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‘Game of Thrones,’ an American Parable

May 17, 2019           |                                       

Even if you’re one of the few television viewers not watching “Game of Thrones,” you’re probably at least dimly aware of Dany and her dragons. From the merch to the memes to the rising number of babies who bear her name, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is undoubtedly the most talked-about character on the show, her […]

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The 1979 occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran shows why Venezuela now requires support in protecting its embassy in D.C., says Alfred de Zayas. On Thursday morning Kevin Zeese, one of the activists who remained inside the embassy, reported: “The police have broken in and say they will arrest us.” Shortly after that he […]

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Four activists from the Embassy Protection Collective remain at the Venezuelan embassy despite a cut-off of electricity and water and the government prohibiting people, including journalists from entering. Jesse Jackson appeared at the embassy Wednesday afternoon, facilitating a rare delivery of food and water, see interview and video. ALFRED DE ZAYAS, alfreddezayas at gmail.com, @alfreddezayas Alfred de Zayas was the first UN […]

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Putting Patients Last: Corporate Capture of Doctors

May 15, 2019           |                                       

Welcome to corporate healthcare, the new normal in doctors’ offices, where profits are king and patients are commodities. With government regulatory agencies essentially adopting a “hands-off” policy, the ever-inventive medical establishment has come up with a basketful of new procedures to delude the patient population into believing that more (traditional drug-and procedure-saturated medicine) is the […]

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Representative democracy, with all its checks and balances and enlightened deliberation on behalf of busy citizens, was a pretty good contrivance. Excellent job by Montesquieu in beginning to work the essential ideas out in The Spirit of the Laws! Nicely done, James Madison et. al, in building on such ideas, drafting a United States Constitution, […]

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Crisis Point? High Stakes in Trump’s Showdown With Congress

May 9, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON—Democrats call it a “constitutional crisis.” But is it? Stunned by the extent of the White House’s blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation’s system of checks and balances in new and alarming ways. It’s not just the House’s […]

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series examining Attorney General William Barr’s testimony on the extent of presidential power and the challenge his assertions and relationship with President Trump present to Congress. The most shocking aspect of Attorney General William Barr’s May 1 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee wasn’t the bucket […]

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Venezuela’s Guaido Blames Backers for Failed Coup

May 7, 2019           |                                       

Last week’s failed US-backed coup in Venezuela was embarrassing for a lot of people, including opposition leader Juan Guaido, who it was intended to sweep into power. Guaido, however, is not content to take the blame for the failure. In comments Monday with AFP, Guaido claimed that the failure was because a lot of his […]

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In September of 2017, Hurricane Maria made a deep wound in the United States. Millions of Americans in Puerto Rico suffered. They lost schools, jobs, homes, and lives—well more than 4,000, according to a study months after the event. But when President Trump arrived on the island on October 3, he wasn’t mourning. He was […]

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After decades of global integration, Dan Steinbock sees imperial presidential policies based on “national security interests” producing majestic mistakes. How Carl Schmitt Took Over the White House By Dan Steinbock Special to Consortium News As the controversial German jurist Carl Schmitt saw it in the interwar Third Reich, legal order ultimately rests upon the decisions […]

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The eagle has conveniently forgotten that the original, Ancient Silk Road linked the dragon with the Roman empire for centuries – with no interlopers outside of Eurasia, muses Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News Once upon a time, deep into the night in selected campfires across the deserts of Southwest Asia, I […]

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This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. Avery Thompson Popular Mechanics reports that in the month of April for the first time in US history, the country produced more electricity with renewables than with coal. Part of the solution to this puzzle is economic. In much of the US, Thompson notes, you could actually make […]

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We need food, clothing, and shelter to secure our existence. It gives us the basic pleasure of living. People are also social beings. Joined in society, they improve their lives significantly and get more pleasure. The most substantial progress comes from the cooperation between free people which may bring the greatest power to satisfy their […]

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A television comedian was elected President of Ukraine last Monday, provoking headlines such as: “Buffoons Are Taking Over the Court” and “Why a Bit of Humorlessness Might Go a Long Way.” Volodymyr Zelensky – who once played a sitcom character shockingly elected President after his angry video rant goes viral – beat the incumbent Petro […]

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