U.S. Support for the War in Yemen Is Indefensible

‘Deference to Saudi Arabia has cost America its moral footing’ Not even funerals are sacred in a time of war. Last Saturday, as hundreds of Yemeni mourners waited to pay their respects to a beloved elder, warplanes obliterated the funeral hall they were gathered in killingmore than 140 people and wounding more than 525. This is not an isolated incident but rather the latest tragedy … Continue reading U.S. Support for the War in Yemen Is Indefensible

The Fed needs to encourage savers to become spenders

Dear John: Inflation is rapidly getting out of control. Real estate prices and rents have exploded. Health care costs are going through the roof. Food is rising. Education and services of all kinds are rising rapidly. We are solidly in the 6 percent to 8 percent inflation range right now. Something’s gonna give. J.B. Dear J.B. Sorry, but I don’t see it. Sure, some parts … Continue reading The Fed needs to encourage savers to become spenders

Eye in the sky: the billionaires funding a surveillance project above Baltimore

Thousands of runners will sweat their way past the scenic highlights of central Baltimore in the city’s marathon on Saturday, but the action will not only be at ground level. An aircraft equipped with advanced cameras is set to circle high above their heads, as part of a secretive surveillance programme funded by Texan billionaires. Last year, Radiolab, a public radio show, featured a company … Continue reading Eye in the sky: the billionaires funding a surveillance project above Baltimore

The US just bombed Yemen, and no one’s talking about it

What if the United States went to war and nobody here even noticed? The question is absurd, isn’t it? And yet, this almost perfectly describes what actually happened this past week. While many Americans, myself included, were all hypnotized by the bizarre spectacle of the Republican nominee for president, a US navy destroyer fired a barrage of cruise missiles at three radar sites controlled by … Continue reading The US just bombed Yemen, and no one’s talking about it

The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria

Qatar always wanted to punch above its weight. In Syria, it got the chance. In 2009, Qatar, a leading natural gas producer, approached Syria about routing its planned 1,500 mile pipeline to the gas markets of Europe through Syria’s Aleppo province. Qatar wanted a pipeline straight to Europe as its current gas transport modes were limited to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker, mostly to Asia … Continue reading The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria

Militia Men Arrested In Alleged Plot To Bomb Kansas Mosque After Election

Three members of a militia group in Kansas were arrested for allegedly planning to bomb an apartment complex and kill dozens of Muslim Somali immigrants the day after the presidential election, federal officials said Friday. Calling themselves “The Crusaders,” the three men wanted to detonate four parked vehicles filled with explosives outside the apartment complex in Garden City to “wake people up,” said acting US … Continue reading Militia Men Arrested In Alleged Plot To Bomb Kansas Mosque After Election

Want to Know Julian Assange’s Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago

AMID A SEEMINGLY incessant deluge of leaks and hacks, Washington, DC staffers have learned to imagine how even the most benign email would look a week later on the homepage of a secret-spilling outfit like WikiLeaks or DCLeaks. In many cases, they’ve stopped emailing altogether, deleted accounts, and reconsidered dumbphones. Julian Assange—or at least, a ten-years-younger and more innocent Assange—would say he’s already won. After … Continue reading Want to Know Julian Assange’s Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago