• Stateside,  Trump

    “When in the Course of human events…”

    Happy Fourth of July. Did the rather dimwitted hosts of Donald Trump’s favorite news source “Fox and Friends” get punked by a Thomas Jefferson impersonator? Everything he read from the Declaration of Independence actually appears in our founding document. But his selection of specific items from the long list of grievances against George III is interesting in light of recent events. See what you think. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

  • Trump

    “Napoleon is always right”*

    The people who bought Trump’s line that he was powerless to stop the migrant family separation he approved (blaming “Democrats”), and who then supported him when he reversed himself and did stop it, remind me of the American Communists and fellow travelers who loyally followed the party line by opposing war against Nazi Germany as soon as Stalin and Hitler signed a non-aggression pact, and then becoming the most fervent supporters of the war when the Nazis invaded Russia. *Animal Farm, Chapter 5

  • North Korea,  Trump

    “I want my people to do the same”

    I realize that Donald Trump’s unique diplomatic style involves heaping flattery on murderous dictatorial adversaries while dumping insults on long-time democratic allies. And I’m not going to make a big deal about Trump returning the salute of a North Korean general. Like Obama’s bow to the Saudi king, it was both cringe-worthy and relatively insignificant. But Geez– I can’t wait to see how Trump’s acolytes explain this: BREAKING: President Trump on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un: “He speaks and his people sit up in attention. I want my people to do the same.” (My guess: “He was joking.”) I wonder how long before Trump insists that his lackeys follow…

  • North Korea,  Trump

    Post-Singapore mental exercise

    Imagine if President Bill Clinton had spoken about the absolute ruler of the world’s most repressive and criminal regime– a regime which outlaws all dissent, starves people as a means of control, incarcerates tens of thousands of people in brutal slave labor camps, earns hard currency through counterfeiting and illegal drug manufacturing and smuggling— in the most effusively flattering terms. It was an “honor” to meet Kim, Trump said. What surprised the American most about his counterpart? “Great personality and very smart—good combination,” he said. “I learned that he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.” He added that Kim was “a worthy…

  • Iran

    News from Iran

    Put aside for a moment Ayatollah Khamenei’s latest threat to Israel (and Israel’s response). Pay attention to what’s actually happening inside Iran. Potkin Azarmehr reports: Throughout the December protests in Iran, one common chant by the protesters was, “Let go of Gaza and Syria, think about our plight”. Iran’s state TV and media often boast of the regime’s generous charity work outside Iran. For those inside Iran, watching the regime’s prioritise others’ needs in contrast with their own poverty is becoming unbearable. On Monday, Iranian media published a video of a state run charity, Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, feeding 300,000 Palestinians in Gaza with an Iftar dinner, for the month…

  • Galloway

    George 🖤 Joseph Vissarionovich

    The Twitter account of George Galloway (remember him?) now features as its heading a photo of one of the three worst mass murderers of the 20th century. The one who enabled the other two. No surprise, of course. Galloway strongly implied his affection for Stalin in a 2002 interview with The Guardian: “I am on the anti-imperialist left.” The Stalinist left? “I wouldn’t define it that way because of the pejoratives loaded around it; that would be making a rod for your own back. If you are asking did I support the Soviet Union, yes I did. Yes, I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of…

  • Stateside,  Trump

    Another time

    Remember when Howard Dean couldn't be president because he yelled — Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 31, 2018 Yup. This post of mine from way back then seems downright quaint.

  • Britain Today,  Class warfare

    Is this really the only alternative to Corbynism?

    Wealthy Britons remain among the world’s most comfortable people, enjoying lavish homes, private medical care, top-notch schools and restaurants run by chefs from Paris and Tokyo. The poor, the elderly, the disabled and the jobless are increasingly prone to Kafka-esque tangles with the bureaucracy to keep public support. ….. “The hard left has never been very clear about what their alternative to the program was,” says Neil O’Brien, a Conservative lawmaker who was previously a Treasury adviser to Mr. Osborne. “Presumably, it would be some enormous increase in taxation, but they are a bit shy about what that would mean.” He rejects the notion that austerity is a means of…

  • Gay Rights,  History

    On 100th anniversary of Georgian independence, a struggle for LGBT rights

    Eric Lee of LabourStart has written an excellent history of the tragically short-lived experiment in democratic socialism in the Republic of Georgia a century ago, crushed by the Russian Bolsheviks in 1921. Georgia remained under the control of the Soviet regime in Moscow before regaining independence with the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Eric and Peter Tatchell have written about the struggle for LGBT rights in democratic Georgia on the 100th anniversary of the founding of a Menshevik-led state.

  • Russia,  Trump

    Evil

    Even if you’ve shrugged off evidence of Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 US Presidential election (as some of our readers have), you have to admit there is no other word for this. Russian hackers posed as ISIS to bully military spouses. Evil. https://t.co/NzrRPiFwkx — Josh Lawson (@josh_lawson) May 8, 2018 Our Tweeter-in-Chief finds plenty of time to comment on all manner of things that upset him. Will he spare a moment to express what I hope is his outrage about this?