Posting History for Deena Stryker
|Facts About Iran
As warnings about the 'threat from Iran' weave in and out of the main story on American TV, which is the Republican problem of who to run against Obama, I receive this from Neill LeRoux, on my ...
|The Gingrich/Huntsman Debate
There’s something that has escaped me regarding the Republican presidential debates: perhaps they are carried routinely by Fox, but none of the other channels mention when and where they can be ...
|Russians Join the Movement
A week of massive demonstrations protesting rigged parliamentary elections failed to suggest to any journalist I heard or read that Vladimir Putin’s hold on Russia may be weakening. Finally, the ...
On May 21 I published a blog titled ‘My Bet is On Huntsman’: “On February 19th, 2007, I wrote in this space that ‘Obama would ‘continue a graceful yet powerful surge to the White House’.
|The Political Use of the Three Ring Circus
Every morning when I wake up and turn on the TV while making breakfast, I have the same reaction: why is the news all about which presidential candidate said or did what, and what are his chances ...
|Occupation or Revolution?
Here is a recent quote from the Occupy movement: “The Occupy movement is born of the simple belief that humanity could meet our common needs if not for the predation and greed of the very few.”
|Syria and Other Back Stories
As Syria spirals toward civil war, key background information is absent from the news: Syria is the last of the countries known in the Arab world as the front-line states. The long presence/...
|Zucotti, Oakland, Adivasi, Same Story
I was just formulating a comment to the raid on the Oakland protesters, helicopters and all, when a raid on Zucotti park in New York was reported. Few readers may remember that in 2002, President ...
|Bacevich on the End of American Dominance and Cockburn on the Relevance of the OM
Ever since reading his book ‘Washington Rules’ I have admired Andrew Bacevich. Today he publishes in Tom Dispatch and Alternet a piece that establishes new rules for American political ...
|LOL: The Bear Exited Front, but the Dragon Entered Rear
The Cuban Missile Crisis will go down in history as the time when the Third World War was almost started. It happened in October, 1962. President John F. Kennedy feared that Nikita Khruschev had ...
|Is the Cradle of Civilization Broken - or Is Civilization?
I don’t know if it’s still being taught in K-12, but I learned that ancient Greece was the cradle of Western Civilization - you know, the Parthenon, the original Democracy 101. The Golden Age ...
|Greece Grabs Freedom Torch from Iceland
On October 27th a grand conference was held in Reykjavik complete with representatives of the IMF, the government and the financial sector, to congratulate themselves on the deeds that squelched ...
|Jeffrey Sachs Lets Cat Out of Bag
Finally! World-renknowned economist Jeffrey Sachs who, among other things, administered shock treatment to one of the Eastern European countries after the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, has now ...
|Will Obama Take a Back Seat to Hillary?
Hear the distant drums. As unemployment shows no signs of letting up, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) appears to be suggesting that Hillary Clinton could replace Barack Obama in next year’...
|Yes We Can Is Now No You Can't
Even those who campaigned most fervently for Barack Obama in 2008 are beginning to realize that, for whatever reasons, he has failed them. Yes You Can Has Become No You Can’t. As the few begin to ...
On the same day that I read the gut wrenching article in the November Harpers by Ed Vulliamy entitled ‘Broken Britain’ that details how Britain went from relative prosperity to a country falling ...
|I Got It!
Corporate newscasters like Dylan are not the only ones who demonstrate a lack of ideological literacy. Their ignorance partly accounts of that of the brave and joyous occupiers of Wall Street, who ...
|Will Dylan Ratigan Get Away with It?
The man keeps repeating it, like a mantra: the Occupy movement is not a left/right issue. Maybe he needs to read some history that goes further back than Teddy Roosevelt, and includes the other ...
|Not a Left/Right Issue? Really?
It’s tempting to think that the MSNBC p.m. roster is mostly on the people’s side, but even Dylan Ratigan disappoints. Today he insisted over and over that the Occupy Movement’s issue with ...
