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Steve Breyman teaches peace, environmental and media studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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'Intelligence' for Empty Suits and Davos Elites, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 3, 2014
Inside the Fanciful World of Stratfor: Robert D. Kaplan's Geopolitical Bunkum Robert D. Klaplan, "chief geopolitical analyst" for Stratfor, is a shill for American Empire. His recent tour of global political hotspots for Time magazine is full of bad history, obvious oversights, and banal observations. Kaplan's bunk matters, nonetheless, for it informs the people who manage American hegemony.
Marriage of Darlene Bogle and Becky Lane, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Gay Marriage and History Opponents of gay marriage will someday be seen as we today see past proponents of slavery in the US.
President Obama, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Explaining Obama: It's the Re-election, Stupid Confused by Obama's politics and policy? Don't be! It's simple: he wants to be re-elected.
Don't Tread on Me, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Real Conservative in the Race: How a Republican Wins in 2012 Why vote for Obama, a wannabe conservative? The Real Conservative will win in 2012
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Return of Debtors' Prisons Debtors' prisons were supposedly outlawed in the US in the 1830s. But if you're unable to throw bail in NYC today, you're likely to end up on Rikers Island (even for a nonviolent misdemeanor) waiting for trial. Unfair you say? Tell it to the judge.
Illegal Immigrants, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 11, 2011
Illegal Immigration and Other Criminality Is the rule of law under greater threat from paperless immigrants or from bankers on Wall Street and the Obama administration in Libya?
Corn fields, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2011
Cellulosic Fantasy: Ending Corn Ethanol Subsidies Federal subsidies for corn ethanol are under attack. But federal subsidies for cellulosic ethanol (using corn and other "crop waste") are on the rise. While generally superior to corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol fails a basis lesson from biology--it interrupts the carbon cycle.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 15, 2011
Reagan, Reagan and Alzheimer's Ron Reagan says his father may have been suffering from the onset of Alzheimer's disease as early as 1984. Steve Breyman explains why this matters.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2011
SPINning Syrian Protests Might journalists learn a little more about the subjects they cover, like protests?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 1, 2012
Neocons to the Front: Five Reasons Not to Intervene in Syria Now Neoconservatives Michael Doran and Max Boot would have President Obama intervene militarily in Syria. Breyman analyzes the case they make for intervention, and finds it so loose and slipshod as to constitute foreign policy malpractice.
Aerial View of Fracking, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 1, 2014
Climate Change Messaging: Avoid the Truth Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger present themselves as contrarian environmentalists. They're "so serious" about fighting climate change that they embrace nuclear power and fracking for natural gas. Perhaps even worse, they advise pulling punches about the connections between climate change and extreme weather in order enroll "conservatives" in the movement. As if that's ever going to happen.
Japanese anti-nuclear protester, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Nuclear Power and the Nuremburg Code Were nuclear power treated as the human experimentation it is, it would be in violation of the Nuremburg Code.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 31, 2011
Unplug Your TV: Help End Nuclear Power Want to end nuclear power? Start by unplugging your TV.
The week of Obama's visit: 35,000 walruses haul out onto an Alaskan beach due to missing sea ice., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Baked Alaska: Obama, Climate Change and the Arrogance of Power President Obama's approach to politics led directly to his inadequate climate policies. It's not too late for the president to embrace climate justice, and broker a strong agreement at the climate talks in Paris next month.
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 21, 2012
Why the Minimum Wage Shrinks Had the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would stand today at $10.55 rather than $7.25. What happened? Congress failed in its responsibility to protect and enhance the economic security of all Americans. And Big Business rewarded its CEOs and shareholders, but not its low wage employees.
David Brooks, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 16, 2011
David Brooks and Civility Calls for "civility" in politics are so much hot air if they don't name names. What we really need is a news media that calls the haters on their hate.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 21, 2011
Government Workers as Villains: Not Fair Are public workers as overcompensated as all that? Hardly. Here's why.
