No Apology: Syria, Interrupted (Part 2)
In a previous essay, I stated that I found Russian military help to the Syrian State to be an interruption of imperialist state destruction and a net positive. I also said that I recognized there are leftists who disagree with my position as a matter of political judgement, but that--as I would explain in a later post--I disagree vigorously with some of the spurious rhetorical tactics they use. Here's that explanation.
Friday, January 27, 2017(13 comments)
Game Change: Syria, Interrupted
The recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies marks a turning point not only in the conflict in Syria, but also in the dynamic of international conflict. Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6636 views)
Sunday, November 13, 2016(2 comments)
Ship of Fools: What Trump Teaches
Trump showed that all the formidable establishment powers are not as omnipotent as they seemed. If you have a movement and a leadership that fights for the things that will improve the lives of the bottom 90%, things suddenly become possible. But if we spend the next four years in an "opposition" movement managed by the Democrats to elect their neo-liberal in 2020, we will have learned nothing.
Saturday, October 29, 2016(6 comments)
Tom Hayden's Haunting
In 2006, Tom Hayden apologized for being "Israel's Dupe" for selling out to the Israeli lobby in order to run for CA State Assembly in 1982 He called it his "descent into moral ambiguity." He also showed how that lobby gets veto power over candidates down to the level of state and local elections. Said: "Americans must not be timid in speaking up, as I was 25 years ago."
Monday, October 17, 2016(2 comments)
The New York Times provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton's problems, even when they claim to be reporting on them. Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016(1 comments)
Waiting To Exhale: Hillary, In Sickness And In Health
What's wrong with Hillary? Since her collapse on 9/11, that question has become inescapable. The state of Hillary's health will have the greatest personal and political impact on the people who support her, and who have been insisting that all progressives must vote for her--because she's the only hope for defeating Trump. Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Strike the Vote
The American voting system lacks the most fundamental condition of electoral democracy--that every citizen has a reasonable certainty his or her vote will be counted as it was cast. At this point, even voting for a third party is no longer a politically relevant gesture. The only effective way to use one's own vote is by withholding it. Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Saturday, September 17, 2016(3 comments)
Prime Directive: Trust the System, Blame the Russians
The NYT article on electronic election concerns gives us a perfect example of the job the establishment media does: ignore the work, and trivialize the well-founded fears, of concerned Americans, and divert attention to the government's villain of the day. Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Turkey Invades Syria. America Spins The Bottle.
The US-Turkey invasion of Kurdish Syria is an unambiguous act of war and doublethink aggression. Within a week, the US has supported and attacked the same Kurdish groups - one day goading them to attack Syria the next helping Turkey attack them. The frenemy of my frenemy is my frenemy, seems to be the US operating principle in Syria. And it has nothing to do with any "War on ISIS." Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6636 views)
Saturday, August 20, 2016(15 comments)
The Obamacare Death Spiral
The insurance companies focus on the real measure of Obamacare's success: whether it can provide sufficient profitability. The main objective of this program is to allow the private health insurance companies to make more profits. If they don't, it fails, in its own real capitalistic (as opposed to its ostensible humanitarian) terms. That day has come.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016(25 comments)
Democrats Promote Lies and War To Attack Trump
There is nothing more dangerous that people can do than spend the next few months promoting justifications for a war by the next president--almost certainly Hillary--just to get more kicks in against Trump, on her behalf. Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Taking Liberty: Killing Americans To Protect Israel
Remembering the Liberty is not just an exercise to boil your blood about what happened forty-nine years ago (and reading the links below will do that). Remembering the Liberty is necessary to understand what's happening to us now, and what will happen in the future, if we obey the orders of President Trump or Clinton--either of whom will go all the way with Israel, and to protect it, will sink our ship. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016(2 comments)
Sure, Bernie should fight through the convention, but only if that means mounting floor protests, coordinated with protests in the street, demanding public promises from the nominee and the full convention on a number of key issues. That threat--Affirm the party's progressive stance on x, y, and z, publicly and irrevocably, or we walk out!--is the only power Bernie and his supporters have in the Democratic convention. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 3959 views)
Monday, May 16, 2016(1 comments)
Plan B Is Not Bernie
If Hillary Clinton gets derailed from the nomination, by a wild card like the FBI's email investigation, you can bet that the Democratic Party will have a Plan B, and it won't be Bernie Sanders. It will be another attempt to stop Bernie Sanders. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 3959 views)
Friday, April 22, 2016(5 comments)
Vexed by Vaxxed
The treatment of the movie Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is an astounding example of ideological discipline performed by the American cultural elite. Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (1 Articles, 806 views)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Bernie Wriggles On The Obama Hook
If FDR's grand historical project was to save capitalism from itself, I fear that Bernie's more modest mission is to save the Democratic Party from itself. If Bernie unequivocally wants the nomination, he should immediately--and certainly if he gets good results in Nevada and South Carolina --join his supporters in demanding that the superdelegates be eliminated or required to follow the popular vote. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 3959 views), Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
What Does Bernie Sanders Want?
