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Peace is Not Profitable
MISSY BEATTIE
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires. For recent ...
New York Times Fiction
RAMZY BAROUD
Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Under the title “Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran”, Landler wrote of President Barack Obama’s deep “belief in the power of the written word,” and of his “frustrating private co...
Obama’s Grotesque Hypocrisy Over Cluster Munitions
DAVE LINDORFF
Syrian civilians and children should count themselves lucky that mass opposition in the US, the UK and much of the rest of the world to the idea of a US bombing blitz aimed at punishing the Syrian government for allegedly using Sarin gas in an attack on a Damascus neighbo...
How Obama Lost the First Battle for Damascus
FATHER DAVE SMITH
A good propaganda system aims at controlling the public dialogue, and in the marketing of war one technique that has proven very successful in recent years has been to encourage public debate about a proposed war, but to do so within a framework that already assumes the b...
Labor’s Days in La La Land
STEVE EARLY
As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave Los Angeles last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage of their five-day convention. The meeting concluded, per usual, with fulsome delegate praise for President Rich Trumka’s carefully scripted chairing and...
The Fed, QE, and Jobs
JACK RASMUS
Over the past five years the US central bank, the Federal Reserve (Fed), has printed nearly $4 trillion in liquidity (money) which it has provided to banks and professional investors. This is called ‘Quantitative Easing’ (QE). QE means the Fed essentially prints money...
Trust and Verify and Vomit
JOHN GRANT
The media didn’t waste time lining up US leaders to trash Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed...
In Historic First, American Empire is Blocked at the Starting Line
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s be clear here. The people of the US and the world have won a huge victory over a war-obsessed US government and an administration that was hell-bent on yet again launching a criminal war of aggression against a country that poses no threat to the US or its neighbo...
Obama’s War Grows as Support Shrinks
SHAMUS COOKE
Some careful listening has exposed the lie that a U.S. attack (war) against Syria would be, as Obama put it, “a shot across the bow,” i.e. a “tiny war.” But even before the first missile is launched the birth of Obama’s baby war began to grow, and ...
Hypocrite in Chief
JASON HIRTHLER
A hypocrite’s work is never done. Thus the need for our Nobel Prize bearing Commander in Chief to execute a needless and devastating war of aggression on a country preoccupied by its own civil war. He should pin that prize to his lapel when he announces his surgical str...
Only Republicans Can Save Us Now
ANDREW LEVINE
In Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Jonathan Swift has his hero say of the inhabitants of Brobdingnag: “I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface o...
Not a Step in the Right Direction
MICHAEL BOLDIN
In response to heavy public opposition to a unilateral executive war against Syria (yes, limited strikes on another country are certainly a ...
Should Russia Attack Colombia?
NICK ALEXANDROV
The President and Secretary of State are making “a largely moral case for a retaliatory response” in Syria, New York Times editors asserted recently. And Obama declared Wednesday that “the international community’s credibility is on the line,” since it was “th...
Obama’s “Red Line” and Children
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
We readily identify with children anywhere because they bring out the humanness in us. That is, they remind us of our own childhood: when we also were dependent, vulnerable, innocent, curious, inquiring, spontaneous, honest, trusting—our humanity not yet “socialized...
Internet Hackers and the Real Threat They Expose
ALFREDO LOPEZ
While certainly not over-shadowing the Obama Administration’s military threats against Syria, the cyber attack that brought ...
A Modest Proposal for Syria
DAVID SWANSON
It is a melancholy object to those who view videos of Damascus, when they see the streets, the roads, and doorways, crowded with the bodies of those reportedly killed with the wrong weapons by the wrong people. I think it is agreed by all parties that this 1,000 or...
Dr. King, Obama, and the Run-Up to War
NORMAN POLLACK
Less than a week following the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it is as though, from the standpoint of what Dr. King symbolically represented and actively fought for, and where America, under Obama’s leadership, presently is, the nation...
The Parallels Between Washington and Ancient Rome
JOHN WIGHT
The parallels between Washington and ancient Rome are increasingly apparent. As with i...
Your Munich Moment, Their Reichstag Fire
KATHLEEN WALLACE
John Kerry is at it again. His grizzled visage notwithstanding (hey, it scares me)- the man just wasn’t quite able to stir up the critical mass for fear with traditional mongering. So he played the Nazi card. Godwin’s Law did not apply in this case, as he brou...
Obama Backs Down, A Little
ANDREW LEVINE
On President Obama’s proposed hit and run intervention into the Syrian civil war, there are, as Donald Rumsfeld might say, “the known knowns; …things that we know. There are known unknowns; …things that we now know we don’t know. And there are also unknown unkno...
Obama Decides It’s Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It Alone
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a war on his own authority, Obama put his unilateral attack on Syria on hold when he received a letter from more than 160 members of the House of Representatives reminding him that to take the country to war without congres...
How the U.S. Left is Failing Over Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
It’s now painfully clear that Obama’s war on Syria is a replay of Bush’s march to war in Iraq, both built on lies. Zero evidence has been put forth that proves the Syrian government used chemical weapons. On the contrary, ...
Obama’s and Kerry’s Big Lie
DAVE LINDORFF
The document released on the White Hou...
Who Really Crossed the Red Line?
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
The momentum for war seems to have slowed down as President Obama turns to Congress to get the go-ahead for military action against Syria. Despite Obama’s surprise U-turn on Syria, the US administration is said to retain ‘its right’ to strike regardless of a vote in...
Caveman Credibility and its Costs
DAVID SWANSON
Sending a bunch of $3 million missiles into Syria to blow stuff up will kill a great many men, women, and children ...
Obama Backs Down, Seeks Congressional Okay for Syria Attack
DAVE LINDORFF
The forces arrayed in Washington propelling the nation into a war against Syria, including the Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, the cabal of neo-conservative pundits and “think” tanks, whose ranks include President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, the arms in...
