There Is No Iranian-American Agreement and No Truce in Iraq

Mustafa Al-Kazemi has been chosen Prime Minister after difficult negotiations marked by intra-Shiite disagreement. The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, had exploited this disagreement when he boldly challenged the majority Shia in Iraq by his choice of an anti-Iranian … The post There Is No Iranian-American Agreement and No Truce in Iraq appeared first … Continue reading “There Is No Iranian-American Agreement and No Truce in Iraq”

Conservative Operatives Float Plan to Place Retired Military, Police Officers as GOP Poll Watchers on Election Day

On Election Day in November, some polling places could be patrolled by off-duty police officers and veterans, according to a plan hatched by Republican operatives. The idea is a reprisal of once-illegal Election Day “ballot security” intimidation tactics, intended to challenge voter registration and remove voters from the rolls. At a strategy session in February … Continue reading “Conservative Operatives Float Plan to Place Retired Military, Police Officers as GOP Poll Watchers on Election Day”

Progressives Have To Choose Whether or Not to Support Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders is out of the race and with him goes the last chance for progressivism to take over the Democratic Party for a generation. Now his supporters will decide what to do. Intransigent #BernieOrBusters will cast about for a third-party vote, write-in Bernie or sit out the election in November. Other left-leaning voters will … Continue reading “Progressives Have To Choose Whether or Not to Support Joe Biden”

It’s a Scandal That We Don’t Know Who Supported the Coronavirus Bailout. Help Us Find Out.

The House of Representatives last month swiftly passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion spending bill, one of the largest stimulus measures to date, with only three hours of debate and no recorded vote. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reportedly mobilized lawmakers to agree to the unconventional method for passing … Continue reading “It’s a Scandal That We Don’t Know Who Supported the Coronavirus Bailout. Help Us Find Out.”

Lawsuit Aims to Stop Baltimore Police From Using War-Zone Surveillance System to Spy on Residents

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday to stop the Baltimore Police Department from testing one of the most expansive surveillance regimes in any American city, an aerial photography system capable of tracking the outdoor movement of every one of its 600,000 residents. Last week the Baltimore Board of Estimates approved a … Continue reading “Lawsuit Aims to Stop Baltimore Police From Using War-Zone Surveillance System to Spy on Residents”

The New Normal: Cascading and Multilayered Crises

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” – Antonio Gramsci The Pandemic & Public Health Crisis On January 20th, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection took place in the United States. Since … Continue reading “The New Normal: Cascading and Multilayered Crises”

Remove the Boomer Virus and What Virus Remains?

In a recent eruption of internet chatter the Gen Z’s and millennials called Covid-19 the “Boomer Remover” virus (“Gen Z, Millennials Wallow in Self-Pity as They Mock Potential Deadly Hit on Elderly,” Vivek Saxena, BizPac Review, 3/13/20). This species of youth surely doesn’t want the geriatric set to pass, but this is symptomatic of a … Continue reading “Remove the Boomer Virus and What Virus Remains?”

Sanders Suspends: What Happened? What Now?

Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk commented just as Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign: “Bernie made a number of mistakes that I highlighted and broke down in detail. No excuses. Having said that, you’re out of your fucking mind if you think I’ll forget or look past ‘bloody monday’, aka the day Obama got Pete & … Continue reading “Sanders Suspends: What Happened? What Now?”

Love in a Dangerous Time

A profusion of anonymous axioms and memes floods social media these days but one remains my very favorite: “It’s like we’ve all been sent to our room to think about what we did.” My friends, if there ever was a nation that needed a “time out” for that purpose, it’s ours. With nearly every minute … Continue reading “Love in a Dangerous Time”

Watch: Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of COVID-19? With Edward Snowden.

The second episode of our new video program, SYSTEM UPDATE, is now available on YouTube. It explores several of the under-discussed components of the coronavirus pandemic and our responses to it, including: Are we vesting too much power in the hands of governments and corporations? Are we allowing our fears to drive our deliberations and choices … Continue reading “Watch: Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of COVID-19? With Edward Snowden.”

Video: Infighting Among Turkish Proxies Erupts in Syria. Rocket Strike Hits US-operated Oil Facility in Iraq

Infighting among Turkish-backed groups has erupted near the town of Ras al-Ayn. According to local sources, conflicts over the captured houses and looted properties became the main reason of the conflict between members of the Sultan Murad armed group which … The post Video: Infighting Among Turkish Proxies Erupts in Syria. Rocket Strike Hits US-operated … Continue reading “Video: Infighting Among Turkish Proxies Erupts in Syria. Rocket Strike Hits US-operated Oil Facility in Iraq”

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic

As the international community is consumed by the impact of Covid-19, there are signs of the impact of the pandemic on the body politic.  There is change throughout the international community, particularly the decline of the influence and power of the United States; the fragmentation of the European Community; the weakening of the transatlantic system; … Continue reading “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic”

Video: US Confirms Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Iraq. Iran Prepares for Conflict in Strait of Hormuz

On April 5, a series of large explosions rocked the village of al-Kastan in southwestern Idlib injuring 8 people, including 3 members of the so-called White Helmets. According to local sources, an ammunition depot located in the civilian area inside … The post Video: US Confirms Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Iraq. Iran Prepares for … Continue reading “Video: US Confirms Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Iraq. Iran Prepares for Conflict in Strait of Hormuz”

Washington to Start ‘Strategic Dialogue’ With Iraq in June, Discuss US Military Presence – Pompeo

DETAILS TO FOLLOW © Sputnik / Sputnik News South Africa Today – World News – Middle East The post Washington to Start ‘Strategic Dialogue’ With Iraq in June, Discuss US Military Presence – Pompeo appeared first on South Africa Today.

