A Spectacle of Power: Why Conservatives Love Torture

It was perhaps inevitable that the Trump administration would move to adopt torture as policy. The love of power drives the use of torture. It is not too strong to use the word “love” to describe the attitude of conservative regimes to torture. Torture is all about the abuse of … Continue reading

Take That Russia

President Obama took action against Russia today in a harsh rebuke against their recent hacking of of our 2016 election. The Obama administration tossed “35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States,” and they imposed “sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services, including four top officers of the military intelligence unit,” … Continue reading

Putin’s Valentine Falls Flat

There is something fundamentally wrong when thousands of partisan “Americans” automatically accept disinformation — from a foreign government that is KNOWN to be an attempt to interfere in internal US politics — when it fits their hatred of their own countrymen.
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International Women’s Day: She’s ‘Not There’

Women have mysteriously vanished across New York. The cause isn’t the work of zombies or alien-abductors, it is an advertising stunt promoted by the Clinton Foundation to co-opt “some 40 existing advertisements, posters and other media, cutting out the women as part of a campaign to call attention to gender … Continue reading

If LBJ had been Netanyahu

The analogy is not perfect, but it comes damn close. Three Israeli teenagers were abducted while hitchhiking and found murdered after a national search. Three young civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi 50 years ago. Both cases were senseless tragedies born of generations of unyielding and unrelenting hate. Continue reading

Tragedy in the 24/7 News Media

by Walter Brasch CNN is the 24/7 media trumpet for news about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that is presumed to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean, southwest of Australia. On that flight were 227 passengers and 12 crew members. CNN grabbed every iota of information, pumped it full of … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry on ‘This Week’

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz for “This Week,” Secretary of State John Kerry said, “the United States had not abandoned former FBI agent Robert Levinson — the 65-year-old American who went missing in Iran seven years ago — and said he was personally involved in the effort … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry Returns to Mekong Delta

Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the muddy waters of the Mekong Delta this weekend, decades after commanding a Swift Boat there during the Vietnam War.  Serving in that war would ultimately turn Kerry against the war and take him full circle from military service, to activist, to decades of public … Continue reading

Obama: Mandela, ‘The Last Great Liberator of the 20th Century’

In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela today, President Obama called Mandela “the last great liberator of the 20th century,” while “tens of thousands of South Africans, joyously cheering and singing despite a cold rain, mourned the passing and celebrated the life of the father of their modern nation.” Speaking in … Continue reading