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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Many Americans—including several presidential candidates—have begun asking whether the Supreme Court should be reformed. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
Should the Supreme Court Be Reformed?
In an era of increasing political polarization, we should rethink how the Court is organized in order to rebuild public trust.
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Today’s overpaid CEOs are unlikely to start sharing that good life—and the wealth that finances it—more equitably without public policies to prod them in this direction. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sarah Anderson
Where Is 'Line Worker Barbie'?
CEO-worker pay gaps are the clearest proof that corporations like Mattel and many others don't respect their employees.
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It’s always tricky to predict outcomes in the Supreme Court, but with its five-member conservative majority now firmly entrenched, the panel is poised to swing further to the right as it grapples with issues on LGBT rights, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, abortion, the Second Amendment and “religious liberty.” (Photo: wbentprice / Flickr) Bill Blum
The Supreme Court Could Spell the End of American Democracy
The nine justices who constitute our most powerful judicial body are set to decide a bevy of politically charged cases that could impact the 2020 elections and profoundly affect the lives of each and every American.
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I, for one, have had quite enough of Buttigieg's glib turbo-wonk shtick. He simply is not being straight with the American people. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Pete Buttigieg's Disingenuous Attack on Medicare-For-All
Mayor Pete's plan would be more expensive than Medicare-for-all. He would "pay for that" by keeping more of the cost burden on the shoulders of individual Americans.
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Bernie 2020 has more than a pulse. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Eric Levitz
Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Is Alive and Well
Sanders was better, crisper, and funnier than ever before.
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One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. - Advocacy group Avaaz is calling attention to what the groups says are hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Timothy Karr
Can Anyone Stop Facebook from Poisoning Democracy?
While the social media giant wraps itself in the banner of free expression and political speech, it serves more as a scrim to hide its continued spread of political disinformation to tens of millions of voters in advance of the 2020 elections.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
With the climate strikers marching on their front feet—and the old guard caught retreating on its heels—we have a clear opportunity to achieve a true systems change. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Yanis Varoufakis, David Adler
A Recession Is Coming. When It Does, We Need to Demand a Green New Deal.
Having squandered the last crisis, we cannot make the same mistakes again. A Green New Deal is the only reasonable response.
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Community organizers and activists demand police accountability at a rally in New York City on August 9, 2019, to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images) Zenobia Jeffries Warfield
It’s Time for Effective Oversight of Police Violence
Would the possibility of mandatory sentencing make a police officer think twice before pulling the trigger? What about them having to forego their pensions, or pay victims’ families from their 401Ks?
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Despite Trump’s frequently voiced desire “to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he may yet do more harm than his Republican predecessor. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump
Extorting Ukraine is bad enough, but the president has done much worse.
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We should be doing far more rehabilitation and far less incarceration. (Photo: Josh Rushing/cc/ACLU of Louisiana) Jesse Jackson
What I Learn When I Have Lunch at Cook County Jail
These are not serial murderers or rapists. They are overwhelmingly people who erred or did wrong but are not bad people.
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Too much profit rests in the balance for them to stop their prolonged execution of the human race. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lee Camp
Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity’s Death Warrant
Basically, a tiny number of sociopaths make the decisions that are currently dooming us all, and as much as I’d like to tell you otherwise, those people don’t even notice if we all march outside in colorful hats.
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 A man holds a sign against the International Monetary Fund during a demonstration in solidarity with Ecuadorian people at the Embassy of Ecuador on October 14, 2019 in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo by Camilo Freedman/APHOTOGRAFIA/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
The IMF Convenes in Washington, Deaf to the Suffering It Causes Across the Planet
What the people of the world want it clear: democratic control of their economies. The International Monetary Fund continues to stand in their way.
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren, left, and Bernie Sanders speak at the NALEO Candidate Forum in Miami, Fla., on June 21, 2019. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images) Robert McChesney
Means Testing: Sanders vs. Warren on the Single Most Important Policy Idea for Progressive Success
Basing eligibility on wealth or income level is phony progressivism and a crucial tactic promoted by the right to eliminate social welfare programs that could benefit the entire population and the common good.
