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I have been a professor of political science at Seneca College in Toronto. I have published five books the last of which "Selling Out: Consuming Ourselves to Death" was released in May/08. As well, I have been featured in CounterPunch, Z Magazine,Dissenting Voice and College Quarterly. Additionally, I have delivered numerous papers at international academic conferences including Cambridge and Oxford.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, May 23, 2014 Perils of Technology: Dehumanization and Extinction
Although technology has benefited the human species, it is fraught with two major perils: dehumanization and extinction. By replacing or superseding human functions, it has deprived us of some of the qualities that make us human. On the other hand, it is creating conditions that could result in the extinction of the human species.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Technology and the Lethal Mutation
Ernst Mayr, a leading biologist of the twentieth century, proposed a hypothesis called the "lethal mutation". He claims that during evolution, human intelligence was a result of a mutation that will lead to the destruction of the human species. Using the prisoners dilemma, this article demonstrate that human civilization is on a self-destructive path.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 8, 2013 Congressional Approval doesn't Legalize an Attack on Syria
If Congress approves an attack on Syria, this attack will unquestionably violate international law. The impression that only Congressional approval is required to grant legality to an attack on Syria misses the essential criterion of meeting the conditions laid out in the UN Charter. all other possible justifications such as the Kosovo precedent or R2P are spurious attempts to lend validity to a war crime.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2013 The White Paper on Drones: The Tail Wagging the Dog
Debates over the legality of targeted killing using drones ignore some very important legal arguments that clearly lead to the conclusion that killing subjects with drones violates legal and domestic law. There is, in fact, a United Nations law expressly prohibiting drones under any circumstances. Therefore, Obama and all those involved in targeting and firing drones are war criminals.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2013 Wars and Climate Change
While the United States wastes trillions of dollars on wars and defense, much of it in the pursuit of energy security, the cost of building an sustainable energy infrastructure without nuclear energy as well would cost a small fraction of the money wasted on the continued use of fossil fuels. This absurdity exposed by this comparison should spur people to more vigorous action to persuade the government to change course.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2012 It's The Culture Stupid: Why We Are in the Mess We Are In
There are a myriad of political, social and environmental crises facing Americans today but there is one common link to all these problems: culture. We have become more removed from nature and eachother and have, as a result, become more violent toward each other and the environment. Blackberries, cell phones, TV, the internet and violence in sports and entertainment have fostered a set of values that have led to these crises.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 27, 2012 NATO's Spurious Humanitarian Intervention: Post-Ghadhafi Libya
The perception created by NATO leaders was that Libya would be transformed from a brutal dictatorship to a democracy. The temporary governing body, the National Transitional Council, was handpicked mainly by the U.S. and three of the top leaders lived in the United States for as many as 35 years prior to the civil war. The new president has close ties to the oil industry in NATO countries and has welcomed them with open arms
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 5, 2012 Assassination by Drones Violates International Law
America's targetting of suspected terrorists with unmanned armed vehicles is illegal according to international law and hence constitutes a war crime. Neither the laws related to armed conflict nor to self-defence justify such acts.Terrorism constitutes a criminal act and must be dealt with accordingly applying the norms of due process.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2012 After the Horse Leaves the Barn: Legal Basis for Assassination by Drones
The Obama administration inherited a drone strategy from the Bush Administration and has subsequently crafted legal justifications for their use. There is no justification in international law for assassination by drones and this article will clearly demonstrate that such killings are a violation of international law and hence constitute a war crime.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 11, 2012 Media Circus Obsession: Obfuscating the Real Deficiencies of U.S. Democracy
Electioneering in the U.S. strongly resembles a Barnum and Baily circus exposing the weaknesses of choosing representatives for Congress and president. In fact, elections are only a symptom of the real problems underlying U.S. democratic institutions. This article describes the conditions necessary for the successful operation of a democracy and the American system fails to meet most of them.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 30, 2011 Blood Lifestyle: Externalizing the Cost of Human Life
