Cuba has denounced another aggressive move by the United States, October 1, to deny visas to the country’s delegation set to participate in the 57th meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Directing Council in Washington, The country’s Minister of Health, José Ángel Portal, was set to lead the group.
The U.S. State Department reported that it had imposed visa restrictions on officials linked to Cuba’s medical missions program abroad, which the Trump administration is determined to discredit by whatever means possible. Continue reading
Various proposals are currently being made for reforms to the existing electoral set up, such as different ways of counting the vote, caps on campaign spending, elimination of the Electoral College and its replacement with a direct vote for president. It is important to examine these proposals from a vantage point that is to the advantage of the people. That is, the existing relations of power keep the people out of power and preserve and protect the power of the rulers. Will proposals change these relations in favor of the people, or take steps in that direction? Or do they preserve the status quo? Continue reading
Hillary Clinton, in supporting impeachment of President Trump, said, “This occupant of the Oval Office poses a clear and present danger to our future, to our democracy.” Use of the phrasing “clear and present danger,” is commonly associated with justification for aggression abroad against an enemy that has not attacked but poses a “clear and present danger,” and for restricting freedom of speech in the name of war and countering espionage. It would appear Clinton and those she represents, including the intelligence agencies, favour both at this time. These agencies, like the military are supposed to remain neutral, so as not to compromise their loyalty to the Office of the President. They both instead have been openly interfering, as the norms of the existing arrangements break down. Continue reading
United actions in Washington, DC on March 30, 2019, 70th anniversary of NATO, stand against war
A main problem the U.S. ruling circles are trying to solve is preserving the U.S. and their rule in the face of intensifying conflicts among the factions vying for power, particularly control of the presidency. There is concern that Trump has been unable to unite the vying factions, especially the huge military bureaucracy, while also keeping the people dispersed and disempowered. In attempting to contend with these problems and unite the factions, some of the most powerful forces have joined together to establish the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. It is openly a means to bring together what are often called anti-war conservatives and liberal democrats. It is funded by billionaires George Soros, a big Clinton backer, and the Koch Brothers, Trump supporters and notorious for their anti-union and anti-people actions. Continue reading
Despite everything he does and says, media still call HBO host a ‘liberal’ | ALAN MACLEOD
Bill Maher rose from being an “edgy,” opinionated comedian to becoming one of the most influential and recognizable faces in our media. His political talk show, Real Time With Bill Maher, has been on HBO since 2003, spanning 17 seasons with over 500 episodes to date. Real Time continues to be one of the most popular shows on cable TV, drawing in more than 4 million viewers per episode, according to a new New York Times interview (9/30/19), which frames him as a straight-shooting satirist on an “antihypocrisy crusade,” with Maher presenting himself as the voice of liberals across the country fed up with PC culture. Certainly, he has a legion of dedicated, primarily Democrat-voting Baby Boomer and Generation X fans, who take seriously his every pronouncement. Continue reading
Interview with Dr Ivan Katchanovski, Ph.D.
How did a comedian-turned-President end up contributing to the beginning of a process of impeachment, so talked about but fairly rare in US politics? Feel free to expand in whichever direction you want.
The president of Ukraine and Ukraine overall are just playing cards in the US politics in the case of the impeachment process. The Democratic Party started playing this card after its hopes to impeach Donald Trump using the Russiagate scandal failed after the Mueller investigation did not prove Trump collusion with the Russian government and a conspiracy theory that Trump is a Russian agent was also debunked. The whistleblower report about the call between Volydmyr Zelensky and Trump was used to initiate impeachment proceedings even before the transcript of this call was made public. Continue reading
The discussion on the crisis in the US ruling circles is marked by an obtuse refusal on the part of the media to objectively examine the objective reality and the problems facing the current US system. They refuse to look at the realities of the political situation, especially the broad disaffection and discontent which exists, the need for political renewal, and even the realities of their own constitutional and electoral regime | JIM NAURECKAS of FAIR comments on the creation of a parallel universe”
Here’s a Doonesbury cartoon by Garry Trudeau from 1974: