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Friday, February 26, 2021
Activists with "CodePink women for peace" hold a banner reading "Guys Put Down Your Guns !!" on January 24, 2014 at the entrance of the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo: CodePink/flickr) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised
Biden must recognize that the best way to protect U.S. personnel in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region is to take them out of the Middle East.
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Hundreds took to the streets in 2018 as antiwar and social justice groups organized a demonstration in New York City, with a rally at Herald Square and march to Trump Tower as part of national regional spring actions throughout the country against the US bombing of Syria and opposing endless U.S. wars. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Phyllis Bennis, Khury Petersen-Smith
Dangerous US Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal
Regardless of who is giving orders to US bombers, we know that deploying US troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.
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AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II address delegates to AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas on July 20, 2016. (Photo: Tessa Berg/AFSCME) Lee Saunders, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Austerity as Fake News: It Is Time to Bury Myth That a Race to the Bottom Will Get Us to the Top
To honor Black history, now is the moment to remind people about the power of government action, especially but not exclusively during moments of crisis.
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By shifting their profits to tax havens, large companies deprive governments worldwide of at least $240 billion per year in fiscal revenues. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) José Antonio Ocampo, Joseph Stiglitz
'Global Minimum Tax on Multinationals': An Open Letter to Joe Biden on International Corporate Taxation
For too long, international institutions have failed to address one of the most toxic aspects of globalization: tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations.
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Moderna, a U.S. biotech firm, announced on November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95% effective. (Photo illustration: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) Kerry Cullinan
The Most Fundamental Stumbling Block To Vaccine Access Is That Private Pharmaceutical Companies Are in Control and Rich Countries Are Enabling Them
Charitable donations from rich countries and individuals are welcome—but they won’t ensure fair vaccine distribution unless the drug-patenting system is reformed, too.
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Biden is already backtracking on his promises to provide student debt relief. (Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr/cc) Astra Taylor
Biden Absolutely Has the Power To Unilaterally Cancel All Federal Student Debt. He Just Refuses To Do It.
Biden owes this country debt relief not only because he campaigned on it, but because he helped cause the problem.
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A truly bizarre and unexpected scapegoat: the evil windmill! (Photo: WRI) Robert C. Koehler
Windmills: The New Scapegoat
The real scapegoat here is the Green New Deal, proposed legislation—not actual law—that begins re-envisioning who we are as a nation and what our relationship is to the future.
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An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska off the coast of California. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge/U.S. Navy) Kevin Martin
Trillions of Our Tax Dollars for New Nuclear Missiles? Let’s Stop the Omnicider!
It’s hard to imagine a more colossal waste of money, energy and human ingenuity, especially with the pandemic and climate chaos bearing down on us.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
New York workers join the Fight for $15 National Day of Action in 2016. Striking fast food workers, supported by airport workers and community, march to McDonalds at 160 Broadway to protest unfair labor practices and risk arrest. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
There Is Nothing "Moderate" About Opposing the Very Popular $15 Minimum Wage
In corporate media, it seems, the minority view that opposes a living wage can also be the "moderate" one—so long as it’s "pragmatically" courting business interests.
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Officers stand guard as antifa protesters rally against threats from the far-right on January 20 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Whitman/Nurphoto via Getty Images) Branko Marcetic
The Right Is Using the Capitol Riot as an Excuse to Target Activists on the Left
Since January 6, Republicans across the country have introduced a slew of anti-protest bills.
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Regardless of the exact figures, it’s clear that we can’t afford not to change our budget priorities. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lorah Steichen
The United States Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History—Now Is the Time for Bold Action
The U.S. is officially back in the Paris Climate Agreement. But Biden must do much, much more than restore the status quo under Obama.
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In our year of the plague, Trump went from neglect and incompetence to sabotaging the national response, causing massive death. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Mitchell Zimmerman
Trumpedemic: The Coronavirus Death Toll Reached 500,000 Because Trump Sabotaged the Covid Response
Donald Trump placed his perceived political interests over stopping a pandemic.
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President Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Michael T. Klare
We Can't Afford Another Cold War on This Scalding Planet
Biden, climate change, and China.
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For the People Act would end the extreme gerrymandering that distorts and diminishes the will of the people. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ben Jealous
Congress Must Fight for a Better Democracy and Pass the For the People Act
Republicans and Democratic voters agree: We need to make sure leaders actually represent "we the people."
