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Iceland’s Pirate Party Has Been Handed a Mandate to Implement Progressive Policies

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

 

    Birgitta Jónsdóttir, center, is a founder of Iceland’s Pirate Party and was our Truthdigger of the Week earlier this year. (Day Donaldson / CC BY 2.0)

In Iceland, recent elections brought on a radical change of its own; Paul Ryan is very, very wrong about Obamacare and Medicare; meanwhile, the Time magazine front cover featuring Donald Trump may be more subversive than many realize. These discoveries and more below.

Pirate Party to Form Anti-Establishment Government In Iceland
Iceland has differed from the rest of Europe and the U.S. by allowing bankers to be prosecuted as criminals. Now it seems the purge of the political class has begun.

Donald Trump Is Actually a Fascist
When you call somebody a fascist, you can mean any number of things. But I mean “fascist” in the more clinical sense.

Paul Ryan’s False Claim That ‘Because of Obamacare, Medicare Is Going Broke’
It has been a bipartisan fallacy to claim that the old-age health program Medicare is going “broke,” which is incorrect for the reasons outlined below. But what was notable was he specifically blamed the Affordable Care Act for making Medicare go broke. That’s doubly wrong. Let’s explain.

Rex Tillerson, from a Corporate Oil Sovereign to the State Department
The news that President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rex Tillerson, the chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State is astonishing on many levels.

Methane Surge Needs ‘Urgent Attention’
Scientists say they are concerned at the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising.

Is Bezalel Smotrich the Future of Israel?
Habayit Hayehudi’s rising star is seen as a bizarre, racist, homophobic extremist, who is of no interest except for his weirdness. But disregarding him is dangerously wrong.

Why Universities Need Scholarly-Communications Experts
Universities have long felt victimized by proprietary publishers who charge their libraries large sums of money for the journals, books, and other materials in which faculty research is regularly published.

Trump to Inherit State-Run TV Network With Expanded Reach
A provision tucked into the defense bill guts the Voice of America board, stoking fears that Trump could wield a powerful propaganda arm.

Don’t Smile (You’re on Camera)
Student secretly records professor’s anti-Trump comments, after which a student group wants the professor punished and the faculty union wants the student disciplined. Are more such incidents to come?

Oxford University Students Asked To Use Gender Neutral Pronoun ‘Ze’ Rather Than Just ‘He’ Or ‘She’
Universities in the US use terms including “hir”, “ey” and “per”.

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art
Trump has certainly been among the greatest influences on the events of the year. For clues as to how Time feels about it, we can look to the image chosen for his cover as ‘Person of the Year.’

How the U.S. Empire Will Collapse According To Science
Sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 attacks warns that American global power will collapse under Donald Trump.

This Artist-Designed App Helps Day Laborers Fight Wage Theft
Wage theft—the denial of rightfully owed payment or benefits to an employee—is an overlooked labor crisis in the United States.

The Middle-Class Metros That Put Trump in the White House
From Johnstown, Ohio, to Wausau, Wisconsin, it was the towns with big shares of middle-income households that flipped their political allegiances in 2016.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.


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