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|PATRICE GREANVILLE, Editor in Chief & Publisher|
Radical media critic and former economist Patrice Greanville is The Greanville Post’s founding editor.
Besides TGP, Greanville also served as publisher for Cyrano’s Journal Today, currently an archival site, and as editorial director for Punto Press Publishing. Like many people deeply invested in the triumph of justice and compassion, he is an enemy of all forms of animal abuse and exploitation, dominionism, and a passionate defender of authentic democracy, all of which puts him well outside the sphere of “corporate life” and respectable company. He considers such exile one of the greatest bargains of his life. He makes his home in New York. Patrice has lately been chosen to serve as Director of the newly created Russia Desk. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
|ROWAN WOLF, Editor Emeritus|
Rowan Wolf obtained her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oregon and taught sociology for 22 years. Her specialized areas of interest are systems of inequality (particularly race, class, and sex); globalization; organizations; and culture and socialization. She lives with her partner (Kelly), and their two canine family members. Rowan Wolf is Managing Editor of The Greanville Post, and was appointed Director of The Russia Desk, a specialized section of The Greanville Post, on Nov. 23, 2015.
Rowan’s email is email@example.com.
| ||ED DUVIN Editor-at-Large|
A lifelong social justice activist, Ed Duvin serves as Editor-at-Large for The Greanville Post and formerly Cyrano’s Journal Today, and also as a member of their editorial boards. His writings—often controversial—on politics, philosophy, and questions relating to the morality of human interactions with animals and nature have inspired generations of activists in the US and abroad. His characteristically low-key contributions to the humane movement, in particular, have been significant. In 1989, he wrote a landmark article that ignited the “no-kill” movement among humane societies. Until then, most shelters just gave animals a brief reprieve for adoption prior to being euthanized. Today, most shelters—not just in the US and developed nations—have banned euthanasia from their normal practices. Many call him the “movement’s conscience”. Eddie may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
|GAITHER STEWART Senior Editor, European Correspondent|
|BRANFORD PERRY, Associate Editor|
Branford Perry, as he puts it in jest, is “No. 4 man on the mast” of The Greanville Post, but in reality, given his broad functions, as TGP’s Associate Editor, he’s the No. 3 in command, primarily in charge of articles outing, production, and social media outreach. Formerly a resident of London, and an engineer with an specialization in ecological safeguarding, he now makes his base of operations mostly in the Montpellier area, and travels frequently throughout Northern Europe and other parts. He is founding editor of a personal blog, Branford Perry’s Hipokrisy.net, but his work on TGP have literally pre-empted focus on that site. Shy and reserved, we’re still waiting for his mug shot. Contact Branford at email@example.com
JEFF J. BROWN, Senior Editor & China Correspondent, Dispatch from Beijing
Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and for Badak Merah, Jeff authored China Is Communist, Dammit! – Dawn of the Red Dynasty (2017). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). He is also currently penning an historical fiction, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, to be published in late 2018. Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on SoundCloud, YouTube, Stitcher Radio and iTunes.
In China, he has been a speaker at TEDx, the Bookworm and Capital M Literary Festivals, the Hutong, as well as being featured in an 18-part series of interviews on Radio Beijing AM774, with former BBC journalist, Bruce Connolly. He has guest lectured at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences and various international schools and universities.
Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, much of it on a family farm, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whetted his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He lives in China with his wife. Jeff is a dual national French-American, being a member of the Communist Party of France (PCF) and the International Workers of the World (IWW).
|STEVEN JONAS, Senior Editor, Duopoly Watch|
Senior Editor Steven Jonas, MD, MPH is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of 36 books. He has also published numerous academic papers, and publications on a wide variety of topics in the lay press, ranging from politics to the sport of triathlon. In his academic career Dr. Jonas has received a number of honors and awards. Among other things, he is: a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences (elected), the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK), a recipient of the Duncan Clark Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of public Health. He is a Past President of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (the predecessor of the APTR), and a past member of the New York State Board for Medicine. Dr Jonas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His work on TGP can be found here. Dr Jonas can be reached at email@example.com. His work on TGP can be found here.
RAMIN MAZAHERI, Senior Correspondent & Contributing Editor, Dispatch from Paris
Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television.
ED CURTIN Senior Contributing Editor
Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, Ed Curtin teaches sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. His writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. He states: “I write as a public intellectual for the general public, not as a specialist for a narrow readership. I believe a non-committal sociology is an impossibility and therefore see all my work as an effort to enhance human freedom through understanding.” His website is at http://edwardcurtin.com/ .
ERIC ZUESSE, Senior Contributing Editor
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity. Besides TGP, his reports and historical analyses are published on many leading current events and political sites, including The Saker, Huffpost, Oped News, and others.
