Category Government/Politics

Forbidden Questions? 24 Key Issues That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Consider Worth Their Bother by Andrew J. Bacevich

Apart from a commendable determination to discomfit Trump and members of his inner circle (select military figures excepted, at least for now), journalism remains pretty much what it was prior to November 8th of last year: personalities built up only to be torn down; fads and novelties discovered, celebrated, then mocked; “extraordinary” stories of ordinary people granted 15 seconds of fame only to once again be consigned to oblivion…

Noam Chomsky Takes a Look at Income Inequality in his new book

The philosopher casts a cold eye on the economic facts of American life in the 21st century. He looks at the 10 principles of concentration and power at work in America today.

Democracy Now! Runs Interference for Imperialism in Syria

Journalism and media must be placed in the context of the generalized struggle against US imperialism. Independent media thrives in periods where peoples’ movements are vibrant and strong.

Jeff Dietrich | Humiliation of the Word

“By filling the media space with bizarre inventions and brazen denials, purveyors of fake news hope to mobilize potential supporters with righteous wrath—and to demoralize potential opponents by nurturing the idea that everybody lies and nothing matters.”

William Hartung | The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker: Never Has a Society Spent More for Less

Put another way, preparations for and the pursuit of war will ensure that any future America is dirtier, sicker, poorer, more rickety, and less safe.

Eric Draitser | The Strategy Behind Washington’s Destabilization Of Venezuela

,,,were there real journalists covering Venezuela, they’d make note of the fact that a campaign of economic and psychological war, targeted assassinations, and corporate intrigue have helped plunge the country into an existential crisis.

Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? (Videos)

“We’re not part of this. In fact, we’re going to try to undermine it.” We’re going to maximize the use of fossil fuels—could carry us past the tipping point. We’re not going to provide funding for—as committed in Paris, to developing countries that are trying to do something about the climate problems.

Robert Koehler | A Public Plan for Peace

Something is dangerously loose at the American core: a need for endless war combined with a nuclear recklessness uncontained by public scrutiny. By Robert C. Koehler  Common Dreams  April 27, 2017 The American will to wage war — endless war, pointless war, total war — is, I fear, impervious to public opinion and even political action. […]

Forty-Five Blows Against Democracy: How US Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats and Military Regimes by David Vine

This pattern of daily support for dictatorship and repression around the world should be a national scandal in a country supposedly committed to democracy.

Mark Fiore | Make the FBI Great Again and Trump Branded Solutions (Video Cartoons)

“You just can’t make this stuff up, and if you did, people would say you’re full of it. Yes, on the day after firing FBI Director James Comey, President Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Henry Kissinger. Everything’s fine. There’s no constitutional crisis, just ask Sergey Lavrov!”

Paul Street | Beyond the Madness of King Donald

The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

Sleepwalking Toward Global War: Bernadette Devlin McAliskey on the Rise of Fascism Today

“Our simplistic historic understanding of fascism needs to be challenged,” warns McAliskey, “fascism is not German, it’s not the Nazism of the Second World War … it starts in the heads of individuals with the idea that what keeps you disadvantaged is that some lesser breed has taken what belongs to you.”

Robert Parry | The ‘Soft Coup’ of Russia-gate

The Russia-gate hysteria has grown stronger after President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey, but the bigger question is whether an American “soft coup” is in the works, reports Robert Parry.

Justin Raimondo | Shut Down the ‘Russia-gate’ Farce

It’s bogus, it’s boring, and it’s hurting the country

After James Comey’s Firing, Who Will Stop Trump’s Tinpot Dictatorship?

Is it any wonder that experts on authoritarianism and fascism have been sounding the alarm bell for many months now?

Kathy Kelly | In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

Jan Egeland, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), says that seven million Yemeni people are on the brink of famine.

VFP Condemns U.S. Refusal to Particpate in U.N. Negotiations about Nuclear Weapons

VFP is profoundly disappointed the United States has refused to take part in the negotiations at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.

Trump’s Alt-Right Army Descended on Los Angeles to Battle Non-Existent Antifa

This is a flat out lie: “This group of people [the pro-Trump group] is not being aggressive in the least bit, and the people on the left, all they do is play into the PR for these people,” Pool said.

This year's Walk Against Weapons is Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Mary Beaudoin | Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Cost of War

Surveys for the last five years have shown that the American public would prefer to see a cut in defense spending. In 2016, people responded that they do not want funding for nuclear weapons increased.

New Infographics showing world military spending in 2016

World military spending 2016:
$1.69 Trillion