How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza

Photograph Source: diario fotográfico ‘desde Palestina’ – CC BY-SA 3.0 An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, … Continue reading “How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza”

Erdogan’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Kurds is Still Happening

Photograph Source: Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri (VOA) – Public Domain Mass expulsion or the physical extermination of an entire ethnic or religious community – ethnic cleansing – is usually treated by the media in one of two different ways: either it receives maximum publicity as a horror story about which the world should care and do … Continue reading “Erdogan’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Kurds is Still Happening”

Student Protesters are Walking a Tightrope in Hong Kong

Photograph Source: Studio Incendo – CC BY 2.0 It’s hard to know what to think about the student protests in Hong Kong. On the one hand, they are incredibly inspiring. The courage, determination, brilliant organizing in the face of corporate blocking of the social media platforms that have been so critical early on to coordinating … Continue reading “Student Protesters are Walking a Tightrope in Hong Kong”

French Yellow Vests Celebrate First Birthday, Converge With Planned Labor Strikes

Photograph Source: Olivier Ortelpa – CC BY 2.0 This weekend the Yellow Vests celebrated their first birthday, with convivial barbeques on traffic circles (roundabouts) all over France followed by direct actions like liberating tollbooths. Although number of protestors has declined to about 10% of the estimated 400,000 who rose up a year ago on Nov. … Continue reading “French Yellow Vests Celebrate First Birthday, Converge With Planned Labor Strikes”

Impeachment is a Kitchen Table Issue

Photograph Source: Mark Dixon – CC BY 2.0 As the Democrats have pushed ahead with impeachment proceedings, there have been criticisms from both the right and left that impeachment is a needless distraction from the pocketbook issues that people really care about. The argument is that people will see the Democrats as playing political games … Continue reading “Impeachment is a Kitchen Table Issue”

Is China an “Imperial Power” in the Image of the West?

Photograph Source: Kremlin.ru – CC BY 4.0 Owing to geography and geopolitics, my country the Philippines finds itself in the middle of an escalating conflict between the United States and China. Like the trench lines that stretched from the North Sea through France to Switzerland during the First World War, the front lines of this … Continue reading “Is China an “Imperial Power” in the Image of the West?”

Modern Biology and Ecology: the Roots Of America’s Assertive Illiteracy

The 2016 election elevated Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos—major supporters of teaching creationism—to the vice presidency and leadership of the U.S. Department of Education, respectively. DeVos is a billionaire funder of efforts to pass state laws that give science teachers the right to present anti-evolution materials in science classrooms under the guise of protecting academic … Continue reading “Modern Biology and Ecology: the Roots Of America’s Assertive Illiteracy”

Non-Financial Private Debt Overhang

Building on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Global Debt Database (GDD) comprising debts of the public and private non-financial sectors for 190 countries dating back to 1950, Mbaye et al (2018) identify a recurring pattern where households and firms are forced to deleverage in the face of a debt overhang, dampening growth, eliciting the injection … Continue reading “Non-Financial Private Debt Overhang”

Greece and the Struggle for Freedom

Prologue Greece, the wellspring of Western civilization, has a continuity of existence from ancient times to the present day.  In spite of multiple depredations inflicted on the country over millennia, Greek ideas, science, discoveries and practices forming the foundations of Western culture, have persisted. In this essay, the contours of Greek history are traced from … Continue reading “Greece and the Struggle for Freedom”

Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn on the Eve of the Debate

Citizen Corbyn! Boris Johnson, he of the lofty lead in the polls, has agreed to debate you on Tuesday night. The serial philanderer looks set to coast to easy victory in an election that will no doubt have repercussions across the pond. You, the level-headed, stoic leader of the Clean-up Crew, are among the least … Continue reading “Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn on the Eve of the Debate”

Protestors Massacred in Post-Coup Bolivia

The sign reads: “RESIGN self-proclaimed President, Jeanine Añez.” Photo: Olivia Arigho-Stiles. La Paz, Bolivia Eight are dead and hundreds injured in a week of bloodshed after Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales was forced to resign from power last Sunday. In this slim window of time, an interim unelected president has been installed, anti-coup protesters have … Continue reading “Protestors Massacred in Post-Coup Bolivia”

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Macho Camacho: Jeffery R. Webber and Forrest Hylton on the Coup in Bolivia

Photograph Source: Abya Yala Digital – CC BY 3.0 What kind of coup has taken place in Bolivia, and what are the stakes in labelling it a coup? The first thing to stress is that a coup is an event that is best understood as part of a larger historical process; the trick is to … Continue reading “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Macho Camacho: Jeffery R. Webber and Forrest Hylton on the Coup in Bolivia”

Michael Lynk’s UN Report on Israeli Settlements Speaks the Truth, But the World Refuses to Listen

Photograph Source: Yakob Ben-Avraham – CC BY-SA 2.0 He’s a very tall man with bright eyes and a broad smile, and he holds out a great paw when he greets you. But Michael Lynk is no gentle giant. He may teach human rights law at the Western University in London, Ontario, but as the UN’s … Continue reading “Michael Lynk’s UN Report on Israeli Settlements Speaks the Truth, But the World Refuses to Listen”

