background preloader

Political Science

Facebook Twitter

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked. “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.”

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

Alex Younger, head of MI6, December, 2016 “It’s not MI6’s job to warn of internal threats. It was a very strange speech. Was it one branch of the intelligence services sending a shot across the bows of another? Or was it pointed at Theresa May’s government? In June 2013, a young American postgraduate called Sophie was passing through London when she called up the boss of a firm where she’d previously interned. “That was before we became this dark, dystopian data company that gave the world Trump,” a former Cambridge Analytica employee who I’ll call Paul tells me.

Was that really what you called it, I ask him. Why would anyone want to intern with a psychological warfare firm, I ask him. Russia's US Social Media Hacking: Inside the Information War. Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech. Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on iTunes here. | Subscribe via Stitcher.

Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech

When President Donald Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas trip little more than a week ago, he surprised and disappointed European allies who hoped—and expected—he would use his speech to explicitly reaffirm America’s commitment to mutual defense of the alliance’s members, a one-for-all, all-for-one provision that looks increasingly urgent as Eastern European members worry about the threat from a resurgent Russia on their borders. Story Continued Below That part of the Trump visit is known. What’s not is that the president also disappointed—and surprised—his own top national security officials by failing to include the language reaffirming the so-called Article 5 provision in his speech. National security adviser H.R. AP FACT CHECK: Attack draws visceral Trump tweets, not facts. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad.

AP FACT CHECK: Attack draws visceral Trump tweets, not facts

The latest deadly London attacks, like one in the Philippines last week, prompted visceral reactions from Trump instead of statements shaped by the findings of the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic apparatus. He got ahead of the facts emerging in Britain’s chaos Saturday and got it wrong in the Philippines case, calling the episode there a “terrorist attack” when it was not. A look at some of his weekend tweets about the London attack and rhetoric that came from the president and his aides about climate change and more last week: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it. Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent.

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. To understand what is coming, we need to understand who they are. I know all too well, because I have spent the past 15 years fighting them. Over this time, I have watched as tobacco, coal, oil, chemicals and biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into an international misinformation machine composed of thinktanks, bloggers and fake citizens’ groups. America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People. Photo Credit: Shutterstock This post originally appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, professor emeritus of economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. We-are-witnessing-first-global-alliance-far-right-parties-1930s?akid=15432.2542277. Photo Credit: Ernest Morales / Flickr Political parties on the far right are today enjoying a surge of support and access to government power that they have not experienced since their heyday in the 1930s.

we-are-witnessing-first-global-alliance-far-right-parties-1930s?akid=15432.2542277

This phenomenon is particularly striking in Europe, where massive migration, sluggish economic growth, and terrorism have stirred up zealous nationalism and Islamophobia. In France, the National Front―founded in 1972 by former Nazi collaborators and other right-wingers employing anti-Semitic and racist appeals―has tried to soften its image somewhat under the recent leadership of Marine Le Pen. Nevertheless, Le Pen’s current campaign for the French presidency, in which she is one of two leading candidates, includes speeches delivered against a screen filled with immigrants committing crimes, jihadists plotting savage attacks, and European Union (EU) bureaucrats destroying French jobs, while she assails multiculturalism and promises to “restore order.”

Hate Speech International. The Europeans and the Americans differ on how they distinguish between hate speech and free speech.

Hate Speech International

Nenad Zivanovski José Clemente Orozco, El demagogo, 1946. In the Mexican public domain. Any discussion of the relationship between freedom of expression and hate speech in a democracy raises a series of polemical questions: Are the two in conflict? Does the right to free expression include the right to offend? The American right to freedom of expression is expansive, and is often extended to include hate speech. Assad’s far-right Europe corps? Um, Why Is No One Talking About Trump Wanting to Reorganize the Government? I get that we're all tied up in discussing the scrap of tax forms that were leaked by someone who is totally not Donald Trump (wink), the Republican health care plan that is like Stupidity fucked Cruelty who then gave birth to it, the skeevy as hell China deals being done by, apparently, everybody associated with Family Trump, and, just today, the president's promise to, and I think this is a quote, "Fuck the climate like it's the asshole of a hundred-ruble whore in Moscow.

Um, Why Is No One Talking About Trump Wanting to Reorganize the Government?

