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”

Pentagon Orders CENTCOM to Draw Up Plans to “Destroy” a Section of the Iraqi Armed Forces

Editor’s note: The New York times shamelessly manages a 1800-word report without once informing its readers the Kataib Hezbollah and “other Shia militias” being discussed are part of the official armed forces of Iraq and of the Iraqi state under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The military not enthusiastic about Pompe’s idea but Trump gives … Continue reading “Pentagon Orders CENTCOM to Draw Up Plans to “Destroy” a Section of the Iraqi Armed Forces”

Ephéméride des luttes : 28 mars

Le 28 mars de l’éphéméride des luttes, dans le prolongement de la proclamation de la Commune, tente de faire vivre les idéaux que celle-ci a érigé jusqu’à nos jours, en ne cessant jamais de combattre contre toutes les formes d’exploitation et d’oppression. 1871 : A Paris, sur la place de l’Hôtel de Ville et devant … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 28 mars”

Malgré la pandémie du Covid-19, les Etats-Unis imposent de nouvelles sanctions contre l’Iran

L’épidémie de coronavirus n’empêche pas les États-Unis de poursuivre leur guerre économique contre l’Iran. Et Washington ne semble pas décidée à faire de cadeau aux iraniens alors que le pays a annoncé le 26 mars avoir comptabilisé 29 406 contaminés et 2 234 morts liés au Covid-19. Le département du Trésor américain a ainsi imposé de nouvelles sanctions contre … Continue reading “Malgré la pandémie du Covid-19, les Etats-Unis imposent de nouvelles sanctions contre l’Iran”

Could the Death of the National Security State be a Silver Lining of COVID-19?

Photograph Source: Carnaval.com Studios – CC BY 2.0 Could something good come from the catastrophe of COVID-19? Might the epic insecurity of a plague teach us something about national security? Political scientist Micah Zenko calls the current pandemic “the worst intelligence failure in U.S. history.” Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman sees “the urgent need to … Continue reading “Could the Death of the National Security State be a Silver Lining of COVID-19?”

Neither Biden Nor Trump: Imagine Cuomo

Photograph Source: Er-nay – CC BY-SA 4.0 The Trump presidency is mainly about enriching and glorifying Donald Trump. To that end, and in accord with his attitudes and dispositions, he has set about making America hate again – or, more precisely, a whole lot more than in the recent past. Thus, he has taken to … Continue reading “Neither Biden Nor Trump: Imagine Cuomo”

What Trump is Doing in the Middle East While You are Distracted by COVID-19

And still the virus shrouds Donald Trump’s mischief in the Middle East. First it was his sly retreat from Iraq; now it’s his cosy military exercises with the United Arab Emirates – famous in song and legend as a former Saudi ally in the bloody Yemen war – and his cut of $1bn in aid … Continue reading “What Trump is Doing in the Middle East While You are Distracted by COVID-19”

The Coronavirus and the Real Threats to American Safety and Freedom

Americans are facing “A Spring Unlike Any Before.” So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times. That headline, however hyperbolic, was all too apt. The coming of spring has always promised relief from the discomforts of winter. Yet, far too often, it also brings its own calamities and afflictions. According to the … Continue reading “The Coronavirus and the Real Threats to American Safety and Freedom”

Alexander Cockburn meets Charles Bukowski at a Sushi Bar in San Pedro

Greg Palast, Sonali Kolhagar, James Preston Allen and Laura Flanders at KPFK fm fundraiser Feb. 22, 2020 Palos Verdes Art Center I was reminded the other day about a funny incident that happened years ago when the noted Nation Magazine columnist Alexander Cockburn was introduced to the famous American poet Charles Bukowski. My memory of … Continue reading “Alexander Cockburn meets Charles Bukowski at a Sushi Bar in San Pedro”

