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US Climate Assessment Exposes ‘Simply Terrifying’ Recklessness Of Trump

“Even as this report sounds the alarm, Trump’s team of climate deniers are twisting themselves into pretzels to justify blocking national and international climate action.”

By Jon Queally  Mint Press News  November 4, 2017

Major report by government agencies goes against senior members of Trump administration and finds evidence of global warming stronger than ever

The Guardian  November 3, 2017

Selling War and Pentagon Expansion in Asia-Pacific

Trump touched down in Hawaii on his way to Asia.  He was met with protests there and huge marches are happening across South Korea in anticipation of his meeting with the newly elected President Moon in Seoul.

Trump’s primary job is to hold the line as anti-American fervor sweeps the Asia-Pacific.

By Bruce Gagnon  Space for Peace  November 5, 2017

Could a Constitutional Challenge Cost Trump His Business Empire?

Donald Trump listens, at his joint press conference with, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece, in the Rose Garden, October 17, 2017.

An emoluments case playing out in New York brings the president’s conflict-of-interest nightmare to the forefront.

Lost in the cacophony of events that could potentially put an end to Donald Trump’s presidency, the possibility that he may have violated the Emoluments Clause—the constitutional clause that prevents presidents from accepting gifts from foreign governments—seems downright quaint. But a lawsuit filed by an ethics watchdog group, which the Trump administration has said it will attempt to dismiss, seems determined to push an Emoluments Clause case as far as it can go.

BY TINA NGUYEN  Vanity Fair  

Donald Trump’s tax cuts benefit foreign investors more than the US middle class

new analysis by Steve Rosenthal of the Tax Policy Center finds that tax cuts benefitting foreigners who own stock in US companies will total about $70 billion a year. In contrast, middle-income households in the US will only see $23 billion in savings, according to his organization’s preliminary estimates.

Whiny Donald Trump Asks Why Senate Isn’t Investigating “Fake News Networks”

Transcript:

Donald Trump clearly woke up on Thursday morning on the wrong side of the bed because he immediately, first thing this morning started tweeting out about the alleged fake news media. In fact, he went as far as to say that the Senate Intelligence Committee needs to be investigating the fake news networks here in the United States. He said “Why isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the fake news networks in our country, OUR was in all caps to see why so much of our news is just made up. Fake.” Trump tweeted.

By Farron Cousins Ring of Fire  

But it’s not a frog; it’s the possibility of truth even entering our political discourse and determining the fate of our democracy that’s dying a slow death.

Is anybody paying attention?

Trump has secretive teams to roll back regulations — led by hires with deep industry ties

President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations.

But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.

Most government agencies have declined to disclose information about their deregulation teams. But ProPublica and The New York Times identified 71 appointees, including 28 with potential conflicts, through interviews, public records and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Some appointees are reviewing rules their previous employers sought to weaken or kill, and at least two may be positioned to profit if certain regulations are undone.

The appointees include lawyers who have represented businesses in cases against government regulators, staff members of political dark money groups, employees of industry-funded organizations opposed to environmental rules and at least three people who were registered to lobby the agencies they now work for.

  Raw Story  July 11, 2017

civilrightsmlkThe Trump administration is moving backwards on civil rights.
(Photo: Sivlia Calderon)

The Trump administration is wasting no time in reducing the enforcement of civil rights laws. According to a June 15 article in ProPublica,

For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious.

Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight.

The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit federal civil rights enforcement. Other departments have scaled back the power of their internal divisions that monitor such abuses.

Critics of the new Department of Justice policy say it will have serious implications, according to the ProPublica piece:

Without consent decrees, many localities or government departments would simply never make such comprehensive changes, said William Yeomans, who spent 26 years at the DOJ, mostly in the civil rights division.

“They are key to civil rights enforcement,” he said. “That’s why Sessions and his ilk don’t like them.”

Mark Karlin  Truthout  June 20, 2017

‘I Don’t Know Why Everybody’s Going Along With This’: White House Stonewalls Press

CNN’s Jim Acosta says Trump administration’s suppression of press access “doesn’t make any sense” and should not be tolerated

White House press briefings are “basically pointless” at this point, said CNN’s Jim Acosta on Monday. “I don’t know what world we’re living in right now.” (Photo: Screenshot/CNN)

Journalist Jim Acosta, the senior White House correspondent for CNN, was among those expressing alarm and frustration on Monday after the White House held a press briefing that barred the use of both audio and video recordings.

