Category Archives: USA

USA | REPORT FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE & RICHMOND

By Phil Wilayto

RICHMOND, VA, Aug. 14 — News of the brutal murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va., along with injuries to dozens of other people, has spread around the world. Solidarity statements are being issued from many countries. U.S. politicians of all stripes – with the notable exception of President Donald Trump – are condemning the emerging “white nationalist” movement that led to the outrage.

USA | Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution

by Shamus Cooke

Trump’s threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all military options were “on the table.” Trump’s actions were perfectly timed to lend support to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, whose ongoing violent rebellion aims to topple the government of democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

USA | Donald’s Fury and North Korea’s Fire

by Brian Cloughley

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

President Donald Trump,  August 8, 2017

USA | U.S.-NATO Stirring Up Trouble Along Russian Borders

by Bruce K. Gagnon

The New York Times, that helped sell George W. Bush’s needless and illegal ‘shock and awe’ attack on Iraq in 2003, is now working to vilify Putin and create the pretext for war with Russia.

In a story headlined Russia’s Military Drills Near NATO Border Raise Fears of Aggression the NYT misleads with the title itself, even before you begin to read the article.  What is a NATO border?  Is NATO a country now with legally defined borders?  Does NATO suppose that where ever it decides to put a base or hold military drills that it has the right to declare itself a sovereign nation?

USA | US Foreign Military Bases Aren’t for “Defense”

“U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation.” That’s the unifying claim of the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases (noforeignbases.org), and it’s true as far as it goes.  But as a signer of the Coalition’s endorsement form, I think it’s worth taking the argument a bit further. The maintenance of nearly 1,000 US military bases on foreign soil isn’t just a nightmare for peaceniks. It’s also also an objective threat to US national security