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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Washington’s Utterly Failed Diplomacy

9 August 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

There seems no longer any attempt, or semblance, of seeking diplomacy by Washington. Sanctions and aggression are wielded with reckless abandon. Russia, China, and even America’s own supposed European allies are subject to sanctions by Washington in a high-handed dismissal of any mutual dialogue to resolve alleged grievances.

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As the ocean waters rise, so do the islands of garbage

26 July 2019 —  The Tricontinental

The Thirtieth Newsletter (2019)

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Dear Friends,
Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Twelve-year-old Aeshnina Azzahra’s letter to Donald Trump.

Twelve-year-old Aeshnina Azzahra’s letter to Donald Trump. (click to enlarge)

On 12 July 2019, a twelve-year-old girl from Gresik (Indonesia), Aeshnina Azzahra, wrote a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump. The letter was delivered to the U.S. embassy in Jakarta and released to the press. ‘My country’, she wrote, ‘is the second largest contributor to waste. And some of that waste is your waste’. Then, she asked three powerful and sincere questions: ‘Why do you always export your waste to my country? Why don’t you take care of your own waste? Why do we have to feel the impact of your waste?’

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Trump’s Vision for Africa? The 1960s By Wayne Madsen

26 July 2019 — WSWS

Although Donald Trump can barely place a single country in Africa, his few utterances on the continent have yielded what can only be described as a nostalgia for the 1960s. It was a decade that saw three white minority-ruled governments ruling in South Africa, Rhodesia, and the South African territory of South-West Africa. All three white-ruled entities practiced varying degrees of apartheid. This was accomplished through economic, social, and political means.

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The fascists in the White House

16 July 2019 — WSWS

The tirades by President Donald Trump over the past three days have no precedent in the history of the US presidency. Trump, backed by a cabal of advisors in the White House, speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.

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Iran Faces US Aggression and European Hypocrisy, but this Time It’s Ready

12 July 2019 — Global ResearchMiddle East Eye

There is no reason to expect that a declining and desperate empire will conduct itself in a civilised manner. Iran is prepared for the worst

By Prof. Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Western cultural arrogance rears its Medusa-like head each time US President Donald Trump rails about obliterating Iran.

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