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Scott Walker and the Failure of Trickle Down

In Minnesota, progressive taxes and social spending have created more and better-paying jobs than next-door neighbor Wisconsin has created through …

Income Inequality

Democrats may be approaching a turning point on Israel

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are few issues as contentious in international politics as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.<p>But for the better part of the past two decades, the establishment wings of both the Republican and Democratic Party have largely been pro-Israel. Both parties have, at least in their party …

Israel

«THE TATAR GAZETTE»

WEB-EXCLUSIVE<p><b>ETHNIC ROOTS of the TATAR PEOPLE</b><p><b>Mirfatykh Z. ZAKIEV</b><p><b>An article from his book</b><p><b>TATARS: PROBLEMS of the HISTORY and LANGUAGE</b><p><b>Collection of</b> …

Ancient History

«THE TATAR GAZETTE»

N 3-4, 18.04.2000<p><b>HOW CAN A TATAR BECOME A TATAR?</b><p>From the editor.<p>The first conference on issues about various Tatar questions was held at our …

Language Learning

«THE TATAR GAZETTE»

WEB-EXCLUSIVE<p><b>OLD-TURKIC DEITIES</b><p><b>Rafael BEZERTINOV</b><p>From his book TENGRIANIZM – RELIGION OF TÜRKS AND MONGOLS<p>Naberezhnye Chelny, 2000<p>Chapter III …

Spirituality

Noam Chomsky reveals exactly what went wrong in the 2016 presidential election that gave us Trump

Noam Chomsky is an exceptionally influential figure. Author of well over 100 books (as well as many articles, letters, speeches and interviews) …

Middle-class

Tatars in Lithuania

This year on February 16, the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Lithuanian state will be celebrated. In the festive events dedicated to …

Russia

Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?

The idea that authoritarianism attracts workers harmed by the free market, which emerged when the Nazis were in power, has been making a comeback.<p>In London, in the nineteen-thirties, the émigré Hungarian intellectual Karl Polanyi was known among his friends as “the apocalyptic chap.” His gloom was …

Economics

Capitalism is unfolding exactly as Karl Marx predicted

One hundred and sixty years ago, at a time when the light bulb was not yet invented, Karl Marx predicted that robots would replace humans in the workplace.<p>“[O]nce adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labor passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the …

Karl Marx

Inside the State Where the GOP’s Authoritarian Streak Has Run Wild

North Carolina's power-grab politics have been replicated all over the country.<p>In December 2016, North Carolina’s Republican-controlled General Assembly convened a special session. The stated purpose was to pass an emergency relief bill in response to Hurricane Matthew’s ravaging of the eastern …

Government

Here's How to Make Your Roasted Veggies Mind-Blowing

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook vegetables. I love how you just toss everything on a baking sheet, walk away, and come back to …

Vegetables

9x13 Chicken Recipes So Delicious You’ll Make Them Again and Again

Crowd-pleasing chicken recipes you can rely on—every time.<p>The best thing about a chicken casserole—other than its gloriously creamy and cheesy …

Cooking

Church of The Donald

Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV.<p><b>HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City</b> campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through …

Donald Trump

End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first'

When he promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, Donald Trump drew on a slogan with a long and sinister history – a sign of what was to follow in his presidency<p>“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his candidacy for president of the United …

Political Science

Singapore’s prime minister schools Trump on how trade actually works

The prime minister of Singapore is really not cool with Donald Trump’s tariffs. In a Washington Post op-ed this week, Lee Hsien Loong condemned Trump’s trade barriers as “not the correct solution.” His key point:<p>As economists have pointed out, when assessing economic relationships, what matters is …

Pain is the reward: Here’s what pundits keep getting wrong about Trump and his supporters

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster/Getty/Nicholas Kamm/Salon)</b><p>Trump’s voters are suffering. They still love him. Mainstream journalists lack any understanding of this pathology<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 13, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>Donald Trump is not a real populist. His plans and those of his Republican allies--both already …

How the American economy conspires to keep wages down

The economy is growing but our paychecks are not. That’s because employers have, over decades, built a political apparatus to hold down pay<p>When unemployment goes down, wages are supposed to go up. That’s just supply and demand. Quite puzzlingly, though, this mechanism seems not to be working today. …

Income Inequality

Can it Happen Here? review: urgent studies in rise of authoritarian America

Cass Sunstein’s collection of essays shows Republican-led decay of US democracy predates Trump – and may be irreversible after him<p>The 17 thinkers who have contributed to this new collection of essays come down firmly on all sides of its central question: is the United States destined to become an …

Donald Trump

Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright describes herself as an "optimist who worries a lot." And lately, it seems, there has been much to worry about.<p>Albright's new book, <i>Fascism: A Warning,</i> starts by describing how Hitler and Mussolini came to power in the 20th century, then warns about …

Political Science

Trump Putin Bromance

Yesterday I watched a history of Vladimir Putin on Fareed Zakaria. In the program one saw a parade of Russian Soldiers and demonstrations by Russian …

Trump/Putin Bromance 2

Yesterday, having just finished writing the post on the Trump/Putin Bromance, I heard the news that we are expelling 60 Russian diplomats in …

This Is the Most Popular Sweet Potato Recipe on Pinterest

It was sometime last year that I became deeply enamored of sweet potatoes. I don't do anything particularly special with them or anything — I simply …

Sweet Potatoes

14 Recipes To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

You can finally say goodbye to the long, cold night of winter and get ready to see the sun again. The spring equinox officially marks the start of …

AIPAC to renew commitment to advance Israeli agenda

Annual conference set to open with objective of reining in Iran's influence and limit US financial support to the PA.<p><b>Washington, DC -</b> The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, is holding its 2018 policy conference in Washington, DC, on Sunday, an event meant to underscore its …

These key psychological differences can determine whether you're liberal or conservative

Politically, Americans are highly divided.<p>When it comes to issues of race, immigration, national security, and environmental protection, they disagree about how the government should handle things like never before.<p>Relative to polls in the 1990s, Republicans are now much more likely to say poor …

Psychology

Trump Is Winning

Are you sick and tired of it yet?<p>Donald Trump is on track to win reelection to the presidency of the United States.<p>Yes, despite Russiagate, despite shitholegate and despite whatever gate he blunders through next. Despite approval ratings that would make Nixon weep. Despite his mind-numbing …

Donald Trump

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

Guns

Why the NRA Always Wins

It’s not the money. It’s the culture.<p>Your burning outrage about the Parkland school massacre is already starting to flicker. The special counsel’s indictments of the Russian hacker operation, and President Donald Trump’s dizzying response to them, is competing for your attention (“This is code red” …

Guns

This Is How Much Money You Need to Be Happy, According to Science

But not too much!<p>They say money can't buy happiness, but let's be honest, <i>they say</i> a lot of things – and they're not always right.<p>When it comes to …

Happiness

This is the real reason many Americans stay poor

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is part of a partnership between Next Avenue and Chasing the Dream, a public media …

Demographics