MILLER: Gambling politics in Ohio-PA border counties

  By Dick Miller WE.CONNECT.DOTS   Second of a series about contrasting Ohio-PA border politics. State and national Democrat parties have written off Western Pennsylvania politics.  To deflect boredom, we Keystoners follow happenings in the Mahoning Valley – Mahoning and Trumbull counties through five Youngstown TV stations.  These Ohio counties form the west side of the […]

Trump’s Apparent Drug Czar Pick Would Double Down on Failed Drug War, Take Country Backward 

April 14, 2017 – By Bill Piper DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE:  President Donald Trump is expected to soon nominate Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (colloquially referred to as the “drug czar”). Marino, a former prosecutor with no background in health or treatment, supports a punitive, 1980s style […]

TSUKERMAN: Chechen Anti-Gay Scandal Keeps Growing

By Slava Tsukerman     My two articles about mass repressions against people of “non-traditional sexual orientation” in Chechnya were published in NewsLanc on April 5 and April 19 ( and ). The scandal about these repressions was started by a publication in the Russian newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” (New Newspaper). The reaction of Chechen […]

Comparing Ohio-PA border politics

By Dick Miller:   – FIRST OF TWO PARTS. WE.CONNECT.DOTS:  Since state and national Democrat parties have written off Western Pennsylvania, politics around here are akin to watching paint dry. Fortunately, southwestern Crawford, northwestern Lawrence and nearly all of Mercer County are part of the Youngstown TV market.  Politics is still drama in this rapidly dwindling […]

TSUKERMAN: Chechen Gay Scandal

By Slava Tsukerman On April 5, my article about mass detentions of residents of Chechnya in connection with their “non-traditional sexual orientation”, or suspicion of such, was published in Newslanc. ( Chechen government declined all the accusations, stating: “All reports of repressions against gays are untrue, because there are no gays in Chechnya… You cannot arrest […]

Trump Drug Czar Nominee: Tough on Colombian Peasants and US Marijuana Users

by Phil Smith,  DRUG WAR CHRONICLE:  President Trump will name Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino (R) to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP — the drug czar’s office), CBS News reported Tuesday. The White House gave no official comment, but sources told CBS that an official announcement would come soon. Reported drug czar nominee Rep. […]

Diverse Russian Reactions to the American Strike in Syria

Did “bad boy” Vladimir Putin meet his match in “hoodlum” Donald Trump? By Slava Tsukerman President Donald Trump’s swift action to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack by hitting a key Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles had triggered emotional reaction in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced the US strike as “aggression […]

Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada

NEW YORK TIMES:   OTTAWA — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeau’s bill passes as expected, Canada will […] © 2016