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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Donald Trump pictured with US healthcare executives in 2017, including (second from right) the then CEO of UnitedHealth Group. (Photo: Twitter) Tamasin Cave
Donald Trump, the US Private Health Giant, and Top NHS Officials—Special Relationships?
US private healthcare firm Optum has been ‘planting seeds’ in the English NHS for a decade, new research exposes.
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The new right has set about reordering the political landscape. Mainstream parties have lost credibility. Politics have become even more polarized. Not just liberalism but democracy itself is under attack. (Photo: The Battle for Another World / Institute for Policy Studies) John Feffer
Inside the Battle for Another World
Understanding how the new right went global—and how to stop it—is key to keeping our planet habitable.
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Marijuana is still fully criminalized at the federal level and in many states. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
For me, it’s a gateway to pain relief. For others, its prohibition is a gateway to mass incarceration.
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In Trump, the party seems to be committed not to principles, but to a man who defies the rule of law and is disorder personified. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
What’s Wrong With the Republicans?
Fruits of the twin roots of evil: Slavery and imperial expansion.
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"Should a U.S. election not involve most people on earth? What would American political discourse look like, if it had to satisfy voters in Iraq or Afghanistan?" (Photo: Indy Media) Robert C. Koehler
Envisioning a United World
A global insanity: the alleged sovereignty of nation states to decide who matters and who doesn’t, what matters and what doesn’t.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Liberals are much more concerned about the quality of family relationships. (Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images) Shawn Fremstad
Modern Family Progressive Values Put Conservatives to Shame
Progressives rightly embrace family diversity and egalitarian, solidaristic relationships.
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We were part of the People’s Global Action network, which came out of a series of Zapatista-initiated “Encuentro” gatherings. We used the phrase, “Our resistance will be as transnational as capital.” (Photo: David Solnit) David Solnit
A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future
There is an incredible opportunity to use street theater—art, dance, music, giant puppets, graffiti art and theater—and nonviolent direct action to simplify and dramatize the issues of corporate globalization and to develop and spread new and creative forms of resistance.
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A group of Syrian refugees arrives on the island of Lesbos after traveling in an inflatable raft from Turkey near Skala Sikaminias, Greece on July 15, 2015. (Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell) Gwyneth Bernier
The New Stateless Peoples: Confronting US Culpability in the Climate Refugee Crisis
If floods and wildfires can take lives as surely as bombs and bullets, why has the United States adamantly denied entrance to climate refugees?
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Our media is owned and operated by the largest, most aggressive corporations in the world leaving little to no room on the air for the anti-war activists offering free hugs and senseless acts of kindness. But that’s why it’s all the more impressive that in so many areas, we are winning the seemingly endless battle for the mindscape of our country.(Photo: Shutterstock) Lee Camp
The Left Is Finally Winning the War of Ideas
Simply take a look at the ideas that are dominating the Democratic presidential race, even though the corporate media has tried to ignore these solutions, attack them, dispute them, and then ignore them all over again.
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If a president can get away with obstructing an inquiry, he can avoid accountability. If that prospect exists for a president, any president, then the system of checks and balances collapses. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) John Nichols
Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction
This is about the specifics of a constitution that can only work if the president cooperates with congressional investigations.
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Trump-style politics, and particularly American-style privatized healthcare, are the bogeymen of the U.K. election. (Photo: The Progressive) Sarah Jaffe
What the U.K. Election Tells Us About Universal Health Care
Across the political spectrum, the British are clear: American-style health care is a terrible idea.
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Sanders’ commitment to worldwide leftism was apparent even before he announced his second run for president. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Bernie Sanders Has the Backing of Leftists Worldwide
Sanders’ support for international far-left leaders, Politico explains, "are a clear mark of distinction from Warren in a race in which their domestic agendas are viewed as very similar."
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Hundreds of activists attend a rally in New York City on October 13, 2019 demanding that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty and impeach President Donald Trump. "Broadening the impeachment makes constitutional sense," writes Isaac, "and it makes political sense, too." (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Watergate Teaches Us That Democrats Should Broaden the Impeachment Charges
The Democrats are now in the midst of an impeachment. And there is no going back. So why be moderate or cautious in the leveling of entirely legitimate charges against this terrible and entirely illegitimate president?
