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  • Is the Mideast disintegrating or just being Auctioned Off? (4)
    • The logical measure of these events is the progress or retrogress of democratic power. Will Brexit provide the neoliberally conservative and conservatively neoliberal establishment in the UK the opportunity to strengthen the already existing neoliberal order under cover of (avoiding) referendum-induced chaos, thus further transforming the working class into a permanent precariat, distantiated even more from the possibility of enjoying genuine democratic governmental responsiveness and representation? Or, conversely, will Brexit reduce the likelihood of continued British involvement in ongoing American-led military interventions in the Greater Middle East and elsewhere (e.g. in Syria)?
      Brexit was predicated, of course, on a fundamental questioning of the democratically-detrimental links between Britain and a supposed EU superstate, however, there was, for perhaps obvious reasons, no comparable/parallel questioning of Britain’s relationship to U.S. hegemonic policy, even though needless to say this also (as in the transcendentally important case of the Iraq War) has an inestimably reductive effect on the British government’s democratic responsiveness to an overwhelmingly anti-interventionist British public. A comparison of the largely coterminous (with the EU) undemocratic institutional power of NATO also immediately comes to mind. DItto for the inherently anti-sovereigntist, anti-democratic makeup of TTIP (which makes the EU seem a paragon of democratic responsiveness in comparison). Already, anti-democratic ‘mini-coups’ are being set off as a direct consequence of Brexit: PM Cameron’s imminent departure (essentially a self-decapitated government and governing Party); the Blairite revanchist attempted “coup” (sic) against democratically-chosen, highly popular leader Jeremy Corbyn; the mystifying/poll-defying post-Brexit electoral setbacks against anti-neoliberal/anti-austeritarian party Unidos Podemos in Spain: all of which seemingly conspire to cause one to wonder whether Brexit (improvisationally or otherwise) will prove to be the biggest neoliberal coup of them all?

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    • Around the year 1800 there lived in England a cleric named Malthus who wrote a treatise named “Essay on the Principle of Populations” in which he argued that populations grow exponentially but food production grows linearly. Hence he predicted that a terrible hunger catastrophe would ensue soon. Malthus is essentially a forgotten figure today because his catastrophe has not (yet?) happened. Was Malthus wrong? Not necessarily. The 19th Century saw an exponential growth of death in warfare which was helpful. However, the principal reason may have been the complete breakthrough in “the West” of a new economic order known as capitalism. I would need several pages to argue how capitalism helped avert the Malthusian catastrophe. Just one hint: the birth of modern agricultural science.
      I hold that major economic revolutions have always been spawned by Malthus-like situations where population growth overwhelmed existing means of food production and distribution. That is probably why our ancestors stopped hunting-gathering and began agriculture.
      I hold that the entire world and not merely “the West” might be at the threshold of a looming Malthusian catastrophe today and that it is this looming disaster which feeds into the observations of the article of Patrick Cockburn.
      The power of our genes is infinitely greater than that of all Gods combined but there is no guarantee that another economic revolution will be the “Deus ex Machina” this time around.
      It has been written that “Third World” people hate us because of our “freedom”. My hunch is that they hate us because of a fear that we will let them die first when the hunger crunch comes. After all, “we” have far more of the powerful weapons than they.

  • ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim (6)
  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
  • ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim (6)
    • Trump is a rabble rouser; he rouses rabbles and he's good at it. Rabble rousing is done by provoking certain emotions, the process doesn't have to signify anything, it works like certain kinds of music. People who study the human brain can probably even identify the lobes which respond to his kind of thing. Adolph was good at it. The airport attack was a terrorist action of the kind it's easy for Americans to fear. They've been told Muslims are a dangerous lot so put the two together, stir vigorously, and you there you have it; whatever hold reason might exercise is simply overwhelmed. The problem Trump faces is that the rabbles he rouses are regarded with disdain by a sufficient number of more rational beings. At least one hopes so. And the problem they face I serendipitously found perfectly expressed by an 18th century French aristocrat who, alas, quite literally lost his head: Vous avez besoin d'une des mes maximes qui défend d'employer la raison pour combattre l'humeur.

  • Is the Mideast disintegrating or just being Auctioned Off? (4)
    • "...these years have, that is, seen a remarkable reversion to religious, ethnic, and tribal identity, to movements that seek to establish their own exclusive territory by the persecution and expulsion of minorities." Cockburn's article is important analysis of the underlying realpolitick of neoliberalism and continuing western colonialism in action. The West is ultimately a plague unto the world. Regarding the quote, what is left out of this essay is Israel's further reversion to violent racial purging and intensified oppression, which itself is part of and parallel to the west's vile influence.

  • ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim (6)
    • I fear Trump is winning the debate on immigration. We need to focus on the gestapo tactics he'll use against communities in the USA

  • Will Brexit Help the Palestinian Cause in the EU? (1)
    • The results of the Chakrabarti inquiry into "Antisemitism " in the Labour Party will be published tomorrow. 30th June 2016

  • ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim (6)
    • Uygur is wasting his time criticizing Trump. Trump knows a few things about his militaristic right wing Christian GOP supporters. He plays on their basic instincts to separate oneself from perceived danger, whetter it be a rattlesnake, fire, or as in this case, radical Muslims.

