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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Venezuelan soldiers prepare for war… against COVID-19. (Photo: Twitter @Planifica_Fanb) Leonardo Flores
The U.S. Should Fight COVID, Not Venezuela
The implications of this should be evident: Venezuela has a substantial population that will resist any invasion or coup.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a New Year's Eve campaign event on December 31, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of many democratic presidential campaigns will be on Iowa in the coming weeks before the caucus on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Alan Minsky
Stay in the race Bernie Sanders. America needs you now more than ever.
Progressive Democrats of America calls upon Senator Bernie Sanders to continue his presidential campaign until the end of the 2020 primary season.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) John Nichols
Wisconsin Democrats Chose Public Health and Democracy, Republicans Chose Chaos
GOP lawmakers in our state threw tantrums at a point when everyone else was working to save lives, keep people healthy, stabilize the economy and preserve democracy. And the judicial activists on the high court sided with these legislative charlatans.
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In times like this it is nice to have someone by your side. Someone to check-up on you. Someone to workout with. Someone to sing and dance with. (Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images) Karyn Strickler
A Birthday in the Time of Pandemic
What are the chances that nature itself may be revitalized as human dominance diminished?
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"Inadequate PPE (personal protective equipment) for health care workers is just one injustice in our inequitable health care system," writes Sririam.  (Image: Masks for America) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
Health Care Workers Need You to Be our Heroes. Here’s How.
Yes, health care workers have a sense of duty. And yes, us doctors are driven by the Hippocratic oath. But none of us want to be martyrs. When we speak out publicly about the lack of PPE, we are calling attention to a public health crisis compounding the catastrophes of COVID-19.
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"In the age of #MeToo many people still question why survivors waver and hesitate in coming forward with their assaults," writes Zenkus. "Imagine the additional pressure a survivor feels when an abuser holds a position of authority, is well known, and is among the politically powerful." (Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT) Anthony Zenkus
The Inconvenient Truth of Rape
Yes, we are in the middle of a contentious primary season and a presidential election with much on the line. And, yes, allegations of sexual assault or rape against the current leader in the Democratic primaries are inconvenient. But rape is even more inconvenient.
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In unsettling ways, the crisis is working for him as previously untenable policy options are becoming essential to curtailing the coronavirus. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Karen Greenberg
While Rome Burns, Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted
A victory parade in the coronavirus moment.
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How policymakers respond now will determine the level of pain working families experience and the speed at which the economy can get back on track after the shutdown period is over. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Josh Bivens, Celine McNicholas
What a 'Phase Four' Stimulus Package Must Provide
This bill must be passed quickly and must be sufficient in scope and magnitude to address the severity of the economic and public health crisis we are experiencing.
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"The next wave of infrastructure spending cannot be business as usual," Poole writes. "The Green Stimulus plan offers a necessary framework for getting this right." Isaiah J. Poole
Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus: Why We Must Organize Before Congress Acts
Even without a Donald Trump in the White House, we know from past experience what an infrastructure bill coming out of Congress would look like absent overwhelming grassroots pressure.
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According to the Post, it’s Sanders, not Biden who benefitted from the elections being held under the threat of the coronavirus. (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images) Pete Tucker
To Stop Bernie Sanders, WaPo Willing to Risk Americans’ Lives
Sanders is subjected to Post attacks, while his rival—who, like the Post, opposes Medicare for All—receives decidedly different treatment.
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A "mystery" note from the Vice President of the United States to the author. (Photo: Courtesy of Michael Winship) Michael Winship
Lost in the Mail in the Coronavirus Era
The pandemic threatens letter carriers, their customers, the US Postal Service itself – and even the November election.
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A woman leaves the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building after not being able to cast her ballot at the already closed drop-off site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 6, 2020. - National Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections on April 7, 2020 despite the coronavirus epidemic. Wisconsin, like dozens of other US states, is under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the v Jeff Milchen
Dying to Vote in Wisconsin (And a Warning for November)
Those of us who value democracy need to stop solely playing defense against the endless array of vote suppression tactics devised by Republicans.