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The crimes of Iran-Contra were shocking when they were revealed in real-time, but the murky ending has allowed the story to drift into relative obscurity, especially as the American right-wing embarked on a campaign (which I wrote a book about) to create a mythical Ronald Reagan who’d be worthy of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Will Bunch
Reagan’s Forgotten Iran-Contra Escape May Reveal More About Trump’s Fate Than Watergate
The principles first laid bare in Iran-Contra—a deference to the raw exercise of power, including a willingness to overlook the rule of law—have become America’s cruel guiding spirit in the 21st century.
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If we can’t easily regulate the amount of money in our politics, we might spread it around more (like Seattle), or create fewer opportunities to spend it (like Twitter) or less time in which to do so by limiting by law the length of campaigns, as Canada and many other nations do. (Photo: by Ethan Miller/Scott Olson/Olivier Douliery/Ira L. Black/Tsvi Braverman/Getty Images) Chris Winters
Can We Get the Money Out of Politics?
Many of the problems we have in the U.S. system, such as the Electoral College trumping (ahem) the popular vote, are institutional problems, and they are preserved by the high standards we set to amend the Constitution.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
There are 57,000 large dams in the world and more could be on the way. Thus, it is important that GND advocates clarify whether they support building more dams or endorse a moratorium on their construction.(Photo: usacetulsa/flickr/cc) Don Fitz
Dammed Good Questions About the Green New Deal
Here are 10 potential problems with dams.
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"On a day-to-day basis, the impacts of climate change play out through extreme and "abnormal" weather. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service) Emily Beament
The Hottest Years
The past decade, from 2010 to 2019, has almost certainly been the warmest in records dating back to the 19th century.
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It’s too late to turn back the page to the soft, centrist, consensus politics of the era before Trump. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
Middle America: The Danger for Democrats
To insist that not coming on too strong is what’s needed in 2020 is to miss the whole lesson of the rightwing populist rise of Trump.
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The result of this corporate omnipresence is clear—the negotiations move at a snail’s pace and more often than not reflect the interests of global corporations, not people and the planet. (Photo: UN Climate Change/Twitter) Erika González, Sriram Madhusoodanan
Meet the Big Polluters Sponsoring COP25
Whether it’s subsidies or the global response to this crisis, around the world, the influence of industries like the fossil fuel industry continues to hamper our policymaking to face the ecological and climate crisis.
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RESIST Banner 1999 (Photo: Dang Ngo: ZUMA Press) Jeff Crosby
WTO Shutdown: The Kids Are Alright
This is a period when on certain issues, massive, non-violent direct action is in order, as the demonstration in Seattle shows.
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By the time the campaign was over, Raqqa, like a number of other Syrian and Iraqi cities, was in almost complete ruins (Photo: Youtube Screenshot/Gabriel Chaim) Arnold R. Isaacs
Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts
A legacy of a new kind of war.
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Danny Sjursen
Humanity Is Riding Delusion to Extinction
Collective delusion—reflected in the populist, rightward, authoritarian global political wave—might just spell the end of organized human life on this planet.
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Monday, December 2, 2019
Ramirez, who is married with three children, spent Thanksgiving in ICE custody. The following day he was deported to his native Honduras. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Michael Felsen
Deporting Workers Makes America Less Safe
We need workers to speak out about potentially unsafe and unlawful conditions at work, without fear of deportation.
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Of all the activities planned around the WTO, the People's Assembly served as the sharpest counterpoint to the WTO, exposing it to be no less than an instrument of US imperialism. (Photo: Oakley Myers) Ace Saturay
WTO Shutdown: 'Victory Belongs to the People'
"I salute all the activists who continue to intensify our resistance against monopoly capitalism."
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The reason that Netanyahu is still in power after all the setbacks and outright failures is the fact that his rivals are yet to mobilize the necessary votes and public support to oust him for good. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
The Unfinished ‘Coup’: The End of Netanyahu’s Era and the Political Earthquake Ahead
While it remains true that a fundamental change in Israel’s political system will neither deliver peace and justice to Palestinians—or stability to the region—it could potentially constitute the equivalent of a political earthquake within Israel itself, the consequences of which are yet to be seen.
