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ADDED 04/04/2018

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism

FROM 04/01/2018 | Monthly Review

BY Gerald Horne

The years between 1603 and 1714 were perhaps the most decisive in English history. At the onset of the seventeenth century, the sceptered isle was a second-class power, but the Great Britain that emerged by the beginning of the eighteenth century was, in many ways, the planet’s reigning superpower.1 It then passed the baton to its […]

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ADDED 04/03/2018

America’s Political Tribalism

FROM 03/28/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

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In Political Tribes, Chua argues that humans are tribal and that we need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most – the ones that people will kill and die for – are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. [responsivevoice_button] But because America tends to see the world […]

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ADDED 04/03/2018

Israeli parliament endorses ‘nation-state bill’ for first reading

FROM 03/15/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Jonathan Cook

Nazareth, Israel – After seven years of delays, the Israeli governing parties have agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”. The bill is now expected to be fast-tracked through the Israeli parliament and on to the statute books in the coming weeks. Approval by […]

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ADDED 03/29/2018

Letters and Politics: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter

FROM 03/28/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

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Today we are in conversation with professor Christian Fuchs to examine the right-wing authoritarian use of social media and the capitalist models that allow growing such issues as the one concerning Cambridge Analitica.  Christian Fuchs is a professor of social media at the University of Westminster, Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies & Communication and Media Research Institute, United Kingdom.  […]

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ADDED 03/28/2018

AUTHORITARIANISM: THE TERRIFYING TRAIT THAT TRUMP TRIGGERS

FROM 03/26/2018 | Pacific Standard

BY Tom Jacobs

Can It Happen Here?, a new collection of essays that ask whether America is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism, includes a startling assertion by psychologists Karen Stenner and Jonathan Haidt. “Western liberal democracies,” they write, “have now exceeded many people’s capacity to tolerate them.” Their analysis of a survey conducted at the end of 2016 found “about a third of white responders across […]

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ADDED 03/28/2018

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

FROM 03/28/2018 | Slate

BY Slate

Anand Giridharadas on why many rich people do harm—even when they think they’re doing good. Yascha Mounk discusses the limits of philanthropy, how the hopey-changey narrative of the affluent cloaks the power they exercise, and how they can do better with author of the forthcoming book Winners Take All and former New York Times and current NBC […]

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ADDED 03/24/2018

Punks are not dead in Indonesia, they’ve turned to Islam

FROM 03/23/2018 | The Conversation

BY The Conversation

The punk movement is notable for its anti-establishment stance and distinct music and fashion style. Starting in the 1970s in the UK and US, the subculture became global and took different forms in each local setting. In Indonesia, punk bands started to emerge in the 1990s. They were central in nurturing leftist activism during the […]

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ADDED 03/23/2018

The Democratic Emergency

FROM 03/22/2018 | American Prospect

BY Paul Starr

This article will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.  “It is now clear that the most frightening threats to ordinary politics in the United States are empty or easily contained. … The sky is not falling and no lights are flashing red.” So wrote two distinguished historians, Samuel Moyn and David Priestland, in […]

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ADDED 03/22/2018

A Private Mercenary Firm Is Making Millions Off Tragedy in Houston, Puerto Rico and Standing Rock

FROM 03/20/2018 | AlterNet

BY Mehreen Kasana

The practice of governments and security firms conducting wide-scale exploitation of major disasters, natural and otherwise, is nothing new. Last week, the Intercept reported on TigerSwan, a mercenary security firm that follows a similar disaster-capitalist model and has attacked the No Dakota Access Pipeline (NoDAPL) movement since 2016, at least. But that’s not all: TigerSwan has also been preying […]

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ADDED 03/22/2018

ALT FIGHT: Jason Jorjani Fancied Himself an Intellectual Leader of a White Supremacist Movement — Then It Came Crashing Down

FROM 03/18/2018 | The Intercept

BY Carol Schaeffer

A WEEK AND A HALF after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, Jason Reza Jorjani took the stage at a white supremacist conference in Washington, D.C. Richard Spencer gave him an awkward hug and pat on the back before he shuffled to the podium and spoke into the microphone. “In light of the outcome […]

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ADDED 03/22/2018

Why the Center Left Keeps Losing Elections in Europe

FROM 03/20/2018 | Foreign Policy in Focus

BY Conn Hallinan

More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center-left made a course change, edging away from its working class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital, and handing over the post-World War II social contract to private industry. Whether it was the “New Labor” of Tony Blair in Britain or Gerhard […]

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ADDED 03/16/2018

Our authoritarian government has turned up the heat. But we can still fight back

FROM  | The Guardian - Australia

BY Scott Ludlam

Australia’s accelerating militarisation and erosion of civil liberties must be resisted. There’s an old aphorism about the best way to boil a frog which holds that if that’s your thing, you sicko, you should turn the temperature up very, very slowly. Shock the frog with a sharp enough temperature increase and she’ll jump right out […]

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