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Monday, April 6, 2020
If Democrats want to win, they should be planning how, in the wake of COVID-19, to address the challenges they face in order to ensure that even in a “virtual convention” there is full participation that respects all wings of the party and builds unity. (Photo: Shutterstock) James Zogby
The Political Toll of COVID-19
The supporters of Bernie Sanders will not accept being silenced or stage-managed out of existence.
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The measures currently being imposed are unprecedented in their global scale and restrictions on liberties. (Photo: Jonathan McIntosh/cc/flickr) Edin Omanovic
The Surveillance Industry Won’t Save Us From Crises
Turning to the security industry isn’t the solution: it’s a symptom of the problem.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Should Bernie Drop Out or Stay In? Wait, There’s Another Choice.
The most selfless thing Bernie can do now is not to leave the race, but stay in it.
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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. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Jenice Robinson
Returning to the Economic Status Quo After COVID-19 Crisis Should Not Be an Option
A growing contingent of grassroots advocates are raising their voices , demanding change, and telling our elected officials that the challenges working families face are deeply ingrained and must be addressed .
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Covid-19, the coronavirus sickening and killing unprecedented numbers of people around the world, has caused the US government to rethink its position with regard to the massive workforce that grows and harvests the nation’s food. (Photo via Danica Jorden
"Essential" Immigrant Farmworkers Struggle to Feed Themselves During Coronavirus
Immigrant farmworkers have long been essential to the United States. But they have never been recognized, respected or properly rewarded for their labour.
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Republicans are invested in business and religion, and science is often inconvenient for both if they are pursued in a fundamentalist way. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Juan Cole
Why America’s Anti-Science and Anti-Intellectual Attitudes Doom It to Coronavirus "Pearl Harbor"
When people let their ideologies overrule reason, they are digging their own graves.
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Excruciating industry-standard abuses, such as beak trimming and tail docking, and overcrowded and unsanitary conditions suppress animals’ immune systems and create the perfect breeding ground for diseases that pose an existential threat to humanity. (Photo: Farm Sanctuary/flickr/cc) Leah Garcés
COVID-19 Illuminates Our Food System’s Failure to Protect the Most Vulnerable
Addressing these flaws starts with choosing more plant-based foods and pressuring meat producers and regulatory agencies to protect workers and animals.
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A resident in the Trullo district of Rome, Italy wearing a face mask and gloves stands next to a mural featuring Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her quote "You're never too young to save the world" on March 30, 2020. (PHOTO BY ANDREAS SOLAR / AFP / GETTY IMAGES) Reynard Loki
Saving People From Coronavirus Can Teach Us How to Do the Same for Climate Change
It is technically feasible to achieve big reductions in pollutants that are fueling the climate crisis. All that’s required is a break in economic production and human activity.
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Solid reasons for Sanders to stay in the presidential primaries are hardly appreciated by party power brokers and big media outlets that have been hostile toward the Bernie 2020 campaign from the beginning. (Photo: Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Pandemic Makes the Bernie 2020 Campaign More Vital Than Ever
At a time when the structural failures of a corporatized society have never been more glaring and deadly, we desperately need Sanders’ voice to be heard far and wide.
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Central banks remain the dealers of choice for addicted big corporations, private banks, and markets. In other words, given congressional (and Trumpian) sponsored bailouts and practically unlimited access to money from the Fed, Wall Street will, in the end, be fine. (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Nomi Prins
Wall Street Wins, Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus
An all-American urge to offer corporate welfare.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Liz Carlisle
We Need a Green New Deal for Farmland
"A lot of people want to be farmers now—especially young people who are aware of the effects of climate change... Why not offer the opportunity for meaningful and gainful work that is beneficial to everybody, to people and planet?"
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Margaret Kimberley
COVID-19 and Black Workers
"The structures that keep black people persistently at the bottom of every positive measure and at the top of every negative indicator are firmly in place."
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Jill Richardson
Efficiency vs. Resilience
"This crisis is pulling back the curtain on unfettered laissez-faire capitalism, showing that we are actually interconnected. And it's far more serious than toilet paper."
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Kirk Freudenburg
Trump’s Easter Fantasy: Stay Tuned
"By now we know this man too well: there is simply too much adulation to be generated from a 'Covid Accomplished' spectacle to be left untapped."
