Everything will fundamentally change

Everything will fundamentally change

Delaware Senator Joseph Biden presents Secretary of “Defense” William Cohen with a model C5 aircraft at a luncheon in Sec. Cohen’s honor during his visit to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, December 15, 1999. David Swanson – TFF Associate 15 November, 2020 In June 2019, Joe Biden promised wealthy so-called donors that nothing would […]

Donald Trump, Our Prophet of Deceit

Donald Trump, Our Prophet of Deceit

Photo credit: Donald Trump at a rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Source: AFP/Getty Images/sbs.com The Frankfurt School on the appeal of authoritarianism – and how to counteract it. By Charles H. Clavey* November 5, 2020 A number of recent books have put the methods of the social sciences in the service of understanding Trump, his movement, […]

The rise and fall of US democracy

The rise and fall of US democracy

Peter Isackson November 10, 2020 The chaos of this year’s election may well be enough to dispel all remaining illusions about American democracy. A functioning democracy requires an educated, informed population that understands its role in the processes that define how the democratic nation is governed. Ordinary citizens have two opportunities for actively participating in […]

Interpreting the U.S. election results: Preliminary observations

Interpreting the U.S. election results: Preliminary observations

Richard Falk November 9, 2020 The victory by the Biden/Harris ticket in the 2020 American National Elections are basically good news for the country and the world, although not as good as expected (by pollsters or enthusiasts) or nearly as decisive as desirable given the dreadfully regressive behavior of Trump and the Republican Party over […]

Do US media provoke post-election chaos for Biden who also offers no hope?

Do US media provoke post-election chaos for Biden who also offers no hope?

Brilliant collage by unknown creator If Biden has, in fact, received so many more votes, why is the CNN-led media flock in such a hurry to declare him the winner? Is it the media’s job to decide the winner in a democracy? How will Trump and his sympathisers, about half of the people, react to […]

US elections and empire fall

US elections and empire fall

Jan Oberg November 4, 2020 In the early morning Europe time/late night in the US, I had an opportunity to comment on the presidential elections in the United States, together with journalist Jeff Brown in Paris. Here we go… If you like this type of discussions which are certainly different from the – uncritical – […]

The US – fascism or blossoming, or both?

The US – fascism or blossoming, or both?

Johan Galtung 2010 © Jan Oberg Johan Galtung October 23, 2020 On the occasion of Johan Galtung’s 90th birthday tomorrow on UN Day, we bring you here an interview with Amy Goodman from 2012 on the above subject for the Envision Peace Museum. If you thought this was interesting, please take a few seconds to […]

On the coming decline and fall of the US Empire

On the coming decline and fall of the US Empire

By Johan Galtung – TFF Associate October 23, 2020 This paper was written in 2015. Republished here on the occasion of Galtung’s 90th birthday, October 24, 2020. It was originally published at TMS, Transcend Media Service 1.  Definitions and Hypotheses: An Overview Definition: An empire is a transborder Center-Periphery system, in macro-space and in macro-time, […]

Nothing ever happened: A review of “Seeking Truth In A Country of Lies” by Edward Curtin

Nothing ever happened: A review of “Seeking Truth In A Country of Lies” by Edward Curtin

John Steppling October 7, 2020 Some books demand slower reading than others. Ed Curtin’s new book is such a case. But then this assemblage of essays, many published elsewhere, is a corrective to the growing intoxication with technology, with the surveillance and the policing it is being used for, and to what Jonathan Crary wrote […]

How the West lost

How the West lost

New cold war? Chinese soldiers march in Moscow on Victory Day, 24th June 2020 © PAVEL GOLOVKIN/​POOL/​EPA-EFE/​ After the long stand-off against communism, victory seemed as total as it was sudden. But the west has since fractured and is now losing prestige and influence – does the reversal expose a moral defeat? Anatol Lieven in […]

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