The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. What better place to celebrate than that fabled era’s epicenter, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where the DeYoung Museum has mounted a dazzling exhibition, chock full of rock music, light shows, posters, and fashions from the mind-bending summer of 1967? If you tour the exhibit, you … Continue reading “The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity”

The Little Putsch That Could… Beget a Great Big Coup

Bull’s eye! "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice … You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!" The Donald has never spoken … Continue reading “The Little Putsch That Could… Beget a Great Big Coup”

Hodgkinson’s Disease: Politics and Paranoia in the Age of Trump

James T. Hodgkinson, the would-be assassin of Republican congressmen, wasn’t a radical. If you look at his published output – a series of letters to his local newspaper in Belleville, Illinois, as well as the majority of his Internet postings – it’s mostly about matters nearly every progressive cares about: taxes (the rich don’t pay … Continue reading “Hodgkinson’s Disease: Politics and Paranoia in the Age of Trump”

Border Crossing Secured; 162 Killed in Iraq

The Iraqi Army, supported by Sunni tribal fighters and U.S. air forces, dislodged Islamic State militants from an area surrounding the al-Waled border crossing which is on the main highway route between Baghdad and Damascus. U.S. forces are based nearby in Syria. At least 162 were killed and nine were wounded: In Mosul, militants executed … Continue reading “Border Crossing Secured; 162 Killed in Iraq”

It Doesn’t Matter Who Controls the Military

There are more than 8,000 troops still fighting in America’s longest war. According to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, we need about 3,000 more. The idea that 3,000 troops will change a decade and a half long stalemate seems dubious, but that’s the number Mattis suggests. Others in the administration are reportedly arguing that that … Continue reading “It Doesn’t Matter Who Controls the Military”

Forget the Russian ‘Threat’: Mexico Is Our Real Problem

We often hear the Russia-haters accuse Vladimir Putin of murdering journalists: when Oliver Stone recently challenged the veracity of that unproved charge, he was booed by Stephen Colbert’s audience of trained seals hand-raisers. Yet we hear almost nothing about the one country where journalists who report on official corruption are routinely killed, and in such … Continue reading “Forget the Russian ‘Threat’: Mexico Is Our Real Problem”

Derangement and Danger on the Potomac

The horrific shooting spree on the practice field of the GOP’s congressional baseball team happened early in the morning, but it was hardly the end of Wednesday’s madness on the Potomac. As it happened, the former was apparently another random eruption by of one of America’s sicko lone wolves – a wretch in the same … Continue reading “Derangement and Danger on the Potomac”

A Planet’s Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In her first interview since President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence and she was released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Chelsea Manning explained to Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang why she leaked documents about America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We’re getting all this information from all these different … Continue reading “A Planet’s Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children”