Archive for the 'International' Category

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

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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 […]

WHAT SEYMOUR HERSH KNOWS…

July 5th, 2017

I continue to be troubled by the silence following the publication of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s Trump’s Red Line on 25 June. In an interview with The Real News Hersh is very careful to not speculate or share what he thinks happen. Midway through the interview, however, Hersh emphatically says what he does […]

IS TRUMP CREATING HIS OWN GULF OF TONKIN…?

June 27th, 2017

In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson ramped up our country’s involvement in South East Asia in response to an attack by North Vietnamese naval forces on two American destroyers steaming in the international waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The attack was pure fiction. This afternoon, on the heels of Seymour Hersh’ in-depth revelation, in […]

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

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