“I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” Acosta said on air after the closed briefing with Sean Spicer, with Trump’s press secretary. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”

“I don’t know what world we’re living in right now” he added.

Trump has previously threatened to stop holding press briefings entirely and the White House communications team have previously held audio-only gaggles. Monday, however, was the first briefing in which reporters were forbidden from airing even audio recordings of what was said.

Such rules, complained Acosta, make the questions and answer sessions “basically pointless at this point.”

Later, Acosta’s colleague at CNN, Brian Stelter, said that criticism of the White House has grown as access has been steadily rolled back. “Inch by inch by inch,” he said, “the Trump administration is rolling back press access.”

Common Dreams  June 19, 2017

Trump Now Backs Permanent Snooping Powers He’d Previously Criticized

Trump Had Previously Complained of Abuse of FISA Powers

During the waning days of the 2016 campaign, President Trump loudly complained about the government’s abuse of surveillance powers, including FISA’s Section 702, which had been used to snoop on his campaign aides’ conversations with Russian officials. Now that he’s elected, that’s all changed.

It’s not an uncommon story, but the powers Trump was so concerned were being abused before he took office are now his, and he’s demanding that they be made permanent, with members of his administration downplaying the risk of abuse, and insisting that they’d saved “hundreds of lives” through wholesale surveillance.

The talking points in favor of the extension of the section are indeed indistinguishable from those made by President Obama back when he was in power, and comes with the same cynical assurances and unsubstantiated claims of great successes resulting from the surveillance state.

This routine sort of flip-flop on an issue may be particularly conspicuous and embarrassing for the Trump Administration, however, as the reality of Section 702 being used to surveil his campaign is likely to continue to be publicized in the course of the Mueller investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.

  Antiwar.com  June 8, 2017

Justice Department appoints special prosecutor to investigate Russia, Trump campaign ties

 Here we go: In the investigation between potential collusion between Russian hacking efforts and members of the Donald Trump campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has just announced the appointment of a special prosecutor.

“In my capacity as acting attorney general I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

Rosenstein has appointed ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller, who served in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, to the role.

Our failure to defend those who are demonized and persecuted leaves us all demonized and persecuted. Our failure to demand justice for everyone leaves us all without justice. Our failure to halt the crushing of popular movements that stand unequivocally with the oppressed leaves us all oppressed. Our failure to protect our democracy leaves us without a democracy. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)

May 17, 2017 · Posted by

“You just can’t make this stuff up, and if you did, people would say you’re full of it. Yes, on the day after firing FBI Director James Comey, President Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Henry Kissinger. Everything’s fine. There’s no constitutional crisis, just ask Sergey Lavrov!”

May 17, 2017 ·Posted by

The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

May 17, 2017 · Posted by  

“Our simplistic historic understanding of fascism needs to be challenged,” warns McAliskey, “fascism is not German, it’s not the Nazism of the Second World War … it starts in the heads of individuals with the idea that what keeps you disadvantaged is that some lesser breed has taken what belongs to you.”

May 16, 2017 · Posted by

The Russia-gate hysteria has grown stronger after President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey, but the bigger question is whether an American “soft coup” is in the works, reports Robert Parry.

Posted by   May 16, 2017 

‘Our institutions are under assault internally’: James Clapper says Trump is a threat to the U.S. government

 Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper defended former FBI Director James Comey and accused President Donald Trump of undermining the U.S. government’s system of checks and balances.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Clapper stated that the U.S. is currently under assault from “external and internal forces” — admitting that he was referring to the president when he spoke of internal threats.

By   The Raw Story  May 14, 2017

New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker (4/29/16) appears to have set out in earnest to write a “balanced” review of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. In doing so, he exposed the futility of such an exercise.

Baker spins some of Trump’s worst and most dangerous traits as positives, downplays his constant threats and impulsivity and tortures the English language to find praise where none ought to exist. First the latter: Baker attempts to find symmetry in Trump’s approach to “transparency,” by conflating actual governmental openness with an obsessive desire to talk at the media:

He has been both more and less transparent than other presidents, shielding his tax returns and White House visitor logs from public scrutiny while appearing to leave few thoughts unexpressed, no matter how incendiary or inaccurate.

