Showing posts from January 21, 2017

A Land Without Strangers

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[Populism and blood purity. Do they need Trump to tell them  NATO is dead? "A huge EU flag is dragged across the wet pavement until it’s a sopping blue tarp. Several pairs of boots grind it into the earth." *RON*]

Ben Mauk, Granta, 19 January 2017

On the afternoon of my fifth day in Warsaw, I find Nura sitting in the rear courtyard office where she sits every day. I’ve had some difficulty tracking her down – the building is unmarked, and distinguished only by some scrappy red ivy climbing the walls – and when I walk in the man at the front desk seems to think I’m lost.

The Baltic States in a Post-NATO Environment: An Interview with Edward Lucas

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[On being Baltic, and regional defense alignments, during a "NATO is obsolete" US Presidency. *RON*]
Deep Baltic, 16 January 2017

The British journalist Edward Lucas is currently a senior editor at The Economist and one of the best-known writers on Eastern and Central Europe. A correspondent in Moscow in the late ’90s, he has been a ferocious critic of the Putin regime for many years. His 2008 book The New Cold War exposed the criminal and internationally destabilising activities of the Russian state at a time when many in the West saw conflict with Russia as a thing of the past. More recent books like Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West and regular articles for British and international publications have developed the theme: Putin’s regime is a corrupt kleptocracy deliberately undermining western powers, NATO and the EU and endangering the balance of power in Europe and beyond. He has urged higher defence spending and…

Is It Time To Revoke John Lewis’s Lifetime Civil Rights Hero Pass?

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[Ouch, and double-ouch! *RON*]

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report, 18 January 2017

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

John Lewis was a hero 52 years ago. What’s he doing nowadays with his Lifetime Civil Rights Hero pass? He’s a 14 term Atlanta congressman with nary a word to say on gentrification or the privatization of schools, roads, nature and the commons. He’s a pacifist with a US Navy ship named after him who votes for the NSA, Pentagon budgets, and re-arming apartheid Israel. Now his sainthood is useful again. But to whom and for what?

Today's Trumpery


Is Seattle the capital of global income inequality?

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[Two of the eight men who own half the world's wealth live in Seattle. "the very tip top of the economic pyramid is pulling away from the rest of society, the rest of humanity, really. And, meanwhile, the rest of humanity is just standing still or barely improving" *RON*]
Sarah Stuteville, Seattle Globalist, 19 January 2017

Seattle is a mercurial place, a city often defined by one thing and its opposite at the same time. Is our city progressive or provincial? Is our weather oppressive or ideal? Is our population diverse or homogeneous? Is our football team brilliant or overrated? Often the answer is … well, both.

And economic inequality — also on Seattle’s list of ambivalent characteristics — just got another spotlight.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark no longer receiving $50K stipend from party

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[BC ELECTION 2017. 'It's become a real distraction,' admitted Clark; she will instead ask the B.C. Liberal Party to reimburse her for individual expenses. See also: B.C. NDP set to introduce legislation banning corporate donations for 6th time. *RON*ç

Canadian Press, CBC, 20 January 2017
British Columbia's premier says she is no longer receiving a $50,000 annual stipend from her political party.

Christy Clark says she will instead ask the B.C. Liberal Party to reimburse her for individual expenses.