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Citizens United protest Kenneth Peres
Legalized Political Corruption Is So Much Bigger Than Trump: A Journey in 7 Charts
It's time for a democracy movement that directly attacks systemic corruption by depending not on specific leaders but on a grassroots movement that both produces leaders and holds them accountable.
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Monday, October 14, 2019
With climate change clearly upon us, the federal government must take bold action to equip farmers in Ohio and across the nation with the tools they need to help themselves, their communities, and the future of our food. (Photo: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock) Karen Stillerman
As Presidential Candidates Prepare for Ohio Debate, Farmers Need a New Vision
Tell the debate moderators that climate solutions, including soil health, are topics of critical importance to Ohio and the nation, and must be addressed in this presidential debate.
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Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria. (Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images) Khury Petersen-Smith
Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War
Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.
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From the very beginning, Columbus was not on a mission of discovery but of conquest and exploitation. It is time to abolish the holiday commemorating his accomplishments. (Photo: University of Wisconsin-Madison) Bill Bigelow
It's Time to Abolish Columbus Day
Just as the climate justice movement is doing with fossil fuels, we can organize our communities and our schools to divest from Columbus. And that would be something to celebrate.
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Demonstrators hold signs in support of a financial transactions tax (FTT), also known as a Robin Hood tax.  (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Dean Baker
The Economics and Politics of Financial Transactions Taxes and Wealth Taxes
Imagine that instead of handing money to our billionaires, we are taxing away their wealth at the rate of 3.0 percent annually.
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Global Climate Strike in London on March 15 2019. (Photo: Flickr/Gary Knight. Public Domain) Stephen McCloskey
What INGOs Can Learn From Greta Thunberg and the Global Climate Strikes
Combining analysis, outrage and active citizenship can build and sustain large-scale public engagement.
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The Squaxin Island Canoe Family joined the 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey. (Photo by Julian Brave NoiseCat) Terri Hansen
For Indigenous Peoples Day, Tribes Return to Alcatraz 50 Years Later
A new generation of Native activists will take a canoe journey around Alcatraz to mark Indigenous Peoples Day and pay homage to occupation of the island 50 years ago.
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Think of Donald Trump as the president of that decline or, if you prefer, as MR. BREXIT! (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
American Brexit
It’s not just Britain headed for the subbasement of imperial history.
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KTVU Reporter Heather Holmes got a ride with the Blue Angels—and did nothing but PR for the Navy. (Photo: Screenshot) Christopher D. Cook
The Problem With the Blue Angels
Local news media celebrate a dangerous, expensive, military PR event without raising a single question or issue.
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Biden continues to greatly benefit from the orientations of corporate media outlets that loudly echo the concerns of corporate Democrats (often called "moderates" or "centrists") and their kindred spirits in realms like Wall Street.(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out
A key problem for the Democratic establishment is that the "electability" argument is vaporizing in the political heat.
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Sunday, October 13, 2019
Clayton Brascoupé holds several ears of indigenous corn. Gosia Wozniacka
A New Bill Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People
Traditional seed varieties cultivated for generations have far fewer protections than modified or hybrid seeds. Six senators have introduced legislation to level the playing field.
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Teresa Albano
Resisting Anti-Immigrant Hate in the City of Big Shoulders
A gaggle of far-right MAGA men showed up at a Chicago church to protest its immigrant rights work. Bad decision.
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President Donald Trump Jon Rainwater
Trump Isn't Really Ending Endless Wars, He's Making Them Worse
Here's what progressives should support in Syria.
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Kurdish protesters demonstrated in the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn Juan Cole
Kurds Consider Asking for Russian No-Fly Zone as Moscow Demands Foreign Armies Leave Syria
A close reading of the Russian press, however, shows that a Russian no-fly zone against Turkey in northeast Syria is highly unlikely.
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Brett Kavanaugh Christopher Brauchli
Warren Wants to Close the Loophole Through Which Brett Kavanaugh and Maryanne Trump Barry Crawled
Kavanaugh ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court and Trump Barry descended from a federal appeals court—moves which enabled them to escape the consequences of their misconduct.
