Shut up or you’re under arrest: Starbucks has a Racism Problem, but the Police, both Racist and Authoritarian, are Worse

            At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial to see a wave of national outrage over an incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks shop involving two black men who were read more

Ross fails racism test…again: Philadelphia’s Top Cop Defends Indefensible Prejudice in Starbucks Arrest Incident

By Linn Washington, Jr.

Philadelphia’s top cop, Richard Ross, an African-American, has once again exhibited his blind spot on racial bigotry by police during his defense of a specious arrest of two black men inside a Starbucks coffee shop recently that triggered strong condemnation from the mayor of the so-called City of Brotherly Love.

The arrest of those black men for trespassing while they sat inside a Starbucks awaiting their meeting with a white developer to discuss a possible real estate read more

Keeping it normal in the world’s leading rogue nation: No Indication in the US that the Country is at War Again

By Dave Lindorff

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday in Philadelphia, birthplace of the United States. Crowds of people took advantage of temperatures that were in the ’80s for the second day in a row to stroll the streets of Center City, shopping and patronizing the various restaurants and coffee shops. The only sign that the US had just attacked the capital of another Middle East country with a shock-and-awe blitz of cruise missiles was a small read more

‘Mine is bigger!’: President Trump’s War Crime is Worse than the One He Accuses Assad of Commiting

By Dave Lindorff

 

            The single most important thing that happened last night when the US military on President Trump’s orders launched a wave of over 100 cruise missiles against Syria was that once again the US violated the most profound international law of war: initiating a war of aggression against a nation that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, to the US or its allies.

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Martin and me: Spending a Night in the Concord Jail When Martin Luther King, Jr. was Assassinated

By Dave Lindorff

I never met Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., or attended a march or rally where I could hear him speak, but on the evening night of April 4, 1968, an hour or so after he was assassinated, I was in a jail cell in Concord, Mass. writing a freshman paper about King, Gandhi and Thoreau, and their shared ideas about the power of non-violent political protest.

It had all started out when I found myself blocked, unable to get started on an end-of-the-term paper for my philosophy class read more

An activist who cared: Winnie Mandela: Never Half-Stepping on the Road to Freedom

By Linn Washington, Jr.

In many ways Winnie Mandela – the iconic South African anti-apartheid activist – was the appropriate choice for keynote speaker at the historic October 1997 ‘Million Woman March’ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Winnie Mandela, the second and best-known wife of the legendary leader Nelson Mandela, courageously confronted issues from racism to sexism, classism to capitalism. Those issues were embedded in the impetus for staging read more

A crazy thought: Is Trump Going Off the Rails or Possibly Getting Back on Track?

By Dave Lindorff

            Here’s a bizarre contrarian thought — one admittedly based on limited and dubious evidence and that flies in the face of a more than a year’s contrary evidence, and that is more along the lines of a desperate hope than reality, but what the hell. Bear with me:

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            Suppose for a moment that President Donald Trump, a narcissistic man of little intellect read more

Trump’s truly awful pick for national security advisor: War Monger and War Criminal John Bolton to Head Trump’s National Security Council

By Dave Lindorff

John Bolton, the man named this past week by President Trump to be his new national security advisor, is like that rotting corpse of the torturing rapist local yokel that erupts from the water at the very end of the movie “Deliverance,” returning to remind its former victims of the horrors they had endured earlier and thought they’d finally rid themselves of.

One of the most bloodthirsty members of a gang of war-mongering read more

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.”

The corporate media in the US has been lavishing at times grudging praise on read more

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