31 08 2014

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U.S., China, Russia, all now preparing for war

30 08 2014
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In just the three weeks since I gave this talk in New York world war preparations have been escalating.  NATO (U.S. lead of course) is establishing a mobile rapid-deployment strike force using the excuse of Ukraine after having instigated the right-wing neo-fascist coup in Kiev.   The Chinese and Russians are having unprecedented joint war games.   Chinese aircraft near their territories and Russian aircraft flying toward the U.S. have engaged in warning manuevers accompanied by threats.   U.S. nuclear subs have been made more visible in the Pacific and a second U.S. aircraft carrier is now deployed in the region.

The wars ahead are still likely to be proxie wars along with enhanced cyber and covert weapons as well as crippling economic sanctions thus allowing for the avoidance of  direct great power conflicts.   But even so millions more are likely to die in the years ahead and quite literally whole countries are being destroyed.   So far just in recent years — Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Serbia, Chechnya, Ukraine as well as what’s been happening in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Mali, Sudan…

This is the talk I gave on 2 August in New York at this conference of Chinese entrepreneurs, business leaders, and graduate students.

   I’d like to begin with my conclusion:  The greatest challenge of our times is to get our two great countries with such different histories and cultures, the US and China, to work together as allies rather than to be protagonists and adversaries.  For even if we avoid war — which these days can be political, economic, covert, and cyber, as well as military — we have to start using our combined talents and energies for positive purposes, not for conflict preparations.   We can no longer afford to squander our resources preparing for conflict with each other.  Rather we have to use everything we have to jointly and collaboratively fight the grave problems that truly threaten all of us human beings on this small endangered planet.    
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Egyptian Women Strike at Islamic State!

28 08 2014

How tragic that the Egyptian Junta has killed/imprisoned nearly all the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood — the party that just two years ago won both the Presidency and the Parliament — as well as journalists and human rights organizations, but is closely coordinating with Israel to weaken/destroy Hamas and looking the other way (or maybe even encouraging) this gross protest against the Islamic State.

 (Cairo women said to be defecating and menstruating on Islamic State flag)


26 08 2014

Coming from such a prominent Black Man Public Intellectual as Cornell West, this critique, this condemnation, of Barack Obama is truly damning.  All the more so as back in 2008 West was a prominent supporter of Obama!   The year before I was privileged to join West on stage as a speaker, along with Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, at a Princeton University forum on the role of universities in society.

Here’s a taste of what West has just said in an interview about Obama.   The full interview is today at top of

“The thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life.”


25 08 2014

A few years ago Obama’s Presidential opponent was singing “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran” to an old Beach Boys tune.   That bombing campaign is the one Obama has held back…but mostly because of Iranian Strength and counter-weaponry…and only so far.

The Israelis are bomb, bomb, bombing Gaza all with Obama supplied weapons, money, and support.

A few years ago Obama and NATO carried out a long bombing campaign in Libya — and just look at the country today.

Last year Obama was about to start bombing Syria to bring down the Baath-Assad regime long in control there…after fomenting the Syrian civil war but not winning.

Earlier this year the U.S. fomented a putsch in Kiev installing a right-wing neo-fascist regime there which is now bombing/destroying the major cities of eastern Ukraine with US/NATO weapons, money, and support.

Earlier this month Obama started bombing again in Iraq this time to protect the US-sponsored regimes in Baghdad and Kurdistan.

Now Obama is about to bomb in Syria, this time to attack the Islamic forces who our allies were for years financing and arming to bring down Assad and who now have many captured U.S. weapons.

And all along Obama has been expanding the Drone bombings from Yemen to Pakistan and Afghanistan and beyond…even ordering as no President before him the extrajudicial killing of American citizens and family members.

Beyond his smooth but tarnished rhetoric, and whatever his past values as a community organizer and Constitutional Law Professor, Obama has in fact been neo-conned…more on that tomorrow.

Israel Further Escalates Gaza Bombings and Killings

24 08 2014

Remember now, it is the Americans who supply the weapons and money that make what Israel does possible.

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22 08 2014

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The U.S. must constantly have enemies to feed it’s voracious military-industrial complex and satisfy/appease the imperial neo-cons and liberal interventionists.  The U.S. must ever-more manipulate fear at home to keep the power elite, who interconnect with the military-industrial complex, empowered.

The communist bogey-man is gone as is Cold War I.  But the New Pearl Harbor came with 9/11 and the US has again been at hot war ever since, while further ratcheting up fear at home.   In Iraq it was non-existent weapons of mass destruction.  In Afghanistan the Taliban.  In Lebanon it is Hezbollah and in Palestine Hamas and in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood.  In Ukraine it’s Putin.  And in the Pacific it’s China.   A few year ago it was Qaddafi justifying “humanitarian” intervention that lead to the destruction of that country.  Last year in Syria it was chemical weapons with Obama ready to pull the trigger until the British Parliament’s unprecedented no vote.

Reality and propaganda have grown more divergent over the years; plus there is today a new multimedia world thanks to the internet and international non-US cable TV news.   As a result more and more people are aware that in nearly all cases enumerated above it is the Americans themselves who were/are the aggressors, the coup creators, the arms merchants, the oil barons.   In many if not most cases the Americans were allied with, arming/financing in fact, many of the very military groups the U.S. then proclaimed to be the new enemies!

After decades now of massive lies and incessant propaganda at home, not to mention the killing and maiming of literally millions of Muslims and Arabs and the destruction of whole cities and countries, now arises the Islamic State abroad.

Now the U.S. is entering the next phase of the unending war against an enemy it helped create, fund, and arm, as in fact it did Bin-Laden and al-Qaeda years ago.

Now a President so weak and discredited and confused as Obama, who is also facing a potentially disastrous mid-term in November, has been maneuvered into leading the Neo-con-Zionist inspired charge against the Islamic State “cancer”…and the bombs and drones are going to escalate again from Iraq to Syria and beyond…as will the kidnappings, the suiciders, the be-headings, and the escalating fears in the “homeland”.