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Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and analyst who examines the world through a syncretic lens. His analysis of international and domestic geopolitical ideas and actions incorporates a lifetime of interest in current events, a desire to preserve and conserve our natural environment and stop the commodification of the environment. He has been active as a critical writer in opposition to the US empire and its militarization of most aspects of domestic and international affairs. Miles' work has been published globally and has appeared on a variety of websites including Palestine Chronicle, Axis of Logic, Countercurrents, and Global Research. He has appeared on RT News and The Tyee concerning events in Palestine/Israel.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 10, 2008 Book Review - The Limits of Power
An excellent overview of U.S. foreign policy by Andrew J. Bacevich, this should be required reading as Obama formulates his new policies.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Canada preps for war with Iran
The Canadian government displays its wilful ignorance and malevolent attitudes towards others with its recent cancelling of its dipolomatic mission to Iran.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Beyond Fundamentalism - Book Review
A short work with some powerful statements, a bit sensational at times, but mostly well grounded presentations on fundamentalism in the three main monotheistic religions. .
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Predator State - Book Review
James Galbraith effectively deconstructs the free market myths and provides basic solutions to the Predator State.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2012 Dying Empire
A 'state of the union' overview, a union conceived in violence and now ending in violence. It is the nature of the militarized economy and culture of the supposedly indispensable nation.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Deadly Embrace - U.S. and Pakistan; Book Review
The U.S. has long been invovled with
Pakistan's troubles. This work, written by a Washington insider provides little in the way of hope that the situation can be made better anytime soon.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2012 On rhetoric and actions
The difference between rhetoric and actions in Obama's speech is rather large. A fine orator with grand homilies and platitudes conceals the deadly actions abroad.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Post Modern Imperialism - Eric Walberg
Eric Walberg has written a concise yet comprehensive over view of the Great Games played out in the Middle East. At the heart of it all - wealth and power, as always.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Bad Money - Book Review
Kevin Phillip's describes the current U.S. problems through the lens of "finance capitalism" and oil, ending on a rather negative note.
(89 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 4, 2017 "Putinism", Through the U.S. Lenses
A trio of works that more accurately reflects the reality of the U.S. by what they omit in their discussion of their maligned target.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2009 American Raj - Book Review
A comprehensive view of the Muslim world and its variety of cultures and beliefs - it is not a monolithic culture of terror as formulated by its occupiers.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 4, 2014 The NEW New World Order
The way it was supposed to turn out has not quite worked out for the members of the Project for a New American Century. Current events are testimony to that, but as far as Israel is concerned, it might not be all bad news for their settlement program.
SHARE Thursday, June 17, 2010 Quicksand - Book Review
Like Quicksand, this book is deceptive, starting very strong, ending stuck in the rose coloured viewpoint of U.S. imperialism.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 24, 2011 Three strikes - we're out.
A personal perspective on the odds opposing a saner safer world - global problems with the military, the economy, and the environment are a part of the overall problem of too many people chasing after too many things.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2012 The Balfour Declaration - Review
An excellent historical writing on the lead up to the Balfour Declaration that helped shape the Middle East after World War I
(24 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Canada, Ukraine, and "the rest of the world"
The U.S. has created more trouble in the world with its advocacy of Ukrainian change through violence. Canada is a strong supporter of this stance, and in several ways if trying to front run the U.S. in degree of rhetoric. However, as John Bolton indicated on FOX news, Russia holds all the cards - economically, politically, and militarily.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 2, 2010 Palestine Betrayed
Yale writer Efraim Karsh creates a canard about the reality of the Palestinian 'nakba' of 1948.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 19, 2016 Liberation of Aleppo
The "fall" of Aleppo for the U.S. empire is more realistically the liberation of Aleppo from terrorist groups supported by the U.S. and its allies.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2009 The Devil We Know - Book Review
The 'devil we know' proves to be a rational, pragmatic, and flexible player in Baer's analysis of the situation with Iran.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 28, 2010 The Chosen Peoples - Israel and America
The two authors attempt to examine the effects of the idea of chosenness on the people of Israel and the U.S. with some questions remaining.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 31, 2010 Dazed and confused
All the separate pieces of bad news are all related to our corporate-military economy supporting our debt-burdened, easy energy, consumptive life style.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, May 18, 2015 The New Multi-Polar World
With much talk over the past decades about a new world order, it should be known that is a current reality, but certainly not the way it was intended by those who first framed the idea. The very concept of a Cold War II indicates there is at least a bipolar world - and if China is thrown into the mix, and with India as part of the BRICS, it is developing into a multipolar world.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 22, 2011 Imperial Messenger - Thomas Friedman
Fernandez' writing provides an in depth coverage to Friedman's rhetoric and hubris, aided by his arrogance, double standards, poor metaphors, and self-contradictions.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 10, 2014 US$ - Debased? Debauched? Or both?
