Freedom without constraints: how the US squandered its cold war victory

The long read: The US believed the American way of life was humankinds ultimate destiny. But unrestrained greed has led to an era of injustice and division. By Andrew Bacevich Without the Cold War, whats the point of being an American? Harry Rabbit Angstrom, the novelist John Updikes late-20th-century everyman, posed that question just as the long twilight struggle was winding down. More than quarter of a century later, the plaintive query still awaits a definitive answer. Indeed, the passage of time has only sown confusion about whether there is a point to being an American. Even as the cold war was ending, Updikes everyman was not alone in feeling at a loss. By the 1980s, the cold war had …

Qassem Suleimani’s death threatens to open grisly new chapter in Middle East

Killing of powerful Iranian general will have far-reaching consequences for Trump In his long military career, Qassem Suleimani left the Middle East littered with corpses. Now he has finally joined them. His death has closed one gruesome chapter in the regions endless conflicts, only to open another, which could well prove even worse. No one can predict how this will turn out, perhaps least of all the two leading protagonists. Nothing about Donald Trumps actions in the Middle East until now suggests that Footage shows aftermath of US airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Suleimani video There are few good reasons to assume that this new raised level of conflict, halfway between cold and hot wars, will be stable, …

‘It’s killing us’: midwestern workers savaged by Trump’s trade wars

Layoffs are common, shifts have been cut and workers in Americas manufacturing and farming heartlands are losing hope Winter has come to Davenport, Iowa. Temperatures, at 14F (-10C), are well below freezing. But its the cold winds of Donald Trumps trade wars that worry Shaun Buckles. Buckles, 40, worked at the John Deere construction and forestry manufacturing plant in Davenport for three years until he lost his job last month. He was one of announced another 57 workers at the Davenport plant would be laid off, effective 6 January. According to a company spokesperson, 23 workers in Des Moines were terminated as well, effective 15 December. The job cuts have come as demand for farming equipment shrinks in the midst …

Top Trump adviser: Republicans have ‘always’ relied on voter suppression

Adviser Justin Clark, who was heard on tape saying Traditionally, its always been Republicans suppressing votes, says remarks were taken out of context One of Wisconsin that the party has traditionally relied on news that a conservative group is forcing 2020 election. And it came as the latest fund-raising totals showed that the Republican National Committee, spurred by aggressive anti-reported. Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trumps re-election campaign, made the remarks about voter suppression on November 21 as part of a wide-ranging discussion about strategies in the Michigan and broke through to win in purging voters is the latest in a series of voting rights brawls in Wisconsin, considered one of the most important states …