World Trade Center, 9/11

Collective Interests: Going Numb on 9/11

Reading Time: 3 minutes Another year has passed since 9/11, and it seems as though accountability for those who financed and supported the perpetrators is further from reality than ever. While yet more evidence has surfaced this year about the people involved in covering up the crime, secrecy reigns supreme in Washington. Yelling “national security” a whole lot, which Read More

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Viktor Yushchenko, Paul Manafort

The American Lobbyist Who Undermined a Democracy

Reading Time: 8 minutes Recent developments in a Ukraine courtroom have shed new light on US special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev have filed a court motion against Viktor Yanukovych, a Ukrainian politician closely allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yanukovych is also the subject of two criminal cases filed against Paul Manafort, Read More

smartphone, luddite

It Devours: Smartphones Are Seducing Us Out of Reality

Reading Time: 6 minutes In 1996 came the Internet and it made the world instantly global. Then, in 2008, the iPhone arrived, and we as a society became universally and ubiquitously plugged-in. Mainlined into the cosmic collective, and buttressed by an accompanying explosion of virtual “communities” through social media sites.Today this omniscient virtual world is summoned on average 85 Read More

Paul Manafort

To Flip Manafort: Is Mueller Gathering Plea Deals?

Reading Time: 4 minutes While many others targeted by special counsel Robert Mueller have agreed to cooperate, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has pleaded not guilty to various charges brought against him. In Washington, DC, Manafort faces 15 to 20 years in prison if found guilty of conspiracy against the United States, lying to prosecutors, making Read More

Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, mugshot

Official Bullshit on RFK Murder Recycled

Reading Time: 5 minutes On the 50th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, May 24, 2018, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz trumpeted this headline: Why Sirhan Sirhan, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian, Shot Bobby Kennedy Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, 50 years later: Sirhan Sirhan, whose family fled Jerusalem in 1948, may have been America’s first Middle Eastern lone-wolf terroristAnd the article was pretty much Read More

Christopher Wray, Rod Rosenstein, Jeff Sessions

Rosenstein Is Caught Between Doing His Job and Appeasing Trump

Reading Time: 3 minutes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has one of the toughest jobs in Washington. He wants to ensure that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election can proceed while also having to handle the increasingly frequent tantrums from President Donald Trump. The latest chapter in this ongoing saga started in late April when Trump Read More

Gina Haspel

America Makes Torture Great Again

Reading Time: 2 minutes The US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director. Because three Republicans opposed her, some Democrats were needed to get the necessary votes. In the end, six of them voted with the rest of the GOP to confirm “Bloody Gina.” That’s some #Resistance. Haspel oversaw torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand during Read More

Pierre Rabhi

Restraint: A Beautifully Simple Way to Stop Joyless Overconsumption and Environmental Degradation

Reading Time: 4 minutes Pierre Rabhi is a French writer, farmer, environmentalist, agroecologist, and the inventor of the compelling concept, Oasis in any place. At the age of five, I witnessed my father lose his livelihood as a blacksmith to the exploding coal mining industry in Algeria. The year was 1943 and civilization had arrived, with its complexity and Read More

Sh*t Show!

The Insanity of Daily Life in America

Reading Time: 4 minutes “David’s Bookshelf” is a new feature for WhoWhatWhy readers. David Wineberg, popular for his insightful and entertaining reviews online, will present new works of nonfiction and offer his thoughts and commentary on these books, whose topics we believe will be of interest to many of our readers. The views expressed in these reviews reflect those Read More