UNDER THREAT IN TANZANIA

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Mambo Rafiki, Last year, I had the privilege of working for six months on the elections in Tanzania.  I worked with the opposition party Chadema and we had some success, despite the government’s cooking the books. Tanzania is a beautiful country with wonderful people, and the folks at Chadema were the most courageous I have ever worked. So, I ask you to read this short piece(link provided) on what’s currently happening,  pass around, and get the word out. The piece is already a little dated as this evening in Tanzania the government arrested many of the top leaders of Chadema. I was taught much more in Tanzania and Nigeria than anything I was ever able to impart. Politics in America continues its deterioration and as we approach our era of “Big Man”(and their...

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Noam Chomsky: How Obama Has Ushered in ‘a New Era of International Terrorism’...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Grayzone Project Chomsky and Emran Feroz talk Obama’s political legacy in the Middle East, the deal with Iran and the refugee crisis. By Emran Feroz / Qantara   VIA ALTERNET Noam Chomsky. Photo Credit: screenshot via Democracy Now! The following is a recent interview with Noam Chomsky on the Middle East and the Obama Administration’s policies towards Syria, Egypt and Iran, and the rise of right-wing extremism and nationalism in Europe. Emran Feroz: Barack Obama’s presidency is coming to an end. With reference to the political situation in the Middle East, what remains of his historical speech in Cairo and what of his Middle East policy in general? Noam Chomsky: At the time I felt that the speech was pretty vacuous. I didn’t expect anything from it, so I wasn’t disappointed. One positive aspect of...

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A doctor’s take on pot: Marijuana shouldn’t be grouped into the same category as more dangerous drugs...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] We rarely worry about marijuana. So why is it still a Schedule I drug? Nathaniel P. Morris, Scientific American (Credit: AP/Seth Perlman) This article was originally published by Scientific American. On August 11th, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its decision to keep marijuana classified as a Schedule I drug. The federal government has historically referred to this category as the “most dangerous” group of substances, including drugs like heroin and bath salts. As a resident physician specializing in mental health, I can’t make much sense of this. Every day, I talk to patients about substance abuse. Whether evaluating patients in clinic, in the emergency department or on inpatient units, my colleagues and I screen patients for substance use. It’s a vital component of any clinical interview, particularly in mental health care, and helps us understand patients’ habits and their risks for medical complications....

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A “failed policy based on failed research”: The destructive legacy of Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform act...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The 1996 welfare reform bill has subjected a generation of families to increased poverty and poor health outcomes Eesha Pandit   SALON.COM onal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act into law, August 22, 1996. (Credit: Reuters/Stephen Jaffe) Twenty years ago this week, President Bill Clinton signed a historic welfare reform bill formally known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. With this legislation, Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Ten years ago, he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times declaring it a success. Now, 20 years on, the transformation of the welfare system is complete, but the question remains: What kind of transformation has it been, and what has it meant for poor families in the U.S.? A new report from the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at...

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Why can’t our economy promote equality and shared prosperity?...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Take On Wall Street is a grassroots movement aiming to create a fair finance system that works for all Jim Hightower  SALON.COM (Credit: Richie Chan via Shutterstock/Salon) Instead of griping about the greed-heads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks, why don’t we take on wall street? You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules. That’s exactly why our land of opportunity has become today’s land of inequality. Corporate elites have bought their way into the policymaking backrooms of Washington, where they’ve rigged the rules to...

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Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation?...

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Glenn Greenwald As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the tactic of Clinton-loyal journalists is to highlight the charitable work done by the foundation, and then insinuate — or even outright state — that anyone raising these questions is opposed to its charity. James Carville announced that those who criticize the foundation are “going to hell.” Other Clinton loyalists insinuated that Clinton Foundation critics are indifferent to the lives of HIV-positive babies or are anti-gay bigots. That the Clinton Foundation has done some good work is beyond dispute. But that fact has exactly nothing to do with the profound ethical problems and corruption threats raised by the way its funds have been raised. Hillary Clinton was America’s chief diplomat, and tyrannical regimes such as the Saudis and Qataris jointly donated tens...

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A Letter to Prospective Architecture School Parents...

