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 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”
Civilian and militant bodies were discovered in the rubble in northern Iraq.
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”
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?”
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”
Militants attacked truck drivers waiting to drive across the border. Also, a mass grave was found.
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”
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”
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”