Paradigm Shift by Pandemic

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Nobel-winning biologist Joshua Lederberg warned “the single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.”  The Covid19 pandemic is a wakeup call to this existential truth. The reality of the novel coronavirus pandemic must now usher in a paradigm shift in the way we think about … Continue reading “Paradigm Shift by Pandemic”

Ghana, Nigeria get medical supplies from China to contain coronavirus pandemic

London, April 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and her West African neighbour Ghana are being assisted with medical supplies by China to combat the ravaging covid-19 pandemic READ ALSO: AFRICA WILL NOT BE TESTING GROUND FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINES-WHO Ghana, Nigeria get medical supplies from China to combat coronavirus pandemic While Ghana on Monday received about 30,000 Personal … Continue reading “Ghana, Nigeria get medical supplies from China to contain coronavirus pandemic”

After Coronavirus, Let’s Never Forget: Republicans Recklessly Put Our Lives In Danger

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, gives a thumbs-up as he returns to his office after his opening remarks on the relief package in Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2020. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images “The struggle of man against power,” the Czech writer Milan Kundera famously proclaimed, “is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” … Continue reading “After Coronavirus, Let’s Never Forget: Republicans Recklessly Put Our Lives In Danger”

Coronavirus Is Exposing How Foreign Crusades Bled America’s Domestic Resources Dry

Members of the Rhode Island Army National Guard prepare to process patients at the sample collection site at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick, R.I., on April 1, 2020. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic now ravaging the United States should lead every American to … Continue reading “Coronavirus Is Exposing How Foreign Crusades Bled America’s Domestic Resources Dry”

Video: Turkish Forces Shell Syrian Army. US Claims Iran Prepares Attacks in Iraq

Syrian Army positions in the town of Saraqib came under joint shelling from the Turkish Army and Turkish-backed armed groups late on April 1. Strikes were carried out from the area of Almastumah, where Turkish military positions are located. The … The post Video: Turkish Forces Shell Syrian Army. US Claims Iran Prepares Attacks in … Continue reading “Video: Turkish Forces Shell Syrian Army. US Claims Iran Prepares Attacks in Iraq”

COVID-19: Cover for Military Attack on Iran and Iraq?

It was Rahm Emmanuel who said the state should never let a “good crisis go to waste.” In regard to Iran, the neocons will not let the COVID-19 “crisis” go to waste. It is a perfect cover for escalating tension … The post COVID-19: Cover for Military Attack on Iran and Iraq? appeared first on … Continue reading “COVID-19: Cover for Military Attack on Iran and Iraq?”

Podcast: Moving to War With Iran Under the Cover of Coronavirus

On FPF #474, I discuss the US moving towards war with Iran under the cover of Coronavirus. Trump took to Twitter to threaten Iran if an attack is carried out against American forces in Iraq. Trump’s Tweet creates a situation that means any attack in Iraq – with Iran’s support or not – is likely … Continue reading “Podcast: Moving to War With Iran Under the Cover of Coronavirus”

Roaming Charges: Strange Things Happening Every Day

CLR James: “When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity.” + Is it possible for an entire country to win a Darwin Award? + At the onset of a pandemic outbreak of a virus that … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Strange Things Happening Every Day”

The Temple of Self-Gratification

Author David Foster Wallace once said that America is, “One enormous engine and temple of self-gratification and self-advancement.” The spectacle of American consumerism comes galloping to mind. But the pageant of gluttony with which we sate ourselves on a weekly basis is a pale reflection, at least in its intensity, of American foreign policy. Like … Continue reading “The Temple of Self-Gratification”

The Future May Be Female, But the Pandemic is Patriarchal

Before I found myself “sheltering in place,” this article was to be about women’s actions around the world to mark March 8th, International Women’s Day. From Pakistan to Chile, women in their millions filled the streets, demanding that we be able to control our bodies and our lives. Women came out in Iraq and Kyrgyzstan, … Continue reading “The Future May Be Female, But the Pandemic is Patriarchal”

Moyen-Orient : L’Iran met en garde les Etats-Unis

L’Iran a mis en garde les Etats-Unis hier contre le risque d’entraîner le Moyen-Orient dans une « situation désastreuse » en pleine crise du nouveau coronavirus, après le déploiement par Washington de missiles Patriot sur le sol de l’Irak voisin. Washington avait réclamé à Bagdad de le laisser déployer ces systèmes de défense antiaérienne après que des … Continue reading “Moyen-Orient : L’Iran met en garde les Etats-Unis”