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Eva Hagberg Fisher   COMMON EDGE.ORG Is your child suddenly wearing angular clothes and pretending to need glasses and talking about things like maylines (sorry, forgot we’re not in the 90’s anymore) and 3d-printing and the power of the research lab to change the world studio? Has your child started rejecting your Frank Lloyd Wright photo books and started asking for that super sweet punched-out Chora L Works thing that makes no sense to you because there are literally holes in it? Has your child refused to go on anymore holiday house tours because, seriously mom, this is what I do all day at school? Then congratulations! You now have an architecture school student child. And as much as we have—and need—the framework of, say, Adult Children of Alcoholics, just as deeply do...

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21 numbers to know about the 2016 White House race...

Aug 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] New facts, figures that help explain the presidential election By Michael BeckelCENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Arizona. Gage Skidmore White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are 79 days away from Election Day. And newly released campaign finance reports show Clinton and her allies dominating Trump, who has run a highly unorthodox campaign and this week parted ways with his campaign chairman. All the while, the Center for Public Integrity is following their money trail. Here are 21 key facts and figures that help explain the 2016 White House race to date. Minimum amount of money that Democrat Hillary Clinton and her super PACs allies have raised in pursuit of the White House through July: $447 million Amount of money Clinton and her...

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HR 2232: National mandatory vaccination bill enters Congress...

Aug 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Written By: medicinenews December 10, 2015 Alert! A Congressional bill to force mandatory vaccinations across the nation has entered the House of Representatives under the name “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015” or HR 2232.  This bill is essentially a national version of the SB277 mandatory vaccination legislation which passed in California earlier this year, with the same impossible exemption requirements. The bill, as currently written, would require all state public schools across the nation to mandate blanket vaccination of their enrolled students in order to receive their federal aid money. The bill was introduced by Frederica S. Wilson, a Democratic Congresswoman from Miami, Florida, who is best known for wearing crazy hats to events and interviews. To say that the hats may have finally gone to her head isn’t far from the truth,...

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THE REAL WAY THE 2016 ELECTION IS RIGGED...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Despite what the media tells you, the Democrats will not take the House in November. Here’s why. By David Daley  BILL MOYERS.COM The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen December 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) Hillary Clinton has put the Electoral College into checkmate. She’s closer to Donald Trump in many red states like Kansas and Texas than he is to her in key swing states. As her lead swells, naturally, fired-up Democrats and a restless media have turned their attention to a more exciting story: Can Democrats retake the House of Representatives? But the outcome there is not really in doubt, either. It’s not going to happen. Democratic House candidates will likely get many more votes than Republican ones – as they did...

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The Populist Uprising Isn’t Over; It’s Only Just Begun...

Aug 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     Robert Borosage  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE The summer ends with a growing lament among progressives. Tom Frank’s cutting voice sums it up: “And so ends the great populist uprising of our time, fizzling out pathetically in the mud and the bigotry stirred up by a third-rate would-be caudillo named Donald J Trump. So closes an era of populist outrage that began back in 2008, when the Davos dream of a world run by benevolent bankers first started to crack. The unrest has taken many forms in these eight years – from idealistic to cynical, from Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party – but they all failed to change much of anything.  And now the last, ugliest, most fraudulent manifestation is failing so spectacularly that it may discredit populism itself for...

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The Shameful Foundation of the Clintons’ Power...

Aug 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill Clinton looks on as Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 29, 2016. (Photo: Ruth Fremson / The New York Times) The stated mission of the Clinton Foundation, set up at the end of Bill Clinton’s second term in the White House, is to “alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment.” But far more important to its operations is the Clinton Foundation’s unstated mission: to further entrench the already formidable power of the Clinton family. For more than two decades, both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have lived very public lives ensconced in the upper echelons of America’s political establishment. Since its founding in 2001, the Clinton Foundation served as a bridge between Bill Clinton’s administration and Hillary Clinton’s drive to conquer the...

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More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule...

Aug 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Critics say corporate and foreign donations made to her family’s foundation present potential conflicts of interest for Hillary Clinton as she seeks the Oval Office. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) By Rosalind S. Helderman, John Wagner and Anu Narayanswamy August 19 at 10:43 PM More than half of the Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be prevented from contributing to the charity under the self-imposed ban on corporate and foreign donors the foundation said this week it would adopt if Hillary Clinton won the White House, according to a new Washington Post analysis of foundation donations. The findings underscore the extent to which the Clintons’ sprawling global charity has come to rely on financial support from industries and overseas interests, a point that has drawn criticism from Republicans and some liberals who have said the donations...

