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Düsseldorf carnival: Float shows Donald Trump mounted by Russian bear - Business Insider
A giant float at this German carnival didn't hold back in mocking Trump's Russia problem
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3 days ago by koryklem
Rin Chupeco: Exploring journalism + revisionist history about civility when dealing with hate
Original Thread:

Speaking as someone born in the last years of a dictatorship, you Americans are already several steps in one. Ferdinand Marcos' greatest trick was convincing people all protesters were communist animals, so when they went missing, few cared. Even after bodies were discovered.
civility  social-justice  tone-policing  racism  sexism  homophobia  islamaphobia  lgbt-issues  civil-rights  twitter-moments  fascism  phillipines  donald-trump  republicans  nazis  empathy  rin-chupeco  communism  democracy  dictatorship  journalism 
19 days ago by yolandaenoch
The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio
"As in other foreign-policy sectors, the Russia hands divide less along party lines than along foreign-policy philosophies: They are either 'realists' or 'internationalists'. Realists tend to be cautious about American overseas commitments and deferential toward state sovereignty; internationalists tend to be more inclined to universalist ideals like democracy and human rights, even where these are forced to cross borders. But the two supposed categories are blurred by a thousand factors, not least of which being that realists don’t like being called realists, because it suggests that they have no values, and internationalists don’t like to be called internationalists, as opposed to realists, because it suggests that they have no common sense. In the end, a vast internationalist middle, consisting of neoconservative Republicans and interventionist Democrats, predominates, with tiny slices of hard realists on the right and soft realists, or 'neorealists', on the left. And there are many shades of difference among all these people."
a:Keith-Gessen  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2018.05.08  w:8500  diplomacy  Russia  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Bill-Clinton  from twitter
22 days ago by bankbryan
Melania Trump Is Just a Typical White Woman. That’s All
Some of these might be true. But what’s definitely true—and what’s been definitely true since we’ve know who Melania Trump is—is that she’s as shameless and repugnant as her husband is. She’s a trash person who’s lucky enough to also be a white woman in possession of a face that can communicate melancholy, which apparently is a force so bright and white that it conceals her stench.
melanie-trump  donald-trump  white-women  damon-young  very-smart-brothas 
23 days ago by yolandaenoch
Separating Migrant Families Is Barbaric. It’s Also What the U.S. Has Been Doing to People of Color for Hundreds of Years.
The same conservatives who campaign on cutting costs and reducing deficits then have no problem at all spending multiple billions of dollars on mass incarceration. Executives from the private prison industry have seen their profits explode under Trump, and he has been rewarded handsomely with six-figure donations from their executives. In this country, when you see evil, you can almost always follow the money trail.

What’s happening right now is awful. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts. It didn’t come out of nowhere, though. It came right from the American playbook. This nation has routinely mistreated and abused people of color for hundreds of years — and has willfully separated millions of families, sometimes permanently, for sport and profit, on this soil. Speak out against it. Organize against it. But just know that what you are seeing has deep roots.
immigration  racism  donald-trump  prison  capitalism  slavery 
24 days ago by jbrennan
Do Kanye West’s Politics Matter?
"In general, Kanye’s media manipulations are so deliberate and bewildering that I’m reflexively wary of any speculation about his mental health. Granted, I see how a troubled mind, taxed so hard, and for so long, and at such a high level, might have produced such a grotesque and impenetrable fiction in order to fortify itself. Either way, his thinking is disastrous, and his simulation is broken."
a:Rob-Harvilla  a:Justin-Charity  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2018.04.25  w:2000  Kanye-West  Donald-Trump  mental-illness  from iphone
27 days ago by bankbryan
How Trump’s Election Shook Obama: ‘What if We Were Wrong?’ - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.
donald-trump  barack-obama  politics  usa 
29 days ago by kogakure
Stupid Watergate II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
John Oliver explains how the president and his allies are going full O. J. in order to undermine the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens:
donald-trump  politics  scandal  video  youtube 
4 weeks ago by kogakure
The Language of the Trump Administration Is the Language of Domestic Violence | The New Yorker
God this is so awful.
Gaslighting, it needs not be said, is Trump’s preferred mode of communication, and it is encoded in the family-separation policy itself: once their parents have been taken into custody, the children are reclassified as “unaccompanied minors,” their parents effectively disappeared. On Friday, NPR reported on three Guatemalan mothers who were on trial in Alpine, Texas, after D.H.S. flew their children—ages eight, eight, and nine—more than two thousand miles away, to a shelter in Manhattan. “There is no mention in the Border Patrol narrative,” an immigration lawyer told NPR, “that these women had children with them when they entered the United States.” Can you prove this child is yours? Do you even have children? Well, then, where are they?
children  donald-trump  new-yorker  dhs  asylum-seekers 
4 weeks ago by jm
The Hardest Job in the World
"In an ideal system, incoming presidents would have months of orientation to learn the ropes and break their rhetorical addiction. No such school exists for presidents. There is a transition process, but it doesn’t sufficiently prepare a president or his team. Presidential transitions are a bigger undertaking than any private-sector transfer of power. In business, large mergers and acquisitions typically take a year or more and involve hundreds of staffers. Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in December 2015, and it closed in September 2017. A president-elect and his team have two and a half months between victory and inauguration to figure out how to run a $4 trillion government with a civilian workforce of 2 million, to say nothing of the military. The United States federal government is the most complicated conglomerate on the planet."
a:John-Dickerson  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05  w:13500  USA  government  history  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Jimmy-Carter  disaster  JFK  George-H-W-Bush  politics  management  leadership  Harry-Truman  Dwight-D-Eisenhower  FDR  LBJ  from instapaper
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
The Pressures Of Being An Interpreter At A High-Stakes Summit
"It was a seemingly minute detail. But in the context of these talks, the word 'verifying' meant that the Russians had unexpectedly sided with the U.S. on one point in the long-sought agreement. The discussion was on an Open Skies proposal, in which both sides could fly over each other's territory to verify compliance in arms control agreements. The Soviets and the Americans didn't agree on whose aircraft should be used for the inspections — the verifying party (the U.S.) or the verified party (the Soviet Union). Korchilov interpreted Gorbachev as saying: 'The aircraft to overfly territory for inspection purposes should be made available by the verifying party at the disposal of its crew.' 'At that moment I wished the earth could swallow me up,' Korchilov wrote in his 1997 memoir."
a:Danny-Hajek  p:NPR  d:2018.06.11  w:1000  language  diplomacy  North-Korea  Donald-Trump  Russia  from instapaper
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
We interrupt this apocalypse vigil to say that America has conquered worse
"American democracy didn’t really kick in until the 1960s. Periods we romanticize as civil and lovely were such because we struggled to keep race off the national agenda."
a:Dana-Milbank  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.06.08  w:1000  USA  race  history  Donald-Trump  government  from instapaper
4 weeks ago by bankbryan

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