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DAPL Company Hired War on Terror Contractors to Suppress Native Uprising
The years-long, Indigenous-led fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) briefly captured the nation's attention last fall as images of peaceful resisters being sprayed with water canons and surrounded by police in tanks and other military-grade equipment were spread widely, fueling global...
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Hunger Strike Ends, Prisoners Declare Victory
After 40 days without food, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails. The end of the strike came after 20 hours of intense negotiations between the strike’s leaders, including imprisoned Fatah figure Marwan Barghouti , and the Israel Prison Service ,...
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Don Trumpoté de la Torre
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? — Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote de la Mancha In the novel, Don Quixote is remembered for, among other things, tilting at windmills he believed to be hostile giants, as he travelled through Spain in search of perceived evils...
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Mayor's Unflinching Honesty About Confederate Monuments Gives Me Hope
I’ve rarely been so moved by a political speech. If you haven’t heard it, don’t miss it. I refer to the speech on May 19 by Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans. He was speaking about the reasons for his city’s removal of monuments to Confederate generals. (You can read the text, but to get the...
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Fiscal Fightback: Trump's Budget Could Ignite Progressive Uprising
President Trump’s budget proposal —a fiscal assault on everything other than rich people and the military—could prove to be progressives’ ultimate trump card. With its deep cuts to vital programs and protections for low-income and working-class people, including Trump’s own voters, it lays bare the...
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In Face of TrumpCare 'Abomination,' New Jersey Latest State to Join Single Payer Push
If the building momentum for a single-payer or Medicare-for-All healthcare system wasn't already clear, developments this week should more than make up for that. Declaring that "healthcare is a fundamental human right" and TrumpCare is "an abomination," Democratic New Jersey State Assemblyman John...
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Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat
It is heartening at least that Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsements of Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte—who won a special election in the state on Thursday—after he grabbed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by the neck for trying to ask him a question, slammed him to the floor...
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On Kalief Browder Way: This Happens Every Day
From surveillance video of Kalief being assaulted in Rikers Thursday, on what would have been his 24th birthday, an intersection in the Bronx was renamed in honor of Kalief Browder, the 16-year-old African-American boy flung into New York's grisly Rikers Island Prison in 2010 after he was wrongly...
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Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0, "Dripping With Intolerance," Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump's revised Muslim Ban , issued in March and lambasted by rights groups, is unconstitutional. The full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case earlier this month. In a 10-3 decision (pdf) on Thursday, the panel upheld a lower...
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'From Laughable to Inevitable': $15 Minimum Wage Hits Congress
Answering the call from millions of underpaid American workers who for years have pounded the pavement demanding a living wage, progressive lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation in both the House and Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, "reversing the growing trend...
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