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The leaked documents suggest that there could be no limitations on the export of data, potentially applying even in sensitive areas such as health data. (Photo: Yuri Samoilov/Flickr, CC 2.0) Laura Bannister, Ruth Bergan
Threat to Our Digital Rights Revealed in US-UK Trade Talks Leak
Leaked records of US-UK trade negotiations suggest the US is targeting our digital rights—and the UK seems alarmingly willing to play ball.
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 Our anti-capitalist struggle is also a decolonial, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist struggle. Coalition of Climate Justice Movements
COP25, Social Movements and Climate Justice
A declaration on climate crisis, energy transition and extractivism in Latin America.
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The two of them have degraded and corrupted American democracy. We need them both out. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Who Is Worse: Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell?
Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.
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These sorts of dramatic protests seem to me the writing on the wall. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Turning Point in Climate Activism? Germans Block Coal Mines With Their Bodies
As the horrific effects of carbon pollution become more and more apparent in fire and flood, drought and pestilence, the general public will mobilize to pressure governments and offset the energy lobbies that now often have a lock on policy decisions.
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Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The New 'Black Codes'
The elites are acutely aware that without police terror and the U.S. prison system, which holds 25% of the world’s prison population, there would be intense social unrest.
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Antio-NATO protesters in Newport, Wales in 2014. (Photo: Andy Davies/@adavies4) Medea Benjamin
Trump Was Right Before He Was Wrong: NATO Should Be Obsolete
In an age where people around the world want to avoid war and to focus instead on the climate chaos that threatens future life on earth, NATO is an anachronism.
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"For a select few, war pays dividends in ways that peace doesn't," writes Astore. "In a nutshell, or perhaps an artillery shell, war is anti-democratic, anti-progressive, anti-intellectual, and anti-human." (Photo: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images) William Astore
American Exceptionalism Is Killing Planet Earth
On the many abuses of executing endless war on a finite planet
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Corporate Media's Mantra Is 'Anyone But Sanders or Warren'
The mainline media are generally quite warm toward so-called "moderates," without bothering to question what's so moderate about such positions as bowing to corporate plunder, backing rampant militarism and refusing to seriously confront the climate emergency.
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Sunday, December 1, 2019
SESTA-FOSTA protest LaLa B. Holston-Zannell
Reducing HIV Transmission Requires Decriminalizing Sex Work
This World AIDS Day we are fighting to end the criminalization of trans bodies and those living with HIV.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) John Atcheson
Why We Need a Green New Deal and Half Measures Won't Work
It's too late to rely on the market to solve the crisis we've put ourselves in. No politically acceptable tax or fee will foster the magnitude of change we need, in the time we need it.
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Julie Hollar
We're Still Waiting for 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions
Across all the debates thus far, questions on the climate crisis have accounted for 7% of all questions.
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 Pro-democracy protesters hand out leaflets at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport Michelle Bachelet
Hong Kong's Leaders Have Only One Way Out of the Protest Crisis
It is now time to listen directly to people from all walks of life, to work together with sincere resolve to address their concerns and grievances.
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President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Kate Oh
It's Past Time Congress Reined in the President's Emergency Powers
The ARTICLE ONE Act, as recently amended by a Senate committee, would give the National Emergencies Act a crucial update.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Juan Cole
Back to Jim Crow Under Trump: 'Lynch Her' Is Republicans' Big Idea to Deal With Rep. Ilhan Omar
The Twitter account of Danielle Stella, the Republican challenger to Omar, has been shut down.
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child in wildfire mask David Suzuki
Failure to Address Climate Crisis Puts Children at Risk
We need to kick our fossil fuel addiction now, for our sake and the children's.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Elizabeth C. Tippett
2020 Race Shows the More Women Run, the More They're Treated Like Candidates—Not 'Tokens'
It seems possible that this time might be different. Not because sexism has left the building, but because the critical mass of women candidates may have changed the dynamic.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019
koalas Eric Margolis
Show Mercy for Animals
It's time for us to set the animals free and accord them their natural rights.
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A protester at a union rally against government budget cuts in New York. Sarah Anderson
A Corporate Tax Even Republicans Should Love
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other congressional progressives want to tax companies that overpay their CEOs. Most Republicans would go even further.
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Tribal Stewards Jacqueline Keeler
Preparing Native Youth to Steward Ancestral Lands
The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.
