Notes from the US: Tear gas and lies at the border

The Sinclair Broadcast Group is a notorious provider of right-wing propaganda. At the end of last year it attracted mass criticism after obliging its local news affiliates to run an item which attempted to justify Trump’s tear-gassing of asylum seeking refugees on the US border a few weeks earlier. Indeed it was Boris Epshteyn, Sinclair’s

Notes from the USA

Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Racism Throughout October dispossessed families from Central America approached the US border in a so-called ‘caravan’. Predictably – instead of recognising that US (foreign) policies cause poverty and oppression – right-leaning

Notes from the USA

Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Education One of the hallmarks of the Trump administration is a petulant mania to please his supporters – especially when doing so benefits the rich and powerful – by reversing as

Notes from the US

Freedom US correspondent Louis Further reports on the lesser- known happenings in the United States. Violence Those who still try to see any substantial difference between Democrats and Republicans might want to look at last month’s military spending bill. The majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives – including the entire party leadership – joined

Notes from the US: Racism enshrined in law

Louis Further rounds up some of the key news from the US, including some nasty rulings coming down from the “pre” reactionary group which sitting before Trump imposes his vision for its future. This month was a busy one for the Supreme Court — It legalised Trump’s ban on travel to the USA from a

Notes from the US: No backers for gas power? Just hire some!

Louis Further rounds up the latest in dodgy goings on across the pond. Truth – convenient or inconvenient – is counting for less and less in Trump’s United States. Any kind of understanding which the élite have of the climate – let alone climate change – is hard to find. In part this can be

Notes from the US: Jailing migrant children

Louis Further’s latest roundup of goings-on in the USA. The Trump administration’s racist agenda took a new turn recently when officials at the Department of Homeland Security announced a proposal to arrest, detain, and then prosecute adults who attempt to cross the border between the US and Mexico border with their children. Lee Gelernt, an

Notes from the USA

Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Racism As Trump replaced Rex Tillerson last month as Secretary of State with the strongly ‘hawkish’ Mike Pompeo, one Gina Haspel has been slated to replace Pompeo at the CIA. During

Notes from the USA

Small American flag recovered amid World Trade Center debris at the Fresh Kills Landfill. 9-11 exhibit at the East Tennessee History Museum. 2003 Smithsonian photo by Hugh Talman.

Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Economy In late January – just as Trump was boasting about achievements to make America a fairer society and one where the financial system was ‘blind’ – a report from the

Louis Further: Notes from the US

Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Environment In the middle of January the local government in New York City announced that it is to sue five fossil fuel companies (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell) for