Peaceful action at site where AGL want to frack CSG at Gloucester, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Fracking Fraud: Natural Gas Dodgery Frackers promised lower natural gas and electricity rates. We've yet to see them in any sustained way in Upstate New York.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 7, 2011
Surrealpolitik: Arab Revolt and the Dream of 'Palestine' What of Palestine amidst the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia?
David Brooks, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2012
David Brooks and the Politics of Moderation David Brooks, the moderate conservative or conservative moderate columnist for the New York Times, aims to teach the presidential candidates, and the rest of us, about "moderates" in his October 25 column. He does so in his typical mode: myth making. Breyman strips away the myths, layer by layer, to reveal the vapidness at the heart of "moderation" in American politics today.
Demonstrators on Sixth Avenue in New York City during the People's Climate March, September 2014, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 10, 2015
In and After Paris: A Climate Justice Agenda The Paris climate change agreement will be a disappointment. But that's no reason for climate justice campaigners to despair. Here's what did and didn't happen in Paris, why it matters, and what comes next.
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 6, 2013
The Elizabeth Colbert Busch Campaign: Tilting at the Wrong Windmill Wouldn't it be great were Elizabeth Colbert Busch to defeat Mark Sanford in the special election for the First District congressional seat in South Carolina? Not really. Steve Breyman explains why a Colbert Busch victory would be a pyrric victory.
The Future is Now, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 31, 2016
A Brief and Cheery History of an American Future Besides the entrenched power of the rich, powerful and well-armed, there's no reason we can't have the country we want and deserve. Steve Breyman daydreams about what that world might look like, and how it might come about.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 5, 2011
In the Matter of James Cole: Holder's Anti-Terror Warrior? A sane #2 at the Department of Justice? A guy dubious about the domestic War on Terror? Too good to be true?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 1, 2014
The New York Times and Obama's Afghanistan Draw Down: Selling the Never-Ending War on Terror Mark Landler of the New York Times failed to ask a single question of his sources in a recent article about President Obama's plans to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by 2016. He also failed to interview a source from a pro-peace (rather than pro-war) perspective. The report did a disservice to Times readers.
French Mirage 2000 jets over Chad, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2013
Obama in Africa: Somalia, Mali and the War Powers Resolution President Obama flouted the War Powers Resolution during the NATO/US intervention in Libya in 2011. Yet he appropriately reported to Congress the US assistance to the failed French rescue mission in Somalia last week. Whatgives?
Corporations Are People, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Key to My Raise: Corporate U Marches On Corp U appears here to stay. Rick Perry likes it that way.
David Brooks, 'The American Precariat', From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 14, 2014
Zen Over Zinn: Avoiding Unpleasant Truths with David Brooks New York Times columnist David Brooks is a pseudo-intellectual soft right victim blaming reality dodger. His latest target that can't hit back? The American “precariat.” Steve Breyman cuts through Brooks’ truth avoidance and moralistic rubbish with the real story about the death for many Americans of the American Dream.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2013
Most Dangerous Waste of Your Tax Dollars This Year? The Case of the B61 Nuclear Bomb Believe it or not, the Obama administration is planning yet more new and refurbished nuclear weapons. Among the most dangerous is the B61, a bomb designed decades ago to stop Soviet tank divisions from rampaging across Europe. Since the end of the Cold War, the two hundred B61 bombs stationed on US airbases in NATO Europe have had NO military mission. It's past time to dismantle them.
Continental Congress, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 27, 2011
Congress: Study War Some More Congress has failed in its constitutional war duties for decades. By use of the power of the purse alone might Congress regain its war powers from the Executive.
Wind farm in northern New York State, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 3, 2014
What's Wrong with Cuomo's Energy Plan? NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo's draft Energy Plan fails to face up to the urgent problems of global warming, health effects from air pollution, or the dangers of nuclear power. The Governor misses the opportunity to build a 21st century energy system, create tens of thousands of well-paying jobs, innovate green technology, or assist those displaced by a green energy transition. Howie Hawkins and Steve Breyman set him straight.
