to the British Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and to the British public on the way to the recently held election in the UK. Once the target of widespread criticism from within his party and the mainstream media, his leadership deemed a disaster and his policies too extreme to be winnable, Corbyn surprised his critics and the pundits[Read More…]

Dangerous Pantomime: Trump And North Korea’s Missile Program

Dangerous Pantomime: Trump And North Korea’s Missile Program

It’s all fine while it remains on the stage, a matter of contained, almost camp displays of grunting and strutting.  The diplomats can still have some say; the foreign ministries retain some hold over the military instinct. But the longer the Korean Nuclear Dance continues, the more likely it will repel the jaw jaw option in favour of war war.[Read More…]

The North Korean Dilemma – Part I: War And Peace

The North Korean Dilemma – Part I: War And Peace

  The North Koreans sent us a gift on July 4th. In the morning, — their time, it was still July 3rd evening here — they launched a missile. It reached a height of 1741 miles (2802 Km) which was 400 miles higher than the earlier May 14 launch. Calling it the Hwasong-14, they have claimed it has a range[Read More…]

The Saudi-American-Iranian-Russian-Qatari-Syrian Conundrum 

The Saudi-American-Iranian-Russian-Qatari-Syrian Conundrum 

The Middle East.  Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea?  Not likely.  The planet’s two leading nuclear armed powers backing battling proxies amply supplied with conventional weapons; terror groups splitting and spreading; religious-sectarian wars threatening amid a plethora of ongoing armed hostilities stretching from Syria to Iraq to Yemen. And that was before Donald Trump[Read More…]

North Korean Missile Launch Intensifies War Danger

North Korean Missile Launch Intensifies War Danger

North Korea’s test launch yesterday of a long-range missile has markedly heightened the danger of a war in North East Asia that would have catastrophic consequences for the region and the world. The launch was followed by threatening missile tests by the South Korean and US militaries, as well as condemnations by the US and its allies and a call[Read More…]

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Modi’s Visit To Israel: Embrace Of Two Deadly Ideologies, Zionism And Hindutva

Modi’s Visit To Israel: Embrace Of Two Deadly Ideologies, Zionism And Hindutva

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Israel. It is a historical visit. It is the first time an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Israel. Putting aside all protocol norms Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Ben-Gurion Airport to welcome Modi. Let’s step back and take a broader view of this historical visit.  The Israeli Knesset (parliament) recently passed[Read More…]

US-Backed War In Yemen Sparks Deadly Cholera Outbreak

US-Backed War In Yemen Sparks Deadly Cholera Outbreak

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,500 Yemenis have died in a deadly cholera epidemic which has infected some 250,000 people since April. Children account for a quarter of the deaths and half of all infections. The deadly outbreak is the direct result of the criminal Saudi-led, US-backed war to reinstate the puppet[Read More…]

10-year-old Afghan Street Kid Mubasir smiles despite his difficulties

What Does War Generate?

  She read to us. “The Works of Mercy:  Feed the hungry; Give drink to the thirsty; Clothe the naked; Visit the imprisoned; Care for the sick; Bury the dead.” And then she read: “The Works of War: Destroy crops and land; Seize food supplies; Destroy homes; Scatter families; Contaminate water; Imprison dissenters; Inflict wounds, burns; Kill the living.” The following[Read More…]

Reflections On Canada At 150

Reflections On Canada At 150

Yesterday, July 1st, 2017, was Canada’s sesquicentennial, its one hundred fiftieth birthday. A youngster in comparison to many, not an elder statesman to any. The Canadian maple leaf flag hung on our porch rail, not for pride in our government, but for the realization that by pure chance we live in a remarkable region of the world geographically with a[Read More…]

Two Disasters-Two Countries-Two Peoples: Britain And Bangladesh

Two Disasters-Two Countries-Two Peoples: Britain And Bangladesh

Consecutively on 13th and 14th June, major disasters hit Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. On the morning of 13th, landslides killed more than 150 people, and four army personnel, in Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts districts of Bangladesh. And in the early hours of the 14th, a fire in a 24-storied apartment complex, the Grenfell Tower, killed around 80 people[Read More…]

Exploiting Hate in the World’s Largest Democracies: Violence for Gain

Exploiting Hate in the World’s Largest Democracies: Violence for Gain

  The well-known journalist, Seymour Hersch, has published an article in the German newspaper Die Welt refuting President Trump’s assertions blaming the Syrians for the chemical incident at Khan Shaykhun on April 4th. Worse, it accuses him of ignoring the intelligence that supported the Syrian and Russian version of events. Mr. Hersch’s source(s)? Senior U.S. intelligence operatives. The subsequent bombing[Read More…]

India – US Relations

India – US Relations

  The World War Second was a source of big, deep and far reaching changes in the international power structure. All the super powers of the pre-war multi-polar power structure  like Britain, France, Spain , Italy, Germany, Japan , Portugal, Austria etc. became very weak as a result of the heavy losses that they suffered during the War (1939-1945). So[Read More…]

UN Under Siege: Geopolitics In The Time of Trump

UN Under Siege: Geopolitics In The Time of Trump

A modified and enlarged version of a talk Richard Falk gave in Geneva a week ago. The audience was a blend of students of all ages from around the world, with almost none from Europe and North America, and several NGO representatives with lots of UN experience.  Why the peoples of the world need the UN: multilateralism, international law, human rights, and[Read More…]

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The Fourth of July Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

This year, sit back with your favorite beverage or herb, prop up your feet and open your head to consider Independence Day in a whole new way.   A historically critical article about the American Revolution would typically discuss how the democratic promises of the Declaration were left hanging at war’s end, followed by a decidedly undemocratic constitution six years[Read More…]

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Israel, a rogue state if ever there was one, pursues its “security” as a Jewish Zionist entity on all of Mandate Palestine through demonizing Palestinian Arabs, whom it has long subjected to a racist campaign that defines their resistance, both violent and non-violent, as anti-Semitism on the one hand and as terrorism on the other. Thankfully, Israel’s cover for its[Read More…]

Tension Erupts As Chinese Troops Enter Indian Territory Destroying Bunkers

Tension Erupts As Chinese Troops Enter Indian Territory Destroying Bunkers

  A major scuffle has erupted along the India-China border as Chinese troops entered the Indian state of Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. Chinese troops also engaged in a fight with Indian troops, who were guarding the border at the location. The Press Trust of India reported that tension mounted in a remote area of Sikkim after a scuffle[Read More…]

A worker walks past a "Hillary" sign on the floor after the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

On The Wrong Side Of History: The US Democratic Party’s Decline

Introduction: Democrats on the Wrong Side of History History is not on the side of the US Democratic Party and not just because Republicans control all branches of government and dominate in legislatures in 32 states and governorships in 33 states.  Just as there is not much of a centrist or leftist challenge to bourgeois political parties around the world,[Read More…]

Hillsborough: Holding The Police To Account

Hillsborough: Holding The Police To Account

“It is also a story of deceit and lies, of institutional defensiveness defeating truth and justice. It is evidence of a culture of denial within South Yorkshire Police.” Anne Burkett, BBC, Apr 27, 2016 It took 28 years for the tables to turn on the South Yorkshire police regarding the Hillsborough disaster that took the lives of 96 fans.  The[Read More…]

Behind The Scenes At The Saudi-Qatari Pissing Contest

Behind The Scenes At The Saudi-Qatari Pissing Contest

Saudi Arabia, with the bellicose support of President Trump, has launched a diplomatic and partial economic offensive against the ridiculously small state of Qatar and is dragging its allies, the United Arab Emirates in particular, into a potential major headache. You see the de facto capital of the Emirates is Abu Dhabi which uses Qatari natural gas to generate half[Read More…]

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Egyptian First Deputy Prime Minister Vice and Minister of Defense, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits in the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, 01 August 2013. Westerwelle is holding political talks with representatives from the government and the opposition. Photo by: Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

El-Sisi: Egypt’s Antihero And The Broader Regional Implications

“You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and  you can’t make peace without Syria.”   –   Henry Kissinger In Egyptian mythology, gods were considered heroes.  In more modern times, it is men who are the heroes.   Without a doubt, General Gamal Abdul Nasser has secured his legacy as a hero – a revolutionary who fought for Egypt and[Read More…]

The European Commission, Google and Anti-Competition

The European Commission, Google and Anti-Competition

“Google’s practices have deprived millions of European consumers of the full benefits of competition, genuine choice and innovation.” Margrethe Vestager, June 28, 2017 Google, for some time, has been the leviathan of the tech world.  A KQED radio discussion on a Tuesday morning treats the company as a creator and dispenser: creator of transport infrastructure, funnelling employees from the city[Read More…]

Don’t Buy The “National Deficit/Debt” Scam That Steals From Working People

Don’t Buy The “National Deficit/Debt” Scam That Steals From Working People

For decades the politicians have refused to tax the rich, the corporations and the banks. They choose instead to borrow to run the government. They borrow money from the rich, whom they refused to tax, and then pay them interest. Politicians keep telling us that the national debt is too high; they say we can’t afford to spend money on[Read More…]

The Supreme Court Partially Unblocks Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

The Supreme Court Partially Unblocks Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

  The Supreme Court Monday (June 25) allowed parts of President Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall. The apex Court ruled that despite rulings in two different federal courts – that the ban should be put on hold while judges decide whether it’s constitutional – the Trump[Read More…]

More Than 30 Arrested As Freedom Protests Sweep Across Arab Ahwaz Region In Iran

More Than 30 Arrested As Freedom Protests Sweep Across Arab Ahwaz Region In Iran

  More than 30 people were brutally arrested in Ahwaz in Iran on Monday, the second day of Eid al-Fitr, after courageous Ahwazi Arabs held peaceful demonstrations in towns, cities, and villages across the region, demanding freedom and human rights and protesting against the systemic oppression and injustice which generations of Ahwazis have now endured under successive regimes for 92[Read More…]

Palestinians Are Seeking Justice In Jerusalem – Not An Abusive Life-Long Mate

Palestinians Are Seeking Justice In Jerusalem – Not An Abusive Life-Long Mate

  Several articles have been published about the “legal limbo” in which Palestinian Jerusalemites exist and proposals as to what Israel ought to do about this 50-year old travesty, among them being righting “the wrong” of denying Palestinian Arabs in East Jerusalem Israeli citizenship. In my view, such articles both define the injustice done to Palestinians deceptively and are meant[Read More…]

Dreaming The Same Dream

Dreaming The Same Dream

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. held his world-famous speech; “I Have a Dream”. A dream we all dream and dreamed of. I was almost 7 years old and still remember. His speech was full of fire and passion, right out of his honest heart. A speech, and also in that time the greatest demonstration ever in America,[Read More…]

