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Published: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:51:17 UTC

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The Decline and Fall of the State Department

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:51:17 UTC

Ronan Farrow's book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence recounts episodes from the Obama-Trump militarization of U.S. foreign policy. While the book begins with and has been marketed with the story of Trump firing lots of key diplomats and leaving positions unfilled, much of its content is from the pre-Trump, Obama-era and even Bush-era erosion of diplomacy as something distinct from war.



Tell Congress: Curb the President's War Powers

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:32:58 UTC

This president -- like his predecessors -- claims the right to make war unilaterally, unrestrained by international law or the Constitution. The recent U.S. missile attack on Syria to punish the Assad regime for an alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians reveals the scope of presidential contempt for the law.



Where Is The Shame?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:26:32 UTC

The British are caught in the Skripal lie. Washington, the British, and the French are caught in the Douma chemical attack lie, and there are no consequences for those governments who orchestrated hoaxes and then used the hoaxes to justify their war crime.



As the Haspel Nomination Looms, the World Is Watching

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:07:34 UTC

What the Greeks (and the Germans, the Italians, the Belgians, and others) just cannot get past is that Trump has named Gina Haspel as CIA director. Haspel, as you know, was instrumental in the implementation of the CIA's torture program and was responsible for destroying video tapes of the torture at the insistence of her patron, the notorious former CIA Deputy Director for Operations Jose Rodriguez.



The Ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:16:08 UTC

If Einstein was alive today, he would have joined the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, which aims at holding Israel accountable for its violent and illegal practices against Palestinians. 70 years after Israel's independence and Einstein's letter, the country's legacy is still marred with blood and violence. Despite the ongoing party in Tel Aviv, there is no reason to celebrate and every reason to mourn.



The Shameful Silence of the CEOs

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:31:16 UTC

Big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined. If the leaders of American business remain silent about what Trump's is doing to American democracy, they will be complicit in its demise.



Tomgram: Todd Miller, An Unsustainable World Managed With an Iron Fist

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:07:11 UTC

At first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone. I was on a lonely two-lane road in southern New Mexico heading for El Paso, Texas. Off to the side of the road, hardly concealed behind some desert shrubs, I suddenly noticed what seemed to be a tank. For a second, I thought I might be seeing an apparition.



On Range Anxiety

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:54:48 UTC

This article discusses the merits of providing a guaranteed minimum income as a way of restoring balance to our economy, rescuing lives that are presently headed toward progressive distress and dysfunction, and restoring some vitality to our democratic aspirations through the assumption of shared obligations.



The Irresponsibility of Fiscal Responsibility

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:48:00 UTC

Economic policy will continue to suffer as long as the loudest voices in the debate have no understanding of how the economy works. Deficits can undoubtedly be harmful. When the economy is reaching its limits, as indicated by a shortage of workers or other inputs and rapidly rising wages and prices, a higher deficit will make this problem worse.



Shifting the timeline: US Media Fudge Rebels' Douma Surrender Date To Imply Alleged Assad Chemical Attack Turned Tide

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:36:45 UTC

American media have shifted the timeline for an agreement between Syria and rebels for a rebel "safe passage" evacuation of the Damascus suburb of Douma, writes TCBH! journalist Dave LIndorff, making it look like they only left after an alleged chemical attack.



Ban Drones

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:47:14 UTC

No one has sat down to consider, in a careful measured way, the pros and cons of unmanned aerial vehicles. Where, as our skies are about to turn into the Wild West, are the Congressional hearings and expert opinions? A drone ban doesn't have to be forever. But it should last long enough for us to figure out, as Donald Trump used to say on the campaign trail, what the hell is going on.



How Democrats Can Win with a Mandate in 2020, and Why They Likely Won't

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:46:45 UTC

How can the Democratic Party claim victory from the jaws of opportunity in 2020? By offering an actual change candidate of their own to run against the Republican fake. By running alongside the crowd that still wants to overturn the Establishment, and not against it. By offering someone real for change voters to vote for. In other words, the 2020 version of Bernie Sanders.



