New Travel Posts Coming Soon

I just returned from a little over six weeks of travel which included Kauai, Hawaii; the UK; France; Belgium; and the Netherlands. Over the next week or so, I will be sharing some of my experiences through photos and writing.

Kauai was absolutely stunning. The five week European portion of my travels produced a lot of interesting and real content and reflection, and I look forward to sharing it with you soon!

I am happy to be back in beautiful and peaceful Oregon!


US and NATO vassal states lack credibility on human rights

The imperialistic and brutal actions of the United States government, from one administration to the next, fly in the face of its rhetoric on human rights. This is a country (my country) which killed over a million Iraqis in an illegal and immoral invasion and occupation. Even before that, it killed over a million and a half Iraqis with a decades long sanctions regime, most of whom were children. It destroyed Libya and facilitated the rise of ISIS. It instigated the civil war in Syria by providing all sorts of assistance to terrorist rebel forces, which they happily named “moderate rebels.” Would the United States or Britain, France, or Italy like it if some foreign power started arming and training separatists inside those countries? The US and its Western European vassal states fueled the wars in the Balkans and then bombed Kosovo when a peaceful settlement was practical and achievable. The list is long, from Latin America to the Middle East, from Africa to Asia.

The US mass media is the same media that sold the Iraq War and the lies about WMD. Nothing changed! It is the same corporate structure, the same bosses, and the same journalists (or ones just like them). These are “journalists” with little journalistic integrity, who toe the line for a paycheck and career advancement. The mainstream media is not “fake news;” it is propaganda. In regard to foreign relations, especially when the use of force is involved, it is a public relations mechanism for the US government. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and the mainstream networks are fine for local/domestic news, weather and sports, but when it comes to international relations, it is top heavy with propaganda .

The United States is the only country to ever drop an atomic bomb (doing it twice). It is a  country which killed three to four million people in Vietnam and  which drone attacks women and children year after year, and goes around the world killing and maiming while proclaiming altruistic rationales.

Western European countries (NATO states), former colonial powers that oppressed the global south for five hundred years (and now have the audacity to complain about migrant populations) have repeatedly shown themselves to be subservient to American imperialism and have diminished their dignity in their need to please their master in Washington. The United States, backed by NATO countries, has created chaos, death, and destruction. Some politicians and commentators have the audacity to invoke the name of God or Jesus, glorifying the US military as it illegally launches missiles against a sovereign nation. God and Jesus weep at your lust for violence and your warped mentality. It is written as clear as day in the Bible: “Blessed are the peacemakers,” not the vengeful and violent, not the militarists and liars, not the hateful and the greedy. No, “blessed are the pure in heart.” Shame on the US government and its militaristic supporters, and shame on those European vassal states that give aid and comfort to endless US warmongering.

Saw it coming ten years ago

In 2006, I was at a research meeting at the European Commission in Brussels for my doctoral studies. They gave out a folder with informational material on EU policy. One of the materials was an outline of EU policy on Ukraine and it spoke about “bringing Ukraine into the European sphere.” A EU representative was giving a presentation and discussing the material. I spoke out and said that this EU position was flat out wrong. It smacked of a colonial attitude. I told that representative, in front of the group– which included some high level diplomats, that Ukraine is a sovereign and independent country and shouldn’t belong to a “sphere”,  but if it is in any “sphere” that it would be the Russia one. Ukraine was a part of Russia, they share linguistic and cultural ties, and thirty percent of the population are native Russian speakers. Well, ten years later, we can see the result of the EU pushing its Ukraine policy, which was (and continues to be) intertwined with NATO and backed by the puppet master in Washington.

French Parliament Votes to Lift anti-Russian Sanctions Imposed by EU

Good move my French brothers and sisters.

I say this with love– the EU is a lapdog of Washington and far too many European governments are subservient to the criminality of the US government. In fact, these governments are so subservient that when the US illegally spied on European heads of state and high level politicians– as we all know– and it was exposed, European leaders gave a few whimpers and then it was back to business as usual– being the DC lapdog. Instead of confronting the US government about Snowden’s revelations, certain EU governments denied airspace to the Bolivian President– thinking that Snowden was aboard the plane, which dangerously forced it to reroute and land in Austria. That was shameful. Anyway, these ridiculous sanctions boomeranged on Europe. France is a proud and beautiful country and doesn’t want to be a tool for US imperialism.