In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard

It takes a lot of integrity and a lot of courage to stand up against the raging pack that is clamoring for war. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has earned the admiration of many in the U.S. who are not in a rush to go to war, in Syria, in Yemen, in Afghanistan, in Iran or in North Korea. In U.S. politics,Continue reading

Beyond Liberal Pieties: the Radical Challenge for Journalism

Main cover image:  What working journalists typically fail to see is that they rarely challenge the dominant culture’s ideological assumptions—that capitalism is a fair and just system, U.S. domination of the world promotes peace and freedom, and U.S. society moves steadily toward greater fairness on race and gender. A more radical journalism that eschewed liberal pieties would help a society transcendContinue reading

All Power to the Banks! The Winners-Take-All Regime of Emmanuel Macron

If Marine Le Pen had won, bands of protesting “antifascists” would have invaded the streets, smashing windows and attacking police. The outgoing Socialist government was preparing to use the resulting chaos as a pretext to stay in power long enough to manage the parliamentary elections[2], ensuring that President Marine Le Pen would be held in check.  A “color revolution” wasContinue reading

JOHN PILGER—Getting Assange: the untold story

Books were published, movie deals struck and media careers launched or kick-started on the back of WikiLeaks and an assumption that attacking Assange was fair game and he was too poor to sue. People have made money, often big money, while WikiLeaks has struggled to survive. The previous editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, called the WikiLeaks disclosures, which his newspaperContinue reading

Macabre Mural Mocks American Military Mayhem 

To understand the mural from an Iranian perspective,  you’d need to spend three or four lifetimes studying its 6000 or so years of continuous inhabitation.  Since that’s out of the question, let’s go back to the middle of the last century, when the world was just starting to recover from the carnage of the planet-sized barroom brawl known as World War II.  Along about 1951, Prime MinisterContinue reading