GODFREE ROBERTS, Special Editor for Asia Affairs
IN MY OWN WORDS
The Financial Crisis cost me my California home and my business and kicked me out of comfortable middle class life. After paying off my loyal, bewildered staff I was left with $1,200 a month from Social Security and enough cash for an airline ticket to somewhere. But where? Where on earth could I live comfortably on $1200 and have enough left to start a business? I’d grown up in Australia, lived in Japan and Fiji, got my doctorate at UMass, married, and started two US companies that afforded me regular European vacations. Suddenly, my needs were highest just when my resources were lowest. As you can imagine, I was somewhat frantic.I looked at every affordable destination on earth. Most were either too hot, too cold, too violent, too primitive, or too dirty for what I would call a comfortable life. Then I got a Facebook message from a woman I hadn’t seen in 30 years. She was living in Thailand and suggested I visit her in Chiang Mai. Talk about timing.I’d visited Thailand in the 60s and been struck by its exotic beauty. But I was put off because it was full of troops on R&R from the Vietnam war. Now when I researched Chiang Mai I was surprised: HSBC bank’s expatriate world survey rated Thailand #1 in the world as a place to live. And Chiang Mai is ranked the #1 place in Thailand to retire.Cramming as much of my life as would fit into three huge duffel bags I boarded a Royal Thai Airways flight from Los Angeles and, 14 hours later, walked out of Chiang Mai airport into blazing sun and a brand new life.It took me a full year to figure out the basics of where – and how – to live in this new culture. I wasted my remaining savings making beginners’ mistakes but, even so, as each month passed I felt I’d made the right decision. Thailand turned out to be everything I’d read about and more. Most importantly, in Thailand my $1200 allowed me to rejoin the middle class. On that meagre income I’ve been able to create a new business and fly to Australia to visit family. All the while eating better food and getting better medical and dental care than I’d ever had in my life.
JIMMIE MOGLIA, Senior Contributing Editor
Jimmie Moglia is a Renaissance man, and therefore he’s impossible to summarize in a simple bioblurb. In any case, here’s a rough sketch, by his own admission: Born in Turin, Italy, he now resides in Portland, Oregon. Appearance: … careful hours with time’s deformed hand, Have written strange defeatures in my face (2); Strengths. An unquenchable passion for what is utterly, totally, and incontrovertibly useless, notwithstanding occasional evidence to the contrary. Weaknesses: Take your pick. Languages: I speak Spanish to God, French to men, Italian to women and German to my horse. My German is not what it used to be but it’s not the horse’s fault. Too many Germans speak English. Education: “You taught me language and my profit on it Is, I know how to curse.” (3); More to the point – in Italy I studied Greek for five years and Latin for eight. Only to discover that prospective employers were remarkably uninterested in dead languages. Whereupon I obtained an Engineering Degree at the University of Genova. Read more here.
DAVID WILLIAM PEAR, Senior Contributing Editor
David William Pear is a Senior Editor for OpEdNews.com and a Senior Contributing Editor for The Greanville Post. All of his articles and comments are his own, and are not the responsibility of, or speak for the editorial opinion of anyone but himself. David is a progressive columnist writing on economic, political and social issues. His articles have been published by OpEdNews, The Greanville Post, The Real News Network, Truth Out, Consortium News, Russia Insider, Pravda, and many other publications. David is active in social issues relating to peace, race relations, homelessness and equal justice. David is a member of Veterans for Peace, St Pete for Peace, CodePink, International Solidarity Movement, and Uhuru Solidarity Movement. In 2016 David spent 10 weeks in Palestine with the Palestinian lead non-violent resistance group International Solidarity Movement. In November of 2015 he was a delegate with CodePink to Palestine to show solidarity with Palestinians. In February of 2015 he was part of a people-to-people delegation to Cuba with CodePink. David frequently makes extended people-to-people trips to Russia as a private citizen. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Maryland and graduate level studies in related disciplines. David resides with his wife and three cats in Clearwater Beach, Florida. His hobbies include boating, fishing and motorcycle touring. He is also a licensed skydiver (USPA-inactive)
|HIROYUKI HAMADA, Senior Contributing Editor, Arts & Politics|
Hiroyuki Hamada grew up in Japan until the age of eighteen, then moved with his family to Wheeling, West Virginia where his father held a temporary post in the steel industry; the culture shock Hamada experienced was underscored by the linguistic gap, and it was through the study of drawing while in college that Hamada found an outlet to bridge the gap. He changed his major from psychology to studio art, then went on to earn a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Maryland.
Hamada has been awarded residencies at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Edward F. Albee Foundation/William Flanagan Memorial Creative Person’s Center, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the MacDowell Colony, Studios Midwest in Illinois, and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts.In 1998, Hamada was the recipient of a Pollock–Krasner Foundation grant, and in 2009 he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. The artist lives and works in East Hampton, New York.
