Women are not objects to be used and abused

Women are not objects
Women are not objects. Yet news from around the world underlines how many men act as if they were, while key figures, like Trump, set a disastrous example. Today it was announced that a ten-year-old Indian girl, victim of repeated rape by her step father, has given birth after having been refused the right to abortion by the Indian Supreme Court. Meanwhile in England in a number of towns girls and women have been and still are being groomed then abused by gangs of men... [Read More]
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Enough is enough, but beware damage by his minions

Enough is enough, but beware damage by his minions
Enough of the clown. That attention is so focused on him is not surprising. He knows how to hold media attention with his outrageous and shocking behaviour. People are understandably up in arms against his words and acts. Not only is he a staunch neo-liberalist out to rape the world and most of its people for the betterment of a select few, but recent events have reminded everyone that he is and always has been a racist... [Read More]
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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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Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence

Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian has published an interview with Felicity Lawrence, recent recipient of the Orwell Prize for investigative journalism. Here is how the introduction to the interview begins: Felicity Lawrence has reported on some of the most challenging issues facing the modern world, from corporate power – especially in the food system – to migration, the re-emergence of slavery, climate change, and global tax avoidance. ... [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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