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Donald Trump William Cohn
The Don Fought the Law...
Yes, we may see the law as a tool of the powerful, and it often is, but the law may also be the means to finally hold Trump accountable and to remove him from the office he never rightfully earned.
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hermits Rest Grand Canyon NPS Deborah Taffa
Making National Parks Accessible to Native People Again
A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?
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US troops Joshua Cho
Major Media Bury Groundbreaking Studies of Pentagon's Massive Carbon Bootprint
Given corporate media's propagandizing for starting and staying in wars and for neverending arms races, one should expect this.
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End CO2lonialism Josue De Luna Navarro
A 'Red Deal': Why Indigenous Communities Belong at the Center of Climate Action
Policies that aren't rooted in Indigenous communities can cause many of the same oppressive outcomes as extraction.
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U.S. President Donald Trump Ralph Nader
The Ukraine Shakedown Is Important, But Not Sufficient to Let People Realize All the Other Things Trump Is Doing
The "abuse of the public trust," in Alexander Hamilton's phrase is overflowing.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Homecoming Committee video Jill Richardson
What Life on the Margins Feels Like
A recent uproar on my campus reveals the pain young people of color feel at being treated like "others."
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Police body cameras Matt Cagle
California Just Blocked Police Body Cam Use of Face Recognition
The rise of face and other biometric surveillance technologies gives governments an unprecedented power to track, classify, and discriminate against people based on their most personal, innate features.
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Friday, October 11, 2019
The civil war in Syria, exacerbated by military intervention by countries including the U.S., has left 5.5 million Syrians seeking asylum. (Photo: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/cc) Vassilis K. Fouskas, Bulent Gokay
Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price
Trump's decision confirms the decline of US power in the Middle East and globally.
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A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) Brett Wilkins
Mainstream Media Suddenly Care About Syrian Civilian Casualties
United States military has killed more foreign civilians than any other armed force on the planet since dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945.
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Officially celebrating Christopher Columbus—an Italian Catholic—became one way to affirm the new racial order that would emerge in the U.S. in the 20th century, one in which the descendants of diverse ethnic European immigrants became “white” Americans. (Photo: Light Brigading/cc/flickr) Malinda Maynor Lowery
Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day in Favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The growing recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day actually represents the fruits of a concerted, decadeslong effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.
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The September 2014 edition of Wired, which featured Snowden embracing the American flag. (Photo: Wired magazine cover detail/with overlay) Jefferson Morley
Understanding the Two Types of Whistleblowers
Legal whistleblowers work within the system seeking to make the government work better. Civil disobedience whistleblowers go outside the system (and the law) seeking to change or disrupt government policy.
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Trans people live in poverty at more than double the national rate—and 30 percent of us have been homeless. (Photo: shutterstock / zimmytws) Robin Carver
The Supreme Court Needs to Protect Trans People from Discrimination
"I wasn’t hired because I am trans. And in more than half the country—twenty-nine states, in fact—that’s perfectly legal."
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This combination of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, photos provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office shows booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman. The associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Biden and his son, Hunter. (Photo: Alexandria Sheriff's Of Juan Cole
How ‘Citizens United’ Decision Paved Way for Giuliani's Clients Parnas and Fruman to Buy influence in America
As I pointed out last week, the most powerful intervention in US politics allowing foreign influence in US elections, which contributed to Trump’s victory in 2016, was the Supreme Court’s Citizens...
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There are currently 5.6 million displaced Congolese and it's estimated that 99% were made homeless due to violence. (Photo by Leon Sadiki/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images) Nick Turse
As the World Looks Away, Death Stalks the Democratic Republic of Congo
The forgotten trauma of a forgotten war.
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Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey’s government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons
The Turkish military doesn’t function without the U.S. weapons industry—and the approval of the U.S. government.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
John Atcheson
A Trump Impeachment Inquiry Isn't Keeping Congress From 'Getting Things Done'—Mitch McConnell Is.
