Norman Solomon

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Battle for Democratic Party: After the Unity Reform Commission
With the Democratic Party’s “Unity Reform Commission” now history, major political forces are entering a new stage of contention over the future of the party. Seven months after the commission’s first meeting— and nine months after Hillary Clinton backer Tom Perez won a close election over Bernie...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017
Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals
Some leading Democrats in Congress are eager to turn the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin away from avenues for improvements in U.S.-Russian relations, even if that means deflecting it toward World War III. On Wednesday , the New York Times reported that “the White House...
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017
The Trump-Putin Meeting and the Fate of the Earth
Any truthful way to say it will sound worse than ghastly: We live in a world where one person could decide to begin a nuclear war—quickly killing several hundred million people and condemning vast numbers of others to slower painful deaths. Given the macabre insanity of this ongoing situation, most...
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Is 'Russiagate' Collapsing as a Political Strategy?
The plan for Democrats to run against Russia may be falling apart. After squandering much of the last six months on faulting Russians for the horrific presidency of Donald Trump… After blaming America’s dire shortfalls of democracy on plutocrats in Russia more than on plutocrats in America… After...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Behind the Media Surge Against Bernie Sanders
It’s routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to smear progressive activists under the guise of “news” coverage. But why the New York Times? And why the special venom for Bernie Sanders? After the horrific June 14 shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and three other participants in a Republican...
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Dangerous Discourse: When Progressives Sound like Demagogues
The Trump administration has already done enormous harm to the United States and the planet. Along the way, Trump has also caused many prominent progressives to degrade their own political discourse. It’s up to us to challenge the corrosive effects of routine hyperbole and outright demagoguery...
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Saturday, May 06, 2017
Killer Drones in the Empire State
At dusk I stood on a residential street with trim lawns and watched planes approach a runaway along the other side of a chain-link fence. Just a few dozen yards away, a JetBlue airliner landed. Then a United plane followed. But the next aircraft looked different. It was a bit smaller and had no...
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Monday, May 01, 2017
How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque
A new book about Hillary Clinton’s last campaign for president—“ Shattered ,” by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes—has gotten a lot of publicity since it appeared two weeks ago. But major media have ignored a revealing passage near the end of the book. Soon after Clinton’s defeat, top...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia
After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation
Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was...
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