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"To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace."
––Tacitus

What Caused the United States’ Decline?
Tom Engelhardt, © The Nation
June 14, 2018

Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren’t so grim. If you look, you can find examples of this just about anywhere. Here, for instance, is a passage in The New York Times from a piece on the topsy-turvy Trumpian negotiations that preceded the Singapore summit. “The Americans and South Koreans,” wrote reporter Motoko Rich, “want to persuade the North that continuing to funnel most of the country’s resources into its military and nuclear programs shortchanges its citizens’ economic well-being. But the North does not see the two as mutually exclusive.”

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"Trump is a product of a seething populism and nationalism that is the driving political force."
––Stephen Bannon

American Nativism: From the Chinese Exclusion Act to Trump
LOUIS PROYECT, © Counterpunch
June 15, 2018

Since nativism is largely responsible for the election of Donald Trump, the left is obligated to understand its roots as well as the impact it is having on those who are its most visible victims. Two new documentaries will help us develop both the historical and personal dimensions of the great stain across the body politic that has existed almost since the beginning of what Robinson Jeffers called our “perishing republic”.

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"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more."
––Lord Byron

Scientists Find a “Whole Lot Of Bad News” in Latest Report on Rising CO2 Levels
DAN SPINELLI, © Mother Jones
June 12, 2018

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has never been higher, scientists at a prominent Hawaii observatory announced last week. This was the most recent environmental milestone in a year that has been marked by the Trump administration dismantling many Obama-era environmental policy initiatives. CO2 is especially significant because it traps heat in the atmosphere and is seen as being one of the primary contributors to global warming.

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"The administration of government, like a guardianship, ought to be directed to the good of those who confer, not of those who receive the trust."
––Marcus Tullius Cicero

Israeli Military Pushes Misleading Video in Attempt to Smear Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar
© Democracy Now
June 8, 2018