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Sanders/Warren Wing Needs to Demand Seats on Clinton Transition Team...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Miles Mogulescu  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE As Sen. Elizabeth Warren is fond of saying, “personnel is policy.” With a Hillary Clinton victory looking increasingly likely, the question of what types of personnel Clinton would appoint to top administration positions becomes increasingly crucial to defining what type of president Clinton would be. As Clinton herself wrote a year ago in an article co-authored with Sen. Tammy Baldwin in The Huffington Post, “Increasingly, American’s trust in government is eroding. And a big reason for that is the so-called revolving door between government and the private sectors.” But the proof is in the pudding. And looking at the people whom Clinton has appointed to her transition team, the progressive base of the Democratic party has good reason to worry that her administration would be stacked with...

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Persecuting Assange: the Mainstreaming of Neoliberal Pathology...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Simon Wood  COUNTERPUNCH.ORG “Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long” – Hunter S. Thompson The non-profit journalistic and publishing organization WikiLeaks released on 22nd July 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments sent from or received by Democratic National Committee (DNC) personnel.   The emails exposed numerous instances of unprofessional, unethical and possibly illegal behaviour, including concerted attempts to undercut Bernie Sanders as well as clear favouritism toward Hillary Clinton. Specifically the emails exposed – among thousands of other things – the DNC conspiring to create false Trump information and release it with Reuters; DNC Hillary supporters infiltrating the Sanders campaign; a super PAC paying young voters to push back online Sanders supporters; a mole working inside the Sanders campaign; bringing up Sanders’ religion to scare southern voters; possible money laundering by moving...

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A Terrorist Endorses Hillary Clinton...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Chris Ernesto             Permalink (Page 1 of 1 pages) opednews.com Headlined to H3 8/17/16   Mike Morell, ex-CIA director (image by Wikipedia)   License   DMCA Days after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Mike Morell, former acting director of the CIA, said the U.S. should covertly kill Russians and Iranians in Syria, and that the U.S. should bomb Syrian government offices, aircraft and presidential guard positions. Here are Morell’s exact words: “I’d give (the “moderate opposition”) the things that they need to both go after the (Syrian President Bashar) Assad government, but also to have the Iranians and Russians pay a little price… we need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria, we need to make the Russians pay a price.” The interviewer, Charlie Rose, then asked Morell, “OK, we make them pay a price by killing Russians, and killing Iranians?”...

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Matt Taibbi: What Are Trump and His Campaign Manager’s True Intentions with Russia?...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi and author Phyllis Bennis dissect Trump’s proposals outlined in his Youngstown, Ohio, speech Monday. By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!  VIA ALTERNET August 16, 2016 Photo Credit: U.S. News / Twitter During Donald Trump’s speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reversed his earlier threats to defy NATO treaties, and instead said he would work closely with the alliance to defeat ISIS. For more, we speak with award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi and author Phyllis Bennis. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invoked the Cold War as he pledged to wage war against what he described as the “ideology of radical Islam.” During his speech in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump also...

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NEW CLINTON TRANSITION HEAD HAS SOME TPP ‘SPLAININ TO DO’...

Aug 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Hillary Clinton has appointed Former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, a big supporter of TPP, to lead her transition team, should she be elected President. Politico has more, in Clinton campaign transition chief has pushed for TPP: The new chairman of Hillary Clinton’s transition team has been an outspoken supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and works for a firm that lobbied for trade policy issues as recently as this spring, a review of congressional lobbying records and articles shows. [. . .] Salazar’s employer since 2013, the law firm WilmerHale, has also been an active participant in the debate on Capitol Hill over TPP and other trade policy issues. In late 2014 the firm spent at least $30,000 lobbying for renewal of “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority and on...

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Did Companies and Countries Buy State Department Access by Donating to Clinton Foundation?...

Aug 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Election 2016 Newly released emails include exchanges between members of the Clinton Foundation and State Department advisers. By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez / Democracy Now!   NEW YORK, USA – APRIL 13, 2016: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the National Action Network convention on their 25th year anniversary. Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Grimaldi of The Wall Street Journal, who has covered the Clinton Foundation for years, looks at the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, and what it would be if she became president. Newly released State Department emails include exchanges between top members of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s top State Department advisers, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. The FBI reportedly wanted to...

