US News Outlets Will Take a Big Hit from Coronavirus Shutdowns

With the shutdown of many sectors of the economy in response to coronavirus, US news outlets are expected to take a big hit. Major outlets that rely on advertising money and print newspapers will hurt the most. The Stranger, a free weekly newspaper based in Seattle, has asked its readers for donations and explained that … Continue reading “US News Outlets Will Take a Big Hit from Coronavirus Shutdowns”

What Americans Don’t Know About Military Families

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Though my father served in World War II (an experience he would seldom talk about), I was never in a war myself, nor has the rest of my family been. Nothing strange there. It’s typical, in fact, of American life since the draft was abolished in 1973 and the all-volunteer military … Continue reading “What Americans Don’t Know About Military Families”

Dual Paths in Dark Times: Despair or Hope for Antiwar Dreamers

"Red" (Morgan Freeman): "Hope is a dangerous thing my friend, it can kill a man…" Andy (Tim Robbins): "Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." ~ The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Two futures lie before us. Like the classic visions of late-Old Testament prophets, contemporary … Continue reading “Dual Paths in Dark Times: Despair or Hope for Antiwar Dreamers”

Pompeo and Netanyahu Paved a Path to War With Iran, and They’re Pushing Trump Again

The administration of President Donald Trump may escape the most recent conflict with Iran without war, however, a dangerous escalation is just over the horizon. And as before, the key factors driving the belligerence are not outraged Iraqi militia leaders or their allies in Iran, but Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Israeli Prime … Continue reading “Pompeo and Netanyahu Paved a Path to War With Iran, and They’re Pushing Trump Again”

Assange’s Extradition, Escalation of the US War on Terror

Last week the US District Judge Anthony Trenga released Chelsea Manning from detainment after concluding that the grand jury that she had been subpoenaed to testify before no longer needed her, since it was being disbanded. Manning was incarcerated because of her principled stance against the secrecy of the grand jury and her refusal to … Continue reading “Assange’s Extradition, Escalation of the US War on Terror”

Putin and Other ‘Irreplaceable People’

I was delighted with the wide distribution given to my last essay on the ‘Tereshkova Amendment’ to the Russian Constitution which, when the reform of the Basic Law is approved by nationwide referendum, as widely anticipated, will set the presidential terms served up to now by Vladimir Putin back to zero so that he may … Continue reading “Putin and Other ‘Irreplaceable People’”

A Cornerstone of Russia Hacked the 2016 Election Collapses

Big news Monday night: Buried amid the panic over the corona virus. Robert Mueller's prosecutors got the green light to flush down the toilet  one of their major cases alleging that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. Presidential election – US District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich on Monday evening granted the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the … Continue reading “A Cornerstone of Russia Hacked the 2016 Election Collapses”