Author Archives: Harmful Economics

Oppression and Exploitation News December 5 – 11, 2019

Conflict

What did the United States get for $2 trillion in Afghanistan? Sarah Almukhtar and Rod Nordland New York Times December 9, 2019

The secret history of the war in Afghanistan: At war with the truth–U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress in Afghanistan. They were not, confidential documents show, and they knew it. Craig Whitlock Washington Post December 9, 2019

Law as a weapon

Cover of Plaintiff in Chief Credit: Macmillan Publishers

Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits by James D. Zirin Reviewed by David Fahrenthold in If you can’t beat the case, beat the system Washington Post November 22, 2019

Law is usually viewed as a method of settling conflicts, but it can also be used as a weapon. President Trump is doing this now as he faces an impeachment inquiry and many lawsuits. This book shows how Trump has employed this strategy throughout his career.

Also see Law as a Weapon in Social Conflict Austin T. Turk Social Problems February 1976

Oppression and Exploitation News September 26 – October 2, 2019

Struggle for control 2019

In Trump’s Ukraine phone call, aides saw trouble Peter Baker New York Times September 26, 2019

Whistle-blower complaint transcript New York Times September 26, 2019
The complaint filed by an intelligence officer about President Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine.

At least 70 countries have had disinformation campaigns, study finds Davey Alba and Adam Satariano New York Times September 26, 2019

Environmentalists killed 2018 by country and sector. Credit: Global Witness.

How governments and business silence land and environmental defenders

Enemies of the State: How governments and business silence land and environmental defenders Global Witness July 2019

Calls to protect the planet are growing louder – but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging and agribusiness. This year, our annual report on the killings of land and environmental defenders also reveals how countless more people were threatened, arrested or thrown in jail for daring to oppose the governments or companies seeking to profit from their land. These are ordinary people trying to protect their homes and livelihoods, and standing up for the health of our planet. Often their land is violently grabbed to produce goods used and consumed across the world every day, from food, to mobile phones, to jewellery. Continue reading.

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Graphic. Environmentalists killed 2018 by country and sector. Credit: Global Witness.