As long as people keep voting for anti-government candidates they will elect people who are not interested in—or even knowledgeable about—governing. And that means things the people want, won’t get done.
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Not only are they reeling from protests against government corruption and austerity programs, like Ecuador and Algeria, but in both Haiti and Iraq, their corrupt neoliberal governments were imposed on them by the use of U.S. military force. (Photo: Iraqi Protesters/ AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Crises in Iraq and Haiti Expose the Failure of Militarized Neoliberalism
It should be no surprise that the new governments installed by all these U.S. wars and coups are among the most corrupt regimes on earth.
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Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: White House / Flickr) Basav Sen
Dig Beneath the World’s Far-Right Governments—You’ll Find Fossil Fuels
From Brazil to India to the United States, extractive industries have aligned themselves with authoritarian governments waging war on minority populations.
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By turning these Sanders health stories into age stories, journalists drag the other older candidates into their net as well. (Photo: Headline from the Washington Post 4/9/19) Julie Hollar
How Ageist Is Too Ageist to Be Published?
"How old is too old" stories draw on tired prejudices that need to be challenged by reporters, not reinforced by them.
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All that Trump has done since he took office is increase the number of U.S. troops that had been serving, at least initially, and most recently walk away without warning from the years-long effort to sign a peace deal with the Taliban. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
The War in Afghanistan Turns 18, and No One Notices
"It would be better if Americans had never come here."
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The prime strangeness about all this is the implicit assumption that "the law" in some way has conceptual dominion over Lake Erie or the Klamath River or Pachamama and can choose (or choose not) to give a particular ecosystem, which sustains life itself, the right to exist. (Photo: Jim Liestman/Flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Rights Of Nature
We're still treating a living, life-sustaining, crucial being as property: the ecosystem. And in the process, we’re choking our own habitat—that is to say, ourselves—to death.
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This narrative holds that neither party is willing to address Social Security’s long-term future. Nothing could be farther from the truth. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Max Richtman
Upcoming Democratic Debate Must Include Social Security
Older Americans are the country’s largest voting bloc, but during the first four Democratic presidential debates, the moderators didn’t ask even one question about Social Security. This makes no sense.
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner marching with Fight For $15 fast food workers on June 9, 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) David Welch
A Few Informed Thoughts From a Veteran Cardio Rehab Nurse on Bernie's Heart Attack
What does Sanders' recent heart attack mean for his campaign and fitness to be president? Frankly, not much at all.
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US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, for Florida on October 3, 2019. - Trump said Thursday he would "certainly" think about approaching Chinese leader Xi Jinping to investigate the US president's domestic political rival Joe Biden. Trump told reporters at the White House Ukraine should probe the frontrunning Democratic presidential hopeful and his son, Hunter Biden -- and that China should follow suit. "Certainly -- something we can start thinking ab Robert Edwards
Trump Shoots Man on Fifth Avenue
The only real shock is that it took this long for a scandal like this to come out.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
It’s no exaggeration to say the Supreme Court’s ruling will have a drastic material impact on the millions of transgender people living in the United States. (Photo: Shutterstock) Theo Wuest
Don’t Leave Equality to the Supreme Court
In 29 states, trans people can legally be denied jobs and housing because of who we are. Congress should act.
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The reason "43" should be treated as a pariah is not because he is a Republican or a conservative, but because he caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people and tortured hundreds of others. (Photo: Screenshot) Mehdi Hasan
Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs—It’s His War Crimes
Bush may owe Ellen six bucks for nachos. He owes the rest of us a prison sentence at The Hague.
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The more unequal a society becomes, the less healthy the society. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sam Pizzigati
Inequality Is Literally Killing Us
Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Only Bernie’s Green New Deal Answers Greta’s Call for Action
To fulfill the promise of the climate strikes, we need a bold policy solution.
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Allison Jean, mother of Botham Shem Jean, stands with family and church members of Greenville Avenue Church of Christ after the funeral service on September 13, 2018 in Richardson, Texas. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images) Leonard Pitts Jr.
Forgiveness Isn’t the Problem. One-way Forgiveness Is. Who Forgives Black People?
