The Psychedelic Resistance

This story appears in VICE Magazine’s Burnout and Escapism Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.One hazy dawn this summer at the Meadow in the Mountains festival in southern Bulgaria, the earth tilted and Amber (some names have been changed to protect people’s identities), a 20-year-old east Londoner, laughed as the sun rose and the clouds slid…

Politics this week

A third Saturday of anti-fuel-tax demonstrations, infiltrated by violent provocateurs from the hard left and the extreme right, saw windows smashed, cars ablaze and monuments defiled in Paris. In response, the French government cancelled a second planned fuel-tax rise, but protesters said this was not enough. See article.An hour proved to be a long time…

Why we stopped trusting elites

For hundreds of years, modern societies have depended on something that is so ubiquitous, so ordinary, that we scarcely ever stop to notice it: trust. The fact that millions of people are able to believe the same things about reality is a remarkable achievement, but one that is more fragile than is often recognised. At…

Lend a hand from the red – return of the Russian baddie

‘I must break you.” Four words of chilling Slavic intent were enough to cement the reputation of one of the iconic Russian villains: Ivan Drago, man-mountain adversary in Rocky IV. Whatever lip service Sylvester Stallone paid in the film to US-Russian detente was instantly undone by giving Dolph Lundgren’s Drago, one of the most hilariously…

The Tax-Code Shift That’s Changing Liberal Activism

Nonprofit groups that used to focus their energies on litigation and education are structuring themselves to be political players. Nov 27, 2018 Professor of law at Columbia Law School Activist groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, MoveOn.org, Oxfam, and the ACLU hold a rally in front of the White House on January 27,…

Nation’s first charter faculty strike ends, nonetheless may portend more battles on need

Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside the Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Chicago.CHICAGO – Teachers and administrators agreed Sunday to suspend the nation’s first-ever charter school strike, ending a four-day work stoppage at one of the largest charter networks in Chicago. But the fight could portend more to come in the labor…

Two Visions of Patriotism Conflict within the Midterm Elections

ImageFor President Trump’s supporters, patriotism in politics often means conspicuous displays of respect for traditional expressions of America, such as the flag, the military and national anthem.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times[See the results for the House of Representatives, the Senate and governors’ races, and read our analysis.]DES MOINES — President Trump has spent his 21…

Feature: In Donald Trump’s Census, Who Counts?

In November, an improbably riveting trial began in a courtroom in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. The case was about a single sentence in the federal government’s endless output of forms and queries. It was also a defining clash over American identity.The plaintiffs in the trial, 18 states and five immigrant rights groups, have charged…

Are dwelling: Theresa Could seemingly furthermore honest hit by a pair of resignations as her Brexit deal falls apart

Theresa May Getty This is Business Insider’s politics live-blog charting the latest developments as May’s Brexit deal continues to unravel. Refresh the page for updates. LONDON — Theresa May is facing the biggest test of her premiership after a chaotic day in Westminster saw multiple ministers including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work & Pensions…

Ray Donovan Recap: Security Blankets

Ray Donovan Ellis Island Season 6 Episode 5 Editor’s Rating 4 stars ***** Ray Donovan Ellis Island Season 6 Episode 5 Editor’s Rating 4 stars ***** Photo: Jeff Neumann/Showtime The fifth episode of the strong sixth season of Ray Donovan was a melancholy affair in which two men said goodbye to their children, one sending…

Why We Drag over the WASPs

The nostalgia flowing since the passing of George H.W. Bush has many wellsprings: admiration for the World War II generation and its dying breed of warrior-politicians, the usual belated media affection for moderate Republicans, the contrast between the elder Bush’s foreign policy successes and the failures of his son, and the contrast between any honorable…

Momentum and a reality verify

The reason why these elections are resonant well beyond their respective state boundaries is because the face-off in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was directly between the Congress and BJP. Regardless of how close, or how spacious, Congress victories may be in the Hindi heartland states that just went to polls, one thing is unambiguously…

Scholar Who Escaped Nazis Dies After a Push by a Subway Rider in a Flee

ImageRabbi Joseph Potasnik spoke on Sunday during a memorial service for Kurt Salzinger, 89, at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Manhattan.CreditCreditYana Paskova for The New York TimesAmong the thousands of commuters traveling through Pennsylvania Station late last month was Kurt Salzinger, a native of Austria who fled the country as the Nazis marched in. He distinguished…

Trump push to deport Vietnam War refugees scalds California GOP

Janet Nguyen, a former Republican state senator who was born in Saigon and was among a wave of Vietnam War refugees who settled in California, told POLITICO that word about the administration’s potential crackdown left people “very worried.” CALIFORNIA ‘It’s not just bad social policy. It’s incredibly bad politics,’ said one Republican consultant. Anti-Trump sentiment…

