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Wave goodbye to America as we know it as democracy dies and a dictatorship begins

Our columnist reckons that the US President will get another four years then begin preparations for his children to take power, most likely his …

The Ten Worst Things Scott Pruitt’s EPA Has Already Done

Don’t be overwhelmed by bad environmental news—itemize it.<p>No part of the government has been untouched by the Trump revolution. Multiple Cabinet …

Scott Pruitt

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War'

The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss.<p>But no problem is more urgent today than the …

Geopolitics

Documents reveal a powerful, secretive foundation’s blueprint for spreading right-wing ideology, state by state

Meet the Bradley Foundation, giving the Koch brothers a run for their money.<p>The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch get a lot of press coverage about their vast, conservative political spending network that helps elect right-wing officials at the federal, state and local levels and …

Government

They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the terrifying rise of 'sovereign citizens'

While US counter-terrorism efforts remain locked on Islamist extremism, the growing threat from homegrown, rightwing extremists is even more pressing<p>On 20 May 2010, a police officer pulled over a white Ohio minivan on Interstate 40, near West Memphis, Arkansas. Unbeknown to officer Bill Evans, the …

Law Enforcement

Trump's intel agencies tell Congress that climate change poses national security threats

Each year the intelligence community puts together a "Worldwide Threat Assessment" report, and it inevitably scares the hell out of Congress and the …

All the presidents’ spies: Blackwater founder Erik Prince is the latest Trump cutout to parlay with Putin’s men

The through line in the conversations with Russians, from Trump Tower to the Seychelles, is lifting sanctions<p>I’ve been reading a wonderful spy novel called “Masaryk Station” by David Downing. It’s about an American double agent in postwar Berlin working for the nascent CIA who is actually working …

Donald Trump

The old, dirty, creaky US electric grid would cost $5 trillion to replace. Where should infrastructure spending go?

The American Society of Civil Engineers just gave the entire energy infrastructure a barely passing grade of D+<p>The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements …

Natural Gas

The Cuts in Trump’s Budget You Haven’t Heard About

While national outrage is focused on Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, tiny agencies helping communities that teeter on …

Activism

Trump’s budget vision would transform America into war-obsessed, survival-of-the-fittest dystopia

What would America be like if he got everything he wants?<p><i>(President Trump's proposed 2018 budget would give the Pentagon $56 billion and cut the same amount from mostly domestic programs. Below, we consider what America would be like if Trump got everything that he wants.)</i><br>Imagine what it would be …

Federal Budget

When the world is broken, off-the-grid living is tempting

I went to a screening of "Captain Fantastic" the day after I learned that a friend's 14-year-old met her boyfriend on Tinder. Living off the grid sounded pretty appealing.<p>The movie, which opens in Chicago on Friday, follows Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his six children, who live on a self-made …

Noam Chomsky

The White House on “McCarthyism”: Bannon praises, Trump dismisses

<b>(Salon/Benjamin Wheelock/Reuers/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>In a 2013 interview, Steve Bannon praised Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s war on communism<p>Katie Serena<p>March 6, 2017 9:20pm (UTC)<p>In another turn of events surrounding President Donald Trump's Saturday morning tweets -- in which he accused former President Obama …

Donald Trump

Shell's 1991 warning: climate changing ‘at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age’

Critics say public information film shows Shell ‘understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilisation, more than a quarter of a century ago’<p>• ‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger<p>Climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the …

Climate

After 20 years on run in Russia, North Korean defector facing repatriation and 'execution'

A North Korean defector who has been on the run in Russia for nearly two decades is due to be repatriated on Friday, with human rights organisations claiming he faces certain execution.<p>Choe Myong-bok was working in a logging camp in Siberia in 1999, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, but escaped …

Hemp: how one little plant could boost America's economy

The plant is almost magical, advocates say, with a range of applications from paper to medicine. So why is it illegal to grow?<p>Imagine a plant that cuts cholesterol, reduces our exposure to toxins, can ease joint inflammation, proves more durable than concrete, and can provide the economy with …

Cannabis

How George Orwell Predicted Donald Trump

The White House’s embrace of ‘alternative facts’ evokes the managed truth Orwell described in 1984 and Animal Farm—a perfect example of the Big Lie …

You have been warned: “Trump Derangement Syndrome” will be a cudgel used to silence his critics

Right-wingers who claim that principled opposition to Trump is “deranged” are avoiding America’s true insanity<p>Do you believe that Donald Trump is a threat to American democracy? Have you shared these concerns and anxieties with other people? Do you see disturbing connections between how fascism and …

Donald Trump

This is how tyranny begins: Why will President Donald Trump continue to hold rallies?

Rallies and tweets give Trump an unprecedented platform for telling Big Lies without fear of contradiction<p>Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?<p>One clue is …

Donald Trump

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind

A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the …

Renewable Energy

Latin America’s Schindler: a forgotten hero of the 20th century

Under General Pinochet’s rule of terror in Chile, one man saved thousands of people from the dictator’s brutal secret police. How did Roberto Kozak do it – and escape death?<p>Just before 10am on New Year’s Eve 1986, armed men arrived at the office of a small organisation for the resettlement of …

South America

Are Nordic values naive or sustainable?

It's that time of year. The nights have drawn in, temperatures have plummeted, and we turn to one of the things we're good at in the Nordic countries - hygge - the uniquely Nordic mixture of cosiness and togetherness now famous throughout the world. We relax in our living rooms and around dining …

World Economic Forum

6 budget-friendly wooden houses you'll love

Lately, we've been seeing a lot of super cute little wooden homes with some seriously good environmental credentials. So we thought it was time to …

Trump’s Cabinet will serve corporate interests, not the chumps who voted for him

To understand what kind of president<p>Donald Trumpwill be, do not listen to what he says, watch what he does.<p>In a series of campaign-style events, he has repeated all the favorite lines that convinced millions of voters that he was on the side of Americans who feel abused by the establishments on …

Renewable energy is here to stay: The industry has grown up, and it’s too big to kill

Donald Trump’s meeting with Al Gore could signal he understands renewable energy isn’t a do-gooder business now<p>If you’re an American environmentalist, there’s a lot to be sober about these days. The crippling defeat of progressive politics in the November elections swept Republicans into Congress …

Renewable Energy

Why we’re all everyday climate change deniers

Global warming is scary and abstract. No wonder we struggle to face up to it – and let politicians and industry off the hook<p>After Donald Trump won last month’s US presidential election, hot takes speedily declared it game over for the planet. But as Al Gore said at the weekend, “despair is just …

Climate

Donald Trump’s election is the death of America’s labor unions

Labor unions have been undergoing a long, slow decline. They may have reached an unfortunate milepost<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>I’ve written before on how the decline of organized labor beginning in the late 1970s gave birth to the backlash …

Income Inequality

Building a System-Changing Response to Trump and Trumpism at All Levels

People join hands during a protest of Donald Trump's election around Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, on November 13, 2016. (Photo: Jim Wilson / …

US businesses push against Trump's attempts to dismiss climate change

Environmentally friendly groups at Companies vs Climate Change said they will work to make sure Trump won’t undo all the progress the country has made<p>From his claim that global warming was a gigantic hoax masterminded by China to his promise to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris …

Climate

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them<p>Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. …

Donald Trump

Housing inequality is a failure to govern, and the market is not the answer

We need to change the way we think about housing. Like access to education and health, having a home is a human right<p>Inequality is not an accident. Nor is it an economic inevitability. It is a political choice.<p>The failure to fight inequality is a failure to govern. Government should be the chief …

Income Inequality