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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY). As well as having been a regular political columnist on several national websites for over 20 years, he is the author/co-author/editor/co-editor of 37 books Currently, on the columns side, in addition to his position on OpEdNews as a Trusted Author, he is a regular contributor to From The G-Man.  In the past he has been a contributor to, among other publications, The Greanville PostThe Planetary Movement, and Buzzflash.com.  He was also a triathlete for 37 seasons, doing over 250 multi-sport races.  Among his 37 books (from the late 1970s, mainly in the health, sports, and health care organization fields) are, on politics: The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022; A Futuristic Novel (originally published 1996; the 3rd version was published by Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013, Brewster, NY, sadly beginning to come true, advertised on OpEdNews and available on Amazon); Ending the 'Drug War:' Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach (Punto Press Publishing, Brewster, NY, 2016, available on Amazon); and Trump's Presidential Years: As They Happened, 2015-2021, in six volumes (219 columns, 315,000 words), also advertised on OpEd News, and available on Kindle@Amazon.com.

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Trump Tower (NYC).  What a shame it would be if it had to be sold to help pay his fines/penalties/costs-of-defamation., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 22, 2024
Trump's Seven Magic Tricks Revisited, again This column is about Trump's "Seven Magic Tricks," a subject on which I have been writing since the time when he only had six. First I review the Seven and how he has used them in the past. Then I discuss how he might be able (or not) to use them this time around. And of course, as everyone knows, this time is different, because now he is enmeshed in the criminal, not the civil, law. The tricks might no longer work. We'll see.
Secretary Pompeo Delivers a Speech, .After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy., at the Heritage Foundation.  Boy, that worked out well, didn't it?  (See an upcoming column on .Iran --- Some History., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 16, 2024
This is Your Heritage (Foundation) This column is about The Heritage Society that progenitor of top-of-the-line Reactionary Policy, Trump, and one of his leading campaign proposals, "Project 2025." Without the benefit of legislation passed under provisions of The Constitution, it would turn the Federal Civil Service back to what it was like before the passage of the Civil Service Act in 1883: the President's play toy. Oh yes too, they engage in much red-baiting
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 9, 2024
Trump Wins in 2020: A Fabrication (updated) This column is a re-run of one that I published in 2021, shortly after the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The history of the events that occurred from the time of the January 6 Insurrection assumed that it was successful. Since we are facing the real possibility of a second Trump term (achieved by him in one way or another), I thought that it might be useful to present this fictional history as I conceived it back then
UN Palestine Partition, 1947. Jerusalem was designated as an international city. The outcome of the .Six Nations War. changed Israel's boundaries somewhat; the outcome of The Six Days War changed them quite a bit., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 1, 2024
Why the Current Israeli Government Will Not Negotiate Very briefly, this column reprises several columns that I have written on the subject since 2006. During that time, most of the Israeli governments have refused to countenance any kind-of "Two-State Solution," and conditions for the Palestinian (on paper citizens of the State of Israel) have steadily gotten worse. This column reprises earlier ones and adds a bit of new material at the end. Only US pressure can change things.
Theodor Herzl on board a vessel as it reaches the shores of Palestine., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 25, 2024
Anti-Semitism, Zionism, and Anti-Zionism This column is about the terms "Zionism," "anti-Zionism," and "anti-Semitism," how they developed historically, what the have meant at different historical times. It discusses how, in the United States at least, "anti-Semitism" and "anti-Zionism" have come to be equilibrated when in modern times at least, that equilibration is not valid. However, it has proven to be very useful politically to those forces who invented it.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 18, 2024
Response to a Commentary by Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center on the Gaza Conflict Earlier this month, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and global social action director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, published an open letter commenting on whom the responsibility for the present situation in Gaza rests. It was also highly critical of the response/commentary from various world leaders on the situation. I was invited by "The G-Man" to write a response to it. Here is a modestly emended version of it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 12, 2024
"The Two Leading Candidates for their Party's Nomination on the Causes of the Civil War; Not This column is about causes of the Civil War. A) The institution of slavery and its continued expansion into the Western territories was the principal issue that caused the Civil War. B) Negotiations on the issues of slavery itself, and its expansion into the Western territories had been underway since the Constitutional Convention. (But of course, given what he reads, why should former Pres. Trump be expected to know this?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 5, 2024
And Now for Something Completely Different: Dr. J's Guides for Healthy Living While I am a a regular contributor to OpEdNews.com on history and politics, for this column I am taking a very different focus. As a career Professor of Preventive Medicine I have published a number of books and numerous columns/articles on various aspects of personal health and wellness. And so, in this first column for the New Year, 2024, I am sharing with you "Dr. J.'s 20 Guides for Healthy Living," developed over time.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 28, 2023
A Set of SJ Tweets for the End of 2023. Happy New Year? Let's Hope So This is a set of Tweets (and yes, I still call it Twitter, not "X") of mine from this month (Dec., 2023). The majority of them concern Trump. Gee. I wonder why.
Donald Trump %26 Sean Hannity %2816677778952%29., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 14, 2023
Trump, Hannity, Dictator-for-a-Day, and the Constitution of The United States The recent "Trump-Hannity-Dictator-for-a-day" TV "interview" has become widely noted and much commented upon. This column presents a commentary on it and what Trump really means by "Dictator-for-a-day." Of course provision for such a position is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. But even more importantly, Trump doesn't mean dictator-for-just-one-day. Extending it indefinitely, from that day, is what he does mean.
