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The Undrained Swamp:  Trump’s Washington – Christoph Scheuermann | Der Spiegel

The Undrained Swamp:  Trump’s Washington, One Year On

It has been one year since Donald Trump was elected to the White House, but the mutual hatred between the president and Washington D.C. has not dissipated. And the city has refused to back down to the Trumpian bluster.

Christoph Scheuermann | Der Spiegel

Washington is not a place known for humility or modesty. So really, Donald Trump should fit right in. It’s a city of gigantic egos and expense accounts, police escorts and armored limos. Everything is about status and power, even when socializing at night. The city challenges its residents and promotes the ambitious, which isn’t always a good thing. It has produced great deeds and great power, and often violence as well – ever since George Washington planted the heart of democracy in a mosquito-infested swamp 200 years ago.     Continue reading

June 2015: The month that changed America?

The month that changed America?

Does history change all at once? June 2015 certainly had its singular historic moments – but almost all were the outcome of long-term forces and long-fought battles, say Nick Bryant.

The shelves of American bookstores almost buckle under the weight of titles identifying a single year, season, month, week, day or hour as essential turning points in history’s long march.

So one would imagine that publishers are already being inundated with pitches for books bringing together the events of the past few weeks, perhaps under the working titles of “Ten Days in June”, “America’s Liberal Spring”, “The Summer of Love” or “June 2015: The month that changed America.”  Continue reading

Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola – commentary

 Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola

Media is blowing Ebola out of proportion. First world countries like the U.S. can handle the virus. More immediate concerns are lack of gun control, smoking, Obamacare, coal, and obesity.

The odd hysteria about ebola is being driven more by a media frenzy than the actual public health risks.  Ebola is not the sort of disease that is likely to turn into a pandemic, becoming really wide spread.  It is too hard to contract (it doesn’t spread by infected persons just breathing on others) and kills too many of its victims (diseases don’t survive well if neither do their hosts).  Moreover, countries that are relatively well-governed, with good public health systems are not at high risk from this sort of disease.

Even Senegal and Nigeria in West Africa have dealt with small outbreaks professionally and right now have no ebola cases, in contrast to countries ravaged by years of civil war like Sierra Leone and Liberia (wars, by the way, in which former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi played a major and cynical role). Continue reading

US Republicans using weapons of mass financial destruction- Sir Ronald Sanders

US Republicans using weapons of mass financial destruction

The impact of the government shutdown on the US economy, which is still the world’s largest economy, will be felt worldwide says Sir Ronald Sanders.

By Sir Ronald Sanders 

Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders

 Caribbean360 News – Barbados, Thursday October 3, 2013 – There will be a lot of rubbish in Washington over the next few days.  And, that rubbish is not only the garbage that is steadily piling up in the nation’s capital because of the government’s shut down.  It is also the quality of the Republican Party’s argument for refusing to pass a Budget that would allow the federal government to provide goods and services to the public.

While the Republicans have obstructed Budgets before – notably in late 1995 and early 1996 when Bill Clinton was President – there is more than a little racism toward this first non-White American President by the right wing Tea Party element even though they have not dared to say so.    Continue reading

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