Category Archives: Global

Giveaways from Last Night’s Republican Primary Debate.

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If immediately after turning off your television you didn’t feel like you were being quick-talked into buying a borderline “quasi-legal,” investment package that sounds too good to be true because it relies upon unspoken yet overly optimistic and highly theoretical “growth” projections, then perhaps Marco Rubio’s assertion that we need “less” philosophers is telling. If that is indeed the case, I also have some stock in Accu.so I’d like to sell.  And as much as I’d rather sit in a closed room with Donald Trump for an undetermined amount of time, listening to him list different synonyms for the word “worst” as they can be used to describe what and how specific people, events, and contracts, have been the worst things in “history,” I have to give Fox moderator, Maria Bartiromo, credit for pressing Ted Cruz about his tax plan. Continue reading

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Protesting Too Much

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It’s hardly a secret that the AccuSo staff have a picky palate when it comes to media outlets. So it stands out acutely when one of our favorite publications stoops to shoveling propaganda for the powers that be, like we see in a Foreign Policy opinion piece just yesterday:

[P]art of the goal: restoring Russia as a leader of world opinion after the reputational damage it suffered in Ukraine, muscling in as a power broker that needs to be consulted in important crises far from its borders and sphere of influence […] But even members of the reliably shrill pro-Kremlin chorus seem to admit that nobody but Russia likes this configuration — and that Russia, like Pushkov said, doesn’t really need this at all.

Sadly, FP is beginning to sound a little “shrill” itself in its careful and side-mouthed denunciations of Russia’s Syria intervention. In policy and opinion pieces language is everything. Articles like this, or their recent attempt to paint Syria as a US-Russian proxy war, spend more time rhetorically impugning Russian motives and capabilities than they do building a historical or evidentiary case for that position.

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The Insane Case of Hissène Habré and the Fraudulence in “Fiscal-Conservative” Moralizing

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In January 2014, no doubt anticipating the upcoming presidential primaries, Senator and now presidential candidate Rand Paul published a statement on his website which boasted his co-sponsorship of the then recently introduced “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.”  Paul and other advocates of the bill have and continue to explicitly single out institutions, specifically Planned Parenthood, that both provide abortion services and accept government subsidies for patients in need of financial assistance.  And the bill would do exactly what the title would have you believe, restrict government subsidies for health care which includes abortion services.

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Literacy: the Price of Liberty

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Y’all need to stop reading the news.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the effort. You should want to be informed and involved. That’s what I want for you, to pay attention.

Your news is garbage though. I mean read Reuters. Read UPI. Read AP, Interfax, and CBC. Please. Sift newsfeeds as if there really was gold in those sandy hills.

But don’t read the news. When you read outlets like HuffPo, when you read the Wall Street Journal or USA  Today or the New York Times you’re just going to end up reading repackaged establishment tripe courtesy of some rattle-headed mouthpiece like David Brooks.

The same way we don’t need you people smoking crack and thinking it’s coffee we also don’t need you reading David Brooks and mistaking that for the news.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk about this asshole. Let’s talk about David Brooks.  Continue reading

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Say What(?)…Say When…Say Uncle…When Fear is Sovereign: Torture as the End of Liberal Regimes…?

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What is most revealing about torture?  The truth—according to some theories.

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Tehran Delendane Est?

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Is this a podcast? Is Iran an existential threat? Can every statement be translated into an urgent question form?

All this, and the background noise of Upstairs Girl rocking out while Will talks shit about John Kerry. Enjoy.

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Talk Ain’t Cheap

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A specter is haunting American elections — the specter of foreign policy. Every election cycle in the US, especially in the presidential election, the two parties do their damnedest to differentiate themselves. In matters where they differ then the tension between opposites helps define a middle ground, a moderate position that adjusts itself to fit popular opinion.

In matters where the two parties agree a more dangerous dynamic presents itself: When they agree on policy they can only differentiate themselves by the extremity of that policy. When we’re discussing the bipartisan consensus on foreign policy, all a politician has to differentiate themself from an opponent is how extreme that policy can be. Continue reading

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Nuclear Talks, Bullshit Walks

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As Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to address Congress, we can expect him to succeed in convincing the U.S., again, that Iran is one to two years away from getting a nuclear weapon.  At the risk of sounding cynical, as long as Iran is always one to two years away from getting a nuclear weapon, Netanyahu gets his $3 billion dollar check in U.S. aid, no questions asked.  Netanyahu’s visit is conveniently timed to align with another round of U.S. and Iranian nuclear talks, which, according to analysts, are either likely to fail outright, or might as well fail.

Today the American Conservative posted an article describing the essence of the nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran.  It goes something like this: if negotiations with Iran fail, then we are left with two options.  A) The world  will have to get used to the idea of a nuclear armed Iran.  B) Western forces (which would probably consist of only U.S. and Israel) will have to pursue a policy of regime change in Iran.  Therein lies the self-fulfilling prophecy inherent in foreign policy realism.  Iran’s only sure-fire bet against regime change, from outside and inside forces, is a nuclear arsenal.  Iran, the U.S., and Israel all know that. Continue reading

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If the Friend of my Friend is my Enemy

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Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has landed in the United States in preparation for a speech Tuesday lecturing the nation on the dangers of making deals with a potentially, sometime in the future, but not-yet-in-any-way-according-to-any-source-no-matter-how-hysterical, nuclear-armed Iran. Bibi is the Prime Minister of Israel, a nation whose own nuclear arsenal is something of a casually open secret in the international community, and who is the only nuclear nation in the Middle East with militarized nuclear capabilites (excepting possibly Pakistan depending on your choice of map book).

Israel is a nuclear state but, unlike the United States, UK, Russia, Syria, Germany, China, Qatar, Mexico, Cuba, or Iran is not a signatory to the internationally recognized Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Continue reading

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I Would Gladly Pay You Tuesday

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A brand new 2015 Bentley Mulsanne sedan has an MSRP of $300,000, the combined take-home pay of twenty full-time McDonald’s employees. For not even $10 million US dollars you can have yourself 370 acres of lush Whiteland Coppice and white sandy beachfront a leisurely 2 hour catamaran trip from the coast of Grand Bahama. For $3 billion you might’ve been able to snake the Beats Electronics brand from Apple. Beats is primarily known for taking the ubiquitous studio- or “DJ”-style headphone design and redesigning it to be bulkier and dumber looking.

It seems these stratospheric price ranges suffer from a severe degree of diminishing returns. So maybe it’s not a surprise that $1.7 trillion dollars doesn’t afford you much more than an enormous barrel fire for your cash and a contagious cage fight between two of your most reviled enemies. Continue reading

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