Go to source Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side…See More
I know that events in Africa during the weekend of September 21st are, in terms of American historical memory, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but, I’m going to pay them some belated attention. The attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya was, after all, a horrific action by the Somali jihadi group, al-Shabaab, lasting over a number of days, in which at least 61…See More
Go to source I know you're already mad about various injustices, but when you read Sarah Stillman’s recent New Yorker article, “Taken,” your blood will boil. It’s about the laws and practices – developed over the last 15-20 years as part of the "war on drugs" and the general encroachment of…See More
Go to source In my last post on Syria, I commented that “Short of widespread popular unrest, on issues like this, the will of the people counts for nothing against the exigencies of imperialism and…See More
Go to source Here's a report from July, "FSA chemical lab uncovered near Damascus": Chemical weapons materials and facilities have been found multiple times in "rebel" areas. The "rebels" are the *only ones* who have any motive for using chemical weapons. Yeah, it's from RT (Russia’s English-language TV channel). Do you really think you have any more…See More
Go to source On Wednesday, during the sentencing phase of his trial, Bradley Manning made the following statement, which needs to be read in its entirety:First, your Honor. I want to start off with an apology. I am sorry. I am sorry that my actions hurt…See More
Go to sourceA number of commentators have remarked on the "unusual" political coalition of progressive Democrats and libertarian-minded Republicans that came together last week (July 24th) in Congress to support an amendment sponsored by new Michigan Tea Party Republican Justin Amash and long-serving Michigan Democrat John Conyers, an amendment that, as …See More
Go to source I am someone who thinks it is extremely important that the centrality of Islam in Middle East politics and ideology in general, and the specific parties of "political Islam' (like the Muslim Brotherhood) be challenged, and someone who is not at all opposed to extra-electoral revolutionary mobilization, including the possibility of revolutionary insurrection. Still, I watch the…See More
Go to source In my previous post, I looked at the campaign of personal denigration against NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, with a special focus on Lawrence O'Donnell's June 12th interview with Mavanee Anderson (video, …See More
"June 24. The day Lawrence O'Donnell lost my respect. Would Keith Olbermann list Snowden or O'Donnell as The Worst Person in the World?
Is the surveillance the right thing to do? Will it stop the next 9/11? As Jim Kavanaugh points…"
Go to sourcePer SOP, since Edward Snowden began revealing the details of the NSA's Orwellian surveillance program, establishment pundits have been doing their best to denounce his actions and denigrate the man personally. This is an easy task for the reflexively authoritarian segments of the American audience, for whom denunciations from the likes of Peter King, John Boehner, or Dick…See More
I know you're already mad about various injustices, but when you read Sarah Stillman’s recent New Yorker article, “Taken,” your blood will boil. It’s about the laws and practices – developed over the last…