Archive for the ‘Politics+War’ Category

The Final Year


(Guardian Film) – Julian Borger:

Ben Rhodes spent 10 years as Barack Obama’s right-hand man. As a new film puts him in the spotlight, he talks high-stakes diplomacy and the chaos of Trump’s White House. …

theguardian 2018/jan/13 ben-rhodes

The Final Year, 2017 film


Trump Warns That President Oprah Would Force Americans to Read


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

People were worried about Obama coming to their homes and taking away their guns,” Trump said. “Oprah will come to your homes and leave books there, which is far, far worse.” …

borowitz-report president-oprah

Oprah Winfrey

Fire and Fury, the Play


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Donald J. Trump, legendary among U.S. Presidents for his aversion to reading, demanded on Thursday that members of his White House circle act out Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” in a command performance in the Oval Office. …

borowitz-report white-house act-out

White House theatre

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President


(NYMagIntelligencer) – Michael Wolff:

One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days. …

nymag 2018/01 fire-and-fury

Michael Wolff: Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House

Henry Holt and Co.: Michael Wolff: Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House



(New Yorker::Daily Cartoon) – Brendan Loper:

That’s more like it!” …

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Brendan Loper: New Year 1820

Making China Great Again


(New Yorker) – Evan Osnos:

As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces. …

newyorker 2018/01/08 china

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump

Ontological Warfare


(New Yorker::Daily Comment) – Bernard Avishai:

Brendan Nyhan lamented in Politico how “fragile” democratic norms are becoming under the Trump Administration. He was referring to time-honored injunctions against efforts to exert political influence in the Justice Department, profiteering in office, and attacks on the press. “These were red lines so strong that they seemed to have the force of law, but no longer,” Nyhan wrote. He might add to the list the respect for “relevant facts.”

The President just denies any fact that does not suit him. His lies seem increasingly brazen and transparently designed to create a suspicion of élites. He is waging what one observer calls “ontological warfare.” It would be good to know that, when war is ontological, political scientists are especially equipped to fight it. …

newyorker democracy-and-facts

Marta Monteiro: Trump vs Rule of Law

“The Last Jedi” Takes a Side in the Class War


(The Intercept) – Kate Aronoff:

What “The Last Jedi” advises is a radical break from resistance as we know it: abandoning old tactics and loyalties and handing the keys — or at least more of them — over to the grassroots: the mechanics, the child laborers, the Ewoks, and the rebel foot-soldiers. The resistance of the “Star Wars” films has never been particularly visionary, operating as a kind of top-down, underground rebellion looking to reconstitute the New Republic of the prequels. Its biggest heroes have been messiah figures, princesses, and the so-called great men.

The biggest heroes of “The Last Jedi,” by contrast, are the proletariat — working stiffs who’ve gotten the short shrift throughout the franchise. They’re also mostly women, and many are people of color …

theintercept 2017/12/24 jedi-class-politics

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What Does It Mean To Be Presidential?


(Patheos::RA) – Aron Ra:

Someone recently asked me what criteria I would consider to objectively evaluate Trump as a good president. This is my answer.

What is a good president? One who seeks diplomatic solutions instead of immediately and repeatedly threatening nuclear war. Should I stop there or keep going? …

reasonadvocates 2017/10/09 presidential

Mount Rushmore

Trump Devastates Puerto Rico Twice


(WP) – Dana Milbank:

Incredibly, a large portion of the island remains without power — three months after the storm. It was reported this week that power may not be fully restored until May. Puerto Ricans — American citizens — are still awaiting tarps and temporary roofs to shelter them after an untold number of homes were destroyed. …

washingtonpost the-collapse 2017/12/22

Devastation in Puerto Rico