There are numerous external costs for many of the products we consume, such as cheap labor and environmental damage. But one cost that remains invisible is the number of people who died as a result of manufacturing that product. For example, well over a million people in Iraq and Afghanistan have died in order that the U.S. have access to and control over those countries' oil supplies.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 20, 2011 No Light at the End of the Tunnel: Exploiting the Dark Continent
Africa was brutally exploited during the colonial period but after achieving independence, African countries have been further exploited particularly by the United States. This aerticle reveals how the United States politically destabilized and economically impeded ndevelopment in three countries, Somalia, the Congo and Libya. In addition the U.S. is complicit in the commission of major war crimes in these countries.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2011 Ill-Winds Blowing in the Horn of Africa: US Complicity in the Somali Crisis
A horrific humanitarian crisis has plagued the people of Somalia for a number of years. There has not been a stable government in decades and hundreds of thousands of people languish in refugee camps while 2.85 million people are suffering a food crisis. American interference in Somalia since the 1980s has been, to a large extent, responsible for this crisis as oil and strategic location have driven American foreign policy.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 18, 2011 Intervention in Libya: Humanitarian or War Crime
The so-called humanitarian intervention in Libya sanctioned by the Security Council created an opportunity to save civilian lives. Unfortunately, U.S., UK and France had their own agenda consisting primarily of removing Gadhafi from power. In the process, NATO has killed civilians and bombed infrastructure thereby exceeding the UN Resolution 1973 and therefore the leaders of these countries are guilty of war crimes.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 24, 2011 Overlooking the Consequences: World Leaders Ignore Major Planetary Crisis
World Leaders, and in particular President Obama, are wearing blindfolds to block out the consequences of all the crises plaguing the planet from global warming to the danger of nuclear power and weapons. In this satirical, ironic and comical piece, the obvious consequences of these crises should compel leaders to act to at least protect their own children and grandchildren but they don't.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 19, 2011 The Malevolent Government vs. the Beneficent Markets: The Myth of Free Markets
Free markets are the backbone of the American economic system resulting in minimum government intervention in the economy, low tax rates (especially for the wealthy), privitization (healthcare) and a minimum social safety net. The theory of free markets as espoused by our political and economic leaders completely belies the market system in practise. There are many reasons why free markets simply don't exist in the U.S.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 9, 2011 The Emperor Wears no Clothes in Theory: Theories Underlying Major US Policies are Problematic
American domestic and foreign policies are not framed in a vacuum rather they depend on theories emanating from scholars and intellectuals. For example, Milton Freidman's economic thoeries have been considered the gospel since the early 1980s. Presidents and their top adivisors usually choose theories that are in accord with their own ideology. Unfortunately, most of these theories are problematic at best.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 23, 2011 When the Chips are Down: Taking Time to Pay attention to Real Issues
Wars, poverty, hunger and many other social injustices and human rights violations plague the human species and possibly threaten the planet with its sixth extinction. If we are waiting for our governments to solve these problems we are wasting our time. Non-violent resistance and non-cooperation are essential to reverse all the negative trends. But people are to distracted by our entertainment and celebrity culture.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 15, 2011 Hiding Behind Illusions: Current Crises Call for a Jeffersonian Revolution
The crises facing America today are greater than those of the 1960s as they threaten life as we know it on the planet. Yet, the resistance, noncooperation and protests of the 1960s were more forceful and aggressive while remaining non-violent. The entertainment/celebrity culture prevalent in America today distracts people with enticing illusions that provide an escape from reality.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 10, 2011 Spending and Tax Cuts: American Wealth in a Sea of Misery
Despite America's great wealth, the quality of life for most Americans is very poor. Comparing a number of quality of life factors in the U.S. to other counties demonstrates very clearly that overall wealth is not a measure of quality of life. Further spending and tax cuts will worsen the living standards for the majority of Americans.