      The Palin/ Trump knee jerk reaction to Boston, Paris and now Turkish bombings....No Muslim immigrants....No terrorist attacks. No Mexican immigrants...No illegal drug traffic....More jobs for Americans.

      It's all so simple, a cakewalk if you will, not unlike the game plan to remove a dictator in Iraq and establish a democracy. or bomb Tehran in order to save the world from a nuclear threat.

      Trump and his supporters still buy into John Wayne's tough guy American cowboy approach to diplomacy...."My guns do my talking."

    • most interesting is the USA & Turkey support of ISIL oil convoys which financed their operations for last 2 yrs.

    • Trump is an idiot. He'll just ignore it outright or make up lies about the victims. That's what his supporters have consistently done, and will continue to do.

      RE: this latest Daeshi attack-- hopefully the Turks step up their game to a greater degree when it comes to combatting Daesh. Daesh is on the ropes as it is and the Turkish army is nothing to be scoffed at.

  • Is the Mideast disintegrating or just being Auctioned Off? (4)
    • In the '80s when I took political science courses in college, we learned about "pluralist stagnation", where the established factions of liberal capitalism paralyzed society by preventing its rivals from taking the country in any direction at all. So the rich helped the likes of Thatcher and Reagan break the paralysis by crippling all the non-rich factions, and society moved in a direction all right, neo-Victorian boom-bust cycles.
      Now pluralist stagnation is back with guns and bombs and the demagogues who can threaten to deploy them.

  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
    • If Trump wasn't dumb he could have pulled it off. The chemistry that could win is America B aligned with progressives who are through with Democrats. I think this might be possible once people get past the distractions (abortion, guns) to work for stuff everybody wants like jobs, ending the wars.ect. Workers and progressives could get the job done if they'd work together. Hillary will make things worse and disaffection will increase. I agree with the author that the door is wide open for a smarter Trumpian figure. What we need is another Huey Long.

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • There is nothing surprising here, despite the click-baiting headline of progressives being "dissed" . The Berners got much of what they wanted including: death penalty abolition, a $15 minimum wage, calls for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, and the "modern-day Glass-Steagall Act".

      They didn't get some things that directly contradict Obama administration policies such as: opposition to the TPP, dumping the new and hard fought Affordable Car Act in favor of single-payer, and an absolute moratorium on fracking. The last one is especially unrealistic as only nuke-centric France has such a complete ban in place.

      It's disappointing not to see a carbon tax. That's good public policy and might not be a big electoral liability - especially if offset by reductions in other taxes. It's also disappointing not to see a more balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that's nothing new. On both of these, the GOP perspective is worse.

      Running a big tent party means having to make some compromises that don't leave everybody happy, including me. Mature people in a democracy understand that they can't get everything they want. However, if far left purists can only inhabit a world of absolutes and doctrinaire purity, then so be it. Self-righteous blowhards like Cornell West can stay home, or write in Bernie, or vote Green, or vote Trump or whatever the heck they want to do. The choice between the two candidates with any chance to win is so stark that the stray votes of a few dead-enders is unlikely to make the difference.

  • Syrian War Overflows: Radical Salafis attack Christian Village in Lebanon (2)
    • The psychological degradation that has to occur to make these kind of suicide bombers is beyond my comprehension. These people need to receive some major treatment in padded cells, but the shere number of them is mind boggling.

  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
    • Welfare appeasement policies? You mean supply-side economics?

    • This article is a rather jumbled analysis that sees a future "neo-fascist party" emerging as a result of the economic and social inequality being experienced in the US.

      But Poland is hardly a model for US discontent. In fact if you look at the the Brexit example, Polish immigrants were seen as part of the cause of Britain's xenophobic vote.

      In the US, the Democratic party elite's decision to tilt in favor of Hillary Clinton -- who is the candidate of corporations, the financial sector, arms manufacturers and the neoconservatives, suggests that the "neo-fascist party" is already here.

      US imperialism has been creating mayhem across the middle and near east triggering massive migrations of Syrians, Libyans, Ukrainians and others into Europe where discontent is finally showing its muscle.

      In the US that discontent could be seen in support for Sanders who, but for the party elite and the corporate media, would have been the Dem candidate. Trump also emerged as a spokesperson for the discontented who seem less concerned with the possible success of his program than with giving the finger to the political establishment responsible for this mess.

      At this point is seems like a Clinton win is in the cards and with it, continued US imperialism, a new cold (or hot) war against Russia, and more mid east turmoil as Israel's hand is strengthened by and eager-to-please Hillary Clinton.

      And capitalism, unencumbered by the ability to recognize the havoc it is creating world wide, will go about maximizing profits for the already-rich through its ability to control government actions.

