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Sunday, February 26, 2017

What Does Steve Bannon Want? - The New York Times

What Does Steve Bannon Want? - The New York Times

The Art of the Trumpaclysm How the U.S. Invaded, Occupied, and Remade Itself

The Art of the Trumpaclysm
How the U.S. Invaded, Occupied, and Remade Itself
By Tom Engelhardt
It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in America (and possibly the world), shows no sign of ending. What a hit it's been! It’s driving people back to newspapers (online, if not in print) and ensuring that our everyday companions, the 24/7 cable news shows, never lack for “breaking news” or audiences. It’s a smash in both the Hollywood and car accident sense of the term, a phenomenon the likes of which we’ve simply never experienced. Think of Nero fiddling while Rome burned and the cameras rolled. It’s proved, in every way, to be a giant leak. A faucet. A spigot. An absolute flood of non-news, quarter-news, half-news, crazed news, fake news, and over-the-top actual news.
And you know exactly what -- and whom -- I’m talking about. No need to explain. I mean, you tell me: What doesn’t it have? Its lead actor is the closest we’ve come in our nation's capital to an action figure. Think of him as the Mar-a-Lego version of Batman and the Joker rolled into one, a president who, as he told us at a news conference recently, is “the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life” and the “least racist person” as well. As report after report indicates, he attacks, lashes out, mocks, tweets, pummels, charges, and complains, showering calumny on others even as he praises his achievements without surcease. Think of him as the towering inferno of twenty-first-century American politics or a modern Godzilla eternally emerging from New York harbor.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176247/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_trumpian_snapshot_of_america/#more

Chinese manufacturing jobs vanish as robots take over

https://www.ft.com/content/f4444146-f84f-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65

Chinese manufacturing jobs vanish as robots take over

French Voters Call On Obama To Run For President To "Give French People Hope" | Zero Hedge

French Voters Call On Obama To Run For President To "Give French People Hope" | Zero Hedge

Watch: President Trump’s CPAC Speech - Truthdig

Watch: President Trump’s CPAC Speech - Truthdig

The U.S. Carried Out Regime Change In Syria In 1949 ... and Tried Again In 1957, 1986, 1991 and 2011-Today

The U.S. Carried Out Regime Change In Syria In 1949 ... and Tried Again In 1957, 1986, 1991 and 2011-Today

Mass Deportations — the Surfacing of the Worst in Us

Mass Deportations — the Surfacing of the Worst in Us

https://whchronicle.com/mass-deportations-the-surfacing-of-the-worst-in-us/

War News Updates: These Are The 7 Priciest Military Planes Made in the USA

War News Updates: These Are The 7 Priciest Military Planes Made in the USA

War News Updates: Is U.S. Nuclear Arms Capability Lagging?

War News Updates: Is U.S. Nuclear Arms Capability Lagging?

War News Updates: Islamic State Turned A Massive Sinkhole Outside Of Mosul Into The Biggest Mass Grave In Iraq

War News Updates: Islamic State Turned A Massive Sinkhole Outside Of Mosul Into The Biggest Mass Grave In Iraq

Trumpocalypse: Liberal Ivory Tower of Academia collapsing | Zero Hedge

Trumpocalypse: Liberal Ivory Tower of Academia collapsing | Zero Hedge

Soros, Pope Conspire to Push US to Accept Global Gov’t | Opinion - Conservative

Soros, Pope Conspire to Push US to Accept Global Gov’t | Opinion - Conservative

Sonnie Johnson at CPAC: 'Systemic Racism and White Supremacy' Belong to the Democrats - Breitbart

Sonnie Johnson at CPAC: 'Systemic Racism and White Supremacy' Belong to the Democrats - Breitbart

Articles: Trump's Rise Was Rooted in These Three Things

Articles: Trump's Rise Was Rooted in These Three Things

Trump Takes His Vision To Congress, The Country And An Audience For The Ages : NPR

Trump Takes His Vision To Congress, The Country And An Audience For The Ages : NPR

Donald Trump is not the first US president to boycott press events | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump is not the first US president to boycott press events | US news | The Guardian

