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The Best of Intentions

What’s behind the president’s ISIS campaign?

Listening to President Obama describe his intention to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, he named a number of reasons for launching yet another war in Iraq. Gazing out at the nation through the eye of a camera lens, he intoned, “In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.”

Forgive me for saying so, …

Washington’s ISIS War Drums

Do Stupid Stuff, Do It Now!

“Hopefully we get it more right than wrong” – organizing principle?

As Hillary Clinton was widely quoted as saying recently, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

Maybe others have pointed out that this is a pretty stupid statement, but that’s far from the conventional wisdom. Think about the levels of stupidity here. Only “Great nations”? What, small nations don’t need to get their acts together? And who says the United States is a “great” nation and in what sense is it great and isn’t spouting a version of the American exceptionalism …

Pricing Pollution, Cutting Carbon

We the undersigned call upon the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and President Obama to work together to introduce, promote, and pass legislation that puts a price on carbon pollution and returns revenues to the American people, either directly or by reducing taxes.

— From Pricing Carbon Initiative’s Petition to the Congress and the President of the United States

There are many things which need to be done if we are to break the hold of the oil, gas and coal industries over government so that we can make a rapid transition to a jobs-creating, just and much-less-polluting renewable energy-based …

In Defence of Life: Standing up Against the Lust for Culling Wildlife

Early in 2013 I thought I had reached a low point as I reacted to the way the animal-loving British elite happily slaughtered anything that got in its way. The most visible sign of its lust for ‘controlling’ wildlife by culling has been the project to kill badgers on the poor excuse that they are responsible for all the bovine TB in cattle. So the start of the second year of badger culling coinciding with Medway Council trying again to destroy a protected site where nightingales breed forced me to revisit the war we wage on nature.

So far …

An End to Ignorance

It is not me, but we. It is not I, but us. Those who seek to strip away power from the Zionists, the Jesuits, the Imperialists, the Jihadists, the Luciferians, the Satanists, and all forms of centralized principalities of power that cause division through institutionalized warmongering tactics. We would cast out those who have been corrupted with wicked intentions, and place, in their stead, good men and women into positions of leadership to serve as shepherds upon this Earth. We would leave off from the Orwellian Newspeak, doubletalk, and massive propaganda campaigns waged by the Fascists, and begin to preach …

Nation of Cowards

What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences and machine-gun towers, a population with nowhere to run? No, that is not put strongly enough. Not just attack, but use the latest and most ferocious weapons from the American arsenal to slaughter more than 2100 people, including more than 500 children, destroying along the way a major portion of the housing, businesses, and institutions of a poor people.

The definition of a coward is not the traditional military one of a soldier who won’t fight. …

Autism, Chronic Fatigue, Imaginary Enemies — Global ADD & Entrepeneur Seig Heil

“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience. He asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer: “I say, break the law.”

Famine, poverty and filth ruled the day . . . . And, hence, when you feed, clothe, pay people, and educate them to be critical of systems and governments and CEOs, and show them the connectivity of a global world and a local fabric, and when …

Rice in China – What Susan Found on Her Doorstep

Susan Rice has just completed her visit to Beijing to prepare for Obama’s November visit. She arrived as the envoy of the President of the Indispensible Nation and was greeted at the very highest level by Xi Jinping himself, president of one of the many Dispensible Nations.

Susan probably conceives this as an advance visit in more ways than one since Beijing is the final scheduled stop on the U.S. Empire’s march through Eurasia – after sacking Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran and Russia.   Or so the plan goes.

But Rice might surely was given considerable pause on her visit.  Just as she …

The Blank Slate: A Liberal-Totalitarian Dogma

Back in the 1980s, as I studied for a doctorate in anthropology, I found myself somewhat dismayed by certain social science dogmas.   For one thing, the original unity of American anthropology—as a bio-cultural science studying Homo sapiens—had long been fragmented into ill-fitting shards.  Cultural anthropologists were generally hostile to any perceived “biological reductionist” explanations for human behavior.  To the extent that they were even interested in behavior, it was assumed to be entirely “culturally determined” (i.e., “learned”—although even an interest in actual psychological process was viewed as reductionist).  At the same time, biological/evolutionary anthropologists (then called “physical”) were interested in …

On Taking Things for Granted

When one wakes up in the morning, one takes for granted that the sun will take its usual (apparent) course across the sky.  One assumes that the earth will continue to rotate, at a constant speed, on its axis; that the earth will revolve around the sun along a plane, making a complete revolution in about 365 days.  And that as the earth revolves around the sun, it will not only maintain a 23 ½ degree inclination relative to the plane of revolution, but that the earth’s axis will maintain parallelism with itself as it revolves around the sun.

