Presidency of Donald Trump

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi

#Muslim Ban, #KefayaWar

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 04:33

 

Nael Zaino and Leen Arafat
Photo Anais Surkin

 

Dear Friends,

Madness deepens in the world around us; an age of anger - as Pankaj Mishra puts it - has enveloped us. There is just cause for this anger - deep inequalities that seem hopelessly permanent. But there is also great sadness occasioned by permanent wars. It would be too parochial to see this as merely about Trump or even about Brexit. This dialectic of anger and sadness whips around the entire planet.

But there are also brave people - over half a million who went out on the streets in Romania and millions of people who took to the airports and streets of the

Syria, Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:54

 

 Deir Ezzor

 

Dear Friends,

In this week's report at Alternet, I try to make some sense of the rapid developments in the war in Syria. There is the creation of a new al-Qaeda front, where there are indications that the armed extremists who wish to prolong the war have gathered. There is also more bad news from the city of Deir Ezzor (pictured above): under siege for two years by ISIS, the water has been cut off almost entirely and food drops from the Syrian government and the UN's World Food Program have been sporadic. The situation is dire here. But given the nature of news and propaganda, there is

Trumpland and Syria

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:21

New York State's rust belt by Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix

 

Dear Friends,

Remarkable events during the first few days of Donald Trump's administration, with his use of presidential power stretched to its constitutional limit. Incredible range of executive orders, many of them based on promises he made on the campaign trail. If nothing else, Trump has kept his promises. Or perhaps it is better to say that he has kept his promises in a theatrical way with little sign that any of these policies will provide the kind of relief that his voters sought.

For instance, on the question of the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At Alternet, I

#Iranaphobia and Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 05:12

 Shirin Neshat 2013, Rahim (Our House Is on Fire)

 

Dear Friends,

Listening to the confirmation hearings of the team assembled by Donald Trump has been eye-opening. There is a Secretary of Education who believes that guns should be in classrooms in case the school is attacked by grizzly bears. There is a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who 'hasn't looked at the scientific research on the dangers of lead exposure to children'. And then there are the nominees who just want to bomb Iran. The leaders in that pack are Trump's national security team (Mattis, Flynn), but not far behind is his pick as US Ambassador the UN, my fellow P

Moscow and Trump

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 23:31

 

The Shukhov radio tower
Photo Richard Pare

 

Dear Friends,

A series of complex events - the assassination of a Russian ambassador in Ankara, a truck driven through a Christmas market in Berlin, a 7 year old suicide bomber in Damascus. Incomprehensible violence here and there. Almost seems to be a prelude to something which we cannot yet grasp.

At Alternet I have a report on the Moscow meeting of Iran, Russia and Turkey. The report goes over the pivot by Turkey (which I have written about before), why no Syrians were at the table (and nor any Americans) and what this will mean for a Syria broken by this long war. I

Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:48

 

Second Amendment
Photo Conservativedailynews.com

 

Dear Friends,

Quite a bit to share with you this week. Sorry about that.

The world has not yet come to terms with the phenomenon of Trump. President Obama is on a world tour, perhaps to reassure US allies that Trump is not the wild card that he projected in the campaign. This was Obama's message in his press conference before he departed for Greece, where - on the streets of Athens - he was met with people angry about austerity and the Washington Consensus.

Meanwhile, CNN leaked sections of Trump's transition document - the main section being on trade. It

Where Do We Go From Here? A Post-Election Analysis

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Panelists will discuss: (1) What impact the circus-like election cycle has had on politics and progressive struggles and (2) what prospects do activists have under the new administration for addressing issues (like climate change, racism, imperialism and militarism), and what might be points of leverage? And (3) what are sources of hope going forward?