Obama administration drops investigation into CIA spying on US Senate (4 comments)
The way the Justice Department announced its decision underscores the supremacy of the intelligence apparatus over the elected institutions that nominally hold sway in Washington. The department informed the CIA Wednesday that it would not investigate either criminal referral, but it waited to tell the Senate committee until Thursday.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border (4 comments)
Tensions on the West Bank exploded Wednesday after the killing of a Palestinian youth, 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khudair, who was abducted from the street outside his home in East Jerusalem, apparently by ultra-right Jewish settlers vowing "revenge" for the killing of the three Israeli youth. Khudair's body was found miles away, badly burned and bearing marks of violence.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide (2 comments)
The total number of people displaced from their homes by war and political persecution now exceeds 50 million, the highest number since World War II, according to a report issued Friday. The report was released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Half of all these displaced persons are children.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Wealth report shows deepening social polarization in US (1 comments)
While at least 25 million Americans are unemployed or working only part-time, when they want and need full-time work, corporate America is sitting on a cash hoard of more than $2 trillion, refusing to invest in new production or hiring new workers, and instead engaging in speculation and stock buybacks that are more profitable for the corporate CEOs.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Obama heads to Europe for week of meetings directed against Russia (3 comments)
Obama's European trip will continue with a meeting of the Group of Seven, the heads of state from the US, Canada, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Japan, to be held in Brussels Wednesday night and Thursday. The G-7 has been reconstituted to exclude Russia, which was to host a G-8 summit meeting in Sochi on the Black Sea this month.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The New York Times and freedom of the press (4 comments)
A government that asserts the right to assassinate citizens without due process and to spy on the population without any legal constraint also assumes for itself the right to decide what the population can and should know. Bourgeois democracy in America cannot survive the colossal growth of social inequality that permeates all aspects of life in the United States.
Monday, May 12, 2014
The criminalization of political opposition in America (4 comments)
Severe penalties are being imposed on individuals who are not criminals, but political opponents of the policies of the Obama administration and corporate America, for which they have become victims of police violence and provocation. The cases involve people who took part in peaceful, legal protests in New York City and Chicago, only to be framed up and convicted on felony charges.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine (3 comments)
Claims by US, NATO and Ukrainian officials of "Russian involvement" in Ukraine are both completely hypocritical -- given the record of US-EU subversion in Kiev -- and deeply cynical. With the assistance of the compliant media in both the US and Europe, the imperialist powers are manufacturing a red herring to divert attention from their own operations and maneuvers.
Friday, April 4, 2014
CIA Torture and the Threat of Dictatorship
All these methods of state brutality and murder are illegal under international law and the Geneva Conventions, as well as in violation of the US Constitution and laws prohibiting torture and assassination. These are not blemishes on an otherwise healthy military-intelligence apparatus, but the products of a depraved and deeply criminal American ruling class.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy (3 comments)
There is a powerful element of hypocrisy, as NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden noted, "where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them."
But there is a more fundamental issue at stake: the mounting threat to democratic rights and constitutional processes.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Pentagon chief proposes $115 billion increase in military spending
While the Hagel plan has been portrayed in the American media as a drastic scaling back of the US military--with headlines focusing on the cutback in total Army personnel to a level last seen before World War II--the real content of the budget is a shift in the military strategy of American imperialism.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
US Threats Mount Against Journalists, Snowden (27 comments)
At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Mike Rogers (R,Mich) repeatedly suggested that journalists who received leaked NSA documents from Snowden and wrote articles about them were guilty of criminal acts. These statements follow published death threats against Snowden from unnamed military and intelligence officials and demands from the Obama administration that he plead guilty and turn himself in.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Obama’s plan for long-term jobless: A teaspoon to bail out the ocean (1 comments)
So ludicrous is the contrast between Obama's pompous rhetoric and his minimalist proposals that even the usually compliant corporate-controlled media has been compelled to take note. Typical was a prominent article in the Washington Post, headlined, "Obama Once Disdained Clinton's Small Steps and Now Takes His Own."
