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Trump’s China Tariffs on Solar backfire; American Natural Gas hurt, as US PV sales Soar
Juan Cole: President Donald Trump’s 30% tariff on Chinese-made solar panels turns out not to have had as severe an impact on the industry as had been feared. Trump was attempting to slow renewables growth in favor of Big Carbon–natural gas and coal, but he failed spectacularly. ... As it turns out, the Chinese are so angry about his tariffs that they have slapped a 10% tariff on US liquid natural gas (LNG). The US now has a good deal of natural gas, which is exported by sea in the form of LNG in canisters on containment ships, because of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The LNG companies in the US were expecting their primary customer to be China, which is trying to move away from coal to renewables and cleaner-burning natural gas... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2018, 4:08pm

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Freedom Rider: The Plot Against Trump
Margaret Kimberley: Since there is no limit to what the ruling class will do to “get” Trump, there is no telling what person, agency or group actually wrote the “anonymous” New York Times article. ... Donald Trump presents many contradictions. He is the both the embodiment of white American nationalism and the mortal enemy of one wing of the ruling elite. He is a racist and therefore a threat to black people. But he is also hated by forces who are the enemies of all humanity. ... “Robert Mueller has identified Russians as the colluders but hasn’t connected them with Trump.” ... Black people cannot align themselves with Trump but would be extremely foolish to choose the neoliberal imperialists and their friends in the media. The enemy of one’s enemy is not necessarily a friend. Sometimes that force is an enemy too... Visit Website ]
Sep 12, 2018, 2:49pm

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Freedom Rider: John McCain, Trump Derangement, and False Black Consciousness
Margaret Kimberley: The death of Senator John McCain was an opportune moment for the corporate media and bipartisan establishment elite to tighten their grip on public opinion and simultaneously attack Donald Trump, the man they can’t trust to do their bidding. It wasn’t difficult to do. White supremacy and the doctrine of Manifest Destiny never lurk far from the surface. It is easy to turn a white man into a saint when he is famous for dropping bombs on Asians who turned the tables when they captured and tortured him. ... The rehabilitation of George W. Bush and John McCain proves that the bad guys can be transformed into good if someone comes along who is thought to be worse. ... We have been transformed in the rightward shift too and erase our history and our consciousness in a sad effort to identify with a system which should always be understood as an adversary... Visit Website ]
Sep 5, 2018, 1:49pm

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On Labor Day, American Workers are Poor because they Aren’t Socialists
Juan Cole: The average purchasing power of the average worker’s wages in the United States has not increased for 40 years. ... One big reason for the failure of the American system to provide a better life for this generation of workers is the decline of unions. In fact, the decline of unions has depressed the wages and benefits even of non-union workers. Popular misconceptions promoted by the billionaires blame wage stagnation on immigration or free trade arrangements. The solid economic studies show that both immigration and open trade frameworks increase economic growth. It is knee-capping the unions that depress wages. ... It is the Democratic Socialists of America who recognize the disease and know the cure. It isn’t the Tea Party or the trickle down crowd or the P T Barnums of Washington, D.C., like Trump, who believe that a sucker is born every minute... Visit Website ]
Sep 3, 2018, 12:24pm

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China defies Trump on Iran, Creating new Benchmark Crude Market in Yuan
Juan Cole: China’s new futures market in Shanghai is trading in the Chinese currency, the Yuan, rather than dollars. One reason for dumping the dollar in this regard is that the Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control is trying to stop countries from buying Iranian petroleum. The Dept of Treasury, however, only has control of dollar transactions or those that go through U.S. banks. China can buy Iranian crude till the cows come home if it buys them in yuan. ... Reuters speculates that thwarting US sanctions on third parties that buy Iranian crude, due to kick in November 1, is one reason for the establishment of the Shanghai exchange... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2018, 12:24pm

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Freedom Rider: Prison Strike 2018
Margaret Kimberley: Inmates in states across the nation are on strike against the world’s largest and most racist prison system. ... Most inmates have not committed violent crimes. They sold drugs or used drugs or failed to pay child support or committed a petty offense or failed to pay for traffic violations or other government fines. A rapacious system, crooked prosecutors and racists at every point in the system can turn a minor offense into a prison sentence. ... The prison strike is an effort to improve living conditions and the rights of incarcerated workers. But it should be far more than that. The prison strike is a means of bringing attention to a system that is rotten and must be abolished. That will mean fighting for black community control of the police, for an end to corporate profit making on the backs of imprisoned people and for organizing against the corrupt political structure which makes so much evil doing possible... Visit Website ]
Aug 29, 2018, 2:44pm

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With South Africa Conspiracy Theory, Trump is becoming Dylann Roof
Juan Cole: White nationalist terrorist Dylann Roof, who murdered nine African-Americans in a church, including a sitting state senator, confessed himself deeply disturbed by various white grievances. ... A hysteria around the end of white colonial rule in southern Africa has afflicted the American far right for decades. Recently the allegation in neo-Nazi circles has been that white farmers in South Africa are being genocided. ... This damned lie, picked up by right wing commentators like Ann Coulter and by Rupert Murdoch’s phony news outlets like Fox, is going mainstream via Trump, who has asked Mike Pompeo at the State Department to look into the ongoing mass murder... Visit Website ]
Aug 24, 2018, 12:10pm

