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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
An internally displaced woman voluntarily returning to her home in Bentiu, South Sudan, is being checked for fever. (Photo: United Nations/Isaac Billy) Pauline Muchina, Kennedy Akolo
Leaders Must Act to Protect Refugees and Internally Displaced People in Africa
The window of opportunity for containment is shutting fast. We must work together quickly to stop the spread of Covid-19 among the continent's most vulnerable populations.
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An employee at the Utah County Election office puts mail in ballots into a container to register the vote in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Provo, Utah. (Photo: George Frey/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
There's Only One Reason Trump and the GOP Don't Want Mail-in Voting
Vote-by-mail makes voting easier. And when voting is easier, Republicans have a much harder time suppressing the vote.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
 Asylum seekers protest inside the Mantra Hotel in Preston, Melbourne, Australia. May 16, 2020. (Picture by Micheal Dodge/AAP/PA Images. All rights reserved) Michael Flynn, Katie Welsford
COVID-19 Reveals the Inherent Vindictiveness of Migration Detention
The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the glaring injustices of the immigration detention system.
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COVID-19 demonstrates that there is a direct connection between the environment and our health. (Photo: World Learning/flickr/cc) Janis Petzel
Let’s Pay Attention to What COVID-19 Is Trying to Tell Us About Climate Change
It’s pointing us to a healthier and more resilient world if we chose to listen. We have no time to lose.
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Workers protest against the failure from their employers to provide adequate protections in the workplace of the Amazon delivery hub on National May Day Walkout/Sickout by workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Innstacart and Shipt amid the Covid-19 pandemic on May 1, 2020, in Hawthorne, California. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Shahid Buttar
A Whistleblowing Visionary Offers a Ticket to Our Future—If We Take It
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has a reputation for legislative mastery. She frequently uses it on behalf of corporate interests, however, not the invisible workers making less than minimum wage.
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Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams took the stage on election night event on May 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Deborah Toler
Is Stacey Abrams Progressive?
The Georgia Democrat, while clearly forward-thinking on voting rights and other key issues, has repeatedly thrown her lot in with the corporate wing of the party.
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McConnell’s moralistic reference to the profligacy of state governments is an initial shot over their bow in the political struggle over state debt. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) John Buell
Is Mitch McConnell Blocking State Aid to Enrich Vulture Funds and Bolster Corporate Control of the Economy?
Without further assistance from the Federal government, all states will be obliged to make draconian cuts in their budgets.
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 The spread of Covid-19 has offered a rare opportunity to raise questions, challenge frameworks, and critically consider what “ending” war might even mean for this country.(Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
The Coming of a Social-Distancing Version of War
The future of forever war, American-style.
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Monday, May 25, 2020
People wait in line as SF-Marin Food Bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry at Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, California on Monday, April 20, 2020. Work furloughs and layoffs created by coronavirus shelter-in-place orders are driving thousands to seek food assistance. Jesse Jackson
Americans Have United Before to Defeat an External Enemy and We Can Again
This is a time when leaders must emerge, move beyond their comfort zone, and offer bold responses to a stark crisis. This is not a moment for posturing.
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"With respect to nuclear hazards, especially from the weaponry and their possible use, there is a growing disconnect between risk and behavior," writes Falk, "a combination of nuclearism prevailing among the political elites of the nuclear weapons states and public disregard. There is a greater appreciation of the dangers associated with nuclear energy." (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Richard Falk
Arms Control & Disarmament: A Failed Marriage
As with the climate crisis, the linkages between contagious disease and nuclear weapons are too evident to ignore.
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A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise in Zabul province, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Andrew Bacevich
US Public Remain the Tacit Accomplice in America's Dead End Wars
Honor the fallen, but not every war they were sent to fight
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The Trump administration has attacked environmental regulations aimed at protecting people and the planet since the moment it came to power. (Photo: Mark Dixon/Flickr/cc) Kenneth Peres
Murderer in Chief (Part Two): Trump's Gutting of Environmental Rules Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths
The Trump administration—not state governors, not Congress, and not past presidents—is directly responsible for the hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths heading our way.
