• “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Chicago, March 25, 1966 — Medical Committee for Human Rights)
    Rep. Barbara Lee (CA- […]

  • Calls for a US backed military coup in Venezuela have emanated from the Trump White House. Meanwhile, NPR has given coup advocates a platform to advocate for a coup, positioning it as “humanitarian int […]

  • Good points. Though someone did note that conscripting both Ivanka and Jared might be problematic since they have young kids. But of course, there are lots of poorer families with both parents serving (out of economic necessity).

  • Eric Trump is 32.
    Jared Kushner is 36.
    Donald Trump Jr. is 39.
    They’re all young enough to serve. Yes, the Army won’t allow Jared and Don Jr to enlist since they’re over 34, but I’m sure the President can mak […]

  • 90% of the delegates to the Democratic Socialists of America 2017 convention voted to adopt Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The text of the resolution read:

    1. Democratic Socialists of America declares […]

    • Cheers, Jeers.

    • It is almost enough for me to join DSA. They seem to be on the correct side of most issues.

    • Resistance to the bill is widespread.


      In recent days there have been unmistakable signs that Israel is becoming a hot potato issue inside the Democratic base, and on Saturday Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon was repeatedly put on the defensive at a town hall inside a Portland high school for his support of the Anti Israel Boycott Act, which would criminalize some forms of supporting boycott of Israel.

      Wyden, who has a reputation for supporting civil rights, got flustered by hecklers and questioners. He said that he is “pummeled” by the matter and sought to assure the audience the law only applies to support for a foreign government’s boycott. “Say like the Arab League. If you’re working with foreign government, that’s essentially what we restricted in the past.”

      A young person then challenged him, to applause:

      “What’s the impetus behind the bill? What are the behaviors that merited this bill’s existence?”

      Wyden said:

      I believe the concern is that the boycott movement has grown. I happen to believe that there is a line to be drawn between protecting the rights of the individuals, that’s why I described all the things that I’ve researched that a person can do that speak to your First Amendment rights. I think that’s different than being part of a boycott with the Arab League, that’s the distinction.

    • The pressure to bend support towards Israel and away from the Palestinians is only going to get worse under Trump…. mostly because of his relationship to Jared Kushner and the fact that his daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism. This, however, would have also happened under Hillary Clinton if she had become President. She made it plain in an op-ed in a paper in Israel and in her speech to AIPAC that she intended to push aside Obama’s cautions about Bibi Netanyahu and go full tilt for pro-anything Israel does. All of this is tied into her religious beliefs and in the beliefs of so many Christians in this country that their faith is tied to the success of Israel. This in turn gives legitimacy to land grabbing by Israel because “God gave them that land a long time ago”.
      So basically we have all this shit going on because people believe that an imaginary deity handed out real estate to “His” favorite people.
      This is lunacy.

  • There are several commentaries  that defend the new immigration bill by favorably comparing it to the Canadian ”points system” for immigration which prioritizes younger more educated workers and those with skills […]

    • Thanks for this.

      Stephen Miller is certainly one hell of a piece of work. What a resume.


      Stephen Miller (born August 23, 1985) is U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior advisor for policy. He was previously the communications director for then-Alabama senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He also served as a press secretary to Republican U.S. Representatives Michele Bachmann and John Shadegg.

      Miller has acted as Trump’s chief speechwriter and is credited with authoring the president’s “American carnage” inaugural address.[1][2] He has been a key adviser since the early days of Trump’s presidency and was a chief architect of Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from several Middle Eastern countries. Miller rose to national prominence on February 12, 2017, when, during a morning of television appearances defending the travel ban, he questioned the concept of the Separation of Powers and the role of the judiciary in enacting legislation, and said “our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned”.[3] Miller is widely seen as sharing an “ideological kinship” with, and has had a “long collaboration” with, current White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon.[1]

  • I will probably see it, I’ve heard it’s a different kind of war movie. But similar to most other WW-1/WW-2 movies that ignore the colonial armies.

  • Stephen Miller (Santa Monica native, Duke grad and self-appointed defender of African-American workers) led a press conference on immigration today where he tried the standard Republican trick of playing the vi […]

  • 135,000 Senegalese troops fought in Europe during World War I and over 30,000 died. De Gaulle’s Free French Army in World War II was largely composed of troops from the French colonial empire, including c […]

    • Thanks for this. I am glad you brought out in the open.

    • wi59 replied 2 weeks ago

      The “Redtails” didn’t get their just due until much later.

    • I haven’t seen the movie yet. Our betters in Hollywood seem to think ‘Muricans might have a sad if they saw brown people with guns who were the good guys.

    • White-splaining the Second World War, or, Something’s Rotten In “Dunkirk.” Great piece. Was unlikely to see the movie, and this cinches it.

