Hello, friends. This is Blase Bonpane with World Focus. You’ll recall that last week we enjoyed the privilege of having journalist Allan Nairn with us as a guest. I’m so happy to say that he will be with us again today. This is something that we wanted very much to continue because he is an example for journalists throughout the world. We remember when he and Amy Goodman were so badly beaten by the Indonesian military after they had witnessed the mass killing of Timorese demonstrators that became known as the Santa Cruz Massacre. He was beaten with M16 rifle butts, had his skull fractured in the melee, and actually saved the life of Amy Goodman. He has received many awards. He received, together with Amy Goodman, the Robert F Kennedy Memorial First Prize / International Radio for their reporting on East Timor. He also won the 1994 George Polk Award. He received the Aaronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his writing on Haiti for the Nation Magazine.
He’ll be with us shortly, but I have a report this morning that I think is quite important because we have here a neuroscientist explaining that he feels Trump has a mental disorder that would make him a dangerous world leader. He writes:
“According to a number of top U.S. psychologists, like Harvard professor and researcher Howard Gardner, Donald Trump is a “textbook” narcissist. In fact, he fits the profile so well that clinical psychologist George Simon told Vanity Fair, “He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops.” This puts Trump in the same category as a number of infamous dictators. And although there are narcissists out there who entertain us, innovate, or create great art, when a narcissist is given immense power over people’s lives, they can behave much differently. As the 2016 presidential election grows nearer we must ask ourselves, if elected president would Donald Trump act on the behalf of the will of the people, or would he behave more like a dictator—silencing any dissenting voices, perpetually refusing to compromise, and being oppressive to certain groups? To answer that, we should ask a little bit more about what makes a narcissist tick, and how they tend to behave when given free rein.” Read More