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California Scheming: Democrats Betray Single-Payer Again
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Nothing better illustrates the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party—for all progressive intents and purposes—than California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s announcement on Friday afternoon that he was going to put a “hold” on the single-payer health care bill (SB 562) for the state, effectively killing its passage for at least the year. The Democratic Party finds itself in a bind in California. They hold the governorship and a supermajority in both houses of the legislature, so they can pass any bill they want. SB 562 had passed the Senate 23-14. More
Hersh’s New Syria Revelations Buried From View
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the man who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the US military’s abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004, is probably the most influential journalist of the modern era, with the possible exception of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the pair who exposed Watergate. More
Excessive and Avoidable Harm in Yemen
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Over the past few months, the Trump administration has settled on a strategy for the ongoing conflict in Yemen that it knows will lead to more suffering and violence in the country. Rather than trying to bring an immediate end to the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 civilians, administration officials have More
The Death of Democracy Both Here and Abroad and All Those Colorful Sneakers
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
CIA Director Pompeo believes that “… folks like WikiLeaks, [are] out there trying to steal American secrets for the sole purpose of undermining the United States and democracy,” (“Trump CIA director blames ‘worship of Edward Snowden’ for rise in leaks,” The Guardian, June 24, 2017). That’s actually kind of funny, well, at least in a sardonic More
Immanuel Kant on Electoral Interference
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
The “categorical imperative” is the central concept in the ethical philosophy of Immanuel Kant. It refers to  an unconditional moral obligation binding in all cases and not dependent on someone’s inclination or purpose. It refers to things you have to do. So (just for example) if you have water and you’re with someone dying of More
Theresa May and the Tories are in Freefall
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
The UK has some of the highest levels of hunger and deprivation among the world’s richest nations, according to a wide-ranging United Nations assessment of child health and wellbeing. — The Guardian For anyone with a long and abiding hatred of the UK’s Conservative party, these are heady days indeed.  I turn on my laptop each morning with More
Get the Left
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
An old Chinese curse is “May you live in interesting times!” – interesting times are the times of troubles, confusion and suffering. And it seems that in some “democratic” countries, we are lately witnessing a weird phenomenon which proves that we live in interesting times: a candidate emerges and wins elections as it were from nowhere, in More
Saudi Arabia Wants to Reduce Qatar to a Vassal State
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
So serious has the Saudi-Qatar crisis now become that the Qatari Foreign Minister is reportedly planning an emergency trip to Washington in the next few days in the hope that the Trump regime can save his emirate. For Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani knows very well that if Qatar submits to the 13 unprecedented – some More
Driverless Cars: Hype, Hubris and Distractions
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
The hype and unsubstantiated hope behind the self-driving car movement continues unabated, distracting from addressing necessities of old “mobilities” such as inadequate public transit and upgrading highway and rail infrastructure. At a conference on Driverless Cars sponsored by the George Washington University Law School earlier this month, the legal landscape of unresolved problems and unasked More
Palestinians Are Seeking Justice in Jerusalem – Not an Abusive Life-Long Mate
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
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 More
Is ‘Russiagate’ Collapsing as a Political Strategy?
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
The plan for Democrats to run against Russia may be falling apart. After squandering much of the last six months on faulting Russians for the horrific presidency of Donald Trump… After blaming America’s dire shortfalls of democracy on plutocrats in Russia more than on plutocrats in America… After largely marketing the brand of their own More
In the Twitter Building: Tech Incubators and Altering Perceptions
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
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 More
Uber’s Repudiation is the Moment for the U.S. to Finally Start Regulating the So-called Sharing Economy
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Travis Kalanick’s forced resignation as the CEO of Uber is a great symbolic end to the adolescence of the “sharing” economy. Uber and other companies that claimed space in this invented arena may now have to acknowledge that they are not actually new and different from everything that went before them. And the rules that More
What I Saw From The Law
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
With the latest rash of killings of African Americans by law enforcement, and with Jeronimo Yanez’s acquittal for the murder of Philandro Castile I feel the time is now that I share my experiences in working closely with law enforcement and dealing with them personally. I have worked closely with law enforcement for 7 and a half More
The Causes of Forest Fires: Climate vs. Logging
June 27th, 2017, 03:10 AM
The timber industry and the U.S. Forest Service aggressively market the idea that reducing fuels through logging/thinning programs will result in a significant decrease in acreage burned, firefighting costs and the number of high-severity fires. However, it is climate/weather, not fuels, that drive all large wildfires. The factors responsible for all large wildfires are drought, More
Lies That Capitalists Tell Us
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
While idiotic supporters of our two-party system wring their hands over the sensationalist nonsense reported by the mainstream media, we thought it might be worth touching on the most dangerous lie of all-time: capitalism. It’s an all-encompassing delusion, including: the myth of continual technological progress, the mendacious assumptions of endless economic growth, the lie that constant bombardments of media and consumer goods make us happy, and the omissions of our involvement in the exploitation of the planet and the resources of distant, poorer nations, among other things. More
