Sunday, May 22, 2016(3 comments)
Clinton calls Trump "unqualified" to be commander-in-chief
The axis of Clinton's criticism of Trump was that he was too erratic in his statements and views on foreign policy. "I know how hard this job is, and I know that we need steadiness as well as strength and smarts in it, and I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States," Clinton said.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016(1 comments)
Sanders' strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest
Sanders spoke before a packed arena in Carson, California, near Los Angeles. He told a crowd of some 10,000 people Tuesday night that he would continue his campaign through the June 7 contests in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and North and South Dakota, and the final primary on June 14 in the District of Columbia.
Sunday, May 15, 2016(5 comments)
FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links
There has long been evidence that sections of the US government were aware of the plot to hijack and suicide-crash airliners, but turned a blind eye because such an atrocity could be used to stampede American public opinion and provide a pretext for escalating US military interventions throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
Friday, May 13, 2016(4 comments)
Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare
Ryan's declaration last week that he was "not there yet" in terms of an endorsement of Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee was aimed at securing assurances from Trump that his opposition to entitlement cuts was purely an electoral ploy, to be scrapped as soon as the votes are counted.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016(2 comments)
Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage
In suggesting that the federal minimum wage be dispensed with, and that the power to set a floor on wages be left to the states, which he pointed out "have to compete with each other," Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions, just as they offer tax concessions, to entice companies to locate in their states.
Monday, May 2, 2016(1 comments)
White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism
Saturday night was the eighth appearance by President Barack Obama at the annual White House correspondents dinner, which has become a staple of social life in the US capital. Politicians rub shoulders with figures from Hollywood and the news media at an event featuring two supposedly comic monologues--by the President and Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 Life expectancy declines for white Americans
After more than a century of rising life expectancy, interrupted only briefly by World War II and the worst year of the AIDS epidemic, life expectancy for whites remained constant in 2012 and 2013, and then declined in 2014. Life expectancy for the entire US population remained unchanged because there was a slight improvement for African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 US corporate tax cheats hiding $1.4 trillion in profits in offshore accounts
The sums involved in corporate tax scams dwarf those hidden away by individuals. According to the Oxfam report, the offshore manipulations by the 50 largest US corporations cost the US taxpayer $111 billion each year, while robbing another $100 billion annually from countries overseas, many of them desperately poor.
Sunday, April 10, 2016(11 comments)
Bowing to Democratic Party pressure, Sanders pledges to back Clinton
Sanders has not deviated from his pledge, made when he entered the race for the Democratic nomination a year ago, that he would support the nominee of the party convention, whoever it was. In a series of media interviews, Sanders reiterated his longstanding position that he would support Clinton if she won the Democratic presidential nomination.
Thursday, March 24, 2016(1 comments)
Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq
The purpose of the official secrecy and lying is not military security. ISIS was well aware of the existence of the firebase, which it targeted with mortar shells. In any case, as one official admitted, it is hard to hide 200 heavily armed Marines stationed only 10 miles from enemy lines.
Sunday, March 20, 2016(7 comments)
Sanders under pressure to quit from Democratic leaders, media
In the wake of five losses in five contests Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is coming under mounting pressure from Democratic Party leaders and the media to abandon his presidential campaign and concede the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sunday, March 13, 2016(1 comments)
Violence, racism and the Trump campaign
The Trump campaign represents something new and dangerous in American political life. After decades of basing its political operations on appeals to racism, national chauvinism, militarism and Christian fundamentalism, the Republican Party is giving birth to a movement of a fascistic character.
Thursday, March 10, 2016(1 comments)
Sanders' upset win in the Michigan primary
Sanders' victory in Michigan reflects the intrusion of class issues into the elections. The Clinton campaign, like the media, was taken unawares by Sanders' win. At a campaign rally Tuesday night in Cleveland, Clinton made no reference to the close contest in the neighboring state and instead described the campaign for the Democratic nomination as in its final stages.
Saturday, March 5, 2016(1 comments)
US Republican Party in crisis as Romney denounces Trump
Romney's speech dominated media coverage leading up to the debate Thursday night in Detroit, where the four remaining Republican candidates took the stage in the Fox Theatre. The first question posed to Trump was to respond to Romney's remarks, which he did in typical fashion, attacking Romney as a "failed candidate...who should have beaten President Obama" very easily.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics
Viewers were confronted with a repulsive display of the degraded state of official politics in the United States. The three leading candidates -- billionaire demagogue Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas -- engaged in a barrage of name-calling, mudslinging, insinuation and insult that marked a new low in an already dismal series of such political freak shows.
