Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Trump Administration Pressures Argentina to Rescind Award to Former President Jimmy Carter


The Trump Administration pressured the government of Argentine President Mauricio Macri to rescind an award to former US President Jimmy Carter. Argentina was going to honour Carter with the Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the equivalent to America’s Medal of Freedom. However, the Trump administration moved to quash this as Carter is a frequent critic of the authoritarian tendencies of the Trump Administration. The Buenos Aires Herald wrote:

CNN reported this week that the Mauricio Macri Administration rescinded a decision to award former US President Jimmy Carter the Order of the Liberator General San Martín… the highest distinction that the country can give to a foreigner… under pressure from US President Donald Trump’s administration. The official tribute, already approved by the Foreign Ministry and published in the Official Gazette, was cancelled after receiving a specific request by the US government, which suggested it’d be better to delay it. Carter was to receive the award for his work in promoting human rights during Argentina’s last military dictatorship.

30 April 2017

The Intellectualist


Monday, 25 July 2011

25 July 2011. Anders Breivik Isn’t Alone… Look at the Spirit of the New GOP/Tea Party…

The rightwing does NOT cavil at this… they’ll do ANYTHING to seize power… they believe that “might makes right”… any questions?


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However, Republicans also grievously underestimate what will unfold both short and long term in financial land if they push this anywhere close to 2 August. We’re already seeing, as of this weekend, cracks in the global consensus that even a troubled US can ultimately be counted on to “do what’s right”. The UK Business Secretary referred to the Tea Party radicals advocating no increase in new debt as “nutters” who threaten the global economy. The Chinese have been notably quiet in public, but are apparently quite concerned behind the scenes that their trillion dollars (give or take) in US Treasuries might lose value should the US face a debt downgrade from the ratings agencies. Even the Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner piled on and made some passing remarks about the American Dream becoming a nightmare. …

It’s absurd that Medicaid, along with Medicare and Social Security, is on the chopping block when there’s no serious effort to find savings in a defence budget equal to that of the rest of the world’s nations combined, and still at Cold War-era levels despite the lack of a sophisticated military enemy. That the GOP-led House has gotten a supposedly progressive president to consider doing serious damage to our most vulnerable population in order to placate Republicans determined to continue massive tax breaks for the wealthy is morally obscene. …

However, [Cain’s] candidacy will prove costly. He’ll leave the campaign trail having tarnished not only his personal reputation, but also having contributed to the GOP’s difficulties with voters who aren’t white Christians. Ironically, Cain has managed to worsen the problems that the party has reaching outside its homogeneous ranks. Indeed, he perfectly illustrates the GOP’s current moment… an ever-shrinking tent of narrow-minded know-nothings who insist that those who come inside pledge absolute fealty to their most ludicrous pronouncements. As a black man, for example, Cain draws enthusiastic applause from right-wing audiences for his insistence that the tea party movement holds not a shred of racism. Perhaps Cain really believes that, but it sounds like the price of admission. …

The Texas State Board of Education delivered a blow to social conservatives Friday, giving final approval to supplemental high school science materials after a brief flare-up over some lessons teaching the principles of evolution. The lessons in question included a lab comparison on chimpanzee and human skulls, the fossil record and cell complexity. A board-appointed reviewer had called the lessons errors and recommended changes, but a group of scientists objected on Friday, threatening to re-ignite a fierce debate over teaching evolution in Texas public schools. The board’s social conservatives compromised when it appeared they would lose a vote to reject the reviewer’s changes in favour of the original lessons. Instead of a showdown vote on evolution, the panel agreed to approve the material and have Education Commissioner Robert Scott continue working on the lessons in question with publisher Holt McDougal. “Today, we saw Texas kids and sound science finally win a vote on the State Board of Education”, said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a group that supports mainstream scientists in the teaching of evolution and has repeatedly sparred with board conservatives over education standards.


The above speaks for itself. Anders Breivik has many “fellow travellers”. He’s NOT alone… his sick hatred is shared by many others. In Norway, you find them in the so-called Progress Party (FrP), in the USA, they vote Republican; in Canada, they vote Conservative… the knuckle-draggers are spitting on the legacy of Ike and Dief, of TR and McDonald. I fear that the description of “an ever-shrinking tent of narrow-minded know-nothings” is completely spot-on. The so-called Tea Party only won the last US congressional election because many people “sat out” the election, and Harper’s bizarro crew only won the last Canadian parliamentary election because the Liberals and the NDP split the opposition vote. However, as the tragedy in Norway proved, we can’t be complacent about this lot. They’re violent, they’re armed, and they feel both aggrieved and entitled at the same time. That’s dangerous.

After spending a whole weekend with the heartrending story of the Norwegian mess (if you weren’t affected by it, you have a heart of stone, and aren’t fit company for decent people), I’m no longer ambivalent about the rightwing. They’re dangerous… they’re nutters… we have an obligation to oppose them wherever we find them, for they oppose a considerate, educated, rational, and compassionate society. They stomp on the common good for their private enrichment, and, then, they have the goddamn gall to claim that such behaviour is beyond reproach. Yes… give me an honest atheist such as Jens Stoltenberg in preference to such greedy and grasping “Christians” as GWB, Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Reinhardt Priebus, Scott Walker, and John Boehner. At the least, I wouldn’t have to fear if had to bend over to pick something up… Jens would help me… as for the others, you’d best carry a LARGE jar of Vaseline…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 25 July 2011

Albany NY 

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