Recent content by Saul Landau

Hugo Chavez died on March 5. Heads of state came to his funeral and sent condolences to his family – except for the U.S. president. Even in death the White House maintained a resentful tone toward a man we had named as an enemy. But what did Chavez do to us?

Double standards and double speak surround the case of private Manning; the term 'national security' has been used again and again by the government to cover up bureaucratic mistakes and human rights crimes.

Remembering Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt 34 years after their assassination by Chile's secret police.

As the empire flails in unsuccessful efforts to control 'strategic areas' abroad, its internal politics have devolved into 'The Unreality Game'.

Ironically, the loudest complainers about paying taxes become the most eloquent advocates of spending more on the military.

When the mainstream media fails to question the dictates of the powerful or omits the contradictory facts that might lead to a questioning audience, history itself gets rewritten, with dangerous implications for the future.

The US government demanded that Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding extradite a drug dealer. When Venezuela made similar demands on Washington, for arguably the Hemisphere’s most notorious terrorist, the Justice Department brushed off the request.

McChrystal's departure has highlighted not only how mired in conflict the US has become - but also the striking similarities between Vietnam - now the second longest War in US history - and Afghanistan.

Israel's attack against a humanitarian flotilla to Gaza was intended to show the world who is the boss.

The US Texas State Board of Education approved a new social studies
curriculum to reflect American History as it should have happened.

Scandals distract the public from focusing on key issues. Sometimes, however, they also provide insights into the character of leading cultural and political figures -- and their institutions.

Few commentators dare link poverty and corruption to extremism in Muslim countries.

The CIA has backed some 600 documented attempts against Castro, while there have been no Havana-backed plots against U.S. Presidents. Should Cuba put Washington on its terrorist list? Long Live Reciprocity!

Instead of Pentagon fighting healtcare for the lion's share of US budget, introducing a National Defense Medicare bill, lodged inside the Pentagon budget, would assume health care as just one more task in the unending challenge of defending our besieged nation.

With no real military dangers threathening the US, the Pentagon has to invent them to justify its multi-billion dollar budget. And the bill is presented to the taxpayers.

Instead of discussing the ethical dimension of the US foreign policy, the national debate in the US still rages around how many more crimes the government should commit to ensure “security.”

Most political leaders face a challenge they refuse to acknowledge: to gain control of runaway climate change they must abandon convenience, the unchallenged assumptions that place the corporation as means and ends of policies.

Zelaya's biggest sin was proposing, through a non-binding
referendum, a Constitutional convention to consider structural change.

By recognising the coup in Honduras, Obama follows the old US Latin American policy of siding with corporate interests against the will of the people.

In November 2008, Americans, recoiling from the Bush nightmare, voted for “hope” and “change”, but Obama turned out not to be exactly what they voted for.