David Brooks, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2015
Being David Brooks: Onward, Christian Soldiers David Brooks actually sympathizes with social conservatives bemoaning the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage. He then proposes a new culture war Christian conservatives might wage: on the "dysfunctions" of poor people ground down by corporate capitalism.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 16, 2011
How to End US Reliance on Dictators The Arab uprisings are happening despite not because of US foreign policy. Change will come when the US no longer supports despots or Israel, nor wields its values cynically.
Predator drone, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Why the War on Terror Endures: Spawning Terror Over There The War on Terror spawns further terror. This is very clear from the Global Terrorism Index which reports that in 2011 the world witnessed four times the attacks it did in 2002. Why continue it? Because terrorism's victims today are almost exclusively non-Americans. Preventing their deaths is someone else's problem.
Rally before the Eiffel Tower, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 12, 2016
Paris Climate Summit: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly World leaders gathered in Paris in December to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol. What emerged is not even close to sufficient to prevent global catastrophe. The main culprits? Republicans in the US Senate who deny the scientific consensus about the causes and consequences of global warming. The clock is ticking, time is short. The simple truth: the world must do more faster.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Myth That Kills: The Iraq Surge in the Neo-Con Imagination The "success" of the Bush/Petraeus Iraq surge has already achieved mythic dimensions. Fighting the myth is not simply about getting our history straight, but about preventing ever more surges in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Clinton at a campaign event in Cohoes, NY. April 4, 2016., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Questions for Hillary Clinton: Trolling the Candidate on the Campaign Trail Hillary Clinton refuses to hold a press conference. Voters and reporters thus need to show up at her campaign events and ask the questions she'd prefer not answer.
Senator Rand Paul, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2013
The Mostly Mainstream Foreign Policy of Rand Paul: Washington Can Sleep Easy Guardians of the Washington foreign policy consensus fear Rand Paul, not least for his allegedly isolationist foreign policy. Steve Breyman looks closely at the Rand's policy and fights it mostly moderate and non-threatening to foreign policy elites.
Condoleeza Rice, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 27, 2011
Condi Weighs In: The Politics of Self-Rehabilitation Just when you thought it was safe to forget Condoleeza Rice, she's back with an op-ed about Hosni Mubarak and if he'd only listened to the Bush administration, he might have suffered as an unceremonious exit from office.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismael Haniya, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 28, 2013
The Times Does Gaza (Again): Oh, no you don't, Ismael Haniya The New York Times does not like Hamas or its leaders, including Prime Minister Ismael Haniya. It shows in articles like that about the Malaysian Prime Minister's recent visit. Unsure whether it's a news article, news analysis, or op-ed, the piece is sure about how it feels about Haniya and Hamas.
Nuclear Waste Protest, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
Obama v. EPA: Constructing His Environmental Legacy Contrary to Margaret Thatcher's claim, alternatives abound. The Green Party is a good place to find a load of them. A Green EPA would confront the polluters, and privilege human and ecosystem health over corporate profits. This is especially clear in the case of Obama's proposed cleanup standards following a nuclear disaster. Think the government will protect you? Think again.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced at a news conference on Tuesday that the Justice Department would open a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's focus on conservative groups., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Governance as Sadomasochism: Obama from the IRS to the Associated Press The Obama administration is sadomasochistic. It enjoys the pain inflicted on it by Republicans and the conservative media (see the controversy over the IRS and the Tea Party) so much, that it voluntarily ups the pain (see AG Holder's criminal investigation of the IRS). And it revels in meting out punishment to whistleblowers and civil servants caught doing their jobs.
Columnist Richard Cohen, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Crackpot Pragmatism: Richard Cohen and Torture Even after the horrors of the War on Terror, Richard Cohen remains conflicted and confused about torture. Steve Breyman develops the concept of "crackpot pragmatism" to explain how this could be so.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When Will the New York Times Show Some Spine? Access Journalism at its Nadir Quote approval signals a new low for the access journalism of the corporate media. Reporters are now on a very slippery slope, allowing their sources to play editor of their work. If the New York Times would swear off the practice, as have the National Journal and McClatchy's Washington Bureau, surely other media outlets would follow.

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