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Without Haiti, the United States Would, In Fact, Be a Shithole

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  • And some other things about the country that Donald Trump doesn’t know and doesn’t care to know.
  • Related: From the Archives | Special Report:The Clintons, “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

Amy Wilentz, the Nation

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https://motherjones.com/files/images/haiti_main.gifJanuary 12, 2018 | t feels strange to me after so many years of thinking and writing about Haiti, to say nothing of simply being there, to have to rise to the country’s defense against a fool. But that fool is the president of the United States, so let’s start with first things first.

It goes without saying that Donald Trump knows nothing about history. But those who do have heard of the Louisiana Purchase, the incredible deal President Jefferson struck with France to buy the giant piece of land, 828,000 square miles of river and breadbasket, that stretches from what is now the Canadian border down to New Orleans and the delta. Without this territory, the United States would never have become a continental power nor, subsequently, a great global power. Jefferson got it at a bargain-basement price: $250 million, in current dollars, doubling the size of the country for less than 3 cents per acre.

Amy Wilentz, a Nation contributing editor, is the author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier and Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti, among other books.

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From the Archives | Special Report: The Clintons, “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died” Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report 

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  • The Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

 

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 2: Trump's election has probably led to a permanent change in transatlantic relations. If the U.S. is missed in the international community, the loss may be felt in the leadership role it assumed, in spite of its flaws, fighting for human rights and the freedom of information.

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Nov 2, 2017 | When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States last November, the European governments treated this unforeseen event with an embarrassing silence. Only politicians from the far right such as Marine Le Pen in France or Brexit partisans in Britain expressed their delight at seeing the victory of a populist leader who had stated many times his despisal for the European Union.

Later on, some European leaders tried to build a relationship with the new head of the most powerful country in the world. Theresa May, the British prime minster, made a well-advertised trip to Washington, as she hoped to get Trump's support for her difficult negotiation with Brussels. The Polish government, which is eager to show that its only reliable ally is America, invited Trump to Warsaw, where he delivered an ambiguous speech.

Antoine de Tarlé is a regular contributor to the French Jesuit monthly Etudes.

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Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? 

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Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea as 'major event' to unify country.

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  • Part 1: Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea: report
    • A New York Times bombshell alleges the Pentagon fears Trump is trigger-happy.
  • Part 2: Trump says it will be hard to unify country without a ‘major event’.
    • “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said.

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Part 1: Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea: report

A New York Times bombshell alleges the Pentagon fears Trump is trigger-happy.

Nicole Karlis, Salon

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According to officials who spoke to the New York Times, the White House has become irritated at the Pentagon for being reluctant to give the White House military options on how to address  Kim Jong-un’s regime. Giving Trump “too many options” might “increase the odds that he will act," the report states.

Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics.

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Part 2: Trump says it will be hard to unify country without a ‘major event’

“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.”

Yamiche Alcindor, PBS

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Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

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US Administration Defends Its Right to Start Wars on a Whim, by Andrei Akulov

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  • Forget that separation of powers of stuff that if you’re old enough, you may have learned in an American Government class somewhere. If the president wants to make war, he just makes war. -- Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture
  • Related: Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC

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Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpgNovember 2, 2017 | The US Constitution says that only Congress can declare war for an extended time but there is a workaround. Congress approved the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), giving the president the authority to track down and destroy al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The resolution stipulates that “The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.” The resolution’s 2002 version gave President Bush the authority to invade Iraq. Only 25 percent of the current members of Congress in the House and Senate were present when the current AUMFs were passed.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and several other Democrats are asking whether a new law authorizing the use of military force should be written. They are planning to introduce legislation that would prohibit Trump from starting a pre-emptive war against North Korea, absent an imminent threat or without express authorization from Congress. They call for one without a sunset date, saying that Congress needs to have a voice.

Andrei Akulov: Colonel, retired, Moscow-based expert on international security issues

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Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC, Derek Seidman, Eyes on the Ties / Portside 

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/endantiwar.jpgNARMIC wanted to research the power and money behind the defense industry and get this research into the hands of peace activists who were resisting the Vietnam War so they could fight more effectively. They wanted — as they put it — to “fill the gap” between “peace research” and “peace organizing.” They wanted to do research for action — hence, their use of the term “action/research” to describe what they did.

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Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

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  • Part 1: Horace Campbell on U.S. Disregard for Black Lives, from “War on Terror” in Africa to U.S. Army Widow at Home
    • There is a collaboration between the United Nations peacekeeping forces and the government of the Congo to ensure that the situation remain destabilized so that the Congo can be looted.
  • Part 2: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood
    • Propaganda of conservative activists and politicians flnng around assures white Americans that their racial resentment is valid, despite evidence to the contrary.

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Part 1: Horace Campbell on U.S. Disregard for Black Lives, from “War on Terror” in Africa to U.S. Army Widow at Home

There is a collaboration between the United Nations peacekeeping forces and the government of the Congo that Nikki Haley doesn’t have a clue about to ensure that the situation remain destabilized so that the Congo can be looted.

Horace Campbell, Democracy Now!

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https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/31/39131/w320/_S2_Africom1.jpg October 24, 2017 | We continue to examine the U.S. military presence in Africa and what happened during the ambush of U.S. Special Forces by militants in the West African nation of Niger, which is now the subject of a military and FBI investigation. We are joined from Luanda, Angola, by Horace Campbell, who is currently spending a year in West Africa as the Kwame Nkrumah chair at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. He is a peace and justice scholar and professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University.
 

Amy Goodman: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, was we continue to examine the U.S. military presence in Africa and what happened during the ambush of U.S. Special Forces in the West African nation of Niger, which is now the subject of both a military and FBI investigation, with the death of four [U.S. soldiers], five Nigerien soldiers, and at the same time, you have President Trump attacking the African-American congresswoman, friend of the La David Johnson family. The widow herself feels under attack, as well, by the president of the United States.

Horace Campbell  currently in West Africa as the Kwame Nkrumah chair at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. He is a peace and justice scholar and professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University.

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Part 2: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood

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Evidence and polls do not seem to alter the perceptions of some white Americans who consider their personal experiences indicative of the norm. This comes as no surprise, given the propaganda being flung around by conservative activists and politicians who want to assure white Americans that their racial resentment is valid, despite evidence to the contrary.

Sonali KolhatkarTruthdig / Rise Up Times

October 26, 2017 | Fifty-five percent of white Americans believe there is discrimination against whites in the U.S., according to a recent NPR poll. But when asked about specific instances in which they personally experienced discrimination, less than 20 percent responded that their whiteness hurt them in job applications, pay equity and promotions and college applications. Reality does not match the perception of the poll respondents, but it does reflect an increasingly common belief—one that Donald Trump has promoted and exploited virulently—that white victimhood is a large-scale problem.

A recent email from a white listener of my radio program offers a perfect example of this type of dissonance. She complained that I focus too much on white supremacy in my news coverage and that in doing so I am “promoting the destruction of the middle class.” She went on to complain that at the McDonald’s she had visited that morning, all 12 employees were Hispanic, and not a single one Caucasian. She lamented the fact that everyone in the computer engineering department of her local university is “mostly Asian or foreign,” and that almost all of her local female leaders are Jewish or have Jewish husbands. She railed about the corporate media and banking industry being mostly run by Jews (“just a fact,” she offered almost apologetically). She also noted that while she is against allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country, she does support the Black Lives Matter movement and had voted for Barack Obama. Ultimately, she said, she isn’t seeking privilege or supremacy—she just wants a decent job to pay her bills.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates.

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