THE LAST SUMMIT –THANK GOD

By Saul Landau Fidel Castro scored one big political victory last week, without speaking or even leaving his house – and one sort of amusing little win. By a lopsided score at the Summit of the Americas meeting in Cartagena, Fidel beat President Obama 31-2. The USA and Canada still want to exclude Cuba from […]

GET SERIOUS ABOUT SYRIA

By Saul Landau The Syrian conflict continued to boil — or boil over — when Syrian troops fired across the Turkish border on April 9, apparently killing either fleeing refugees or armed combatants. Then the UN team entered and began monitoring a shaky ceasefire – shaky because the Syrian National Council in exile and their […]

Maximum Security Prison, Turn Left After “Hooters” Sign

Danny Glover and Saul Landau   Highway 15 connects California’s Inland Empire with Las Vegas – accounting for the relative thickness of Saturday morning traffic. So we don’t stare too long at signs advertising Gentleman’s Clubs – showing no gentlemen, but rather attractive young women. Did you get it? If not you will. A few […]

Massacres and PTSD

By Saul Landau Western media has focused attention on Sgt. Robert Bales’ background. He allegedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians, 9 of them children, near Kandahar. After the bloodbath, Bales returned to his base and confessed. The media delved into Bales’ childhood, his marriage, and even his role on the high school football team. Reporters underlined […]

ON TO THE NEXT WAR!

Saul Landau Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since US troops landed in Korea in 1950. They begin with “facts not in evidence,” as lawyers say. “The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to […]

REPUBLICANS IMPLODE; I’M UNEASY

Saul Landau   “Romney now flaunting his wealth to impress voters!” (The Onion) I smiled weakly when Liberal Democrat friends guffawed last week over verbal foibles of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. It was sort of funny when Romney said: “Michigan’s trees are just the right height,” and “I Have Some Friends Who Are NASCAR […]

President Rick Santorum

By Saul Landau The media’s ability to confuse celebrity “news” with war and economic disaster grows stronger. “As North Korea ramped up its threats to attack South Korea, CNN reassured its viewers that a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula would have “no effect whatsoever” on its Whitney Houston coverage.  (The Borowitz Report) Whitney even […]

The Persecution of Judge Garzon

Saul Landau On September 11, 1973 (28 years before the World Trade Center-Pentagon attack), General Augusto Pinochet, leading a gang of treasonous officers, ordered Chilean air force jets to fire missiles at the Presidential Palace. By the end of the day Pinochet had seized power in a bloody, US-backed coup against the elected socialist government […]

THE SYRIAN DILEMMA

Saul Landau How to evaluate events in Syria and what to do? Syria borders on Turkey (north), Iraq (east), the Mediterranean (west), Lebanon (south and west), Israel (Golan Heights) and Jordan (south). Unlike the “humanitarian” intervention in Libya — now edging toward chaos  — outside fiddling with Syrian destiny will have great costs Syria’s strategic […]

Environmental internationalism: Cuba’s new mission?

By Saul Landau and Nelson P. Valdés Since 1959 Cuba has played a significant world role, quite a feat for a nation of 5 million – 11 million now. Cubans have shown their values, commitment and solidarity in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters around the world. Between 1960 and 2011, Cuba sent 45 […]