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Drill Baby Drill: Donald Trump’s Sociopathic Gaze

Drill Baby Drill: Donald Trump’s Sociopathic Gaze

  • February 07, 2019
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There are many reasons why the rise of populist ethnonationalism and authoritarianism is bad news.   But one reason which tends to receive little attention is the impact of this phenomenon on the environment.

For some time now, we have become accustomed – too accustomed – to a relentless stream of alarming reports on the future of the planet.   Sometimes it comes in little snapshots.   It might be melting glaciers or rises in Carbon Dioxide emissions, such as the 2.7 percent rise in 2018.  It might be fires in Australia or polar vortexes in the US.

In...

Turning Point:  All the Young (Alt-Right) Dudes

Turning Point: All the Young (Alt-Right) Dudes

  • February 05, 2019
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As we sleepwalk towards the Brexit iceberg on 29 March, we should remember that the hardright ‘populists’  who have been dreaming of this outcome for so long don’t see it as an end, but as part of an ongoing process.

For some of them it’s a famous victory in a wider ethnonationalist assault on the international...

Donald Trump’s Lyin’ Eyes

Donald Trump’s Lyin’ Eyes

  • January 22, 2019
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If there’s one thing that has defined Donald Trump’s presidency more than anything else, it’s his startling propensity for lying.

According to the Washington Post‘s Fact Checker database, Trump has made 7, 645 ‘false or misleading claims’ since taking office.  Last October alone, the WP found that he said ‘1,200 things that were false or misleading.’

It...

2017: The Year of Lying Brazenly

  • December 28, 2017
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For connoisseurs of 21st century dystopian humour, there is a bleakly  amusing clip doing the rounds showing Pete Hoekstra, the US Ambassador to the Netherlands, apparently being well and truly hoist by his petard.   Hoekstra is a diplomat appointed by Trump and forged very much in the template of his master.    Asked by...

Trump’s Christmas Message

  • November 30, 2017
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This week the Trump non-presidency posted what may well go down in history as some of the weirdest photographs ever taken in the White House, featuring Melania Trump as the spirit of Christmas.   One of them shows the First Lady walking with a fixed grin through what looks alarmingly like a giant silver vagina,...

Trump Goes to Westphalia

  • September 20, 2017
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There is nothing entirely new under the sun when it comes to US presidents and US military power, at least since the end of World War II.  All American presidents, whatever their political inclinations, preside over a quasi-imperial system of military power that spends spends more than twice as much on the military as...

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