If Bernie Sanders wins both of these primaries it will be a big thing -- a big media thing, and therefore a big political thing.. Even if he comes in a close second in Iowa, if he wins New Hampshire by double digits, it will be a big thing.
No matter what happens in the primary, there are going to be a lot of erstwhile Democratic voters who will just not pull a lever for Hillary. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 3959 views), Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Friday, November 20, 2015(2 comments)
Mali Jihadis: The Spawn of Hillary's (And America's) War On Libya
The jihadi gangs in Mali are a direct result of American/French/NATO regime change in Libya, executed by the Obama administration, spearheaded by "We came, we saw, he died" Hillary Clinton. No force in the world is more responsible for the rampaging jihadi armies of the world than the United States of America.
Saturday, August 8, 2015(6 comments)
"Good al-Qaeda's" Air Force: The United States Is At War With Syria
The United States just went to war with Syria. With the confirmation today that American planes will shoot down Syrian planes attacking USDA-approved "rebels," the United States is now overtly engaged in another criminal attack on a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015(18 comments)
Syriza's Final Charade
Syriza has capitulated. The referendum is just another element of that. This is a result that augurs ill for Greece, for Europe, and for any socialist left there might be. Series: Syriza (2 Articles, 1689 views)
Thursday, February 19, 2015(6 comments)
The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument
The victory of Syriza in Greece is likely to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Is Syriza capable of being the energizing alternative movement that the left wants it to be? Or will it defang left-populism, and leave a vacuum that will be filled by the radical right? Series: Syriza (2 Articles, 1689 views)
Monday, December 29, 2014
Goosebumps: A Scary Sony Story
"Somebody hacked into the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network in Hollywood, and released to the public a treasure trove of confidential information. This is an embarrassment.... It may be a violation of intellectual property rights, and personal privacy rights, and common courtesy. It may be condemnable on any of those grounds. But it is not 'terrorism' or 'cyberwar.' It's a hack."
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ripley Was Right: Ebola, Science, and the Precautionary Principle
Looking at some of that evidence, teasing out the issues of scientific knowledge and ethico-political authority that are raised by the Ebola crisis, and which are confused by the impulse to read them through the lens of American liberal/conservative categories, with which they have nothing to do. Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1523 views)
Friday, November 7, 2014
A Joke In November
On the way home from his successful fund-raising meeting, a powerful US Senator, drives his car into a tree and dies. His soul arrives at the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter. Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9659 views)
Gaza Calling: It's the Colonialism, Stupid!
The carnage in Gaza this summer reveals the continuity of the crimes of Israeli colonialism. The fundamental problem is not how many civilians were killed, but the ongoing colonialism-in-progress that necessarily produces these casualties. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)
America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them
ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. American military intervention will not solve the jihad problem. It will make it worse. American and its major allies in the region know this, and are OK with it. They prefer ISIS and jihadism to stable, coherent states that can resist their hegemony. Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6636 views)
Sunday, August 3, 2014(2 comments)
Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy
The "human shields" argument is what allows Israeli officials, to deliberately and systematically bomb the family homes of suspected militants, killing whole families. It suggests an ethic that supposedly justifies an Israeli offensive which produces 75-80% civilian causalities, 33% of which are children, among the Palestinian population. Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (2 Articles, 8384 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)
Good for the Gander: Ukraine's Demise Accelerates
The US-Obama story of them being "appendages of Russia" is a crock.
The rebellion in eastern Ukraine is the result of deep divisions in Ukrainian society that were dramatically exacerbated by the Maidan coup, which was itself supported--and, to a great extent, politically managed--by the US. Series: Ukraine (2 Articles, 3709 views)
Saturday, March 22, 2014(10 comments)
Charge of the Right Brigade: Ukraine and the Dynamics of Capitalist Insurrection
It’s quite amusing, until it gets sickening, to watch American leaders--who cling to the notion that a thin, corrupt, disempowering electoral process legitimizes them--embrace the forceful overthrow of a democratically elected leader in a functioning parliamentary democracy while insisting they are doing no such thing. Series: Ukraine (2 Articles, 3709 views)
Thursday, January 30, 2014(7 comments)
Dipsy Doodle: What "Globalization" Has Wrought
Globalization's big losers are the sectors of the world's population that had decent incomes, a few notches above average -- the kind of income that allowed for homes and vacations, but not limousines and villas. It's not hard to figure who they are; they're the people on the streets in Athens, Madrid, and Paris, in the state capitol in Wisconsin, and those losing their pensions in Detroit.
