Mattis details differences with Trump over Nato allies and torture in new book

Ex-defense secretary avoids direct criticism of the president in his memoir, Call Sign Chaos, but notes the pair disagreed over Nato James Mattis, who Call Sign Chaos, will be published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy. In it, Mattis avoids direct criticism of his former boss but offers some pointed comments that will probably be seized on by opponents of the president. The retired US marine corps general recalls being surprised in November 2016 when he was called by the then vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, and asked to meet Trump to discuss the job of defense secretary. Mattis describes being driven to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and having an amiable meeting. But, he notes: I …

Immigration panic: how the west fell for manufactured rage

The long read: From Trump to Orbn, politicians are winning votes by stoking age-old hatreds. Where does this fear of migrants come from? The west is being destroyed, not by migrants, but by the fear of migrants. In country after country, the ghosts of the fascists have rematerialised and are sitting in parliaments in Germany, in Austria, in Italy. They have successfully convinced their populations that the greatest threat to their nations isnt government tyranny or inequality or climate change, but immigration. And that, to stop this wave of migrants, everyones civil liberties must be curtailed. Surveillance cameras must be installed everywhere. Passports must be produced for the most routine of tasks, like buying a mobile phone. Take a look …

Al Sharpton on Donald Trump: ‘He’s a white nationalist’

The civil rights activist, who recently found himself at the sharp end of the presidents tweets, discusses his history with Trump and the recent mass gun violence Among the many framed mementoes that clutter the white vinyl walls of the Rev Al Sharptons midtown Manhattan office, there is one he treasures just a little more than the others. Its an official program for the state memorial service held for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg back in 2013. Sharpton, the American civil rights stalwart, had been unable to travel to the event in person, and received a copy in the mail signed by a close friend. Across the programs gold lettering, a short message is scrawled in thin black marker: To Rev …

Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there. When The Handmaids Tale first appeared on our screens in 2017, it was a bit like having an …

Trump wanted gamers to support him. Now hes blaming them for gun massacres | Van Badham

With increasing numbers of people bleeding to death in US streets, the president has to find someone something anything! to blame Scientific studies gun massacre deaths of another not Toledo) Ohio. Why scapegoat video games and demonise the people who play them? My dudes, why not? Its established that science, expertise, evidence and the truth are walk in and buy one at Walmart, a local store, a gun show or from a friend or neighbour. You can petty felon or an extremist who dreams of a Just before the 2016 election, he dared those second-amendment people remember? to act against Hillary Clinton if she attempted legislative gun control. The New York Times reported: Mr Trump and his campaign did not …

50 Memes That Make Fun Of The Idea That Video Games Cause Violence

Some myths have more lives than cats and Mario combined. That’s the way plenty of us feel whenever we see someone blaming video games for every new armed atrocity that shocks the world. Look, we get it, video games are an easy target. It’s far easier to blame them for somebody acting violently than it is to confront the tangled, messy, complex web of interrelated reasons that’s actually at fault. But it doesn’t mean that we should power down our critical thinking, just because we want easy answers. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and other politicians recently used video games as a scapegoat to (at least in part) explain the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton. …

There’s an old word for Trump’s brand of nationalism: ‘hatriotism’ | Samuel G Freedman

The term perfectly describes people who cloak toxic intolerance in patriotism. Lets bring it back Several weeks ago, as President Trump used the pretext of patriotism to unleash a blog called AmericanHatriots, in a radio shows and website of the political commentator David Pakman. And, oh yes, theres a Original Article : HERE ;

Trump’s language is cruel, hateful and infectious. But we can rise above it

Language is a kind of virus, and history has shown many times that this virus can be lethal In the lead-up to the 2016 election, after Donald Trump referred to Mexican immigrants as animals and his supporters began chanting Lock her up about Hillary Clinton, it seemed as if a malevolent genie had been let out of a bottle. Now, almost three years later, it has become painfully clear just how cruel, powerful and destructive that hateful spirit is, and that the survival of our country, our culture indeed of our humanity may depend on resisting its demonic influence. Each time the president lashes out at his critics, each time he escalates the language of racism and hatred, it becomes …

