• Galloway

    Checking in on Galloway

    Ever since he stopped compulsively running for political office (and sometimes actually winning), we haven’t paid much attention to the horror show that is George Galloway. But one of his latest tweets is noteworthy for its downright Trumpian undercurrents. Please note: unless I have evidence to the contrary I will henceforth regard every journalist in this country as an agent of the British state. A spy. A liar, deceiver and subverter of democracy in Britain. #Zinoviev #ForgersGazette #Codswallop #JukeBox #IntegrityInitiative — George Galloway (@georgegalloway) December 10, 2018 And his attack on “liberal media viciousness” reminds me of a bumper sticker I sometimes see, distributed by the rightwing Media Research Center.…

  • Russia,  Saudi Arabia

    Glad to see each other

    There’s nothing like a common interest in murdering dissidents outside one’s own borders to bring folks together. Putin and MBS greet each other with huge smiles and handshake in Buenos Aires pic.twitter.com/2jlHUfONO1 — Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) November 30, 2018

  • Far Right,  Israel

    Rivlin rejects Israel-supporting neo-fascists

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who possesses a moral compass that his fellow Likudnik Benjamin Netanyahu frequently lacks, once again has distinguished himself as a man of the Decent Right. Responding to a CNN survey which raised serious concerns about European adults’ knowledge of the Holocaust and anti-Semitic notions, Rivlin told the network: “We must… work with the whole world to fight against xenophobia and discrimination, of which anti-Semitism is a variant.” In the interview which was to be broadcast Thursday, the president said “There are neo-fascist movements today that have considerable and very dangerous influence, and sometimes they also express their strong support for the State of Israel. “You cannot…

  • Science,  Trump

    Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States

    On the one hand: Report released today by the Trump administration finds climate change “is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us.” w/@chriscmooney https://t.co/so4HrQMbOP — Brady Dennis (@brady_dennis) November 23, 2018 “This report draws a direct connection between the warming atmosphere and the resulting changes that affect Americans’ lives, communities, and livelihoods, now and in the future,” the document reads, concluding that “the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans’…

  • Far Right

    Alphas and red pills and Orcs, oh my!

    “To better understand extremists, you need to look at their cultural references” My latest on why the Alt-Right loves Huxley, the Matrix and LOTR >> unherd.com/2018/11/alt-ri… Posted by James Bloodworth on Friday, November 23, 2018 I’m not going to accuse anyone who is a fan of Brave New World, The Matrix or Lord of the Rings of being a latent or overt alt-Right sympathizer. I don’t think James Bloodworth is doing that either. But I choose to take a modicum of pride in never having read either book or seen the movie, and never having had the least desire to do so.

  • Saudi Arabia,  Trump

    Trump’s “blood for oil” bargain with the Saudis

    When Iraqi forces under Saddam Hussein invaded and occupied Kuwait in 1990, the “anti-imperialist” Left, opposing a military response, took up the slogan “No Blood for Oil!” Did concern about oil supplies figure in to the decision by the US, the UK, France and other countries to drive the Iraqis out of Kuwait? Probably to an extent. But it was far from the only reason. The Iraqi invasion was a clear-cut case of aggression, and the consequences of allowing Saddam to get away with it would have been disastrous for all kinds of reasons. The “No Blood for Oil!” slogan was heard again as the US and the UK prepared…

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    Solidarity in Pittsburgh

    As chair of the Lexington, Virginia, Democratic Committee, I’ve been very occupied in recent weeks with the upcoming election next Tuesday– working to reelect Senator Tim Kaine (running against a neo-Confederate hatemonger from Minnesota) and elect a progressive farmer’s daughter to Congress from my largely rural and Republican district. The latter race is something of a longshot, but recent events have only increased my determination. I hope I don’t need to explain why. But I want to take time to post this. It means a lot to me. Seen on the steps of Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh: Posted by Chad Andrew Herring on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • North Korea,  Trump

    DJT ♥ KJU

    I’m old enough to remember when one of the worst insults in American politics was “commie lover”– usually aimed by rightwing Republicans at liberal Democrats deemed insufficiently alarmed about the worldwide Communist menace. And just as Joe McCarthy and countless other Republicans exaggerated the Communist threat within the US and unfairly labeled liberals, there were some liberals who downplayed the horrors of Communist rule in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Cuba and elsewhere. So it makes my head spin a little when our Republican president unabashedly proclaims that he “fell in love” with the world’s most brutal and dangerous Communist leader. And when the reaction from his fellow Republicans is undetectable.

  • Labour Party,  Russia

    Corbyn’s Trumpian respnse to the Skripal poisonings

    Damian Reilly writes at The Spectator: It is deeply weird that Jeremy Corbyn will not condemn Russia for carrying out a chemical weapons attack on British soil. Actually, it’s beyond weird. It’s astonishing. I disagree. From everything I know about Corbyn, it is not at all weird. What seems weird to me is that so many of his supporters are apparently undisturbed by this. At PMQs this week, after Theresa May named the two Russian agents that British intelligence is certain carried out the attack, Corbyn spoke only of bringing “those responsible” to justice. His sole direct criticism of Russia, in fact, was merely “for its failure to cooperate with…

  • Syria,  Trump

    “TREASON?”

    As Donald Trump continues his descent into paranoid rage, and as one senior official of his administration says that he/she and others are helping to protect the nation from him, I do want to single out one area in which I’m somewhat in sympathy with the President, as revealed in Bob Woodward’s upcoming book. Donald Trump ordered his defence secretary to assassinate Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and “kill the f****** lot of them” in the leader’s regime, in the wake of a chemical attack against civilians, according to a new book. Defence secretary James Mattis is said to have told the president during a phone call he would “get right…