In The Twitter Building: Tech Incubators And Altering Perceptions

In The Twitter Building: Tech Incubators And Altering Perceptions

San Francisco: The Twitter Building on Market Street, San Francisco, sounds like an aviary bustling with activity.  With its bright open spaces and chirping entrepreneurs hatching the next project, it might as well be.  Several floors are dedicated to what can only be described as a technological frontier, where the tech generation of pimply youths barely out of school are subscribing[Read More…]

Two And Half Minutes To Midnight

Two And Half Minutes To Midnight

  There is a disturbing, discordant dissonance in the world. It is an uncomfortable feeling that something really bad is about to happen. Events unfold almost daily each of which would have been cause for shock and alarm once upon a time. Worshipers leaving after Ramadan prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque were attacked by a man driving a van, killing[Read More…]

Escalations In Syria

Escalations In Syria

To become enmeshed in a war of incalculable variables; to be at bloody bruised loggerheads – this is the Syrian nightmare, where there are more punters than odds. Savagely, Syria as a state is being ravaged and mauled to the point of non-recognition. It is now a mere terrain for heavily armed bullies, a smoky crusted ruin of dust and[Read More…]

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Lawfare Is Meant To Convert Jews Worldwide To Zionism

Lawfare Is Meant To Convert Jews Worldwide To Zionism

  Lawfare as used by the Zionist organization The Lawfare Project and others is meant to persuade every Jew in the world (and not just Israeli Jews) that his or her Jewish identity, welfare and security are inextricably related to the continued suppression of justice, equality and freedom of Palestinian Arabs or, in other words, to the Apartheid Zionist Jewish state. Lawfare is a[Read More…]

Islamic State: The Genesis of a Sectarian Frankenstein

Islamic State: The Genesis of a Sectarian Frankenstein

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front has been led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed [1] as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader[Read More…]

In A Major Power Shakeup: Saudi King Appoints His Son Mohammed bin Salman As New Crown Prince

In A Major Power Shakeup: Saudi King Appoints His Son Mohammed bin Salman As New Crown Prince

  Saudi Arabia’s king Wednesday (June 21) appointed his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman bin Abdulaziz is 81 and reportedly not in the best of health. Tellingly, replacing a Crown Prince is not unprecedented with the Arab monarchs. In January 1999, while[Read More…]

If North Korea Didn’t Exist US Would Have Invented It

If North Korea Didn’t Exist US Would Have Invented It

  In its latest move early June 2017, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by the United States to expand the scope of sanctions against Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its latest missile tests. Prior to this the UNSC slapped the North Korea with six rounds of sanctions, but Washington and its allies[Read More…]

Our No Trump Contract

Our No Trump Contract

At this critical moment in human history it is important to recognize that Trump is in charge of very little. Every President struggles to overcome the basic inertia of large systems, entrenched bureaucracies, and a media and media owners with their own ideas on policy. Even when a President is intelligent and engaged with the information there are severe limits[Read More…]

Israel vs. The United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Israel vs. The United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

  The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion.  Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing[Read More…]

Barclays In Hot Water: The Qatar Connection

Barclays In Hot Water: The Qatar Connection

Qatar has been making waves for some weeks now, and in the deluge, it has also strung along a few companions. One is the UK bank Barclays, which prided itself for having avoided a government bailout in the financial crisis of 2008.  In the ensuing chest thumping, executives could claim to have spared the British taxpayer the need to fork[Read More…]

“Would You Like A  Drink Of Water?”  Please Ask A Yemeni Child

“Would You Like A  Drink Of Water?”  Please Ask A Yemeni Child

This week, in New York City, representatives from more than100 countries will begin collaborating on an international treaty, first proposed in 2016, to ban nuclear weapons forever. It makes sense for every country in the world to seek a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. It would make even more sense to immediately deactivate all nuclear weapons. But, by boycotting[Read More…]

Saudi-Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Deepens: Qatar Rejects Any Talks Until Blockade Is Lifted

Saudi-Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Deepens: Qatar Rejects Any Talks Until Blockade Is Lifted

Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Monday (June 19) ruled out any talks to resolve the current Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis unless blockade is lifted. “Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying. “Until now we[Read More…]

Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London, Britain June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

American Muslims Alarmed At Killing Of Worshipers In Virginia And United Kingdom

  The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the killings of worshippers in Virginia and the British capital, London. The Washington Post reported Monday (June 19) police found remains of a missing Virginia teenager who was assaulted and disappeared overnight after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area, and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in[Read More…]

US-Backed Siege Batters Old City Of Mosul

US-Backed Siege Batters Old City Of Mosul

  Backed by US airstrikes, artillery and special forces “advisors,” Iraqi troops began storming Mosul’s crowded Old City, where the United Nations estimates that some 150,000 civilians are trapped under the siege. Iraqi commanders have issued triumphalist statements hailing the offensive as the beginning of the end for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which took control of[Read More…]

US Shoots Down Syrian Government Aircraft

US Shoots Down Syrian Government Aircraft

In a marked escalation of the war in Syria, a US F-18 fighter jet yesterday shot down a Syrian government fighter bomber for the first time, claiming that it had been attacking pro-US rebel forces on the ground near Raqqa. While nominally fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces, the US shoot-down makes clear that the real target[Read More…]

WSO Bring Together The Voices Of Indigenous Peoples And Sikhs 

WSO Bring Together The Voices Of Indigenous Peoples And Sikhs 

In order to mark 150th anniversary of the Canadian confederation, the World Sikh Organization (WSO) has started a conversation on Sikh settler privilege. To make a beginning, the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council Chief Dr. Robert Joseph was invited as keynote speaker at their annual dinner in Surrey on[Read More…]

Saudi-Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Explained

Saudi-Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Explained

  The British newspaper Times reported Saturday (June 17) that in a dramatic move Saudi Arabia and Israel are in talks to establish economic ties that perhaps explains why Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a sweeping blockade on Qatar, in an effort to force the Gulf state to drop its support for Hamas, who control Gaza. The Times[Read More…]

 A twitter President, A Sclerotic Congress, A Horrifying Question: How Far Can The Boat Drift Before It Hits The Rocks? 

 A twitter President, A Sclerotic Congress, A Horrifying Question: How Far Can The Boat Drift Before It Hits The Rocks? 

We need to begin this discussion with the unfinished Presidency of Barack Obama. Some said it was because of his race. Others said it was his deliberative slowness as he explored every possibility and probability to its end before making a decision. Some said it was because he just could not “get along” with Congress. Others said it was because[Read More…]

Puppet of History: Panama’s Manuel Noriega

Puppet of History: Panama’s Manuel Noriega

“Bush appeared on television to praise the invading troops and to say his cowardly vision – all that a wimp with an inferiority complex could be capable of.” Manuel Noriega on George H. W. Bush The late General Manuel Antonio Noriega has done more to demonstrate the bipolar nature of US foreign policy in the Americas than any single, historically[Read More…]

Valuing Human Life In The UK

Valuing Human Life In The UK

  Arnold Turling is a very angry and unhappy man — vindicated but at what cost. Three years ago, he advised the All Party Parliamentary Rescue Group that cheap flammable insulation filler inside the new waterproof cladding and lack of a sprinkler system made buildings like Grenfell Tower a disaster waiting to happen. Mr. Turling is a Chartered Surveyor as[Read More…]

Who Will Succeed Al-Baghdadi After His Reported Death?

Who Will Succeed Al-Baghdadi After His Reported Death?

The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed [1] that according to information, which is being checked through various channels, the Islamic State’s leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi had reportedly been killed as a result of airstrikes conducted by the Russian aircrafts near Raqqa on May 28. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking Islamic State leaders where al- Baghdadi had reportedly been[Read More…]

Battle For Raqqa: Protests Needed On Violations Of Humanitarian Law

Battle For Raqqa: Protests Needed On Violations Of Humanitarian Law

  The battle for Raqqa, a symbolic city for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria is underway with ever-increasing dangers to civilian populations caught in the cross-fire of ISIS and the advancing Kurd-led Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by air strikes of the US-led coalition. The United Nations Secretariat has raised an alarm concerning the fate of families held by the[Read More…]

Qatar Signs $12 Billion Deal To Buy 36 F-15 Jets As US Warships Arrive In Qatar For Military Exercise

Qatar Signs $12 Billion Deal To Buy 36 F-15 Jets As US Warships Arrive In Qatar For Military Exercise

  In a paradoxical development in the current Saudi-Qatari dispute, Qatar and the United States Wednesday signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets for $12 billion while two US warships arrived in Qatar for joint exercise. Tellingly, the $12 billion deal was signed despite Qatar being criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting “terrorism.” The Bloomberg News quoted[Read More…]

 Hodgkinson’s Disease And Our Exceptional Nation

 Hodgkinson’s Disease And Our Exceptional Nation

  Hodgkin’s lymphoma — formerly known as Hodgkin’s disease — is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. In Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of two common[Read More…]

Congressman Steve Scalise And The Politics Of Gun Violence

Congressman Steve Scalise And The Politics Of Gun Violence

On 14 June 2017, Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip and Louisiana Congressman, was wounded by a gunman – small businessman James Hodgkinson, 66 – who opened fire at a baseball park in Alexandria, VA where several legislators and their aides were practicing. Gun violence in America is more prevalent than in any other country in the world. However, instead of[Read More…]

Teasing Theresa: The EU, Brexit And The British Elections

Teasing Theresa: The EU, Brexit And The British Elections

It took little time for political leaders in the European Union to start dangling the carrot in front of a wounded British Prime Minister.  Theresa May’s defeated victory in the British general elections had barely sunk it, and the comments, even invitations, were being issued by various European leaders. This all lies in the interpretation of the British election result. [Read More…]

Rallies Across USA Show Convergence Of Supremacist And Islamophobes

Rallies Across USA Show Convergence Of Supremacist And Islamophobes

  Far-right activists held anti-Muslim demonstrations in least 28 cities across the United States on Sunday (June 11). The demonstrators, spurred by one of the largest grass-roots anti-Muslim group, and in many cases were met by larger crowds of counter protesters. Counter protesters amassed in several cities to oppose the nationwide marches, with clashes and skirmishes taking place at a[Read More…]

US Forces Accused Of Firing White Phosphorus Into Mosul And Raqqa

US Forces Accused Of Firing White Phosphorus Into Mosul And Raqqa

Videos published by the Amaq news agency show artillery exploding over Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria that analysts believe could be white phosphorus rounds. Amaq, which often publishes information provided by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sources, claims that the areas which are shown being bombarded are ISIS-held sectors of the cities still populated by large[Read More…]

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Dubious Results Of The Presidential Elections In Iran

Dubious Results Of The Presidential Elections In Iran

Iranians voted in the presidential as well as the city and village councils elections on May 19, 2017. The two elections were arranged to be on the same day to boost participations and show support for the clerical regime in Tehran. The Guardian Council had handpicked six candidates and rejected the rest of more than 1600 applicants who had registered[Read More…]

Al-Nusra’s Name has been Removed From Terror List After Rebranding

Al-Nusra’s Name has been Removed From Terror List After Rebranding

According to a recent report [1] by CBC Canada, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) since July 2016, has been removed from the terror watch-lists of the US and Canada after it merged with fighters from Zenki Brigade and hardline jihadists from Ahrar al-Sham and rebranded itself as Hayat[Read More…]

For May And Trump Storms On The Horizon

For May And Trump Storms On The Horizon

  When Donald Trump began his presidential campaign no one believed he could possibly be elected. When David Cameron went to the country on EU membership, he could not imagine ‘Remain’ losing. So it was with Theresa May. Ahead in the polls by 21 points she sought an unassailable majority. Whatever the reasons — and there are many — she[Read More…]

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, arrives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Select Committee during an open hearing.