I'll be curious to see what finally emerges from this investigation. It would not surprise me if it turned out to be a Mossad caper. Israel is not about to renounce its goal of eliminating Iran, ...
|The impossible Dreams of Partiers and Occupiers
Today Fareed Zakaria interviewed various ‘experts’ on how to get America back on its feet: the diagnosis was severe, but all his guests agreed that if we do the right things, America’s best ...
|Occupy New York City
Nothing I could write could be as important as the following text, lifted from the site 'occupynewyorkcity.org'. It is the news and the comment of the day, 235 years after the Declaration of ...
|Why France isn't Really in the News
As the United States continues to harp on the danger of a Eurozone collapse, I thought it would be interesting to read one of Europe’s foremost newspapers, France’s Le Monde. (Alas, I do not ...
|GE Superboss Trips over his own Feet
This morning Fareed Zakaria interviewed the CEO of General Electric, tapped by President Obama to help fix the jobs crisis. For a while Jeffrey Immelt sounded like a reasonable, old school ...
|What News Service Do You Read?
Here is a comparison of the way in which CNN and the BBC treated Turkey’s recall of its Ambassador to Israel over Israel’s refusal to apologize for killing nine Turkish citizens in a raid on a ...
|On Labor Day, Workers on the Global Up and Down Escalators
As we celebrate this pro forma holiday - a last chance for a barbecue, where it isn’t raining - and we prepare for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, what is the status of American workers compared to ...
| In Paris, Tony Judt and Ronald Dworkin Can Say They are Social-Democrats
The current issue of The Nation opened its pages to the teen-age son of Tony Judt, the historian who died a year go, after his last work Ill Fares the Land was published. In June, Daniel Judt, a ...
|Gaddafi: Nothing is Forever
The real lesson to be learned from the fall of several Arab dictators, whether of right or left, is that nothing is forever, and that is one thing commentators - of right or left - never mention. ...
|Two Versions of the News
Here's CNN's morning news for Wed August 24, 2011: Gadhafi sends a message; rebels say they're in control Gadhafi men won't let reporters out LIBYA OPINION & ANALYSIS Battle still looms after ...
|The Unveiling of Huntsman
My June 21st blog was titled: ‘My Bet is on Huntsman’. Since declaring, he has been kept out of the limelight, either by decision of the media, or by his own strategy. It has been amusing to ...
On the BBC website: “Concerns over Israel-Gaza unrest International concern is growing over the upsurge of violence between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, as cross-border attacks ...
|Israel's Overconfidence is being Challenged
One thing that has surprised me about the Arab Spring is the seeming confidence of Israelis that this upheaval will leave them unscathed. No matter what the particular circumstances of any given ...
|How 'They' Made Roosevelt 'Do It’
Work hard and play by the rules and you will achieve the American Dream. This booster phrase is what makes America unique. ‘ Unique’ or ‘exceptional’ implies better. Yet people in the ...
|When Dream Becomes Nightmare, We're Clueless
Work hard and play by the rules and you will achieve the American Dream. This booster phrase is what makes America unique. ‘Unique’ or ‘exceptional’ implies better. Yet people in the ...
|The News we’re Given: Aljazeera vs. the BBC
Last night I made a list of the topics covered by Aljazeera, then by the BBC. (In Philadelphia, Aljazeera can be heard at 5:30 on channel 35, before Democracy Now. The BBC is available on channel ...
|Why we Fight in Libya: An Italian Perspective
Since the United States first intervened, via the security Council and NATO, in the Libyan uprising, neither the American public nor those from whom it expects explanations, seem to have a ...
|Previous Warnings Against the Tea Party
July 20, 2010: “The Tea Party is Coming! The Democratic Party’s frantic appeals for help are like closing the barn door after the horse got away: It’s not more money they need, it’s the ...
|Iceland's On-going Revolution
An Italian radio program's story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start ...
|Now Journalists Just Ask Why
Every journalism student learns that a story should provide the who, what, why, where and how of an event. This directive eventually led to some professionals being rightly called ‘investigative ...
