Revolution on a short leash:

Student Protesters are Walking a Tightrope in Hong Kong

It’s hard to know what to think about the student protests in Hong Kong. On the one hand they are incredibly inspiring. The courage, determination, brilliant organizing in the face of corporate blocking of the social media platforms that have been so critical early on to coordinating actions and rallying support, and the links that …

Expect to find the black hand of the CIA behind Morales’ ouster:

When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia Today, Look For a US Role

When it comes to politics in Latin America, what initially seems clear is usually anything but. And when that some complicated political event happens and is reported about in the US, the last place to look for clarity is the US media, which almost universally parrots the Washington line — an imperialist one that takes …

Fighting words for young workers from a radical elder:

You Will Have Social Security Just like Your Parents and Grandparents — If You Fight to Keep It!

  I was explaining to my 26-year-old son recently that while I’m continuing to work as a writer, because I waited until age 70 to begin collecting my Social Security benefits, I am now collecting almost $29,000 on top of what I earn doing my freelance journalism thing. He said, matter-of-factly, “Well, I and most …

As with Nixon, impeaching Trump requires a slow boil, not a stir-fry

Democrats Make a Huge Mistake If They Just Focus Impeachment on the Ukraine Scandal

The impeachment theater on display today in the House, bracketed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s maudlin reading of Article I of the Constitution, and by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s ludicrous evocation of the Stalin purge trials to characterize the full House vote to establish impeachment rules and procedures, is increasingly looking like the first act …

Moment of truth on military spending in the NY Times:

Military Spending’s Out of Control while Slashing It Could Easily Fund Medicare for All

  Something very unusual happened on Thursday, Oct. 17. The New York Times suddenly ran an article on its opinion page explaining how to cut $300 billion from the $1-trillion military budget — enough, the article explained, to fund Bernie Sanders’ proposed program for an expanded Medicare program to cover all Americans without raising a …

The US has a sordid history of betraying minority groups that do its fighting

Sure Trump is ‘Betraying the Kurds!’ but What’s New about That?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they’ve been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years (not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels, …

An interview by Dave Marash on the NPR-syndicated 'Here and There' program

Dave Lindorff Tells about Finding Himself on the US Government’s Terrorist Watch List

Dave Marash: For the first time ever, I am turning over the writing of much of this introduction to our guest today, investigative reporter Dave Lindorff –- which is to say, I’m simply going to read to you excerpts from his piece in the August, 22 edition of The Nation. Dave and his wife were …

Patrolling a newly ice-free Arctic Ocean from a home port doomed by rising seas

The US Navy Has a Water Problem

  The United States Navy has a big problem, one quite peculiar for such a huge seagoing organization: too much water. The problem isn’t the water itself; the Navy knows how to handle water. The problem is that global warming is putting too much water in the wrong places. of those places is Naval Station …

Applause meter gives it to Sanders at union gathering

Faux ‘Working Man’s’ Candidate Biden Looking Like a Loser after Philly AFL-CIO Presidential Summit

  Philadelphia — At a packed ‘Presidential Summit’ on Tuesday organized and sponsored by this city’s AFL-CIO Labor Council, former Delaware Senator and Vice-President and repeat Democratic presidential primary contender Joe Biden’s oft-touted claim to be the “working-class,” or alternatively “middle-class” favorite looked pretty exaggerated. Assigned pole position as the first candidate to get 30 …