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Author: TheGuardian

The New Red Scare: Politicians blame migrations for a self-inflicted economic decline

The west is being destroyed, not by migrants, but by the fear of migrants. In country after country, the ghosts of the fascists have rematerialized and are sitting in nations around the world. They have successfully convinced their populations that the greatest threat to their nations isn not government tyranny or inequality or climate change, but immigration. And that, to stop this wave of migrants, everyone’s civil liberties must be curtailed. Surveillance cameras must be installed everywhere. Passports must be produced for the most routine of tasks, like buying a mobile phone. It is a successful strategy for the...

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ACLU raises concerns about Pentagon’s deployment of surveillance balloons over Wisconsin

The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal. Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois. Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”, according to a filing made on behalf of the Sierra Nevada...

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Exploitation of Misery: When our leadership during a tragedy is an ethical black hole

Donald Trump continues to play his cynical game of dodging responsibility, shifting blame, and exploiting tragedy. In a press conference called to address the horrors of two mass shootings in the United States over the August 3 weekend, the president said nothing about his pivotal role in stoking fear and racism among certain segments of the population, said nothing about the fact that five of the 10 deadliest shootings in American history have happened since 2016, the fact that he has become a figurehead in the dark underground of the global white nationalist movement. Instead, Trump blamed the internet,...

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#trumpsterrorists trends on twitter as country demands end to gun violence by white nationalists

Domestic terrorism now results in more deaths than the foreign kind but the president shows no sign of toning down his rhetoric. Two menaces have stalked America throughout its history. One is gun violence. The other is white supremacy. In El Paso, Texas, on August 3, they collided. A 21-year-old gunman with a hatred of Hispanic immigrants killed 20 people in a shopping mall in the eighth deadliest mass shooting in American history. The suspect is believed to have posted online an anti-immigrant screed that praised the killing of 51 people in Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in March....

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Apollo 11: Remembering the race to put a footprint on the moon 50 years ago

It was 1969. The last year for President Kennedy’s pledge to land a man on the moon and return him safely “before this decade is out”. NASA was not sure it could be done in time. There were, perhaps, going to be only three opportunities before the deadline expired. On 6 January the head of the astronaut office at NASA, Deke Slayton, called the crew of Apollo 11 – Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins – into his office in Houston, Texas, and told them that their mission, set for July, might involve a lunar landing. A...

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Politics and Puppets: How oligarchs profit from Trump’s division of Americans

I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that Democratic candidates may be “too far left.” But in an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left.” A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the “left” sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the “right” sought greater reliance on the free market. But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else – whether...

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