Election Con 2020: Exposing Trump’s Deception on the Opioid Epidemic

Photograph Source: frankieleon – CC BY 2.0. Modified by Nathaniel St. Clair. Donald Trump has long presented himself as an advocate for the disadvantaged, and this narrative continues to play into his political strategy as he seeks reelection come November. Nowhere is this clearer than in the president’s claims that he’s committed to combating drug … Continue reading “Election Con 2020: Exposing Trump’s Deception on the Opioid Epidemic”

Bloomberg is a Climate Change Con Man

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair It’s an open secret in environmental circles that Michael Bloomberg is a climate change con man, and organizations like the Sierra Club that take hundreds of millions in donations from the former New York City mayor to fight coal, are complicit in his fraudulent scheme to coopt the climate change … Continue reading “Bloomberg is a Climate Change Con Man”

Roaming Charges: Billion Dollar Babies

Walls (sea) and Bridges (Astoria). Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Michael Bloomberg is, of course, the perfect person to lead a party which has been the driving political force behind the neoliberal policies which helped make him the 9th richest person in America. In fact, he may be its apotheosis. Finally, we’ll have some clarity about … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Billion Dollar Babies”

More Real-Time Reflections from Your Friendly South Loop Marxist

Sunday 2/16 Monday, 2/17 Nina Simone 1968: “Ain’t got no class, ain’t got no culture, ain’t got no faith, ain’t got no water, ain’t got no money, ain’t got no country…ain’t got no God.” Stirring the Caldron So the demented fascist oligarch Donald Trump took “the Beast” on a Victory Lap around the Daytona 500 … Continue reading “More Real-Time Reflections from Your Friendly South Loop Marxist”

Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory

Monkey subject at LPT Hamburg. Photo: Cruelty Free International and SOKO Tierschutz. The case of an animal rights activist who infiltrated an independent German chemical testing laboratory has triggered the discovery of an apparently extensive chemical testing fraud. LPT Hamburg, with around 175 employees, is one of the largest contract laboratories in Germany. It is … Continue reading “Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory”

‘The Donald Trump I know’: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

Photograph Source: The White House – Public Domain A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent from Washington and its allies. … Continue reading “‘The Donald Trump I know’: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics”

A Trump Sentence Commutation Attorneys Generals Liked

Photograph Source: Barron Mickey – CC By-SA 4.0 The year was 2008. Hundreds of ICE officers swooped down on Agriprocessors, the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse located in Postville, Iowa, in the largest single-site raid to date in U.S. history. Half of the 800 person workforce was arrested. In addition to kosher brands, Agriprocessors meat was sold … Continue reading “A Trump Sentence Commutation Attorneys Generals Liked”

Bernie Should Own the Socialist Label

Photograph Source: Michael Vadon – CC BY 2.0 Bernie Sanders is currently the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. He and everyone else knows exactly how the Republicans will attack him if and when he becomes the nominee: old-fashioned redbaiting. China became communist in name only during the 1980s, the Soviet Union shut its doors … Continue reading “Bernie Should Own the Socialist Label”

Encountering Malcolm X

Still from ‘Who Killed Malcolm X?” (Netflix). Watching the six-part documentary “Who Killed Malcolm X?” on Netflix stirred up powerful memories of how important he was to my political evolution. While the documentary is focused on exploring the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) role in his murder, it also sheds light on Malcolm’s post-NOI political odyssey. … Continue reading “Encountering Malcolm X”

The Debate Question That Really Mattered

Democratic National Committee Secretary Alice Travis Germond opens the roll call of the states during the third day of the 2008 convention. Photograph Source: Qqqqqq – CC BY-SA 3.0 The last question asked during the recent Democratic debate was the one that laid reality bare. The question was basically “are you okay with the will … Continue reading “The Debate Question That Really Mattered”

How the Military is Raiding Public Lands and Civilian Spaces Across the Western Front

Upper West Little Owyhee Wild and Scenic River, Oregon. Military public land grabs and intrusions into civilian spaces are raging in the West. Wild landscapes are targeted for huge seizures of public land, increases in hideously loud war plane overflight impacts, or development of facilities like threat emitters. The military already has seized vast areas … Continue reading “How the Military is Raiding Public Lands and Civilian Spaces Across the Western Front”

Bloomberg is the Equal Evil

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair An oligarch is trying to buy the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination with cash payments from his own personal fortune. If his takeover attempt succeeds, it will smash the party and assure the reelection of Donald Trump. Given their shared interests, we might wonder whether that is Michael Bloomberg’s true intent. … Continue reading “Bloomberg is the Equal Evil”

Freedom for $5.30…and This Time Mexico Really is Paying for It

Photograph Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Public Domain Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall. Turns out Mexico wasn’t interested, so Trump eventually resorted to declaring fake emergencies and illegally misappropriating money from the military budget. He’s spending tens of millions of taxpayer … Continue reading “Freedom for $5.30…and This Time Mexico Really is Paying for It”

Mr. Sanders: Would You like Your Coffee Without Cream, or Without Milk?

