Profiles in courage

Today I learned that my congressional representative, a graduate of a local Jesuit prep school and five years my junior, was so spooked by ISIS that he surrendered, voting with his party and forty-seven craven Democrats. His statement is a masterpiece of weaselspeak: After last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, it is… More Profiles in courage

‘I believe that you cannot destroy their ideology’

An MSNBC interview with Thomas Roberts and Janine Di Giovani: Roberts: When we talk about the country or the territory, they don’t have that. What they have is the territory that borders between Syria and Iraq. If that is stripped from them Janine, do they fall away? DiGiovani: Personally, I believe that you cannot destroy… More ‘I believe that you cannot destroy their ideology’

The origins of ISIS

It took a couple of hours but I found the article I read last spring about American complicity in creating ISIS. “The United States itself continued to send arms into Syria despite the certainty that some would end up in the hands of ISIS,” David Mizner wrote for Jacobin: The report concerns a period in… More The origins of ISIS

“It was carnage”

Chilling reports from Paris: Peace told CNN that he heard nothing from the shooters, just the screams of the crowd. However, another witness, who was at the Bataclan with his mother, told France Inter that he heard the assailants screaming “Allahu Akbar” while shooting inside the crowd. “It was carnage,” Marc Coupris, 57, told the… More “It was carnage”

About Ahmed Mohammed

Greenwald: There are all sorts of obvious, extreme harms that come from being a nation at permanent war. Your country ends up killing huge numbers of innocent people all over the world. Vast resources are drained away from individuals and programs of social good into the pockets of weapons manufacturers. Core freedoms are inexorably and… More About Ahmed Mohammed

DHS ‘monitoring’ #BlackLivesMatter movement

To quote a band I don’t much like, no alarms and no surprises: The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents, released by… More DHS ‘monitoring’ #BlackLivesMatter movement

‘A definition of patria as indivisible from personal honor’

Forty years ago, Miami was on fire: On Thursday, December 4, 1975, a man walked into the building holding a cassette recorder that housed a bomb. He made his way to the back of the first floor and up the stairs, and placed the case on a filing cabinet outside the Homicide Office before exiting… More ‘A definition of patria as indivisible from personal honor’