Really remembering 9-11

Recalling the Hundreds of Thousands of Civilian Victims of America’s Endless ‘War on Terror’

Now that the flags are back waving from the tops of flagpoles across the country, and the maudlin paeans to the close to 3000 lives lost in the airplane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, it’s time we gave a thought to the dead who were ignored. According …

Growing harassment of Muslims, activists and journalists:

Are Terrorist Watch Lists Expanding Under Trump?

My wife, Joyce, and I recently traveled to Vienna for a week, where she had been invited to perform on Austrian state radio. Passing through Heathrow on our way home, we were separated by an automated security gate. The gate, which required you to scan your boarding pass, allowed Joyce through, but when I ran …

Remembering Ted Hall and Klaus Fuchs

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Spies Who Kept a Criminal US with a Nuclear Monopoly from Making More of Them

Cambridge, UK, Aug. 6 — Seventy-four years ago today, the US dropped the first ever atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, a non-military target of several hundred thousand, instantly vaporizing some 70,000 people, mostly civilians, and causing the painful, slower death of another 70,000 who died of burns and radioactive damage to their bodies …

What's to celebrate?

US is a Classic Empire and Is Becoming a Repressive Police State at Home

As I set out to fly home from the UK on Monday following a short film project in Cambridge, I found my boarding pass, which I had been blocked from obtaining online the night before, carrying a bold-faced SSSS stamp in the lower right corner. Asking about it I was told by the British employee …

For those who aid US’s ‘outlaws,’ no good deed goes unpunished:

Sri Lankan Refugee Family That Hid Snowden in Hong Kong Now Trapped in Limbo

Hong Kong — The bipartisan vengeance of the US government and its pervasive intelligence apparatus, on display currently in its rabid hounding of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, appears to know no bounds. But as ugly as the full-court effort to bag Assange, already trapped by US the combined efforts of complicit governments in Britain and …

Hong Kong looks freer than the US these days:

Press Freedom is Under Threat in the Land of its Birth

  Hong Kong — Here in this ultra-modern city on the coast of southern China, I read in the morning paper that 11 consulates representing most of the nations of Europe, have lodged protests with the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor over a controversial new extradition bill that if passed would allow Hong …

The US cannot understand how loathed it is south of the border

It’s Looking Like Another Failed Coup Attempt by the US and Its Puppet Guaidó in Venezuela

The imperialist neocons infesting the Trump administration, and the orange-faced  joke of a president himself, may think they can invent their own reality through propaganda, as Bush’s “brain” Karl Rove used to claim about the Bush/Cheney administration, but when it comes to Latin America, they fail to realize how deeply the people of that continent …

New poem by Ron Ridenour:

Human

Human is inhumane Greed is human Humanism is inhumane Exploitation is human Oppression is human Repression is human Torture is human Murder is human War is humane Love of humanity is inhuman   There are no more cracks in the wall Leonard Cohen is dead Hope is off the wall — Ron Ridenour   RON …

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 …