DON MCINTOSH – Thereâ€™s a top-down class war under way, but unlike the 1930s, when thugs shot workers on strike picket lines, todayâ€™s business organizations are using â€œhired gunâ€ lobbyists in state capitols, to rewrite the laws â€” all of them â€” in their favor. Thatâ€™s the basic argument made by political scientist Gordon Lafer in his new book The One Percent Solution:â€ˆHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.
Category: May 2017
This Is Whatâ€™s Really Behind North Koreaâ€™s Nuclear Provocations
BRUCE CUMINGS – Itâ€™s easy to dismiss Kim Jong-un as a madman. But thereâ€™s a long history of US aggression against the North, which we forget at our peril.
US Support of Saudi Attacks on Yemen Must Cease
KATHY KELLY – The U.S. has decidedly taken the side of the Saudi-led coalition. Consider a Reuters report, on April 19, 2017, after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with senior Saudi officials. According to the report, U.S. officials said â€œU.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition was discussed including what more assistance the United States could provide, including potential intelligence supportâ€¦â€ The Reuters report notes that Mattis believes â€œIran’s destabilizing influence in the Middle East would have to be overcome to end the conflict in Yemen, as the United States weighs increasing support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting there.â€
Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles
ADAM JOHNSON – As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to rise, one think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has become a ubiquitous voice on the topic of missile defense, providing Official-Sounding Quotes to dozens of reporters in Western media outlets. All of these quotes speak to the urgent threat of North Korea and how important the United Statesâ€™s deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system is to South Korea.
Gorbachev: It Was Worse Than This, and We Fixed It
DAVID SWANSON – On Friday, May 12, in Moscow I and a group from the United States met with former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. He said the current relationship between Washington and Moscow alarmed him. But, he said, it is possible to rebuild trust. â€œWe had a situation that was worse, but we were able to rebuild trust. And people-to-people contacts helped to rebuild trust.â€
Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump-Harbinger of the Collapse of the Entire Industry?
HARVEY WASSERMAN – The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse.
The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker
WILLIAM D. HARTUNG – Never has a society spent more for less.
What If He’s Not an Idiot?
JOHN ATCHESON – Itâ€™s worth considering what we are not talking about as we watch the political pornography of the Trump Administration play out and also how the focus on Russia undercuts the Democratic Party. In other words, what if this is exactly what Trump intended when he fired Comey? Itâ€™s worth remembering Trumpâ€™s mentor was Roy Cohn, who was a master at controlling the narrative and one of his favorite techniques was to change the subject with an in-your-face outrage of one kind or another.
Cherokee Nation Lawsuit Holds Drug Distributors Accountable for Opioid Diversion
KARLA JO HELMS – Prescription opioid overdose deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives have increased nearly four-fold since 1999. Novus Medical Detox Center believes a new Cherokee Nation lawsuit against opioid distributors may be the first of many.
Killer Drones Take Another Step Into the Mainstream
NORMAN SOLOMON – No longer will the pilots who steer drones and fire missiles while staring at computer screens be confined to remote areas like the Nevada desert. With scant public information or debate, sizable American communities are becoming enmeshed in drone warfare on other continents. Along the way, how deeply will we understand â€” in human terms â€” what the drone war is doing to people far away? And to us?
Portland, Ore., Becomes First Major U.S. City to End All New Investment in Corporations
MELISSA HELLMANN – To avoid doing business with socially irresponsible corporations, the city is willing to lose investment incomeâ€”about $4.5 million a year.
Needed: A Public Plan for Peace
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – The American will to wage war â€” endless war, pointless war, total war â€” is, I fear, impervious to public opinion and even political action. It remains alive deep in the underground bunker of American militarism, protected from sanity. This goes beyond the staying power of our loser generals, who have ever freer rein in the Trump administration to expand the war games of the 21st century. There is a quiet determination among those who serve the god of war â€” or so it seems â€” to engage in, and presumably win, a nuclear war.
Oil Price Collapse is â€˜Permanentâ€™; Analyst Says Fossil Fuel has had Its Day
JILLIAN AMBROSE – The latest collapse of the oil market is the harbinger of a global energy revolution which could spell the end-game for fossil fuels. These theories were laughable less than a decade ago when oil prices grazed highs of more than $140 a barrel. But the burn out of the oil industry is approaching quicker than was first thought, and the most senior leaders within the industry are beginning to take note.
The Crash of Cassini and the Nuclearization of Space
KARL GROSSMAN – Despite protests around the world, the Cassini space probeâ€”containing more deadly plutonium than had ever been used on a space deviceâ€”was launched 20 years ago. And this past weekendâ€”on Earth Dayâ€”the probe and its plutonium were sent crashing into Saturn.
Hunger Strike Begins in Rural Oregon
PRESS RELEASE – ICEâ€™s attempt to break strike greeted with resistance in Oregon.