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Robert Freeman
Will the Media Help Elect Trump? Again?
"The media doesn’t need to choose sides in the story. It need only courageously do its job in reporting the facts of Trump's critical role in allowing the pandemic to spread."
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Brian Terrell
A Tale of Two Stockpiles
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on the anniversary of his murder in a pandemic year.
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Saturday, April 4, 2020
David Suzuki
Let's Come Together in These Physically Distancing Times
"As bad as things are, and could get, compassion and wisdom will ensure that good emerges from this."
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Hamilton Nolan
Here’s What a General Strike Would Take
"We are living through the most opportune environment for massive, radical labor actions in many decades."
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Joshua Cho
Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine
"We have people around the world working as fast as they can to try to develop an effective vaccine against this dangerous disease. That is great—except these people are working in competition, not in collaboration."
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Ralph Nader
Coronavirus Failures Show Trump Is Clear and Present Danger to the United States
Seven "pro-contagion activities" by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States.
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Anja Rudiger
From Free CovidCare to Medicare For All: The Time is Now to Provide Health Care as a Public Good for All
"As the virus ravages our communities, our only hope is to force the health system to respond to our needs."
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A man wearing and selling masks for 5 dollars along Adams Blvd and Figueroa St. during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 02, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images) Adolph Reed Jr.
Disparity Ideology, Coronavirus, and the Danger of the Return of Racial Medicine
Why "race" is less useful—both empirically and politically—than ever as a proxy for the social conditions of poverty, lack of healthcare, and mass inequality.
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Friday, April 3, 2020
Donald Trump. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Janine Jackson
Democracy Dies in Blah Blah Blah
The president of the country has declared himself an opponent of one person, one vote democracy. We already knew that, but he said it out loud, on the record.
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Americans, like people in many countries, hold onto oddly inaccurate nostalgia about how war brings us together as a nation. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Susan Sered
Why 'Waging War' on Coronavirus Is a Dangerous Metaphor
Wars are used as excuses for dismissing concerns for justice or human rights, claiming that these concerns are distractions from the "real" mission.
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 It took only a few days for Congress to unanimously pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will be doling out $2.2 trillion in crisis relief, most of it going to Corporate America with few strings attached.  (Photo: Public domain) Ellen Brown
Was the Fed Just Nationalized?
Did Congress just nationalize the Fed? No. But the door to that result has been cracked open.
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Ideally, nuclear weapon arsenals will be recognized as a crazed burden we must finally shed if we’ve any hope of surviving our past recklessness.  (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) Kathy Kelly
'He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else': An Anti-Nuclear Activist Behind Bars
Trident nuclear disarmament activist Steve Kelly, a Jesuit priest, begins his third year imprisoned in a county jail as he and his companions await sentencing.
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One Detroit Center in Detroit, where bus drivers of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 kept 90% of the city’s buses in terminals on March 17 by refusing to work without adequate personal protective equipment. (Photo: Creative Commons) Jeremy Brecher
Strike for Your Life!
There have been more than a dozen strikes in the past two weeks by workers striking to protect themselves against infection by the coronavirus. They have already won increased protection. What do they portend for the future?
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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) Bill Moyers
"There's Going to Be Scandal Involved in This Bailout. It Is Unquestionable'
Here We Go Again! A discussion between Bill Moyers and Neil Barofksy, former chief inspector general of the TARP program, on big corporate bailouts.
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Neoliberal capitalism will not, and cannot, provide universal health care. (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) Ted Morgan
The Message—and Meaning—of COVID-19
Coronavirus is neoliberalism’s Chernobyl.
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Every city, every community, needs to scale up the capacity to test, trace and isolate infected individuals. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
How US Can Keep Death Toll Far Below the 100,000 Projection
During the coming weeks we must build up the public health systems across the nation.
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"The corporatization of medical care," writes the authors, "may be the single most distinguishing characteristic of the modern US health care system and the one that has had the most profound impact on it since the early 1980s." (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Peter S. Arno, Philip Caper
Medicare for Each of Us in the Age of the Coronavirus
The U.S. public—and increasingly the business community—are becoming acutely aware of the rising costs and inadequacies of our current for-profit system, particularly as the current epidemic unfolds. There is no other choice but Medicare for All.