James Comey’s Testimony

The entertainment reality show got another instalment on Thursday with the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before members of the Senate intelligence committee. The various birds of prey wishing to find smoking carrion were left only partially satisfied. The Republicans were left confused, and the right wing media felt that Trump had been exonerated. There was something for everyone.

Saudi Arabia Teams Up With Israel In Anti-Qatar Lobbying In The US Congress

Saudi Arabia Teams Up With Israel In Anti-Qatar Lobbying In The US Congress

  US proposed  legislation – Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017 – threatening to sanction Qatar for its support of the so-called “Palestinian terror” was sponsored by 10 lawmakers who received more than $1m over the last 18 months from lobbyists and groups linked to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Al Jazeera reported Friday. The[Read More…]

The low-key passing of Manuel Noriega

The low-key passing of Manuel Noriega

By the time Manuel Noriega died on May 29, 2017, the “ousted dictator” or “Panamanian strongman” had long since taken up residency in the proverbial dustbin of history. He hadn’t been useful or “trending” for decades and was thus relegated to virtual invisibility. Even those who vaguely remembered him may have already presumed him dead — a pre-Internet relic without a[Read More…]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Surge

Jeremy Corbyn’s Surge

The pollsters only got it partly wrong this time, though the most spectacular prediction cock-up was that on what would happen to British Labour prior to the exit polls.  Scotland crept up with a Tory surge, netting 12 seats, and there were scattering and skirmishing victories over the Scottish National Party, which suffered a considerable bruising. But what mattered here[Read More…]

Poster of radical FPI in Jakarta

 U.S. “Jihadi Express”: Indonesia – Afghanistan – Syria – Philippines

Text And Photos: Andre Vltchek It was late at night but the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Jakarta was still bustling with families and friends waiting for their loved ones returning from abroad. My friend Noor Huda Ismail was just arriving from Singapore, and I decided to pick him up and discuss ‘certain issues’ with him in[Read More…]

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Who Are The Green, Yellow And Red Militants In Syria?

Who Are The Green, Yellow And Red Militants In Syria?

In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: that are, the Syrian government-controlled areas, the regions administered by the Syrian Kurds and the areas that have been occupied by the Syrian opposition. Excluding Idlib Governorate which has been occupied by the Syrian opposition, all the major population centers[Read More…]

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Terror Attack In Iran Exacerbates War Tensions In Gulf

Terror Attack In Iran Exacerbates War Tensions In Gulf

Nineteen people, including all six assailants, were killed as the result of a coordinated terrorist attack Wednesday morning that targeted Iran’s Parliament complex in central Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder-leader, some 15 miles to the south. The attack, which took Iranian elite forces close to two hours to end, also wounded 43 people, some[Read More…]

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Backs Qatar In Dispute With Saudi Arabia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Backs Qatar In Dispute With Saudi Arabia

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Qatar after Saudi Arabia and several other countries severed diplomatic ties with it for supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. President Erdogan is the Chairman of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Ironically, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Maldives are members of the OIC. “Let me say[Read More…]

Punishing Qatar

Punishing Qatar

Are we in need of distractions?  The political masters obviously think so.  There have been hackings, cuttings, slayings and crushing events.  As battles continue raging in Syria and northern Iraq, European cities face the next round of urban slayings. As that was taking place, eyes in the western media were taken off brewing troubles among the Gulf States.  Eager pots[Read More…]

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Afghan Peace Volunteers at work in their permaculture plot in Kabul

Courage For Peace, Not For War, In Afghanistan

  When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about fifty sky-blue scarves. The word “Borderfree” is carefully embroidered, in English, on one end of each scarf; on the opposite side, they’ve stitched the translation in Dari, the language they speak. The scarves express their[Read More…]

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Twilight Of The American Century And Chinese Ascendancy

Twilight Of The American Century And Chinese Ascendancy

Abstract The more evidence we have that the American century of international hegemony is waning because of an increasingly weaker economy, the more scholars and analysts of international political economy insist that the 21st century will not witness China’s global ascendancy. From prominent academics to journalists there is a refusal to acknowledge structural shifts in the global economy from West[Read More…]

Terror As Opportunity: Exploiting The London Attacks

Terror As Opportunity: Exploiting The London Attacks

The hallmark of any administration worth its corruptly curing salt is making hay while the sun shines its searing rays.  Not long after the slashing and running down was taking place in London, moving from London Bridge to Borough Market, the tweets of blame and fire were already coming through. That nasty sovereign known as social media was already agitating.[Read More…]

USS Liberty: Little-Known Tale Of Betrayal And Cover Up

USS Liberty: Little-Known Tale Of Betrayal And Cover Up

  This column is about events so counterintuitive that Hollywood would reject the plot as being too unbelievable. Fifty years ago on June 8th, another nation intentionally attacked a U.S. Navy ship in international waters, and the U.S. didn’t respond. The attack The lightly-armed intelligence-gathering U.S. ship was under close observation for at least six hours before an air attack[Read More…]

Explaining The Dollar: How It Became The Global Currency And What It Means For You

Explaining The Dollar: How It Became The Global Currency And What It Means For You

    Most working people think of the buck as the way they pay their bills. But its use goes far beyond the USA’s borders. The greenback is the major world currency for trade and finance. This international role bestows vast power on the U.S. government and the rich. But its status doesn’t help ordinary people much. Fundamentally, the exchange[Read More…]

 More Mass Destruction Weapons

 More Mass Destruction Weapons

On May 25, Donald Trump, the President of America, visited Brussels and the NATO. His visit concluded that Europe must meet its obligations and buy more mass destruction weapons for the security and democracy of the Western and free world. In a clumsy, arrogant and disrespectful way he insult America’s best and most loyal allies. After Trump had closed a[Read More…]

A Coarse Trump And The Disunited States Of America

A Coarse Trump And The Disunited States Of America

  This Thursday, June 1, the U.S. decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Like Brexit, the process is not like instant coffee; if anything, it is much more of a slow brew to which one could add harvesting or even growing the coffee in the first place. To prevent disruption for other members, it calls for a period[Read More…]

The State-Name of Macedonia?

The State-Name of Macedonia?

Preface The “Macedonian Question” is today actual for several reasons of whom two are of the fundamental importance: 1. The Albanian secession in the FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); and 2. The Greek dispute with the FYROM authorities over several issues.[1] For the matter of illustration, for instance, Greece is so far blocking Macedonia’s joining the NATO and the[Read More…]

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Revive Muslim Travel Ban

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Revive Muslim Travel Ban

  The Trump administration on Thursday (June 1) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his controversial Muslim travel ban executive order which was blocked by lower courts that found it discriminatory. The Justice Department asked the apex court to temporarily lift injunctions that bar officials from carrying out Trump’s March 6, 2017 directive to suspend visa issuance to citizens[Read More…]

The U-Turn Queen: Theresa May in Action

The U-Turn Queen: Theresa May in Action

Authoritarian styles can come at cost.  The manner with which the British Prime Minister has reacted to the concept of debate has been one such point. While the joys of the Westminster system hardly suggest untrammelled enlightenment, one superficial element remains: the need to debate policies. Having called an election, the pollster community were more or less suggesting Theresa May[Read More…]

Afghanistan: From Soviet Occupation To American ‘Liberation’

Afghanistan: From Soviet Occupation To American ‘Liberation’

During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected as the president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the “just war” in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he would withdraw American troops stationed in Iraq. The unilateral intervention in Iraq by the Bush Administration was highly unpopular[Read More…]

The Chinese-Indian New Cold War – Southeast and South Asia

The Chinese-Indian New Cold War – Southeast and South Asia

This is the second part of The Chinese-Indian New Cold War series from Andrew Korybko, looking at the region of Southeast and South Asia. Please read Part I  Introduction The first realm of rivalry to be explored between China and India is the interconnected strategic space of Southeast and South Asia. While geopolitically separate and not yet functionally integrated with[Read More…]

John McCain in Australia

John McCain in Australia

There is no getting away from the fact that a visit to that known outpost of American Empire, Australia, softens the mind and leads to a more vigorous wagging of tongues than usual. Away from the scrutiny of a full blooded Washington press corps, politicians can engage in speculation and hyperbole. The paternalists can slip into something more comfortable, and[Read More…]

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To Avoid Straining Ties With Iran Pakistan May Quit Command Of Saudi-Led Muslim Military Alliance

  Pakistan is reconsidering its position on the so-called 41-nation Islamic military alliance, led by Saudi Arabia, to avoid straining its relationship with neighboring Iran, according to Pakistan media reports. The military alliance was to be commanded by General Raheel Sharif, the former commander-in-chief of Pakistan army who retired from the Pak army last year. Its decision comes after statements[Read More…]

French Media Hail Macron’s Moves Away From US Anti-Russian Policies

French Media Hail Macron’s Moves Away From US Anti-Russian Policies

Yesterday, French media applauded newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s summit Monday in Versailles with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This enthusiasm was all the more significant as the newspapers made little effort to hide the fact that Macron was shifting towards Moscow despite Washington’s open hostility to Russia. “In the finery of the castle of Versailles,” Le Monde wrote in its[Read More…]

Forrest Donations And False Charity

Forrest Donations And False Charity

It is easy to sneer, and availing oneself of this chance, let’s. The celebratory guff floating on the media glow of mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest for giving away $400 million to charitable pursuits is reminiscent to that of Mark Zuckerberg.   At least he did not dig up the earth in the process. Within the kernel of philanthropic generosity lies[Read More…]

Saudi King Salman presents President Donald Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Israel And Saudi Arabia: Targeting Iran

  In the wake of President Donald Trump’s visit to West Asia, is there even a faint glimmer of hope for peace in the most conflict-ridden region of the world? Or, has his visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel from the 20th to the 23rd of May 2017 only strained the region’s undercurrentsof friction and tension?  Some reflections on areas[Read More…]

