The Global South’s Revolt against Biden’s Russia Policy

President Biden’s boast shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the world stood united against Moscow’s aggression is increasingly detached from reality. Indeed, it has reached the point of deserving mockery. Walter Russell Mead, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, provided a devastating, early assessment of how Washington’s effort to isolate Russia was failing. "The … Continue reading “The Global South’s Revolt against Biden’s Russia Policy”

A Message from Professor Noam Chomsky

Dear Reader, Given the state of world affairs today, I am sure you are as concerned as I am about the prospects for peace in our time. With Russia escalating its invasion of Ukraine to dangerous heights, the US undermining the prospects for diplomatic settlement by insisting on a war to weaken Russia, the … Continue reading “A Message from Professor Noam Chomsky”

Putin, Holding a Weak Hand, Raises the Stakes

In a Kremlin speech last week, President Vladimir Putin identified Russia’s real "enemy" in Ukraine as "the ruling circles of the so-called West" whose "hegemony has a pronounced character of totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid." In the West, Putin declaimed, "The repression of freedom is taking on the outlines of a reverse religion, of real Satanism," … Continue reading “Putin, Holding a Weak Hand, Raises the Stakes”

If Kennedy Hadn’t Listened to Khrushchev

This horrible war that could have been avoided, shouldn’t have been launched and could have been ended early through a negotiated settlement has reached an unimagined brink. The major parties to the war, Russia, Ukraine and the US, can continue on the path of escalation and go over the brink, or they can start to … Continue reading “If Kennedy Hadn’t Listened to Khrushchev”

The Scourge of Conscription

By now Randolph Bourne’s observation that “war is the health of the state” ought to be such a cliché that it would hardly need to be said. And yet, it must be said – often – because many still haven’t gotten the word. If the state is the adversary of liberty, as it nearly always … Continue reading “The Scourge of Conscription”

I’ll Never Forget the Call I Got From Eric Garris in March 2009

I’ll never forget the call I got from Eric Garris in March 2009 – more than a decade ago! – asking if I would write for That call as a pivotal moment in my career as a journalist. I was writing for the American Conservative then, challenging the mainstream orthodoxy and media hive coverage … Continue reading “I’ll Never Forget the Call I Got From Eric Garris in March 2009”

From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side Is the PA On?

The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel. PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation … Continue reading “From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side Is the PA On?”