An Open Letter to the Media on the “Irony” of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

The supposed “irony” of whistle-blower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela has become a media meme. Numerous articles, op-eds, reports and editorials in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC have hammered on this idea since the news first broke… Read More An Open Letter to the Media on the “Irony” of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

Libya: The Second Anniversary of a Bloody Coup

This weekend, marking the second anniversary of the start of protests that would usher in a bloody and prolonged NATO-led coup to overthrow the Libyan Jamahiriya and Muammar Gaddafi, offers many reasons to celebrate for those whose intention was the demolition of Libyan self-determination, African integration, and a domestic system of extensive social welfare and… Read More Libya: The Second Anniversary of a Bloody Coup

Globalization, Democracy, and Canada versus the People of Haiti

In Canada, with its imperial adventure in Afghanistan, its aid workers who speak in suspiciously counterinsurgent terms of “restoring peace and stability” and achieving “progress,” and its continuing belligerence toward First Nations communities protesting for the right to live without uranium poisoning, it should not be surprising to see how much of the mass media… Read More Globalization, Democracy, and Canada versus the People of Haiti

In the world of the mercenary, colonialism is past, present, and future

On one day alone, three top news stories appear in the Associated Press and on the cover page of Yahoo! that deal with mercenaries: U.S., Iraqis discuss Blackwater’s status BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi officials are negotiating Baghdad’s demand that security company Blackwater USA be expelled from the country within six months, and American diplomats appear… Read More In the world of the mercenary, colonialism is past, present, and future