Category Archives: Americas

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

President Trump dancing with Saudis James Dorsey argues that President Trump’s manoeuvres to withhold certification that Iran has complied with its nuclear agreement could encourage Saudi Arabia to step up its long-standing battle with Iran and set the Middle East and Gulf ablaze. Read more [...]

America’s culture war against tolerance

Tolerance does not mean-tolerating intolerance Lawrence Davidson highlights the growing threat to the culture of tolerance in the United States posed in particular by right-wing Republicans, especially in the traditional bastions of free speech: university and college campuses. Read more [...]

What does it take to move from pseudo-democracy to real participation?

Democratic illusion Graham Peebles considers the illusion of democracy in countries that consider themselves democratic, and argues that only with mass participation, and an electorate well informed by a truthful media, can there be real democracy. Read more [...]

Reality and its enemies: The rehabilitation of war criminal George W. Bush

George W. Bush Lawrence Davidson examines attempts in the US to rehabilitate former President George W. Bush against just two of the consequences of his war policies in the Middle East: cancer-causing munition material and drug-resistant bacteria. Read more [...]

How Israeli moves in Jerusalem are scotching Trump’s “ultimate deal”

Trump at the Western Wall Jonathan Cook argues that 1 June will be decision day for Donald Trump regarding his election campaign promise to move the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem and thereby kill any prospect of a two-state solution. Read more [...]

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement 

Syrian refugees Graham Peebles stresses the misery driving people to migrate, and the miserable conditions they endure en route to and after arriving at their destination, and calls for compassion in treating these victims of circumstance. Read more [...]

Grotesque inequality and anxiety

Stress Graham Peebles examines the relationship between inequality and the expectations arising from the socio-economic model that creates such inequality on the one hand, and anxiety and depression – which are reaching epidemic proportions – on the other. Read more [...]

The omnipresent pressure to conform

Conformity Graham Peebles examines the pressure on young people to conform, and the rooting out from education of subjects that encourage individuality and criticism, and says this is less to do with respecting traditions and the law and more to do with control and fear. Read more [...]

A dilemma for the intelligence agencies: Trump’s attack on Syria and historical precedents

Trump-the-ego-freak Against the background of the US missile attack on Syria, Lawrence Davidson examines the correlation between disregarding the information and analysis of intelligence agencies and national leadership that is egocentric, biased and pig-headed, such as President Trump. Read more [...]

Making America neocon again: Trump, Putin and the Ziocons

Making America neocon again Gilad Atzmon writes: It doesn’t Read more [...]