Photograph Source: Phil Roeder – CC BY 2.0 “Indeed, you describe a complex social psychology. But politics IS simple. We choose policies and then hope they can be realized. If we are worthy participants, we watchdog it–or sheepdog it, if you will. I highly regard sheepdogs. They are intelligent and utterly dedicated. And if the … Continue reading “Mr. Sanders: Would You like Your Coffee Without Cream, or Without Milk?”

A Trillion Trees in Rep. Westerman’s Hands Means a Trillion Stumps

Photograph Source: Sam Beebe – CC BY 2.0 In an effort to springboard off President Trump’s recent pledge to join the global community in planting a trillion trees to increase the amount of carbon drawn out of the atmosphere and help us to mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis, Rep. Bruce Westerman, a … Continue reading “A Trillion Trees in Rep. Westerman’s Hands Means a Trillion Stumps”

Break With Two-Party Capitalist Duopoly!

Glory hallelujah! If the Lord’s “terrible swift sword” had descended from the heavens to witness the Democratic Party’s congressional delegation’s standing ovation in response to Donald Trump’s State of Union introduction of his despicably appointed Venezuelan presidential pretender Juan Guaidó, the Democrats would be dead in the water. But there is no God in American politics; the only certainty lies in a clear understanding that the election game is rigged from … Continue reading “Break With Two-Party Capitalist Duopoly!”

Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents)

On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump’s pre-election boast that he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not “lose any voters” proved something more than high-flown hyperbole. (To be fair, he did … Continue reading “Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents)”

The CIA’s Role in Operation Condor

The Washington Post reported that top secret documents confirm the role that the CIA played in Operation Condor, the international state-sponsored assassination, kidnapping, torture, and murder ring run by U.S.-supported military dictatorships in South America in the late 1970s. The documents confirm that the CIA’s role in the operation was to provide communications equipment to the … Continue reading “The CIA’s Role in Operation Condor”

Reforming Expectations to Save Western Rivers

The Dalles Dam. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. Recently, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt proposed an alternative to the highly controversial yet difficult-to-kill Gila River diversion project, which would dam and divert water from the last free-flowing river in New Mexico (“Damming the Gila a vampire proposal,” My View, Feb. 2). While the Gila proposal already … Continue reading “Reforming Expectations to Save Western Rivers”

Canada Trapped By Its Own Folly

Canada walked into a political and diplomatic trap of its own making when it took it upon itself to create a self-appointed busybody lobby called The Group of Lima. The sole purpose of this group is to harass and discredit the government of Venezuela, alleging that they are thereby “defending democracy”. They do so by … Continue reading “Canada Trapped By Its Own Folly”

Pardoning Julian Assange: Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC

The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account has become a matter of hagiography, an article of faith, with grave conclusions: WikiLeaks and … Continue reading “Pardoning Julian Assange: Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC”

Bernie Sanders and the Revenge of the Superdelegates

Photograph Source: Matt Johnson – CC BY 2.0 Unless Bernie Sanders wins enough delegates to capture the Democratic Party nomination on the first ballot, he is not going to be the nominee.  The reason will be that the superdelegates–those same people who were his wrath in 2016–will come back to deny him the nomination. The … Continue reading “Bernie Sanders and the Revenge of the Superdelegates”

Hysteria Isn’t Killing Nuclear Power

Photograph Source: Bjoern Schwarz – CC BY 2.0 Time was, that a woman suffering from menopause, pre-menstrual syndrome, a heightened libido or lack thereof,  was labeled “hysterical.” Her very real medical or psychological troubles were put down to an “emotional reaction.” For a while these symptoms were even attributed to a “wandering womb.” What? Yes, … Continue reading “Hysteria Isn’t Killing Nuclear Power”

Truly Remaking Social Security is the Key to Having a Livable Society in the US

Photograph Source: FDR Presidential Library & Museum – CC BY 2.0 Social Security is back in the news, as both Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg, two emblematic one-percenter oligarchs, raise the issue of its future as part of their campaign strategy. Trump (a faux wannabe billionaire) has put Americans on notice that while he may … Continue reading “Truly Remaking Social Security is the Key to Having a Livable Society in the US”

Bloomberg on Bloomberg: The Selected Sayings of the Much-Awaited Establishment Messiah

“If you want to know if somebody’s a good salesman, give them the job of going to the Midwest, and picking a town, and selling to that town the concept that some man wearing a dress should be in a locker room with their daughter. If you can sell that, you can sell anything. They … Continue reading “Bloomberg on Bloomberg: The Selected Sayings of the Much-Awaited Establishment Messiah”