By simply existing, black people remind white people of those sins of their forebears, sins many are desperate to minimize or forget. Because down that path lies white guilt.
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The media simply reproduces the values of a culture that is pro-war and pro-capitalism. (Photo: Connor Dannylenko; via pexels, Pexels License) Francis Taylor
Yes, Corporate Media Pushes an Agenda
What’s hot in the press? War, greed and capitalism.
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The September 27 climate strikes sent a big and beautiful message that we are passionate, strong and many, and that climate action is urgent, necessary and non-negotiable. Now, let’s take that momentum and vote for climate solutions on October 21. (Photo: Adam Scotti via Flickr) Jodi Stark
You Took Climate Action to the Streets. Now Take It to the Ballot Box!
It’s time to exercise your democratic muscles and vote for a clean, climate-stable, healthy and just future for all!
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This letter has nothing to do with the law. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIGetty Images) Charles P. Pierce
The White House Stonewall Letter Is a MAGA Rally Draped in a Toga
Gaze in awe at The Constitution According to Camp Runamuck.
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Robert Reich
Please Note: The 2020 Election Won’t Be Won by Democratic Centrists
No, we don't want to go back to the way it was before Trump. We have to go forward.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) Julie Hollar
WaPo Goes After Warren With a Posse of Centrist Sources
Is what anonymous rich Democratic donors "think" and "fear" the whole story?
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Multinationals can all too easily relocate their headquarters and production to whatever jurisdiction levies the lowest taxes.  (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Joseph Stiglitz
No More Half-Measures on Corporate Taxes
In the face of climate change, rising inequality, and other global crises, governments are losing out on hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenue as a result of corporate tax arbitrage. Yet despite the obvious deficiencies of the global tax regime, policymakers continue to propose only...
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For the LGBTQ civil rights movement, this is a big moment. (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images) James Esseks
What You Need to Know About Today’s LGBTQ Rights Arguments Before SCOTUS
A bad ruling would strip away protections against discrimination that LGBTQ people have been able to use to protect themselves for two decades.
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To win reelection, Trump, a corrupt con man (who jumped ship on his own bankrupt casinos, money in hand, leaving others holding the bag) will cheat and lie. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Impeachment in Context
High crimes and misdemeanors of the fading American century.
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The anonymous donors who are contributing record amounts to Trump’s campaign don’t wear MAGA hats. They don’t go to public rallies. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
To His Wealthy Donors, Trump Is Their Grifter
The Trump economy doesn’t work for most Americans, but it works for his donors. They’re all in on the con.
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It is difficult to see in what way Russia is benefited by Turkey’s incursion into northeast Syria. (Photo: @LevHavryliv/Twitter) Juan Cole
Winners and Losers From Trump Throwing Syrian Kurds Under the Bus
Washington’s crusade against Iran and Russia (in the latter case with the exception of Trump) is irrelevant to this move, which is mainly about the Kurds and America’s further betrayal of them after they defeated ISIL for us.
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Trump has rarely been held accountable for his bad behavior. He seems not to enjoy the experience. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
On the Bootlicking Cowardice of Republicans
For now, Trump can cling to the fact that lily-livered Republicans still fear his wrath.
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Monday, October 7, 2019
The SDF is now vulnerable to the full might of the Turkish army. (Photo: James Gordon/cc/flickr) Vijay Prashad, E. Ahmet Tonak
What to Expect from Turkey’s Coming Invasion of Syria
Erdogan’s government is preparing to enter Syria for a major military operation against the SDF.
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Not much is trickling down. (Photo: Institute for Policy Studies) Sarah Anderson
Paying the Boss 1,000 Times More Than a Worker Encourages Reckless Corporate Behavior
Sentiment is building to tax excessive CEO pay at public companies.
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Biodiversity-based agriculture is not just a climate solution, it is also a solution to hunger. (Photo: Manipadma Jena / IPS)  Vandana Shiva
We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis
We need to move from oil to soil.