There is much concern within certain circles about the sanctity of the US$ and its status as reserve currency. James Rickards regards the dollar as a shining light of morality.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 20, 2011 Forked tongue
The U.S. carries on its tradition of speaking conciliatory words while acting simply in its own imperial interests.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 8, 2010 A not so new U.S. public policy
The collection of essays that comprise "Toward A New Public Policy" could be summarized in four words: arrogance, ignorance, image, fail. This policy is all about changing image and not much about changing actions.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 5, 2011 Canada's election - hard right turn
On May 02, 2011, Canadians elected a new Conservative government majority, allowing the trend to the right to increase significantly. Generally Canada will follow the U.S. line on the environment and terror, a position that is not really far from Canada's long term traditional foreign policy in many regards.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 29, 2011 Book Review: After Empire - Birth of a Multipolar World
The empire will not acquiesce to its downfall as recent coercive events in the Middle East demonstrate. This work places the decline of empire within its proper global context - a mixture of finances, military over-reach, and the rise of other ideas and systems.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 7, 2015 Canada leaps into the empire of chaos
Canada no longer pretends to be a "peacekeeping" kind of country. Under the Harper neoConservatives, Canada has overtly sided with the U.S. and its imperial ambitions. More than that, it tries to front run many of the imperial ideas, trying to demonstrate, at least domestically, that Harper is one of the 'tough guys' on the block.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 10, 2009 Food shortages and science
An argument about global "failing states" fails to accurately make its case about civilization.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 21, 2009 The Hebrew Republic - Book Review
An interesting philosophical read concerning the changes necessary to create a Hebrew, secular, Jewish state - highly improbable with the turn of current events.
SHARE Friday, August 29, 2008 Racing the Enemy - Book Review
The race is still on for geopolitical control of territory - Hasagawa's work describes the critical period of the summer of 1945 that started our current world order.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Review - The Rise of Islamic State - Patrick Cockburn
Patrick Cockburn's experience and insights into the Islamic State are clearly presented in this short, clearly written work. The Islamic State is not a sudden appearance in the geopolitical plays of the Middle East, but has a long history extending from the U.S., Saudi, Pakistani ISI creation of the mujahideen.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Israel -- Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Author Max Blumenthal spent many long periods of time in greater Israel assessing the mood of the country and its core beliefs as expressed in word and action. This is a review of his account.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 11, 2016 A conflicted Oped news....
A quick and perhaps cursory look through the Oped articles sees a divided progressive community, not really sure of how to react.
SHARE Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Israel - Water Wars
With the intersection of climate change and geopolitical goals, Israel is at much at war for water as it is for land.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 20, 2009 Torture Team - Book Review
A clearly written focus on the chain of command and its abuses of international law in relation to Guantanamo.
SHARE Thursday, July 8, 2010 Letters from Palestine
A review of Kenneth Ring's excellent compilation of personal stories from the West Bank and Gaza
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 21, 2010 Bases of Empire - Book Review
An overview of U.S. military bases around the world with an examination of some particular examples and the local resistance to them.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 16, 2010 Empire of Liberty
RIchard Immerman has written an excellent interesting and compelling history of the U.S. as the successor empire to the British and French, an empire, as with all empire's, wherein 'liberty' is constrained.