JIM KAVANAGH, Contributing Editor
Jim Kavanagh, a native and denizen of New York City, is a former cab driver and college professor. His articles have appeared on Counterpunch, The Greanville Post, The Unz Review, Z, and other sites around the net. He blogs at his website, thepolemicist.net, from a left-socialist perspective.
GARY G. KOHLS, Special Contributing Editor
Dr Kohls is a retired physician from Duluth, MN, USA. He writes a weekly column for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, health, democracy, civility and longevity of the populace. Many of his columns are archived at http://duluthreader.com/contributors/g/08/8_gary_g_kohls_md
JOAQUIN FLORES, Special Associate Editor; Belgrade Correspondent
Joaquin Flores is a Mexican-American expat based in Belgrade. He is a full-time analyst and director at the Center for Syncretic Studies, a public geostrategic think-tank and consultancy firm, as well as the co-editor of Fort Russ news service. His expertise encompasses Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and he has a strong proficiency in Middle East affairs. Flores is particularly adept at analyzing ideology and the role of mass psychology, as well as the methods of the information war in the context of 4GW and New Media. He is a political scientist educated at California State University. In the US, he worked for a number of years as a labor union organizer, chief negotiator, and strategist for a major trade union federation.
|ANDRE VLTCHEK, Special Roaming Correspondent; Senior Associate, Russia Desk|
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to “The Great October Socialist Revolution” a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.
|MIKE FAULKNER, Senior Contributing Editor; London Correspondent|
CALEB MAUPIN, Senior Contributing Editor
Caleb Maupin is an American journalist and political analyst. Tasnim News Agency described him as “a native of Ohio who has campaigned against war and the U.S. financial system.” He is a member of Workers World Party, and Fight Imperialism – Stand Together. He is also a youth organizer for the International Action Center and was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement from its planning stages. His political activism began while attending Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. In 2010, he video recorded a confrontation between Collinwood High School students who walked out to protest teacher layoffs and the police. His video footage resulted in one of the students being acquitted in juvenile court. He was a figure within the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. Maupin writes on American foreign policy and other social issues. Maupin supports New York City politician Charles Barron, and has also made numerous appearances on RT and Press TV. He was a featured guest at the 2014 New Horizon Conference in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On September 6, 2013, he appeared on CNN as a representative of those protesting US intervention in Syria. In May of 2015, he accompanied a mission of the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Yemen, on the Iran Shahed Rescue Ship. The ship did not reach Yemen, but was diverted to the port of Djibouti after massive Saudi bombing of the port of the Hodiedah, and a plot to attack the ship was discovered.
JOHN R. HALL, Senior Contributing Editor
John R. Hall is a street-trained agnotologist with an advanced degree in American Ignorance. Other hats include: photojournalist, novelist, restaurateur, mountaineer, grocer, nurseryman, and janitor. He’s written three novels which have been read by almost nobody: ‘Embracing Darwin’, ‘Last Dance in Lubberland’, and ‘Atlas fumbled’. An untrained writer and college drop-out, he began his short career in journalism writing the ‘Excursion’ column for The Jackson Hole News & Guide. More recently he penned the ‘Left Column’ for The Molokai Island Times; appropriately on the island once known as a leper colony. John currently resides, writes, and protests injustice in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and walks among the spirits of those who once occupied the 79 Disappeared Pueblos. Read more John Halls’s articles.
|GILBERT MERCIER, Senior Contributing Editor|
Gilbert Mercier is a French author of “The Orwellian Empire”, a journalist, on air geopolitical analyst, a photojournalist and filmmaker based in the US since 1983. He is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of News Junkie Post”
JAFE ARNOLD, Assistant Editor & Correspondent, Eastern Europe
Jafe Arnold is an American expat doing his Masters at the University of Amsterdam, with a Bachelors in European Culture from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Formerly an activist on the American left, he is currently a research fellow for the Center for Syncretic Studies, a translator and editor at Fort Russ, and the founding editor-in-chief of Eurasianist Internet Archive. Besides translating unique analyses from Russian and Polish for English-language audiences, Arnold’s interests and expertise include geopolitical processes and ideological developments in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space.
NATYLIE BALDWIN, Special Contributing Editor
Natylie Baldwin is co-author of Ukraine: Zbig’s Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated, available from Tayen Lane Publishing. In October of 2015, she traveled to 6 cities in the Russian Federation and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. A graduate of Cal State Hayward with a minor in Political Science, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various publications including Consortium News, Russia Insider, OpEd News, The New York Journal of Books, The Common Line, Santa Fe Sun Monthly, Dissident Voice, Energy Bulletin, Newtopia Magazine, and the Lakeshore. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Natylie will be returning to Russia in May of 2017 to view the Victory Day celebrations, and find out how Russia is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution as well as how average Russians view this historic event.
Ukraine: Zbig’s Grand Chessboard and the How the West Was Checkmated can be purchased in paperback here or electronically here.
Publisher’s page here.
