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- How COVID-19 reshapes our views of life, and of loss May 26, 2020
- Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain | Common Dreams Views May 26, 2020
- Fauci Urges Trump to Remain on Golf Course Until Pandemic Is Over | The New Yorker May 26, 2020
- The decade climate change was baked in May 26, 2020
- WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate i… | E-Library May 26, 2020
- Fleeing climate change — the real environmental disaster | DW Documentary May 25, 2020
- World Meteorological Organization Report: The Global Climate in 2015 – 2019 May 25, 2020
- Largest food bank in U.S. stretched thin amid coronavirus pandemic May 25, 2020
- Middle-class Americans queue at food banks as US unemployment hits 38 million – BBC News May 25, 2020
- Donald Trump delivers Memorial Day address, returns to golf course May 25, 2020
- Inside the Rohingya Refugee Crisis | Between Us May 25, 2020
- Coronavirus cases have exploded in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy May 25, 2020
- Public Events | cambridgeforum – Webinar – 29 May 2020 – 2:00pm EST May 25, 2020
- Expect something close to an exodus from expensive, large cities: Redfin CEO May 25, 2020
- Why 42% of coronavirus-related job losses will be permanent: Economist May 25, 2020
- Working Woman Testifies About Reality Of Poverty In The U.S. | NowThis May 25, 2020
- How People Are ‘Dying of Whiteness’ Amid COVID-19 | Opinions | NowThis May 25, 2020
- Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green | NowThis May 25, 2020
- Explore unknown pathogens, avoid disease outbreaks: Chinese researcher’s task May 25, 2020
- Compassion During Coronavirus: How Is Your Community Responding to COVID-19? May 25, 2020
- What would a second wave look like? | CNBC Explains May 25, 2020
- Americans ignore physical distancing advice over Memorial Day weekend May 25, 2020
- Thousands in Hong Kong protest China’s national security bill May 25, 2020
- Efforts underway to get food from farms to needy May 25, 2020
- Yanis Varoufakis: What Comes After Capitalism | DiEM25 May 25, 2020
- Ancient Art in Holy Land Sardinia Syria Cappadoce 1887 Perrot lovely illustrated leather book May 24, 2020
- YOU are in a New Global Crisis – but Don’t Know It (w/ Richard Wolff) May 24, 2020
- LIVE: Food Rebellion with Toby & Dora May 24, 2020
- Health Experts Warn Of Looming Coronavirus Eruption In Red States May 24, 2020
- Chair Of Walker River Paiute Tribe Send Message To Trump On COVID | NowThis May 24, 2020
- Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism May 24, 2020
- The Coming Transformation of Educational Systems World-wide | EV & N 346 | CCTV May 24, 2020
- Actress Lori Loughlin, Husband Sentenced To Prison In College Admissions Scandal May 24, 2020
- Today: COVID, Climate Change and Conflict Resolution May 24, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — May 22, 2020 May 24, 2020
- How the U.S. is Failing People of Color During the Pandemic | Amanpour and Company May 23, 2020
- How American Exceptionalism is Exacerbating the Pandemic | Amanpour and Company May 23, 2020
- Greta Thunberg holds digital conversation on Earth Day May 23, 2020
- Children’s Hospital Doctor Is ‘Convinced’ Inflammatory Syndrome In Children Is Related To COVID-19 – YouTube May 23, 2020
- COVID-19 has exposed “the corpse of neoliberal policy” in India May 23, 2020
- Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos (full film) | FRONTLINE May 23, 2020
- Socially Distant Orchestra plays “Jupiter” in 360° May 23, 2020
- COVID-19 Drives Health Care Tech Innovation in Ghana May 23, 2020
- The Point: U.S. threatens to defund WHO May 23, 2020
- U.S. deployed over 200 military biological laboratories across the world May 23, 2020
- Bolsonaro minimizes COVID-19 surge in Brazil, promotes hydroxychloroquine May 23, 2020
- Brazil records world’s second highest number of COVID-19 cases May 23, 2020
- Mike Davis: Workers Face “Sophie’s Choice” Between Income & Health as 50 States Reopen Amid Pandemic May 23, 2020
- Why the Merkel-Macron ‘Eurobond’ announcement isn’t what it seems: our view | DiEM25 May 23, 2020
- Yanis Varoufakis with Professor Noam Chomsky at NYPL, April 16, 2016 | DiEM25 May 23, 2020
Daily Archives: July 9, 2019
Under its current leadership the United States is rapidly becoming a ‘banana republic’ — without any bananas. Increasing signs of this transformation are apparent and pervasive. The “free press” is a “free-market press,” and therefore substantially controlled by large corporations seeking favorable treatment from corrupted government agencies with the aim of building their respective market share and commercial dominance. They no longer serve the citizen’s interests — vital in any democracy — to know and learn about the world around them so that they can make informed decisions determining their own future. Instead the public is “sold” the news that serves the interests of dominant corporations and the advancement of political control by the corporate-state.