By Adam Johnson  FAIR  May 2, 2017

The Empire Expands: Not the American One, But Trump’s

President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.

It turns out that the voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump, the patriarch, got a package deal for his whole clan.  That would include, of course, first daughter Ivanka who, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, is now a key political adviser to the president of the United States.  Both now have offices in the White House close to him.  They have multiple security clearances, access to high-level leaders whenever they visit the Oval Office or Mar-a-Lago, and the perfect formula for the sort of brand-enhancement that now seems to come with such eminence. President Trump may have an exceedingly “flexible” attitude toward policymaking generally, but in one area count on him to be stalwart and immobile: his urge to run the White House like a business, a family business.

By Nomi Prins  Tom Dispatch  May 2, 2017

The Honeymoon of the Generals:  Or Why Trump’s Wars Should Seem So Familiar

These days, from Syria to Afghanistan, the Koreas to Somalia, Yemen to Iraq, it’s easy enough to see Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump as something new under the sun. (It has a different ring to it when the commander in chief says, “You’re fired!”)  That missile strike in Syria was a first (Obama didn’t dare); the MOAB in Afghanistan was a breakthrough; the drone strikes in Yemen soon after he took office were an absolute record!  As for those regular Army troops heading for Somalia, that hasn’t happened in 24 years!  Civilian casualties in the region: rising impressively!

Call it mission creep on steroids. At the very least, it seems like evidence that the man who, as a presidential candidate, swore he’d “bomb the shit” out of ISIS and let the U.S. military win again is doing just that. (As he also said on the campaign trail with appropriately placed air punches, “You gotta knock the hell out of them! Boom! Boom! Boom!”)

By Tom Engelhardt  Tom Dispatch  April 23, 2017

Making Sense of the Deportation Debate: How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies

Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump’s ire. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, the news has been grim. A drumbeat of frightening headlines and panicked social media posts have highlighted his incendiary language, his plans and executive orders when it comes to immigrants, and the early acts of the Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when it comes to round-ups and deportations. The temperature has soared on the deportation debate, so if you think we’re in a completely unprecedented moment when it comes to immigration and immigrants, you’re in good company.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that immigrants, especially undocumented ones, are flooding the United States, causing crime waves, and depleting social service budgets.  Never mind that the number of such immigrants has been in steady decline since 2008, that immigrant crime rates are lower than citizen crime rates, that the undocumented have no access to most social welfare programs, and that crime figures, too, have generally been on the decline in recent years.

By Aviva Chomsky  Tom Dispatch  April 25, 2017

The Empire Expands:  Not the American One, But Trump’s

President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you re-imagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.

By Nomi Prins  Tom Dispatch  May 2, 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days

100 DAYS OF RESISTANCE

Despite himself, Donald Trump has accomplished something beautiful — he’s awakened American democracy and reminded us that it’s “We the People” who truly govern.

WATCHDOGS: TRUMP’S DISASTROUS 100 DAYS FUELING “GOLDEN ERA OF ACTIVISM”

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer  Common Dreams  April 28, 2017

One Hundred Days of President Trump at Guantánamo Bay

By Aisha Maniar  Truthout | News Analysis  April 29, 2017

As President Trump approaches 100 days in office, Adam Gabbatt surveys the resistance movement’s biggest moments so far, key groups, and challenges ahead

The Women’s March in Washington on 21 January was part of what has been called the single largest day of protest in US political history.

The Women’s March in Washington on 21 January was part of what has been called the single largest day of protest in US political history. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Saturday is President Trump’s 100th day in office. Adam, the Guardian’s lead reporter on the Resistance Movement, has just published a timeline of activism efforts over this same period, from the airport protests against the proposed travel ban to challenging elected officials at town halls.The Guardian  April 24, 2017

Human Rights Campaign: Thank you for resisting during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency

As a way to thank you and pay homage to the difference you are making as an HRC Partner, we’ve created a short video that shows your support in action over the last 100 days. Take a minute to watch it.