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US President Trump greets the audience after delivering remarks at Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House, on October 4, 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Yuri Gripas) Larry Beinhart
When Lies Trump Truth
If Trump's falsehoods do not get him impeached or defeated in 2020, the future of American democracy will be bleak.
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Something that often gets lost in the debate over the cost of single-payer is that its implementation would lead to a host of savings that make the bill to taxpayers a lot less than the sticker price. (Photo: National Nurses United/Twitter) Gerald Friedman
How the US Could Afford 'Medicare for All'
Medicare, America’s greatest success in advancing health care, succeeded precisely because it was limited and had its own dedicated funding streams.
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"It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
Time to Rebel
The corporate forces that have seized control of our political and economic systems will, unchecked, drive us into extinction for profit. All we have left is nonviolent, disruptive civil disobedience. A rebellion.
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Trump clearly has signed off on this plan, apparently afraid to take Erdogan on. (Photo: Russian President, cc) Juan Cole
Trump Talks Tough With Journalists But Lets Real Strongmen Like Turkey’s Erdogan Walk All Over Him
Never has the United States had a more cowardly president, or one who could not be bothered to actually pursue a coherent foreign policy.
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Sunday, October 6, 2019
Juan Cole
Iraqi Government Teeters as Protest Death Toll Rises to 100, With 4,000 Wounded
Youth protesters are upset about the spoils system in the Iraqi government. They are upset about the government’s inability to deliver basic services or sufficient jobs. They are exercised about severe corruption.
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Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M Khan
Dying Wildlife on a Warming Planet
If fish decline, so does a food source for humans and the water birds that feed on fish, and as insect pollinators decline, so do our crops and the plants around us.
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Emily Kirklin
The Movement Bernie Started Is Bigger Than Any One Person. Have Faith in That Movement, Not Just the Man
The reason people support Bernie Sanders is not because of the man; it is because of the ideals that he represents.
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Leonardo Flores
The Latest on the Diplomatic War Against Venezuela
So far, the diplomatic war is being won by the Maduro government, but the Venezuelan people continue to suffer from the brutal U.S. sanctions.
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Saturday, October 5, 2019
Christopher Brauchli
The Lyricism of the Trump
When the lyrical muse sings, the creative pen dances.. —Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium It is easy, when getting caught up in impeachment talk, crude behavior towards women, assaults on integrity, and...
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Abaki Beck
Why Aren't Fossil Fuel Companies Held Accountable for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women?
Resource extraction takes a toll on more than just the economy and the environment.
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Norman Solomon
Bernie's Heart. And Ours.
Bernie has a huge and eternally healthy heart, filled with the lifeblood of empathy and dedication. In essence, that's what the 2020 Sanders campaign is all about. Not him. Us.
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Ron Fein
Ukrainegate Is Impeachable. But So Is Putting Kids in Cages
Do we really want to send future presidents the message that, so long as they don't pressure foreign governments to punish their political opponents, they can put children in internment camps?
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Alan MacLeod
The Phony Liberalism of Bill Maher
Despite everything he does and says, media still call HBO host a 'liberal'
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Friday, October 4, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to protect and improve Medicare at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Diane Archer
Watch Out, Seniors! Trump Just Launched a Stealth Attack on Medicare
Trump's new executive order does nothing to hold the Medicare Advantage plans accountable for their fraudulent overcharges or their inappropriate denials of care and coverage. Rather, it rewards them.
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Flooding in the author's neighborhood, Houston, September, 2019. Anis Shivani
Lessons from Hurricane Harvey, for a Still-Flooded Houston
As Imelda’s floodwaters drain from my hometown, I observe a discourse around Harvey’s two- year anniversary constrained by a presumed opposition between the needs of humanity and the forces of nature—as though the two were in mortal combat.
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The fact is..that almost all those nearly 10,000 persons shot by live fire by Israeli professional snipers have been unarmed civilians posing no threat to anyone. (Photo: Gaza march, Ma’an News Agency) Juan Cole
US Press Horrified By Trump’s "Shoot Migrants in the Legs" But Ignores What Israeli Snipers Do to Palestinian Protesters
The Israeli army and government are now officially worse that the worst elements of the Trump administration.
