9/11 at nineteen

The 9/11 attacks on New York in 2001 ushered in the war on terror and a ‘new normal’. The official account of what happened was underpinned by the investigation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Although patently unconvincing its conclusion has been established as the truth by declaring all else conspiracy. Continue reading

Accumulation by dispossession

Lockdown, a brutal control measure in American prisons, is touted  as a merciful choice between contagion and starvation. Thanks to the New York Times we learn this policy was inspired by the school project of 14 -year-old Laura Glass. And then used by ‘concerned health experts’ to persuade a reluctant president to do the right thing and shut- down the economy in an election year. Continue reading

War 111

Full spectrum dominance is dead. On March 1, addressing the Federal Assembly in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin announced Russia had achieved overwhelming military superiority over America. He said the US had wasted trillions of dollars of taxpayers money on defence systems that were useless against a new generation of Russian missiles. The US leadership had irresponsibly rejected overtures to reopen arms limitation talks and it was time to remove the war-mongers. Continue reading

Little Israel

Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected leader of the Labour Party despite the efforts of his fellow MPs and a hostile media to bully him into submission. He has promised there will be no recriminations and called for party unity. His enemies  pretend to be mollified while getting a second wind and sharpening their daggers. Public life is cynical and seedy in Little Israel. Continue reading