SOLIDARITY FOR WHAT?

Over the weekend, the New York Times had a pair of revealing pieces about US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A lengthy article, and subsequent interview, explore Sanders’s foreign policy positions, highlighting especially his long-held opposition to war and imperialism. In particular, the pieces detail how Sanders established two sister-city programs with Puerto […]

BORDERS OF THE MIND

Posting below a letter to the editor I wrote to the Daily Campus, the University of Connecticut’s student newspaper, in response to a disgusting editorial on immigration and the US-Mexico border. To the Daily Campus editors, I’ve been impressed with the variety and quality of opinion pieces appearing in the Daily Campus this semester. Yet […]

A HOUSE IS NOT A MOTEL

I’ve been in California the last few days, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the anti-Prop 10 commercials have been inescapable. I’m not sure what the buzz around Prop 10 is elsewhere, but I thought I would put a couple words down in favor of the proposition and encourage others to vote for it (and register if need […]

TO THE FINLAND STATION II

A quick follow up on my post about the Helsinki summit from the other day. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a fusillade of fulminations from the media, pundits across the political spectrum, and members of Congress forced Trump to walk back some of his statements from the press conference with Putin. The most laughable was his claim that […]

TO THE FINLAND STATION I

Donald Trump met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki today. Unsurprisingly, it did not go well. The news media were aghast at the press conference held after the presidents' two-hour closed-door meeting. And perhaps rightfully so. Among so many of Trump's bizarre assertions, he once again affirmed that he doesn't believe Russia interfered […]

CRUELTY AND IMMISERATION

As always, the Trump administration was pasted across the news this week. The main story was the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on border crossings and the widespread practice of separating families trying to cross the US-Mexico border without authorization. But there was another, and I would argue related, story worth noting. The United States also […]

BY ANY REASON, WAR IS UNNECESSARY

If you’re at all interested in the summit between the US and North Korea happening in Singapore, I would encourage you to ignore basically all of the mainstream media’s coverage of the event. It runs the gamut from blinkered ignorance to hawkish apoplexia to orientalist grumblings. Instead, I would encourage you to watch this coverage […]

SILICON STRUGGLE

Over at Jacobin Magazine, there’s a really interesting interview with an anonymous Google employee on the successful campaign against Project Maven, a project contracted with the US Defense Department to use machine learning to improve drone strikes. Given their problems with accuracy, the project is no surprise. For reference, see this absolutely harrowing story in […]

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