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Reginald Johnson is a free-lance writer based in Bridgeport, Ct. His work has appeared in The New York Times, BBC-Online, the Connecticut Post, his web magazine, The Pequonnock, and Reading Between the Lines, a web magazine affiliated with the Between the Lines radio program. His writing has included commentary on national issues such as the erosion of civil liberties and the destruction of the environment and news pieces on a variety of regional and national topics. Johnson has been a journalist for over 30 years, having worked on a number of dailies and weeklies as an editor and reporter.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2020 New York City: Catastrophe Looms
A catastrophe may take place in New York City, where city hospitals have inadequate medical supplies to deal with the expected surge of COVID-19 cases. New York Mayor Bill deBlasio criticized President Donald Trump for not invoking the Defense Production Act to deal with the crisis.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 15, 2019 Cut the military budget, fund social needs!
The Democrats frequently criticize Donald Trump for pushing a regressive agenda that hurts ordinary people. They attack him for not addressing domestic needs like education, infrastructure and health care. But they back Trump's request for a
record military budget of $738 billion, a budget that siphons money away from funding critical social needs. Democrats must support significant cuts in military spending.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Russia-gate is over. But what happened?
The Mueller report came to the right conclusion in finding there was no conspiracy between Donald Trump and the Russians to fix the 2016 election. The Russia-gate scandal is finally over. But while the question of collusion has been settled, many issues related to the Russia probe have not been. Was there a legitimate basis for the Russia probe in the first place? Did the FBI and other officials abuse their power?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 24, 2018 Defending Julian Assange
Free-speech activists, journalists and artists around the world are organizing to protect Julian Assange, who is being threatened with prosecution by UK and US authorities. Assange, the founder and editor of WikiLeaks, the organization which has exposed US war crimes in the Middle East,has been living in political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London very soon. But he may be forced to leave soon.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2018 The UK Poisoning Case: Truth or Fiction?
Despite the claims by leaders in the U.S. and UK, the charge that Russia was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, England has not been verified. This claim is being used to ratchet up tensions between Russia and the West. It is part of a campaign to isolate and undermine the Russian government led by Vladimir Putin.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Why did NBC hire John Brennan?
NBC showed very questionable judgment recently in deciding to hire former CIA Director John Brennan as an analyst. Brennan has been implicated in the illegal enhanced interrogation practices used on terrorism suspects and in the widely-criticized drone assassination program. Brennan's truthfulness in testimony before Congress has also been questioned.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 14, 2017 Blocking Detente
The meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was a good start towards improving relations between the U.S. and Russia, which are at their lowest point in decades. A new de'tente may be possible, which will reduce the chance of a catastrophic nuclear conflict. But the drive for de'tente may be undermined by Trump's neocon critics, Russia-gate, and media demonization of Putin and Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 21, 2017 American Coup
Furious over Donald Trump's statements that he would like to establish better relations with Russia, people in the intelligence community are waging a determined campaign to undermine Trump and block any detente. The recent slew of leaks alleging possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials are part of this effort.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Free Leonard Peltier
The article describes why Native American activist Leonard Peltier deserves to be granted clemency. Peltier, 72, has been held in federal prison for over 40 years, following a controversial conviction for murdering two FBI agents in a shootout between law enforcement officers and Lakota tribal members. There were numerous problems with the arrest and prosecution of Peltier, justifying clemency.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 22, 2016 U.S. Foreign Policy: Relentless War
The article describes how wars of intervention have dominated U.S. foreign policy in recent years. The wars have carried an immense toll both for the countries attacked and for the American people.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 3, 2015 John F. Kennedy --- A Martyr for Peace?
Article describes the key themes in James. W. Douglass's book, "JFK and the Unspeakable." Douglass contends that John Kennedy's assassination was not the work of one disturbed individual, Lee Harvey Oswald, but rather the product of a conspiracy by military and intelligence officials in the U.S. government. Those people saw Kennedy as a threat, because he was seeking more peaceful relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 31, 2015 Journalism and Government Corruption
Article describes the critical importance of having strong reporting by newspapers and other media to prevent municipal corruption.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Putting the heat on Blumenthal
Grassroots activists around the country are pushing Democrats in Congress still undecided on the Iran nuclear deal to get off the fence and back the agreement. People rallied outside the offices of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, last week to urge the senator to support the deal.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, August 7, 2015 Last Chance on Climate?
World leaders need to act very soon to avoid climate disaster. A top UN official believes that action has to take place at the Paris climate talks in December, otherwise we are "playing with fire."
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 3, 2015 Urgently Needed: A Public Jobs Program
Article talks about the urgent need for a publicly-funded jobs program,to put unemployed people to work and give them real hope. Cities like Bridgeport, CT and others in the Northeast, with little private sector job growth, have high poverty and crime rates. The government must start funding job creation, to get people to work and stabilize our urban environments.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2015 A Travesty of Reporting
The article describes how the nation's "paper of record" --- The New York Times --- is doing a poor job in its reporting on Ukraine. The paper has failed to report critically on the Ukraine civil war and appears to be following closely the version of events put out by the U.S. State Department.
(25 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Demanding Justice for Michael Brown
As people express outrage over the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case, facts are emerging showing the inconsistencies in Wilson's version of what happenend in the fatal shooting incident.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 12, 2014 U.S. breaks the law? Who cares?
The article goes into the double standard about how U.S. leaders like President Obama view the word "aggression."
While the bloodless takeover of Crimea by the Russians following an independence vote is condemned as "aggression," our violent air strikes in Syria, a sovereign nation which has not attacked us, is deemed as appropriate. Major media like 60 Minutes also ignore the hypocrisy.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 29, 2014 Drifting Towards War?
Article describes the gravity of the Ukraine crisis. The Obama administration is pursuing a hawkish, neo-con plan for regime change in Russia which could touch off catastrophe.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, May 5, 2014 Media on Ukraine: What Happened to Journalism?
Article describes the bias that's been going on with the mainstream press in its coverage of the Ukraine situation. Reporters and editors who should know better are injecting a "Russia Bad, America Good" theme in all the stories. It's reminiscent of the coverage of Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion of that country.