Falsely juxtaposing history with the present
Since Trump's summit w/ Putin on Monday it's been all Trump all the time. Now he's reversing himself blaming Russia for interfering w/ the election after cozying up to Putin that had Repubs become apoplectic over his comments w/ the Russian leader. That detente w/ Putin may have been accomplished by Trump is absolutely lost in the murky fog generated by the MSM. It's as if Trump was being Neville Chamberlain appeasing Hitler.
Monday, July 16, 2018(8 comments)
Trump and Putin summit in Helsinki
Trump is in Helsinki meeting w/ Russian Pres Vladimir Putin. We need to get past corporate MSM talking heads spouting Trump's a stooge of Putin. Let's get real. Any summit between the leaders of the world's two superpowers is a good thing. Besides the nuclear issue there's Syria, Ukraine, N.Korea, Iran. The summit won't resolve these issues. But it could bring detente, an ongoing dialogue & curtail the demonizing of Putin.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
We are the privileged descendants of our ancestors genocide and stealing of the indigenous peoples lands
"How will YOU_DE-colonize our world, a question asked @ the "Making Peace With Earth" conference held @ the Omega Institute last weekend. Its focus, 'Colonization means loss of culture, lands, rights, marginalized status being forgotten in nat'l narrative of the indigenous people. The genocide & stealing of their lands. Are we not the privileged descendents of the brutality initiated by our ancestors on the indigenous peoples?
Friday, July 6, 2018(10 comments)
Are the American people incurious?
Are the American people generally incurious over what its gov't does in its name in foreign affairs? Whether its initiating unnecessary wars to killing innocents in drone attacks or initiating coups in foreign countries it appears the American people do remain generally incurious to this reality? And if Americans are incurious of what it's gov't is doing in its name...that is deadly.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018(1 comments)
Some trumped up "patriotism" for this 4th of July
On this 4th of July holiday do we really need to have major league baseball players wearing stars & stripes on their uniforms, sox & hats? It's as if baseball has become an adjunct of the defense-war-dep't w/ all these promotions emulating some sort of trumped up patriotism. There was time when all you had was the Nat'l Anthem & that was it. Not any more.
Friday, June 29, 2018(1 comments)
Trump to meet with Putin in Helsinki July 16
Trump is to meet w/ Russian Pres. Putin in Helsinki July16. Coupled w/ Trump's summit w/ N.Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un in June he's on his own diplomatic mission few saw coming. But then there's Trump alienating allies in Europe seceding from the Iran nuclear deal, threatening countries w/ sanctions if they trade w/ Iran & then the policy of separating children from their parents @ the Mex. border. It's all rather quixotic.
Monday, June 18, 2018(1 comments)
Where else in the world, besides America would we see a frightened, screaming child being wrenched away from the arms of their parent, then taken away, placed in some detention facility while the parent is hauled off as an illegal alien to be deported? It is simply unconscionable.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018(2 comments)
Trump and Kim Jong-un meet in Singapore
Pres. Trump & N.Korean leader Kim Jong-un met yesterday in Singapore. In a statement Trump committed to provide security guarantees to N.Korea & Kim his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Trump later said he'd suspend military exercises on the Korean peninsula. As a follow-on negotiations Sec'y of State Pompeo & Nat'l Security Adviser Bolton are to meet next week w/ N.Korean officials.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018(4 comments)
Rebellion in America? Not likely
There was rebellion in America in the late 1960's and early 70's on college campuses against the US war in Vietnam. Today there are serious activists protesting the environment, fracking, oil & gas pipelines et al but the protests remain single issue, siloed, separate from one another rather than interconnected & focused on their common adversary the elitist, imperialist, corporatist & elected gov't felons in charge in the US.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018(6 comments)
Bolton is to diplomacy what a wrecking ball is to demolition