Is The US Restaurant Recession Becoming Structural? | Zero Hedge

Is The US Restaurant Recession Becoming Structural? | Zero Hedge

The Idiocy of Accusing Trump of Anti-Semitism | RealClearPolitics

The Idiocy of Accusing Trump of Anti-Semitism | RealClearPolitics

In The Market For An Oil Tanker? You Can Buy It On The Chinese Ebay | OilPrice.com

In The Market For An Oil Tanker? You Can Buy It On The Chinese Ebay | OilPrice.com

"It Was A Pretty Disturbing Briefing”: Why State Governors Suddenly Got Cold Feet About Obamacare Repeal | Zero Hedge

"It Was A Pretty Disturbing Briefing”: Why State Governors Suddenly Got Cold Feet About Obamacare Repeal | Zero Hedge

Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism - Juan Cole - Truthdig

Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism - Juan Cole - Truthdig

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Why America Is Already Great - The Atlantic

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Why America Is Already Great - The Atlantic

At the Altar of American Greatness by Andrew Bacevich

http://lobelog.com/at-the-altar-of-american-greatness/#more-38196

At the Altar of American Greatness

by Andrew Bacevich
Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a major American newspaper has got to be one of the toughest and most unforgiving jobs there is.  The pay may be decent (at least if your gig is with one of the major papers in New York or Washington), but the pressures to perform on cue are undoubtedly relentless.
Anyone who has ever tried cramming a coherent and ostensibly insightful argument into a mere 750 words knows what I’m talking about.  Writing op-eds does not perhaps qualify as high art.  Yet, like tying flies or knitting sweaters, it requires no small amount of skill.  Performing the trick week in and week out without too obviously recycling the same ideas over and over again — or at least while disguising repetitions and concealing inconsistencies — requires notable gifts.
David Brooks of the New York Times is a gifted columnist.  Among contemporary journalists, he is our Walter Lippmann, the closest thing we have to an establishment-approved public intellectual.  As was the case with Lippmann, Brooks works hard to suppress the temptation to rant.  He shuns raw partisanship.  In his frequent radio and television appearances, he speaks in measured tones.  Dry humor and ironic references abound.  And like Lippmann, when circumstances change, he makes at least a show of adjusting his views accordingly.
For all that, Brooks remains an ideologue.  In his columns, and even more so in his weekly appearances on NPR and PBS, he plays the role of the thoughtful, non-screaming conservative, his very presence affirming the ideological balance that, until November 8th of last year, was a prized hallmark of “respectable” journalism.  Just as that balance always involved considerable posturing, so, too, with the ostensible conservatism of David Brooks: it’s an act.http://lobelog.com/at-the-altar-of-american-greatness/#more-38196

Are Multi-Million Dollar Consulting Contracts Worth the Future of the Democratic Party? – The Young Turks – Medium

Are Multi-Million Dollar Consulting Contracts Worth the Future of the Democratic Party? – The Young Turks – Medium

Be clear about what happened to Keith Ellison – Medium

Be clear about what happened to Keith Ellison – Medium

War News Updates: Pope Francis Warns Of A World War Over Water

War News Updates: Pope Francis Warns Of A World War Over Water

Saturday, February 25, 2017

“The Relentless Pace of Automation”

“The Relentless Pace of Automation”

Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

Who Will Own the Robots?

Who Will Own the Robots?

Rethinking the Manufacturing Robot

Rethinking the Manufacturing Robot

Robots Will Devour Jobs More Slowly Than You Think

Robots Will Devour Jobs More Slowly Than You Think

How Technology Is Destroying Jobs

How Technology Is Destroying Jobs

China steams past U.S., France to be Germany's biggest trading partner | Reuters

China steams past U.S., France to be Germany's biggest trading partner | Reuters

If Trump is Impeached, it Might Be the End of America – Medium

If Trump is Impeached, it Might Be the End of America – Medium

Iraq: "Is It Oil?" | naked capitalism

Iraq: "Is It Oil?" | naked capitalism

Are We Witnessing a Coup Operation Against the Trump White House? | The Nation

Are We Witnessing a Coup Operation Against the Trump White House? | The Nation

Which Asian Country Will Replace China as the 'World's Factory'?

