Category Archives: Americas

Seeking happiness beyond neoliberal consumerism

True happiness Graham Peebles examines the roots of unhappiness inherent in our neoliberal, consumption-and-competition-based world, and argues that true happiness is experienced when we cease searching and when we stop desiring. Read more [...]

Harvey Weinstein and the politics of Hollywood

Young actresses kissing Harvey Weinstein Jonathan Cook spells out the political conclusions which Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's victims are not drawing: the need to get organised and expose their abusers, and save the next generation of actresses from abuse. Read more [...]

US war culture and gun culture: They’re related

US violent culture Lawrence Davidson examines the fact that since its founding the United States has been waging war against other countries, and that since 1968 1.53 million Americans have been killed as a result of gun violence. Read more [...]

Donald Trump’s evolving mass movement

Trump supporters in Virginia, USA, Aug 2017 Lawrence Davidson argues that the 37 per cent of Americans who still support President Trump “are evolving a consciousness more responsive to political propaganda and socio-economic mysticism than to rational debate or fact-based policy formulation". Read more [...]

Trump’s defining moments

Trump with megaphone Lawrence Davidson laments the absence of an institutional alternative to the segment of the US public represented by the supremacists who demonstrated in Charlottesville and who reflexively applaud Donald Trump’s uninhibited utterances. Read more [...]

Climate change: The catastrophic impact on developing countries

Climate change impact Graham Peebles outlines the likely devastating impact of climate change on the poorest countries of the world – a likelihood that has increased with the USA’s leaving the Paris agreement – and stresses the urgent need for remedial action. Read more [...]

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

President Trump dancing with Saudis James Dorsey argues that President Trump’s manoeuvres to withhold certification that Iran has complied with its nuclear agreement could encourage Saudi Arabia to step up its long-standing battle with Iran and set the Middle East and Gulf ablaze. Read more [...]

America’s culture war against tolerance

Tolerance does not mean-tolerating intolerance Lawrence Davidson highlights the growing threat to the culture of tolerance in the United States posed in particular by right-wing Republicans, especially in the traditional bastions of free speech: university and college campuses. Read more [...]

What does it take to move from pseudo-democracy to real participation?

Democratic illusion Graham Peebles considers the illusion of democracy in countries that consider themselves democratic, and argues that only with mass participation, and an electorate well informed by a truthful media, can there be real democracy. Read more [...]

Reality and its enemies: The rehabilitation of war criminal George W. Bush

George W. Bush Lawrence Davidson examines attempts in the US to rehabilitate former President George W. Bush against just two of the consequences of his war policies in the Middle East: cancer-causing munition material and drug-resistant bacteria. Read more [...]