Bulletin N° 750
Subject : GETTING A SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATION: THE DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
May 1, 2017
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
US President Donald Trump serves as a painful reminder that poorly educated people can occupy some of the highest positions in society. It would take years for him to catch up to speed, even if he wanted to, which, of course, he has no interest in doing. Like so many people today, the over-specialized suffer as savants idiots – in Trump's case, an expert in exploiting opportunities to make large profits, and a mere novice in the social skills of communication and community fellowship. Like ‘The Great Gatspy’ or ‘Citizen Kane’, Donald Trump ultimately is to be pitied – he is a spiritually mutilated person, suffering from the most grotesque forms of alienation, as almost any of us can clearly see. (Nevertheless, his victims are more deserving of our compassion than is he!)
I don’t know the source of Trump’s education, but it clearly has not sufficed to keep him mentally and physically intact. And to avoid sharing his ugly, distorted, fragmented existence, we offer CEIMSA readers the 14 items below which contain some of the most important discussions available today on the state of the planet and on the condition of communities who inhabit it.
The social media today has brought us in contact with geniuses, scientists and artists of all kinds, and not to take advantage of this pedagogical experience is indeed to cultivate your own ignorance - a path not to 'Bliss', but on a descent into 'Hell'. Indeed, you will remain ignorant, today, at you own peril, regardless of the position you hold in society and the financial status you’ve gained!
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
200,000 Rally For Climate Justice in DC
Special Broadcast April 29, 2017
Special Broadcast from the People's Climate March
(5-hour live coverage)
Special Broadcast April 29, 2017
MORE COVERAGE OF THE WASHINGTON D.C.
Time to Buy Out Fossil Fuel Corporations
with Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
The Next System Project's Gar Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the Federal Reserve should use ‘quantitive easing’, i.e. create money, to take Big Oil companies out of the equation and finance a massive green infrastructure program
Assad: Israel is Providing Weaponry & Logistic Support to Terrorists in Syria
Damascus, SANA-President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the objective of the American and western allegations about chemical weapons is to support terrorists in Syria.
Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards
for Women's Equality
by Medea Benjamin
It’s hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women’s equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what the UN Economic and Social Council did. Of the 54 countries on the Council, 47 of them agreed to add Saudi Arabia to a four-year term on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
North Korea Saga
The Rise of the Generals
by Patrick Buchanan
Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?
Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China
by Paul Craig Roberts
Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.
There Will Be No Russophobia Reset
by Pepe Escobar
In the end, there was hardly a reset; rather a sort of tentative pause on Cold War 2.0. Interminable days of sound and fury were trudging along when President Trump finally decided NATO is "no longer obsolete"; still, he wants to "get along" with Russia.
Incitements to War With Russia
by Stephen F. Cohen
Villainizing the Kremlin—without much evidence—for crises from Washington and Europe to Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan is increasing the possibility of a US-Russian war.
Sent: Friday, 28 April, 2017
Subject: [haw-info] HAW Notes 4/28/17: Lynds' new book; Steering Committee election; links to recent articles of interest
Staughton and Alice Lynd have drawn on decades of experience in a new book entitled Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance: Breaking the Cycle of Violence in the Military and Behind Bars. A flyer describing the book is posted on the HAW website.
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
“Making Sense of the Deportation Debate: How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork forTrump’s Immigration Policies”
By Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted April 25, 2017
The author teaches history at Salem State University in Massachusetts.
“Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?”
By Lawrence S. Wittner, LA Progressive, posted April 21
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.
“How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East.The Short Answer: Fight It”
By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted April 18
The author is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point.
“There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars – Only Brute Force”
By Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted April 18
The author is a Middle East specialist who directs the New Internationalism project of the Institute for Policy Studies.
“China and NorthKorea: The Strength of Weakness and the Limits of Power”
By Kenneth Pomeranz, History News Network, posted April 18
The author teaches history at the University of Chicago.
“What Does an ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean? Putting the U.S. Military First,Second, and Third”
By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted April 13
The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.
“BDS OpponentsThreaten Academic Associations with ‘Ultra Vires’ Lawsuits, but Fail in FirstBig Attempt”
By David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout.org, posted April 12
The author teaches comparative literature at Stanford University.
“Russia’s Not Leaving: Syria Is about Old-Fashioned Sphere of Influence, Not Oil”
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted April 11
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.
By Samuel Moyn and Stephen Wertheim, New York Times, posted April 10
Samuel Moyn teaches history and law at Harvard University and Stephen Wertheim is a fellow in history at King’s College, Cambridge University.
“Trump’s Not the New Hitler . . . He’s the New Kaiser Bill”
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Spectator, posted April 8
The author is an emeritus professor of history and international relations at Boston University.
Thanks to Margaret Power and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included above. Suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.
Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa
As an imperial power, there’s never been anything like the United States when it comes to garrisoning this planet. By comparison, the Romans and imperial Chinese were pikers; the Soviet Union in its prime was the poorest of runners-up; even the British, at the moment when the sun theoretically never set on their empire, didn’t compare. The U.S. has hundreds of military bases ranging in size from small American towns to tiny outposts across the planet, and yet you could spend weeks, months, years paying careful attention to the media here and still have no idea that this was so. Though we garrison the globe in a historically unprecedented way, that fact is not part of any discussion or debate in this country; Congress doesn’t hold hearings on global basing policy; reporters aren’t sent out to cover the subject; and presidents never mention it in speeches to the nation. Clearly, nothing is to be made of it.