Archive for the 'International' Category

SO, I MEAN, WE’LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT…

June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better. As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with […]

BLOGGER WHIPPED, IMPRISONED FIVE YEARS…

June 16th, 2017

If you want to understand why they hate us, you need look no further than the case of blogger Raif Badawi. There are some stories that I choose to not let go off. Badawi’s is one such story. Phoebe Braithwaite, reporting in Five years on, with no word on imprisoned dissident Raif Badawi, his family […]

THIS IS HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS…

June 7th, 2017

So, this is what I’m readng this morning: …Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks… That’s the lede for Top-Secret […]

PRESIDENT SACRIFICES MOTHER EARTH TO HIS EGO…

June 1st, 2017

MAXINE WATERS TWEETS THE FECKIN’ OBVIOUS…

May 27th, 2017

Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. In other news, water is wet. May 26, 2017

WHAT’S IN THE PIPE IS THE PROBLEM, NOT LEAKS…

May 17th, 2017

The increasing cadence of that annoying drip is becoming a pas de charge. Michael Schmidt, reporting in Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation for The New York Times, writes: President Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, […]

BUT, BUT BENGHAZI, WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI…!

May 16th, 2017

From the newspaper that brought us Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Deep Throat comes Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and a source-to-be-code-named-later in Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Note that neither in the headline nor the body of the story does The Washington Post uses words like allegedly or reportedly. […]

WHY WE CAN NEVER WIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST…

May 13th, 2017

Leslie Neilson, of all people, in his television role as American Revolutionary war hero Francis Marion make the precise case why no foreign power—from Alexander The Great to the Soviet Union—has ever come out out a winner in Afghanistan. Any leader is insane to believe that this time will be different. Ralph Nader, in The […]

BERNIE AND JIMMY HAVE A CHAT…

May 10th, 2017

Part II Zaid Jilani, reporting in Jimmy Carter and Bernie Sanders Explain How Inequality Breeds Authoritarianism for The Intercept, writes: On Monday night, one day after the far-right Marine Le Pen lost France’s presidential election but garnered a record number of votes for her political party, Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter sat down together to […]

CRUISE MISSILES STRIKE SYRIAN AIRFIELD…

April 7th, 2017

What we know, live… The question for We The People, President Donald John Trump and indeed the World must be: Does the manner of murder of children matter, or are the murders of all children equal?

TRUCE SHORTER THAN A SYRIAN CEASEFIRE…

February 3rd, 2017

David Graham, writing in The Obama-Trump Truce Is Already Over for The Atlantic, explains: Despite Barack Obama’s attempts to build a rapport with Donald Trump during the presidential transition, and despite Trump’s public gratitude, the tradition seems moribund now. Obama had already declared his intention to deviate from tradition “if there are issues that have […]

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

DON’T MISTAKE THE DEEP STATE FOR A FRIEND…

January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ] [Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once […]

BOMBING FOR PEACE, ONE AT NATION AT A TIME…

December 25th, 2016

This Ralph Nader essay was originally written on 30 September but I’ve allowed my email inbox to explode and the piece was lost in the crush. Nader, in The Jolting Graphic Novel of Our Times, writes: If there is one glaring omission among the daily declarations of both empty suit Donald Trump and hawkish Hillary […]

WHAT THE PRESIDENT CAN ACHIEVE IN 31 DAYS…

December 20th, 2016

In 31 days, the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama will come to an end and private citizen Obama and his family will embark on a new chapter in their lives. What the President does between now and then may have powerful repercussions. Many are hoping that an Obama not concerned about going along to get […]

DOES PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP PLAY CHESS…?

December 16th, 2016

When I was an undergrad minoring in Political Science, my area of concentration was the Soviet Union. I remember one conversation in class when Dr. David Williams told us that one of the challenges in negotiations between the United States and the USSR was that Americans played poker, Russians played chess. The analogy seems forced, […]

AT 11 A.M., STOP, THINK AND REMEMBER…

November 11th, 2016

In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved […]

REPUBLICANS USE POLICE TO SUPPRESS VOTERS…

October 5th, 2016

Republicans understand that their worst enemy is high voter participation. Here in Ohio our Secretary of State Jon Husted got smacked down for attempting to prevent pesky voters from, well, voting. To our immediate west, Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, is following Husted’s lead by shutting down the local manifestation of Patriot Majority’s […]

DARREN SEALS MURDERED IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI…

September 9th, 2016

Lois Beckett, writing from New York in Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals shot and found dead in a burning car for The Guardian, reports: Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals was found dead early Tuesday morning in a car that had been set on fire. Seals had been shot, and St Louis County police said they […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

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