Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer is punched in the face during the inauguration protests.
The first few days of the Trump Administration have realized many of our worst fears. So far, America’s Il Duce has declared a National Day of Patriotic Devotion, revoked federal funding for pro-choice NGOs, put a financial gagging order on his own departments, archived White House pages on human rights, prosecuted journalists for covering the inauguration protests, suspended visas from many Muslim-majority nations (while bombing those same nations), started a weekly publication of crimes committed by “aliens”, and threatened to invade Chicago.
In mid-October, then-candidate Donald Trump made his first pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. His seemingly no-nonsense approach to corruption and Congressional sluggishness won him many favours from those disaffected by the federal government, not to mention those who are suspicious of its very existence. After decades of unwillingness to pass even basic reforms, many voters felt that the government did indeed need to be “run like a business”, another cornerstone slogan of the Trump campaign.
Castro meets with Malcolm X in Harlem, 1960.
Fox News remembers him as “the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who infuriated the United States”. Al Jazeera remembers him as “a titan of the Cold War”. Jacobin remembers him as a “towering champion of the oppressed”.
Cuba now finds itself in nine days of mourning. Fidel Castro is dead.
AP // Pablo Martinez Monsivais
This week, politics was left reeling in no small part thanks to the shortsightedness of pollsters, pundits, and commentators. On the eve of the Presidential election, The Huffington Post predicted that Clinton had a 98% chance of winning, and that Democrats had a 71% chance of taking over the Senate. FiveThirtyEight predicted that she would take Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The Independent told us that it was “mathematically impossible” for Trump to win. All were proven wrong.