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Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, moderates a discussion on February 12, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Norman Solomon
GOP Hypocrisy Is No Reason to Support Neera Tanden
Progressive activists have ample cause to be alarmed at the prospect of Tanden becoming OMB director—one of the most powerful and consequential positions in the entire Executive Branch.
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Texas struggles with unprecedented cold and power outages. (Photo: Getty) Andrew McCormick
Lead With Facts, Not Punditry: Journalists and the Looming Superstorm of Climate Disinformation
Journalists must shirk the habit of framing everything as a two-sided debate.
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How do healthy societies destroy their growth capital? Sometimes, just by throwing a big party. (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images) Richard Heinberg
Capitalism, the Doomsday Machine (or, How to Repurpose Growth Capital)
A healthy society recognizes that unrestrained growth is suicidal.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Rush Limbaugh speaks before US President Donald Trump takes the stage during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2019.  (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) Steve Rendall
Rush Limbaugh Was Vital to the Conservative Movement—and Paved the Road for Trump
Limbaugh's show taught disparate parts of the right that they should be one big happy family.
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Migrants are helped ashore from a Border Force vessel after crossing the Straits of Dover from France to Dover on the south east coast of England, on September 14, 2020. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images) Elsie Roderiques
What Is a Migrant Worth?
Communicating the value of people and nature in financial terms comes at a cost.
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Workers in Durham, North Carolina go on strike to demand a $15 minimum wage on Tuesday February 16, 2020. (Photo: NC Raise Up/Twitter) Arindrajit Dube
New Report Estimating $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost 1.4 Million Jobs Is Wrong
A much-cited Congressional Budget Office estimate doesn’t reflect the best economic evidence.
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Aerial view of farmers working in a corn field in San Pedro Nexapa, Mexico state, on April 3, 2020. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images) Timothy A. Wise
Mexico's Decision to Ban Glyphosate Has Rocked the Agribusiness World
GM corn presidential decree comes despite intense pressure from industry, U.S. authorities.
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The opportunity for Big Pharma to develop a magic bullet to treat Covid has led to an intensified campaign to discredit Vitamin D research. (Photo: TaxRebate.org.uk/Flickr/cc) Jonathan Cook
By Putting Big Pharma's Patents Before Patients, Doctors Will Further Erode Trust in Experts
Doctors have largely been trained into complicity with a medical money machine.
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A postal worker gives a thumbs-up to demonstrators protesting the Trump administration's sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service on August 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for MoveOn) Monique Morrissey
Congress Should Go Big to Improve the US Postal Service
Policymakers should focus on rebuilding the Postal Service after the Trump years.
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Basing our climate policy on domination abroad and closed borders at home would be a disaster. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ashik Siddique
The Answer to the Climate Crisis Is Not More US Militarism
Climate change poses an existential threat. That doesn’t mean we should further empower an already bloated Pentagon.
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A tourist reads a copy of The Guardian newspaper in the lobby of a hotel in London, England. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Ari Paul
Guardian's Firing of Nathan Robinson Over Israel Joke Highlights Paper's Rightward Drift
"What this shows is that even at the Guardian, the editors want to very tightly police what writers say on Israel/Palestine."
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Solar Panels on the roof of a house along Lovat Rd in Beaufort Park in Fulton Maryland. (Photo by Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Julia Travers
Sunshine for All: Closing the Solar Energy Gap
Proven strategies can make solar power available to lower income people.
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Anishinaabe activist Winona LaDuke (center) stands with other water protectors against construction of the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota on Jan. 9. (Photo: KEREM YUCEK/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) Clara Liang
Indigenous Water Protectors Fight to Stop Construction of the "Pandemic Pipeline"
Biden halted Keystone XL, but Enbridge’s Line 3 would pipe the same tar sands oil into the U.S. and across Anishinaabe treaty lands.
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Power lines are seen on February 19, 2021 in Texas City, Texas. (Photo by Thomas Shea / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SHEA/AFP via Getty Images) Jim Hightower
What the Texas Deep Freeze Revealed About Corporate-Run Government
Not only must our corporate-controlled electric grid be replaced; so must our corporate-controlled ag policy—and our corporate-controlled elected officials.
