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News & Views | Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Greta Thunberg speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 'How Dare You!': Greta Thunberg Rages at 'Fairytales of Eternal Economic Growth'
by Eoin Higgins, staff writer
"Entire ecosytems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money."


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai In 'Tremendous Victory for the Public,' Federal Appeals Court Quashes FCC Attempt to Weaken Media Ownership Rules
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Public interest groups celebrated Monday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit quashed an effort by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission to relax local media ownership rules.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is attacking Medicare for All in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 'Unfortunate But Not Surprising': Sanders Responds to Report Biden-Linked Firm Poll Testing Attacks on Medicare for All
by Eoin Higgins, staff writer
A senior advisor to the Sanders campaign said it was "disgusting" that former vice president's campaign would be "echoing bogus GOP talking points."
house on fire 'If a House Is on Fire, You Don't Add Fuel': 530 Groups Back Call to Rapidly Phase Out Fossil Fuels Worldwide
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The environmental group Stand.earth announced on Monday that 530 organizations have signed on to the Lofoten Declaration, which calls for rapidly phasing out fossil fuels on a global scale and transitioning to clean energy, as world leaders and activists gathered in New York City for the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
Afghan villagers sit on the back of a vehicle carrying dead bodies to a hospital following an airstrike, in Lashkar Gah the capital of Helmand province on September 23, 2019. Reports of Wedding Party Bombing Indicate US Forces Have Massacred at Least 70 Afghan Civilians in One Week
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
"Don't kill us," said one local who survived the recent bombing in Helmand province.
'We Want to Show Them We Are Serious': 16 Youth Activists File Suit Against Major Nations for Failing to Act on Climate Crisis
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"The climate crisis is a children's rights crisis."
The Greenland ice sheet may melt at a pace that could break records set in 2012 this year as a heatwave from Europe turns north. To Stop the Worst Effects of the Climate Crisis, Report Says 'The Level of Ambition Needs to be Tripled'—At Minimum
by Eoin Higgins, staff writer
The new U.N. report referencing increasing impacts of the climate crisis underscores the need for urgent action.


Want Real Climate Ambition? Keep Polluting Industries Out and Make Them Pay.
by Patti Lynn, Nnimmo Bassey, & Lidy Nacpil
The industries that have fueled this crisis should have no part in dictating the solutions—rather, they should be made to pay to address the massive damages they have caused and to finance real solutions to the crisis.
From left, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calf., Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Why Are House Democrats Afraid to Wield Their Subpoena Power?
by Jeff Hauser, Max Moran
Make no mistake: Democratic cowardice toward oversight has real, "kitchen-table" consequences for voters.
A supporter of the former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva holds a flag during a national strike protest called by unions and students against the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pension reform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images) Five Hundred Days of Injustice: On the Imprisonment of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
by Celso Amorim
For normalcy to return to Brazil and for hope to be recovered, Lula's freedom—along with annulment of the faulty process by which he was condemned—is essential.
President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats)
by Jeffrey C. Isaac
Biden's disingenuousness is no match for Trump
The ruling elites and the corporations they serve are the principal obstacles to change. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
by Chris Hedges
We must organize to replace existing structures of power with ones capable of coping with the crisis before us.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden works the grill at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Seventeen of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and more than 12,000 of their supporters made an appearance at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Will Joe Biden Be a Rerun of 2016 Tragedy?
by Jeff Cohen
As a throwback to the Clintonite 1990s, Biden says he feels the pain of victims but won’t name many villains. That approach no longer works—and actually plays into the hands of demagogues like Trump.

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