Monday, February 15, 2016(6 comments)
Republican debate in South Carolina: Lies, mudslinging and an important truth
The ninth Republican presidential debate of an already interminable primary campaign was another two-hour session of reactionary posturing and mutual mudslinging in which the four leading candidates denounced each other as liars -- and were telling the truth when they did so.
Thursday, February 11, 2016(1 comments)
Torture, murder and Donald Trump
George Stephanopoulos asked directly, "As president, you would authorize torture?" Trump replied, "I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding. And believe me, it will be effective. If we need information, George, you have our enemy cutting heads off of Christians and plenty of others, by the hundreds, by the thousands."
Monday, February 8, 2016 In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture
Trump reiterated his statements about waterboarding and "worse than waterboarding" during several appearances on Sunday morning television talk shows. Again, neither the media pundits who interviewed him nor Republican rivals who appeared on the same programs made any serious objection to these comments.
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism
There was a sinister undertone to the incessant right-wing populist demagogy in the debate. The Republican candidates treated the Democratic Party not merely as a political rival, but as a treasonous and semi-criminal organization. There were clear suggestions that a Democratic victory in the presidential election would be not only undesirable, but illegitimate.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations
Raids and deportations are politically inexpedient at the onset of an election year in which the Democratic Party seeks to posture as more sympathetic to immigrants and Hispanics than the Republicans, despite the atrocious record of Obama, once dubbed the "deporter-in-chief" by immigrants' rights activists.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016(1 comments)
Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims
A remarkable aspect of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is that there has been little criticism of Trump, the apparent frontrunner, from most of his rivals, and almost no effort to rebut his brazen appeals to racism and anti-Muslims bigotry.
Thursday, December 31, 2015(2 comments)
Federal agency prepares new crackdown on US travelers
The new driver's licenses would encode a considerable amount of personal information in an electronic form that would be shared among the states and with the federal government, assisting in the creation of vast new databases on the American population. These could be used to track people's movements, not only by air but also on the ground, using the chip in the card.
Monday, December 21, 2015 The US terrorism scare
War abroad is inevitably accompanied by repression at home, with police-military mobilizations that are carried out in the name of fighting "terrorism," but whose real purpose is to suppress domestic antiwar sentiment and working class opposition to the austerity measures required by the deepening crisis of world capitalism.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 Republican Party crisis deepens over Trump anti-Muslim statements
Both Trump and Carson have threatened to bolt the Republican Party and mount independent campaigns if the party establishment intervenes against them in the presidential campaign. Earlier this week, Trump touted a poll showing that 68 percent of his supporters would follow him out of the Republican Party if he decided to run as an independent.
Saturday, December 5, 2015(4 comments)
US Congress passes corporate-backed highway construction bill
The US Congress passed a five-year, $305 billion highway construction bill Thursday, sending it to President Obama who will sign it into law. The final bill, after protracted bipartisan negotiations, cleared the House of Representatives by a 359-65 vote and passed the Senate by a margin of 83-16. Three Republican senators who are running for president, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, voted against the bill.
Saturday, November 28, 2015 Trump spews racism and anti-Muslim bigotry
Billionaire Donald Trump has increased his lead in the polls among likely voters in Republican caucuses and primaries by making appeals to fears of terrorism and advocating a police-state crackdown on Muslim immigrants in the United States. The word that most accurately describes the politics peddled by the billionaire demagogue: fascist.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015(4 comments)
US defense secretary threatens Russia and China
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a pointed warning of future wars Saturday in an address to a forum at the Reagan Library in southern California. The reckless and provocative character of the Pentagon chief's speech is underscored by the targets of his saber-rattling: Russia, with the world's second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, and China with the third.
Saturday, November 7, 2015(1 comments)
Russia halts flights to Egypt after air disaster
US officials have been among the most insistent voices suggesting a terrorist connection to the Flight 9268 disaster, hoping that it will produce a political backlash in Russia against Putin's decision to intervene in Syria. In this, as in many other areas, there appears to be an overlap between the actions of ISIS and the political agenda of Washington.
Thursday, November 5, 2015(9 comments)
Washington prepares for World War III
The US military-intelligence complex is engaged in systematic preparations for World War III. As far as the Pentagon is concerned, a military conflict with China and/or Russia is inevitable, and this prospect has become the driving force of its tactical and strategic planning.
Monday, September 28, 2015 Behind the resignation of US House Speaker Boehner
Boehner resigned Friday, giving almost no notice, rather than face a vote on a procedural resolution to declare the speakership vacant. With Republicans holding a 247-188 majority in the House, and 30 or more Republicans committed to voting against him, he would have been compelled to rely on Democratic votes to retain office.
