Make war for the few to get richer

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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.

War will make a small group of very rich people even richer.… (Read more...)

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...)

Blame, divide & build walls

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“As 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 don’t see them. They hit you on the head with 60 pounds (27 kg) of stuff? It’s over,” 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...)

Privatise & militarise the police

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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...)

Deny climate change

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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...)

Kill the pig!

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“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.… (Read more...)

Undermine the state

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Irrespective of who his audience is, Trump has to talk about himself and vilify those who are or that he imagines are against him. Here he was addressing 12-16-year-old scouts. His behaviour lastingly tarnishes the image of the Presidency and his actions wreak havoc on the state.

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The Guardian – Trump’s speech to Boy Scouts: fake news, crowd size and New York’s hottest people

Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian – With Trump it’s time to go beyond mere disgust

David Smith, The Guardian – ‘The president is a pyromaniac’: the week Trump set fire to the White House

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