Who’s the Boss? The Obamacare Deception
Obamacare is not a public program, but a government-assisted private boondoggle. Its main purpose is not to ensure public health, but to insure the profitability of private health insurance companies and the private pharmaceutical and hospital industries.
Saturday, November 9, 2013(1 comments)
Dropping a DIME: Max Blumenthal and the Erosion of Liberal Zionism
Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side may like to think.) It is a violently racist colonial enterprise, with all the ideological and practical viciousness that implies. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)
Syria: No Better Angels
Things have changed, in a good direction. But Let's not get carried away with optimism, however.If we have to recognize that there has been real political movement, we must also recognize the enormous political, ideological, and financial forces still committed to this war, and how far we are from winning this fight against them. The balance of power is still very much against the antiwar camp. Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6636 views)
Saturday, August 31, 2013
At the Syrian Threshold: "al-Qaeda's Air Force" Prepares for Battle
The political and strategic purpose of American military intervention -- previously clandestine and now overt -- on behalf of the "rebellion" is to destroy the Syrian nation as a coherent political and military entity in the region. As the US already has done to Iraq and Libya. It's the same war. Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6636 views)
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Ball of Confusion: Bradley Manning's Meaning
Thoughts after Manning's sentencing statement. In this statement, he's certainly not the Bradley Manning that we want him to be. He's not, in other words, the Bradley Manning that we have been producing in our political discourse -- and that we must continue, with all due attention to his utterances, but grounded in our own understanding of his all-important actions, to produce.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013(3 comments)
It's Not Unusual: The Left-Right (S)Mashup in American Politics
The leadership of both parties, along with the corporate and media elite, is trying desperately to maintain for the public a coherent story, with all the characters fixed in their proper roles, and the conflict structured in terms that they control. In fact, it's becoming harder to ignore that there are deep and enduring alliances between both parties, and serious and growing fractures within each of them.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Egypt's Groundhog Day Revolution
I watch the unfolding events in Egypt with a sense of unease, even dread. In the accounts I've read so far from the Egyptian street, I get the sense that, where two years ago there was an elation married with great hope, now there is something more like muted glee accompanied by a sinking feeling.
"Carry On Margaret": Still Playing in Theaters Near You
let's not use Margaret Thatcher's death to further extend her legacy, but to insist that it's long past time to pull the plug on its run.
.Thatcher was absolutely right that her greatest achievement was Tony Blair and New Labor, and -- as Obama's encomium makes quite explicit -- there's a fine parallel in that her partner, Reagan's, greatest achievement was setting an agenda that Clinton, Obama and the ....
Tuesday, April 2, 2013(2 comments)
The Road to Syria: "It all depends on what America says"
It's really quite depressing to watch the utter destruction of another Arab state unfold, framed once again as some kind of project for humanitarianism and/or democracy. It's depressing to know that it will engender chaos and violence throughout the region, that it is only the prelude to an even more epic criminal adventure in Iran, and that there is probably nothing that is going to stop it. Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6636 views)
Apology Excepted: Obama's Turkish Twist
Furkan Dorgan, along with Rachel Corrie and the sailors of the USS Liberty, officially joins the ranks of Americans with whom, when it comes to Israel's "freedom of action," the President of the United States and the American media cannot be bothered. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)
Sunday, March 24, 2013(1 comments)
The Heart of the Matter: US Media Replace Rachel Corrie with Israeli Spy
When a young man interrupted President Obama's speech, shouting in Hebrew, American media outlets reported that the man was protesting about Jonathan Pollard, the imprisoned Israeli spy. The heckler was actually an Arab-Israeli student who was questioning Obama's arming of the apartheid state and the American government's complicity in the killing of Rachel Corrie. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)
Monday, March 18, 2013
"I feel a lot of horror": Remember Rachel Corrie
Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. Rachel was a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, and a student at Evergreen State College, who was crushed to death by an Israeli/American (Caterpillar) bulldozer while trying to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19560 views)