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A man rides through as grocery store workers and others stage a protest rally outside the Whole Foods Market, in the South End of Boston, to demand personal protective equipment, added benefits if needed and hazard pay, during the coronavirus pandemic on Apr. 7, 2020. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Michelle Chen
A Spontaneous Rebellion of Low-Wage Workers Is Rising Up Amid Pandemic
Workers are fighting for their lives—even as they save ours.
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 On this Memorial Day, let's remember the peace and justice activists—including Rachel Corrie—who died while demanding a better world. (Photo: Denny Sternstein/AP) Matthew Rothschild
Remembering Slain Peace and Justice Activists on This—and Every—Memorial Day
Let us remember those who died fighting for human rights and a better world.
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Members of National Nurses United stand in protest among empty shoes representing nurses who have died from Covid-19 in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 07, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Let's Honor Fallen Workers on Memorial Day, Too
Covid-19 has shown us how many different kinds of workers are needed to keep us safe, housed, and fed. Many of them face danger every day, just as soldiers do.
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Sunday, May 24, 2020
(Historical photos colorized by Marina Amaral, in project called ‘In Color || Slavery In Brazil, 1869’) Mirna Wabi-Sabi
A History of News and Justice in the Americas
Why hasn’t Social Media been more effective in bringing forth Social Justice? Some would argue that it has, by connecting people, trending the resistance against racism, and being useful in court —...
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Waves pound against the shore of Plum Island in Massachusetts, the day after a winter storm. Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M. Khan
Sea-Level Rise Could Sink the US Southeast: How to Fight It as Individuals
The latest news on rising sea levels can be described as another example of human folly. The Anthropocene has seen plant extinctions, animal extinctions, both at an unforeseen pace, and now there is...
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A Memorial Day For Lies? Laura Flanders
A Memorial Day For Lies?
So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to believe...
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Saturday, May 23, 2020
MEAT SOLUTIONS: The Cargill meatpacking plant remains in operation after scaling production after as many as 18 employees have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus on April 17, 2020 in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Meatpacking plants are altering their production as outbreaks of the virus have been reported at the factories in Colorado, South Dakota, and Iowa. Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman
Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus
From wasted food to the exploitation of farmworkers, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that this country’s food system must be changed. Politicians must pass further stimulus...
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Eric Trump arrives as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying and deliver remarks at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019. Christopher Brauchli
The Pandemic and the Trumps
That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in, and the best of me is diligence. —Shakespeare, King Lear They were revelations. And they were revealed in the space of three days. And both...
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A sign asking Navajo residents to stay safe and warning of a curfew near the Navajo Nation town of Casamero Lake in New Mexico on May 20, 2020. - The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country after surpassing New York. Judy Rohrer
COVID-19 Reveals Viral Discrimination, Higher Ed Should Pay Attention
People are still saying “the virus doesn’t discriminate.” We know that’s just not true. We are not equally “all in this together.” The virus is hitting vulnerable populations the hardest—our elderly...
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George McGovern & Bernie Sanders Tom Gallagher
What the Class of ‘70's Old New Left Might Have Talked About at Their Canceled Reunions
There’ll be no fiftieth reunions for the class of ‘70, it seems. Abruptly thrust out into the world in the uproar following the National Guard’s killing of four students at a Kent State University...
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(Image: DonkeyHotey/cc) Ralph Nader
Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain
Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history...
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Friday, May 22, 2020
A return to “normal” in governments’ policies towards fossil fuel production—which were largely still enabling its expansion—is out of the question. To “build back better,” governments must exit the unstable boom-bust cycles of extraction, and instead manage its phase-out in a predictable, people-centered, and Paris-proof way. (Photo: Kelly Trout
5 Reasons We Must Act Now to End Oil and Gas Production
The world needs a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic that dispatches with the old subservience to the fossil fuel industry and instead puts health first, provides relief directly to people, centers workers and communities not corporate executives, builds solidarity across borders, and—crucially—...
