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[Graphic: “Billionaire Frat Boys” by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune (163075)] By Jim Hightower t’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus. But a lot of the real action is in the outer rings, where the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and t

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[Photo: retrieved from State of HBCUS] By Rebekah Barber “Segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race deprives children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities, even though the physical facilities and other ‘tangible’ factors may be equal,” the Supreme Court ruled in Bro

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[Photo: Trump and Mussolini. (Raw Story) By Gaither Stewart [Rome] “We work for the moral and traditional values which Socialists neglect and despise. . . .” –Benito Mussolini It’s their strutting. That detestable image of the strutting that links them, the strutting and prancing Fascists and their swaggering and p

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[Photo: The “Milazzo Cage” by Sarah Rose.] By Edward Curtin “Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved.” Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism “In this frightful round o

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[Photo: “Two States” by Emad Hajjaj, Jordan (191696)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD he Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the

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[Photo: By Donkey Hotey] By Ryan Lenz and Stephen Piggott Source: SPLC – Hatewatch. n an executive order signed in private, President Trump named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who moonlights as an attorney for the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), to serve as vice-chair of a

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[Photo: by Black Metal] By Henry A. Giroux onald Trump’s election has sparked a heated debate about the past, particularly over whether the Trump administration represents a continuum, if not an echo, of the protean origins of fascism. This is an argument that combines the resources of historical memory with current a

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[Photo: by carnagenyc] By Gaither Stewart read a Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulti

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[Photo: courtesy EOI] By Everton S. Medeiros, Iberê L. Caldas, Murilo S. Baptista & Ulrike Feudel Scientific Reports (7, 42351, Feb 9, 2017): Trapping Phenomenon Attenuates the Consequences of Tipping Points for Limit Cycles     Bio / source

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[Photo: _] By Robert Koehler or a journalist — especially one covering government and politics — the most suspicious, least trustworthy word in the language ought to be: “classified.” As the drama continues to swirl around Russiagate, or whatever the central controversy of the Trump administration winds up being kno

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[Photo: Trump Blind Men. Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle.] By Jim Sleeper onald Trump won the presidency of the American republic for the same reason that he’ll lose it before the end of his first term, assuming that the rest of us can keep the republic itself. That reason has been poorly understood by political consu

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By Lawrence Tribe, Richard Painter, and Norman Eisen If President Trump’s shockingly sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey had violated some statute or constitutional provision, our judicial branch could easily have remedied that misstep. What the president did was worse. It was a challenge to the very premises of our

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[Photo: “You’re fired!” (The Mystery Vault)] By Juan Cole ne of the classic techniques of dictatorship is humiliation, a manifestation of the sadism of the regime. Most people want to avoid being made the butt of ridicule, and authoritarian personalities calculate that they will even surrenders some rights

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[Graphic: ‘Emperor Trump’s Clothes” by Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star Tribune. Reproduced with license permission.] By Henry A. Giroux Introduction ith the rise of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States, politics has descended, like never before, to a theater of the absurd. Unbridled an

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[Photo: Students of the Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University celebrate school council win (Islamic Resistance Movement)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD ow that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its Charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity. Undou

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[Photo: Jeff Sessions by Bob Englehardt, CagleCartoons.com.] By Marjorie Cohn    Source: Truthout. otivated by his deep-seated biases and those of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pursuing a draconian agenda on voting rights, immigration, crime, policing, the drug war, federal sentencing and the

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[Photo: Mutilated Gamela tribesman whose arms were hacked off with a machete. (Survival International)] By Jan Rocha recent violent attack on a group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest of northern Brazil is seen by environmentalists as a symptom of a new climate of hostility towards such groups, fuelled by conse

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By Chris Floyd Source: Empire Burlesque hatever else you can say about Trump (don’t get me started), he’s a first-class troll: citing Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe in the last days of the campaign as his reason for firing him! The very action Trump had long praised as a “gutsy” mo

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[Photo: MOAB explosion] By Lauren McCauley resident Donald Trump declared his deployment of the “mother of all bombs” on a remote region of Afghanistan last month a “very successful” mission, but a new analysis is raising questions as to what was actually accomplished and why the mammoth explosive w

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[Photo: Republican Congresspeople celebrate their passage of the AHCA with Trump in the Rose Garden May 4, 2017 (Yahoo).] By Michael Roberts he optics told it all. A group of old, white men flanked a 70-year old narcissistic United States president, all beating their rapidly atrophying chests, and triumphantly preening the

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[Photo: Pharmaceutical production waste contaminates India’s water (Red Green & Blue).] By Madlen Davies ndustrial pollution from Indian pharmaceutical companies making medicines for nearly all the world’s major drug companies is fuelling the creation of deadly superbugs, suggests new research. Global healt

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By Andrea Germanos f the human species is to avert extinction, it’s got just 100 years to leave Earth and colonize a new planet. That’s according to noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who makes the prediction in the upcoming BBC series “Expedition New Earth,” set to air later this year as

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[Photo: Jeff Sessions – Keeper of the Flame – DonkeyHotey] By Rowan Wolf In the “Welcome to the new America category, Desiree Farooz of Code Pink has been convicted for “disorderly conduct” for laughing during the confirmation of Jeff Sessions. She could be given up to one year for the offense.

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[Photo: “Trumpcare Alive” by Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Published with permission.] By Bill Moyers he day after Republicans pulled the plug on Trumpcare (or was it Ryancare?), the front-page headline of the tabloid New York Post asked: “Is There a Doctor in the House?” None were in sight, but

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[Photo: Palestinian children at the Gaza-Rafa border. By Illuminating 9_11. (CC BY-ND 2.0)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD aza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C.  In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restr

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[Photo: Naveen Kadam] By Gaither Stewart he quality of  loyalty has played an important but perplexing role in my life, both positive and negative, which for many years has prompted countless nocturnal ruminations about the reasons for my concern for what at first glance might be considered banal. Along the way I have exp

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[Photo: “History Buff” by David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star. Reprinted with permission.] By Chris Hedges here are questions about whether we have hit fascism yet, or maybe a corporatist state. What we have achieved, for much of the US population, is single agreement that our politicians have succeeded in maki

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[Photo: Post Office – flood in Charmco, WV (Save the Post Office)] By Tim Radford f humans go on burning ever greater volumes of fossil fuel, then dramatic rises in sea levels could turn 13 million US citizens into climate refugees and send them fleeing inland – many of them to Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix. This [&

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[Photo: “Trump Tax Cuts“, Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands. Reprinted with permission.] By Amy Goodman interviews James Henry  Source: DemocracyNow!   The White House has outlined a plan to give the nation’s millionaires and billionaires a massive tax break while adding trillions of dollars to the U.S. def

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