The resistible rise of the a ways engrossing and populism | Letters

Your article (Revealed: One in four Europeans vote populist, 21 November) appeared hampered by the lack of any coherent definition of the term “populism”. Any term that can be stretched to incorporate Syriza and Fidesz is probably meaningless. “Populism” appears to in fact mean simply something popular that the liberal mainstream dislikes. There are obvious…

The New Financial system and the Trump Rump

Why we went from regional divide to political chasm.Nov. 19, 2018ImageA billboard in West Des Moines, Iowa, in January 2016. CreditCreditDamon Winter/The New York TimesA little over a year ago, Amazon invited cities and states to offer bids for a proposed second headquarters. This set off a mad scramble over who would gain the dubious…

MAGA Mouse

This story appears in VICE Magazine’s Burnout and Escapism Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.The only time I went to Disney World was in November 2001. My family hadn’t been planning on going, but after 9/11, my father rightly assumed we’d be able to get cheap airplane tickets from Newark, New Jersey, to Orlando. I was…

Why is the dazzling-wing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dresses?

As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has attracted much media attention.A young outspoken woman who defines herself as “an educator, an organizer, a working-class New Yorker,” Ocasio-Cortez has positioned herself as an outsider who isn’t afraid of speaking truth to power.While her radical political positions – from abolishing ICE to…

Donald Trump Is Doing Something … Factual?

Conservatives get serious about criminal justice reform.Dec. 20, 2018ImagePresident Trump speaking about the First Step Act, which would provide more education and treatment to prisoners and expand early-release programs while shortening some sentences, at the White House in November.CreditCreditAl Drago for The New York TimesThis year is ending with one truly surprising development, a real…

J&Okay political drama: Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti receive themselves in a irregular mission

TechNewsEntertainmentOriginalAutoThe New York TimesIdea ExchangeLifestyleSports News Video National Conference chief Omar Abdullah said that PDP and NC coming together is not the best idea for mainstream politics in J&K. But today, both he and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti find themselves in a strange situation. Advertising Updated: November 22, 2018 7:37:15 pm News Video 01:43 Delhi…

Obituary: George HW Bush

Image copyright AFP The inauguration of George HW Bush as president in January 1989 was the culmination of a career built on privilege: a series of political promotions ending at the White House.The 41st president of the United States had previously served eight years as vice-president to Ronald Reagan and was the first serving vice-president…

Bernie Sanders: Concentrated Wealth Is Concentrated Energy

PAUL JAY: Welcome back to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. We’re in Burlington, Vermont at the Sanders Institute Gathering. And once again, we’re joined by Senator Bernie Sanders. Thanks for joining us. BERNIE SANDERS: My pleasure. PAUL JAY: In one of the panels yesterday you said it’s not just about concentration of wealth…

France’s Macron to capture wages, decrease taxes in response to weeks of protests – The Globe and Mail

Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton PARIS The Associated Press Published December 10, 2018Updated December 10, 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron poses before a special address to the nation, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide ‘yellow vest’ protests, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Dec. 10, 2018. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images French President…

Politics this week

In America’s mid-term elections, the Democrats won the House of Representatives for the first time in a decade. They gained a firm majority, helped by a surge in support from white women and from voters aged under 30. Just under a quarter of the new House will be female. Two Muslim women and two Native…

It is all as a lot as the independents

John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst and anchor. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)It’s the best of times and the worst of times for independent voters and candidates. With Washington bitterly polarized, the need to break out of the divisive duopoly of Republican…

Cong attempting to revive appeasement politics: Shah

It was a hectic day even by the standards of his punishing schedule. After day-long campaigning in politically recharged Chambal-Gwalior region including a roadshow in neighbouring Ashok Nagar, BJP president Amit Shah was visibly upbeat of retaining power in Madhya Pradesh despite three terms of incumbency. After staying the night in Gwalior, he was ready…

Jon Meacham: George Bush and the Label of Politics

For every compromise he made to political expedience on the campaign trail, in office he ultimately did the right thing.By Jon MeachamMr. Meacham is the author of “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.”Dec. 1, 2018ImageGeorge H.W. Bush accepting his nomination as the Republican presidential candidate on Aug. 18, 1988.CreditCreditAssociated PressHis…

