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Archives from April 2014
Obama Plays With Fire in Ukraine
“The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe … to ‘reassure’ allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.” — ...
The Day the Modern Peace Process Died?
29 April: that was the date, according to John Kerry’s initial timetable, by which an agreement to end the Israel-Palestine conflict would be signed. But it now risks going down in history for another reason: as the day the modern “peace process” died.  The secreta...
Racism in the Bloodstream
A couple of months ago, I posted what I thought was a “bite-to-the-bone” precise critique of racism in this country to my Facebook page.  The Atlantic article penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates was called, “On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn.”  Coates...
Could the MH370 Disaster Herald a Pivot in Malaysia’s Foreign Policy?
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, and while 2014 was meant to serve as a symbolic year of friendship to deepen cooperation between the two countries, the un...
NATO’s Happy Days
These are ecstatically happy days for Nato, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military grouping that is irrelevant in the modern world. As the BBC commented, “Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may have given a new sense of purpose to the world’s olde...
The Marshall Islands Versus the Nuclear Nations
April 24, 2014. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed landmark lawsuits against all nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. “Nuclear Zero” Lawsuits were filed in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a...
Fast Food Britain
Brandon Lewis, high streets minister of the Cameron government, likes fast food.  Or rather, he likes it for others and sees it as his duty to defend the liberty to consume it, form, content and all. For Lewis, it was vital that governments prevent limiting the access of...
Re-Selling the F-35
Last week the Defense Department released its new Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) on its major weapon programs.  These annual reports are the Pentagon’s effort at definitive cost analysis; they come in two forms: the ...
Defending the Defensible
“The Boycott is a Moral Substitute for War” — Bertha V Corrupts Oh dear, poor Israel. Poor Israel – the world’s 4th largest nuclear military power. Poor Israel – the serial war crimes, crimes against humanity,...
Save Net Neutrality
News reports are circulating that the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) plans to introduce new rules to end net neutrality.   According to the New York Times, “the principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and...
Erdogan’s Apology
On April 23, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences to the descendants of the Armenians who were killed by Ottoman troops during WWI in which many consider as the first genocide of the 20th century. Although it is an historic apology, Erdogan’s...
How Europe’s Budget Straightjacket was Born
Guy Abeille is known as “Monsieur 3%” . He’s the inventor of a concept signed up to and repeated ad nauseam by all French governments of both right and left for three decades, and all EU countries from 1992 under the Maastricht Treaty: “The public deficit must no...
The Semantic War in the Middle East
Imagine a war breaking out between Israel and Jordan. Within two or three days the Israeli army occupies the entire territory of the Hashemite Kingdom. What will be the first act of the occupation authority? Establish a settlement in Petra? Expropriate land near Aq...
The Language of Land Grabbing
What did we learn from the Bundy standoff? Reactions are mixed, but certainly, the rhetoric of land grabbing has flown fast and loose. According to one journalist, “We learned that the government will do anything to private citizens in order to grab land and priv...
Communist at the Cotton Club
There’s a quote from Emma Goldman that reads, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” I have always assumed this statement to be a rebuke of puritanical party ideologues afraid of anything that might wreak of capitalist depravity or, to put it...
Four Lonely Days in a Brown LA Haze
Well, I must be dreaming!  I went through airport security without having to take my shoes off.  And for once, they even let me keep my damn belt on. That was probably the first time since that shoe-bomber nut-job tried to take out East Lansing or wherever that I...
Hubert H. Harrison: a Giant of Black History
Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important figures of twentieth-century history. A brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist, he was described by the historian Joel A. Rogers, in World’s Great Men of Color as “the fo...
Affirmative Action on Trial
The Supreme Court’s ruling supporting a Michigan constitutional ban on the use of race as a criterion for admission to its public universities, one also found in constitutional amendments of California and other states, confirms the widespread antidemocratic surge gripp...
When Brazilians Were Tortured and Disappeared
“The Face of Evil,” flashed the eye catching headline in Brazil’s major daily on a morning late this March, and the accompanying photo of Army lieutenant-colonel Paulo Malhaes, retired, could not have portrayed a more convincing ogre had it been photo shopped by cen...
This Is Obscene
So, Sigourney Weaver portrays Elaine who is portraying Hillary. Bud, Elaine’s husband, is a former U.S. president and an inveterate philander who Elaine divorces. Bud’s a caricature of Bill Clinton. Well, maybe he isn’t. We don’t have documented evidence of Bill...
Sri Lanka in Eclipse
When human beings refuse to be malignant, cunning, ulterior, reprehensible, sinister, vicious and felonious we can achieve great things together. We fought for years to find those assumptions on the ground. We articulated ideology to adopt and changed the attitudes that w...
Scathing Report: School Privatization Hurt Poor Kids
Gordon Lafer, a political economist and University of Oregon professor who has advised Congress, state legislatures, and the New York City mayor’s office, landed at the airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, late last night bringing with him a briefing paper on school pri...
A Tech Company Going Green?
If, perchance, you have the opportunity to read the long list of health benefits from eating an apple a day, then for sure you’ll have an apple on your table every morning. It is a remarkable fruit that helps with almost every organ, crack, and crevice throughout the hu...
When Joan Baez Listened
“Whither the left?” is a hardy perennial like a garden Peruvian lily.  I suspect that when the first Neanderthal crept out of his cave his first words, in Neanderthalese, were “whither the left?” We’re going hear a lot more of this soul searching in time...
Grace Abounding to the Chiefs of Globalization
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1Timothy 6:10, King James Bible A Jew may rob a Goy, he may ch...