"Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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The isolation of Gaza is almost complete. The laws of war have been torn up and the enclave is now completely at Israel’s mercy

After six months – and many tens of thousands of dead and maimed Palestinian women and children later – western commentators are finally wondering whether something may be amiss with Israel’s actions in Gaza.

World Central Kitchen founder and chef Jose Andres is speaking out about Israel's killing of seven relief workers in Gaza, calling the attack "systematically targeted" and intentional. After reviewing the evidence, Andres stated that Israel clearly and systematically, "car by car," targeted the aid workers with three separate airstrikes, one for each relief vehicle. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claims the attack was not deliberate but merely an accident, but Andres is not buying it. The IDF knew full well, Andres explained in an interview, that the vehicles were humanitarian vehicles, and th

This Thursday, April 4, 2024, marks the 56th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The article below is an updated version of a piece posted on my blog Truth and Shadows on September 3, 2016. It was the product of an interview with human rights lawyer William Pepper, whose 37-year investigation into the King assassination revealed a government conspiracy to eliminate the civil-rights leader and to frame a “patsy” named James Earl Ray.

According to the government, James Earl Ray shot Dr. Martin Luther King from that window. There is, needless to say, no physical evidence to prove this charge. James Earl Ray spent his life in prison based solely on a coerced confession which he immediately retracted. None of the ballistics tests, which were performed on the rifle James Earl Ray allegedly used, were able to link that rifle to the actual bullet that killed Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King's family does not think James Earl Ray was the killer, and recently won a civil court case proving there was a conspiracy.

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