Barging Through NATO: Donald Trump In Europe

Barging Through NATO: Donald Trump In Europe

From his big white bird did the President descend upon his dreading European hosts, looking much like natives waiting to be slaughtered or ravished.  As Donald Trump pushed his way through NATO members (the Montenegrin prime minister, for one, felt his forceful shove), representatives shot glances of discomfort and bemusement. In a refreshing blast of brutishness, the Ugly American, made[Read More…]

Take Torture Off Agenda

Take Torture Off Agenda

  According to President Donald Trump, people who are tortured deserve it. Trump’s initial draft executive order in January revealed his passion for reopening U.S. black site prisons, loading Guantanamo with prisoners, and rewriting the Army Field Manual to redefine allowable interrogation techniques. Sure, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposes torture. But multiple CIA agents, military brass, legislators, and citizens have[Read More…]

The Renewal Of The British Left

The Renewal Of The British Left

Nowadays, the common sense can hardly believe in the tangible fact that NATO is endangering the safety of the two nuclear powers, Russia and China. Judging by the antirussian campaign in the Western media, as well as the deployment of NATO troops in Eastern Europe and the Far East, it is as if the war has already started. The territories[Read More…]

The Merry Life of Dragnet Surveillance

The Merry Life of Dragnet Surveillance

In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, a grudging acceptance was made by the Obama administration that something had to be done about a roguish surveillance complex unhinged from its foundations.  The National Security Agency had overstretched its powers, to the point where it was not only conducting its standard mischief against foreign targets, but against US citizens[Read More…]

Europe’s Terror Blowback: From Charlie Hebdo To Manchester Bombing

Europe’s Terror Blowback: From Charlie Hebdo To Manchester Bombing

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to June 2014 when the Islamic State overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, an informal pact existed between the Western powers, their regional allies and the Sunni Arab militants of the Middle East against the Shi’a Iranian axis comprised of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah.[Read More…]

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Trump Bullies Europe As Daesh Kills

  The thirst for war is ancient. As old as disputatious neighbors or rival tribes, it is enticing — a siren call for the strong, presenting as it does a quick, easy and final solution. That it is often not, has hastened the end of royal dynasties (Hohenzollerns, Hapsburgs and Romanovs after WWI) and empires, including the British. There are[Read More…]

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017.
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Riyadh Speech: State Terrorist Trump’s Fake News Ignores Muslim Holocaust & American Holocaust

  President Donald Trump has inherited from Obama the mantle as the world’s worst presently operating  state terrorist, serial invader, war criminal, killer of children, opiate drug pusher and climate criminal. Trump’s Riyadh speech was a narcissistic concoction of fake news through lying by omission and lying by commission as Religious Right America and Wahabi Islamist Saudi Arabia are united[Read More…]

There Is More To It Than Meets The Eye: India’s Boycott of The Recently Concluded OBOR Summit

There Is More To It Than Meets The Eye: India’s Boycott of The Recently Concluded OBOR Summit

It is ten days since the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Summit called and hosted by China at Beijing from May 14 to 15, 2017, concluded. Significantly, India did not participate in OBOR. But the subject is so important for peace, development and stability or otherwise in the region and beyond , that it has continued relevance and requires a[Read More…]

Humans Have Done Too Much Killing, Try Peace Now Before It’s Too Late!

Humans Have Done Too Much Killing, Try Peace Now Before It’s Too Late!

We approach Memorial Day honoring the ultimate sacrifices made by 1.4 million American military men and women who died in America’s wars since 1775.  We must discuss the horrific impact of war on surviving soldiers and civilians.  For only they can teach us working for peace is a better option than fighting wars. Each death in war brings everlasting tragedy[Read More…]

Instability Widens In Mali And The Sahel Region of Africa

Instability Widens In Mali And The Sahel Region of Africa

The first foreign visit of the new French President Emmanuel Macron, after a now habitual trip to Berlin, was to Gao in northern Mali as head of the French military. The visit was an attempt to be seen as paying attention to the efforts of French troops in operations in northern Mali and other states of the Sahel region of[Read More…]

The tomb of the prophet Daniel, south of Tehran in Shush (ancient Susa), attracts Jews and Muslims alike. | Photo credit: AP

Fear As An Obstacle To Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

  Bat-Hen Epstein Elias’s long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear. Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,” the story in‘Israel Hayom’ peddles the idea that, although Iranian Jews[Read More…]

From Afghanistan To My #Mother!, And The Child In Everyone

From Afghanistan To My #Mother!, And The Child In Everyone

Dear mom and fellow members of the human family, I love my 77-year-old frugal, hardworking, self-sacrificial Han Chinese Singaporean mother, so when Trump’s military/government dropped what they nicknamed the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ ( MOAB ) on Achin District in Afghanistan, I knew I had to do something about this psycho-social disease of ‘war’. I mean, my mom is nothing[Read More…]

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The May-Trump Guide To War And Terror

The May-Trump Guide To War And Terror

Bomb, terrorize and slaughter Middle Eastern majority-Muslim countries for strategic self-interest, but call it humanitarian. Thereby destroy the state’s security and infrastructure creating the perfect conditions for terror groups to operate. Arm, train & fund terror groups who are/have the same ideology as those you claim to be fighting against, but call them rebels. Create 100s of thousands of refugees[Read More…]

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, nearly arm in arm on the recent tilt in US policy.  “We understand each other,” effused the Israeli[Read More…]

In Visit To Israel, Trump Escalates Attacks On Iran

In Visit To Israel, Trump Escalates Attacks On Iran

Donald Trump made clear from the moment of his arrival in Israel Monday that the purpose of his trip, promoted by the White House and the media as part of a quest for “Middle East peace,” is the consolidation of reactionary regional alliance in support of a US military buildup against Iran. The US president flew to Tel Aviv directly[Read More…]

Saudi King Salman presents President Donald Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump’s Riyadh Circus: Farcical, Nasty, And Dangerous

  Although there’s no reason to take Donald Trump’s erratic behaviour, and his ambivalent and nasty assertions seriously, yet we can’t ignore his latest gimmick, the circus he staged in Riyadh in the name of defeating Islamist terrorism on May 21st. To paraphrase Shakespeare, Trump’s so-called Islamic-Arab-American Summit was “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. The whole thing was[Read More…]

President Donald Trump xxx during a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump’s Speech In Riyadh Signals US Escalation Against Iran

Riddled with hypocrisy, clichés and absurdities, President Donald Trump’s speech Sunday before an assembly of monarchs and despots in Saudi Arabia spelled out an agenda of escalating US militarism throughout the Middle East and a buildup in particular toward war with Iran. Hailed by a fawning American media as “presidential”–supposedly eclipsing for the moment the crises and factional struggles engulfing[Read More…]

Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story

Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and “rendition”. Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean[Read More…]

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

  “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017 The business of making money on property, badly, has shifted to the business of making money, greatly, for the US industrial arms complex.  This is the technique of President Donald Trump, who has[Read More…]

The Illyrians – Autochthonous Balkan People

The Illyrians – Autochthonous Balkan People

It is true that every story about the Balkan Peninsula begins with the ancient Illyrians.[1] Historians believe that these Indo-European people were one of the largest European populationsto inhabit the western portion of the Balkans from the coasts of the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea to the Alps about 1000 B.C. Their eastern neighbours were also Indo-European peoples –[Read More…]

Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism

Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism

It’s their strutting. That detestable image of the strutting that links them, the strutting and prancing Fascists and their swaggering and parading military cousins, up front for their conveniently concealed corporatist controllers. Il Duce among Blackshirts. A strutting and swaggering couple they are, Fascism and the entrenched class of war. Their distorted visions of gallantry and nation come so naturally[Read More…]

Julian Assange, Sweden, And Continuing Battles

Julian Assange, Sweden, And Continuing Battles

It had been, from the start, a cruel wait and see game.  Lacking logic and consistency, the Swedish effort to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom, not for formal charges but the pretext of questioning him over sexual assault and rape, collapsed on Friday. The Director of Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny and Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, in a press[Read More…]

On Being Presidential And The Judgment Of History

On Being Presidential And The Judgment Of History

  There is in the U.S. a certain notion of being presidential.  Toss missiles at Syria or bomb Afghanistan and everyone reflexively calls it presidential.  Added to warmongering is peace making, visiting foreign countries, meeting with foreign leaders, holding joint press conferences with a slew of foreign reporters, all in a whirlwind of activity eagerly seized upon by the home[Read More…]

Obama Presidential Center In Chicago Could Cost $1.5 Billion

Obama Presidential Center In Chicago Could Cost $1.5 Billion

Earlier this month former US president Barack Obama spoke in Chicago about his plans to build his presidential center on the city’s impoverished South Side. Astonishingly, when the center is completed by 2021, the accumulated cost of building Obama’s monument to his political legacy could exceed $1 billion dollars. The early-phase spending, which includes the costs of building a library[Read More…]

Was Chelsea Manning Motivated By Moral Injury? 

Was Chelsea Manning Motivated By Moral Injury? 

  “My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are[Read More…]

Syria: The Afghans Are Coming!

Syria: The Afghans Are Coming!

  There’s a phrase that keeps popping up in discussions of Syria. It’s a string of words that always appear together, without variation, which is a tell for propaganda phrases and talking points. In the context of Libya, there was a line about “African Mercenaries”. The one I keep hearing about Syria is that Assad has “Afghan Shia militias” fighting[Read More…]

Is Trudeau Moving To The Far Right?

Is Trudeau Moving To The Far Right?