Out of the Shadow of Custer: Zinke Proves He’s No “Champion” of Indian Country With his Grizzly Lies
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
President Trump’s Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, chose to announce the rule to delist the sacred grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as we commemorate the anniversary of our ancestors’ victory over what was that era’s rampage of the military industrial complex. It was, believed those of Custer’s day and age, their Manifest Destiny to dominate, to take or extirpate any who stood between them and the pillage and plunder that would enable them to remake all in their image by force, a consequence they justified as progress. What then, we ask, has changed? More
Grenfell Tower: the Tragic Price of the Rolled-Back Stat
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
My mother, Patricia Cockburn, joined the Air-Raid Precautions (ARP) in 1939 and worked at the “Northern Control Centre” in a large cellar deep under Praed Street in Paddington through the early months of the Blitz. This is about two and a half miles from where Grenfell Tower was to be built 35 years later. She recalled later in a memoir that “60 of us sat in a large underground room, each at a narrow desk on which were four telephones coloured white, red, green and black”. More
Tritium: Toxic Tip of the Nuclear Iceberg
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Tritium has become a symbol for why nuclear power is dangerous. In June 2011, an AP investigation found leaks of this radioactive chemical from old and corroded pipes beneath 48 of 65 U.S. nuclear plants.  National coverage followed, just three months since the meltdown at Fukushima, Japan.  Leaks entered groundwater (up to hundreds of times More
Hersh’s Big Scoop: Bad Intel Behind Trump’s Syria Attack
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is challenging the Trump administration’s version of events surrounding the April 4 “chemical weapons attack” on the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun – though Hersh had to find a publisher in Germany to get his information out. In the Sunday edition of Die Welt, Hersh reports that his national More
Heart of Darkness: Observations on a Torture Notebook
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Author’s Note: In an article in the New York Times last week, Sheri Fink and James Risen reported on newly disclosed legal depositions from psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the recognized architects behind the horrific Bush-era torture program at the CIA. While Jessen has studiously avoided the public eye over the years, Mitchell has taken a very different route, More
Why Democrats Lose: the Case of Jon Ossoff
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Left-leaning political strategists should be rejoicing over Jon Ossoff’s performance in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District Tuesday. In a hotly-contested special election, Ossoff delivered a victory for a platform featuring Vermont Jewish Socialism and against neoliberalism. Georgia’s sixth district was, in the minds of the nitwits in control of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the ideal More
Travels Around Trump’s America
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
(In which the author goes by plane, bicycle, train, and rental car from Europe and New York to the American South and Midwest.  This is Part I – from Europe to Newark and New York City.) Because I live in Europe, I need occasionally to recharge my American batteries—to smell the cut grass of summer More
Law Enforcement’s Dirty Little Secret
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
The recent Philando Castile tragedy, where a black man in Minnesota was killed by a police officer as he was sitting in his car with a woman and a 4-year old child is just one more in what seems an endless list of examples of unprovoked deadly violence by the police. Castile was shot 7 More
Future Shock: Imagining India
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
What might a future India look like? If current policies continue, it could mean dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. It could also mean hundreds of millions of former rural dwellers without any work and thus anywhere decent to live More
Animals at the Roger Waters Concert
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Last Saturday night, I was fortunate to see Roger Waters, one of my musical and personal idols, perform live. At age 74, the rock legend still puts on the edgiest, most radical performance in town. An old rocker with an old message is the pinnacle of radical art these days. But is that a statement More
Pride in San Francisco
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
San Francisco. The security guard grinned at the bag with rheumy eyes. It had already begun to ache, the shoulder strap held down by writing material and a bottle of water. “Thank you, sir!”, came the emphatic note of approval. The bag had passed the test, as did its owner, who was frisked for anything More
North Koreans in South Korea Face Imprisonment for Wanting to Return Home
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Contrary to what the US government and corporate media have conditioned us to associate only with North Korea, a Korean in the South finds herself subject to prosecution for violating the South’s National Security Law because she seeks to move to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea [DPRK]. Kim Ryon-hui, 48, a North Korean, kept More
Remembering Native American Civil Rights Pioneer, Lehman Brightman
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
A pioneer of Native American civil rights and activism passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Walnut Creek, California, ending a life of rebellion and struggle to claim a lost history. Lehman Lehman Brightman, a Native American of Sioux and Creek origin, was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in 1930. Brightman was a militant More
Seventeen-Year-Old Nabra Hassanen Was Murdered
June 26th, 2017, 03:10 AM
Seventeen-year-old Nabra Hassanen is dead. She was murdered. You may not have heard about her death. In fact, unless you live in the area where the murder occurred, you would likely have to search for any information at all about her death. If you did that, you would likely discover that the mainstream press is More
Jim Harrison – Elk River Books
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM

Democrats in the Dead Zone
