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Presidentialism Not Serving American Politics Well

gopHere we are heralding the entrance of a new year with myriad problems confronting us; some problems appearing as daily spoken realities – those principally dealing with the economy, war and terrorism; others, subliminally present, silenced by national choice – such as bigotry, an ever-expanding income-wealth inequality and the prospect of a world without US economic and military hegemony.

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Global Warming Redux: Another Ticking Bomb Out of Paris

Global WarmingParis was certainly 2015’s center for ticking bombs. The year was bracketed, first in January then again in November, by major terrorist attacks and ended with a December environmental conference which, given its non-binding results, opens the door to even more terror, albeit of a different kind, into the next century and beyond.

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Converging Fears

broken-americaConverging avenues of fear are eroding the political and social status quo in the democratic West. Healthy democracies strive to maintain an equatable balance of forces within their political, economic and social spheres. Balance is a salve that induces comfort and confidence. Fear and uncertainty, on the other hand, are irritants that can quickly throw things out of balance. It seems that, at present, fear has the upper hand.

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Future Prospects for Aqsa-Intifada

aqsa-compoundThe Israeli barbaric terrorism against Palestinians had violently broken all the red lines. The imperialist Israeli government had occupied the land, destroyed villages, ethnically cleansed Palestinians, besieged, starved and bombed Gaza Strip, controlled all Palestinian civilian, political and economic life aspects, kept on expanding and building new illegal colonies/settlements, suppressed all Palestinian peaceful demonstration within Palestinian towns with extreme military violence, loosened all punitive laws against extremist colonizers/settlers, who daily terrorize Palestinian civilians, and finally encouraged extremist religious Talmudists to routinely violate Palestinian religious sites.

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Trump’s Identifiable ‘Supernova’ Constituency

bush-trumpIt won’t be long before Donald Trump is forced into a lifetime decision; one far more reaching than anything he has faced before.  He will either have to accept the logic of exiting politics in a graceful, or even narcissistic, Trump manner… or seriously bet all his chips – money and brand – in the founding of an American populist movement, perhaps a stars-and-stripes’ version of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Front National [in France]. 

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