If the summit between Trump & N.Korean leader Kim Jong-un doesn't come off on June 12 in Singapore blame should be put on Trump's nat'l security adviser John Bolton. He said the Libyan model should be the template for negotiating the denuclearization of N.Korea. that was where Libyan Pres. Qaddafi gave up his nuclear materials to the US as a good faith gesture in 2003 only to murdered by US proxies in 2011. Kim isn't buying.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018(1 comments)
Europe's moment of truth
Today foreign ministers from the UK, France & Germany are to meet in Brussels w/ the foreign minister of Iran a week after Trump pulled the US from the Iran nuclear deal. This may be Europe's moment of truth. All three European signatories to the Iran deal-along w/ Russia & China-said they would honor the deal even without the US. We'll see.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018(3 comments)
Trump reneges on Iran nuclear deal
A few minutes ago Pres. Trump pulled the US out of the P5&1 nuclear deal w/ Iran. All the reasons he gave for reneging on the deal were bogus. The IAEA inspectors as an integral part of the agreement certified on multiple times Iran was in full compliance in all terms of the deal which the US had agreed to in 2015. Every complaint Trump gave for withdrawal falls completely outside the parameters of the deal the US agreed to.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018(2 comments)
The use of "bunker buster" bombs is an escalation in the Syrian conflict
Last night "bunker buster" bombs hit a Syrian Army base north of the city of Homs killing some 20 Syrian Arab Army soldiers & Iranian troops among them. No country claimed responsibility for the attack but Israel & the US have those weapons. Make no mistake, if confirmed, the use of bunker busters by the Israeli's coordinating w/the US is an escalation in the Syrian conflict. It could lead to a hot war w/ Russia.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Kim and Moon meeting yesterday was just the beginning
Yesterday N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un met w/ S.Korean Pres. Moon @ the demilitarized zone separating the two Korea's. Though significant it was only the foundation to build on when Kim meets Trump in late May or early June. Trump's summit w/ Kim is what really matters. Because the results of that summit holds the key regarding the future of entire Korean Peninsula. Yesterday's summit between Kim & Moon was just the beginning.
Friday, April 20, 2018
A truly inauspicious time fast approaching
May 12 is the deadline for the US to recertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Trump wants the deal "fixed" by then or he'll w/draw the US. Iran says it won't renegotiate the deal. Though unrelated to Iran deal Trump has agreed to meet w/ N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late May or June. However if Trump reneges on the Iran deal how would that effect his meeting w/ Kim? Would they even meet? May & June a truly inauspicious time.
Saturday, April 14, 2018(16 comments)
Trump backed himself into a corner, he had to launch a missile strike on Syria to back up tough talk
Let's face it Trump backed himself into a corner. He had to launch a missile strike on Syria to back up his tough talk earlier in the week accusing Pres. Assad of an alleged chemical attack killing his own people. Significantly no Russian military facility was hit. The strikes caused limited damage & no deaths. They did nothing to change the situation on the ground. All Damascus has been liberated & Assad is winning the war.
Monday, April 9, 2018(3 comments)
The worst may be yet to come
Over the weekend there's been horrific pictures & videos circulating the MSM forwarded by the white helmets the supposed humanitarian aid workers in Syria depicting a chemical attack on civilians in E. Ghouda suburb of Damascus blaming the Syrian gov't of Pres. Bashar Assad. Only the white helmets are not humanitarian aid workers but embedded only in areas the terrorists control who stage manage atrocities & then blame Assad.
Monday, April 2, 2018(1 comments)
With John Bolton soon to be in Trump's ear it's hard to imagine anything more ominous
Numerous articles have appeared decrying the appointment of John Bolton as Trump's National Security Adviser. Bolton's views particularly on Iran are worrisome w/ Trump next month needing to waive economic sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 P5&1 nuclear deal w/Iran. W/ Bolton in Trump's ear he might w/draw from the deal. If Trump reneges on Iran will there still be the summit between Trump & N. Korea's KimJong-un in May?
