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  1. Over the last 40 years, we have seen an increase in income inequality, especially in the US, with wages stagnating for a large majority of the population, but profits for corporations continuing to grow exponentially, this was obviously dealt a blow in the financial crisis, but the mechanisms in place to fix the crisis largely continued to promote neoliberal, state capitalism. The federal reserve, which I believe is criticised unfairly is largely a mechanism in place to fix problems within a very highly flawed system. You need a body that has to regulate banks and interest rates, otherwise you would have a situation that is even worse, where banks would continually just collude and set rates in a way that benefits them. The problem however is that, the Fed's mechanisms only empower the same system that has done damage to so many people's lives. By promoting bank bailouts, which then just give the bank the insurance that they can continue to do whatever they want, and the government will just continue to bail them out, they have no much incentive to act differently. Financial reform and regulation have been implemented since the financial crisis but these aren't enough, and the bailouts only led to bank CEOs giving themselves higher bonuses. But the question is how do you fix the system? If you don't bail the banks out, you leave millions unemployed, you make small business reliant on banks for short-term financing shut down. If you don't print money and you don't increase the deficit, you get rid of the few ways in a flawed economic system to boost the economy. So how do you fix it? More regulation? Do you make the Federal Open Market Committee meetings more public, but then that just allows political influence and gives more power to a very corrupt congress to make decisions, when you can't exactly trust them either? There have been attempts to make other currency systems like bitcoin, but on a national level what is a good solution? To centralise the banks completely would be a good idea but its just giving power to corrupt lawmakers who are bought by corporate interests.
  2. ISIS now dead

    ISIS is defeated, liberals saw Assad and Putin embracing, now because of all the Russia nonsense that's been inserted into their clueless minds, they're raging on and on about how two warcriminals embrace one another, I suppose they would've rather left ISIS alone instead of Assad taking territory from them. Of course, Assad is no innocent, and has blood on his hands, but he killed fewer people than the amount of children US led sanctions killed in Iraq, to which Madeleine Albright said it was worth it, and these people had nothing to say about that. It's so funny how the crimes of the US empire go unquestioned, yet that same empire can so easily convince them someone needs to be overthrown and hung. I suppose they would rather syria became another Libya, with African migrants swimming trying to get to Europe but what do they care they sit comfortably, read their NYT and think they know it all.
  3. Good to hear, I'm thinking about grad school, if I can't afford it then would have to think about considering other countries, where funding isn't as readily available as it is here. What was your grad program in?
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/house-gop-tax-plan-could-increase-taxes-for-grad-students-by-400-percent.html. Under this bill, grad students will be taxed not only on the amount of stipend they get, but also on the amount of tuition that is waived, so if you earn a 30,000 dollar stipend, and a 50,000 tuition waiver, now you'll be taxed on 80,000 dollars not just the 30 you earn. But corporations get more tax breaks. If there is one great thing about the US, it is the quality of graduate education here and the funding available for research, no country comes close in this regard, the politicians seem really keen on destroying that too.
  5. what is wrong with this Trump's decision?

    There are better ways of tackling illegal immigration and drugs, why doesn't he talk of how to tackle the number one threat to the US, shootings by mostly right-wing supremacists? The number of Americans killed in shootings in a year is close to the numbers you would see killed in a warzone. It's another way to fear monger not about keeping the US safe, hey look those evil Mexicans, those evil muslims, etc. Look drugs may indeed be an issue but this isn't how you solve it. Build stronger immigration policies, and this is incredibly expensive too.
  6. Genocide in Yemen!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-war-saudi-arabia-children-deaths-famine-disease-latest-figures-a8057441.html. It is absolutely disgraceful that these people are awarded with a seat on the human rights council, they are literally starving Yemenis on purpose. The world will just let this happen as usual. What is the point of the UN honestly? Any decent organization serious about peace making would kick the Americans and Brits out for what they are doing in Yemen, but no those two get to be permanent members of the security council.
  7. True, so I fail to see how it is religion that held back. I think close-minded fundamentalist interpretations do. Christianity suffered from this for a very long time, with the Catholic vs. Protestant wars, the anti-Jewish pogroms, they moved on from that, but it seems this crisis is affecting the Muslim world now, part of it is imposed by imperial powers (the imposition of extremist doctrines like Wahhabism, which is increasingly affecting Sunni Islam) and part of is internal too for regimes to stifle the voice of their own people.
  8. I think Islam encourages scientific advancements, research, etc. I think people just think of Islam as pray, fast, hajj, resist tyranny, these are elements of the faith, but researching particularly things about that can impact millions of people is not only allowed, I would say it would be encouraged heavily. Doing research on things like new cancer treatments, climate change initiatives, which could save lives, should be spoken about more often. I think this is an area we can have more discussion, lectures etc. We have enough lectures on respecting parents, hijab, sunni/shia issues.
  9. I don't think its Islam that holds people back, it is authoritarian tendencies that prevent freedom of thought and the ability to think in different ways. As for Islam being liberal back in the day? It depends what you mean by liberal, the definition of liberalism seems to have changed with time, but if you mean freedom to think in different ways, freedom to criticize policies, I agree with it, I think criticism is necessary for any society to move forward.
  10. Imperialism, dictators that don't care about their own people, sectarianism enforced by government authorities, finding boogeymen to blame rather than fixing internal issues. I firmly believe that the building of democratic institutions is crucial to the advancement of these initiatives. There have been people arrested in many middle eastern countries for simply criticizing the government's economic policies and suggesting alternatives. It is almost as though these leaders are too afraid of their people becoming too educated, they'd rather leave them behind to protect their own authority. Imagine if the Saudis would spend half as much money on scientific advancements as opposed to pumping Wahhabism globally. They wouldn't have had to worry about their economy not being diverse enough and collapsing today.
  11. Current geopolitics middle-east

    Ikhwani front also includes Hamas, iran supports them but they've all supported the opposition in Syria, Hamas also voiced support for Saudi intervention in Yemen, don't think they will be part of the resistance axis. Also, Egypt under Sisi isn't always on the same side as Saudi, Egypt supports Assad. I think it's tough to group these countries together, Saudi/UAE/Bahrain/Israel seem to be consistently on the same side, Iran/Iraq/Syria/Hezbollah are pretty much always on the same side, Egypt/Qatar/Turkey vary depending on the conflict.
  12. Huge earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

    No thanks necessary, it is our duty to help if we can! But looks like it is too risky for Iran unfortunately.
  13. Huge earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

    Unfortunately people who live in the US can't send donations unless through international organisations, otherwise you could face issues with the law, since the US has sanctions on Iran.
  14. Huge earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

    Guys any links to send donations?