GARY BRUMBACK, Contributing Editor
Gary Brumback, PhD is a retired psychologist and Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He is the author of The Devil’s Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch; and America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying. His most recent book is Corporate Reckoning Ahead. Gary can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RON RIDENOUR, Special Contributing Editor
Born in the “devil’s own country”, in 1939, of a WASP (white, Anglo-Saxon protestant) military family. Growing up I experienced the pains and indignities of US chauvinism and racism at home and abroad, its imperial domination, its brutal jingoistic wars.
Before I understood the essence of US imperialism, I joined the US Air Force, at 17, to fight the Soviet “commies” when they occupied Hungary, in 1956. Posted to a radar site in Japan, I witnessed approved segregated barracks at the Yankee base, and the imposition of racism in Japanese establishments. I protested and was tortured by my white “compatriots”, who held me down naked, sprayed DDT aflame over my pubic hairs, and then held me under snow. This, and the fact that we had orders to shoot down any Soviet aircraft over “our” territory in Japan—which never appeared—while we flew spy planes over the Soviet Union daily, led me to question American morality. (Read more)
|JOHN SCALES AVERY, Special Contributing Editor|
John Avery (born in 1933 in Lebanon to American parents) is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. During these years, he was part of a group associated with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. In 1995, this group received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts. Presently, he is an Associate Professor in quantum chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. His 2003 book Information Theory and Evolution set forth the view that the phenomenon of life, including its origin and evolution, that including human cultural evolution, has it background situated over thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory. Avery’s parents were both born in the United States, in the state of Michigan, where they studied at the University of Michigan. His father studied medicine while his mother studied bacteriology. After graduation, his parents did research together at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Later, his father did research in a borderline area between physics and medicine with Arthur Holly Compton, discoverer of the “Compton effect“, at the University of Chicago. In 1926, his father moved the family to Beirut, where his father worked as a professor of anatomy at the American University of Beirut. The family stayed in Beirut until the start of World War II. It was during these tumultuous years that John Scales Avery was born.
|ERIC SCHECHTER, Senior Contributing Editor, Citizens Outreach|
|FELICITY ARBUTHNOT, Senior Contributing Editor, Middle East Affairs, & London Correspondent|
With former UN Assistant Secretary General and UN Co-ordinator in Iraq, Denis Halliday, she was senior Iraq researcher for John Pilger’s Award winning documentary: “Paying the Price – Killing the Children of Iraq” (Carlton/ITV March 2000), which has been aired worldwide and sent shockwaves through Washington and Whitehall. Arbuthnot has been nominated for a number of Awards for her coverage of Iraq, including the (EC) Lorenzo Natali Award for Human Rights Journalism, the Millenium Prize for Women; the Courage of Conscience Award and an Amnesty International Media Award. Arbuthnot is quoted by MP’s and academics as having unique insight into Iraq under sanctions. Her articles and broadcasts are used by MP’s in Parliamentary questions. In addition, Felicity was a moderator at the World Uranium Weapons conference in october 2003 in Hamburg with a lot of internationally renowned speakers. (http://www.uraniumweaponsconference.de/speakers.htm).
|HENRY A. GIROUX, Contributing Editor|
Currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. His books include: Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Peter Land 2011), On Critical Pedagogy (Continuum, 2011), Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Publics in the Age of Disposability (Paradigm 2012), Disposable Youth: Racialized Memories and the Culture of Cruelty (Routledge 2012), Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future (Paradigm 2013). Giroux’s most recent books are America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013), are Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education, America’s Disimagination Machine (City Lights) and Higher Education After Neoliberalism (Haymarket) will be published in 2014). He is also a Contributing Editor of Cyrano’s Journal Today / The Greanville Post, and member of Truthout’s Board of Directors and has his own page The Public Intellectual. His web site is www.henryagiroux.com.
|RAMZY BAROUD, PhD., Contributing Editor|
Has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His books include ‘Searching Jenin’, ‘The Second Palestinian Intifada’ and his latest ‘My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story’. His website is: www.ramzybaroud.net.
|DANIEL ESPINOSA WINDER, Distinguished Collaborator|
Daniel Espinosa Winder lives in Caraz, a small city in the Andes of Peru. He graduated in Communication Sciences in Lima and started researching mainstream media and more specifically, propaganda. His writings are often a critique of the role of corporate mass media in our society. Daniel also serves as Editorial Director for TGP’s Spanish Language edition.
|MURRAY POLNER, Contributing Editor|
Murray Polner wrote “No Victory Parades: The Return of the Vietnam Veteran“; “When Can I Come Home,” about draft evaders during the Vietnam era; co-authored with Jim O’Grady, “Disarmed and Dangerous,” a dual biography of Dan and Phil Berrigan; and most recently, with Thomas Woods,Jr., ” We Who Dared to Say No to War.” He is the senior book review editor for the History News Network.
