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Trumpwatch – What’s a few more nails in the planet’s coffin?

By   /  May 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Trump’s First 100 Days can boast of several “achievements”. But not the variety that progressive-minded people – especially those concerned with global environmental problems and threats to peace – would welcome with a cheer.

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Must hear radio: Radio NZ interviews a neo-con Hawk

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Washington neo-con hawk, Ambassador Dan Fried, promoting the American imperial hegemonic efforts against Russia and Syria and why expansion of NATO into former Soviet states is a “good thing”.

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Trumpwatch: One minute closer to midnight on the Doomsday Clock

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  61 Comments

Despite a previous poison gas attack in Ghouta, Syria in 2013 – for which the Assad regime was implicated, but not proven – there is little actual firm evidence that the Syrian government was responsible for the gassing at Khan Sheikhoun on 7 April.

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Trumpwatch: The Art of Deflection

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

With the Cult of Hyper Individualism, “taking Personal Responsibility” is the corollary of the “Small State” and reduced government services. The Right demand Personal Responsibility from everyone. (So when an individual ‘fails’, the fault – and responsibility – must lie with him/her, rather than the State’s tilting the playing field toward the rich and the powerful.)

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Trumpwatch: Fake News, Soft News, and Non-News

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  35 Comments

Trump’s mis-use of the term “fake news” – to attack and dismiss as untrue, actual news stories – is a corruption of the term for his own purposes. Trump’s actions, statements, tweets, and behaviour has all received media attention – and quite rightly so. Trump is no longer a private individual and his actions and words are no longer unimportant. As the elected leader of the United States, much of what he says and does will be reported.

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Trumpwatch: “… then they came for the LGBT”

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

In revoking Obama’s order to “allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity”, Trump has made life more difficult for transgendered young people. His decision to allow Jeff Sessions to impose his moralistic agenda to deny transgendered students to be in a safe environment to use bathroom facilities, puts extra stresses on people who are already facing a difficult time in their lives.

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Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Up Front”

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Up Front”

. . On Al Jazeera’s current affairs programme, “Up Front“;  New York University history professor and expert on fascism Ruth Ben-Ghiat; Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution;  senior Haaretz correspondent Anshel Pfeffer, and Martin Quencez, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, discuss the rise of Donald Trump and […]

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Trumpwatch: The Drum(pf)s of War

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

Not since Bush launched a propaganda war against three nations (Iran, Iraq, and North Korea) with his jingoistic “Axis of Evil” rhetoric in 2002, has a U.S. president so successfully instigated Cold War II on so many fronts.

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Trumpwatch: Muslims, mandates, and moral courage

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  57 Comments

The Trump Administration has led humanity into uncharted waters. Looming on the dark horizon may be the inevitable;

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Trumpwatch: Voter fraud, Presidential delusions, and Fox News

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Trump’s campaign and presidency has been marked by a series of exaggerations, half-truths, and outright lies. One of Trump’s most recent lies is his allegation of massive voter fraud in the US 2016 presidential elections;

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Trump escalates, Putin congratulates

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

With 115 characters, Donald Trump declared a return to a global nuclear arms race.

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The Sweet’n’Sour Deliciousness of Irony: Russia accused of meddling in US Election

By   /  December 18, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It is unsurprising that most of the world looks upon American grievances of (alleged) Russian “meddling” with risable scorn. Whether true or not – and most probably harbour a secret hope that it is true – the Americans richly deserve what they have been meting out to other nations throughout the 20th, and first decade of, the 21st century.

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The Rise of Great Leader Trump

By   /  November 20, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Whatever policies Trump intends to enact during his presidential term is unknown.

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When Life is a Lottery

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Make no mistake, housing has become a crisis in New Zealand as this May poll for a TV3/Reid Research Poll highlighted;

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MUST READ: The seductiveness of Trumpism

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

There was a vacuum left by the political establishment, and Donald Trump shrewdly colonised that space. Trump had created the new “reality” that Buffett warned us about.

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Black Ops from the SIS and FBI?

By   /  November 1, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  110 Comments

Two days ago (28 October), FBI Director, James B. Comey, sent a letter to the US Congress disclosing that the Bureau was investigating newly-discovered emails from disgraced former US Congressman, Anthony Weiner.

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