Females Lead a Parade of Victories to Help Democrats Set aside Dwelling

ImageSharice Davids, left, celebrated with her mother after defeating her Republican opponent, Representative Kevin Yoder, in a race for Kansas’ Third Congressional District.CreditCreditJim Lo Scalzo/EPA, via ShutterstockThey marched, they ran, and on Election Day, they won.Women led a parade of victories and unexpected upsets Tuesday to win control of the House for the Democrats.It was…

One other Day in Brexit Hell

Pray for us. By Tanya GoldMs. Gold writes for The Spectator.Dec. 10, 2018ImageBirds flock over the River Thames as the sun sets behind Westminster Palace, where Parliament meets. The building, like Britain, is falling apart.CreditCreditDaniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesLONDON — I wonder if this is what the Black Death was like. People wandering around…

Northern Irish fishing neighborhood anxious over Brexit deal

The fishermen of Kilkeel campaigned for Brexit two years ago under a jovial banner of a cartoon fish which sported a helmet, armour, a union jack shield and the legend “Fishing for Leave”. The image symbolised hope that this fishing community in Northern Ireland and others across the UK would escape European Union strictures and…

College vouchers: Would possibly Tenn. be next voice to present younger of us scholarships to non-public colleges?

CLOSE Tennessee’s governor-elect Bill Lee discussed his goals for the state, including the idea of altering the corrections system. Autumn Allison, Nashville TennesseanBuy PhotoTennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Governor-elect Bill Lee held a joint press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 at the Tennessee State Capitol.(Photo: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean )Buy PhotoGov.-elect Bill Lee said Monday…

Why is the honest-soar obsessed on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s attire?

By Einav Rabinovitch-Fox4 minute ReadAs the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has attracted much media attention.A young outspoken woman who defines herself as “an educator, an organizer, a working-class New Yorker,” Ocasio-Cortez has positioned herself as an outsider who isn’t afraid of speaking truth to power.While her radical political positions –…

Matthew Whitaker: An Attack Canine With Ambition Past Holding Trump

ImagePresident Trump’s appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker as the acting attorney general has raised ethical and legal questions.CreditCreditDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call, via Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Trump first noticed Matthew G. Whitaker on CNN in the summer of 2017 and liked what he saw — a partisan defender who insisted there was no collusion between…

After months of Trump’s attacks, his Fed chair may per chance hang the likelihood to retort

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has spent months attacking his own Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, accusing the former investment banker of trying to undercut him politically by raising interest rates and slowing down the economy. On Wednesday it’ll be Powell’s turn to respond. Trump’s unprecedented public pressure campaign on the Fed — which previous presidents…

The Dialog: One Wave, Two Waves, Crimson Wave, Blue Wave

The conversationWho ever thought midterm elections could be this exciting?ImageIf they win the House, will Democrats fight back the right way?CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York TimesGail Collins: Bret, can you remember any other Election Day that was ever like this? With the whole nation so crazy nervous-excited about congressional races? I do not believe…

Donald Trump’s Dimming Prospects

Two years is an eternity in politics, but the president has a lot to worry about.By Thomas B. EdsallMr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.Nov. 29, 2018ImageSupporters of Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona, await election results in Phoenix on Nov. 6. Ms. Sinema won.CreditChristian Petersen/Getty…

Robert Mueller’s View

Right after Special Counsel Robert Mueller racked up yet another guilty plea to a false-statements charge on Thursday, a friend asked me, “Doesn’t this destroy Michael Cohen’s credibility as a witness?”Easier to destroy Satan’s conscience, I thought. Cohen would have to have some credibility before it could be destroyed, and how much could reside in…

The dichotomy within Congress in Kerala over Sabarimala verdict

Spontaneous protests and prayer marches have broken out first in the town of Pandalam after the Supreme Court verdict. (File) On the afternoon of September 28, shortly after India’s apex court handed down what many consider a historic verdict ending age-related restrictions on the entry of women at the hilltop shrine at Sabarimala, Ramesh Chennithala,…

Some evangelicals are opening their houses to wait on Central American asylum seekers for the first time amid heightened border attention: ‘Or not it’s a controversy of humanity’

PHOENIX/TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) – Members of an Arizona evangelical church are for the first time taking Central American asylum seekers into their homes, responding to record arrivals of migrant families at the US-Mexico border. The predominantly white Central Christian Church, a Phoenix area “megachurch” had in the past assisted Muslim refugees. Church leaders wanted to…

Home Democrats’ Agenda: Ethics, Infrastructure and Scientific Regulations

ImageNancy Pelosi, the House Democratic Leader, and Representative Ben Ray Luján spoke at an election night party in Washington on Tuesday.CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Democratic leaders say they would use their first month in the House majority to advance sweeping changes to future campaign and ethics laws, requiring the disclosure of shadowy political…