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Socialism’s Return

After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. Patrick Iber  The Nation For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly… Socialism’s Return… Read More »

Our miserable 21st century

On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. Nicholas Eberstadt ΑΕΙ To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine. What sort of… Our miserable 21st… Read More »

How to fight climate change without Washington

MASSACHUSETTS WAS ALREADY planning for a Trump presidency way back in 2008. It just didn’t know it yet. Boston Globe That year, the Commonwealth and neighboring states began readying a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, which form a growing share of the state’s overall contribution to global climate… How to fight… Read More »

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

People rarely respond well to being demeaned and humiliated. Nick Haslam The Conversation When they believe others see them as lesser beings, they react with anger, revenge and distrust. In doing so… Trump and the… Read More »

The Fightback: Trumpism Gives Rise To The New Dissidents

The upside of a Donald Trump White House is the millions world-wide who are now organising in protest, writes Dr Richard Hil. Dr Richard Hil New Matilda The high point of post-truth, populist conservatism is ushering in some ghastly new forms of repression. The roundup of… The Fightback: Trumpism… Read More »

What would Banksy think of Toronto’s ‘new’ Banksy?

A restored work by the famed street artist was used as part of a package of ‘community benefits’ to help ease restrictions on new downtown towers. Murray Whyte The Star Banksy, the still-anonymous British street-art prankster turned multi-million-dollar entertainment mogul, can add a new line to his impressive résumé: Toronto condominium facilitator. While technically not… What would Banksy… Read More »

Trump Can Learn From Morgenthau’s 6 Principles of Political Realism

What might Morgenthau have to say about the administration’s emerging foreign policy? Nathan A. Sears The National Interest Hans Morgenthau was a leading postwar intellectual of political realism in the international relations discipline and, at times, an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy. In his 1949… Trump Can Learn… Read More »

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

Majority of Canadians praise the government’s resettlement efforts, but 41% want intake to… Peter Zimonjic CBC News  A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel… Those are just two of the… 1 in 4… Read More »

Same-sex marriage legalization linked to reduction in suicide attempts among teens

Allowing same-sex marriage at state level estimated to reduce suicide attempts by 134,000 per year Johns Hopkins Eurek Alert The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual… Same-sex marriage legalization… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their… SEWELL CHAN  The New York Times During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by… ‘Last Night in… Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the… Hurriyet Reuters China’s Foreign Ministry on Feb. 15 warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the… The U.S. navy said the… US carrier group… Read More »

John McCain: Attacking The Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

“We need to learn the lessons of history.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a staunch defense of the free press Saturday, noting that attacks on the media are “how dictators get… Mary Papenfuss The Huffington Post Speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” to be aired Sunday, McCain took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s volleys against the… John McCain: Attacking… Read More »

Russia Says It Wants a ‘Post-West World Order’

(MUNICH) — Russia wants pragmatic relations with the United States but also is hoping for the creation of a “post-West world order,” the country’s foreign minister said Saturday, dismissing the NATO military alliance as a relic of the Cold War.. Associated Press  TIME Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments at the… Russia Says It… Read More »