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In addition to contributing to climate change, forest fires present a more immediate and very grave threat to public health. (Photo: Shutterstock) Luciana Tellez-Chavez
This Year’s Forest Fire Season Could Be Even Deadlier
Countries are using the coronavirus crisis to lift environmental regulations, even as COVID-19 leaves populations more vulnerable to health impacts from fires.
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We’ve got over a million people in prison, nearly a million more in jail, and half a million in immigrant detention. (Photo: Shutterstock) Robert P. Alvarez
A Simple Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis in Prisons
Releasing low-risk inmates would ease the risk that sky-high prison infection rates pose to all of us.
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While location surveillance is problematic at any time, the coronavirus crisis has led to a rapid uptick in its use; many measures to facilitate it have been passed by fast-tracked legislative procedures during national state of emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki) Katitza Rodriguez, Svea Windwehr
International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19
Location surveillance comes with a host of risks to citizens’ privacy, freedom of expression and data protection rights.
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Systematic inequality in America has produced two very different pandemics. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
A Tale of Two Pandemics
We are all weathering the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.
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Jules Boykoff
Why We Should Commandeer Hotels to House the Homeless
Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis in plain sight and a bleak indictment of capitalism. Now the capitalists have a chance—a duty, really—to step up in the clutch.
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Amazon head Jeff Bezos appears at a company event Sept. 25, 2019. Thanks to Covid-19's sales boosts, in the first quarter of 2020 Bezos made back the $10 billion he lost in 2019 more than twice over. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa (Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images) Amber Colón Núñez
Covid-19 Profiteers Are Making a Killing
Here are some of the most outrageous capitalist responses to the pandemic.
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Speaking in a web broadcast organized by the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel, Blinken stated bluntly that Biden "would not tie military assistance to Israel to any political decisions it makes, full stop."(Photo: Matt Smith Photographer / Shutterstock) Mitchell Plitnick
Key Biden Adviser Offers Little Hope for Palestinians
Being better than Trump is a very low bar, and hearing Blinken’s words made it clearer than ever that advocates for Palestinian rights will need to mobilize as never before under a Joe Biden administration.
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New York Times depiction (4/10/20) of Voice of America‘s studio (Photo: Jason Andrew). Julianne Tveten
Trump’s Pick Could Move VOA Further Right—But It’s Never Been an Independent Outlet
For decades VOA has enjoyed the best of both worlds for a Western media organization: operating at the government’s behest while masquerading as an exemplar of the free press.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Demonstrators unload fake body bags from a truck in protest of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, in Lafayette Park near the White House, May 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. All 50 states have reopened to varying degrees more than two months after lockdown, but the moves have not been coordinated, with the Northeast and West Coast moving slower than states in the South. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
In a Class War—Like It or Not—the System Always Makes a Killing
While negative coverage of Donald Trump has been common due to his handling of the pandemic, media outrage has been muted in relation to the magnitude of the dying in our midst.
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 By choosing to display the portraits of Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis, Monticello rejected Jefferson’s notions of white supremacy. (Photo: Robert Shetterly) Robert Shetterly
Thomas Jefferson: One Man, Two Legacies
It’s painful to speculate how different our history might have been, the altered quotient of human suffering in this country, and the world, if Jefferson, Washington and Madison had freed their slaves.
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Imagine one million people on the move right now, all trying to find safe shelter. (Photo: NASA) Astrid Caldas
Dangerous Hurricane Season To Open Amidst COVID-19
Emergency response officials need to develop COVID-19-safe evacuation plans, with safe locations and enforced social distancing, taking into consideration those most vulnerable socially and economically.
