Category Government/Politics

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.”

Henry Giroux: The system has to be stopped: On state terror and collective rebellion.

“The fires burning in our cities are unfortunate, but the real fires go unnoticed. These are the fires burning the spirits of those who suffer daily traumas, fears, police violence, and policy driven hardships are what need to be noticed, addressed, and rouse mass anger. No one talks about the roots of these problems…”

The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd

Includes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announcing the changing of charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd Degree Murder and the charging of the other three officers; we also hear from Tamika Mallory in New York and Nekima Levy Armstrong in Minnesota with information about Breonna Taylor of others in Louisville, Kentucky.

Henry Giroux: Why it is dangerous to use the language of war about COVID-19

“For Trump, saving the economy is more important than saving lives. As ‘warriors’ the American public is being told to support this new battlefield strategy…”

“A Declaration of War Against Americans”: Trump Threatens to Deploy Military to Quell Protests

“President Trump’s speech almost amounted to a declaration of war on Americans, on peaceful Americans who are out right now exercising their First Amendment right to speak out, and here to speak out against the long-standing problem of police violence and racial violence which has beleaguered our nation.”

Glenn Greenwald: Ben Smith’s NYT Critique of Ronan Farrow Describes a Toxic, Corrosive, and Still-Vibrant Trump-Era Pathology: “Resistance Journalism”

THE MOST MENACING ATTRIBUTE of what Smith calls “Resistance Journalism” is that it permits and tolerates no dissent and questioning: perhaps the single most destructive path journalism can take.

As US Reels From COVID-19, Trump Turns to Sanctions, War Making and Threats

“No country was willing to sell or even donate medical equipment to Iran to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic for fear of Trump reprisals, making the outbreak significantly worse. In the end, the World Health Organization stepped in to supply them, one reason Washington has pulled all funding from the group. “

New Documents From the Sham Prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn Also Reveal Broad Corruption in the Russiagate Investigations

“The conflation of ideological and evidentiary questions, and the substitution of substantive political debates with tests of tribal loyalty, are indescribably corrosive to our public discourse.”

Sanctioned Countries Speak Out on COVID-19

Sanctions are crimes against humanity. The Trump administration, the neocons, are using COVID-19 as a smokescreen to further attack countries while the neoliberals sit back and reap in profits at the expense of humanity.

Chris Hedges on Biden vs. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Corporate Media, Assange & State of the Left

A fixed election system, mainstream corporate media, and more.

Disarm and Divest During COVID-19, featuring the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

The Trident is the deadliest weapon on the planet. Disarm and Live! Also featuring Jeremy Scahill, Medea Benjamin and Cornel West Panelists:  • Dr. Cornel West • Jeremy Scahill • Medea Benjamin  • The Kings Bay Plowshares 7:  ◦ Martha Hennessy, Dorothy Day’s granddaughter, Catholic Worker  ◦ Steve Kelly, S.J., Catholic priest ◦ Carmen Trotta, Catholic Worker ◦ […]