RUSSEL BONNER BENTLEY, Senior Contributing Editor, Novorossiya Correspondent, Donbass Chronicles
Most of our editors and contributors are gifted in many areas, but few merit the label of “polymath” as richly as our new Novorossiya correspondent, Russell Bentley, “Texac”. He has been called poet, musician, soldier, political activist, outlaw, smuggler, convict, fugitive, philosopher, lover, teacher and friend—and, indeed, he is all those things, but his course is always guided by an unswerving commitment to the construction of a better world in which peace, genuine freedom, and social justice reign supreme. A native of Texas, Russell joined—at the tender age of 54— the Novorossiyan Armed Forces (NAF) to fight what he sees as the attack on the Donbass people by an illegitimate fascist entity: the Kiev regime installed and supported by the US after a thinly-veiled coup. His example evokes the deeds of the Lincoln Battalion, the American volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War. As his writing gifts abundantly prove, he also channels John Reed and Hemingway in a rare, seamless, package. Russell’s work at TGP can be found here and at TEXAC
William Blum, author of the celebrated Anti-Empire Report series and numerous books and essays, is an American historian and critic of United States foreign policy. He worked in a computer related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War. He lives in Washington, DC.
Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia Times Online. Born in Brazil, he’s been a foreign correspondent since 1985, and has lived in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Even before 9/11 he specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central and East Asia, with an emphasis on Big Power geopolitics and energy wars. He is the author of “Globalistan” (2007), “Red Zone Blues” (2007), “Obama does Globalistan” (2009) and “Empire of Chaos” (2014), all published by Nimble Books. His latest book is “2030”, also by Nimble Books, out in December 2015.
JAY JANSON, Resident Historian, Distinguished Collaborator
Jay Janson, who lived and taught in Korea for six years, is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents in 67 countries; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India, Sweden, Germany Vietnam and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign: (King Condemned US Wars) and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign featuring a country by country history of US crimes and laws pertaining. Jay spent eight years as Assistant Conductor of the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also toured, with Dan Tai-Son, Tchaikovsky Competition First Prize winner, who practiced in a Hanoi bomb shelter. The orchestra was founded by Ho Chi Minh,and it plays most of its concerts in the Opera House, a diminutive copy of the Paris Opera. In 1945, US ally Ho, from a balcony overlooking the large square and flanked by an American Major and a British Colonel, declared Vietnam independent. Everyone in the orchestra lost family, “killed by the Americans” they would mention simply, with kind Buddhist equanimity. Jay can be reached at: email@example.com. Read other articles by Jay Jay Janson, spent eight years as Assistant Conductor of the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also toured, including with Dan Tai-son, who practiced in a Hanoi bomb shelter. The orchestra was founded by Ho Chi Minh,and it plays most of its concerts in the Opera House, a diminutive copy of the Paris Opera. In 1945, our ally Ho, from a balcony overlooking the large square and flanked by an American Major and a British Colonel, declared Vietnam independent. Everyone in the orchestra lost family, “killed by the Americans” they would mention simply, with Buddhist un-accusing acceptance. Read other articles by Jay.
EVA BARTLETT, Independent Correspondent
Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian rights and justice activist and freelance journalist. She has spent years in occupied Palestine, documenting Zionist crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
PATRICK WALKER, Distinguished Collaborator
Patrick Walker is co-founder of Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP) and the Bernie or Bust movement it spawned. Before that, he cut his activist teeth with the anti-fracking and Occupy Scranton PA movements. No longer with RAP, he actively seeks collaborators to build a Bernie or Bust successor movement–one dedicated to fighting neoliberals of both parties (but especially neoliberal Democrats) under Trump. A happily if belatedly married man, Patrick resides with his wife, stepdaughter, and three beloved Sheltie dogs in Williamsville, NY. Patrick can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|MATEO PIMENTEL, Distinguished Collaborator|
Mateo Pimentel is a sixth-generation denizen of the Mexican-United States borderland. Mateo writes for political newsletters and alternative news sources; he also publishes in academic journals. Mateo has lived, worked and studied throughout Latin America for the last decade. He currently pursues a Master of Science in Global Technology and Development, and he composes and records music in his free time.[/su_box]
DIANE GEE, Distinguished Collaborator
Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Many of his recent articles appear on the renowned Canadian-based news website Global Research. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in journalism. He specializes in Middle East and East Africa issues and has also given several American radio interviews as well as TV interviews on Press TV and Russia Today. His interests include capitalism, imperialism and war, socialism, justice and peace, agriculture and trade policy, ecological impact, science and technology, and human rights. He is also a musician and songwriter. Previously, he was based in Bahrain and witnessed the political upheavals in the Persian Gulf kingdom during 2011 as well as the subsequent Saudi-led brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protests. The author and media commentator was expelled from Bahrain in June 2011 for his critical journalism in which he highlighted many human rights violations by the Western-backed regime. For many years, he worked as an editor and writer in the mainstream media, including ,The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is now based in East Africa where he is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring.
