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Beyond Racism, Immigrant Mass Detention Is All About Profit

    Beyond Racism, Immigrant Mass Detention Is All About Profit

BELLINGHAM, WA – While Donald Trump’s stepped-up repression of unauthorized migrants has been touted as a “get tough” policy meant to stem a flood of “animals” affiliated with transnational criminal groups, his draconian policies remain unlikely to deter desperate asylum-seekers from seeking entry to the United States. Instead, family separations and arbitrary prosecution and incarcerations…

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Israel Pushes FIFA To Punish Argentina Over Solidarity with Palestine

    Israel Pushes FIFA To Punish Argentina Over Solidarity with Palestine

BUENOS AIRES – With the backing of the Israeli Football Association (IFA), Comtec, an Israeli production company, has announced that it will send a delegation to FIFA headquarters Switzerland and push for the Argentinian football team to be removed from the upcoming World Cup in retaliation for the recent decision of Argentina’s Football Association to…

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Don’t Call It Fake News! Facebook to Fully Fund Streaming Mainstream News Shows

    Don’t Call It Fake News! Facebook to Fully Fund Streaming Mainstream News Shows

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA – Facebook is pressing its ongoing offensive against “fake news” with a novel idea: it will fully shoulder the costs of producing what it claims are “high quality” news shows by a handful of mainstream media outlets. In so doing, it hopes to kill three birds with one stone: please the traditional…

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In Face of US Threats, Iranians I Met Remain Calm and Confident in Their Strength

    In Face of US Threats, Iranians I Met Remain Calm and Confident in Their Strength

TEHRAN, IRAN — The look on people’s faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit…

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Trump Scraps North Korea Summit to Save Face – What Comes Next?

  Trump Scraps North Korea Summit to Save Face – What Comes Next?

WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump’s cancellation of next month’s summit with the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, came as a bit of a surprise and a jarring break from developments such as the release of three U.S. hostages by Pyongyang and the country’s apparent follow-through on…

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Mass Incarceration of Blacks Started Long Before the War on Drugs

  Mass Incarceration of Blacks Started Long Before the War on Drugs

Henry Minter was working as a farm laborer in Georgia in the 1870s when he met Mary Dotson, a young black servant girl. The couple never married – which would have been illegal at the time – but they stayed together until Henry’s death. Mary, who was left with their four children, then became a washerwoman in…

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How Elites Teach Their Own Children How to Think, and Other Children What to Think

  How Elites Teach Their Own Children How to Think, and Other Children What to Think

While some social policy formulators are advocating rigorous teaching methods in the formal skills for disadvantaged children, they are tending to enroll their own youngsters in schools that are more open, more permissive, and that tend to give increasing emphasis to the arts and the humanities. Many observers are beginning to view schooling in the…

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Painting “The Return” — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border

  Painting “The Return” — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border

GAZA — As Palestinians marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba — or theft of their land by the creation of Israel in 1948 — the U.S. celebrated the transfer of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in another victory for Israeli colonialism. Palestinians participating in the March of Great Return have been organizing…

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Trump and Corporate America Are Dead Serious About Plans to Conquer Outer Space

  Trump and Corporate America Are Dead Serious About Plans to Conquer Outer Space

WASHINGTON – What does the United States do when it’s faced with hegemonic decline, ascendant rivals, and an inability to use its massive military apparatus to turn the tide in favor of its own imperial ambitions without incurring costs that far outweigh the benefits? To paraphrase former First Lady Michelle Obama: When they go low,…

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GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC

  GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC

WASHINGTON – With the 2018 Congressional midterm elections approaching, Republicans – eager to keep their control of both houses of Congress – have been seeking lucrative donations that would give Republican candidates an advantage in the lead-up to November. On Thursday, those efforts paid off in a big way as the top Republican congressional political…

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