WAR CRIMES - As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, human rights groups have gathered evidence of Russian atrocities against civilians — including executions, rapes, and mass murder.
American Militarism, a Persistent Malady
GUEST COMMENTARY - I recently participated in a commemoration of Martin Luther King's address "Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence," originally delivered on April 2, 1967, at New York City's Riverside Church.
Who Speaks For The World?
UNITED NATIONS - Russia’s brutal war upon the nation of Ukraine should remind us that, for thousands of years, great powers have used their military might to launch military assaults upon smaller, weaker societies.
Beyond Deterrence: The Threat of Nuclear War
NUCLEAR EQUATION - While the invasion of Ukraine is a body blow to worldwide hopes for peace, it is still an opportunity to reassess establishment thinking about nuclear deterrence.
Looking for Ukraine “Good Guys”?
WAR WATCH - US Americans, as products of television and Hollywood, want good guys and bad guys.
HISTORY REPEATS - In 1954 one of the greatest frauds in US politics culminated in 36 days of televised hearings.
Can Two Ex-California Governors Stop World War III?
RUSSIA / UKRAINE WAR - I must be getting old. Jerry Brown is starting to make sense to me. Arnold Schwarzenegger is sounding like an international statesman.
Make Peace, Not War, in Ukraine
WAR WATCH - Russia launched its massive invasion of Ukraine on February 24 flagrantly violating the most fundamental norm of international law—
Jamaicans Reject Visit from Royal Family and Demand Slave Reparations
THE ROYALS - As Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, prepare for a trip to Jamaica, many well-known leaders in the country are demanding an apology and slave reparations from Great Britain who once colonized the Caribbean country, according to the Associated Press.
Cold War: Even Worse Than The Original
GUEST COMMENTARY - In 2003, General David Petraeus asked “tell me how does this end”—the most memorable quote from the Iraq War.
Is It Time For NATO To Enter The Russian-Ukrainian Fray?
GUEST COMMENTARY - It is hard to describe the excruciatingly painful destruction Putin is inflicting on Ukraine.
An Engagement Moment For The US And China
WAR WATCH - One of the more interesting developments in Putin’s war on Ukraine is the retreat of China from full-fledged support of Russia.
How A ‘No-Fly Zone’ Could Lead To Nuclear War
NUCLEAR WAR - In response to the rising brutality of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, some Americans say they support making Ukrainian airspace a “no-fly zone” for Russian war planes.
$100 Fill-ups in Our Future. But, Will Green Energy Save Us?
THE DOCTOR IS IN - An interesting memory during my Planning/Transportation Days at the MVCC (Mar Vista Community Council) haunts me still:
Journalism And Truth Telling In Wartime
JOURNALISTS AT WAR - Brent Renaud. Marina Ovsyannikova. One a US filmmaker killed by Russian troops on March 13 while working on a documentary about refugees. The other, an editor-producer on Russian state TV’s Channel One who dramatically interrupted a news broadcast to hold aloft a sign denouncing Putin’s war. She was immediately arrested.
Covering War Without Prejudice
GUEST COMMENTARY - War’s grim reality is recognizable wherever it occurs.
Waltzing Toward Armageddon with the Merchants of Death
MILITARY COMPLEX - The Cold War, from 1945 to 1989, was a wild Bacchanalia for arms manufacturers, the Pentagon, the CIA, the diplomats who played one country off another on the world’s chess board, and the global corporations able to loot and pillage by equating predatory capitalism with freedom.
How the US Congress Should Respond to What Zelensky Asks For
UKRAINE WAR - All eyes are on Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zalensky as he is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress Wednesday via video link at the U.S. Capitol.
Will California’s Fossil Fuel Industry Use the Ukraine War to Undermine Oil and Gas Legislation?
OIL PRODUCTION - The shock to the global financial system from the Russia-Ukraine war isn’t only driving up the cost of gasoline in the U.S., but also raising the price of gas to heat homes,
Putting Israel To Shame Will Be Bennett’s Legacy
WORLD WATCH - Bennett’s journey to Moscow was bound to fail from the onset; but for Bennett, who thought the trip would provide him an opportunity to show statesmanship, instead it sadly revealed his shortsightedness and self-indulgence.
A No-Fly Zone – Where and When
WAR WATCH - Putin may not quite be Hitler, but he is using der Fuhrer’s playbook.