" But one other thing has gone down this week that perhaps bears a word or two. Like a gathering of albino weasels, Trump had his first cabinet meeting on Monday. It’s Time for a Bluexit. Some folks here in self-supporting America like to believe that there must be a way to bring you back to your senses and to restore rational government, if not liberal ideals, sometime in the foreseeable future.

It’s Time for a Bluexit

Everyone seems to have an answer for how to do this. Every day another earnest little homily finds its way to me over my internet transom: “Think locally, act globally,” or “Make art and fight the power,” or the old Joe Hill standby—“Don’t mourn. Organize.” To which I say: Don’t organize. Louise Mensch: the former British MP who scooped US media on Trump's Russian ties.

In the journalistic race to get to the bottom of one of the most closely guarded secrets in Washington – the investigation into the Trump team’s contacts with Moscow – one of the biggest scoops came from an unexpected source: the British former MP and novelist Louise Mensch.

Louise Mensch: the former British MP who scooped US media on Trump's Russian ties

Mensch has lived in New York since resigning as the Conservative MP for Corby in 2012 so that she could spend more time with her children and her American husband, Peter, the manager of the heavy metal band Metallica. President Trump's Russia Connections Will Be Exposed. The lines of conflict are now clear and precisely defined. The combatants are both experienced and well-heeled enough to engage in prolonged hostilities, with no quarter given and none taken. The Washington Post and The New York Times are clearly in an old-fashioned newspaper war with each other over the story of Russian influence in American politics, and specifically Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and in the now-listing hulk of an administration that the election produced.

And we are all the better for the battle that's raging. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below On Tuesday night, it was the Times' turn to fire a broadside. But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. And here's a giant surprise. Hey Bernie Supporters — Stop Forcing Democrats to Agree to the Lie that the Primary Was Rigged. By Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams Recently, Tom Perez felt compelled to go along with (but later retracted) the lie that the Democratic primary was “rigged” against Bernie Sanders.

Mike Flynn, the Logan Act, and Russia's Influence on the United States - The Atlantic. Stop talking about the Logan Act. It was not the violation of this antique and ignored piece of anti-Jacobin legislation that has touched off the biggest foreign-policy scandal since Watergate. Nobody would care if an incoming national security adviser had confidential conversations with an ambassador of a hostile foreign government before Inauguration Day, if it were believed that the conversations served a legitimate and disinterested public purpose. But that is exactly what is doubted in this case. Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump's nightmare has just begun. Cast your mind back to four months ago, when Donald Trump was just a long-shot candidate with a hot-headed adviser by the name of Michael Flynn.

It was the homestretch of the presidential election and national security wasn’t some side issue, mentioned in passing. Trump promised he would be a tough national security president with the toughest national security team. In fact, one of his favorite arguments was that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with the country’s national security because, he claimed, she couldn’t be trusted with her private email server. Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Relatives of people killed in the raid gather in one of the decimated houses. Photo by Nasser al Sane Planned for months, it was decided over dinner. The raid on a village in rural Yemen reportedly aimed to capture or kill one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and deliver a stinging blow to al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), a militant network the US had been trying to dismantle for more than a decade.

The collection of small brick houses in Yemen’s dusty central region was home to civilian families as well as militants and was heavily-guarded, meaning a precise, well-practiced operation was paramount. Trump’s two-year presidency. Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long. Give Trump A Chance. 00:00:00John Donvan: Hi, Bob. Steve Bannon Wants To Start World War III. What does Stephen Bannon really believe? New Poll Shows How Embarrassingly Ignorant Trump Supporters are About Facts. What do Trump voters think of his performance so far? Since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th US president on January 20, his actions have sparked global protests and concern.

His executive order to halt all refugee entries for 120 days, suspend admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely and block for three months most travellers from the Muslim-majority nations of Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen sparked a legal battle and nationwide demonstrations. Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans. Ken Miller Crunch Network Contributor Ken Miller is an investor, writer and advisor to several technology companies and venture capital firms. Previously he was an executive at PayPal and Intuit, and early advisor to Square. These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences - The Atlantic. Earlier this month, Jonathan Martin jotted off a sad tweet. Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort.