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Protesters Juan Cole
Iraqi Crowds Erupt in Joyous Celebrations as PM, Elected Under Bush Constitution, Offers to Resign
Demonstrators have been demanding an end to corruption and the provision of services.
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Reese Erlich
What's Next for Bolivia After Military Coup?
"Morales was the glue that held everything together."
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WTO protest Chris Borte & Julia Steele Allen
WTO Shutdown: This Is What Democracy Looked Like
Democracy must be more than one meeting, more than a process, more than a day of action or a tactic. It must include deep deliberation, a commitment to intersectional justice, creative and compassionate shared leadership and governance.
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Friday, November 29, 2019
"It is imperative to remember, not just to celebrate but to understand what to do next. The victory is not the end of the story." (Photo: Dana Shurholz) Stephanie Guilloud
WTO Shutdown: What Now and What Next
Imagining our collective futures 20 years after Seattle and 20 years from today
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Deforestation in the name of development. (Photo: crustmania, CC by 2.0) Julia Schöneberg
Development: A Failed Project
It’s time to abandon development and think about postdevelopment instead.
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 Make your case for impeachment directly to the people rather than to a corrupted Congress. (Photo: Thinkstock) William Cohn
The House Is Not a Home: A Common Sense Impeachment Proposition
Don’t vote in the House of Representatives, but rather ask the people of the country to vote their verdict on November 3, 2020.
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The history of Iraq since 2003 has been a never-ending disaster for its people. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Nicolas J S Davies
Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of "Made in the USA" Corruption
Many of this new generation of Iraqis who have grown up amid the ruins and chaos the U.S. occupation left in its wake believe they have nothing to lose but their blood and their lives, as they take to the streets to reclaim their dignity, their future and their country's sovereignty.
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I'm glad that we were chanting "This is what democracy looks like" as they took as into custody for our non-violent protests. (Photo: Oakley Myers) Nancy Haque
WTO Shutdown: I Was Jane Doe #520
The baptism by tear gas for my generation of activists has made us warriors—and, judging from my experience, loving warriors.
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Collective action works; we have proved that. But to change everything, we need everyone. Each and every one of us must participate in the climate resistance movement. We cannot just say we care; we must show it. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer
Why We Strike Again
After more than a year of grim scientific projections and growing activism, world leaders, and the public alike are increasingly recognizing the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. And yet nothing has been done.
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Bill Blum
Now Is Not the Time for Democrats to Waver
No matter what happens in the Senate, the Trump impeachment should and must move forward.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019
In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 photo, a school bus rolls past the razor wire-covered fence at East International and Nelson Streets in downtown Nogales, Ariz. (Photo: Jonathan Clark/Nogales International via AP) Tara Tabassi, Mariam Iskajyan
On This Day of Thanks and Mourning, a Call to Demilitarize the US Border
Deploying troops to the border is inhumane and potentially illegal. We are fighting back.
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For an equal supply of protein, beef produces 20-25 times as much greenhouse gas emissions on average as beans, and about 12 times as much as tofu. (Photo: Neil H/flickr/cc) Kumar Venkat
Eating Well Without Destroying the Climate
After years of studying the climate impacts of foods, I can’t think of anything more impactful than our choice of proteins, followed by waste reduction.
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Demonstrators carry signs on Black Friday in Seattle in 2010. Yue "Stella" Yu
Retail Giants Gear Up for Black Friday—And Political Giving
The companies are still demonstrating substantial influence in the political realm.
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Jim Hightower
Eating Is Profoundly Political. Which Food Future Will You Choose?
Wherever it began, and whatever the purists claim is "official," Thanksgiving today is as multicultural as America. So let's enjoy!
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A study published in December 2018 found that the Israeli point of view dominated the U.S. mainstream media. (Image: khaleelq8/via The Progressive) Megan Giovannetti
How the International Media Greenlights Israeli Aggression Toward Palestine
"How terrifying is it that when someone points out the violations that Israel commits, they risk their job like Marc Lamont Hill?"
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Maggie Mills
I Have Multiple Sclerosis. Here's Why I Am Fighting for Medicare for All
I may not have access to the healthcare I need to sustain my health or my life. Think about that. This is an untenable amount of stress for any person to live under.
