David Koch, billionaire industrialist and Republican mega donor, dies aged 79

Koch, who was also a major cultural philanthropist, and brother Charles championed conservative causes David Koch, one half of the double act of the billionaire Koch brothers who used their vast wealth as energy tycoons to transform rightwing politics in America with a relentless drive towards free market and libertarian ideals, has died aged 79. News of his death was first announced by Jane Mayer, the New Yorker writer whose statement that said he had died from prostate cancer, which he had been diagnosed with 27 years ago yet had remarkably kept at bay until now. Koch built up the Kansas-based Koch Industries into a massive industrial empire alongside his brother Charles that they inherited from their father Fred Koch …

Texas: Republican powerhouse could shift to Democrats as demographics change

The GOP has dominated the state for 30 years, but a slew of retirements and a rise in Hispanic voters may mean Texas becomes a battleground again Sri Preston Kulkarni has just moved into his campaign headquarters, which for now could hardly be more bland: a faceless office with blinds on the windows in a tucked-away suburban Houston business park. Not far away, though, are a Muslim community centre, a Korean market, Hindu temples, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and Mexican restaurants reminders that this sprawling Texas metropolis is one of the most diverse urban areas in the nation. Houstons fast-growing south-western suburbs are, for Kulkarni, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for a Texas congressional district, an American success story: a …

Global trade disruption is a symptom of a deeper malaise | Mohamed El-Erian

Resolving US-China trade war is not enough to ward off what many fear is a looming worldwide recession It is only a matter of time until the escalating tensions between China and the US prompt many more economists to warn of an impending global economic recession coupled with financial instability. On 5 August, Bloomberg News Larry Summers, a former US treasury secretary who was also closely involved in crisis-management efforts in 2008-09, recently The Only Game in Town, all of these recent developments and also, of course, the growing US-China tensions are related in a meaningful way to two basic and persistent features of the global economy since the 2008 financial crisis. The first is the prolonged period in which …

Biden criticized after saying: ‘Poor kids are as bright as white kids’

Former vice-presidents remarks prompt criticism from left and right amid Democrats history of gaffes Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president, found his record on race tweeted: Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids? To quickly dismiss @JoeBidens words as a mere slip of the tongue is as concerning as what he said. We need to have a real conversation about the racism and sexism behind electability. Donald Trumps re-election campaign also swooped, insisting this was not a gaffe but rather part of a pattern of racially tone-deaf remarks. The president himself he urged viewers to visit a website that does not exist. Gaffes of that nature can be laughed off, but on …

What induces men to imitate the Christchurch massacre? | Jeff Sparrow

After Christchurch and El Paso we need an open discussion without euphemisms and evasions about what fascism is and how it works In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. Thats how 8chan. The atrocity comes in the wake of a murderous attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California on 27 April. The man detained for that crime also posted a manifesto to 8chan and also described the Christchurch shooter as a catalyst, saying: He showed me that it could be done. What might induce people to imitate the Christchurch massacre, an atrocity in which a self-identified fascist allegedly murdered 51 innocents in cold blood? To answer that question, we must grasp the historical evolution of …

Kris Kobach: why Democrats hope the GOP won’t stop his run for US Senate

Tolerance for Kansass former secretary of state is waning, with Republican politicians saying the party has become too rightwing It was only nine months ago that Kansas Democrats were bidding good riddance to Kris Kobach as Donald Trumps closest political ally in the conservative midwestern state went down in flames. But now Kobach, who briefly spearheaded Trumps commission on the illusion of voter fraud after using his stint as Kansas secretary of state to target immigrants and then losing a disastrous campaign that cost Republicans the governors office is back and narrowly unseated the sitting governor in the Republican primary but then lost in the general election amid distaste among moderate voters for some of his positions, including calls for …

Trump’s response to the weekend massacres show he is an ethical black hole | Moustafa Bayoumi

Trump is playing the country like hes a conductor of a symphony of racist violence Donald Trump continues to play his cynical game of dodging responsibility, shifting blame and exploiting tragedy. In a press conference called to address the horrors of two mass shootings in the United States over the past weekend, the president said nothing about his pivotal role in stoking fear and racism among certain segments of the population, said nothing about the fact that five of the 10 deadliest tweeted earlier, Trump also and by extension blamed immigrants, who themselves are the victims of the very racism that has been unleashed by this president. With this ethical black hole of leadership and narcissistic exploitation of other peoples …

Kamala Harris might be surging but her record will soon catch up with her | Bhaskar Sunkara

A leftward moving party is hungry for change. Just like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris past will prove to be a liability writes Bhaskar Sunkara The first pair of Democratic presidential primary debates showed how wide open the field is. Former vice-president Joe Biden came in with a comfortable lead, but stumbled during the debates and has one poll, shes now within two points of him. Joe Biden had a couple things going for him: he was connected to a popular Obama administration and he is still widely perceived as being electable. For stalwart Democratic voters, preventing a second term for Trump and an ever-rightward moving Republican party is a key priority. Biden might have stood out with his relatively conservative …

Is the US nudging Britain into dangerous waters with Iran?

