Is There Something in the Water?

It must be something in the water: or, perhaps, “Mad Cow” disease is spreading much faster than anyone realizes. I had to read the headline on this news story from the London Independent at least three times, early this [Tuesday] morning, just to make sure I wasn’t still asleep and dreaming: “British protester charged with … Continue reading “Is There Something in the Water?”

Bombing for . . . What?

Was I the only one who sensed a sort of plaintiveness in the president’s assertion? "The no-fly zones are enforced on a daily basis," said George W. as he touched lightly on the decision of British and American warplanes to dump bombs on targets outside the no-fly zone. "It’s part of a strategy." You could … Continue reading “Bombing for . . . What?”

An Anti-Imperialist’s Reading List:: Part Two

COLD WAR IMPERIALISM, OR ‘LEADERSHIP OF THE FREE WORLD’ With the ritual bombing of Iraq taking on symbolic importance as the first foreign policy act of any incoming US administration, it is astounding that our wonderful "free press" can never bothered to admit, much less discuss, the joys and sorrows of empire. World War II … Continue reading “An Anti-Imperialist’s Reading List:: Part Two”

Bombs Over Baghdad: The Blair Factor

As bonnie Prince Charles arrived in Saudi Arabia on a private visit, US and British warplanes launched their first major attack on the outskirts of Baghdad, signaling a new and more aggressive Anglo-American stance in the Middle East – with the emphasis on the Anglo. To read the British papers, one gets the definite impression … Continue reading “Bombs Over Baghdad: The Blair Factor”

It’s The Empire, Stupid

Is George W. Bush just a little, er, slow? Just because Hollywood flake Martin Sheen says he is doesn’t mean it ain’t so. The BBC reports that Sheen, a longtime Clinton camp follower – who plays the presidential role in that TV series about the White House of a liberal’s dreamworld, The West Wing – … Continue reading “It’s The Empire, Stupid”

Middle East: A Time for Reassessment

The overwhelming victory in the Israeli prime ministerial election by former defense ministers and noted hawk Ariel Sharon could be viewed as a harbinger of wider conflict and violence in the region. Despite his margin over Ehud Barak, however, Sharon may not have nearly as much latitude to do what he wants as some observers … Continue reading “Middle East: A Time for Reassessment”


Internet journalism is growing by leaps and bounds, and bookmarks change with the passing of time. Some sites go under, or go dormant, while others spring to life. But a few have managed to endure, in spite of everything: mostly because they’re totally without corporate pretensions and haven’t suffered the disability of being injected with … Continue reading “Bookmarks”

Globalizing ‘Star Wars’

I know a lot of good conservative Republicans, fierce opponents of US global military intervention, who have signed on the to the Bush administration’s National Missile Defense program for what they regard as good “isolationist” reasons. To begin with, they opine, the US does indeed have a growing number of determined enemies who would like … Continue reading “Globalizing ‘Star Wars’”

What’s Up with the Saudis?

Something really strange is going on in Saudi Arabia, but you wouldn’t know it if your primary source of news is the “mainstream” American media. It is only just now that they are getting around to reporting the facts, and even then, as we shall see, only to a limited extent and without bothering to … Continue reading “What’s Up with the Saudis?”