Sunday, January 1, 2017
Brent Patterson
Canada-China FTA Talks to Begin in February 2017 Could Have Massive Implications on Water Use
The Trudeau government says talks toward a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as February 2017. CBC reports, "International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is...
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Anna Lappé, Lisa Palmer
For Our Food System's Sake, Let's Say "No" to Corporate Consolidation
When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017...
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Adam Johnson
Media Fell for Nazi-Manufactured ‘White Genocide’ Scandal
A “ Twitter controversy” broke out on Christmas Day after leftist Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher tweeted out, “All I Want for Christmas Is White Genocide” to his 11,000...
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Bill Moyers
A Poignant Poem That Encapsulates 2016
My friend Jim Haba, a fine poet in his own right, has done more than anyone I know to democratize the popularity of poetry in our time. As founding director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability
President-elect Donald Trump exploded a half-century of U.S. nuclear-arms policy in a single tweet last week: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such...
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Shreya Dasgupta
Top 10 Happy Environmental Stories of 2016
As always, Mongabay covered a mix of environmental stories this year. While some species went extinct, several new species were discovered. Some forests were wiped out, but others were restored...
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Andy Bichlbaum
How Standing Rock Solved My 2016, First World Problems
2016 was a rough year. After Nov. 8, it became almost unlivable. In my case, a sustained state of anxiety and depression erupted occasionally into nausea and panic. Behaviors buried since the Bush...
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Friday, December 30, 2016
Zahra Hirji
2017: Trump Peddles Climate Doubt in a World Sold on Action
President-elect Donald Trump may dismiss the Paris Agreement and pack his cabinet with climate deniers, but once he takes office, he will face a world that takes the climate crisis as seriously as he...
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Howard Friel
NYT on Iraq and Russia: Newspaper of Record or Journalistic Home to Intelligence Sources and Warmakers
On May 17 of this year, PBS Frontline broadcast a program titled, “The Secret History of Isis,” which it described as “the inside story of the radicals who became the leaders of ISIS.” As a companion...
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George W. Bush inauguration protests in 2001 Ted Glick
Justice Protectors, Let’s Take Action Inauguration Day
I’m not sure how many Inauguration Day protests in DC I’ve been to over the years. The one I distinctly remember is January 20 th , 2001, George W. Bush’s first inauguration. There was a similar...
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Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll in 1946 Robert Dodge
Coming to Our Senses Regarding Nukes
As part of President-Elect Trumps daily tweets this past week he stated: The United States must greatly strengthen its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding...
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North Carolina flag Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
A Call For The Economic Boycott Of North Carolina
In recent years, the Republican leadership in the state of North Carolina has built a worldwide reputation for intolerance and bigoted narrow-mindedness. Since its recent loss of the governorship,...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Stephen Zunes
Obama's Support for International Law Draws Bipartisan Ire
Here’s one way to look at it: The United States was the only country in the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council that did not support a resolution passed last week criticizing Israel for continuing...
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Bob Burnett
5 Resistance Resolutions
As we enter a perilous new year, here are five resistance resolutions: 1. Practice resistance each day. Political resistance is an American tradition; "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."...
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Rebecca Solnit
Another, More Beautiful America is Rising. Trump Will Be Resisted
The time when you don’t need hope is when your hopes have been fulfilled. Hope is for when you don’t have what you need and for when things are not OK. It is the belief that liberation might be...
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Alan S. Blinder
The American Public Against Trump
The United States, supposedly the world’s beacon of democracy, is practicing a strange form of it nowadays. One presidential candidate won nearly three million more votes than her opponent, who, with...
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Dean Baker
Denialism on Trade
It is really amazing how the political and economic establishment types feel the need to deny that trade can actually have a negative impact on manufacturing jobs and total employment in their...
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Medea Benjamin
No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes
While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10...
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Josh Hoxie
Reducing Inequality in the Trump Era
In a lot of ways, 2016 was a big year for reducing inequality. Five states raised their minimum wage through citizen-led ballot initiatives. A job-killing free trade agreement, the TPP, was blocked...
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Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News
Justice Jumping Genres
There I was in a mid-March snowstorm riding shotgun in a truck heading south through the Crow reservation in Montana. I made a stupid comment to break the silence: “Man, there is nothing out there.”...
