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 …