Operation Enduring Freedom: a civilian’s view By Ian Pounds http://warisacrime.org/content/operation-enduring-freedom-civilian%E2%80%99s-view Obama’s Empire One thing true we can say about war is that truth is its greatest casualty. I am a volunteer teacher. Four years ago I responded to a call from then candidate Barak Obama for a new kind of soldier to [...]
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Plutonomy and the precariat: On the history of the US economy in decline The current US economy is built on ‘growing worker insecurity’ – people who are too busy and poor to make demands. by Chomsky
Since the 1970s, wealth has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of the financial sector [EPA] Cambridge, MA - The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, [...]
Robert Scheer on Obama’s Sudden Conversion “Hope and Hesitation in Obama’s Sudden Conversion” — Once again President Barack Obama has come tantalizingly close to being terrific. Col. Ann Wright on Rape in the Marines “The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks” — The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the showplace of the Marine [...]
An Afghan Okinawa By The Afghan Peace Volunteers http://warisacrime.org/content/afghan-okinawa There is no U.S. troop withdrawal in 2014. We are ordinary Afghans wishing for peace, and we have eyes and ears and feelings of love and despair, so please read on. The Washington Post, in reporting the recent signing of the “U.S. Afghan Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement“, stated [...]
When they say ‘communist’, you say ‘whatever’ US conservatives have ramped up their ‘red-baiting’ rhetoric – but the more they do, the less relevant they become.
Collectivism appears to be on the rise in the United States [AFP] New Haven, CT - When it comes to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, I’m of two minds. Killing Osama bin Laden? Thumbs up. Killing a US citizen who worked for al-Qaeda? Not so much. But at least he knows what’s going on. When Mitt [...]
Afghanistan: More questions than answers Do any of Obama’s justifications for extending the war in Afghanistan make sense?
President Obama has said he wants to ‘finish the job we started in Afghanistan’ [GALLO/GETTY] President Obama has been of two minds towards Afghanistan since the outset of his presidency. In December 2009, en route to tripling the US military presence there, he declared that US military forces would begin to withdraw from the country in 18 [...]
“We Did Not Choose This War” and Other Hypocrisies By Leah Bolger and David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/we-did-not-choose-war-and-other-hypocrisies “We did not choose this war. This war came to us on 9/11. We don’t go looking for a fight. But when we see our homeland violated, when we see our fellow citizens killed, then we [...]
US-Afghan Pact Won’t End War or Night Raids by Gareth Porter, May 03, 2012 Print This | Share This The optics surrounding the Barack Obama administration’s “Enduring Strategic Partnership” [.pdf] agreement with Afghanistan and the memorandums of understanding (MOU) accompanying it emphasize transition to Afghan responsibility and an end to U.S. war. [...]
Leaving Afghanistan by Staying By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/leaving-afghanistan-staying Is staying in Afghanistan OK with you as long as we call it leaving? President Obama has signed an agreement with President Karzai to keep a major U.S. military presence in Afghanistan (currently about three times the [...]
How America’s Obsession With Money Deadens Us In a society that worships “one market under God,” we are forced to be somewhat money-centric in order to survive. At what cost? March 18, 2012 |
Photo Credit: Shutterstock LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest Economy headlines via email. How America’s Obsession With Money Deadens Us In a society that worships “one market under God,” we are forced to be somewhat money-centric in order to survive. [...]
President Barack Obama signs an executive order closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) A President Who Doesn’t Even Try Is Obama Kowtowing to the Right? Or Is He One of Them? by Ted Rall The President’s progressive critics blame [...]
Secret Service: Scale of prostitution party in Colombia revealed Secret Service and US Marines brought 21 women to the hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine gave new details of the Secret Service scandal.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine Collins said that at least 20 women were involved in the hotel incident with Secret Service agents, US Marines and prostitutes in Colombia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Secret Service scandal sheds light on sex tourism in Latin America Secret Service: Scale [...]
Obama turns super-hawk Stealing George W Bush’s playbook, Obama has decided to repackage himself as a tough guy in the war against terror.
Obama’s economic policies have failed to create jobs or a recovery because “he banked on the banks” [GALLO/GETTY] New York, NY - Back in the last Century, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election in the “permanent campaign” he, with the advice of the smarmy Dick Morris chose to co-opt Republican positions to pre-empt their using [...]
