Joseph Palermo: Despite Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s reform agenda and the ongoing popular struggles in Eastern Europe, in 1988 East Berlin did not appear to be a city on the brink of a revolution.
Joseph Palermo: Trumpeting statistics about how wonderful a 6 percent unemployment rate is or how terrific it is to see the stock market reach a 17,000 Dow simply doesn’t resonate.
Joseph Palermo: Kill the Messenger tells the story of San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb who uncovered what appeared to be the story of the decade: people associated with a US-backed mercenary army had become international drug traffickers
Joseph Palermo: The student activists of Jefferson County show us that the younger generation can rise to the occasion and steer the world toward a better place than their parents and grandparents left for them.
Joeseph Palermo: By exploring the lives and times of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor, Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.
Joseph Palermo: The neo-cons appear prescient proving that if you scream for war long enough you have a good chance of getting war.
Joseph Palermo: When the US Senate votes 100 to 0 to support whatever the IDF does in Gaza our political “leaders” might not realize it but they’re undermining the ideological architecture that has allowed them to drive this country into every other war.
Joseph Palermo: Those who believe that Palestinians’ allegiances can be pushed away from Hamas and Islamic Jihad and toward Fatah and “moderation” through brutal military force might want to rethink their assumptions.
Joe Palermo: The neo-cons brought the country the Iraq war and we should remember that fact, particularly since it appears that these dead-enders have burrowed themselves so deeply into the foreign policy establishment their bullshit views are still widely ventilated.
Joe Palermo: If the Talibs who held Bergdahl for the past five years had cut off his head and put the video of it on the Internet would Chris Wallace of Fox News be asking on his show whether or not the young Army soldier deserved the death penalty?
Joseph Palermo: We don’t need FCC rule changes that benefit giant corporations. We need an FCC that lives up to its original mission of protecting the public interest.
Joe Palermo: Bundy and Sterling have exposed attitudes about race that most people would prefer remain subterranean. Yet codes and dog whistles have become part of the normal functioning of our politics and are the methods of choice for those who want to drop race into the conversation for political gain without doing so overtly.
CIA Oversight: The oversight institutions charged with protecting the public from CIA abuses have been rendered dysfunctional .