Murdering journalists … Them and Us: The West & the Real Origin of Islamic Fundamentalism

The West’s weapons of choice in the Middle East- Bombs, Invasions, Overthrows, Torture & Drone Attacks After Paris, condemnation of religious fanaticism is at its height. I’d guess that even many progressives fantasize about wringing the necks of jihadists, bashing into their heads some thoughts about the intellect, about satire, humor, freedom of speech. We’re […]

American Exceptionalism and American Torture

Do Americans and the world need yet another reminder that the United States is a leading practitioner of torture? In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the […]

Russia Invades Ukraine. Again. And Again. And Yet Again … Using Saddam’s WMD!

The burden of proof is on the accusers, and the world is still waiting “Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said […]

The Russians Are Coming … Again … and They’re Still Ten Feet Tall!!

So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking […]

Obama & Indoctrinating a New Generation

Another Symptom of the Banana-Republicization of America Is there anyone out there who still believes that Barack Obama, when he’s speaking about American foreign policy, is capable of being anything like an honest man? In a March 26 talk in Belgium to “European youth”, the president fed his audience one falsehood, half-truth, blatant omission, or […]

What century are we living in? What millennium? What world?

“At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!” – President Woodrow Wilson, Paris Peace Conference, 1919 The horrors reported each day from Syria and Iraq are enough to make one cry; in particular, the atrocities carried out by the al-Qaeda types: floggings; beheadings; playing soccer with the heads; cutting open dead […]

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Signed an “Action Plan” Against the Gülen Movement

 Last week, the row between the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and the U.S. based preacher Fethullah Gülen somewhat subsided. The occasion was a commitment by Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc about the ‘dershanes’, the prep schools, many of which are in the hands of the Gülen movement. Earlier, Prime Minister Erdogan’s threat to close the […]

Obama’s Rogue Agenda

On Wednesday, Obama addressed income inequality. He called it “the defining challenge of our time.” He did so disingenuously. Throughout his tenure, he’s transferred America’s wealth to corporate interests and super-rich elites. He stole it from ordinary people doing so. Even Wall Street Journal editors said “few presidents have done more to increase inequality than […]

Getting Your History from Hollywood

Imagine a documentary film about the Holocaust which makes no mention of Nazi Germany. Imagine a documentary film about the 1965-66 slaughter of as many as a million “communists” in Indonesia which makes no mention of the key role in the killing played by the United States. But there’s no need to imagine it. It’s […]

Those 28 Pages, and That Empty Safe

A ‘Dog That Didn’t Bark’ on 9/11 Yesterday, Bob Graham gave an interview that included discussion of the events of September 11, 2001 and the possible role of Saudi Arabia.  Graham served as a U.S. Senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005, with positions as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-chair of the […]

Let’s Not Repeat the Barack Fuckup with Hillary

Did You Know: George Soros Is Delighted to Join More Than One Million Americans in Supporting Ready for Hillary Not that it really matters who the Democrats nominate for the presidency in 2016. Whoever that politically regressive and morally bankrupt party chooses will be at best an uninspired and uninspiring centrist; in European terms a […]

The War on Terrorism … or Whatever

Being on the Same Side as al Qaeda on Repeated Occasions before Syria “U.S. hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s divided rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed political opposition coalition and announced the formation of an alliance dedicated to creating an Islamist state. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat […]

Found at Last: After Searching for 10 Years, the Iraqi WMD Have Finally Been Found – in Syria!

The World Might Be Finally Losing the Stars in Their Eyes About US Foreign Policy Secretary of State John Kerry: “There is no doubt that Saddam al-Assad has crossed the red line. … Sorry, did I just say ‘Saddam’?” A US drone has just taken a photo of Mullah Omar riding on a motorcycle through […]

America’s Intelligence Budget Black Hole

CIA: The President’s Pretorian Guard & Private Army On August 29, the Washington Post headlined “US spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary,” saying: Post-9/11, US spy agencies “built an intelligence-gathering colossus. (It) remain(s) unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to […]

That Most Charming of Couples: Nationalism and Hypocrisy

“Unlimited power in the hands of psychopaths- My own country truly scares me.” By William Blum It’s not easy being a flag-waving American nationalist. In addition to having to deal with the usual disillusion, anger, and scorn from around the world incited by Washington’s endless bombings and endless wars, the nationalist is assaulted by whistle […]