SHARE Thursday, April 14, 2011 U.S. power in the Indian Ocean littoral
An interesting read that attempts to define the situation within the Indian Ocean region and its littoral countries. Kaplan arises at some intersting sub-themes, perhaps unwittngly, but significant nevertheless.
SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2007 Treacherous Alliance - Book Review
With chaos becoming more and more evident in the broader Middle East, Parsi's "Treacherous Alliance" is a strong background read on the political processes between Israel, Iran, and the United States.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 31, 2014 The Great Power Game - deja vu
Is history repeating itself? Not exactly, and not yet, but the same stupid cast of characters seems to be rising to the occasion.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Chris Hedges - a man of our times
Chris Hedges has enterd my pantheon of great writers of our era, among the likes of Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, and Robert Fisk.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Canada's foreign and domestic policy entanglements
Canadian news media present the topics of global warming, Arctic sovereignty, the rendition of Maher Arar, and the housing market as separate items, yet they are all entangled within Canada's foreign policy.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 24, 2011 Leslie Gelb's Unconvetional Wisdom
Foreign Policy magazine's forty year celebration includes a section on unconventional wisdom. Most of what it contains within is rather conventional wisdom for readers of alternate websites and viewers of alternate news media.
SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2009 U.S. vs. THEM - Book Review
Peter Scoblic has written a good history of the modern conservative era and its relationship with nuclear weapons.
SHARE Sunday, July 20, 2008 Marching Toward Hell - Book Review
The shackles of oil and Israel, the elitist ignorance of the American government, the antagonism of the Muslim world supported by the predictions and indictments of bin Laden have created a losing position for the Americans no matter what they attempt to do.
SHARE Friday, October 8, 2010 Canada and Israel - Building Apartheid
Yves Engler has written an excellent short history of Canada's support of the state of Israel, surpassing in intent if not financial aid that of the U.S.
SHARE Thursday, April 2, 2009 State of the nations - Part I - The Economy
This three part series discussses the over-all theme of the requirements of our consumer economy needing a "military fist" to support it, both destroying teh environment while doing their work.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Gaza - Plan of Attack
The Gaza attacks have historical precedent in Israel's long sought after goal for control of Eretz Israel.
SHARE Monday, June 15, 2009 In Mortal Hands - Book Review
There is nothing green or safe about the nuclear industry as its history is all about making weapons of mass destruction.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 13, 2010 Remaking the Middle East - Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs magazine tries valiantly to provide some constructive critique on the Middle East. It does not recognize that Obama is simply following in the steps of previous administrations.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 7, 2010 Perpetual Fraud
The war of terror perpetuates the fraud of imperial wars with the military-corporate powers being the only 'winners'.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 23, 2008 Book Review - Hope Denied, Justice Destroyed
William Cook's writing expresses with very strong terms the outrage that should be present for the international rule-breaking of Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Moral bankruptcy: will U.S. veto Palestine?
The U.S. has already indicated that it will veto the Palestinina request for UN membership. Israel is now trying to revive the dead end of negotiations. Why have the vote?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Dogs not barking: Netanyahu and Harper
Sometimes silence can be as deafening as noisy rhetoric, if it is recognized as such. With Russia now engaged in Syria, two of the dogs of war are strangely quiet about the situation.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2009 After America - Book Review
A well structured and informative look at some possible futures for the no longer dominant U.S. empire.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 23, 2012 The Color Revolutions
While generally giving what appears to be a good overview of the color revolutions in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and the Ukraine within a narrow focus, much of the work suffers when looking at the broader context of U.S. involvement vis a vis their foreign affairs geopolitical interests.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Children of Catastrophe - from a Lebanese refugee camp
This well written personal account highlights the restrictive and harsh living conditions in a Palestinian refugee camp located in northern Lebanon. Not accepted by the Lebanese government, under constant attack and harassment by Israeli air and naval forces, the author describes how he succeeded in maintaining his hope and drive towards a better education.