Is Liberty Still Standing?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:04:09 UTC

This is a historical narrative poem written over a ten year period spanning the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.



Daily Inspiration --- Like You

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:56:45 UTC

I believe the world is beautiful and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.



Yes, You Can Be Antiwar and Anti-Assad Too (And You Should Be)

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:11:51 UTC

One section of the left believes that telling the truth about the war crimes of the Syrian Arab Republic should be avoided because it gives aid and comfort to warmongers. The left should avoid this stance. There is no contradiction in being opposed to US intervention in Syria while pointing out the crimes of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.



War no more

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:01:16 UTC

Are men good or evil by nature... Einstein once asked Freud.



The coming world that should be

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:49:36 UTC

Now is the time for world renewal, while stepping back to let the old world die however it needs to, as it is already doing in a million ways.



Condemned By Their Own Words

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:40:16 UTC

There is no room to doubt the evil nature of the expansionist apartheid state that Israel has now become. Nor the moral vacuity of its apologists in the western media.



An American Love Story

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:28:55 UTC

A love story about a mailman, Merle Haggard, Readers Digest and Vietnam.



Some Truth about the White Helmets

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:02:04 UTC

"Assad apologists" are those who have refused to face up to Assad's outrageous record of atrocities, even in the face of all the solid evidence that the US and its allies, and the entire Western press, have not presented. That's right. If you examine that outrageous record of atrocities, looking into each and every one, you'll see the West's whole nasty case against him waft away like so much smoke, that being exactly what is.



Retrospective No. 2: "The Cometization of the 2016 Elections: The Role of the Ruling Class"

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:40:17 UTC

This is the second in an occasional series that I will be running of past columns that I published both on OpEdNews and other sites, that bear relevance to current events. There will be very slight, if any, editing, and contemporaneous notes in [ ]. The "current event" to which this column realities is, of course, Jim Comey's book A Higher Loyalty and his subsequent far-ranging book tour interviews.



Would you want to be a pig with a human brain?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:05:55 UTC

We're entering the world of growing human organs in animals, for the purpose of taking those organs and putting them into human bodies. Someday, if all goes well (don't hold your breath), no more long waiting lines for a new kidney or a liver. Voila. They'll just grow one in a pig or a sheep or a monkey.



Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:25:04 UTC

If the Fed follows through with its plans, projections are that by 2027, US taxpayers will owe $1 trillion annually just in interest on the federal debt. That is enough to fund President Trump's original trillion dollar infrastructure plan every year. And it is a direct transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy investors holding most of the bonds.



A new cover for NATO presence in Europe

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:58:06 UTC

A tremendously dangerous situation in global politics that we have right now, forces experts to analyze not only US-Russia relations but NATO-Russia- relations as well.



The New World: Enough is Enough -- And So Say All of Us

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:44:59 UTC

Finally recognizing, and celebrating that "women and children first" is now the clarion call changing the world.



Basic income: a utopia or close to reality?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:41:38 UTC

A basic income that is paid out to each citizen regardless of income, education or employment. The idea in and of itself is very enticing. There are several big advantages to the idea.



What women need are social equality and economic justice and not just more laws

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:33:51 UTC

Gender issues are connected to social and economic justice and not merely about having more laws to punish violators. Legal empowerment is the tip of the iceberg and the easiest in my view because then nobody needs to do anything.



Earth Day: Conflict Over the Future of the Planet

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:03:01 UTC

Despite the government continuing to invest in dirty energy, clean energy is growing. Wind farming is creating jobs in red states like Texas. The Solar Foundation mapped solar jobs by congressional district as solar is the fastest growing source of new energy. Research has been developed on a state-by-state basis to make the United States 100% renewable by 2050, with a national mobilization it could happen more quickly.



Daily Inspiration --- Marx got a lot of things right.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:38:17 UTC

Anyone reading the Communist Manifesto today will be surprised to discover a picture of a world much like our own, teetering fearfully on the edge of technological innovation.



Of Animals and Bees and Flowers Wild on Earth Day

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:38:37 UTC

Few people know that March 3 was World Wildlife Day, or this Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day -- perhaps Trump sucking up all the media oxygen is responsible. The fact remains, world wildlife is under serious threat, and in ways we can't even imagine -- not forgetting the eventual disaster due to climate change, unless the world wakes up.



