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Monday, November 30, 2020
The United Nations has also acknowledged the connection between biodiversity and linguistic diversity. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Subhankar Banerjee
Protecting Indigenous Languages Is Protecting Biodiversity
With Indigenous languages, we can turn from a narrative of apocalypse—toward multispecies kinship, care, stewardship, protection, and love for the living Earth.
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The second element of the controlled demolition of the economy was that the U.S. embarked on a plan to shift massive shares of U.S. income and wealth from the working and middle classes to the already wealthy. This is what was called “supply side economics.” It was Ronald Reagan’s signature economic policy when he ran for president in 1980. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Robert Freeman
The Economy Isn’t Working. That’s Exactly the Plan.
Inequality is reaching feudal proportions, where very few own almost everything, and everyone else is crushed under the wheel of engineered destitution.
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We won't end the accumulation of wealth. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, "No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars." (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
Inequality Gone Viral: The Obscene Numbers
Something has to be done to heal the rupture in the sickened body of our nation.
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The arms makers and their allies in Congress and the executive branch won’t give up without a fight when it comes to the pandemic of Pentagon spending. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) William Hartung, Mandy Smithberger
The Pandemic of Pentagon Spending
Will the Biden administration dare cut military spending?
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Michele Flournoy, President, Center for a New American Security speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Obama to Trump at the US Institute Of Peace at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. (Photo: Chris Kleponis/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Some Liberals and Arms-Control Experts Are Cheering for War Profiteers to Be in Biden’s Cabinet
What does all this praising and access-drooling amount to?
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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Thousands attend the wedding of the grandson of Satmar Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum in Brooklyn, NY on November 8, 2020 Jeffrey D. Sachs
Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives
Pope Francis: The common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures.
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Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump and their children pet the national Thanksgiving Turkey after it was pardoned during a traditional ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House November 24, 2020 in Washington, DC Christopher Brauchli
The Three Turkeys
Only time will tell whether Trump is prosecuted or pardoned for the multitude of offenses for which he could properly be charged.
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Tributes are seen to the deceased Diego Maradona outside the stadium prior to the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Naples, Italy César Chelala
Soccer’s God has Died
Death of a giant Maradona has died, and with him died one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Daniel, a manager at Ground Support, a legendary coffee house in Soho, Manhattan, expressed it...
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U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China Joel Wendland-Liu
Trump Was Wrong About China
'If the Biden administration lulls itself with a mantra of “Trump was right,” it will also prove unable lead.'
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Saturday, November 28, 2020
Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi (C) pays respects to the body of slain scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh among his family, in the capital Tehran on November 28, 2020 Scott Ritter
Israel’s Gift to Joe Biden, 52 Days Before He Even Takes Office: War with Iran
By killing Fakhrizadeh, Israel is doing its best to ensure that, for Biden, that military action is the only viable option available
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Students of Iran's Basij paramilitary force burn posters depicting US President Donald Trump, during a rally in front of the foreign ministry in Tehran, on November 28, 2020, to protest the killing of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh a day earlier near the capital. - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a "mercenary" for the US and seeking to create chaos, blaming it for the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Will the World Community Condemn the Murder of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist?
'US and Israeli efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program “have now morphed into Trump & Netanyahu sabotaging the next US President'
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U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump leave the Rose Garden after 'pardoning' the national Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 24, 2020 in Washington, DC Tony Norman
The Annual White House Festival of Death
Pardon me? This is all a precursor to what is expected to be the most outrageous and brazen presidential pardon in American history — Mr. Trump’s pardoning of himself of all federal crimes
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Police officers stand between protesters and counter-protesters after blocking off an intersection as supporters of Donald Trump host a 'Stop the Steal' protest outside of the Georgia State Capital building on November 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia Robert Crawford
Trump’s Damage to US Elections Could Be Long-Term
We should be extremely concerned about the damage the refusal to concede inflicts on democratic culture.
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Argentina's national football team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona (C) greets the young artist who painted and presented him with a portrait of revolutionary Che Guevara, as Maradona's girlfriend Veronica (R) looks on during the laying of the foundation stone for the Indian Football School at Maheshtala, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 6, 2008 Thomas Palley
Diego Maradona (1960-2020): Some Bittersweet Reflections
Maradona was more than just an extraordinary footballer. He was also a complicated social icon. That further distinguishes him from other footballers, though Pele also has some of that… and it is...