This afternoon (Thursday, May 18, 2017) CBC’s Power and Politics host Hannah Thibedeau hosted ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (“ex” as in being forced out of the current Poroshenko government). Apparently Yats has been traipsing around western political circles looking for support for his neoNazi anti-Russian stance in the Ukraine. Support for this would obviously be easy to find in[Read More…]

The Release of Chelsea Manning

The Release of Chelsea Manning

It was one of the brighter acts in a darkening turmoil in the last parts of the Obama presidency, but the decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence added a zest of enlightenment.  Manning had already found herself on the slippery slope to doom, having made two attempts at suicide the previous year, and facing the torment of incarceration in a[Read More…]

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity Is Palestine’s Nightmare

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity Is Palestine’s Nightmare

  The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly two million people. The ‘Jewish Nation-State Bill’[Read More…]

Trump Slip Ups in The Oval Office

Trump Slip Ups in The Oval Office

It has the air of a hunting party, and the quarry, on this occasion, was a lumbering US President with a loose tongue. The individual aiming the rifle in this case was The Washington Post, assisted by the murmurings and breathless whispers of various concerned officials as to what Donald Trump did in his meeting with Russian foreign minister, Sergey[Read More…]

Trumpist-Populism, Neo-Liberalism And Anti-Semitism

Trumpist-Populism, Neo-Liberalism And Anti-Semitism

Introduction Nearly three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reintegration of the former Communist countries into the capitalist world economy, rightwing populism with authoritarian if not Fascist aspects, is thriving not just in Eastern and Western Europe but most notably in the US that presents itself to the world as a democratic society. An eclectic ideology[Read More…]

Fantasies of Worth: Macron’s French Mission

Fantasies of Worth: Macron’s French Mission

The outcome of the French presidential elections did not suggest a France on the verge of rapid, vigorous renewal. It suggested the opposite, a state in atrophy, the Fifth Republic in terminal decline before unleashed historical forces. Dejected, voters feared by way of a majority that Marine Le Pen was simply too potent to be catapulted into the Élysée Palace[Read More…]

Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair’s Home

Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair’s Home

Arlington, VA – Ajit Pai, the Chair of the FCC, is on a mission to destroy the Internet by reclassifying it so that it is no longer a common carrier where we all have equal access and repeal net neutrality rules so Comcast, Verizon and A&T can discriminate based on content. Net neutrality protesting outside of Ajit Pai’s home on[Read More…]

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas.
Violence erupted for a third straight day at protests against the government, escalating tension over moves to keep the leftist leader in power. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

Standoff In Venezuela

Venezuela has been rocked in recent weeks by almost daily protests and counter-protests, as right-wing opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro seek to bring down his government. While the media portrays these events as a popular rebellion against an authoritarian government, supporters of the pro-poor Bolivarian revolution initiated by former president Hugo Chavez say the country is witnessing an escalation[Read More…]

Tracing Potential US View of ISIS As Strategic Asset

Tracing Potential US View of ISIS As Strategic Asset

Gelhorn prize winner Gareth Porter notes this week that in 2008, after the US had destroyed Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending millions fleeing, George W. Bush wanted to establish indefinite military occupation of the country.  But the then Iraqi government lead by prime minister Nouri al Maliki “rebuffed that demand” and forced the largely defeated US[Read More…]

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear And Loathing

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear And Loathing

  Nazareth: A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost, or how to report someone suspicion hanging around the school? No. In Israel, they do things differently. The video shows four officers[Read More…]

The US Embassy Will Stay in Tel Aviv

The US Embassy Will Stay in Tel Aviv

The US embassy will not be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before a peace deal between Israel and Palestine is reached. Having talked to the Arab leaders, US President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have finally understood the importance of such a move. It would be an offense not only for the Arab world but[Read More…]

The World For Ransome: The Effects of Wannacry

The World For Ransome: The Effects of Wannacry

What a stealthy bugger of a problem. Malware deftly delivered, locking the system by encrypting files and making them otherwise impossible to access unless a fee is paid. A form of data  hijacking that can only be admired for its ease of execution, for its viral-like replication that seeks, even hunts, vulnerable “unpatched” computer systems. The global information environment is[Read More…]

How Al-Nusra Front Split Up From Islamic State?

How Al-Nusra Front Split Up From Islamic State?

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, Islamic State and al-Nusra Front (currently Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, JFS) were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front is led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,[Read More…]

Trump Threatens Comey Over Leaked Account Of White House Dinner

Trump Threatens Comey Over Leaked Account Of White House Dinner

  The crisis engulfing the Trump administration was compounded Friday by the president’s early morning tweet threatening fired FBI Director James Comey over leaked accounts of a White House dinner that contradicted the story given out by the president in an interview the previous day with NBC News. In the interview, broadcast two days after Trump fired Comey without warning,[Read More…]

Commoners Against Rape In Bangladesh

Commoners Against Rape In Bangladesh

Commoners in Bangladesh are raising their voices against rape. There are protest march, meetings, stand-ins. Days ago, an incident of a rape came out to public light. The victims were two university-students. The incident occurred weeks ago in the capital city of Dhaka. But, the victims dared not to lodge any complaint with the concerned authority as the   perpetrators were[Read More…]

Six Years Ago, Famine Killed 260,000 People In Somalia. Now, It’s On The Brink Of Happening Again

Six Years Ago, Famine Killed 260,000 People In Somalia. Now, It’s On The Brink Of Happening Again

Years of drought and violence have left half of Somalia’s population in urgent need of humanitarian aid. With food prices rising and animals dying, millions of people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Humanitarian organizations are working hard to deliver aid to the most vulnerable people in affected areas. To make a donation click HERE UN agencies[Read More…]

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Mounting Contradictions As Trump, Aides Defend Firing of FBI Director

Mounting Contradictions As Trump, Aides Defend Firing of FBI Director

The Trump White House plunged deeper into political crisis Thursday, as President Trump and top aides gave conflicting accounts of how and why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, and FBI and Justice Department officials flatly contradicted the White House version of events. As the Trump administration scrambled to defend the decision to fire Comey, Democrats have seized on the[Read More…]

Critics Shocked By Trump Admission on Comey

Critics Shocked By Trump Admission on Comey

While it’s hard to keep up with the shifting reports of how the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey came about, President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted to directly asking the former head of law enforcement if he was under investigation—a move many said presented a shocking conflict of interest. “A dinner was arranged, I think he asked for[Read More…]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

It is unfortunate that policies otherwise deemed middle of the road and social democratic tend to be seen in Britain as offspring of a lunatic mother long held in indefinite detention at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.  But such is the nature of the current electioneering round, which has seen a source, most likely a disgruntled Labour hack, leak the manifesto of[Read More…]

Pro-Apartheid Australia’s New White Australia Policy & Compulsory Australian Values Statement

Pro-Apartheid Australia’s New White Australia Policy & Compulsory Australian Values Statement

US lackey Australia (Oz) is second only to the US as a supporter of Apartheid Israel that denies 4.7 million Occupied Palestinians all human rights.  Oz has a racist New White Australia Policy for visitors and immigrants who must also sign a compulsory Australian Values Statement that hides the ugly reality of a massive Australian culture of mendacity, racism, invasion,[Read More…]

UNIFIL vehicle parked in front of Hezollah poster

Lebanon: Hedonism And War

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Palestinian refugee camps are up in flames, across the country, a result of the disputes between the rival factions, but also of ‘unsavory’ influences from abroad. As everyone knows here, there are, for instance,the Al Qaida-affiliated militants hiding in the South. There are Israeli incursions into Lebanon, both by land and by water. There are[Read More…]

Iran’s Elections: An Empty Charade for Ethnic Minorities

Iran’s Elections: An Empty Charade for Ethnic Minorities

With the Iranian presidential election scheduled to take place on Friday, May 19, the six candidates are competing for every vote, with all vying to win the essential backing of the country’s ethnic minority regions, whose peoples collectively comprise over 50 percent of the Iranian population.   All six candidates – Hassan Rouhani, Ibrahim Raisi, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, IssaqJahangiri, Mustapha Hashmi[Read More…]

Chopping James Comey

Chopping James Comey

“Having refused to admit his errors, the [FBI] Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.” US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Any sense that Donald Trump had found some accord with James Comey of the FBI gathered from his investigative zeal regarding Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server should always have been doubted. Trump[Read More…]

The Macron Denial

The Macron Denial

The cheer was always going to be qualified. The bubbles would be less effervescent, more a case of relieved sighing rather than frothy exultation.  After another electoral hack, and another round of threats, the French election was being played out in an era that may, in time, be given the Trump name. The pollsters did rest a bit easier after[Read More…]

The Presidential Election Show In Iran

The Presidential Election Show In Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has started propagandas for its 12th presidential election which is on Friday May 19. This is not a free election because the major secular political parties are banned and prevented to designate their candidates. Islamic Republic is a misnomer, the regime is neither Islamic nor a republic. It is a theocratic totalitarian regime ruled by a[Read More…]

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas.
Violence erupted for a third straight day at protests against the government, escalating tension over moves to keep the leftist leader in power. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

Death Toll Rises To 37 Amid Continuing Clashes In Venezuela

The death toll rose to at least 37 Thursday in the nationwide protests and street clashes that have gripped Venezuela over the past month. The identity of the latest victims reflects the violent and provocative character of the campaign being waged by Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, as well as the increasingly repressive crackdown being carried out by the government of President[Read More…]

Turbulence Theory: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 5) 

Turbulence Theory: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 5) 

  This  is the fifth part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials[Read More…]

The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

The world is watching with much fear and anxiety, admixed with some curiosity, the unfolding confrontation between President Trump and Kim Jong-un the supreme leader of North Korea. We still do not know whether the confrontation will lead to hostilities with predictably unpredictable and disastrous consequences or the two sides along with other interested parties will sit down and talk.[Read More…]

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

It was a scrappy affair, and it resulted in a predictable result: the re-election of veteran administrator John Coates as president of the Australian Olympic Committee by 58 votes to 35.  Such a process was all in all dull but for the notable lid it had blown off regarding Olympic harmony down under. King Coates, as it were, has ruled[Read More…]

Avoiding Another War In North Korea

Avoiding Another War In North Korea

During the Korean War, the United States dropped more bombs and napalm on North Korea than was used against the Japanese during World War II. The carpet bombing destroyed all of the cities and most of the villages in North Korea. More than 3,000,000 Korean civilians died in the war—most were in the North. Since the war ended with a[Read More…]

A Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

A Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned by various political leaders in Britain not to rush to attack Syrian government forces if she wins the general election in June. The Guardian reported that she might hold a vote on military action this summer. If this is the case, it would imply that she wants to press ahead without UN backing. May[Read More…]

In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

  The ruins carpeted the city market, rippling outwards in waves of destruction. Broken beams, collapsed roofs, exploded metal shutters and fossilized merchandise crumbled underfoot. In one of the burnt-out shells of the shops where raisins, nuts, fabrics, incense and stone pots were traded for hundreds of years, all that was to be found was a box of coke bottles,[Read More…]

Greater Albania And The Balkan Problem

Greater Albania And The Balkan Problem

The Balkans has always been cursed by a recurring theme: that each entity within it can, at some point, become greater and more consuming in territory than the next neighbour. Each nation has, and in some instances continues, to nurse dreams of enlargement, pecking away at borders and assuming that few will notice. Strategies of expansion tend to have one[Read More…]

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Returns To Kabul In An Afghan Peace Deal

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Returns To Kabul In An Afghan Peace Deal

  Lord Palmerston, the 19th century British Prime Minister, has famously said: “The Great Britain has no friends, no enemies, but only interests.” It was rephrased by Henry Kissinger as “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” This applies to current Afghan politics where Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former anti-Soviet “mujahideen” commander, arrived in the capital on Thursday (May[Read More…]