Chaco Canyon, Chaco Earth

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:12:22 UTC

The Chaco ruin, 6,200 feet above sea level, is one of the largest and most spectacular archaeological sites in North America. It is an impressive array of 15 interconnected complexes, each of which once had four-to-five-story stone buildings with hundreds of rooms each. Seven-hundred-pound wooden beams, many 16 feet long, were used in the roofs.



Puerto Rico Goes Back Door to Solartopia and the Corporate Media Blacks It Out

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:14:35 UTC

Puerto Rico has made history by becoming -- briefly -- the largest US territory or state to be powered almost entirely by renewable energy. The corporate media has done all it can to black the story out.



Distractor-in-Chief Trump Is Gaslighting Us Into Forgetting America's Real Issues

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:38:02 UTC

The problem is a lack of focus -- because we're all too busy focusing on the Lunatic-in-Chief. It's time to stop being reactive. This is our country. This is our time. These are our lives. It's up to us to ignore the twitterstorms and the random rants and demand what is our birthright as Americans: the best possible lives we can afford.



Doctor Death From Damascus?

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:40:48 UTC

President Trump, whose B-52 bombers are ravaging the Mideast, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen calls al-Assad a "monster." Some of his relatives are indeed ruthless. But very many Syrians think of Assad as their nation's only hope of returning to normalcy.



After mass shootings: they're not just coming for guns, they're coming for brains

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:57:19 UTC

Unfortunately, many people can't distinguish between a person choosing to be good and being forced to be "good" through repellent methods of mind control. Only the appearance of an effect is important: "He is behaving. That's fine. He's acceptable." Well, we had to rewire his brain in order to achieve this result."



Donald Trump sold out to Big Oil

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:27:40 UTC

It's bad enough that EPA Director Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration deny the existence of climate change. They're also threatening to make things worse, with a reckless plan to expand offshore drilling to 90% of United States coastal waters.



Message to NYT Times: Growth in Our Trading Partners Is Good for the United States

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:35:31 UTC

Politicians like to call their deals "free trade" agreements because intellectual-types then think they have to support them. In reality, this pact includes the imposition of a number of regulatory measures that have nothing directly to do with free trade and enhanced patent, copyright, and related protections, which are explicitly protectionist.



100% Renewable Energy is Within Our Reach

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:23:43 UTC

We can't have a working nation or a world if we don't stop the climate from careening out of control. That's been clear for decades now, but what's been less clear is precisely what we should do about it. We have to switch off of coal, oil, and gas, and onto 100% wind, water, and sun energy sources.



Just When You Thought "Russiagate" Couldn't Get Any Sillier ...

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:40:40 UTC

April 20 is cannabis culture's high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election.



Daily Inspiration --- A Rational Model for Science Funding Doesn't Work

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:19:20 UTC

The problem with science research today is that everyone wants to fund the next Einstein, and no one wants to fund a thousand crackpots whose ideas will lead only to dead ends--but none among us is smart enough to tell the difference. We have to give up on the idea that we can manage research the way we manage an efficient business.



What Happened? Why Did It Happen? The Decline of Public Schooling in California and the United States.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 02:31:06 UTC

An analysis of the reasons that pubic schooling is being destroyed by the transition to a neoliberal economy.



HYPOCRISY: The Paradoxes of a Pied-Eyed Piper

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 02:06:28 UTC

An attempt to describe the nature of Homo sapiens working under constant duress and the threat this presents to being able to function in a manner conducive to promoting the overall best interests of gregarious community rather than promoting selfish greed.



Hell for Piglets at Hormel

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:45:56 UTC

I am always astounded at how cruel we can be for profit. I am also astounded that more people are not either vegetarian or vegan when they learn about animal cruelty on farms and in slaughter houses. For me it is a blessing for which I thank God.