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Lisa Graves, Evan Vorpahl
Ahead of Hearing, Calls Grow for Postmaster General DeJoy's Removal
Despite the destructive sabotage by the USPS Board of Governors and Louis DeJoy hope for meaningful reforms still exists.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Dawn breaks over homes and sandstone formations near the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which is closed until further notice on the Navajo Reservation on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
In Indian Country, It’s Not the Weather, It’s the Racism That’s Leaving Thousands in the Dark
How do we explain the fact that of the 55,000 homes in the Navajo Nation, about 15,000 don’t have electricity—now, or at any time?
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Isn’t the American social safety net supposed to help the vulnerable in times of economic distress?  As it happens, at least compared to those of other wealthy countries, it’s been remarkably ineffective. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Catherine Falls Commercial) Rajan Menon
How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable
A field guide to our threadbare social safety net.
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The country may do just fine with Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion package. Or, it could require more medicine. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Blake Callahan) Joseph Stiglitz
Congress Must Pass Biden's Relief Package or Risk an Anemic and Devastatingly Incomplete Recovery
To do anything less than what Biden has proposed would be irresponsible and reckless.
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Social Security card. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Tetra Images) Sarah Rawlins
Scrap the Cap! Today Is the Day Millionaires and Billionaires Stop Paying Into Social Security
Wage cap allows millionaires to stop contributing to Social Security on February 23, 2021.
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Wendy's in Athens, Ohio. (Photo by Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Michael Windsor
As Cage-Free Momentum Soars, Companies Like Wendy's Lag Far Behind Competitors
It's clear that consumer outreach can motivate these companies to do the right thing, we just need more of it right now.
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Polish soldiers patrol the rail yard at Mockava, Lithuania during Exercise Brilliant Jump 20, military trainings that took place in November, 2020. (Photo: Flickr/cc/NATO) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
What Planet Is NATO Living On?
NATO's failure to seriously examine its own role in what it euphemistically calls "uncertain times" should therefore be more alarming to Americans and Europeans than its one-sided criticisms of Russia and China, whose contributions to the uncertainty of our times pale by comparison.
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Police officers take position to shoot tear gas at the demonstrators in Downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 in protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. (Photo: Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Basav Sen
Law Enforcement's Dangerous Double Standards on Protest
We're getting an up-close look at how law enforcement treats left and right protests differently. But the solution is protecting protest, not supercharging law enforcement.
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The answer is to eliminate the filibuster, which Senate Democrats can do without a single Republican vote. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The GOP Intends to Entrench Its Shrinking Minority Over the Majority
Here's their playbook—and what the rest of us can do to stop them.
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Progressive activist and actor Danny Glover outside the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama on Monday February 22, 2021. (Photo: BAmazon Union) Sarah Anderson
Danny Glover Explains Why He's in Alabama With Amazon Workers
"I agree with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's view that the best anti-poverty program is a union," says Hollywood actor and veteran progressive activist.
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Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao speak onstage at the drive-in premiere of Nomadland in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) Chuck Collins
Nomadland: The Lifetime Impacts of Gender-Bias in Wages
Watch the movie. Then read the book.
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It took decades to overcome the Jim Crow laws imposed at the end of Reconstruction. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/Flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
Our Fundamental Right to Vote Is Under Attack
In state after state, Republicans want to suppress voting because they know they are a minority party.
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Monday, February 22, 2021
Donald Trump. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Jordan Libowitz, Caitlin Moniz
Trump Reported Making More Than $1.6 Billion While President
When Trump failed to separate himself from his businesses—and in fact used the presidency to increase his business earnings—he made it clear that his top priority was his personal profits.
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We who were there in the 1960s and before still believe in the dreams of our generation as well as the dreams of those who march under the banners of Black Lives Matter today. (Photo by Jason Whitman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Lewis M. Steel
Reflections on Battling White Supremacy
I was a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s. As I watched GOP senators shrug off a racist coup attempt, I thought: We’ve seen this before.
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Led by Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader over the past four years, Trump managed to appoint 231 federal judges, plus three new Supreme Court justices, an enviable record.(Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Peter Dazeley) James D. Zirin
Are Judges Just Politicians in Robes?
