Norman Solomon

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Close-up of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., May 26th, 1966 (Photo: Getty Images/Bettmann) Views
Thursday, April 01, 2021
The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King's Final Year
The anniversary of his assassination always brings a flood of tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and this Sunday will surely be no exception. But those tributes—including from countless organizations calling themselves progressive—are routinely evasive about the anti-militarist ideals that King...
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Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate on January 29, 2021 in an action to call for more progress in nuclear disarmament. (Photo: John MacDougall / AFP) Views
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The Urgent Need for a Biden-Putin Summit
Last week's outbreak of rhetorical hostilities between the White House and the Kremlin has heightened the urgent need for a summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. The spate of mutual denunciations is catnip for mass media and fuel for hardliners in both countries. But for the world at large,...
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Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Anthony Souffle/Zuma Press/Corbis) Views
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Rahm Emanuel Is in the Running for a Top Ambassador Post. The Prospect Is Appalling.
Rahm Emanuel has never been associated with the word "diplomatic," but news reports say that President Biden is seriously considering him for a top position as U.S. ambassador to Japan or China. Naming Emanuel to such a post would be an affront to many of the constituencies that got Biden elected...
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Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, moderates a discussion on February 12, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Views
Thursday, February 25, 2021
GOP Hypocrisy Is No Reason to Support Neera Tanden
Most corporate media outlets have depicted President Biden’s effort to win Senate confirmation of Neera Tanden as a battle to overcome Republican hypocrisy about her “mean tweets,” name-calling and nasty partisanship. But there are very important reasons to prevent Tanden from becoming the Office...
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U.S. President Donald Trump introduces EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an event to unveil significant changes to the National Environmental Policy Act at the White House on January 9, 2020. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 08, 2021
Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses
Impeachment dramas on Capitol Hill have routinely skipped over a question that we should be willing to ask even if Congress won't: "What about a president's unimpeachable offenses?" The question is the flip side of one that Republican Gerald Ford candidly addressed when he was the House minority...
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U.S. President Joe Biden (C-R) talks with former U.S. President Barack Obama after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) Views
Monday, February 01, 2021
Judging Biden by Low Standards Set by Trump Would Be an Unforgivable Catastrophe
Unless consciously resisted, one of Donald Trump’s lasting triumphs will be the establishment of such a low bar that mediocre standards will prevail for his successor. Of course, providing a clear contrast to the atrocious Trump presidency is irrefutably necessary—but it’s hardly sufficient. To...
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If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, we should not expect Biden to be a deserter from the class war that he has helped to wage, from the top down, throughout his political career. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Don't Let President Biden 'Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes'
At inauguration time, journalist I. F. Stone wrote, incoming presidents "make us the dupes of our hopes." That insight is worth pondering as Joe Biden ascends to the presidency. After four years of the real-life Trump nightmare, hope is overdue—but it's hazardous. Stone astutely warned against...
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As Bernie Sanders says, "The old way of thinking is what brought us Donald Trump." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, January 11, 2021
Denouncing Republican Evils Can’t Do Much for the Biden Presidency Without Demanding Progressive Policies
The Republican plunge into Trumpism has made the party especially unhinged and dangerous, but its basic ideology has long been a shameless assault on minimal standards of human decency. Now—while Democratic leaders and most corporate media outlets are suitably condemning the fascist tendencies of...
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A button features President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inauguration is on display by a street vendor during a canvass launch event at New Life Outreach Christian Center January 2, 2021 in Eatonton, Georgia. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 04, 2021
In 2021, the Best Way to Fight Neofascist Republicans Is to Fight Neoliberal Democrats
The threat of fascism will hardly disappear when Donald Trump moves out of the White House in two weeks. On Capitol Hill, the Republicans who've made clear their utter contempt for democracy will retain powerful leverage over the U.S. government. And they're securely entrenched because Trumpism...
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Antony Blinken (R), President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state, is a staunch supporter of U.S. militarism. Views
Monday, December 28, 2020
Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken Personify the 'Moderate' Rot at the Top of the Democratic Party
Sometimes a couple of nominations convey an incoming president’s basic mindset and worldview. That’s how it seems with Joe Biden’s choices to run the Office of Management and Budget and the State Department. For OMB director, Biden selected corporate centrist Neera Tanden, whose Center for American...
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