Which Asian Country Will Replace China as the 'World's Factory'?



http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/which-asian-country-will-replace-china-as-the-worlds-factory/

Mass Deportations — the Surfacing of the Worst in Us


Mass Deportations — the Surfacing of the Worst in Us

https://whchronicle.com/mass-deportations-the-surfacing-of-the-worst-in-us/

Friday, February 24, 2017

Antiwar.com vs. the Decline of American Journalism by -- Antiwar.com

Antiwar.com vs. the Decline of American Journalism by -- Antiwar.com

10 New Valuable Ways You Can Fast During Lent

10 New Valuable Ways You Can Fast During Lent

10 New Valuable Ways You Can Fast During Lent

10 New Valuable Ways You Can Fast During Lent

Discover Hope With Us The Color and Melody of Prayer



Discover Hope With Us
The Color and Melody of Prayer
Hello MICHELE KEARNEY,
The other day I was meditating on the Gospel of the Transfiguration, that moment of deep prayer and presence, mystery and clarity, when the Lord appeared in his humanity radiant with the glory of his divinity.

It made me think this is the way life is for a Christian. What a blessing that we have the grace to know it! Fragile, weak, simple, plain vessels that we are in our humanity, yet, because of the glory and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are radiant with the mystery of being sons and daughters of God, claimed by the Father as his own, streaming with the confident hope that we will never be alone, that the Creator of us all yet even now holds us in his hands and will never let us go because we are his. 

Everything in us, around us, and in the world at large is woven into the sacred history of how Jesus has saved us and has swooped us up, as it were, to take us with him, in him, in his great return to the Father. Everything is, thus, in a mysterious way, a window to the sacred. Make sure you read Jeannettes' article below as she makes this more concrete for us all.

We are excited about the number of people who signed up to walk this journey with us during Lent in a prayerful discussion of the book Pray to Your Father in Secret. But we know there are many more people who'd like to take advantage of the Lenten weeks to discover in a new way the power and beauty of prayer in their own lives. So we thought to offer a version of the Book Club that was blog based. You can still get the book at a discount. We'll notify you by email when we place information on a blog post for you each week, and we'll share with you the weekly video meditation. You're welcome to participate in commenting and you're just as welcome to follow along in a more "quiet contemplative participation" without commenting or print it out and share it with a friend.

If this sounds like something you'd like, just click here to find out more about it.

And for all of us readers at Discover Hope With Us, you are in our prayers!

Sr. Kathryn J Hermes, FSP
Anything that has been steeped in prayer takes on an aspect that wasn’t there before. Churches, for example, are just buildings… until the liturgy, music, prayer and people inhabit the space—and sanctify it. Rosary beads are pretty things until they have been blessed and have slipped through the fingers of the person praying them.

Objects, we might say, are transformed through prayer.

And not just objects. Everyone’s been transported through beautiful music, but even the most exquisite of secular music is missing something that’s present in sacred music. When what we do is an offering to God, no matter what it is, the thing or activity is transformed.

That is certainly true of the illuminated texts that have survived from the era of their creation up to our time. The monks—and, sometimes, nuns—who spent their lives bent over these manuscripts were not only painters, they were people of prayer, and that prayer was infused into the work that they did.

One of the criticisms leveled at the medieval Church was that there was too much richness on the altar and not enough in the lives of the faithful. How can there be gold chalices when there are people without enough to eat? Illuminated manuscripts were expensive on every level: they required the skins of many animals, they employed paints that were difficult to source, they used real gold and silver in their embellishment, and they obliged people to give their lives to create them. Could those resources have been better spent? Yet an offering to God must be made with all the resources that one has. Should we not give our very best to the proclamation of God’s Word and the celebration of his Eucharist?

The prayer that infused these manuscripts is still alive for us today, and that gold embellishment was, and is, a right and just offering to God.

Save 20% on Scripture Illuminated Coloring Book for Prayer and Meditation

Illuminated manuscripts were not the only enduring gift we have from the faith of the Middle Ages. The period opened with Gregorian chant, possibly the most spiritually moving and profound music in Western culture. Guillaume de Machaut created a polyphonic setting to the Ordinary of the Mass that paved the way for the flowering of choral music in the fourteenth century. The Notre Dame School of polyphony soared along with the cathedrals it inhabited. Like art, music that is dedicated to God is music that is more than simply the sum of its notes or the smoothness of its performance; quite simply, it becomes prayer....


