Over Easy: New Year Review
Tocqueville, usually invoked as a cheery foreigner who admired Americans’ town meetings and civic organizations, was intensely pessimistic about the future of race in this country. He argued that racism against free blacks was worse than against enslaved people, because free blacks threatened whites’ race-based status. Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.(snip)But these old works do invite us to live questions that they lived, which many of us had complacently forgotten, and which Pikettymania was an effort to remember. These are the inescapable questions of a world where the economy, including global ecology, does not take care of itself, and where it may come into conflict with democracy. They are questions for a world where we need to get clearer on what we mean by democracy, and what we lose when we neglect or betray it.
In one of the tweets, the Muslim cleric also made a connection between the struggle that black people in America endure in the face of police shootings and the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza.
“If #Jesus were among us today he wouldn’t spare a second to fight the arrogants&support the oppressed. #Ferguson #Gaza,” the tweet said.
Back in 2011, during the Occupy movement in the US, Khamenei used the moment to predict that the demonstrators would usher in the downfall of the capitalist system.
A senior source in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense acknowledged that “ghost soldiers” are nothing new to those in the military.
“We as officers, as well as normal soldiers, all knew that the army was filled with what we call ‘spacemen soldiers,’ but no one dared to talk about it,” the source told NBC News on condition of anonymity. He said that officers often divide their share and pass it up the chain to a senior level.
It has emerged that despite the presence of over 1,000 well armed Nigerian troops in Mubi and its environs in Adamawa State, it took just a handful of 30 Boko Haram insurgents to capture the commercial city last October without firing a shot.
The development, THISDAY learnt, forms the fulcrum of the series of ongoing investigations and court martials by the military high command, which has blamed the capture of Mubi and other towns in Adamawa and Borno States on sabotage by sympathetic northern troops and some of their commanders who refused to fight the insurgents.(snip)An intelligence source disclosed that the elements averse to the operation are claiming that an all-out bombardment against the terrorists in occupied territories could lead to unacceptable “collateral damage”.
The source said the military and other security forces had been hampered by the myriad of protest letters by some emirs and political office holders claiming that some of their wives and daughters are being held captive in the areas.
Investigations further revealed that the forces sabotaging the operation cut across the military, traditional and political institutions in the north.
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