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Interesting article about unified Middle East opposition to Erdogan's assault on Syria

After admitting I was foolish to have believed Trump was right to call Erdogan's bluff on the invasion, I find myself still thinking there may have been a rationale for Trump's move, as horrific as it has turned out to be.

Simon Tisdall describes a possible positive outcome from the negative reactions to Erdogan on the part of countries involved in the crisis:

Latin America is rebelling against America's neoliberalism

The mainstream media largely ignored the collapse of the center-left over the past decade. The ideology of "progressive on social issues, while being almost indistinguishable from the right-wing on economic issues" had died in 2008, but its zombie corpse lives on because the ruling class requires it.
Western democracy has been crumbling from within for a long time.

the CIA Times: Putin’s Personal Plans to destabilize Europe


Please consider this as a bit of an entertainment break from the current very dark global zeitgeist.

‘Propaganda 101: The New York Times pumps another ‘evil Russia’ plot’, Finian Cunningham, Oct. 10, 2019, RT.com

“The “newspaper of record” New York Times arguably holds the record for peddling anti-Russia scare stories. This week the NY Times delivered yet another classic spook tale dressed as serious news.

Dazed and Confused About Identity Politics

Is Bernie guilty of being a proponent and practitioner of Identity Politics? Bernie. The guy who gets roundly reamed for emphasizing class (even while taking into account issues of intersectionality). Bernie. The guy who gets accused of being mean to women, criticized for not having enough minority support, admonished for not being attuned enough to the struggles of the LGBT community. When he or supporters respond to these complaints, is that practicing and advocating identity politics? I don't think so. Here's a Katie Halper video:

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