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Europe Must Stop Trump From Starting Another War in the Middle East
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
As was expected, President Trump has decertified Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal or, to give it its full name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite the fact that he certified it twice before. As recently as 14 September 2017, Trump also waived certain sanctions against Iran as required under the terms of the deal. Yet, in an extremely belligerent and hostile speech he put out his new policy towards Iran. More
The Experiment in Freedom is Failing
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
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. Don’t be fooled, not even a little, no matter how tempting it seems to just take a peek. We’re being subjected to the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst. This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls. More
Make Big Pharma Pay for the Opioid Crisis
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Big Pharma is the culprit for the opioid crisis we have today.  This is about crime in the suites.   Big Pharma is the biggest legal drug pusher. The 2017 ranking of just the top 10 U.S. biotech and pharmaceutical companies equals $321 billion, based on revenue, according to a current Financial Times equity screener database. Drug overdoses, primarily from opioids are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50.  In 2016, drug overdoses killed more people than guns or car accidents. More
Why the Palestinian Unity Deal Might Not Change Much
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah under which they will set up a joint administration that will, among other things, control Gaza is going to be regarded with scepticism in the region. The accord signed in the main intelligence headquarters in Cairo has come about because both the Palestinian sides are weak and have More
A State for the Kurds?
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
It was in 1916, in the midst of World War I, that Britain and France (pitted against the Germans, Austrians and Ottoman Turks) made their infamous Sykes-Picot agreement. In grand imperial style, they used this agreement to divide up the Middle East between them. It was a daring move, considering that the war was at a More
Guns, Drugs, and Suicide: Death in America
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The routine has become as surreal as it is banal: a pharmaceutical laced white male opens fire with a high capacity gun in a crowded space for the express purpose of slaughtering his fellow homo sapiens. Liberals strike up the chorus for futile ‘gun control’ measures. Conservatives chastise Liberals for ‘politicizing’ tragedy and rush under More
Witch Hunt TV: You Can Trust MSNBC, Really….
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
When I was a kid growing up in Utica, New York in the 1950s and early 1960s, an ungodly amount of our Social Studies curriculum was devoted to hard-core anti-Communist propaganda.  Since our town was nestled in the Mohawk Valley—the heart of French and Indian War country–we were also forced to study obscenely detailed accounts More
“Unnatural Causes”: Health Takes a Hit in Portland, Oregon
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Over the past month, Multnomah County, one of the largest employers in the Portland Metropolitan area has been roiled by claims of systemic employment discrimination. While other major cities across the U.S. have experienced an increase in African American residents in recent years, between 2012 and 2014, “liberal” Portland, Oregon’s Black community—already among the smallest More
Vengeful in Defeat: Hillary Clinton Fantasizes About WikiLeaks
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials (immaculate, we are told, but unnoticed), and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house (a danger to the world).  The latter is the fundamental point: Donald Trump would not More
ISIS Has Lost Raqqa, Where Will It Go Next?
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Raqqa is about to fall – and once more, its imminent collapse has been brought about by Isis fighters who chose not to fight to the death. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – which is mostly Kurdish, is definitely not democratic and would have no force without US airpower – believe that they might hold the More
Why Trump Has Gone Nuclear on Iran
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Just when world public opinion feared the US and North Korea were on the brink of nuclear war, the new axis of evil times (North Korea, Iran, Venezuela) yield a dramatic plot twist; President Trump is adamant the real threat is the Iran nuclear deal. Enter a brand new, major international crisis deployed out of More
Will the US and China Go to War?
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Amatai Etzionis, Avoiding War with China (2017, University of Virginia Press) Jude Woodward, The US vs China: Asia’s New Cold War? (2017, Manchester University Press). China’s rise is often seen across the spectrum of Western politics, from Right to Left, to augur a new era of great power competition.  Now Trump’s belligerency has escalated speculation More
Seduced by Greed: the Perils of Environmental Collaboration
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Back in the mid-’90s, Republican Gov. Marc Racicot and the natural resource extraction industries came up with a dandy strategy to divide and conquer environmentalists and conservationists. It was called “collaboration” and began with Racicot’s hand-picked Consensus Council. The concept was simple: put some malleable representatives of a few organizations in the room with industry More
Decertifying the Iran Deal: Trump’s Most Reckless Move?
