I began my journalistic career at the French News Agency in Rome,
spent two years in Cuba finding out whether the Barbados were Communists before
they made the revolution ('Cuba 1964: When the Revolution was Young'). After
spending half a decade in Eastern Europe, and a decade in the U.S., studying
Global Survival and writing speeches in the Carter State Department, I wrote
the only book that foresaw the fall of the Berlin Wall AND the dissolution of
the Soviet Union ("Une autre Europe, un autre Monde'). My memoir, 'Lunch
with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel', tells it all. 'A Taoist Politics: The Case
for Sacredness', which examines the similarities between ancient wisdom and
modern science and what this implies for political activism; and 'America Revealed
to a Honey-Colored World" is a pamphlet about how the U.S. came down from
the City on a Hill'.
What all the Hullaballoo is About
Calls to impeach the new president will grow louder as various pundits make their case, filling the coffers of mainstream publishers. But it would be surprising if they led anywhere, as I show in three examples of the new normal. Hopefully, fascism 2017 is less about making war than about making money.
Monday, December 19, 2016(19 comments)
Anti-Russian Feeding Frenzy instead of New World Information Order
Fifty years ago there was an opportunity for the world -- though divided between East and West -- to agree on new principles concerning the production and dissemination of news and information more broadly. Guess why the initiative by the third world went nowhere?
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Europe's Coming of Age
Europe's techtonic shift to the right has only now been recognized by the US paper of record, the NYT. Since it misses the phiulsosophical underpinnings of this mouvement that is only distantly related to the US Alt right, I have tried to bridge the gap.
Saturday, November 26, 2016(183 comments)
Fidel Castro: A Giant Has Passed
In July, 1963, Fidel Castro knocked on my door at the Habana Libre. I had been scheduled to depart that very morning, having exhausted my funds in what seemed like a hopeless attempt to reach him with my request for a 'portrait' for the French weekly Paris Match. A last minute intervention by the foreign minister,changed what would have been the next 50 years of my life
Wednesday, November 16, 2016(3 comments)
The Post-US Election: An Exercise in Muddying
While the Trump transition team ponders the selection of Secretary of State, seeming to envision someone who is an uber hawk with respect to Russia, this may all be smoke and mirrors - or the Pentagon hoping to ensure continuing high military budgets.
Sunday, November 13, 2016(10 comments)
An American Phase Transition
Anti-Trump demonstrators can be seen in systemic terms, but this does not change the fact that they are deluded: Hillary Clinton presents as much of a threat of fascism as does Trump - but on a different and potentially much more disastrous foreign policy level.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016(10 comments)
The World Will Never be the Same Again
Vladimir Putin has played a major role in the US presidential election of 2016, athough he did not seek it. Hopefully, the election of Donald Trump will quiet the efforts of Wasington's hawks to provoke a war with Russia, as so many have done throughout history.
Sunday, November 6, 2016(74 comments)
Americans Are Having a Collective Breakdown
Never has a presidential election been so fraught, in a country that not so long ago treated them like circuses. After 9/11, Americans asked 'Why?'Now they are asking 'How did we come to this, in the greatest country the world has ever known, wondering if it still is.
Thursday, November 3, 2016(72 comments)
The US Empire Versus Russia's
America's war-mongers have been repeating like a mantra that Russia aspires to recreate its empire - or that of the Soviet Union, citing non-existent threats to the tiny Baltic states as 'proof'. But most of the world's people are painfully aware that the shoe is on the other foot.
Thursday, October 27, 2016(2 comments)
Wait a Minute! Is Early Voting Part of Campaigning?
IS there some hanky-panky going on right before our eyes as early voting is folded into campaign rhetoric? Trump warns about rigged elections, yet he is silence about this new practice which could well swing the election one way or the other, as part of campaigning.
Sunday, October 23, 2016(2 comments)
Europeans not Laughing now at America's Sex Problem
Donald Trump has not helped America's obsession with sex - or its misuse - with his locker-room talk, but compared to the nineties, when Bill Clinton was being impeached, sex-wise Europe is probably revising what was then a witty, unending laugh fest.
Friday, October 21, 2016(17 comments)
Syria Up-date from Our Inside Syria Contact:
For the past two years, OEN has been publishing reports from a dual US/Syrian citizen who follows events from her home, This recent thread gives readers a feel for what is happening on the ground in a war instigated and pursued for unpublicized reasons by the US.