Photo by Andre Vltchek

Pope And I In Cairo

  In Cairo, Pope Francis, once again, did what he usually does best: he snapped at the state of immorality and selfishness, which is governing the world, particularly in the West. The message to Egypt’s priests couldactually be directed at the population of the European and North American cities: “The first temptation is to letting ourselves to be led, rather[Read More…]

A Billion Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

A Billion Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

One of the metrics of success in a mature capitalist economy is the number of billionaires present in its ranks. This term, billionaire, is the defining adjective of our time. Billionaire hedge fund manager, billionaire real estate developer, billionaire media mogul, billionaire investor, billionaire tech innovator. Where does it go from here? Asked and answered. Quoting from Credit Suisse’s 2013[Read More…]

Why Americans Distrust The Press More Than They Distrust Trump

Why Americans Distrust The Press More Than They Distrust Trump

  A Morning Consult poll published on April 28th showed that “roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media ‘is out of touch with everyday Americans,’ compared with 28 percent who said it ‘understand the issues everyday Americans are facing’.” Plus: “Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29[Read More…]

Politics, Not Religion, Is The Source Of Sunni-Shia Conflict

Politics, Not Religion, Is The Source Of Sunni-Shia Conflict

Lately, it has become a habit of Orientalist apologists of Western imperialism to offer reductive historical and theological explanations of Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the Middle East region in order to cover up the blowback of ill-conceived Western military interventions and proxy wars that have reignited the flames of the internecine conflict in the Islamic World. Some self-anointed “Arabists” posit that[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton’s Lament

Hillary Clinton’s Lament

“I’m back to being an active citizen and part of the resistance.” Hillary Clinton, May 2, 2017 Predictability in these tumultuous times will get you removed from office, or render you unelectable. Such a tendency has more than just a faint stain of the establishment, however accurate this might be in fact. This is not a point the defeated presidential[Read More…]

Korean Tensions: Could They Slip Out of Control?

Korean Tensions: Could They Slip Out of Control?

  There have been over the years since the 1953 armistace periodic increases of tensions related to the policies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Currently, the nuclear program and missile launches of North Korea, the establishment of sophisticated anti-missile systems in South Korea, increased sanctions against North Korea voted[Read More…]

Empty Values: The Australian Concept of Citizenship

Empty Values: The Australian Concept of Citizenship

It has been a lowering conversation, and one that Australia’s politicians have been engaging in with various degrees of discomfort. The Australian prime minister, for one, doesn’t seem to know where to place his feet on this one, showing considerable trouble in navigating the term “Australian values” before probing questions. Would such values, posed Leigh Sales of the ABC to[Read More…]

National Guard, Pentagon Hold Drills Testing Preparations For Nuclear Attack On The US

National Guard, Pentagon Hold Drills Testing Preparations For Nuclear Attack On The US

With little public notice, government agencies at the local, state and federal level, in conjunction with the Pentagon, began exercises at the end of last month war gaming the reaction of emergency responders and the military to the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major American city. Contemporaneous exercises are taking place around the country involving thousands of emergency[Read More…]

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

“My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.” Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary Few characters in history have seen so much spoken about him for one seemingly so irrelevant.  Out of obscure follies and foolhardy decisions, he rose from being a questionable journalist for[Read More…]

Australian ABC And UK BBC Fake News Through Lying By Omission

Australian ABC And UK BBC Fake News Through Lying By Omission

  The UK BBC and the Australian ABC (Australia’s equivalent of the BBC) pride themselves on superiority over the Yellow Press as typified by the sex and scandal tabloids of the Murdoch media. However, as analysed below, both the Oz ABC and the UK BBC betray their audiences with fake news through lying by omission over horrendous Australian, British and[Read More…]

(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

Reign of Idiots

The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and[Read More…]

Trump’s Deportation Priorities Aim At Creating Fear

Trump’s Deportation Priorities Aim At Creating Fear

  The Trump administration is implementing new deportation priorities with the aim of creating fear as people are lifted from highly sensitive locations like schools, courts and places of worship, says Julia R Wilson of OneJustice. She was of the view that the Trump administration doesn’t believe in ANY immigration. Addressing a civil rights forum of the United Muslims of[Read More…]

Korea: Leading To War?

Korea: Leading To War?

  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is deeply concerned that escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States of America could lead to war. This view was expressed at the end of the 30th ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Manila on the 29th of April 2017. Given the gravity of the situation, ASEAN could perhaps have been a[Read More…]

Days of Illusion: Donald Trump’s First 100

Days of Illusion: Donald Trump’s First 100

The human capacity, notably in cultures where measurements are valued, places much stock in numbering deeds.  In the case of the US presidency, power is supposedly meant to translate into something within the first hundred days, a ring fight between the president and other arms of government, a race to the policy making podium. The US political system, in its[Read More…]

May Day 2017: Trample All Forms Of Sectarianism

May Day 2017: Trample All Forms Of Sectarianism

One hundred years ago, the proletariat in Petrograd celebrated the historic May Day in jubilation and honor. “Thousands of people turned out for the 1917 May Day parade. They carried […] banners and posters, which became the main elements of the decorations in Petrograd.” (Natalia Murray, “Feast in a time of plague, May Day celebrations of 1917-1918”, Baltic Worlds, vol.[Read More…]

The U.S. Political Scene: Whiteness And The Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism

The U.S. Political Scene: Whiteness And The Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism

Progressive, left, and social movement forces in the U.S. need to build on successes of the past as well as move beyond them, taking on, for instance, a more pro-active position against militarism and a deeper critique of capitalism. Reaching out across racial and gender lines to working and lower income people, such a movement cannot allow for itself to fall under the hegemony of corporatist political actors. Rather it must be a project that provides a real fight back to the Trumpian right and the permanent war state it now inhabits.

North Korea’s Military Gambit

North Korea’s Military Gambit

“All options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table.  Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression if necessary.” Rex Tillerson, Apr 28, 2017 The theatre unfolding in various international forums regarding North Korea is garnering top prices for front seats.  The press corps await the next[Read More…]

Muslim Profiling At US Borders Escalates During President Trump’s First 100 Days

Muslim Profiling At US Borders Escalates During President Trump’s First 100 Days

  President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office were a frightening experience for the seven-million strong Muslim American community. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest American Muslim civil advocacy group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of cases in the first three months of 2017. This represents[Read More…]

The Necessary Ground of Being for Dyslexic Activism

The Necessary Ground of Being for Dyslexic Activism

  In the early days of hip hop, most of the artists either lived in or were born in New York City’s South Bronx. That area was devastated in 1929 by the building of the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which displaced 60,000 Bronx residents. Although the white residents who lived in the realm moved to the suburbs, many of the poor African-American[Read More…]

Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 4)

Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 4)

  This is the fourth part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials[Read More…]

Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain’s Best Hope

Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain’s Best Hope

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested the UK could join US military action against the Syrian government without parliamentary approval. Johnson said he and PM Theresa May agreed that in the event of another chemical attack by the Assad regime, it would be hard for the UK to refuse any request to join military action. No evidence has been provided that[Read More…]

 A World In Free Fall In A Dangerous Universe: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, What’s Next, An Asteroid?

 A World In Free Fall In A Dangerous Universe: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, What’s Next, An Asteroid?

  A universal truth was revealed by the recent chemical weapon tragedy in Syria’s Idlib Province and the MOAB bombing of Afghanistan. Namely, that as the human world continues to tear itself asunder and make a mockery of the United Nation’s concept of international law and the sovereign rights of nations – supposedly intended to protect them from unprovoked, preemptive[Read More…]

Gaza Shifa Hospital

Middle Eastern Surgeon Speaks About The ‘Ecology Of War’

  Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta is the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon. He specializes in: reconstructive surgery. What it means in this part of the world is clear: they bring you people from the war zones, torn to pieces, missing faces, burned beyond recognition, and you have to[Read More…]

Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord

Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord

  The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25, 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the world. Some 60% of the population[Read More…]

Yassmin Abdel-Magied Censored On Anzac Day – Jingoists Trash Australian Free Speech

Yassmin Abdel-Magied Censored On Anzac Day – Jingoists Trash Australian Free Speech

  On Australia’s Anzac Day,  Muslim, feminist  social advocate and  humanitarian  journalist  Yassmin Abdel-Magied (who works for the ABC, Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) posted on her Facebook page: “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”. Savaged by public outcry, Ms Abdel-Magied rapidly deleted the post and apologized. The post was correct and her silencing by rabid jingoists is[Read More…]

Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda

Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda

Any doubts that Turkey’s involvement in the conflict against Islamic State is purely symbolic were dispelled by a latest round of air strikes against Kurdish positions in northeast Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar region, killing at least 20 fighters.  (The number from Ankara is a more inflated 70).  Iraqi government officials were flawed by the action, infuriated by its audacity; the[Read More…]

Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections

Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections

The establishment got another burning in the French elections on Sunday, revealing again that there is no level of voter disgust that will not find some voice in the current range of elections.  The terror for pollsters and the establishment now is whether Marine Le Pen will realise her anti-Euro project and drag the French nation kicking and moaning into[Read More…]

Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 20 People To Death

Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 20 People To Death

  A court of Egyptian military leader, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of Field Marshal after overthrowing the elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Monday sentenced 20 supporters of Morsi to death. The brutal military dictator el-Sisi has been cracking down on the opposition since the overthrow of President Morsi. He has killed more than 800[Read More…]

Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia

Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia

  Donald Trump’s crafty manipulation of Islamophobia, we are told, was one of the factors that propelled him to the presidency of the United States of America. He was very much aware of the prevalence of negative sentiments towards Islam and Muslims within segments of the American electorate. Because Islamophobia was part of the public imagination, he had no scruples[Read More…]

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attends an Arab and African leaders summit meeting in Kuwait city on November 19, 2013. The summit aims at reviewing steps to promote economic ties between wealthy Gulf states and investment-thirsty Africa. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT        (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa’s War Lord Queen; The Bloodstained Career of Liberia’s Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson

Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is the Harvard educated, Nobel Prize winning President of Liberia with a long bloodstained history of support for warlords both past and present. She used to be the de facto foreign minister for that most bloodthirsty of warlords former Liberian “President” Charles Taylor, and she addressed the US Congress in his support. President Johnson is the queen[Read More…]

Anzac As Apologia And Religion

Anzac As Apologia And Religion

Soaked to the core, Melbournians gathered around the War Memorial in thousands, gazing at the flickering, all-resistant eternal flame in an annual tribute to Australia’s fallen.  Each year, the secular religion of Anzac (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) receives more adherents, gathers a few more followers, and nabs a few more converts among the young. This also shows[Read More…]

Prosecution of Assange Is Persecution of Free Speech

Prosecution of Assange Is Persecution of Free Speech

  US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling façade of democracy. The Justice Department in the Obama administration could not prosecute WikiLeaks for publishing documents pertaining to the US government, because they struggled[Read More…]

Donald Trump A Man of Evil?