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Gwynne Dyer
2016 Year-Ender: We're In For A Wild Ride
The main message of 2016 was that we are entering a period of economic and political upheaval comparable to the industrial revolution of 1780-1850, and nothing expressed that message more clearly...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Michael Moore
5 Things You Can Do Right Now About Donald J. Trump
The following was posted by the author to his Facebook page. Read the original here . It's been seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him. So if...
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Kate Tummarello
The Fight to Rein in NSA Surveillance: 2016 in Review
It’s been a busy year on a number of fronts as we continue to fight to rein in the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of innocent people. Since the 2013 leaks by former government...
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Kevin Basl
Why I Answered the Call for Veterans to Go to Standing Rock
I lay among friends, huddled and cold in our sleeping bags. We listened to the lashing wind and the drums and prayer chants coming from the sacred fire, and we reflected on why we, four Iraq War...
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Peter Van Buren
Symbolic Failure Point: Female Afghan Pilot Wants Asylum In The US
History loves little markers, tidy packages of symbolism that wrap up a big, complex thing. You know, the helicopter on the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon standing in for years of failed war...
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Dean Baker
Trump and Growth
Neil Irwin used an Upshot column to address the issue of whether Donald Trump can acheive the 4.0 percent annual growth rate he has promised over the next decade. He argues that insofar as it is...
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Ali Abunimah
Israel Punishes the World After UN Vote
On Monday evening I appeared on Al Jazeera English to speak about Israel’s reaction to Friday’s UN Security Council decision . Resolution 2334 , passed by a vote of 14-0 with the United States...
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Sarah van Gelder
It Wasn’t All Bad: 5 Signs of Positive Change in 2016
It was a year blown up by the election results. There are now two very different 2016s—the one before and the one after we learned that Donald Trump would become president of the United States. Trump...
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Ralph Nader
Tripwires for the Trumpsters
The Trumpsters are coming to town—led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee—and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C. With all three branches of government...
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Peter Cohen
10 Good Things that Happened this Year in US Politics
As we end 2016, with many Americans still in shock over the elections results, it's easy to overlook all the good things that happened in the US politically. So, as we prepare for 4 years of open...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Jay Walljasper
Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy
One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health. It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die. It’s...
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Gareth Porter
Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria
President Barack Obama has long been under fire from the US national security elite and the media for failing to intervene aggressively against the Assad regime. But the real strategic blunder was...
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Gwynne Dyer
Netanyahu, Obama, and the United Nations
Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is very, very cross about last Friday’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the creation of illegal Jewish settlements all over the...
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Terry Odendahl
6 Lessons Learned Fighting Oppressive Regimes While Trying to Protect People and Planet
The U.S. is bracing for President-elect Donald Trump . All initial indications are that the U.S. is in for a dramatic change of leadership, more like some of the authoritarian regimes we are used to...
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Mark Trahant
Standing Rock Prepared Us For Trump's Billionaires and Oil Giants
It’s easy for me to dismiss 2016 as a horrible year. Year 2016 is an inspirational and historic moment. There have been eight years of relative progress on issues I care about, from the climate to...
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Juan Cole
Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine
I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation , which is that President Obama should recognize Palestine before he goes out of office. For different but related reasons,...
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Stephen Zunes
Trump's Frightening Picks for U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Among the many disturbing appointments by President-elect Donald Trump are the people charged with conducting U.S. policy in the Middle East. Trump’s ignorance of the region will make him even more...
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Peter Dykstra
Fiends of the Earth
There's a case to be made that the Trump Administration's rollback of environmental regulation won't be devastating; that market forces will prevail in the coming energy revolution; that the...
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Robert Parry
A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons
America’s extended Christmas holiday season, stretching through much of November and all of December, has not been a happy time for Official Washington’s dominant neoconservatives and their liberal-...
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Monday, December 26, 2016
Brennan Lagasse
Arctic Waters Have Been Rescued From Drilling, But What About the Land?
I’d like to reframe what happened in early November as the opposite of tragedy. Instead of looking at the election results through a lens of doom and gloom, let us view this moment in history as a...
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Chris Hedges
In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other
This Christmas I mourn the long, slow death of our democracy that led to the political ascendancy of Donald Trump. I fear the euphoria of those who have embraced the atavistic lust for violence and...