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From a rally for public education in Washington D.C. in July 2017. (Photo: Bob Korn) Stan Karp
Getting a Covid-19 Education: From Race to the Top to a Plunge to the Bottom
The pandemic and federal education policy.
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 But the Trump administration’s zeal in shifting attention from its own bungling of the Covid-19 crisis to China’s alleged culpability in creating a global pandemic only raises tensions precipitously between the planet’s two great powers at a terrible moment. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Bob Dreyfuss
The Wuhan Hoax
Covid-19 and Trump’s war on the U.S. intelligence community.
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The United States has long established itself as the neoliberal superstar, the modern nation with the most wealth inequality, threadbare social safety net, and thoroughly corporatized political leaders from both major parties. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Mark Harris
Pandemic Capitalism’s Cruel Absurdity
The global pandemic has brought a new urgency to the need for political alternatives to status quo politics, a need for socialist politics, and organization and a vision of a future beyond capitalism.
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A prolonged depression is virtually guaranteed without significant federal aid to state and local governments. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Congress Must Do Much, Much, Much More to Help Tens of Millions Unemployed
Nearly one in four workers has applied for unemployment benefits.
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In this time of the great disruptions brought on by the coronavirus, the practice of beauty keeps us centered on the ultimate importance and worth of the world in which we live. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Sandra Lubarsky
Now Is the Time to Practice Beauty
Beauty is intimately and evolutionarily connected to the urge to live. It is the value associated most keenly with experiences that affirm our vitality in relation to the vitality of other beings.
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We must disarm our concept of social order. This means a different sort of training for police officers—less target practice, more psychological awareness. (Photo: Kevin Cortopassi/Flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Rethinking Public Safety: Trust vs. Force
We need to start over: set down the guns and strip this system down to the bone, with the intention of rebuilding our social infrastructure on a foundation of trust, cooperation and a belief in the sanctity of life.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
It will be impractical, and in many places impossible, to safely conduct the election in 2020 unless the numbers voting on Election Day are greatly reduced. (Photo: Shutterstock) Bernie Horn
To Save Lives—and Democracy—We Need to Vote by Mail
We need tens of millions of fewer Americans voting at the polls. Sending ballots in the mail is the simplest solution.
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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter) Alec Connon
In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little
Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic.
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Violence by an intimate partner is the leading cause of injury to women 15 to 44 years old.  (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) H. Patricia Hynes
Women Have Risen to Heroic Heights During Covid-19
Yet, the global pandemic in physical and sexual violence against women continues unabated and worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fortunately, we have an alternative to this fossil-fuelled, neoliberal capitalist normal: the Green New Deal. (Photo: Climate Justice Ottawa) Claire O’Manique
The Way Out of the COVID-19 Crisis Is a Green New Deal
This crisis has reinforced what we already know—our current economic system is leading us down a path of destruction.
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The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Getty Images) Donald K. Sherman
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
The President’s attack on inspector general independence at the Department of Transportation deserves just as much public scrutiny as all the rest.
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Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper "insisted a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Canada 'came close' to defaulting on its debt—hitting the debt wall—in the '90s. It’s a scary tale, but not even remotely true," writes Linda McQuaig. (Photo: Stephen Harper/flickr/cc) Linda McQuaig
Let’s Not Be Duped Again By Deficit Hawks Peddling Austerity
We could actually be on our way to a very different and promising future. But, count on it, the deficit hawks will soon be circling menacingly overhead, hell-bent on preventing any diversion from the austerity they’ve confined us to for decades.
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The lack of rights and livable benefits in many companies makes these workers particularly vulnerable, working in an industry that relies on efficiency to meet market demand. (Photo: AP/Nati Harnik) Emily Folk
Coronavirus and the Inhumane Treatment of Meat Packers
The meat industry has always been exploitative of employees—but the coronavirus has exposed the poor working conditions of meat packers who are getting sick at alarming rates.