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
This year the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow larger than ever. Oceanologists predict the lifeless expanse of water below the Mississippi River Delta will swell to an area bigger than the state of Vermont, an aquatic ecosystem despoiled by industrial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, oil leaks and the lethal effects of a warming climate. But the desolate waters of the Gulf pale next to the electoral dead zone now confronting the Democratic Party, which seems to occupy about two-thirds of the geographical area of the Republic—a political landscape deadened by the Party’s remorseless commitment to neoliberal economics, imperial wars and open hostility toward the working class base which once served as its backbone. More
Trump, Qatar and the Danger of Total Confusion
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
The isolation of Qatar appears to be a major step in the Saudi plan, directed by the newly pronounced crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (the 31-year-old in charge of the Saudi war in Yemen),  to provoke a general confrontation between the Sunni world (led by itself) and Shiite world (led by Iran). What has has More
The “Democracies” We Deserve
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
In today’s so-called democracies, elections seldom bring about changes for the better, except in rare instances when they ratify progress achieved outside the electoral arena. This is one of several reasons why the very long electoral seasons we suffer through in the United States are so disabling. They channel potentially constructive political energies into dead-end electoral pursuits. More
The FBI’s “Operation Backfire” and the Case of Briana Waters
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
Smoke billowed as a wing of the University of Washington’s Center of Urban Horticulture burned in the early morning hours of Monday, May 21, 2001. It was not the result of a science experiment gone awry — it was arson. Situated under a tree, safe from the heat of the blazing inferno, were boxes of More
Cannibal Corpse
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
A rhetorical question conceived to initiate a line of reasoning is: did the Third Reich have political ‘centrists?’ This is neither to suggest any relation between American political centrists and Nazis or that the political decision making process is analogous. It is to ask the question: can any worldview that is less than the most More
Savage Calculations: On the Exoneration of Philando Castile’s Killer
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
This is an absolute outrage. This action. This video. This verdict. Shame on the jury and all who enabled their cruel, inhuman decision. Philando Castillo had a license to carry, his girlfriend and her child in the car, his seatbelt fastened, and even addressed this killer cop calmly and politely as “sir,” volunteering the information More
Trump’s Attack on Cuba
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
Donald Trump’s presidency has descended into farce. The undignified manner in which both he and his adversaries in Washington have conducted themselves since his election sits in sharp contrast to the dignity of those countries and governments demonized as enemies of everything the Rome of our time holds dear – namely untrammelled power, greed, and domination. More
We Need a Mass Movement to Demand Radical Progressive Change
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
The failure of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to capture the vacant House seat left in a suburban Atlanta district by the Trump nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services shows the disastrous state of the Democratic Party. So beholden is that party to corporate interests that it cannot put More
Moving Closer to Doom
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has warned that the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear war is closer than since 1953.  As explained by the Bulletin, in 1947 it devised the Doomsday Clock “using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity More
The Sex Offender: the 21st Century Witch
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
At the end of May, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed H.R.1761, the “Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017.”  It is intended “to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”  Going further, those convicted of such a practice would “be fined and imprisoned not More
All Signs Point to Trump’s Coming War With Iran
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really need to spell this out any further? Donald Trump More
What’s Really New About the Gig Economy?
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
Uber and Lyft have become normalized part of our daily lives. Freelancers sell their “tasks” to the highest bidder. This is a new era; we call it the gig economy. But what is really new about it? While cultural critics speculate that these apps will change hiring practices for the worse and utopians imagine that More
Analyzing the Failures of Syriza
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
So many put their puts hopes into Syriza; so many were bitterly disappointed. Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left proved wholly unable to resist the enormous pressures put on it and it is Greek working people who are paying the price, not excepting those who voted for Syriza. How should we analyze the depressing spectacle More
The Russian Nexus
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
Donald Trump is struggling to edge away from an issue that has dogged him since his victory in the presidential election last year—Russian interference. On June 8, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey went before the Senate to make several incendiary claims. Comey said that Trump had lied to impugn the reputation More
Putin Tries to Avoid a Wider War With the US
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
“The shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 is another demonstration that the US is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for the broader war that is being prepared.” — Peter Symonds, World Socialist Web Site The downing of a Syrian warplane by a US F-18 Super Hornet on Sunday More
“Realpolitik” in Berlin: Merkel Fawns Over Kissinger
June 23rd, 2017, 03:10 AM
After a tumultuous week which brought a number of nasty shocks and alarms, including the shooting down of a Syrian jet by the United States military in Syria, spiraling tensions, and fears of direct US-Russian confrontation in the Middle East, on Wednesday evening yet another horror story jumped off the screen and out of the More