Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Friday, March 23, 2018

A Pro-Trump “Coup” Could Turn A Government Media Agency Into A “Propaganda Machine”

Whistleblowers allege that top staffers at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees U.S. government-backed news outlets around the world, plotted to illegally replace the BBG’s CEO in an effort to slant the agency’s coverage in a manner more favorable to President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a letter from the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

March 22, 2018

General Endorses Iran Deal, Defying Trump

The Iranian nuclear deal is still in the best interests of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday, going against President Donald Trump’s claim that it’s a “terrible” agreement. US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told a Senate panel he shared the views of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

March 14, 2018

Are We Losing Mexico? And Canada?

The United States under President Trump has been retreating from leadership roles in Asia and Europe. Closer to home, his hot rhetoric about trade with Mexico and Canada is propelling our neighbors to start pulling away. Two truths here: One is that the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement — a three-country deal — have flowed in all directions.

March 1, 2018
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

LOL: Kellyanne Conway Claims Trump Enhanced U.S. Global Prestige

As for the nation’s standing, the most recent Gallup survey shows just 30 percent approval for the United States’ role on the global stage. That’s down from 48 percent under President Obama, and “the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago.”

February 26, 2018

There’s A Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Asia: The Plight Of The Rohingya

Relief workers for International agencies sit with me in Dhaka (Bangladesh). They are talking about the difficulties faced by the Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the past several months. Over 650,000 people from the Rohingya community came into Bangladesh since August 25 of last year.

January 16, 2018

Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

January 4, 2018

For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined By War

War is defined by noise. It is earthshattering. The sounds of exploding bombs and gunfire, of screams and pain: these are the aural coordinates of battlefields. The modern battlefield is not defined by remoteness. The new battlefield is often in the middle of a city, where fighters of all kinds move between destroyed houses to capture streets and hold neighborhoods.

January 2, 2018

Pope Francis Calls 2017 A ‘Wasted’ Year Of Death, Lies

Speaking at an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope said humanity had “wasted and wounded” the past year “in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices.” Francis singled out wars as the biggest sign of “unrepentant and absurd pride,” but said there were many other offenses that led to “human, social and environmental degradation.”

January 1, 2018

Global Tax War Threatens Living Standards

The Trump bill, which reads like a wish list for Goldman Sachs and its clients, has already triggered an aggressive “race to the bottom” in international corporate tax rates, rules and regulations. It is the exact opposite of his campaign promise to help the middle class.

December 26, 2017

How Trump And Tillerson Trashed The State Department

Rex Tillerson, fossil fuel magnate-turned-diplomat, has proved a bust in his first—and last—year as Secretary of State. It is true that the former Exxon CEO has the burden of working for a man he once described as a “moron” (make that a “f**king moron”) in the White House.

December 23, 2017

Will Trump Start A Nuclear War With North Korea?

Given the improbable events of the past two years, it is almost impossible for anything to happen that would really surprise the American people. They could, however, wake up any morning to a horrific shock: mushroom clouds billowing on the Korean Peninsula.

December 18, 2017

How Trump Will Blow Up Kushner’s Peace Deal

That’s a question one asks all too often about the president. But the contradiction between President Donald Trump’s expected announcement that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — at the very same time his son-in-law is trying to concoct the “ultimate” deal between Israelis and Palestinians — is downright schizoid.

December 6, 2017

Should Trump Be Able To Start A Nuclear War?

Every home should have some essential items around in case of a disaster or another emergency — including canned goods, bottled water, spare batteries and a first-aid kit. But in 2017, every American should also have at hand an answer to one question: What would you do if you had only half an hour to live?

November 17, 2017
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Congress Is Reviewing Trump’s Nuclear Authority

The U.S. military is “obligated” to prevent President Donald Trump from launching a nuclear strike against North Korea if it deems the order to be illegal, the former head of U.S. Strategic Command said Monday during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

November 15, 2017

A Trove Of Leaked Documents Reveal How The Wealthy Stash Their Cash Overseas

“Here we are again with another leak and new revelations,” says Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent Frederik Obermaier, one of the two reporters who received the Paradise Papers from an anonymous source. The leaks detail the massive sums of money parked in some 25,000 companies headquartered for tax reasons…

November 8, 2017
Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

Trump ‘Not Invited’ To Paris Climate Summit

Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting carbon emissions in June. The pact calls for capping global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and 1.5 C if possible.

November 8, 2017

The Big Banks Are Committing Major Crimes Against Our Climate

At the start of next week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.N.’s negotiating body on climate change, will meet in Germany to discuss next steps after the historic agreement by 195 countries to curb global climate change to 1.5° Celsius, or 2° at most—an agreement whose only logical conclusion is that the world cannot afford expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

November 3, 2017
Trump, Enemy

Trump Slumps In Poll Rating World Leaders

Trump came in second place with 37 percent in the poll compiled by the Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultant agency, in its Signal newsletter. The president has the lowest approval rating of any president in U.S. history, and experts say it’s his own fault.

October 26, 2017

Bannon Foreign Policy Replete With Contradictions

Speaking at the Hudson Institute for a forum on countering Islamic terrorism, Bannon outlined what he said was the philosophy behind Trump’s increased use of the military and spy agencies in Syria and Iraq, his alliances with the region’s dynasties and military leaders—as long as they oppose ISIS and Iran—and Trump’s unbridled threats to other foes.

October 26, 2017

Network And Cable News Ignore Rohingya Plight In Primetime

The Myanmar government’s military forces are conducting ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population — an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar — through systematic violence and expulsion.

October 19, 2017
Callista Gingrich

Gingrich Wife Confirmed To Vatican Embassy

The next US ambassador to the Vatican is no veteran diplomat: Callista Gingrich is the third wife of Newt Gingrich, the former leader of the 1990s Republican revolution who has reaped rewards for backing Donald Trump.

October 18, 2017

Joe Biden Says Donald Trump Makes The World Dangerous

Former Vice President Joe Biden took aim at Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the president “doesn’t understand governance” and claimed that one European prime minister had told him that the mogul reminds him of Mussolini, the Italian Fascist.

October 18, 2017

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017
Bob Corker

Jousting With Trump Online, Senator Calls White House A ‘Daycare Center’

The highly unusual exchange seemed to come out of nowhere on a rainy Sunday morning that Trump began in the White House before skies cleared and he headed to a nearby golf course. Corker, a respected moderate who once supported Trump, has emerged in recent months as one of the president’s most outspoken Republican critics.

October 9, 2017

The Breakthrough: How A Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In The Olympics

In the spring of 2016, a Russian government chemist named Grigory Rodchenkov sat across from Rebecca Ruiz of The New York Times and gave her the kind of scoop journalists dream of. He told Ruiz and her colleague Michael Schwirtz how he helped orchestrate the covert distribution of steroids to dozens of the country’s top athletes.

October 8, 2017