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Trump's Wrecking Crew Ralph Nader
Biden Needs To Report Trump’s Wreckage in Executive Branch as Markers
They must not let the Trumpster outlaws escape and become immune fugitives from justice
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Baited coyote Michael Winship
Shoving Donald Trump Out the Oval Office Door
Now is the time for all good Americans -- and coyotes -- to come to the aid of our country.
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Friday, November 27, 2020
The projected screen at the International Media Centre in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on November 21, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images) Ella Hopkins
Why the G20’s Failure on Debt Cancellation Is Bad News for Women
World leaders have put wealthy creditor interests before debt justice, further jeopardising women’s rights.
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In the midst of this global pandemic, instead of focusing on how they can be supportive of Indigenous communities, the Trump administration continues to disrespect and disregard sacred land to our people. (Photo: USFWS/Flickr cc) Bernadette Demientieff
As Gwich'in, We Will Never Stop Fighting for Our Land
We are mothers and grandmothers. And we are not asking for anything but the ability to live and thrive off the land that the Creator blessed us with.
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UNITE HERE, which represents 300,000 union workers in hotels, casinos, and food service, mobilized members to knock on nearly 600,000 people’s doors in North and West Philadelphia. (Photo: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Luis Feliz Leon
Black and Latinx Voters Helped Deliver the Nation To Joe Biden—Now, He Owes Them.
The stage is set for a power struggle over what direction the incoming Biden Administration should take, between the party's left flank seeking a transformative agenda and moderates pining for a "return to normal" after Trump.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams of Georgia addressed supporters at an election watch party on Nov. 6, 2018. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Ari Paul
NPR’s Shameful Comparison of Stacey Abrams to Donald Trump
NPR, in this instance, trivialized the outcry against not just this instance of voter suppression, but the context of historic voter disenfranchisement in the South.
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Ms. Hathloul was produced in court on Wednesday. She has been imprisoned for two years, during which she was allegedly tortured and subjected to sexual abuse. (Photo: Loujain al-Hathloul) Juan Cole
Hyper-Patriarchal Saudi Arabia Equates Mild Feminism With Terrorism, as Sen. Murphy Calls on Biden To Review Ties With Kingdom
There is nothing in Islam that forbids women to drive, and all the 900 million Muslim women have all along driven except in Saudi Arabia.
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Sam Pizzigati
The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street's Latest Records. Americans of Modest Means Are Draining 401(k)s.
The nation's woefully inadequate response to the pandemic is jeopardizing millions of retirement futures.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to members of the media at the Hart Senate Office Building on September 9, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Robert Reich
How Mitch McConnell's Do Nothing Republicans Are Killing You
To them I ask: How much death and suffering must the American people endure before you act?
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Thursday, November 26, 2020
Billionaire Elon Musk, Tesla boss, comes to the construction site of the Tesla Giga Factory earlier this year. (Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB) Chuck Collins
It's a Billionaire's Thanksgiving: Wealth of Richest Surges Past $1 Trillion Since Pandemic Hit
The combined wealth of U.S. billionaires has grown 34 percent since March 2020.
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While farmers need to be supported in transitioning to climate-friendly practices, using carbon offsets to compensate for emissions elsewhere does not bring about the necessary changes. (Photo: Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images) Tara Ritter
Why Agricultural Carbon Offsets Can't Play a Role in International Climate Action
Putting the responsibility of mitigation on farmers lets companies off the hook for reducing emissions along the entire supply chain.
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Krissy Kasserman, Amanda Claire Starbuck
As We're Giving Thanks, Let's Resolve to Change Our Food System for the Better
It's a time of year to reflect not just on what we're grateful for, but how we can make the abundance and blessings go around. Making our food system fairer is part of that.
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Winona LaDuke
Thanksgiving Is Time for Reparations
"Though lives cannot be brought back, the only compensation for land is land."
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"The current pandemic is nowhere as virulent as the Great Dying," writes Mansfield, "but it has tested us." (Photo: iStock) Howard Mansfield
The Covid-19 Pandemic Helps Tell the True Story of Thanksgiving
At the time the Pilgrims landed, the Wampanoags and their neighbors had been tested by the years they called the Great Dying. An epidemic from 1616 to 1619—which may have been smallpox (there are other theories)—had killed as many as 9 out of 10 coastal Indians.