      There is no silver lining to this dark cloud unless the political establishment gets seriously jolted. And events such as the punch in the face administered by Brexit and the huge crowds drawn to the Sanders agenda might just wake them up. If not, climate disaster or nuclear war might well put an end to nature's experiment with humans.

  • Syrian War Overflows: Radical Salafis attack Christian Village in Lebanon (2)
  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • This is already occurring.

      The Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, a former state governor, has been polling at between 5% and 12% - in prior U.S. presidential elections the Libertarian nominee has been lucky to come anywhere near !5 of the nationwide vote. Political experts have opined that disgust with the GOP have been a factor in these unusually high polling numbers and, further, the perception that Johnson is a credible candidate.

      The U.S. Green Party has long had a commitment to including on its national platform to "serious reconsideration of the establishment of a single state from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River" for both Arabs and Jews.

      The U.S. Green Party has been registering at between 2% to 5% in presidential polling this cycle.

      These two minor parties are expected to make unprecedented gains in votes received in the 2016 presidential election this November over previous elections.

  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
    • I'm a bit surprised that a writer from an aggressively anti-military site like Tomdispatch failed to grasp the lack of real commitment to free markets in "America B". Like those who turned to fascism, the patriots are hooked on a fantasy in which private property designates "real Americans" - rural Whites who can afford land - but not "Jewish" capitalism. They want a militarized state capitalist economy. Since we already have one, they want it expanded to serve as the White man's welfare state. Our counterparts of I. G. Farben and Krupp get guaranteed tax dollars forever, and all the economically useless rednecks on the bottom join the military, do their time and then the most ruthless graduate to private mercenary companies to be processed into a sort of knighthood, a minor nobility with real wealth and influence over their decaying communities.

      Social Security, Medicare and veterans benefits, in their view, are not government programs (which just means Ni**er money) but sacred tribal obligations. Which conveniently cover their population but not the groups they hate. The groveling cult of "our Heroes" and "1st responders" is really self-worship working its way into position to make uniforms into caste birthrights.

      Which is why these folks are not going to be peaceful isolationists.

    • This article indicates that while both the groups you describe exist in the Red Zones, the poorer ones facing real hardship are not actually voting in elections. Their immediate supervisors and slightly better off neighbors, the corporals of capitalism, are the engine of Trump's power, and an overlapping subset of perhaps somewhat better off henchmen form the Tea Party. And those guys vote like crazy.

      link to nytimes.com

      The only solution, I suspect, is an intentional massive project to get those poor Whites, Blacks and Latinos to defect from Red State caste tyranny into new jobs and affordable housing in the cities, leaving the Right without its needed peons for its deflationary economic dogmas. But you're right that no party today is willing to undertake such a project. We have the technologies to radically transform our cities, crowdfunding, 3D printing/CNC, high-density agriculture, and alternative energy; this will require workers who have a guaranteed stake in the outcome. Money creation would have to be cut off from real estate based debt, which only makes urban housing more expensive, and relocated to productive debt.
      Well, maybe the Chinese will see it that way when they take over our financial system.

  • The Great Battle for Aleppo (4)
    • Is it really "a naked power grab" for a sovereign government to try to take back one of its cities? Or perhaps you have decided that the regime must be changed?

  • How can Americans prevent an Israeli-Iranian War? Dump the Squatter Settlers (4)
    • Mr. Buonomo's framing of this issue is odd. On the one hand he makes valid and useful commentary on the self-destructive nature of the Zionist settler-colonial project (understanding that the entire project would never be accepted under 'modern' view of human rights) but at the same time regurgitates tired NeoCon talking points: As if Assad should 'step down'... by whose authority? The divine provenience of American omniscience? Understanding that the legitimacy of elected governments has no bearing on their vulnerability to overthrow (aka: 'regime change') by the the U.S. & its proxies in the NeoCon's worldview tends to give insight into the writer's own worldview. And, 'Iran continues to expand its presence in Syria..." uh... excuse me, but Iran's there at Syria's request; unlike the U.S. & its regime change proxies. Lastly, the 'holocaust card'... really! Hasn't there been sufficient discussion over the intentional mistranslation of Iranian comments regarding the disappearance of Israel? Again, to be clear, the end of the Zionist state will no more require a genocide of Jews than the end of the USSR required a genocide of either Russians or even Communist Party officials. These memes continue to be tirelessly blathered about in ostensibly 'intellectual' essays. It gets so tiresome...

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • I wish someone would have educated Mr. West on how voting works in a parliamentary system. His "abstention" was meaningless by definition. When voting in a committee or subcommittee, an abstention means "not voting", and does not mean "voting no." So if there are 18 people and 10 vote yes and 8 abstain, the vote passes "unanimously" with no "no" votes registered for the record. Only a "no" vote makes a record of opposition to the measure. Therefore West's abstention actually says as a practical matter, "I can live with whatever the others want to do. I don't disagree with the 'yes' or 'no' sides." It is a member's "duty" to vote yes or no, and not to abstain, but since the rules can't force a person to vote yes or no, abstentions are always allowed as indicating "present but not voting." Here Cornel West refused to live up to his duty and vote "no." How sad that even a University Professor has not been taught the meaning of voting within the parliamentary systems that we have in the U.S.A.

