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Israel Benefits As World Loses

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What started off as Arab Spring has turned morbidly into Arab Fall. What began as a seasonal description became directional and self-destructive.

October 27th, 2013 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Prove What You Don’t Have

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Prove that you don’t have what I believe you have! That was an exact demand made on Saddam Hussein.

October 6th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,World | Read More »

Hypocrisy of the Paranoid

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Americans carry a tremendous amount of guilt around with them (paranoia) as they preach moral behaviour.

September 29th, 2013 | Posted in Of Interest | Read More »

Shameful Exceptionalism

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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.

September 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Letter to Rustic American

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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.

September 14th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Living | Read More »

Filtered, Slanted And Censored Media

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Twenty years ago several journalists expressed concern that the number of major news sources in America had diminished to fifty.

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Of Interest | Read More »

Mass Media Madness

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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.

August 21st, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Education,Living,Politics | Read More »

End Dirty Wars

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All wars are dirty wars. One stands out for the number of lives lost in the minds and memories of Americans–the Vietnam War.

August 13th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics | Read More »

Presstitutes and Spies

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Some media pundits have used the terms “whistleblowers” and “traitors” synonymously.

July 30th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics | Read More »

A Blanket of Fear

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Netanyahu (N) and Obama (O) are on the phone….

July 14th, 2013 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Dealing With Deceivers

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Most of us have favourite causes; and many will go out of their way to defend those causes.

July 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Americas,Editor,World | Read More »

The Practice of Pre-Emption

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We’re now living and dying in an age of pre-emptive actions.

June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics | Read More »

Indulging In Fallacies

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“Apparently, you are too stupid to comprehend the difference between an insult and an ad hominem argument,” someone argued.

June 11th, 2013 | Posted in World | Read More »

America’s Bridges Are Falling Down, Falling Down…

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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.

June 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Americas,World | Read More »

Wake Up Call For America

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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.

May 12th, 2013 | Posted in Civil Liberties and Freedom,Corruption,Editor,Foreign Relations,Government,Legislation,Politics | Read More »

Hypocrisy of US War on Terrorism

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Boston terrorism has been squelched: Tamarlan, dead in a police shoot-out left his younger brother Dzhokar wounded in the hospital.

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics | Read More »

Greatest Purveyor of Violence

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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.”

April 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Civil Liberties and Freedom,Corruption,Foreign Relations,Government,Legislation,Politics | Read More »

End The Torture Chambers

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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.

April 13th, 2013 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Shift in War Hawks

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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.

April 8th, 2013 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

World Views of America

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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.

March 31st, 2013 | Posted in Civil Liberties and Freedom,Politics | Read More »

The Social Cost of Israeli Aid

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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.”

March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Israel,Middle East,Palestine,World | Read More »

The Hives Are All Abuzz

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The drones have roused the hive; and Junior Republican Senator Rand Paul has the bees swarming. Excuse the analogy.

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Civil Liberties and Freedom,Corruption,Foreign Relations,Government,Legislation,Politics | Read More »

Future Thought

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A book that gave cause for thought in1970, Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, predicted some difficult tomorrows.

March 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Book Reviews,Editor,Living | Read More »

A Culture of Violence

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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.

February 15th, 2013 | Posted in Civil Liberties and Freedom,Corruption,Editor,Foreign Relations,Government,Legislation,Politics | Read More »

Harnessing The Imagination

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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”.

February 5th, 2013 | Posted in Book Reviews,Causes,Editor,Education,Environment,Living,Peace | Read More »

Paranoia Run Wild

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Thinking ahead is one thing. Pre-emptive thinking is paranoia run wild.

January 27th, 2013 | Posted in Americas,Editor,World | Read More »

Who Are The Real Terrorist?

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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.

January 13th, 2013 | Posted in 9/11 | Read More »

Deadly Drones

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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.

January 4th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics | Read More »

Murdering The Truth

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Judging from the latest Israeli attacks on Gaza with its bombs and missiles, Palestinian journalists have been doing their best to get the news reported.

December 20th, 2012 | Posted in Editor,Israel,Middle East,Palestine,World | Read More »

Stop Prologues To War

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The original Latin of the expression “if you want peace, prepare for war” comes from “Epitoma Rei Militaris,” by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus).

December 12th, 2012 | Posted in Editor,Israel,World | Read More »

 

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