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Stark New Evidence on How Money Shapes America’s Elections...

Aug 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] News & Politics Oversights of two generations of social scientists have weakened democracy. By Lynn Stuart Parramore / AlterNet Photo Credit: James Steidl / Shutterstock This post originally appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Outrage over how big money influences American politics has been boiling over this political season, energizing the campaigns of GOP nominee Donald Trump and former Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders alike. Citizens have long suspected that “We the People” increasingly means “We the Rich” at election time. Yet surprisingly, two generations of social scientists have insisted that wallets don’t matter that much in American politics. Elections are really about giving the people what they want. Money, they claim, has negligible impact on elections. That was a good line for Cold War propaganda, and good...

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Is the ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ an Ethical Choice for Voters?...

Aug 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Some may argue that voting for a third party is a principled stand. But could it really be just wasteful naiveté? By Travis N. Rieder / The Conversation  VIA ALTERNET August 12, 2016 Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey / Flickr Every election cycle, there are citizens who don’t like either of the candidates nominated by the two major political parties. And so, a familiar debate begins: Is a vote for a third party a principled stand – or wasteful naiveté? This year, party discord has swelled the numbers of dissatisfied citizens, and the debate is even louder than usual. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are unprecedentedly unpopular. On the left, intense pressure is mounting to vote for Hillary Clinton to avoid what many think will be genuine, large-scale dangers of a Trump presidency. This pressure is...

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Playing the “What if?” game: The alternate reality where Trump vs. Clinton never happen...

Aug 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jeb, Cruz, Rubio? They couldn’t beat Hillary either — nor could anyone in the GOP’s “deep bench” Gary Legum   SALON.COM Jeb Bush; Ted Cruz; Marco Rubio (Credit: AP/Reuters/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Julie Jacobson/Jim Bourg) One of the phrases of the 2016 presidential race that will linger in campaign lore for years is the belief that the Republican Party’s slate of 17 candidates constituted a “deep bench.” And ever since 16 of those candidates were wiped out by the tangerine-colored menace that is Donald Trump, members of the Never Trump forces have bemoaned that the party base picked the one guy who cannot beat the historically unpopular Hillary Clinton. What if they had picked Ted Cruz? Or Marco Rubio? Or Jeb Bush? Ah, then we would have a race! This is all to be expected from...

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HOW POPULISM IS REWRITING THE CHARTER SCHOOL NARRATIVE...

Aug 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Jeff Bryant In a political season that’s been dominated by populism it should come as no surprise that a grassroots uprising is having an effect on education policy as well. Two recent events showcase exactly how the populist fervor in the nation is redrawing the education policy landscape. More specifically, that fervor is rewriting the story of the rollout of charter schools in our communities that’s been enabled by laissez-faire lawmakers,and the generosity of the Obama administration and wealthy private foundations. Both events – one which reflects a national response to the populist uprising, and the other, an example of the uprising itself – reveal how a grassroots rebellion against unregulated charter schools is shaking the foundations of the education policy establishment’s narrative about these schools. NAACP Calls For...

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HILLARY CLINTON’S EMBRACE OF KISSINGER IS INEXCUSABLE...

Aug 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bernie Sanders should call on her to repudiate him as the war criminal he is. By Greg GrandinTwitter  THE NATION Former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton talk during an interview by PBS’s Charlie Rose, Washington, DC, April 20, 2011. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon) Word comes from Politico that Hillary Clinton is courting the endorsement of Henry Kissinger. No surprise. Kissinger and the Clintons go back a ways, to when Bill in the early 1990s sought out Kissinger’s support to pass NAFTA and to, in the words of the economist Jeff Faux, serve as “the perfect tutor for a new Democratic president trying to convince Republicans and their business allies that they could count on him to champion Reagan’s vision.” Hillary has continued the apprenticeship, soliciting Kissinger’s advice and calling...

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This is not a moment, it’s a movement: More at stake for Sanders supporters than merely the 2016 election Defeating Trump in November is imperative, but so is maintaining a...

