Archiv: (public) debates


08.12.2019 - 17:53 [ Consortium News ]

Moral Injury & America’s Endless Conflicts

PTSD symptoms are a psychological reaction to an experience of life-threatening physical danger or harm. Moral injury is the lasting mental and emotional result of an assault on the conscience — a memory, as one early formulation put it, of “perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.”

The idea remains controversial in the military world, but the wars that Americans have fought since 2001 — involving a very different experience of war fighting from that of past generations — have made it increasingly difficult for military culture to cling to its old manhood and warrior myths.

16.11.2019 - 12:01 [ USA Today ]

Why is Holmes testimony private after public impeachment hearings started? It’s standard, legal experts say

David Holmes, the State Department official who overheard a key conversation between President Donald Trump and a U.S. ambassador, was expected to give private testimony Friday, continuing closed-door interviews even as members of Congress hosted a public hearing in the U.S. Capitol.

Republicans and Democrats have sparred over the closed format of the depositions, with the GOP slamming them as „secret“ and part of a „Soviet-style“ inquiry.

14.11.2019 - 18:55 [ Harvard International Law Journal, Forthcoming / papers.ssrn.com ]

Cut These Words: Passion and International Law of War Scholarship

(12.11.2019)

First, and perhaps the most fascinating mystery, is the near-total erasure of the Vietnam era,
and its vociferous doctrinal and policy debates, from the War on Terror international legal debate. The more one reads, the stranger it becomes—particularly once the invasion of Cambodia becomes publicly known in 1970, and the U.S. Department of State justifies the intervention in international legal terms. The doctrinal debate is eerily similar to those underlying key controversies between 2009 and 2018. The underlying law is, in many respects, largely the same. The contours of the international legal questions and their purported implications for the future disclose remarkable similarities. And yet, with the exception of that single footnote in the Al Aulaqi memorandum, there is almost no reference to the raging scholarly discourse that occurred barely two generations earlier. This would perhaps be understandable if I had gone deep into the national archives of, say, Bangladesh, and had found obscure texts that had never been published in English, or had never been made available in libraries or on the internet. But we are talking more or less about similar substantive debates occurring in similar journals by scholars contending with the same government offices. And it all just disappeared. Why?7

08.10.2019 - 15:25 [ Barbara Lee, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

#OTD in 2001, America’s longest war – the war in Afghanistan – officially began. There are now soldiers serving in Afghanistan who weren’t even alive when the war started. It’s past time to end this conflict and #StopEndlessWar.

08.10.2019 - 15:15 [ Concerned Veterans for America ]

CVA on 18 years of US engagement in Afghanistan

As of today, American troops have been engaged in Afghanistan for 18 years—America’s longest war ever. This means today’s recruits may be sent to fight in a war that started before they were even born, and many of those currently deployed are likely too young to remember the events of 9/11.

There’s no question we were justified in responding to those attacks, and the men and women who have been sent to Afghanistan have served honorably. But our continued involvement in the region does not serve American interests and only works to destabilize the region further. After nearly two decades of fighting, thousands of lives lost, and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent, it is past time to bring our troops home.

03.10.2019 - 09:49 [ Grayzone ]

How Venezuela defeated Washington’s coup attempt at the United Nations

Since January, the US has pressured countries to revoke Venezuela’s status at the United Nations, converting the international body into a battleground for the country’s sovereignty.

“[Nicolas] Maduro is and will remain the legitimate president of Venezuela, by the people’s sacred right to self-determination,” Rodríguez announced before the General Assembly moments after her arrival.

As Rodríguez took the floor, a modestly sized group of representatives from US-allied countries walked out of the hall, in a display of opposition to her presence. The walk-out recalled scenes from diplomatic meetings from Vienna to Geneva in the months following Washington’s move to recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s president in January.

03.10.2019 - 09:46 [ Fox News ]

Diplomats walk out in protest as Venezuela attempts to fill UN General Assembly with supporters

(30.09.2019)

In a week when President Trump and his administration placed the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis brought on by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, a number of diplomats led by the U.S. walked out Friday during a speech by Maduro’s vice-president, Delcy Rodriguez.

The walkout came as a note from the Venezuelan mission claimed the United States and partners were planning a vote at the General Assembly to prevent the representative of the Caracas regime from speaking.

