Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence? – The New York Times

“Issa Amro, a native of the city of Hebron and a prominent Palestinian advocate of nonviolent resistance, has been waiting now for nearly two months to find out when he can expect to face trial in an Israeli military courtroom. He has been accused of a series of offenses ranging from demonstrating without a permit to “insulting a soldier.

”The two most serious charges are for assaulting a pair of soldiers and a settlement security coordinator. In both instances, one in 2010 and the other in 2013, the military claims that Mr. Amro pushed his antagonists.Mr. Amro denies the allegations and points out that in both instances it was he who suffered physical injury. The charge of insulting a soldier includes an incident in which a border policeman took Mr. Amro’s ID. Mr. Amro says he told the officer: “I want my ID back, I am not wanted, and if you had called to check you would know this. But you have not called, I know, I am not stupid.” The officer, however, insists that Mr. Amro called him stupid and said that “he could not arrest him.” “

Mexico’s Forceful Resistance – by Jorge Cataneda –  The New York Times

“MEXICO CITY — It has been just over a week since President Trump took office, and he already has a diplomatic mini-crisis on his hands. First, he demanded that Mexico pay for his wall along our mutual border — on the very day when Mexican diplomats were to meet with White House officials. When President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico rejected that idea out of hand, Mr. Trump tweeted that he should consider calling off a planned visit to Washington next Tuesday. Which is just what Mr. Peña Nieto did.

For Mexico, the cancellation, and the rise in tensions with the United States, are a sad and serious affair.

Sad, because no Mexican wants a breakdown in bilateral ties. Five successive presidents have pursued a new course with our northern neighbor, putting behind us the apprehensions and resentment of the past. The North American Free Trade Agreement, American support during the mid-’90s financial crisis, immigration negotiations in 2001, expanded drug enforcement and security cooperation, and the encouragement of a new mind-set for Mexicans where being neighbors is no longer seen as a problem but as an opportunity: All of this is being questioned and jeopardized.”

The Trump War on Public Schools – by Gail Collins – The New York Times

“One of the most disturbing things about the Trump administration is its antipathy toward public schools.

Perhaps you remember the president’s mini-rant in his inaugural speech about an “education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”

Well, Trump’s choice for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, is responsible for Michigan’s charter school boom, which currently costs the state about $1.1 billion a year. A 2014 investigation by The Detroit Free Press found myriad examples of “wasteful spending and double-dipping.” Thanks in large part to DeVos’s lobbying in the Legislature, there’s virtually no oversight. So much for the young and beautiful students.

Take that for a rant.”

Obamacare Sabotage – by Vikas Bajaj – The New York Times

“The Trump administration doesn’t have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but it’s already trying to sabotage the law. It has canceled advertisements meant to encourage people to pick insurance policies on HealthCare.gov ahead of the Jan. 31 sign-up deadline.

This is a shameless attempt to drive down enrollment, especially among young people, who tend to wait until the last minute to get insurance but who are essential to the program because they tend to be healthier than older people and thus help spread the cost. Lower enrollment gives President Trump more ammunition in his fight against what he calls “the failed Obamacare disaster.” “

The Voter Fraud Fantasy – The New York Times

“…..What once seemed like another harebrained claim by a president with little regard for the truth must now be recognized as a real threat to American democracy. Mr. Trump is telegraphing his administration’s intent to provide cover for longstanding efforts by Republicans to suppress minority voters by purging voting rolls, imposing onerous identification requirements and curtailing early voting.”

An Extremist Holding the Purse Strings – by Steven Rattner – The New York Times

“President Trump will hardly be short of far-right cabinet members, including an education secretary who has called public schools a “dead end,” a labor secretary who has been cited for employment law violations and an Environmental Protection Agency administrator who has sued his own department.

But within the Trump team, the views of Representative Mick Mulvaney, Republican of South Carolina, his little-known choice to lead the important Office of Management and Budget, rank as among the most reactionary.”

Park Rangers to the Rescue – by Tim Egan – The New York Times

“It started at the inauguration, when the uniformed protectors of America’s front lawn took in the sweep of humanity at the National Mall. It seemed obvious that the crowd for President Trump was not nearly as large as that for Barack Obama in 2009. Somebody in olive green retweeted the obvious, using comparative pictures.

This small act of historical clarification by the keepers of our sacred sites and shared spaces would have been no big deal, had not the response from the new president sounded like an edict from the Dear Leader. A gag order on public servants was issued, and the National Park Service tweet on crowd size vanished, replaced by a picture of a bison.”

Making the Rust Belt Rustier – by Paul Krugman – The New York Times

Excellent piece. I liked the commentator who wrote that it is no wonder that Trump declared bankruptcy six times, since his proposals show that he understands nothing about economics.

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“What Reagan did do, however, was blow up the budget deficit with military spending and tax cuts. This drove up interest rates, which drew in foreign capital. The inflow of capital, in turn, led to a stronger dollar, which made U.S. manufacturing uncompetitive. The trade deficit soared — and the long-term decline in the share of manufacturing in overall employment accelerated sharply.

Notably, it was under Reagan that talk of “deindustrialization” and the use of the term “Rust Belt” first became widespread.”

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Making the Rust Belt Rustier – by Paul Krugman – The New York Times

“What Reagan did do, however, was blow up the budget deficit with military spending and tax cuts. This drove up interest rates, which drew in foreign capital. The inflow of capital, in turn, led to a stronger dollar, which made U.S. manufacturing uncompetitive. The trade deficit soared — and the long-term decline in the share of manufacturing in overall employment accelerated sharply.

Notably, it was under Reagan that talk of “deindustrialization” and the use of the term “Rust Belt” first became widespread.”

Donald Trump’s Mexico Tantrum – The New York Times

“Less than a week into the job, President Trump on Thursday raised the specter of a trade war with America’s third-largest partner, Mexico, as the White House warned that the United States could impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports.”

Great editorial. Good comments. What I like about this comment below, is the focus on the environmental damage the wall will have. It might well cause specie extinctions. The call for impeachment is a bit premature, since the congress is in the hands of Republicans. They get to decide about impeachment. First, the congress will try to reign in Trump through their control of the Federal purse.

Dan Stackhouse

NYC 16 hours ago

“All good points, but don’t forget, the wall is absolutely worthless. Ladders, tunnels, boats and planes can all bypass it with ease. A large part of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. come in legally and just overstay their visas.

What the wall would do is render all nearby migratory life extinct, fail to cover the Rio Grande (does Trump even know about the Rio Grande?), and provide a continuous expense in perpetuity for no good reason. It would also stand as a monument to fascism, isolationism, racism, and lies.

So Trump’s moronic idea of getting Americans to pay for this with a tariff would have no positive results at all.

It is clear from this first six days in office that America will not get through even one year of Trump management without our economy being destroyed, our reputation in the world being crushed, millions of jobs evaporating, and hope for average Americans dwindling.

We have to impeach this fool. No matter what, if we don’t impeach him, the fall of America will be historically pinpointed as 11/8/16.”