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Coronavirus

If Arch-Conservative Ebrahim Raisi Wins Iran's Presidential Election, He Has Trump to Thank

Trump's legacy will be not that he overthrew the clerical government or made it beg him for a new treaty, but that he put the previously unpopular hard liners in the catbird seat.
Juan Cole ·


As Tourism Returns, We Can't Allow Cruise Companies to Destroy Coral Reefs for Profit

The Covid-19 pandemic put much of the tourism industry on hold. Once restrictions are lifted, we need to be wary of what comes next.

Kelly Heber Dunning ·


There Is Zero Justification for GOP Ending $300 Federal Unemployment Boost

The latest state jobs data show the economy has not fully recovered.

David Cooper ·


Making Vaccines More Accessible in an Unequal Society

Many essential workers still aren't vaccinated. It’s not because they don't want to be—it's because they can’t get time off work.

Jill Richardson ·


Your Free License to Kill Animals

The cycle of animal abuse is not only bad for animals, it's bad for us.

Zoe Weil ·


This Older Americans Month, Let's Recommit to America's Seniors

Older Americans cannot fill their vital role in society without basic security—the peace of mind of knowing that they can pay their bills and have access to affordable health care and prescription drugs.

Max Richtman ·


Government Can Be the Solution: Eight Lessons From the Pandemic

Lesson 1: Essential workers deserve far better.

Robert Reich ·


Now Comes the Reckoning: Black Lives Matter Hits the Labor Movement

Dispatch from the front lines of the war on caregivers.

Oliver Broudy ·


Gaza Health Officials Fear Covid-19 Surge as Tens of Thousands Emerge From Crowded Bomb Shelters

"People stopped [social] distancing" during the bombing campaign, said a doctor at al-Shifa hospital. "They had no choice."

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


As Covid Ravages Poor Nations, Pharma Vaccine Profiteering Has Created 9 New Billionaires

"These billionaires are the human face of the huge profits many pharmaceutical corporations are making from the monopoly they hold on these vaccines."

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·


Koch's Americans for Prosperity Continues Its Assault on Medicaid During Covid

In the states that have not expanded Medicaid, residents have to weigh the costs of health insurance and medical care against other essential needs, such as housing, food, and transportation to work.

Don Wiener ·