• Oil on canvass illustration courtesy Michael D'Antuono.
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  • Mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church, June 18.(ABCnews.go.com)
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  • The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.


John Yoo and the Senate Torture Report

August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Yoo claimed the report failed to maintain “bipartisanship” that “will undermine its conclusions.” This is a preemptive attack by Yoo as the release of the Senate torture report will probably place Yoo on the hot-seat again.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War


Is GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Based on Racism?

August 03, 2014 | 1 Comment

Looking back over Obama’s years as president, It seems clear that racism is a factor in the GOP’s threat to impeach Obama.

President Barack Obama. Photo by Luke Thomas.

Our Media’s Misleading Polls

August 03, 2014 | No Comments

Shortly after Obama became president, an international poll showed him to be the most admired person in the world. But that was then and this is now. Now his international image seems to have devolved to a seemingly deplorable level.

Posted in Media, Opinion, Politics

As many as 6,000 marched from Justin Herman Plaza to San Francisco City Hall, 7/20/14, to protest Israel's attacks on Gaza and the West Bank which has resulted in as many as 900 deaths.  Photo by Gloria La Riva.

How Many Marched for Gaza in San Francisco?

July 26, 2014 | 6 Comments

Main stream media outlets reported “hundreds” marched on Sunday in San Francisco to oppose Israel’s assault on Gaza. The more accurate estimate of 6,000 suggests corporate media bias continues to distort the truth.

Posted in Media, Politics, Religion, War


What’s Wrong With the Breakup of Iraq?

July 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

The unintended consequence of the U.S. Iraq war, the so-called Arab Spring, and the Syrian conflict, is the collapse of the post-World War I partition of the Ottoman empire by the British and the French

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion, War

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San Francisco Poised to Implement Laura’s Law

June 29, 2014 | 6 Comments

The Board of Supervisors appears poised to finally implement Laura’s Law in San Francisco at a meeting tentatively set for July 8. Supervisor David Campos, a long-time opponent of involuntary treatment of the mentally ill, reportedly agreed to support the move if certain amendments are added.


SF Green Party to KPFA: Think Globally, Report Locally

June 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

“Think globally, act locally” is as relevant today as it was in 1915, when Scottish biologist, sociologist and town planner, Patrick Geddes, wrote Cities in Evolution. We need locally produced, locally relevant programming to help us make specific connections between our daily lives and politics and those of the international community and the planet.

Posted in Media


Greens Say Don’t Frack Golden Gate Park

June 28, 2014 | No Comments

Comparing the effects of toxic turf and lighting pollution to fracking, the San Francisco Green Party is urging the public to save Golden Gate Park.

Masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) executed as many as 50 captured Iraqi soldiers near Mosul earlier this week.

Bush’s Iraq War Spiraling into Civil War

June 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

Iraq is descending into civil war. The nation is close to a partition of the country into Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish zones, a predictable result of Bush’s ill-advised, unnecessary war.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion, War

Blood for money.

More Mass Killings Can be Expected in Our Gun Crazy Nation

June 11, 2014 | 6 Comments

As has been reported, Elliot Rodger killed six students, injured 13 others, and then killed himself at the University of Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. And how quickly the killings moved off the front pages.

Posted in Crime, Opinion, Politics


Prisoner Swap is an Opportunity to Again Debate the Closing of Guantánamo

June 10, 2014 | No Comments

It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap – U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials – disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, of which 78 are still imprisoned after being cleared for release and 38 the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims they are too dangerous to release.

Posted in Crime, Law, Opinion, Politics, War

President Barack Obama.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Obama, Get Angry

June 07, 2014 | No Comments

Senator John Boehner recently derided the President as being “nuts” for believing the Keystone pipeline could cause environmental damage. Never mind that he qualified his assessment by noting that he was not a scientist, never mind the threat of eco-terrorism on that pipeline that could be disastrous, never mind that we need to focus on cleaner, renewable energies.

Posted in Opinion, Politics


Criminal Injustice

May 14, 2014 | No Comments

The San Francisco Public Defender’s 11th annual Justice Summit focused on “things that can cause innocent people to be convicted.”

Posted in Crime, Law, News, Politics

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu (left) and Supervisor David Campos (right) are vying to replace termed out Assemblymember Tom Ammiano in the hotly contested District 17 race. File photo by Luke Thomas.

The Three-David Race for Assemblymember

May 05, 2014 | 15 Comments

Don’t for a moment believe David Chiu’s claim that there’s little difference in the “shades of blue [Democrats]” between he and David Campos. Nor should you believe observers who ludicrously claim that there’s very little difference in the voting records of Chiu and Campos.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday.
Photo: Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports.

Thoughts on the Donald Sterling Matter

May 01, 2014 | 2 Comments

National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million, and will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team following the publication of a recorded conversation between Sterling and his ex-mistress, V. Stiviano, during which Sterling made racist comments.

Posted in Opinion, Sports