Presidential high crimes and misdemeanors, unchallenged, become the new reality going forward

Conviction and Removal Aren’t the Issue; It’s Impeachment of Trump that is Essential

A lot of pundit verbiage and Democratic Party internal debate as well is being wasted on the question of whether Trump could be convicted successfully in a Senate currently run by a lickspittle Republican majority afr0aid of their shadows and devoid of any concern for the fate of Constitutional government. Let’s accept that the 20-plus …

Call to resist the ongoing assault on Assange and Manning

Mr. Johnson, Tear Down This Wall!

By Ron Ridenour  On June 12, 1987, the greatest president in the history of the United States of America (according to US opinion polls), Ronald Reagan, challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Twenty-nine months later, November 9, 1989, the communist party leaderships of the DDR and Soviet Union, complied and opened the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The media war-machine is kicking in:

US Media Keep Saying Iran is ‘In Violation’ of a Nuclear Agreement the US Withdrew From

Yes, Iran is increasing the number of centrifuges it is using to refine nuclear fuel, and yes, it is refining that fuel to a higher percentage of U-235, the isotope that allows the uranium to begin a chain reaction necessary for both fueling a nuclear reactor and for creating an atomic bomb. But in taking …

Reasons to doubt US argument for A-bombing Japan:

Did the US Really Intend to Destroy the Soviet Union with its Nuclear Monopoly?

74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded  in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events,  remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …

Recalling the start of the nuclear era as a new arms race threatens:

US bombings on Hiroshima & Nagasaki less about ending WWII than scaring Stalin

Almost three-quarters of a century ago on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped a 22-kiloton plutonium bomb called the “Fat Man” on Nagasaki. The total destruction of that city, and the instant incineration of 40,000 mostly civilian people, occurred just three days after the destruction of Hiroshima by a 15-kiloton uranium bomb, which instantly …

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 …