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Despite heavy competition, Trump’s latest Iran move ranks near the top of the list of the most reckless actions of this ever-so-reckless presidency. The president announced recently that he was refusing to certify Iran’s compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement it reached with the U.S. and several other world powers during the Obama administration. This More
Bring Back Armistice Day and Honor the Real Heroes
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
How in heck did Armistice Day become Veterans Day? Established by Congress in 1926 to “perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations, (and later) a day dedicated to the cause of world peace,” Armistice Day was widely recognized for almost 30 years. As part of that, many churches rang their bells on More
In Search of Moral Energy in the Neoliberal Wasteland: a Preferential Option for the Poor Soul
October 19th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Do you know what you become when you [move your children about keeping them busy, rather than remain in and come to know a particular spot]?  You become a god-killer, you sprinkle the poison gas of your vulgar novelty-hunting on the heads of all those little gods that are children’s best guardian angels.  And you More
Seizing Kirkuk
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Elite Iraqi security forces have captured the Kurdish government headquarters buildings in the centre of Kirkuk with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordering the Iraqi flag to be raised over Kirkuk and other disputed territories. An Iraqi Oil Ministry official said that it would be “a very short time” before the Iraqi military seized all the oilfields More
Weinstein as Symptom: Notes From Hollywood
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The only surprise concerning the exposure of Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein as a serial abuser of women is that anybody could possibly be surprised. We are after all talking about a town, industry and culture which not only produces monsters it goes out of its way to cultivate and worship them. Sympathy for Mr More
Bowe Bergdahl: Traitor to American Exceptionalism and White Supremacy
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s guilty plea begins the end of this phase of an embarrassing, sad and morally absurd saga of American history. Sergeant Bergdahl, who was dismissed from the Coast Guard because of mental illness, recruited into the Army in spite of such issues, and then sent to the frontlines of Afghanistan where he walked away More
Funding for War vs. Natural Disasters
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
I have an aunt who lives in paradise – Paradise, California, that is.  But in 2017 it has been anything but, as the communities surrounding Paradise have been evacuated on two separate occasions due to natural disasters and crumbling infrastructure. In February, torrential downpours caused the Oroville Dam to fail, washing out homes, businesses, memories More
Where’s Duterte From and Where’s He Going To?
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
History may have come to an embarrassing end in the centres of the Empire but not in it’s remote regions. As the great Egyptian analyst Samir Amin points out in a recent Monthly Review essay: it is in the periphery of the global system where the great political and social storms occur. Why? Because history More
Mental Health and Neoliberalism: an Interview with William Davies
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Mental health and wellbeing are now major concerns for government and big business, as stress, depression and anxiety become widespread in modern societies. But their focus is often solely on the attitude of the individual, which ignores the particular social and economic causes behind such conditions. Here, I discuss with William Davies the psychological demands More
The Real Reason Behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
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’ belated ‘pivot to Asia’ to More
Washington, Not China, is the Biggest Threat to American Power
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
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. Is this an attack by Russia and China on the US dollar? Will the dollar weaken and collapse from being discarded as the currency in which More
Trump’s Iran Deal
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Bad deals. Very bad – unless, of course, they are minted in the United States, with Make America Great Again credentials.  Hardly the stuff of presidential clout and oratorical flair, but the US president is making good his word to rain on the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action More
Remember Puerto Rico Needs Fair Medicaid Funding Too
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Weeks have passed since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria and there is still little indication that the unincorporated US territory is on the road to recovery. Thousands remain homeless, the vast majority of residents still have no power, and the economy has ground to a halt. Perhaps most worryingly, the island’s health care system, More
2 or 3 Things I Know About Capitalism
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
 (with apologies to Jean-Luc Godard)  A number of recent, press articles, including an over 8000 word feature piece in the New York Times have asked, to quote the The NYT’s headline, “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” Although the question was proffered, the reporters and editors responsible for the articles More
Rambo Wept: Our Commandos Good, Your Terrorists Bad
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Each subsequent Rambo release is worse than its predecessor. — Michael Parenti, “Rambo and the Swarthy Hordes” Just when you thought British movies about Ireland couldn’t get any worse than “Ryan’s Daughter”, here comes “The Foreigner” with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan as the neo-Leo McKern character playing the PIRA wife cheating scotch gulping Irish More
On Catalonia: Debates in the Greek Left
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The  subject of the Catalonian  secession  is an extremely  serious one,  at  a national, a European  and an international level . Overlooking this obvious reality, many members of the  Greek Left discuss it without well-founded  positions, typically raising their voices and resorting to stereotypic slogans.   On 1st October  the people of Catalonia  faced repulsive, antidemocratic and More
The Calm Before the Storm
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Every time Donald Trump blurts or tweets a shocker — “maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” for instance — questions flood the media. Is he serious? What did he mean? Yes, of course, but beyond these, larger questions hover half-asked, cutting into the soul of who we are. This is painful, but not necessarily More
Napalm Sticks to Kids
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Bombs Away: The purposeful killing of Vietnamese civilians, Cambodian civilians, and Laotian civilians. You do not bring the enemy to the peace table by just killing military combatants. You ultimately bring the enemy to the peace table by killing innocent civilians. WHY? Because, they are military targets. The primary goal of the aggressor nation (The USA)is to break More
Trumpcare for Veterans? VA Outsourcing Will Create Healthcare Industry Bonanza
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies. As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big improvements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) the arm of the Veterans Administration (VA) which operates the largest healthcare system in the country. Yet Trump’s hiring freeze deepened an already existing staffing crisis at VHA hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S where there are 49,000 vacant positions. More
The Real Destabilizer in the Middle East is Not Iran But Trump
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
As President Trump withdraws certification of the nuclear agreement with Iran, commentators across the world struggled for words to adequately convey their outrage and contempt. A favourite term to describe Trump is as “a wrecking ball”, but the phrase suggests a sense of direction and capacity to strike a target which Trump does not possess. More
The Real Reasons Trump is Quitting UNESCO
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalise a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes. More
My Friend From ISIS in Raqqa
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
“Raqqa will never be the same”, claims Abu Adam Al-Britani in a 72 minute long tape that was issued late last month. He provides a chilling account of the scale of death and destruction in the city that was a de facto capital of the Islamic state in Syria, when the group formally declared the More
Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
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 More
Beyond Taking a Knee: Duane Thomas, Where are You When We Need You?
