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10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power

“Requiem for the American Dream” is a timely 75-minute teach-in by Noam Chomsky, the M.I.T. linguistics professor who has been a leading leftist political analyst, critic and writer for six decades. Mr. Chomsky, already the subject of several documentaries, focuses here on an election-season theme: financial inequality in America and what he calls its corrosive … Continue reading

U.S. News: What do ESPN, Reality TV, and CNN have in common?

Came across this wonderful article in the NY Times: CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It – Inside the strange symbiosis between Jeff Zucker and the president he helped create — The New York Times, By Jonathan Mahler, April 4, 2017 Jeff Zucker is the President of arguably the nations largest and most respected news media outlet, CNN. The reason … Continue reading

The Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections

Noam Chomsky on the Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections Noam Chomsky interviewed by C.J. Polychroniou January 19, 2017, Truthout A wide range of politicians and media outlets have described the alleged Russian interference in the last US presidential election (by way of hacking) as representing a direct threat to American democracy and … Continue reading

The United States and the ICC: An Alarming Declaration to the World

Imagine this: an institution which includes the US, China, and India – that can prosecute Joseph Kony as well as Private Lynndie England of the Abu Ghraib infamy. In Rome on July 17, 1998, 120 nations voted to create a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) to try war crimes, crimes against humanity, crime of aggression, … Continue reading

Grand Imperial Strategy: How the Council on Foreign Relations carefully planned the policies of modern-day imperialism

The basic principles of the imperial grand strategy trace back to the early days of the Second World War, and have been reiterated frequently since. Even before the U.S. entered the war, planners and analysts concluded that in the post-war world the U.S. would seek “to hold unquestioned power,” acting to ensure the “limitation of … Continue reading

Key Takeaways from Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election

2016 was certainly the most instructive year in my personal political history. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from the 2016 presidential election. 1) The Media is Not Interested in Reporting Actual News Remember the awkward Megan Kelly and Trump interview? Trump: They say that I’ve has at leas 2 billion dollars worth of … Continue reading

Israel’s Role in Containing “Irresponsible and Radical Elements in Certain Arab States”

Some important notes regarding the recent UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements. In May 1973, before the oil crisis erupted, the Senate’s ranking oil expert, Senator Henry Jackson, emphasized “the strength and Western orientation of Israel on the Mediterranean and Iran [under the Shah] on the Persian Gulf,” two “reliable friends of the United … Continue reading

“If you don’t like it, you can get out!” – A Response

“If you don’t like it, you can get our!” – How many times have you heard this phrase? I get it all the time. The first thing to note is that, with that “argument”, you can defend every perversity known to man.  That alone should point out the rank falsehood of the statement. The statement … Continue reading

How the Luxuries of Modern Life Breed Political Tribes

Politics has never seemed more tribal. In America, it’s Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton. In Europe, it’s the Europhiles vs the Eurosceptics. In Turkey, it’s the Islamists vs the secularists. In the US, Australia and Europe, the gap between liberals and conservatives, the left and the right is widening. Look at social media, and it … Continue reading

“Hail Trump!” – Why Nazis Love The Donald

White nationalists have been caught on camera celebrating Donald Trump’s victory with Nazi salutes. On November 19, 2016, the National Policy Institute held its annual conference in Washington D.C. Here is Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute: “To be white is to be a striver, a crusader, an explorer, and a conqueror. We build, … Continue reading