“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More

As Italy’s death toll soars past 6,000, Cuba has sent medical brigades to combat COVID-19. Cuba has also deployed doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada. “The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. You have a leading European nation accepting support in the form of a medical team … Continue reading ““Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More”

7 Countries for Pentagon to Invade Now That It’s Kinda, Sorta, Maybe Leaving Afghanistan

Leaving Afghanistan reminds many troops of getting porced from their first spouse. While they may now be incredibly happy, free, and ready to bang anything that moves, it can be sad to say goodbye to a person or place that, while they made you miserable, provided some of life’s defining experiences. Much like a bad … Continue reading “7 Countries for Pentagon to Invade Now That It’s Kinda, Sorta, Maybe Leaving Afghanistan”

Resisting US Blockade, Cuba Embraces Change, Builds Socialism

Like the sun, the U.S. blockade of Cuba will not disappear soon. Unlike the sun, the blockade has receded from public attention in the United States.  It has continued, mostly unchanged, for almost 60 years. Here we explore the matter of change. Any U.S. politician who says nice things about Cuba can expect abuse. That’s … Continue reading “Resisting US Blockade, Cuba Embraces Change, Builds Socialism”

Crises 4

Keynote address to the annual General Assembly of Indivisible San Francisco, 2/25/20. I’m told that when facing an existential crisis the first step is to admit it, and the second step is to deal with it. Today, we are threatened by at least four major intertwined crises that we either confront head-on or suffer the … Continue reading “Crises 4”

The Game is Rigged

Let’s not beat around the bush. The game is rigged. The fix is in. I’m not just talking about the neofascistic Donald Trump, the Republican Party, the Republican-controlled United States Senate and the fake-impeachment trial that body just concluded. I’m talking about their neoliberal enablers, the Democrats too. Certain Depressing Things Explained The deeply conservative … Continue reading “The Game is Rigged”

Assassination, Lies and the Trump Difference

Funeral of Qasem Soleimani, Tehran, Iran on 6 January 2020. Photograph Source: Mehr News Agency – CC BY 4.0 United States presidents have long lied about the pretexts for, and the nature of, their murderous and criminal foreign policy actions. Remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s fraudulent claims that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq government possessed … Continue reading “Assassination, Lies and the Trump Difference”

Envisioning a United World

Let’s bomb Iowa! Or maybe Texas or Michigan or Nebraska . . . Oh wait, I got confused for a second. Those places are part of America and we love them. We would never bomb them. These are places we would bomb: Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Panama, … Continue reading “Envisioning a United World”

9th Summit of the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States opens in Kenya

London, Dec. 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)- The 9th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States  (ACP Group), opens on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit will look into ways of reducing, preventing and overcoming terrorism and insecurity to enhance development while also taking into consideration socioeconomic … Continue reading “9th Summit of the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States opens in Kenya”

Why Those ‘Endless Wars’ Must Never End

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Here’s the strange thing for the self-proclaimed greatest power in history, the very one that, in this century, has been fighting a series of unending wars across significant parts of the planet: if you exclude Operation Urgent Fury, the triumphant invasion of the island Grenada in 1983, and Operation Just Cause, … Continue reading “Why Those ‘Endless Wars’ Must Never End”

In Wars and Weapons We Trust

by William J. Astore When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe. To my mind then, they were classic manifestations of American technological superiority over … Continue reading “In Wars and Weapons We Trust”

U.S. Foreign Policy: This Is Us

by Mitchell Plitnick Last weekend a pair of horrifying massacres in the U.S. cities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio sent shock waves through the country. The outrage was so powerful that even President Donald Trump had to overcome his own indifference to the act and say something that, from another source, might have … Continue reading “U.S. Foreign Policy: This Is Us”

Rostec sends another batch of medical equipment to Grenada

Rostec’s Shvabe Holding Company has dispatched Russian-made neonatal, resuscitation and anaesthetic facilities to Grenada for a state hospital in Grenada’s capital, St. George’s. All in all, the hospital has received 14 units to replace and support respiratory functions, treat hepatitis and for other purposes. ‘Exports of Russian-made hi-tech equipment are one of Rostec’s priorities. We … Continue reading “Rostec sends another batch of medical equipment to Grenada”

Pence Tells Soldiers: Some of You Will Die for the Empire

“Back then, soldiers trained for war but didn’t necessarily expect to fight in one. …His casual assumption that today’s young graduates – most of whom were kindergarteners on 9/11 – will see combat in both ongoing and future wars reflects life in an increasingly militaristic and unhinged society” Time was that a stint, or even a career, … Continue reading “Pence Tells Soldiers: Some of You Will Die for the Empire”

Lindsey Graham Tells Trump to Invade Venezuela: “Do Exactly What Reagan Did” in Grenada

Venezuela has more active-duty soldiers than Grenada has inhabitants. Also jungles and mountains. Its neighbor Colombia has been fighting Leftist guerrilas for fifty years now. Likely frustrated over the fact that the crisis in Venezuela has by and large retreated from the headlines over the past weeks following the failed US-backed coup attempt against Maduro at … Continue reading “Lindsey Graham Tells Trump to Invade Venezuela: “Do Exactly What Reagan Did” in Grenada”

Trump’s War In Venezuela Could Be Che’s Revenge

Che Guevara had a dream. After decades of chasing the American Empire into guerrilla street fights from Guatemala to the Congo, Che dreamed of drawing that dreadful beast into an unwinnable quagmire on the graves of its first victims in the heart of Latin America, the treacherous mountain forests of Bolivia where the Conquistadors first … Continue reading “Trump’s War In Venezuela Could Be Che’s Revenge”

Guaido Would “Probably Accept” US Offer to Invade His Country

Juan Guaidó has for the first time said he would likely back US military intervention in Venezuela, speaking on the eve of another weekend of tension and calls for mass protests. “If the Americans were to propose a military intervention I would probably accept it,” he said, in an interview with Italian daily newspaper La Stampa. Mr Guaidó has … Continue reading “Guaido Would “Probably Accept” US Offer to Invade His Country”

How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?

You have owners; a corporate, political, and media elite charged with maintaining the military-industrial behemoth. And your owners have only allowed you the illusion of choice, of democracy It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer … Continue reading “How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?”

RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Now that Mueller’s $40 million Humpty Trumpty investigation is over and found wanting of its original purpose (to retire Trump), perhaps the ruling class can return without interruption to the business of destroying the world with ordnance, greenhouse gases, and regime changes. A few more CIA-organized blackouts in Venezuela (it’s … Continue reading “RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!”