Friday, March 23, 2018(12 comments)
Oh my god, John Bolton named Trump's new National Security Adviser
Trump just named John Bolton as his new Nat'l Security Adviser. Bolton wasn't an original signee to the 1990's Project for the New American Century-the neo-con blueprint to destroy Iraq, Syria then Iran-but his comments advocating regime change in all those countries makes him fully in line w/ the Project's signatories. Bolton will certainly be in Trump's ear. If Trump follows Bolton's recommendations that's recipe for war.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018(3 comments)
Judgment reached, no evidence required
The story out of Britain the last 2 weeks over the suspected nerve agent attack of former Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal & his daughter has PM Teresa may saying it's "highly likely Russia was responsible" & is "a direct act by the Russian state against our country". No evidence presented, just allegations & accusations. It's reminiscent of 1950's Mccarthyism, false allegations of people being Communist, no evidence req'd.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018(22 comments)
Putin changed the equation, changed the balance of power in the world. Is the US listening?
Something significant occurred on March 1 that hasn't received the attention it deserves in the US. Russian Pres. Putin gave an address to the Russian Fed'l assembly. In it Putin changed the equation, changed the balance of power in the world revealing new weapons systems neutralizing the US attempt of full spectrum dominance of the world. He said they exist & work really well & no plans to attack anybody. Is the US listening?
The ball is clearly in the US court for direct talks with North Korea
Yesterday concluded bilateral talks w/ N.Korean leader Kim Jong-un & S. Korean envoys. They said the North was willing to denuclearize & Kim said he'd suspend all nuclear & missile tests while engaged in talks. The South sent the envoys to Washington to apprise Trump. Hopefully to get him to agree to open ended negotiations w/ the North w/out preconditions. The ball is clearly in the US court for direct talks w/ North Korea.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018(4 comments)
Keeping the world unstable
Former CIA official John Stockwell put it, "It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable & to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the establishment spend any am't of money on arms." Considering the nuclear posture review & the $1.2 trillion modernization of nuclear weapons to keeping the world unstable against N.Korea, 17 yr. war in Afghanistan, coup in Kiev, Stockwell's right on poin
Thursday, February 15, 2018(2 comments)
Is nuclear war in our future?1
How do the American people deal w/ those in charge who are criminally insane in "official" Washington? The latest madness is the Nuclear Posture Review a blueprint for nuclear war thou it purports to lowering the threshold for a nuclear conflagration. It's a call for the development of low yield nuclear warheads & such weapons be deployed in action. That could also lower the threshold to strategic weapons of mass destruction.
Friday, February 9, 2018(3 comments)
Most Americans don't know war
A week ago the Pentagon released its Nuclear Posture Review primarily against Russia. Eerily there doesn't seem to be any alarm from the American public on the imminent peril this "Review" puts them in. Maybe people in America have become nonchalant, unconcerned @ the prospect of nuclear war. Why? Most Americans don't know war first-hand. They have no direct connection to war. So it doesn't elicit cause for alarm.
China's BRI, Belt and Road Initiative, US not included. Why?
Many people in the US have become aware of China's BRI, Belt & Road Initiative--An ambitious plan of high-speed rail networks from China westward all the way to Portugal. It also includes maritime routes thru Malaysia & Indonesia. It's a massive infrastructure investment by China & most pointedly does not include the US. That's because the US is a war economy. It has no interest in massive domestic infrastructure development.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Arguing over government shutdown, the old divide and conquer strategy by the white supremacist deep state
The fed'l gov't shut down @ midnight last night. We can argue who is to blame, the Dems or the Repubs. But it's all a big distraction, a ruse this "dysfunction" by our gov't witnessed by the people to get them bickering & arguing who is to blame. It's what the deep state wants, the old divide & conquer strategy to distract & deflect attention away from the real villains of this country the white supremacist elite deep state.
Thursday, January 11, 2018(9 comments)
Climate change deniers, who are these people?