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U.S. President Donald Trump gives thumbs up to supporters from this motorcade after he golfed at Trump National Golf Club on November 22, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. The previous day Preisdent Donald Trump left a G20 summit virtual event “Pandemic Preparedness” to visit one of his golf clubs as virus has now killed more than 250,000 Americans. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Defeat Trump. OK, Now Comes the Hard Part.
We must seize the moment. The vision driving these movements, so long mocked and marginalized, must enter the political mainstream and begin to change the world.
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All of the ten proposals would take money away from a small elite, who will certainly fight their implementation tooth-and-nail. (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Ben Tippet
For Biden, ‘Building Back Better’ Should Be a Global Challenge
U.S. economic recovery efforts will not succeed if the global economy remains weak and serves only a small rich minority.
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Metacom (King Philip), Wampanoag sachem, meeting settlers, illustration c. 1911. (Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Digital file no. cph 3c00678)) Joseph Nevins, Suren Moodliar, & Eleni Macrakis
What Thanksgiving and the Coronavirus Pandemic Share: As Seen from Boston
Perhaps more than any other day, Thanksgiving embodies the underlying embrace of endless growth and voracious consumption: normally the year’s biggest travel day, its reliance on massive amounts of fossil fuel makes the holiday a climate changing event.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
How Biden will govern and what he will prioritize can be read in those he chooses to serve with him. (Photo: Anthony Souffle/Zuma Press/Corbis) Renée Graham
Rahm Emanuel Doesn’t Deserve a Job in Biden’s Administration
The president-elect often speaks of this nation’s 'better angels.' The former Chicago mayor isn’t one of them.
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US President-elect Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting with the United States Conference of Mayors at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 23, 2020. - US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named the deeply experienced Antony Blinken for secretary of state, also nominating the first female head of intelligence and a czar for climate issues, with a promise to a return to expertise after the turbulent years of Donald Trump. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Tom Weis
Radical Climate Centrists? Say It Ain't So, Joe
Come on, man. For someone who talks so much about the need to be guided by science, why isn't Joe Biden’s climate thinking guided by the scientific consensus.
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In terms of creating disasters, Trump has nothing on George W. Bush. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Trump Was No Fluke: George W. Bush Blazed the Trail
His lies and incompetence created epic disasters that may yet sink America.
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Antony Blinken. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Biden's Hawkish Foreign Policy Picks Are a Very Bad Sign
Biden’s incoming team helped shape some of the most militaristic policies of the Obama administration.
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Children in Afghanistan. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
The Unending War in Afghanistan Is America's Shame
People in the United States continue to pretend that the despair and futility we’ve caused isn’t our fault.
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Senate Republicans are failing struggling families. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Millions Will Lose Unemployment Benefits in December Unless GOP Senators Act
Unemployment claims rise for second week in a row.
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Protecting and expanding Social Security is extremely popular across the political spectrum. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Nancy J. Altman, Linda Benesch
Social Security: Something to Give Thanks For in 2020
Our Social Security system is government at its best. Without it, the consequences of COVID and the resulting economic fallout would be far worse.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
US President Donald Trump speaks after pardoning Thanksgiving turkey "Corn" as First Lady Melania Trump watches in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 24, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Is Trump's No Concession Endgame a "Stab-in-the-Back" Gambit Which Helped Bring the Nazis to Power?
The post-World War I claim in Germany was as big a lie as the American "Biden stole the election" claim, but it came to be believed by a sizable proportion of the German population and helped lead to the collapse of the Weimar Republic.
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People protest against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project outside the Governor's Mansion on November 14, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. The project took a step forward this week after receiving permitting approval from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Bill Kitchen
Will a Tar Sands Pipeline Become a Covid Super Spreader?
From a climate perspective, a clean water perspective and a Covid perspective, Line 3 is nuts.
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It is imperative to produce a generic, safe, and effective vaccine available for every country immediately at no cost. (Photo: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images) Mike Pappas, Luigi Morris
Capitalist Competition Is Sabotaging the Race for a Vaccine
The global race for a Covid-19 vaccine appears to be in its final leg. The research was publicly funded. But Big Pharma stands to make enormous profits, at the expense of people the world over.