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US Officials in Europe: A Glass Half-Full


US Officials in Europe: A Glass Half-Full  

http://www.europeaninstitute.org/index.php/297-european-affairs/ea-february-2017/2210-us-officials-in-europe-a-glass-half-full

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

 

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?


http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/trump-putin-and-the-new-cold-war?utm_source=CGI+Daily+Russia+Brief&utm_campaign=ea608e2342-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_814a2b3260-ea608e2342-281717789&mc_cid=ea608e2342&mc_eid=fac81ed64d

Bishop Barron's Homily Seek First the Kingdon of God


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“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the rest will be given to you.” Make God the center of your life, and you will be spiritually ordered in Christ's image. But if you make wealth and security your center, you will be empty. You make the choice: will God be your center?

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm - Psalm 62:2-9
Reading 2 - 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Gospel - Matthew 6:24-34




https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/seek-first-the-kingdom-of-god/920/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_term=fb-wof&utm_content=170226-seek-first-the-kingdom&utm_campaign=homily

The Illusion of Freedom: the Police State Is Alive and Well


The Illusion of Freedom: the Police State Is Alive and Well

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/23/the-illusion-of-freedom-the-police-state-is-alive-and-well/

Jeff Cavins Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeff Cavins reflects on the readings for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Watch Videohttp://biblestudyforcatholics.com/eighth-sunday-ordinary-time/?utm_source=Ascension+Press&utm_campaign=1a6f1ec52b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e09e12a778-1a6f1ec52b-351387457&mc_cid=1a6f1ec52b&mc_eid=2bb902f84a

In this week’s Encountering the Word video, Jeff Cavins reflects on the readings for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Alleluia: Hebrews 4:12
Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

Joy


JoyTake Joy in What God Takes Joy in!

Joy is one of the constant themes in the Sacred Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. We normally think about joy as a characteristic of a Christian, but the Bible also asserts that God experiences joy.  Read Morehttp://biblestudyforcatholics.com/take-joy-god-takes-joy/?utm_source=Ascension+Press&utm_campaign=1a6f1ec52b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e09e12a778-1a6f1ec52b-351387457&mc_cid=1a6f1ec52b&mc_eid=2bb902f84a

What One Photo Tells Us About North Korea’s Nuclear Program

What One Photo Tells Us About
North Korea’s Nuclear Program


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/24/world/asia/north-korea-propaganda-photo.html

The Faces of Obamacare

The Faces of Obamacare

Michael Hall | Texas Monthly | Feb 14, 2017 | 18 minutes (4,534 words)
As the GOP discusses repealing the Affordable Care Act, it’s essential to look at some of the lives that nationalized health care has improved and saved, and at the activists who helped get eligible people enrolled. Here are a few from Texas. http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-faces-of-obamacare/?src=longreads&mc_cid=fbe1828b87&mc_eid=9528811089

Academy of Sciences: A Seminar to Build a “Culture of Water”







Posted by ZENIT Staff on 24 February, 2017




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On February 23-24, 2017 the Pontifical Academy of Sciences organized a seminar in the Vatican on “the human right to water.” The initiative is intended to encourage a “culture of water,” explained the organizers. At the General Audience, on the eve of the event, the Pope lamented that “water gives us life, helps us in everything but to exploit minerals water is contaminated.”
A press release stated that the seminar “hopes to create an inter-disciplinary area” to formulate proposals in order to “realize public policies in the management of water and of hygienic-sanitary services.” It is an initiative that calls for the contribution of science, of culture and of politics.
For the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the efforts for the protection and management of water can contribute to peace and to the prevention of conflicts, stressing “that political and economic interests must not prevail over human life.”
At his weekly catechesis on February 22, the Holy Father evoked the question of water: “When the human being lets himself be gripped by egoism, he ends up by ruining the most beautiful things entrusted to him. And it is what has happened also with Creation. We think of water. Water is a very beautiful thing and so important; water give us life, helps us in everything but to exploit minerals, water is contaminated, one soils Creation and one destroys Creation.”
While, according to the World Health Organization, in 2014 some 748 million people did not have access to drinking water, the Vatican reminds that it is a “right that does not admit discord” and an “essential condition for a fitting life.”
He encouraged the implementation of “juridical, technical, social and political mechanisms that make possible the building of a genuine ‘culture of water.’”
The protection of water resources, education to the protection of water and access to water … must become a priority in governments’ agendas,” insisted the Academy of Sciences, which deplored that many local Constitutions do not yet provide for the right to water.