The courts have been stacked with judges who political appointees approved by a supine Senate beholden for the financing for their increasingly expensive public relations campaigns in periodic plebiscites. No where else in the world are putatively “free elections” so expensive, effectively eliminating any candidates who cannot marshal millions upon millions of dollars to launch a “bid” for office.
The respect for “civil rights and “human rights” under the current administration has sunk to historically low levels, as international organizations have observed and the public daily witnesses the rise of overt racism and the construction of concentration camps for political refugees along its boarders.
The conduct of international relations has deteriorated to the level of the brazen disrespect for international law, the unilateral abrogation of treaties and the fitful use of bluster, intimidation and military-economic coercion for the advancement of selected corporate entities and military contractors that have proven faithful contributors to the dominant families in power. Family members of the President have been placed in key government advisory and policy roles for which they are manifestly incompetent, leading many foreign Ambassadors to comment on the ineptness and shocking ignorance of the current American diplomats.
All of this has taken place with the sycophantic subservience of a scandalous “party system” and a notoriously arcane and corrupted series of disjointed electoral procedures that have been infiltrated and manipulated by foreign powers who effectively succeed in promoting candidates of their own choosing. In a “winner-takes-all” system this means foreign entities — either state actors or powerfully wealthy private interests have proved that they can effectively control the U.S. political system.
Perhaps most ominous feature of this unmitigated trend of moving to the status of a ‘banana republic’ is that it is a pattern that is being repeated around the world from Turkey to the Philippines and Egypt to Hungary. This is particularly troubling because the U.S. has lost its stature of global respect as an effective voice for the moral high ground in human affairs or even as a credible mediator in conflicts that are multiplying around the world.
It is not clear as yet whether any other nation-state will fill this gap in global leadership or whether more nations will follow the U.S. path in its tragic collapse of vision and moral leadership. For the moment the most positive reaction to these spiraling trends towards the proliferation of ‘banana republics’ around the world appears to be the global reaction of youth who are demonstrating, fighting for and demanding a just, equitable and survivable future for the global climate and all life-support systems around the world.
- Before All the World the Youth Challenge the Fatal Myopia, Greed & Childishness of the Trump Generation
as well as related stories: Greta Thunberg (background information)
It remains to be seen whether collectively the youth can mobilize new forms of collective action and determination — like that demonstrated by the college-aged students in Hong Kong — to unite with one another to save the planet from those currently in dominant “leadership” positions in institutions and political systems around the world.
New China TV
Published on Jul 9, 2019
You’ve heard of fish tanks, and you’ve heard of gardens…but have you ever heard of putting those two things together?
Published on Aug 10, 2015
Robert Reich explains 3 myths about the economy.
Published on Jul 9, 2019
On Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech about the environment, just moments after Washington, D.C. experienced one of the heaviest rainfalls on record. But rather than talk about leading the country forward, Trump derided progress by making absurd and completely false claims that plans like the Green New Deal would somehow harm minorities and poor people. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains why Trump’s claims have no basis in reality.
Published on Dec 1, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As an industry insider, Alan Lewis knows just how badly the food system is broken. In this high energy TEDx talk, Alan reveals the sophisticated methods used by the food industry “fibberati” to manipulate, deceive and distract us. If you have ever read a food label and felt you were being lied to, you have felt the “dark mark” of the fibberati. We can resist these nefarious tactics by making conscious food choices based on core values that support a sustainable and just food system.
Alan directs Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food chain operating over 85 stores in fifteen states. He is active in many trade organizations and sits on the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council. His focus is on communicating with local and federal policy makers using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive — except for tonight. He has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed a keen appreciation for the variables of agriculture production and food systems within different geographic, cultural and economic contexts.