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.

21st Century Maja (Law Man) (released 9 March 2014)
The premature passing of Mr. Roe is a time to reflect on the importance of sacred Australian law and culture in our twenty first century society. Mr. Roe gave his life fighting for the protection of the sacred lands around Broome. He achieved a great victory for all of us. His passing leaves us with challenges, obligations and responsibilities.
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Defending the Aboriginal Budget.. (released 30 January 2014)
Part Two of an Interview with Nyunggai Warren Mundine, January 28, 2014
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Language is more than words.. (released 30 January 2014)
Part One of an Interview with Nyunggai Warren Mundine, January 28, 2014
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Survival Day/Australia Day Communique: End Australia's Long Term Unemployment (released 24 January 2014)
Aboriginal leader Gerry Moore deals with long term, entrenched unemployment every day, he says its time to focus energy and resources on the problem.
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To Reach Your Potential (TRYP) (released 31 December 2013)
TRYP is a wonderful initiative led by Col Watego - something for all of us to think about over the New Year period.
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Warren Mundine: Council for Bold Reforms (released 15 December 2013)
Warren Mundine, Chair of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council, predicts bold reforms in the weeks and months ahead.
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Build on the Things that are Working! (released 9 December 2013)
Habitat, the well known South Coast of NSW IEP (Indigenous Employment Provider/Program) has made a powerful submission to the Forrest Inquiry into Indigenous Job Placement and Training.
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Strong Culture, Strong Economy (released 2 December 2013)
“It goes beyond white politics, beyond the Liberal National and Labor Parties, its about our politics, its about our economic future, its about our health and education, and our safe, stable communities and our children that no longer go to juvenile detention centres but become doctors, lawyers and engineers.. its about our companies and businesses that are growing and moving on to the global stage” Warren Mundine outlines his long term strategy for the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Committee
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Aboriginal Employment 2013: Imperatives and Ideas (released 11 November 2013)
The Forrest Inquiry into Aboriginal Employment is due in December. This paper sets out the challenge.
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On A Clear Day (released 21 October 2013)
Wreck Bay, The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Looking Forward: A Conversation with Gerry Moore
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