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Today’s data, combined with yesterday’s unprecedented unemployment insurance claims, show that Congress must act quickly to mitigate as much of the economic harm from the coronavirus as possible. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Elise Gould
March’s Huge Job Losses Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg of What’s to Come
EPI estimates that nearly 20 million jobs could be lost by July.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Remember hearing at the debates that we can’t afford health care or saving the planet? (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Where’s the Money for Health Care and Saving the Planet? Well, We Clearly Have It.
The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US—and the world—so desperately need.
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Lloyd Blankfein, Former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Net worth: $1.3 billion. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times) Rick Claypool
Even During a Pandemic, Plutocrats Prioritize Profits Over People
These 24 billionaires, executives, and right-wing pundits are urging a premature rollback of social distancing, risking millions of American lives.
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Social distancing also has created other ironies for the working poor and communities disproportionately breathing in the particulates of pollution. (Photo: Derrick Jackson) Derrick Z. Jackson
Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response
The coronavirus gives us the opportunity to declare in our political and medical decisions that we will not drape the cloak of invisibility over historically neglected victims of disaster.
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We need to reform the public assistance program so that more families in need are eligible. (Photo: badsci/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
How to Prepare for the Trump Recession
Stronger safety nets are not only good for individuals and families in need. They will also prevent the looming recession from becoming an even deeper and longer economic crisis.
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We are now in the early stages of another world war, call it World War III, this time against the common enemy of pandemic. John Feffer
We Need a Coronavirus Truce
International cooperation needs to take priority right now, and countries must stop their wars against one another and against their own populations.
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Americans can rightly demand an explanation for the vast gulf between the ideas espoused by free-market advocates and the failure of the market to provide essential social goods, most pressingly right now, healthcare.(Photo: Dave Center/flickr/cc) Dorothee Benz
When the Invisible Hand Gives You the Finger
Corporate media shrug as elite declare loss of profits worse than loss of lives.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders makes a point as he and former US vice president Joe Biden take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. (Photo illustration: Original photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP via Getty Images) Kenny Stancil
The Coronavirus Paradox: Biden's Delegate Lead Increases as the Need for Bernie's Politics Adds Up
The unfolding health and economic crises confirms the importance of moving quickly in the direction Bernie Sanders has been pointing. It is time to construct a new normal that is truly decent—one that is characterized by social and economic democracy.
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Some lawmakers are calling for any upcoming stimulus package to suspend the three-month rule until the economy improves. (Photo: Screenshot) Ed Bolen
Unemployed Workers Can Get SNAP During Health Emergency
States may need to update their public information about eligibility and their application process to enable eligible people to receive SNAP.
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The chart shows that 9.9 million initial unemployment insurance claims have been made over the last two-week period, creating a graphic described as "difficult to stomach" by economic analysts. (Source: The Block/FRED) Heidi Shierholz
'Portrait of Disaster': Initial Unemployment Claims in US Jump from 211,000 to 6.6 million in Just 3 Weeks
Given the incredible deterioration of the labor market in a matter of weeks, federal policymakers will absolutely need to come back and provide more desperately needed relief.
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The only way to avert such a catastrophe and assure ourselves that Earth will not become an avenger planet is to heed Mother Nature’s warning and cease the further desecration of essential ecosystems.  (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Michael T. Klare
Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?
The coronavirus may not, in retrospect, prove to be the tipping point that upends human civilization as we know it, but it should serve as a warning that we will experience ever more such events in the future as the world heats up.
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Although Trump has resisted the entreaties of far right uber-hawks in his administration to bomb Iran on several occasions, he may be weakening on that score.  (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Incompetence on Covid-19 Exposed at Home, Trump Tests Wagging the Dog With Threats Against Iran
One reason for Trump’s saber-rattling against Iran may be that he hopes a conflict with Iran could take the public's mind off his criminal mishandling of the coronavirus.
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A Georgian soldiers wearing protective masks stop a car at a checkpoint in Tbilisi on April 1, 2020 amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed April 1, 2020, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II. (Photo by Vano Shlamov/ AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Fury and the Folly: We Need a Vaccine to Stop Endless War
What if idealism were the essence of human politics, not its scapegoat?
