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Lawrence Wittner: Trump Betrays His Promise to Protect and Fight for American Workers

Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Has he kept this promise? When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster.  Once in office, Trump packed the Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Forget Brexit, Rebellion is the Verb!

While I essentially agree with Patrick Cockburn’s article in the Independent “Sinn Fein’s Election Victory is Ireland’s Brexit Moment”. I would like to make a distinction against its use of Brexit as a new verb for political upset and rebellion. Rebellion is a perfectly clear and uncontaminated verb! As Patrick points out, Ireland’s surprise surge Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Ireland’s Sinn Fein has offered citizens a truly just and constructive Manifesto for Ireland’s 8th February 2020 Election

On the 14th of January last month Ireland’s Taoiseach (Leader) announced a snap election for 8th February 2020. On that day I wrote this Z.Net blog on how I thought about that. Now this new blog hopes you may have first read that, instead of me repeating it to much in this one. (I’m not Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Could the Climate Crisis Be “The Good News of Damnation”?

On August 12, 1945, six days after the U.S. government obliterated the city of Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, Robert Hutchins, the president of the University of Chicago, delivered a remarkable public address.  Speaking on his weekly radio program, the Chicago Roundtable, Hutchins observed that Leon Bloy, a French philosopher, had referred to “the Read more…

Anil Eklavya: An Easy Proof of Behaviourism

The Experiment Confirming that stimulus and reward change behaviour. Participant (Subject): Consent not necessary, as it avoids chances of bias. A Human Lab Rat Behaviour Waking up early based on the stimulus. Stimulus Holding a gun to the head of the participant and threatening to shoot him/her if they don’t wake up at the pre-decided Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Rush elections are like a non violent coup against public consciousness.

Ireland’s leader Leo Varadkar, has just announced snap election for February 8th?? that’s about 3 weeks, how does a legitimate public debate and campaign by opposition party’s have a proper chance to lodge an alternative to this self proclaimed ‘Government of Ireland’ who instead of getting any real progress on the fundamental outstanding problems people Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism

Back in 1941, the year of my birth, fascism stood on the brink of conquering the world.  During the preceding decades, movements of the Radical Right―mobilized by demagogues into a cult of virulent nationalism, racial and religious hatred, and militarism―had made great strides in nations around the globe.  By the end of 1941, fascist Germany, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons

Although today’s public protests against nuclear weapons can’t compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration’s nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Notes on a private TV newscast in Bolivia. The contrast with Venezuela is clear as day

In August, I took detailed notes a news broadcast on one of Venezuela’s largest TV networks. I summarized these notes in an interview I did with the Real News Network making the point that Venezuela’s private media (which reaches 60-90% of households) is remarkably free – most especially when you consider the US is openly Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Francisco Rodriguez answers some questions I asked about Venezuela

Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodriguez, formerly of Torino Economics, answered a few questions of mine about his country. He was the economic adviser to Henri Falcon, the second place finisher in the May 2018 presidential election. His updated estimate for 2019 is that Venezuela’s real GDP will contract by 25% . That’s horrific, but less severe Read more…

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