Human Rights Campaign  April 28, 2017

Congress at 100 Days: Frenetic Action but Few Accomplishments

Fact-Checking President Trump Through His First 100 Days

Trump’s First 100 Days

The first hundred days of a new presidency are widely acknowledged to be the most productive of an administration due to the honeymoon period a new president enjoys. Pres. Trump has squandered his first months in office and has little to show for them. Many of his high-profile campaign promises (immigration ban, ACA repeal and a tax reform bill) have been stopped by the courts, fallen apart in the public eye or failed to even be introduced as legislation. In particular, the health care bill’s defeat must be credited to you. The grassroots resistance Donald Trump faces is like no other I have ever seen, keep it up.

Obama v. Trump, the first 100 days:Click here to read article.

100 Acts of Pro-Choice Resistance:Click here to read article.

Planned Parenthood’s Take on Trump:Click here to read article.

Trump’s First 100 Days and Promises:Click here to read article.

Senator Jeffrey Hayden  Minnesota State Legislature  (MN62)

 100 Days of Media Hoping for a New, Improved Trump

100 Days of Media Hoping for a New, Improved Trump

BY REED RICHARDSON  FAIR  April 28, 2017

UNLAWFUL TRUMP ORDER THREATENS OUR OCEANS AND MOVES BACKWARD ON NEEDED CLIMATE ACTION

Groups plan to challenge order in court.

April 27, 2017  Earth Justice

Trump ridicules Warren: ‘Pocahontas’ may run for president in 2020

Trump’s 1st economic report card: Slowest growth in 3 years

Trump Just Signed A “Buy American” Executive Order. CNN’s Response is Perfect

Early Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order he says instructs federal agencies to “aggressively promote and use American-made goods.”  The order also directs those agencies to begin reviewing the much maligned H1-B visa program that allows U.S. companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers.

CNN’s Jack Tapper opened Tuesday’s episode of his show The Lead with a scathing rebuttal of the order, asking his audience, “So wait, does that mean he wants me to stop buying Trump products?”

BY   Occupy Democrats  April 18, 2017

Trump Reverses Himself On 6 Major Issues In 2 Days

From currency manipulation to NATO to Syria, Trump is flexible.

President Donald Trump has reversed himself on at least six major issues this week, pulling back on long-held promises supported by his base.

Four of these reversals alone came in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday:

  • Trump said the Chinese are “not currency manipulators.” Just last week, he said they were “world champions” of currency manipulation, and he pledged throughout his campaign to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. He tweeted in 2012 that President Barack Obama’s failure to call China a currency manipulator “helped China steal even more jobs and money from us.”

  • Trump said, “I do like a low interest-rate policy.” During his campaign, he excoriated the Federal Reserve for keeping rates low, and said in 2011 that the policy would lead to hyperinflation.

  • Trump said he was open to the idea of reappointing Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. On the campaign trail, he said he would “most likely” replace her. “I like her, I respect her,” Trump told the Journal at the time.

  • Trump said he supported the Export-Import Bank, noting that small companies are “really helped” by the institution. During the campaign, he said the bank was unnecessary.

By Ben Walsh, Amanda Terkel  The Huffington Post  April 12 2017

The Hardening of Society and the Rise of Cultures of Cruelty in Neo-Fascist America

Photo by Hayden Schiff | CC BY 2.0

Photo by Hayden Schiff | CC BY 2.0

What does the culture of cruelty look like under a neo-fascist regime?

First, language is emptied of any sense of ethics and compassion.

Second, a survival of the fittest discourse provides a breeding ground for racial and social sorting.

Third, references to justice are viewed as treasonous or, as at the present moment, labelled dismissively as “fake news.”

Fourth, the discourse of disposability extends to an increasing number of groups.

Fifth, ignorance becomes militarized, enforced not through an appeal to reason but through the use of the language of humiliation and eventually through the machinery of force.

Sixth, any form of dependency is viewed as a form of weakness, and becomes a referent and eventually a basis for social cleansing. That is, any form of solidarity not based on  market-driven values is subject to derision and potential punishment.

Seventh, the language of borders and walls replaces the discourse of bridges and compassion.

Eighth, violence becomes the most important method for addressing social problems and mediating all relationships, hence, the increasing criminalization of a wide range of behaviours in the United States.