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DNC chairman Tom Perez speaks to a crowd at a Democratic National Committee event at Flourish in Atlanta on June 6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Dear DNC, What Happened to All Those 'Early and Often' Climate Debate Questions?
It's not just climate activists that want to hear the environment discussed in the debates—it's the public. And both the media and the party establishment are failing them.
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Members of the activist group Remove Trump unfurled a 600 sq ft banner with the impeachment clause from the U.S. Constitution as they marched on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower reciting Article II Section IV of the U.S. Constitution: "High Crimes and Misdemeanors". (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Trump's Climate Recklessness Is Grounds for Impeachment
Despite the clear warning signs the worse is yet to come, Trump is shredding regulatory standards designed by law to curb the emission. His monarchical tyranny is of the kind that the nation's founders feared most.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
We must lay to rest the notion that Bernie Sanders can’t win, as the truth is he very well may be the best hope. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) James Haslam
Bernie Sanders Is the Movement Candidate We Need
It is time we acknowledge the political realities before us, and align on the candidate who will not only win, but build the kind of multicultural, multiracial and working class movement that will enable the next President to take on corporate power and deliver justice for all.
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Mark Dudzic
If Medicare for All 'Too Risky,' How Would NYT Have Reported Push for Social Security, Abolition, or the Overthrow of King George III?
If this is how they cover the effort to secure health care as a human right, I began to wonder how the Times editorial staff cover other momentous changes in American history.
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They make a mockery of Boris Johnson’s manifesto pledge to protect British public services and standards—that would be absolutely impossible under the type of trade deal being discussed here. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Nick Dearden
Leaked US Trade Talks Show How Trump Is Dictating Johnson's Approach to a Hard Brexit
Far from taking back control, Britain has clearly entered into a relationship where we hold none of the cards.
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John Feffer
Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?
The Democrats’ impeachment strategy might backfire at the polls, but so might Trump’s polarization strategy.
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 Bloomberg is currently sitting on a personal fortune worth $52 billion. He could easily afford to invest $6.3 billion in a presidential campaign—or even less on a primary. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
For Billionaire Bloomberg, Trying to Buy the Presidency Is Just a Sound Investment
America’s wealthiest billionaires buy a national election at $100 a vote—and still make money.
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How can our society thrive if we condemn the best of the next generation to a life burdened by debt? (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
If Democrats Don’t Go Bold With Social Reform Right Now, Then When?
We can afford these things. With inequality reaching new extremes, and corporations and the wealthy rigging the tax code to their benefit, we can pay for them without raising taxes on middle- and low-income Americans.
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The fundamental demand of protesters in Seattle was a moratorium to WTO negotiations. (Photo: 1999 Dang Ngo/ZUMA Press) John E. Peck
How the Food Sovereignty Movement Helped Bring Down the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Twenty years on, the "Spirit of Seattle" continues to inform and inspire many activists today, and clearly points the way to another world being possible.
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Despite running for president and energizing the nation just a decade ago as a center-left candidate with a message of hope and change, Obama seems to think America does not need systemic change, and Democrats should not rock the boat or make any sudden moves. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images) David A. Love
Why Obama Is Just Plain Wrong About Democrats Moving 'Too Far Left'
The former president is mistaken if he believes that in appealing to the electorate, Democrats must tamp down their message and advocate for tweaks in the system rather than systemic reform.
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Photo: Daily Beast photo illustration (11/13/19) of Raul Castro, Evo Morales, Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega. Joshua Cho
Media Wonder: Why Can’t Venezuela Be More Like Bolivia?
FAIR has documented how corporate media consistently criticize the success of left-wing political agendas pursued abroad in countries like Venezuela and Bolivia—in defiance of US imperialism—because they are afraid of the threat of a good example.
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Making sure girls receive equal access to education and professional opportunities will unleash the untapped creativity that could produce needed breakthroughs. (Photo: Greenpeace) Jimmy Carter, Karin D. Ryan
How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis
We cannot solve this complex problem as long as women and girls, half of the world’s population, have unequal access to education and decision-making bodies at all levels and are largely excluded from local, national, and global efforts to respond to this challenge.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Americans have also paid dearly for these wars: $6.4 trillion, plus significant losses of life and limb. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
End the Wars, Win the Antiwar Vote
Hard data shows ending our wars would be smart politics—and the first step toward repairing a moral calamity.