A View From Tehran
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran Truth told, it’s a bit intense these days in Tehran as in most other countries in this region, and this observer fairly soon may be on what just might be the last Tehran-Damascus flight for some time in light of what could occur in the coming days...
Unilaterally Striking Syria
BINOY KAMPMARK
It is happening, again. The grotesque similarities are haunting. Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States, along with its faithful, evangelically led air craft carrier in the form of Britain, decided to treat the United Nations as a body of opinion rather th...
Obama’s Dark Theatrics
PAUL GOTTINGER
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate himself, Obama, weighed in on the human rights abuses being carried out by the U.S. ...
Object Permanence
MISSY BEATTIE
The Empire marches on. Next stop and drop, Syria. Accomplishing missions. The top stories on Google News this morning (Monday) are chemical weapons in Syria and Miley Cyrus’s gyrations and crotch grabbing as she performed “We Can’t Stop.” We. Can’t. Stop....
Obama’s War Desk
DAVE LANNEN
Mr. Obama’s war desk is heavy with burdensome issues concerning Syria.  Given three minutes of his time I would share the following prospective – of which his advisors are ill-informed; that of a little girl and a soldier. The choreographed chaos in our tent h...
Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing
JOHN GRANT
Here we go again. Polls suggest the American people are fed up after two full-bore wars and the killing of an ambassador in Benghazi following our escapade in Libya. Yet, the Obama administration seems poised to launch another war in Syria. “We can’t do ...
The Liberals’ Class Problem
GEOFFREY McDONALD
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer – that’s hardly a secret in America today. It forms the subject of political debates, speeches by economists, stories on the evening news, and protests in the streets. Everyone seems to agree that it’s one big social problem ...
Obama Commemorates the March on Washington
NORMAN POLLACK
It befouls the memory of Dr. King to have invited Obama to speak. He represents the antithesis of everything Dr. King dreamed of and worked for. Yes, I was there in 1963, where the air was filled with the spirit of justice, justice not as an abstraction, not as a catchwor...
Forcing Obama into a Prolonged Syrian War
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran The Bandar-Zionist lobby collaboration, currently the cocktail party talk of many in Washington,  is not  a case of strange bedfellows given three decades of mutual cooperation which started during Prince Bandar’s long tenure as Saudi ambassad...
The Leveraged Buyout of America
ELLEN BROWN
Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pu...
The Barack Obama 10 Step Guide to the U.S. Presidency
BEN SCHREINER
1. Kill Foreigners Every president must consolidate his or her domestic power.  And long the best way to consolidate power within the world’s lone indispensable nation has been to knock off a few foreigners.  This services your power in three ways.  Fir...
Obama’s Big Keystone XL Scandal
STEVE HORN
A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that ...
A Look at the Movement Against the US War in Iraq
RON JACOBS
In the fall of 1990 and into the early weeks of 1991 millions of people around the world protested the anticipated US-led war against Iraq. From Washington, DC to London; Berlin to Tokyo; Bangladesh to Gaza, massive protests were held in the months leading up to the Janua...
The Obama Failure in Real Time
SHAMUS COOKE
When the NSA spying scandal broke, so did the illusion that President Obama was significantly different than his predecessor, Bush Jr. Obama’s meticulously crafted image was specifically created as an alternative to Bush: Obama campaigned as a peace candidate who l...
The White House Threatens To End Aid if Palestine Joins the ICC
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Fatou Bom Bensouda, the Gambian-born deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was never Washington’s first choice to succeed the inveterately self-promoting elitist ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. And it is doubtful t...
Obama’s Love Affair With Fracking
STEVE HORN
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s “...
The Vacant Climate Plan
ANNE PETERMANN
Yesterday, President Obama announced his new Climate Action Plan in a nationally televised speech. He described the emerging climate crisis and its impacts–both past, present and future, while be suffered the heat of an abnormally warm June day in Washington, DC....
Cranking Up the Washington Lie Machine
DAVE LINDORFF
Just for the sake of argument, let’s suspend our disbelief for a moment and pretend (I know it’s a stretch) that the Obama administration and the apologists for the nation’s spy apparatus in Congress, Democratic and Republican, are telling us the gods...
American Narcissism
MISSY BEATTIE
If you see something, say something. Who isn’t familiar with this slogan, trademarked by New York’s Transportation Authority and licensed to Homeland Security for the government’s rule-by-fear campaign? Whistleblower Edward Snowden saw something, said somethi...
The NSA and the Infrastructure of the Surveillance State
ERIC DRAITSER
It has long been known that cyberspace is one of the main battlegrounds in the 21st century. However, last week’s shocking revelations about the NSA’s surveillance and data-gath...
The ACLU, Privacy and Obama
BINOY KAMPMARK
It was a statement that remains powerful for its clear and striking defiance: wanting to be left alone.  It was not merely a position taken by Greta Garbo who fobbed off the fans and detractors with equal disdain simply wanting to be let alone; it was also a statement of...
Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?
SHAMUS COOKE
The long awaited Syrian peace talks — instigated by power brokers Russia and the United States — had already passed their initial due date, and are now officially stillborn. The peace talks are dead because the ...
Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice
RALPH NADER
The imaginative uses of the mighty presidency in American history and its bully pulpit have rarely been much above amateurish when it comes to helping people empower themselves. This has been the case even when the same party controls the White House and both Houses of Co...
Why is Edward Snowden in Hong Kong?
DAVE LINDORFF
A lot of people in the US media are asking why America’s most famous whistleblower, 29-year old Edward Snowden, hied himself off to the city state of Hong Kong, a wholly owned subsidiary of the People’s Republic of China, to seek at least temporary refuge....