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Local news outlets cover stories and offer community-level information—potentially lifesaving during a global pandemic—that national outlets will never provide. (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Victor Pickard
The Answer to the Media Industry's Woes? Publicly Owned Newspapers.
Newspapers must be for the people. It’s worth investing our tax dollars in them.
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Vandana Shiva
Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity
Protecting bees is an ecological duty, pushing them to extinction is an ecological crime. The threat to bees is a threat to humanity.
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 Maria Mora came to find information about her claim but found the California State Employment Development Department was closed due to coronavirus concerns on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Canoga Park, CA. (Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Mark Dudzic, Richard Master
Medicare Is Best Way to Cover the Millions of Americans Whose Health Insurance Has Been Taken Away
This solution is the most seamless for patients, and the most cost-effective approach for taxpayers. Plus, it prevents an unnecessary and massive transfer of government money to America’s health insurance companies.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The UN Security Council meets on the situation in Syria at UN headquarters in October 2019. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mary Altaffer) Michael Lynk
Canada Missing in Action on Israel's Proposed Annexation of the West Bank
Canada has developed a debilitating case of diplomatic laryngitis on this issue.
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Every level of the U.S. government has shown, time and again, that the default setting is to leave the vulnerable behind. But Americans themselves are challenging that approach. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Negin Owliaei
Reopening the Economy Is a Death Sentence for Workers
The wealthy may be fine with sacrificing the vulnerable, but workers are fighting for the sanctity of human life.
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Near the Capitol in Washington, people attend a rally in 2019 to mark the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended public school segregation and fueled the civil rights movement. (Photo:Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Remembering the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
The Supreme Court decision fueled the civil rights movement and the call for voting rights that are now under assault across the country.
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Musk’s thin-skinned, petulant narcissism bears an uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump, who last week tweeted, "California should let Tesla and @elonmusk open the plant, NOW."(Photo: flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The Privileged and Powerful in the Pandemic
Those in power must stop viewing the pandemic as an obstacle to personal ambition.
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Last Friday, Trump notified Congress of the removal of Steve Linick, the State Department’s inspector general. This was reportedly done at Secretary Mike Pompeo’s urging to ensure a friendlier IG was at the helm so Pompeo could avoid accountability in at least two investigations Linick was pursuing into his actions. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Elizabeth Shackelford
Trump’s Inspector General Purge and the Death of Dissent
A government without avenues for dissent is a dangerous authority indeed.
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In the U.S., a variety of evangelical religious leaders have failed the test of reasoned public policy in outrageous ways. (Photo: CC) Juan Cole
Fundamentalist Pandemics
What evangelicals could learn from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam
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President Donald Trump hands out pens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) after signing the CARES act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Never Have So Few Done So Much to Destroy America
Comparing Trump to Winston Churchill is a laugh riot.
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In the midst of this pandemic, we must do everything possible to spare millions of animals from unnecessary suffering and death. (Photo: Peakpx) Joseph Winters
Rather Than Cull Millions of Livestock, Let’s End Animal Agriculture
In the long term, we must not waste this opportunity to start mending our broken relationship with animals. This begins with the end of factory farming and the redirection of all government relief and future subsidies towards plant-based agriculture and food processing.
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Monday, May 18, 2020
In Louisiana, and across the U.S., we are seeing a disproportionate number of Black people die from this virus. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Ashley Shelton
The Coronavirus Is Devastating Already Devastated Communities
The people and equity-centered recovery approach we are putting forward is intended to address immediate needs, but it’s also a guide for long-term change.
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The American people are therefore entitled to share in the benefits and the profits. Banking needs to be made a public utility. (Photo: Twitter/@publicbankla) Ellen Brown
Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus
Insolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities.
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Until there is a reliable, affordable, and widely accessible treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, employers must maintain best practices to protect workers and reduce COVID-19 transmission in workplaces. (Photo: Shutterstock) Esha Bhandari, ReNika Moore
Coronavirus 'Immunity Passports' Are Not the Answer
A system of immunity passports in the United States threatens to exacerbate racial disparities and harm the civil liberties of all.
