Credit where credit’s due: It’s North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, not Trump, who Forced the US to the Negotiating Table

By Dave Lindorff

I’m no fan of police states or of dictators, whether in Russia, China, North Korea or under development here in the United States, but let’s at least be honest about what’s behind the news that President Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the man he has been calling “fat” and “Little Rocket Man.”

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The kids are rising!: Learning the Power of Protest, Confrontation and Collective Action, Where Will America’s Students Go from Here?

By Dave Lindorff

            A salute to the kids of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida!

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            After experiencing a terrifying attack on their school by a tragically unhinged former student armed with an assault-style rifle who killed 14 of their classmates and three teachers and seriously injured another 14, they didn’t retreat into fear and victimhood. Instead read more

I’ve been a target of US propaganda attacks: Washington has Engaged in Information Warfare, Including Fake News and Trolling, for Years

By Dave Lindorff

The howling in government and the corporate media and among many liberals about an alleged Russian information war, with bots, trolls and fake news being placed in social media to mislead and incite Americans against each other, might lead one think, like Sen John McCain, that we are practically at war with Russia. Yet it’s all actually pretty silly. After all, our own government has been playing this game for decades, both abroad, read more

New TCBH! poem: Ostrich’s lament

The sand underground is very dark

But I’ve learned to open my inner eye.

I’ve become quite the dreamer!

Been dreaming up a new world.

It used to be dark down here

All by myself, hiding

From everything that is going on, everything

Swirling around the United States of the Ostrich Farm.

Sure I miss running with my fellow birds.

But I don’t miss it much!

Nobody takes us seriously.

We’re sort of the muppets of nature.

Big eyes, long eyelashes, long scaly legs.

Fluffy butt feathers.

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Shooters not only nuts: US Mass Killers Crucially Abetted by Nuts Who Won’t Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

By Dave Lindorff

Something is clearly sick in America.

The latest shooting in Broward County Florida was no surprise. Like almost all the school shootings that are now weekly events in the United States, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where it took place was in not some violence-plagued, over-crowded, mostly non-white urban school, but rather was located in the town of Parkland, an upscale suburban community. The school had an “A” rating from the state, as a top-performing high read more

Trump’s latest insulting idea: Converting SNAP into a Canned Goods Distribution Program is a Revolutionary Idea

By Dave Lindorff

            What a horrific idea President Trump has come up with in calling for an end to the provision of food assistance money under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which he’d supposedly like to turn into a “surplus food” type operation where people are provided with canned goods and other packaged foods instead of cash.

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Nunes issue isn’t damage to the FBI: Memo Exposes the Danger Posed by the FBI and NSA that the FISA ‘Court’ is a Joke

By Dave Lindorff

Days after the release of the so-called Nunes memo the Democrats are insisting on the release of their memo, which might be considered a minority rebuttal, but it’s time to take a look at the big picture. What does this whole incident say about the FBI, its power, its capacity for abuse and misconduct, and the long history of an organization that has played such a decisive and often repressive and even unconstitutional role in American politics over many, many decades. read more

Trump’s wrong: Our Racial and Ethnic Roots in all their Tangled Diversity are What’s Best about this Country

By Dave Lindorff

            I’m a white American, but like a majority of us, that’s only small part of the story.

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            In a country where the federal government is currently in the hands of so-called “nativists” like Trump and his white mostly male Republican Party backers only celebrate white roots, I like many of us have various genetic strands that include a little of read more

Standing up to empire: South Korea Slips Off the US Leash

By Dave Lindorff

            The mainstream US media, when it comes to the idea of talks between the governments of North and South Korea, are focused on the idea that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is trying to drive a wedge between the Republic of Korea and the United States. No doubt that is true, but this focus misses a major part of the story.

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