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Of the many miscarriages of this administration, its policy on Iran is most emblematic of its overall failure. An incoming Biden administration will need to address these failures. (Photo: Getty) Assal Rad
Why Biden Must Ignore Sen. Coons' 'Caveats' and Stay on Course to Return to the Iran Deal
In restoring the Iran deal, Biden can successfully correct the conflict-laden course he is inheriting from Trump, repair U.S. credibility, and prove once again that the administration he served as vice president was right to choose diplomacy.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump protest on Monday outside a meeting of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. The board certified a vote count in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo: Getty) Jesse Jackson
Get Ready for Donald Trump’s Shadow Government—via Twitter and Fox News
Other Republicans, in fear of the wrath of Trump’s supporters, will obstruct Joe Biden at ever.
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With skyrocketing sales, Amazon can afford to invest more in their workers and worker protection. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Chuck Collins
Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth
This essential workforce is hustling to help holiday shoppers while also organizing for hazard pay and other Covid-19 protections.
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As Americans learned in Vietnam, the only way to end a war gone wrong is to leave the field of battle. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Andrew Bacevich
Yes, It's Time to Come Home—Now
Actually ending the war in Afghanistan.
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 Trump must be denounced and defrocked through the fair, transparent means that are given us to deal with such crimes, means that lie at the very heart of our collective existence. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
When They Had to Kill the King. Learnings for the Post-Trump Age.
The U.S. will never be at peace so long as Trump is free to create mischief and mayhem. He needs to prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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Monday, November 23, 2020
A Georgia State Trooper separates Biden supporters from Trump supporters at a "Stop the Steal" rally against the results of the U.S. Presidential election outside the Georgia State Capitol on November 18, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
Here's the Truth: The Oligarchy Loves This Democratic Decay and Politics of Lies
American political leaders display a widening disconnect from reality intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by global corporations and billionaires.
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A woman waves a Saharan flag with text Free Sahara during a demonstration to demand the end of Morocco's occupation in Western Sahara, in support of the Polisario Front in Granada on November 21, 2020. Cities throughout Spain have demonstrated in favor to self-determination in Western Sahara and to denounce the violation of the 1991 ceasefire agreements last week. This has triggered the resumption of the armed conflict between the Moroccan army and the Polisario Front. (Photo by Fermin Rodriguez/NurPhoto vi Michael Beer, Mohamed Brahim
US Must Halt Renewed War Between Morocco and Polisario
We must act swiftly to prevent war and further conflict, end the occupation, and allow Sahrawis to make their decision on union with Morocco or independence.
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Reporting indicating that Biden may be considering former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell (above) to replace Haspel is deeply troubling. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Daniel J. Jones, Scott Roehm
Message to Joe Biden: No Torturers in the Next Cabinet
Biden and Harris must eschew anyone complicit in torture or who frustrated oversight.
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Count on this: the militarization of American society and the "thank-you-for-your-service" fetishization of American soldiers will continue to thrive, exhibit A being the way Biden now closes almost any speech with "May God protect our troops." (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
What If They Called an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State?
Foreign policy, sacred cows, and the U.S. Military.
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Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Norman Solomon
Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands?
The pernicious and lucrative aspects of military madness are personified in the favorite to be Biden’s Defense Secretary.
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American democracy will continue to be endangered by House and Senate Republicans who lack the moral courage to do what’s right. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Profiles in Cowardice
Most elected Republicans in Washington are failing the test by refusing to stand up to Trump. Their cowardice is one of the worst betrayals of public trust in the history of our republic.
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Sunday, November 22, 2020
Peter Bohmer
The 2020 Election and What We Should Do Now
We shouldn't give Biden any breathing room and wait to see what he does before acting. We need to build campaigns and social movements and mass action in the streets for progressive policies.
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Tracey L. Rogers
Black Voters Saved Our Democracy
Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.
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Sam Pizzigati
The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade
What could be better than a drug that can stop Covid? A society that doesn’t let some make billions off a drug millions can’t access
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Isabella Breda
How Norway Built an Economy That Puts People First
The national ethos of economic equity was decades in the making.
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Jeffrey C. Isaac
Smart Commentators Must Stop Minimizing Trump's Ongoing Threat To This Election
How far will Donald Trump go to stay in power, and how far will enough of his supporters—in Congress, in the military and police, and in the street—go to keep him in power?
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Saturday, November 21, 2020
Juan Cole
At G20, Only India Is On Track to Meet Goals for Keeping Global Heating to 3.6° F
Although most of India's electricity and heating now comes from carbon-intensive coal, the country has big plans to transition to renewables.
