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“A Complete Disaster”: Noam Chomsky on Trump and the Future of US Politics

Just how bad are things with Donald Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestionable support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world on the whole? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these and other related questions in an exclusive interview with C. J. Polychroniou for Truthout… “A ... Read More »

What You Need To Know About The Special Election In Arizona

Democrat Hiral Tipirneni’s race against Republican Debbie Lesko has been surprisingly close. Daniel Marans HuffPost Tuesday is Election Day in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, where Democrats have mounted a serious bid to flip a GOP-held House seat in a district Donald Trump won by 21 percentage points. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a health care advocate and physician, is battling Republican Debbie Lesko, a conservative former state senator, for a seat representing an area that encompasses a swath of Phoenix’s western and northern ... Read More »

Starbucks’ racial bias training alone won’t fix a racist society

I’ve found myself tweeting my moral outrage a lot recently. From #DrivingWhilstBlack to #WalkingWhilstBlack, #LivingWhilstBlack and #EatingWhilstBlack, there have been endless occasions when African Americans are punished for merely being in public spaces. Ornette D Clennon The Conversation The latest took place at a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia. Two African American men were arrested for apparently sitting and waiting for a friend to arrive. It follows a long list of events, including police shootings and high-level harassment of unarmed ... Read More »

GM plant tech boosts malaria drug yield

Scientists have modified a plant’s genetic sequence to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping meet the large global demand. Paul Rincon BBC The team identified genes involved in making artemisinin, altering their activity to produce three times more of the drug than “normal” plants make. The plant-based production of the drug sometimes fails to meet demand. The shrubs don’t produce enough of the chemical in their leaves. The work appears in the journal Molecular Plant. ... Read More »

An Open Letter to H.E. Mr. António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations

Published in Agora Dialogue on 24 April 2018 OPEN LETTER Date: 24 April 2018 Dear Secretary-General Re: The ill-fated ‘Annan Plan’ submitted to ‘separate, simultaneous referenda’ held on 24 April 2004 Today marks the passage of 14 years since the United Nations oversaw what it described at the time as two ‘separate simultaneous referenda’.  These ‘referenda’ were held on 24 April 2004 in what the United Nations also described at the time as ‘the two sides’, i.e. the area of the ... Read More »

Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today

Our colleague, the archaeologist Santiago Rivas, recently made a remarkable discovery. Authors (4) The Conversation On a small plateau above the outskirts of Iquitos, a town in the northern Peruvian Amazon, he found a layer in the soil which contained small pieces of ceramic pottery, that were around 1,800-years-old. Digging deeper, he found another layer of soil, this time containing pottery that was about 2,500 years old. This is the archaeological site at Quistococha which has been occupied for at ... Read More »

Why President Trump Should Recognize The Armenian Genocide

Despite the passage of a century, the Turkish government seems to have grown more resistant to hearing that its Ottoman forebears had anything to do with the mass killings of Armenians. Stella Morabito The Federalist If President Trump recognizes the Armenian genocide by specifically using the word “genocide” in his April 24 proclamation, he would send a strong signal to the… He would be only the second president, after Ronald Reagan, to do so boldly and officially. Every year on ... Read More »

UK reassures EU over ‘Windrush’ Caribbean migrant scandal

Home Office briefs EU diplomats on how it would avoid similar problems post Brexit and acknowledges ‘psychological impact’ on EU citizens. By GIULIA PARAVICINI AND CHARLIE COOPER Politico The U.K.’s Home Office held a briefing for EU diplomats in London Friday at which it admitted failures in how it had dealt with the immigration status of Caribbean migrants and reassured them the same would not happen to EU27 citizens post… Some members of the so-called Windrush generation — named after the Empire ... Read More »

How Will America Deal with a Rising Empire?

Presented by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Lu Xi and Christel Goh Foreign Affairs Amid rising tensions about a potential full-on trade war with China, Taiwan Straits’ independence, and North Korea’s nuclear program, how should America engage China, an empire embarking on a great revival of centralization? From the war on trade tariffs to conflicting engagement strategies with North Korea and the sensitivities around the Taiwan Straits, analysts in the region are kept on the edge of ... Read More »

More Than 100 Retired Military Leaders Raise Concerns About CIA Nominee Gina Haspel

Over 100 retired military leaders have joined the list of outside groups voicing concern about President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Maya Rhodan Time In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, 109 retired generals and admirals said they were “deeply troubled” by the prospect of Gina Haspel being named CIA director given her links to the former U.S. torture program. “We devoted our lives to the defense of our country. We know that fidelity ... Read More »

Opinion: Corruption charges have Council of Europe teetering on the brink of irrelevance

When individual members would rather illegally accept money and gifts instead of fighting corruption, there’s no need for the Council of Europe anymore, says DW’s Max Hofmann. Max Hofmann DW Officially, the Council of Europe is meant to safeguard democracy and the rule of law. Given that mission, many people are already asking why countries such as Russia and Turkey even have a seat at the table. Most observers in Strasbourg say it would be pointless to throw them out, ... Read More »

Iran vows to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US quits deal

Iran has warned it is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a U.S. exit. NEW YORK – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York on April 21 that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that its “probable” response to a… “America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear ... Read More »

Royal Commission reveals need for tougher corporate cop

Imagine this … An elderly couple returns home from holiday to discover their front door lock broken and $2000 in cash stolen from a biscuit tin in their kitchen. Jessica Irvine Brisbane Times The couple immediately ring the police, who inform them of a spate of similar robberies in the area. But the police have tracked down the perpetrator, who is in custody facing charges that carry a jail term of at least five years. The elderly couple are promptly ... Read More »

Think we’re tough on refugees? That’s fake news

Fake news is the new black. Drop the phrase in a casual conversation and some people will be silly enough to assume you are an astute observer of the political scene. Amanda Vanstone The Age Fake news is information known at the time to be incorrect which is deliberately fed out into the media stream. Since when has that been a new idea? The problem of incorrect information washing through the media system is not new. Some of it is ... Read More »

Stephen Lawrence anniversary: 25 years later, less than half of ethnic minority Britons think progress made on racial prejudice

Poll comes a quarter of a century after murder of black teenager in an unprovoked racist attack in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993 Ashley Cowburn Independent Less than half of people from ethnic minority backgrounds believe there has been progress on racial prejudice over the past quarter of a century, according to a new survey mapping attitudes towards race and integration in Britain. The poll coincides with the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in an unprovoked racist attack in Eltham, ... Read More »

Mexico’s EU trade deal lands a punch on Trump

Accord with Brussels comes as Washington squeezes Latin American country in NAFTA talks. By HANS VON DER BURCHARD AND CHRISTIAN OLIVER Politico Mexico delivered a defiant political riposte to U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday by agreeing a trade deal with the EU. Trump’s push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement helped catalyze Mexico’s talks with Brussels over the past year, as the Latin American country sought to diversify away from dependence on an increasingly hostile… Diplomats said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and… ... Read More »