Climate change deniers. Who are these people? Seemingly anti-intellectual, distrust scientific evidence, reject evolution, creationists who believe the Earth is 10,000 yrs. old. Many are fundamentalist Christians, take the bible literally, interpret the Book of Revelation w/ the end days, Armageddon & the 2nd coming of Christ. For them why worry about climate change when there's the 2nd coming of Christ & they'll all be saved.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018(5 comments)
Reflections on Iranian protests, assessing potential for conflict with US, Israel and Saudi Arabia
What's really going on w/ the protests in Iran? It's not exactly clear. The Iranian people have legitimate grievances. Reports have inflation @ some 40% & youth unemployment above 30%. There's been suspicion of agent-provocateurs stirring up crowds to commit violence but no real confirmation. So Iran has internal problems but is not a threat to the US, Israel & Saudi Arabia. Not so these countries voicing threats against Iran.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018(2 comments)
Nader: "As long as the contented classes are not upset the system is in lock, like connecting gears"
Ralph Nader was recently interviewed by Chris Hedges. Here's a few excerpts. Nader "feared that the population was so effectively anesthetized by mass culture that it might not rise up against the elites. The US has developed a society...living in virtual reality...wallowing in text messages". He worries "as long as 10 to 15% of the American people are well off" and the contented classes aren't upset, the system is in lock."
Wednesday, December 20, 2017(9 comments)
What's coming from the Trump crowd regarding North Korea is simply madness
War w/ N. Korea could be imminent. From reports the US conducted joint training exercises w/ S. Korean forces to practice removing nuclear weapons from N. Korea. From Trumps Nat'l Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, referring to N. Korea, "We're out of time w/this problem". "The US is ready to compel the denuclearization of N. Korea" & "w/out the cooperation of that regime". What's coming from the Trump crowd is simply madness.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017(2 comments)
America, plutocracy not a democracy
We don't have a democracy in the US. We have a plutocracy, gov't of, by, and for the rich & big corporate interests. There is no real difference between the Democrat & Republican parties. Both are beholden to the big moneyed interests. Is it any wonder the laws, regulations, oversight & enforcement benefit those interests? Our entire electoral system is irredeemable, beyond reform & needs to be scrapped.
Friday, December 8, 2017(2 comments)
It's a most precarious time w/ so many potentially calamitous events simultaneously happening in the world. A potential US war w/ N. Korea, Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital & the resulting Muslim reaction w/ Hamas calling for a new Intifada against Israel, Trump rejecting the nuclear deal w/ Iran, calling it a state sponsor of terrorism & never before diplomacy so subordinated to military provocations.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017(4 comments)
North Korea fires ICBM higher and longer than previous launches
Yesterday N. Korea fired an ICBM that flew higher & longer than previous such launches landing in the Sea of Japan. It was the North's first missile test in over 2 months. In the interim the US has sent 3 carrier task forces off the Korean Peninsula, flown B-1 bombers over S. Korea & conducted joint military exercises w/ S. Korea & Japan. It feels like a tinder box waiting to explode.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017(2 comments)
Trump and North Korea, as precarious as it gets
Is the Trump administration planning a military first strike on N. Korea? Apparently some in the administration are in favor while others are opposed. It would be an insane exercise. N. Korea would retaliate. Even w/ conventional weapons hundreds of thousands would die in N. Korea, Seoul but Japan as well. It's impossible to know what the unpredictable Trump will do. This is how precarious things have gotten in the world.
Monday, November 13, 2017(4 comments)
Crazies "running the asylum" in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US
Ominous developments have occurred in Saudi Arabia. Mohammad bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne, purged his rivals in the Saudi hierarchy, consolidating his power. This occurred after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a missile north of Riyadh blaming Iran for supplying the weapon, calling it an act of war. Lebanese PM Saad Hariri visiting Riyadh resigns, announcing it on Saudi radio blaming Hezbollah causing a rise in tensions.