  • The Great Battle for Aleppo (4)
    • Every day ISIS and Al Qaeda have to indoctrinate Syrian kids and every day those kids don’t have schools and community to teach otherwise leads to the growth in support for the extremists for the next generations. Juan’s statement opposing the Syrian government and its allies fighting to remove the extremists from East Aleppo, “This move is not justified in any defensive way,” it appears does not deal with the reality on the ground.

      These sectarian religious terrorists were supported by the US when they fought to overthrow the Afghan government in the 1980’s. They were the enemy only after the 9/11 attack on the US. The US unleashed them in Iraq and Libya. And now they are supported again by the US as they join the US/NATO in trying to overthrow the Syrian government so that the US can install military bases there, deny Russia its naval base and turn over control of Syrian oil and pipelines to the US-based fossil fuel giants. Were it not for the complicity, funding, fueling, weaponizing and cover the US and its reactionary allies provide, the terrorists would fade away. Is it not terrible that the last thing the US wants to see in the Middle East is democracy?

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • If Sanders tried to run third party at this point, he would do so poorly the Clintonites would just laugh. Whereas if umpteen million SanderVoters all wrote Sanders in on the Democratic line of the ballot (or whatever method exists), it "might" deny Clinton enough votes so as to get Trump elected. If that happened, the System could not pretend the SanderVoters did not exist.

      The most effective vote against Clinton would be a vote for Trump. But Trump has problems of its own and I can't see many SanderVoters voting for Trump. Clinton would have to be so obviously screamingly worse than Trump that the average SanderVoter would become terrified of a President Clinton in order for Trump to get any SanderVoter votes.

  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
    • One wonders if Mr. Trump has a narcissistic personality disorder. This disorder includes a warped sense of his importance, a craving for constant attention, anger at those like Cruz, Bush, Rubio, who thwart his wishes, an impulsive nature that leads him to speak before thinking through things, and a feeling that he's always correct. People with this personality disorder refuse to admit they are wrong and they are unable to accept any criticism. People with this personality disorder have fantasies of their own power, success, and brilliance. When asked who Mr. Trump consults about foreign policy, Trump says "he listens to himself." One wonders if Trump's campaign is an external manifestation of his own inner disorientation or psychodrama?

  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU (11)
    • "One of the major reasons Britons voted out was because of fear of migration, especially non-European and Muslim migrants."

      The above-cited quote is simply not true. The over-riding anti-immigrant element of the "Brexit" was against those immigrants from EU countries taking advantage of "free movement" within the EU, primarily Poles, Bulgarians, Rumanians, Hungarians, etc. Non-Europeans, including Muslims, who are not citizens of a member of the EU had no right to immigrate to Britain.

  • How can Americans prevent an Israeli-Iranian War? Dump the Squatter Settlers (4)
    • "The US provides Israel with billions of dollars of aid per year..." Yes, but that money comes right back to the US to purchase weapons. So the US is kinda over a barrel, since threatening to cut aid to Israel translates into cutting profits for the US war industry. That ain't gonna happen, and the Israelis know it,

  • Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of ISIL and the Future of Iraq (3)
    • Losing territory is deadly for the Caliph because his authority is substantially based on the size of his Caliphate.
      Predicting the future of Iraq is voodoo history.

  • How can Americans prevent an Israeli-Iranian War? Dump the Squatter Settlers (4)
    • Mr. Buonomo may consider himself a "Geopolitical Risk Analyst with expertise in Middle East Affairs," but he offers up pretty thin gruel, both in his analysis and in his prescription.

      First, Mr. Buonomo states, "...Iran continues to expand its military presence in Syria and Lebanon in pursuit of its decades-long goal of annihilating the state of Israel." Iran uses proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and others to maintain and expand influence in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. In spite of Iran's occasional rhetoric, however, Iran's goal is not "annihilating the state of Israel," as Mr. Buonomo suggests. Iran seeks a hegemonic role in the Near East.

      Iran knows Israel possesses nuclear weapons. Iran also knows that if Israel faced an existential crisis the United States would come to its defense. In spite of Its belligerent language, Iran's leadership is not about to risk destruction of the Islamic Republic by engaging in war with Israel.

      Mr. Buonomo's prescription, that Americans must "hold US legislators accountable for their unconditional support for Israel and voting out of office those who continue to enable its expansionist policies"; that "If Americans took a strong moral stand on this issue, it would demonstrate to Iranian officials that a serious constituency for peace exists in the US and it would enable Iranian advocates for peace to implore Iran’s foreign policy decision-makers to moderate Iran’s policy toward Israel, which has for the last 35 years has been unconditionally hostile," completely misunderstands both the American political system and Iran's leadership.