|Norwegians and Tainos
I keep wondering why the older boys/men on the island did not try to tackle the gunman. But what is probably unbelievable to Americans is that the camp apparently had no weapons: the campers couldn��
|An Alternative to Religious World War
The killings in Norway force us to recognize that a global religious war is gathering momentum. Efforts to persuade people to respect other religions fall on deaf ears because they partake of a ...
|The Twin Fates of Grover Norquist and Cenk Uygur
Yesterday’s news shows seized on contradictions in Grover Norquist’s interviews with various anchors. In the first he opined that voting for closing tax loopholes, although not recommended by ...
|Libya and Us
It seems clear that one of the reasons why President Obama blew off Congress’s complaints about our involvement in Libya, was to gain time to psych out the self-appointed representatives of those ...
|The People Versus their Rulers
Two readers of my last blog asked me to expand on it. When I say that leaders agree, I don’t mean they too are angry, I mean they agree on the need to keep their respective peoples in check, even ...
|The World is Angry and its Leaders Agree
Turn on the TV and you’ll hear every manner of learned comments on the day’s dreary news, subtleties beyond measure. But the bottom line becomes clearer every day: as the world goes to hell in ...
|Israel's Long Arm
Israel’s ability to prevent private vessels from sailing from Greek ports, with the approval of the U.S., was scantily reported in the mainstream press. Here is a link to a video of what happened ...
|Mother Jones Outdoes Herself
I apologize for not writing this week, I've been putting the final touches to my memoir, 'Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel, An American Woman's Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring'. ...
|The Loneliness of American Exceptionalism
It is becoming increasingly lonely in the City on a Hill.The oceans that - we said - kept us from involvement in the rest of the world’s follies, also kept us isolated from the century by century ...
Rarely has one talk show furnished so much material for a comment as Fareed Zakaria’s GPS today. The progressive economist Robert Reich, whose new book is 'Aftershock', was pitted against Ronald ...
|Chewing it Over
Every time there is a scandal affecting political figures, the electronic media talks of nothing else, all the while lamenting that “it” dominates the news. Instead of calling in people who ...
|Whistling Past the Graveyard of our Hubris
First, a note following my bet on Huntsman: he wisely announced before the Republican debate that he would announce his candidacy in a week. Now to more serious issues: the question of why, as ...
|The Unwrapping of Huntsman
Two weeks after I put my money on Huntsman, after insistently dismissing him, ‘Huntsman, nobody knows him’, the media is bringing him forward. This morning NBC showed a clip of the interview ...
|The Best Defense is Offense
Mitt Romney must be familiar with that well-known European saying, when he accuses President Obama of being a European-type socialist. According to Romney, Obama’s economic policies are imitating ...
|My Bet is on Huntsman
On February 19th, 2007, I write in this space that ‘Obama would ‘continue a graceful yet powerful surge to the White House’. Today I predict that barring an Act of God, Jon Huntsman, the ...
|What Can The US Do For Israel Now?
Being surrounded has never been a comfortable situation for any country. But the way Israel is behaving as its neighbors topple dictatorships one by one, flies in the face of what has been United ...
|Middle Eastern Press on bin Laden's Death
Courtesy of BBC News online, here are some of the reactions to the death of Bin Laden that appeared in various Middle Eastern newspapers. Note the comparison one makes between Osama and Che, and ...
|Osama and Che
Che Guevara was killed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967, at a time when that country was under U.S. economic and military influence. Today, Bolivia has a social-democratic government under an ...
|Netanyahu Chooses Bravado
When the Egyptian uprising began, the first thing that came to mind was that Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu would do everything he could to help President Mubarak remain in power, as head of ...
|It’s Not Just about Guns and Abortions Anymore
With all that’s going on from day to day, It’s difficult to know what mainstream networks to watch. Although MSNBC probably does the best job Grit TV and Democracy Now, which can be found on-...
|A Salami Republic
Coming on the heels of the Wisconsin governor’s fight to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of government workers, the barely avoided federal government shutdown over the Tea Party’s ...
|Why They Are Doing This
It’s the question that’s on everyone’s lips: why would the Republicans want to bankrupt three quarters of the American population, while sending the remaining one quarter over the moon ...