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Freedom Rider: Giuliani and Brennan: Truth or Dare
Margaret Kimberley: Giuliani had spilled the beans on how prosecutors do their job. He was a federal prosecutor himself, and knows quite well that he, Mueller and everyone else who has ever done that work present one party as a liar and the other as the truth teller based upon the outcome they want, not on facts. They use the law to get whomever it is they want to convict, and orchestrate their cases accordingly. This prosecutorial malfeasance is one reason why there are more than 2 million incarcerated people in this country. ... Brennan is among the worst of the rogues’ gallerywho lied about WMD in Iraq, sanctioned rendition and torture, and supported jihadists in the destruction of Libya. ... Anyone who is really paying attention can see that the criminal gangs at the top are exposing themselves. They are all enemies of the people and the people should loudly say that none of these emperors are wearing any clothes... Visit Website ]
Aug 22, 2018, 3:54pm

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Freedom Rider: The United States Destroys Venezuela’s Economy
Margaret Kimberley: Venezuela’s problems were created by the United States government, first during the Obama administration and now continuing under Trump’s. ... It is sanctions against the Venezuelan government and its people that have created hyperinflation, hunger, and a devastated health care system that was once the envy of that region. Sanctions are war by other means, invisible to most eyes. There are no troops, bullets, bombs, drones or military weaponry. ... What have Venezuelans done to bring on this draconian punishment? They have dared to vote for socialist governments, first under the late president Hugo Chavez and again when he was succeeded by Nicolas Maduro... Visit Website ]
Aug 15, 2018, 4:27pm

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Freedom Rider: Social Media’s Danger to the Black Left
Margaret Kimberley: The benefits of social media are obvious. But left activists must rethink how or even whether to use platforms which are both useful and dangerous. ... It is time to take a serious look at our dependence on Facebook, which Julian Assange called, “The most appalling spy machine ever invented.” ... The system that we critique so assiduously is quite serious about limiting our effectiveness when it can’t do away with our organizations altogether. ... We are living in an era when every person on the planet is under surveillance, regardless of their ideology or political activity.The National Security Agency (NSA) has records of every email and every phone call made in the country... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2018, 4:09pm

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Manafort’s alleged Corruption is How America Works, not Deviance
Juan Cole: Where did the millions of dollars come from that Manafort allegedly laundered or hid in secret overseas accounts? ... Well, some millions appear to have come from Russian oil money, laundered through Ukrainian sockpuppets. ... But Manafort was not new at this business of influence peddling. He had worked on the Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush campaigns, and was extremely well-connected in the Republican Party. ... There was no strong man so odious that Manafort would not take his money and make phone calls to his old buddies on his behalf. ... Behind the scenes, Manafort was providing the only value added he knew: connections. He would make The Call. To the movers and shakers. Congressional representatives, senators, powerful people in Washington.... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2018, 3:19pm

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Freedom Rider: Russiagate Covers Up Black Vote Theft
Margaret Kimberley: What is clear is that the Republicans stole the 2016 election for Donald Trump with a combination of voter suppression and outright theft directed against black people. Trump supposedly won the state of Michigan) by a 10,000 vote margin, but more than 75,000 votes cast in majority black cities Flint and Detroit went uncounted because of “malfunctioning” voting machines. An additional 449,000 voters in that state were purged from the rolls through the infamous Crosscheck system. ... But all talk of stolen elections is forbidden in this country, even though it happens on a regular basis. While Republicans are the vote thieves the Democrats say little or nothing about the resulting defeats and the loss of their most loyal constituents’ citizenship rights. That is just one of the reasons they need to flog the Russiagate horse incessantly... Visit Website ]
Aug 1, 2018, 3:31pm

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Freedom Rider: Blacks Need To Stop Calling the Enemy “We” and “Us”
Margaret Kimberley: It is a sad to see black people speak of themselves in the first person when referencing the United States government, its intelligence agencies, and war making apparatus. Two years of relentless war propaganda has conflated opposition to Trump with the interests of the ruling elites. Words such as “our allies,” “our intelligence community,” and “our democracy” should never come out of a black person’s mouth.” The desire to be rid of the racist-in-chief has caused a new epidemic of mental illness. ... The only “we” we have is ourselves and people around the world who struggle against the same forces. ... “The party we cling to with such desperation has actively chosen not to represent our interests.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 25, 2018, 4:46pm

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Freedom Rider: Russiagate and Black Misleadership
Margaret Kimberley: Black people should be first in line when it comes to casting doubt on the work of intelligence agencies and federal prosecutors. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) ought to uphold the proud tradition of defying corrupt law enforcement. Instead they prove themselves to be happy tools of the neoliberal war party, a bipartisan construct that includes the Democrats. ... Robert Mueller is no different from his prosecutor colleagues across the country. They lie. They over charge and force innocent people to plead guilty. They “squeeze” defendants with threats of draconian sentences and get them to turn on other people or even to tell lies themselves. ... After more than one year of investigation Mueller succeeded only in proving that Paul Manafort is a crook and that Donald Trump, Jr. is stupid. ... The goal is to make excuses for the Democratic Party elite, explain away their failures which led to Donald Trump’s election... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2018, 3:13pm

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7 TRUTHS ABOUT IMMIGRATION
Robert Reich: 1. A record high of 75 percent of Americans now say immigration is a “good thing” for the country. ... 2. America needs more immigrants, not fewer, because our population is rapidly aging. ... 3. Historically, new immigrants have contributed more to society in taxes than they have taken from society in terms of public assistance. ... 4. Most immigrants don’t take jobs away from native-born Americans. To the contrary, their spending creates more jobs. ... 5. Trump’s claim that undocumented immigrants generate more crime is dead wrong. Both legal and undocumented immigrants are significantly less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States... Visit Website ]
Jul 14, 2018, 11:04am


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