Category Government/Politics

75th Anniversary Hiroshima: A Commemoration

The 75th anniversary of the dropping of a nuclear bomb in Japan: Hiroshima, Nagasaki. Never again.

Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars

“The payload of bombs unloaded on Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos between the mid-1960s and 1973 is commonly reckoned to have been between seven and eight million tons — well over 40 times the tonnage dropped on the Japanese home islands in World War II. Estimates of total deaths vary, but are all exceedingly high.”

Killing Democracy in America, by William Astore

“Scenarios of perpetual war haunt my thoughts. For a healthy democracy, there should be few things more unthinkable than never-ending conflict, that steady drip-drip of death and destruction that drives militarism, reinforces authoritarianism, and facilitates disaster capitalism.”

Save the U.S. Postal Service! Reasons the Mail Must Get Through

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

The Role of Palestine in the US Elections, WAMM webinar in two parts

“Enormous amounts of money pour into various political campaigns around the U.S. with the apparent goal of influencing elections and manipulating governance throughout the nation.” How is that affecting the 5th District in Minnesota, an epi center for recent activism arount the murder of George Floyd.

Without Mercy: Sanctions and Militarism in the Time of Pandemic

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s call for a global ceasefire: The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown….. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging […]

Julian Assange: Denied Lawyer Access and the Failure of Transparency International

“Julian has not been able to see his lawyers for seventeen weeks. The computer supplied to him after over a year of asking has its keys glued down and the typing function is disabled.” Popular Resistance  July 27, 2020   Julian Assange’s Next Hearing On Monday, July 27 By Don’t Extradite Assange. WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson […]

America’s Problem With Policing Doesn’t Stop at the U.S. Border

“Trump has also made this war even more secretive, issuing an executive order to no longer require the release of annual summaries of U.S. drone strikes and casualties, even as the Navy has expanded its mysterious drone technology.”

How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America’s Vanished Voters, by Greg Palast

But that left 534,510 — over half a million purged — for a reason identified only as “System Cancels.”

10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War

“Just as the U.S. was created by taking over the lands of Indigenous peoples by force, so America as an empire uses war to expand access to markets and resources”

JCPOA: The Deal That Wasn’t, by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

The Persian Gulf has been the lynchpin of US foreign policy. “To all intents and purposes,” a former senior Defense Department official observed…

Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

“Then there was the powerful visual statement of Marine Corps veteran Todd Winn, twice wounded in Iraq, who stood for hours outside the Utah state capitol in the sweltering heat in full dress uniform with the message ‘I Can’t Breathe’ taped over his mouth.”

Dan Siegel: What Defunding the Police Can Look Like

“Our goal is a radical change in the allocation and exercise of power — communities empowered to take responsibility for their own safety and for the future of their youth.”

Fourth of July Musings: The Curse of Exceptionalism and the Perils of Patriotism

“…empire-building has always been the path of this vocally republican nation. Like racism and slavery, empire evolved rather than ended.”

Chomsky: We Must Not Let Masters of Capital Define the Post-COVID World

“Since January, Trump has escalated…threats to survival. He has continued his project of dismantling the arms control regime that has provided some protection against nuclear disaster.”

Diana Johnstone talks about her new book, Circle in the Darkness

“[Johnstone] recounts in detail how the Western left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”.

Maj. Danny Sjursen, Nefarious Nostalgia: Trump’s West Point Address, by the Numbers

“…it’s apparent that getting Trump to truly end most endless wars he laments, topple systemic militarism, address racial injustice, attempt unity, or exude a shred of empathy, would require magic more powerful than even the gay “conversion therapy” ole Mike Pence once championed.

Patrick Cockburn: The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars

“These lessons are pretty obvious, but they don’t seem to be learned,” he goes on, “particularly by the sort of political elite, above all in Washington.”

Who’s Really Looting America? with Robert Reich

As hundreds of thousands take to the streets to protest ruthless police killings of Black Americans and centuries of systemic racism, and Donald Trump and his enablers cast the protesters as violent “looters,” former Labor Secretary Robert Reich exposes the real looters in America: Wall Street bankers in designer suits and corporate executives in lofty […]

Sanctioned Countries Denounce US’s New Military Threats

“- US escalating military threats against shipments of desperately needed supplies pose a threat to the entire world.”