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Extreme Inequality

Inequality Extreme Inequality Is Not Driven by Merit, but by Rent-Seeking and Luck Debunking the meritocratic argument on its own terms



Trump and Israel

Trump’s Refugee Ban – Made in Israel?
By Allison Weir

February 10/11, 2017 "Information Clearing House" -  President Trump has issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S for people from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen (the order is called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”). These same countries were the focus of the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” under President Obama.
While reports on Trump’s ban emphasize that these are Muslim majority countries, analysts seem to have ignored another significant characteristic that these countries share.
With just a single exception, all of these countries were targeted for attack by certain top U.S. officials in 2001. In fact, that policy had roots that went back to 1996, 1991, 1980, and even the 1950s. Below, we will trace this policy back in time and examine its goals and proponents.
The fact is that Trump’s action continue…

Iran Hawks Take the White House

Iran Hawks Take the White HouseInspired by fringe theories about Islamic civilization, Michael Flynn is leading Trump down a dangerous path. By PHILIP GIRALDI • February 9, 2017 Michael Flynn. Photo: Department of Defense The United States is adding new sanctions on Iran over that country’s alleged misdeeds, and nearly all of those allegations are either out-and-out lies or half-truths. It has a familiar ring to it, as demonizing Tehran has been rather more the norm than not since 1979, a phenomenon that has included fabricated claims that the Iranians killed American soldiers after the U.S.’s armed interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time around, the administration focused on the perfectly legal Iranian test of a non-nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile and the reported attack on what was