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Global Alert News – 05.13.17

The societal division between those  who are willing to face the truth, and those who are not, is widening by the day. The power structure is doing all it can to fuel increasing animosity on all sides of of the equation. The truth about vaccination dangers is finally surfacing, this will continue to be a major and growing societal flashpoint. The …

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All Together Now – 03.30.17

“Eleanor LeCain talks about engaging young people and connecting them to nature and conservation careers with Angelou Ezeilo, Founder & CEO of the Greening Youth Foundation, dedicated to working with diverse, underserved and underrepresented young people to encourage them to become enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewards, nurturing a connection between young people and nature, and helping them find pathways to careers in conservation.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  A racegoer shelters from the rain under a large Union Jack umbrella during Ladies Day at the Aintree Grand National meeting on April 13, 2012 in Aintree, England. Friday is traditionally Ladies day at the three-day meeting of the world famous Grand National, where fashion and dressing to impress is as important as the racing.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

BRIAN CLOUGHLEY – The Decline and Fall of Britain

It is sad to have to have to acknowledge that the country of one’s birth is in decline, but there are signs that Great Britain has fallen on the slippery slope of moral deterioration.  The recent surge in nationalistic jingoism and xenophobia in Britain is lamentable and obnoxious. In October the British Home Office reported that the number of racist …

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Nick Beams – IMF cuts growth forecasts for major economies

The International Monetary Fund has revised down its estimates for the US and other advanced economies for this year while maintaining its forecast for global growth as a whole at the low level of 3.1 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook report released yesterday. It said the major economies would grow by just 1.6 percent this year compared to …

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Jayati Ghosh – Backlash Against Trade Deals: The End of U.S.-Led Economic Globalisation?

There is much angst in the Northern financial media about how the era of globalisation led actively by the United States may well be coming to an end. This is said to be exemplified in the changed political attitudes to mega regional trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that was signed (but has not yet been ratified) …

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John Atcheson – Empire in Decline: When the Oligarchy Inherits the Wind

The unthinkable may well happen. The US may elect as President a racist, xenophobic, narcissistic, con man with no knowledge of policy or governance. As of now, Trump holds a slight lead over Clinton in the latest poll. Real progressives could be forgiven for feeling a healthy dose of schadenfreude, but then, schadenfreude is a bitter banquet if you’re all in the …

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Robert J. Burrowes – The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion. Ideology is the term widely used to describe the underlying set of values, myths, ideas, attitudes, beliefs and doctrine that shape the behavioral approach to political, economic, social, cultural and/or ecological activities of an individual or organization. This organization …

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Ivan Eland – NATO as an ‘Entangling Alliance’

With populism running wild in Europe and in the United States — the Brexit and American presidential candidate Donald Trump questioning U.S. alliances being just two obvious examples — suddenly people are asking the big questions about the future of Western institutions that should have been asked after the Cold War ended. Both the Brexit and Donald Trump seem to …

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George Monbiot – Roots in the Rubble

Let’s sack the electorate and appoint a new one: this is the demand made by MPs, lawyersand the four million people who have signed the petition calling for a second referendum. It’s a cry of pain, and therefore understandable, but it’s also bad politics and bad democracy. Reduced to its essence, it amounts to graduates telling non-graduates “we reject your democratic choice”. Were …

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Yanis Varoufakis – Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU

Leave won because too many British voters identified the EU with authoritarianism, irrationality and contempt for parliamentary democracy while too few believed those of us who claimed that another EU was possible. I campaigned for a radical remain vote reflecting the values of our pan-European Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25). I visited towns in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, seeking to convince …