The January 6, 2021, Capitol riot was a watershed event in American political history, which raised alarm about the fragility of American democracy and the dangers of right-wing extremism. As Donald Trump gave an inflammatory speech insisting that the November 2020 election was “rigged,” legions of his supporters stormed the...
When in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for 29 years, I thought I had seen some pretty stupid things that politicians told the military to do. It always begins with politicians deciding the easiest, most sensible solution to a problem would have too much political baggage and cost them...
Numerous Hong Kong residents who participated in violent protests against Chinese Communist Party rule just a few years ago are now living and working in China, according to a recent article by Bloomberg. Among the “record number of residents” who are “flocking to Shenzhen for cheap food and a...
The latest example is its pressing for release of John McCain pallbearer from Siberian jail while it ignores a socialist arrested by the Ukrainian intelligence services and another socialist who was murdered On April 9, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a CIA offshoot specializing in political propaganda, hosted an...
Declassified files detail the British government’s secret meetings with loyalist paramilitary group The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in 1974, and the political support afforded the organisation during its ongoing campaign of violence. Meetings would occur both at the home of the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), Stormont Castle, and a secluded...
Yesterday I attended mass. Instead of a priest, the mass was celebrated by Nicaraguan children—10 fourth- and fifth-grade students. The kids led the congregation in prayers, passing of the peace, read the gospel and shared a homily. They invited congregants to share reflections on the reading—the Good Shepherd—and they blessed...
Ukraine will go down in history as the graveyard of neo-conservatism where imperial overreach has led to major world power shifts. In late April, students at universities across the United States set up tent encampments and occupied buildings, protesting their campuses’ complicity in the Israeli war in Gaza. The chant “from...
Student encampments and street protests for Palestine have been hit with a heavy wave of police violence and repression from coast-to-coast. In some cases, it’s the same police departments whose staff and leaders get training from the Israeli Defense Forces that are attacking peaceful events calling for divestment and justice. In Salt Lake City, police viciously attacked students at the University of Utah on April 29th, and then arrested student organizers the next day before a demonstration at the President’s Circle...
The Octopus Murders docuseries about the suspicious death of journalist Danny Casolaro in August 1991 has caused quite the sensation since it was released February 28 on Netflix. Casolaro’s goal to uncover “the Octopus”—a cabal of CIA and Mafia figures who corrupted American government—was so all-consuming that it enveloped his...
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Bill Browder, who was convicted in absentia for tax evasion in Russia, has suspected links to British and/or American Intelligence After the death of Alexei Navalny in late February, The New York Times ran an article quoting from William F. Browder, “an American-born British financier who has campaigned against human-rights...

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