Last, a new article in The Nation gives substantive backing to the long held contention that the ‘Russian hacking’ story is complete and utter bullshit. As Julian Assange and others contemporaneously argued, DNC emails were gotten through a leak— through an inside job, and not through a hack by malevolent outsiders.
If the real meaning of the term “human rights” is used, it is evident that China has the best human rights record in the world — and those words are carefully chosen. China has lifted more than 630 million people out of poverty — more than the entire population of the European Union or the continent of Latin America, and almost twiceREAD ON
Among the regular, non-royal, world billionaires Bezos is certainly a prominent player, as is Bill Gates and others. But their fortunes, exorbitant and obscene as they are, pale when compared to that of Gulf royals, for example. The Sauds’ wealth—a family mafia that literally owns Saudi Arabia— is in the trillions of dollars. The world is still very much awashREAD ON
In the last few days it was reported that a massive die off of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico was connected by researchers to BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Evidence was found in a third of the cases of lesions in the adrenal gland, an otherwise rare condition linked with petroleum exposure. More than a fifth of the dolphins also sufferedREAD ON
The only thing we can be certain of in the electability space is political strategists’ and pundits’ poor track records. Many of the people who claim to know what is and isn’t possible in future elections thought Bernie Sanders would barely get 15 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. Many of them were sure that Republicans would neverREAD ON
Independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone has rightly pointed how panic fear of Trump is daily exploited by establishment Democrats, with Trump’s most insubstantial recent Tweet cited as occasion for mass hysteria. Being so naturally on Johnstone’s page (she was a huge Bernie or Bust fan), I feel uniquely qualified to elaborate on the establishment–a.k.a. neoliberal — Democrat agenda underpinning this deliberateREAD ON
It should also convince those that continue to cling to the sinking ideological raft of tepid reforms that dismantling the entire two-party system, and the capitalist system behind it, is the only way to transform this country. A country, by the way, that has nothing to fear from Russia, whose economy is a tenth of the United States’, and whichREAD ON