**America is Looking More and More Like Pinochet’s Chile**
"It can’t happen here. That’s an avowal I have been hearing from Americans ever since my family and I, fleeing a dictatorship in our native Chile, finally came to settle in the United States in 1980. What happened to you in Chile can’t happen here. Democracy in the US is too stable, the institutions too deeply…"
**Trump in the Rearview Mirror**
"Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months. However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term. Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that’s gone aground, the…"
**The 1989 Gangster Revolution, Revisited**
"The Neoliberalism of the 1980s and 1990s was the perfect ideological cover for the events leading up to and immediately following the events of 1989. The Communist elites had for decades been engaging in clandestine as well as open business ventures with the West, particularly in international finance and foreign trade. They understood t…"
**The Natural Enemy: Serena Williams and the Sporting Umpire**
"Should it matter this much? A wealthy, successful individual expressed fury at the most popular object of vitriol in any sport. The umpire or referee is only ever neutral in the eyes of a falsely contrived standard: that someone must be objective, neutral and mindful of enforcing the rules of the gam…"
**The US Need Not Inevitably Descend into Violent Chaos If and When Disaster Strikes**
"Liberal opponents of serious, aggressive action on climate change like California Governor Jerry Brown are the strange bedfellows of right-wing survivalists on one thing: Both are quick to warn darkly that if environmentalists have their way and impose…"
**All the Anonymous BS That’s Fit to Print**
"The most disturbing aspect of the New York Times op-ed by an anonymous “senior official in the Trump Administration” isn’t its content. The content isn’t significant enough to make an impression. “Meetings with [President Trump] veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-bake…"
**The “Dogs” of Democracy: Chuka Umunna Versus the Labour Membership**
"For the Labour Party to be able to represent its hundreds of thousands of members, these members must be able to exert some form of democratic influence over the selection of elected Labour officials. At select times (not now), even Blairites like Chuka Umunna agree with such sentiments…"
**Today’s College Students Are Paying More for Less**
"Despite the soaring costs of attending American colleges and universities, their students are receiving an education that falls far short of the one experienced by earlier generations. The sharp increase in costs is clear enough. Between 1978 and 2013, American college tuition rose by 1,120 percent, and became the maj…"
**Climate Change Supercharges Hurricane Florence**
"For years now NSA and the Pentagon have feared foreign terrorists poisoning aquifers and municipal water supplies. Come to find out, forget those foreign terrorists! The poisoning is already happening, internally, homespun! ISIS and al Qaeda are not needed. We’re poisoning our own people without the assistance of professional terrorists. It’s homespun terrorism, right here…"
**Amazon and Apple: Wall Street’s Trillion Dollar Babies**
"Last month Amazon joined Apple, becoming the second company in the world to have a $1 trillion market capitalization. Amazon’s accomplishment didn’t cause quite as much celebration as Apple’s – it pays to be number one – nonetheless this was treated as a milestone that all of us should view as good news.…"
**Selling Out is Not a Sacrifice**
"Has enough time elapsed that we can finally speak frankly about all of the hoopla over a cynical sneaker endorsement? OK. Then I have to ask: Have we all lost our minds?? Am I to understand that our civilization has “progressed” to the point where supposed social change is aided by the manipulative marketing of overpriced, sweatshop-produced apparel?…"
"The long overdue death of John McCain will be remembered not because of McCain himself or anything he did, but because of its timing. McCain’s death happened under a particularly rabid spike in anti Trump madness. And so, like all useful deaths, especially of public figures, and more especially of *warriors*, the moment was seized upon by the information apparatus of the state and turned int…"
**Big Money in Politics: Are Leading Democrats Really on the Wagon (or Still Sneaking a Drink)?**
"For voters concerned about the bad consequences of big business spending on elections, a New York Times report last month promised mid-summer relief. “Tired of Money in Politics, Some Democrats Think Small,” the headline read. The acc…"
**The Struggle of Small Farmers in Argentina’s Crisis**
"Thirty years ago, in my economics text book, the section on international trade referred to Argentina. It would be better – said the author – for Argentina to concentrate on production and export of beef, while Germany should put its resources towards electronic products. This was the essence of the comparative ad…"
**Malaysia’s Mahathir : The Empire’s Serendipitous Ally in Chins Bashing**
"As wet dreams go, it’s a pretty big one for the empire to turn the nonagenarian Mahathir into an anti-China zealot. All the more so after a string of failures in Southeast Asia, from Duterte of the Philippines to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar or Burma. It’s a pleasant surprise to t…"
**The Perils of Eco-Tourism: Time to Challenge the Myth that More Use Equals More Care**
"The Montana Wilderness Association and other self-declared “conservation” groups regularly tout efforts to get more and more people into the back country and on the rivers, claiming that doing so will result in more people caring about and preservin…"
**The Latest Fake News on Vietnam**
"What a stupid story. Just more wishful thinking by Vietnam haters living in the US. – Bao D Nguyen It is, perhaps, a sign of the times that fake news was the first term that popped into my head when I read the title and teaser of a July 2018 Asia Times (AT) article that a troll…"
**End the Fossil Fuel Economy**
"The Global #RiseForClimate actions are just one example of many that the climate justice movement is building the power needed to transform the economy and put in place policies to confront climate change. The ingredients exist for the climate justice movement to rapidly succeed. A challenge is not knowing how much time we have. Scientists have been conservati…"
**Ginny Savage Ayers on Mother Jones and the Miner Rebellion at Paint and Cabin Creeks**
"In 1986, former United Press International reporter Lon Savage published Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920–21, a popular history of the little known battle between the miners and coal operators in southern West Virginia. Th…"