A general tax strike would be an effective way to break the back of a government that won't comply with court orders, says Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition. Tax resistance has been a part of US history since the beginning and could work if we all do it together.
Almost everything Trump has said in regard to the Middle East indicates that he has "no substantive grasp" of the issues, says international relations scholar Richard Falk. Along with historian Lawrence Davidson, Falk discusses the serious ramifications of Trump's presidency on Israel/Palestine and world affairs.
In a series of ill-executed maneuvers, Donald Trump began his presidency by opening fire on the innocenti. Among the president's unprecedented flurry of executive orders is one that alarmed the international community, titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." Known as the "Muslim ban," the executive order targeted Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen -- seven majority-Muslim countries. The order enforces up to a 120-day suspension on the entry of researchers, artists, professional athletes and patients seeking life-threatening medical treatment, as well as legal US residents and dual citizens from these nations. The law requires individuals and families from these countries traveling to the United States to pass a stringent screening process to determine whether they are a national security threat.
On January 17, Betsy DeVos, nominee for US secretary of education, went to Washington, DC, to face senators in a congressional hearing. What occurred during that hearing has left many Americans in total shock. Throughout the hearing, DeVos proved herself not only riddled with conflicts of interest and a lack of basic knowledge in education, but also a mindset that was hostile towards the public school system she was nominated to head. After her floundering on the Senate floor, DeVos was confirmed with a historic tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence and is now the secretary of education. Considering the reality of DeVos being confirmed, many of us have now been left wondering: "What is going to happen?"