Deena Stryker

Caucasians Get Their Comeuppance


Following recent undisguised assassinations by local police of several black men that led to the largest demonstrations in recent US history, President Trump launched his first 2020 campaign rally near Tulsa, Oklahoma, where, in 1921, 300 black citizens celebrating the end of slavery were murdered, leading Black Americans to refer to that date…

Will Trump Resign?


Following Trump’s first formal rally of the 2020 election, ‘Monday morning quarterbacks’ report that the president is furious with his staff and in particular his election team: only one third of the anticipated attendees showed up to a huge amphitheater. (Apparently, many deliberately bought tickets with no intention of attending…) Many devotees may have stayed home for fear of catching the Corona…

Europe’s ‘Moment’?


As the most powerful Empire the world has ever known descends into fascism, all eyes are on Europe to uphold the torch of democracy. Alas, the twenty-eight countries of the European Union are still behaving as they always have since the first Eurasian tribes reached the Atlantic tip of the peninsula: quarreling over everything. While it is customary to analyze their bickering in political terms…

Attorney General Barre is Back — But So Are the Real Generals


In March  I wrote that Trump’s attorney general was signaling to Pompeo that he was ready to join him and former National Security Advisor John Bolton in an effort to prevent Trump from being re-elected.Following the killing of George Floyd, Pompeo has been eerily silent. (Since there is no process other than impeachment for legally ousting a President…

The Long Hot Summer Returns


The expression ‘long hot summer’ was born in the nineteen-fifties, when American Blacks first rebelled, eventually leading up to the appearance of Martin Luther King. King was assassinated in 1968, a few months before US Attorney General Jack Kennedy was also killed in the same context. From one decade to another, America’s black population, which today accounts for 13% of the total…

Does Democracy Protect Against Fascism?


For two hundred years, the United States has stood as the poster-child of democracy, while expediting its enemies with energy to spare. But questions about the future are suddenly causing the Washington Beltway (politicians and the media) to turn in circles, obsessed with getting rid of Trump and what he stands for, yet knowing that the Democratic candidate…

How the Middle Kingdom is Bringing Down the Greatest Empire


Americans need to stop equivocating and admit that China is in a payback situation vis a vis the Western world that abused it for centuries. As a geographic point of comparison, after bringing war to both Asia and the United States, the other major Pacific power, Japan benefitted from America’s determination to spread neo-liberal ‘democracy…

American Fascism


A couple of years ago I compared Hitler’s march to fascist power and that in the US. The pusillanimity of America’s progressives, who make up the bulk of the Democratic Party Their inability to make free health care for all the law of the land The party’s continued cosiness with the military-industrial complex Its supine acceptance of the Executive Presidency American…

One World Under Corona?


The American Pledge of Allegiance ends with the words: “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Two and a half centuries after its drafting, few Americans realize that it is only by working with other countries that they can maintain that aspiration. After more than fifty thousand American deaths and three million victims worldwide, I’m hoping that MSNBC’s outstanding anchor…

COVID-19: The Ultimate Irony


While we haven’t yet seen survivors of a nuclear attack being turned away from bunkers, the current version of NIMBY consists of countries refusing to let cruise ships with Corona Virus passengers on board permission to dock. Supplies are parachuted onto their decks in a new version of the 1948 Berlin Airlift, and fuel is delivered by plane. Unlike those 1914 passengers who danced on, oblivious that they…

An Increasing Great Fear


In 1963, around the time of my first conversations with Fidel Raul, Che and the other members of the then Cuban government, a New York writer named John Gerassi published a book whose title I would never forget: The Great Fear detailed the inevitable rise of what was at the time referred to as The Third World, dovetailing perfectly with the Cuban Revolution (which Gerassi also wrote about)…

Presidents and Their People


American Presidents pay a great deal of attention to the way other presidents treat their people: they still remind their voters that Joseph Stalin sent them to Siberia, having accused Syria’s President Assad of raining down chemical poisons in his struggle against Islamic terrorists. Recently the president of oil rich Venezuela has been blamed for mismanaging the oil that allows him to feed his…

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