Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The U.S. Government and Corporate Media: How They Work Hand in Glove

THE U.S. CORPORATE MEDIA IS INCAPABLE OF PRESENTING AN ACCURATE PICTURE OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE MID-EAST: Glenn Greenwald just co-authored an article that demonstrates how the well-known Los Angeles Times journalist Ken Dilanian (now with AP) routinely agreed to write articles to the liking of the CIA and actually cleared them with the agency and rewrite them if necessary before going to print in return for exclusive access to information. If this is true, shouldn’t the journalists lose his license and shouldn’t AP fire him immediately?

Friday, September 26, 2014


At this point does anybody doubt that ISIS has the resources and willpower and is ruthless and deceptive enough to have used chemical weapons in Syria last year and then blame the Assad government? The United States came close to bombing Syria after accusing the Assad government of employing chemical weapons. Why doesn’t the corporate media revisit that incident in light of what we now know about ISIS? Conclusion: If you want critical analysis, you’re not going to get it from the corporate media.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bombardment of Syria is a flagrant violation of international law

WHAT IS OBAMA BRAGGING ABOUT WHEN HE TALKS OF THE “COALITION” THAT IS PARTICIPATING IN THE BOMBARDMENT OF SYRIA?  Obama stated today: “America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes clear to the world that this is not just America’s fight alone.” Who are these five governments? Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain. Not a democratic one among them. The government of Bahrain is notorious for its violation of human rights. The Obama administration blames the Syrian government for the ISIS’ positions in the country’s north: “The Syrian regime has shown that it cannot and will not confront these very safe havens effectively itself,” How incredibly deceptive. The U.S. has provided material support for those who are lodged in those “safe havens.” It hasn’t been for lack of effort or interest that the Syrian government hasn’t been able to defeat these rebels, but rather because of the outside interference by Washington and its allies (hardly any of which can be considered democratic). The U.S. decision to bomb Syria without requesting permission from the Syrian government is a flagrant violation of international law.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Naomi Klein, in her recent book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” makes the point that “the right is right,” that is to say that the right has its act together, unlike many liberals. The right realized from the outset that the real solutions to global change clashed with their anti-statist, laissez faire philosophy and from there they embraced the position of global warming denial. Liberals, on the other hand, believe that combating global warming can be a win-win situation with corporations actually benefiting and creating jobs in the process. Klein convincingly argues that combating global change implies combating capitalist interests, if not capitalism itself.


Washington is poised to bomb ISIS positions in northern Syria. Given the fact that ISIS is a deadly enemy of the Assad government, why doesn’t the U.S. simply request permission from Damascus to bomb ISIS? U.S. public opinion was opposed to any kind of intervention in Iraq. ISIS’s horrific killing of two U.S. journalists has something to do with the recent shift in public opinion. But it’s also testimony to the effectiveness of the monolithic U.S. media that, following in the footsteps of William Henry Hearst (whose papers blamed Spain for the sinking of the Maine without any evidence whatsoever), is an expert at beating the war drums.