International Politics & Society Interview on Trump’s Battle against Civil Rights (A “Systematically” Dismantling of Hard-Won Civil Rights Protections)

International Politics and Society reports (source) Political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have embraced a populist platform that defines itself in opposition to immigrants and the political elites. In the US, President Donald Trump has vowed to pursue a ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy and promised to ‘drain the swamp’, while European leaders in…

Brennan Center for Justice: When the Current Darkness Lifts, as it will, America will be Ready for a New Era of Reform. But it won’t be Led by the Courts

The Change America Needs Won’t Come from the Supreme Court. Nine justices were never going to save us from the current crisis engulfing our democracy. Throughout our history, they seldom have. Brennan Center for Justice reports (source) The end of the Supreme Court term brought a flurry of dispiriting decisions, from the justices’ failure to…

No More Mr. Nice Guy or Ms. Nice Women: Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair Is for Suckers & The Next Democratic Majority Should Play Dirty

Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair Is for Suckers how—the next Democratic majority should play dirty. News reports (source) If Democrats are wise, they will embrace President Donald Trump’s demonstration that there no longer are any unwritten rules in American politics. (I’ve come to think that the key text for understanding our era is the 1997 movie…

Reuters: Survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, Florida File a Federal Lawsuit Saying Authorities ”Failed to Act” Linda So Reports

Watch Reuters Gun violence in the United States results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries annually.[1] In 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries (23.2 injuries per 100,000 U.S. citizens),[2][3] and 33,636 deaths due to “injury by firearms” (10.6 deaths per 100,000 U.S. citizens).[4] These deaths consisted of 11,208 homicides,[5]21,175 suicides,[4] 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent…

How to Resists Fascist Trump? Expert on Authoritarian States of Post-Soviet Central Asia & a Journalist with a Ph.D. in Anthropology Tells How Best Do It

Often, the dynamics between Trump, Resistance & the Media produce results that are unfortunately, negative for Democracy, Liberty/Freedom, Justice and Human Rights. For example, the media seems always be willing and open to Trump, to “Re-Set” and start over, hurting momentum of those resisting Trump. However, perhaps, apart from the debate that Trump may change…

Trump Stacking Supreme Court: When a Government Tries to Twist the Justice System to Serve it When the Government is Under Investigations, We Typically Talking About a “Banana Republic.”

Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) reported: Donald Trump’s campaign manager is in jail. 5 members of his campaign have pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Mueller probe. And the media is acting like it’s perfectly normal that this obviously guilty man is going to name his own judge. Typically, when a government tries to twist the…

Ireland Beat Everything that Went on in America’s 2016 Presidential Election in a Divisive Abortion Referendum: How? (You will Feel Sad about America’s Media if You Read This)

In the run-up to Ireland’s abortion referendum, amid heated campaigns that exposed some of the country’s deepest divides, a group of 20 journalists from a wide range of Irish media gathered in a small office in Dublin. They were one part of a collective, informal, and successful effort, led by journalists and activists, to protect…