Monday, October 30, 2017(10 comments)
Too much evidence points against the government's claim
The recently released secret government papers on the assassination of President Kennedy just reiterates the government's theory of Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman. Too much evidence points against the government's claim, particularly the evidence of multiple shots fired heard by multiple witnesses plus the bullet hole in the windshield of the president's vehicle...
Some serious hyperventilating lately over Trump's mental stability
There's been some hyperventilating lately over Trump's mental stability w/ Sen. Bob Corker R. Tenn. saying the White House is "an adult day care center" to which Pres. "tweet" replied Corker "didn't have the guts" to run for reelection. Regarding Trump a group of 27 psychiatrists conclude,"the specific symptoms, the severity of the symptoms, an inability to accept facts, rage reactions...all these things are signs of danger."
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Premise: Israel has never intended there be a separate Palestinian state
Premise: Israel since its inception in 1948 has never intended there be a separate Palestinian state. Facts on the ground show the reality. As more & more Palestinian lands are confiscated with Jewish settlements increasing in the West bank to over 400,000 settlers the idea of a separate Palestinian state being established becomes an almost far fetched proposition.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
It's more than Trump's racist tweets
Racism is evident in Trump's S.O.B. tweets against NFL & NBA players. But it's more than Trump's racism in America. For whites we're also the privileged descendents of the white supremacists who committed genocide of the indigenous peoples as well as brought slavery to this continent. How many white Americans would openly admit to the privilege they have just being born white in America? We're in need of some honest dialogue.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian
Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian, over the top and upside down. The topper or nadir was Trump's "our respect for sovereignty" of other nations. The US doesn't respect the sovereignty of other nations. It is the grand master for undermining any regime that refuses to submit to US hegemony.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017(14 comments)
Burns, Novick, PBS documentary found misleading the American public
The Ken Burns, Lynn Novick PBS documentary on the Vietnam war misleads the American public. It justifies US escalation of the Vietnam war in retaliation against North Vietnam over the Gulf of Tonkin Incident". In actuality the "Incident" ,which never occurred, was a false flag operation perpetrated by the US. The escalation of the war was unjustified US aggression.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017(5 comments)
Cannon fodder to the "deep state"
To the deep state in America winning conflicts-most of which it initiated-isn't necessary. It doesn't care about winning & losing, the expansion of terrorism, hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing their war torn countries or even US military killed in futile battles. They are but cannon fodder to the sociopaths that put them in harm's way. Are we too not cannon fodder to that deep state, propagandized to support our wars?
Monday, September 11, 2017(5 comments)
It's 9/11 once again and questions abound 16 years later
It's 9/11 once again though 16 years later since that fateful day. Most Americans probably don't think about it having absorbed it osmosis like only to have it dredged up each anniversary. But like the Kennedy assassination 9/11 has been studied, analyzed & "official" findings produced. Yet like Kennedy subsequent "unofficial" findings elicit questions that challenge the "official" version of 9/11.
Monday, September 4, 2017(14 comments)
The Trump crowd can't see the forest for the trees
Why has negotiation become the plague to the Trump administration when it comes to N. Korea? There is no other way short of war, even nuclear war to deal w/ the North. Trump tweets threats, "locked & loaded" & "fire & fury" don't phase N.Korean leader Kim Song-Un. Former Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said it right, "There's no military solution here, they got us". The Trump crowd can't see the forest for the trees.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
"In the end we will win"
"In the end we will win". Those words from Trump last night when he went along w/ his generals & increased the number of troops in Afghanistan. The NY Times put it, "Trump accepted the logic that a big 'military' approach was needed to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a launching pad for terrorism against the US". Ah yes the terrorism card always handy to scare Americans into believing terrorists are out to get them.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017(2 comments)
Upcoming Russian military exercises a prelude to invading a NATO country? Simply absurd
In less than a month Russia & Belarus will conduct defensive military exercises routinely scheduled every 4 yrs. & w/in their own territory. In the West they're depicted as an exercise in intimidation, destabilizing, a cover for skullduggery. Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov says, "accusations these exercises are anything more than defensive preparations are nonsense". As a prelude to invasion of a NATO country? Simply absurd.
