“There’s no way to pay for it”: From WMDs to a GND

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks that killed 2,977 Americans. These attacks were carried out by 19 men—15 Saudi Arabians, two Emiratis, one Egyptian and one Lebanese—of the terrorist group al-Qaeda. In another seven days, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the US government’s response: the Authorization for Use of … Continue reading “There’s no way to pay for it”: From WMDs to a GND

Portraits of a Changing America

Last month, I watched a number of new documentaries. Three of these stood out thanks to their connective stories. Three stories that each follow an American protagonist. Three legal battles over ideology, whether good or bad. Three very different areas of society that link past challenges to future opportunities, through present discussions. Past: Welcome to Leith White … Continue reading Portraits of a Changing America

The Four Horsemen Rest Within the Security Council

The United Nations and its Security Council were formed at the end of World War II. The permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, also known as the Permanent Five or P5, include the following five governments: China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These five nations have endowed themselves with protecting … Continue reading The Four Horsemen Rest Within the Security Council

The Cyberweapons Race Has Begun

Alex Gibney's latest documentary film covers the phenomenon surrounding the Stuxnet computer virus and the development of the malware software known as "Olympic Games". The Stuxnet worm, a groundbreaking virus jointly created by the US and Israel, has the power to cripple nuclear plants and more. Gibney's film, Zero Days (2016), documents several aspects of this particular cyberweapon: from … Continue reading The Cyberweapons Race Has Begun

Black Power and the Black Panthers

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Writing for Jacobin Magazine, Robert Greene II discusses the lasting relevance of the Black Panthers and their anti-racist, anti-capitalist vision: The work of the Black Panthers remains important for several reasons. First, they remind us that the problem of police brutality has long been with us (Martin … Continue reading Black Power and the Black Panthers

Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

So, if rich people do not create the jobs, what does? A healthy economic ecosystem — one in which most participants (especially the middle class) have plenty of money to spend. Over the last couple of years, a rich investor and entrepreneur named Nick Hanauer has annoyed all manner of other rich investors and entrepreneurs by explaining this … Continue reading Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

Bringing Hell to Syria

More than 400,000 deaths. Four million refugees plus 7.6 million Syrians displaced within their country. Widespread bombardment of cultural heritage sites and urban centers. These are some of the costs of the war in Syria. A war that has now waged for over five years and doesn't appear to be stopping. The human cost is tremendous. And the causes are many. In the … Continue reading Bringing Hell to Syria

The American Injustice System: Slave Labour and Prison Profits

As Huey Freeman quipped, "the prison-industrial complex is a system situated at the intersection of government and private interest. It uses prison as a solution to social, political and economic problems. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, slave labour, policing, the courts, the media, political prisoners and the elimination of dissent." I want … Continue reading The American Injustice System: Slave Labour and Prison Profits

“Take Our Country Back”: The Clarion Call of Western Xenophobia

In the past weeks, there have been two major political announcements in the Anglophone world. The first was the United Kingdom (UK) referendum vote on June 23 to leave the European Union (EU), referred to as "Brexit". The second bit of news was the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for President of the … Continue reading “Take Our Country Back”: The Clarion Call of Western Xenophobia

The American Injustice System: Manufacturing Criminals

Earlier this year, Netflix released Making a Murderer, a 10-episode series that examines the life of Steven Avery. Avery spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. Avery was exonerated with the aid of the Innocence Project and the actual perpetrator was found. To date, the work of the Innocence Project has led to the freeing of … Continue reading The American Injustice System: Manufacturing Criminals