America’s Aging Dams Are in Need of Repair


America’s Aging Dams Are in Need of Repair


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/23/us/americas-aging-dams-are-in-need-of-repair.html?emc=edit_ca_20170224&nl=california-today&nlid=60745655&te=1&_r=0

After The Ayatollahs: The Middle East Post-Khamenei


After The Ayatollahs: The Middle East Post-Khamenei

By By Ali Mamouri and Suzanne Maloney,   /  Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:00 AM
IRAN-POLITICS-US-HOSTAGE-ANNIVERSARY
Two leading experts on clerical succession in Iran and Iraq discuss how the passing of Ayatollah Sistani and Supreme Leader Khamenei would affect American interests across the Middle East.  On February 6, Ali Mamouri and Suzanne Maloney addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Mamouri is the editor of Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse Desk and

Trump turns on leakers as disclosures undermine White House

Trump turns on leakers as disclosures undermine White House

President vows to punish ‘low-life leakers’ who have added to turbulence of his office



http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/trump-turns-on-leakers-as-disclosures-undermine-white-house-1.2981043

Fukushima operator eyes plan to clean up plant

Fukushima operator eyes plan to clean up plant Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan (AFP) Feb 23, 2017 - The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday it will craft a plan this summer to extract highly radioactive fuel from the damaged reactors - a key step in decommissioning work expected to take decades. Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) and the Japanese government have struggled to clean up the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. On Ma ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Fukushima_operator_eyes_plan_to_clean_up_plant_999.html

TRADE WARS Trump plots 'tough policies' to return jobs from China

TRADE WARS
Trump plots 'tough policies' to return jobs from China Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017 - President Donald Trump huddled with US manufacturing moguls at the White House Thursday, discussing "tough policies" to bring "our jobs back" from places like China and Mexico. Seeking to codify protectionist rhetoric that helped propel him to an historic election win, Trump renewed his promise to overhaul the way America does business with the world. Between banter with CEOs from two do ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Trump_plots_tough_policies_to_return_jobs_from_China_999.html

Six Photographers Reveal Yellowstone Like You’ve Never Seen It

Six Photographers Reveal Yellowstone Like You’ve Never Seen It

Capturing Death: What One Photographer Learned on Assignment

Capturing Death: What One Photographer Learned on Assignment

Bezos Hires ‘Pizza Podesta’ As WashPost Writer! (Video)

Bezos Hires ‘Pizza Podesta’ As WashPost Writer! (Video)


http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2017/02/bezos-hires-pizza-podesta-as-washpost-writer-video-3481817.html

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

Last week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the intelligence community — part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections — now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States.

Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia

Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia
Chuck Spinney and Pierre Sprey
[also reposted in Counterpunch]
The Nuclear Question is becoming increasingly obfuscated by spin and lobbying as the West sleepwalks into Cold War II — a walk made all the more dangerous when the loose lips of the U.S. tweeter-in-chief announced that another nuclear arms race is a great idea (see linklink, and link).  Two Cold War II issues are central and almost never addressed: What will be the Russians' understanding of all the propaganda surrounding the Nuclear Question and the looming American defense spendup? And how might they act on this understanding?  http://chuckspinney.blogspot.com/2017/02/sleepwalking-into-nuclear-arms-race.html

French human rights 'at tipping point' as state of emergency continues, says Amnesty International | The Independent

French human rights 'at tipping point' as state of emergency continues, says Amnesty International | The Independent

The Horrifying Starvation of Yemen Continues | The American Conservative

The Horrifying Starvation of Yemen Continues | The American Conservative

Obama lawyers form 'worst-case scenario' group to tackle Trump - POLITICO

Obama lawyers form 'worst-case scenario' group to tackle Trump - POLITICO

Russia and China’s Enduring Alliance

Russia and China’s Enduring Alliance

A Reverse “Nixon Strategy” Won’t Work for Trump



https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2017-02-22/russia-and-china-s-enduring-alliance?cid=nlc-twofa-20170223&sp_mid=53490172&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2&spMailingID=53490172&spUserID=MjEwNDg3NjAxODc2S0&spJobID=1103856293&spReportId=MTEwMzg1NjI5MwS2

Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America

Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America



https://qz.com/917175/trump-is-right-to-criticize-nafta-but-hes-totally-wrong-about-why-its-bad-for-american-workers/

Is Secession a Solution to Cultural War?

