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Miko Peled & Uri Avnery: Knights for Peace & Justice…

When I was a journalist in the Mid-East (1969-71) and toured Israel/Palestine in ’69, Miko Peled was the 8-yr-old son of Matti Peled, an Israeli general who had recently triumphed in the June ’67 war. They come from a family of Zionist leaders who fought for and helped create the state of Israel.

General & Son…

Nevertheless, General Peled came to support the call for a federated Palestine in partnership with Israel. His son Miko is today a major witness for that same policy. His story can be found in his book, The General’s Son. more…

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Wall Street Mafia & Why You’re Busted…

In my first year in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP; 1990-91) I lucked out. Thru a fellow prisoner who was leaving, I got his position as admin clerk at the Unicor factory.

Most federal prisons (118) average some 1200 souls and there’s only jobs for maybe 200 in the prison factory.  Most prisoners labor at 12¢/hr.  Unicor, pays 23¢/hr. up to $1.15. With premium pay you can even earn $1.45. All overtime and weekends are double-pay. more…

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Marco Rubio & The Hispanic-Cuban Vote…

Just over 16% of the population of the United States is Hispanic. Those of Mexican origin number some 12%, Puerto Ricans 2%, Cubans less than 1%, and the remainder are assorted Caribbeans, and Central and South Americans. (Whites are 64%, and Blacks 13%.)

The Real Cuba...

Within this Spanish-speaking mélange, while similar in language and culture, there are significant variations. Relative to voting, conservative or liberal, one would have to comprehend these differences. more…

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Revisionist Zionism & Nukes…

There’s an interesting article in Spiegel-OnLine that you won’t generally find in the corporate media on Israel’s Operation Samson nuclear weapons sub program.

Disclosure: When Israel turned 21 in 1969 I was a journalist working in that nation as a guest of the Jewish Agency.

Having been a civil rights activist (1959-65), I was surprised to find much of the Black Codes and Jim Crow treatment and mentality of the Old South used against Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

None of my previous experiences in the Jewish communities in NYC (South Bronx), Long Island, in the 101st Airborne and as a revolutionary socialist since, prepared me for Revisionist Zionism. more…

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Voting, Democracy & Revolution…

This is a monologue of a few ideas that are irritatingly rolling around in my brain like a BB in a boxcar. It’s longer than my usual articles, given the subject matter. I ‘spect it’s not the final word…

One of my earliest memories was listening to a political campaign on the radio—1944? ’48?—and asking my mother what was meant by “Democrats and Republicans?”

She answered in her Irish-New England lilt, “Republicans are the rich people, Nicky. Democrats are the rest of us.”  I admit, that always stuck with me. more…

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The Sociopathic 1%…

The 1% are comprised of a disproportionate share of sociopaths who will only relent their current pursuit of total profit, privilege and power if (1) they perceive it to be in their self-interest, or (2) they are introduced to Monsieur Guillotine. Justice favors for the latter.

In pursuit of this discussion, allow me to introduce Joseph E. Stiglitz and Dr. Martha Stout.

Stiglitz is the former Chief Economist of the World Bank, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and a professor at Columbia University.

Dr. Stout, a psychologist, was on the clinical faculty at Harvard University for 25 years, and authored several books, including The Sociopath Next Door (2005). more…

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It Doesn’t Take a Weatherman…

The following article, a bit longer than usual, is purely my own theoretical construct. It may or may not bear any resemblance to your “reality.” I come from a gulag mentality after a total of some 25+yrs in jails and prisons across the planet; to me, they’re all simply a pack of criminals… more…