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Still from Frank Capra’s “It's a Wonderful Life” Diane Ravitch
Stuart Egan: What Frank Capra Could Teach Betsy DeVos About Public Schools
At the family Christmas dinner in New Jersey, someone asked the question, “What is the best Christmas movie of all time?” There were many suggestions, but the consensus was Frank Capra’s “It’s a...
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Jayde Tynes
Seven Inspirational Protests of 2016
Needless to say, 2016 has been a tough one for social justice activists around the world. With the rise in xenophobia after Brexit, the presidential election of Trump and the looming threat of trade...
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David Cortright
Preparing for the Storm
More than five weeks after the political tsunami and many of are still living in a state of denial. It’s understandable and even commendable in one sense: we must never accept Trump and the hatred...
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Paul Pillar
Trump's Disappearing 'Neutral Guy'
Presidents-elect of the United States generally have hewn to the dictum that the country has only one president at a time, and that this is especially important with foreign policy. The incoming...
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Cathy Breen
Christmas in Karbala
KARBALA Iraq -- It is Christmas day, and I am in Karbala with dear friends. We awoke to a second day of rain, and pictures of flooding, especially in Baghdad, are being shown on TV. Yesterday, on...
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César Chelala
Too Little, Too Late for US Decision on Settlements
The United States’ abstention on the UN Security Council (UNSC) anti-settlement resolution is a serious blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy of annexation in the West Bank. Israel’s...
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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sasha Breger Bush
Trump and National Neoliberalism
Many writers and pundits are currently framing Trump’s election in terms of a dispossessed and disenfranchised white, male working class, unsatisfied with neoliberal globalization and the insecurity...
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Jeff Bryant
Girding For The Education Fight Ahead
If you want to get an idea of what kind of education policies to expect from a Donald Trump administration, Wall St. has a clue for you. A report from BuzzFeed explains, online charter schools are “...
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The Children of Berks
All I Want for Christmas Is to Get Out of Immigration Detention
Families are not supposed to be in immigration detention at all — and certainly not for more than a few days — but these children have been locked up with their mothers for more than a year. They are...
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Emily Johnston
The Fossil Fuel Industry Needs Our Consent. We Can and Must Refuse to Give It.
On November 9, like a lot of people around the world, I was stunned and devastated. In the days and weeks afterward, I was hit by new waves from that same feeling, worrying in turn about Muslim...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Importance of Being a Trump
First there’s the children’s house of make believe. . . . —Robert Frost, Directive The children are having the best time. It’s more fun than playing with electric trains, kite flying or practically...
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Frida Berrigan
Why My Family Turns Our Christmas Tree Into a Political Statement
I picked up a call from an unfamiliar local number. It was someone organizing to give toys to needy families. “We picked your family,” she said happily. I stumbled and stuttered over myself a little...
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Melissa Batchelor Warnke
Call Me a Coddled Snowflake, But Trump's Fetish for Nukes Is Infinitely More Terrifying Than His Other Outrage
An editor whom I greatly respect believes essays about media coverage holes — “The press isn’t paying enough attention to this thing I care about!” — do not generally make for engaging reads. She’s...
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Kim Haddow
Election Losses Don’t Stop Corporate Efforts to Block Voter-Approved Minimum Wage Hikes
Voters spoke very clearly on November 8 when they elected to raise the minimum wage in Arizona and Maine, along with Colorado and Washington State. But those wins, the democratic process, and the...
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Christian Detisch
Why Working Locally Is the Key to Banning Fracking
At Food & Water Watch, we have no illusions about the future: the outrageous rhetoric of the election, as well as the alternative realities created by Trump, foreshadow the battles against...
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Sarah Aziza
Cyber Security Takes on New Ugency for Groups Targeted by Trump
With under a month to go until Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, activists from the grassroots to large organizations like the ACLU are working to fortify their digital platforms against...
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John Nichols
Keith Ellison Says He Is Ready to Fight for Democracy in North Carolina—and Across America
here is, unfortunately, nothing new about the assault on democracy that is playing out in North Carolina. But Democrats need to make a new commitment to defending democracy—and Congressman Keith...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Attack on the Freedom of the Press
Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using. 1. Berate the media and turn the public against it. Trump refers to...
