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 US: From hate speech to violence

Louis Further looks over the racist rhetoric and damaging actions which have been carried out in the land of the free over recent weeks. Shortly after last month’s Midterm elections in a state with a history of racial killings, Mississippi, candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith made an astonishing comment when praising a supporter: “If he invited me

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: 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

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

Notes From the US: A gulf in green expectations

Louis Further rounds up the latest happenings in US politics from an anarchist perspective. Environment: The oncoming Gulf storm In early December the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal ‘notice of intent’ to sue the Trump gang for its plans to further wreck the ecology of (marine) life in waters in the Gulf Coast

Louis Further: Notes from the US

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.

Our US correspondent Looks at lesser-known stories of the month, including the Trump administration’s latest climate messes, racist policymaking and gun law easing … In a press interview in the aftermath of the two hurricanes in September, Harvey and Irma, Trump adviser Tom Bossert yet again implicitly wrongly asserted that the human cause of climate