What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later

What can the fall of the Berlin Wall teach us at a time when democracy is in retreat, predatory capitalism is on the rise, and a new arms race is ramping up? And the Return of War-as-the-AnswerSome anniversaries are less about the past than the future. So it should be with November 9, 1989. In case you’ve long... (continua)

Donald Trump: An American Tragedy for the U.S. and the Entire World

“If this [U.S.] government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combi... (continua)

The Making of the American Gulag

During the Cold War, the “police apparatus” was held up as a prime example of Soviet repression. Yet in its efforts to fight subversives, the United States ended up with its own carceral state. Imagine an empire with a massive security sector, one barely accountable to the democratic will. This c... (continua)

How Catalonia’s independence bid was led by belief bloc would ‘give region voice’

CATALONIA protests continue to rage on after Spain jailed leaders of the Catalan separatist movement and, despite campaigners’ pleas, the EU has refused to intervene – even though some separatists believed Brussels would help give “a voice” to their nation, an unearthed article has revealed.Catalonia called an... (continua)

What the people of the world want it clear: democratic control of their economies.

Each year, the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gathers at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the IMF will meet under the leadership of a new chief, Kristalina Georgieva, who crossed the street from the World Bank to take over this post from Christine Lagarde. Lagarde, as it happens,... (continua)

Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, wins 2019 Nobel peace prize

Award recognises efforts for peace, in particular in resolving Eritrea border conflictThe prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, who forged a peace deal with Eritrea last year, has won the 2019 Nobel peace prize.The award recognised Abiy’s “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in pa... (continua)

The Guardian view on Trump and Syria: damage has been done

The ditching of Kurdish-led forces threatens to destabilise the region further. It is just the latest proof of the dangers of this president’s foreign dealingsWherever US policy on Syria settles in the coming weeks and months, damage has already been done. Two announcements within a few hours encapsulated both... (continua)

The Netanyahu-Gantz Stalemate Is Testing Israeli Democracy to the Limit

On Thursday, the members of the 22nd Knesset took their oaths of office. With eight exceptions, the members of the freshly sworn-in Knesset are identical to those who had served in the 21st Knesset, which was in session less than two months, before voting to dissolve itself at the request of Prime Minister Benj... (continua)

Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but his political vision lives on

A year ago, Jamal Khashoggi — a Saudi commentator and dissident living in de facto exile — entered his nation’s consulate in Istanbul, never to return. The months since Khashoggi’s abduction and brutal killing by a Saudi hit squad have brought great uproar but insufficient justice. A handful of Saudi officials... (continua)

Trump Is Dangerously Unstable—and It’s Almost Too Late for an Impeachment

In retrospect, what’s most disturbing about “Sharpiegate” isn’t Donald Trump’s clumsy effort to doctor a National Weather Service map or even his brazen move to get the same agency to lie on his behalf. It’s how utterly petty his motive was.We’ve had presidents try to cover up a sexual liaison with an intern an... (continua)

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