Tag: News on America

Biden’s Myth of Bipartisanship Takes a Hit

Biden’s Myth of Bipartisanship Takes a Hit

In January, Joe Biden assumed the leadership of a nation in disarray. On Donald Trump’s watch, the US had struggled for nearly a year to come to terms with a pandemic that disrupted not just the economy, but people’s lives and relationships. Last summer, an unprecedented protest movement...

Has the US Always Been at War?

Has the US Always Been at War?

Here’s the strange thing in an ever-stranger world: I was born in July 1944 in the midst of a devastating world war. That war ended in August 1945 with the atomic obliteration of two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by the most devastating bombs in history up to that...

America’s Moment of National Reckoning

America’s Moment of National Reckoning

America has just concluded a cataclysmic Election Day and its immediate aftermath. What was supposed to be our quadrennial celebration of democratic institutions is instead a reflection of what happens when unprincipled and corrupt leaders are given access to the national stage to promote...

The Frailty of White Fragility

The Frailty of White Fragility

The immense success of Robin DiAngelo’s book, “White Fragility,” reveals a secret that American publishers have been waiting for decades to unearth. Book titles are important. Publishers spend time searching for the title that will turn a promising book into the next explosive No. 1...

America Faces Its Past With Eyes Wide Open

America Faces Its Past With Eyes Wide Open

There seemed to be a lot more bright stars in the sky in recent weeks, even over Washington, DC. Then suddenly, as national “leaders” slept wrapped in a bubble of delusion while disease was taking its ghastly toll, a black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, pleaded for another breath to the...

Should the American Way of Life Be a War on American Life?

Should the American Way of Life Be a War on American Life?

On March 16, French President Emmanuel Macron was the first head of state to declare war in the battle against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. In a televised address to the French nation, he repeated the phrase “we are at war” as obsessively as Cato the Elder more than two...

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

Another weekend and another spate of terrorist shootings in America carried out by young men motivated by hatred toward people who are ostensibly different to them, to such an extent that they are willing to kill people in mass shootings. In the rush to come to an understanding as to why these...

Image of Dead Immigrant Child Torches America

Image of Dead Immigrant Child Torches America

It is surely no secret that a significant portion of the American electorate hopes that the national nightmare of the Trump administration will begin to end in November 2020. Beyond hoping, many have been moved to activism and active resistance. Not enough, but many. While there is not yet a...

Billionaire Feels “Sorry” for Unpaid Federal Workers

Billionaire Feels “Sorry” for Unpaid Federal Workers

In the US, even unpaid time is money for those who have an unlimited supply.  The way public figures talk about the problems of ordinary people has the merit of revealing the inner workings and culture of the dominant ideological system. We have seen an example of it in Emmanuel Macron’s...

When Politics Affects Business

When Politics Affects Business

How well-oiled are our democracies? Maybe they’ve had too much unsaturated fat for their own health. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Though it has happened before, confusion appears to be greater than ever in the global oil markets, with its usual exaggerated effects in the Middle...

Would a Border Wall Stop Drugs from Entering the US?

Would a Border Wall Stop Drugs from Entering the US?

Trump’s wall is just the latest in a long history of cultural artifacts designed with racist intentions. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Having taken the US government hostage with his shutdown in an attempt to blackmail the Democrats into accepting his budget for a border wall, US...

Being Black in America

Being Black in America

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Akil Houston, an associate professor of African-American studies at Ohio University. Anti-black racism in the United States continues to be a problem over half a century since the abolition of Jim Crow laws. These laws enforced segregation...

News from the Far Side of Nowhere

News from the Far Side of Nowhere

Unbelievably enough, despite all evidence to the contrary, there’s still an actual world out there beyond news about Donald Trump. “Breaking News!” — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news...

What Next After the Midterm Elections?

What Next After the Midterm Elections?

America could be on the verge of a new era in which good governance regains its place as the core of good government and striving to find collective values defines an inclusive collective conscience. Just when some recent events suggest a ray of hope for America’s moral compass that might even...

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