Race-hatred is being fanned across the U.S. but also in many other countries. Both right-wing politicians and certain media fuel discontent, repeatedly and incorrectly heaping blame on those who are different. The campaign for Brexit was a flagrant example of a nationalist, isolationist discourse with heavy racist undertones.
This weekend, alt-right groups including the KKK marched armed and unmasked through the university campus in Charlottesville sporting flags with swastikas.… (Read more...)
Private militaryenforce corporate agendas. There is increasing recourse to private military not only to backup or even replace the army in conflict zones, but also to enforce the agenda of industrial conglomerates as in the eviction of peaceful demonstrators at Standing Rock who were attempting to halt the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline.… (Read more...)
Word-ban! How to end climate change? Easy. Ban the use of the word!
In his visionary novel, 1984, George Orwell wrote: In the end, we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it.
Out of sheer greed and/or ideological short-sightedness,Â Trump and his neoliberal buddies are using the same tactic to do away with climate change: ban the use of the expression and those words related to it.… (Read more...)
An illiterate president – the ultimateÂ recipe for disaster
Illiterate? The word rings like an accusation. In itself, it is not. Â It is the combination of the two words ‘illiterate’ and ‘president’ that is accusatory. The dictionary says of being illiterate: ignorant in a particular subject or activity: uncultured or poorly educated; badly written or expressed.… (Read more...)
On the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, in threatening North Korea Trump uses the same bellicose language as President Trumanâ€™s warning to Japan before bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Except the circumstances and the motivations are very different.
War will make a small group of very rich people even richer.… (Read more...)
Trump’s reckless and incompetent approach to governance is nothing short of a disaster-creating machine. Naomi Klein in No is Not Enough. Defeating the New Shock Politics.
While there are so many recipes for disastertrumped up or exploited by the gang of neoliberals currently making a power grab around the world, one of the central factors of disaster is Trump himself.… (Read more...)
â€œAs horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you donâ€™t see them. They hit you on the head with 60 pounds (27 kg) of stuff? Itâ€™s over,â€ Trump said.
As a recipe for disaster, what better than dividing up the population, blaming certain minorities for all the ills and then building walls.… (Read more...)
More and more money is being spent on militarising the police supposedly because of the threat of terrorism and armed crime by migrant populations. But a quick look at some of the articles and links quoted below shows that it is not terrorists who are the major target of police repression and violence, but rather marginalised populations and dissidents.… (Read more...)