Friday, October 14, 2016(12 comments)
Syria is Even More Complicated than We Think
An American woman who has lived in Syria for over twenty years, raising a US/Syrian family, follows events there closely. Her latest email includes details of US/Saudi support for ISIS that even the alternative media does not seem to know about. Judge for yourselves.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016(21 comments)
Story to Watch: France's Hesitation Waltz
Only a strong , united Europe, certain of its role, can survive the current crisis of identity created by an enormous influx of refugees, combined with US targetting Russia with accusations of nefarious plans vis a vis the entire world, Europe first.
Thursday, October 6, 2016(21 comments)
The Sins of the Fathers
The handful of Americans who read English language Russian blogs and watch Russia Today (RT) cannot prevent Washington's diabolical plan to effectuate regime change in Russia, either by provoking President Putin militarily (Ukraine, Syria), by more sinister means or even recourse to the unthinkable.
Monday, October 3, 2016(42 comments)
On Any Given Day, Americans are Out of the Loop
The US media blackout of almost everything going on in the world outside the United States is never as blatant as during the presidential election season. You would think news anchors would hunger for something new to say, as they count the days to November 8th.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016(3 comments)
Obama: Do What I Say, Not What I Do
President Obama's parting speech to the UN was a masterpiece of deceit. The US President showed he's not only a good comedian who can skewer others at a press dinner, but a talented carpet-bagger. Meanwhile, no way to find out the dates of other leaders' speeches.
Friday, September 16, 2016(3 comments)
Post-Modernism and the 'Alt' and 'New' Rights
About a week ago, Hillary Clinton referred to the "Alt' right, as part of a screed against Donald Trump's right-wing supporters such as David Duke. But America's 'Alt' right is not the only new right currently occupying people's minds. Europe's 'New' right has taken over many left-wing attitudes.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016(13 comments)
Honing in on Putophobia
The many ways in which the US mainstream media tries to shape public opinion regarding the President of Russia are illustrated in the Sunday Times that marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack: though the US has finally agreed to cooperate with Moscow in ridding the world of ISIS and its clones, Americans must not think their govenrment finally knows who its enemy is.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016(11 comments)
China Rising! A Review
This hefty tome is well worth the read because it tells you everything you've always wanted to know about China, plus a lot you don't know about the US as a with. Jeff Brown is that rare American who has been an expat in three different parts of the world and took the trouble to learn Mandarin.
Sunday, September 11, 2016(3 comments)
Authoritarianism versus 20th Century Democracy
As the US media continues its jihad against the Russian President, accusing him of being a dictator notwithstanding his popularity at home, this article considers how the US presidency compares to the system known as Russias's system of"managed decmocracy."
Thursday, September 1, 2016(7 comments)
Pick Your Fascism
There's been a steady meme comparing Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler, but until last night, the Republican candidate had carefully refrained from giving it visual credence, preferring instead to come across as a bombastic buffoon. He blew that cover last night.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016(19 comments)
Story to Watch: Dilma: Another Step in the Neo-Lberal Game Plan
It would be a mistake to view the impeachment of Brazil's legally-elected president as anything other than a coup in disguise, as Dilma Roussef, in her impassioned defense, pointed out. Under her left-wing predecessor Brazil became a member of the BRICS.
Friday, August 19, 2016(6 comments)
Story to Watch: Manafort to Moscow?
In politicis, and even more so in international affairs, things are not always as they appear. While the talk box focuses on Manafort's skills as a campaign organizer that were 'layered over' by new hires, he may be on his way to Moscow to deliver a Trump message.
Friday, August 19, 2016(1 comments)
A Pee in RIo: "We Used to Run this Place"
Peeing in someone else's garden is a definite no-no, and when representatives of the 'greatest country on earth' ignore that basic principle of civilized society, we shouldn't be surprised when other, "lesser" peoples look askance at US 'exceptionalism'.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016(22 comments)
ISIS as a Runaway System
We must do everything possible to counter terrorism's flow of energy through the world system, but that will require first of all seeing hte world as a system, then elaborating responses that do not exacerbate the problem, as a series of wars have done.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016(25 comments)
Story to Watch: US/Russia/Iran/China/Syria
There's nothing like seeing enemies link arms to get a bully to realize the gig is up. As Donald Trump revs up support among his followers for repairing relations with Russia, the present administration finally gets it: ISIS, not Russia, is the enemy.