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It holds that Obama promised “Hope and Change” but instead delivered boilerplate centrism that produced a disillusioned working-class, paving the way for a right-wing populist resurgence. (Photo: Kent Kanouse/flickr/cc) Leland Nally
Obama Is Wrong to Push Democratic Party Centrism
Obama’s recent comments highlight an important division in the Democratic Party, one that’s prompted the recent emergence of two new candidates: Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts and personal friend of Obama, and Michael Bloomberg.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Ady Barkan, Bonnie Castillo
Medicare for All Will Take a Movement, Not a Politician
Two prominent single-payer activists—one who backs Elizabeth Warren and another who back Bernie Sanders—explain why winning Medicare for All us going to be one epic battle.
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The shambling body of that president of ours—thanks to a set of media decisions about what truly draws eyeballs on this planet—simply blocks out much of the rest of the world, everything but HIM and anything or anyone faintly relevant to or associated with or ready to attack him and his strange imperial solar system. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)  Tom Engelhardt
Which Witch Are We Witch Hunting?
What does the Trump phenomenon really represent? And far more important, what lurks behind all the attention paid to him (other, of course, than a climate-changed planet)?
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In a world where it’s fun to hate billionaires, a money-maker who gives to nice causes, hates guns and supports environmentalism is the person who can give capitalism a good name again. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Ari Paul
Bloomberg Scandals Don't Bother the Billionaire's Punditry Class Cheerleaders
If the media are going to celebrate Bloomberg’s achievements as a private and public executive, they need to address his baggage in those roles as well.
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Despite the severe repression, on October 25, 2019, 1.2 million people marched in Santiago, representing diverse sectors of Chilean society including social movements, Indigenous people, women, retired people, unions, students and more. (Photo:  Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images) Alison Bodine
Chile Despertó! Chile Has Woken Up! The Rising Fight Against Neo-Liberalism in Chile
Today in Chile the working class and oppressed people are under brutal attack, economically, politically and socially, by the Sebastian Piñera government and imperialist exploitation.
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The capitalists and our corrupt governments are largely to blame for this destruction and the extinctions. (Photo: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Simon Whalley
The Choice Is Ours: Extinction or Rebellion?
Due to capitalism’s rapaciousness, our species is hurtling towards ecocide at a frightening pace.
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 It was an actual political victory, and those don’t happen very often. (Photo: Dana Shurholz) Jim Page
WTO Shutdown: "Shut It Down. Didn't We. Don’t Let Them Tell You That It Can’t Be Done."
People say, "Why do you sing political songs?" And I say that’s the wrong question. The correct question is, "Why don’t you sing political songs?"
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Monday, November 25, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduce public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Naomi Klein, Sivan Kartha
The Realism of Bernie Sanders' Climate Policy
Sanders believes that as our economy rapidly shifts to renewable energy, power companies should be publicly owned and controlled, and the biggest polluters should help underwrite the costs.
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A select few tech companies dominate the entire globe, and their CEOs are among the richest men the world has ever known. Many of their enterprises are virtual, allowing them to elude responsibility for everything from taxes to workplace conditions. (Photo: Monsitj/iStock via Getty Images). Bama Athreya
Twenty Years After Seattle, Is There a New Race to the Bottom?
Technology will continue to transform industries, but it's actually weak labor protections eroding the quality of work.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attends a news conference to introduce legislation to transform public housing as part of the Green New Deal outside the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. The liberal legislators invited affordable housing advocates and climate change activists to join them for the announcement. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Rupert Read, Frank Scavelli
Sanders' Green New Deal: A Realistic Response to the Emergency That Will Define Our Lifetimes
Contrary to what the New York Times recently suggested, Bernie's plan is the only one put forward by a major candidate that represents a level of ambition that matches the scale of the unprecedented crisis in which humanity now finds itself deeply entangled.
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The bottom line is that, to be sure, Netanyahu is a criminal. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) James Zogby
Netanyahu's Real Crimes
In today's Israel Netanyahu can't be found guilty of his most serious crimes—treason, incitement, destroying peace, hate crimes, and war crimes. Instead, he will be asked only to answer for his narcissistic appetites and corruption.