Saturday, September 19, 2015(1 comments)
The GM ignition defect settlement and capitalist "justice"
No senior executive of GM will go to jail for the deaths of at least 124 people, mainly young adults, due to defects in the compact and subcompact cars they purchased from the company. The company will set aside $900 million for compensating survivors, less than one month's pre-tax profits.
Sunday, September 13, 2015(3 comments)
Obama administration suppresses account of CIA torture
The position of the Obama administration, and of the military-intelligence apparatus as a whole, is not just to cover up the criminality of the Bush administration, which authorized and supervised the systematic torture in the name of the "war on terror." What is involved is the protection of ongoing, continuing criminality, and of those who perpetrate it today.
Monday, September 7, 2015(8 comments)
Six Republican presidential candidates back defiance of gay marriage ruling
Only a handful of the Republican candidates have adhered to a traditional constitutional position, that the Supreme Court interpretation of the law was binding, and that Davis, as a public official, had to carry out the law and not her personal religious beliefs. Others sought to square the circle, giving lip service to the separation of church and state while seeking to appease the Christian fundamentalist right.
Saturday, August 22, 2015(3 comments)
Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter: A revealing confrontation
Despite the purported militancy of Black Lives Matter, and its aggressive disruption of campaign appearances by Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, the two who spoke with Clinton, Daunasia Yancey from Boston and Julius Jones from Worcester, were extremely deferential.
Sunday, August 9, 2015(2 comments)
Republican presidential debate: The freak show at Quicken Loans Arena
The audience in the arena, where the Republican nominating convention will be held next summer, was as foul as the candidates and the questioners. They cheered for torture, for war, for cuts in essential social services, for attacks on democratic rights. These are truly the dregs of American society. It was not a debate so much as a political freak show, with the bizarre vying with the reactionary.
Thursday, July 30, 2015(1 comments)
The dark side of American politics
The underlying social conflicts within the United States are beginning to overload a political system that is rotted through and through. The two officially recognized political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are controlled by corporate interests and increasingly removed from the real concerns of the great mass of the American people.
Monday, July 20, 2015 The US presidency for sale
The vast sums being raised and spent by the Democratic and Republican candidates make a mockery of the claims that the United States is a democracy in which the people rule. It is big money that rules, dominating the entire process of selecting the candidates of the only two officially recognized parties and effectively determining the outcome of the vote on November 8, 2016.
Sunday, July 5, 2015 French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder
In rejecting Assange, Hollande sent a message of disapproval and condemnation to journalists who actually seek to report truthfully and inform the public, rather than take their marching orders from the propaganda offices of the intelligence agencies in Washington, London and Paris.
Saturday, June 27, 2015(6 comments)
Green Party candidate launches US presidential campaign
Stein is not a socialist, and the word "socialist" was never spoken in the interview or speech and appears nowhere in her campaign literature. She is running as a capitalist candidate seeking to reform American capitalism. She uses the language traditional to American populism, both right and left, contrasting Main Street to Wall Street.
Monday, June 15, 2015(6 comments)
Hillary Clinton launches her presidential campaign
Clinton is a particularly dubious vehicle for the type of social demagogy that characterized her speech. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has amassed, along with her husband, a fortune approaching $100 million from her decades of service to corporate interests. The Clintons rub shoulders with billionaires and CEOs every day.
Monday, June 1, 2015(15 comments)
US police kill more than two people a day
Since the eruption of popular protest last August over the unpunished police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the massive, military-style repression of the protests by police and National Guard troops, press reports, and especially social media, have given the world's population a far different -- and far more accurate -- understanding of the brutal reality of social relations in the United States.
Monday, May 18, 2015(1 comments)
US special forces stage raid into Syria
US-led airstrikes on ISIS targets across eastern Syria continue. In the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, the Pentagon reported eight bombing attacks, including six near the city of Hasakah, in the northeast, and two near Kobani, a Kurdish-populated town where a lengthy ISIS siege was broken by US saturation bombing.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict
the US military will dominate Eager Lion, supplying 5,000 of the 10,000 troops, including headquarters, air, land, sea and special operations forces. During the two-week-long exercise, May 5-19, there will be more US troops in Jordan than in neighboring Iraq, where President Obama has dispatched some 3,000 troops to train Iraqi forces and conduct special operations warfare and airstrikes against ISIS.