Greg Maybury is a Perth (Australia) based freelance writer. His main areas of interest are American history and politics in general, with a special focus on economic, national security, military and geopolitical affairs, and both US domestic and foreign policy issues.
Dady Chery is the Co-Editor in Chief of News Junkie Post and an associate professor in the biological sciences. She is the author of We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation. Chery is a Haitian-born journalist, playwright, essayist, and poet. Her broad interests encompass science, culture, and human rights. She writes extensively about Haiti and world issues such as climate change, displacement, and inequality. Her many contributions to Haitian news include the first proposal that Haiti’s cholera had been imported by the United Nations, and the first description of Haiti’s mineral wealth for a popular audience. Chery’s articles are regularly published on her news site at Haiti Chery and have been republished in Global Research Canada, Alternet, CounterPunch, RT Op-Edge, Z Communications, The News (Pakistan), Synthesis/Regeneration Magazine, Wikileaks Party, San Francisco Bay View, Black Agenda Report, Popular Resistance, Haiti Liberte, Buzzflash, Canada Haiti Action Network, Climate & Capitalism, OpEd News, Venezuela Analysis. Some of her articles have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. She may be found Twitter, and LinkedIn.
| JOHN PILGER, Contributing Author|
John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist, author and film director based in London. Pilger’s work and films can be read and viewed on his website: www.johnpilger.com. His new film, “The Coming War on China,” is available in the U.S. from www.bullfrogfilms.com. He has covered the globe exposing the tragic realities of oppression, and telling truths that those with power and privilege surely wish he would not. His role as documentarian essentially started when he, and two other journalists – David Murro and Eric Piper – documented the reality of what was happening in Cambodia after the fall of Pol Pot. In 2006, the photos and reports produced were turned into a film “Year Zero.” More articles and documentaries followed on atrocities as diverse as Australia’s treatment of its indigenous peoples, to East Timor, and Palestine. After a lifetime of distinguished work, Mr. Pilger continues to be an outspoken critic of the corporate media, and of Western imperialism.
DR. DAHLIA WASFI
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is an internationally known speaker and activist. Born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, she lived in Iraq as a child, returning to the U.S. at age 5. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993, she earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq to visit her extended family since the 2003 “Shock and Awe” invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006. She has brought her eyewitness account of life under occupation to over 200 audiences in twenty-two United States, Capitol Hill in D.C., Ontario and British Columbia, Madrid, Spain in 2007, and the 3rd International Iraq Conference in Berlin, Germany, in March 2008. Based on her experiences, Dr. Wasfi is speaking out in support of immediate, unconditional withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the need to end the occupation “from the Nile to the Euphrates .” Her website is liberatethis.com.
|Vanessa Beeley is a British investigative journalist focused on the Middle East. On her return from Syria in September 2016, she reported how 600,000 people moved from East to West Aleppo to take refuge when the NATO-backed rebels attacked the city in 2012. Vanessa Beeley is clear that Syria’s White Helmets, lauded in the West as a group of volunteer first-responders, funded by the US, Britain and others to the tune of $100 million and nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, are nothing but terrorists. She accuses the White Helmets of stealing ambulances and fire engines, and even killing Syria’s real Civil Defence officials.|
Kuhlenbeck works as a reporter for Iowa Free Press and as a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in publications such as The Des Moines Register, The Humanist, Z Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, Eurasia Review, People’s World, The Palestine Chronicle, Paste, Little Village, Industrial Worker, Earth First! Journal, Intrepid Report and the National Writers Union newsletter.
His extensive and wide-ranging reportage has covered a myriad of subjects including news, politics, social issues, entertainment and local events. His work has been published nationally and internationally, and has been translated into numerous languages. His work has been cited by the Social Justice Journal, CopBlock.org, Axis of Logic, If Americans Knew, The Constantine Report, OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology, Isocracy.org, Zero Books, Global-Politics.eu and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel. He has been working in the journalism field since 2006 as a writer, reporter, researcher and photographer. He has also worked for The Challenger, The Urban Vibe and The Grand Views, reaching thousands of readers during his tenure. His skills evolved when he enrolled at Grand View University, where he graduated with a BA in Journalism in 2011. During that time he worked in various capacities for the Grand Views and the literary journal Bifrost.
ANDREW LEVINE, Distinguished Collaborator
Andy Levine is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, the author most recently of THE AMERICAN IDEOLOGY (Routledge) and POLITICAL KEY WORDS (Blackwell) as well as of many other books and articles in political philosophy. His most recent book is In Bad Faith: What’s Wrong With the Opium of the People. He was a Professor (philosophy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Professor (philosophy) at the University of Maryland-College Park. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).
|JOHN WALSH, Distinguished Collaborator|
Among other leading publications, John Walsh [send him mail] is a contributor to CounterPunch.com, Antiwar.com, LewRockwell.com, The Greanville Post, and DissidentVoice.org. He is a founding member of “Come Home America.” Until recently he was Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
JOHN RACHEL, Distinguished Collaborator
John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and a bi-polar humanist. Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and two non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller. The two non-fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America.