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Ted Snider
When Coups Come Home
"As the solution to every foreign election that didn't turn out the way the American government wanted it to was a coup, so when the American election didn't turn out the way the American government wanted it to, the solution was an attempted coup."
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Riva Enteen
Don't [Mourn] Celebrate, Organize!
"That Biden's win against the unstable racist was close is damning enough. What is more damning is that he's promised that "nothing will fundamentally change," so the utter bankruptcy of the Democrats will be glaring."
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Ralph Nader
Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless...
"It is difficult to overestimate the continuing harm to our beleaguered democracy and its people, should Trump and his cohorts not be brought to justice."
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Christopher Brauchli
"Just 10 days after the trump learned that his lease on the White House would not be extended beyond January 20, 2021, a federal court ruled that the trump efforts to reduce the number of DACA recipients in the country was invalid."
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Friday, November 20, 2020
These are lives lost, lives turned upside down, forever changed by storms made much worse by climate change. But these storms are not alone this year.  (Photo: NOAA) Andy Rowell
Crisis, What Climate Crisis? Oil Majors Still Sitting on Tens of Billions of Barrels of Undeveloped Reserves
If these are developed we will face more hurricanes ripping communities and lives apart as our climate emergency intensifies. It did not have to be this way. It should never had to be that way.
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Over two-thirds of Americans above the age of 25 do not have a college degree. In other words, they have been the heart of our workforce. (Photo by Washington State Dept of Transportation via CC 2.0) Faiz Shakir
Democrats Must Commit Themselves to the Needs of Non-College Educated Workers
Now is the time to show the working class that a Democratic agenda can deliver real change.
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Our dysfunctional health care system remains an outlier among the rest of the developed world for not providing universal health coverage. (Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) Jonathan B. Kotch, Jonathan Michels
Biden Ran on a Return To Normalcy, but There's Nothing Normal About the American Health Care System
In poll after poll, Americans have indicated their preference for a universal, single-payer health care system. Compromise and half-measures are not acceptable. Medicare for All remains the goal.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference about lawsuits related to the presidential election results at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Marjorie Cohn
On the Current Status of Trump's Coup Attempt—and Its Future
It may look like this is one frivolity and absurdity after another—and it is. But if this electoral clash reaches the Supreme Court, all bets are off.
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Biden’s imprimatur matters. America’s hit-and-run tendency — walking away from inflicted traumas without accountability or recompense — always fails to mend this tattered nation. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)o Renée Graham
If Biden Wants Unity, He Must First Hold Trump Accountable
America’s typical hit-and-run approach to its most troubling eras won’t work now.
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Justice Samuel Alito with President George W. Bush. (Photo via Creative Commons) Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: The Treachery of Samuel Alito
His record of arch-conservatism makes him more closely akin to a Fox News host than a Supreme Court Justice.
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When a society tolerates tax abuse by corporations and rich individuals our public services are undermined.  (Photo: The Weekly Bull/flickr/cc) Rosa Pavanelli
Tax Losses Are Lives Lost
There is more than enough money available. But it has been redirected away from our public services and into the offshore bank accounts of multinationals and the mega-rich.
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Renewal, if it’s to occur, might have to start with the two political parties. Both are at evolutionary dead ends. (Photo: coolloud/flickr/cc) Richard Heinberg
The Real Plan? To Make America Ungovernable
Neither party is equipped to reach across the divides that separate Americans, and the political system is set up to make it nearly impossible for a third party to take root.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
DuPont executives should have no place in the Environmental Protection Agency. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Erin Brockovich
Dear Joe Biden: Are You Kidding Me?
The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board.
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Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Joe Biden Can Fix on Day One
So much vital work to be done—that must be done—for a more a peaceful world.
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An important aspect of this momentous tragedy is that the coronavirus death rate has been significantly higher in private, profit-making homes than in not-for-profit homes. (Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images) Linda McQuaig
Long-Term Care Fiasco a Warning About Private Ownership
The private sector almost always does things to make a profit, and that can leave the rest of us paying a high price—in dollars and deaths.
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China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its navy by showing off its growing fleet in a sea parade featuring a brand new guided-missile destroyer. (Photo: MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP via Getty Images) Cassandra Stimpson, Holly Zhang
A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War
A rising China is also guaranteed to lift all boats (submarines, aircraft carriers, and surface ships) as well as fighter planes aiding the military-industrial complex on a planet increasingly at war with itself.