Ninth, the word democracy disappears from officially mandated state language.

Tenth, the critical media is gradually defamed and eventually outlawed.

Eleventh, all forms of critical education present in theory, method, and institutionally are destroyed.

Twelfth, shared fears replace shared responsibilities and everyone is reduced to the status of a potential terrorist, watched constantly and humiliated through body searches at border crossings.

Thirteenth, all vestiges of the welfare state disappear and millions are subject to fending for themselves.

Fourteenth, massive inequalities in power, wealth, and income will generate a host of Reality TV shows celebrating the financial elite.

Underlying this project is one of the most powerfully oppressive ideologies of neoliberal neo-fascism. That is, the only unit of agency and analysis that matters is the isolated individual. Shared trust and visions of economic equality and political justice give way to individual terrors and self-blame reinforced by the neoliberal notion that people are solely responsible for their political, economic, and social misfortunes. Consequently, a hardening of the culture is buttressed by the force of state sanctioned cultural apparatuses that enshrine privatization in the discourse of self-reliance, unchecked self-interest, untrammeled individualism, and deep distrust of anything remotely called the common good. Freedom of choice becomes code for defining responsibility solely as an individual task, reinforced by a shameful appeal to character.

Liberal critics argue that choice absent the notion of constraints feeds Ayn Rand’s culture of rabid individualism and unchecked greed. What they miss in this neo-fascist moment is that the systemic evil, cruelty, and moral irresponsibility at the heart of neoliberalism makes Ayn Rand’s lunacy look tame. Rand’s world has been surpassed by a ruling class of financial elites that embody not the old style greed of Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street, but the psychopathic personality of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

The notion that saving money by reducing the taxes of the rich justifies eliminating health care for 24 million people is just one example of how this culture of cruelty and hardening of the culture will play out.

Dark Times are truly upon us. There will be an acceleration of acts of violence under the Trump administration and the conditions for eliminating this new stage of state violence will mean not only understanding the roots of neo-fascism in the United States, but also eliminating the economic, political, and cultural forces that produced it.

There is more at work here than getting rid of Trump, there is a need to eliminate a system in which democracy is equated with capitalism, a system driven almost exclusively by financial interests, and beholden to two political parties that are hard wired into neoliberal savagery.

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Counterpunch  March 17, 2017

President Trump visited the Environmental Protection Agency on March 28, to sign a sweeping executive order that instructs regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions and other environmental regulations. (The White House)

President Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.

The sweeping executive order — which the president signed with great fanfare in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Map Room — also seeks to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing and remove the requirement that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions.

  The Washington Post  March 28, 2017

Trump is embarking on an orgy of cruelty for absolutely no reason. This is morally repugnant.

RobertReich.org  Truthdig  March 19, 2017    March 23, 2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OUSTS U.N. OFFICIAL TO PROTECT ISRAEL FROM CRITICISM

Trump’s own defense secretary has warned that this blind defense of Israel harms U.S. security.

Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  March 18, 2017

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s Economic Policies Will Lead to Another Crash

Revesz writes: “Noam Chomsky has warned the Donald Trump-fuelled rally in capital markets is coming to a close and another financial crash is on the horizon.”
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Rachael Revesz   The Independent   Reader Supported News  March 15, 2017

Is ‘Christianized Fascism’ the Biggest Threat We Face Under Trump? (Video)

“I think that the Christian right is a far more dangerous movement than the alt-right,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

The Empire Files  February 28, 2017

Trump Administration Weighs Separating Mothers From Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border

  The U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz. (Flickr / CC 2.0)

As the Trump administration continues its mass deportations apace, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering ramping up anti-immigration policies even further with a new rule that would separate mothers from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump’s Proposed Increase in U.S. Defense Spending Would Be 80 Percent of Russia’s Entire Military Budget  

The proposed $54 billion increase is roughly the size of the entire annual military budget of the United Kingdom, the fifth-largest spending country.

