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Pat Duran

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  • Freeing Fayza: A Journey to War-Torn Iraq to Rescue a Yazidi ISIL Slave Girl
    • Ignorant and brutal religious fanaticism has been responsible for so much of the suffering in this world. I don't know that a purely secular world would be free of this kind of horror, but I, for one, am willing to give it a try.

  • Syria: Russians alarmed, Washington Befuddled, by White House threats
    • Was this White House announcement possibly based on some fake news taken from some alt-right website/blog/radio "news" outlet? Donnie Demento does regularly pass along bits of idiocy from these sites. More probable is that Donnie's dementia has reached the stage where he is experiencing delusions, suspicions and paranoia, common symptoms of this malady. How dangerously irrational will he have to become before Pence and Congress pull the plug on this ridiculous situation? Everyone who is enabling this travesty should be ashamed.

  • Top Five things to know about Sharia (Muslim Canon Law)
    • The article was quite informative; the comments that followed equally so. As an agnostic and secular Buddhist, this reinforces my belief that the American "Founding Fathers" had the right idea in separating government and religion. What is ironic about many conservatives in America today is that they rail against "Sharia Law", while insisting that the principles and teachings found in the Old and New Testaments be incorporated into American law and legislation.

  • Trump to Send 4,000 More US Troops to Afghanistan as Mattis admits 'Not Winning'
    • Right now it looks as tho we will be in Afghanistan until we finally understand that we have no goal, no strategy, and no reason, or until the sun super novas. I'm betting on the latter.

  • Did Sessions and Trump conspire to obstruct justice?
    • If the American people really want to get to the bottom of the entire Trump/Russia affair, they will have to vote out the Republican legislators that are stonewalling the investigation and covering for Trump. Trump is, at present, serving the Republicans well as a useful idiot whose crazy antics provide a great distraction for all the draconian legislation they are passing to give the 1% and corporations massive tax cuts, to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights, to escalate the war on women, and to destroy the environment.

  • Making America a Pariah again?
    • The rise and fall of every military empire is pretty much the same - wars of conquest that bring in resources to enrich the oligarchy and reduce other nations to tribute paying satellites, then the massive social inequality and slow rot that insatiable greed brings, then a collapse and defeat at the hands of the next rising power. All of that is in the DNA of the human social order. It is as predictable as the rising and setting of the sun.

  • Iranian Women push back against Cleric who likened Loosely Veiled Women To Prostitutes
    • Iran is not really an Islamic theocracy, it is an Islamic variant of fascism, which is always patriarchal and misogynistic. Complete totalitarian control over every aspect of women's lives, and their reduction to second class citizens whose functions are service to males and reproduction, is always a feature of fascist/nationalist ideology. It would easily be possible for a primarily Islamic country to be religiously tolerant, democratic and even feminist, but Iran, for whatever reason, rejected that path in favor of Islamic fascism.

  • Obama's last Victory: Syrian Democratic Forces hold Parts of ISIL Capital
    • Obama was by no means a perfect leader, but in comparison to the clown now in office, he was a genius at building strategic coalitions. We will miss him badly in the coming years.

  • Top 10 Ways Americans judge Trump in the Comey Covfefe
    • If the public's disapproval of Trump and Trump's policies does not translate into votes against the Republicans in the House and Senate, it will make little difference. It takes something akin to outrage to motivate voters, but these polls do not reveal the depth of feeling of the public. It will be a mistake to complacently assume that these poll results will be reflected in real results at the real polls.

  • Turkey OKs draft Bill to send Troops to bolster Qatar re: Saudis
    • It is beyond the capabilities of our officials and elected representatives here in the US to tease out our real interests in the Middle East. We have bound ourselves to Israel, and most decisions seem to flow from that, but even that alliance does not give us a clear path forward among the multitude of factions and their conflicting interests. We are about to be drawn into a conflict we cannot explain.

  • It isn't just Trump: The American System is Broken
    • One important factor in the destruction of American democracy overlooked in this essay is the clever takeover of the news media by the corporatists, including print, television and radio. The extensive use of disinformation has a long history with totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union (and present day Russia). Here in the US a truly free press is being gutted not by government, but by the corporations that have eaten it up.

  • US faces risks as Trump misreads the Middle East
    • For the average American, the Middle East is a complete puzzle. What are our interests and aims there? If we are an oil exporter, why would we be dependent on ME oil? Why do we spend so much time and treasure supporting Muslim theocracies that suppress all the rights that we value? I wonder if members of congress, or even our military leaders, have any better grasp of the answers to these questions. There is only one thing we know for sure - our president is, without a doubt, completely clueless.

  • Top 5 Climate Catastrophes to which Trump just Doomed his own Supporters
    • This is the truth about all the climate deniers: they're not stupid or uneducated. They know that climate change is real. They also know that they will be dead by the time the real impact of climate change hits. They want their money now, and what happens to the planet later is not their concern. Trump is 70. He'll be dead in 20 years, maybe less. We won't start to see the truly catastrophic effects until 2050. The most we will be able to do then is dig him up and drag his bloato body thru the streets. What the young need to be told over and over is that the Republican Party destroyed the planet the young had planned on inhabiting.

  • Coal in Death spiral as India cancels 14 gigs, and Solar prices Plummet
    • The evolving economics of renewables in power generation is the key to success or failure in combating climate change. Will the steady drop in price for solar, wind and other renewables happen fast enough for us to lower emissions in time? Or has the window of opportunity already closed?

