Israel, a Bulwark Against World War: The Tar Baby and China

The major adversaries of the U.S. Empire are China, Russia and Iran. Of the three, China is the greatest threat to U.S. hegemony since its economy has already surpassed that of the U.S. in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) according to the IMF. And military power in the end is a function of economic … Continue reading “Israel, a Bulwark Against World War: The Tar Baby and China”

Why Are Russia and China (and Iran) Paramount Enemies for the US Ruling Elite?

Does it not seem strange that, with the Cold War long over, the Paramount Enemies of the United States remain Russia and China? That is not a bad question to ponder with Vladimir Putin’s visit with Xi Jinping in Beijing. And there is no doubt that Russia and China hold this pariah status in the … Continue reading “Why Are Russia and China (and Iran) Paramount Enemies for the US Ruling Elite?”

Why NATO Has Not Permitted Russia To Join

As the West’s assault on Ukraine gets ever bloodier, the "news" on National Public Radio (NPR) is teeming with anti-Russian propaganda, interspersed with the usual pieces declaiming on one’s senior prom and other matters of equal import. All in all it is a pretty dismal substitute for news and analysis. But even at the "Diane … Continue reading “Why NATO Has Not Permitted Russia To Join”

Massachusetts Pays $177 Million in State Taxes to the Pentagon

Just weeks before Tax Day, April 15, Governor Deval Patrick, Obama’s "close friend," signed into law a bond bill that dispenses $177 million in Massachusetts State Taxes to the Pentagon for construction and "upgrades" of U.S. military bases in the state. That’s right, not federal taxes but state taxes. On April 15, last year, the … Continue reading “Massachusetts Pays $177 Million in State Taxes to the Pentagon”

Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue

A funny thing happened on the way to a war on Syria – in fact several funny things. First the road to Damascus was blocked by the sentiment of the American people who are fed up with war. Second, international opposition from every corner of the earth, save two or three, joined the barricade, even … Continue reading “Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue”

Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PEN’s Henchmen

In the vast and ever expanding firmament of Western Human Rights NGO’s, PEN, America Center, the writers’ organization, is far from the most luminous and ordinarily barely visible. But a dark side of PEN came clearly into view with the hiring of Suzanne Nossel as its executive director. And the same dark side is becoming … Continue reading “Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PEN’s Henchmen”

Shenzo Abe Does D.C.

Last October a delegation of the U.S. imperial elite slithered into Japan, led by Richard Armitage, former Undersecrtary of State and Joseph Nye, Dean Emeritus of the Kennedy School of Empire – er, Government- at Dear Old Harvard. They came armed with a diatribe which they had co-authored for the Center For Strategic and International … Continue reading “Shenzo Abe Does D.C.”

US Goading Japan into Confrontation With China

"………..Their defeat Doth by their own insinuation grow. ‘Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes Between the pass and fell incensèd points Of mighty opposites." ~ Hamlet on the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. At the height of the 2012 election campaign in late October, a U.S. delegation tiptoed into Japan and then China with … Continue reading “US Goading Japan into Confrontation With China”

Creepy Nicholas Kristof Rejoices in Murderous Iran Sanctions

There is something more than a little creepy about Nicholas Kristof’s incessant interest in prostitutes — only out of concern for their well-being, of course — as he travels across the planet. But in his most recent trek across Iran, he abandons his obsession for a bit in order to look at the U.S. sanctions … Continue reading “Creepy Nicholas Kristof Rejoices in Murderous Iran Sanctions”

Starve the Beast of Empire: Ax the Income Tax

As we approach April 15, the day when we render unto Caesar what is ours, it is well to bear a few stark and simple numbers in mind. The personal income tax for 2011 will haul in a hefty $1.09 trillion to the federal coffers. The estimate for 2012* is $1.16 trillion.   On the other side of the … Continue reading “Starve the Beast of Empire: Ax the Income Tax”