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This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls: The experiment in freedom is failing

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:21
It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that have dominated the news headlines for the past year, but don’t be distracted. Continue reading →

Israel’s war on Palestinian media freedom

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:21
Israeli military censorship prohibits publishing anything about IDF high crimes against peace and daily persecution of Palestinians. Continue reading →

One nation, in sickness and in health

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:21
A couple of things observed after successful surgery and a week in the hospital: For reasons seemingly unrelated to your operation, you will find bits of surgical tape attached to odd parts of your body for days after your return home. Continue reading →

The American Century’s final curtain

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:21
History will show that the United States, more than a decade after being drawn by rabid neo-conservative war hawks into costly and ill-advised conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, saw the final curtain drawn on its post-Cold War “American Century.” The inauguration of Donald Trump, who acts more like the Roman emperors Caligula or Nero than an American statesman, is hastening the final act in the Pax Americana stage play. Continue reading →

Washington is destroying American power

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:21
Readers at home and around the world want to know what to make of the announcement that China henceforth will conduct oil purchases and sales in gold-backed Chinese currency. Continue reading →

Journalist assassinated in Malta was on trail through Baku that leads to Trump

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:20
Maltese investigative journalist Caruana Galizia, 53, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in Valletta on October 16, was on a trail that not only implicated Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his wife, and top aides in a scandal partly exposed by the release of the Panama Papers, but one that extended from Azerbaijan to the Trump Organization in New York. Galizia, whose blog generated more interest than Malta's newspapers, had implicated the Muscat government in the sale of Maltese passports and receiving illegal funds from the government of Azerbaijan. Continue reading →

Trump revives notorious GOP dog whistle in call for ‘welfare reform’

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:20
Rehashing a notorious Republican Party trope that accuses some Americans of cheating safety net programs, President Donald Trump on Monday said his administration is looking "very, very strongly" at "welfare reform." Continue reading →

Athens vs. Mondoweiss

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:20
In my new book, "Being in Time—A Post Political Manifesto," I delve into the clear distinction between Athens and Jerusalem. Athens is the capitol of philosophy. In Athens we think things through. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is the city of laws that set the boundaries of correct thinking. In Jerusalem we obey first and think later. Continue reading →

Freedom Rider: Russiagate brings Black Caucus to a new low

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:20
The so-called Russiagate scandal is a fiction. The hapless Democrats see it as a means of doing what they failed to do on election day in 2016, defeat Donald Trump. The fear mongering also makes the case for waging war by other means against Russia and supporting American imperialism. But this worst of all fake news stories fell apart. The only way to continue the dubious cause was to ratchet it up with more lies. Enter the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Continue reading →

Three for the road, in light and shadows

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:20
It was getting dark on the street as the young man emerged from his high school on New York’s Upper East Side after basketball practice. He had lost track of time as he dreamed his basketball dreams and headed to the subway for the long ride home. It was December, 1961. A man, dressed in a cashmere overcoat and carrying a silver bowl, was walking his dog on the street. The boy asked him for the time. The man told him, adding with a grin that his watch always ran fast. The boy recognized the grin from what seemed like a dream. He pet the man’s dog, and the man asked him about the imposing school next to them. He asked the boy his name and the boy said “Eddie.” While the dog did its business in the street, they chatted for a few minutes. The man wished him luck with his basketball and said his name was Paul. Continue reading →

Trump outsources U.S. foreign policy to Israel

Wed, 2017-10-18 14:18
The signs that Donald Trump planned to allow Israel to largely call the shots on U.S. foreign policy have been evident since he named ultra-Zionist New York bankruptcy attorney David Friedman, formerly with the Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman law firm, as his ambassador to Israel and son-in-law Jared Kushner as his "special advisor on Middle East peace." Israel's control over Trump's foreign policy, especially on Middle East issues, has manifested itself in several ways. Continue reading →

As hopes for Trump’s impeachment persist, new warnings of a President Pence

Wed, 2017-10-18 14:18
As Republican insiders reportedly have new worries that Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm election could mean the impeachment of President Donald Trump, investigative journalist Jane Mayer, in her latest piece for The New Yorker, offers an in-depth warning about "the danger of President Pence." Continue reading →

The real reason behind Trump’s angry diplomacy in North Korea

Wed, 2017-10-18 14:18
To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China's clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’s belated 'pivot to Asia' to counter China's rise has been, thus far, quite ineffectual. Continue reading →

The unending state of emergency

Wed, 2017-10-18 14:18
It’s old news that Donald Trump abuses reason, knowledge, decency and dark-skinned people. You can’t tear your eyes away. You can already write tomorrow’s story: Today the vicious, deranged freak-show star trashed Enemy A, picked a fight with Failed Insider B, invited unconstitutional action C, insulted population D, declared his intent to abrogate Agreement E or make war on Country F, and denied facts G through Z. Fill in the blanks. Continue reading →

Deplorable US public ignorance

Wed, 2017-10-18 14:18
Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people on the planet—despite 84% of households having a computer, 73% with broadband Internet access, according to Pew Research. Continue reading →

Donald Trump, the divider in chief

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:16
One has to admire Donald Trump. He really knows how to play to his constituency. Continue reading →

Will the human race end this century or is there a glimmer of hope in the stars?

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:16
At our current pace of capitalist exploitation, the human race will die out within a century. Homo sapiens, the last species of the genus homo, will be no more. Continue reading →

Wrongful rhetoric and Trump’s strategy on Iran

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:16
Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel's secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had "an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs" at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. His punishment for breaking the silence about Israel's capacity to manufacture nuclear weapons included eleven years of solitary confinement. Continue reading →

Neocon Nikki Haley the dark force behind Trump’s decertification of Iran nuclear deal?

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:16
Nikki Haley reportedly was Trump’s first choice for secretary of state, a war goddess Hillary clone, a Ziofascist, a recklessly dangerous neocon. Continue reading →

Hanoi jottings

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:16
With only a week and a half in Hanoi, I’ve been out and about almost nonstop. This article, then, is being jotted down at 5:11AM, as I’m lying in bed on my stomach at the Letters Home guesthouse. Stuck in a grim alley in an unfashionable neighborhood, it’s not exactly popular, so about the only noises I’ve heard in Letters Home came from my air conditioner or fan. Only rarely does a motorbike beeping, car horn honking or dog barking reach me. Continue reading →

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