Presidency of Donald Trump

Bomb Syria?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:52

 

 

Dear Friends,

My apologizes for coming to you twice in a week.

Yesterday, in the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley made a presentation about the terrible gas attack in Syria which killed almost sixty people. She insinuated that the culprit is the government in Damascus and she suggested - tepidly - that the US might consider some kind of military action against the government.

This came alongside her own statement that the author of this terrible strike is not yet precisely known.

At Alternet, I have an essay which goes over the question of how t

The Dogs of War

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:17
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence
Photo John C. Goodwin

 

Dear Friends,

Today - 4 April - is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence.

When I first encountered this speech years ago I was struck by Dr. King's compassionate anger and his great honesty. This was a speech that channeled Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961), and of course the Third World upsurge which Dr. King mentions in the speech. He was influenced by his journey to Ghana in 1957 and to India in 1959 and by many of the internationalists who surro

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance admin Sat, 03/25/2017 - 11:59
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Massachusetts Peace Action 2017 Annual Meeting

In his first few weeks in in office Donald Trump has appointed a reactionary cabinet stocked with generals and billionaires; pushed for more pipelines; and attacked immigrants and refugees.  

Keynote Address by Vijay Prashad:
Trump’s Foreign Policy and the American Empire in Decline

 

Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary

 

Bush, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:05

 

Bush 43

 

Dear Friends,

The misery of the Trump years suggests to sections of the population in the United States that a nostalgic look back at George W. Bush's tenure is perhaps appropriate. Bush has a new book out - paintings of veterans of his wars. He has been doing the talk show circuit, talking about his special friendship with Michelle Obama and his views on press freedom.

There is something surreal here. This is the man whose government pushed through the illegal war against Iraq. Last Sunday, Bush was asked about the war on Iraq on NBC's Today - 'I think it was the right decision', he

Trumpism

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 01:35

 

 

Dear Friends,

Trump gave his first speech to the joint houses of the Congress. It was a strange display. He defended his various executive orders with the statement that the United States should not become a 'sanctuary for extremists'. The only thing that came to my mind is this: it is already a sanctuary for extremists, with Steve Bannon and Trump himself leading the way.

In the current issue of Frontline, my Diary from Trumpland continues. This diary entry starts with an admission by a senior diplomat (still in office) who said that he'd prefer to watch re

Foreign Policy of Cruel Populism

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 22:33

 

Khatyn Memorial, Belarus
Khaytyn Memorial, Belarus by John Oldale (CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

Dear Friends,

Mocking Donald Trump comes easily. He provides sufficient fodder each and every day. Trump is vulnerable to such mockery. He dislikes being mocked more than anything else. A voracious consumer of the media, Trump studies how he is covered with great care. His advisor - Steve Bannon - calls the media the 'official opposition'. It is what they have trained their gunsights against.

These are dangerous men. The 'humanitarian interventionists' and the 'neoconservatives' gathered around Hillary Clinton, eager to use American

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi

#Muslim Ban, #KefayaWar

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 04:33

 

Nael Zaino and Leen Arafat
Photo Anais Surkin

 

Dear Friends,

Madness deepens in the world around us; an age of anger - as Pankaj Mishra puts it - has enveloped us. There is just cause for this anger - deep inequalities that seem hopelessly permanent. But there is also great sadness occasioned by permanent wars. It would be too parochial to see this as merely about Trump or even about Brexit. This dialectic of anger and sadness whips around the entire planet.

But there are also brave people - over half a million who went out on the streets in Romania and millions of people who took to the airpo

Syria, Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:54

 Deir Ezzor

 

Dear Friends,

In this week's report at Alternet, I try to make some sense of the rapid developments in the war in Syria. There is the creation of a new al-Qaeda front, where there are indications that the armed extremists who wish to prolong the war have gathered. There is also more bad news from the city of Deir Ezzor (pictured above): under siege for two years by ISIS, the water has been cut off almost entirely and food drops from the Syrian government and the UN's World Food Program have been sporadic. The situation is dire here. But given the nature of news and propaganda, there is b

Trumpland and Syria

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:21

New York State's rust belt by Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix

 

Dear Friends,

Remarkable events during the first few days of Donald Trump's administration, with his use of presidential power stretched to its constitutional limit. Incredible range of executive orders, many of them based on promises he made on the campaign trail. If nothing else, Trump has kept his promises. Or perhaps it is better to say that he has kept his promises in a theatrical way with little sign that any of these policies will provide the kind of relief that his voters sought.

For instance, on the question of the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At Alternet, I