26.09.2019 - 15:44 [ ITV.com ]

Johnson: Brexit will happen on October 31 and I won’t resign over Supreme Court ruling

When asked how he could both obey the law and ensure Brexit by October 31, Mr Johnson said: „If you’ll forgive me, I don’t want to tip the hand of the UK government more than Parliament has already required us to do so.“

26.09.2019 - 15:22 [ theSun.co.uk ]

WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER: Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for calling Brexit delay a ‘surrender’ as Remainer MPs accuse him of inciting violence with his ‘horrendous, divisive’ language

He’s repeatedly referred to the new law as the „Surrender Bill“, arguing it means the EU won’t give us a good deal as they think we’ll be forced to delay.

A No10 source said today: „If the question is ‚is he going to stop talking about the Surrender Bill‘ the answer is ‚absolutely no he’s not‘.“

26.09.2019 - 15:15 [ Daily Mail ]

Furious Labour MPs demand Boris Johnson apologise for saying ‚best way to honour‘ murdered MP Jo Cox ‚is to deliver Brexit‘ as her husband calls for all sides to ’step back from inferno of rhetoric‘

– Boris Johnson sparks fury by claiming best way to honour Jo Cox is deliver Brexit
– Prime Minister also suggested ‚best way‘ for MPs to stay safe is ‚get Brexit done‘
– PM under pressure to apologise as ministers express concern about remarks
– MPs try to force PM to apologise as they are granted urgent question on remarks
– But Mr Johnson snubs the request and sends a junior minister to answer for him
– Labour MP Jess Phillips accuses PM of ‚putting words in my dead friend’s mouth‘
– Former Tory MP Dominic Grieve said PM has ’no moral compass of any kind‘
– Jo Cox’s widower Brendan Cox urges MPs to ’step back from inferno of rhetoric‘

25.09.2019 - 17:22 [ Daily Mail ]

‚This is a DEAD Parliament‘: Furious Attorney General Geoffrey Cox dismisses calls to quit over his advice that prorogation was legal as he rages that ‚turkey‘ Jeremy Corbyn won’t be able to prevent election forever

– Boris Johnson has cut short trip to New York in wake of Supreme Court ruling
– Speaker John Bercow has reopened Parliament saying prorogation ‚expunged‘
– Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has been defending his advice on the suspension
– He accused MPs of ‚immorally‘ blocking an election to resolve the Brexit crisis
– The PM has demanded election after Parliament suspension was declared illegal
– MPs are back in Westminster plotting to sabotage government’s Brexit strategy

25.09.2019 - 17:20 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Cox: This Parliament is a Disgrace!

“This parliament is a dead parliament. It should no longer sit. It has no moral right to sit on these benches… This parliament is a disgrace. They could vote ‘no confidence’ at any time, but they’re too cowardly.”

25.09.2019 - 17:17 [ BBC ]

Parliament: Government ‚acted in good faith‘ over suspension, says Cox

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox told MPs he was „disappointed“ at the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the suspension was unlawful, but respected the judgement.

He then launched a blistering attack on MPs for being „too cowardly“ to hold an election, calling them a „disgrace“.

13.09.2019 - 12:01 [ Daily Mail ]

‚You’ve had three years and done nothing‘: Question Time viewers hail audience member who speaks for the nation on Brexit after he tells MPs he is ’sick and tired‘ of them ‚arguing like kids‘ (and asks if he can sue David Cameron for mental distress)

When host Fiona Bruce joked that he should ‚tell us what you really think‘, Charlie proceeded to oblige with an excoriating verdict on the state of British politics.

‚The whole thing’s a nightmare. I’m just sick and tired,‘ he said. ‚You’ve had three years and three months and you’ve done nothing but argue among yourselves like little kids.

‚You’ve got no respect for each other and you’ve got no respect for the British people. Just.. oh.. pfft.. go away.‘

The intervention sparked rapturous applause on the show, and a wave of support on social media. One user responded: ‚I think Charlie speaks for us all.‘

03.09.2019 - 16:14 [ UK Parliament / Youtube ]

LIVE from the House of Commons: statement from the Prime Minister and the SO24 application

Follow events in the House of Commons Chamber as MPs meet for the first time after the summer recess.

You can follow @HouseofCommons on Twitter for official news and information for the UK House of Commons Chamber.