Sunday, August 14, 2016(7 comments)
Carrying the anti-Russian Narrative Forward
Americans can't be expected to know hte detailed history of every counry in the world, but at a time when there is serious talk of starting a nuclear war with Russia by Hillary Clinton, who could be the next president, knowledge of recent Russian/Ukranian history should be mandatory for all.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016(1 comments)
Trump/Putin Part IV
It will be impossible for the US to make up for centuries of ideological illiteracy in time to sway the presidential election away from the two main candidates. That illiteracy allows the American political system to paint the Russian president as a danger instead of a vital partner in the fight against ISIS.
Monday, August 1, 2016(28 comments)
Trump/Putin: It's the Ukraine, Stupid!
The official part of the Trunp saga is only just beginning as the Dems and the Reps begin mudslinging in earnest. Behind Trump's insterest in Putin - and vice versa - are matters that have little or nothing to do with ideology, but plent to do with war and peace.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016(19 comments)
Trump/Putin Part II - Pick Your Poison
In this second of three parts on America's 'Cornelian dilemma' the chances of the US starting World War III over the Baltic countries that border Russia are considered together with the reason why its leader will do anything to save it from another invasion.
Friday, July 22, 2016(23 comments)
Trump/Putin Part I
American progressives are caught beetween a rock and a hard place, reluctant to vote either for Trump or Clinton, and fearing that a vote for Jill Stein will spoil the race between the two main contestants. Even those aware that Trump would be unlikely to attack Russia, while Clinton would be, doesn't help them. Perhaps we need to take a closer look at what might unite a neo-fascist with a leader with a democrasocialist etho
Saturday, July 16, 2016(2 comments)
Whilet he mmainstream media pretends that "Americans are not interested in foreign affairs",It's increasingly important for us to be aware of what their government is doing beyond its borders, because increasingly, those actions influence the homefront.
Friday, July 15, 2016(19 comments)
Why is France the main target in Europe of Islamic terrorists? France's involvement with Muslims goes back to the days of Bonaparte, and showed no signs of lessening during the 20th and even the 21st centuries. bringing many Muslims to settle there.
Sunday, July 10, 2016(14 comments)
Killings Plus Political Conventions Equal Chaos
Americans may soon be reminded that the long hot summers of the sixties and seventies failed to create a revolutionary situation that would have put their country on a par with the rest of the developed world, offering health care and education to all.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Two Peas in a Pod and Two Pied Pipers
America specializes in rivetting congressional hearings, but none has been as meaningful as that of FBI Director James Comey. Exchanges over Hillary Cliton's emails echoed another congressional deposition by Bill Clinton: "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is.
Saturday, July 2, 2016(11 comments)
Story To Watch: Nuland at it again - in London!
The Lone Rangeress rides again! As a reward for turning the Ukraine upside down in 2014, State's Victoria Nuland has been sent on an even greater mission: to reverse the will of the British people to no longer be the US Trojan Horse in the European Union.
Friday, July 1, 2016(6 comments)
It's Austria Again!
It's a dizzying time for Europe watchers, as twenty-first century events take us relentlessly back to the past and the scourge of fascism that overran Europe from 1939 to 1945, ending only thanks to (reluctant) cooperation by the US with the Soviet Union.
Monday, June 27, 2016(35 comments)
A "Traditionalist" Party?
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I think we need to take the creation of this party very seriously. This is not just another 'third party' that the Reps and Dems should fear will destroy their competition, but quite the contrary one which would create havoc.
Sunday, June 26, 2016(10 comments)
The Beginning of the End for the EU
As observers see echoes of 1938 in the rise of European populism, the shock of Britain's abandonment of the EU - to which she had never been fully committed - is rocking stock markets across the world. But when it comes to Europe, history has always had the last word.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016(3 comments)
The Arithmetic of Islamization
Few things in recent history have been so unexpected yet so inevitable as the Islamization of Europe. Hardly a day goes by that great events or small details fail to signal the inevitability of that transformation. Unfortuantely, they are rarely signalled.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016(86 comments)
Capitol Sit-In Message: Revolution is Allowed!
Senator Elizabeth Warren brought donuts to her fellow Democrats staging a sit-in at the House of Representatives les by civil-right ikon John Lewis to demand a gun control vote, as sleeping bags were brought in for a sleep-in. Is it possibel that Occupy Lives?