SHARE Friday, May 30, 2008 Book Review - Pens and Swords
An excellent work that describes the bias in American reporting on Israel-Palestine carrying two main themes: context (emphasizing international law, right of return, and occupation/settlements); and following the Washington consensus viewpoint.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Netanyahu in Canada -
Israel once again shows its disdain for international law and humanitarian actions, all while Netanyahu pleads his case to the sycophantic Canadian government.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 21, 2011 Non-violence does not have to be passive
The Occupy Movement and its non-violent method of confrontation demonstrates that non-violence does not have to be passive. Indeed, most social changes for the betterment of the common people have come through demonstration of some form against the powers that be, the elites. The response is often violent in itself, but so far the Occupy movement has not seen violence of the nature involving other protest movements.
SHARE Monday, April 7, 2008 Book Review - The Zoo on the Road to Nablus
A story of Dr Sami Khader and his dream of having a zoo in Qalqilya in the West Bank. It combines humour with pathos in narrating the events of Dr. Khader his family, and the many persons involved with the zoo, speaking at both a literal and metaphorical level.
SHARE Saturday, March 22, 2008 War in Heaven - Book Review
Caldicott returns again, co-authoring with Craig Eisendrath, a new book about American attempts to realize "full spectrum dominance" with the domination of space.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 11, 2010 Canada Stands by Israel
Canada's Stephen Harper, after being snubbed by the UN for a position on the Security Council, has said Canada will no longer be an "honest broker." That tends to leave much dishonesty to work with.
SHARE Thursday, January 15, 2009 Canada complicit with Israeli war crimes
Canada was the only nation to vote against the UN Human Rights Commission statement on its offense into Gaza and human rights violations. Canada is complicit with Israeli war crimes.
SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2007 It's not about the carbon
Carbon is not the real problem with global warming. It is the scapegoat, the 'evil' other that disguises the real problem - that of an overly consumptive pro-growth free market economy backed up by the 'invisible fist' of the military.
SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2007 Myth of democratic pacifism
Buchheit's recent article on democratic pacifism is very unsatisfying, using statistical "ifs" to quantify his arguments and not recognizing the undemocratic nature of corporate greed and the undemocratic nature of corporate institutions.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 24, 2008 House of Cards
The current entrance into recession is something that has been in the works for a long time and should be no surprise. It should also be no surprise if it hangs around for a lot longer than expected.
SHARE Thursday, October 30, 2008 States of mind
A dizzying array of problems befuddles the world - with the main sources of the problem being the ones seeking the solution. Not the best way to go.
SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Canada Past Due in Afghanistan
Four more Canadian soldiers die in a war without just cause in Afghanistan. Canada should bring its troops home before more lives are sacrificed in vain.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 2, 2008 Another American War - Look Out Earth
Time Magazine and Ban Ki-Moon get together to declare another war. If it is as effective as previous American wars, earth is in serious trouble.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 8, 2009 Rebuttal to Joan Brunwasser's link to Haaretz
The link provided to a Haaretz article that argued against five presupposed "leftist" arguments against Israel - all of which are out of context or simply poorly argued.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Canada - Time to Exit NATO
Canada's role within Afghanistan under NATO auspices leaves it under the direction of the United States, morally and militarily. It is time to leave Afghanistan, NATO, and let the U.S. fight its own imperial wars.
SHARE Friday, September 28, 2007 The State of the American Empire - Book Review
As an 'atlas' defining the American Empire, this book almost works. Even though highly critical os US actions, it contains some rather 'slippery' concepts that put it within the pro-empire camp.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 28, 2008 It's about TIME
TIME magazine carries a familiar bias in relation to Hamas and Hezbollah when criticized using current works on media bias.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 3, 2008 Canada, NATO, and nuclear terror
Three recent news items - Canada in Afghanistan, NATO pre-emptive nuclear weapons use, and NATO in Palestine, create a bizarre mixing of the American imperial imperative.
SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2008 A Doctor in Galilee - Book Review
A wonderfully and powerfully written account of a Palesinian doctor's life experiences living and working inside Israel's green line.