Monday, February 6, 2017

Echoes of Iraq Heard in Latest Threats Against Iran

Common Dreams
by Ben Schreiner

Marx offered that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.  A mere two weeks into the reign of a new administration in Washington, it appears the farce has already commenced.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

PBS Newshour Lies About Single-Payer Health Care

Common Dreams/CounterPunch/Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner

The fact that a majority of Americans support a single-payer, or Medicare for all, health care system is not news.  Or at least it ought not to be news, especially to veteran political journalists.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hillary on the Ropes?

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner

Conventional political wisdom has long held Hillary Clinton to be the odds-on favorite to become the next president of the United States.  But as was the case back in 2008, cracks are once again emerging in the façade of Clinton’s "inevitability."  Is history repeating?

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016: A Year of Barbarism?

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice/Global Research
by Ben Schreiner

With New Year celebrations barely in the rear view mirror, foreboding storm clouds are once again forming along the horizon.  The blackening skies are casting a dour mood over 2016, which in its mere infancy seems all but assured to see deepening global tumult, conflict, and crisis.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

NYT Hypes Russian Threat to the Internet

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner

As if Americans didn't already have enough to worry about in regards to the recently resurrected Red Menace, we can now add the fear that those devious Russians are threatening to--horror of horrors--bring down the Internet.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

'Tis The Season For Selling War

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner
From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.
- Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff, 2002
The best time to introduce a new product, as Card well understood, comes just after Labor Day.  And when it comes to a new "product" to be marketed to the American public, there's never been anything quite like a new war -- that most prolific of American exports.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Modern Newspeak Dictionary, Part III

by Ben Schreiner - Ben Debney
In this day and age it can be hard to traverse the torrent of media driven buzzwords, technical jargon and PR spin designed as much to obfuscate and muddy the waters as to clarify and enlighten. In the interests of promoting media literacy and general understanding then we present here the following guide to many of the more ideologically emburdened terms in current usage.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Dictionary of American Free Enterprise

by Ben Schreiner

Arms Sales
A government jobs program (the lone acceptable government jobs program) working to deliver all the latest in U.S. defense industry hardware to all the international "good guys."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Police Body Cameras and Police Surveillance: Eviscerating Privacy

CounterPunch/Global Research
by Ben Schreiner

Using the recent spree of high profile police murders as the latest catalyst, calls to outfit all cops with some sort of body camera are once again reverberating nationally.  But given the staggering amounts of personal data on the American people police agencies are already collecting, the proposals to lend the police one more surveillance device raises significant privacy concerns.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Handicapping the 2016 Presidential Field

by Ben Schreiner

With the official announcement from the formerly "dead broke" Hillary Clinton that she has decided to accepter, decided to seekthe Democratic presidential nomination, the 2016 presidential election has begun in earnest.  Here, then, is a brief rundown of the various charlatans and sociopaths vying for the White House.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book: A People's Dictionary to the 'Exceptional Nation'

My book, A People's Dictionary to the 'Exceptional Nation', has been published.  It is available as a paperback and can be purchased here.  Read a description and a brief excerpt below.

A People's Dictionary to the 'Exceptional Nation'
274 pages
ISBN-10: 1508413959
ISBN-13: 978-1508413950
Price: $16

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Complete and Accurate Transcript of Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

by Ben Schreiner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahoo addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, here is the complete transcript.