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Former college professor, native and denizen of New York City. Blogging at www.thepolemicist.net, from a left-socialist perspective. Also publishing on Counterpunch, The Greanville Post, Medium, Dandelion Salad, and other sites around the net. Frequent guest on the radio shows Loud & Clear, The Critical Hour, and By Any Means Necessary.

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 3, 2014
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" (3 Articles, 10706 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
Pyramid of Power, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights A left argument for gun rights. The right of citizens to own guns is a fundamental political right, the historical product of popular struggles.
2010 Ukraine Presidential Election, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 22, 2014
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, 4294 views)
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back Iran considers that it is already at war, and has struck back. And it will do so again-with whatever instruments of force it can muster, in a manner of its choosing, at whatever deadly level of escalation the US uses to try to force Iran to accept its own strangulation.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 22, 2013
Edward Snowden, Lawrence O'Donnell, and the Failure of Fuzzy Land Thinking Lawrence O'Donnell's failure confirmed how difficult it is going to be for conservative or liberal pundits to dismiss Snowden's actions on the basis of his personality, and it was a scene that ended up discrediting nothing more than the whole media theater of derogation itself.
Series: Snowden and Surveillance (3 Articles, 4959 views)
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 19, 2013
The New Privateers: Civil Forfeiture, Police Piracy, and the Third-Worldization of America You won't believe it. It's about the laws and practices -- developed over the last 15-20 years as part of the "war on drugs" and the general encroachment of police-state tactics -- regarding what is called "civil forfeiture." And it's about a lot more than that.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Flight Club: The No-Fly List and the Authoritarian Theater of the Absurd [I]t is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance. "- Franz Kafka, The Trial The no-fly list does not include -- it deliberately excludes -- the very people for whom the no-fly list was designed.
Clinton and Trump, From ImagesAttr
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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 (12 Articles, 13563 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 8, 2015
"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.
Adam Schiff, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2019
Defeat or Impeach? The (Il)Logic of Impeachment First, we had Prime Directive A: The Absolute Most Important Thing Ever In The History Of The Universe (or at least The American Republic) Is To Defeat Trump in 2020. Now, there's Prime Directive B: We Must Impeach Trump, even if doing so helps to re-elect him! There's an absolute contradiction in these positions that has to be recognized. There cannot be two "most important" things.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 22, 2017
Resist This: The United States Is At War With Syria With the U.S. Air Force--under Trump, following Obama's declared policy--shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, the United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.
Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
From InText
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 19, 2019
Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit As Michael Tracey says: "being 'progressive' is now equated in the public mind with advocating that the president be impeached." Let me count the ways this is a supremely bad idea. The Democrats will continue to dangle the shiny possibility of impeachment before their enraged and transfixed constituents--so that they will not turn their attention away from Trump to the structural problems.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 26, 2018
Be Careful What You Ask For: Wasting Time with Manafort, Cohen, and Russiagate Will Democrats push for impeachment? They know it's unlikely to succeed. They know the can of worms they are opening with charges that could be levied against most rich politicians. And, most importantly, they know the fight they will have to wage will be intensely divisive and will deeply undermine confidence in the political system, however it ends up.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views)
From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Warm War: Russiamania At The Boiling Point "Russiagate" has become Russiamania. It's a relentless economic, diplomatic, and ideological war, spiced with (so far) just a dash of military war, and the strong scent of more to come.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views)
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 9, 2014
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, 4294 views)
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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.
From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 21, 2018
Fighting Fake Stories: The New Yorker, Israel and Obama In any possible reading of this article, it's a damning indictment of the liberal ideology embodied by Obama Democrats and/or by an iconic media outlet of highbrow culture. In any possible reading, someone's a political fool
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 20, 2015
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.
antifa tee shirt, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Sticks and Stones: Free Speech And Punching Politics The question is: In our country today, is it acceptable, even necessary, to deny right-wing, characterizable-as-"fascist," political opponents the right to express their views in public, with whatever means necessary, whether that be legal censorship or preemptive physical force?
From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 9, 2016
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 (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 19, 2013
"No matter what the law actually says": The Snowden Revelations and the Eternal Surveillance State The sudden cascade of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden through Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Laura Poitras in the Guardian, and Barton Gellman in the Washington Post has provided stark confirmation of our worst fears about the American government's contemptuous disregard for our most fundamental rights.
Series: Snowden and Surveillance (3 Articles, 4959 views)
From InText
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 15, 2019
Trump's Syrian See-Saw: From Pullout to Pillage To withdraw, or not to withdraw? That is the question Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, has answered both ways. He tried to disengage from one "ridiculous endless" war, but neocons played his crass "take the oil" bent like a fiddle.
