Populism in the 21st Century
The term 'populism' has returned to the daily vocabulary of political pundits and analysts trying to make sense of the recent seismic shifts in the politics of many capitalist democracies. For the most part the term is used loosely, with no definition to guide the reader. There was the 'populism' behind the unexpected surges in support for Bernie Sanders in the U.S. primaries and for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK election.
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Imperialism still alive and kicking
An interview with Prabhat Patnaik.
mronline.org | 28 Jun 2017, 6:00pm
Kushner firm's $285-million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day
The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme.
www.washingtonpost.com | 28 Jun 2017, 4:00pm
Trump's Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don't Matter in the War on Terror
?Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus--a probable war crime--guarantee a growing death toll.
www.thenation.com | 28 Jun 2017, 3:00pm
Socialism's Future May Be Its Past
One hundred years after Lenin's sealed train arrived at Finland Station and set into motion the events that led to Stalin's gulags, the idea that we should return to this history for inspiration might sound absurd. But there was good reason that the Bolsheviks once called themselves 'social democrats.'
www.nytimes.com | 28 Jun 2017, 2:00pm
The problem is not tower blocks: it's capitalism and cost-cutting
Ignore the calls for tower blocks to be pulled down in the wake of Grenfell. The real problem is safety and how willing companies are to risk lives to save money.
www.theguardian.com | 28 Jun 2017, 1:00pm
Canada to allow oil and gas exploration in protected area
A large Marine Protected Area (MPA) planned for Canada's East Coast will allow oil and gas exploration in much of its territory, according to newly published regulations, raising environmental activists' ire.
www.theweathernetwork.com | 28 Jun 2017, 12:00pm
Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury
The chorus started at 10pm on Thursday in the dark sweaty depths of the Glastonbury silent disco. Just a low rumbling at first, it built into a loud roar with hundreds of festivalgoers singing, at the tops of their voices: 'OH ... JE-REM-Y COR-BYN.'
www.theguardian.com | 28 Jun 2017, 11:00am
Jean-Luc Mélenchon ready to stand up to Macron
Entering the French lower house of parliament as an MP for the first time last week, Jean-Luc Mélenchon pointed to the European flag planted next to the French tricolor, turned to the camera tracking him and said: 'Do we have to put up with that?'
www.theguardian.com | 28 Jun 2017, 4:00am