Free Julian Assange! Stand up for press freedom!

London Police Grab Wikileaks Founder from Ecuador Embassy, Admit US Seeks His Extradition

Update:  A kangaroo magistrate’s court in London, moments after hearing Julian Assange plead “not guilty” to the charge of skipping out on a court hearing seven years ago on a Swedish extraditio request seeking to question about allegations (not formal charges) of rape and sexual abuse — a case that had subsequently been dropped by …

Political cartoonist Ron Cobb memorialized Phil Ochs in April 1976

Remembering the Loss of a Great and Irreplaceable Political Troubadour

The harried and still getting-the-hang-of-things staff of the Los Angeles Vanguard were frantically pasting up the boards of the pages to deliver to the printer to put out the ninth issue of their new left-alternative weekly on time when political cartoonist Ron Cobb walked in the door looking downcast. Ron, who was there to hand …

Book review:

Exposing Washington’s Obsession with Nuclear Supremacy and Its Decline as a Military Power

Losing Military Supremacy: The myopia of American strategic planning               Author: Andrei Martyanov                                                                          …

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan headed Boeing's civil aviation unit before his current job...

The Boeing 737 Max 8 Scandal May Be the Tip of a Bloody Iceberg of Corruption

Here’s Dave Lindorff being interviewed on Sputnik radio about the implications of the deadly Boeing 737 Max 8 avionics software flaw, the questionable delay in US regulators ordering grounding of the planes, and what it means that the man who oversaw Boeing’s civilian aircraft unit, Patrick Shanahan, has been undersecretary of defense and is now …

Here's what happens when you cancel a treaty that's working

The Insanity of a New Hypersonic Nuclear Cruise Missile Arms Race

The Bush, Obama and Trump administration have broken two very important promises, or treaties, with Russia and it’s going to be very costly and dangerous for us and for the world thanks to them. The first broken promise was the decision by President George W. Bush to ignore the documented promise made by President Reagan …

Building a movement

Social Security is the Key to Progressive Change in America

Probably the most important single legacy of what happened in the period of the Great Depression and the New Deal was the establishment of Social Security, the federal program that today pays benefits to 63 million US elderly, disabled adults and dependent children left by a deceased bread-winner. That’s one-in-six of all people in this …

Sucking up to Boss Bezos

Columnist Thiessen, in Calling AOC ‘Economically Illiterate,’ Displays Instead His Own Economic Ignorance

Listening to President Trump, you’d think the socialist barbarians were at the gates of America preparing to overrun the US with a Soviet-style state-run economy where every car would be the same make and color, everyone would be wearing Mao suits and freedom and social mobility, those great mythical assets that we supposedly have in …

Appeal of order for PA Supreme Court rehearing should be dropped

6700-Name Petition Delivered to Philly DA Krasner Calling for Fair Appeal for Mumia

The organization Roots Action has delivered a petition signed by 6700 people from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world,  to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, demanding that Mumia Abu-Jamal be allowed to re-argue his original appeal of his conviction to the state’s highest court. The petition, which can still have names added, …

Bernie’s back, but is he all in this time?

Could Sanders 2.0 Win It All, Getting the Democratic Nomination and Defeating Trump?

Listening to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ videoed announcement of his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, I was struck by how much has changed since 2016, and how little. Sanders, recall, ran a spirited primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, a campaign that was undermined by crooked dealing, dirty tricks and sabotage by the Hillary …