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‘America First’ means nuclear superiority

By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR*

Indian Punchline (February 6) – The US president’s annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday February 5 adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on foreign policy received scant attention, restricted to his “agenda to protect America’s National Security.” Trump’s re-election bid for a second term in 2020 provided the backdrop. Continue reading

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Campaign to elect a war president for the United States (2): The danger of a hot civil war

The concern of open conflict within the military and other police agencies and between them and the presidency has been sharply evident in this election | Voice of Revolution*

050106-dc-demo-do-not-certify-33crop3At the September 7 “Commander-in-Chief” forum broadcast from an aircraft carrier stationed in New York City, Donald Trump went out of his way to say he had secured the support of 88 generals and admirals. Clinton also often comments on the support she has in the military and intelligence agencies. This public display of contention within the military and between the military and presidency is indicative of the difficulties the rulers face in preserving the union and preventing a hot civil war. The old arrangements, where Congress and political parties functioned and served to help resolve conflicts, no longer exist. Continue reading

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Campaign to elect a war president for the United States (1): The struggle for rights and an anti-war government

The U.S. election campaign is showing the deepening conflicts among the rulers and their inability to find a way out of their crises, and that U.S.-style democracy is in tatters at home and abroad. They hide their failures behind the slogan Make America Great Again – which only applies to the very, very few who benefit from its striving for world domination | TML Weekly

160418-buffalo-trump-059The U.S. presidential elections continue to reveal a ruling class with no solutions to key problems, especially those connected to the economy and questions of war and peace. Voters are broadly speaking angry with an electoral set-up that produces two candidates, Clinton and Trump, that the majority do not like or want as president. At an NBC Commander-in-Chief forum, the general issues of illegal U.S. aggression, drone warfare and torture – and ending them so as to contribute to peace – were not even addressed. Instead the focus was on the past, like Clinton’s emails and Trump’s regrets. Continue reading

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Anniversary of assassination of Malcolm X – Reflections on Malcolm X’s legacy

Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) at an outdoor rally, probably in New York City | Bob Parent/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) at an outdoor rally, probably in New York City | Bob Parent/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

By ISAAC SANEY

February 21, 2016 marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, who later took the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz after his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964. As a revolutionary internationalist and a leader of the Black liberation struggle, Malcolm X shaped and influenced a generation of Black activists, artists, revolutionaries and intellectuals. His impact has been profound and lasting. The anniversary of his assassination is, therefore, a time for serious contemplation on his legacy. Continue reading

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Imperialist geography: Ussians invent new countries and teaches them to live right

By ELENA KOSOLAPOVA

Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located in Central Asia. For 12 years, the country was unique in the world in hosting both US and Russian military bases. But in 2014, the US closed its air base - established in 2001 to support operations in Afghanistan. President Almazbek Atambayev had refused to renew the lease. The US then began to complain about its lack of democracy.

Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located in Central Asia. For 12 years, the country was unique in the world in hosting both US and Russian military bases. But in 2014, the US closed its air base – established in 2001 to support operations in Afghanistan. President Almazbek Atambayev had refused to renew the lease. The US then began to complain about its lack of democracy.

Baku, Azerbaijan (Jan. 9) – One of the US leading newspapers, The New York Times, has recently published an article mentioning a Central Asian country called “Kyrbekistan.”

Later, the newspaper’s editorial staff apologized for the error, explaining that the matter rested in Kyrgyzstan.

Of course, everybody can make typos, even journalists of such an authoritative newspaper as The New York Times. Continue reading

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Graphic details. US State Department’s imperialist geography

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In the event of a Belarusian invasion of Ukraine, the 6th US Fleet will immediately be deployed to the shores of landlocked Belarus.

By TONY SEED

It is all too reminiscent of former prime minister Jean Chrétien trying to convince the Canadians in 2001 that the deployment of the Canadian navy to the Indian Ocean as part of the Anglo-American invasion of landlocked Afghanistan was done to fight the Taliban. And like current Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird, who thinks the capital of Syria is Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki reveals a certain gap of knowledge of the countries targeted by US warmongering. Continue reading

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American exceptionalism and Iran: US is not ‘the world’

warner-ifillSometimes it’s the little things that say a lot. And when PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill and correspondent Margaret Warner (11/5/14) were discussing  various consequences of the midterm elections, this part caught my ear: Continue reading

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US college graduates don’t know history. And this is news to whom?

American exceptionalism: Study finds most colleges don’t require core subjects like history, government 

A majority of U.S. college graduates don’t know what the Emancipation Proclamation was, the length of a congressional term, or which general led the American troops at Yorktown during the revolutionary war of independence from British colonialism.

The reason for such failures, according to a recent study: Few schools mandate courses in core subjects like U.S. government, history or economics. The sixth annual analysis of core curricula at 1,098 four-year colleges and universities by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that just 18 per of schools require American history to graduate, 13 per cent require a foreign language and 3 per cent economics.

– See more at Wall Street Journal (requires subscription)

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America has no claim to global dominance

Pax America

In his address to the United Nations president Obama said of the United States of America: “We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, and we are prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come. Join us in this common mission, for today’s children and tomorrow’s…” So, what sort of claim does America have to global domination? VoR’s Dmitry Linnik hosts a discussion.

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American social mobility is a myth

You can be anything you want to be – heartwarming U.S. folk saying

Business Insider – A STUDY released in March by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco reports that nearly half (44 per cent) of American adults who are in the bottom 20 per cent in income were born to parents who were also in the bottom 20 per cent; nearly half (45 per cent) of adults in the top 20 per cent had parents who were also in the top 20 per cent. Most Americans who were born in the middle 60 per cent had parents who were also born in the middle 60 per cent.

If you were born in the bottom 20 per cent, your chances of ending up in the top 20 per cent are about one in 20 – or 5 per cent.

If you were born in the top 20 per cent, your chances of ending up in the bottom 20 per cent are about one in 20 – or 5 per cent.

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Graphic details. US rich get richer

What the chart does not show is that the increasing wealth of the rich monopolies, some of them headquartered in Canada, is also being plundered from the sweat and toil of the peoples of Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. – TS

Source: Working America

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American exceptionalism

The Americans, in their intercourse with strangers, appear impatient of the smallest censure and insatiable of praise. . . . They unceasingly harass you to extort praise, and if you resist their entreaties they fall to praising themselves. It would seem as if, doubting their own merit, they wished to have it constantly exhibited before their eyes. – Alexis de Tocqueville

 

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The way they speak in the USA – ‘with God on our side’

A RECENT SPEECH by republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney proclaiming his belief in American exceptionalism led Andrew Bacevich in a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed titled “America: With God on Our Side” to marvel at how entrenched the doctrine is in American politics.[1] Where do political and religious people get the notion that God has reserved a special destiny for the United States? “The Hebrew Bible provides no evidence to support this proposition,” writes Bacevich, a practicing Roman Catholic. – “Nor do the teachings of Jesus Christ and his disciples.” – “Yet the American Bible incorporates a de facto Third Testament, which validates this assertion of American uniqueness. That testament, fashioned from a carefully tailored rendering of the 20th century, recounts the story of a new chosen people serving as God’s instrument of salvation, leading humankind onward to the promised land.” Continue reading

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