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My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide - Book Review/Commentary Reading a work that would obviously be very pro-Israel sets up an anticipatory set of expectations and Michael Oren’s account of his term as Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ally – My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide, certainly met those expectations. In fact it exceeded them, providing an analysis of the relationship that when parsed throughout the work perhaps says something somewhat different than was ...
Paul Krugman Trade and Tribulation
When Economic Argument Fail to Defend Clinton Championed Free Deals, Economist Plays the Foreign Policy Card Paul Krugman vilifies Bernie Sanders as a demagogue for connecting-the-dots between the decline of Detroit and America’s disastrous trade policy; and when economic arguments to defend the Clinton championed free trade deals come up short, Krugman is forced to resort to the foreign policy card and the United States credibility and standing in the world. It’s been a given that many how have served in th...
Bernie Sanders Loves This $1 Trillion War Machine Today's article, written by Tim Mack of "The Daily Beast", says that the [democratic] socialist Bernie Sanders may not have the taxpayers completely at heart. Mack confirms his suspicions:  "The socialist trumpets his antiwar record. But he doesn't mind expensive war machines—if they’re based in his home state."  2 2 Comment Count
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Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Judgment Is More Valuable Than Clinton's Experience Instead of criticizing Sanders’ “inexperience,” we should “be questioning why any of the candidates of either party are employing the same old foreign policy advisers—many of whom not only supported the Iraq war but every disastrous military intervention since,” argues Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, at The Guardian.There’s little differenc... 1 1 Comment Count
Bernie Sanders' defending the interests of the U.S. middle class is a long overdue exercise in democracy! Making sure a small group do not rig tax laws excessively in their own favor is called democracy. In most Western countries, Sanders would be middle-of-the-road, not a “democratic socialist.” No sooner than a presidential candidate articulate the desire to “tax” Wall Street properly do the media far beyond the Wall Street Journal sound the alarm on politicians engaging in poisonous forms of &ld...
The Biggest Threat: It's Not ISIS, It's Nuclear War The headlines are filled with the latest alleged threat posed by ISIS – a band of savages thousands of miles away that, at most, has the capacity to inspire the crazies in our midst to acts of relatively small time violence.  Relative, that is, to the real threat of violence, which emanates from our own “defense” policies as formulated in Washington, D.C. – the very real and growing threat of nucl...
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Why There is No Peace on Earth Imperial Washington——–Global MenaceThere is no peace on earth today for reasons mainly rooted in Imperial Washington—— not Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Damascus, Mosul or Raqqah. The former has become a global menace owing to what didn’t happen in 1991.David Stockman says, "In fact, during the past 25 years Imperial Washington has lost all memory that peace was ever possible at the end of ... 17 17 Comment Count
The Donald
Donald Trump leads an insane white cult -- and Pat Buchanan just explained how it works - The GOP front-runner leads a cult of personality centered around white alienation, racial resentment and authoritarianism.  This article explains the psychology behind this bizarre insane situation and may help to assess the likelihood that The Donald might actually win in the general election.
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Seymour Hersh's Latest Bombshell: U.S. Military Provided Tacit Help to Assad A new report by Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh says the Joint Chiefs of Staff has indirectly supported Bashar al-Assad in an effort to help him defeat jihadist groups. Hersh reports the Joint Chiefs sent intelligence via Russia, Germany and Israel on the understanding it would be transmitted to help Assad push back Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State. Hersh also claims the military even undermined a U.S. effort t... 2 2 Comment Count
Dear America, Your Government is Corrupt
Anti-Corruption Expert, Zephyr Teachout's endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders is based on His Character and Competencies Zephyr Teachout weaves Stephen M.R. Covey's four cores of Trust: integrity, intent, capabilities and track-record in her endorsement of Bernie Sanders.The reasons for her endorsement starts off with voting against the Iraq war, followed by supporting a new Glass Steagall, leading the fight against the XL pipeline, opposing NAFTA/TPP, fighting private prisons and overcriminalization, understanding the vital role that unio...