Is Secession a Solution to Cultural War?


http://buchanan.org/blog/secession-solution-cultural-war-126571

It’s Time for Europe’s Militaries to Grow Up

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/23/its-time-for-europes-militaries-to-grow-up-trump-nato/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=edpix&utm_term=%2AEditors%20Picks

It’s Time for Europe’s Militaries to Grow Up

The transatlantic partnership between the United States and Europe has been the linchpin of U.S. grand strategy for more than half a century. It is also in deep trouble. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly suggested that NATO was obsolete, accused U.S. allies in Europe of “not paying their fair share,” and said “the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.”http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/23/its-time-for-europes-militaries-to-grow-up-trump-nato/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=edpix&utm_term=%2AEditors%20Picks

Narcissism and Trump: The Long Story

Narcissism and Trump: The Long Story

With the White House in his pocket, Trump believes he is able to command whatever it is he wants.

Takeaways

  • U.S. political culture is becoming progressively more congenial to the conduct associated with narcissism.
  • U.S. history, in the eyes of Trump, is divided into two eras – BT and UT, as in Before Trump and Under Trump.
  • Policy-making in the Trump White House resembles an octopus struggling to put on a pair of mismatched socks.
Self-effacement, restraint and empathy normally do not mix with high ambition. Ambition – in one form or another, for self or cause– is a requisite for accessing the corridors of power.
The narcissist is different. The true narcissist is a readily identifiable personality type, one of the most clearly etched in clinical psychology. Fairly common in the general population, they have been extremely rare in the political realm.

Donald Trump has given the Mexican president the biggest gift he could wish for

Donald Trump has given the Mexican president the biggest gift he could wish for



https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/02/23/donald-trump-has-given-the-mexican-president-the-biggest-gift-he-could-wish-for/?utm_term=.d0103ba09a71

Escalation in Yemen risks famine, collapse, Iranian entrapment


Escalation in Yemen risks famine, collapse, Iranian entrapment
BY ERIC PELOFSKY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR - 02/23/17 01:00 PM EST

The Yemen civil war — fought by the legitimate Yemeni government with the backing of a Saudi-led coalition against a Houthi-led alliance with Iranian support — enters its third year next month.  For much of the war, the Obama administration counseled its close partner Saudi Arabia against being drawn deeper into a war of attrition being fueled in part by the Iranians at very low cost.   
Flash forward to today, the Yemeni government and its coalition backers, including the Saudis, are rapidly escalating their military efforts.
The United States has been asked to assist this effort, through more support and additional precision-guided munitions (PGMs). And, just last week, the Yemeni government announced efforts to re-take all of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, including the largest port of Hudaydah.http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international-affairs/320840-escalation-in-yemen-risks-humanitarian-crisis

Arrogance and Conceit at the Altar of American Greatness


Arrogance and Conceit at the Altar of American Greatness

The Church of America the Redeemer and David Brooks on Making America Great Again






The Week With IPS 2/24/2017

   2017/2/24 Click here for the online version of this IPS newsletter   

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany
Wolfgang Kerler
Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open the countries’ border to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. But the decision has considerably reduced her support among Germans. Chances are real that Merkel could lose the ... MORE > >

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic
Baher Kamal
The available data is enough for the United Nations to literally declare war on oceans plastic: more than 8 million tonnes of leaks into their waters each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least ... MORE > >

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy
IPS World Desk
Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved ... MORE > >

The Rise of One-Person Households
Joseph Chamie
A significant global demographic change having far-reaching consequences yet receiving scant attention is the rise of one-person households. Of the world’s two billion households, approximately 15 percent - or 300 million - are one-person households (OPHs). As is often the case with global ... MORE > >

