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Hizbullah today: Of power, money, and . . . the people

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:10
With the last shot of the 2006 war fired and the IDF moving back into Israel, Lebanon began to heal its wounds. At the same time, Hizbullah, that had so successfully turned back the tides of war, began to rebuild—this time in new ways. Continue reading →

I know who really controlled our elections (and it wasn’t 13 Russians)

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:10
It is amazing to hear from the corporate media warnings about those who spread what they call "fake news." Amazing because nobody spreads more fake news than the mainstream press. This week they are parroting FBI charges that 13 Russians are the most important part of the control of our elections, as always, without investigating the charges. Continue reading →

Warnings mount that Trump’s infrastructure plan will make it harder to fight pipelines

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:10
As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration's recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a "scam" that's designed to keep the nation trapped in its "dirty and destructive past," analysts are also warning the proposal will "make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement" to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. Continue reading →

Big Pharma still tries to push dangerous drug class

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:10
Bisphosphonate bone drugs are among the most harmful and misrepresented drug classes still on the market. But that has not stopped Pharma-funded medical associations like the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Bone Health Alliance from periodically wringing their hands over low sales. Continue reading →

Longstanding US hegemonic meddling abroad

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:10
Washington’s rage for dominance began by exterminating its native people to expand the nation from sea-to-shinning sea. Continue reading →

Hizbullah: ‘You don’t see them . . . they see you!’

Mon, 2018-02-19 18:09
“This is not good!” cautions a new Lebanese friend in a stern tone of warning, clutching this reporters arm for emphasis. “This, where you are going. . it is their neighbourhood . . . Hizbullah's neighbourhood. They control this completely!” Continue reading →

A common culture makes the nation

Mon, 2018-02-19 18:09
In Saigon, the foreign tourists stay mostly downtown, where they can patronize American bars, and restaurants serving Indian, Thai, Korean, Italian, Mexican and Middle Eastern food, not to mention McDonald’s, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, Starbucks and Lotteria, the last a Japanese chain. With English as the lingua franca, they can be overseas, yet somewhat at home, and with their smart phones, they can be anchored further in the familiar. Once, traveling meant having virtually no news from home, and no choice but to be immersed in the alien. How many still remember picking up an International Herald Tribune to find out, say, if the Phillies won three days ago? Continue reading →

The best we can expect from our corrupt government

Mon, 2018-02-19 18:09
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt can't fly coach because people in coach inform him that he is "Fucking up the environment," so he is forced to fly First Class, where, ostensibly, people don't give a damn if he is "fucking up the environment." This is his actual excuse. Continue reading →

Our new St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Mon, 2018-02-19 18:09
On Wednesday, St. Valentine’s Day, I had just printed out an article from the CNN website headlined, “Exclusive: Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official’s proposal to deregulate.” Minutes later came news of gunfire at a high school in Parkland, Florida. By nightfall, 17 were dead. Continue reading →

It’s time to deal with Trumputin’s Second Amendment idiocy

Mon, 2018-02-19 18:09
My beloved childhood friend, someone I’ve known since before elementary school, has lost his grandson in the latest Florida shooting. Continue reading →

The military industrial complex strikes again: War spending will bankrupt America

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:01
Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation. Continue reading →

John Kelly: An American viceroy and imperialist

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:01
President Donald Trump’s embattled chief of staff, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, served as an enigma in uniform. Under President Barack Obama, Kelly had problems following orders during his stint as Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), headquartered in Miami, Florida. Geographical area commanders, such as SOUTHCOM, and the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, have become virtual viceroys, often competing with the U.S. State Department in crafting U.S. foreign policy in the areas of the world they have been assigned for their own geo-political and military tinkering. Continue reading →

Nikki Haley’s big lies on Syria

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:01
US ambassadors notoriously lie for their country. Haley does it repeatedly, again during a Wednesday Security Council session on Syria—a beginning-to-end recitation of Big Lies fooling no one. Continue reading →

The boomerang effect: How Netanyahu made Israel an American issue, and lost

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:01
Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel's support among ordinary Americans. Continue reading →

Liberals today

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:01
On January 24, I went to the Washington, DC, bookstore Politics & Prose to hear David Cay Johnston, author of “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.” To my surprise he repeatedly said negative things about Russia, and in the Q&A session I politely asked him about this. He did not take kindly to that and after a very brief exchange cut me off by asking for the next person in line to ask a question. Continue reading →

Trump names George Soros acolyte as chargé in Havana

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:00
Donald Trump has named Phillip Goldberg, an arch-interventionist U.S. diplomat and acolyte of the "regime change" dogma of hedge fund mogul George Soros, as the interim chargé d'affaires of the U.S. embassy in Cuba. Goldberg's task will be to initiate Soros-inspired themed street demonstrations in Cuba when Cuban President Raul Castro steps down on April 19 of this year. Continue reading →

Fake news by omission—the Haiti example

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:00
“I’m happy to have a president that will bluntly speak the truth in negotiations,” Eric Prince commented on Breitbart News. “If the president says some places are shitholes, he’s accurate.” Thus did Mr. Eric Prince pay homage to Mr. Donald Trump. Prince of course being the renowned founder of Blackwater, the private army which in September 2007 opened fire in a crowded square in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians and seriously wounding 20 more. Continue reading →

No due process for Trump’s assassinees

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:00
President Trump is making a big deal out of the fact that former staff secretary Rob Porter is being denied “due process of law” because people believe that his two former wives are telling the truth regarding his purported physical abuse of them and disbelieving Porter’s denials of such abuse. Continue reading →

Freedom Rider: U.S. escalates Syrian war

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:00
The seven year-old war waged against Syria ought to be over by now. The jihadist forces backed by the United States, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia were nearly all chased out of the country. The combination of Syrian, Iranian, and Hezbollah forces utilized Russian air protection to their advantage and ISIS was on the run. Continue reading →

Israel wants illegal settlements annexed

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:00
Israeli hardliners already considers illegal settlements part of the Jewish state, formal annexation in the cards. Continue reading →

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