In the West, we pride ourselves on being more free than those in the so-called less developed countries. However, we have not really considered whether this freedom is as all encompassing as we would have others believe. Restrictions on our freedom start in our youth. The limits to our freedom are not overt. They are implied
A recent report by Newsweek magazine that Israel has spied on the United States at "an alarming level" and has done so "more than any other ally does" raises a very serious issue concerning how much Israel has betrayed America. the case of Israel's espionage on the U.S. is only one among different problems which damaged American national interests
Imagine the feeling an American might get listening at peak volume to Queen's "We are the Champions and We will Rock You" while driving down the main street of Sevastopol, Crimea--Federation of Russia-home to the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea flotilla. More on that later. There are no tanks, no armored vehicles, no soldiers or police
I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply cannot be found in any words or deeds emanating from Washington or the capitals of its European vassal states. The Western World has succumbed to evil
What a black, tragic irony. Just two months ago, on the eleventh anniversary of the (illegal) invasion of Iraq, the Guardian (1) reminded that the mass slaughter, the incineration of swathes of towns, cities and the use of US-UK weapons of mass destruction was not about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, but about oil.
Filtration camps for civilians, innocent civilians burned alive in buildings, civilians being attacked by an illegal government with military hardware, cluster bombs and white phosphorous being dropped in civilian areas, women and children murdered, arbitrary abuse and detention of journalists.
Native American veterans will tell you: "You can't wake up a man who is pretending to be asleep". Well, these days the entire mainstream media, subservient to the ruling elite are pretending to be asleep, while human rights of veterans are being violated in a blatant and barbarous manner
The enemy is engaged in massive bombardment of Kramatorsk, using howitzers at the Karachun Mount and in the vicinity of water purifications facilities between Slavyansk and Kramatorsk (they have a stronghold there. There are numerous casualties and fires in the city. They are bombarding both the industrial sector and the residential neighbourhoods.
I would argue that America's slaughter in Vietnam was a genuine genocide, the greatest of the post-war period, but even if you do not grant the word genocide in this case, it remains still the greatest mass murder since World War II. About three million were killed, mostly civilians, often in horrible fashion as with napalm
America's legal system will work harder to permit, promote, and perpetuate injustice and cover up the truth than it will to permit, promote, and perpetuate justice and reveal the truth. Property rights will always trump human rights
The current crisis in Ukraine requires a long-term solution. If I were the president of Ukraine, I would propose a two-pronged solution which the opposing forces both inside and outside Ukraine have so far been unwilling to accept, as the crisis has continued and worsened to the present tragedy of insurgency and counter-insurgency
To be credible, to be respectable, to have any degree of substance, a policy must be coherent, based upon generally held precepts which strike a chord with the hearts and minds of the majority of the citizens in the international community. Since 1991, western foreign policy has been increasingly incongruent, intrusive and interfering.