Mike Johnson. So new to the national political stage, and so mild-mannered looking, that I could not find a caricature of him anywhere., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 9, 2023
Speaker Johnson: Meet the Constitution; Just Like the Two Presidents Johnson Did This column briefly examines what the new House Speaker, Mike Johnson, 2nd-in-line-to-the-Presidency, might do to the United Sates, legislatively and otherwise, given his belief that "God" speaks to him and guides him on policy, in the context of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution's 1st Amendment . It then goes one to briefly examine the impact that the two Presidents Johnson had on Constitutional law, in actuality.
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-04062A%2C N%C3%BCrnberg%2C Reichsparteitag%2C SA- und SS-Appell. Now wouldn't Trump like to have a rally THAT size!, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 27, 2023
'Warnung:' A Repeat This column, like the last one of mine, is a re-run. And like the last one of mine, "Is it Hair Trump, or is it Herr Trump" it is interceded to confront the real-and-present danger that Trump, his MAGA supporters, and more importantly, his U.S. ruling-class sponsors, present to our Constitutional Democracy. The difference is that this one is drawn form a book that was originally published in 1935. Talk about foresight.
Trump - the Fascist Tangerine. I've used this illustration before, on the Trump-fascist comparo, but it surely still fits., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 16, 2023
Is it Hair Trump or Herr Trump? Redux This column is a re-run of one I first posted towards the end of 2015, on Trump and the fascist danger he presents. Given the increasingly openly fascist program proposals (if one can call them that) he is putting forward, I thought (even though I have republished it previously) to re-publish it again. As my regular readers know, I am publishing more and more on this subject. But a retrospective at this time "can't hoit."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 10, 2023
The SJ "Killer Fence," Israel's detector fence, the GAZA attack, Mike Johnson, and "The Devil's Triangle" This column presents an excerpt from my book, originally published in 1996, now in its 3rd version (2013), entitled "The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S. 1981-2022. It describes an electronic "killer" fence, first installed along the Southern border, but by 2020 being used for another purpose. It also discusses the real, very sophisticated detection equip. used by Israel on GAZA border
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 27, 2023
Israel: Fighting Six Wars, Plus One: A Civil War This column begins with a list/summary of the "Six Wars" that Israel is currently fighting, as described by the long-time Israel/Middle East correspondent/commentator, Tom Friedman. After describing the current facts-on-the-ground vis-a-vis Gaza-Plus, I go on to describe a seventh war for Israel, which may well occur if there is no change in the national government's policies towards the Arab peoples, domestic and foreign.
Israel and occupied territories map., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 20, 2023
On the Gaza Crisis, 2023(2): Who Benefits?" The argument that I make in this column is to me very obvious and can summarized very briefly. Who benefits? Both of the two opposing sides in the "assault on Gaza which followed an assault on Israel:" the Israeli Likudniks and the Irredentist Palestinians (sponsored by Iran), neither of which wants anything approaching a Two-State Solution.
Map of Israel and the Occupied Territories. It's a small country.  Notice how tiny Gaza is., From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 12, 2023
On the Gaza Crisis, 2023 (1): Primarily on the Historical Background of Zionism First is a lengthy quote from a New York Times Op-Ed dealing the risks on both sides for the current conflict. Then it presents some of the historical background for the current situation, focusing first on European political anti-Semitism, then on Zionism, and then on how the two forces combined to produce the still on-going crisis that has been Israel-Palestine. It concludes with a colloquy that I had with a friend on it.
Hitler practiced his speeches in a mirror. Trump obviously spent quite some time rehearsing for this one.  But it ain't funny. folks. It's the face of incipient Republo-fascism, a 21st century version of what I describe below., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 5, 2023
On Fascism: Its Definition in its Historical Context, for 2023, Parts 1 & 2 In this column, I publish in sequence the two consecutive and related columns on the subject of fascism and its definition(s), drawn from the European/Asian experience of the 20th century. The threat in the U.S. is real, supported strongly by that sector of the capitalist ruling class that believes that in order to maintain control of state power, they will need to turn from parliamentary democracy to fascism. This is no drill
National Socialist League 1975. So, you thought that U.S. Nazism was just pre-WWII?, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 27, 2023
On Fascism: Its Definition in its Historical Context, for 2023, Part 2 This is Part 2 of this lengthy (for OpEdNews) review of "fascism" and what it is, and isn't, in its historical context. It is indeed on its way to happening here. There might be, as some on the left in the U.S. appear to think there could be, a "Trump Left." Who knows? Although it is not apparent to many observers, some seem to be thinking along those lines. But, Warnung. Don't look to Nazi Germany for an example.
Middle coat of arms of the French Republic. I could not find an illustration of the Roman fasces as used by Mussolini, but here is one of how it was by the Republique Francaise(!), From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 22, 2023
On Fascism: Its Definition in its Historical Context, for 2023, Part 1 This is one of my periodic columns on fascism, its definition(s) and history. (You find links for some of the previous ones in the body of the text. As some of you know, I published my first, and very extensive, text on the subject, "The 15% solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022," in 1996. The 3rd Version was published in 2013. It is available on Amazon (as advertised on OpEdNews.

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