The term “national security” is almost always ASSUMED to imply the need for more militarism, more fear of people in other countries, more willingness to fight wars, more military weapons, more military spending, and more nuclear weapons. That is a VERY NARROW channeling of our vision and our thinking. Really, our nation is NOT SECURE in many other ways. Our nation is NOT SECURE when: Many people are poor Many people are homeless Many people lack decent health care Many people feel alienated from society Many people are very angry Many people own guns that endanger themselves, their families and […]
Trump keeps screwing up. Trump keeps deceiving people. Everything he does is only for his own benefit. He fooled some people into thinking he was withdrawing troops from Syria as a matter of a principled peace policy. Actually, he was screwing our allies in his “America First” isolationism — except that he is really abusing our foreign and military policies in order to help his pals Erdogan (the brutal authoritarian who runs Turkey) and Putin (’nuff said!) and in order to pursue a war for oil in Northern Syria. See this: https://www.juancole.com/2019/10/province-kurdish-displacement.html No, Trump Isn’t Bringing US Troops Home […]
Chris Hedges keeps writing articles that are powerfully insightful and wise. His articles connect the dots across a number of issues. They are very much worth reading. Here is one from October 2019: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-age-of-radical-evil/
While mainstream Democrats and mainstream media focus on Trump’s blatantly impeachable offenses regarding his extortion against Ukraine, they are overlooking MANY, MANY OTHER impeachable offenses. The House ABSOLUTELY MUST include those in its Articles of Impeachment! Otherwise the Democrats are giving Trump a free ride — “complete exoneration,” as Trump might say — for Trump’s MANY, MANY OTHER impeachable offenses. I encourage you to watch my September 2019 TV program about impeaching Trump and/or reading the thorough summary I typed about what my guests and I said during the TV interview. The video interview and the thorough summary are available […]
CONTEXT: Bullies pick on people who are smaller and weaker. Bullies choose victims who are vulnerable. Deep-down, bullies know they are personally inadequate, so they victimize vulnerable people in order so they themselves can feel dominant and cover up their own feelings of inadequacy. Trump is horribly incompetent. He was a rich spoiled brat who became a rich spoiled adult. He keeps going bankrupt. He is — to use the term that he likes to apply to his adversaries — a “LOSER.” He gained political power by tapping into the racism and xenophobia of white people who feel powerless (because […]
The people who developed the U.S. Constitution were afraid that sometime a CORRUPT POWER-GRABBER would become President, so they wrote IMPEACHMENT into the Constitution. They identified a few EXPLICITLY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES and also wrote broad wording about “high crimes and misdemeanors” so the impeachment clause could be used in a wide range of circumstances to prevent a President from abusing his power. One of the few EXPLICITLY STATED impeachable offenses pertains to “EMOLUMENTS.” This old-fashioned word pertains to USING PRESIDENTIAL POWER TO ILLEGITIMATELY ENRICH HIMSELF. The Constitution specifies BOTH international and domestic emoluments. TRUMP IS CLEARLY GUILTY OF BOTH. Ordinary […]
Here are five important things to know about Iran: https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/5-things-to-know-about-iran?emci=16632bff-bfdb-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68&emdi=d2781291-6bdc-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68&ceid=882844#utm_source=weekendreading092119&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekendreading Diplomacy is the best way to deal with Iran: https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/462241-diplomacy-is-still-the-best-option-for-dealing-with-iran?utm_campaign=thisweek&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ak Do NOT start a war against Iran because of Saudi oil refineries: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/18/why-on-earth-would-the-us-go-to-war-with-iran-over-an-attack-on-saudi-oil-refineries/ Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? See this article by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/will-americans-let-trump-start-world-war-iii-for-saudi-arabia-and-israel/ Only the Coalition of the Foolish Wants a War With Iran: https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/09/opinion/only-coalition-of-the-foolish-wants-war-with-iran/ 10 differences between George W. Bush’s war against Iraq and Trump’s proposed war against Iran: https://www.juancole.com/2019/05/differences-between-proposed.html The Pro-Israel Extremist Behind Trump’s Economic War on Iran: […]
Militarism is so pervasive throughout American society that it hurts many aspects of our nation, including democracy — and actually WEAKENS our nation! See this interesting and powerful article: https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/10/25/killing-me-softly-with-militarism/
Let’s help to prevent Texas from executing Rodney Read, who is VERY LIKELY INNOCENT! He is another black man convicted and sentenced to die by an all-white jury. Strong evidence supports his claim that he is innocent – and that a white man killed the victim. See this information: https://truthout.org/articles/the-fight-to-save-rodney-reed-from-execution-in-texas/
This article compares the Green New Deal with FDR’s original New Deal. It sees similarities with the Great Depression, but also differences. (For example, the Great Depression was the overriding single issue that dominated national discussion, and nobody denied the existence of the Great Depression, in contrast to the rich, powerful “deniers” of the climate crisis.) Let’s draw upon another similarity. The article says, “The New Deal was made possible by mass movements of insurgent industrial workers, the unemployed, farmers facing foreclosure and ruin, urban dwellers facing eviction, and small businessmen facing extinction, among others.” A few paragraphs later the […]
The November 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series explores Solutionary Rail, a truly creative and exciting solution for several of our nation’s problems. You can watch the interview through the link below — and on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County, as mentioned in the information at the end of this blog post. Solutionary Rail would significantly reduce fossil fuel use and air pollution. It would protect our environment, climate, and public health. It would create jobs, improve working conditions, and help local communities – including seaport areas, transportation hubs, cities, freeways, rural farming areas, and tribes […]
Joan Baez said this: “What Gandhi said was, ‘Let’s take this extraordinary idea and organize it.’ It hadn’t been organized on a massive scale before. He proved that a moral argument is really enough. In fact, only when people are morally steeped in nonviolence to their own satisfaction—that what they believe is correct, when that’s what they’ll do until death—that’s really the only time nonviolence holds. As a tactic, nonviolence will wear out if you don’t really have a moral and spiritual foundation to it.”
Increasingly in recent decades the U.S. has been PROVOKING A NEW ARMS RACE IN SPACE, despite the treaty that prohibits militarizing “outer space.” Every October (in 2019 it’s October 5-12) an excellent non-profit organization organizes “Keep Space for Peace Week.” This “International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space” features activities in many locations in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space (www.space4peace.org) is very knowledgeable. Their blog (http://space4peace.blogspot.com/) has more information and help for people who want to organize to protect space for peace.
The Olympian published my newest op-ed. See this link: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article235448132.html? Click to hide the ad so you can see my opening paragraph about public opinion polls.