Bad Moon Rising: Iraq on the Eve of Tet Offensive 2.0

Victor Charlie debuted in 1954 as the Saigon-Cholon Peace Committee. Mid-1950s Vietnamese revolutionaries, inside US-occupied zones, morphed into: “the Front” – joining patriotic, Buddhist and peace societies en masse. By 1962, 250,000 activists enlivened myriad societies whilst gathering info for a secret leadership. A campaign targeting Vietnamese who collaborated with Americans, launched in 1957, ratcheted-up … Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising: Iraq on the Eve of Tet Offensive 2.0”

US Beats War Drums in Middle East

While the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, tensions between the US and Iran are heating up. The two countries are engaging in tit-for-tat military attacks that threaten a wider war. In mid-March, Washington officials accused an Iran-allied militia of launching rockets at a US military base in Iraq, killing two American soldiers and one … Continue reading “US Beats War Drums in Middle East”

Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?, by Pat Buchanan

To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq. When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow announced it would cancel its war games along NATO’s border. Nations seem to be recognizing and responding to the grim new geostrategic reality of March…

L’Elysée annonce la libération de 3 otages français, membres de SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, de l’Irak

«La France a déployé tous ses efforts pour parvenir à ce dénouement. Le président de la République exprime sa gratitude aux autorités irakiennes pour leur coopération», indique un bref communiqué de la présidence française, sans autre précision. SOS Chrétiens d’Orient avait indiqué la semaine dernière être sans nouvelle des ses quatre membres portés disparus, sans … Continue reading “L’Elysée annonce la libération de 3 otages français, membres de SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, de l’Irak”

Coronavirus : la France rapatrie ses troupes présentes sur le sol irakien

En raison de la pandémie mondiale de coronavirus qui a fait près de 21 000 morts et confiné presque la moitié de la planète, le chef d’Etat-Major des armées François Lecointre a annoncé le 25 mars le rapatriement imminent des soldats français stationnés en Irak. «La France a décidé de rapatrier jusqu’à nouvel ordre le personnel de … Continue reading “Coronavirus : la France rapatrie ses troupes présentes sur le sol irakien”

Coronavirus. La France retire ses troupes d’Irak

La France va retirer ses troupes d’Irak, où elles participaient à des missions de formation, a annoncé mercredi l’état-major français, en raison « notamment » de la pandémie de coronavirus qui vient ainsi entraver une de ses opérations extérieures. Frontalier de l’Iran où le virus a déjà tué près de 1 700 personnes, l’Irak a imposé dimanche à … Continue reading “Coronavirus. La France retire ses troupes d’Irak”

A joint interview : John Kiriakou and Jonathan Landay

An analysis of changes in American democracy John Kiriakou is a whistleblower who revealed the torture program used by the CIA. Jonathan Landay wrote tirelessly, then, that the Bush Administration was creating a (false) narrative to justify the invasion of Iraq. What do they think about the evolution of their country? John Kiriakou and Jonathan … Continue reading “A joint interview : John Kiriakou and Jonathan Landay”

Pompeo Pushed for US Attack on Iranian Navy Arguing That Covid-19 Would Make “Weakened” Iran Surrender

Related: In 1988 the US Sank or Disabled Half of Iran’s Operational Navy President Trump was getting ready to declare the coronavirus a “national emergency,” but inside the White House last Thursday, a tense debate erupted among the president and his top advisers on a far different subject: whether the United States should escalate military … Continue reading “Pompeo Pushed for US Attack on Iranian Navy Arguing That Covid-19 Would Make “Weakened” Iran Surrender”

Qui a tué Zia ?

Par Barbara Crossette − 2005 −Source World Policy Journal De toutes les morts politiques violentes du XXème siècle, aucune de celles qui concernaient les États-Unis ne fut entourée d’autant de zones d’ombres que le mystérieux crash aérien qui tua le président pakistanais Mohammed Zia ul-Haq en 1988. Cette tragédie coûta également la vie à un … Continue reading “Qui a tué Zia ?”