The Bolton Book Battle

19 June 2020 — The National Security Archive

  • Trump Cites National Security Secrets to Block Bolton’s Book – Don’t Believe It
  • National Security Archive Posts Documents Showing Government Secrecy Claims Often Exaggerated in Prepublication Reviews
  • From Bolton in 2020 to Retired CIA Operative Kermit Roosevelt in the 1970s, Prepublication Review Has Plagued Memoirs of Former Officials

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Trump’s China policy at a cul-de-sac

1 June 2020 — Indian Punchline

US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (L) after signing the US-China trade deal, Washington, Jan. 15, 2020

M.K. Bhadrakumar

This past week has been a catastrophic seven days that shook America. Some of the debris may have inevitably fallen on President Donald Trump too. Most important, the Trump administration has lost the plot on China.

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Why It’s Ugly To Criticize Trump For Dodging The Vietnam Draft

28 April 2020 — Caitlin Johnson

By Caitlin Johnstone

There’s a popular tweet going around saying “Do you know what the 58,220 American Dead from the Vietnam War will have in common with the 58,220 American dead expected this midweek? Donald Trump refused to fight for either one of them.”

The tweet has thousands of shares and made it to the front page of Reddit today. Liberals love it.

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Primary Notes from a Shit-Hole Superpower: Crashing the Party from the Top Down

 3 March, 2020 — Greanville Post

PAUL STREET

Stephanie Ruhle, the voice of the comfortable 1% enabling the corporatist empire to go on as usual. “People will not support a socialist”. Professionally a Bloomberg alum, she spent 14 years in the  finance industry.

12 noon: Just to be clear, the Dem establishment will gladly enable a second fascistic and ecocidal Trump term before it will get behind a progressive Dem/Sanders nomination. The neoilberal Dem masters will do everything they can, including sabotage of Sanders, to sustain the party’s status as a thoroughgoing ruling class institutional asset. They are the ones with ideological purity tests, and they are loudly and clearly announcing their preference for Trump over Sanders in 2020 as in 2016.

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Trump’s “win-win” plan hands everything to Israel

29 January 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Omar Karmi

A man walks past a mural depicting US president Donald Trump with a footprint across his face

Graffiti in Gaza shows what Palestinians have come to think of US President Donald Trump’s peacemaking. Mahmoud Issa SIPA USA

After much anticipation and with great ceremony, on Tuesday US President Donald Trump presented his plan for Middle East peace.

It’s “a great plan,” Trump had already said a few days ago, though he may just have been humoring his son-in-law Jared Kushner, its chief architect.

On Tuesday, he called the plan “win-win,” though to whom the second win goes is hard to say.

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Death by a Thousand Trumps: The Logical End Point of Capitalism by William Hawes

17 September 2019 — Dissident Voice

The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?

— Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Ant-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 1972

There is a fairly typical and recurrent notion among many Americans that Donald Trump and his administration is some sort of aberration. As if his brutal, venal, racist, and bullying nature is something new, or different from previous leaders. For those not inclined to look at the historical record; one only has to look beyond our borders to view the authoritarian personality type that Trump represents in power all over the world: Modi, Orban, Erdogan, Jinping, Duterte, and Bolsonaro being the most obvious comparisons.

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