      • I will probably see it, I’ve heard it’s a different kind of war movie. But similar to most other WW-1/WW-2 movies that ignore the colonial armies.

        • That is hip. From a technical point of view, and due also probably to my dad’s participation in that war, I could watch it later on the teevee.

  • Rumble is a documentary (in theaters now) which explores how American-Indian music and musicians influenced many genres, particularly Rock.

    As a kid, session musician Stevie Salas would savor the classic […]

    • Cheers and Jeers

    • Thanks Subir! Probably my favorite post on this site to date! 🙂

      I’ve started to write a more comprehensive piece on my love for indigenous hip-hop (despite not being an overall hip-hop listener in general) several times but always get sidetracked by something else but now I’m re-inspired.

    • Thanks

      Music important for cultures. This author of the book title below spoke at the local leftest gathering in Columbus OH. Several of the targets were musicians. For example, Nixon was worried that John Lennon would hold a free concert of 100,000 people against the war. Which is why he was on the FBI list as a dangerous person.

      Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists

      Drugs as Weapons Against Us meticulously details how a group of opium-trafficking families came to form an American oligarchy and eventually achieved global dominance. This oligarchy helped fund the Nazi regime and then saved thousands of Nazis to work with the Central Intelligence Agency. CIA operations such as MK-Ultra pushed LSD and other drugs on leftist leaders and left-leaning populations at home and abroad. Evidence supports that this oligarchy further led the United States into its longest-running wars in the ideal areas for opium crops, while also massively funding wars in areas of coca plant abundance for cocaine production under the guise of a “war on drugs” that is actually the use of drugs as a war on us. Drugs as Weapons Against Us tells how scores of undercover U.S. Intelligence agents used drugs in the targeting of leftist leaders from SDS to the Black Panthers, Young Lords, Latin Kings, and the Occupy Movement. It also tells how they particularly targeted leftist musicians, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Tupac Shakur to promote drugs while later murdering them when they started sobering up and taking on more leftist activism. The book further uncovers the evidence that Intelligence agents dosed Paul Robeson with LSD, gave Mick Jagger his first hit of acid, hooked Janis Joplin on amphetamines, as well as manipulating Elvis Presley, Eminem, the Wu Tang Clan, and others.

      I gave my copy of the book to a friend and could not look up if Indians were mentioned. We do know that the Indians (Native Americans) have been targeted by FBI and other agencies for ever.

      More from amazon page on the book

      Both well-researched and an exhilarating read, Drugs as Weapons Against Us exposes the dark history of the state’s use of drugs as both a tool of imperialism abroad and of social control at home.” —Kara Dellacioppa, chair of the Sociology Department, California State University; author, This Bridge Called Zapatismo; editor, Cultural Politics and Resistance in the 21st Century
      “Well-documented . . . not just opinion . . . I’m really recommending people get this book and read it . . . I really encourage everybody to get online and order this book right away!” —Joe Madison, talk radio host

      “In my first radio interview, Frank Zappa told me the CIA was distributing LSD to the hippies. [Drugs as Weapons Against Us is] Unbelievable! Just a compelling story!” —Allan Handelman, Rock Talk

      “Awesome guest [John Potash]… is going out on a limb. This is a book that if you’re interested in the manipulation of the population, you’re going to want to get. This is the kind of book I just crave.” —Joyce Riley, The Power Hour

      “[John Potash] has done a wonderful job of research and a wonderful job of presenting [his] facts.” —Rob McConnell, The X Zone

      “When Lennon met semi-privately with media guru Marshall McLuhan in late 1969, McLuhan let Lennon know he was a ‘useful fool,’ and The Beatles were [used] for psychological warfare… in popularizing drugs. Lennon stormed out but came back a few hours later to learn more. [Drugs as Weapons Against Us] is exhilarating and well-researched… with startling revelations… definitely worth the read!” —Richard Syrett, The Conspiracy Show

      “The CIA have used drugs as weapons against Americans… to control people or pacify dissension against the official status quo—the government’s war policies… We should not delude ourselves that U.S. Intelligence has repented and would never repeat these operations… Many people still look at the rapid rise of the hallucinogenic use among these popular Sixties rock stars such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix as positive contributions—I don’t—to the Sixties idealism—It wasn’t—about the world’s possibility for peace, love and global cooperation—that’s naïve. Nevertheless, we barely consider the possibility that such pacifist views were the intention of U.S. Intelligence agencies, and the CIA and its moneyed interests had a role in creating the Sixties subculture and [leading them to] dropping out and leaving behind radical dissent and protest. [John Potash has] covered so much in [his] research… we appreciate his work.” —Gary Null, WBAI 99.5 FM

