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What Is “White Supremacy”? (The Angry Face Of Donald Trump)

Donald TrumpWhy are White Supremacists pouring out in droves to support Donald Trump? And why is Trump’s angry all over the media? Because Trump is simply another chapter in a long history of the United States as a racist country:

The USA is the first nation in the world to be born racist and also the first to be born capitalist.  That is not a coincidence.  In the United States, as history shows, capitalism and racism go hand in hand.

The roots of White Supremacy lie in establishing economic exploitation by the theft of resources and human labor. That exploitation has then been justified by a racist ideology affirming the inferiority of its victims – and it still continues today.  [Thus the calls to “make America great again” and “respect our heritage”]

White Supremacy is an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of the European continent, for the purposes of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power, and privilege.… Read the rest

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Canada’s secret plan to invade the U.S. — in 1921

Defence Scheme No. 1: A Canadian lieutenant fashioned a five-pronged plan of attack against the U.S. in 1921. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Defence Scheme No. 1: A Canadian lieutenant fashioned a five-pronged plan of attack against the U.S. in 1921. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

In 1921, Canadian lieutenant, Buster Brown, proposed “Defence Scheme No. 1.,” which was actually a plan for a “full-on invasion” of the United States. In response, US then drafted its own: “War Plan Red.”

Not surprisingly, the tensions were really between the US and Britain. Canada was just the middle man.

Tracy Mumford via MPRNews:

Obviously, it never came to fruition. The tensions driving the potential invasion were actually between the U.S. and Britain. Canada was simply a proxy. After World War I, Britain owed the U.S. a tremendous amount of money — approximately $22 billion — and there were intense disagreements over the payment terms.

The disagreements were heated enough for the U.S. to draft a plan of its own in 1930, which it dubbed “War Plan Red.”

“Americans at that time, everybody seemed to think it was just a matter of time before Canada would be absorbed into the U.S.,” Lippert said.

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UN Report Card Gives US ‘Failing Grade’ on Human Rights

"These low grades suggest the U.S. has a long way to go before it is in compliance with international law," said Faiza Patel of the Brennan Center for Justice. (Photo: amboo who?/flickr/cc)

“These low grades suggest the U.S. has a long way to go before it is in compliance with international law,” said Faiza Patel of the Brennan Center for Justice. (Photo: amboo who?/flickr/cc)

This post was originally published on Common Dreams. See more of Sarah Lazare’s articles here.

A United Nations committee of independent monitors this week released a damningassessment of human rights in the United States, showing an overall dismal performance on issues from Guantanamo Bay detentions to mass surveillance to accountability for past atrocities—earning what the U.S. Human Rights Network called a “failing grade.”

The United Nations Human Rights Committee’s investigation was one of a handful of periodic reviews aimed at evaluating countries that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights established in 1976. In particular, the assessment measured U.S. implementation of the committee’s recommendations for improving the country’s human rights record.… Read the rest

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Pravda.ru: Kim Jong-Un declares preparations for war with US and South Korea

"Kim Jong-un sketch" by En-cas-de-soleil - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Kim Jong-un sketch” by En-cas-de-soleilOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

According to Pravda.ru, Kim Jong-Un has claimed that he is preparing for war with the US and the “puppet South Korean regime.”


He made the statement during the Air Force drills, which as he said, were part of the preparation.

The drills were carried out on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean war of 1950-1953, Pravda.Ru reports.

Kim said the contest was intended to “bring about a radical turn in the drills to round off preparations for a war full of the will to settle with arms accounts with the U.S. imperialists, the chieftain of aggression, and the South Korean puppet group keen to escalate the confrontation with the fellow countrymen and that of social systems, seized with sycophancy toward the U.S.”

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This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind

The new, improved Bloomberg Business has some cool motion graphics illustrating the incredible speed at which America changes its mind on things like gay marriage and interracial marriage:

Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court has now extended that right nationwide. The decision came after a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states from 2013 to 2015, with 36 overall prior to the Court’s ruling. Such widespread acceptance in a short amount of time isn’t a phenomenon unique to gay marriage. Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.

We looked at six big issues—interracial marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage, abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana — to show how this has happened in the past, and may again in the very near future.

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Is domestic extremism a bigger threat than terrorism?

Some claim false flag event for whatever fever pitched purpose that fits snugly into whatever conspiracy “theory” flavor of the day/week/month/year. I won’t even go there, from my perspective that line of thinking for these events is a distraction and like a mental pacifier for people who do not want to admit that the universe is rudderless. I hate to burst bubbles, but random bad stuff does indeed happen sometimes. Others blame mental health, but in reality those with mental health issues are more likely to be a victim.

Often it’s the police doing the victimizing, but that is a whole other article. Many blame guns in some sort of odd anthropomorphizing mental gymnastics. There may be some truth that, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Perhaps we should be talking about anti-government groups/right-wing extremists and their online revisionist propaganda. The recent spree killer did claim he got his inspiration from online racist indoctrination.… Read the rest

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Home to Become a Museum

Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, recently told The Cannabist that she is planning to turn the Colorado home where Thompson took his life (Owl Farm) into a museum.

Katie Shapiro at The Cannabist:

“I’m working to make it a museum,” Anita Thompson told The Cannabist during a barbecue at Owl Farm on Saturday, part of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ annual meeting in Aspen.

“That’s why these rooms have remained the way Hunter left them,” she said, gesturing from her perch in the kitchen toward their famously storied living room, which hasn’t changed much in the 10 years since her husband took his own life. “At first it brought me comfort, and then over the last few years, I’ve kept it this way simply because it is history.

“I want others to experience it.”

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UN wants to bypass US Constitution to enforce climate rules

“Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the [U.S.] Congress, they will refuse” the French Foreign Minister said at a conference in Bonn, Germany. The United Nations and United States government have constantly butted heads with each other. Their principals are wholly incompatible. Whereas the U.S. First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law…,” the UN Declaration of Human Rights states “These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” In short, freedom of speech cannot be used to criticize the UN.

France is slated to host the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference from November 29 to December 11, this year. The ad-hoc Working Group has already drafted rather radical approaches to solving the world climate crisis:

“In reviewing and revising Annex I to the Convention, the total amount of greenhouse gases, expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent, emitted by a Party to the Convention since 1750 A.D.
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On Leaving the United States

Sam Howzit (CC BY 2.0)

Sam Howzit (CC BY 2.0)

Sami Al-Arian writes at CounterPunch:

After 40 years, my time in the U.S. has come to an end. Like many immigrants of my generation, I came to the U.S. in 1975 to seek a higher education and greater opportunities. I also wanted to live in a free society where freedom of speech, association and religion are not only tolerated but guaranteed and protected under the law. That’s why I decided to stay and raise my family here, after earning my doctorate in 1986. Simply put, to me, freedom of speech and thought represented the cornerstone of a dignified life.

Today, freedom of expression has become a defining feature in the struggle to realize our humanity and liberty. The forces of intolerance, hegemony, and exclusionary politics tend to favor the stifling of free speech and the suppression of dissent. But nothing is more dangerous than when such suppression is perpetrated and sanctioned by government.

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