Torsten Silz/Getty Images. A Newsweek reporter is suing the federal government to learn how it vetted Trump's advisers for security clearances — Quartz. As Donald Trump lunches with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, reportedly to talk about the future of global trade, it’s worth assessing whether or not the new US president will really attempt to renegotiate an important trade pact closer to home: the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada, and Mexico. NAFTA, since it already governs a significant share of economic activity, matters much more than Trump’s decision to officially pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a not-yet-sealed deal that looked unlikely to come into force regardless of who won the US election.

The Two Kinds of Trump Voters. The complete list of all 33 false things Donald Trump has said as president so far. U.S. President Donald Trump makes frequent false claims about matters big and small. Directly From Steve Bannon's Breitbart: The Connection Between the Alt-Right, Trump & Russia. Half a Million Romanian Protesters Push Government to Scrap Corruption Bill. Arthur Browne: The devil in Donald Trump. Could a General Strike Against Trump Actually Work? - VICE. Dangerous incompetence: Trump did not know the EO he signed put Bannon on National Security Council. The Data That Turned the World Upside Down - Motherboard. The Maoism of Donald Trump. Is Donald Trump a Populist Authoritarian? - The Atlantic - The Atlantic. Paul Gottfried, the Jewish Godfather of the 'Alt-Right' Interaction between government, public has dwindled under Donald Trump. Newyorker. Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump's First Week - The Atlantic.

Adolf Hitler : "Wait Calmly" Donald Trump's Authoritarian Playbook - The Atlantic - The Atlantic. Trump Just Removed White Supremacist Groups From Terror Watch Program. Trump’s Crony Cabinet May Look Strong, But They Are Scared - BillMoyers.com. A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: Nonviolence and Pacifism Part I (by Jonathan McRay) How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps. Donald Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history. This election will boomerang on Trump voters. Trump's bungling cripples his national security team right out of the gate. Trump's bungling cripples his national security team right out of the gate. The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats. U.S. Senate Committee On The Budget. Trump Intelligence Allegations. Blue State Voters Subsidize Southern Red State Voters, Not the Other Way Around.

ELECTOR OBJECTIONS - pCloud. Trump and the Flawed Nature of US Democracy: An Interview With Noam Chomsky. Log In. Log In. Updated: Why are people surprised when a dysfunctional community votes against their self-interests? How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World. Political Polarization in the American Public. 9 questions about the UN vote on Israeli settlements you were too embarrassed to ask. From Afghanistan to Syria: Women’s Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA - BSNEWS. Untitled. Why People Enthusiastically Vote for Counterproductive Policies - The Atlantic.

Fake-news-claims-conservatives-mainstream-media- Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying 7 Techniques to Control the Media. A Deeper Look at the Trump Team: More Scary and Depressing Every Day. America Already Has More Than Enough Nuclear Missiles. Boston Mayor Says Trump's Victory Is In Part Backlash To African-American Progress. PNAC.info – Exposing the Project for the New American Century Advisors of Influence: Nine Members of the Defense Policy Board Have Ties to Defense Contractors - PNAC.info - Exposing the Project for the New American Century. Timid Liberals Blew the Election By Flinching At Hillary Clinton's Email Server. How Democracies Fall Apart. Uk.businessinsider. Voting Rights Roundup: North Carolina Republicans execute legislative coup against democracy itself.

Case Against Postmodern Censorship Theory. Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art - Culture. 2016’s Manifest Misogyny. Democrats and Republicans Switched Platforms - Fact or Myth? White Nationalists See Trump as Their Troll in Chief. Is He With Them? The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President. Normalising Trump: The US media whitewash. The front page of the internet. Exclusive: Billionaire green activist Steyer vows to battle Trump, says money not an issue. Election 2016: The Real Reason the Electoral College Exists. Chris Hedges: It’s Worse Than You Think - Truthdig. If you voted for Trump because he’s ‘anti-establishment,’ guess what: You got conned. Stephen Colbert Is Your Moral Guide and Your Outrage. This Monologue Is for the Ages. Log In. It’s Time To Increase The Size of the House. US election 2016: All you need to know.

White riot. Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? How the Media Manufactured the Public's Anger at Hillary Clinton. Why Can't We Rein In This Ridiculous Military Spending? From Higher Education to Water Treatment, Financialization Is Harming Our Economy. Why does the government of the United States hate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with such passion?:  Information Clearing House. U.S. Strategy to Fight ISIS Has Set Off a New Conflict in Syria. Syria: The story of the conflict. Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions - Sunlight Foundation Blog.