      The idea of "voting out of office" American politicians who support Israel and its settlement policy is a complete non-starter. It is hardly worth putting forward as a proposal. And the idea that Americans taking a "strong moral stand" on this issue would have any effect at all on Iranian officials is naive beyond belief.

  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
    • There are two major differences between Poland and America that would make it less likely that America B could ever regain its political power over America A.

      First, unlike Poland, America has a large class of America A voters permanently disenfranchised. Consider Florida, the ultimate swing state. Florida, like much of America, uses mass incarceration to to convict minorities of felonies and then permanently disenfranchise them. Up to one-quarter of black male Floridians cannot vote because of this. Give them the right to vote and Florida becomes reliably blue. If that happens, America B loses for decades its ability to elect our President.

      Second, unlike Poland, America has millions, if not tens of millions, of immigrant workers invited here by American business. America B has not allowed them a path to citizenship and its concurrent right to vote. Should that change, America A gains millions, if not tens of millions, of new electoral supporters.

      Should America A gain complete control in the November, i.e., win not only the Presidency and the Senate but also the House, then America A would have within its reach the power to permanently reduce America B to a political minority. This would take only two changes to the law. First, a Congress under the control of America A could allow convicted felons and even those in jail to vote in federal elections. As stated above, Florida would turn permanently blue and America A would control the White House for the foreseeable future.

      Florida recently passed anti-gerrymandering amendments to the Florida Constitution. Combine this with putting a million new Democrats on the voter rolls and even the Florida Congressional delegation could easily flip from mostly Republican to mostly Democrat.

      Second, that Congress could enact comprehensive immigration reform to add possibly tens of millions of new voters who would vote Democratic. That, too, would help cement the control of America A over the federal government. Add to this the shrinking share of the American electorate that is from America B and we have America A in charge for the foreseeable future.

      If the Democrats take the House and control both Houses of Congress, they will have the chance to accomplish all this in a stroke. Then the changing demographics of America will do the rest.

      Poland, on the other hand, seems to have a much more static electorate. Poland A would seem unable to suddenly increase its electoral power. Thus, the comparison seems weak.

  • The Great Battle for Aleppo (4)
  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet (11)
    • But your America B combines two quite different groups: the practical folks who want jobs and social security, versus the feel-good ignorant who want warmongering, racism, and fundamentalism. The Dems could recapture the dispossessed, but only the Repubs can rally the ignorant bombing-bible-bigot crew, by controlling mass media.

      But if Trump won, the Dems would just feed the poor more hopey-changey from minority/women candidates, until just after each election. That fools the dispossessed after each robber Repub admin, until the Dems are again proven to be liars.

      No party is sincerely populist because money controls elections and mass media, and that cannot be changed peacefully because those are the tools of democracy. The dispossessed would have to become suicide bombers of the oligarchy and mass media to effect a change, and they will never be angry enough: the oligarchy does not need to actually kill their loved ones, so they can always watch TV to feel good, and simply decide to rob the next guy to get by.

  • Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of ISIL and the Future of Iraq (3)
    • professor cole,
      what are the chances that the shia will grant the sunni cities any kind of autonomy or even representation?
      personally, i think none.

    • It's doesn't sound like a perfect situation between the Sunnis and Shia but it is encouraging Iraqis troops can fight their own battles without US soldiers shedding blood.

      Here in the US Hillary has said no ground troops while Trump is saying the generals are telling him 20,000 to 30,000 US troops to fight ISIL. This is a flip flop from his earlier foreign policy of "Let them kill each other."

  • How can Americans prevent an Israeli-Iranian War? Dump the Squatter Settlers (4)
  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU (11)
    • Except the 53 countries with 2.2 billion citizens are hardly clamouring for more British leadership. In India, famines were regular occurences and the brutality of the suppression of the MauMau rebellion is still remembered. Face it, your empire is history.

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • I guess that's the final nail in the coffin for me. I'm going to write in Bernie Sanders for president come Nov. If enough of us do it, that T P Barnum wannabe Trump will win. After a disastrous 4 years (I'm counting on Dems and independents to blunt the worst of Trump) maybe the country will elect someone like Sanders. kind of like Carter after Nixon or Obama after Bush. If Clinton is elected I'll guarantee you nothing will change. More wars, more Wall St., big Pharm.,ect.
      You name it, big everything. The only thing Clinton will respond to is a threat from Sanders to run a third party challenge. Then watch those bastards change their tune

  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU (11)
    • South Carolina and the South seceded from the Union primarily over the question of whether or not slavery was to be extended into the territories and new states. It was over slavery, not race as we understand the issue, and slavery has nothing to do with Britain today. Secondly, the United States was a unified nation-state when the South seceded. Britain and all other members of the EU are separate, unified nation-states who voluntarily formed the EU as an organization, not as a unified nation-state. I see little similarity between the two events.

  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • I suspect many Leave voters -- like many Trump supporters in the USA -- are old blue-collar workers who feel irretrievably screwed-over by globalization and are willing to do whatever it takes to bring it down even if it means that they personally end up even worse off.