Aug 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Conor Lynch SALON.COM   (Credit: Reuters/Jim Young) The chaotic and disorderly start to last week’s Democratic National Convention was unsurprising after Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 embarrassing DNC emails just days earlier that implicated top party officials in favoring Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders during the presidential primaries (though most Sanders supporters had already suspected this, party officials had strongly denied any kind of favoritism). On the first day of the convention, Sanders delegates were loud and outspoken in their discontent, booing the recently resigned DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the stage at her state’s delegate breakfast and drowning out convention speakers with every mention of Clinton’s name. Outside the Wells Fargo Center, meanwhile, thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Philadelphia — though the convention area was sealed off by a...

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Don’t Be Fooled. TPP Is Still Very Much Alive. Help Kill It For Good...

Aug 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE There are lots of stories in the media claiming that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead for now. And why wouldn’t TPP be dead? Both presidential candidates say they are opposed to TPP. Various Congressional leaders have said that it is unlikely to come up. Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against it. Harry Reid says he opposes it. All labor and environmental organizations along with most consumer, health, human rights and other progressive-aligned groups oppose TPP. Six Republican members of Congress who voted for the “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) have sent a letter opposing TPP. Even the Tea Party opposes TPP, calling it “Obamatrade.” Under these circumstances, the very idea that it could come up for a vote at all, never mind that it might...

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A Look At Clinton And Trump’s Promises To Spend To Boost Economy...

Aug 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] August 2, 2016 Dave Johnson Austerity is officially dead, at least at the presidential candidate level. Congress? We’ll have to wait and see. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are talking about increased spending on public infrastructure. Hillary Clinton has launched her post-convention campaign push by talking about a “100-days jobs plan” that includes a ‘Make It in America’ plan to invest $10 billion in manufacturing communities. Meanwhile Trump took a break from his fight with the parents of a fallen soldier to tweet his plan, which is, “We will bring back the American dream!” Clinton’s Jobs Plan The Toledo Blade covered one Clinton campaign event, in “Clinton touts her jobs plan at Ohio rally“: She vowed to make the largest investment in jobs since World War II in her first 100 days...

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THE REAL RECKONING

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Robert Reich In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton said the nation was at “a moment of reckoning.” She’s right, but the reckoning is not simply the choice voters face this fall between her and Donald Trump. The real reckoning is larger and it will extend beyond Election Day. Yet Washington insiders expect a return to politics as usual. I’m already hearing Republicans dismiss Donald Trump as a weird aberration. “Ordinarily, Trump wouldn’t have stood a chance,” a Republican operative told me. “He won because he didn’t have a clear opponent until the very end. And Cruz is almost as crazy as Trump.” I get a similar story from Democrats trying to explain Bernie Sanders. “His campaign was a freak,” a longtime Democratic adviser told me. “Hillary will be elected and then...

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Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’...

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on Jul 27, 2016 By Jordan Riefe   TRUTHDIG nicolas genin / Flickr (CC-BY-SA) Controversy and Oliver Stone have never been strange bedfellows. He courted it with movies like “JFK,” “Nixon” and “Natural Born Killers,” and last week, he made headlines in the unlikely milieu of Comic-Con, where he spoke about the dangers of surveillance capitalism and “Pokémon Go.” While his admonitions drew ample eye-rolling, Stone’s points about domestic spying and surveillance capitalism are not to be dismissed as paranoid conspiracy theory. The term “surveillance capitalism,” coined by Shoshana Zuboff, a Harvard Business School professor, in her essay “Big Other: Surveillance Capitalism and the Prospects of an Information Civilization,” has been described as the monetization of behavioral data acquired through surveillance and sold for premium prices. Since the release of “Pokémon Go,” the popular, location-based,...

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A Party of Lemmings Led by a Zombie: Why We Need to Keep Bernie Sanders’ Vision Alive...

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alan Minsky  TRUTHDIG   Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs-up as she appears on stage Thursday during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Carolyn Kaster / AP) Well, I guess I won’t be working in the Clinton White House. I ran into Truthdig Editor in Chief Bob Scheer at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week. I asked about his take on the Clinton delegates. I explained that I wanted to engage them on matters of policy, but I could hardly get an honest peep out of them. Bob looked at me, shrugged off my question as if to suggest that they’re not interested in that stuff, and quipped, “This is a job fair to them.” Indeed, just as Thomas Frank portrays in his magisterial...

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