In the works is a creative non-fiction work, The Naked American. It is allegedly an account of author Rachel’s travels since leaving America August 2006, but more likely the product of the voices in his head which have plagued him since puberty. A number of prominent publishers have declared that they will do everything in their power to make sure these new books never see the light of day. The author’s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon. John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he sets his non-existent watch by the thrice-daily ringing of sonorous temple bells, at a local Shinto shrine.
RICK STERLING, Distinguished Collaborator
Vice-Chair, International Issues and Development, Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center
Rick Sterling was born and grew up in Vancouver Canada, he studied anthropology at Simon Fraser University and came to the US as an activist in 1976 after working in Africa where he got married and ended up staying. Rick says: “With kids, had to get a real job so I studied electronics at Merritt College and Cogswell Polytechnical. After 25 years working in the high tech and aerospace industries I retired from my senior electronics engineering position at UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory in 2011 (NASA and satellite work), so now I can work full time on progressive causes. I have an interest in public education and activism to promote positive change. My skills include writing, presentations and outreach and consider myself a ‘self-starter’ able to lead and work with others.
Went to Middle East in summer 2007, part of Palestine Summer Encounter seeing the situation on the ground, meeting great Palestinian and Israeli organizations and individuals. Went to Honduras in summer 2011 as part of an international human rights delegation. We travelled around the country and met various organizations speaking about the aftermath of the 2009 coup. Returned to Honduras in November 2012 as part of human rights group monitoring the primary election. I am interested to bring more information on Latin America and Middle East to Contra Costa. The goal is to push for substantial change in US policy and building support for progressive organizations working for change in other countries.
Was a member of the MDPJC board for a few years (approx 2006 – 2010) and currently on the board of Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (www.mitfamericas.org/about). I’m currently active or connected to the KPFA outreach committee, Rossmoor friends of KPFA club, Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Network, Middle East Study Group and Richmond Progressive Alliance. I believe the Center needs to continue promoting peace messages in schools and the community. Believe it would be useful to encourage more people from the community to travel abroad and bring back / share their experiences and observations (Latin America, Middle East and beyond). Would like to see the Center take more active positions in opposition to the war machine, oil corporations, etc. and make more connections/coordination with other peace / justice groups. Serving in the board since 2013.
JIM MILES, Distinguished Collaborator
Jim Miles is a Canadian educator living in British Columbia. He writes regularly about the Middle East and its militarization and economic subjugation. His concerns include the commodification of the world by corporate governance and the American government. He writes book reviews and opinion pieces which are published here, as well as in The Palestine Chronicle and Foreign Policy Journal. His work is widely distributed across the Internet.”
ALEXANDER CHOPOV, PhD., Distinguished Collaborator
Serves as Director and Producer of a new YouTube Channel – War in Ukraine – the Unreported Truth. The purpose of the channel is to give the people of Donbass an English voice so they can be heard beyond Donbass. Dr. Chopov has a double major in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a doctorate in political science from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He interned in the US Congress, and has lived in US for over 10 years studying both American mentality and politics.
MATHEW MAVAAK, Contributing Writer
Mathew Mavaak is a doctoral researcher in security foresight at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). His areas of study include strategic foresight; open source intelligence (OSINT); science, technology and innovation (STI); national policy-making; Eurasian integration; and global risks and uncertainties.
GH ELIASON, Distinguished Collaborator
GH Eliason lives in Ukraine. He writes content and optimizes web-based businesses across the globe: His expertise is: organic search results, technical issues, design strategies to grow their business, and web security. He used to be a large project construction specialist. When Fukashima happened his experience as both a locked high rad specialist and a penchant for climbing coincided. He was paid to climb a reactor at a sister plant to Fukushima 3 because of a 1 million dollar mistake. His work since then has largely been in project safety. He also runs soil and building support analyses for very large construction projects.
|DANIEL READ, Distinguished Collaborator|
Daniel Read is a human rights journalist and political analyst holed up in Western Europe. He originally studied journalism at Kingston University, London, prior to obtaining post-graduate degrees in both human rights and global politics. He has written on myriad topics, from environmental and human rights related issues in Latin America to British domestic and foreign policy. He has also carried out multiple interviews, from political figures such as Noam Chomsky, Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn to experts on international humanitarian law such as Neill Kirane (in Ramallah) and environmental spokesmen such as David Van Wyk (in Johannesburg). Daniel cares deeply about the plight of the Global South, ecology, human/animal rights and political and social empowerment. Essentially he’s interested in real journalism, real issues and real people. Real ales are also pretty epic. He blogs at uncommonsense.me and tweets at @DanielTRead.
