Archives for May 2018

Trump Plans Total Ban on German Luxury Carmakers From US Market

Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron last month he would maintain his trade policy with the aim of stopping Mercedes-Benz models from driving down Fifth Avenue in New York.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Having cornered his European allies over the Iran sanctions, and tightened his grip on the EU economy over metals tariffs, an exclusive report by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche claims that President Trump is taking direct aim at Merkel and is preparing to impose a total ban on German luxury carmakers from the U.S. market. Citing several

Education in America: On the Mainland Teachers Marched, in Puerto Rico 95% of Students Did

Approximately 50,000 people showed up in the streets of San Juan to demand the fiscal belt-tightening end in the depression-plagued commonwealth.

In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 photo, a youth sits in the courtyard of Ramon Marin Sola Elementary School, which opened its doors as a daytime community center after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Most schools remain closed, leaving kids to pass the time playing on downed trees or using precious phone battery on video games, waiting for life to return to normal as the adults around them struggle to put their own lives back together. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN – On the U.S. mainland, teachers have been marching, organizing at the grassroots, for more money for schools. On Puerto Rico, it was the students – 94 percent of them. That’s how many of the island’s students stayed out of class on May Day, the commonwealth’s Education Secretary admitted. The students were part of a mass nationwide

Roseanne Barr Is What America Has Become

Barr’s odyssey from a liberal champion of the underpaid working class to a vitriolic Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist with an attraction to racist language is in many ways symptomatic of the United States itself.

Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. Evan Agostini | Invision

The cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s situation comedy reboot at ABC/Disney is not, as some of my more serious acquaintances on social media are saying, unimportant. Barr’s attack via Twitter on former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett (who, Barr said, looked like the offspring of a union of the Muslim Brotherhood and planet of the apes), is an important

Chicago City Council Members Lash Out at Young Black Activists Opposed to Cop Academy

The No Cop Academy coalition, which is led by young black activists, convinced two aldermen to “defer and postpone” a vote on the measure on May 23.

No Cop Academy

Multiple elected representatives in the Chicago City Council attacked the No Cop Academy coalition on May 25 before they voted for a funding measure for a $95 million police training complex. The No Cop Academy coalition, which is led by young black activists, convinced two aldermen—Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and David Moore—to “defer and postpone” a

Al Jazeera’s New Documentary on The Islamophobia Industry and The Israel Lobby

The Al Jazeera film documented some of the ways the Islamophobia industry’s incitement and hate-filled ideology filters through to and inspires the perpetrators of such violence.

Benjamin Netanyahu US Congress

A recent documentary by Al Jazeera Investigations lifted the lid on the power and influence of what is often termed the Islamophobia industry. A well-funded network of organisations and groups which work in loose association are funding some of the worst hate and incitement against Muslims in the West. Such groups operate around the world, but

The Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous

Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school.

Denyse Christian, visits a makeshift memorial with her son Adin Christian, 16, a student at the school, outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting, in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 19, 2018. (AP/Gerald Herbert)

Every day, 42 Americans die in gun homicides, the grim backdrop against which to talk about school shootings. In the three months between the 10 shot dead in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, and the 17 in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, around 4,000 Americans lost their lives in firearms homicides. In the initial horror following a school shooting, we