US Global Power: The Trump Period: An Assessment

2 May 2019 — James Petras

Introduction: US global power in the Trump period reflects the continuities and changes which are unfolding rapidly and deeply throughout the world and which are affecting the position of Washington.

Assessing the dynamics of US global power is a complex problem which requires examining multiple dimensions.

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American Political Circus is Rocked Again By Viktor Mikhin

3 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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The American political circus is trembling violently again, in a ring where vultures of every stripe have been caught in a chokehold. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not thinking of finding a dignified solution anymore – he is simply trying to find a way out of a very difficult situation. Like the mythical Sisyphus, Mueller makes a tremendous effort but fails to move apart all the political vultures, who are equally weary of all the bickering which has made a circus out of the United States.

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The UNO destroyed by US « exceptionalism » By Thierry Meyssan

2 April 2019 — Voltaire Network

Now weakened in comparison with their Russian and Chinese competitors, the United States have returned to their historical reflexes. In terms of foreign relations, they have abandoned the liberal international order and returned to the doctrine of exceptionalism. By questioning their own engagement with the Security Council, they have opened the way to the deconstruction of international Law and the end of the United Nations. This evolution, which shocked the countries of Western Europe and plunged them into confusion, had been anticipated by Russia and China, who were preparing for it.

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The Illusory Truth Effect: How Millions Were Duped By Russiagate by Caitlin Johnstone

26 March 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

“Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy”, read the front page headline of Sunday’s New York Times. Bit by bit, mainstream American consciousness is slowly coming to terms with the death of the thrilling conspiracy theory that the highest levels of the US government had been infiltrated by the Kremlin, and with the stark reality that the mass media and the Democratic Party spent the last two and-a-half years monopolizing public attention with a narrative which never had any underlying truth to it.

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Trump’s stance on the Golan will allow Israel to operate with impunity elsewhere

24 March 2019 — Jonathan Cook

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When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook.

Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter.

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The Trump presidency: From the Manhattan underworld to the White House

1 March 2019 — WSWS

“The finance aristocracy, in its mode of acquisition as well as in its pleasures, is nothing but the rebirth of the lumpenproletariat on the heights of bourgeois society.”—Karl Marx, The Civil War in France

What Marx described, in his analysis of the corruption of the bourgeoisie in France leading up to the 1848 revolution, applies with even greater force to the United States of 2019, where the bourgeoisie faces its own rendezvous with social upheaval and explosive class battles.

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