|Gaddafi and the Others
At the London conference of the coalition involved in trying to dislodge Muammar Gaddafi from Libya, Hillary Clinton declared she had met with representatives of the rebels, doctors, lawyers, ...
|Sunday Double-Talk Shows
This Sunday’s talk-shows were pathetic. Or else they’re practicing double-speak. Are we supposed to believe that Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, or any of the ...
|The People are Angry and its Leaders are Powerless
Is it possible that no one sees what’s happening? Events of the scope and magnitude that have been building for the last two months cannot be met with one-off strategies and tactics. It has taken ...
|Libya is Not Egypt, Tunisia - or Cuba
The revolts, revolutions and wars that have suddenly erupted in the Arab world have taken the West by surprise because we no nothing about their antecedents. Anyone who can read French will find an ...
|The Empire Strikes Again
Three years ago, when the financial meltdown occured, Iceland, and later Ireland, went into default. Every country on the planet was affected in one way or another, but the hardest hit were those ...
|Don't Just Rely on One Little Book!
Mao had his Little Red Book, Ghaddafi has his Little Green Book, and we have our Constitution, which comes in many colors, but is read by relatively far fewer citizens. Recently, Tea Party ...
|"Faster than the Speed of Light!"
Remember that Superman ad? It referred to a superhuman capability to intervene against evil. Who would have thought that just half a century later, events themselves would burst forth faster than ...
|Out of Havana: The Real Clash of Civilizations
The two weeks I just spent in the Cuban capital on the occasion of the country’s Twentieth Annual International Book Fair did not constitute perfect conditions for keeping up with the rest of the ...
First my apologies to all those who were shocked by my use of the word 'pussy' in my last post. I should have used 'pussycat'. Put it down to my long absence from these shores and lack of ...
|From Pussy Moms to Politics as Entertainment
The book 'Tiger Mom' about the extreme parenting of a Chinese American lawyer, is getting a lot of attention, making some parents worry they are being too lenient, while others defend the ‘...
|Glenn Beck Mutazilah?
After reading Will Bunch’s Backlash , I decided to watch Glenn Beck’s five o’clock show on Fox News. Needless to say, everything Bunch reports is true, in fact there are now half ...
|The Widening Oceans
If you don’t watch the news on the BBC, you probably didn’t see the stunning picture of thousands of Italian Fiat workers marching with huge red banners billowing in the wind, refusing ...
|This is Getting Boring!
On the Jan 3rd Common Dreams website, Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader commiserate with each other: “The Left Has Nowhere to Go”. Every night on MSNBC Ed Schultz wonders aloud as he pounds ...
Vision I, posted on December 27th, noted that all rulers tend to go as far as their people will let them in the abuse of power, a notion admirably tagged with the word ‘kleptocracy’ by ...
|Ideas for Transformation - I
A reader of my Chris Hedges article asked me to provide some ideas for transformation. That’s an awesome responsibility, and has to start with a few basic points. Then I’ll try to ...
|Chris Hedges, Marx and Climate Change
Thanks for the comments on yesterday's blog on Chris Hedges new book. The day before Christmas is probably not the ideal time to be writing an important blog, I shouldn’t have announced it, ...
|Chris Hedges is Right!
Chris Hedges’ new book The Death of the Liberal Class should be mandatory reading for anyone who hopes that activism can still make a difference. It is probably the best of his books, the ...
|Bricks no Longer refer to Dollars
With all the excitement over what the Lame Duck congress would or would not vote on or pass, a significant event has gone unremarked: China and Russia, two of the four countries known as the BRICS (
|Apologies, Apologies - and a Question
Apologies, Apologies - and a Question Before anything else, I must apologize to Jullian Assange for identifying him as a Swede, and to Liu Xiaobo for identifying him as a ‘Chinaman’. ...
|The Chinaman, the Cuban and the Swede
Almost simultaneously, a Chinese writer and activist, Liu Xiaobo re-ceived the Nobel Peace Prize, angering the Chinese government; the Cuban dissident, Guillermo Farinas was refused a Cuban exit ...
