Dismay as Trump vetoes bill to end US support for war in Yemen

Donald Trump has vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The Senate had passed a bipartisan resolution on 13 March in a 54-to-46 vote; the House voted on the resolution in early April, passing it with 247 votes to 175.

The US provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. But as the war drags on, members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014. Continue reading

The Martyrdom of Julian Assange

The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presage a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in solitary confinement. They presage an Orwellian dystopia where news is replaced with propaganda, trivia and entertainment. The arrest of Assange, I fear, marks the official beginning of the corporate totalitarianism that will define our lives. Continue reading

Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Rest

To the conservative mind, the specter of socialism conjures up a society in which no one is held accountable, and no one has to work for what they receive. Yet, that’s exactly the society Trump and the Republicans are promoting for the rich. Meanwhile, most Americans are subject to an increasingly harsh and arbitrary capitalism. They need stronger safety nets, and they deserve a bigger piece of the economic pie. Continue reading

America’s Coup Efforts in Venezuela Enter Frightening New Phase

A 75-page regime change manual prepared by the U.S. Global Development Lab, a branch of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advocates the creation of rapid expeditionary development teams to partner with the CIA and U.S. Special Forces to conduct “a mix of offensive, defensive, and stability operations [in] in extremis conditions.” Some of these actions will, in all likelihood, involve combat operations.

On April 4, for the first time since its enactment, Congress used the War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. It is now imperative that Congress invoke the War Powers Resolution to prevent the president from escalating the dangerous U.S. economic and military aggression against Venezuela. Continue reading

As We Gape at Trump’s Sideshow, Corporations Are Picking Our Pockets

Our whole country is living through a reign of pure flimflam. Our media, politics, government, public discourse and civic focus have been captured by the mesmerizing sideshow of AllThingsTrump — from the Putin bromance to the Saudi bone-saw horror, from constant Cabinet chaos to the caravan bugaboo, from his vanishing middle-class tax cut to his illusory wall, from peep-show vulgarity to full-monty corruption … and to the nonstop spectacles emanating from this White House. As we gape 24/7 at the amazing ridiculousness of The Donald, our pockets are being picked by wildly rich, greedy and powerful corporations. Continue reading

Only the Struggle Matters

What gives life meaning? How are we to live? Why struggle against forces that we can never overcome? Our worth is determined not by what we do in life, but by what we do with what life gives us. It is the ferocity and steadfastness of the struggle that exalt us, especially when we comprehend that victory is ultimately impossible. Continue reading

U.S. Recognition of Israel’s Golan Annexation a Threat to World Order

The Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights—Syrian territory seized in the June 1967 war—marks a serious violation of fundamental principles of international law. The inadmissibility of any country expanding its territory by force is a longstanding principle of the international legal order, enshrined in the United Nations Charter, U.N. Security Council resolutions, and repeatedly confirmed by the International Court of Justice. Continue reading