We have been here before, both in the history of the US and of ideology. Post-1989 featured the same “universal self-congratulation and flinging up of caps” that Thomas Carlyle critiqued in The French Revolution. Bacevich is right to criticize it again. But it is surely wrong to claim, for instance, that “Reagan’s entire presidency was a pseudo-event, its achievements based on the masterful creation and manipulation of images”. Mikhail Gorbachev, for one, doesn’t think so. … [Read more...] about The Age of Illusions review: anti-anti-Trump but for … what, exactly?
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Still, even if they are “mired in Excel spreadsheets” now, there are clear upsides. From the beginning, Led By Donkeys had been conscious it could be accused of only existing in a bubble, but now it has the resources to reach a much wider audience. There is satisfaction in getting 10,000 retweets from a post, but these days the founders insist they are more excited when their work is picked up by regional papers, sparking local debate. They also want their message to be heard beyond British borders: to that end, they have bought billboard space in Brussels and beamed “SOS” on an EU flag in a 75x50m projection on the Dover cliffs. “Quite something to see the white cliffs of Dover turn blue,” noted Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister and now the EU parliament’s representative in the Brexit negotiations. … [Read more...] about Led By Donkeys: ‘There is a political power in laughing at these people’
Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump “The GOA got it exactly backwards. Here’s what they said. The law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities to those Congress has enacted into law. It’s exactly the opposite. The Constitution does not allow Congress to substitute its own priorities.... … [Read more...] about Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump in impeachment
One example of a migrant who has integrated into Morocco successfully is 36-year old Teddy Patou from Cameroon. He told DW that he fled poverty, misery and disease to come to Morocco. Patou said he chose the country because it gave him his chance to pursue his dream of being a journalist. Although he has dealt with racism in Morocco, he has been able to pursue his career aspirations. With the help of his Moroccan friend, Jamal, he recently presented his first radio news broadcast. "I was lucky to meet people who respected me, respected my dreams, and helped me make my way," Patou said. … [Read more...] about Morocco: A risky migration partner for the EU
In the wake of four election defeats, changing the party’s campaigning approach should be seen as a key priority, and the deputy could certainly take a lead on this while the leader concentrates on galvanising public support and selling Labour’s popular policies. Burgon, Butler and Rayner campaigned relentlessly round the country in 2019 so will have picked up key insights, and as the sole Labour MP in Scotland, where Labour urgently needs to regain ground if it is to win power, Murray might also stake a claim. … [Read more...] about Labour’s deputy leader has a crucial role. And it’s time to define exactly what that is