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Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of..

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No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Theresa May’s prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the government they elect, then there is something madly representative of the debacle of May’s leadership, one where problems are sought..

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The World Will End in Fire Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Proclaiming that the end is nigh has now become the labor of the very opposite of a deluded religious devotee. And the question framed by Robert Frost of whether the world will end in fire or ice is no longer in dispute. The world will soon end in fire, possibly the fire of the Pentagon’s..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment. Members of the military industrial complex were none too pleased. The..

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Trump Declares Himself a National Emergency Sunday, January 13th, 2019

War is the most underrated danger, crisis, and moral outrage to be dealt with. Trump is the most antiwar president the United States has seen in decades. As a dedicated peace activist, I believe Trump needs to be removed from office immediately. How can this be so? First, becoming a relatively..

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Ice Matters: A Meditation on Snow Friday, January 11th, 2019

Most speak of floods in the age of climate change, when the cooked and the roasted take precedence over the snowed in and the freezing, and the parliaments of lost islands shall be convened in the sea. Comparatively cruel fates should never be entertained, but the difference here is worth noting...

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Walled Off Options: Donald Trump, Mexico and the Democrats Thursday, January 10th, 2019

New year occasions, given the pleasant fiction it entails, are times to change. Resolutions are made by that delightful species Homo sapiens, hope packaged for quick delivery to those who promise change. The weak will become stronger; the strong will show humility. The venal, well, they just might..

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Gabon and Coup Mania Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot dictatorships, unstable leaderships, and coups. Latin America, attuned to brigandage and frontier mentalities, is not far behind. Such instances lend..

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TYRANNY OF TRADE UNION LEADERSHIP IN INDIA Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Ever since the great revolutionary and philosopher Karl Marx gave his clarion call to the workers around the world a few centuries back , that the workers had nothing to lose except the chain, the world trade union movement was virtually established. Since then, the workers by their consistent..

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Oaked Fires in Serbia Monday, January 7th, 2019

They set out early in the morning, men with axes, boys in tow and, for some, the odd girl champing at the bit. The woods are some way from Bujanovac, but these columns of individuals resembled statues who have moved off their plinths, heading to the woods that call them with mesmerising force. The..

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First Anniversary Of Protests In Iran – OpEd

January is the first anniversary of Iran’s protests. Massive demonstrations shock Iran to the core. A year passed and the Iranian regime’s officials are celebrating their survival. Although supreme leader Ali Khamenei told his followers not to go overboard with joy because in his words” The..

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A Green New PayGo Shutdown

“She’ll cut your head off.” That’s Nancy Pelosi’s daughter’s praise for her mother. I guess you’re supposed to imagine it always being somebody else’s head and to really hate all those somebody elses. But then, what is PayGo? This looks like a deal aiming a big ole Pentagon bone..

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Biting into Apple: The Giant’s Revenues Fall Sunday, January 6th, 2019

The worm has gotten into Apple, and is feasting with some consistency. Revenue has fallen. Chief executive Tim Cook is cranky. The celebrated front of Apple’s wealth – the iPhone with its range of glittering models – has not done as well as he would have hoped. Dreams of conquering Cathay..

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Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019 Saturday, January 5th, 2019

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless opportunities to make a..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..