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Elizabeth Warren
The Obama Legacy: Protecting Consumers From Big Banks, Payday Lenders, and Debt Collectors
President Obama’s work on behalf of consumers is a central part of his legacy. When he took office eight years ago, our country was in the midst of the worst financial crisis in generations—a crisis...
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Cathy Breen
Signs of Hope in Desperate Times
NAJAF, Iraq—A week has passed since my arrival in Iraq. Once again we come desiring to strengthen the bonds of human friendship, bonds which threaten to break as the opportunities to visit each other...
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Peter Dreier
Preparing for Trump: A Ten-Point Plan
Many Americans would not be surprised if on Jan. 20 Vladimir Putin administers the oath of office to Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan youth choir regales the inaugural crowd with a stirring rendition...
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Amy Goodman
Will Political Chaos in North Carolina Lead to a ‘Third Reconstruction’?
Editor’s note: After this column was written, North Carolina lawmakers voted against repealing the transgender “bathroom bill,” which requires people to use public restrooms that match the sex on...
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Carol Burris
Charter Schools Already a Massive Threat. And Now Here Comes Billionaire Betsy Devos
The drive to privatize the public education system under the guise of “choice” is well underway — and can be expected to pick up steam when Donald Trump becomes president. He chose as his education...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Lauren Carasik
Donald Trump's Cabinet Bodes Ill for the Planet
President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet is shaping up as a nightmare for environmentalists and others committed to bold action on climate change. Trump tapped Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, the...
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Mark Weisbrot
Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Made a Mess
President-elect Donald Trump's phone call earlier this month with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan sent shock waves throughout China and much of the world. For nearly four decades, it has been...
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Jeanmarie Bishop
An Open Letter to the Quote Unquote Left
Eight years ago, I wrote a piece and a follow-up that were published on Common Dreams . I reflected on the election season that was coming to an end. Barack Obama was so far ahead in the polls that...
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Dakota Access pipeline construction Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright
Black Snake Bleeding Out: How DAPL Is Duping Investors
The Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) is yet another violent variable in the equation of environmental racism that plagues the United States, and the world—to the peril of Indigenous and low-wealth...
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UN draft resolution marketed as opposing Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land actually lays ground to eventually legitimize them Ali Abunimah
Why UN Resolution on Settlements Would Be Bad for Palestinians
Update: The vote on the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, has reportedly been postponed . This came after Israeli Prime Minister...
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A small figure gazes up at dark clouds. Sarah van Gelder
How to Face a Trump Presidency: Resist, Reconnect, Renew
It’s the solstice, the darkest time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. I awaken in the dark and check for news about Standing Rock and about the Trump transition team. It’s almost an epic pairing:...
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Robert C. Koehler
I Pledge Allegiance To...
I pledge allegiance to . . . what? The Electoral College, to no one’s serious surprise, voted Donald Trump in as the nation’s 45th president, and the pot of outrage in the American spectator...
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John Buell
Fake News and the New McCarthyism
One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and...
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Tom Engelhardt
Dystopian Donald: Will Trump Make 1984 Look Like a Nursery Tale?
Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such vivid previews of what...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Mitchell Plitnick
Nominee For US Ambassador to Israel Should Set Off Alarm Bells
With his nomination of attorney David Friedman as the new United States Ambassador to Israel, President-elect Donald Trump has sent a very clear message that he intends to shift U.S. policy away from...
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Jennifer Lynch
Trump on Free Speech and Freedom of the Press
No one can know for sure what the incoming Trump administration will do, but President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized and threatened the media in the United States. In lieu of...
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Michael Winship
An Unexpected Lesson from Pearl Harbor
The recent 75 th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor reminded me of the visit I made ten years ago and something curious that happened while I was there. I was on the way to my nephew and...
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Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
Calling Working People of All Colors
A little over 80 years ago, NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois wrote “ Black Reconstruction in America ,” a groundbreaking essay that looked at the racial politics of the post-Civil War years. The major...
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Monique Morrissey
In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love
Donald Trump ran a campaign that rejected Republican orthodoxy on a variety of issues. He consistently and emphatically rejected the party line on slashing social insurance programs like Medicare and...
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Les Leopold
The Invention Of The White Working Class
History warns us to be very, very careful when using the phrase “white working class.” The reason has nothing to do with political correctness. Rather, it concerns the changing historical definitions...