Stefanik Stands By Her Man and Roger Stone Gets Convicted on All Counts: Impeachment Day Two

Photograph Source: The Circus on SHOWTIME – YouTube – CC BY 3.0 The myth that the United States is a nation of laws provides the context for Friday’s hearings, if not for the entire process. The most obvious irony is that this occurs while lawless acts by the president of this nation of laws are … Continue reading “Stefanik Stands By Her Man and Roger Stone Gets Convicted on All Counts: Impeachment Day Two”

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump

Photograph Source: Noir – CC BY-SA 3.0 The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent effectively toppled East Germany’s despotic regime. And it signaled, if only symbolically, the end of the Cold War that had divided Europe for … Continue reading “The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump”

Another Death Penalty Horror: Stark Disparities in Media and Activist Attention

Photograph Source: Andrew Petro – CC BY 2.0 On November 12, intrepid abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean tweeted to her legions of followers: “What do Sen. Ted Cruz, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and me all have in common? We’re among a growing local and national movement asking Texas @GovAbbott to stop the scheduled … Continue reading “Another Death Penalty Horror: Stark Disparities in Media and Activist Attention”

The Future Wilderness Under Trump: Recreation or Wreckreation?

Many wilderness advocates, scientists, and public land experts and professionals have recognized, for decades now, the growing problem of too much recreation use in Wilderness. Howard Zahniser, the Wilderness Act’s author, recognized the purpose of the Wilderness Act is to protect Wilderness, not establish any particular use. As far back as 1956 he warned the … Continue reading “The Future Wilderness Under Trump: Recreation or Wreckreation?”

The Most Impeachable President vs. The Most Hesitant Congress. What Are The Democrats Waiting For?

Amid the worst Republican President and Republican Party in modern times, the Democrats are playing the politics of low expectations. This is not the time for Democrats to be in disarray. On Capitol Hill, the prevailing view of most Democrats is that they will cling to their House majority and they shouldn’t expect to regain … Continue reading “The Most Impeachable President vs. The Most Hesitant Congress. What Are The Democrats Waiting For?”

Meet Ukraine: America’s Newest “Strategic Ally”

Photograph Source: Rodney Foliente, U.S. Army – Public Domain When the dust settles in a month or two, the House of Representatives will have impeached President Donald Trump with a one-sided partisan vote and then the Senate will have exonerated Donald Trump with a similarly one-sided partisan vote.  But at the end of the day, … Continue reading “Meet Ukraine: America’s Newest “Strategic Ally””

Wall Street and the Frankenstein Economy

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair The term ‘income inequality’ suggests the inevitability of a natural process, a division of winners from losers along the lines of hair loss or disproportionate body mass that corporate researchers are working to solve for the sake of the self-esteem of the losers. Some people are tall, others short, some … Continue reading “Wall Street and the Frankenstein Economy”

Roaming Charges: Ukraine in the Membrane

Abandoned dairy barn, Mulino, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Do you ever have one of those mornings when you turn on MSDNC for the impeachment hearings and start banging the TV a few of times thinking it’s stuck on the Cartoon Network? That was me at around 6:45 AM PST on Wednesday when instead … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Ukraine in the Membrane”

The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors

Photograph Source: SMSgt George Thompson – Public Domain Claims that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons are almost as old as the Syrian civil war itself. They have produced strong reactions, and none more so than in the case of the alleged attack in April last year on the opposition-controlled area of Douma … Continue reading “The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors”

Trump’s Democratic Critics Want it Both Ways on Biden, Clinton

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair US president Donald Trump “elevated his political interest above the national interest and demanded foreign interference in an American election,” Peter Beinart asserts at The Atlantic. “What’s received less attention is what the scandal reveals about Joe Biden: He showed poor judgment because his staff shielded him from hard truths. … Continue reading “Trump’s Democratic Critics Want it Both Ways on Biden, Clinton”

The United States Needs Citizens Like You, Dreamer

Photograph Source: Dave Hosford – CC BY 2.0 Dear Dreamer, You may not even remember the journey across the border. Maybe you tracked through a desert.  Maybe you hid in a trunk. Maybe you arrived in an airport, your passport stamped with a visa. Maybe you came here all by yourself to reunite with your … Continue reading “The United States Needs Citizens Like You, Dreamer”

A Century of Prohibition

Photograph Source: Removal of liquor during Prohibition – Public Domain We live in the shadow of the past; it haunts the present like the memory of a dead relative who can’t be forgotten or forgiven.  Prohibition is a dead historically moment that can’t be forgotten. Prohibition was established with the adoption of the 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919, and … Continue reading “A Century of Prohibition”

Morales: Bolivia Suffers an Assault on the Power of the People

As the military coup continues to entrench itself in Bolivia, the first goal of the perpetrators is to appear to be following the constitutional process. But the façade is not enough to hide the real disaster of yet another self-proclaimed president in Latin America. When you thought that the Juan Guaido experiment in Venezuela was … Continue reading “Morales: Bolivia Suffers an Assault on the Power of the People”

