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ADDED 05/09/2018

History’s protracted end

FROM 05/09/2018 | IPS Journal

BY Francis Fukuyama

American political scientist Francis Fukuyama became an overnight star when, in a 1989 magazine article, he claimed that liberal capitalist democracy had not just triumphed over communism, but marked the last ideological stage in human history. Speaking to Nikolaos Gavalakis, Fukuyama explains why he believes his broad theory still holds despite the ascendency of populist parties […]

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ADDED 05/07/2018

Marx the Journalist

FROM 05/05/2018 | Jacobin Magazine

BY James Ledbetter

Marx is often remembered as a political economist or philosopher. But he made his mark as a journalist. Political economist. Philosopher. Journalist? Two hundred years after his birth, Marx is remembered as many things — but not often as a member of the Fourth Estate.James Ledbetter sees that as a mistake. The editor of a […]

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ADDED 05/06/2018

Why the fearful, the vulnerable and the confused are attracted to ‘illiberal’ politics?

FROM 05/06/2018 | The Arab Weekly

BY Oussama Romdhani

Jihadist terrorism, in particular, can lower citizens’ expectations in Western democracies and make all kinds of concessions palatable. While hopeful voters headed to the ballot boxes in a number of Arab countries, politicians and pundits around the world, especially in the West, voiced concern that liberal democratic ideals are under assault. Alluding to the growing […]

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ADDED 05/05/2018

China’s social credit system fuels authoritarian regime

FROM 05/05/2018 | Asia Times

BY Sonika Gupta

China implemented its social credit system on a nationwide scale starting May 1. Social Credit, a harmless sounding phrase is the unholy marriage of big data with the proverbial ‘Big Brother’ under which, the state grades citizens as ‘trustworthy’ or not. Ostensibly the system is intended to address the trust deficit in the Chinese business […]

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ADDED 05/05/2018

Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico “the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean”

FROM 05/05/2018 | The Intercept

BY Kate Aronoff

PUERTO RICO COULD become “the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area” under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón […]

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ADDED 05/04/2018

Chile: A Return to ‘Guardian Democracy’?

FROM 04/17/2018 | NACLA.org

BY J. Patrice McSherry

How Sebastián Piñera’s right-wing government is undermining democratic institutions  Sebastián Piñera, a conservative billionaire, assumed the presidency of Chile for the second time on March 11 after an election in which abstention was the biggest winner. In only a few weeks he and right-wing allies engineered changes to key reforms enacted by previous socialist president […]

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ADDED 05/04/2018

The Comrade In Punjab – Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

FROM 03/05/2018 | Punjab Today

BY Kamjaat Singh

AT A TIME when Punjab is in the throes of a massive social upheaval and there is a complete disconnect between its farmers, farm labourers and those dependent on rural economy and others in towns and cities who are more cued into structures of political power, one would have thought that vast swathes of political […]

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ADDED 05/03/2018

Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World

FROM 05/03/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

In this searing exposé, former Wall Street insider Nomi Prins shows how the 2007-2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Central banks and international institutions like the IMF have overstepped their traditional mandates by directing the flow of epic sums of fabricated money without […]

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ADDED 05/03/2018

Media Silent On Brasil’s Growing Public Debt Under Temer

FROM 05/03/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY Marcio Pochmann

During the lead up to the 2016 Coup, a series of alarmist articles in the Brazilian and international media warned of Brazil’s spiraling public debt. In January, 2016, for example, the Economist wrote, “public debt is worryingly large for a middle-income country and rising fast. Because of high interest rates, the cost of servicing it is a […]

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ADDED 04/27/2018

Sean Hannity: 400% rise in eviction orders since host bought Georgia apartment complex

FROM 04/27//2018 | The Guardian

BY Jon Swaine

The number of eviction orders obtained against tenants in a Georgia apartment complex owned by Sean Hannity has sharply increased since the property was bought by the Fox News host. County court records say that judgments approving the removal of 61 different residents of the Hampton Place apartments in Perry have been issued during the three years […]

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ADDED 04/12/2018

Saad Filho: The attack on Lula and threats to Brasil’s Democracy

FROM 04/12/2018 | Brasilwire

BY Saad Filho

“It is scandalous to have the US government guiding policy and the judicial prosecution of Lula. It is scandalous to have the judicial process turned into a spectacle for TV. It is scandalous to invite the military back into politics.” Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was the most influential trade union leader in Brazil in […]

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ADDED 04/06/2018

Have Christian nationalists staged a “soft coup,” with Trump as their figurehead?

FROM 04/05/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

Scholar Andrew Whitehead: Right-wing evangelicals think Trump can make “their vision of a Christian nation” real y the standards of any of the world’s major religions Donald Trump is an ungodly person, an enthusiastic and unrepentant sinner who revels in his misdeeds. Trump is a serial liar and apparent narcissist. He is a greedy, crude […]

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