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WTO Corporate and Government delegate blockaded by protesters as the first day of the WTO meeting was shut down on November 30, 1999. (Photo: (C) 1999 Dang Ngo_ZUMA Press) Chris Dixon
Remembering for the Future: Learning from the 1999 Seattle Shutdown
Who could have guessed that this was going to happen? Even those of us who had spent months planning to "shut it down" were stunned when our rhetoric became reality.
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In 2012, for the first time in our history, American service members began to die by suicide at higher rates than civilians. Today, they are more likely to take their own lives than to perish in combat. (Photo: Balazs Gardi/flickr/cc) Andrea Mazzarino
Bearing Witness to the Costs of War
On being a military spouse and writing about our post-9/11 wars.
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"The most serious constitutional violations are the ones that are institutional usurpations." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
The End of the Rule of Law: The 12 Impeachable Offenses Committed By Trump
"If we take a narrow approach to impeachment, that will mean that all the more egregious violations will be viewed as having been endorsed and not rebuked and successive presidents will feel they have a green light to emulate Trump on everything except a Ukrainian shakedown."
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US citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) director for Israel and the Palestinian territories speaks to the press in Jerusalem on November 25, 2019. (Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
In Expelling Human Rights Watch Director, Israel Joins Burundi, Uzbekistan and Other Authoritarian States
It is the slow ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and the settling on their property of Israeli squatters that Tel Aviv did not want Human Rights Watch to observe.
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House progressives could have voted together last week to separate reauthorization of the Patriot Act from a key spending bill, but they didn't. (Photo: Dan Cook/flickr/cc/with overlay) Norman Solomon
When Progressives in Congress Let Us Down, We Should Push Back
Rolling back key aspects of the military-industrial-surveillance complex cannot be accomplished without putting up a huge fight.
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The research findings contained in new report are based on 138 responses to a 30 minute survey and over 40 in-depth interviews conducted between 2018 and 2019 with people in 23 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. (Image: Fight Inequality Alliance) Jenny Ricks
Inequality Is Rising, But So Is the Global Movement Fighting Back
Despite the often-bleak picture we find ourselves in, the energy and dynamism of the movement that the report reveals is inspiring and cause for hope.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Jim Hightower
How Trump's Poverty Subsidy Enriches the Rich
This is how corporate and political elites conspire to rig the system, blatantly ripping off money meant to help poor people to make the rich richer.
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Yara Hawari
It Is Time to Stop Lecturing Palestinians and to Start Listening
Palestinians were not shocked by the reversal of U.S. policy on Israeli settlements and they know worse is yet to come.
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Joshua Cho
After Al-Baghdadi's Death, Media Failed to Ask Where 'War on Terror' Is Going
The circumscribed coverage of al-Baghdadi's death represented yet another artful evasion of any critical discussion of imperial foreign policy.
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Fran Quigley
How to Win the Holiday Healthcare Debate With Your Conservative Relatives
Like 99% of Americans, Uncle Joe would benefit from the change if he only knew the truth.
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Michael Winship
Donald Trump and His Insane Clown Posse
The GOP thinks its Ukraine fantasies are one more rung up the fool's gold ladder of chaos.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Julie Hollar
False Equivalence in the Age of Trump
As the election nears, genuine truth-telling—as opposed to disingenuous false equivalence—is more urgent than ever, but it's just as unlikely as ever that corporate media will be up to the challenge.
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Raed Jarrar
What Do Iraqi Protesters Want?
The protests were initially sparked by everyday frustrations: widespread unemployment, lack of access to public services, and rampant government corruption.
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Robert Reich
The Myth of Voter Fraud—And the Truth About What's Threatening Our Elections
The next time you hear Trump and his enablers claim widespread voter fraud, know the truth. Their lies are intended to make it harder for millions of Americans to vote, while they ignore the real threats to our democracy.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Tale of the Whistleblower
Why is it so important for people like Jim Jordan to be able to talk to the whistleblower to discover what happened?
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Juan Cole
What Does Fraud and Bribery Trial of Israeli PM Netanyahu Tell Us About Trump Impeachment?
Both came to power in part through the backing of billionaires and their fake news organs. Both men are being investigated for corruption. Both have decried the investigations into their criminal activities as "a coup."
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