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Noam Chomsky warns Trump’s victory presents ‘literal threat to survival’ of human species

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American intellectual Noam Chomsky spoke on Monday night at a 20th anniversary event for Democracy Now! about the dangers facing the United States in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.

Chomsky touched on various threats facing the country, which are now more concrete since Trump’s win, namely the dangers posed by climate change and the possibility of a nuclear war.

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He explained how Trump taking office could have serious implications on various global U.S. sanctions and what that means for the country moving forward. For instance, Trump’s victory could reverse the Iran nuclear deal.

“Other countries who are parties to the deal might well continue,” he said. “That means ignoring U.S. sanctions. That will extend U.S. isolation, even from Europe.” However, U.S. isolation from Europe had already begun with Brexit, when the UK voted to leave the European Union in June.

Western countries have been aligning with the Radical Right, which has been described as a pushback to globalization, and the United States followed suit with the Brexit vote by electing Trump.

As political strategist Steve Schmidt explained just before the Nov. 8 election, “this is the second of four really consequential global elections,” where people are voting based on whether they have economically benefited or not from globalization. But these votes have implications beyond the economy.

“Brexit may assist with [American isolation] because Britain was the voice of the United States in NATO, the harshest voice,” Chomsky continued. He noted how this also contributes to the decline in American power, and thus American imperialism.

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“The threats and dangers are very real,” he said. Namely, the positions that Trump has taken in regards to climate change and the Iran deal pose a threat to the future of the country and the world.

“The threats that we now face are the most severe that have ever arisen in human history,” Chomsky warned. “They are literal threats to survival: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe.”

He continued, “They became more urgent on November 8th, for the reasons you know and that I mentioned. They have to be faced directly, and soon, if the human experiment is not to prove to be a disastrous failure.”

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Watch his full remarks below.

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Fox News has always been bad — but this week shows it’s willing to destroy democracy for Trump

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Fox News has been detrimental to democracy all along, but one journalist and historian believes it's gone fully off the rails this year and become a threat to national security.

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has been mocking the conservative network's commitment to "truthiness" for nearly 15 years, but 2019 has seen Fox News push out Russian disinformation campaigns and attack democracy itself to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment, reported Garrett Graff for Wired.

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Donald Trump Jr. got special permission from the Mongolian government to kill endangered sheep — on your tax dollars

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The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length.

On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed one.

His adventure was supported by government resources from both the U.S. and Mongolia, which each sent security services to accompany the president’s eldest son and grandson on the multiday trip. It also thrust Trump Jr. directly into the controversial world of Mongolian trophy hunting — a polarizing practice in a country that views the big-horned rams as a national treasure. The right to kill an argali is controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics.

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I thought Democrats were making a giant mistake on impeachment — but these experts changed my mind

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On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would move forward with two articles of impeachment — involving abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against President Donald Trump.

At first, I shared the frustration of many liberals and progressives that these articles are too limited in scope, and leave a great many of Trump’s apparent misdeeds unmentioned. But further reflection and exchanges with legal experts have convinced me that appearance is misleading. In fact, Democrats have performed a deft feat. In a single stroke — OK, two strokes — they have elevated the process of holding Trump accountable above the realm of partisan politics, and have also given the Democratic nominee (whoever that is) an excellent case to use against Trump in next year’s presidential election. The challenge for Democrats going forward will be to keep that nonpartisan outlook in mind — while understanding that, ultimately and unfortunately, the only possible way to hold Trump accountable will be through partisan politics.

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