Only Connect: Searing Insights From Arthur Silber

Written by Chris Floyd 20 June 2010 7062 Hits

As I've said here many times before, no one that I know writing today is making the kinds of profound connections that Arthur Silber makes, year after year: drawing out the deeper implications of the operations of power on every level of our lives, from the global scope of high politics to the still, dark night of the individual psyche. His latest post is a masterpiece of his insightful art. He uncovers the (literally) deadly dynamic by which the ruling elites not only enforce their ravenous and ravaging will -- but also how they make their victims "become collaborators in their own destruction." Go there now, or as soon as you can, and read the piece in its entirety. Don't cheat yourself of a rare draught of wisdom when it's offered.

Read more ...Only Connect: Searing Insights From Arthur Silber

Sincerely Yours: Another Legal Triumph for the Obama-Yoo Administration

Written by Chris Floyd 17 June 2010 10255 Hits

James Bovard at Antiwar.com points out one of the more egregiously sick-making of the many atrocious "arguments" employed by Barack Obama in his successful effort to block the efforts of Maher Arar to seek justice for his unjust rendition and proxy torture in the Great War of Global Terror. Obama bade his legal henchmen -- his own personal John Yoos, as it were -- to tell the Supreme Court that it should kill the Canadian citizen's case seeking compensation for his unlawful arrest by U.S. officials, who then rendered him not unto Caesar but to the untender mercies of Syria's torture cells. The Robed Ones agreed, dismissing, without comment, Arar's appeal of a lower court ruling that quashed his case -- a decision that Scott Horton rightly likened last year to the Dred Scott case, which...

Read more ...Sincerely Yours: Another Legal Triumph for the Obama-Yoo Administration

Trillion-Dollar Bash: Mineral Find Means More Blood Money in Afghan War

Written by Chris Floyd 14 June 2010 8034 Hits

The New York Times reports on the discovery by American geologists that Afghanistan contains "vast riches" in untapped mineral deposits: at least $1 trillion worth -- including huge troves of lithium, "a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys," as the paper breathlessly relates. Unfortunately, given the realities of our world, one's first reaction to such news is not a cheery "How nice for the Afghan people!" but rather a heart-sinking, dread-clammy "Uh oh." For what this discovery almost certainly portends are many more decades of war, warlordism and foreign intervention, as the forces of greed and power fight like hyenas to tear off the juiciest chunks of this windfall. It also guarantees many more years of American military occupation (in one ...

Read more ...Trillion-Dollar Bash: Mineral Find Means More Blood Money in Afghan War

War on the World: Obama's Surge in State Terror

Written by Chris Floyd 04 June 2010 12910 Hits

Most sentient beings have long recognized that murdering civilians in foreign countries -- especially through the cowardly methods of "secret war" -- is entirely counterproductive ... if your actual aim is to enhance America's national security by reducing violent extremism and hatred for the United States, that is. However, if your aim is to perpetuate and expand a militarist empire and the bloated, brutal, corrupt, war-profiteering system that supports it, why then, secret war and civilian slaughter are perfectly logical and remarkably effective methods. And that is why our highly intelligent and cool, pragmatic president is now vastly expanding the use of secret war, subversion, sabotage and murder into even more countries around the world, and giving America's secret, unaccountable...

Read more ...War on the World: Obama's Surge in State Terror

Lie of the Land: The Dark Heart of a Special Relationship

Written by Chris Floyd 03 June 2010 7460 Hits

Israel's deadly attack on the relief boat bound for Gaza almost defies comment. Its wanton criminality is so blatant and its "justifications" so transparently false that condemnation seems almost superfluous; the evil of the action is self-evident. Likewise, the reactions of the American power structure – timorous appeasement from the White House, unhinged bloodthirstiness from Congress – have been so wildly inappropriate and utterly divorced from reality that they can scarcely bear any serious consideration; they are simply roars of meaningless noise, set loose in hopes of drowning out the truth. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the incident (beside the loss of innocent life) is its glaring confirmation of this long-established, deeply destructive fact: there is no outrage that...