Mitch McConnell gets his own chapter in the story of America's dying democracy. And it's devastating

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:52:49 UTC

The fire alarms for democracy are clanging all across America. The notion that a president can arbitrarily fire the prosecutor looking at possible criminality in that president's campaign is the power reserved for a dictator, not the leader of a democratic republic.



Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:17:46 UTC

The Constitution places the power to declare war exclusively in the hands of the Congress. However, for the past 75 years, Congress has allowed that power to drift toward the executive branch. The new bill, should it pass, would effectively make the transfer of the war power from Congress to the president complete. It is hard to imagine a worse time in American history for this to happen.



Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:22:23 UTC

Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies."



Embattled Palestinian Knesset Member Fights for Her People's Rights

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:51:12 UTC

In this interview with Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Dennis J. Bernstein discusses Zoabi's feminism, the struggle in Gaza and life in the Israeli parliament.



While Corporate Media Remains Fixated on Trump, the Kochtopus is Extending Its Tentacles

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:21:56 UTC

With the fervor of religious cultists, the Koch brothers devoted themselves to the cause of "liberty" -- by which they mean the government's only proper role is keeping the avaricious pursuits of the wealthy owner class free from any interference by you, me and the democratic "us."



Lee Camp Interviews Jimmy Dore, in a video you are likely to adore.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:15:50 UTC

Here is Lee Camp interviewing Jimmy Dore, two heroes of mine. This in particular is about Dore being called a great many names by CNN, which has its head so far up its ass, it seriously needs a glass bellybutton. You will not be disappointed watching these two brilliant comedians speaking truth to power.



Shut up or you're under arrest: Starbucks has a Racism Problem, but the Police, both Racist and Authoritarian, are Worse

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:24:22 UTC

Bad as Starbucks racism issue is, the worst thing on display in the recent arrest of two black Starbucks patrons was the authoritarian behavior of Philly police, writes TCB! journalist Dave LIndorff



Pharma Has Good Friends in Media and Academia

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:09:06 UTC

Before the Internet, there was a strict firewall in newspapers and magazines between news and ads and ads were even marked "advertisement" to leave no doubt. Not anymore.



Trump Ready to Nix Nikki?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:06:10 UTC

Trump is wary that Haley's grandstanding at the UN is more about advancing her political reputation among the Republican party, with a view to launching a run for the presidency in 2020. There is even talk of Haley teaming up with the current vice president Mike Pence for the presidential ticket. Trump is none too pleased with the conjecture about Haley striving to become the first female president.



World's Greatest Military Has BRAVELY Bombed a Smaller Nation Again - Its 27th Small Nation Bombed

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:52:58 UTC

Americans bombed Syria again just as the its army with the help of Russia, had finally defeated the terrorist groups armed by USA and Saudi Arabia.List of 27 bombed nations show that Millions had to die, murdered right in their homelands, because of the support or indifference of ordinary Americans, with enough of them willing to follow orders, even when unlawful orders, to bomb and invade whatever nation instructed to



For shame, America, for shame

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:21:43 UTC

There is no shame in the White House. So, too, with the Republican Party as it bows at the feet of Trump. There is no shame. No sense of decency.



Google Continues its Attack on Alternative Media, Boosting Top-down MSM

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:54:22 UTC

Google is leaving the roots that made it a success-- using bottom-up algorithms that based search results on the behaviors of millions of people. Google has been changing its search criteria so it favors top-down mainstream media, while hurting alternative media Under the guise of addressing the problems with "fake news,"



Caspian games: Central Asian "stans" vie for connectivity market

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:34:17 UTC

Much has to do with the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, facilitated by the late Zbigniew "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski during the first Bill Clinton administration to bypass Iran. Baku is harboring great hopes for its new port at the desert wasteland of Alat ("Your hub in Eurasia!"), simultaneously connected to the West (Turkey and the European Union), the South (Iran and India) and the North (Russia).



Three Ways to Love Your Mother on Earth Day, April 22

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:00:01 UTC

Love your Mother Earth - at home, with food choices, and in politics: here are three easy ways to celebrate Earth Day.