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5302 views), Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views) (View All Series)
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 8, 2018
Sacrificing Gaza: The Great March of Zionist Hypocrisy The Great March of Return is a startling, powerful expression of Palestinian identity and resistance. Thousands of Palestinians have come out, bravely and unapologetically, to say: "We refuse to remain invisible. We reject any attempt to assign us to the discard pile of history. We will exercise our fundamental right to go home."
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (3 Articles, 10706 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 23, 2017
Fool Me Twice: Trojan Horse Democrats Pile Into the House of Single-Payer It's great the so many senators co-sponsored Bernie's single-payer bill. But it does not mean that most, or any, of those Democratic senators actually support single-payer. Most of those Democrats have signed on because they felt politically forced to. But many of them do not support single-payer, have no intention of actually working to make it happen, and will, in fact, do their best to undermine and prevent it
Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3508 views)
From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2017
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 (11 Articles, 12420 views)
From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Empire Steps Back: Trump Withdraws From Syria - Impeachment Now Possible A series of Donald Trump's decisions, culminating in the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, has set off a cascade of effects that are dramatically changing the geopolitics of the Middle East and the internal politics of the United States.
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5302 views), Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views) (View All Series)
Obamacare on Life Support, From GoogleImages
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 20, 2016
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sticks and Drones, and Company Men: The Selective Outrage of the Liberal Caste The dominant strategy of liberal caste has become to pick easy, loud rhetorically crude reactionary targets to demonize, while embracing the pernicious, but smooth and rhetorically sophisticated liberal imperialists whose work the commentators, and the reactionaries they disdain, support.
From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2020
Aftermath: The Iran War After The Soleimani Assassination Radical actions like Soleimani Assassination signal that the Trump administration is jumping right to the endgame of war with Iran, as neocon hawks have been "agitating for."
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5302 views)
Hillary: .We came, we saw.. He died., From YouTubeVideos
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 30, 2017
No Laughing Matter: The Manchester Bomber is the Spawn of Hillary and Barack's Excellent Libyan Adventure There is a direct, bright line from the jihadi onslaught against Libya directed by Blair, Obama, and Clinton through the jihadi attack on a hotel in Mali in 2015, to the Manchester bombing.
From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 27, 2018
For What It's Worth: The Yellow Vests and the Left The Yellow Vest movement is a widespread working-class revolt against economic injustice and the neo-liberal state. Exactly what the left should embrace.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 9, 2013
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 (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 17, 2016
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 (12 Articles, 13563 views)
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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 (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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 (12 Articles, 13563 views)
From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2020
Impeachment: What Lies Beneath? The obvious weakness of the Dems' Articles of Impeachment makes me wonder why the most politically-seasoned Democrats seem determined to play it out. What lies beneath the thin ice of these Articles? If the apparent agenda makes no sense, look for the hidden. Something that better explains why Pelosi et al find it so urgent to replace Trump before the election and why they think they can succeed in doing that.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 13, 2016
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.
Series: Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2014
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 (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Election Choices: Obama or Not? We're up against it now. Less than two weeks left. Those on the left confront their quadrennial quandary, and the inescapable debate: to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee or not.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2016
Hillary's Hide-and-Seek 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 (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy: The Early Days The "main narrative model that [still] dominates American thinking" about Israel has gone off the rails. It's the imaginary heroic Zionism that Edward Said and others identified with the novel and movie "Exodus" which was "enormously influential in stimulating Zionism and support for Israel in the United States."
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (3 Articles, 10706 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
From ImagesAttr
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 30, 2016
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 (7 Articles, 5871 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
Donald Trump - Caricature, From GoogleImages
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 18, 2017
Fast and Furious: Now They're Really Gunning for Trump Fast and furiously, in the course of a single news cycle, the game has changed: Donald Trump has been accused of betraying Israel. Impeachment is possible.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 1, 2018
Honoring Robert Parry Robert Parry's death is a profound loss to our country as a political and intellectual community. It's a shame that most Americans don't know that--and, indeed, don't even know who Robert Parry is. That ignorance is a sign of how impoverished our political and intellectual community has already become.
Series: Media (1 Articles, 1124 views)
From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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, 1961 views)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 8, 2012
Election Choices: What to Do Instead Instead of voting for Democrats, progressives should boycott presiential elections.
Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
screenshot from video, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 17, 2013
SNL Skewers America's more-Zionist-than-thou Politics (Updated) Republicans and Democrats compete in America's more-Zionst-than-thou political discourse.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 24, 2018
"Taxpayer Money" Threatens Medicare-for-All (And Every Other Social Program) Leftists need to stop talking about "taxpayer money." It perpetuates an ideology of how money and public financing work that is not only false, but profoundly reactionary and politically damaging--that is designed to, and will, impede achieving the most basic progressive goals.
Series: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) (2 Articles, 2161 views)
From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 5, 2017
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.
From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Joe or No? I won't be voting for Joe Biden. Here's why, and here's what I make of the arguments why I should vote Biden no matter what, a corollary of Vote Blue No Matter Who (VBNMW).
Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        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 (18 Articles, 24628 views)
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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."
From ImagesAttr
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 28, 2017
California Scheming: Single-Payer Betrayed By The Democrats Again Nothing better illustrates the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party--for all progressive intents and purposes--than California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's announcement on Friday afternoon that he was going to put a "hold" on the single-payer health care bill (SB 562) for the state, effectively killing its passage for at least the year.
Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3508 views)
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 21, 2013
Coming Clean: Irish Prime Minister Makes an Extraordinary, Moving Apology for the Magdalene Laundries It's really an extraordinary speech in which the leader of a country abandons and denounces "generations" of self-indulgent nationalist/culturalist mythologizing.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 29, 2016
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."
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 14, 2020
Over the Rainbow: Paths of Resistance after George Floyd We are in the midst of a political fight to end the disproportionately racialized social inequality and desperation U.S. capitalism produces, and the inevitably racist policing and criminal justice practices that sustain it.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Behind the Money Curtain: A Left Take on Taxes, Spending, and Modern Monetary Theory The first reason leftists should adopt MMT is the same reason some conservatives do--because it's true, and has been known to be for a long time. And a strong left movement can only be built on a correct economic analysis. Money is a powerful tool/weapon in the hands of our class enemy. We better know how it works.
Series: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) (2 Articles, 2161 views)
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 2, 2020
The Party's Over: Bernie's Last Dance With The Dems Bernie's greatest achievement is that he has created the conditions for a break with the two-party duopoly; his greatest failure is that he will probably block that from happening.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam, From Uploaded
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 27, 2021
The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th The storming of the Capitol on January 6th was an acceleration in the unraveling of the American political regime and the fantastic ideology that sustains it. Unfortunately, the likeliest result, in the short term at least, is that the regime will knit itself a tighter coat of control, with the help, sadly, of a large number of professed "progressives" who are rushing to bolster an imperial center that cannot hold.
kurd, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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 (11 Articles, 12420 views)
All Hope Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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 (12 Articles, 13563 views)
Not on CNN or MSNBC. Four of the huge pro-government rallies held throughout Venezuela on February 1st, From InText
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Siege of Venezuela and The Travails of Empire The United States government's new offensive against Venezuela is an act of naked imperialism. The United States is attempting to seize control of another sovereign nation, Venezuela. Having no speck of standing within Venezuela or in international law, the U.S. is resorting to regime change by edict.
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5302 views)
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Democrats' Theater of Discipline He was effectively telling Bernie, in a publicly brutal way, who's the boss: "You've had your fun. Now get with the program. Oh, and, by the way, as you leave, make sure that those little 'uns you got all riled up vote for Hillary,"
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"Just One More Detail": American Surveillance And The Unanswered Question of Israel Israeli companies at the heart of surveillance of Americans for at least the last twelve years? Israeli equipment at the heart of surveillance of Americans within America's most secret spy agency now? An NSA operative passing to Israel the agency's most powerful secret software? The strong possibility that Israel gets to read your emails, too? Media reporting about this ignored and suppressed?
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views), Snowden and Surveillance (3 Articles, 4959 views)
Proposed Israeli Occupation Zone, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 6, 2013
As Syria Devolves, Israel Rampages The Israeli attack on Syria last week confirms that the US has assured Israel in advance that, whatever transpires from the US-backed rebellion, Israel will get the net benefit of a weakened Syrian state, open to at-will Israeli incursion.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views), Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2016
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 (3 Articles, 3508 views)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2016
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 (7 Articles, 5871 views)
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 15, 2017
Zionism In The Light of Jerusalem Donald Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment. It's a clumsy, all-too-obvious unmasking of decades of bipartisan U.S. policy whose contempt for Palestinians has been cloaked with a smile and a handshake.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2014
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 (11 Articles, 12420 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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 (11 Articles, 12420 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2014
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Attention Shoppers! The Westgate Mall In America's Jihad Bargain I know that events in Africa during the weekend of September 21st are, in terms of American historical memory, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but I'm going to pay them some belated attention.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 12, 2013
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 (11 Articles, 12420 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        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, 1781 views)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Long Con: Social Security and Medicare in the "Grand Bargain" "Social Security and Medicare have absolutely nothing to do with the short-term U.S. fiscal problem." And, no, not "long-term," either, in any way that requires what's being proposed. Please, read the article by William Lind, which contains the chart and quote linked above.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2014
The Irish Widow and the Liberian Fiance: Ebola, CEO Disease, and the Public Good The Ebola crisis highlights the absurdity of pretending that a private, for-profit health system can do what a real public healthcare system must.
Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1781 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 20, 2013
God Is On Their Side: No Regrets for America's Jihad Wars No force in the world has done more than the government of the United States to create a radical global jihad army.
Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
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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, 1961 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 30, 2014
"Without America this cannot happen." Jewish Grandmother Shows the Way A must-see interview for every American--especially liberal Americans, who can be all wrought up about whether and how to criticize Israel. It's way past time cut to the chase: "It is colonialism." If Tzvia can say it, without fear, so can we. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, atheist, or Wiccan, no apology needed. Just stand with Tzvia.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
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Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics Russiagate/Mueller Investigation was a great success--it increased Russophobia, corralled Dem base & fenced out left--& will continue to be a great success. There will be endless summaries & interpretations, and arguments about the interpretations based on endless speculation.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 27, 2014
Keep on Truckling: Mayor of New York's Job "is to be a defender of Israel" AIPAC's/de Blasio's attempt at keeping the public's eyes out of this meeting is symptomatic of the increasing discomfort that's in the air, even in New York, with this kind of toadying to Israel. What's happening is the kind of disconnect between what can be said to the voters and what must be said to the donors.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 24, 2013
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 (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 28, 2019
Avoiding Assange Assange will be prosecuted by US for one reason: to punish him for publishing true, embarrassing information about US crimes and intimidate every journalist in the world from doing so again. This piece deconstructs the twin pillars of diversion for liberals--"the indictment is for hacking not publishing" (favorite of NYT & WaPo) and "the important thing is to extradite him to Sweden for sex charges" (current favorite in UK).
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 16, 2014
"Holy Bejeezus!": US Officers "Stunned" at Destruction in Gaza " senior U.S. military officers" were "stunned" at the scale of the Israeli army's "indiscriminate" shelling that demolished the Shujaiya neighborhood in Gaza on July 21st.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
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What Does Bernie Sanders Want, Part 2 Bernie Sanders is the dog who's about to catch the car. We all thought it would pull away too quickly, but that doesn't seem to be happening. If he catches it, he's going to have to turn into a helluva ferocious beast, or let it go.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
SHARE More Sharing        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 (11 Articles, 12420 views)
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"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 ....
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 30, 2020
Payroll Taxes Are the Achilles Heel of Social Security For whatever opportunistic reasons and however fragmentarily, they have opened the door for questioning the "payroll tax/trust fund" structure, which is actually a weak and failing line of defense for SS&M that must be abandoned. The better response of the left is not to reflexively reject what they are saying, but to say "You're right. The tax isn't necessary," and take the discussion in a much more productive direction.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 30, 2012
Humbug and Hogwash: Human Rights Watch Expels "racist and enemy of human rights" Richard Falk Human Rights Watch Expels Richard Falk
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2014
Eye of the Beholder: Seeger & Scarlett Seeger's courage and Scarlett's excuses.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 28, 2013
Snowball in Hell: The Momentum of Same-Sex Marriage in Our Sulfurous Polity Glenn Greenwald's column, "The gay marriage snowball and political change," makes an important point about how the growing momentum of the movement for same-sex marriage rights demonstrates that change, even radical and rapid change, is possible.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Bernie's End 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 (7 Articles, 5871 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2013
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 (18 Articles, 24628 views)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 10, 2013
Obama's Cliff DIve Obama made a deal to give new, permanent tax cuts to the wealthy, and paved the way for Social Security and Medicare to be put on the chopping block.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 24, 2013
Reminder: It Has Happened Here Every social advance, every social benefit that was won from the American ruling class, was only ceded because organized labor fought for it.
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SHARE More Sharing        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 (7 Articles, 5871 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 18, 2014
Resurrecting the Lede: The New York Times on the F.C.C. and Net Neutrality The NYT published a misleading and contradictory story about the FCC's Net Neutrality decision, then re-wrote it without acknowledgement.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 25, 2013
Shutterbugged: Oscar-nominated Palestinian Director Detained at LAX Palestinian director of 5 Broken Cameras, was detained wirh his family at LAX and threatened with deportation.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        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.

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