Having seen that appointed judges refuse to toe the party line at the federal level, the GOP has decided to employ partisan gerrymandering to change the way judges are elected at the state level.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) walks back to his office from the Senate floor on U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
Profiles of "Courage" During the Trump Impeachment Trial
Sycophantic antics of Republican members who opposed Trump's impeachment.
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Allowing the most powerful media conglomerates to negotiate payments from the most powerful tech conglomerates is an attempt to rebalance the equation. (Photo: Wikimotive) Timothy Karr
Cutting Deals with Big Tech Won't Save Journalism
We need strong public-media laws that prioritize a free press, civic-minded news production and the interests of the communities news outlets are supposed to serve.
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Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Wenonah Hauter
Deb Haaland Attacked by Fossil Fuel Industry
If Haaland follows through on the actions the oil and gas industry and their allies in Congress are worried about, she will be the most effective Interior Secretary in recent memory.
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The facts and numbers from numerous sources reflect the reality of deprivation in America, and help to confirm what has been called the "sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s." (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/Darrin Willoughby / EyeEm) Paul Buchheit
2021 Update: Half of America In or Near Poverty
We need Guaranteed Jobs. President Biden's proposed Civilian Climate Corps is a positive step in this direction.
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A kid sits in front of her computer as she does homeschooling at her home as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 27, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) Paul J. Ramsey
Politicizing Schools and Science, Again
Remote learning surely is saving some lives—of students' elderly family members and vulnerable teachers—which, in a pandemic, should take priority over political—even economic—concerns.
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Telfair Elementary School first grade teacher Ms. Gutierrez works with her students on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Marion Brady
Salvaging Public Schooling
Using scores on tests of recalled secondhand information to shape education policy doesn’t just invite societal suicide, it assures it.
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Sunday, February 21, 2021
A group of young farmers trained by the NGO Madagasikara Voakajy in the rural municipality of Ambodin’Ifody, in Moramanga, Madagascar. (Photo: Madagasikara Voakajy/Mongabay) Valisoa Rasolofomboahangy
Young Madagascar Farmers Find New Ways to Help Lemurs, Rainforests—and Themselves
"The local community living near these protected areas can be the source of the lemurs' conservation problems but is also the solution to those same problems."
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Kizito Mihigo, a popular Rwandan musician, died on February 17, 2020. (Photo: Stephanie Aglietti/AFP via Getty Images) Ann Garrison
Kizito Mihigo and the Struggle for Truth and Reconciliation in Rwanda
Rwandan musician, genocide survivor, and peace activist Kizito Mihigo was remembered in his homeland and beyond on the first anniversary of his death.
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Saturday, February 20, 2021
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak at a press conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?
As Republican strategist Kevin Philips noted years ago, the Republicans go for the jugular while the Democrats go for the capillaries.
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A frozen road sign in Killeen, Texas in the aftermath of winter storm Uri on February 18, 2021. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Texas Freeze Illustrates a Failed Economic System
We need to begin changing our fundamental ethic, from "I'm getting mine. Screw you," to "We're all in this together." Because we are.
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Friday, February 19, 2021
When we consider the immensity of the transformation needed, the odds of achieving an ecological civilization might seem daunting—but it’s far from impossible. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images) Jeremy Lent
Transforming to an Ecological Civilization: The Alternative Is Unthinkable
A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it. We need to forge a new era for humanity—one that is defined, at its deepest level, by a transformation in the way we make sense of the world, and a concomitant revolution in our...
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A sign outside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota, one of the countrys largest known Coronavirus clusters, is seen on April 21, 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. - Smithfield Foods pork plant in South Dakota is closed indefinitely in the wake of its coronavirus outbreak.(Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images) Tyler Lobdell
Smithfield Claims To Be 'Sustainable' While Remaining One of the Biggest Industrial Polluters in the US
Smithfield is pushing a massive greenwashing campaign to dupe consumers into thinking its products are environmentally friendly.
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National Guard Citizen-soldiers stand in formation after a U.S. Capitol tour on January 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Due to COVID-19, Capitol tours had been restricted since March 13, 2020, but have exclusively been reopened for National Guard members. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Shannon M. Smith
How the National Guard Became the Go-to Military Force for Riots and Civil Disturbances
The modern National Guard evolved from Colonial-era militias.
