Category: My Soap Box

A German View of the Gaza War

Victor Grossman, the German columnist, begins his current item on the Israeli attack on Gaza with the question whether it might be too controversial. After exposing a one-sided pro-Israeli slant of the German media and politicians in power, he rejects the charge that criticism of Israeli policy equals anti-Semitism. He concludes — and this is …

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Was John Brown Right?

On the morning of his execution by the State of Virginia on December 2, 1859, John Brown penned these words: I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much …

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A Laugh and a Song

The Covid-19 pandemic is no laughing matter. But in this grim situation a laugh is more needed than ever. Here is a YouTube video that cracked me up. And here’s a follow-up in the same vein. Hats off to the producers and talent, these are well done. In a different mood, here’s a beautifully done …

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San Francisco Labor Council says: NO to the U.S. Intervention and Attempted Coup in Venezuela!

The following resolution was adopted by the Delegates Meeting of the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) on Monday, February 11, 2019.] Whereas, Trump administration officials have openly declared their intention to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro; andWhereas, the U.S. has tightened economic sanctions, including the seizure of Venezuela’s oil properties …

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The President and the Speaker – Foreign Policy Twins Separated at Birth?

By  Tom Gallagher  Political scientists have long noted the phenomenon of our country’s “one-party foreign policy.” Which is to say, while there are often substantial differences between the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties on domestic issues — health care, the environment, taxation, education, etc. — when it comes to how the U.S. conducts …

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Venezuela and the Left

February 5, 2019 by Gabriel Hetland How should we respond to the fraught situation in Venezuela? The question has sparked heated debate on the Left, both in the US and around the world. The recent intensification of US efforts to remove Nicolás Maduro, by force if necessary, has lent that question renewed urgency. There are no …

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A Plan B for Europe

Today’s New York Times Sunday Review section carries a piece entitled in the print edition “Europe Needs a Plan B” by Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference and past German ambassador to the United States.  His argument is simple.  Trump is restructuring the transatlantic alliance that has been the bedrock of the European …

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