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Obama, Syria and the Arrogance of Imperialism
RON JACOBS
Imperialists are not just arrogant, they are stupid.  Pretending that they might get a different result than previous US administrations have obtained before, the Obama administration is planning to send lethal arms to Syrian rebels.  According to the Washington Post...
The Non-Closure of Guantánamo
BINOY KAMPMARK
Guantánamo’s resplendent carceral facilities remain a classic example of double realities, the co-existence of totemic impulses and the reflex of taboo.  On the one hand, it has become an institutional reminder of the extensive, vague and indefinite “war” on terro...
Reviewing the Korean Crisis
PAUL GOTTINGER
Things seemed to have calmed on the Korean peninsula for now.  This despite the fact that the U.S. and South Korea are continuing their outrageously provocative Foal Eagle “war games” through April 30.  The Foal Eagle is one of the ...
Obama is Comfortable with Bush’s Inferno
RALPH NADER
George W. Bush is riding high. A megamillionaire, from the taxpayer-subsidized Texas Rangers company, he makes $150,000 to $200,000 per speech, receives a large presidential pension and support facilities and is about to dedicate the $500 million George W. Bush Presidenti...
From Tragedy May Spring Compassion
KEVIN ZEESE and MARAGAET FLOWERS
This has been another eventful week of resistance in the United States. We have much to share about what happened this week and what is coming up in the near future. But first, we want to remember the bombing in Boston on Monday and show appreciation for ...
The Desolationists
RANDY SHIELDS
You’ve heard of the “isolationist” right but I want to tell you about the “desolationist” left. The desolationists rose up recently, decrying Obama’s “gaffe” of calling California Attorney General Kamala Harris “...
The Doctrine of Kimilsungism
NILE BOWIE
Each year on April 15th, North Koreans pay homage to the founder of their nation, Kim il-Sung – the most revered figure in the North Korean psyche. Despite the tense state of affairs on the Korean peninsula and war-like rhetoric emanating from the North, the mood in the...
How Obama Defanged the EPA
JOSHUA FRANK
It was a tumultuous tenure, productive by some accounts, lackluster by most, but one thing is for certain, Lisa Jackson’s short time as administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency was anything...
What’s Annoying the North Koreans?
GREGORY ELICH
Relations between the United States and North Korea have reached ...
Who Will Save Social Security and Medicare?
SHAMUS COOKE
Before Social Security and Medicare existed, the elderly were either completely dependent on their children or were left to beg in the streets. These programs thus remain sacred to the vast majority of Americans. They allow the elderly dignity and independence instead of...
How Obama Chose War Over Peace in Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
With Syria on the brink of national genocide, outside nations have only two options: help reverse the catastrophe or plunge this torn nation deeper into the abyss. Countries can either work towards a peaceful political solution or they can continue to pour money, guns, a...
Obama’s Peace Antics in Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
At the precise moment US President Barack Obama’s Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, persisting illusions quickly began to shatter. And as he walked on the red carpet, showered with accolades and warm embraces of top Israeli government and mil...
Keystone XL Contractor Green-Lighted BP’s Explosive Caspian Pipeline
STEVE HORN
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Almost 11 years ago in June 2002, ...
Return Guantánamo to the Cuban People
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
To restore good relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, damaged by several years of neglect, is one of many difficult tasks now facing the Obama administration. A measure that could have far-reaching consequences and notably improve the U.S.’ battered image in t...
The Real Obama?
LINN WASHINGTON Jr.
The History Channel is catching righteous hell for crafting the character of Satan in its miniseries “The Bible” to bear an uncanny likeness to U.S. President Barak Obama. Is it just coincidence that the dark-skinned Satan in this HISTORY chan...
Syria Teeters on Obama’s “Red Line”
NILE BOWIE
The pages of history tell us that beautiful civilizations emerged and prospered in the ancient cities of Damascus and Aleppo, some of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth. The harrowing circus of brutality that is the Syrian conflict, now in its third year, wi...
The Occupation and the Resistance
ASHLEY SMITH
George W. Bush declared victory and an end to combat operations on May 1, 2003, but the war in Iraq was, in fact, just beginning. The U.S. military would hunt down the Baathist leadership one by one, eventually killing most of them, including Saddam Hussein himself...
Obama and the Grand Bargain
SHAMUS COOKE
President Obama’s recent closed-door sessions with Republican congressmen to reach a “grand bargain” has roused suspiciously little attention in the mainstream media. What scant reporting has occurred presents the following narrative: President Ob...
Why Republicans Hate Thomas Perez
DAVID MACARAY
We’ll all need to buckle up in preparation for some dramatic and historical confrontations in the coming weeks.  No, we’re not talking about college basketball’s “March Madness”  (Go UCLA!)  We’re talking about the confirmation hearings of Thomas Perez, Pre...
The Second Iran Hostage Crisis
NILE BOWIE
From talk of “red lines” and cartoon bombs to having “all options on the table”, an undeniably delusional logic emanates from leadership in Washington and Tel Aviv regarding the alleged threat posted by Iran’s nuclear program. When Israeli P...
Chavez Succeeded Where Obama Failed
SHAMUS COOKE
When President Obama campaigned in 2008 in Portland, Oregon over 70,000 people came to hear his speech. And although I missed the event, I was intrigued by the raw emotion that the candidate’s words inspired in my community. Obama re-visited Oregon during his 2012...
Obama’s Evil Empire
SEAN FENLEY
A thrilling scene took place recently with the United States Senate, playing host as its backdrop. Reichsmarchall Brennan Barack Obama’s kill-list aficionado, had to overcome a Mr. Smith-style filibuster. He had to do this in order to get the Attorney General to resci...
Obama is the Worst US President Ever
RON RIDENOUR
Yes, I mean it: the worst ever! We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most...
Ethiopia’s Anti-Apartheid Movement?
ALEMAYEHU G. MARIAM
In her recent commentary in the New York Review of Books, “Obama: Failing the African Sp...
A Quest for New Jobs Where None Exists
JOHN WALSH
“Those jobs are not coming back.” The late Steve Jobs to Barack Obama. Hot on the heels of his State of the Union address with its emphasis on the moribund job market,...