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  • Torture, Rendition, And Indefinite Detention Under Trump Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars ― under the banner of a “Global War on Terror” ― they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition, and indefinite detention became the order of the day. After a partial suspension of these policies in the ...
  • Unless The Government Acts Soon, Fake News Will Produce Deep Information Inequality Computational propaganda flourished during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but what is most concerning is not so much the amount of fake news on social media but where it might have been directed.  False information didn’t flow evenly across social networks. There were six states where Donald Trump’s margin of victory was less than two percent ― Florida, Michigan, ...
  • What Trump And Xi Can Learn From The Athens Vs. Sparta Rivalry At this week’s Mar-a-Lago summit, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are expected to negotiate a host of urgent issues, from trade terms and currency manipulation to the South China Sea and ― most importantly ― North Korea. But do not be surprised if their discussion takes a turn toward ancient Greece. That is because Xi is ...
  • How The Democrats Lost West Virginia And The Coal Miners To Trump “C’mon, fellas. You know what this is? You know what this says? You’re going back to work.” ― Donald Trump on signing an executive order to reverse the Obama Administration’s rules on coal, March 28, 2017. Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964 buried Barry Goldwater in West Virginia, 67.9 percent to 32.1 percent. By 2016, Trump completely ...
  • The World Is Testing Trump President Donald Trump now faces multiple foreign policy situations which could easily become full-blown crises in a very short time. So far, his response has been rather underwhelming, and even that’s being charitable. Some might describe it as downright incoherent, in fact. While this isn’t too surprising for those who have been paying attention, this ...
  • An Opportunity To Bridge: Courageous Conversations And Collective Action “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” These powerful words were shared by my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and are distinctly relevant to where humanity finds ourselves today. We are faced with the ...
  • Bannon Gets High Negative Rating Before NSC Removal As pundits and Washington insiders ponder President Trump’s removal of chief strategist Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council, one thing is clear: Bannon has become a familiar name to many and is unpopular among Americans who known him. A SurveyMonkey poll of adults nationwide shows twice as many rate Bannon unfavorably (42 percent) as favorably ...
  • Five Awesome Things About Consent #SAAM Despite the irony, Donald Trump has officially declared April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The unfortunate reality is this month is needed because sexual violence and abuse still play a major role in societies across the globe. Just this week, The New York Times dropped a report detailing Bill O’Reilly’s history of settling sexual ...
  • Outraged? Pink Hats, Protest And #Resistance Don’t Mean A Thing If You Don’t Vote “Demonstration without good legislation ends in frustration. To get good legislation you need to be in majorities. You gotta win elections.” ― Rep. Keith Ellison Every American remotely interested in what’s going on in this country likely conducts a ritual similar to this at the beginning of their day: They rise, get ready as needed for their particular ...
  • Mitch McConnell’s Nuclear Decision When President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, I said that he deserved a fair hearing and a vote. I said this even though Senate Republicans filibustered dozens of President Obama’s judicial nominees and then stopped President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. That decision to deny Judge ...
  • My iPhone Is My Egypt What is your Egypt? The people, the food and the storytelling are what I love most about the Passover seder I go to, but I also really like the updates to the ritual. We spill drops of wine as we name the ten Biblical plagues, but we count off ten modern plagues as well, like hunger ...
  • The Looming End To The Western-Turkish Alliance The growing tension between Turkey and its Western allies, which was further heightened during the Obama administration, is narrowing the space for cooperation between the two sides and in fact is progressively worsening. Erdogan’s hope that he and President Trump would improve their ties as members of NATO has dramatically diminished. Washington and the EU ...
  • What The Final Season Of ‘Girls’ Gets Right About Life In Your Mid-Late 20s This post was originally published on Forever Twenty Somethings by Samantha Matt. Is it me or has this been the best season of ‘Girls’ so far? With a missing Shoshanna and a flaky Jessa, you would think the show would be boring only really highlighting the lives of Hannah and narcissistic Marnie, but surprisingly it has ...
  • The Rich Line Up At The White House ATM Some of the latest hooey uttered by White House press secretary Sean Spicer — the man from whom a seemingly bottomless wellspring of hooey flows — was his pronouncement the other day that having so many fabulously wealthy men and women working in the White House is a good and wondrous thing. “The president has brought ...
  • This Is Why Our Generation Doesn’t Believe In Settling Down Originally written by Allie Braun via Unwritten. We are a crazy generation. We self-acknowledge that fact, the older generations call us crazy, and the younger generations might be trying to be an inch crazier. And maybe each new up and coming generation will think the same thing about themselves or even be called crazy by us ...
  • Talk Of Repeal Alone Could Lead Obamacare To ‘Explode’ What happens when a president is willing to let the health care system he is now responsible for, in his own words, ‘explode’? Rhetoric from the Trump administration that they will “let” Affordable Care Act marketplaces fail along with lack of interest in taking measures to keep insurers in its exchanges, compounded with renewed talks by ...
  • News Roundup for April 5, 2017 News is for suckers. So suck it up. 1. The UN is calling an emergency meeting about Tuesday’s gas attack in Syria. The gas might be sarin, the banned nerve gas which killed over 1,000 Syrian people in 2013. More here. 2. Ivanka Trump uses semantics to defend her active role in President Trump’s horrific erosion ...
  • ‘S-Town’ As Sessions Town: Revealing The Alabama World Of Native Son Jeff Sessions At the apex of the current podcast rankings is a bizarrely fascinating narrative winding its way back in time through Southern inhospitality, decrepit Dixie dreams, and forlorn frustration. The story of John B. McLemore unfolds around the sleepy town of Woodstock, Alabama, sandwiched between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. For the average listener in a place far removed from ...
  • Everyone Says Neil Gorsuch Would Be ‘Just Like Scalia,’ And For Women, That’s The Problem By Nan Aron, Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kierra Johnson, and Tracy Sturdivant In Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump has chosen a Supreme Court successor who’s such a close replica of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, some analysts call him Scalia 2.0. On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that ideally, his first Court nominee “would be ...
  • Cooking Off the Cuff: Home-fried Potatoes – If Home is Trieste During our recent – and too brief – visit to Trieste, Italy, Jackie and I ate pork and sauerkraut at the well-known Buffet da Pepi. As I said in a HuffPost travel post a few days ago, we also ate the local version of home-fried potatoes, patate in tecia (tecia being Triestino for frying pan). ...