Category Archives: politics

Is Marco Rubio ‘far-right’?

These links certainly seem to think so: “[He] tacked to the far right in his Senate votes and his rhetoric.” HuffPost “Rubio Turns Hard Right” The Atlantic “Here are seven ways Rubio is far more extreme than other candidates” ThinkProgress … Continue reading

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Palestinian right of return: UN Resolution 194 and Israel’s ethnic nationalism

“refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return … Continue reading

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Words from Qamişlo after the 27 July massacre

These responses came from a YPG official in Qamişlo, Rojava, after the horrific Daesh (Isis/Isil) massacre of 27 July. What is life usually like in Qamişlo? Despite being a Kurdish city, Qamişlo also has an Arab, Assyrian and Syriac population. Although … Continue reading

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Trump the authoritarian

In January 2016, political scientist Matthew MacWilliams said: Trump’s electoral strength — and his staying power — have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations This assertion was backed up by an online poll of 1,800 Americans, which found that a belief in obedience to … Continue reading

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Trump the racist

When Donald Trump started out on his journey to become the Republican party’s presidential nominee, he made it very clear that he was more than prepared to push stereotypes about different ethnic (or religious) groups, saying (now quite infamously): When … Continue reading

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Trump the male chauvinist

Donald Trump, the man who owned the Miss Universe organisation for almost two decades, has become well known for his male chauvinist behaviour, including appearance-based insults and unwelcome romantic advances. He has been accused of treating women as “property” and has called breastfeeding … Continue reading

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Media criticism of Turkish State finally moving to the forefront

After the most recent terrorist attack on Turkish soil inspired or organised by Daesh (Isis/Isil) on 28 June, I once again highlighted the context of Ankara’s long-standing complicity with Wahhabi extremism – in anticipation of understated media attention on the current government in … Continue reading

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If the Democrats choose corporations over workers, Bernie will take the fight to the Convention

In spite of some concessions made to centre-left voters in the USA, the Democratic Party has shown it is unlikely to abandon its commitment to pro-corporate trade deals like the TPP. If this situation doesn’t change, Bernie Sanders says he will … Continue reading

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RATM members fighting the US establishment once more

Prophets of Rage is a new supergroup bringing together Chuck D from Public Enemy, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford from Rage Against the Machine (RATM). It has presumably been formed to encourage US citizens to hit the streets ahead of … Continue reading

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The Honduran State is still ordering the assassination of social activists

It is getting clearer and clearer that environmental activist Berta Cáceres was murdered by the State Continue reading

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