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020
A health worker takes the temperature of a woman amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of the Pyongchon District People's Hospital in Pyongyang on April 1, 2020. (Photo: Kim Won Jin / AFP via Getty Images) Christine Ahn, Kevin Martin
US Response to Coronavirus in North Korea Can Save Lives and Lead to Peace
The urgency of the situation calls for drastic changes to business as usual. We can turn the COVID-19 crisis into a critical opportunity for international cooperation on the Korean Peninsula by reallocating resources toward protecting human health and reviving the stalled diplomacy between the US...
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Now more than ever, it's clear the U.S. needs a $15 per hour minimum wage and universal health care. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kevin Basl
Thank Farmers and Grocery Workers for Their Service
Our national security depends on those workers who feed us. They deserve a living wage and health care.
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The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the world and what comes out on the other side may be something completely new when it comes to the global order. (Photo: CodePink) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?
The United States is failing miserably to provide a good example of how to successfully combat COVID-19, but other nations are offering better models of what can be done and should be done.
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A doctor checks the body temperature of a man returning from Iran at a quarantine zone to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Pakistan-Iran border town of Taftan on February 25, 2020. (Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP via Getty Images) Mari Margil
Advancing Change in a Time of Disruption: Forging a New Pathway for Nature
A disruption—such as a global pandemic—can provide a window of opportunity to change our habits and make positive change.
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Fearless Girl Statue by the New York Stock Exchange building is seen at the Financial District in New York City, United States on March 29, 2020. New York is ranked as one of the largest International Financial Centres ("IFC") in the world, now seen so quiet due the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Carl Rhodes
Where Are All the Woke Capitalists Now?
The COVID-19 crisis clearly shows that the neoliberal experiment has failed to prepare the world for crisis. But, it demonstrates that the experiment is not any good for normal times either.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as they participate in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer, in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, with New York's case count doubling every three days according to governor Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Timothy Karr
We Must De-Trump the Airwaves to Protect Public Health Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
"This is a life or death issue."
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School children march down Queen Street during a climate change protest on May 24, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Thousands of students across New Zealand are demonstrating in the streets again to fight for climate change action. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
'How Are We Supposed to Protect Our Lungs?': Climate Strikers Blast EPA Suspension of Pollution Laws
Greta Thunberg and others argue that the Trump administration has created another "loophole" for environmental destruction.
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Nurses at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center hold a vigil in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020, during the novel coronavirus outbreak. - The vigil was held to celebrate the steps that have been taken at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center in protecting nurses' health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and to call for further action from the federal government. (Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images) Amy Silverman
Nurses: We Are the Canaries in the Coronavirus Mine
Instead of saying we're heroes, we need people and organizations to stand up and protest the unsafe working conditions in healthcare facilities all across the country.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
People maintain social distancing while standing in line to enter a Trader Joe's as the coronavirus pandemic continues on March 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Holding Our Breath, Together and Apart
Crises illuminate our dependency on one another, and on remote chains of production and distribution—but also highlight a resiliency and capacity to live within limits.
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President Donald Trump looks up toward the solar eclipse without protective eyewear on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Alex Formuzis
With Air Pollution on the Rise Under Trump, People at Risk of Severe Illness From Coronavirus
On Tuesday, the Trump administration released its final rule rolling back President Obama’s fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, which will allow cars and light trucks to cumulatively emit nearly 1 billion more tons of lung-damaging carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the vehicle fleet than...
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Dave Cooke
Trump Administration Finalizes Car Rule Which Will Worsen Economy, Public Health
This policy is bad for consumers, bad for public health, and bad for the environment.
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Nurses and doctors rallying for Medicare for All in Chicago over the weekend outside the annual gathering of the American Medical Association which currently opposes the plan to make healthcare coverage in the United States available to all. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc Jesse Jackson
Coronavirus Makes It More Clear Than Ever: Health Care Is a Human Right
We shouldn’t be satisfied with single-payer coverage just during a massive pandemic. This crisis exposes dramatically the foolishness of pretending that health care is a private marketplace. We need Medicare for All now.