      “The book is amazing!” —David Clyde, The Wild Side 990AM WBOB, Rhode Island

      “I just got the book a couple days ago and I can’t wait to read it. I really can’t.” —Bill LuMaye, WPTF, 680AM/850AM Raleigh, Duram, Chapel Hill, NC. Listed in Talkers magazine Top 250

      “I really think [Drugs as Weapons Against Us] is a fascinating compendium of… what the CIA was doing… regarding manipulating our minds… targeting a lot of famous celebrities, musicians. [John Potash is] an author I really recommend you read… definitely read Drugs as Weapons Against Us.” —Sean Stone, Buzzsaw on The Lip TV

      “This is a marvelous book!” —John B. Wells, Caravan to Midnight and former host of Coast to Coast AM
      Read more
      About the Author
      John L. Potash is the author of The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders. His work has been published in the Baltimore Chronicle, the City Paper, Covert Action Quarterly, Rock Creek Free Press, and Z magazine. He lives in Baltimore.

  • That large banner has the famous line from the American Declaration of Independence, followed by “If of African descent tear off this corner”. TomP had a diary last month on the 100th anniversary of the Eas […]

    • Thanks for this thought provoking post.

    • Your highlighting of the slogans on the banners carried by the marchers help bring the emotion of the moment to us. We owe it to those marchers to persevere towards a society that values diversity rather than resists it.

    • I am glad that I lived to see a post racist society


    • One small victory for free speech

      Federal Court: Public Officials Cannot Block Social Media Users Because of Their Criticism

      Cacheris’ ruling seems quite right to me, especially in light of Packingham, which explicitly noted that citizens can use social media to “petition their elected representatives and otherwise engage with them in a direct manner.” The decision’s reasoning can also be applied neatly to Trump’s practice of blocking Twitter users with whom he disagrees. When Trump blocks Twitter users, they can still see his tweets—by, for instance, viewing them in an incognito window. But they cannot engage directly with his tweets, at least not without resorting to an intricate and unreliable workaround. (Knight mentions “a third-party application” that can “mitigate the implications of the block,” but it is “burdensome” and seems to rely “on a temporary glitch in Twitter’s interface.”) This inability to respond to Trump may seem to present only a minor burden on speech. But it poses a real First Amendment problem nonetheless, inflicting a potentially unconstitutional burden on protected political speech.

      There’s just one lingering issue with this comparison: It isn’t clear whether Trump intends his personal Twitter page to function as a public forum the way Randall did. (Trump has a presidential account, @POTUS, from which he does not block users—but he doesn’t use it for interesting communications.) Public officials have more latitude to censor expression in personal, private forums than they do in forums that they use to speak in their official capacity. Trump’s lawyers will almost certainly argue that his personal Twitter feed is a private forum, not a government project.

    • Subir,
      One of the best descriptions of a lynching was penned by John Grisham. Grisham was born and raised in Mississippi, and got his law degree there. It’s near the end of his novel, Sycamore Row. He practiced law to support himself while he got his writing career off the ground. He deserves his success. It took a white Southerner to accurately describe this horrendous act. Check it out. It will be worth your time. T and R, and thanks!! 🙂

  • By now, most of us are well aware of how the Koch brothers have run a multi-decade effort to fund right-wing economic orthodoxy by financing think-tanks, journalists, periodicals, colleges and professors. […]

    • Thanks for this. It got me curious and I did some research. What a tangled web did I come across. I will add more as I attempt to untangle it a bit.

    • Charles Martel? That is just nuts.

    • The more the spotlight shines on worthless cretins like Regnery, the better. That idiot would starve to death in a heartbeat if he suddenly became homeless. ‘Alt-Right’ is just a fancy way of cleaning up Far/Nazi-Right. These yahoos are an insult to all thoughtful people everywhere. T and R, Subir!! Thanks! 🙂

    • Thanks

      Known that the publisher was out there, but didn’t know its scope.

      Another long term effort to destroy democracy

  • Yes, DeFazio is on the list I am working on, he was a founding member of the CPC…

  • John Conyers Jr. is Dean of the House of Representatives, he was first elected to Congress in 1965.He is currently in his 26th term, and is one of only seven people to have served over 50 years in C […]

  • They ascribe to the same ideology that led @noahopinion to tell us today that the “left” is focused on redistribution and doesn’t value work or have a work ethic. They will not change.

  • Our government sold the airplanes that dropped these bombs.

    Our government refuels the planes on their sorties.

    Our government makes and sells the bombs, including cluster bombs.

    We share responsibility […]

    • Nothing to see here! BTW Saudi Arabia has lots oil!


      Leading American politicians of both major parties appear to share an extreme reluctance to openly criticize the human rights abuses of Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally that has ramped up executions of its own citizens, led a coalition bombing effort in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, and supported Sunni extremist groups throughout war-torn Syria.