The Great Day

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:43:41 UTC

Zionism from the beginning wanted to dispossess the Arabs from their land in order to create there a new Jewish nation. This was never admitted, but was clear from the beginning. All Ben-Gurion's successors, up to the present occupant of the office, followed this line. Even on its 70th birthday, Israel recognizes no official borders.



A Third Party? How Not To Settle For The Lesser Of Two Evils

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:10:12 UTC

If a party establishment has a chokehold on the primaries -- the answer isn't to go with a third party and end up with the worse of two evils, but to organize and mobilize inside the party to break that chokehold, as some would say the Tea Party has done in the GOP.



War Fever...

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:35:04 UTC

There is a fever that seizes this land from time to time and it is the fever of war, a condition that this time seems immune to all known cures, starting with reason, as Daniel Lazare explores.



Standing on our Heads

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:19:17 UTC

Has the US lost sight of its fundamental principles, when it invests most of its energy in an investigation as to whether the president is defying the law by seeking peaceful relations with the other major nuclear power?



Thoughts on Earth Day 2018: How Far We Haven't Come

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:16:07 UTC

Earth Day is 48 years old and we're facing the same issues we did back in the 70s. It's not enough to recycle or enjoy nature. We have to remember our part in Mother Earth's Ecology. We are part of her tapestry of life, and we need to find deeper ways to reconnect to Her for our own future, for She will be here when we humans are gone. We need to learn from our Native sisters and brothers how to Listen to the Earth Mother.



Senator Tim Kaine's Brief Run-In With the Law

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:03:44 UTC

Today, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal.



The Price of US Global Dominance - Numerous Human Losses

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:31:21 UTC

The crimes of the US government against its own nation. The White House, in order to achieve its goals, prefers to disregard for human lives and deliberately conceals its military losses overseas.



Secrets. Can Anyone in the White House Keep One?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:13:32 UTC

Only time will tell how the leaks from the current White House will hurt or help the Trump administration.



Sahra Wagenknecht of The Left Speaks to German Parliament

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:08:41 UTC

Sahra Wagenknecht of the German party The Left denounces official German acquiescence in the face of the US attack on Syria and calls for a return to Willy Brandt's policy of detente and peaceful relations with Russia.



Progressives Should NEVER Use Uber Or Lyft: Part 3

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:48:18 UTC

Not only are Uber and Lyft bad for workers, bad for cities, bad for the environment, and bad for democracy, they are a core part of the new post-truth, toxic economic and political culture that is endangering the US today.



A Nightwish Come True

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:34:32 UTC

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish digs deep into their back catalog in a journey through the decades during the Anaheim stop of their world tour.



What Ken Burns Left Out of the Vietnam Story

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:15:03 UTC

Indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas and "collective punishment" of the civilian population for support for or assistance to combatants are clear violations of the laws of war. But Ward doesn't even focus on the use of U.S. air power in South Vietnam apart from close air support in ground battles, much less acknowledge that the U.S. military bears responsibility for war crimes.



After being sued, Alex Jones suddenly believes Sandy Hook actually happened

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:38:28 UTC

Alex Jones has stoked the fires of people who believe conspiracy theories that somehow connect a super vast evil conspiracy -- so vampirish and insidious in nature, so cruel and power-hungry -- that instead of actually killing people and covering it up, they pretend to kill people and then cover up that cover up. People like Alex Jones are the only time I vaguely hope that there is an actual hell.



When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:50:29 UTC

As Barbara Bush is laid to rest, surrounded by a loving family and grateful nation, many words of affection and respect will be spoken of her. All of those words will be said with sincerity and admiration for who she was, all she did and the American spirit she embodied so gracefully.



A truly inauspicious time fast approaching

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:46:09 UTC

May 12 is the deadline for the US to recertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Trump wants the deal "fixed" by then or he'll w/draw the US. Iran says it won't renegotiate the deal. Though unrelated to Iran deal Trump has agreed to meet w/ N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late May or June. However if Trump reneges on the Iran deal how would that effect his meeting w/ Kim? Would they even meet? May & June a truly inauspicious time.



