Category Government/Politics

The US military is the largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels

Since 2001, the US military emitted over 1.2 billion metric tons of greenshouse gases into the atmosphere. 400 million metric tons of that figure is directly related to the wars. Costs of War Project report: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/p… +++ Truth is not fake news.  Justice is not fake news. We don’t have to tell you what dangerous […]

Flight 752 Out of Tehran

“It seems reasonable to speculate that in the early hours of January 8 a calamitous incident was contrived to happen.”

Chris Hedges: America: Land of Make-Believe

“The rhetoric we use to describe ourselves is so disconnected from reality that it has induced collective schizophrenia. America, as it is discussed in public forums by politicians, academics and the media, is a fantasy, a Disneyfied world of make-believe.

Ilhan Omar Has a Plan to Revolutionize U.S. Foreign Policy

“They would also have to reckon with the humanitarian impact of sanctions, which Congress largely ignores at this point, and it has led to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises as we’re seeing in Venezuela, and North Korea, and Iran.”

Chris Hedges: The New Rules of the Game

“Should Bernie Sanders manage to evade the snares, traps and minefields laid for him by the Democratic Party elites, should he miraculously become the party’s nominee, the game of least worst will radically change.”

Defender Europe 20: US to practice invasion of Europe, by Kate Hudson

“Defender Europe 20, NATO’s biggest wargames for over 25 years, is getting under way this month. 20,000 US troops are participating in the US’s largest deployment to Europe in over quarter of a century.”

Flowers and Zeese: Mistrial Is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela; Our Work Continues

Venezuela Continues to Resist US Regime Change as a mistrial is declared for Venezuelan Embassy protectors. However, Trump prosecutors are considering a second attempt at prosecution.

To Stop the Next War Before It Starts, We Need to Confront Militarism Itself, by Michael Galant

“The imminent threat of war with Iran seems to have passed. We’re still not out of the woods — not by a long shot.”

Ralph Nader: “Democratic Socialism” – Bring it on Corporate Socialists!

What is democratic socialism, anyway? Ralph Nader explains.

DN!: “Our Very Existence Is the Resistance”: An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar

REP. ILHAN OMAR: I think, to the point that Rashida was talking about, about us not being divided, but disconnected, is truly how I think about the thing that is wrong with the formation of our foreign policy, is that when we engage in the creation of our foreign policy, we are truly disconnected from the foreign nations that it will impact and the humans who are going to be impacted by our foreign policy.

Out of Iraq! No War on Iran! and Sami Rasouli on Iraq Caught in the Crossfire

“The American presence sets a target for American forces to be attacked by extremist elements, while also operating as a tripwire for a potential destructive and tragic war with Iran.”

America: Land of Make-Believe, by Chris Hedges

“The rhetoric we use to describe ourselves is so disconnected from reality that it has induced collective schizophrenia.”

PBS NewsHour Coverage of Suleimani Assassination, by Mike Madden

On January 25, 2020 Mike Madden gave the following speech at a protest of Trump’s actions in the assassination of Suleimani, inciting a possible war with Iran. American bias in US media coverage* has been obvious for a long time: America has interests, Iran has ambitions. America has allies, Iran has proxies. America has a […]

Peace on Earth. And in Colombia? by Meredith Aby Keirstead

The following is the writer’s interview with James Jordan about the situation on the ground in Colombia.  Jordan leads human rights delegations to Colombia regularly and organizes the Alliance for Global Justice’s labor solidarity campaigns.   This is an intro updating info and preceding Meredith’s intro and interview. As Latin American countries struggle to maintain their […]

Schools of Mass Destruction

Given that the Doomsday Clock has moved to 100 seconds to midnight…

Chris Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment

“Democrats are…living in an alternative reality.”

How Democracies Die, by Chris Hedges

“The U.S. Republican Party, replicating the fascist parties of the 1930s, is a personality cult. Those who do not bow obsequiously before the leader and carry out the leader’s demands are banished.”

The Battle to Impeach Trump Is Part of a Global Struggle for Democracy, by Henry Giroux

“Trump’s impeachment battle is part of the wider historical and global struggle taking place over democracy.”

MLK, Qassem Soleimani and the folly of American exceptionalism, by Jack Nelson Pallmeyer

“MLK’s push for nonviolence is something to which we all should aspire.”

Trump’s authoritarian assault on democracy continues: What lies ahead?

“Ben-Ghiat warns that societies often succumb to authoritarianism and fascism not in one dramatic moment – such as a military coup — but gradually over time.”