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"This widening income inequality," the commission posits, "has widened inequalities in health."(Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/francescoch) Sam Pizzigati
American Social and Medical Disorder: The 'Pre-Existing Condition' That Doomed the U.S. Covid Response?
The answer from a blue-ribbon medical commission on the Trump years: decades of rising inequality.
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An injured Yemeni child and a man receive treatment at a hospital, following an explosion at a wedding hall during the night, in the Yemeni Red Sea city of Hudeida, on January 2, 2021. - Five women were killed when a projectile exploded at a New Year's Day wedding party in Hodeida, the latest atrocity in the war-torn nation. The government and Huthi rebels blamed each other for the Friday night attack near Hodeida's airport, a frontline between their forces on the edge of the key Huthi-held port. (Photo by Abdi Nor Iftin
President Biden Needs to Step Up Efforts to Stop the War in Yemen by Ending All Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Mothers are helplessly lowering their toddlers to graves next to the remnants of American-made bombs used by Saudi Arabian forces.
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We must reject the siren call of supremacy—that would put one group down to elevate our own—and the forces that would divide us. (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/ smartboy10) Debra Gore-Mann
Toward a Shared Liberation: Our Interconnected Struggles Are Built on Asian and Black Solidarity
We must train our eyes on the true enemy: white supremacy in all its forms.
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) walks to the Senate Chamber on the third day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Stop Manchin and Sinema From Imitating Jim Crow Dixiecrats and Letting the Filibuster Block Civil Rights and Voting Rights
Sinema's and Manchin's decisions may well determine whether America remains a democracy or whether it's indefinitely distorted by minority rule.
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The Canadian government must end its support for a repressive, corrupt Haitian president devoid of constitutional legitimacy. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
An Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Regarding Haiti
It’s time for the Canadian government to stop propping up a repressive and corrupt dictatorship in Haiti.
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images) Carolyn Clendenin
Gov. Abbott: Millions of People in My State Without Power? Damn Liberal Climate Agenda!
It’s far from surprising that Texas leaders are using a crisis to do some PR against real action on climate change. It’s strategy #1 in the GOP playbook for dealing with the existential crisis facing our nation.
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Copies of The Guardian newspaper. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Writers and Scholars Opposing Censorship
On the Sacking of Nathan J. Robinson: An Open Letter to Guardian US Editor John Mulholland
Regardless of one's opinions on the Middle East, everyone should be distressed by The Guardian' s act of blatant censorship.
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If completed, Line 3 would have the climate impact equivalent to fifty new coal-fired power plants. (Photo: 350.org) Akilah Sanders-Reed
Stopping Line 3 Is a Matter of Intergenerational Justice
Take five minutes today to do three things to #StopLine3.
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Abandoned American Flag Waving Against Cloudy Sky. (Photo: Getty/ Stock photo/Justin Helmick / EyeEm) Tom Engelhardt
The American Century Ends Early
How the USS Enterprise was transformed into the USS Roach.
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U.S. Senate Committee Hearing Room (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
What About Eliminating the Senate Altogether?
The U.S. Senate is a global and national problem.
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The planet is 70% water. Our bodies are 70% water. Water is the ecological basis of all life, and in the commons, conservation creates abundance. (Photo: Davide Restivo/Wikimedia/cc) Vandana Shiva
Reclaiming Our Common Home: Expand the Commons to Include Everything We Need
Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners.
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Mainstream economists insist that the way to measure the health of an economy is in growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Boris SV) Cynthia Kaufman
A Just Transition to a Fair and Sustainable Society or Healthy Green Growth?
A review of Tomorrow's Economy: A Guide to Creating Healthy Green Growth
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Snowy day. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Robert C. Koehler
Bending the Moral Arc of the Universe—Toward Peace, Sanity, and Survival—No Matter the Obstacles
Uncertainty in a vulnerable world.
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A nurse adjusts intravenous drug dosages being given to a COVID-19 patient on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) floor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on April 21, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Derrick Z. Jackson
America's Response to Covid-19 Should Long Perforate Our Pomposity About Being the Greatest Nation on Earth
500,000 US Covid-19 deaths and counting: a shameful public health failure.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Over the last four years Trump has repeatedly been denounced for acting as though he were above the law. We can’t allow a supposed need for “unity” to confirm that he was right. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
GOP Senators Said Trump Was Culpable, but a "Private Citizen" Now. Fine—Indict Him Like One.