Friday, August 11, 2017(4 comments)
Trump "locked and loaded" to what end?
There's been 3 days of nonstop hyperventilating by Trump, his administration & the MSM over the "Donald's" war of words w/ N. Korea. This morning Trump tweeted we're "locked & loaded". On Tuesday it was "fire & fury" should N. Korea act unwisely. N. Korea leader Kim Jong-Un responded he'd place an "enveloping fire around Guam & Trump let out a "lode of nonsense" about fire & fury. So it goes. What's the end game?
Saturday, August 5, 2017(1 comments)
Is palace intrigue about to end with no nonsense John Kelly as Trump's Chief of Staff?
On Monday Trump named retired General John Kelly as his new Chief of Staff. Kelly is a no nonsense guy. He told people they'd have to go thru him to see the president. Previously anyone went into the Oval Office anytime they wanted. Obviously Kelly got Trump to agree such practices would end before taking the job. W/ all the palace intrigue in this White House an adult might bring some sanity where none existed before.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017(3 comments)
Germany and EU blast latest sanctions against Russia, vow "countermeasures"
This morning Pres. Trump signed into law new sanctions approved by Congress against Russia. German & EU officials blasted the sanctions as against international law, interfering in strictly European business affairs & called for "countermeasures." W/ sanctions just signed into law today we'll have to wait to see what actually happens in the coming days & weeks.
Sunday, July 30, 2017(10 comments)
Fissures in the western alliance
New US sanctions to be imposed on Russia voted on by the House, next by the Senate & most assuredly signed into law by Pres. Trump are being balked @ by Germany & France. They recognize such sanctions impact them directly in their trade & energy sectors w/ Russia. In June German Chancellor Merkel put it this way, "We Europeans must take our destiny in our own hands". Clearly there's fissures in the western alliance.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017(2 comments)
Shenanigans in the Senate
So what's the latest political maneuverings over on Capitol Hill? Ah yes the Republican Senate considering the overhaul of Obama care. Some Republicans aren't going along w/the shenanigans. But rest assured regardless whether something does get passed the private health insurance companies will continue their stranglehold on health care in this country even though most people want a Medicare for all system.
Saturday, July 15, 2017(9 comments)
"Innocence is complicity"
"Innocence is complicity" a quote from a old Chris Hedges column writing about Americans. We're a nation of many who see themselves as innocent, never mind complicit. That would require reflection. After the Snowden revelations came out revealing the NSA's electronic surveillance of Americans it didn't matter if it was illegal & un-Constitutional. To many Americans it was, "I haven't done anything wrong so why should I worry."
Wednesday, July 5, 2017(6 comments)
Taking measures against an aggressive US war machine
N. Korea test fired an ICBM missile yesterday that according to them could reach Alaska & Hawaii. The initial US response came from the top US Gen'l in S. Korea Vincent Brooks saying, Self restraint is the only thing stopping war in Korea. But N. Korea has only developed its missile & nuclear arms as a deterrent against a US attack especially against a US war machine that has repeatedly attacked non nuclear regimes.
Friday, June 23, 2017
"Interesting bromides" that entered the "American political lexicon"
What may have we become as a people? Have we changed using what writer Jacob Hornberger says are "interesting bromides" as when we say to American soldiers, "Thank you for your service", "defending & protecting our country"? Because it's neither defending & protecting our country. Iraq & Afghanistan didn't invade our country. It should be "Thank you for your killing." The real service we do is killing people. Lots of people.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Resistance aplenty to May continuing as PM
Yesterday was the opening day of the new parliament in Britain since the election on June 8. No business was conducted. Teresa May as PM must deliver the Queens speech to the MP's in the house on June 19 & they must give her a majority vote for her to continue as PM. May is negotiating w/ the N. Ireland DUP asking for the 10 seats they won to give her a 328 seat majority. It's not a done deal & the speech could be delayed.