Did the West Miss Its Window?

The West seems set to flood Ukraine with heavier and more advanced weapons. And the past week, according to The New York Times, was the "pivotal week of diplomacy involving [Ukraine’s] American and European allies" that will decide it. On January 17, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. … Continue reading “Did the West Miss Its Window?”

It Has Always Been a ‘Religious War’: On Ben Gvir and the Adaptability of Zionism

In a self-congratulatory article published in the Atlantic in 2017, Yossi Klein Halevi describes Israeli behavior at the just-conquered holy Muslim shrines in Occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 as "an astonishing moment of religious restraint." "The Jewish people had just returned to its holiest site, from which it had been denied access for centuries, only … Continue reading “It Has Always Been a ‘Religious War’: On Ben Gvir and the Adaptability of Zionism”

Give Peace a Chance

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Consider just one long-gone date in the world of give-peace-(not-war)-a-chance: January 27, 1973. On that day, the United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and the South Vietnamese rebel forces signed an agreement initiating a cease-fire during which the U.S. would withdraw its troops and dismantle all its bases in the South. … Continue reading “Give Peace a Chance”

The FBI and Personal Liberty

Among the lesser-known holes in the Constitution cut by the Patriot Act of 2001 was the destruction of the "wall" between federal law enforcement and federal spies. The wall was erected in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which statutorily limited all federal domestic spying to that which was authorized by the Foreign Intelligence … Continue reading “The FBI and Personal Liberty”

War in Ukraine: When International Laws Collide

The war in Ukraine is a tangled mess of causes. As Nicolai Petro has argued, it is at once a conflict between Russia and the US, a conflict between Russia and Ukraine and a conflict within Ukraine. But at its core there are two conflicts: the conflict over whether NATO should have an open door … Continue reading “War in Ukraine: When International Laws Collide”

Rev. M. L. King Preached Nonviolence. To Observe Birthday, His Church Hosts Guest Sermon by Our Violent President

The guest preacher last Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta – the spiritual home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – praised King as "a nonviolent warrior for justice." That preacher was President Joe Biden, a warrior, period. "We come to contemplate his moral wisdom and commit ourselves to his path," said Biden … Continue reading “Rev. M. L. King Preached Nonviolence. To Observe Birthday, His Church Hosts Guest Sermon by Our Violent President”

How Adam Schiff Helped Put the US and Russia on the Brink of WWIII

With each new release of the “Twitter Files” we learn more and more about the deep corruption in Washington. We sensed during Covid that something was really wrong – for example the bizarre denial of natural immunity. But thanks to Elon Musk’s decision to open the books, our worst fears have been proven true. Each … Continue reading “How Adam Schiff Helped Put the US and Russia on the Brink of WWIII”

Gambling With Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette From Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis

The development and the deployment of nuclear weapons are usually based on the assumption that they enhance national security. But, in fact, as this powerful study of nuclear policy convincingly demonstrates, nuclear weapons move nations toward the brink of destruction. The basis for this conclusion is the post-World War II nuclear arms race and, especially, … Continue reading “Gambling With Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette From Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis”