Our forever war: How a white male hegemony clings to power | Rebecca Solnit

Mass shootings enforce the oppression built into Americas economic and legal systems and our history We were never not at war. By we I mean the colonizers of this continent, who waged war first against Native North Americas original occupants and then entered into a state of war to keep kidnapped Africans subjugated in slavery. After the official Indian wars ended, we found other means to keep Native people confined and disempowered. After slavery officially ended, we found other means to keep black people impoverished and disempowered. Those means were forms of war. We launched a war to steal Mexicos northern half, a project completed in 1848 with the acquisition of what is now California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona (minus the …

Trump’s Fourth of July celebration helped bankrupt DC security fund

In a letter to the president, the citys mayor said the fund is running a $6m deficit for the fiscal year Donald Trumps Salute to America Fourth of July event in Washington and subsequent protests cost the District of Columbias security fund $1.7m, a sum that has contributed to the bankruptcy of the fund, according to the mayor of Washington DC. according to the Washington Post. ABC news featured a rally and a bombastic show of military might, including F-22 Raptors, a B-2 stealth bomber and six Blue Angel F-18s flying over the Washington monument. The controversial event also included two Abrams tanks and two Bradley fighting vehicles.

Trump fact check: is the Chinese economy really ‘going down the tubes’?

The president reckons Beijing will jump at a trade deal because the countrys grow is slowing. Martin Farrer takes a closer look Donald Trump has claimed ahead of his crunch meeting with Xi Jinping that Chinas economy is going down the tubes and that Beijing is desperate to do a trade deal to avert a bigger slowdown. So is there any truth to the US presidents claims? 1. Its true that China is slowing a bit, but not much China has seen more than 30 years of spectacular growth. The countrys share of global manufacturing was close to zero in 1990 but today accounts for a quarter of the worlds factory output. The transformation has dragged hundreds of millions out …

Tweets, lies and the Mueller report: Sarah Sanders’ lowest moments

Few aides have been as willing to step out in front of the worlds media and defend Trump, no matter what he has said or done Sarah Sanders, who will leave her position as White House press secretary at the end of the month, will likely be remembered for her contentious or adversarial relationship with the press during her time in the role. Few Trump aides have been so willing to so often step out in front of the worlds media and defend him, no matter what he had done or said. In a press conference to mark her departure, Sanders said she will continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his …

All I have done, no credit! Enraged Trump defends US-Mexico migrant deal

President tweets ire at New York Times and opponents as agreement to avoid tariffs comes under scrutiny The Trump administration was forced to defend its immigration agreement with Mexico on Sunday, bringing the highest number of monthly apprehensions made by US authorities in the past 13 years. In the deal announced with in the joint declaration during secretive negotiations over the past six months. On Sunday, the president fired off a series of enraged tweets as he headed for a second day of golf at his course in Sterling, Virginia. Lamenting what he called another false report in the Failing New York Times, he wrote: If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and …

Iran tensions: 1,500 US troops head to Middle East as Trump seals $7bn Saudi arms sale

White House downplays prospect of conflict but blames Iran for tanker bombings and Iraq attack The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. The acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, later said planners hadnt settled on a figure. The US currently has about 70,000 troops across the Middle East. Tension had been rising with Iran for more than …

No women anything’: Trump Fed pick Stephen Moores list of misogynistic remarks

Economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser has a long history of making offensive comments about women Donald Trumps attempts to fill the vacancies on the Federal Reserve board are not going very well. On Monday, Herman Cain, a pizza mogul, long history of making misogynistic statements. A 2002 column of his for the National Review, for example, sets out his views on the role women should play in mens college basketball. Heres the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything. Like all rules, this one has an exception: Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein, Moore wrote. He also suggested the …