It was the lull between conventions and then a bomb was dropped by Wikileaks. Who would have known the first day of the Democratic gathering would be the scene of such chaos? The 20,000-odd leaked emails between Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials made a mockery of their pretense of neutrality, and confirmed what Bernie Sanders had been saying for months. Worse, the DNC members were not just actively supporting Hillary Clinton's campaign but were devising ways of destroying the Sanders campaign, including how to capitalize on Sanders' atheism.

“They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands. And that’s just the ABCs of the situation,” writes Nick Turse in Tom Dispatch in one of several articles discussing the US’s creeping military footprint on the African content. “From north to south, east to west, the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, the heart of the continent to the islands off its coasts, the U.S. military is at work”, he explains.

The festival of demagoguery, jingoism and cult of personality is over, and seldom has the public been deluged with such a combination. Is it any wonder then that the GOP establishment is hiding in embarrassment. Should the Democrats be relieved? They probably are, though they could have wished for it to run longer as continuing proof of Trump incompetence.

Various and countless articles are being written about the Recep Tayyip Erdogan “Coup D’Etat” in Turkey last week, wherein supposedly the government was under siege by dissenting elements of the military, government, and the intelligentsia.

“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep. My fellow-Italians we do not win any more. We must restore the Roman Empire: march on Rome, invade Ethiopia, revive law and order, make the trains run on time, stop the Bolshevists threat, close the borders to foreign influences on our Latin culture, restore Roman discipline and authority as symbolized by the bundle of wheat bound to an ax (the glorious fascist party), suppress strikes and social unrest, institute racial laws, take care of the people who have no voice, punish the crimes of the capitalistic class, restore discipline, in short make Italy great again, never mind constitutional guarantees and respect for human rights, never mind a free press or free speech, never mind political correctness!

The Republican Party has formally nominated Donald Trump as its candidate for the presidency of the United States, capping a roller-coaster campaign that saw the billionaire tycoon defeat 16 White House rivals. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has officially sealed the Republican candidate to fight for US presidency after months of acrimonious campaigning.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has, as forecast by the Democratic Party leadership, received an endorsement from her former rival Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate appeared with Mrs. Clinton at a campaign event in New Hampshire. Mrs. Clinton and Sanders have been negotiating since she all but guaranteed the nomination in June. “Revolutionary” Sanders hopes to have a large influence now on the Democratic platform. He could even be the Secretary of state if by chance Clinton wins the presidency.

On Tuesday the 5th of July in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, Alton Sterling, a black man selling videos in front of a hardware-store, was pinned down to the ground by two policemen and then killed in cold blood. The next day, on Wednesday the 6th of July in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, another killing by a policeman ensued; that of Philando Castile who, in the presence of his girlfriend and her terrified four year old girl, was killed inside his car while trying to retrieve his driving license. Both outrageous incidents were live streamed and subsequently shown in the news on national TV, and widely announced by the media.

The Donald Trump campaign on June 24 Friday released a 35-page booklet attacking Hillary Clinton of impropriety over donations received by the Clinton Foundation over the years.

A belief in the paradigmatic nature of mature Western democracies is notoriously widespread. Nothing could be further from the truth. We, here in the U.S., have an ongoing election for president. Ongoing because the process whereby the two major parties first select a nominee, through primary elections in individual states, is a dog and pony show that runs for about six months starting in Iowa.

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