Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document,..

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Cheapening Anti-Semitism – OpEd Friday, August 10th, 2018

What is worse than anti-Semitism are bogus charges of it. That is what did on August 8. This media outlet is an important source of news in the Philadelphia area, so what it prints must be taken seriously. It has twice embarrassed itself this week: first, by publishing an article by..

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Best National Government in North America: Mexico Thursday, August 9th, 2018

At least that’s the hope of those who elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, aka Peje, on a platform of sweeping out the corruption — a platform promoted in Obrador’s book, A New Hope for Mexico. That Barack Obama did not permanently decommission the word “hope” for credible..

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Russia Is Our Friend Monday, August 6th, 2018

Last May I was in Russia when fascists held a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville, not to be confused with their larger rally which followed in August. At the May rally, people shouted “Russia is our friend.” I was on a Russian TV show called Crosstalk the next day and discussed this. I..

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Swamp Infrastructure Construction Kinetics Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Now being planned and built in Washington, D.C., which is already just about coated in monuments to wars and particular warriors, are monuments to: World War I, the Gulf War, Native American fighters in wars, African Americans who fought in the U.S. war for independence, and the War on Terrorism,..

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With considerable courage, Government of India has released the National Registry of Citizens, that has shown that probably around 4 million illegal migrants from Bangladesh could be in Assam. Modi government has to be applauded for bringing out this fact ,though it has been done under the..

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The Middle Man: The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony Kennedy Saturday, July 28th, 2018

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” This near-kitsch description comes from Justice Anthony Kennedy, US Supreme Court justice whose resignation sent Democrats screeching and Republicans..

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The Progressive Caucus Budget Just Got Slightly Better Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

That’s as enthused as I can get. There must be a Republican in the White House. Is there? Oh yeah. Well, maybe that explains it. Or maybe the CPC is just sticking with last year’s budget despite this year’s additional insane increases in military spending and decreases most other places. In..

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Tell Israel to Allow Thinking in Its Schools Friday, July 20th, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is..

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The Intelligence Community Is Neither Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press..

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The Woes of Luka Modrić: Croatia, Nationalism and Football Monday, July 16th, 2018

Juraj Vrdoljak of Telesport was convinced. “I think half the population didn’t show up to work on the morning after the win against England.” The victory had inspired early shop closures, a feeling of rampant escapism. “Croatia is a country with a deep economic crisis. Every day, life is..

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Dilemma of Strengthening Democracy in Pakistan Friday, July 13th, 2018

No country can achieve political stability without the active coordination of different state institutions working within their own specified parameters. For a nation to keep moving smoothly on the road to prosperity and maintaining national cohesion, consensus among political forces and other..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..