Social Media Madness: The Russia Canard

For several months we’ve been hearing a crescendo of outcries that Russia used social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The claim has now been debunked by an unlikely source – one of the most Russiagate-frenzied big media outlets in the United States, the Washington Post. Far away from the media echo chamber, the … Continue reading “Social Media Madness: The Russia Canard”

Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals

Some leading Democrats in Congress are eager to turn the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin away from avenues for improvements in U.S.-Russian relations, even if that means deflecting it toward World War III. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that “the White House announced that the meeting with Mr. Putin would … Continue reading “Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals”

The Trump-Putin Meeting and the Fate of the Earth

Any truthful way to say it will sound worse than ghastly: We live in a world where one person could decide to begin a nuclear war – quickly killing several hundred million people and condemning vast numbers of others to slower painful deaths. Given the macabre insanity of this ongoing situation, most people don’t like … Continue reading “The Trump-Putin Meeting and the Fate of the Earth”

How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque

A new book about Hillary Clinton’s last campaign for president – Shattered, by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes – has gotten a lot of publicity since it appeared two weeks ago. But major media have ignored a revealing passage near the end of the book. Soon after Clinton’s defeat, top strategists decided where to … Continue reading “How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque”

The Risk of Baiting Trump on Russia

Four weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that “nothing he has done since the inauguration allays fears that he is in effect a Putin puppet.” The liberal pundit concluded with a matter-of-fact reference to “the Trump-Putin axis.” Such lines of attack have become routine, citing and stoking fears that … Continue reading “The Risk of Baiting Trump on Russia”

Democratic Party Line Could Torch Civil Liberties… and Maybe Help Blow Up the World

Many top Democrats are stoking a political firestorm. We keep hearing that Russia attacked democracy by hacking into Democratic officials’ emails and undermining Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Instead of candidly assessing key factors such as longtime fealty to Wall Street that made it impossible for her to ride a populist wave, the party line has increasingly … Continue reading “Democratic Party Line Could Torch Civil Liberties… and Maybe Help Blow Up the World”

Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on political campaigns and organizations over the past two years and used stolen information to influence the presidential campaign and congressional … Continue reading “Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy”

Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

We still don’t have any sort of apology or retraction from the Washington Post for promoting “The List” – the highly dangerous blacklist that got a huge boost from the newspaper’s fawning coverage on November 24. The project of smearing 200 websites with one broad brush wouldn’t have gotten far without the avid complicity of … Continue reading “Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites”

The Most Important US Air Force Base You’ve Never Heard Of

The overseas hub for America’s “war on terror” is the massive Ramstein Air Base in southwest Germany. Nearly ignored by US media, Ramstein serves crucial functions for drone warfare and much more. It’s the most important Air Force base abroad, operating as a kind of grand central station for airborne war – whether relaying video … Continue reading “The Most Important US Air Force Base You’ve Never Heard Of”

Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being. Top “national security” officials in Washington now have the determination and tech prowess to keep tabs on … Continue reading “Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?”