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John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they happened to embrace the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling "the peaceable kingdom." John's columns appear regularly on Counterpunch, Media Monitors, Politics Canada, Baltimore Chronicle, Online Journal, Scoop (New Zealand), Asian Tribune, Aljazeerah.info, Smirking Chimp, Dissident Voice, and many other Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and is regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. His first book was published, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict..., From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2017
Israel's Terrible Problem: Two States or One? Israel has itself created a terrible problem which it is incapable of solving. That is why it has always been the case that the United States must pretty much dictate a solution, but it is unable to do so, paralyzed as it is by the heavy influence of Israel and America's own apologists and lobbyists.
A sign at the Women's March on Washington to protest the election of Donald Trump. January 21, 2017., From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 29, 2017
The Tests Ahead for Trump Donald Trump's path to victory was eased by the fact that the Republican and Democratic parties were brittle, corrupt, hollowed-out institutions ready for cracking, but his tests have only begun, writes John Chuckman.
David Cameron at the 37th G8 Summit in Deauville, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 4, 2015
Britain's David Cameron Wants To Use Bombs To Prospect For Gold In Syria He is in fact an intimate part of "the club" which privately regards ISIS and other murdering rogues as tools to an end, and that end is to destroy Assad and turn Syria into a rump state. The club's members always falsely describe the situation in Syria as a civil war rather than what it truly is, an invasion of a peaceful land by the creatures of outside powers.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 15, 2014
Understanding Israel's Corrosive Influence on Western Democracy Something troubling is quietly underway in the Western world, that portion of the world's governments who style themselves as liberal democracies and free societies
From opednews.com/populum/uploadphotos/s_300_farm6_static_flickr_com_86186_9091686041_9097eb6e5c_n_3.gif: President Obam, From Images
(43 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 24, 2014
A Strange, Soulless Man and His Failed Presidency We perhaps can never know what has motivated Obama's behavior as President
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 1, 2014
A New Cold War? Or Just America's Need For A Villain? Obama's talk of a "pivot" is extremely revealing
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 18, 2014
The Second Mystery Around Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 A second mystery around the disappearance of Flight MH370 has largely gone unnoticed: why hasn't the United States been in the forefront of providing information about it? The implications of this question are massive.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 18, 2014
Hurtling Into Darkness: America's Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny A unique set of circumstances now works towards a dystopian future in advanced states with no need for jackboots or brutal faces on posters.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 7, 2014
Vladimir Putin, the World's Last True Statesman Everywhere you look in the West, you find political pygmies rather than statesmen.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 1, 2014
Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving the World Towards Madness Nothing that Israel does in its affairs would be of quite such great concern to the world were it not for the fact that Israel drags along, willy-nilly, the world's greatest power, much like some impressive-looking but feeble-willed, dazed parent stumbling along behind a screaming toddler demanding yet another goody.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 14, 2013
The Real Lessons From the Death of Nelson Mandela We have no less an authority than Nelson Mandela himself, in an opinion shared by the equally admirable Bishop Tutu, that the terrible system of oppression against which they struggled in South Africa is very much alive and flourishing
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Cutting The Middle East's Gordian Knot: Why Israel Cannot Survive In Its Present Form Some Israelis are fond of comparing Israel's displacement of Palestinians to the historical experience of North Americans in displacing indigenous people, but the comparison is inaccurate on almost every level.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 16, 2013
A Vast Wasteland Of Effort Spent: America's Rampage Through the Middle East I read that six thousand people have been killed by sectarian violence so far this year in Iraq, surely a good rough measure of what America's invasion achieved there.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 21, 2013
What America Has Become What America has become since its founding. How an aristocracy grows up inside an ostensibly democratic state.