Reports of the ongoing African slave trade in Libya has rightfully outraged the world.
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At a time of widespread uncertainty about the direction of South America, the disappearance and death of Argentinian activist Santiago Maldonado has rocked both Argentina and Latin America.
To commemorate a year passing since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, here is a list of 10 dangerous, violent, culturally significant and shocking things he’s done in office:
Last Thursday the GOP unveiled its craven plan for tax reform, a pro-business, pro-elite assault on the poor of this country.
The ongoing declassification of documents related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy has brought one of the great mysteries of United States history back into the public eye.
In what can only be described as hypocritical performance art, the speech given by former President George W. Bush last Thursday decrying the Trump administration revealed a mindset of deranged amnesia amongst the political elite.
Thanks to a deliberate, man-made humanitarian crisis, the nation of Yemen is experiencing the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, with a million cases likely by the end of 2017.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is a dead man walking. Though his mid-term senate race is more than a year away, he holds a seat in the Senate deeply coveted by the Republicans. They will dump untold resources into the race to win a seat from the Democrats and bolster their majority.
Puerto Rico has been killed. One of the few outright colonies of the United States empire, the island has been left for dead after Hurricane Maria.
During a speech at the United Nations, President Trump threatened the mass murder of millions of North Koreans, vowing to “totally destroy” the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea should its government continue its missile tests.
Myanmar once again faces unspeakable, widespread violence.
Hurricane Irma was tied for the seventh most powerful hurricane to strike the United States mainland, as of Sunday morning.
A moral question: Should your life depend on it, would you side with the far-left protesters known as Antifa or the self-identified white nationalists, two groups that often clash in the United States?
“What a crowd, what a turnout,” President Trump called out at Corpus Christi, Texas, ground zero for the ruin brought by Hurricane Harvey. His tone was that of a used car salesman at a ribbon-cutting. Supporters and hurricane survivors were roped off, and the crying of sirens filled the background. Perhaps no other moment defines our era so well.
The United States no longer has a civilian government. The veneer of non-military control of our institutions, in eight short months, has been swept away by the bumbling new president, a mix of the Hamburgler and Rodney Dangerfield’s character in “Caddyshack.”
I remember an acute sense of shame as a friend and I drove past a line of homeless people on Kirkwood Avenue this past June. I’d returned only weeks before from studying abroad in Argentina and hadn’t seen Bloomington since early February. I had seen this sight countless times in Buenos Aires – people living out of makeshift structures of trash, shopping carts and possessions – but never had the homeless situation in Bloomington looked this noticeably serious. Later at lunch, a friend caught me up on the drug overdoses that made national news and the consequential police ordinance to clear out Peoples Park.
A funny thing happens when the United States preps its citizenry for war. It’s quite a specific process, and to catch a glimpse of what it looks like, go no further than recent news coverage of President Trump’s alarming belligerency toward North Korea. You’ll find a sense of urgency, historical amnesia, fear mongering and lunacy abound because one congressman has idiotically claimed that North Korea could smuggle a nuclear weapon into the U.S. within a bale of marijuana.
Genetically modified organisms have become, in a short period of time, a staple in the American diet.
I was thoroughly pleased Tuesday when I saw many fellow IU students protesting Charles Murray, whose 1994 findings on economic-biological determination helps perpetuate the most vicious and racist parts of our economic system.
As the entire United States ruling class, now firmly behind President Trump, brings the war in Syria to a point of unthinkable escalation, I propose a toast to the death rattle of common sense and the lessons of recent history.