Is there a ‘drone’ in your future?

Is there a “drone” in your future? Indubitably!

What’s a drone? The first definition of a drone is a male honeybee that has no sting and gathers no honey. Then there’s the definition of a parasite that lives on the labors of others. The drone I’m wondering about coming soon into all our lives is an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control. Indubitably.

What’s indubitably? That means something that’s too evident to even be doubted.

In Afghanistan, and especially in Pakistan, and Yemen where the U.S. is supposedly not at war, remote controlled drone aircraft have been doing a lot of the war’s “heavy lifting,” that is killing targets without even the possibility of casualties by U.S. military forces. In war terms, that’s like going to Heaven without having to die. Continue reading

What are American soldiers thinking?

What are American military personnel thinking when they land on foreign shores–especially in Islamic countries–to fight?

Such a question is relevant today because the behavior of U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years would embarrass a nation of savages, and is certainly unbecoming of the world’s only military super power.

The latest disgrace involves U.S troops burning several copies of the Muslim Holy Quran at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The burnings sent throngs of protesters to the streets and military bases, some chanting, “Death to America.” Continue reading

Libya: Mafia ‘hit’ not a rebellion

I think I’ve figured out what really happened in Libya over the last seven months or so. This was a Western European “Mob Hit,” like in the gangster movies, and it was carried out in broad open daylight, with full media coverage–and Al Jazeera was in the lead to give the takedown the air of diplomatic legitimacy.

It was a “thug operation” pulled off by NATO, and sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and those Libyan so-called “rebels” are not independent, freedom-loving, “patriots.” They are not even “clients” of NATO. They are nothing more than “employees” who can be hired or fired by NATO. They are the real “mercenaries” in this scenario, and their every move is bought paid for by the Western European powers. Continue reading

USA-9/11: Ten years of endless war

Like most people in this country I remember distinctly what I was doing on September 11, 2001. I was on my way back from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. I was sitting in BJ’s at the Johannesburg airport–that’s tucked between the “Juicy Lucy” and the “Chicken Licken” franchises there. The South Africans seemed to have perfected the U.S. gimmick of cutesy names for food franchise business names…but I digress.

I saw something on a nearby television monitor that made me spring to my feet. It was about 3:30 p.m. local time–9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time–and it was a Tuesday. Over and over again CNN was showing an airplane crashing into the World Trade Center. Panic and confusion were the order of the day, soon even in South Africa. Continue reading

Rupert Murdoch’s just deserts

Billionaire-bully, publisher, king-maker, right-wing ideologue Rupert Murdoch may be on the verge of getting some of what’s coming to him for his unconscionable and immoral behavior in the business arena.

Murdoch may soon be frog-marched into a British court, where lawyers and judges wear powdered wigs, just as European men began doing in the 17th Century when King Louis XIII started going bald. Several of the top officials of his media empire have already been arrested, a top editor of his Wall Street Journal in this country has resigned, and rather than face the music, recently, Murdoch shuttered a 168-year-old newspaper–News of the World, the largest circulated newspaper in the United Kingdom, with 2.6 million readers per week–because of the widening scandal, which has already embarrassed Prime Minister David Cameron and tarnished the reputation of the vaunted Scotland Yard, where Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson resigned from his position, skulking away with his tail between his legs.

Some rich folks think they are above the law. Continue reading

Popular lies about Libya

When it comes to news about Libya, absolutely no one can be trusted.

When I say “no one” I expect to be included in that count because what I’ve got to say about the subject runs counter to what the U.S. government and its NATO allies have to say; runs counter to what is reported every day in the U.S. corporate-owned media; and is even contrary to what is reported by so-called “progressive” news outlets like Al Jazeera English, and even Pacifica Radio’s Free Speech Radio News.

I came to the conclusion that absolutely everybody has gotten into the tank on this one, when I saw two particular stories last week. I won’t even deal with the corporate-owned media lies about Libya because I am convinced that if their lips are moving when they are reporting a story about Libya, they’re lying. Continue reading

Bibi and Barry

The recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to Washington and his White House visit with President Barack “Barry” Obama made for an interesting mating ritual, if you will.

The “special relationship” between the U.S. and Israel was reaffirmed, but not before some icy stares and sharp words were exchanged between the two leaders.

Netanyahu has some distinct advantages. He is fluent in English, while Obama speaks little, if any Hebrew. In some American circles the Prime Minister is more popular than the President. Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress received only 25 standing ovations, while Netanyahu’s speech before the same body received 29 such rounds of applause.

It’s kind of reminiscent of President Herbert Hoover’s standing in 1930. When baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth was asked by a reporter what he thought of his yearly salary of $80,000 (equivalent to $1.05 million in current dollars) being more than President Hoover’s $75,000. The Bambino responded: “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” Continue reading

Africa, meet COINTELPRO

The cat is now finally out of the bag. U.S. CIA operatives are operating in Libya.

Africa, meet COINTELPRO.

It has long been know that the United States appropriated more than $150 million to finance covert operations to bring about regime change in Iran. But for the last few years this country and Europe‘s major partners–Italy, France, the United Kingdom–had been making nice with Libya. Full diplomatic relations had been restored, embassies opened, full ambassadors exchanged, presidential visits.

For its part Libya renounced its interests in acquiring weapons of mass destruction, and in an internationally supervised process destroyed its capacity to manufacture WMD. Libya also compensated victims of the Lockerbie airline sabotage over Scotland, and stepped back from meddling in Middle East affairs, in favor of greater engagement in Africa.

But Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi (there are at least 400 English language spellings of his name based on transliteration from the Arabic, and I just prefer sticking with the Old School 1990s official Libyan spelling, by the way) has remained in power, seeking to become an African transformative figure in the mold of his North African, socialist neighbor and mentor Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser, and West African icon, former Ghanaian President Osageyfo Kwame Nkrumah. Continue reading

Free The Cuban Five

Imagine an espionage defendant convicted of a crime in which no classified documents or information was compromised. Now, imagine five such defendants.

Imagine a group of pro-Castro Cubans standing trial for espionage, in Miami, Florida, of all places, where hundreds of thousands of anti-Castro, Cuban exiles reside. There is an African proverb which describes their plight: “In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins his case.”

Imagine such a Kangaroo Court where the principles of law and justice are disregarded and perverted, but just to make sure things go their way, the government made extensive payments to Miami journalists covering the trial of the five men, in order to manipulate public opinion against the defendants.

Sounds like a Banana Republic, and not the Good Old U.S. of A., doesn’t it? Continue reading

Intervention by any other name

Imagine for a few moments what political life must have been like in Antebellum America. As the Civil War erupted, high ranking politicians abandoned the “Unionist” side and joined the Rebels. A former member of Congress became President of the new Confederate States of America.

The Rebels had their own flag–The Stars and Bars–which was distinct from the American flag–Old Glory, The Stars and Stripes.

Soon, some of the finest graduates of the U.S. Military Academy were casting their lots with the insurgents. Indeed, President Abraham Lincoln’s first choice to command the Union Army–Gen. Robert E. Lee–defected to lead the Rebel Army in its campaign against his native land, against the Constitution he had sworn to defend.

The traitorous Rebels hoped that Britain and France–where they shipped much of the cotton they produced with free labor from millions of African slaves–would support their cause by restricting the Union Navy’s ability to control the shipping lanes. They wanted an Allied “No Sea Zone,” if you will. Continue reading