Race-hatred fanned by fawning authorities

Race-hatred fanned by fawning authorities
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... [Read More]
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Private military enforce corporate agenda

private security forces
Private military enforce 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. The proposed pipeline was against the will of indigenous peoples and disastrous for local water supplies and, more globally, against efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, These concerns were of little interest to the petroleum companies whose only idea was to make a quick buck at the expense of the Earth and the indigenous peoples. Hired security staff were on hand to enforce the will of the companies and the neoliberal administration... [Read More]
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Word-ban: How to combat climate change

Word-ban
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, 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]
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Elect an illiterate president

Elect an illiterate president
An illiterate president - the ultimate recipe for disaster. Understanding requires knowing the necessary words and being able to develop the concepts that underlie that understanding. Without the words, understanding the world is just not possible. Having an extremely limited vocabulary implies that the person is incapable of grasping even the simplest concepts let alone the complex interplay and interconnectedness that characterise the modern world... [Read More]
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Make war for the few to get richer

Make war for the few to get richer
Make war for the few to get richer. On the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, in threatening North Korea Trump uses the same bellicose language as President Truman’s warning to Japan before bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Except the circumstances and the motivations are very different... [Read More]
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Donald Trump, disaster incarnate

Donald Trump, disaster incarnate
Donald Trump, disaster incarnate. 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 disaster trumped 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]
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Blame, divide & build walls

Blame, divide & build walls
Blame, divide and build walls. As a recipe for disaster, what better than dividing up the population, blaming certain minorities for all the ills and then building walls. Not only does it throw the world into disarray, but it undermines the natural and very necessary human reaction to disaster: solidarity... [Read More]
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Privatise & militarise the police

Privatise & militarise the police
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]
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Deny climate change

Deny climate change
Why deny what the vast majority of scientists say is proven? Why turn a blind eye on the increasing number of extreme weather conditions worldwide? Just take, for example, the latest report published in Science Advances and reported in The Guardian predicting the weather by the end of the century that could kill even the healthy in some regions of the world if nothing is done to halt global warming... [Read More]
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Kill the pig!

Kill the pig!
"Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!" was what the stranded boys chanted as they ran rampage on their island in search of one of their number to slaughter. Surely it is unlikely to see such a scene from William Golding's Lord of the Flies in what is supposed to be one of the most sophisticated societies in the world.  Yet the American president just encouraged police chiefs to take justice into their own hands and wreak violence on the 'bad guys'. He's taking down the very structures and limits that make our lives livable.  And he is doing so purely in the interests of a small group of very rich people who will profit from the chaos he is spreading... [Read More]