STEPHEN (STEFAN) KARGANOVIC, Distinguished Collaborator
Born in Belgrade, Serbia (1950), Stefan is U.S. citizen. Graduate of the University of Chicago and Indiana University School of Law. Member of several defense teams at the International Criminal Tribunal For the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Founder and president of NGO “Srebrenica Historical Project,” registered in the Netherlands and in Serbia. Currently engaged in research on events that took place in Srebrenica in July 1995. Author and co-author of several books on Srebrenica and the technology of “color revolution.”
JOHN CHUKMAN, Distinguished Collaborator
John Chuckman lives in Canada and is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. His first book has just been published, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. He blogs at : Chuckman’s Choice of Words”
| GREGORY BARRETT, Distinguished Collaborator|
Gregory Barrett, originally from Tennessee, worked for 40 years as a professional pianist, singer, songwriter, and touring and recording musician in the USA and Europe, both in the spotlight and as an accompanist for major stars and others. His activist career includes stints in the 1980s with Amnesty International USA at the national level and the ACLU of Tennessee. Since 2012 he has worked primarily as a translator. He has lived in Germany for a total of 18 years and has a diverse, multicultural family. His commentary and essays are published in The Greanville Post, Counterpunch, the Anglo-Indian magazine Socialist Factor, and other publications.
|Provocateurs||with a Cause|
Self-described war nerd Gary Brecher knows he’s not alone, that there’s a legion of fat, lonely Americans, stuck in stupid, paper-pushing desk jobs, who get off on reading about war because they hate their lives. But Brecher writes about war, too. War Nerd collects his most opinionated, enraging, enlightening, and entertaining pieces. Part war commentator, part angry humorist àla Bill Hicks, Brecher inveighs against pieties of all stripes — Liberian generals, Dick Cheney, U.N. peacekeepers, the neo-cons — and the massive incompetence of military powers. A provocative free thinker, he finds much to admire in the most unlikely places, and not always for the most pacifistic reasons: the Tamil Tigers, the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Danes of 1,000 years ago, and so on, across the globe and through the centuries. Crude, scatological, un-P.C., yet deeply informed, Brecher provides a radically different, completely unvarnished perspective on world affairs. Often, simply the truth unvarnished.
|Fraternal||Scholars, True Journalists & Authors We Admire|
Thierry Meyssan is a French journalist and political activist, as well as political consultant, and President-founder of the Réseau Voltaire (Voltaire Network). Latest work in French – Sous nos Yeux. Du 11-Septembre à Donald Trump (Right Before our Eyes. From 9/11 to Donald Trump). Meyssan is the author of investigations into the extreme right-wing (particularly about the National Front Militias, which are the object of a parliamentary investigation and caused a separation of the extreme right-wing party), as well as into the Catholic Church (Opus Dei, for example). Meyssan’s book 9/11: The Big Lie (L’Effroyable imposture) challenges the official account of events of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In recent times, he published several stories claiming Donald Trump is the victim of a “campaign that has been scientifically organized against the President of the United States”, orchestrated by the American administration establishment and the world intelligence community. In November 2005, Thierry Meyssan presided over the Axis for Peace 2005 Colloquium, which gathered over 130 participants from 37 nations in order to discuss the international situation and call a people’s mobilization in favour of international law and world peace and against the neoconservative trend. Meyssan is currently living in Damascus, Syria. He is a journalist for the Russian weekly magazine Odnako (Однако)
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and New York Times best-selling author, Jim Hightower has spent four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.
Hightower is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots.
He broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried in more than 150 commercial and public stations, on the web, and on Radio for Peace International.
Every month he pens a rousing newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, that blasts through the corporate media blockade to lend new reporting and populist perspective on the events of the day. His site is located at http://jimhightower.com
Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research. He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America’s Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO’s war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at email@example.com
Alexander Mercouris, founding editor of The Duran, is a London-based writer on international affairs with a special interest in Russia and law. He has written extensively on the legal aspects of NSA spying and events in Ukraine in terms of human rights, constitutionality and international law, being a frequent commentator on television and speaker at conferences. He worked for 12 years in the Royal Courts of Justice in London as a lawyer, specializing in human rights and constitutional law.
Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn’s column was featured at The Guardian and Salon. He was the debut winner, along with Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning. For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation watchdog journalism award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil (he was the first non-Brazilian to win), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for The Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
|William J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and professor of history who’s written for TomDispatch.com, Truthout, History News Network (HNN), Alternet, and Huffington Post among other sites. He is the author or co-author of three books and numerous articles focusing on military history as well as the history of science, technology, and religion. He is a co-founder of The Contrary Perspective and served as its editor and chief writer from 2013 through the end of 2015.|