29.08.2019 - 05:53 [ Guido Fawkes ]

General Public Support Prorogation

For their lunchtime broadcast, BBC News ventured as far as the Midlands to get the actual electorate’s reaction to the news, only to be astonished that the vast majority of those asked supported the PM’s decision. Watch above…

29.08.2019 - 05:33 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson leaves Remainers reeling with masterstroke to close Parliament to push through Brexit

One insider said: “The EU will never negotiate with us and consider changes to the backstop if they believe Parliament can block a No Deal.

“As well as having the advantage of sending Remainers into meltdown and putting them on the back foot, this is about showing the EU that they have to come to the table.”

28.08.2019 - 18:09 [ Tom Harris Esq. / Twitter ]

Before everyone gets over-excited (too late, I know) the decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks means MPs return on October 14 instead of October 7.

28.08.2019 - 16:43 [ Paul Embery / Twitter ]

I suspect that the decision to suspend parliament will be met with either support or indifference by most people up and down the country. Many MPs have been trying to subvert democracy for three years. This is where their antics have led us. People just want the thing sorted.

28.08.2019 - 16:39 [ Labour Leave / Twitter ]

52% of MPs‘ constituents voted to Leave. MPs are blocking that result because they didn’t agree with it. They think the views of 600 odd MPs should trump the largest democratic vote in British history. And they dare talk about ‚outrages‘. #brexit

24.08.2019 - 21:14 [ theHill.com ]

Trump takes aim at media after ‚hereby‘ ordering US businesses out of China

Trump took aim at the press for questioning his authority to order businesses out of China, tweeting, „For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!“

24.08.2019 - 21:09 [ Washington Post ]

Trump ‘hereby’ orders U.S. business out of China. Can he do that?

President Trump’s extraordinary edict demanding U.S. companies move out of China — delivered in a series of angry tweets Friday — left industries of every stripe scrambling to understand how seriously to take the order, and how the White House might enforce it.

19.07.2019 - 11:30 [ David Weissman / blogs.timesofisrael.com ]

Former Trump supporter stands with Dem Squad

This week he told 4 progressive Democratic members of Congress who are Women of Color to go back to their home countries. 3 of them are American born and 1 of them is a legal immigrant. I believe Congresswoman Omar is a person we can look up to us Americans because she lived the American dream. We need to stop being complicit when it comes to racism in our government and start holding some accountability.

17.07.2019 - 13:27 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Anti-Defamation League Director: Trump’s Comments Are Dangerous | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

President Trump continues his racist rants against four Congresswomen of color while continuously insisting he’s not a racist. Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle speak with the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, about why Trump’s comments aren’t just awful, but dangerous.

17.07.2019 - 13:24 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen. If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more.

They are now the top, most… ….visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!

17.07.2019 - 13:06 [ Elizabeth Warren, US Senatorin / Twitter ]

Let’s be very clear: @realDonaldTrump’s tweets were racist. Persist, @SpeakerPelosi. Persist. #shepersisted

17.07.2019 - 13:01 [ theHill.com ]

House votes against striking Pelosi remarks from record

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took to Twitter to note Pelosi would not be able to speak on the floor for the remainder of the day after failing to comply with House rules.

“BREAKING NEWS —> Speaker Pelosi just broke the rules of the House, and is no longer permitted to speak on the floor of the House for the rest of the day,” he tweeted.

But McCarthy’s tweet ultimately proved to be premature.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) requested Pelosi’s speaking privileges be restored immediately after the vote to strike her comments from the record failed on the floor.

17.07.2019 - 12:51 [ Mess of Media / Youtube ]

Rep Cleaver Abandons Chair While Presiding US House

Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver abandons the chair while presiding in the House of Representatives over dysfunction among Democrats and Republicans.

17.07.2019 - 12:43 [ RollCall.com ]

‘I abandon the chair’: House floor in chaos over Pelosi speech on Trump tweets

“We don’t ever, ever, want to pass up an opportunity, it seems, to escalate. And that’s what this is,” he added, referring to Republicans‘ motion to strike Pelosi’s remarks. “I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there was any unfairness, but unfairness is not enough because we want to just fight.”

Cleaver’s decision to abandon the chair appeared unprecedented, at least in recent history.

17.07.2019 - 12:37 [ Politics News NET / Youtube ]

B0mbshell! Chaos in The House as Vote To Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From The Record Fails

B0mbshell! Chaos in The House as Vote To Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From The Record Fails

17.07.2019 - 12:11 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

In this House, we speak truth to power.

17.07.2019 - 12:08 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Pelosi stuns House floor with sharp rebuke of Trump’s ‚racist tweets‘

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s remarks on in the House Chambers draw a response from Rep. Doug Collins.