Saturday, January 4, 2014
US appeals court upholds suppression of legal memo approving collection of phone records
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court renewed the authority of the NSA and other intelligence agencies to continue the collection of the telephone records of virtually every American and millions of people internationally for three more months. The extension, routinely granted by the FISA Court, was announced in a press release issued by the Office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Australian government unveils budget "audit" to advance austerity agenda
Treasurer Joe Hockey said, "We need not look any further than the recent events in the United States to realize how imperative for stability and certainty is for confidence." This continued "confidence," the financial markets and the credit ratings agencies have made clear, is dependent on the Abbott government quickly proceeding with a massive assault against working people's living standards.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
US Budget And Debt Talks To Focus On Cutting Social Security, Medicare (5 comments)
Despite the right-wing populist demagogy of the Tea Party, the real enemy of the Republicans is not Obama, but American working people as a whole, and particularly the tens of millions of retired workers who rely on Social Security for their income and Medicare for their health care. Neither party proposes even the slightest incursion into the wealth of the financial aristocracy.
Monday, September 2, 2013
US Congress to debate and vote on Syria war
President Obama's announcement Saturday that he would seek congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria sets the stage for a two-week campaign of media propaganda and political intimidation. Its goal is to browbeat the American people into accepting yet another imperialist war in the Middle East.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Detroit auto plant produces five-millionth Jeep (1 comments)
The cumulative output of five million vehicles is staggering. The figure is particularly remarkable when the economic value of this output is calculated. Assuming the average value of a Jeep produced at the plant is $40,000, five million vehicles would be worth $200 billion.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Dozens killed as Israel, Egypt strike targets in Sinai (1 comments)
On Saturday night, Egyptian army Apache helicopters, supplied by the United States, targeted supposed "terrorist sites" in the town of Al-Thoma, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Several four-wheel-drive vehicles were destroyed and at least 15 people killed. An Egyptian military spokesman later gave the toll as 25 killed or wounded.
Monday, August 5, 2013
The US Terror Scare (3 comments)
Top officials of the executive branch issue vague and ominous alerts. Congressional leaders, after closed-door briefings by the intelligence agencies, echo the warnings. The media amplifies the alarm uncritically, seeking to stampede the public. Not a single voice is raised to question the claims or essential premises of the scare campaign.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship
While in fact backing the military junta, the administration has sought to maintain an official posture of neutrality between it and the Muslim Brotherhood and Mursi, with whom it worked closely during the year that Mursi was in power. Washington fears the social consequences of an escalation of the military's crackdown against the Brotherhood.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
AFL-CIO shrugs off Detroit bankruptcy (5 comments)
Obama, Congress and the political leadership of Michigan are all agreed on using the bankruptcy courts to rob workers, first in Detroit and then in other cities, of their pensions and health benefits. Obama's treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, flatly rejected any bailout of Detroit when asked on several network television programs broadcast Sunday.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Obama, Race and Class (3 comments)
Obama does not speak for Trayvon Martin. He speaks for a different social class whose interests are deeply antagonistic to those of the Martin family and the broad mass of working people and youth of all races and ethnicities. The same day Obama gave his remarks, the White House flatly rebuffed suggestions that the federal government should come to the assistance of the city of Detroit, forced into bankruptcy last week.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Massive NSA spying on European Union, Germany
The US National Security Agency spied on officials of the European Union, infiltrated its computer network and bugged its headquarters in Brussels as well as diplomatic offices in Washington DC and New York City. This could have explosive consequences since NATO, a military alliance between the US, Canada and numerous European countries, has apparently been used as a screen for US surveillance of its supposed allies.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
US Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act (1 comments)
By a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court has effectively abrogated one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in US history. The Voting Rights Act remains on the books, but its enforcement mechanism has been declared unconstitutional and struck down.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Crisis deepens for US occupation in Afghanistan (1 comments)
Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population. Resistance to foreign intervention and occupation is at the heart of the guerrilla warfare that more than a decade of relentless military offensives, air strikes and assassinations have been unable to suppress.
