2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Here’s a cheery note for you: the last mass killing of 2017 took place moments before midnight on New Year’s Eve. A 16-year-old New Jersey boy picked up a semi-automatic rifle, “lawfully acquired” by a member of his family, and killed his father, mother, sister, and a family friend. In doing … Continue reading “2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza”

North Korea Is Walking Back War – And Pundits Are Strangely Disappointed

In talks this week at the DMZ, South Korea welcomed the participation of North Korea in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The two countries also discussed restarting reunions of divided families and reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Earlier, both sides reestablished their hotline. All of this adult conversation is a welcome change from the war … Continue reading “North Korea Is Walking Back War – And Pundits Are Strangely Disappointed”

Congress Plotting To Cut a Hole in the 4th Amendment, Again

Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called Fire and Fury, a highly critical insider’s view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are the efforts of the Trump administration … Continue reading “Congress Plotting To Cut a Hole in the 4th Amendment, Again”

Yemen Proves US Needs to Get a Handle on War-Making Powers

With the Yemen War fast approaching its third anniversary, Afghanistan well into its 17th year, Iraq and Syria seemingly permanent US wars, and escalations ongoing across Africa, the US has seemingly more wars than ever going on. President Trump has been giving the military increasing autonomy in those wars, and the feeling of loss of … Continue reading “Yemen Proves US Needs to Get a Handle on War-Making Powers”

It Is Time for Progressives to Support the Trump-Putin Efforts at Rapprochement

Should progressives support the efforts of Trump and Putin to bring about rapprochement between Russia and the U.S.? Or to use Trump’s terminology, should progressives support the effort to "get along with Russia"? This might seem like a no-brainer. After all Russia and the US are the world’s major nuclear powers. A war or a … Continue reading “It Is Time for Progressives to Support the Trump-Putin Efforts at Rapprochement”