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Archives: December 2016

Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy

By Simon Johnson | ( Project Syndicate) | - - WASHINGTON, DC – US President-elect Donald Trump is filling his cabinet with rich people. According to the latest count, his nominees include…

5 Surprising Signs of Positive Change in 2016

Sarah van Gelder | (Yes! Magazine) The election divided the year into “before” and “after.” But there remain signs of hope for 2017. It was a year blown up by the election…

Iraq: ISIL Attacking Civilians in Mosul Retreat

Human Rights Watch | - - Calls ‘Unbelievers’ Valid Targets (Erbil) – Fighters with the [so-called] Islamic State [Group} (also known as ISIL) have indiscriminately attacked civilian areas in eastern Mosul with…

Top Five ways Jesus was not White

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - Given the alarming rise of white nationalism in the United States and the ways in which it is often entangled with Christian nationalism,…

EPA: Climate Impacts in the Northeast

Mirrored from The EPA Overview The Northeast is home to historic cities and large rural areas that serve as important natural habitats and agricultural lands. Climate varies widely across the region and…

Stifling the debate on Israel

By Ramzy Baroud | (Ma'an News Agency) | - - The British government of Theresa May officially adopted on Dec. 12 a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes legitimate criticism of Israel.The…

SNL Cold Open: Trump as Manchurian Candidate

NBC's Saturday Night Live | (Satiric Video Clip) "President-elect Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) receives a surprise visit from Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Rex Tillerson (John Goodman)." SNL "Donald Trump Christmas Cold…

Point by Point Response to Likud Party Propaganda

By Jeffrey Rudolph | ( Detailed Political Quizzes ) | - - As Israel’s myriad human rights abuses and contraventions of international law have become impossible to deny, one argument that apologists…

Can Faith and Modernity coexist under Muslimism?

By Neslihan Cevik | (Socialtrendsinstitute.org) | - - There is a new brand of Muslim religious orthodoxy on the rise in places like Turkey, which seeks to engage modernity through the sincere…

Why do we fall for fake news?

By S. Shyam Sundar | (The Conversation) | - - In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to…

The Fate of Iraq’s Minorities After Mosul

By Tyler Fisher and Kamal Kolo | ( OpenDemocracy.net) | - - The liberation of Mosul offers the international community a unique opportunity to permit the region’s most vulnerable minorities to exercise…

Russia/Syria: War Crimes in Month of Bombing Aleppo

Human Rights Watch (New York) – The Russian-Syrian coalition committed war crimes during a month-long aerial bombing campaign of opposition-controlled territory in Aleppo in September and October 2016. The Violations Documentation Center,…

After Nov. 8: Countdown to Doomsday

By John Feffer | (Tomdispatch.com) | - - I didn’t vote in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of November, I was in Antarctica’s…

Can Trump be checked and balanced?

By Ulrike G. Theuerkauf | ( OpenDemocracy.net) | - - The US Presidential system has been much heralded as a prime example of horizontal accountability, but there is no guarantee how Donald…