Who’s a ‘Foreign Agent’? In Washington, Who Isn’t?

It didn’t take much to create the kind of atmosphere in which a direct assault on the First Amendment goes largely unnoticed and even implicitly supported.

Who’s a ‘Foreign Agent’? In Washington, Who Isn’t?

You know life’s become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring foreign media to register as foreign agents. Will the BBC be forced to issue a disclaimer with every broadcast and

Be Sociable, Share!

Shadow World Exposes Greed, Profit and the Business of War

A new PBS documentary looks deep into the shadowy world of the global arms trade, profit-making from war, and the politicians who sell the interests of their constituents to the highest bidder.

Shadow World Exposes Greed, Profit and the Business of War

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers. The U.S. accounts “for more than half the world’s annual arms deals.” Trump may make it much easier

Be Sociable, Share!

A Questionable Allegation and the WaPo Smear That Followed

The Washington Post concluded that Sen. Al Franken believes those accused of sexual harassment are guilty until proven innocent.  That is quite an extreme bias in reporting.

A Questionable Allegation and the WaPo Smear That Followed

Opinion -- Leeann Tweeden has alleged that Senator Al Franken forcibly kissed her under the guise of rehearsing for their USO tour show in 2006.  Sen. Franken was a comedian at the time and headlined the show. If the story was correctly recounted, and Sen. Franken has not contradicted it, then Tweeden's story about the forced

Be Sociable, Share!

Paul Ryan’s ‘Cindy’ Is a Cruel Figment of Capitalist Imagination

The Republican Speaker, who has an estimated net worth of $6,453,040, wants people to believe that what amounts to an extra $58 a month will allow for “Cindy” to save money.

Paul Ryan’s ‘Cindy’ Is a Cruel Figment of Capitalist Imagination

Paul Ryan used Twitter to introduce “Cindy,” a fictional mother of one who works as an assistant restaurant manager making $30,000 a year. https://twitter.com/SpeakerRyan/status/931600555927105536 “Meet Cindy: a single mom, making $30,000 per year, who hopes to one day get beyond living paycheck to paycheck,” Ryan 

Be Sociable, Share!

Election 2017: What an Honestly Counted US Election Might Look Like

Election 2017’s results speak volumes about the truth of our country and are worth real celebration. But anyone who draws the conclusion, based on those results, that 2018 and 2020 won’t be rigged is someone I’d love to see across a poker table.

Election 2017: What an Honestly Counted US Election Might Look Like

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (Analysis) -- In the wake of last week’s off-off-year mini-election in the U.S., there’s been a lot of undisguised celebrating going on, even among the professionally impartial. Protests, parades, petitions, polls, tweets, and op-eds may be indicators of national mood, but elections remain the only official

Be Sociable, Share!

The US Once Locked up White Australians Like Australia Does to Asylum Seekers Today

Last century, Australian “illegals” vehemently objected to being “penned like animals” in conditions that resembled “concentration camps”. Why, then, do we now think it’s acceptable to subject refugees and asylum seekers to much the same fate?

The US Once Locked up White Australians Like Australia Does to Asylum Seekers Today

Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centers that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centers, which were recently 

Be Sociable, Share!

How Donald Trump Is Normalizing Nuclear Weapons

As the seemingly threat-free zone of a post-nuclear era is drawing to a close, the possible use of nuclear weapons – barely conceivable even in the Cold War era – is about to be normalized.

How Donald Trump Is Normalizing Nuclear Weapons

Maybe you thought America’s nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong. The Pentagon has been fretting that the arsenal

Be Sociable, Share!