Monday, February 4, 2013
White House Zeros in on Medicare
The claim that there is no money for medicare is a lie. The resources exist in abundance, but the wealth produced by the labor of working people must be taken out of the hands of the financial parasites and billionaires and the major banks and corporations placed under democratic control and public ownership.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Obama To Approve Drone Assassination Manual (9 comments)
The US government is so deeply engaged in assassinations all over the world that top officials believe a manual is required to regularize the process. The demand for "signature" strikes amounts to a license for the CIA to murder people who appear to be engaged in resistance against US occupations or military actions in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Billionaires Gain As Living Standards Fall (1 comments)
If the top 100 were a separate state, their combined wealth would outstrip the Gross Domestic Product of all but eight countries. They would rank behind Italy, but ahead of India and Russia. Of course, being billionaire capitalists, the top 100 don't actually produce anything. They own, and they reap the benefits of the labor of others.
White House, Congress extend police-state FISA law (1 comments)
Unlike the massively publicized deadlock over tax increases and budget cuts slated to take effect New Year's Day (the "fiscal cliff"), the two parties had no difficulty working together to pass legislation to maintain the police-state powers of the American intelligence apparatus.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Obama proposes Social Security cuts (8 comments)
The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the "third rail" of American politics -- touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Bipartisan group in US Congress promotes drone killings (1 comments)
A large bipartisan group in Congress is promoting the building and use of drones. It was not so long ago, in the 1970s, that leading Democrat Henry Jackson became notorious as the "senator from Boeing." Now an entire caucus has been formed of promoters of weapons of mass murder. What is next: The napalm caucus? The poison gas caucus?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Obama administration pushes ahead with drone killings (3 comments)
The Obama administration's promotion of drone warfare has inevitable consequences. There is no doubt that every country which is potentially a target of American military action -- a category that includes most of the world -- is working on techniques for defeating or replicating drone missile attacks.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Obama Begins Bipartisan Talks on Spending Cuts (1 comments)
The "fiscal cliff" metaphor has been seized on by both parties and the corporate-controlled media to give the impression that harsh measures must be taken to avoid "going over the cliff." These measures are likely to center on sweeping cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as other domestic social spending.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What is the "fiscal cliff"? (2 comments)
The American media has seized on the term "fiscal cliff" and promoted it, in part, to suggest that measures which would otherwise be enormously popular--ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting military spending--are threatening, even dangerous.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Low-wage, No-raise Economy (4 comments)
Record CEO pay & profits is a direct result of the looting of workers around the world. Their dimensionless greed degrades everything from a college education to wages & what we think of as a good job.It will continue until the working classes at all levels fully comprehend the extraordinary depths of the exploitation & find the courage & will to change it.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Wage Cuts Hit Millions of US Workers (3 comments)
In the midst of extraordinary profits and CEO pay, the giant corporations have stepped up the assault on working-class.The Republican Party and the Mitt Romney campaign hope, of course, to profit politically from the catastrophic conditions for working people,
Monday, August 13, 2012
Ryan Pick Marks Further Shift to the Right in US Presidential Campaign
Ryan is best known for his role in drafting House Republican budgets that would privatize Medicare and devastate federal spending on all other social programs. Regardless of the outcome of the vote on November 6, the Ryan pick signals that the US ruling elite has decided on a frontal assault on key social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Voting rights in America under attack (1 comments)
Texas is only one of the states that have enacted voter ID requirements and other measures aimed at curbing voter registration and reducing the number of people able to vote, in the name of a fight against "vote fraud." There have been virtually no documented reports of voter impersonation, the type of fraud that could be prevented by a photo ID requirement.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Three anti-NATO protesters brought to Chicago court in chains
In addition to the shackling, prosecutors refused to engage in the informal lawyer-to-lawyer communication that is usual in the criminal justice system. They stuck to the letter of state legal procedure, refusing to make public the charges or release any details of the evidence until the actual indictment is unsealed on July 2.
Monday, June 4, 2012
As tensions mount with China -- US to shift bulk of Navy ships to Asia-Pacific
The United States will deploy the majority of its naval forces to the Asia-Pacific region over the next decade, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Saturday in a speech to a security conference in Singapore. The move is part of a major shift in the global strategy of American imperialism that puts China at the top of the US target list.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
US slowdown intensifies global economic crisis
Corporate America has deliberately created a massive army of unemployed so as to further depress wage rates. In a newsletter to major investors, JPMorgan Chase chief investment officer Michael Cembalest wrote, "US labor compensation is now at a 50-year low relative to both company sales and US GDP."
