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A Nation Unmade by War by Tom Engelhardt – From the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

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United States Counterterror War Locations 2015-2017

United States Counterterror War Locations 2015-2017
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Embarrassing spectacle. Treasonous. National security crisis. These are some of the reactions to the Helsinki Summit between Presidents Trump and Putin on July 16, 2018. Some among us believe that Trump is responsible for all that’s wrong with America. Not so, Tom Engelhardt reminds us in his latest book, A Nation Unmade by War (Haymarket Books, May 2018).

In A Nation Unmade by War, Engelhardt focuses on “a nation increasingly unsettled and transformed by spreading wars to which most of its citizens were, at best, only half paying attention.” He views Trump’s election as “part of the costs of those wars come home” and envisages that America’s 45th president “might preside over the most precipitous decline of a truly dominant power in history, one only recently considered at the height of its glory.”

When the Soviet Union imploded in 1991…

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Financial Problems Facing Many Today – TED talk by Elizabeth White

An honest look at the personal finance crisis

In this surprising talk, Elizabeth White opens up about a problem few people are willing to talk about: personal finances.

Millions of baby boomers like her are moving into their senior years with empty pockets, and right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. Join this honest conversation about financial trouble: how to face it, and how to survive it.

Opposition of Trump’s nominee – A serious indictment on American morality – By Yvonne Sam

Opposition of Trump’s nominee – A serious indictment on American morality

By Yvonne Sam

It may be viewed as a flaw be seen as a flaw and a blessing so distressing, having a Supreme Court Justice willing to uphold the rule of law,

On July 9, President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. In a televised address from the East Room of the White House, the President said, “There is no one in America more qualified for this position—and no one more deserving,” he said. “This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support.”

Like Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutional “originalist,” someone who interprets the United States Constitution as its framers originally intended.      Continue reading

Strongmen Have the Edge with Trump. Why Not Maduro? – Commentary

Strongmen Have the Edge with Trump. Why Not Maduro?

Michael Shifter and David Toppelberg | The New York Times

Nicolás Maduro

WASHINGTON — Since President Trump took office almost 18 months ago, commentators have remarked on his apparent affinity for strongmen. As The Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman commented, “Trump […] seems to prefer dictators to our democratic allies everywhere.”

To be sure, this doesn’t mean that Mr. Trump can’t have acceptable working relations with democratic leaders, such as President Emmanuel Macron of France. But, in general terms, he seems more at ease with — and respectful of — authoritarian leaders such as the presidents Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and, of course, Vladimir Putin of Russia. In short, strongmen have the edge.                          Continue reading

Former Presidents Clinton and Obama on Illegal Immigration – Revealing video

Former Presidents Clinton and Obama on Illegal Immigration – Revealing

Published on Apr 29, 2018

Immigration is a topic that is haunting President Donald Trump’s presidency.

The main street media has painted Trump as unique when it comes to stemming illegal immigration.

Just in case you missed it you need to see and hear what Clinton and Obama had to say about illegal immigration in the United States of America.

Trump is shown as reacting to their statements…. which are quite similar to the ones he has made in the 2016 Presidential Elections, and now as President.

The difference is that he is acting out his beliefs through ACTION...

The hypocrisy of politics is exposed.

Donald Trump hails Boris Johnson as future PM and attacks London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Donald Trump hails Boris Johnson as future PM and attacks Sadiq Khan

President calls ex-foreign secretary ‘very talented’ while criticising London mayor

Melania Trump with President Trump and Theresa May at Blenheim Palace
 Melania Trump with President Trump and Theresa May at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening. Photograph: Geoff Pugh/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump hailed Boris Johnson as a future prime minister, accused the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, of doing “a bad job” on terrorism and said there had been too much immigration in Europe in an incendiary interview that raised questions about the decision to invite him to Britain.

A day before the US president was due to have bilateral talks with Theresa May, Trump used an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun to endorse her principal Tory rival just days after he resigned from the cabinet in protest at her Brexit policy.              Continue reading

WATER: Waste not, Want not! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

WATER: Waste not, Want not!  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Water, and not oil, will be the source of future world conflicts.  It will be the biggest threat to world peace.

It is New Year’s Eve. Thousands are in Manhattan to watch the ball drop. By the time the clock strikes midnight, until lunch the following day, New York would have consumed enough energy to supply the Caribbean for a year and millions of liters of water would be wasted.

It is lunchtime in a New York City Public School. By the time the session is over gallons of milk and sandwiches and fruit will go to waste. They will be dumped without being touched. When we waste food we waste energy. We waste water. Food on the table involves a complex chain, from land preparation to production, transportation, storage, marketing and packaging and finally consumption.

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OPINION: Donald Trump’s Enforcers Have Lost the Right to Civil Courtesy – Gary Younge | The Guardian UK

Donald Trump’s Enforcers Have Lost the Right to Civil Courtesy

Gary Younge | The Guardian UK

Last Tuesday Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was challenged on television about a 10-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome who was separated from her mother at the Mexican border and put in a detention centre. As a Democratic strategist cited the case, Lewandowski mocked the girl’s plight, imitating the sound of a sad trombone. “Womp womp,” he said.

Three days later, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because of the policies of the administration she represents. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty and compassion and cooperation,” the owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, told the Washington Post. “I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’”     Continue reading

Trump Cannot Reverse the Decline of White Christian America –

Trump Cannot Reverse the Decline of White Christian America –  By Robert P Jones | The Atlantic

Two-thirds of those who voted for the president felt his election was the “last chance to stop America’s decline.” But his victory won’t arrest the cultural and demographic trends they opposed.

Robert P Jones | The Atlantic

Down the home stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, one of Donald Trump’s most consistent talking points was a claim that America’s changing demographics and culture had brought the country to a precipice.

He repeatedly cast himself as the last chance for Republicans and conservative white Christians to step back from the cliff, to preserve their power and way of life. In an interview on Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in early September, Trump put the choice starkly for the channel’s conservative Christian viewers:  

“If we don’t win this election, you’ll never see another Republican and you’ll have a whole different church structure.”     Continue reading

America escalates trade war with China – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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China Shipping Line at the Port of Los Angeles - California

China Shipping Line at the Port of Los Angeles – California – USA
Photo Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

America’s trade war with China is now official. On July 6th, the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that an additional 818 Chinese goods, amounting to approximately $34 billion, now face a 25 percent import tax on arrival at US ports. Goods affected include Chinese-made vehicles, aircraft, boats, engines, and heavy equipment. Check the USTR website for the complete list.

“We must take strong defensive actions to protect America’s leadership in technology and innovation against the unprecedented threat posed by China’s theft of our intellectual property, the forced transfer of American technology, and its cyber-attacks on our computer networks,” said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on June 15th.  “China’s government is aggressively working to undermine America’s high-tech industries and our economic leadership through unfair trade practices and industrial policies…”

In retaliation, China…

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