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look over some notes as they participate in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Robert Reich
In the Name of Profit and Greed, Billionaire Class Declares: 'Back to Work!'
We must put public health over all other concerns.
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During the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency, tourists on the quay of the port of Naples are checked with a thermo scanner by Civil Protection personnel, dressed in overalls and masks to protect themselves. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) William Astore
What My Father Taught Me About Living Through Coronavirus Hard Times
Having it easy in the beginning, tough in the end
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attend a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Matt Gardner
Congress "CARES" for Wealthy With COVID-19 Tax Giveaways
At a time when record numbers of Americans are facing unemployment, state and local governments are facing a perfect storm of growing public investment needs and vanishing tax revenues, and small business owners are struggling to avoid even more layoffs, lavishing tax breaks on the top 1 percent in...
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An elderly couple wearing protective masks walk across a deserted Duomo square in Milan on March 31, 2020, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images) James Adams , James Barker
Coronavirus Means Tough Decision Time for Seniors
There is little time in this moment to think about "what might have been," but for seniors like us there are now profound questions about what we do next.
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President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
How a Yale Academic Trolls the Liberals on Trump's Looming Reelection
Walter Russell Mead writes Trump campaign propaganda disguised as analysis.
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Thousands of protesters take the streets during the International Women's Day demonstration on 8 March, 2020 in Madrid, Spain (Photo: Sergio Belena / VIEWpress). Rebecca Gordon
The Future May Be Female, But the Pandemic Is Patriarchal
Feminism in the time of Coronavirus
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Tish O'Dell, Simon Davis-Cohen
Corporate America Is on Offense—Local Communities Can Be Too
This crisis calls for us to challenge the government system that is failing us. Now is an opportunity for radical collective action.
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Monday, March 30, 2020
California Chief Justice Donald Wright (left) swearing in Jerry Brown as governor, January 6, 1975. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Richard Eskow
Jerry Brown: Zen and the Art of Pandemic Response
When "small is beautiful" becomes a deadly mantra.
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A flyer protesting the response to the coronavirus posted in the French Quarter on March 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Diane Archer
In Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic in the US, Nothing Beats Traditional Medicare
The argument has always been that establishing a public health insurance system would cost too much and cause too much disruption. Now, look around.
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The coronavirus crisis has revealed America’s badly frayed safety net, from underfunded rural hospitals to underpaid workers in the food supply chain. (Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Will Bunch
Will Coronavirus Kill Off the News Business Just When America Realized We Actually Need It?
Journalists providing accurate, real-time information are a critical part of that web.
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A woman elbow bump with the election worker ahead of casting her vote during the Florida primary election at Miami Beach Fire Rescue Station 3 in Miami, on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Katie Halper
Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe
Why have media that have rightly taken Trump and his administration to task for their fatal failures not done the same with Democratic leadership?
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters before signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, on March 27, 2020 (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Ani Maitra
COVID-19 and the Neoliberal State of Exception
How do neoliberal governments act in emergency situations when the interests of the private sector top their agenda?
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Does this presumption not apply when the guy being accused is a Democrat running for president?  Tara Reade, who worked with Joe Biden, alleges he inappropriately touched her in 1993. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Arwa Mahdawi
Why Has the Media Ignored Sexual Assault and Misbehaviour Allegations Against Biden?
Conservatives who didn’t care about the multiple sexual assault allegations against Trump have seized on the accusations while liberals turn a blind eye.
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A man casts his vote during the Florida primary election in Miami, Florida, on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) Norman Solomon
Trump's Mass Negligent Homicide Doesn't Let Democratic Leaders Off the Hook
If leadership is the metric, what is the measure?
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Moderate voters don’t necessarily want a President who takes unpopular positions. They want someone who can reassure Wall Street and stop this nightmare we are all living through. (Photo: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Ruth Conniff
COVID-19 Pandemic Shows That We Don't Need Return to Normalcy—We Need President Bernie Sanders
Middle America: What happened to the revolution?
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Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) in set-up tents to triage possible COVID-19 patients outside before they enter the main Emergency department area at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx on March 24, 2020 in New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo: Misha Friedman/Getty Images) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
For National Doctors' Day, Forget the Donuts. Can We Get Some Damn Masks?