One assumes …

Attacking the Islamic State

Henry Kissinger’s World Order Recipe

Never one to believe in the shackles of legality, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has decided to give advice entirely free of it. It is comforting to know that a man who was instrumental in illegal, unauthorised operations in Cambodia and Laos, among other things, should find it appropriate to advise the stumbling Obama administration where it might go next.

For Kissinger, the forces of the West better up and at them – the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq are no longer matters of sideshow amusement or ceremonial fanfare. “There can’t be any more debate about fighting …

Scotland: Vote Yes for World Peace

There’s one good reason for why Scotland should vote yes for independence: the breaking up of the United Kingdom would be an imminently good thing for the sake of world peace.

Anything that lessens the power of the London-centered United Kingdom is bound to be a good thing. So, if Scots walk away from the Union on September 18 by voting to establish their own separate, sovereign nation, that will deliver a positive blow to further weaken Britain’s legacy as an imperial power.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said so himself, albeit indirectly. This week Cameron has run up the Scottish …

James Foley Is Not a War Ad

To the extent that the U.S. public is newly, and probably momentarily, accepting of war — an extent that is wildly exaggerated, but still real — it is because of videos of beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

When 9-11 victims were used as a justification to kill hundreds of times the number of people killed on 9-11, some of the victims’ relatives pushed back.

Now James Foley is pushing back from the grave.

Here is video of Foley talking about the lies that are needed to launch wars, including the manipulation of people into thinking …

What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice?

All of the elements required to create climate justice seem to be in place. The climate movement can put hundreds of thousands on the streets, organize creative civil resistance, get thousands to risk arrest and mobilize blockades of tar sands, fracking, oil pipelines and mountain top removal.

Polls show high levels of public support for taking action on climate change. A 2014 Gallup Poll shows 65% of Americans support emissions controls and a 2014 George Mason-Yale study found Americans were twice as likely to support a congressional or presidential candidate who strongly supports action to reduce global warming.

There is …

The Terrorism “We” Support in Syria

A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians

In stark contrast to the sparse coverage of the brutality of ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria over the past few years, there has recently been substantial coverage of the emergence of ISIS in Iraq and the terrorist acts that this US-backed and funded group has been committing. This surge of media focus on ISIS’ brutality in Iraq and particularly on the recent alleged be-headings of two American journalists is extensively considered, amongst independent political analysts, to be setting the stage for NATO and the Axis-of-Imperialists to “fight terrorism” …

Ecological and Social Implications of Trans and Climate Change

There are Limits

We are biological creatures, part of an ecosphere, living in communities. Like any other organism, our genetic code sets parameters within which we live. The ecosphere is governed by laws of physics and chemistry that set the parameters within which all organisms exist. And we encounter the world not as isolated, independent individuals but through social systems that affect how we understand ourselves and the possibilities for our lives.

Stated this generally, few people would disagree. Yet in practice, contemporary high-energy/high-technology society ignores these ecological realities, and people routinely endorse practices—or ignore the need to change practices—that leave us …

Yahoo’s Innocent Victim Narrative

Corporate Executives Couldn't Care Less about Civil Liberties

The Washington Post reports that in 2008 the government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to relinquish user data on behalf of the NSA’s PRISM program. Yahoo’s general counselor Ron Bell claims that the recently disclosed lawsuit is proof that the company fought the government “every step of the way.” In this sense the Post’s article depicts Yahoo as a champion of human rights, fighting courageously to protect user data from government surveillance.

This impression conflicts sharply with Yahoo’s …

Latin America and US Techno-Empire

The notion that history tends to favor the hegemonies that would write it is nothing new. This is especially the case for the United States today. Take US-Latin American international relations, for example: they are indelibly stippled with gunboat diplomacy and seditious coups; even the many perverse trade agreements and subsequent growing poverty belie the neoliberal overtures that America continually makes. Yet, in spite of a most basic realpolitik approach to assessing America’s litany of hegemonic aggression, history is still quick to cite the anarchic nature of international relationships in general, and in doing so, it excuses fratricidal US ‘diplomacy’ …

The Havoc of the Unrestrained Drug Industry

It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers. The drug industry goes beyond crony capitalism when it then charges Americans the highest drug prices in the world.

Here is a short list of the honey pot produced by the lobbying muscle of the $300 billion a year pharmaceutical industry. It receives billions of dollars in tax credits for …

Ukraine: Truce or Trojan Horse?

Retreat, Re-Armament, and Relaunch

The NATO proxy war in the Ukraine started with the violent US-EU-sponsored overthrow of the elected government via a mob putsch in February 2014. This was well financed at $5 billion, according to President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.

The result was a junta, composed of neo-liberal puppets, rightist nationalists and fascists, which immediately proceeded to purge the Ukrainian legislature of any politicians opposed to the coup and Kiev’s submission to the European Union and NATO. The NATO-sponsored client regime …