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Andrew Schmookler – A Global Counter to the Global Rise of Fascism

As America enters the Age of Trump, it is important to recognize that what’s happening is not just about Trump, and not just about America. Forces kindred to Trump have lately been ascendant around the world. We see different manifestations of this same ascendant force that has borne Trump into the presidency in Putin’s Russia, in Erdogan’s Turkey, in Britain’s …

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MIKE LOFGREN – Maybe This Is How Democracy Ends

The election of Donald Trump has triggered as much wonderment abroad as it has in the United States. David Runciman, a professor of politics at the University of Cambridge, has written in the London Review of Books a provocative reflection on the nature of democracy in the age of Trump: “Is this how democracy ends?” There is much to praise …

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L) looks at European Council President Donald Tusk (R) as he delivers a speech during a joint press conference at the end of the 18th EU-Ukraine summit at the European Commission in Brussels on November 24, 2016.
The European Union's top officials hold a summit with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko amid fears about US President-elect Donald Trump's closeness to Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will press EU leaders to hold firm against Russia amid fears that US President-elect Donald Trump may ditch the Western coalition against Moscow.Poroshenko's summit with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union's top officials, will focus on political reforms demanded by Brussels.
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DAVID STERN – Ukrainians fall out of love with Europe

KIEV — “The video is funny because it’s so true,” says my Ukrainian teacher, Katrin Khalabuzar, during a recent lesson at a Kiev hipster café. I see why the video has struck a nerve with her and close to 50,000 other Ukrainians: It shows President Petro Poroshenko promising at various points that a deal to allow Ukrainians to travel to …

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Andrea Germanos – Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

Earth is “on the edge.” So declared the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Thursday, announcing that 2016 was the warmest year on record. The first global assessment of last year’s temperatures finds that 2016 broke the record set in 2015 by close to 0.2°C , with last year’s record having broken the record set in 2014. According to meteorologist …

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Dr Claudio Schuftan – Human Rights and Health Inequality. A Worldwide Phenomenon

THE MOST COMMON DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH INEQUALITY TRENDS AMONG AND WITHIN COUNTRIES IS THAT HEALTH INEQUALITIES ARE INCREASING: A CLEAR INFRINGEMENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHT TO HEALTH. This text is mostly abstracted from chapter 18 of the International Panel on Social Progress, 2016 -Inequality in health is a morally significant fact in itself. –A purely biomedical understanding of diminished health …

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos – Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the …

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James Forsyth – 2017: Europe’s year of rage

After the tumult of 2016, Europe could do with a year of calm. It won’t get one. Elections are to be held in four of the six founder members of the European project, and populist Eurosceptic forces are on the march in each one. There will be at least one regime change: François Hollande has accepted that he is too …

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Putin’s Real Long Game

A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was smoking a cigarette while we watched Southeast DC hipsters bustle by and talked about ‘the war’ — the big war, being waged by Russia against all of us, which …

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Ellen Brown – The Italian Banking Crisis: No Free Lunch – Or Is There?

It has been called “a bigger risk than Brexit”– the Italian banking crisis that could take down the eurozone. Handwringing officials say “there is no free lunch” and “no magic bullet.” But UK Prof. Richard Werner says the magic bullet is just being ignored. On December 4, 2016, Italian voters rejected a referendum to amend their constitution to give the …