Obama, Lost in Transition

Today, President Obama, in a most undignified act, closed two Russian Diplomatic Centers and gave 35  “diplomats and their families 72 hours to get out of the country.    The front page headline in the New York Times Reads Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking.    When I arrived home from work today my son was watching the MSM coverage.   Loud, hysterical debate over the politics of the event, hysterical discussion of ongoing Russian interference in US internal affairs and what we should do next.   What will Trump do when he takes office emanated from his room.   He likes House of Cards and I wondered for a moment if they were so far ahead of the game that they somehow managed to simulate the events of the day.  But no.  This is our real president (for a few more weeks) and our real media (God help us).

One of the funniest bits was a commentator denouncing the dastardly Putin for continuing to interfere in US internal politics by not taking the bait and escalating the situation with a tit for tat expulsion of diplomats.   The commentator was truly distressed.  How dare Putin change the rules by refusing to play the game?!    But he truly funniest remark was a quote from a Republican who said that we will just have to wait for Donald Trump to come to power so we can have a mature and competent president.   I felt like I just fell into a rabbit hole!   Alice, are you still here?

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Connecting US Foreign Policy With Domestic Oppression

In the United States activists really need to focus on understanding and appreciating the depth of the connection between  US foreign policy and domestic oppression.   This is key to making any unified movement for change in this country,   In the interview below, Chris Hedges and Rania Khalek address this issue around US support for Israel.   They show how the militarized Israeli occupation of Palestine is  interwoven with the US deep state war machine, often referred to as the Military Industrial Complex.  After nearly 70 years, Israel remains at war with the indigenous population of the region within its borders as well as neighboring states.   The Israeli occupation of Palestine has significant parallels with the European oppression and ultimate genocide of the native population of the Americas, and especially North America.

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