As tensions grow in North Dakota, with multiple eviction orders facing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, U.S. military veterans on Friday began arriving at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp.
The 2,000 veterans, which include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), plan to act as an unarmed militia and peaceful human shields to protect the Indigenous activists from police brutality.
The pipeline was originally planned to be routed through Bismarck ND, but the white town got it rerouted through the Indians. Whites didn't want to bear that risk, so they passed it off on the Indians.
Pipelines are safer than rail and trucks, but passing thoses risks off on the Indians because whites didn't want it is a continuation of the genocide against Native Americans that is our history. (Nika Knight) read more
Betsy DeVos is a billionaire with whose agenda to privatize public education, follows Obama's former Secretary of Education's Arne Duncan.
Public education is a cornerstone of democratic governance. In a democracy, citizens must have the knowledge to make good decisions for themselves and for the common good. The more educated people are, the better they understand the consequences of policy and law and the more likely they are to participate.
Donald Trump's campaign declaration that he loves the poorly educated was not just idiosyncratic blather; it was a harbinger of this appointment. Ms. DeVos will make education less accessible to people who cannot afford private education.
Of course, Ms. DeVos and Mr. Trump will say they love quality education for all children. But don't be fooled. They benefit when the best educational options are available only to the affluent. They want to curb access to education for those who can't afford to pay for it. (Tamara Lucas) read more
David Shambaugh was a proponent of the "responsible stakeholder" strategy, in which the People's Republic of China (PRC) was allowed to enter the international order and would liberalize its politics and economics to become a friendly partner of the US.
Well, that didn't happen for a number of reasons, one which was the geopolitical hollowing out of the US by its orgy of debt finance that fed the PRC export machine, and the 2008-9 Great Recession. Today's PRC is not too liberal and not too friendly.
Shambaugh questioned the PRC's wisdom instead of his own and thus was born the theory of the inevitable PRC collapse and US pivot to Asia.
During the tenure of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, China collapsism became intellectually tenable and a critical theoretical premise for the pivot which, amidst declining US power, offered a narrow but plausible path for a broad, endless enrichment and influence at pivot-oriented think tanks and the US military. (Peter Lee) read more
Many people think their economic situation is going to get better under the new president.
The Trump administration knows success depends on an economic revival. Steve Bannon, who is Trump's chief strategist and advisor, knows that he won't be able to build a strong, diverse coalition to support his political revolution without boosting growth and improving conditions for working people. That's why fixing the economy is Job 1.
Fiscal stimulus doesn't have to be a boondoggle and it doesn't require "shovel ready" jobs. All that's needed is a competent team of economic advisors who know what the hell they're doing and the political will to get the job done. Trump's economic plan doesn't do that, all it does is slightly improve GDP while trillions of dollars are transferred to the bank accounts of behemoth corporations and Wall Street cronies.
If Bannon is serious about fixing the economy and rebuilding the Republican party, he should give Galbraith a call. (Michael Whitney) read more
Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba's maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died Friday.
Fidel Castro had held on to power longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II. He became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what might have been expected from the head of state of a Caribbean island nation of 11 million people.
In declining health for several years, Mr. Castro had orchestrated what he hoped would be the continuation of his Communist revolution, stepping aside in 2006 when he was felled by a serious illness. He provisionally ceded much of his power to his younger brother Raúl, now 85, and two years later formally resigned as president. (Anthomy DePalma) read more