|John Boehner, Poster-Child of Republican Indignation
John Boehner’s life story is all over the media now that he’s about to grab the House gavel. Boehner cries when he gets emotional, and one of the things he’s most emotional about ...
|By Request: About No-Growth
The idea of no-growth is big in France, and probably other Euro-pean countries, where people are familiar with Marxist theories. I see it as a kind of up-dating of Marx. Two books that are ...
|Imagine! Cyber Wars INSTEAD OF Battlefields
In a belated salute to John Lennon, imagine we stop all death and destruction involving humans and duke it out on computer sites. Hail to the ...
|"We'll Never Get Anything Done!
The President argues that unless we make compromises with the Republicans, we'll never get anything done, and cites the health care reform that he obtained after one hundred years of other Democrats ...
|Is It About Assange's DNA?
The effort to entrap the founder and chief mischief maker of Wikileaks appears, on the surface, so ludicrous, that it must be part of a well-thought out plan, which can, I think, be discovered by ...
|Assange’s ‘Crime’ : See Wikileaks Revelations
I wanted to write this yesterday but a manuscript took precedence. Too bad for my reputation as seer. Can anyone aware of the revelations on U.S. behavior doubt that Assange is being framed? Today ...
|The Peoples are Angry, the Kings are Weak and the Princes Circle the Wagons
The only way to approach the current buildup of conflicting events that risk ending in worldwide catastrophe is by telling it like it is: a fairy tale. Not the people of one country or one king, ...
|The World is Angry
Wikileaks’ latest installment of incriminating inter-governmental communications comes just in time - perhaps - to wake governments up to their citizens’ anger. ‘The People’ ...
|Are Syria’s Protestants Being Persecuted because of C Street?
I know my readers are not foreign policy wonks but here’s something they might want to ponder: This week’s Economist reports that although Syria is a secular country where all religions ...
|Why Republicans Won't Compromise
Republicans’ determination not to compromise has many wondering why they would do something that risks pushing the country deeper into the hole. It doesn’t seem to occur to anyone that ...
|A Word for Dems: We Did NOT Win the Cold War!
As Congress gears up for the fight to defend the half-baked health care program Obama was able to get past the insurance companies, it’s important for Americans to know that we did not win the ...
|Cuba, Haiti, Rachel Maddow and The American Taliban
Last night Rachel Maddow gave a stunning example of her analytical and didactic powers. Her lesson on how falsehoods are generated and ampli-fied by each successive commentator on the ultra right ...
|More on Guerillas and Presidents
Two things come to mind on this post-election morning: how many of the newly elected Republicans are Tea Partiers? Maybe they’ll tell us by the end of the day, but the worried took on John ...
|Mid-terms' Supreme Irony
By now it would be trite to say that from watching our airwaves for the last month, Americans can scarcely be aware of the wider world. But one coincidence seems particularly ironic: while we are ...
|Why Progressives Can't Make You Do Things, Mr. President
Franklin Roosevelt’s injunction to progressives in 1933: “Now Make Me!” has never been so oft cited. It worked, but that was then. ‘Then’ was before McCarthy, the atom ...
|Haiti Has New Hotels - and Cholera
I’m glad former President Bill Clinton is going all-out to boost Democratic participation in the mid-term election, but a few weeks ago in a short interview about the reconstruction in Haiti ...
|From our ‘inordinate fear of Communism’ comes O’Donnell’s Boner
I believe it was in 1977, when I was at the State Department, that President Jimmy Carter advised Americans to ‘get over their inordinate fear of Communism’. (He also warned of our unsus-
|In My Mailbox, the Government’s Wastebasket
IMore and more I’m wondering why we pay for a Postal Service. It started out in Ben Franklin’s time, authorized under the US Constitution. Since it was losing money, in 1983 it was ...
|Open Letter to Bob Woodward, cc Joseph Stiglitz
Dear Bob Woodward: As the most famous contemporary journalist, you expose the inner secrets of our government. I am wondering why you do not investigate the link between American jobs being ...
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