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Tom Engelhardt
An Administration of Losers?
In a sense, human history could be seen as an endless tale of the rise and fall of empires. In the last century alone, from the Hapsburgs and Imperial Japan to Great Britain and the Soviet Union, the...
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Sam Pizzigati
Waging Class War in Comfort
In a typical corporate board of directors meeting, what do CEOs see when they look out across their richly lacquered boardroom tables? They see . . . lots of other CEOs. That’s no accident. CEOs...
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Will Bunch
The 'Good Girls Revolt' is the Untold Political Story of 2017
Esther Gordon, a 65-year-old retired French teacher who lives in Newtown Square, will never forget that feeling when she woke up on November 9 and it sunk in that Donald Trump had really won the...
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Jim Hightower
What Is the 'Trump Fix'?
In Donald Trump's presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the "populistic" patina he needed to...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tania Ildefonso Ocampos
IS’s New Tactic: Attacks to Discourage the West from Welcoming Refugees
On Monday evening, an unknown driver ploughed a truck into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing at least 12 people. Hours later, the German police arrested a suspect at the defunct...
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Panyin Conduah
Teaching Civics in the Time of Trump
Many Americans are still going through a whirlwind of emotions as they process November’s election results and the dawning of Donald Trump’s presidency. Although, by the time the official tally is...
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Catherine Rottenberg
Trumping It Up: Neoliberalism on Steroids
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump (in)famously declared that he would build a wall between Mexico and the United States (and make Mexico pay for it) to keep the criminals and "rapists"...
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Magdalena J. Seol
Memo to Trump: US Interests in the Era of Climate Change
During the US presidential campaign, President-elect Trump argued that global efforts to address climate change, such as the Paris Climate Agreement, were a “bad deal” that posed an unnecessary...
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Ted Gleichman
Feds Deny LNG Export Through Oregon – Developer Turns to Trump
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) has conclusively rejected the only remaining US West Coast plan to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada and the Rockies to Asia. On December...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sham Populism, Shameless Plutocracy
In a speech at the Heritage Foundation last week, former House speaker Newt Gingrich portrayed President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration as a historic moment for conservatism. “This is...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Bad News for America’s Workers
As US President-elect Donald Trump fills his cabinet, what have we learned about the likely direction and impact of his administration’s economic policy? To be sure, enormous uncertainties remain. As...
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William Astore
All the President's Generals
America has always had a love affair with its generals. It started at the founding of the republic with George Washington and continued with (among others) Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor , Ulysses S...
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Kathy Kelly
Steer Your Way Into Love and Resistance
Since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, I've given daily thought to the more alarming aspects of Trump culture. Conversations among friends have been quite helpful, both...
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Ralph Nader
An Open Letter to President Obama: Decision Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Dear President Obama: On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed for the New York Times titled, “ America...
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Norman Solomon
Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy
This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a...
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Monday, December 19, 2016
Chris Hedges
‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New
The media landscape in America is dominated by “fake news.” It has been for decades. This fake news does not emanate from the Kremlin. It is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry that is skillfully...
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Ari Berman
North Carolina’s Legislative Coup Shows What Voter Suppression Will Look Like Under Trump
W hile the news last week focused on reports of Russian interference in US elections, Republicans in North Carolina were busy subverting democracy at home. What began as a special legislative session...
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Anne Kaun
In the Age of Trump, Resistance Movements Must Bring People Together Beyond the Digital Realm
When I reached over to switch off my alarm on the morning of 9 November, I wished I had stayed asleep. In the few seconds that I searched for the snooze button, my phone’s notifications had revealed...
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Sasha Davis
Could a Network of Rebellious Cities Really Stand Against Trump?
Since the November U.S. election, many on the Left have taken a closer look at how local places like cities, towns, college campuses, indigenous communities, and states can challenge the coming Trump...
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Nick Turse
Commandos Without Borders: America’s Elite Troops Partner with African Forces But Pursue US Aims
Al-Qaeda doesn’t care about borders. Neither does the Islamic State or Boko Haram. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc thinks the same way. “[T]errorists, criminals, and non-state actors aren’t bound by...
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Nafeez Ahmed
The UK's ‘National Security’ Plan? It's a Blueprint for a Police State
In early December, the British government released its first annual report on the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review. Despite the total media blackout, the document...
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