Alex Emmons   The Intercept  February 27, 2017

Trump-Netanyahu Meeting Lays Ground Or One-State Solution

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference at the White House on 15 February. Michael Reynolds EPABy Ali Abunimah for Electronic Antifada – US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday morning, before going into their much-anticipated bilateral meeting. Asked about whether the US was still wedded to a two-state solution, Trump broke with longstanding orthodoxy. “I am looking at two states or one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” the president said. On settlements, Trump reaffirmed to Netanyahu, “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit.” Advocates of a two-state solution, including the previous US administration and European governments, see it as the only way to rescue Israel as a racist state that ensures its Jewish demographic majority through a battery of racist laws – a situation they refer to as “peace.” -more-

Popular Resistance  February 22, 2017

Never popular in the first place, domestic counterextremism programs are now likely to become much more aggressive and bellicose.

The Intercept    February 13, 2017

Noam Chomsky on President Donald Trump

Published on Jan 26, 2017

Professor Noam Chomsky gave UNU-GCM’s 2016 Annual Guest Lecture on Saturday, November 5th in Barcelona. He delivered the following lecture entitled “Crises of Immigration”.

Pope Francis captured the essence of the “immigration crisis” in simple words: “Migrants are not a danger — they are in danger.” Sometimes, however, such crises are objectively real: in Lebanon, for example, where some 40% of the population are refugees. There have also been immigration crises of extreme objective severity: notoriously, for the native populations in settler-colonial societies. Sometimes immigration crises are culturally and morally real: in the rich and powerful countries, where the shocking reaction to refugees is a profound moral crisis, a political crisis as well, particularly in those countries with a large share of responsibility for creating the refugee crisis – and who have been creating a crisis that will soon be of colossal proportions unless they take drastic actions to curb the destruction of an environment that can sustain organized human life.

You can download text version of lecture here – https://i.unu.edu/media/gcm.unu.edu/p…

Up Front  January 26, 2017

Noam Chomsky – How to Deal with the Trump Presidency

Democracy Now! January 16, 2017

Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare

  Supporters of the Affordable Care Act at a rally in Denver in January. (Brennan Linsley / AP )

After Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with “something terrific,” his administration has just released a set of tweaks to the health care law—and those tweaks all favor the insurance industry over ordinary Americans.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which the GOP gleefully dubbed Obamacare, is clearly not good enough to serve all Americans well. But it is such a major improvement over the industry-dominated status quo of eight years ago that, as Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times succinctly wrote, “It is both unpopular and saves lives.”

Having perhaps realized that many of his own supporters rely heavily on the ACA, Trump has postponed repealing it and instead has made changes that “insurers have long pushed for,” according to The Hill. These include cutting the enrollment period in half in order to “cut down on sick people gaming the system,” whatever that means.

By Sonali Kolhatkar  Truthout  February 16, 2017

Leaked Trump Presidential Memo Would Free U.S. Companies to Buy Conflict Minerals From Central African Warlords

THE LEAKED DRAFT of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their purchase of  “conflict minerals.”

By Lee Fang  The Intercept  February 8, 2017

Trump Is Foolish to Ignore the Flourishing Renewable Energy Sector

President Donald Trump claims to be focused on providing “jobs for all Americans,” but — in another example of his reliance on “alternative facts” — he has emphasized the fossil-fuel sector as the likeliest site to create those jobs. He is clearly not paying attention to the recently released figures from the US Department of Energy that show soaring jobs growth in the US renewable energy sector.   Read more…

By Linda Pentz Gunter, Truthout | Op-Ed  February 5, 2017

3 Things Trump’s Ban Gets Wrong

Here’s why Donald Trump‘s immigration executive order misses the mark.

President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm of criticism worldwide Friday after he signed an executive order banning citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days.

By Jared Genser | Contributor  The Associated Press  US News  January 29, 2017

 

For two months now, Donald Trump has appeared unable to accept the verdict of November’s election: that he is more popular than many of us wanted to believe, but less popular than Hillary Clinton.

As a result of this fixation, he is now promising “a major investigation” into the election that made him president, putting the full weight of the federal government behind his quest to prove that at least three million ballots were cast against him by “those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead.”

In an interview with David Muir of ABC News broadcast on Wednesday night, Trump tried to suggest that a 2012 Pew study on problems with people being registered in two states, or the voter rolls not being updated as soon as people die, was proof that illegal voting was taking place.

