My impression is that this [the mid-term elections] was a profound rejection by the popular majority of Trump and the Republicans. It was more profound than even is registered in the offices that have been gained. While the Democrats won the House and lost seats in the Senate, the Democrats won overall votes for the Senate by more than 10 million over the Republicans. What we are dealing with is a political party (the Republicans) that has put the nation in a vice, in order to maintain control despite the fact that it is an increasingly minority party. And the Republicans are essentially at war with the majority of the nation. As a result, the US is engaged in what I would call a “cold civil war”, that will not be resolved anytime soon. So, the Democrats winning the House means that the period of the first two years of Trump presidency, in which he and his party had total control, is a thing of the past. And he will be subjected to intense investigation. Not only to protect the investigation into the Russian interference into our politics by Robert Mueller, but also the pervasive corruption of Donald Trump, his family – which operates like a mafia family – and his cabinet and the White House, which is presiding over a vast kleptocracy. We’re about to see dozens if not hundreds of investigations into the greatest scandals of American history.

Sidney Blumenthal

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

The Greatest Show on Earth (released 15 September 2014)
Stephen Pigram, Australia’s greatest contemporary troubadour, is the artistic director of a show that will take not only Australia, but the world by storm.
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Work With What You Have Got (released 4 August 2014)
An Independent Review of Andrew Forrest's Creating Parity
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The Good Sock (released 28 July 2014)
A story about the value of good socks for a working man.
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Inside Words (released 20 June 2014)
Reviving the Ancestral Ties, Friendship and Trade between Cape York Peninsula and Timor Leste
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Tough Times, Tough Questions (released 14 June 2014)
Nyunggai Warren Mundine calls an extraordinary meeting of his Indigenous Advisory Council with Prime MInister Abbott and says the Commonwealth government must earn the trust of the Aboriginal community.
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Twelve Things You Need to Know About Timor-Leste (released 25 May 2014)
We Australians need to act quickly to understand the new Timor-Leste.
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Recognition and Beyond (released 15 April 2014)
A Submission to the Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
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Submission to Senator Brandis (released 7 April 2014)
Submission to Senator Brandis in the light of the WA Senate election and other considerations
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18C (released 29 March 2014)
Nyunggai Warren Mundine on Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Aboriginal Language, Juvenile Justice, Employment and Training
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"Grotesque" (released 21 March 2014)
Senator Brandis has written that the reasonable likelihood of “offending or insulting" people on the grounds of race or ethnicity "grotesquely" restricts freedom of expression. His agenda seems to be to weaken the Racial Discrimination Act. As three citizens living on the South Coast of NSW we (Bill Moyle, Gerry Moore, Peter Botsman) wish to respectfully take issue with Senator Brandis and warn against any watering down of the already timid protections against racial discrimination in Australia.
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