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U.S.- China Trade War

Zhiming Long, Zhixuan Feng, Bangxi li, Rémy Herrera Monthly Review
Has the Real "Thief" Finally Been Unmasked?

A Globalism of the 1%: Donald Trump Against the World The Birth of a New Nationalist World Order

John Feffer Tom Dispatch
This is a stunning piece of analysis on how Donald Trump will go to war with the planet (just as he essentially suggested he would in his America-First inaugural speech). John Feffer, author of the unforgettable new dystopian novel Splinterlands, the latest Dispatch Book, explores how President Trump plans to blow up the present world order and give birth to a new kind of internationalism led by a global confederacy of oligarchs. (Tom Engelhardt)

Piketty says "Tax the Rich"

Thomas Piketty AfricaFocus Bulletin
In a speech challenging both national and global inequality, with a particular focus on France and South Africa, economist Thomas Piketty concluded with calls for taxes on wealth, and a public global registry of financial assets to make that possible. The speech evoked a frenzy of comment - from praise to denunciations of Piketty's analysis as Marxist or alternately, unrealistic, to those who criticized him for having a flawed analysis that disregarded Marxist insights.

Why You Can't Ignore Religion If You Want to Understand Foreign Policy

Leo P. Ribuffo History News Network
Historians cannot understand the behavior of the American people past and present without paying serious attention to nationalism and religion--or, more precisely, religions, since religion is a weak category. The relationship between religions and foreign relations is more problematic. Thus my text for this sermon is an old American adage, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain: For someone with a hammer everything looks like a nail.

NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker

Jeff Faux Foreign Policy in Focus
Twenty years since its passage, NAFTA has displaced workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, depressed wages, weakened unions, and set the terms of the neoliberal global economy.
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