German Lawyers Preparing Lawsuits Against Medical Martial Law, ACLU Files the First One in the US

Several German law firms are preparing lawsuits against the measures and regulations that have been issued. A specialist in medical law writes in a press release: „The measures taken by the federal and state governments are blatantly unconstitutional and violate a multitude of basic rights of citizens in Germany to an unprecedented extent. This applies to … Continue reading “German Lawyers Preparing Lawsuits Against Medical Martial Law, ACLU Files the First One in the US”

85% of Americans Subject to Stay-at-Home Orders — Have the Russians Taken Over??

  As of Wednesday, 36 US states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico have issued stay-at-home orders, asking residents to shelter in place and go out only for essential services like buying food and medicine. Many cities and counties in states that don’t have these policies have issued similar orders. The state-wide orders are represented on … Continue reading “85% of Americans Subject to Stay-at-Home Orders — Have the Russians Taken Over??”

Campaigning in a Covid-19 Hotspot, AOC Ally Samelys López Looks to Break Out

Samelys López first met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Bronx field office for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. The two had taken divergent paths to get there. By the time Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, López, 10 years her senior, was living in the New York City shelter system. Ocasio-Cortez, at age 5, had … Continue reading “Campaigning in a Covid-19 Hotspot, AOC Ally Samelys López Looks to Break Out”

BREAKING: Over 24,000 Americans Have Died From a Viral Lung Infection; It’s Time to PANIC

COVID-19 in the United States. It is time to panic. The figures include 155 children had died from COVID-19 this season. Can we please start panicking? Widespread outbreaks are reported in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North … Continue reading “BREAKING: Over 24,000 Americans Have Died From a Viral Lung Infection; It’s Time to PANIC”

Dreams of Extermination in Puerto Rico: U.S. Biological Warfare and the Legacy of Dr. Cornelius Rhoads

Who were the men and women behind the U.S. biological weapons programs during World War II? We know Imperial Japan had biological weapons, specifically bombs made of infected fleas they dropped on China and there were others who committed the … The post Dreams of Extermination in Puerto Rico: U.S. Biological Warfare and the Legacy … Continue reading “Dreams of Extermination in Puerto Rico: U.S. Biological Warfare and the Legacy of Dr. Cornelius Rhoads”

In Exchange for Aid, Trump Wants Praise From Governors He Can Use in Campaign Ads

As he increasingly tries to shovel blame for the shortage of medical supplies onto the governors of states with densely populated areas that are suffering the most from the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump was asked on Friday what more he wants them to do. It was, he said, “very simple: I want them to … Continue reading “In Exchange for Aid, Trump Wants Praise From Governors He Can Use in Campaign Ads”

After Florida Held Its Primary Amid Pandemic, Two Poll Workers Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Two Florida poll workers have tested positive for coronavirus since the March 17 primary, which was held contrary to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against large gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Both of the workers were stationed at polls in Broward County, in the southeast part of the … Continue reading “After Florida Held Its Primary Amid Pandemic, Two Poll Workers Tested Positive for Coronavirus”

Roaming Charges: The Scum Also Rises

EMT making an emergency COVID-19 call in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + One month ago today Trump said the US infection rate would go from 15 patients to close to zero in just a few days. Today the US passed 1,000 deaths and became the world’s leading hot spot in COVID-19 cases, surpassing … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: The Scum Also Rises”

“People Go Before Money. This Is About Saving Lives,” Says San Juan Mayor on Pandemic in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico announced a record $787 million financial package to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as the island’s death toll hits two with 39 cases reported. The pandemic follows a series of devastating earthquakes in Puerto Rico earlier this year and comes as the island continues to deal with fallout from … Continue reading ““People Go Before Money. This Is About Saving Lives,” Says San Juan Mayor on Pandemic in Puerto Rico”

Ephéméride des luttes : 21 mars

Aujourd’hui 21 mars, l’éphéméride des luttes risque parfois sa peau dans les rues, parce que la répression est dure, mais elle y met souvent de l’ambiance, où que ce soit sur la planète. Aujourd’hui, la police reçoit beaucoup de petits cadeaux. 1617 : A Gravesend en Angleterre, mort de Pocahontas, amérindienne Powhatan qui fut ramenée … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 21 mars”

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”

Sanders v. Warren: Why It Still Matters

When the body politic suffers severe trauma, here will be people yearning for a return to “normalcy.” Their efforts almost always turn out poorly. Voters who see in Joe Biden, of all people, a chance to return to the normalcy of the Obama era – the normalcy of President Drone, the Deporter-in-Chief and Best Friend … Continue reading “Sanders v. Warren: Why It Still Matters”

The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands to Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Sam Duncombe, head of the Bahamian environmental organization reEarth, looked on with concern Thursday as island authorities debated whether to allow passengers to disembark from Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar, the latest ship hit by the novel coronavirus. Duncombe is a longtime critic of the cruise industry and has led the fight against Disney’s plan … Continue reading “The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands to Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns”

Roaming Charges: Going Viral

The Black Death by Hieronymus Bosch. + From Albert Camus’s The Plague, which is once again on my nightstand: “There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” + We are witnessing what happens to a country (this one) that faces a pandemic after it … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Going Viral”

Climate Victims Violent? Klare’s Paean to the American Military

Michael Klare’s new book, All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change, is an uncritical paean to the American military. He credits the Pentagon with taking climate science seriously. But he does not question, bring contradictory evidence, or analyze the military’s self-appointed role as global manager of climate-related human disorder. Klare’s work is … Continue reading “Climate Victims Violent? Klare’s Paean to the American Military”

Don’t Depend on FEMA to Save Us From Global-Warming’s Armageddon

Americans noticing the increasingly intense natural disasters in this country—extreme heat waves, forest fires, hurricanes, tornados, floods, water shortages, volcanoes, and earthquakes—have to be quietly nervous or blocking news about what may happen in their backyards. In my backyard—Portland OR—a climate-change brouhaha  has arisen between some 1,000 irate residents behind a 30-foot high levee protecting the city … Continue reading “Don’t Depend on FEMA to Save Us From Global-Warming’s Armageddon”

Let Rome Burn

Hear ye, hear ye!  I say unto thee that thou shall follow these hallowed and sacred rules of white liberalism as we enter the Holiest of Holy Epochs known as the presidential primaries, and they are thus: If thine conservative-leaning sensibilities are offended by the leftism of others, read thee thine New York Times and … Continue reading “Let Rome Burn”

Ralph Nader on Bloomberg’s Plot to Stop Bernie, the Rot Within the DNC, and His Recent Call With Pelosi

Last fall, the third most powerful figure in the U.S. government, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, had a phone call with a man who is undoubtedly one of the most hated people among her base of Democratic Party supporters: the famed consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Their phone call took place as … Continue reading “Ralph Nader on Bloomberg’s Plot to Stop Bernie, the Rot Within the DNC, and His Recent Call With Pelosi”

A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico’s Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal

Puerto Rico’s financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island’s outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still … Continue reading “A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico’s Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal”

“Our Very Existence Is the Resistance”: An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar

On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first … Continue reading ““Our Very Existence Is the Resistance”: An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar”

Puerto Rico’s Power Failures Inspired a Rooftop Solar Movement. But Officials Are Undermining It — in Favor of Natural Gas.

Tremors began shaking Puerto Rico just before New Year’s Eve, causing anxiety but only minimally disrupting festivities. On Three Kings Day, January 6, families across the island observed one of its most important holidays, with children awakening to gifts left by the biblical kings. In the predawn hours after the celebration, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake … Continue reading “Puerto Rico’s Power Failures Inspired a Rooftop Solar Movement. But Officials Are Undermining It — in Favor of Natural Gas.”

LIV Free or Die

The NFL has made it to the ripe old age of 100. The same can be said for only a tiny clutch of its former players. Notwithstanding the league’s PR efforts, it’s a century of increasingly violent gridiron combat, unsafe at any speed. The game’s heroes are ever more likely to donate their brains to … Continue reading “LIV Free or Die”

The Quake after the Storm: Slouching toward Sustainability in Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans were plunged in the dark once more in January, this time due to an earthquake that severely damaged a major power plant near the southern coast.  Recurring tremors led to thousands sleeping in the open for weeks. The blackout, while temporary, was ominously reminiscent of the long blackout following Hurricane María two years … Continue reading “The Quake after the Storm: Slouching toward Sustainability in Puerto Rico”

Our Final Decade to Get Climate Policy Right

Halsey, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in October 2018 that we have 12 years to keep global temperatures increases at 1.5 degrees Celsius or less. Now, we have more like 10 years. We have this decade. In the first weeks of 2020, we’ve already witnessed mass evacuations and … Continue reading “Our Final Decade to Get Climate Policy Right”