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US and UK Dominate Global Arms Industry - Report A Swedish report on global arms sales ranks defence firms from the United States and Western Europe as dominating the industry.  Data published by The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows sales of military equipment by Russian firms were up in 2014 and accounted for one-tenth of total sales on the list. The top Russian seller was Almaz Antei. The country had two new entries into the Top 100: Hig...
Moscow to deploy S-400 defense missile system to airbase in Syria The Russian Air Force base in Latakia will be reinforced with S-400 SAM system, which will soon be deployed there, Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.  The S-400 is Russia's most advanced anti-aircraft defense system. It is as an upgrade of the S-300 Growler family, designed and developed by Almaz Antei. The S-400 is employed to ensure air defense using long- and medium-range missiles that can hit ...
From Console to Trigger: How Pentagon "Exploits" Video Game Culture to Wire Youth for War Among the issues tackled in the new documentary film "Drone" is the connection between video games and military recruitment. We air a clip from the film and speak to its director, Tonje Hessen Schei, as well as drone war whistleblower Brandon Bryant. "I think gamers should be offended that the military and the government are using [video games] to manipulate and recruit," Bryant says. "We’re more interconnected now than... 1 1 Comment Count
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"You Grow Up Wanting to be Luke Skywalker, Then Realize You've Become a Stormtrooper for the Empire" You fight, you kill, you watch friends die, and you notice a distinct lack of change. You kick in doors and tell terrified women to sit on the floor while you and your friends ransack their home, tearing the place apart, because they might be hiding weapons. There is no reason to believe this house in particular is enemy, same for the next one, and the one after that, or the seven before; they just happened to be there, and m... 2 2 Comment Count
Dr. Henry Kissinger
Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria Henry Kissinger is, of course, not singularly responsible for the evolution of the U.S. national security state into a monstrosity. That state has had many administrators. But his example -- especially his steadfast support for bombing as an instrument of “diplomacy” and his militarization of the Persian Gulf -- has coursed through the decades, shedding a spectral light on the road that has brought us to... 1 1 Comment Count
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Natylie Baldwin: 1983: The Closest We've Come to Nuclear Exinction Yet "The Washington Post on October 25 published an important story based on a recently-published U.S. intelligence review from 1990 that confirmed Soviet leaders in 1983 believed the Reagan administration was using a mobilization exercise to prepare a nuclear surprise attack. The KGB instituted a sensitive collection effort, Operation RYAN, to determine if the United States was planning a surprise nuclear attack.  ... 4 4 Comment Count
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Dialogue of Civilizations: Imagining a world beyond global disorder "After Samuel Huntington’s popular article, “The Clash of Civilizations?” (1993) appeared in Foreign Affairs, some individuals proposed that what the world really needed was a dialogue of civilizations, not a clash. Twenty-two years later, the dialogue is as relevant as ever. "The annual World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizationsbrings together scholars in an effor... 1 1 Comment Count
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Howard Zinn | What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the US Empire A fitting farewell article by Howard Zinn. Not to be missed!Quote: With an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea.However, the very idea that the United States was an empire...
San Francisco Blue Angels Air Show
Blue Angels air show: San Francisco's choice Fleet Week and the Blue Angels are as San Franciscan as Rice-A-Roni, the Powell Street cable car and the Ellis Act. So is the annual Columbus Day Parade, aka the Italian Heritage Day Parade, through North Beach as the Blue Angels tear up the sky overhead.San Francisco is, after all, as historian Grey Brechin pointed out, Imperial San Francisco. Few aside from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Northrop Grumman and th...
My grandfather and many other Jews were marched to the Danube, and executed by the icy river. Many were ordered to remov
The Kindness of Strangers: The Refugees in Budapest, and my Father's World War II Refugee Story Hungary is becoming the Arizona of Europe. It is the main country where war refugees and other immigrants first set foot in the North -- in this case the contiguous states of the European Union. Just like in the American Southwest, immigrants are dying in sweltering trucks, officials are erecting border walls and detention camps, and far-right hate groups are targeting the immigrants as a threat to national identity. - See mor...
Saudi Invasion of Yemen
It's Time to Break With Saudi Arabia's 'Kingdom of Horrors' This article exposes what we are supporting when we  support Saudi Arabia. It’s not pretty, and we need to take a long, hard look at our relationship with them. It is a very good article IMO. Here’s the first paragraph:Saudi King Salman decided that a 10-vehicle motorcade in Washington, D.C., was too small for his needs, so his people rented 400 black Mercedes S-class automobiles to make it bigger. T... 8 8 Comment Count
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Understanding Brazil's Political Crisis Here is an extensive compilation of articles, videos and graphs describing today's Brazil's context. Brazilian right-wing is calling for a coup "to save the country again from communism" which would mean to end PT's anti-poverty programs. These had a doubtless positive effect despite lots of what there is to be done still. A corruption scandal at "Petrobras" - Brazil's state oil company - affected PT, but everybody seems to ha... 2 2 Comment Count
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Problem: Cows and Greenhouse Gases. Solution: Dung Produced Power. The family-run American farm invested in a biogas recovery system which transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity. Enough electricity, in fact, to power 1,000 homes, a service which the local utility company pays for handsomely. Setting up an anaerobic digester -- essentially a giant shed that uses heat to speed up decomposition -- captures both the smell and the greenhouse gases. The Environmental Protection Ag... 3 3 Comment Count
Countries bombed by the U.S. since WW2
President Obama boasted that he has bombed seven countries. The overall record of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate is one of violence,  militarism and aggression that has left a pile of dead bodies of innocent people. That Obama feels the need (or desire) to boast about how many countries he’s bombed. 1 1 Comment Count
Pentagon is not likely planning to nuke Russia.: Pentagon is not likely
Is the Pentagon really preparing to nuke Russia? (Hint: no!) The Saker does NOT think the Pentagon is going to nuke Russia. He draws this conclusion from the analysis of possible military scenarios and says NATO's military deployment is a political "macho" attitude. He advises the public not to switch to the panic mode although admits that the US Empire is running on it. 1 1 Comment Count
Noam Chomsky
"The Legitimacy of Violence as a Political Act?" w/Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, et al Under what conditions, if any, can violent action be said to be "legitimate"? ... NOAM CHOMSKY: My general feeling is that this kind of question can't be answered in a meaningful way when it's abstracted from the context of particular historical concrete circumstances. Any rational person would agree that violence is not legitimate unless the consequences of such action are to eliminate a still greater evil. Now there are peo...
Wasted Money
With $8.5 Trillion Unaccounted for, Why Should Congress Increase the Defense Budget? The U.S. military is good at fighting wars, but it sucks at managing money. Partly because of its convoluted bookkeeping systems, $8.5 trillion--yes, trillion--taxpayer dollars doled out by Congress since 1996 has never been accounted for. That was also the first year that Congress passed a law requiring the Defense Department to be audited, which it has failed to do. In 2009, Congress passed another law requiring the DOD t...
DEA Agents Held Sex Parties Paid for by Colombian Drug Cartels So, what is it all actually about? Serving the public or taking advantage of any mission for private abuse? What is American public money spent on? Why population of any country accepting the US Govt's "cooperation" should tolerate things like the one described here indefinitely? 2 2 Comment Count
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers:'We Are This Close to Losing Our Democracy to the Mercenary Class' "We don't have emperors yet, but one of our two major parties is now dominated by radicals engaged in a crusade of voter suppression aimed at the elderly, the young, minorities, and the poor; while the other party, once the champion of everyday working people, has been so enfeebled by its own collaboration with the donor class that it offers only token resistance to the forces that have demoralized everyday Americans." 1 1 Comment Count
Sen. Tom Cotton
Washington Post: The True Scandal of the GOP Senators' Letter to Iran The true scandal of the Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders is the manner in which the Republican Senate apparently conducts its affairs. The document was crafted by a senator with two months of experience under his belt. It was signed by some members rushing off the Senate floor to catch airplanes, often with little close analysis. Many of the 47 signatories reasoned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's endorsement... 4 4 Comment Count

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