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Greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and air travel add up to more than 15% of net US national emissions. We could put a significant dent in passenger transport emissions if many white collar employees continue to work from home all or part of the time and if businesses replace a large part of air travel with video conferences. (Photo: Danielle Scott/Flickr/cc) Kumar Venkat, Susan Cholette
Emerging From the Pandemic With a Climate Plan
As we come out of this pandemic with an altered business landscape and more awareness of our personal consumption patterns, we have a rare opportunity to make sure that the planet’s climate doesn’t become an even bigger crisis than the one we are battling now.
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Palm Coast’s enormous food distribution to some 5,000 families in need on May 2. (Photo: © FlaglerLive) Pierre Tristam
Food Drops Are Not Enough. Expand Food Stamps Programs Now.
As heartening and important as these food drops are, they’re a supplement, not a replacement for what government can and must do.
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A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, on April 25, 2020. The price for crude oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history on April 20 amid the global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) Basav Sen
Fossil Fuel Bailouts Are Class War. This Is How We Fight Back
Only a recovery based on principles such as those of the people’s bailout would be able to create a more just society out of the ashes of the coronavirus crisis.
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The virus has put the realities of wealth inequality, health insecurity, and poor work conditions under a high-powered microscope. (Photo: Shutterstock) Karen Greenberg
So Long to American Exceptionalism
Over there is now over here: America’s pandemic role reversal.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Ted Morgan
Are the Democrats Dead (Again)?
For election after election, the Democrats failed to present either an effective counter to the Republican myth-makers or a program that would effectively address the needs of workers who felt left out.
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The Federal Reserve Board Building  located at 20th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. Raúl Carrillo
The Pandemic Has Shown That We Need a Public Option for Banking Services
A public option for basic banking services, and an improved, publicly accountable payments system, are necessary parts of a recovery infrastructure that works for everyone.
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Corporate media distortions and bombast are priming the American public to see China as a treacherous villain that has to be forcefully confronted, perhaps with violence. Gregory Shupak
Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China
The idea that China is a threat to Americans' security is baseless.
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A right-wing protester holds a sign which reads "Be like Sweden" while another called the coronavirus pandemic a "fake crisis" during an April anti-lockdown demonstration in Minnesota. Alex Kotch
Secretive Right-Wing Nonprofit Plays Role in COVID-19 Organizing
CNP's founders include multiple members of the conspiracist John Birch Society and Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and ALEC.
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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Musk forced Tesla workers into the same lose-lose bind that faces meatpacking workers in states like Nebraska. Sam Pizzigati
Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style
Elon Musk's successful bullying has vividly revealed that our duly elected leaders and the governments they lead cannot, when push comes to shove, adequately safeguard the health and well-being of average working people.
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A sign warns residents to take steps to contol the coronavirus outbreak at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn on March 19, 2020 in New York City. Cynthia Kaufman
Alternatives to Killing People for the Economy
In order to pay for those programs and help the country get back on its feet, we need to tax the wealthy and invest in our common good.
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President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office after attending a ceremony at the South Portico of the White House on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Ralph Nader
Trump: Letting Big Corporations Get Away with Whatever They Want
Trump considers himself above the law.
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Readers can decide for themselves. Christopher Brauchli
Who's Lying When it Comes to the Flynn Case?
The lie that gave rise to the current dilemma was a lie told not to the parent by the consumer of a purloined ice cream bar, but a lie told to an entity known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Empty toilet paper shelves in an Australian supermarket after panic buying due to the Coronavirus. Walden Bello
The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism
One would be foolish to count out the left.
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Friday, May 15, 2020
Diane Archer
The Best Way to Ensure Unemployed Workers Get Health Care? Pay for It Through Medicare
There's only one group that benefits handsomely from the COBRA proposal: The health insurance industry.