When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia, Look For a US Role

When it comes to politics in Latin America, what initially seems clear is usually anything but. And when that some complicated political event happens and is reported about in the US, the last place to look for clarity is the US media, which almost universally parrots the Washington line — an imperialist one that takes … Continue reading “When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia, Look For a US Role”

Drones, Guns and Abject Heroes in America

A couple Saturdays ago I attended the monthly protest near the drone base located on what used to be the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Horsham, PA, outside Philadelphia. The vigil has been going on monthly for a number of years, peopled by some of the most spiritual, peace-loving people I know. I’d say … Continue reading “Drones, Guns and Abject Heroes in America”

Bolivia and the Loud Silence

The lack of criticism about the destruction of democracy in Bolivia from the presidential candidates in the so-called democratic party of the faking United States of America is possibly the single most revealing non-event in the charade of the 2020 electoral scheming. It is more telling than all of their words. The only one of … Continue reading “Bolivia and the Loud Silence”

The Truthiest Reality of Global Warming

An omniscient individual on my electronic social media splattergram expressed skepticism that the 0.04% of the atmosphere made up of CO2 could possibly have any responsibility for causing global warming, now also known as climate change. It seems clear to me now that with each passing day more people will stumble upon this startling insight, … Continue reading “The Truthiest Reality of Global Warming”

A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: Real Reasons behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Labadi, Mi’ri

The release on November 6 of two Jordanian nationals, Heba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Mi’ri from Israeli prisons was a bittersweet moment. The pair were finally reunited with their families after harrowing experiences in Israel. Sadly, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are still denied their freedom, still subjected to all sorts of hardships at the hands … Continue reading “A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: Real Reasons behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Labadi, Mi’ri”

The USA “Defends” Its Blockade, and Cuba Responds

The annual vote on the Cuban resolution at the UN General Assembly on “the need to end the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” is a time of celebration in Cuba, for it is a time in which the governments of the world nearly unanimously support the … Continue reading “The USA “Defends” Its Blockade, and Cuba Responds”

Noel Ignatiev: Remembering a Comrade and a Friend

For all of the opprobrium Facebook deserves, it is still essential for building ties on the left when there are so few opportunities for networking in real space as opposed to cyberspace. Just checking now, it seems that I became a FB friend with Noel Ignatiev sometime in 2015. It was worth it to me … Continue reading “Noel Ignatiev: Remembering a Comrade and a Friend”

As Brazil’s ex-President Lula is Set Free and BRICS Leaders Summit, What Lessons From the Workers Party for Fighting Global Neoliberalism?

Just as Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) heads of state prepared to meet in Brasilia on November 13-14, hosted by Jair Bolsonaro, a double political earthquake hit: Lula’s freedom from prison on November 8, followed by a coup against Bolivian president Evo Morales on November 11. Lula was central to BRICS’ establishment a decade ago. Details about … Continue reading “As Brazil’s ex-President Lula is Set Free and BRICS Leaders Summit, What Lessons From the Workers Party for Fighting Global Neoliberalism?”

Labor Opponents of Single Payer Don’t  Speak For Low Wage Union Members

As popular support grows for replacing private insurance plans with Medicare for All, critics of the single-payer approach have been playing up the fact that some top union officials, and their political allies, don’t want to do away with job-based medical coverage. “There’s no question that ultimately we need to establish a single payer system,” … Continue reading “Labor Opponents of Single Payer Don’t  Speak For Low Wage Union Members”

Resisting Misleading Narratives About Pacifica Radio

The counter-narratives about the recent takeover, and restoration, of New York City’s Pacifica radio station, WBAI, have apparently begun. Thus far we have no new offerings but rather restatements of previously given excuses, ones that wilt in the face of reasoned critique. Here I am referring specifically to Akio Tanaka’s November 12 article in CounterPunch. Mr. Tanaka leads … Continue reading “Resisting Misleading Narratives About Pacifica Radio”

It’s Still Not Too Late for Rojava

As Turkey continues its devastating military assault on Rojava, the Kurdish-led region of northeastern Syria, officials in Washington are facing a critical decision: allow Turkey to prevail in its campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Kurds or take action to protect them. The Turkish invasion, which began on October 9, has been devastating for Rojava. … Continue reading “It’s Still Not Too Late for Rojava”

Voting on the Future of Life on Earth

One of the key research facilities leading the discussion on the climate crisis is the National Centre for Climate Restoration in Melbourne, Australia, whose work is arguably a major plank underpinning the Extinction Rebellion mindset. Over the last few years, the team there has been analyzing a lot of the leading climate research and issuing … Continue reading “Voting on the Future of Life on Earth”

The Problem of Localized Ethics

A Local Legal Hero: Meir Shamgar On 19 October 2019 Meir Shamgar died. He was 94 years old. Shamgar is not exactly a household name here in the West, but he was renowned in Israel. He was given a state funeral that was attended by most of Israel’s top Zionist leaders. Benjamin Netanyahu eulogized Shamgar as the man responsible … Continue reading “The Problem of Localized Ethics”