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Afghan children look on as US soldiers from 2-77 Field Artillery MPs 359th Steel Warriors patrol in Nuristan Province on December 18, 2009. US President Barack Obama vowed December 10 that Afghanistan would not become a "permanent protectorate" of the United States as he defended his decision to begin withdrawing US forces in July 2011.(Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Beyond Simplistic ‘Peace’
My God, if complexity were brought into the news—e.g., bombs kill, people suffer, no one ever wins, wars never end—the trillion-dollar annual military budget would be in danger.
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The Earth is entering the sixth mass extinction event in its history.  (Photo: ASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli) Pip Hinman
Scientists Say Net Zero by 2050 Is Too Late
This means unions and the climate movement need to be bold and step up the pressure on all parties for serious climate action.
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 President Donald J. Trump arrives to golf at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Sterling, VA. (Photo: Al Drago for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Petty Revenge of a Soon-to-Be-Ex-President
With their pitiful plots to overthrow election results, Trump and the GOP are the lowest.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Bettylourde Guerrier speaks with Alberto Moejom and Erlinda Guerra as she canvasses a neighborhood encouraging people to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on October 06, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. UNITE HERE coordinated the canvassing effort. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Rebec­ca Chowd­hury
Joe Biden Owes His Victory to the Left, No Matter What the Democratic Party Says
Organizers, not consultants, delivered key states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia. Democrats ignore this reality at their peril.
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Trump is taking his last stand in a swing state he desperately tried to win. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ruth Conniff
Trump Team Seeks to 'Delay the Inevitable'
In Wisconsin, as elsewhere, the Republicans' false claims of voter fraud are becoming undone.
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Georgians deserve better. They deserve senators who will fight for them in Washington—they deserve the leadership of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Georgia Runoffs: How You Can Help Flip the Senate
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Let’s bring this home, flip the Senate, and usher in the transformative change this nation requires.
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Jesse Jackson
Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer a Clear Choice
The races will be determined by whether Georgia’s voters choose to embrace and build a New South coalition or revert to the Old South.
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Congress will need to end funding for the ongoing drone wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Pakistan, and end authority for war-by-other-means economic sanctions now imposed most harshly on Iran and Venezuela but on other countries too. (Photo: Shutterstock) Phyllis Bennis
With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World
Even a lame-duck Congress must remember their actions have global consequences too.
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Workers in PPE are seen at the Judiciary Square Covid-19 testing site in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2020. - The United States is home to the world's largest coronavirus outbreak, with nearly 249,000 deaths as of November 18, 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Chuck Collins
Why We Must Protect Essential Workers From Billionaire Pandemic Profiteers
We are witnessing a criminal tragedy as wealthy billionaires, sequestered in protective bubbles and private jets, are dispatching essential workers into the line of infection fire with inadequate shields and protections.
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Students deserve an explanation for the origins of the Electoral College. (Photo: Geoff Livingston via Flickr) Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
The United States Is Not a Democracy. Stop Telling Students That It Is.
When our students only learn about this exceptionally strange system from their corporate-produced history and government textbooks, they have no clue why this is how we choose our president.
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As long as we can medicalise Thunberg as someone suffering from Asperger’s, we do not need to think about whether we are really the insane ones. (Photo: Screenshot) Jonathan Cook
I Am Greta Isn’t About Climate Change. It’s About the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World
We can listen to Greta, without fear, without reproach, without adulation, without cynicism. Or we can carry on with our insane games until the bubble explodes.
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We cannot afford an old-school agriculture secretary who maintains today’s disastrous status quo when the job calls for a bold change agent. (Photo courtesy of Barna Kovács, Unsplash) Kari Hamerschlag, Christopher D. Cook
Biden’s Agriculture Secretary: Heitkamp Is the Wrong Choice
We cannot afford an old-school agriculture secretary who maintains today’s disastrous status quo when the job calls for a bold change agent.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
The brunt of U.S. militarism is deeply misogynistic. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Christine Ahn, Yifat Susskind
Biden Should Embrace an Anti-Imperialist Feminist Foreign Policy to Heal Wounds Abroad—and at Home
Women of color should be the ones remaking U.S. foreign policy.