Donald Trump A Man of Evil?

The Abrahamic concept of “evil” has to some extent left the Western vocabulary. The time has come for Americans to bring it back. They can do so by answering these questions: Is their country now under its control? Could Donald Trump and his followers bring down not just the country but human civilization? My essay provides answers. XXXXXXX As Donald[Read More…]

On Anzac Day Australia Ignores Its Complicity in Horrendous War Crimes & Climate Crimes

On Anzac Day Australia Ignores Its Complicity in Horrendous War Crimes & Climate Crimes

    25 April is Anzac Day commemorating the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) invasion of Turkey at Gallipoli in 1915, the day after the commencement of the Turkish Armenian Genocide (1.5 million Armenians killed) that was precipitated by the prior prolonged Allied naval bombardment. On Anzac Day Australians utterly ignore Australia’s complicity in horrendous UK and US[Read More…]

Mike Pence in Oz

Mike Pence in Oz

Vassal visiting time, and the next slot in the US imperium tourism schedule was one of America’s more cosy allies, Australia. The US Vice President Mike Pence popped in to keep an eye on matters just to make sure that all was in order. There had been that issue of the notable phone call, when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull[Read More…]

Putin’s World: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 3) 

Putin’s World: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 3) 

  This  is the third part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials[Read More…]

Is President Trump’s Foreign Policy Shaping Up?

Is President Trump’s Foreign Policy Shaping Up?

April has been an eventful month geopolitically so far. President Trump carried out a much-trumpeted-about Tomahawk missile strike at the Syrian regime, held responsible by him for a nerve-agent attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, a province largely held by rebels. Trump has changed his mind on China, which he previously accused as a ‘currency manipulator’. He[Read More…]

Books, North Korea And Trump’s Sanity

Books, North Korea And Trump’s Sanity

  How many books have been authored by Donald Trump?  The answer:  a steady stream totaling a whopping 17 — more than enough to keep a full-time writer fully occupied without all of Mr. Trump’s other activities.  The word ‘writer’ of course is key, for Mr. Trump has not actually written any of them.  He hires a ghost writer and[Read More…]

Trump, The DOJ And Julian Assange

Trump, The DOJ And Julian Assange

“I’m glad that the Justice Department has found a way to go after Assange.  He’s gotten a free ride for too long.” Rep. Peter King (R-New York), Apr 20, 2017 There had been some doubts from initial enthusiasts about WikiLeaks once information from leaks released on its site started puncturing holes in an already worn Democratic campaign in 2016.  Accusations[Read More…]

Cults of Old Age: The Passing of Emma Morano

Cults of Old Age: The Passing of Emma Morano

The novelist Anthony Powell spoke of old age as penalisation for a crime one had not committed.  Obviously, not being biblically inclined in that sense, the antics of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were discounted. Through the histories on the subject of aging, mythologies have accumulated as eager moss crossing moist rock.  These have assumed something of[Read More…]

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When Daesh Is Defeated: Who Will Fill The Intellectual Vacuum In The Arab World?

  Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalized its intellectuals. Arab visionaries have either been coopted by the exuberant funds allocated[Read More…]

Donald Trump, North Korea And Nuclear Brinkmanship

Donald Trump, North Korea And Nuclear Brinkmanship

Warring toddlers, fanatical children, one-eyed adolescents who confuse noise with constructive contribution – this is the state of the world, with the recent, and ongoing spat chapter of Washington and Pyongyang. However you wish to describe the stout, proud and foolishly dangerous Kim Jong-un, murderous leader of North Korea, comparisons must diminish somewhat before the trigger happy CEO of United[Read More…]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)- Cold War 2.0

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)- Cold War 2.0

  This  is the second part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials and various[Read More…]

Deconstructing Yogi’s Meat Politics

Deconstructing Yogi’s Meat Politics

  The crackdown on illegal abattoirs was one of the first decisions taken by Yogi Adityanath soon after taking over as Chief Minister of the most populous and politically crucial state of the country following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) resounding victory in the recently held assembly elections. The UP is the country’s largest meat exporting state having a business[Read More…]

Erdogan Clinches Victory In Turkish Constitutional Referendum

Erdogan Clinches Victory In Turkish Constitutional Referendum

  The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday (April 16) achieved victory in a historic referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that will introduce presidential form of government like France and the United States. In a press conference in Istanbul following his party’s declaration of victory, Erdoğan said that unofficial results showed there were about 25m yes votes, 1.3m[Read More…]

Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on Afghanistan

Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on Afghanistan

Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump unleashed one of the most powerful U.S. bombs—the 20,000 pound GBU-43, known as “the mother of all bombs”—on Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon has confirmed. The MOAB, which stands for massive ordinance air blast, reportedly struck an Islamic State (ISIS) tunnel complex in Nangarhar province. According to the Department of Defense statement, “the strike was designed to[Read More…]

Pompeo, Power And WikiLeaks

Pompeo, Power And WikiLeaks

“Vested interests deflect from the facts that WikiLeaks publishes by demonizing its brave staff and me.” Julian Assange, The Washington Post, Apr 11, 2017. The Central Intelligence Agency’s current director, Mike Pompeo, has a view of history much like that of any bureaucrat as understood by the great sociologist Max Weber. The essential, fundamental purpose of bureaucracy is a rationale[Read More…]

 How The Insurgencies In Middle East Are Not Terrorism?

 How The Insurgencies In Middle East Are Not Terrorism?

The definition of the term “terrorism” has been deliberately left undefined by the Western powers to use it as a catch-all pretext to justify their interventionist policy in the energy-rich Islamic countries. Depending on context, “terrorism” can mean two markedly distinct phenomena: that are, religious extremism or militancy. If terrorism is understood as religious extremism, then that is a cultural[Read More…]

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Now Only Rational Thinking Can Save The World!

  Scenario ONE: Imagine that you are on board a ship, which is slowly sinking. There is no land in sight, and your radio transmitter is not functioning properly. There are several people on board and you care for them, deeply. You don’t want this to be the end of ‘everything’. What do you do? A) You fix for yourself[Read More…]

If Assad Must Go, So Must All The Warmongers

If Assad Must Go, So Must All The Warmongers

The real truth revealed by the chemical weapon tragedy in Syria’s Idlib Province is that as the world continues to tear itself asunder and make a mockery of the United Nation’s concept of international law and the sovereign rights of nations – supposedly intended to protect them from such unprovoked, preemptive attacks by rogue countries like the United States and[Read More…]

A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on April 5, 2017.
International outrage is mounting over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

MIT Rocket Scientist Questions White House Claims On Syria Chemical Attack

  One of the world’s leading rocket scientists, national security advisor and MIT Professor Theodore Postol, who has won awards for debunking claims about missile defense systems and has been a scientific adviser to the US Chief of Naval Operations, says today in a nine-page report that a four-page report released by the Trump administration yesterday intended to blame the[Read More…]

A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, The Tax System

A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, The Tax System

I recently awoke from a rather pleasant dream in which members of Congress and the President embraced the unique proposition that they had been elected to serve the People of the United States. Congress had determined that healthcare was a matter of right (by simply reducing the age at which a person qualified for Medicare to birth) and that every[Read More…]

Forced Removal From United Airlines

Forced Removal From United Airlines

Flying United Airlines was never a pleasant business. Functional, sterile, with staff more appropriately disposed to a deep freeze morgue than the hot blood of enthusiastic living, the airline was always an entity you wished ill towards, even as the flight started taking off.  Dreams of flying  a Gulf carrier or Singapore Airlines would fill the mind in the uneasy[Read More…]

Common Decency: The Voight-Kampff Test

Common Decency: The Voight-Kampff Test

I once stayed up all night reading a book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip Dick.  The book was made into the movie Blade Runner.  The main character in the book, Rick Deckard, has to figure out something that seems like quite a challenge: is he a human being, or is he a “replicant”? Replicants are artificial beings[Read More…]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 1)

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 1)

This  is the first part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials and[Read More…]

School in Aleppo - still smiling despite pain

Photo Essay: Reflecting On Syria

Ms. Yayoi Segiis based in Beirut, Lebanon, and she has worked in Syria for almost 3 years. She is extremely passionate about the country, which she admires and tries to support in her position as an accomplished specialist in national education development. She agreed to share her collection of personal photos from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.

Crimea: From World War 0 To World War III

Crimea: From World War 0 To World War III

Today, we remember little about what we call the Crimean war (1853-1856), even though it was the largest war ever fought in history up to that moment. It prefigured many of the elements that would later reappear in the two world wars of the 20th century, so much that we might call it “World War 0.” It included fossil fuels[Read More…]

A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on April 5, 2017.
International outrage is mounting over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

 The Gassing Game In Syria: Regime Change And Beyond

  The use of chemical weapons in Sheikhun, in the Idlib province of Syria on 4th April 2017 was a heinous act. The world has rightly condemned it. Because it was so cruel and callous, it is vital that the truth about the attack is established as soon as possible.  The United States of America and a number of its[Read More…]

Syria Chemical Weapon Attack:  Truth Comes At A Cost

Syria Chemical Weapon Attack:  Truth Comes At A Cost

  Shooting from the hip with unerring accuracy was the Wild West according to Hollywood.  As anyone who has ever fired a pistol will tell you it is improbable, and historically the West’s few gun duels were rather unremarkable.  The latest hip-shooter is of course Donald J. Trump whose foreign policy seems to turn on a dime — from not[Read More…]

Trump’s Syria Attack Poses New Conundrums For The Anti-War Movement

Trump’s Syria Attack Poses New Conundrums For The Anti-War Movement

There is widespread criticism of Trump’s Syria attack on the left, and many of the reasons stated are spot on: The attack was surely not motivated by humanitarian considerations, contrary to what is claimed. The attack is illegal, both under US and international law, and hence constitutes an act of war. The US has been conducting military strikes in Syria[Read More…]

How Can You Eat At A Time Like This?

How Can You Eat At A Time Like This?

