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We recently witnessed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Chinese leaders that their country’s human rights record was of little concern to the United States. Now over the weekend we’ve had the Obama administration effectively embrace the military coup in Honduras, in opposition to every country in Latin America (other than two American-sponsored Banana Republics).
Meanwhile, Teodoro Obiang, the dictator of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea since 1979, has announced that he won a weekend balloting for president with 96.7 percent of the vote. That’s actually down from the 97.1 percent of the vote that he won during the last election in 2002. At this rate, Obiang will lose an absolute majority in the year 2828, which the Obama administration will no doubt cite as progress.
It’s increasingly hard to tell how Obama’s foreign policy differs in substance from that of George W. Bush. If the latter hadn’t already copyrighted the Orwellian term “Freedom Agenda” for his foreign policy, Obama could use it for his own.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Average speed of Heinz ketchup, from the mouth of an upended bottle, in miles per year:
After studying the fall of 64,000 individual raindrops, scientists found that some small raindrops fall faster than they ought to.
The Playboy mansion in California was bought by the heir to the Twinkie fortune, and a New Mexico man set fire to his apartment to protest his neighbors’ loud lovemaking.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”