Political Articles from 2018

Hostage Situation in California Ends Peacefully as Lawmakers Pay Ransom to Big Soda Companies

[Politics]
Hostage Situation in California Ends Peacefully as Lawmakers Pay Ransom to Big Soda Companies
by David Dayen
Posted August 22, 2018

corporate malfeasanceA hostage situation ended quietly in the California Capitol last Thursday, when lawmakers in Sacramento paid a hefty ransom to big soda companies.

The lawmakers advanced legislation under duress that would ban localities from establishing taxes on soda or sugary drinks for the next 12 years.

Gov. Jerry Brown, after signing the soda tax ban, wrote in a statement that the proposed ballot initiative — the bomb threat — was “far-reaching” and “an abomination.” He added that mayors across that state had called him to voice their alarm, putting pressure on him to prevent detonation. “For these reasons, I believe AB1838 is in the public interest and must be signed,” he said. More…

This is a most alarming development that now opens the way to corporate sponsored political terrorism.

A Mexican Town Overthrew Their Local Government And Things Are Going Great

[Social]
A Mexican Town Overthrew Their Local Government And Things Are Going Great
by Mac Slavo
Posted August 13, 2018

town kicks out anyone claiming the right to rule themThe town of Cherán was once plagued by people claiming the right to rule over them and now they live peaceful lives free of violence. After the town of 20,000 people in Mexico decided to take matters into their own hands by kicking out politicians, cops, and criminals, the now completely voluntary society is running great and the people finally have freedom and peace.

It sure sounds scary to those unable to imagine a life of true freedom, but the town has been liberated since 2011 and no politician is allowed to come in and begin to control the people. According to Vice, armed men and women — not police, but members of an autonomous militia — guard every entrance to the town, looking for strangers with contraband. “Contraband” would be considered political propaganda posters of those who claim the right to rule other human beings. Since the town has been free since 2011, there’s no use for politicians or those who want power over others. More…

Aadhaar, Skynet & Death By Glitch

[Politics]
Aadhaar, Skynet & Death By Glitch
By Shelley Kasli
Posted August 9, 2018

NSA has a program called SkynetThe United Nations considers one nation abducting the citizens of another a crime against humanity. But that don’t stop the US government from sponsoring abduction and extrajudicial transfer of person to CIA Black Sites with our without the consent of concerned countries. For participating in this extraordinary rendition nations like Poland were given $15 million, but alas in turn it had to pay $250,000 to their torture victims.

Owing to massive public outcry and even several movies made over this controversial CIA practice of Rendition, it was largely shutdown by the Obama administration; who now were focusing their energies in devising innovative ways to dispose off their enemies nominated for killing at the weekly counter-terrorism meeting in the White House situation room that known as Terror Tuesday. More…

How the US, Under Obama, Created Europe’s Refugee Crisis

[Politics]
How the US, Under Obama, Created Europe’s Refugee Crisis
by Eric Zuesse
Posted August 8, 2018

destruction = refugeesThe current US President, Donald Trump, claimed on June 18th, that Germany’s leadership, and the leadership in other EU nations, caused the refugee-crisis that Europe is facing:

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!”

The US Government is clearly lying about this. The US Government itself caused this crisis that Europeans are struggling to deal with. Would the crisis even exist, at all, if the US had not invaded and tried to overthrow (and in some instances actually overthrown) the governments in Libya, Syria, and elsewhere — the places from which these refugees are escaping? The US Government, and a few of its allies in Europe (the ones who actually therefore really do share in some of the authentic blame for this crisis) caused this war and government-overthrow, etc., but Germany’s Government wasn’t among them, nor were many of the others in Europe. More…

 

Solar Is the Future. Donald Trump Tied a Bow on It and Gave It to China.

[Economic]
Solar Is the Future. Donald Trump Tied a Bow on It and Gave It to China.
by Jeffrey Ball
Posted August 6, 2018

China leading US in innovation“Made in China” has long been seen as shorthand for shoddy. Whether it was fast fashion or toys, the rap on Chinese manufacturing used to be that it was all about leveraging cut-rate labor to knock off products designed in the West. Cheaper, certainly. Better, hardly. But that is changing fast—especially in the booming clean-energy sector. From solar to batteries to electric vehicles, China is rapidly gaining on the West in the most important arena of all: innovation.

In part that’s due to dysfunction in US clean-energy policy—which began before President Donald Trump but is intensifying under his watch. It’s also a result of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s belief that clean-­energy innovation is critical to economic growth and the Communist Party’s survival. More…

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

[Social]
The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted August 5, 2018

cognitive dissonanceThe question is: How is it that Americans can see and reject the inhumane border control policy and not see the inhumanity of family destruction that has been the over-riding result of Washington’s destruction in whole or part of seven or eight countries in the 21st century?

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces. More…

Ahed Tamimi’s Hard Earned Heros’ Welcome

[Justice]
Ahed Tamimi’s Hard Earned Heros’ Welcome
by Ray McGovern
Posted August 3, 2018

Israeli occupation of Palestine continuesMost Americans — except for the relatively few who have spent more than a few days in Israeli-occupied territories — find it hard to understand why Palestinians like Nariman and Ahed “persist.” Most people in the U.S. are blissfully unaware of the history of Palestine and of the continuing injustices inflicted on its people today. The explanation for this lies largely in the way the U.S. mass media reports the story, almost entirely from the Israelis’ point of view.

For those malnourished on Establishment media, here’s a bit of history, without which it is impossible to understand the anger and the courage-against-all-odds shown by those who continue to use what they have — even their open palms — to make clear that they will never acquiesce in Israeli occupation. More…

Calling all researchers: Bounty offered for Money-In-Politics anomaly discoveries.

[Politics]
Calling all researchers: Bounty offered for Money-In-Politics anomaly discoveries.
by Brendan Quinn
Posted August 3, 2018

help expose corruptionWe track a lot of data here at OpenSecrets. We look at campaign finance, lobbying spending, personal finances and a whole lot more. Sometimes, that data reveals something unusual – an anomaly, if you will. That is why we have a handy tool called the Anomaly Tracker to highlight these unusual findings.

But we can only discover so much on our own. That is where you come in. We are offering a bounty for money-in-politics anomalies found in federal data by anyone who is interested in looking. As a reward, savvy hunters can receive OpenSecrets swag and/or can have their relevant work featured in our weekly money-in-politics newsletter. More…

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