Avoiding Trump/Netanyahu's Patriotic War Trap

Joe Biden and the American Shame of War

Sadly, my generation had to relearn the lessons of Vietnam in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in coming to terms with our defeat, we have a chance to ensure that we do not sacrifice future generations to such folly.       – Timothy Kudo, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, from a NY Times op-ed I’m sure President-Elect Joe …

Clueless autocrat amid a raging pandemic? It’s nothing new:

Author of New Book on US Quarantine History Tells What Biden Must Do

As the US confronts both a political crisis of presidential succession and a worsening pandemic, it might be instructive, though perhaps not comforting, to learn that we’ve been here before.  In the period between the 1773 Boston Tea Party up through the start of the American Revolution with the battles of Lexington and Concord and …

This is Not Our First Perilous Post-Election

Is Joe Biden Already Biting the Hand That Got Him Elected?

It gets deeper and deeper by the day, with less than 60 days to go. If, like me, you see the Trump Presidency as a live reality show — or maybe a post-postmodern autofiction novel narrated by Norman Mailer’s ghost — you’re turning pages like mad anticipating the final scene. Will he leave? Will elements …

'They should be beheaded!'

Trump and Giuliani Go Full IS in attack on Biden and Democrats

  It’s often been noted that countries that go to war tend to adopt the behaviors of their enemies in fighting them, and then bring that war and the techniques they have appropriated home where they begin to apply them domestically. For at least two decades, since the US in 2001 launched its so-called “War” …

Natural selection at work

What Happens When Leaders Won’t Shut Disease-Spreading Businesses and Make Mask Shunning a Political Statement

The above graph speaks for itself, but it certainly unarguably demonstrates how Darwin’s theory of natural selection works, with creatures that successfully face adversity surviving to reproduce successfully while those that fail tests of adversity tend to die off. It shows that Republican-led states that, in the face of higher and higher numbers of Covid …

‘Free Press = Free Assange’ Webinar Event

  The Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition [i] condemns the on-going persecution and prosecution of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, a non-profit organization that has published more than 10 million classified documents just between 2006 and 2016 revealing war crimes, torture, corruption and other outrages committed by scores of governments. Exposure of official wrongdoing should be applauded not …