America First or America Leads?

America First or America Leads?

By Julian French. “Think’st thou that duty shall have dread to speak, when power to flattery bows? To plainness honour’s bound when majesty falls to folly”. King Lear, William Shakespeare Cosmos Club, Washington DC. 8 April. What [...]
Syrian attacks: Lessons and repercussions

Syrian attacks: Lessons and repercussions

  By Barry Shaw.   The news in early April circled two attacks in Syria. One was the horrendous chemical weapons launched from Syrian warplanes. The world was sickened by the sight of dead and dying children and babies chocking on [...]
Why Did Islamic State Choose to Threaten China at This Time?

Why Did Islamic State Choose to Threaten China at This Time?

By Roie Yellinek.   IS video threatening China, via 动感纪元 YouTube channel   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: As the power of the Islamic State (IS) declines, it is becoming less menacing and less able to sow fear in the world at large. [...]
Can Our Social Institutions Catch Up With Advances In Science And Technology?

Can Our Social Institutions Catch Up With Advances In Science And Technology?

  By Lawrence Wittner.   H.G. Wells, one of the most prolific and prominent novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consistently warned his contemporaries that social institutions were not evolving fast enough [...]
Why is the Old West at War with Itself?

Why is the Old West at War with Itself?

By Julian French.   “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Plato Budapest, Hungary, 21 March. Plato’s Republic is in many ways a treatise against political [...]
There Is A Constitutional Avenue To Remove Trump That Is Not Impeachment

There Is A Constitutional Avenue To Remove Trump That Is Not Impeachment

By Rich Rubino. This is a tall order considering that the GOP controls both the Cabinet and the Congress. NICHOLAS KAMM VIA GETTY IMAGES From Twitter tirades to bombastic statements, some critics of President Donald Trump are [...]
Why Should Trump―or Anyone―Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?

Why Should Trump―or Anyone―Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?

  By Lawrence Wittner.      The accession of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency brings us face-to-face with a question that many have tried to avoid since 1945:  Should anyone have the right to plunge the world into a nuclear [...]
Resisting Donald Trump's Violence Strategically

Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically

Robert J. Burrowes.   \ It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good [...]
McMaster Stroke?

McMaster Stroke?

  By Julian French.   President Harry S. Truman once said, “A president needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it”. Watching Month One of the Trump presidency splutter like an old car [...]
The Refugee Crisis in Europe Doesn't Exist

The Refugee Crisis in Europe Doesn’t Exist

By Albena Azmanova.   Syrian family displaced to Qaa in Lebanon. Credit: Freedom House via FlickrIt is the discursive construction of the situation as ‘crisis’ that bestows justification to such cruel quick fixes as the [...]
"You're All Fired!"

“You’re All Fired!”

  By Allen Schmertzler.   For our thin-skinned hyper-sensitive-man-baby So-Called President, who believes appearances are bigly and facts are littlely, it isn’t looking too good. Trump’s high octane hot air nuclear-fuelled executive [...]
Romania, Represented in Trump's Organization. ROMEXIT, a Recent Solution

Romania, Represented in Trump’s Organization. ROMEXIT, a Recent Solution

By Sebastian Sarbu. American Diplomatic Mission of International Relations is a long-standing UN organization, established in 1950 following an official cooperation agreement concerning the medical field between the USA and Israel. It is [...]
Should We Keep Wasting Money on Missile Defense―or Invest in Something Useful?

Should We Keep Wasting Money on Missile Defense―or Invest in Something Useful?

    By Lawrence Wittner.   When Americans criticize wasteful government spending, they often fail to realize that the biggest sinkhole for public funds is what’s described as “national defense”―a program that, all too [...]
The plight of Rohingya Muslims

The plight of Rohingya Muslims

  By Syed Qamar Rizvi.   The Currently held OIC moot in Malaysia has shown a touchy concern about the sufferings of Myanmar’s Muslims. The international community has acted as silent spectator since 2015, by watching the agony of [...]
Trump-May: The Dawn of the New Western Realism

Trump-May: The Dawn of the New Western Realism

By Julian French.    “Covenants without the sword are but words, and of no strength to secure a man at all”. Thomas Hobbes Alphen, Netherlands. 27 January. Today, Maggie May meets Ronald Trump. As per usual much of the British political [...]
NATO-EU: Squeezing Big Change into Small Boxes

NATO-EU: Squeezing Big Change into Small Boxes

  By Julian French.   Alphen, Netherlands. 24 January. The new US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, made an overnight phone call to his British counterpart and new/old bestest friend, Michael Fallon. During the call Mattis reaffirmed [...]
All the terrible things Trump plans to do to Women (besides that one)

All the terrible things Trump plans to do to Women (besides that one)

By Juan Cole. About 1 million women and their supporters demonstrated in Washington, D. C. on Saturday, but many millions more rallied in cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta and in small towns like Ann Arbor, Michigan, [...]
In The Blush Of MLK DAY: The Back Of The Bus Still Exist

In The Blush Of MLK DAY: The Back Of The Bus Still Exist

By Carrie Devorah.   Speaking up is an uncommon valor. Sometimes that valor garners an award. Most often, that valor garners a push back, a slap down even a ban. Look the person speaking up why they do “it”, they will answer [...]
Here’s a Peace Agenda for the New Administration – If They Are Interested

Here’s a Peace Agenda for the New Administration – If They Are Interested

By Lawrence Wittner.   Members of Nevada Desert Experience hold a prayer vigil during the Easter period of 1982 at the entrance to the Nevada Test Site. National Nuclear Security Administration   The looming advent of the Trump [...]
Trump's Opinion

Trump’s Opinion

By Robert Slayton.   Donald Trump tweeted that Meryl Street was “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” notwithstanding the fact that she has been nominated for an Academy Award nineteen times, the most in history. Here’s [...]