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January 2017 Blog Posts (12)

Trump: from democracy to tyranny

So, Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America, and its Commander-in-Chief.

In his inaugural speech, Trump made no reference to his party, Congress, or any other means by which he expects to accomplish the sweeping change he…

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Added by Gerry Gold on January 25, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Whiny old fascists of America rejoice! - Paul Mason

“Trump is a fascist, Trump and Pence are illegitimate” — that’s the chant the Revcom group led as about 250 people just swarmed the entrance of the “Deploraball” — a posh reception for Trump supporters about half a mile from the White House.

The…

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Added by joe taylor on January 21, 2017 at 18:07 — 3 Comments

From democracy to tyranny

So, Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America, and its Commander-in-Chief.

In his inaugural speech, Trump made no reference to his party, Congress, or any other means by which he expects to accomplish the sweeping change he promised. Instead, he once again promised that he personally will deliver a national restoration: “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down,” he said. “America will…

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Added by Gerry Gold on January 21, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Building Bridges Not Walls - Natasha Adams

As President Trump is sworn in, thousands of people are protesting by dropping banners all over the world to spread the message that we need to build bridges, not walls. Below I share a little about my experience of taking part and the breadth of the action, reflecting on why it has…

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Added by joe taylor on January 21, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Social Insecurity: The real threat to you and your family - Jeff Goulding

This week Jeremy Corbyn stood at the dispatch box and accused the Prime Minister of being in denial over the state of the NHS. Her response was to trot out the usual diversions and weak gags that have typified her premiership.

However, when…

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Added by joe taylor on January 15, 2017 at 15:55 — No Comments

Pissing on the Ritz - Paul Mason

Let’s get the process stuff out of the way. Buzzfeed was right to release the private intelligence document containing damaging allegations against Trump. In UK terms it was clearly in the public interest to reveal the contents. Any state regulated broadcaster in the UK…

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Added by joe taylor on January 15, 2017 at 15:53 — 1 Comment

Why The Biggest Problem in the World is Also the Easiest to Fix - Umair Haque

Quick – what’s the biggest problem in the world today? Demagoguery, bigotry, climate change, inequality?

No, no, and no. All of these are the bitter fruit of the same toxic root. The global economy is broken. It is stagnant, flat, a comatose patient on life support.

That might sound like bad news. It’s not. It’s great news. Why? Because it’s also the easiest to fix. Here’s a…

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Added by joe taylor on January 15, 2017 at 15:51 — No Comments

REVEALED: The Israeli diplomat who worked inside Labour to undermine 'crazy' Corbyn

Undercover recordings seen by Middle East Eye have revealed how an Israeli diplomat sought to establish organisations and youth groups to promote Israeli influence inside the opposition Labour party in an effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

In secret conversations filmed by an undercover reporter, Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London, described his plans to set up a youth…

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Added by joe taylor on January 9, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Did Putin help elect Trump to restore $500 billion Exxon oil deal killed by sanctions - Joe Romm

But it appears our democracy and our children have a new axis to worry about: Putin, Trump, and ExxonMobil, whose CEO Rex Tillerson — an extreme Russophile and long-time director of a US-Russian oil company — is Trump’s puzzling choice for Secretary of State.…

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Added by joe taylor on January 9, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Basic Income Arrives: Finland To Hand Out Guaranteed Income Of €560 To Lucky Citizens

As of January 1, 2017, the experiment in "basic income" has officially begun, with Finland becoming the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens the guaranteed monthly sum of 560 euros ($587), in a "unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment." According to Olli Kangas from the Finnish government agency KELA, which is responsible for the country's social benefits, the two-year trial…

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Added by joe taylor on January 3, 2017 at 17:14 — No Comments

Warming crushes global records again in 2016 - Joe Romm

2016 has crushed the record for hottest year, set way back in 2015, which itself smashed the previous record for hottest year that was set in 2014.

Such a three-year run has never been seen in the 136 years of temperature records. It’s but the latest in an avalanche of evidence this year that global warming will either be as bad as climate scientists have been warning for decades — or much worse.…

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Added by joe taylor on January 3, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland - The Guardian

Scotland looks set to be the first part of the UK to pilot a basic income for every citizen, as councils in Fife and Glasgow investigate trial schemes in 2017.

The councillor Matt Kerr has been championing the idea through the ornate halls of Glasgow City Chambers, and is frank about the challenges it poses.

“Like a lot of people, I was interested in the idea but never completely…

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Added by joe taylor on January 2, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

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