Good Friday began with the news that the United States had deployed its largest non-nuclear ordinance against tribal insurgents in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarha. According to US sources the decision to drop “MOAB” – the GBU-43/B, known affectionately in American military circles as the “mother of all bombs”
As these events bring us closer to war between the US and Russia, the narrative of another Syrian chemical attack on civilians is problematic to say the least. Why would Assad risk provoking direct US intervention only days after the US ambassador to the United Nations stated that US policy was no longer directed towards removing him from power?
Scottish and Welsh nationalists are presented to the wider British public as positions synonymous with British and white nationalism with all their racial supremacist overtones.
This would be the absolute economic vindication of Trumpism, flooding the US economy with extra cash and jobs – and doubtlessly securing him a second term and a place in the history books of American expansionism.
They fear non-existent threats and bogeymen, such as media-hyped virus outbreaks, encroaching Islamification, and terrorism, and are more likely to be swept up in moral panics and victimise socially vulnerable scapegoats.
It cannot be denied that democracy is in crisis, not only in the US but in Europe and everywhere around the world where the far-right is once again on the march. Donald Trump’s victory and the speed and boldness of his assaults on democracy and human rights have done nothing but encourage and embolden like-minded demagogues and rightest movements around the world.
When it comes to the grey eminence behind Trump we have to pay closer attention to the vision of Trumpism. By its nature real hegemonic power looks to the future; it never stops strategising its own preservation, and it does this primarily in the construction of a narrative of threat in which only the powerholder can offer salvation.
In direct contravention of the Geneva Convention on Refugees the door to the United States has been closed on Syrian refugees, leaving them stranded and homeless either in a warzone or in other nations where their rights are being daily violated.