UNAC conference challenges U.S./NATO war policies By davidswanson - Posted on 05 April 2012 From SocialistAction On April 1 The New York Times reported that the U.S.and the Gulf states, meeting as the “Friends of Syria” in Istanbul, had moved dramatically closer to direct military intervention against the Assad regime. The pro-U.S. Arab nations pledged [...]
Understanding The Slave Mentality By Brandon Smith April 02, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — In the initial stages of nearly every recorded tyranny, the saucer eyed dumbstruck masses exhibit astonishing and masterful skill when denying reality. The facts behind their dire circumstances and of their antagonistic government become a source [...]
Can America’s Descent Possibly Be Reversed? By Scott Lazarowitz March 30, 2012 “”LRC” – My articles for LRC have been increasingly difficult and frustrating to write. More recently I have been trying to get people to understand America’s current police state. Yes, I have received some favorable emails when my [...]
Tomgram: John Feffer, Islamophobia, Obama, and the Art of Acting Muslim Posted by John Feffer at 9:24am, March 29, 2012.
Tomgram: John Feffer, Islamophobia, Obama, and the Art of Acting Muslim Posted by John Feffer at 9:24am, March 29, 2012. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: I’ll be handing you back off to Tom shortly. If you’d like to welcome him back with a donation -- which is how we keep this site afloat -- please consider [...]
Let me say from the very beginning that we at Black Agenda Report do not think that Barack Obama is the Lesser Evil. He is the more Effective Evil.
No matter how much evil Barack Obama actually accomplishes during his presidency, people that call themselves leftists insist on dubbing him the Lesser Evil. Not only is Obama not given proper credit for out-evil-ing George Bush, domestically and internationally, but the First Black President is awarded positive grades for his intentions versus the [...]
Photo Credit: Shutterstock How America‘s Obsession With Money Deadens Us In a society that worships “one market under God,” we are forced to be somewhat money-centric in order to survive. At what cost? March 18, 2012 | A preoccupation with money is nothing new in our culture, but have Americans become even more “money-centric,” and does [...]
Barack Obama’s presidency, three years on – is it time to give up hope? He promised radical change, a new kind of politics. Many one-time believers now say he has no stomach for a fight
Barack Obama with his wife, Michelle, at the White House in December 2011. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Three years ago to the day, Barack Hussein Obama stood before a crowd shivering in the frigid January air and took the oath of office that made him the 44th president of the United States. By some estimates, there [...]
A terrible reminder of who gets hurt in criminal wars. Warning some may find the photo of the young girl distressing
Engelhardt, The 1% Election Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 5:58pm, December 11, 2011. How to Turn Election Year Into Election Life Their Bread, Our Circus By Tom Engelhardt Sometimes words outlive their usefulness. Sometimes the gap between changing reality and the names we’ve given it grows so wide that they empty of all meaning or retain [...]
An America that’s never wrong by PAUL J. BALLES on DECEMBER 4, 2011 “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” –Arthur Schopenhauer Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. –James Bryce Americans won’t like [...]
Antiwar.com’s Week in Review | November 13, 2011 Angela Keaton, November 13, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum IN THIS ISSUE IAEA report on Iran prompts war talk Israel is concerned about Palestinian progress at U.N. War in Af-Pak for the foreseeable future Assorted news from the empire What’s new at the [...]
Obama’s ‘Arab Problem’ Republicans attack Obama for “letting the Arab Spring happen”, despite previous support for former regional dictators
Obama used to refer to longtime Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak as a ‘friend’ of the US – and not as a dictator [EPA] During the past few months, Barack Obama has come under increasing pressure from his would-be Republican opponents, not for secretly subscribing to the faith of the enemy (Obama Muslim-baiting is so 2010), [...]
How Barack Obama went from cool to cold ‘Americans want their president to really need them. He doesn’t’: Barack Obama Photograph: guardian.co.uk Barack Obama’s measured approach won him the White House. So why do supporters think he lacks the ‘fierce urgency of now’? reddit this Gary Younge guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 October 2011 19.59 [...]
Obama Marks Decade in Afghanistan With False Statements on Wars Obama claimed America has been made safer and that the wars are drawing to an end, despite facts to the contrary by John Glaser, October 07, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum President Barack Obama marked the ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan [...]
Empire of the Son The president’s parents were supporters, not opponents, of American hegemony. Thaddeus Russell from the October 2011 issue A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, by Janny Scott, Riverhead, 376 pages, $26.95 The Roots of Obama’s Rage, by Dinesh D’Souza, Regnery, 258 pages, $14.99 Although the debate over Barack Obama’s [...]
Embarrassing Obama in free-fall as gangster morals kill peace process by STUART LITTLEWOOD on SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 No-one connected with the old discredited peace “circus” should be allowed anywhere near the new quest for justice in the Holy Land. Too many are strangers to fair play and appear to share the mentality of gangsters and others [...]
US President Barack Obama is on a three-day, three state bus tour to discuss his plans for helping the country’s economic recovery [EPA] Journalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our “biases” are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover [...]
Obama Cheers ‘Successes’ of a Decade of War Praises ’9/11 Generation’ for ‘Extraordinary Decade of Service’ by Jason Ditz, August 30, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Speaking today to the American Legion, President Barack Obama praised what he dubbed the “9/11 generation,” insisting that they had provided an “extraordinary decade of service” [...]
A look at the advisers Obama has kept and those sacked is very revealing. It’s just more of the same.
From economic policy to warmaking, Obama’s has continued with of his predecessors ideas [GALLO/GETTY] Is it too soon to speak of the Bush-Obama presidency? The record shows impressive continuities between the two administrations, and nowhere more than in the policy of “force projection” in the Arab world. With one war half-ended in Iraq, but another [...]
Why Congress Must Stop Obama’s Libyan Warmongering Doug Bandow August 9, 2011 Babies have short attention spans. Congressmen are even worse. A couple months ago legislators were outraged over the willingness of President Barack Obama to ignore the Constitution by going to war in Libya. Now the issue is all but forgotten. The debt-limit fight [...]
Chalmers Johnson, Dismantling the Empire Posted by Chalmers Johnson at 4:55pm, August 7, 2011. Chalmers Johnson died on November 20, 2010, but — for me at least — his spirit lives on in the most active of ways. In his last years at TomDispatch.com, he regularly chewed over the profligacy of the Pentagon, our unbridled urge for military spending, [...]
Life as President of the world can get tough,”Barack Obama has not slept for a week” Tell that to all the dead and dying in the Middle East and the South
Barack Obama has not slept for a week because of worries over the US budget. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images ( Seems life for a warmonger gets tougher by the minute, perhaps he should play with the dog. Even war criminals feel the heat and need a rest, forget about the countless numbers that have suffered [...]
You may associate a lute with pleasant music but this one plays all the harsh notes. A General’s view of the time is right.
You may find the following NY Times article of interest. In many ways it demonstrates via an announcement from one of the security frenzied people that infest the secretive world of war and combat, the lack of awareness of who the enemy, if there is one may be. It all starts from the imperial project’s [...]
This page has been saying for quite some time that voodoo rhythm economics is realy about making those lower in the enforced hierarchy as per the inoculated delusion pay for the lifestyle of the rich and the elite. The contribution to the general fund by the rich is inordinately small and often non-existent, as these [...]
Americans from Across the Political Spectrum Call for End to U.S. Militarism Angela Keaton, July 05, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, July 5th 2011 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Kevin B. Zeese KBZeese at Gmail.com, 518-543-6920 Americans from Across the Political Spectrum Call for End to U.S. [...]
Senate Hawks Push Obama to Make Case for Libya War Lieberman, Graham Say Lack of Explanation Keeping Congress From Approving Conflict by Jason Ditz, July 03, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Two of the Senate’s most hawkish members, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) and Joe Lieberman (I – CT) today pushed [...]
The Lawless Presidency Obama’s lawyers are foundering in explaining the legal rationale for his Libyan adventure. Bruce Ackerman on our broken system of giving presidents legal advice—and how to fix it. June 28, 2011 11:45 PM EDT The present confrontation over the War Powers Act requires Congress to rethink some tragic events of the past decade. [...]
Engelhardt, The President’s Military Mantra Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 8:00am, June 30, 2011. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: The next TD piece will appear on Tuesday, July 5th. Have a fine Fourth of July! Tom] The Militarized Surrealism of Barack Obama Signs of the Great American Unraveling By Tom Engelhardt It’s already gone, having barely outlasted its moment [...]
Obama: Questions About War Powers Act ‘Defending’ Gadhafi Insists Congress Should Unify in Support of War by Jason Ditz, June 29, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Speaking today in a rambling press conference covering a myriad of topics, President Obama slammed the members of the House of Representatives for questioning the legality [...]
The March of Obama’s Dark Cynicism Jeremy Sapienza, June 29, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum Obama spent several minutes this afternoon droning on and stuttering about the economy, injecting words like “folks” and “busted” into his typically boring speech as recommended by his handlers to get the plebes to relate [...]