Citizen-led ballot initiatives are increasingly being used to push for progressive reforms, such as paid leave, minimum wage increase and Medicaid expansion, so the GOP is taking desperate steps to undermine this democratic process. In Missouri, the GOP-controlled legislature has moved elections to August to ensure low voter turnout and is fast-tracking a constitutional amendment that makes it virtually impossible to overturn policy.
The horrific 1933 massacre of thousands of Assyrian Christians in Northern Iraq, which led to the coining of the term "genocide," has been largely forgotten by the world and willfully neglected by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). Attempts by Kurdish Christians to build a monument at the site of the mass grave have been consistently rebuffed by the KRG.
The United States is incapable of producing any results other than destruction and further fragmentation across large parts of the planet, argues Tom Engelhardt, author of A Nation Unmade by War. Since 1991, the US has been engaged in a misguided and destructive exercise of triumphalism that has cost nearly $6 trillion. In this interview, Engelhardt discusses what makes the US an empire of chaos.