  “The horror in Syria is terrible, but much worse has been going on in the Congo — greater numbers sacrificed — for a much longer period of time… with our clear complicity.” — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters Comedian Mitch Hedberg used to tell a joke about the Dufresnes which is germane today. If you viewed the[Read More…]

US Threatens More Strikes After Cruise Missiles Hit Syria

US Threatens More Strikes After Cruise Missiles Hit Syria

The day after US warships rained some 60 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian government airbase, US officials made it clear that this unilateral and criminal attack against an oppressed former colonial country is merely the first shot in what is to be an escalating and widening campaign of American military aggression. The governor of Syria’s central Homs province reported Friday[Read More…]

STEM The Tide

STEM The Tide

  Fifty years ago Dr. King risked his life to tell us that ‘the world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve,” that a nation focused on military defense more than social uplift “is approaching spiritual death,’ and that we still had a choice: “nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.”  How much longer will[Read More…]

US Launches Cruise Missile Attack Against Syrian Government

US Launches Cruise Missile Attack Against Syrian Government

  Between 8 and 9 p.m., US Eastern Time Thursday, two US warships in the Mediterranean fired a barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base at Shayrat, near the city of Homs. The attack is the first direct assault by the United States on the Russian- and Iranian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has[Read More…]

Pope Francis Meets 4 Imams To Open A Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Pope Francis Meets 4 Imams To Open A Christian-Muslim Dialogue

  Pope Francis Wednesday (April 5) held a private audience with a delegation of four Imams from England who were accompanied by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.  Pope Francis told the imams that listening to each other was essential for the common future of humanity as we walk together in our shared lives. “What we should do to[Read More…]

Trump, Syria, And Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, And The Dangers Ahead

Trump, Syria, And Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, And The Dangers Ahead

Let’s start with what we don’t know. Experts remain uncertain what chemical(s) were involved in the horrific chemical attack, almost certainly from the air, on the village of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province in Syria.  The nerve agent sarin, chlorine, and unknown combinations of chemicals have all been identified as possible, but in the first 48 hours nothing has been[Read More…]

Angry, Desperate, Rejected

Angry, Desperate, Rejected

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his boldest and perhaps most defining speech. It alienated liberal allies in the North and the Northern press, plus many in King’s own civil rights movement, and prompted President Johnson to withdraw King’s secret service detail. Exactly one year later, forty-nine years ago on April 4, he was assassinated. He said, “As[Read More…]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) looks on as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a meeting at the Plaza Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

President Trump Welcomes Egyptian Dictator, The Butcher Of Cairo

President Donald Trump Monday, April 3, 2017, welcomed the Egyptian military dictator, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of  Field Marshal after arresting and deposing the democratically elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013. After the meeting Trump told the press: “We agree on so many things. I just want to let everybody know, in case there was[Read More…]

Ice And Busts: The Lost War On Drugs In Australia

Ice And Busts: The Lost War On Drugs In Australia

It was hard to tell whether Australia’s Federal Police authorities, along with their Victorian colleagues, were gloating at their latest effort.  Thrilled at the unearthing of a stash of methamphetamine, a form of it colloquially known as ice, trumpeted as the “biggest seizure” in Australian history, there was a sense of achievement. They had gotten one up on the drugs[Read More…]

Putin Through The U.S. Lense….

Putin Through The U.S. Lense….

Vladimir Putin is the devil incarnate of the present media frenzy supporting all things USA! USA! USA!. Having just read a trio of books concerning Putin it is obvious that the lense through which Putin is viewed has blinders on the side and rose coloured tints as a lense coating. The blinders are those things the authors just do not[Read More…]

Iraq Rejects Displaying Kurdish Flag In Kirkuk Fearing Establishment Of Greater Kurdistan

Iraq Rejects Displaying Kurdish Flag In Kirkuk Fearing Establishment Of Greater Kurdistan

The Iraqi parliament on Saturday, April 1, 2017, voted against raising the flag of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on public buildings and institutions in the city of Kirkuk. In a session attended by 186 members of the 328-seat parliament, the MPs voted in favor of flying only the Iraqi flag on Kirkuk’s public buildings. Kurdish lawmakers have walked out[Read More…]

South Sudan “Rebels” And The CIA; Show Me The Money!

South Sudan “Rebels” And The CIA; Show Me The Money!

For going on 3 years now a “rebel army” of some 20,000 South Sudanese soldiers have been fighting to overthrow the Salva Kiir government without any visible means of support. The government has oil revenues and aid funds but the “rebels” (and their propaganda arm in the west) have not been asked by anyone in the international media to “show[Read More…]

The New South African Revolution

The New South African Revolution

South Africa is poised on a knife edge. Anything can happen. Last week Pravin Gordhan the Minister of Finance and former head of the S African Revenue Service, plus his deputy were recalled from London in the midst of a promotional roadshow for potential investors. Upon their return home, each was fired by the very president who appointed them. You[Read More…]

The Hazara Dilemma: Ghani In Australia

The Hazara Dilemma: Ghani In Australia

Australian government officials are at it again, and the visit by President Ashaf Ghani to Canberra on Sunday piqued interest amongst various members of the Afghan community concerned about the next innovation in cruelty practiced by Canberra. If there is something exceptional in the otherwise dreary annals of Australian policy making in recent years, repelling unwanted refugees and asylum seekers[Read More…]

Trump Administration’s Reversal of Obama Era Policy in Syria

Trump Administration’s Reversal of Obama Era Policy in Syria

   The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting. The editorial in Arabic is full[Read More…]

Trump In Outer Space: The NASA Bill

Trump In Outer Space: The NASA Bill

“You could send Congress to space.” Senator Ted Cruz, Mar 21, 2017 The NASA authorisation bill was another Trump huff and puff show, brimming with the usual air of minted if misplaced confidence.  “My fellow Americans, this week in the company of astronauts I was honoured to sign the NASA Transition Authorization Act right into law.” The bill was meant[Read More…]

Fake News In The U.S Endangering Russian Ties While Corruption Pays Off Big

Fake News In The U.S Endangering Russian Ties While Corruption Pays Off Big

  The incessant drumbeat demonizing Russia has reached a crescendo here in the U.S. Half-truths lead, and outright lies follow. A Congressman on National Public Radio accuses the Russians of interfering in the November election; as a member of the Intelligence Committee, he should know better. The hacking was during the primaries six months previously. It revealed a corrupt Democratic[Read More…]

America’s Fraudulent Government

America’s Fraudulent Government

  Lee Fang at The Intercept revealed on March 31st, that the Republican Party were defrauding the American people with assertions that their Party has an alternative to Obamacare — the Affordable Care Act — and that they’ll pass it if and when they come to power. His headline summarized the considerable evidence for this, “GOP Lawmakers Now Admit Years of[Read More…]

Honoring the Million-Petaled Flower And Steve Biko

Honoring the Million-Petaled Flower And Steve Biko

  “We live on a beautiful and a delightful planet, which is so awesome and so perfect that we wonder at its creation.” — The opening to Prithiraj Dullay’s Humanity on the Road to Extinction? Early this morning, I half-awoke thinking of Steve Biko, who was murdered in the midst of my raising funds for the fight against South African[Read More…]

Ayad al-Jumaili And Islamic State’s Command Structure

Ayad al-Jumaili And Islamic State’s Command Structure

Islamic State’s second-in-command, Ayad al-Jumaili, has been killed in an airstrike in al-Qaim region on Iraq’s border with Syria. The most important fact to note in al-Jumaili’s biography is that was the head of the terror group’s internal security unit and that he had previously served as an intelligence officer in Iraq’s Baathist army until 2003. Excluding al-Baghdadi who was[Read More…]

Preventing Starvation By Filling Backpacks

Preventing Starvation By Filling Backpacks

  Any amount of income above these amounts listed below translates to one’s family presumably not being in poverty in the USA. So no or very few government benefits accrue for those involved in low income status if above the federal impoverishment guidelines. To put it all in a realistic perspective, let’s look at the monthly cost for a one[Read More…]

Hawaii Judge Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

Hawaii Judge Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

  Hawaii Federal Judge Derrick Watson extended his order blocking President Trump’s travel ban to six Muslim majority countries Wednesday, as the state’s attorney general denounced the executive order as a “Muslim ban”. Hawaii’s attorney general Douglas Chin told the judge the controversial measure issued by President Trump on January 27 and then revised on March 6 was like a[Read More…]

Sebastian Gorka: Dreams of Fighting Jihad

Sebastian Gorka: Dreams of Fighting Jihad

Counter-terrorism has been a pop field for some decades. As vague as what it purports to counter, it has generated a pundocracy of sorts, guns and mouths for hire across the US imperium and its associate powers. Much of this resembles the various fictions common during the Cold War: the notion that insurgencies could be defeated from the outside; the[Read More…]

The Much-Maligned Views Of Rania Khalek On Syria

The Much-Maligned Views Of Rania Khalek On Syria

When journalist Rania Khalek’s lecture was cancelled on February 27, the group that invited her, Students for Justice in Palestine – University of North Carolina (SJP-UNC) issued a statement saying that the cancellation was because of Rania’s “views” on Syria, and that they believed “her invitation would mistakenly imply SJP to hold such views”. They also added that they “do[Read More…]

Brexit And Away!

Brexit And Away!

Painful moves and painful movements have been underway in Brexiting Britain.  Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK initiated the Brexit bluster via letter, and March 29, 2017 may well go down in the annals of the European project as more than a mere bruising farewell. The letter has the sense of having cake and munching on it too.  There[Read More…]

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Are The Arab Leaders Doing Their Job?

Are The Arab Leaders Doing Their Job?

  The Arab League does not represent the masses but the symbolic thrones of power managed by the secretive police apparatus and questionable authority of leaders assembled for two days at the Dead Sea resort (Jordan).Any rational observers cannot imagine the usefulness and productive outcomes of the conference. All the major Arab actors except Bashar al-Assad (Syria) were present to[Read More…]

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Trump And A National Policy Based On Ignorance

Trump And A National Policy Based On Ignorance

                               President Trump, in announcing his immigration and travel ban stated “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” He added, “… it is[Read More…]

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How the Conflict in Syria Benefits Washington’s Allies

How the Conflict in Syria Benefits Washington’s Allies

In the wake of Arab Spring uprisings in March 2011, protests began in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the following months, violence between demonstrators and security forces led to a gradual militarization of conflict. Moreover, the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq was completed in December 2011. Thus, during the initial few months of the Syrian[Read More…]

Trump Executive Order Seals The Fate Of The Planet

Trump Executive Order Seals The Fate Of The Planet

President Donald Trump on Tuesday set about aggressively dismantling Obama-era climate policies with an executive order decried as “sheer reckless folly,” which will increase U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the climate crisis. “Aside from provoking a large-scale nuclear war, it is hard to imagine an American president taking an action more harmful to the U.S. than Trump’s effort to[Read More…]

Which Was Propaganda, Which Was News Reporting?

Which Was Propaganda, Which Was News Reporting?

Compare: —— Russian TV covered hundreds of thousands Yemenese protesting U.S.-Saud’s Bombs.   —— versus: —— http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/327-jared-kushner-to-tell-senate-intel-committee-about-contacts-with-russian-bank-meet-leah-the-overcomer-a-young-girl-who-is-inspiring-the-world/ (at 11:11-13:11) U.S. TV covered 8,000 Russians protesting Vladimir Putin’s government. —— If they’re both propaganda, then which was more honest, more news that was really worth covering? Both were about foreign affairs, but which was more important, more worthy of being included in[Read More…]