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…
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.
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.
No longer will the pilots who steer drones and fire missiles while staring at computer screens be confined to remote areas like the Nevada desert.
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.
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. […]
U.S. military bases, both domestic and foreign, consistently rank among some of the most polluted places in the world…
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.
The Paris talks signalled an important change in the climate movement as thousands of activists gathered from all over the world to organise global action.
The oil monarchies have thus used their petro-wealth to create a pro-war consensus in Washington that is nearly 100-percent complete. Needless to say, this will not benefit the mass of ordinary Americans, the people who will have to fight and die in such conflicts and whose taxes will pay for them.
“What if our country were constantly being spied upon by drones, with some of us killed by drones? What if many bystanders, including children, were killed in the process?
The actual expense of the X-37 is hidden in the Pentagon’s ‘black,’ or classified, budget but is likely to cost more than $1 billion.
VFP is profoundly disappointed the United States has refused to take part in the negotiations at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.
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.
Since our “leaders” seem incapable, we will need to lead ourselves, it appears.
“The people of North and South Korea want peace and they want a peace treaty. They do not want their country to be bombed or their government to bomb others. “
Saudi coalition airstrikes have hit at least four hospitals supported by Doctors Without Borders.
What has most people on edge and in a state of alarm is that these briefings take place amid dangerous tensions and brinkmanship on the Korean peninsula.