The UKs shipping looks vulnerable since it seized a tanker after a US request A chain of events has been triggered that is increasingly exposing the UK diplomatically and militarily in the Gulf. The UK has put British shipping seized Grace 1, an Iranian-owned oil tanker, off the straitgradually reducing its commitments under the deal, in a calibrated effort to force Europe to do more to challenge US policy. Lord Howell, a former Conservative cabinet minister and chairman of the Lords international relations committee, asked his government on Thursday whether it was such a good idea to raid the Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar in the first place. He said: Obviously we want to stop oil getting to President Assad, …

‘His only tool is racism’: why Trump’s bigoted tirade could be a vote winner

The president seems to regard divisive, nativist rhetoric as his best chance of staying in the White House. Analysts say he may be right It was foul and repugnant. But was it a vote winner? Donald Trumps bigoted tirade against four congresswoman of colour, telling them to go back to the countries they came from, prompted widespread revulsion the comments tweeted: Trump launched his political brand eight years ago saying the first African American President was born in Africa. It has always been about racism, and the fact that this has ever been a controversial thing to say is part of the problem. Trump is a minority president after winning 46% of the popular vote in 2016, less than Hillary …

Oregon senator walkout: ‘patriot’ groups vow to protect Republicans who fled state

Lawmakers were again a no-show at the state house to block the passage of landmark climate legislation Members of rightwing patriot movement groups have vowed to protect Republican senators in Oregon who have walked out of the state legislature in order to try and block the passage of climate legislation. The raised the prospect of having members of the Oath Keepers and the III% provide security for Republican events. Multnomah Republicans later Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

FUCT fashion: supreme court strikes down trademark offices vulgar ban

Designer Erik Brunettis line has been given a green light after justices agree ban blocks free expression The US supreme court has a message for the federal trademark office: get FUCT. Justices came to that conclusion after the designer Erik Brunettis fashion line Justice Samuel Alito replied: Oh, come on. The word was decision, emphasizing that deciding whether trademarks are immoral means discriminating on the basis of viewpoint. In an opinion delivered by Elena Kagan, the court considered the definitions of immoral and scandalous, concluding that the law in question, the Lanham Act, allows registration of marks when their messages accord with, but not when their messages defy, societys sense of decency or propriety Love rules? Always be good? Registration …

Hillary Clinton announces death of younger brother Tony Rodham

We lost my brother Tony last night, former senator says of younger sibling who was a sometimes unruly presence Hillary Clintons youngest brother, Tony Rodham, died on Friday night, the former Democratic presidential candidate said on Twitter. Rodhams age was not immediately known but he was born in 1954, six years after Clinton, 71, and four years after the other Rodham sibling, Hugh, 69, in the Chicago suburbs. We lost my brother Tony last night, Clinton at events in Pennsylvania. According to a scrutiny for allegedly leveraging his ties to his sister and her husband, Bill Clinton. It can go both ways, Rodham Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Donald Trump is like a 20th-century fascist, says Sadiq Khan

London mayor hits out at US president before his state visit to Britain The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has compared the language used by Donald Trump to rally his supporters to that of the fascists of the 20th century in an explosive intervention before the US presidents state visit to London that begins on Monday. Observer, Khan condemned the red-carpet treatment being afforded to Trump who, with his wife Melania, will be a guest of the Queen during his three-day stay, which is expected to provoke massive protests in the capital on Tuesday. Khan said: President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around …

2020 candidate John Delaney pitches vastly unusual climate change plan

Maryland congressman wants to capture carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet and transport it in pipelines criss-crossing US The first three Democratic presidential candidates to declare their plans to tackle the climate crisis are focussing on setting deadlines to neutralize US pollution. But one Democrat is proposing something vastly different. Environmental advocates are likely to find it unacceptable, but some experts say it might be necessary. Maryland congressman and long shot 2020 candidate John Delaney wants to scale up technology to capture the carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet, and transport it in pipelines crisscrossing the country. John Delaneys carbon throughway plan. Photograph: Courtesy of the John Delaney campaign Polluting facilities from Americas industrial regions in the midwest and Gulf …

Corporations profit off racism. It’s time for us to stand up to them | Rashad Robinson

We must prevent corporations from writing the exploitation of black and brown labor into the law in permanent ink I am often asked to name the civil rights issue of our time. As the head of one of the countrys largest racial justice organizations, I travel the country a lot and I get to hear from a lot of different people. This question always comes up. Yet, it is hard to accept the premise of the question because there isnt much difference between the most important racial justice issue of our time, and the most important racial justice issue of all time. At any given moment in American history, the prevailing forces of racial inequity have remained the same. Our …