Norman Solomon

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a news conference with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to announce legislation that would tax the net worth of America's wealthiest individuals at the U.S. Capitol on March 01, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo:Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 10, 2021
It Is Not Time for Progressives to Be Giving Joe Biden an 'A' Grade
It's the job of progressive advocates and activists to tell inconvenient truths, without sugarcoating or cheerleading. To effectively confront the enormous problems facing our country and world, progressives need to soberly assess everything—good, bad and mixed. Yet last week, the chair of the...
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War correspondent, journalist, author, and activist Reese Erlich (1947-2021) was a longtime contributor to numerous outlets, including Common Dreams. (Photo: via UMass Amherst) Views
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Reporting from Around the World, Reese Erlich Was a Beacon of Independent Journalism
When Reese Erlich died in early April, we lost a global reporter who led by example. During five decades as a progressive journalist, Reese created and traveled an independent path while avoiding the comfortable ruts dug by corporate media. When people in the United States read or heard his...
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Guljumma, 7, and her father, Wakil Tawos Khan, at the Helmand Refugee Camp District 5 in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 31, 2009. (Photo: Reese Erlich) Views
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Contrary to What Biden Said, US Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set to Continue
When I met a seven-year-old girl named Guljumma at a refugee camp in Kabul a dozen years ago, she told me that bombs fell early one morning while she slept at home in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Valley. With a soft, matter-of-fact voice, Guljumma described what happened. Some people in her...
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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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"On many issues in the state legislature," writes Solomon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo "has ended up aligning himself with Republican lawmakers to thwart progressive initiatives." (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats—and the Dire Need for Progressive Populism
The governors of New York and California—the most populous states led by Democrats—now symbolize how slick liberal images are no substitute for genuinely progressive priorities. After 10 years as New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo is facing an uproar over revelations that his administration...
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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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