Samantha Bee on Mueller’s testimony: ‘Like watching depressed paint dry’

Late-night hosts focused on Robert Muellers much-watched live testimony and how it might affect Trumps presidency Late-night hosts discussed Robert Muellers live testimony and how it might affect Donald Trumps presidency. Samantha Bee On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee showed footage from how Fox chose to cover proceedings, with a cameo appearance from a very tanned Rudy Giuliani. Even his hair is tanned! she said. Wow, someones out to bag another cousin. Well, hes a cousin-fucker. During Muellers testimony, which saw him answer questions about the contents of his extensive two-year report on possible collusion with Russia, Bee said that he looked like he aged 10 years. She continued: He gave his testimony with all the enthusiasm and passion of a …

Is Boris Johnson really Britain’s Trump? | Cas Mudde

Both are loudmouthed man-children, whose professional success is a combination of immense privilege, unscrupulous opportunism and relentless self-promotion The United Kingdom has a new prime minister, again, roughly three years after Theresa May took over to clean up David Camerons Brexit mess. The new PM is Boris Johnson, one of the many European politicians to be portrayed as a local equivalent of President Donald Trump in the US media. This time, however, the similarities are indeed striking. Both are loudmouthed man-children, with a history of adultery and other scandals, whose professional success is a combination of immense privilege, unscrupulous opportunism and relentless self-promotion, all happily promoted by a complicit media environment. They share an unorthodox approach to politics as well …

Trump’s rant about Megan Rapinoe devolves into treatise about PC culture in the NBA

President Donald Trump complained about U.S. Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s statement about not to attend any potential White House ceremonies should they win the this year in a Twitter rant on Wednesday morning. The president was responding to comments Rapinoe made when speaking with soccer magazine Eight by Eight where she said she would not be “going to the fucking White House” if the team wins the World Cup, adding that she did not think Trump would invite the team. The comments seemed to spark Trump, who said that he planned on inviting the team to the White House regardless of whether the team wins the international soccer competition. Then he went on a tangent about other sports. “Womens …

Biden and Trump are just two sides of the same misogynistic coin | Arwa Mahdawi

Donald Trumps disdain for women manifests itself in crass braggadocio, while Joe Bidens is in the form of patronizing paternalism Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. other Democratic candidates, Biden announced he 2016 report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an anti-abortion organization, asserts that since 1976 the amendment is responsible for over two million births. The Hyde amendment hasnt just compelled women to give birth against their wishes; it has killed them. Bidens blithe avowal that there were sufficient monies and circumstances to help poor women access abortions in the past insults the memory of women like tried to prevent rape and incest exceptions from being added to it.) But …

Stephen Colbert on Ben Carson: Not a rocket scientist, only a brain surgeon

Late-night hosts poked fun at the possibility of the presidents case being seen by Merrick Garland and Ben Carsons Oreo error Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumps latest failure in court and the prospect of one of his cases being seen by the former supreme court nominee Merrick Garland. Stephen Colbert The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with a direct jab at the presidents losing battle with Congress, with the host telling his audience: If you pay attention, you know that Donald Trump and Congress are fighting. I would say theyre at each others throats but its hard to find the throat under all the old man jowl in there. Colbert then focused on the report of Trump blocking …

Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Barker also noted the parallel between Christian nationalism and white nationalism over Trumps 2016 election slogan, Make America great again. He said: While it is certainly true, …

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …

Ending the Iranian sanctions waiver could be own goal for Trump

Preventing Irans oil from reaching the market will raise oil prices and US business costs The past two and a bit years have shown that it is naive to expect Donald Trumps strategic and economic policies to demonstrate coherence. Even so, the lack of joined-up thinking in the decision to end the those responsible for the attack also dealt a heavy blow to a Sri Lankan economy that is highly vulnerable to a collapse in the number of overseas visitors. Since the end of the civil war a decade ago, the number of people attracted by Sri Lankas mix of beaches, culture and wildlife has increased sixfold. Tourism accounts for a hefty 11% of national output. The number of visitors …