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has figured out a way to fake solidarity with protesting NFL players, while kowtowing to President Trump and fans who worship the flag. Prior to the playing of the national anthem at the September 5th game against the Arizona Cardinals, Jones joined his players, coaches and staff on the field More
Austerity, Macron-Style
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
When French President Emmanuel Macron’s secured his sweeping majority of the Elysee Palace and parliament in May and June, it was said that only the unions had a chance of checking his power. So this week’s show of unity and strength by public sector unions – after months of squabbling – will have him worried. For the first time a decade all More
Pakistan Faces a Life-Threatening Military Coup
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Strong signs are indicating that another military coup in Pakistan is in the making. Pakistan remains a fragile democracy despite several successful general elections in the past seventy years. The military generals, senior bureaucrats, and even high court judges, despite their rhetoric supportive of democracy, do not respect politicians or political parties. It is Pakistan’s More
Is Trump a ‘Moron?’
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
When U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a National Security Council meeting last week, from which President Trump had departed, that his boss was a “fucking moron,” it’s likely that Tillerson, who has refused to deny his characterization, was not referring literally to any diminished mental capacity of the president. After all, any billionaire More
If You Work for Justice in Palestine, Why Won’t You Let Palestinians Speak?
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Until I came to the US last year, I had never met an Israeli, and only one American Jew. As a third generation Palestinian refugee living in a camp in Lebanon, such opportunities did not exist. Then, when 85-year-old Mariam Fathalla and I came last year to speak throughout the US and Canada about the More
Trump’s Unprecedented Right-Turn on Foreign Policy
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Every few years — sometimes four, sometimes eight — America’s political mood swings from one pole to another. It’s a not-uncommon disorder for democracies. Voters get disgusted with one flavor of politics and opt for another. For better or worse, the United States doesn’t have a Baskin-Robbins democracy. So, the vacillations in Americans’ political taste More
Trump’s War on the Mind
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The date October 12  has been much on my mind this year. It was on this day in 1936 that the fascist forces of General Francisco Franco celebrated El Día de la Raza, the Hispanic world’s alternate version of Columbus Day. Some three months earlier, Franco had begun a right-wing insurrection against the elected government of the More
The Republican Tax Plan to Slow Growth
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
In the speech where President Reagan launched his push for the last major tax reform in 1986, he criticized a tax code that “treats people’s earnings, similar incomes, much differently regarding the tax that they pay; and… causes some to invest their money, not to make a better mousetrap but simply to avoid a tax trap.” He More
The Return of One-Man Rule in China?
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
As the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China ( CPC) draws near, western corporatist media and analysts are out in full force and working overtime to smear and demonize CPC and its top leaders, particularly President Xi Jinping. Their ploy and antics are wearing thin. Increasingly, they don’t even bother to conceal More
Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
He is the inimitable, true political ugliness, the bad boy with a mistimed punch.  While not quite professorial in his lunacy (that honour will have to go to Pauline Hanson of One Nation, whose sincere bigotry remains pungent), he aspires to it with a greater sense of reason. This Exocet missile of Australian politics continues More
Assassination in Guerrero: the Murder of Ranferi Hernandez Acevedo
October 17th, 2017, 12:41 PM
An important political and social leader in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has been murdered. Authorities confirmed Sunday the death of Ranferi Hernandez Acevedo, whose body was found in a burning vehicle with those of his wife Lucia Hernandez Dircio, 94-year-old mother-in-law Juana Dircio and chauffeur late Saturday on a rural Guerrero highway, according to More