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2017: The year of the living dead

2017: The year of the living dead

This was the year that all the old, discredited, long-buried political ideas, practices and groups sprang back to life and took center stage. The real zombies are running the show and they are way scarier than George Romero’s movie version.

U.S. immigration agency moves office from Cuba to Mexico — “temporarily”

U.S. immigration agency moves office from Cuba to Mexico — “temporarily”

In an apparent move to further hinder travel between Cuba and the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended operations in Havana. The announcement, made Friday,stated: “Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS will temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana, effective immediately.

Mostly unaffected by new rules, cruise lines seek to expand into Cuba

Mostly unaffected by new rules, cruise lines seek to expand into Cuba

Cruise lines are laying the groundwork for further expansion into Cuba now that the rules governing U.S. tourism to the island have been revised and clarified by the Trump administration. CEOs from seven cruise companies met in Havana on Nov. 27 with Cuban government officials to exchange viewpoints.

New tax law supercharges existing inequality trends

New tax law supercharges existing inequality trends

The 2018 World Inequality Report shows in rich and convincing detail why the new Trump-Republican tax law makes a bad situation worse. It will increase economic inequality significantly amid the-decades-long trend toward an ever more unequal share of income and wealth documented in the new report.

A guide to why the Trump-Republican tax plan is a disgrace

A guide to why the Trump-Republican tax plan is a disgrace

Don’t let anybody tell you the big lie: Republicans are voting for the tax plan because their wealthy patrons demand it. It will weaken our economy for years – reducing demand, widening inequality, and increasing the national debt by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade. 

Russia offers to mediate in U.S.-North Korea rift; Cuba already has

Russia offers to mediate in U.S.-North Korea rift; Cuba already has

Russia is ready to mediate in the negotiations between the U.S. and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the first deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said Friday. He said that official Moscow will make every effort to convince Pyongyang of the need to sit down at the negotiating table to resolve the crisis situation on the Korean peninsula.

Black voters just saved America from Roy Moore (Video)

Black voters just saved America from Roy Moore (Video)

Black voters were instrumental in Democratic Senate Candidate Doug Jones’ historic win in Alabama Tuesday night. Turnout was very high in heavily black counties, between about 72 and 77 percent of the 2016 election turnout, while it was just 55 to 60 percent in rural white counties.

The meaning of Doug Jones’ upset victory

The meaning of Doug Jones’ upset victory

In the most Trumpian of all states, Trump has been delivered the most powerful repudiation to date. First it was Virginia; now, Alabama. Common sense and decency have prevailed in Alabama.

Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?

Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?

With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.

Profiles in cowardice: The Republican congress

Profiles in cowardice: The Republican congress

Today’s Republican Party not only lacks a conscience regarding the human consequences of the kind of brutal social and economic injustice they champion. They also lack the courage to stand for what’s obviously right objectively rather than for what is right ideologically.

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