USA Politics

  • Nefarious details in the Cuban Five case

    I sit on a gray plastic chair waiting for Gerardo Hernández in the visiting room of the maximum-security federal pen in Victorville, California. The government charged Gerardo with conspiring to commit murder because he allegedly passed the flight information to Cuban authorities knowing they would shoot the planes down.

  • Republicans implode; I’m uneasy

    The political core issue who gets what from the budget­ has devolved into social issues. Republicans stress the biblical virtues of owning endless amounts of guns; saying no to climate change; making abortion a capital crime; erasing affirmative action, and eliminating activist (liberal) judges.

    Republican candidates encourage low-income supporters to focus on the peripheral, not on their own core interests. Try to imagine adults living on less than $2 per person per day­ almost 1.5 million, and 2.8 million children­ and listening to Republicans debate!

  • What is “the international community”?

    So what or who is “The International Community?” We hear it all the time from certain political leaders. For example, Hilary Clinton, President Barrack Obama’s Secretary of State, uses the term all the time. “We will take the issue of Iran’s nuclear program [certainly not ours!] to The International Community.” Is this the United Nations? Not exactly.

  • America’s Heart of Darkness

    America is grieving, although you’d never know it with all the pointing fingers.

  • Web Exclusive: Cutting the Deficit:  Sacrificing Workers to Save the Rich

    The most important and popular social and tax programs in the United States are threatened by a self-styled “Bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform”.

  • Web Exclusive: The Democratic Party Debacle and the Demise of the Left-Center Left

    The central question is why the left-center left governing parties are everywhere in crisis and will be for the foreseeable future?

  • Web Exclusive: Is a Luo Tribesman of the 1950s the Real Governor of the Obama White House?

    The forces of the conservative revolution are becoming increasingly fragmented, disoriented and acrimonious. So outrageous is the racial stereotyping becoming in even core elements of the US Republican Party that David Frum, heretofore unheralded as a voice of moderation, is intervening dramatically in an effort to turn back the tide of conservative extremism.

  • The Cancer at the Heart of the Propaganda Machine

    On June 30, 2010, Vanity Fair journalist Christopher Hitchens confirmed that he has cancer of the esophagus. Contemplating this revelation I couldn’t help feeling that the neoconservative armchair warrior was getting his just deserts. Hitchens has in recent years been an ignominious cheerleader for wars of aggression which have led to the wide dissemination of depleted uranium weapons. Such weapons have ballooned cancer-rates among the populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza.

  • Twenty-Two Reasons Why American Working People Hate the State

    The real issue is not that people are anti-state, but that the state is anti the majority of the people.

  • Rising and Declining Economic Powers:  The Sino-US Conflict Deepens

    Will the intensified conflicts between the US and China inevitably lead to a global conflagration? If recent past history is any indication the answer is a resounding yes. The most destructive wars of the 20th century were the result of confrontations between established (EIP) and rising (RIP) imperial powers. The practices and policies of the former serve as guides to the latter.

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