      Kind of the economic equivalent of suicide bombers...

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • Hillary supported TPP until the current campaign when she has pretended in her very lawyerly parsing way to have doubts about it "as written". If all her surrogates support TPP, that means she supports TPP as well, her two faced deceitful pretense to the contrary notwithstanding.

  • Is Brexit Really About Keeping Muslims Out? (1)
    • Yes. Brexit is about controlling borders. Immigration from south (i.e., North Africa) frightens those who feel EU is totally blind to worries about the rapid loss of a Northern identity to those who would neither assimilate nor respect the culture into which they arrive.

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • They are doing everything they can to turn off the progressive independents and thus offer the presidency to the Donald

  • The Great Battle for Aleppo (4)
    • What you are ignoring, is that East Aleppo is legally still part of Syria.
      How would Americans react if a foreign-backed terrorist army was occupying some of our territory and launching attacks from it?

  • Will Gov. Cuomo’s executive order against Israel Boycott strengthen movement? (2)
    • Palestinians have no real rights, and when, as recently, some become violent, the whole "civilized world" comes down on them (see NYT!)
      BDS is non-violent, voluntary, and against illegal Israeli settlements. What's not to like???

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • It seems that Hillary, like Trump, does not want to appeal to electors. The USA already has the lowest voting turnout of developed countries, but here, what choice is there between the "big two"? Let alone the future of us all on planet earth!!

      "Israel’s security with recognized borders" would be a miracle, since the "borders" keep expanding.
      " Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity." would also be a miracle, with hugely armed and unwilling -to -compromise Israel right next door and all around the "Palestinian State".

    • I really like that idea, Steve. I think the DNC just missed an opportunity and basically has thrown the election away.

  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU (11)
    • UK and EU are deeply involved in the fragmentation of ME countries and the re-design of Sykes Pico nation state colonial project as per Oded Yinon or recently Col. Ralph Peters new design map published in the military magazine. Now the magic turns against the witch. Next will be the fragmentation of UK and EU itself. The fear from Muslim immigrants is a catalyst but the real failure of EU is its "centralized" economic and social policies, neoliberalism and austerity. Similar to the eastern block, EU can't defend itself and unable to make a small political move without the Master in charge of NATO.

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • Immigration played a part, but it really goes back to austerity. Especially in the UK, it was a choice to slash public services and cut, I think, 1 million jobs. This put a financial strain on the NHS, schools etc., but can't blame government policy, so blame the immigrants.

  • $206 Mn. to Hate Groups to Promote anti-Muslim Sentiment (20)
    • To clarify my thoughts, there is also a category of "takeover of group institutions by persons and/or sub-groups who wish to gain institutional privileges (and/or institutional domination and corruption) for themselves, without actually innovating or revolutionizing anything," and in my opinion these types of folks don't get to count on the "innovation/revolution" side of the ledger in human affairs.

  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • I have gone back and forth on Cornel West a bit, over the years, yet "good on him" is what I have to say for this one.

      Cornel is correct, if Hillary's chosen reps all vote pretty much straight corporate line on fracking and TPP (I _know_ they won't bend on Israel/Palestine), they won't even bother to try to find a glimmer of hopeful wording for all of us grass-roots who've been pushing this stuff (and more!) for years, that is truly a poor development that reduces my enthusiasm for Hillary.

      And I am one of the few people around, I guess, who tends to like her as a person most of the time.

    • More evidence that Hillary Clinton is the best Republican in the 2016 election. Assume Wasserman Schulz will be the VP selection.

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  • Dissing Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israeli Occupation (15)
    • "Betraying Progressives...." An interesting headline in the original CommonDreams blogpost. Dr. Cole thoughtfully brings the rhetoric down a few degrees with "Dissing" and not "Betraying". Even more accurate would be "Ignoring". But really, what could be expected?
      The "official" Democratic Party leadership is thoroughly corrupt.
      IMHO, it would be best if the Bernie 5 simply refused to attend DNC Platform meetings, met on their own and released a People's Democratic Party Platform.

  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU (11)
    • I think there is a direct link between the Greater Middle East and Brexit.

      One of the major reasons Britons voted out was because of fear of migration, especially non-European and Muslim migrants. What has caused this sentiment to swell is the mass movement of refugees into Europe, particularly from Syria. And of course the root cause of this migration is the continuing chaos in the Greater Middle East. NATO have been aggressively meddling in this area for decades by supplying arms or through direct military action - Iraq, Syria and Libya in particular.

      Actions have consequences and these may take decades to come to fruition. The actions beginning with the Iraq invasion are starting to break up post WW2 Europe and the Western Alliance.

