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ADDED 06/20/2018

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats’ Hypocrisy in the Trump Era

FROM  | Truth Out

BY Noam Chomsky

After 18 months of Trump in the White House, American politics finds itself at a crossroads. The United States has moved unmistakably toward a novel form of fascism that serves corporate interests and the military, while promoting at the same time a highly reactionary social agenda infused with religious and crude nationalistic overtones, all with […]

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ADDED 06/20/2018

Trumpism, Realized

FROM 06/20/2018 | The Atlantic

BY Adam Serwer

To preserve the political and cultural preeminence of white Americans against a tide of demographic change, the administration has settled on a policy of systemic child abuse. At least 2,000 children have now been forcibly separated from their parents by the United States government. Their stories are wrenching. Antar Davidson, a former youth-care worker at an Arizona […]

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ADDED 06/15/2018

America is Suffering an Epidemic of ‘Dishonest Fake Belief’ — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP

FROM 06/12/2018 | AlterNet

BY Jeremy Sherman

America is Suffering an Epidemic of ‘Dishonest Fake Belief’ — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP Just call yourself a Christian, a patriot or a True American and you can get away with anything. “The True Believers” is a psychology classic, a study undertaken by Eric Hoffer, a longshoreman moonlighting as a […]

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ADDED 06/10/2018

Brazil has Fallen Prey to Coup Leaders and Generals

FROM 05/14/2018 | Il Manifesto

BY Francesco Bilotta

In the Brazilian capital, one finds an atmosphere of confusion and concern. The large square housing the monumental buildings that are home to the President of the Republic, the National Congress and the Supreme Federal Court does not seem to have enough room to contain all the contradictions and tensions that have accumulated in the […]

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ADDED 06/06/2018

When Democracy Isn’t Enough

FROM 06/06/2018 | New Republic

BY Ioan Grillo

When the early returns of the November 26 presidential election in Honduras began coming in, supporters of the leftist opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, had cause to celebrate. With 57 percent of polling stations counted, he had a five-point lead, a seemingly irreversible advantage. But then the vote-counting system went dark, victim of a computer glitch. A day and […]

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ADDED 06/05/2018

50 Years After 1968, Can the Young Change Politics? A Striking New Poll Says Yes

FROM 06/05/2018 | OurFuture

BY Richard Eskow

Fifty years ago, in the dust and fire of global youth activism, everything seemed possible. The political world was a cloud filled with chaos and opportunity, pain and promise. The young were a powerful force, even a world-changing one. Could they become that force again? As many Millennials vote for the first time today in state […]

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ADDED 06/03/2018

This Is Neoliberalism ▶︎ Introducing the Invisible Ideology

FROM 06/03/2018 | Youtube

BY Barak Bullock

If you’ve ever wanted to understand what neoliberalism is, this is the series for you. Neoliberalism is an economic ideology that exists within the framework of capitalism. Over four decades ago, neoliberalism has become the dominant economic paradigm of global society. In this video series, we’ll trace the history of neoliberalism, starting with a survey of […]

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ADDED 06/02/2018

Hanif Kureishi’s play revives Southall racism history in the age of Brexit

FROM 06/02/2018 | Hindustan Times

BY Prasun Sonwalkar

Much has changed since the 1976 murder of teenager Gurdip Singh Chaggar and the 1979 riots in Southall that form the backdrop of acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi’s political play Borderline, but its continuing relevance in the age of Brexit was highlighted in London on Thursday. A two-hour engaging reading of the 1981 play at the […]

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ADDED 06/02/2018

THE WAR ON IMMIGRANTS

FROM  | The Intercept

BY Mehdi Hasan

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is targeting children — migrant and refugee children — to achieve its policy goal at the border, crack down on immigration, and placate its far-right base. Whereas the Obama administration kept undocumented children with their parents at emergency shelters and family facilities and “initiated a program designed to allow families more freedom while […]

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ADDED 06/02/2018

Timothy Snyder Speaks, ep. 12: The Mueller Investigation

FROM  | YouTube

BY Timothy Snyder

The Mueller investigation is not a contest of men but of principles. It is a contest between two ways of seeing the world, the outcome of which will very possibly determine whether or not the notion of an American republic makes any sense. This lecture is not about the details of the investigation, but about […]

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ADDED 06/01/2018

The Idea-Free Book That Has the Right Excited About Ideas

FROM 06/01/2018 | Daily Intelligencer

BY Park MacDougald

Jonah Goldberg has allegedly written a brilliant book. His latest effort, The Suicide of the West, which borrows its title from a 1964 book by the conservative political theorist James Burnham, is a long meditation on how “the rebirth of tribalism, populism, nationalism, and identity politics is destroying American democracy.” So far, it has received effusive praise […]

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ADDED 05/31/2018

Somalia: The shift from crooked democracy to authoritarianism

FROM 05/31/2018 | Suna Times

BY Suna Times

Somalia’s presidential election last year seen as milestone of corruption by some and others as a fresh start for a war ravaged country is looking more and more like a false dawn – a huge opportunity lost. Since Mr. Farmaajo came to power in February last year, his administration focused heavily on curbing political opponents […]

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