Archive for the 'International' Category

THE WORLD LAUGHS AT OUR CLOWN AND CHIEF…

February 18th, 2018

THE ONLY REPUBLICAN TALKING TRUTH IS BUSH…?

February 10th, 2018

Yeah, we’re so screwed…

NO PROTECTION FROM RUSSIAN HACKING…?

February 9th, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson statement here boggles the mind. I cannot imagine any politician rolling over in such total submission to a foreign threat. Even if getting fucked is inevitable, you still go down kicking and screaming, fighting to the end. This is what he told Fox News: I don’t know that I […]

BERNIE SANDERS TAKES HIS MESSAGE GLOBAL…

January 15th, 2018

In the 21st century national borders—walled or no—are meaningless when wealth flashes between banks across the globe in less time than it has taken me to write this sentence. We can’t build a wall high enough to stop the poisons of the industrial age from burning our lungs, riddling our bodies with cancers and flooding […]

WHY RAIF BADAWI IS STILL NOT FREE…

December 24th, 2017

I first began following, and writing about, the story of Raif Badawi in 2015. Badawi is but one of the hundreds of thousands imprisoned around the world whose crime is the desire to enjoy what our founders codified in our constitution as the most basic rights of all humanity. The editorial board of The Washington […]

THE INTERCEPT’S TOP 20 FROM 2017…

December 10th, 2017

Yeah, this is a little early, who knows what the president will do in the next 20 days? Still, The Intercept saw fit to publish 20 Intercept Stories From 2017 That Show the Kind of Year It’s Been. Maybe everyone’s going on holiday and they wanted to get this out the portal before the office […]

WHO PUNKED CNN, MSNBC, CBS AND TPM…?

December 10th, 2017

This has been a sad year for Journalism, and we’ve got 21 days to go. Democracy cannot exist without a free, independent and reliable fourth estate. I just finished reading Bruce Bartlett’s excellent The Truth Matters: A citizen’s guide to separating facts from lies and stopping fake news in it’s tracks. (Jordon Klepper interviewed Bartlet […]

THE KREMLINOLOGY OF STEELE, TRUMP & PUTIN…

November 23rd, 2017

As an undergraduate at Ohio University during the first Reagan administration I took every course offered by Dr. David Williams. Williams, who taught in the political science department, specialized in what was then The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He had earned his master’s degree in journalism from Moscow University. He was a brilliant teacher. […]

RALPH NADER ASKS: WHERE’S THE RAGE…?

November 21st, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever hesitated in posting one of Ralph Nader’s essays, but this one gave me pause. Not because I disagree with Nader, I don’t, but rather because he pivots from our current hurricane of rape/sexual abuse/sexual misconduct/creepy-man behavior to our culpability in our government’s slaughter of millions of innocents. I get that […]

WELCOME TO THE PARADISE PAPERS…

November 5th, 2017

For a taste of the papers, see Trump commerce secretary’s business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files. For the more visual examination of all this tax avoidery, there’s First Dog On the Moon.

TREVOR AARONSON, JABAR ALI REFAIE & THE FBI…

October 11th, 2017

Trevor Aaronson, writing in “You Have the Way Out” —Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant for The Intercept, offers a master class in protecting yourself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Refaie and I had been in contact for a few months, starting well before his arrest. I had initially suspected […]

THIS COULD BE THE BREAK FOR RAIF BADAWI…

September 22nd, 2017

[Update @ 0900 on 23 September: Still nothing but crickets from the Ministry of Justice.] Regular readers know that I have been following the plight of Raif Badawi since early 2015 and posted updates daily to my Boost Your Top-Of-Mind list when they have been available. This evening I disrupt that routine because the news […]

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING…

September 15th, 2017

Previously…

WHAT TO DO WHEN WE SEE THE FEET OF CLAY…?

September 8th, 2017

More than a decade ago I began writing, often three times daily, about Myanmar and, as my blog-sister Shamash called her, Our Lady Aung San Suu Kyi. I slacked off in 2011 because Myanmar seemed to be changing for the better and I turned my blog attentions elsewhere. Over the last few days, however, Myanmar, […]

WE’RE THE POLICE AND WE DECIDE LEGALITY…

September 2nd, 2017

Of course, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III just made the situation much worse. Via Mano Singham: We all know why this happened: Police rage.

ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

NIXON HAD TAPES, TRUMP HAS TRANSCRIPTS…?

August 4th, 2017

I’m printing out a copy of the transcripts, high-lightening the good bits and keeping them handy for the next person I see wearing a Make America Great Again ht.

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

CORBYN/KLEIN: GETTING THE WORLD WE WANT…

July 18th, 2017

Key moments, for me, in the discussion include Jeremy Corbyn’s examination of root causes and his 15 February 2003 speech before Parliament and his take on the power of Social Media; You can also read the transcript of their discussion at The Intercept.

SOUND ADVICE: TRUST…, DEFEND NOTHING

July 14th, 2017

[Update at 0546 on 15 July: see my inline note to French’s reference to Jonah Goldberg below and my comment this morning.] Starting back in November, The Guardian launched Burst Your Bubble, a weekly collection of items produced by conservative journalists and writers on the administration of President Donald John Trump. Reading these pieces is […]

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