The First Results from France’s Presidential Elections: The Backdrop and What Is to Come

The first round of France’s presidential elections took place on April 23, and two candidates emerged to compete in the runoff on May 7: Emmanuel Macron, the candidate of En Marche (“On the Move”) and Marine Le Pen, candidate of the Front national (“National Front”)—although she officially resigned from her party on April 24 in … Continue reading The First Results from France’s Presidential Elections: The Backdrop and What Is to Come

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Trump’s Dangerous Saber-Rattling

During the presidential election campaign, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump favored a stepped-up military component of foreign policy. They differed on what the main target should be. Clinton aimed at Russia, while Trump singled out China. By Barry Sheppard Clinton not only wanted to continue the policy of both Republican and Democratic administrations since … Continue reading Trump’s Dangerous Saber-Rattling

Dangerous Escalation of U.S. Wars in the Offing

  Much more could have been written, including Trump's $54 billion increase in the already bloated war budget, and the Obama-Trump one trillion dollar program to "modernize" the nuclear arsenal, including developing smaller bombs that would make their use more likely. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved their doomsday clock up to 2 minutes … Continue reading Dangerous Escalation of U.S. Wars in the Offing

Building the Wall: A Racist Psychosis

  When Donald Trump descended the gilded escalator in Trump Tower and declared his candidacy for President in 2015, he had a single central theme: he would build a wall. This wall, along the border between the United States and Mexico, would serve to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the US, and Mexico would pay … Continue reading Building the Wall: A Racist Psychosis