Corporate Occupations: The UN Business “Black List” and Israel’s Settlements

Mikhail Bakunin, in that charming anarchist tradition, regarded the state as an evil to be done away with.  Such collective formations were criminal, oppressive, eviscerating to the individual.  The corporation might be regarded as a similar collective, adopting and aping elements of the state with, in some cases, greater latitude to achieve its object.  At … Continue reading “Corporate Occupations: The UN Business “Black List” and Israel’s Settlements”

Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-war Movement

Earlier this week, Leader of the UK opposition Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on the US extradition request for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Corbyn stated that Assange had been charged by the US “for exposing war crimes, the murder of civilians and large-scale corruption”. Backing the Council of … Continue reading “Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-war Movement”

The Wealth That’s Killing Us Will Save Us: Politics Through the Looking-Glass

The Bloomberg for President campaign office looks like a complete anachronism in the heart of Harlem in New York City. The office is located on Harlem’s famous 125th Street near the Metro North commuter railway station. The Bloomberg campaign office, a space that has the depth of a bowling alley, has a few campaign staffers … Continue reading “The Wealth That’s Killing Us Will Save Us: Politics Through the Looking-Glass”

Canada, Get Out of the Lima Group, Core Group and OAS

“Qui se ressemble, s’assemble.” The English saying is “birds of a feather flock together.” Translated from Spanish: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” The folk wisdom that who we hang out with tells a lot about us is reflected in numerous proverbs. Whatever the language, who Ottawa chooses … Continue reading “Canada, Get Out of the Lima Group, Core Group and OAS”

Open Letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Lima Group Meeting

Re: “Lima Group” meeting of February 20, 2020 in Gatineau, Quebec 18 February 2020 Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I am addressing you as a concerned Canadian regarding Canada’s foreign policy position vis-à-vis Venezuela. Your government has announced a meeting of the so-called Lima Group on February 20, 2020 for the reported purpose of “build[ing] … Continue reading “Open Letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Lima Group Meeting”

Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited … Continue reading “Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed”

Religion is a Repeating Chapter in the History of Politics

Jesus and the rich young man by Heinrich Hofmann, 1889 In 1949 the German philosopher Karl Jaspers coined the term ‘the axial age’ in his book, ‘The Origin and Goal of History.’ He defined the Axial Age as the pivotal period in human moral and spiritual development that has conferred upon the world the political, … Continue reading “Religion is a Repeating Chapter in the History of Politics”

The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders

Photograph Source: Alper Çuğun – CC BY 2.0 More than ever, Bernie Sanders is public enemy number one for power elites that thrive on economic injustice. The Bernie 2020 campaign is a direct threat to the undemocratic leverage that extremely wealthy individuals and huge corporations constantly exert on the political process. No wonder we’re now … Continue reading “The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders”

Irish Elections and Unification

Photograph Source: Ardfern – CC BY-SA 3.0 The victory by Ireland’s leftwing Sinn Fein Party in the Republic’s recent election has not only overturned some 90 years of domination by the island’s two center-right parties, it suddenly puts the issue of Irish reunification on the agenda. While the campaign was fought over bread and butter … Continue reading “Irish Elections and Unification”

We Shouldn’t Have to Beg Mark Zuckerberg to Respect Democracy

Last month George Soros had a New York Times column arguing that Mark Zuckerberg should not be running Facebook. (Does the NYT reserve space on its opinion page for billionaires?) The gist of Soros’ piece is that Zuckerberg has made a deal with Trump. He will allow all manner of outrageous lies to be spread … Continue reading “We Shouldn’t Have to Beg Mark Zuckerberg to Respect Democracy”

A Silicon Valley Life Lesson: Money That ‘Clumps’ Crushes

If everything rich people tell us — about prosperity — happened to be true, Silicon Valley would right now be overflowing with exceedingly happy people. Silicon Valley, after all, has everything rich folks say they need to get an economy going and growing: an abundance of “successful” people with plenty of money to invest, spectacularly … Continue reading “A Silicon Valley Life Lesson: Money That ‘Clumps’ Crushes”

Minority Abuse: A Slice of Life in Modi’s India

It is not uncommon for colonial governments to enact sedition laws with the purpose of stifling dissent; it is, following independence, for democratic governments to be enforcing them to quell critics.  It is also exactly what the Modi government and party encourages in India. And it is what landed a 26-year old mother and her … Continue reading “Minority Abuse: A Slice of Life in Modi’s India”

China’s Economy: Powerful But Vulernable

China’s economy is often presented as a powerful engine. This is, however, only one face of it. It has also been marked by vulnerabilities, and these have become more obvious over time, as the costs of high-speed growth have rebounded on the country, giving rise to social tensions that are straining the capacity of the … Continue reading “China’s Economy: Powerful But Vulernable”