Shrinking and Darkening, the Plight of Kashmir's Dying Lakes
Umar Shah
Mudasir Ahmad says that two decades ago, his father made a prophecy that the lake would vanish after the fish in its waters started dying. Three years ago, he found dead fish floating on the surface, making him worried about its fate. Like his father, Ahmad, 27, is a boatman on Kashmir’s famed ... MORE > >

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle
Roberto Savio
Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Roberto SavioLike it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has been living in an ... MORE > >

South Sudan Declares Famine, Other Countries May Follow Warns UNICEF
Lyndal Rowlands
South Sudan Monday became the first country to declare famine since 2012, as UNICEF warned that 1.4 million children are at risk of dying from starvation with famine also imminent in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Protracted conflict is the root cause of the food crises in all four countries, ... MORE > >

Tax Evasion Lessons From Panama
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Unlike Wikileaks and other exposes, the Panama revelations were carefully managed, if not edited, quite selective, and hence targeted, at least initially. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its main sponsors. Nevertheless, the revelations have highlighted some problems ... MORE > >

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice
Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim
The distressing images of desperate people making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans to escape armed conflict, social tensions, discrimination and poverty harm the preconditions to achieve social harmony. Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimThis humanitarian crisis is ... MORE > >

Red Tape Snarls Nepal’s Ambitious Poverty-Alleviation Plans
Renu Kshetry
Juna Bhujel of Sindupalchowk District, 85 kilometres northeast of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, lost her daughter-in-law in the Apr. 25, 2015 earthquake. Fortunately, she managed to rescue her two-year-old grandson, who was trapped between her mother’s body and the rubble. Soon after the ... MORE > >

Palestinian Rejection Underscores Limits of UN Chief’s Powers
Thalif Deen
Pointing out an example of the hierarchy of political power at the United Nations, a former Nigerian ambassador once told a group of reporters of an encounter at an international gathering in Africa when he ran into one of his friends who had returned from a visit to New York. “I met your ... MORE > >

Confusion over U.S. Travel Ban Grounds Foreign Correspondents
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
New restrictions on immigrants and refugees coming to the United States are also posing challenges for foreign correspondents covering news in the United States. Some have had to indefinitely postpone plans to report on conflicts in the Middle East while others have found an unfriendly reminder ... MORE > >

Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban
Baher Kamal
Now that President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the ... MORE > >

Making the Deep Blue Sea Green Again
Lyndal Rowlands
Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, Seychelles' ambassador for climate change and SIDS. “Our ocean is the first and eternal playground of our children, they don’t go to parks they go to the ocean, they go to the beach, they go to the ... MORE > >

Alternative Mining Indaba Makes Its Voice Heard
Mark Olalde
“Comrades, we have arrived. This cherry is eight years awaited. We have made it to this place,” Bishop Jo Seoka told the crowd, pausing to allow for the whistles and cheers. Seoka, the chairman of a South African NGO called the Bench Marks Foundation, presided over the crowd of protesters that ... MORE > >

Expansion of Renewable Energies in Mexico Has Victims, Too
Emilio Godoy
The growing number of wind and solar power projects in the southern Mexican state of Yucat√°n are part of a positive change in Mexico’s energy mix. But affected communities do not see it in the same way, due to the fact that they are not informed or consulted, and because of how the phenomenon ... MORE > >

Still in Limbo, Somaliland Banking on Berbera
James Jeffrey
Crossing African borders by land can be an intimidating process (it’s proving an increasingly intimidating process nowadays in Europe and the US also, even in airports). But crossing from Ethiopia to Somaliland at the ramshackle border town of Togo-Wuchale is a surreally pleasant ... MORE > >

Beware of the New US Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax - Part 1
Martin Khor
A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries. The plan, known as a border adjustment tax, ... MORE > >

Improved Cookstoves Boost Health and Forest Cover in the Himalayas
Athar Parvaiz
Mountain communities in the Himalayan region are almost entirely dependent on forests for firewood even though this practice has been identified as one of the most significant causes of forest decline and a major source of indoor air pollution. Improper burning of fuels such as firewood in ... MORE > >