• As the dust settles from the Democrats’ midterm shellacking – with the GOP last week picking up three governorships, 12 House seats and seven Senate seats, gaining control of that chamber for the first time since 2006 – pundits continue to debate the root cause of the Democrats’ failure, searching for the elusive “meaning” of [...]

  • Nat Parry wrote a new diary post: Strange Logic of the ISIS War

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    Thumbnail John Kerry: “We are at war with ISIL but I think it’s a waste of time to focus on that.” Officials in Washington are inadvertently providing some insight into the strange logic of their nebulous war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in contradictory and puerile statements about whether the military [...]

  • Nat Parry commented on the diary post The U.S.’s Benevolent Bombing of Iraq and the Terror That It Spawns by Nat Parry.

    2014-09-12 05:11:13View | Delete

    Thank you shootthatarrow. I haven’t weighed in on the Iraq situation for some time now, with my frustration just too strong, but I thought maybe an attempt at some tongue-in-cheek humor might help. Hopefully I hit the right tone.

    Still waiting for my invite to the White House.

  • ThumbnailThe great American tradition of bombing Iraq – now in its third decade – has recently been revived by the “hope and change” presidency of Barack Obama, the fourth consecutive U.S. Commander-in-Chief to launch strikes against the beleaguered Middle East nation. Iraq may be alone in the world in being able to claim such a dubious [...]

  • Nat Parry commented on the diary post This Week’s Completely Ignored Historic Senate Debate on Plutocracy and Democracy by Nat Parry.

    2014-09-11 01:53:02View | Delete

    You’re actually wrong on the point about corporate personhood. Section 2 of the amendment reads,

    Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence [...]

  • Thumbnail We the People An important debate is underway in the United States Senate this week, but if you are, like most, a casual consumer of the news, you probably wouldn’t have heard about it. This is no indictment of your news-gathering habits, but rather of what passes for mass communication in modern America, in other words, [...]

  • Nat Parry commented on the diary post Why White Privilege is No Protection from Police Brutality by Nat Parry.

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    I appreciate you bringing up the Occupy Oakland protests, which is something I considered discussing in this piece, but in the interest of keeping it focused, decided against it. There are no shortages of stories to bolster the thesis of white privilege providing no protection from police brutality, and the police repression of Occupy — [...]

  •   A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center has  revealed glaring differences of views among blacks and whites when it comes to the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American youth killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, and the protests that have followed. Unfortunately though, the wording of the [...]

  • ThumbnailDemonstrations were held Thursday in more than 100 cities nationwide in solidarity with the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., against the police killing of an unarmed black teenager named Mike Brown. The youth was shot by a so-far unidentified police officer last Saturday as he raised his hands to demonstrate compliance with police orders, according to [...]

  • I guess even a State Dept-funded neocon front group like Freedom House occasionally feels compelled to acknowledge the obvious when it comes to these issues. Of course, it should also be noted that Freedom House continues to give the U.S. its highest possible ranking year after year in its “freedom in the world” report.

  • There are a couple glaring ironies in this whole case that I think are worth pointing out. For one thing, the way the state came down on these left-wing activists for allegedly threatening to commit violence against police stands in stark contrast to a number of other examples of right-wingers openly threatening violence against government agents. Secondly, let’s not forget how the US government embraced militant “Euromaidan” demonstrators in Kyiv, people who were actually using incendiary devices against police, killing a number of them in the process. Then of course there is the irony of the fact that the NATO 3 were protesting is probably the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet today.

    Anyway, these sentences are clearly disproportionate and excessive, making the NATO 3 among the latest to join the growing ranks of US political prisoners — not that they will be recognized as such by the mainstream human rights organizations.

    Thanks for your reporting on this case, Kevin.

  • Nat Parry commented on the diary post Ukraine: It’s all about the shale by Nat Parry.

    2014-04-25 07:19:26View | Delete

    Very true. I may be guilty of a slight degree of hyperbole in the headline choice. The headline chosen for this article at Consortiumnews, “Beneath the Ukraine Crisis: Shale Gas”, was much better than the one that I came up with.

  • Nat Parry commented on the diary post Ukraine: It’s all about the shale by Nat Parry.

    2014-04-25 02:56:10View | Delete

    Well, I didn’t really mean to imply that Yanukovych was overthrown because he was “Exxon-Mobil’s guy,” or anyone else’s guy — actually Chevron is more of the focus in this piece despite the ExxonMobil logo FDL chose. What happened in Ukraine was that Yanukovych — after having made all these oil and gas deals in [...]

  • Nat Parry wrote a new diary post: Ukraine: It’s all about the shale

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    ThumbnailThe crisis gripping Ukraine has plunged transatlantic relations to their lowest point since the Cold War and threatens to send Ukraine into an armed conflict with potentially dire consequences for the country and the wider region. Shale Gas & Big Energy: Another trigger of Ukrainian unrest? Moscow’s alleged meddling in eastern Ukraine and its earlier annexation [...]

  • Nat Parry commented on the diary post Over Easy: False Choices and the New Cold War by yellowsnapdragon.

    2014-04-16 04:43:01View | Delete

    Wouldn’t it be nice if it was only $5 million that the U.S. has spent “democratizing” Ukraine. In fact, it was $5 billion. (At least that we know of: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37599.htm)

  • ThumbnailLast summer, following a sarin nerve gas attack that left hundreds dead in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21, it seemed that U.S. intervention in Syria was a foregone conclusion. Having witnessed the scenario play out time and again in recent years as the United States has prepared for military action against various countries, [...]

  • Thumbnail  Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing. Does the CIA answer to anyone? On one hand, it is significant that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has voted overwhelmingly (11-3) to release the findings of the five-year study, [...]

  • Thanks for this, DSWright.

    Obama’s lame attempts to address Russian charges of hypocrisy were just dripping with disingenuousness, in more ways than one. Not only did he claim that the US sought to work within the international system (after Bush made it clear that we didn’t really need a Security Council resolution, but that we would try to get one anyway), but Obama offered a few more whoppers that are worth pointing out.

    “We did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory,” Obama said.

    While perhaps technically true, in fact the US directly ruled Iraq as an occupying power for more than a year, from April 2003 until Bush “transferred sovereignty” in June 2004. During this time, there was no respect for Iraq’s territorial integrity or sovereignty.

    “We did not grab its resources for our own gain,” Obama said.

    Complete and utter bullshit. Before the US invasion, Iraq’s domestic oil industry was fully nationalized and closed to Western oil companies. Ten years later, it was privatized and dominated by foreign companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron and Halliburton.

    “Instead, we ended our war and left Iraq to its people and a fully sovereign Iraqi state that could make decisions about its own future,” Obama said.

    He forgot to mention we also left it in a state of complete devastation, littered with depleted uranium and cluster bombs, with one million fewer Iraqis than were alive when we first went in. By “decisions about its own future,” I wonder if he means whether to decide to address the long-term health effects of DU or to try to rein in the sectarian violence continuing to rip the country apart. Or perhaps deal with the 2.8 million internally displaced people.

    Go to hell, Obama, with your sanctimonious, disingenuous drivel.

  • ThumbnailNearly half way through Black History Month 2014, the only story remotely related to black history that seems to have broken into the national consciousness is one from California in which a high school came under criticism for offering the stereotypical African-American cuisine of fried chicken and watermelon on its lunch menu. On the origins of [...]

  • Thumbnail Dissent IS Patriotic After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, there is finally some justice for more than 1,800 peaceful protesters arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The $18 million agreement announced Wednesday is the largest protest-related civil rights settlement in American history, and sends an important message to police [...]

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