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Ending the war

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

The Long War for oil in the Greater Middle East – from Palestine to Pakistan and from Central Asia to the Horn of Africa – has produced some heroes: Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and their associates. But we won’t have won until Obama, Clinton, Gates et al. are in cells in The Hague, awaiting trial […]


Saturday, August 7th, 2010

On August 6, 1945, the U.S. detonated an atomic weapon in a defeated Japan, killing 150,000 people. Three days later, a different sort of atomic bomb was dropped on another defenseless city, killing another 75,000. If there is an argument for the attack on Hiroshima, there can be none for that on Nagasaki – a […]

“Taxed Enough Already”: A Case for the Tea Partiers

Friday, April 16th, 2010

“[Those in the Tea Party movement, who are frustrated and fed up with American government] shouldn’t be laughed at. It’s not a joke. Ridiculing the Tea Party shenanigans is a terrible mistake. Why are those voices of discontent being mobilized by the extreme Right?”  –Noam Chomsky, 8 April 2010 A correspondent sends an apposite description […]

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Although the Media and the President Seem to Ignore it, Americans Continue to Kill and Die in the Middle East. Why?

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

(Text of the flyer for the regular monthly demonstration by the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort of Champaign IL, 6 Feb 2010) It’s not “because of 9/11” or to “stop terrorism,” as President Obama now says. The war is neither just nor legal: the real reason for it seems to be the long-standing U.S. policy of control […]

Anti-War Republicans

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Whether or not the Republicans do well in the 2010 congressional elections by mobilizing the general dismay with the Obama administration, it seems clear that the Republican opposition to Obama in 2012 will include opposition to his war policy. The question is what form it will take. I’m coming to doubt that it will consist […]

News from Neptune #54

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

News From Neptune on TV for Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

A spontaneous and unrehearsed discussion of the news of the week and its coverage by the media, cablecast each Friday at 7pm on Urbana Public Television (cable channel 6 in Urbana, Illinois). Joining C. G. Estabrook this week are E. Wayne Johnson and Ron Szoke. Each participant takes up to ten minutes to talk about […]

Setting the Agenda for the Intelligentsia

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The NYT today publishes a more candid than usual article in its campaign to set the terms of public discussion of US war policy — in a way that will favor that policy.

Securing Liberty: A Bailout for the Rest of Us

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The following are preliminary notes for a talk I was invited to give at the Midwest Liberty Fest in Du Quoin, IL , 9th-11th inst. The meeting included a wider variety of views than might have been predicted; I think it testifies to the failure of the Republicans and Democrats to constrain political debate within […]

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” –Noam Chomsky