CIA, Senate and a Constitutional Crisis Resolved (not in favor of the Constitution)

By: Friday July 11, 2014 3:50 pm

The CIA attacks on the Senate, designed to impede, alter or influence the outcome of a report on torture, coupled with a lack of concern from the White House and the Department of Justice, as well as apparently by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee itself, are another example of our new world, a Post-Constitutional America where the old rules of an aging republic no longer apply.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.

In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.

America & Israel: “War is our most important product”

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 1:30 pm

just finished reading an article about how guns and munitions have become Israel’s most important export — and immediately I started thinking, “Hey, that is America’s most important export too!”

Poll: United States Seen As Greatest Threat To World Peace In 2013

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 10:47 am

Once again the United States has topped the list in a world opinion poll as the biggest threat to world peace. Apparently the War On Terror has succeeded in making people terrified of us. The disclosures of NSA’s plan for global information awareness by whistleblower Edward Snowden probably did not help things much either.

Lewis Lapham: Laughing Into Darkness

By: Friday December 20, 2013 4:20 pm

Not being Navajo, there were no “first laugh” ceremonies in my household. But who could forget their child’s first laugh? It’s like having one of the mysteries of life presented to you out of nowhere, right in your own house. That laugh comes from some unknown place deep inside. It may be a response to surprise (peekaboo… now, I’m here, now I’m gone, now I’m back again!) or who knows what, but it’s granted to us, imprinted on us, with a kind of inexpressible joy.

F#&k You Congress: New Website Tells Congress What We’ve Been Collectively Muttering Under Our Breath

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 1:05 pm

At this point it’s not a secret, the 113th United States Congress has a remarkable aptitude for perpetually sucking at life and people are noticing and talking back.

Their message?

Fuck you Congress.

I Didn’t Mean To Write About Trayvon Martin

By: Friday July 12, 2013 9:15 am

America, it hurts my feelings
Each time it’s implied
That we can look the other way
Each time a black boy dies

U.S. and China to Hold Talks on Controlling the Internet

By: Monday June 3, 2013 7:35 am

In response to a reported wave of cybertattacks, the United States and China will be holding talks on how the two countries can create new rules for regulating the internet. The talks will be ongoing and are set to start in July.

Facing Off: The Integration of Capital vs The Integration of Peoples in the Americas

By: Saturday June 1, 2013 12:20 pm

Periods of crisis in capitalism are always a sign that the door is open for change in the world, but at this point, we don’t know in which direction. For that reason it’s very important what [deceased Venezuelan president Hugo] Chávez told us: study, reflect, and comprehend reality in order to be able to change it.

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