07 Nov 2013

Some Myths Never Die

What if the myth of American exceptionalism were linked to an insane idea? According to RT.com: “A report based on a secret NSA document and published this week in Der Spiegel and the Sydney Morning Herald, has named a number of cities in which Asian embassies have been used for

03 Nov 2013

America’s Finlandization of Europe

As Edward Snowden prepares to tell the German leaders everything he knows about American spying, and considers the possibility of moving his asylum from Moscow to Berlin, it’s time to take a retrospective look at Europe’s relations with Russia. During the Cold War, Washington incessantly warned Europeans that even if

02 Nov 2013

Luck Running Out

George’ Clooney’s 2005 film ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’, a tribute to the great journalist, Edward R. Morrow, who signed off with those words, should be shown again. Morrow was CBS’s star newsman.  His boss William Paley, did not interfere with editorial decisions, but would “not allow editorial decisions’ to

29 Oct 2013

The Fatal Loneliness of American Exceptionalism

You have to be deaf, dumb and blind – or perhaps just media-challenged – not to notice that the world center of gravity is shifting from Washington to Moscow, as foreign leaders – and American whistleblowers – increasingly gravitate to Vladimir Putin’s Russia and sports fans book tickets to the

25 Oct 2013

Does MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Have it All Wrong?

MSNBC’s hardest-hitting political anchor (or whatever the term is) is going for broke against the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement because it will further destroy the American middle class. But that’s only part of the reason why we should oppose this agreement: the other part of the reason shows why workers in

23 Oct 2013

The End of Periphery

I believe it was the prominent Academic, Emmanuel Wallerstein who coined the terms ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ to designate on the one hand Europe and the United States, and the rest of the world on the other.  What we are seeing today is an end to that dichotomy. The image that

14 Oct 2013

Sea Change IV

Yesterday, Sunday, witnessed the first incident in  America’s populist revolution, financed by fascism’s indispensable oligarchs. The angry veterans attacking the barrier to the closed World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall and hanging pieces of it on the White House fence, egged on by Sarah Palin and other Tea

13 Oct 2013

Let Them Eat…..Golden Rice!

The celebrated French queen who went to the guillotine for dissing her bread-starved people with phrases like ‘let them eat cake’, lives on in the hearts of today’s royalty, known as the 1%. One of international royalty’s foremost princes is the seed conglomerate Monsanto, whose name is belied by its

11 Oct 2013

What Did I Tell You?

It’s always nice when something you have written is confirmed by recognized experts.  Here is a recent Otherjones post: TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013 The U.S. Chooses Capitalist Muslims Nothing about the Arab uprisings is crystal clear, however signs point to America’s preference for pro-capitalist religious groups over those that lean

09 Sep 2013

Will Rose’s Assad Interview Air Tonight?

Here is the link announcing tonight’s airing of Charlie Rose’s week-end interview with Bashar al-Assad: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/09/09/bashar-al-assads-interview-with-charlie-rose-shows-he-knows-obamas-weak-spots/ Thinking it would be aired on Rose’s usual program which airs at 5 pm, I tuned in.  There was a discussion about Syria but not a word about the Assad interview.  How strange is