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Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing December 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Edelman -Pool/Getty Images) Pramila Jayapal
We Can and Must Do Better: Why I Will Vote No on the HEROES Act
Our response here in Congress must match the true scale of this devastating crisis. The Heroes Act—while it contains many important provisions—simply fails to do that.
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A street under quarantine in Iriga City, Philippines (Photo: Shutterstock) Amee Chew
Stop the $2 Billion Arms Sale to the Philippines
Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte is using the pandemic to crush his opposition—and the U.S. is poised to arm him to the teeth.
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Jamie Henn
Our Greener, Climate-Friendly Future Is Going to Be Amazing—It's Our Job to Tell That Story
A more comfortable apartment. Cheaper electricity bills. Your stove cooks faster, your dishwasher washes cleaner, and the lightbulbs look great. Even the food is more delicious!
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Given Gates’s track record of expensive failures in the realm of education reform, this partnership is understandably drawing criticism from teachers and parents, as well as allegations from progressives that it is disaster capitalism at work. (Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images/The New York Times) Sarah Lahm
Billionaires Are the Biggest Threat to Public Schools
For education "disruptors" like Bill Gates and Betsy DeVos, COVID-19 isn’t a crisis—it’s an opportunity.
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New Jersey Department of Corrections. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Michelle Chen
Prisons Are Using the Pandemic to Impose Lockdowns
Advocates say the extreme restrictions on movement are punitive and dangerous.
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In the American Southwest, where the Navajo Nation and its 350,000 people sprawl across several states, the number of known COVID-19 cases—closing in on 4,000—and a death toll of 119 people has become one of the country’s worst hot spots, and the caseload is continuing to rise. (Photo by: Bernard Friel/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Will Bunch
Native Americans Wage War Against New Virus and a 400-year Disease of Bias, Ignorance
"We’re helping other nations with billions in aid, and the Navajo are still waiting on aid."
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Wouldn't it be "nice" if John Bolton were to donate the entirety of his standard $50,000 speaking fee to a group like the Material Aid and Advocacy Program? (Photo: Christopher Halloran via Shutterstock) Bill Fried
For John Bolton, No Bad Deed Goes Unrewarded
And most vulnerable among us are forced to pay the price.
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If so much of our money hadn’t gone into the military-industrial complex, perhaps there would have been enough health-care workers to weather this crisis better. (Photo: Shutterstock) Andrea Mazzarino
Who Is "Essential" to Our Covid-19 World
A military spouse's perspective on fighting this pandemic.
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Erdan will replace Danon as ambassador to the U.N. once he is confirmed by the new Israeli government, sworn in on May 14. He will then reside in New York City until he moves to Washington after Ron Dermer vacates his post, likely after the U.S. November elections. (Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images) Ariel Gold
My Israeli Nemesis Is Moving to America
The soon-to-be ambassador to the U.N., Gilad Erdan, made clear his lack of regard for international law and global opinion, stating that: "We are telling the world that it doesn’t matter what the nations of the world say."
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Those of us who have been marching, protesting and advocating for gender equality for years have already (pre-pandemic) been seeking a faster track to gender equality. If we do it right, the pandemic can be a turning point, an opportunity to truly move the dial. (Photo: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Jess Tomlin, Jessica Houssian
Gender Equality Out of Reach During COVID-19?
We don’t buy it.
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By undermining cooperative, science- and law-based approaches to managing the most urgent threats to humanity, leaders have helped to create a situation that will, if unaddressed, lead to catastrophe, sooner rather than later.” (Photo: Getty Images) Rachel Bronson
Something Like Coronavirus Is Exactly What the Doomsday Clock Has Been Warning About
While "social isolation" and other tactics being used today to combat the coronavirus pandemic are not those needed to address the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, the resolve now being exhibited to take major steps to bring about swift change is a model for dealing with these...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Donald Trump listen during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images) Amy Hanauer
The Right Vision for Remaking Our Economy Does Not Include Tax Cuts for the Rich
People are getting sick and losing jobs in every corner of this country . So the same-old trickle-down, tax-cut agenda that drowns government in a bathtub won’t get us out of this .