Facebook Warrant Targeting Student Journalists in Puerto Rico Prompts Fears of Political Surveillance

As seven University of Puerto Rico students prepare to face trial in February for participating in a nonviolent protest more than two years ago, documents released to their defense attorneys reveal that Facebook granted the island’s Justice Department access to a trove of private information from student news publications. The department’s sweeping search warrant was … Continue reading “Facebook Warrant Targeting Student Journalists in Puerto Rico Prompts Fears of Political Surveillance”

Roaming Charges: No Woman, No Cry

Winter, North Hollywood. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Can someone remind me what Trump’s being impeached for? Not extra-judicial assassinations, not locking children in cages, not gutting environmental regulations that will cost thousands of lives, not for illegally diverting money for his border wall, not for acts of self-enrichment, not for torturing Chelsea Manning, not … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: No Woman, No Cry”

Saint Greta and the Dragon

Seated before a corner lamppost, at the foot of the J.P. Morgan Chase Tower, was a blind man with a Starbuck’s venti cup and a hand-lettered cardboard sign. Resting against his knees on the pavement, it read: “Please help the homeless.” Clothed in a gray sweatshirt, mangy coat and army surplus trousers, he was half-asleep, … Continue reading “Saint Greta and the Dragon”

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Set Hurricane Recovery Back as Trump Denies Aid

The U.S. territory was hit with two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks, but local and national politics are still getting in the way of real help for the people of Puerto Rico. The post Puerto Rico Earthquakes Set Hurricane Recovery Back as Trump Denies Aid appeared first on The Real News Network.

Roaming Charges: All the Pretty Missiles Are Going to Hell

LA River beneath Highway 101. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + We have reached that critical moment in world affairs where when the White House hotline rings at 3:30 in the morning, two-thirds of the planet’s population hopes that Barron picks up…. + I feel fortunate to live in a country that takes freedom of speech … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: All the Pretty Missiles Are Going to Hell”

Deadly Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico, Causing Mass Power Outages and “Infrastructural Aftershocks”

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico early Tuesday, killing at least one person and plunging nearly the entire population into darkness in a mass power outage. It is the largest earthquake to hit the island in more than 100 years and follows a series of strong quakes that have rattled the island in recent … Continue reading “Deadly Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico, Causing Mass Power Outages and “Infrastructural Aftershocks””

Yes, Kay, The Life of Nature is Beautiful and A Palestine Flashback

Among the dozen or so positive responses to my Christmas Day CP Posting (Bethlehem Scarred by Brutal Israeli Occupation, While the World Acquiesces, 12/25/2019), I received responses from dear friend and acclaimed poet Jack Butler (California) and Kay Weir, editor of “Pacific Ecology,” a Wellington, New Zealand-based scholarly journal whose mission is to “strengthen the … Continue reading “Yes, Kay, The Life of Nature is Beautiful and A Palestine Flashback”

An Interview With Anti-Ice Protester Sherrie Anne André

Sherrie Anne André (they/their/them) is a radical BIPOC LGBTQQIA+ activist based in Providence. A cofounder of the FANG Collective, established in 2013, they are going to trial on January 7 for participating in an August 20, 2018 blockade of the Bristol County House of Corrections in solidarity with an incarcerated workers hunger strike. The action … Continue reading “An Interview With Anti-Ice Protester Sherrie Anne André”

Democrats Cave in Secret Budget Deal with Trump

While attention was focused on the House of Representatives’ impeachment of Donald J. Trump, legislators from both parties were secretly huddling with White House aides to seal a $1.4 trillion budget deal to fund the government until next September. They were rushing to do this to avoid a partial government shutdown starting December 21, 2019. … Continue reading “Democrats Cave in Secret Budget Deal with Trump”

The A to Z of Things Trump Could and Should Have Been Impeached For

U.S. President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office prior to his departure for a campaign event in Battle Creek, Michigan, December 18, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Hurrah! On Wednesday evening, Donald Trump became only the third president of the United States to be impeached. The … Continue reading “The A to Z of Things Trump Could and Should Have Been Impeached For”

US Health Agency Says Number of Vaping-Related Deaths Rises to 52

“As of 10 December 2019, a total of 2,409 hospitalized EVALI cases have been reported to CDC from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two US territories (Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)”, the report said. The report added that 52 vaping-related deaths have been confirmed in 26 states and the District of … Continue reading “US Health Agency Says Number of Vaping-Related Deaths Rises to 52”

Midnight Ramble: A Fascist Rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Photograph Source: mathiaswasik – CC BY 2.0 At one of his permanent fascist-style campaign rallies on December 10, 2019, the day the U.S. House of Representatives rolled out Articles of Impeachment, United States President Donald J. Trump told an adoring Pennsylvania crowd that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren “has a fresh mouth.” The meaning of this … Continue reading “Midnight Ramble: A Fascist Rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania”

If Time Magazine Celebrates Greta Thunberg, Why Should We?

In just over 6,500 words, Time Magazine  makes the case for Greta Thunberg being 2019’s Person of the Year. For much of the left, this confirms that she is a corporate tool. Founded in 1923 by Henry Luce, Time was the flagship of the Luce empire. Print newsmagazines have gone into a steep decline with … Continue reading “If Time Magazine Celebrates Greta Thunberg, Why Should We?”

A Theory of Truth From the South

The Section on Political Science from the South of the University of Havana in Cuba is now working on a project dedicated to the formulation of a theory of truth, in order to respond to the lies that are the foundation of imperialist policies. The lie is fundamental to the historical development of domination. In … Continue reading “A Theory of Truth From the South”

Look Out for the Drift

In the mid-nineties, after receiving a BA in psychology, psychopathology was on my mind daily. I worked at a group home for psychiatrically diagnosed teens in Queens, New York; later as a psychiatric rehab counselor for adults transitioning from group homes to independent living in the South Bronx. My experiences were disturbing enough to make … Continue reading “Look Out for the Drift”

Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds

Carmen Castelló used to use the term “seguimiento de casos,” or case tracking, when she worked as a social worker managing client caseloads. Now it’s the name of the Facebook page she uses to track cases of murdered and disappeared women in Puerto Rico, information that became key to building the first-ever database of femicides on the island. … Continue reading “Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds”

The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All

It’s a tale for all time. What might be the greatest scam in history or, at least, the one that threatens to take history down with it. Think of it as the climate-change scam that beat science, big time. Scientists have been seriously investigating the subject of human-made climate change since the late 1950s and … Continue reading “The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All”

The Real Constitutional Crisis: The Constitution

Signing the Constitution, September 17, 1787 – Public Domain It has been amusing to hear liberal commentators say over and over that the malignant racist rogue president Donald “I am the World’s Greatest Person” Trump is precisely the sort of terrible tyrant the United States Founding Fathers had in mind when they devised their “genius” … Continue reading “The Real Constitutional Crisis: The Constitution”

Team Taiwan defeats Venezuela in Premier 12 baseball tournament

Team Taiwan defeated Venezuela 3-0 in Group B of the Premier 12 Baseball Championship Nov. 6 in the central city of Taichung, moving a step closer to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.   Starting pitcher Chang Yi, a rookie sensation with the Orix Buffaloes professional baseball team in Japan, collected six strikeouts … Continue reading “Team Taiwan defeats Venezuela in Premier 12 baseball tournament”

All That is Holy is Profaned: Beyond Ruling Class Trumpeachment

Photograph Source: Shealah Craighead, The White House – Public Domain Malignant Orange is an unspeakable atrocity. Think Muslim travel ban, Charlottesville, the advance pardoning of racist pig Joe Arpaio, sadistic family separations, calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers,” the fake national emergency, the Nativist Wall, the criminal diversion of taxpayer funds, “go back to the … Continue reading “All That is Holy is Profaned: Beyond Ruling Class Trumpeachment”

Even America’s Puerto Rico Gets Its LNG From Russia, Not the US Mainland

Pre-historic (but politically irrepealable) legislation makes US tanker gas unviable in the US In the coming days a Spanish-flagged ship, the Catalunya Spirit, will deliver a shipment of Russia-originated liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Puerto Rico. Bizarrely, the United States—a leading exporter of LNG—is nonetheless importing it from a geopolitical rival. And this isn’t a first. Last year a supply of … Continue reading “Even America’s Puerto Rico Gets Its LNG From Russia, Not the US Mainland”

Bernie’s Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019

Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation’s largest public housing development. It was Sanders’s first campaign rally since … Continue reading “Bernie’s Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019”

Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition

My friend Marianne Goldscheider, who is 87, suffered a broken hip in July, 2018 and then, in June 2019, it happened again. When she broke her hip the first time, she was running, with her son, on a football field. After the second break, when she fell in her kitchen, she recalls her only desire … Continue reading “Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition”