Gitmo’s Shameful Twentieth Anniversary

The U.S. prison at the Guantánamo Bay naval base reached its shameful 20th anniversary of operations on January 11 — with a legacy marked by the detention of nearly 800 Muslim men and boys, the majority of them held without charge or trial for years and many subjected to torture and other cruel and inhumane … Continue reading “Gitmo’s Shameful Twentieth Anniversary”

How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ Plans To Control All Palestinian Content Online

It is ironic that even former right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had rejected a Knesset (Israeli Parliament) bill which proposed to give the government greater power to control and suppress online content. This was in 2016, and the bill was introduced by Netanyahu’s Likud party rival, Gideon Sa’ar. Some analysts argued that Netanyahu had … Continue reading “How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ Plans To Control All Palestinian Content Online”

Godot Likely To Arrive Before Russia Invades Ukraine

"Foiled again!" rose the cry Friday from those expecting Russian President Vladimir Putin to step out of character and risk war, just as he finally succeeds in getting the U.S. to take Russia’s security concerns seriously – and even address them. Russia’s continued troop reinforcements near Ukraine do not mean, ipso facto, that Russia intends … Continue reading “Godot Likely To Arrive Before Russia Invades Ukraine”

Guantánamo’s Forever Elusive Endgame

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Yes, many of its prisoners, swept up in the early days of the war on terror, had committed no hostile acts against this country or its allies (55% of them, according to one study). And yes, they were dressed in those unforgettable orange jumpsuits that ISIS would later so horrifically put … Continue reading “Guantánamo’s Forever Elusive Endgame”

Why Washington’s Focus on ‘Credibility’ Is a Recipe for War

The most pressing threat to global security right now isn’t so-called “provocations” by either Russia or China. It is the United States’ misplaced obsession with its own “credibility”. This rallying cry by Washington officials – echoed by the media and allies in London and elsewhere – is code for allowing the US to act like … Continue reading “Why Washington’s Focus on ‘Credibility’ Is a Recipe for War”

Breathe Easier: Blinken, Lavrov Meet Friday

Whoa! Could this mean that reports of the death of U.S.-Russia security talks are greatly exaggerated? What about the impasse, the deadlock? Might it mean no Russian invasion of Ukraine – at least not yet? Actually, figuring out what the planned bilateral talks Friday in Geneva mean requires no PhD in political science. Nevertheless, the … Continue reading “Breathe Easier: Blinken, Lavrov Meet Friday”

The Cold War, Reborn and Resurgent

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In the early 1960s, at the height of America’s original Cold War with the Soviet Union, my old service branch, the Air Force, sought to build 10,000 land-based nuclear missiles. These were intended to augment the hundreds of nuclear bombers it already had, like the B-52s featured so memorably in the … Continue reading “The Cold War, Reborn and Resurgent”

America’s Secret Government Crisis

America’s founding generation believed that an informed citizenry was vital to the survival of the Republic. Writing to theologian and philosopher Richard Price on January 8, 1789, Thomas Jefferson observed with satisfaction how his countrymen had come to largely embrace the new constitutional form of government just recently adopted. “A sense of this necessity, and … Continue reading “America’s Secret Government Crisis”