Oh, the Humanity

“From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “look at that, you son of a bitch.” – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut Five years ago, the eminent astrophysicist […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

“The Revolution will be live.” – Gil Scott-Heron It was the great Irishman Oscar Wilde’s observation that in a universe of infinite possibilities, given the choice to exist or live, most of us would rather opt for the former. Extending this exist/live paradigm further, we could use it to evaluate if we are upholding, or […]

A Thousand Mile Journey: Reflections on Being the Alternative

“A thousand mile journey begins with a single step” – Ancient Chinese Proverb By Guy Evans It may be a New Year, but age-old problems and issues still plague our Western societies. While there are many that gravitate to fire-and-brimstone negativity, rejoicing in the idea that a total planetary collapse is imminent and that they […]

US-Israel War on Iran: The Myth of Limited Warfare

Israel-US War on Iran: How Cheap has it Become to ‘Buy a War’ in the US By James Petras The mounting threat of a US-Israeli military attack against Iran is based on several factors including: (1) the recent military history of both countries in the region, (2) public pronouncements by US and Israeli political leaders, […]

The Massacre of the Afghan 17 & the Obama Cover-Up

The Obama Regime’s Priority: Defend the Empire with Whatever Personnel is Available at his Disposal By James Petras The March 11 Massacre of the 17 Afghan citizens, including at least nine children and four women, raises many fundamental issues about the nature of a colonial war, the practices of a colonial army engaged in a […]

The Bloody Road to Damascus

The Triple Alliance’s War on a Sovereign State By James Petras There is clear and overwhelming evidence that the uprising to overthrow President Assad of Syria is a violent, power grab led by foreign-supported fighters who have killed and wounded thousands of Syrian soldiers, police and civilians, partisans of the government and its peaceful opposition. […]

China: Rise, Fall and Re-Emergence as a Global Power

Some Lessons from the Past By James Petras The study of world power has been blighted by Eurocentric historians who have distorted and ignored the dominant role China played in the world economy between 1100 and 1800. John Hobson’s[1] brilliant historical survey of the world economy during this period provides an abundance of empirical data […]

Columbia’s Quest for Peace & Justice: The International & National Contexts

A Step toward Greater Independence By Professor James Petras Introduction: Between April 21-23, thousands of activists from most of the major urban and rural social movements and trade unions, human rights groups and indigenous, afro-Colombian movements will meet to unify forces and launch, what promises to be the most significant new political movement in recent […]

Imperialism & the “Anti-Imperialism of the Fools”

Resist the Temptation to Access the Mass Media by Providing a ‘Progressive Cover’ to Imperial Dubbed “Rebels” By Professor James Petras One of the great paradoxes of history are the claims of imperialist politicians to be engaged in a great humanitarian crusade, a historic “civilizing mission” designed to liberate nations and peoples, while practicing the […]

The Art of Compromise, Or, the Road to Hell?

When the Devil Becomes the Advocate By Sibel Edmonds “All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is surrender. For it is all give and no take.” – Mohandas Gandhi This is real life where there are compromises and there […]