By Asa Winstanley | @AsaWinstanley | – A new World Heath Organization report on Gaza this month made for shocking reading. But as usual when it comes to our hopelessly Israel-sympathetic media, there was barely a whisper about it in the “mainstream” papers. It states that in the course of the year following the start […]
Archives for June 2019
As Seas Rise, can a political accommodation be made for Islander Refugees?
By Sarah M. Munoz | – Climate change is expected to have a striking impact on vulnerable communities, especially in coastal regions where sea-level rise and increased climatic events will make it impossible for some people to remain on their land. High tide at Nukatoa Island, in the Takuu Atoll, Papua New Guinea. Richard Moyle […]
Can Democracy meet Challenge of Far Right Populism, from Brazil to Italy to India and US?
(Foreign Policy in Focus) – Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time. If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo Salvini in Italy — you probably think that democracy has never been in better health. Recent elections in these countries […]
Alleging False Flag, Iran Speaker accuses US of Gulf of Oman Tanker Attacks
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Iran’s speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, said Monday that he believed that the United States might have staged the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Larijani said that such an attempt to frame Iran would be consistent with current US policy, which is to […]
As Military Junta consolidates Rule in Sudan, Masses demand Civilian Government
By Khalil Charles | @khalilcharles | – Historians and political scientists who have followed recent events in Sudan closely will point to the irony of the current dispute between the military and protest groups over the definition of, and demand for, civilian rule. In 1999, a well-documented split between former President Omar Al-Bashir and National […]
Why the Information Arms Race is a Rat Race: Can we Secure our Elections?
By Cailin O’Connor | – (Aeon) – Arms races happen when two sides of a conflict escalate in a series of ever-changing moves intended to outwit the opponent. In biology, a classic
No African-American has won Office in Mississippi in 129 Years– Here’s Why
By John A. Tures | – Mississippi is home to the highest percentage of African Americans of any state in the country. And yet, Mississippi hasn’t elected an African American candidate to statewide office since 1890. That’s 129 years. John Stuart Mill wrote about “the tyranny of the majority” – the idea that an electoral […]
Trump Heights on Stolen Golan an Indictment of Colonial White Privilege
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – In a publicity stunt Trumpian in its iniquity and emptiness, the government of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu put up a sign in the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights, saying “Trump Heights.” There isn’t really any settlement there yet, just a sign, just as there isn’t any reality to Trump more […]
Renewable Energy Employed 11 Million People last Year, 8% Growth Forecast
In the US, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that wind turbine technician jobs will be the second-fastest-growing occupation through 2026