Vital but lost history: how we overthrew Iran’s democracy

END THE WAR IN IRAN

Summary: As Trump prepares to wreck the deal with Iran, let's remember our first engagement with Iran -- when we helped overthrow their democracy. We have forgotten about this; they have not. Remembering is the first step to learning. Excerpt from "A Prize from Fairyland" By Andrew Bacevich. London Review of Books, 2 November 2017. Review … Continue reading Vital but lost history: how we overthrew Iran’s democracy

Remember that the fires we lite in Iraq still burn. Look and learn.

Mosul

Summary:  America led the invasion and occupation of Iraq, overthrowing a secular regime for what became a mostly Islamic theocratic state. It began in March 2003. Iraq is still burning. The news media seldom remind of the the chaos we created. The fighting Mosul is a vivid dot in the long war we irresponsibly ignited. … Continue reading Remember that the fires we lite in Iraq still burn. Look and learn.

Governments weaponize famine. See it working in these 4 nations.

Famine in Africa

Summary: Brutal famine has four nations in its grip, deliberate results of their governments' policies. While we wreck the Middle East, spreading jihadist movements, they get a pass (unless we help them). This is a powerful article with horrific news. "The Nazis Used It, We Use It" Alex de Waal on the return of famine … Continue reading Governments weaponize famine. See it working in these 4 nations.

How neoliberalism and globalization created the populist revolt in the West

A map of global neoliberalism

Summary: Here is an excerpt from one of the most powerful explanations I have seen for the role neoliberalism and globalization as drivers of populism in the West. Our political future cannot be seen without understanding this. {First of two articles today.} Here is one of the most illuminating essays I have read in a … Continue reading How neoliberalism and globalization created the populist revolt in the West