One thing I can agree with Trump about – Bring the troops home

President Trump has taken a serious drubbing from both the political right and left for his decision to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.  I am not pleased.  This is perhaps the one issue on which I'm inclined to support the president, against the united warmongering front presented by the military-industrial-corporate media-Congressional complex.  Social … Continue reading One thing I can agree with Trump about – Bring the troops home

Yellow Vests movement in France deserves attention from U.S. social workers

This is what a democratic uprising can look like - https://www.facebook.com/nytvideo/videos/frances-yellow-vests-protests-understanding-the-collective-rage/261768511159947/ - and it scares the hell out of neoliberal elites everywhere, in the U.S. as well as Europe.  Which no doubt helps to explain why four weeks of Gilets Jaunes ("yellow vests") protest in France has been largely ignored by the American corporate media. French … Continue reading Yellow Vests movement in France deserves attention from U.S. social workers

Soaring temperatures are killing people around the world right now

Heat records are being set all over the world this July, and people in large numbers - mainly the young, the elderly, and the poor - are dying because of it. Yes, climate change kills.  The link between heat-trapping gases and global warming is proven far past reasonable doubt, and it is absolutely unconscionable that … Continue reading Soaring temperatures are killing people around the world right now

Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation

One of my students happily reported that citizen voices have succeeded in convincing President Trump to stop, via executive order, the "zero-tolerance" practice of separating illegal immigrant children and parents.  Hurrah!   Democracy is still alive, even in Trump's America! Well, sort of.  The family separation policy had called down an avalanche of criticism from virtually … Continue reading Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation

Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think

By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse."  As well it should be.  The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think

Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?

I think Iowa's governor, Kim Reynolds, spoke for most of the militant movement to restrict women's reproductive rights when she rhapsodized over her state's new  abortion ban.  The so-called "heartbeat" legislation, signed into law just days ago, prohibits abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy.  Said Gov. … Continue reading Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?