Following the BRICS Road to Multipolarity

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ted Snider

“BRICS is neither an alliance nor a bloc. BRICS opposes no one, but it does oppose blocs. It is not against the United States — indeed, many of its countries have good relations with Washington — but it is against U.S. hegemony in a unilateral world. The addition of Argentina challenges, not only U.S. hegemony, but the division of the new cold war international order into democracies and autocracies. Argentina joins Brazil, India, and South Africa as democracies in the international organization that seeks to balance U.S. hegemony in a new multipolar world.” (08/31/23)

Don’t Let the Saudis Off the Hook for the Migrant Massacres

Source: Eunomia
by David Larison

“The Biden administration knew about the killing of hundreds and possibly thousands of Ethiopian migrants by Saudi border guards months before the Human Rights Watch report raised the alarm last week, but did nothing about it …. The Washington Post reports today that the administration is now pressing the Saudis to identify the units responsible for massacring the migrants. … If it weren’t for the external pressure and publicity created by the report, the administration almost certainly would have continued to stay silent and look the other way while Saudi forces continued to slaughter these people.” (08/31/23)

Trump: “I avoided nuclear holocaust” when made “deal with North Korea”

Source: Fox News

“Former President Donald Trump claimed he averted a ‘nuclear holocaust’ via his diplomacy with North Korea. Trump made the comments in a deposition for his New York civil fraud case, which was recently released to the public. ‘I was very busy. I was — I considered this the most important job in the world, saving millions of lives. I think you would have nuclear holocaust, if I didn’t deal with North Korea,’ Trump told lawyers with the New York attorney general’s office in April. He added, ‘I think you would have a nuclear war, if I weren’t elected. And I think you might have a nuclear war now, if you want to know the truth.’ Trump gave the deposition over the course of hours as lawyers probed into his company’s operations while he was in the White House.” (08/31/23)

How American aid supports autocracy in Jordan

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Connor Echols

“In a recent interview with Jordan’s government-backed broadcaster, America’s top military officer lavished praise on the country’s armed forces. ‘We have common interests and common values,’ said Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ‘The Jordanian Armed Forces are very professional. They’re very capable. They’re well led.’ Milley’s view represents the most common American line on the Jordanian military, which has long enjoyed a close relationship with the Pentagon. There’s just one problem: It’s dead wrong, according to Sean Yom, a political science professor at Temple University. Where Washington sees a small-but-mighty army, Yom sees a ‘glorified garrison force,’ as he wrote in a chapter of the recent edited volume, ‘Security Assistance in the Middle East.’ The Jordanian military, he writes, is ‘more accustomed to policing society to maintain authoritarian order at home than undertaking sophisticated operations.'” (08/31/23)

The Cancer Within

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Imagine that your doctor finds a huge cancerous tumor on your colon, which has produced a few smaller tumors in the rest of your body. The doctor removes the smaller tumors but leaves the big one alone. A few months later, the doctor finds a few more tumors on other parts of your body, which he then removes. Every few months, the same thing happens. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? What the doctor should do is remove the great big cancerous tumor on your colon. That’s the source of all the other smaller cancerous tumors that are spreading to other parts of your body. By removing the source of the problem, the doctor terminates the spread of smaller cancerous tumors to the rest of your body. That’s the situation with the national-security state form of governmental structure under which we have all been born and raised.” (08/31/23)

Don’t Tread on Jaiden

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“On Monday, a likely lad named Jaiden was removed from his class at Vanguard Elementary in Colorado Springs. He triggered his teacher with a patch on his backpack featuring the Gadsden [flag]. When his mother confronted the charter school’s administrator, recording the chat, the administrator defended the action on the usual woke grounds: its alleged ‘origins with slavery.’ Oddly, not even the school rules gave grounds to remove him for it — even if it were ‘about slavery.’ (To repeat: it’s about slavery’s opposite.) I smell the stink of partisanship.” (08/31/23)

Republicans and Democrats must find new presidential candidates, to save America

Source: New York Post
by Douglas Schoen & Andrew Stein

“It is becoming increasingly clear that neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump can — or should — be his respective party’s nominee for president of the United States in 2024. Why? For Biden, the first reason is his unrelentingly poor standing in the polls. Only 42% of Americans approve of the president’s overall job performance, while an even smaller percentage (36%) approve of his handling of the economy, a new AP-NORC poll finds. Biden’s job ratings have barely changed over the last year and a half. Recent signs of an improving economic outlook — with inflation’s pace slowing while job growth remains steady and unemployment stays low — have done little to boost his standing in the polls, which suggests at least that Democrats can’t win on the issue with this messenger.” (08/30/23)

Bureaucrats: Election workers have gotten death threats & warnings they will be lynched

Source: SFGate

“More than a dozen people nationally have been charged with threatening election workers by a Justice Department unit trying to stem the tide of violent and graphic threats against people who count and secure the vote. Government employees are being bombarded with threats even in normally quiet periods between elections, secretaries of state and experts warn. Some point to former President Donald Trump and his allies repeatedly and falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen and spreading conspiracy theories about election workers. Experts fear the 2024 election could be worse and want the Justice Department to do more to protect election workers. The Justice Department created the task force in 2021 led by its public integrity section, which investigates election crimes. John Keller, the unit’s second in command, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the department hoped its prosecutions would deter others from threatening election workers.” (08/31/23)