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While the administration claims that sanctions are targeting those in power, the sanctions really impact the ordinary people, especially women, children, minorities, refugees, the disabled and the sick. (Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA via Shutterstock) Medea Benjamin, Sussan Tahmasebi
Iranian Women Squeezed By US Sanctions, COVID-19 and Their Government
"The Iranian women’s movement is more isolated today than it has ever been in all my years of activism."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives at the Capitol for a vote on a coronavirus bill amendment on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Alan Minsky
The Democratic Party's Hand Is Weak. Only Progressives Can Strengthen it.
Only a progressive New Deal-like response can address the people's needs.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Winnie Wong
The Democratic Party Cannot Defeat Trump by Returning to Past Failures
What we need now is a new vision for America to repair the damage done to our nation, and transform this country into a more equal and compassionate democracy.
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The first institutional change would have to be in our criminal justice system and our underlying theory about the maintenance of social order. Disarm policing. Rethink justice: It’s not a matter of punishment but a matter of healing. (Photo: Reuters) Robert C. Koehler
Racism and the National Soul
The nation’s racism has manifested itself over the centuries in countless ways, politically, socially, economically. The racism is deeply embedded in the country’s institutions, its legal system and—oh so discretely and between the lines—in our founding documents.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Sanders Campaign Was About "Us"—Not Bernie—Remember?
It is vital that grassroots activists in upcoming primary states take the initiative and get out the vote for Bernie.
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Many of the jobs that have been lost in this recession are low-wage service, retail sales, and office jobs. Heidi Shierholz
In Just Two Months, More Than 33 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment
Congress must act.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Studies of past emerging disease epidemics have taught us that  testing alone will not prevent new outbreaks. To re-open the economy we must undertake the most massive effort to trace and isolate new infections in history. (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)  Sandy Smith-Nonini
To Re-Open Safely We Need a "Health Force" of Disease Detectives
In the long run such a workforce could help address the long-standing shortage of primary care in the United States—including community-based programming to assist families with preventive health, nutrition, exercise, chronic diseases and mental health needs.
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As members of the nonprofit Young Elected Officials Network, which is predominantly made up of people of color, we take the fight against racism to heart. (Photo: Shutterstock) Janice Li, Svante Myrick
Facing Down Bigotry—and a Pandemic
Against harassment and bigotry, Asian-American officials are finding ways to care for their communities through this crisis.
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As other countries have shown with far more grace, the alternative isn’t shutting down forever — it’s investing in testing and social safety nets. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
'Reopening' Means Workers Will Die
The wealthy may be fine with sacrificing the vulnerable, but workers are fighting for the sanctity of human life.
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There has been the conversion of the commons into part of the structure of rent-seeking, and the US-designed intellectual property rights regime has come to dominate global capitalism. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) Guy Standing
Class Politics Fit for the Times
The themes the Left should be coalescing around are dismantling rentier capitalism, offering a new income distribution system in which basic income divorced from the performance of labor is the anchor, and reviving all forms of commons and commoning.
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Any rush to reopen without adequate testing and tracing—a massive increase from what we’re doing now—will cause even more deaths and a longer economic crisis. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Real Reason Trump Wants to Reopen the Economy
He’s trying to force the economy to reopen to boost his electoral chances, and he’s selling out Americans’ health to seal the deal. No matter the cost, Donald Trump’s chief concern is and will always be himself.
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People stand six feet apart before participating in a 2.23 mile walk for Ahmaud Arbery on May 8. Arbery was shot and killed while running in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23. (Photo: Nicole Hester/ Jesse Jackson
The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery—And Our Continuing Terror
His slaying has become a global embarrassment for whites. But when the camera turns away, the savage injustice that embarrasses us becomes simply business as usual.
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