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  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU (11)
    • Brexit is real, Trump is fake. That's the difference between British and American democracy. Clinton will be the next president of the U.S., from which aerie she will be able to widely contemplate the chaos that she and the other "hawks" have wrought across the Greater Middle East region and beyond, and which for some time now has erosively been spilling, nay flooding over the EU, Russia, even into China. The disintegration of the Middle East nation state is both inversely and perversely reflected in the imperiled condition of the supranational European state, with the UK's defection from the latter being a most astonishing example of a perfect circularity of consequences: The Bushite-Blairite grand plan to transform (i.e. destabilize) and refashion the Middle East nation state in the image of an 'enlightened' neoliberal post- and supranational order may ultimately prove to be the concept that as praxis seeded the whirlwind that set in motion the collapse of the neoliberal pro-Nato EU suprastate edifice itself.

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    • Prof. Cole is profoundly anti-Assad and hence, anti-Russia, its main ally -- accordingly, the scare quotes for 'NATO’s “aggressive” actions'.

  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • I believe it was a campaign promise. A lot of Tories wanted out of the EU, and a referendum was the deal Cameron made to run for PM.

    • The university of Liverpool had the idea to have Prof. Michael Dougan give a short lecture on the whole subject (about twenty minutes). It is also freely available on youtube.
      link to youtube.com

      Had just ONE TV-station bothered to take something like this in their broadcast, there might never have been a BREXIT....

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    • Well, not so fast on Turkey. The great Islamic Democrat Tayyip Erdogan has suggested a vote on a Trexit from application. That was reported by HDN in its Thursday issue.
      The question, you may bet, would be, "Should I stay or should I go?"
      It will not include the question, "Should I democratize so that the candidacy might progress."
      The idea that Turkey will be a desirable alternative after it returned yet another progress report unopened is the sort of thing that thinking people cannot take seriously.

    • The 'former British colonies' largely make up the Commonwealth which was a ready made template for a future of peace, trade, and relative tranquillity, but alas beyond the comprehension of the post war Labour government. So it was put on the shelf to gather dust. It still exists, 53 countries with 2.2 billion citizens in peaceful and voluntary non-political association link to thecommonwealth.org and if there was such a thing as leadership left in the land it could still be infused with new vitality. The EU is a con trick that usurped the immemorial idea of being European and used appeals of Peace and trade to impose its distant, Kafkaesque authority on 500 million innocents. Most Brexit supporters don't think of it that way, but they sensed that it just isn't 'right'. All the motives the media and talking heads propound are simply different illusions seen in the same dark cloud.

    • Back in the days of the Reagan/Volcker interest rate shock therapy, the British pound briefly traded at par with the US dollar. That was my first and last visit to the UK. It was pure serendipity and not a shopping trip, as the furious little bureaucrat in Gatwick's passport control assumed. But my god, the prices! Big London bookshops shelved everything by publisher, and I wanted to buy every book in Heinemann's African Writers Series. Unfortunately, I had only $200 and no credit card.

      I'm sure those former British colonies often feel they should or would have special opportunities but for the EU queering their pitch. But this one looks to me like a good old-fashioned currency devaluation fire sale. Got a pocket full of Yankee dollars? Time for a London shopping trip!

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    • Will no-one point out that Britain is a "prosperous economy" because they stole everything in the world that was not nailed down...duh

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    • As a South Carolinian, known for our relentless fascination with the civil war, I would be interested in hearing a person or persons with knowledge of US history compare the similarities, or not, of the south's decision to leave the US union and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. It appears that race, religion and economics played into both decisions.

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    • Dear Ramzy,
      They were hardly children throwing stones at the first Intefada. Teenagers and young men participated in the uprising, similar in age to me and fellow IDF soldiers. We were both pawns on the same chessboard.

  • Britain votes to leave the EU, what happens next? (3)
    • Everybody selling Sterling. Why? Like you said it will take years to maybe pry Britain loose. They'll wake up next month/year and things will be about the same except for the new PM.
      Seems like the EU is under more threat than Britain.
      We all know there'll always be an England.
      link to youtube.com

  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • I agree with Curt and many other writers. Islamophobia? Maybe in part but the reasons are bigger than that I believe. Economic of course and also the idea that Curt mentioned a distrust of the EU. I remember DE Gaulle stating words to the effect that the UK was NOT Europe. Besides also lets not forget that the UK is ruled by the Pound and not the Euro. I think Scotland will probably leave the UK and N. Ireland might also or unite with The Republic of Ireland to stay in the EU.

    • Immigration clearly was a factor in the Leave vote - though some of the concern had to do with immigrants from eastern Europe. A bigger concern was the - wrongheaded - belief that the UK was getting the short end of the stick by remaining a member of the EU. I can't remember a more mendacious political campaign in the nation's history. The Leave camp exaggerated and often lied through its teeth to promote its talking points. (And already Farage is backing off one of his big promises abound funding the NHS: link to independent.co.uk surprise, surprise.) Am waiting to see the voter breakdown but anecdotal evidence suggests that the Leave voters were more working class and lived in cities other than London - and so receptive to the phony argument that the EU was a scam bleeding the UK's prosperity and run by pointy headed bureaucrats. Not a happy day in UK history. This will have big implications

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  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • There might be a positive side to this. Yes, of course the UK will get poorer and may even break up about this, but who cares...

