NORMAN POLLACK – America: Banana Republic? Far Worse

Before the Inauguration, one was guarded about using the term “fascist” to describe America, as if slanderous and an exaggeration. No longer. It is not entirely Trump’s doing; Obama and his predecessors were creeping up to that point with each intervention, confrontation, weakening of civil liberties, drone attack, regime change—a whole catalogue of death, defiance, destruction. But it is Trump …

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Sarah van Gelder – After Trump’s Victory, Stand With Your Community

There will be much to unpack about what happened in this election and the implications of a Trump presidency. And there are lots of reasons to grieve about the things we hold dear. But I want to humbly suggest we do one thing before anything else. Some of us are in far more danger, now, than others. Start off right …

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Kiese Laymon – I’ll be so proud when my daughter is president and runs a corrupt oligarchy

Iwant my black American daughter to be president of the United States when she grows up – and to evade, at all costs, the question of whether a president of the United States of America can be morally just. I want her to wear boring outfits and pay white people to march in front of cameras after the debates and …

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Dr. Glen T. Martin – Hillary, Bernie, and the World Federalist Vision: Whom Should We Support?

There are people who think it would be great to have a women in the White House. But not all women embody the traits that we often associate with women. For example, psychologist Carol Gilligan, in her ground-breaking book In a Different Voice, argues that women emphasize relationships, caring, social cooperation, and harmony much more than men. [1] This may well …

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Deepa Kumar – It’s Not Just Hate Crimes: Islamophobia Is the Outgrowth of a Deeply Racist System

2015 was a horrific year for Muslims. Even CNN [3] noted that it “has been one of the most intensely anti-Muslim periods in American history.” The previous highpoint was 2010 during the so-called Ground Zero Mosque controversy when there were 53 attacks on mosques. In 2015 there were 63 incidents. What explains the rise of anti-Muslim racism almost a decade-and-a-half after the events …

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Roqayah Chamseddine – Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Islamophobia Campaign Is Nothing but Veiled Opportunism

Since the Paris attacks in November we’ve seen an alarming increase in cases of anti-Muslim abuse [3], from violent physical assaults to the firebombing of mosques. Despite this, inciteful political rhetoric has become more audacious and gone on to help develop a heightened state of hysteria. While the response of many right-wing political figures in the United States has been …

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Mahmoud El-Yousseph – What would Prophet Mohammad do to Trump?

Leading GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump calling for a “total and complete ban on Muslims entering the US” is the worst public insult directed against Muslims I have ever heard in 40 years of living in America. He has even suggested that American Muslims be required to register in a database and have their mosques be put under surveillance or …

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‘Off the Charts’ Violence Against Muslims Ravaging US Communities

From an attack on a hijab-wearing sixth grader in the Bronx to the arson of a mosque near Palm Springs, r eports of hate crimes targeting Muslims are more than troubling anecdotes, but rather, reflect a measurable nationwide rise in Islamophobic violence, according to two separate studies released this week. Researchers with the Center for the Study of Hate and …

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Matt Taibbi – It’s Too Late to Turn Off Trump

Some people in the news business are having second thoughts this week about their campaign strategy. They’re wondering if they created a monster in Donald Trump. The LA Times published a piece about how the tone of Trump’s TV appearances has changed, now that’s he’s fully out of the closet as an aspiring dictator, with his plans to ban all Muslims and …