      Given the news this week that Saudi-led forces bombed a wedding party in Yemen, killing scores of civilians, as well as the decision by the Saudi government to behead and then crucify Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, the nephew of a government critic arrested as a teenager, I attempted to talk about the Saudi Arabian human rights record to a number of politicians at the Washington Ideas Forum, an event hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute to discuss “this year’s most pressing issues and ideas of consequence.”

      Most were uninterested in commenting.

    • Bombing the rubble

      rubble as the watchword of our war policy

      Tom Englehardt was in NYC on 9/11 and read an article by a man from Afghanistan who had been in the US for 4 years, the article was a few weeks after 9/11. He said that the US would follow a policy of rubble and it would fail. That article struck Tom and he started TomDispatch.com after that. In other words, that blog was started by rubble.

      Jimmy Gore had a recent segment that either was posted here or on c99% which had a backdrop the rubble of Mosul and we had “won” “liberated them” And he went back to W Bush and how we created ISIS. A recent article says that there are 20 rebel groups in Afghanistan.

      Here is Tom on the rubble. This is re posted on Juan Cole’s web site

      Empire of Destruction: Mosul reveals Myth of Precision Bombing

    • Thanks for keeping this front and center. Syria is also a “strategic” country.

    • Mapping to see political controversies

      As regular readers know, I am following Bruno Latour in his many adventures and people linked to his efforts to “see” modernity and to “see” the effect on the earth

      I found this this morning. I only spent a little time on it. Someone interested in this particular issue, or in the technique might want to spend some time with it.

      Transboundary Movements of Electronic Waste: mapping a controversy

      Transboundary movements of e-waste are a matter of concern for a wide variety of actors including legislators, regulatory authorities, NGOs, corporations, and individual citizens. This online document offers a mapping of the complex terrain of actors and issues associated with transboundary movements of e-waste. As such, the document provides a navigation tool for a wide range of potential users: from those who are new to the issues, to those who may have domain expertise in some area(s) of the issues (e.g., legislation, toxicology, supply chain management, trade, etc).

      Scenarios of use

      There are several ways this controversy map can be used. Users can quickly orient themselves in the complex debate about transboundary shipments of e-waste by learning:
      The range of terms used to frame the debate by different protagonists. In other words, what is the debate about and how do the terms of the debate frame the issue?
      The range of protagonists (or ‘actors’) that contribute to the debate. In other words, who are key players in the debate and who is relegated to the margins? How do actors connect together or, alternatively, disassociate themselves from one another?
      The two scenarios above can be traced on different parts of the map. One part charts the controversy on the Anglophone web indexed by Google. Another part charts it in Anglophone scholarly literature indexed by Scopus.

      Other more advanced uses of the controversy map are possible depending on specific users’ interests. The map provides access to analysis tools with ‘live’ links to the underlying data. These data can be probed for questions of users’ own making.
      Navigating the map website

      The map is presented using Scalar, a free and open source digital publishing platform. Below users will find an annotated image of the Scalar interface for this controversy map. The annotations highlight common features across all pages of the map relating to navigation and commenting. Note that a table of contents is accessible on all pages of the map by clicking the button just to the left of the compass icon at the top left of the screen. If users wish to comment on any parts of the map, there are two ways to do so:

      1) at the bottom of any page there is a ‘thought bubble’ icon that users can click to add comments. This is a good approach if users wish to make general comments about a whole page; or

      2) users can launch the Hypothesis platform by accessing the icons near the top right corner of any page (see arrow icon, eye icon, and note icon). Hypothesis allows users to annotate any page at the scale of individual words, sentences, and paragraphs. Both approaches to commenting on the map require a free registration.

    • Thank you Subir.

      Saudi Arabia should buy that sweet little girl prosthetics for the rest of her life at the very least.

      And the cholera epidemic!

      Yemen’s cholera epidemic is worst on record: Oxfam

      Truly heartbreaking on its own. But to think that American weapons are doing the killing and maiming causes me deep grief.

    • I might be an agnostic, but bless that little innocent girl’s heart. Corporate- backed war (MICC) make me beyond sick!! Any war does it but the corporate-mercenary American brand is the worse! T and R!!

    • The bomb them crowd (which is always their first solution) always forget rule no.1 in war. That the innocent are the first casualties and pay the maximum price before the people that start it.

    • Well Subir…. I would have posted something on DKos in response to your this diary post, but I’m on a time out …. one of those sudden hammers from the sky not related to flagging etc. Just someone from above deciding to accuse me of nonsense, and then not respond to my inquiries about it. SO, if I had been commenting, I would have pointed out that under Obama, these kinds of war atrocities grew immensely. So did spending on the military. Now that would have probably earned me a bojo, as what I now am seeing is a continuation of either ignoring the problem or blaming it all on Trump. Do YOU remember when the Dems were a strong anti-war party? I do. Those days are gone.

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