Sunday, April 26, 2015(3 comments)
Obama's drone warfare: Assassination made routine
There is no challenge to the basic premise of the drone missile program: that the CIA and Pentagon have the right to kill any individual, in any country, on the mere say-so of the president. Drone murder by the US government has become routine and is accepted as normal and legitimate by the official shapers of public opinion.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital
Reports described Ramadi as a ghost town, with streets empty. Anbar's deputy governor, Faleh al-Issawi, called the situation "catastrophic" and issued a plea for help. He told the Associated Press in a telephone interview, "We urge the Baghdad government to supply us immediately with troops and weapons in order to help us prevent the city from falling into the hands of the IS group."
Sunday, April 5, 2015(3 comments)
Congressional Republicans, Democrats seek vote on Iran deal
Obama has threatened to veto any bill requiring a congressional vote, arguing that the deal is an executive agreement by the leaders of seven countries, not a treaty between the United States and Iran, and therefore not subject to Senate ratification. Supporters of the bill claim they are just short of gaining the 67 votes required to overturn a veto.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015(2 comments)
The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl
The military brass is determined to make an example of the former POW because, in addition to popular opposition to the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, there is increasing turmoil within the ranks of the military itself, as the Afghanistan War approaches its fifteenth year and the war in Iraq is resumed twelve years after the US invasion of that country.
Sunday, March 29, 2015(1 comments)
Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps
The cuts proposed by Republicans are far beyond anything ever enacted by an American government: $5.5 trillion over 10 years in the House budget, $5.1 trillion over 10 years in the Senate budget. Pell grants, job training and housing programs are all targeted. But the biggest cuts come in so-called entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus
Armed Israeli settlers staged attacks on Palestinians Wednesday in East Jerusalem and on Thursday in the West Bank city of Nablus. The actions signal a new offensive by settlers and other ultra-rightists encouraged by the election victory March 17 of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition.
Thursday, March 12, 2015(2 comments)
Obama administration seeks wider war powers
Secretary of State Kerry emphasized the administration's opposition to any limitation on the geographic scope of the war. "What a mistake it would be," he declared, "to send a message to [ISIS] that there are safe havens, that there is somehow just a two-country limitation..." No senator in either party is opposed to another imperialist war.
Sunday, March 8, 2015(5 comments)
US orders 7,700 children deported without court hearings
The fact that deportations of unaccompanied children take place at all is outrageous. That the numbers are in the thousands, if not higher, demonstrates the brutality of the crackdown on Central American migrants conducted by the US government, in direct contradiction to the public pretense of sympathy adopted by President Obama.
Sunday, January 25, 2015(1 comments)
New Senate Intelligence Committee chair moves to suppress CIA torture report
The legislative branch is seeking to recall (and likely suppress) copies of a report which the new majority in the Senate regards as too critical of the CIA and too revealing of the methods employed by the intelligence agency in its brutal interrogations of prisoners at secret "black site" facilities in Europe and Asia, as well as at Guantanamo Bay.
Saturday, December 20, 2014(9 comments)
US escalates campaign against North Korea
Obama made it clear that the US government would retaliate against North Korea for the alleged hacking attack on Sony. "They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond," he said. "We will respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose."
Monday, December 15, 2014(11 comments)
Cheney on CIA torture: "I'd do it again in a minute"
When asked about the CIA's own admission that at least one-quarter of the prisoners detained and abused at its secret "black sites" were innocent of any connection to terrorism, Cheney replied, "I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective." He reiterated, "I'd do it again in a minute."
Saturday, December 13, 2014(1 comments)
US budget resolution funds war and repression
The language permitting banks to use federally insured deposits to gamble in the swaps and derivative markets, was literally drafted by the banks. According to an analysis by the New York Times, 70 of the 85 lines in that section of the bill come directly from Citibank, which spearheaded the lobbying by Wall Street on this issue.
Saturday, December 6, 2014(6 comments)
The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down
The Global Wage Report 2014/15, released Friday by the International Labor Organization, documents the stagnation of wages for workers in most of the advanced industrialized countries, even as productivity continues to rise. The result is an ever-rising share of income raked in by the capitalist class, while the share that workers receive from what they produce continues to shrink.
Sunday, November 30, 2014(1 comments)
UN Report Documents Torture, Police Violence in US
That such a document, with thousands of lines blacked out and vital information withheld, cannot be made public, speaks volumes about the decay and collapse of American democracy. The US ruling elite is incapable of coming clean about the period when, as Obama admitted, "We tortured some folks."
Saturday, November 22, 2014(1 comments)
Obama's "reform" and the criminalization of immigrants
The executive action on immigration issued by the White House Friday is reactionary and anti-democratic. The framework of Obama's plan is based on the premise, shared by the entire political establishment, that all undocumented immigrants are criminals.