James (Dick Tracy) Comey -- What Did You Expect?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:42:14 UTC

While Comey seems to lack the political savvy required for the FBI directorship, he clearly believes that the rule of law matters and that it is his duty to uphold it, to this day. He sees an independent role for Justice Department officials as indispensable and strives to meet these expectations in the manner in which he conducts his affairs.



Why Should We Tax the Rich?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:01:52 UTC

The orthodoxy that dominates today's Republican Party -- and the ranks of "business-friendly" Democrats -- rests on a simple approach to economic policy. Let's be nice, this orthodoxy holds, to rich people. Let's be particularly nice at tax time. Let's keep taxes on rich people, conservatives advise us, as low as possible. High taxes on high incomes, they argue, discourage entrepreneurship.



We Need a Housing Revolution Now

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:35:39 UTC

To end this national disgrace, we need to come up with big and bold housing initiatives -- and we need to make them a fundamental part of the progressive agenda. They should start from a simple, clear declaration: Housing is a human right.



Shadow Protectionism: The US Government vs. Chinese Phone Makers

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:40:37 UTC

In a globalized economy, it's impossible to hurt one country or firm without also hurting several enterprises in your own country -- and your own country's general economy. More domestic companies will be harmed than helped, and the harm will exceed the benefits.



Where's the Strategy?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:37:31 UTC

Many Trump supporters voted for Donald because they believed he was a successful businessman -- rather than a reality TV star. These Trump adherents thought he would bring business acumen to the White House. Trump backers believed Donald had a strategic vision to "make America great again." Turns out they were mistaken.



Daily Inspiration --- How to Lengthen your (subjective) Life

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:09:05 UTC

We have grown bored of a world we haven't begun to study properly. And that, among other things, is why time is racing by. The pioneers at making life feel longer in the way that counts are not dieticians, but artists. At its best, art is a tool that reminds us of how little we have fathomed and noticed. It re-introduces us to ordinary things and reopens our eyes to a latent beauty and interest where we have stopped seeing.



Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:27:34 UTC

We get taxed on how much we earn, taxed on what we eat, taxed on what we buy, taxed on where we go, taxed on what we drive, and taxed on how much is left of our assets when we die. While we may not have much choice in the matter of how our taxes are used, we still have a voice and a vote, and it's time the American people made their voices--and their votes--heard.



TheRealNews: Debunking the Myth of American Exceptionalism, with David Swanson

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:06:29 UTC

Anti-war writer and activist David Swanson discusses his new book Curing Exceptionalism, and picks apart the chauvinistic idea that the United States of America is the greatest country on the planet.



Lou Andreas-Salome', The Audacity to be Free

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:35:41 UTC

A look at the new movie, "Lou Andreas-Salome, The Audacity to be Free."



Trump Everlasting

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:15:38 UTC

Can't blame Trump for wanting to hide. Whatever. Who cares, right? Just that Tinyhands is getting panicky and still has the launch codes. And isn't afraid to bomb even when his own Gen. Mattis advised him to wait for Congressional approval. Nah, doesn't matter. We have no Sec. of State and you want a summit with N. Korea, why not?!



Trump Gives Thumbs-Up to Korea Peace Moves... So Far

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:41 UTC

Trump says he welcomes North Korea's offer of engaging in talks for "denuclearization" -- that is, to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. But North Korea will want proper exchange for such a momentous move. A full peace treaty over the Korean War is one such reasonable demand.



The Great Game Comes to Syria

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:28:04 UTC

The appointment of National Security Adviser John Bolton, who openly calls for regime change in Iran, has to have sent a chill down the spines of the Iranians. What Tehran needs most of all is allies who will shield it from the enmity of the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia. In this regard, Turkey and Russia could be helpful.



No Chemical Attack in Douma, Two International Investigative Reporters in Douma Write

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:40:36 UTC

Doctors in the hospital where the "chemical attack" video was taken said that a group of people they did not know rushed into the hospital and poured water on children and adults they had brought with them, put oxygen type masks on the wet people, took videos of the scene and then left with those they had "treated." The doctor said the group had staged the scene and the attack.