Video: US Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems in Iraq. Houthis Attack Saudi Capital

The United States has deployed Patriot anti-air batteries to the bases hosting US troops in Iraq, AFP reported on March 30 citing US and Iraqi sources. The first Patriot battery was delivered to Ain al-Asad last week, while the second … The post Video: US Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems in Iraq. Houthis Attack Saudi … Continue reading “Video: US Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems in Iraq. Houthis Attack Saudi Capital”

Des putschistes à l’ombre du coronavirus

Alors que les populations ont les yeux rivés sur les chiffres de la progression du coronavirus, une profonde réorganisation des exécutifs a lieu accordant le primat aux hauts-fonctionnaires de Santé sur les politiques. Dans l’ombre, des banquiers et des militaires s’agitent espérant confisquer le Pouvoir à leur profit. Le primat de la logique administrative sur … Continue reading “Des putschistes à l’ombre du coronavirus”

Pinkwashing en Israël

Interventions de Jean Stern à propos de son livre “Mirage gay à Tel Aviv”. Paru dans Trou Noir #3. Homocratie Je vais commencer par vous parler d’une photo, présente dans mon livre, de deux militaires avec trois enfants (ci-après). Cette photo illustre parfaitement la réalité gay à Tel-Aviv. L’homme de gauche est adjoint au maire … Continue reading “Pinkwashing en Israël”

Drone Whistleblower Charged With Making Online Threats to City Council — But Some of Its Members Want The Case Dropped

Brandon Bryant made international headlines when he came forward with information from inside the U.S. military’s drone program. Over the past several years, the former drone operator has become known for his outspoken activism on the issues of civilian deaths and the struggles of drone pilots with substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Like other … Continue reading “Drone Whistleblower Charged With Making Online Threats to City Council — But Some of Its Members Want The Case Dropped”

The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran. The Weight of the Pandemic

Some wars are fought with bombs and bullets. These are the wars in Syria and Iraq, in Afghanistan and Yemen. Then there are quieter wars executed by drone. These cowardly wars also kill people, but not our people. These quieter … The post The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran. The Weight of the Pandemic … Continue reading “The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran. The Weight of the Pandemic”

Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The US may be reaching its “Chernobyl moment” as it fails to lead in combating the coronavirus epidemic. As with the nuclear accident in the Soviet Union in 1986, a cataclysm is exposing systemic failings that have already weakened US hegemony in the world. Whatever the outcome of the pandemic, … Continue reading “Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover”

We’ve Met the Enemy and It’s a Tiny Virus

Photograph Source: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Todd P. Cichonowicz – Public Domain Over the course of just a couple of days last week, the backbone of the US Navy’s Pacific fleet has just been shut down for the next month. The enemy that managed to cause this sudden surprise unilateral disarmament of … Continue reading “We’ve Met the Enemy and It’s a Tiny Virus”

Out of the Coronavirus Crisis Can Come Efficient Historic Changes for Justice

Many of us have heard that the Chinese character for “crisis” is also the character for “opportunity.” During the coronavirus crisis, we have a duty to apply political solutions and emerge much superior than before the pandemic struck an unready country. The time for serious civic reforms is now! Here are five fundamental opportunities for … Continue reading “Out of the Coronavirus Crisis Can Come Efficient Historic Changes for Justice”

The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran

Some wars are fought with bombs and bullets. These are the wars in Syria and Iraq, in Afghanistan and Yemen. Then there are quieter wars executed by drone. These cowardly wars also kill people, but not our people. These quieter wars accomplish what the more cacophonous wars accomplish without the public outcry and condemnation. Medical … Continue reading “The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran”

US DoD Paid Ad Firm Millions for Propaganda That Never Aired in Afghanistan

Between 2008 and 2015, the Leonie Group, also called Leonie Industries, was the Pentagon’s top contractor for psychological operations in US warzones, trying to sell the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to largely hostile populations. However, according to a whistleblower report included in a recently unsealed lawsuit, Leonie overbilled the US government by millions … Continue reading “US DoD Paid Ad Firm Millions for Propaganda That Never Aired in Afghanistan”

Beware of Trump Using the Coronavirus as a Cover for War With Iran

U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne board a C-17 aircraft at Fort Bragg, N.C., to be deployed to the Middle East on Jan. 1, 2020. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer via AP The news is all coronavirus. Whether it’s cable news, national newspapers, public radio, or even my own Intercept podcast, we can’t … Continue reading “Beware of Trump Using the Coronavirus as a Cover for War With Iran”

Going After Maduro

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The recent indictments of Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan government officials on drug trafficking and narco-terrorism charges is a sham. It is a politically motivated and hypocritical attack on the elected government of Venezuela. Obviously, it is another front in the ongoing US low-intensity war on the majority of Venezuelans. … Continue reading “Going After Maduro”

How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America

Photograph by Joshua Frank My dad was born in 1917. Somehow, he survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919, but an outbreak of whooping cough in 1923 claimed his baby sister, Clementina. One of my dad’s first memories was seeing his sister’s tiny white casket. Another sister was permanently marked by scarlet fever. In 1923, … Continue reading “How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America”