What started off as Arab Spring has turned morbidly into Arab Fall. What began as a seasonal description became directional and self-destructive.
Prove that you don’t have what I believe you have! That was an exact demand made on Saddam Hussein.
Americans carry a tremendous amount of guilt around with them (paranoia) as they preach moral behaviour.
Paul Schied, commenting in the Harvard Political Review writes, “American Exceptionalism argues that the United States is the best at everything. This isn’t true.
You’ve been living in rural America; and living the farmer’s life doesn’t leave much time or desire to follow what’s going on in the rest of the world.
Twenty years ago several journalists expressed concern that the number of major news sources in America had diminished to fifty.
Television anchors and their guests waste hours of viewer’s time ridiculously focused. Topics with limited importance, should not be broadly covered at the expense of the most important issues.
All wars are dirty wars. One stands out for the number of lives lost in the minds and memories of Americans–the Vietnam War.
Some media pundits have used the terms “whistleblowers” and “traitors” synonymously.
Netanyahu (N) and Obama (O) are on the phone….
Most of us have favourite causes; and many will go out of their way to defend those causes.
We’re now living and dying in an age of pre-emptive actions.
“Apparently, you are too stupid to comprehend the difference between an insult and an ad hominem argument,” someone argued.
An Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River, dumping two vehicles and a trailer in the waters north of Mount Vernon. A law-enforcement source said 150 yards of the interstate dropped into the water.
I’m tired of politics, of the injustices, the corruption, the assassinations, the gross illegal behaviour of the strong, the plundering of the poor and the indignities wrought on the weak.
Boston terrorism has been squelched: Tamarlan, dead in a police shoot-out left his younger brother Dzhokar wounded in the hospital.
In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — the Reverend Martin Luther King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
I grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, an American steel town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. The steelworkers in our town came from all over the world, but mostly from Eastern Europe.
Watch out for a shift in war hawks. Before the Iraq war, at least a dozen in the U.S. Administration and major media spread enough propaganda to silence the majority of Americans.
Terms like justice, democracy, freedom and moral accountability are generalized with varied meanings for different people. They also mean something different for citizens of other countries who want to live in America.
Josh Reubner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation says “Israel stands to lose approximately $250 million of its $3.1 billion military aid package from the United States under the terms of the sequestration.”
The drones have roused the hive; and Junior Republican Senator Rand Paul has the bees swarming. Excuse the analogy.
A book that gave cause for thought in1970, Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, predicted some difficult tomorrows.
Discussions of guns and who owns them or lobbies for them arise every time there’s a mass murder, like that of the children in Connecticut recently.
One of the most dismal futuristic images I’ve seen was recently painted by Chris Hedges in the opening of an article he entitled A Time for “Sublime Madness”.
Thinking ahead is one thing. Pre-emptive thinking is paranoia run wild.
The US Code defines terrorism as a crime that appears to be intended to (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping.
Relatively little has appeared in the mainstream media about recent drone warfare.
Following 9/11, the development and use of drones has been a major military goal for both the U.S. and the U.K.