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Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Mar 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Lauren McCauley In their frenzied effort to strong-arm support for the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a vote on Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have officially made the Republican plan even worse. Trump issued a stark ultimatum to wavering House Republicans late Thursday,...

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mar 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Sanders’ message about the ravages of runaway inequality hit home because it is true. By Les Leopold Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country with 61 percent approving, while only 32 percent disapproving, according to a March 15 Fox News poll. The Sanders 29 plus percent...

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Mar 14, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has...

Venezuela’s silenced voices

Venezuela’s silenced voices

Mar 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The harsh treatment of political opposition in society, and the forms of torture that await them in the country’s overcrowded prisons, is a worrying sign for the year ahead in Venezuela. By Cecile Rossi 2016 was an eventful year for Maduro’s presidency and his opposition. In January, the Democratic Unity Table (MUD),...

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Mar 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate US President Donald Trump is finally getting down to the hard work of trying to please his blue-collar supporters and his administration’s resident plutocrats. The results so far are as incoherent as the electoral coalition that brought him to power. By Project Syndicate Donald Trump’s economic-policy agenda during the 2016 US...

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Mar 12, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Aline Piva, Research Fellow, Head of the Brazil Unit at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs “The Rule of Law is a multi-faceted ideal, but most conceptions give central place to a requirement that people in positions of authority should exercise their power within a constraining framework of public norms rather than on the basis...

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Wachtel BISHKEK – The series of terrorist attacks that have struck Turkey over the last year are sending the country – once viewed as a democratic, secular model for the Middle East – into a death spiral at the very moment when its people are to vote on a new constitution next month. Tourism – which previously...

What I heard from 100 Trump supporters

What I heard from 100 Trump supporters

Mar 8, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy “You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking us, refusing to listen to us. It’s Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down.” By Sam Altman After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and...

GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy

GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Mar 7, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Deirdre Fulton The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “will do active harm to millions of people, particularly low-income people and seniors;” includes tax breaks for wealthy insurance CEOs; and is generally “a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close...

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