Who Will Be Israel’s Next Prime Minister?

I have a confession to make: I don’t hate Binyamin Netanyahu. I don’t hate Sara’le either. I generally don’t hate people. With the sole exception of people who have betrayed the trust I put in them and tried to stick a knife in my back. Not more than three or four in all my life. … Continue reading “Who Will Be Israel’s Next Prime Minister?”

The Tragicomedy of Russiagate

The whole election-meddling distraction is remarkable in both comic and tragic ways. The tragedy can be summed up in three words: New Cold War. At a time when the U.S. and Russian governments ought to be working toward nuclear disarmament, relations are deteriorating dangerously. As the estimable Australian writer Caitlin Johnstone, notes, despite Donald Trump’s … Continue reading “The Tragicomedy of Russiagate”

More Than a Fight over Couscous: Why the Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavors of Palestine”, a controversy ensued. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist – nor is it allowed … Continue reading “More Than a Fight over Couscous: Why the Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced”

The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center. It was the second meeting of “The Communist Manifesto for Seminarians,” a course for my fellow graduate students. By the time I got to class, both towers had collapsed. A few hours later, Building 7 came down as well. … Continue reading “The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?”

Let’s Acknowledge US Interference in Foreign Elections

Last week, the Mueller investigative team indicted 13 Russian nationals for charges related to interference in the 2016 election. One of the individuals is a Russian billionaire, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is allegedly the financier of the "troll farm." This company that is solely dedicated to sowing political discord via fake news and false online identities … Continue reading “Let’s Acknowledge US Interference in Foreign Elections”

Mueller’s Comic Book Indictment: How To Prosecute a Great Big Nothingburger

We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know it’s true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score ever – that is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger. But he also did a lot more than that. Mueller’s 37-page … Continue reading “Mueller’s Comic Book Indictment: How To Prosecute a Great Big Nothingburger”

Mueller’s Fraudulent Indictment

The indictment handed down by Robert Mueller against 13 Russians connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-owned- and- operated clickbait farm, is the capstone of my case that we have indeed entered Bizarro World, an alternate universe where up is down, black is white and truth is a ridiculous falsehood. Yes, I said clickbait … Continue reading “Mueller’s Fraudulent Indictment”

US Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years

I recently reread Michael Mann’s book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four … Continue reading “US Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years”