United States (GPA) – After months of statements in his presidential campaign that “safe zones” for refugees in Syria proposed by Hillary Clinton were likely to start World War Three, Donald Trump has apparently revived the idea. In an extended interview with…
With the election of Donald Trump, cities across the country have seen days of constant protest. Some of these protests have been joined by militant leftists and anarchists but they’re going to need more if this new movement is going to become long term and radical.
Over the weekend several reporters with The Fifth Column Network went to witness the protests outside Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in downtown Manhattan. We assumed the that by the time we arrived, hours after the protests started, only the most radical core of the groups would still be left behind the police barricades.
Instead what we found were hardcore Democrats shouting slogans such as “Who Cares? Obamacare” and “Michelle 2020.” These protesters were still under the illusion that the Democratic Party had their best interest at heart and had taken this message right into the belly of the beast – the home of US imperialism and both Trump and Clinton’s real support base – the financial capital of the world.
For 7 straight days now, major cities across the US have seen protests on a massive scale. The social unrest we’re seeing unfold over this last week is unprecedented, rivaled only by the civil right’s movement of the 1960’s. Low and behold, nothing major happens in this country without some outlandish conspiracy theory far behind it.
Liberals all over America are crying in the ice cream like Bridget Jones. They are buying the materials needed to build a bomb shelter if they aren’t making arrangements to move to Canada. Their depression is palpable. They speak in doom and gloom; thinking the world is going to end. There is a reason to do this. Ignorance, fear mongering, and failing to logically and correctly addressing the issues, brought you Trump.
You put on your headphones, covered your eyes, and refused to even acknowledge the issues, or talk to political adversaries. You gambled with narcissism and arrogance, and you lost. This result is a history lesson you need to study and memorize. Donald Trump should have never been elected, and wouldn’t be president if these mistakes weren’t made.
Increasing skepticism of the U.S. government can either lead to ugly conspiracy theorizing, or fuel a movement to bend the status quo.
The system is rigged.
Let’s be clear: the American political system favors the two major parties and our economic system favors the wealthy. The global system is similarly rigged in favor of powerful countries (such as the United States) and powerful economic actors (such as transnational corporations).
Pressure from human rights organizations like Oxfam to victims of the 9/11 attacks are helping erode the bond between these old political allies, but the results of this election season could squander our chance at change.
Congress recently passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) allowing families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue other governments, including Saudi Arabia, for possible damages.
Despite threats by the Saudi government to sell billions of dollars’ worth of their assets and reexamine the bilateral relationship with the U.S., Congress snubbed the monarchy and passed the bill, then overturned a presidential veto to it almost unanimously.
Washington sends over a billion dollars to Egypt every year. Will the next president demand a better human rights record in return?
The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. This third part discusses the future of bilateral relations with Egypt. See part one on Iraq and part two on Tunisia.
Louisiana’s shores are once again swelling to devour homes and businesses, streets and roads. Record flooding interrupted the lives of thousands, killing at least 13 in the process. As rescue operations continue, onlookers realize that climate change can’t be closeted anymore. Will this most recent lash from nature shake Americans into responding to the crisis? Or is nothing to be learned?
Over two feet of rainfall drowned Louisiana last week, emptying over just three days. The “historic flooding” was spawned after a low pressure system combined with record amounts of atmospheric water vapor, Washington Post reports. The disaster has displaced untold thousands, and killed around a dozen people. Those figures are expected to rise.
The cryptic hacker Guccifer 2.0 continues to pour forth a diverse stream of ever evolving democratic party leaks. After revealing the party’s favoring of Hillary Clinton, emails now disclose messages from the alcohol lobby. Give you one guess what about–opposition to cannabis reform.
Mary Jane’s medical and recreational success in Colorado has opened up the airwaves to all sorts of debate. Even those pushing to peel the plant’s schedule 1 status away were curious if it could integrate into society. Driving laws came into immediate question, and how to detect and handle stoned drivers.
It’s been an interesting summer for presidential candidate Jill Stein and Green Party supporters. Excitement has grown around the campaign as polling numbers and fundraising have been on the rise. Multiple attempts were made, albeit unsuccessful, to reach out to Bernie Sanders in an offer of collaboration. Stein even charmed her way into the Democratic Nation Convention before marching with protesters outside after Hillary Clinton was awarded the nomination.
This past week has certainly been no exception.
It started off with a disappointing announcement from a potential vice presidential candidate. In an attempt to garner more disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters, Dr. Stein had offered the spot to former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. However, even after being stripped of her convention credentials and denied the opportunity to speak at the DNC, Turner declined. She explained in an interview, “I’m going to keep fighting in the party, even though I’m disappointed. I’m a Democrat, and that’s worth fighting for”.
This week the New York Times revealed that the total number of primary votes cast for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump only account for about 9% of the US population. With so few voters responsible for the primary victories of two of history’s most disliked candidates it seems more people around the country are seeking out other, better options.
This disappointment in the two party system is beginning to show in a sudden unprecedented rise of America’s two major alternative political parties.
On the right, there have been voters jumping from the Republican ship since Donald Trump was clearly going to secure the nomination. There has always been a party for principled conservative voters but now it seems more than ever that the Libertarian party is finally seeing numbers high enough to make them a viable option.
Sanders intended on starting a political revolution, and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams – they are continuing on without him. Behind this unrest, not just on the Left, but the Right as well, is a sense that the political machine is rigged in the favor of the capitalist class – the rich. This is something that seems to be almost an intuition, something that was felt by everyone I spoke with. The rise of the Internet and independent media, as well as the obvious crumbling of the system as a whole, has pulled back the curtain and the machinery has been revealed. In a time when the young are facing crippling debt with few job opportunities, when technology has allowed everyone to see the discrimination and brutality that people of color face in their communities in real time, when the prisons are owned and operated by private entities seeking to incarcerate for profit, when the entire world seems to be at war with itself, and when the planet is spiraling rapidly into an unfixable cycle of climate change, the only answer many seem to have is to embrace any potential, any real change. Not ideology; desperation – a sense, right or wrong, that this could be the last chance, and they seem motivated to seize it.
Hacktivist Guccifer 2.0 strikes again, sending a steaming hot cache of DNC documents to WikiLeaks. While some documents indicate internal skepticism of the Iran agreements, others are more jarring. Leaks outline how DNC officials literally conspired against Senator Bernie Sanders’ run for president. These new leaks offer a panoramic view of the party’s augmentation of Clinton’s campaign, while exploiting the weakness of others.
At least some of the material to pertaining to the Iran agreements were sent to The Hill. The deal was mentioned in notes sent between DNC political consultancy partners discussing tactics. Certain politicians were described as “wobbly democrats” who wanted to “scratch this thing.” Other notes on immigration called the current congress “the most anti-immigration” by far.
Remember the Panama Papers leak..anyone?? If you do, then several African nations are amongst you. Obscure “customers” within their borders, according to leaks, were linked to offshore activities on the continent. Welcome to a new chapter of a forgotten scandal. It’s complete with inquiries pending and leaders questioned, topped off with journalists allegedly warned to stay away.
Mossack Fonseca, a firm center-piecing the Panama papers leak, sent business cards to several customers in Africa in 2010. According to ICIJ, the firm regarded the continent as “target territory”, filled with wealthy “customers”. However, since the leak–which outed everyone and everything from celebrities to military contractors–many of those customers have been questioned by African governments.