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Jodie Evans with others outside of the United Against a Nuclear Iran conference in New York City. (Photo: Codepink) Jodie Evans
Why I Confronted Trump’s Architect of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran and Called Her a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
Sigal Mandelker’s cruel policies cost too many lives to ignore.
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US President Donald Trump speaks after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center October 3, 2019, in The Villages, Florida. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Bill C. Davis
A Criminal Trump, GOP Complicity, and Hitler's "Chimera of Conscience"
The forces keeping this chaotic, renegade organism in place are oblivious to the harm they are doing to themselves and indifferent to the harm being claimed by others.
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Despite long-standing reassurances by vendors and election officials that voting machines cannot be hacked because they are not connected to the internet, recent security reports reveal that many voting machines are connected to the internet and possibly have been for years. (Photo: Getty) Lulu Friesdat
Voting Machines Pose A Greater Threat to Our Elections Than Foreign Agents
Security experts are alarmed at internet connectivity in voting systems because it can allow hackers to inject malware that disrupts or changes the outcome of an election.
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"Don’t we need, as a public, to understand what the government is doing … behind closed doors?" (Photo: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Snowden Knows Exactly Why No One Wants to Be a Whistleblower
"NSA whistleblowers who did go through this process had their lives destroyed."
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Over the course of three years, this administration has been chiseling away at our government’s advisory network. (Photo: Matthew Roth/flickr/cc) Genna Reed
Science Advice Shouldn’t Be at the Whim of a President and His Appointees
This executive order was just another example of this administration seeking to cut science and information out of the government and decisionmaking process.
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Never has the drug industry accumulated more profits and government subsidies, yet so many patients cannot begin to afford lifesaving medicines. (Photo: NoHoDamon/Flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Shame of the Nation: The 1% Rules and the 99% Lets Them
There has never been so much but so little for the majority.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019
The Oligarchs have accumulated massive power, all at the expense of the people. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) John Atcheson
When the Fringe Is Mainstream and the Mainstream Is Fringe: On Orwell and US Oligarchy
The Democratic Party and the mainstream press are doing their best to make all records tell the same tale, and they’re doing it as part of a systematic coup by the oligarchy that has been four decades in the making.
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Striking United Auto Workers Union (UAW) members and supporters picket the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Sept. 25, 2019, in Detroit. (Photo: Jim West/ZUMA Wire) Frances Moore Lappé, Bruce T. Boccardy
Most of Us Are Not Doing So Well: Numbers Crunching Working People
Our government’s and corporate media’s failure to capture the true extent of unemployment creates a distorted narrative about work that feeds bewilderment and self-recrimination.
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School strike for climate in Melbourne (Photo: Julian Meehan via Flickr) John Feffer
The New Age of Protest
People are hitting the streets to protest government inaction, repression, and corruption. Does that mean democracy is in trouble or stronger than ever?
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Immigrant workers are not backing down in the face of President Trump's attacks. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)  Rose Bookbinder
After Largest Workplace Raid in a Decade, Immigrant Workers Are Organizing
We can only expect that these raids will keep coming. The more prepared we are with rapid response, the more potential there is to organize and create a united front to fight back.
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IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig at the Capitol on May 15, 2019, in Washington. Rettig says increasing audit rates of the wealthy depends on whether the IRS budget grows. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Paul Kiel
IRS: Sorry, But It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
Congress asked the IRS to report on why it audits the poor more than the affluent. Its response is that it doesn’t have enough money and people to audit the wealthy properly. So it’s not going to.
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If any president is deserving of impeachment, it is Trump. (Photo: YouTube screen shot) Sonali Kolhatkar
No Good Reasons to Avoid Impeaching Trump
If Trump survives an impeachment vote because his backers in the Senate refuse to abandon him, he may go on to lose at the polls because of the impeachment process.
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After all, the future doesn’t belong to him or to me. It belongs to my kids and your kids and all the generations to follow. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Frida Berrigan
Protecting the Children on a Trumpian Planet
Trumping the future would mean no future at all for my three kids
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