Sisi's Socioeconomic Agenda And Human Rights

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:53:12 UTC

Of Egypt's total population of almost 100 million people, the poverty rate exceeds 27 percent. Unemployment hovers around 13 percent (for youth under 30, it is 31 percent). There are 2.1 million children under age 5 who suffer from malnutrition. Sisi will be able to deliver if he is provided the means, he arguably remains Egypt's most popular and trusted leader and has vested interests in eradicating human rights violations.



Nuclear War Avoided! NBA Playoffs Begin!

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:41:48 UTC

It was nice to see nuclear war avoided so that we could all get on with our day.



On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and Media Continue to Suppress the Story?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:58:09 UTC

Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it doesn't like--about as egregious an example of unethical journalism as there is.



"A place I do not recognize": Palestinians mark 70 years of Israeli injustice

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:36:55 UTC

Israel keeps no public records, but it is believed that nearly a quarter of Israel's Palestinian minority are internal refugees or descended from them. Israeli law even provides them with a special, Orwellian designation as "present absentees" -- present in Israel, but absent from their villages. They have been stripped of any right -- even as Israeli citizens -- to reclaim their property or return to their lands.



Tomgram: Belle Chesler, A Teacher Listens to Her Students

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:16:13 UTC

During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching.



Snake oil

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:55 UTC

While CEOs rake in millions of dollars, working people pick up the bill. When big banks and giant corporations don't pay their fair share, everyone else feels it. Less money for Medicare and Medicaid. Less money for education, affordable housing, and infrastructure. Less money to build a future so the next kid can get ahead, and the kid after that, and the kid after that.



White Lies and Black Disbelief in a Fading Empire

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:33:33 UTC

Obama-Time is over; the spell is broken. Donald Trump is the sum of all Black fears and loathings, an arch racist who is perceived as rendering the entire planet unsafe for people of color. Blacks are primed to oppose all of his policies, foreign and domestic. Black people are the only U.S. group that shares the general global distrust of U.S. foreign policy motives.



Syria Used Chemical Weapons--Are You Sure?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:47:47 UTC

Do we have proof that Syria used chemical weapons on its own citizens in Dourma? We don't and President Assad had no rational reason to do so.



National Parks Under Siege

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:47:23 UTC

Working families look forward to hard earned vacations, but the often enjoyed national parks are under siege. These parks just dodged a bullet. Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Trump's proposed 8% cuts with 4,000 fewer jobs for the national parks didn't happen in the Omnibus Funding Bill just passed and signed "reluctantly," the President said. One of his objections was "too much money". Congress refused the cut.



Who Will Protect Elections From U.S. Oligarchs?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:44:54 UTC

Political money matters a great deal as we race into the 2018 midterm contests and the 2020 elections with U.S. "election integrity" still unprotected from the special plutocratic power of America's wealthy masters. Nobody in Congress is talking seriously about passing bills to remove private cash from the public elections -- or even to mandate reasonable "dark money" disclosure.



Daily Inspiration --- First of Six

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:41:20 UTC

Germaine Tailleferre, born this day in 1892, composed music that is delightful, accessible, interesting and fresh. More conviction than Poulenc, more tuneful than Honneger, as inventive and rhythmically vibrant as Milhaud. I discovered her music just today.



The Victims in Douma, Gaza and Yemen

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:01 UTC

The "worthy victims" are the victims (real and alleged) of leaders on the U.S. enemies list, such as Bashar al-Assad. The "unworthy victims" are those of the U.S. and its client states, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia.



Whose Wars?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:29:07 UTC

Israel is not at all shy about what it wants to happen, namely a war in Syria targeting both Damascus and Tehran, leading to a much bigger war with the Iranians. Fought by Uncle Sam, to be sure, as Jewish lives are far too precious to waste.



Why Not Assassinate?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:12:51 UTC

Daniel Geery's article is definitely worth reading all the way through. His "fantasies" on the first page are cleverly undermined by his contrary arguments on the second page. So read both pages and think about it.



Support Trump Effort on North Korea

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:49:11 UTC

President Trump is right and just in efforts to make peace in Korea. He is more likely to be successful if he knows he has public support for this effort ... long over due to end that war ... worthy of Nobel.