Today: Watch Fareed Zakaria with Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg
Signalling one egregious example of the way in which the Western media distorts events and facts. More on Zakaria's reporting of a yearly, major economic forum held in St.Petersburg with political and business attendees from around the world, only mentioned, even in the WSJ.
Sunday, June 19, 2016(12 comments)
Read what Putin actually said in St.Petersburg about NATO
Vladimir Putin teased Fareed Zakaria about his inaccurate portrayal of the Russian President's words concerning US Republican presumptive Pesidential nominee Donald Trump, but that is not the only example of the way the US media reports on people the US doesn't like.
Saturday, June 18, 2016(25 comments)
This is How it Starts
What role will be assigned to the mainstream press when the world - if it survives into the future - looks back. at the hundredth anniversary of the Russian revolution. Will 20th century Americans be judged less harshly than they judged 1930's Germans?
Friday, June 17, 2016(9 comments)
State Department Goes Rogue
Whoever heard of civil servants getting together to lay out what they believe correct government policy to be? There's a veritable war on whistleblowers, but now there seems to be a new category of protest by government employees who believe policy is wrong.
Saturday, June 11, 2016(5 comments)
English Channel: It's a Sub! No, it's a Dinghy!
What goes around comes around. Here's another signal that the world may be careening toward World War III, but perhaps not quite in the way we've come to expect. Is ther really no way for Europe to get its act together according to the aspirations of most of its people?
Friday, June 10, 2016(39 comments)
Imagining Yesterday's Obama-Sanders Conversation
I've always believed that President Obama was 'allowed' to become the Democratic candidate on condition he do as he was told. It's the only charitable explanation for policies that deeply disappoint his voters, and perhaps more credible than cynicism.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016(28 comments)
US Election: Ignorance in Charge
What's behind the Trump surprising victory? Is it the ISIS threat, global warming, poor educational standards, or something more difficult to define, however hard the mass media tries - without exposing its own role in the matter, which looks hopeless.
Monday, May 16, 2016(10 comments)
Donald Excoriated for Being like Most Men
By using women, to attack Trump, the NYT betrays America's love affair with their bodies. It may be due to its lack of attention to anything else other than sports. Donald Trump should be judged for his political platform, not because he rates women.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016(2 comments)
Trump's White Supremacist
Donald's white supremacists may be distasteful to most Americans, but mainly, they refuse to see the math. And as we see currenlty in Europe, with the refugee crsis, Americns are not the only ones dreaming of an all-white state, but that is not a solution.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Stories To Watch: Europe, Turkey, Russia
As London gives itself the first-ever Muslim mayor of a major European city, Paris hosts an international Occupy meeting as Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to cajole the TUrkish President into behasving like a European as part of a refugee deal.
Friday, April 22, 2016(53 comments)
Did Assad Make 'A Fatal Mistake? Read his words
Western readers have had few occasions to evaluate for themselves the atittudes and behavior of the Syrian President, whom the media accuse of every atrocious behavior, mainly "Making war against his own people" and "responsible for the rise of ISIS". Here he is in his own words.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016(12 comments)
Not only Elections are all about Winning
What role does 'winning' play, aside from elections and other races? Does this meme play a positive role in today's world, or should Americans take a step back and reconsider the perhaps too dominant a role it plays in the way we view - and treat - the world?
Tuesday, March 8, 2016(4 comments)
The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, by Micah White
Micah White began protesting in junior high school and became one of the instigators of the Occupy Movement. In this ground-breaking work, he analyzes the movement's 'constructive failures', retraces the dawn of protest, and suggests that the next revolution will owe as much to theurgy as to Marxism.
'David' Francis takes on Donald 'Goliath'
This article is about the broader implications of the meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Archibishop Kyrill, that took place last week. Donald Trump's response to the Pope's sollicited remark that building walls is not Christian, is only the tip of the iceberg.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016(10 comments)
Sanders vs. Trump: The End of RepDem Rule
As Hillary Clinton falters earlier than when she opposed Obama, and Trump continues to rise over a crowded Republican field, unless some pretty fancy interventions take place, we could be on track to see two outsiders replace the seemingly immovable two-party system.
Sunday, February 7, 2016(2 comments)
Story to Watch: Retired French General Arrested
The focus on Europe's migrant crisis tends to obscrue the underlying left-right divide that it is fanning. The heavy influence of Neo-fascist brigades in Ukraine cautions the street presence of far-right parties across Europe as it struggles to cope with Muslim refugees.