Read more ...Lie of the Land: The Dark Heart of a Special Relationship

Memory, Meaning, Moments and Madness: Wanderers in No Man's Land

Written by Chris Floyd 31 May 2010 8618 Hits

Zachary Mason's remarkable new novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, is based on a grain of fact. Before the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey were crystallized and canonized in the books of Homer sometime in the 8th century B.C., various (and often conflicting) tales of the Trojan War and its heroes had floated around in various forms for hundreds of years. Some of these variants survive in fragments of other ancient works, like ghostly echoes of alternative universes. Mason's intriguing fictional conceit is that he is translating one of these: a "pre-Ptolemaic papyrus excavated from the desiccated rubbish mounds of Oxyrhynchus" which "contains forty-four concise variations on Odysseus's story."

Read more ...Memory, Meaning, Moments and Madness: Wanderers in No Man's Land

Note from the Publisher - Richard Kastelein

Chris Floyd 30 May 2010 6593 Hits

While Chris has been away, I went through the latest brouhaha with the Wiki Police over at Wikipedia - there seems to be a right wing contingent there that doesn't like Chris and they finally deleted his Wikipedia entry completely last week citing there was not enough proof and he was a 'nobody' - which enraged me. So I simply built another Wikipedia page today with 30 citations and references. I look forward to see their new arguments.

Read more ...Note from the Publisher - Richard Kastelein

Creeping Terror: The New American Way of War

Written by Chris Floyd 18 May 2010 10431 Hits

The American way of war is a marvelously ingenious thing. And thoroughly modern too. No more of that "don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" jazz; your modern "warfighter" (they aren't called "soldiers" anymore, you know) prefers to view his targets through, say, a computer screen safely ensconced back in the Homeland or thousands of feet in the sky, or else through the unearthly greenish glow of night-vision scopes. And open combat? Forget it. The new American way is the sneak attack on civilian homes in the dead of night. You creep up, you break in, you cap a few ragheads, then you run away. What glory! What magnificent valor! The Washington Post reports on yet another glorious page in the annals of the exceptional nation "intended by God to be a light set on a hill to...

Read more ...Creeping Terror: The New American Way of War

Recent Popular Articles

Progressive Apocalypse: Obama Opens Door to Nuclear Nightmare

May 31, 2015 374 Chris Floyd
As all the world knows, the United States government is fervently dedicated to advancing the cause of peace throughout the world. Tirelessly, selflessly — and thanklessly — America pursues this noble…
Read More...

Our Lives in the Larder: Celebrating Another Defeat for Freedom

Jun 02, 2015 370 Chris Floyd
I was going to write about the bizarre and rather sad celebrations across the progressosphere about the great paradigm-shifting “victory” in the passage of the “U.S.A. Freedom Act” — but I find that…
Read More...

Fresh Horses: Roadside Stop on the Imperial Highway

Jun 21, 2015 292 Chris Floyd
Very sorry for the dearth of posts in recent weeks. This is due to personal reasons, which I'll not bore you with. I hope to be writing more here in the near future. I do manage to twit a tweet every…
Read More...

Athens Agonistes: Troika Extremists Write New Greek Tragedy

Jun 29, 2015 266 Chris Floyd
The people of Greece are being driven to their knees by a gang of brutal religious extremists, willing to destroy whole nations for the sake of something that doesn't even exist. Yet the 'civilized'…
Read More...

False Flag Op: Heritage and Hokum in Rebel Banner Row

Jul 02, 2015 257 Chris Floyd
And now, an important message from the Hon. Ambrose Calhoun Merriweather, former governor of South Carolina: “My fellow Americans, as we gather to celebrate the birth of our nation, I am saddened to…
Read More...

XPOTUSES in Paradise: Bill and George Gab About Old Times

Jul 10, 2015 233 Chris Floyd
“Come on now, George, admit it: I killed more Iraqi civilians than you ever did, with my sanctions. Don’t you remember my Madeline Albright admitting that 500,000 children had died from those…
Read More...