The killing of Trayvon Martin (2 comments)
The 911 transcripts clearly show that Zimmerman singled out Martin for attention because of his race and age. Cell phone conversations between Trayvon and his 16-year-old girlfriend in Miami show that, far from seeking a confrontation, the youth had become aware that he was being followed and was seeking to get away as fast as he could without drawing attention by running.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Afghanistan's My Lai (1 comments)
The stench of Vietnam, the greatest-ever defeat of American imperialism, now hangs over the whole US-NATO intervention in Afghanistan. The puppet regime in Kabul, like its predecessor in South Vietnam, is the creation of a vast influx of American troops and American dollars. Anyone familiar with the history of the Vietnam War will recognize the process of corruption and decay that is the prelude to collapse.
Democrats propose cut in extended unemployment benefits (2 comments)
For somewhat different electoral reasons, both big business parties seem prepared to allow the extended unemployment benefits to expire March 1, as they did on several occasions last year, only to be restored later. Aside from their electoral differences, both parties are committed to the reduction of unemployment benefits, as part of an overall attack on the working class.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and American Capitalism (1 comments)
Obama is defending the same class interests as Romney, only with slightly different tactics. His aim is to use the purely verbal acknowledgement of social divisions to disarm working people politically and thus enable his administration, or its Republican successor, to continue and intensify the pro-corporate, anti-working class program which is the consensus of both parties.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Obama Signs Police State Legislation
The legislation defines the entire world to be part of the battlefield against Al Qaeda, including the territory of the United States itself, making every human being on the planet, including every American citizen, a potential prisoner of the American military.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Government of the rich, by rich and for the rich
Working people are increasingly conscious that official Washington represents government of, by and for the rich. This political and social reality accounts for the dismal standing of Congress in the eyes of the public, with only 11 percent approving of the record of the current Congress according to one recent poll.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Obama, Congress Make New Austerity Plans
The Republican Party, representing the most rapacious factions of the ruling elite, rejects even one dollar of additional taxes on the wealthy and seeks to impose the entire burden of deficit reduction on working people, through cuts in social spending, primarily the destruction of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Monday, November 14, 2011
US Deficit Panel Focuses on Cuts to Medicare, Social Security
Press reports of the negotiations being conducted between the six Democrats and six Republicans on the bipartisan committee, and between the committee members and the party leaders in both houses of Congress, suggest that the Democrats are prepared to adopt devastating cuts in Medicare and Social Security if the Republicans shift their position even marginally on taxes.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Obama Announces Us Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
The US forces are being pulled out of Iraq only to facilitate the deployment of troops in many other countries around the world. Since Obama succeeded George W. Bush in the White House, after running a cynically false campaign posing as an "antiwar" candidate, he has greatly expanded the scope of US military operations around the world.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Obama fundraising drive targets the wealthy (1 comments)
Dozens of contributors interviewed by the Times over the past two weeks complained of Obama's "overly conciliatory approach to Congressional Republicans," and said they would not make phone calls, knock on doors or otherwise participate personally in the Democratic presidential campaign.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
US Postal Service demands right to slash jobs
Donahoe said he was not seeking a congressional appropriation of funds to bail out the postal service, but rather legislative action to allow USPS to conduct its affairs like a private corporation -- in other words, the right to force postal workers to pay for the financial crisis through cuts in jobs and benefits.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Iowa debate, straw poll mark further rightward shift by Republicans (1 comments)
The sole basis on which the Republicans can hope for popular support for their ultra-right campaign is the disillusionment of tens of millions of working people with the Democrats and Obama. The Democrats refuse to lift a finger to help the unemployed, the poor, the victims of the Wall Street crisis, giving the ultra-right the opportunity to posture as the advocates of "job creation" and economic growth.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Once again: Why Obama won't--and can't--be Roosevelt (1 comments)
Obama chose to continue the bailout of the banks begun by Geithner, Bernanke and Bush's treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, and then to greatly expand it. Every aspect of the new administration's financial and economic policy was driven by the determination to restore solvency to the investment banks, stock traders and hedge funds, at the expense of the working class.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Obama and the debt ceiling (2 comments)
More and more, the deadlock appears to be deliberately manufactured so as to create a crisis atmosphere, stampede public opinion, and disguise the dimensions of the assault on working people that both parties are undertaking.