By Robert Mackey   The Intercept  January 25, 2017

Trump’s Muslim Immigration Executive Order: If We Bombed You, We Ban You

Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The draft text of the order was leaked to the Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times. Titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” it would suspend the issuance of visas for at least 30 days to most people in the seven countries while the administration revamps its vetting procedures. Most citizens of foreign countries must first obtain a visa before being allowed to enter the United States.

“In order to protect Americans, we must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward our country and its founding principles,” the draft reads, justifying this blanket prohibition.

The draft relies on Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which lays out security-related exemptions to the visa waiver program, to derive that list of seven countries. In the 2016 law, Iraq and Syria are explicitly listed, Iran and Sudan are included as state sponsors of terrorism, and Libya, Somalia, and Yemen are in the “area of concern” as designated by the Department of Homeland Security.

What all seven countries also have in common is that the United States government has violently intervened in them. The U.S. is currently bombing — or has bombed in the recent past — six of them. The U.S. has not bombed Iran, but has a long history of intervention including a recent cyberattack.

It’s like a twisted version of the you-break-it-you-buy-it Pottery Barn rule: If we bomb a country or help destabilize its society, we will then ban its citizens from being able to seek refuge in the United States.

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy explained this irony in a tweet Wednesday morning:

We bomb your country, creating a humanitarian nightmare, then lock you inside. That’s a horror movie, not a foreign policy

To read a rundown of the countries and the U.S. interventions in each read the full article.

By Zaid Jilani  The Intercept  January 25, 2017

New York Times: Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by ObamaDonald Trump’s orders to “revive” the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects, whose progress had been slowed by the Obama administration, are much ado about nothing, the New York Times (1/24/17) reported: “The pipelines were more about symbol than substance but generated enormous passion on both sides of the debate,” wrote the TimesPeter Baker and Coral Davenport.

ACTION:

Please write to the New York Times and ask them to stop using oil industry consultants as experts on whether Donald Trump’s pro-oil industry moves will be bad for the environment.

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Fair  January 25, 2017

Trump Assembles a Shadow Cabinet

One person involved in the transition said Trump's team wanted a 'real strong line at the agencies to have someone monitoring and directing what they're doing.' (photo: Getty Images)
Josh Dawsey, Politico
Dawsey writes: “The White House is installing senior aides atop major federal agencies to shadow the administration’s Cabinet secretaries, creating a direct line with loyalists who can monitor and shape White House goals across the federal bureaucracy.”
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Reader Supported News  January 25, 2017

Information Lockdown Hits Trump’s Federal Agencies

Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillén and Nancy Cook, Politico
Excerpt: “Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet, make policy pronouncements or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from multiple agencies.”
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Reader Supported News  January 25, 2017

USA: Trump Reports First Migratory Measures

Through a statement, the US government released some of the measures that President Donald Trump will implement in immigration matters, such as the deportation of migrants who arrive in the United States illegally and have a legal Violent crimes. The document also reiterates the plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico to stop irregular migration, as well as violence and drug trafficking.

NOTE: The video accompanying this report is in Spanish. Available at the link.

TeleSUR  January 21, 2017

Hundreds of thousands march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women

Hundreds of thousands march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women’s March, Jan. 21, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Within hours of Donald Trump being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, the LGBT section of the White House’s website, and any references to climate change, were promptly removed.

Telesur  January 22, 2017

Welcome to a New Form of Rule (Video)

We are now on the brink of a new form of government, undreamed of by Aristotle, who spoke of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy.  We are headed to a psychopathocracy, which has something in common with the degraded form of classical regime types that Aristotle warned against (he thought monarchy can deteriorate into despotism, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into demagoguery).  Psychopathocracy is the rule of persons who lack a basic ability to empathize with others, to feel their pain or to feel guilty about harming them.

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment  Truthdig  January 11, 2017

Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

Follow the Intercept’s live coverage of the Senate confirmation hearings.

Pity The Sad Legacy Of Barack Obama

Our hope and change candidate fell short time and time again. Obama cheerleaders who refused to make him accountable bear some responsibility

Eight years ago the world was on the brink of a grand celebration: the inauguration of a brilliant and charismatic black president of the United States of America. Today we are on the edge of an abyss: the installation of a mendacious and cathartic white president who will replace him.

By Cornel West  The Guardian  Popular Resistance  January 10, 2017

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