17.07.2019 - 12:01 [ theHill.com ]

McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric

“We’ve seen the far left throw accusations of racism at everyone, anyone who disagrees with them on anything, including the Speaker of the House,” he noted, referring to the claim by Ocasio-Cortez last week that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had singled out minority women lawmakers for criticism.

“From the president, to the Speaker, to freshmen members of the House, all of us have the responsibility to elevate the public discourse,” he said, addressing his comments to Trump as well as members of Congress.

17.07.2019 - 11:49 [ CNN ]

Mitch McConnell sidesteps question about his wife, who’s an immigrant

Asked if he would consider it a racist attack if someone told his wife Elaine Chao — who is the US Secretary of Transportation and an immigrant and naturalized US citizen — to go back to her own country, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sidestepped the question and talked about his support for legal immigration.

17.07.2019 - 11:28 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Mitch McConnell responds to Trump’s attacks on Democratic congresswomen

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after a series of attacks by President Trump against several Democratic congresswomen. #CNN #News

17.07.2019 - 10:27 [ New York Times ]

House Condemns Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist

The measure, the first House rebuke of a president in more than 100 years, passed nearly along party lines, 240 to 187, after one of the most polarizing exchanges on the floor in recent times. Only four Republicans and the House’s lone independent, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, voted with all Democrats to condemn the president.

16.07.2019 - 19:40 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

This president would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation, ability, or immigration status. This is the only way he thinks he can prevent the solidarity of working people. We’re not falling for it.

16.07.2019 - 19:20 [ Liz Cheney, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Our opposition to our socialist colleagues isn’t because of their race, religion, or gender. It’s because their policies are dangerous, wrong, and would destroy America.

16.07.2019 - 19:05 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

Watch live: House GOP leaders react to Trump’s tweets about progressive Democratic lawmakers

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other GOP leaders responded to clash between Trump and Democrats‘ ‚the Squad.‘

16.07.2019 - 19:00 [ USA Today ]

House GOP leaders refuse to condemn Donald Trump’s racist tweets, say the uproar is ‚all about politics‘

GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy of California told reporters he doesn’t consider Trump’s comments racist and slammed Democrats for planning to bring a resolution to the floor later Tuesday condemning the president’s remarks.

“Let’s not be false about what is happening here today,” McCarthy said. “This is all about politics and beliefs of ideologies.

16.07.2019 - 18:56 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..

09.07.2019 - 20:12 [ New York Times ]

Tensions Between Pelosi and Progressive Democrats of ‘the Squad’ Burst Into Flame

Six months into the new House Democratic majority, long-simmering tensions between the speaker and the squad — Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — have boiled over in the most public of ways, setting off a flurry of criticism of Ms. Pelosi among liberal activists and reinvigorating a debate within the party about how best to stand up to President Trump.

09.07.2019 - 19:42 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

New York Times Kisses Nancy Pelosi’s Ass – Again!

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09.07.2019 - 19:40 [ CNN ]

Why is Nancy Pelosi slamming AOC and helping Trump?

Pelosi’s criticism came after a June 25 vote in which the four were the only Democrats to oppose a House bill to provide funding for the crisis at the southern border because as they put it in a statement, „in good conscience, we cannot support this supplemental funding bill, which gives even more money to ICE and CBP and continues to support a fundamentally cruel and broken immigration system.“

09.07.2019 - 19:38 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi on disagreement with Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, Pressley: ‚They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got‘

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in an interview with a New York Times opinion columnist, said that despite their popularity, progressive congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) each only get one vote.

Pelosi’s comments follow a recent split between the four lawmakers and more moderate House Democrats over a House-passed spending measure aimed at helping migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

27.06.2019 - 17:04 [ New York Times ]

The Democratic Debates, Night 2: Four Heavyweights Face Off

When it starts
Thursday, June 27, 9 P.M. ET

Where to watch
On NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo (in Spanish) and their streaming platforms
The Main Event

Well, duh. The two heavyweights. The only two who have previously run for president. Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders represent the ideological poles of the primary field.

27.06.2019 - 16:54 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

This president & his #ChickenhawkCabinet have led us to the brink of war w/ Iran. I served in the Iraq War that took over 4k of my brothers and sisters lives. War w/ Iran would be far more devastating and costly than the Iraq War. #TULSI2020 #DemDebate