      Merkel has just lost her most reliabel allie for her disastrous politics of austerity that have been ruining Europe for a decade now.

      Unless she finds a way to weasel out of this, there is a real chance for change now.

    • I wonder if Hillary and Barack and the boys and girls in the State Dept realized, when they went in and weaponized and militarized the civil disturbances in Damascus and blew up Syria for their own purposes, that they would take down the EU?

    • What about leftist idol Tariq Ali? He was pro-Brexit because the EU makes certain leftist goals impossible.

      I'd been thinking Brexit exclusively meant a win for racists, so it was instructive to see the far left case.

      Here's Tariq's 1-minute statement: link to youtube.com

      Here’s a 12-minute version: link to youtube.com

      maybe if you're a "glass half full" person you heed Tariq Ali, and if you're a "glass half empty" person you heed Nigel Farrange.

    • If Britain didn’t want Muslim and Hindu citizens, it shouldn’t have ravaged India for 200 years.

      "The sins of the father shall be visited upon the children." Who will pay in the United States for the sins of its current and future leaders?

  • Britain votes to leave the EU, what happens next? (3)
    • Yes, and we will soon see if a Trumpized Tory Party or one in cynical Netanyahu-Lieberman style coalition with the UKIP is genuinely more peaceful than the previous neoliberal Britain, or if glorification of soldiers, violence, and xenophobia leads to what it always leads. First big drama: do you really think a bunch of racists who get marching orders from tabloids will let Scotland go peacefully? I can't imagine anything that would help Murdoch sell more papers than an invasion of Scotland.

  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • Normally I would be more sympathetic to your view. However, having this happen at this moment is alarming for two reasons:

      1. it fits into a pattern of immigrant-bashing xenophobia that is sweeping the Caucasian world, and thus it emboldens Trump's supporters to overlook the fantastic incompetence and financial corruption of his campaign (and his entire life) to imagine that they themselves are the ones seizing power over what matters in America.

      2. Kill the Kennedys - America moves to the right.
      Kill Rabin - Israel moves to the right.
      Kill Jo Cox - Britain moves to the right.
      Killing liberal politicians is fun and profitable and free of consequence. The people I described above will pretend not to advocate violence. That's as bull**** as Operation Rescue claiming it wasn't tied to anti-abortion terrorists. When they see they can get away with it, they run with it.

    • The solution to that is not to secede into deeper tribalism, it's to join forces with the poor of other tribes and demand class justice. Small, self-imagined "homogeneous" nations like Germany and Japan are the vector for the fascist plague. The entire history of America capitalism is the success of its 350-year experiment in getting poor Whites to hate poor Blacks.

    • When these kind of movements march to power, it doesn't matter if it's one ethnic group or another that they're scapegoating at the moment. Eventually they will attack everyone. First they came for the Communists...

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    • Given that the objective of the NATO war maneuvers was to prepare for the seizure of Russian Kaliningrad, I'm not surprised Russia sees these provocations as more than "defensive".

  • Did Trump-Style Islamophobia break up the European Union? (27)
    • I am really glad that the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. I have been listening to the English complain about the EU for more than 20 years. I was and am feed up with it. It was as if they thought that they were being taxed without representation. I hope that the people of Scotland now reconsider their independence question and vote to leave the UK.

    • @LAPeoplesMedia Dodgy Dave didn-t LEAD he was trampled in the stampede link to t.co

    • @YourAnonGlobal At least PM Cameron had the balls to resign,that's more than sleazy Corbyn of labour can do the bloody coward

    • @YourAnonGlobal Yes.

    • Trumpish Islamophobia had very little to do with it. Most European countries have historical experience of being under the thumb of other European entities, England hasn't since the Norman conquest. Somewhere in there lies a deep rooted distrust of the EU, particularly its German flavour. That has been present since the UK joined and has fluctuated ever upwards since. There has never been any affection for the EU, and that slips easily into disaffection; bits of legislation, reported out of context, attracting risible contempt. Overall, the EU is non-democratic and we have seen its vicious treatment of Southern European populations, particularly Greece, the font of democracy and pre-Christian culture. The initial emphasis on trade was sensible and attractive, but the push towards political significance has had the effect of putting it firmly in the US pocket while removing the flexibility England had relied on since the first Elizabeth. The idiotic stand-off with Russia is a prime example. Immigration doubtless played a part but less perhaps for the fact of it than the sense that it was out of UK control. Add to that obscene wealth distribution, the serious unpopularity of Cameron, and the impertinence of Obama threatening to put the UK at the end of any trade queue and you have a fertile bed for Brexit.

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    • this is msnbc. not fox. i guess they are trying to sort it out. sort of. but then again ....never ending war.

    • this is obama. not trump. not cruz. obama. this is never ending war. a never ending war that began with lies. a never-ending war that was unprovoked. a never ending war with no end. a never ending war with just one goal;...to never end.

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