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Biden’s DHS transition team members range from billionaire-funded think tank pundits to corporate lawyers, with a smattering of left-liberal ACLU types, none of whom fundamentally question the overarching logic of border security. (Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Border Patrol/Flickr) Adrienne Pine
More Humane Cages? Prospects for Immigration Justice Under Biden Appear Dim
In stacking not just his DHS team but all of his transition teams with neoliberals and hawks, Biden has sent the world a clear signal that despite the cage-free fantasies of liberal Democrats, his immigration policy will be more of the same.
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Is this what the Democratic Party's "win-win" machine looks like? "With hundreds of moving parts," writes Eidelson, "it's surprising that the elaborate contraption has only one purpose: to take bold and popular policy proposals that could improve millions of lives, chew them up, and then spit out much feebler versions that don't materially threaten the status quo." (Photo: Christine Gwinn / EyeEm) Roy Eidelson
With the Win-Win Machine, Most of Us Actually Lose
If Biden now selects only corporate-friendly, status-quo-defending advisors and Cabinet members, and if he touts watered-down bipartisan "solutions" as stunning successes, it will further cement a betrayal.
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There are already those in the media and politics who are counseling restraint and a return to the pre-Trump days, as if he were the cause, not the consequence, of a nation desperately divided. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
Grappling With a Divided Nation
The new politics of the poor in Joe Biden’s (and Mitch McConnell’s) USA.
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden listens to U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020. (Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
President-Elect Biden: Time for YOU to Follow the Climate Science
Big corporate media outlets are great at policing progressive Democrats who "go too far." They're not so watchful over Democratic presidents who cling to a go-slow, corporate-friendly "middle ground."
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The war in Afghanistan has included a counterinsurgency campaign, a counterterrorism mission, and a nation-building exercise. In none of the three has the United States succeeded. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich, Adam Weinstein
Trump Demands Afghan Withdrawal and Washington Panics. But It’s Time To Leave, Now.
No serious person believes that the war is winnable in any meaningful sense.
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They say that vice president Mike Pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen. Mark Milley all sought to dissuade Trump from this course of action. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump's Requested Strike on Iran Could Kill More People Than Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki
Any US military action against Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities would be a massive war crime.
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The tautology of the Trump-supporters-support-Trump story is nearly always lost on corporate reporters, who somehow never managed to find anything newsworthy in Obama supporters supporting Obama policies. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Julie Hollar
Drawing All the Wrong Lessons From Media’s Election 2020 Failures
By repeatedly conferring legitimacy on a fundamentally antidemocratic president and his actions, media paved the way for the dangerous place we find ourselves in today, and hobbled their ability to protect our democracy.
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Imagine if people could vote at sixteen, after having been steeped in Civics Education starting in 9th grade. (Photo: Ryan Stanton/flickr/cc) Zoe Weil
Want to Save Democracy? Reduce the Voting Age
Let’s teach 16-year-olds to be election-savvy and help them register to vote.
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Neoliberalism didn’t just distort our economy, it dismembered our picture of our democracy. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
The Media's Quadrennial Eclipse
We need coverage of people as active citizens, not just as consumers.
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Monday, November 16, 2020
America needs to join the rest of the developed world and put the right of citizens to vote into law. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/Flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
This Election Was Rigged
If any governor wants to take away your vote, they don’t even have to tell you, they just kick you off the voting rolls, because right now voting is not a right in America, it’s merely a privilege.
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People react as they watch a broadcast of Fox News showing presidential election returns at an election night watch party organized by group "Villagers for Trump" in The Villages, Florida, on November 3, 2020. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images) Christian Christensen
It's 2020 But the Dangerous Myth About the So-Called "Liberal" Media Still Going Strong
Legitimizing this myth only serves the interests of those opposed to the critical analysis of current events in the United States.
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Representative Rashida Tlaib looks on before Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at IBEW Local Union 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Harris is traveling to multiple locations in the metro Detroit area to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses—So Naturally They’re Blaming Progressives
When Rep. Rashida Tlaib talks about "pushing the Democratic Party to represent the communities that elected them," she actually means what she says.
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The Biden-Harris administration can begin healing our nation by moving decisively on this issue and beginning to repair the harm caused by 50 years of this failed war. (Photo: Heroin overdose/Getty Images) Udi Ofer
50 Years After the Start of the War on Drugs, Americans Have a Chance to Fix the Harm It Created
Today, policymakers and the public alike are increasingly adopting approaches that treat substance use as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice one.
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