GLEN FORD—Russiagate “has blossomed and blossomed until it’s this huge thing that obliterates rational thought,” said veteran media critic Jeff Cohen, of the Park Center for Independent Media, at Ithaca College. The Democrats have inflated the controversy beyond all reason in order to avoid confronting how they “failed to stop someone who clearly has fascist tendencies — the current president.”READ ON
GLEN FORD—So, when The Week shouts that Bernie Sanders has “conquered” the Democrats, because a number of his potential competitors, including abject corporate servants like Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, have endorsed the idea of Medicare-for-all and the party is now thinking “big” — think again. Wall Street will force a split in the Democratic Party rather than allow its supplicants to press for a true single payer health care bill or a federal job guarantee. And a split is exactly what is needed.READ ON
HIROYUKI HAMADA—It should be noted that since every single thing that the establishment accuses “others” of has been what they do to “others”, it is obvious that the bulk of tactics they’ve been utilizing against “enemy states” and to us is expressed in this valuable clip. Indeed, it is very common to come across one-line trolls with uncertain identities who would make disparaging remarks against socialism, communism, anything about Russia or China, or simply being divisive for the sake of being divisive.READ ON
THOMAS KNAPP—Central to the suit’s claims is alleged “Russian hacking” of the DNC’s servers, followed by an embarrassing release of emails showing, among other things, attempts by DNC to rig the 2016 primaries in favor of Clinton and against her main opponent, Bernie Sanders. Problems with the case: First, the DNC refused to turn those servers over to the FBI for forensic analysis, instead hiring a friendly cybersecurity firm to announce the results it wanted announced.
Secondly, metadata in the “hacked” files released by “Guccifer 2.0” indicates transfer speeds consistent with an internal source at DNC copying the files directly to a USB drive rather than an external hacker accessing the servers.
JAMES PETRAS—Fear is the last desperate weapon for retaining an unchallenged world empire. Fearful adversaries are compelled to negotiate away their defenses and disarm, like Iraq and Libya, and then allow the ‘empire’ to commence slaughter at will. Military threats directed against Iran are naked attempts to force them to dismantle their defensive missiles and cut ties with regional allies. The plan is to disarm and isolate Tehran, in order to launch an attack with impunity and—force 80 million Persians to submit to the combined wills of the US, Israeli and Saudi oligarchs. China is threatened with trade wars and an air and maritime encirclement by the US military.READ ON
JOHN STEPPLING—What strikes me most acutely, these last few months, is the extraordinary cultural chauvinism of the U.S., or rather mostly of white U.S., as well as an institutionalized orientalism. Most White Americans, as a general statement, think they are better than the rest of the world. And most Americans have scant knowledge about the rest of the world. So the belief in cultural (and moral ) superiority is based on what? The answer is not simple, but as a general sort of response, this trust in “our” superiority is built on violence. On an ability to be effectively violent. Most British, too, think they are superior to those ‘wogs’ south of their emerald isle.READ ON
PATRICK WALKER—My prediction is that the forces of political revolt will eventually coalesce, resulting in the real resistance movement an extremist Trump presidency should have awakened; whether they’ll do so in time to ward off nuclear or climate catastrophe is anybody’s guess. But the elements of real, fruitful revolt (not Democrats’ largely symbolic McResistance) are now in place, and my modest task here is simply to raise consciousness about the “dynamite” political potential of fusing those elements.READ ON