Tag Archive | US

British Democracy: Living in Fear, Kept in the Dark


Earlier this year, I watched the BBC’s main political debate programme that allows an audience of members of the public to put questions to a panel of politicians and so-called experts. Syria was on the agenda. A member of the panel referred to the Syrian rebels as ‘freedom fighters’. Within a few minutes, all panel […]

Empire and Its Consequences


by Robert C. Koehler Ever notice the way certain basic human values quietly transform into their opposite on their way to becoming national policy? At the human level, the immorality of murder is fundamental, and most people understand the insanity of armed hatred. Keeping these dark forces under wraps is essential to the existence of […]

Another fine mess NATO has got us into


Can anyone still make a good argument in favour of NATO? Even ardent interventionists, chomping at the bit to assert Western military dominance over the globe, must be beginning to doubt the worth of this perennially panicking mob of confused military powers. At its members’ emergency meeting in Brussels last week, following the accidental shelling […]

American Empire: A Disaster on Autopilot


The discrediting of US military power by Tom Engelhardt   Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century. You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism — think of it as the real “American Century” — from World War I to the end of the Cold War, […]

The Make-Believe Crisis in Iran


More Lies and Misinformation Weekend Edition October 5-7, 2012   by PATRICK FOY What if the White House were deliberately misleading America and the world about a major foreign policy issue involving war and peace, would it not be something worth investigating? What if, on top of that, the US Congress and Senate were going […]

L’autunno anti-americano dopo la primavera araba


L’assassinio brutale dell’ambasciatore statunitense Chris Stevens e di altri tre diplomatici statunitensi a Bengasi, culla della rivolta anti-Gheddafi in Libia, indica l’estremamente improvvida politica estera degli Stati Uniti negli ultimi anni. I commentatori e gli esperti sono impegnati alla ricerca di un movente per l’intervento dei teppisti. Si tratta dell”Innocenza dei musulmani’, un film mediocre, […]

Anti-American Autumn Follows the Arab Spring


Beyond the manipulations underlying the film “Innocence of Muslims” and the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, the emotions and violence that have rocked North Africa and the Middle East are the direct consequences of a strategy. Washington has opened a Pandora’s box and now must weather the storms it has itself unleashed. Unfortunately, […]

Declining US doctor visits: A product of social decay and the assault on health care


4 October 2012 The US Census Bureau reported this week that between 2001 and 2010, the average number of doctor visits by individuals aged 18 to 64 fell by nearly 20 percent, from 4.8 visits to 3.9 visits. The report is the latest evidence of a sharp decline in access to health care for millions […]