The inadequate supply of personal protective equipment has already killed patients and providers. This is not only dangerous, it is shameful.
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Humans and the ecosystems of which they are a part are volatile and not always predictable. (Photo: Screenshot) John Buell
Corporate Media Ignores How Privatization of US Hospitals Explains Lack of Beds, Ventilators
The politics of healthcare and Covid19 provide ample reasons for anger—toward corporate healthcare and the corporate media so oblivious to their exploitation.
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The Masque of the Red Death is a 1964 horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price—based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while merrymaking in a lonely castle with his jaded courtiers. (Image: Screengrab/Alta Vista Productions) Michael Winship
Pandemic Be Damned, The Business of America Is Business!
Trump tap dances at the Masque of the Red Death.
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Sunday, March 29, 2020
A sign is posted on the door of the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Hospital on March 23, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Peter Dreier
There’s No “Trade-Off” Between Saving Lives and Saving the Economy
A humane society doesn’t trade some lives for others
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Voters line-up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Noonday Baptist Church for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. Benjamin Barber
Safeguarding Elections Amid a Pandemic
Civil rights groups say a minimum of $2 billion is needed to properly safeguard the upcoming elections amid the coronavirus crisis.
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Workers hold signs demanding paid sick leave Bama Athreya
A Pandemic Is No Time for Precarious Work
There's never an excuse to send people to work in dangerous conditions with no safety nets and benefits. It's especially horrendous in the midst of coronavirus.
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While some people are undoubtedly upset by the CPB getting $75 million, Boeing is getting more than ten times as much money from the rescue package. Dean Baker
The Relative Generosity of the Economic Rescue Package: Boeing and Public Broadcasting
Being the empathetic crew they are, Trump and the Republicans rushed to set aside a nice chunk of taxpayer dollars for Boeing in their big corporate slush fund.
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Activists practice “physical distancing” at a Saturday morning vigil for Peace in Yemen, Union Square, New York City. (Photo credit: Bill Ofenloch) Kathy Kelly
Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
As COVID-19 threatens to engulf war-torn Yemen, it is even more critical to raise awareness of how the war debilitates the country.
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Message reads Water is life Vi Bui
Fighting COVID-19 Starts With Universal Access to Water and Sanitation
Water shutoffs are a huge problem in the U.S.
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Grafitti of heart with message "We are all in this together." David Korten
Why Coronavirus Is Humanity’s Wake-Up Call
Seeing now the profound failure of our existing institutions, we also awaken to the truth of our possibilities and interconnections with one another and with Earth.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020
Medial workers hold a COVID-19 test Les Leopold
Is Wall Street Killing Grandma?
As we scramble to locate hospital beds and life-saving equipment during this pandemic, remember that we are fighting two diseases.
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Earth, as seen from space Imani Countess and William Minter
Can Coronavirus Be a Catalyst for Thinking Globally?
In an age of pandemics and climate crisis, countries’ health, environmental, and development policies are globally important.
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Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Sue Sturgis
COVID-19 Crisis Reveals Broadband Inequity
A new index from the Institute for Southern Studies gives the numbers behind the connectivity inequality.
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A U.S. Justice Department images displays charges against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other Venezuelan officials on March 26, 2020. Leonardo Flores
Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires
The indictments are another brick in the foundation for a pretext for either a direct U.S. military invasion or a proxy war.
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President Donald Trump (L) lifts the hand of a person in an Easter Bunny costume on the Truman Balcony during the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Christopher Brauchli
Donald Trump Meets the Easter Bunny
The president has amazingly declared that the people in the United States will be able to resume all their normal activities after Easter, thanks to him.
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The coronavirus outbreak must be defeated in a way that moves us forward. (Image: CDC) Ralph Nader
Coronavirus Makes Clear: The Time for Serious Civic Reforms Is Now!
Out of this crisis can come efficient historic changes for justice
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General view of a hospital where health officers, wearing masks and special protective suits, take care of a patient infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran on March 02, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
How Many Nedas? Iran Sanctions Are Biological Warfare Against Civilians
This is not an economic policy. It is the collective punishment of civilians. It is an act of biological warfare against children, the elderly, and people of all ages.
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