Impunity is a disease that rots the rule of law.
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A water-level view in Glacier National Park, Montana. Regenerative Agriculture, explains Roulac, describes "farming and grazing practices that reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity—resulting in both carbon drawdown and an improved water cycle." (Photo: Cavan Images/via Getty Images) John W. Roulac
Making America's Rivers Blue Again: Connecting the Dots Between Regenerative Agriculture and Healthy Waterways
Building a regenerative food system where bees buzz, dragonflies hover, and fish and frogs thrive will begin when we change hearts and minds. Fake meats and GMO soy are not the answer.
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Fast-food workers, cashiers, cooks, delivery people, and their supporters hold a rally outside New York City Hall on May 24, 2017. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) James K. Galbraith
CBO Not Competent to Assess Economics of Minimum Wage in "Unreliable" New Report
CBO should not have published this report, and no one should rely on it.
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The CBO report provides one of the most detailed explorations to date of the economics of single-payer financing. (Photo: Sen. Bernie Sanders/Twitter) Adam Gaffney, David Himmelstein
Universal Healthcare for Less! CBO Scores Medicare for All
The bottom line of the CBO analysis—that universal coverage can be affordably achieved even as benefits are expanded and cost sharing all but eliminated.
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Activists protest outside federal court during a hearing related to President Donald Trump's financial records on October 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Randy Baker
Failure to Prosecute Trump's Serial Assaults on the Republic Would Be Indefensible
Failure to prosecute Trump will embolden aspiring autocrats.
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Vitamin D capsules tablets. (Photo: Getty/stock photo) Jonathan Cook
Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid
Most experts—scientists and doctors—have not taken Vitamin D seriously, despite the growing evidence, because it is made in the mystical touch of sun on skin rather than by white-coated technicians in a laboratory.
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Climate Change activists gathered to participate in a Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest in Washington, D.C. on Friday, December 6, 2019. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Rebecca Long
We Must Give Power to the People Most Affected by Climate Change, While Also Disrupting the Capitalist System
In her new book, Shalanda Baker, President Biden’s choice for Deputy Director of Energy Justice, emphasizes the need for an urgent and equitable response.
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Junior Ceqara and Alexa Albare share a blanket to keep warm while standing in line to enter Fiesta supermarket on February 16, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather, power outages and traffic accidents to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Juan Cole
From Covid To Mass Power Outages, the Texas Republican Party Has Created a Failed State
The Republican Party does not believe in government. They believe in coddling the very rich.
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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) delivers opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 9, 2021. (Photo: Washington Post/YouTube screen grab) Michael Winship
The Truth on Trial at Trump’s Second Impeachment
Big stories reveal the good, the bad and the ugly of humankind—and that includes those who report and comment on the news.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
People protest against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project outside the Governor's Mansion on November 14, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Eric Hansen
A Message to Joe Biden: Stop Line 3
Isn't it time to stop creating dangerous crude oil infrastructure?
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Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inside the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
43 Republican Senators Chose To Stand With the Seditionists Rather Than Defend the Republic
What we saw Saturday was a profile in cowardice. Had there been a secret ballot, the Senate vote to convict Donald Trump likely would have been overwhelming.
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"There is no longer a 'center' in American politics," writes Reich. "No middle ground between lies and facts. No halfway point between civil discourse and violence. No midrange between democracy and fascism." (Photo: Screenshot/Inequality Media) Robert Reich
The GOP Is a Dangerous Cult That Democrats Should Not Negotiate With
We either have a future based on lies, violence, and authoritarianism—or on unyielding truth, unshakeable civility, and democracy.
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Adapted from photo of Mark Meckler by Gage Skidmore. Alex Kotch
Parler Is Now in the Hands of a Right-Wing Extremist Seeking a Radical Rewrite of the Constitution
Mark Meckler has a long history of creating organizations to mobilize far-right activists.
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Rohingya refugees take a rest under tent at temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, Indonesia on September 8, 2020. Nearly 300 Rohingya people stranded on the beach off Lhokseumawe on early Monday morning. (Photo by Zick Maulana/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Rachel Gore Freed
Reversing Myanmar's Coup Isn't Enough. Here’s How to Build a Better Burma
Myanmar's military should be held accountable for the coup, but the West needs to make sure they are punished for their abuses against the country's minorities as well.
