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When the future history of the United States is written, there will be a separate chapter written for the period between September 11,2001 and this week when Osama Bin Laden was shot. Ladies and gentlemen, whether we like it or not, we are all present here at an entirely new chapter… Read full post »
Old new lefty was an internet pioneer yesterday when I was the first person to say that the Pakistani government had to be up to its eyeballs in sheltering Osama Bin Laden. Monitoring what I can in Mexico, this line appears to be common currency now. But the question with the… Read full post »
Having just listened to the President's official announcement, it's obvious to me that the most important thing besides finding Bin Laden is actually dead, is that Pakistan no longer felt a need to harbor the man. Pakistan has played both sides of the road ever since it was forced to choose… Read full post »
It's one of those times when I don't have a single big thing to write about, but there's lots of little but important things going on that need your attention.
Barack Obama From the video of the San Francisco fundraiser where the protesters paid $76,000 to sing a song defendi… Read full post »
Recent reports that Syrian dictator Basher Assad has increased repression in that country by firing on demonstrators across the country with live ammunition, in many cases where people were protesting at funerals cannot be happy news for the Jasmine Revolution. In many respects, Syria is absolu… Read full post »
The open call for memoirs on peoples' experiences with the Bay of Pigs incident is very curious if examined only in isolation. However, if we think of history as a vast collection of cycles, with roughly equivalent hills and valleys over time, then perhaps, the time has come. Perhaps 1962… Read full post »
The first thing I said to myself today was that writing this column would be like shooting fish in a barrel. If there's anything today that's contributing more to our collective ruination as a species -- it is all that hot money sloshing around in the world. We survived the Crash… Read full post »
I sure do wish that I was a fly on that wall today. Perptually orange John Boehner was paid a visit today from representatives of the financial houses in Wall Street. Speaker of the House Boner asked the reps how long the Congress could hold out in negotiating on the national… Read full post »
Up until recently, I've deliberately avoided paying any attention to the follies taking place in Washington, DC with the current session of Congress, what with the House dominated by Republicans and Tea Party fanatics. However a recent interview given by Randall Ray, a distinguished economics p… Read full post »
I was watching a TED. com presentation on China and I went to bed. At 2:30 I woke up, and something came to me. You know how it is. For I don't know how long, I've been looking at the future -- what lies ahead. Usually I'm wrong, but sometimes I… Read full post »
When we look at the TV, and see the latest news from the Middle East we can think that there's been accurate reporting on the goings on of the Jasmine Revolution. And yet you should hardly need a reminding that the more you watch TV, the less you know. Right now,… Read full post »
How's the weather in Chicago? Sure hope you're getting as much of the good stuff as I am in Baja, but I doubt it. You just gotta be patient and it'll happen. But that's not why I'm writing. I know that you might have done some freelancing for Mayor… Read full post »
If General Electric and the Defense Department had their way, Egypt would be well on its way towards transforming itself into yet another Pakistan. Under bad old US imperatives, the new big dog in charge would be Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tanami, the next Hosni Mubarak. … Read full post »
When the future history of Saudi Arabia is written, perhaps a significant chapter will start with the date of March 11, 2011. That is the date that Facebook and Twitter users have called for demonstrations in the capital city of Riyadh and other places to demand changes in the governmenta… Read full post »
Reading Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward made me want to tear out my hair. I kept saying the same things over and over again. "This is crazy." , " Jesus H. Christ!", and stuff like that. I've read other books by Woodward, and they really give you that fly on the… Read full post »
Who would have thought that a government grant from the W Administration would have such legs and inspire Tunisia, Egypt, Madison, and Libya? But it did. In 2002 the US Institute for Peace funded a 189 page book by a 30 year US Army veteran for the Albert Einstein Institute. &n… Read full post »
To some extent, the conservatives are right. The 1950s can be seen as a more innocent time, and certainly part of the reason for nostalgia for those years was that it was before 1963 when everything changed. Anyone in my age cohort has to be interested in the events surrounding Dallas… Read full post »
The Guardian newspaper of London reported today that Vice President Omar Suleiman threatened that an enormous Egyptian protest march on the Presidential Palace on Friday could lead to a military coup if the protesters don't accept Suleiman's terms for a timetable on transitioning the government.
The… Read full post »
There's a lot of excitement to be sure, in the coverage of the events of Cairo. And there's a lot of uncertainty as to what's going to happen next on the streets. But curiously, the longer term vision of the Egyptian government is becoming clearer as it emerges from the… Read full post »
The dominoes are falling faster than anyone could have ever imagined. First, there was Tunisia. Now there's Egypt. Jordan, Sudan, and Yemen are in the background, but one must assume that the temperature on the streets of Amman, Khartoum, and San'A are getting hotter every day. … Read full post »
I see a lot of hope and fear from America when it looks at the citizens of Egypt taking to the streets to fight for freedom and democracy. The people who see hope in the average Egyptian's struggles for a more just and open government are responding to their hopes for… Read full post »
The president's State of the Union speech was an attempt to make the best of a bad situation. The Republicans are solidly in control of the House, and the Democrats are already waffling on their resolve to do something about the filibuster. The 112th Congress is for all purposes an electi… Read full post »
There's no limit as to how far a man can go if he doesn't care who gets the credit.
I'm feeling as if I was Barack Obama today. I dropped yet another pebble in the pond, and I think something wonderful will happen in a couple of years. It… Read full post »
History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymnes.
If Jerod Loughner had walked into the Safeway and started shooting people instead, we'd be looking at an entirely different universe today. His crime could have been equally horrific in terms of the body count, and the world would no do… Read full post »
Ghassan Elashi or Mohamed El-Mezain are not names that are associated with the Tucson, AZ shootings, but they should be. These men and three others were prosecuted and convicted by the US District Court in Texas for aiding and abetting terrorism through their administration of the Holy Land Fou… Read full post »
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