  • Comeygate: How Orwell can Explain why Trump keeps Changing his Story
    • This on-going war against science is the greatest threat to America that we face under Trump and his allies. They are destroying data, starving research, and even allowing political hacks to rewrite scientific reports. I never thought I would live to see the day that partisanship would become such a cancer in this country, destroying our most valuable institutions and dragging us into a dark age. Reason has been vanquished by greed and irrational prejudice. God help us all.

  • What Iranian women want: rights, jobs and a seat at the table
    • Iran illustrates that education alone will not eradicate sexism. With a population that is one of the most highly educated in the Middle East, the culture is still stuck in a medieval view of the place of women. I have not seen any attempts to analyze why this is so.

  • Trump on Islam: Neo-Orientalism and anti-Shi'ism
    • What Trump and his minions do not know about the Middle East would fill the Library of Alexandria. What they do know barely fits on a match book cover. But ignorance about the rest of the world has always been a source of pride for most Americans, who take it for evidence of patriotism.

  • Why Watergate is not the Right Analogy for the Trump Constitutional Crisis
    • A Trump weakened and hamstrung by accusations of treason and criminality, under investigation by the Congress and the FBI, is probably the best gift to the Dems that the Republicans can make. A despised and dishonored Trump may be the secret for a 2018 Democratic takeover of both houses, and a Dem President in 2020.

  • GOP not the party of 'Security' as Intel Allies Flee Trump
    • In what way is Mr. Cole "shilling" for Israeli intelligence? He is only pointing to them as an example of a close ally that might be reconsidering the extent to which they share intelligence given what a egotistical blabbermouth our President is.

    • What a bizarre world view you have. We aren't living in a Captain America comic. The power of this country is highly dependent on it alliances. Without them we are blind, deaf and lame. As for our imagined invulnerability, we just had Russian cyber-meddling decide our Presidential election, remember?

    • Rubbish. This Crazy Clown President is just as likely to tweet out confidential info as not. Then who will you blame? Twitter, for not reviewing and censoring the tweets of our nutzo Prez? Stop trying to place the blame for all Trump's failings everywhere else but where it belongs, squarely on the demented man himself.

  • Even Conservative SCOTUS can't Stomach N Carolina Voter Suppression
    • Excellent comment! Very clearly states the hypocrisy behind the conservative support for voter suppression, which they purposely conflate with protection against voter fraud.

  • Clapper Lied & Spied, now charges Trump w/ assault on Gov't Institutions
    • We should not be "idolizing" anyone. Men (and women) are only human, and subject to making mistakes of hypocrisy and mendacity because they are human. We need to focus on logic and facts, regardless of the messenger. What we are seeking is truth, not heroes.

  • Are we Monsters?
    • Cruelty, hatefulness, selfishness, none of these are characteristics of any one group or any particular ideology. They are, unfortunately, found throughout the species. In fact, they are more common in man than their opposites, empathy, compassion, and generosity. These last qualities must be cultivated by society. The former seem embedded in our natures.

  • The Sadism of creeping Dictatorship
    • The key to getting rid of this would be dictator is to convince the Republicans in Congress that not only their jobs are on the line, but the future of their party. This means getting folks out to town halls, and getting them to write call email and personally visit their Republican congresspeople. This also means SENDING MONEY to the Dems who will be running against these Republicans.

  • John Oliver: Equal access to Internet once More Threatened
    • The internet is a public utility that was developed by the US government, not by private enterprise, and is now necessary for citizens to function in the world. Net neutrality insures that no content is favored over other content, and thus protects free speech.

  • Coultergate and the Truth About Campus Speech
  • On Day of Climate March, Remember advance of Solar globally
    • The pace of technological advancement is accelerating constantly. The first coal fired power plant was built 135 years ago; and my bet is that solar powered plants will overtake coal in the next 10 years. As governments begin to confront the costs of ignoring climate change, and scientists scramble to make renewables more and more cost effective, the world will collectively rush to embrace clean energy, leaving fossil fuel to histor.

  • What if Marine Le Pen won the French election? Graphic Novels imagine Fascist Dystopia
    • This will be how democracy in the west will fall - the racial majorities, feeling their power threatened, will resort to totalitarian rule brought about incrementally in order to entrench their rule. We see it happening before our eyes.

  • Trump Puts WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in the Crosshairs
    • Assange lost all claims to whistle blower status when he allowed his organization to become a tool of Russia's disinformation campaign, and coordinated the release of DNC emails with the Putin/Trump operation in order to help swing the US election to Trump. He is nothing more than an agent of Russian intelligence.

  • Trump White House Taking "Marching Orders" from Hundreds of CEOs: Report
    • Does this really come as a surprise to anyone? Trump's domestic policy is to use his office to enrich himself and his friends. This is the most corrupt administration in US history, and the corruption will not end with one or two insider deals, it will be a pervasive re-orientation of our government to serve the interests of the rich.

  • As Trump Breaks it, Top Ten Things we need to do to Fix America
    • Clinton was the most qualified candidate ever to run for President. She did run a weak campaign, but what doomed her chances was the Republicans' a 20 year smear campaign - which the author obviously fell victim to - and the unprecedented attack on an American election by the Russian government, aided by a cabal of pro-Russian political operatives in this country. The final straw was the nefarious intervention by a Republican FBI Chief with an obvious partisan purpose. The bulk of this article was composed of hoary quotes and threadbare platitudes which was less a call to action than a civics sermon.

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