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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the American Federation of Teachers have joined to offer free online education programs on human rights and democracy. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/TethysImagingLLC) Adnan Karim
Recent Events Reveal Urgent Need for Civics Education in the US
If citizens do not have the basic knowledge to defend our democracy, they will be drawn to the delusional and irresponsible declarations and promises of immoral leaders who build their base by spinning lies.
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"On many issues in the state legislature," writes Solomon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo "has ended up aligning himself with Republican lawmakers to thwart progressive initiatives." (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats—and the Dire Need for Progressive Populism
More than ever, many entrenched Democrats are worried about primary challenges from the left. Such fears are all to the good.
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Hundreds of community members line up early to pick up food boxes at Chelsea Collaborative during their weekly food drive in Chelsea, MA on July 15, 2020. (Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
We Must Put Human Life Before Corporate Profits
Whose rights matter in pandemic America? Not those of poor Americans, that's for sure.
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Reliance on part-timers, erosion of the minimum wage, attacks on unions all have served to depress working class wages. (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/ photovs) Juan Cole
Unemployment Is 3 Times Higher Than They Are Telling Us—We Need Stimulus Now
If we are to do anything about these human tragedies the first task is to not hide behind concepts and narratives that understate the problem.
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Jared Kushner speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Belén Fernández
The Case Against Jared Kushner's Nobel Nomination
Former US presidential son-in-law is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize over his role in Arab-Israeli normalisation.
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Monday, February 15, 2021
 Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) Ariel Dorfman
"Libertad y Justicia Para Todos": How Spanish Can Help Us Survive Viral Times
A journey into the heart of a language we need now more than ever.
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Intesar Ahmed in al-Amiriya shelter, Baghdad. (Photo: Patrik Paulov) Patrik Paulov
The Gulf War 30 Years Ago: Memories From a Shelter in Baghdad
On February 13, 1991, a horrific massacre took place in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The U.S. coalition bombed a shelter and killed more than 400 people.
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Chefiatou Tokou chants during a Labor Day march in Boston on Sep. 4, 2017. (Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Ken Jacobs
A $15 Minimum Wage Would Be Life-Changing for Workers and Save the US Billions per Year
Beyond the working families who will get a raise, every single American taxpayer has a stake in raising the minimum wage.
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So much is hanging in the balance, for the people of Iran suffering and dying under the impact of U.S. sanctions. (Photo: CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
American neocons and hawks, including those inside his own administration, appear to be flexing their muscles to kill Biden’s commitment to diplomacy at birth, and his own hawkish foreign policy views make him dangerously susceptible to their arguments.
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Howard University Hospital staff members received Covid-19 vaccination doses on December 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Stephen Cockburn
Big Pharma Must Share Their Vaccine Knowledge and Technology With the World—Now
To stop the global pandemic, rich countries need to stop hoarding vaccines.
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Education needs not only to be made fully equitable, but also to be re-imagined. (Photo: Shutterstock) Zoe Weil
What's Really Wrong With—and How to Fix—Our Broken Education System
Change the goal of schooling and watch the good unfold.
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Former President Donald Trump is greeted by his ideological precursor President Ronald Reagan at a 1987 White House reception. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, cc) Robert Reich
Out of the Ashes of Trump, Will the US Finally Bury Reaganism?
Ronald Reagan convinced the nation that big government was the problem. It was rubbish.
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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) speaks at the event in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Now Is the Time to Really Prosecute the Case Against Trump—By Pivoting to Real Democratic Reform
Any approach to moving forward must reckon with the fact that one of this country's two major parties is no longer committed to multiracial democracy.
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Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigran families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020. Naureen Shah
This Is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses—For Good
The systemic abuses of ICE make communities less safe—especially when they act in tandem with law enforcement through programs like 287(g), ICE detainers, and Secure Communities.
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Ralph Nader, Bruce Fein
Democrats' Shameful Cave
Trials without witnesses are not genuine trials.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media briefing on November 10, 2020 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Shaan Sachdev
Trump's Global Grim Reaper, Mike Pompeo
The real reasons he was a shameful Secretary of State, and how Antony Blinken can do better.
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