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Monday, September 28, 2020
Instead of wasting energy on an ineffective wealth tax, progressives should concentrate on a three-pronged strategy. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images) Yanis Varoufakis
The Redistribution Games
Life is not the Olympics, where talent and training determine an athlete’s performance. It’s more like a Roman arena in which well-armed gladiators vanquish unarmed victims who lose not because they did not try hard enough, but because of the asymmetrical initial distribution of armor.
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 Tt is up to us to make sure the Guardian is not allowed to continue colluding in this crime against Assange and the press freedoms he represents. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The Guardian's Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism
This is the real story, the one the Guardian dare not tell.
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Data also indicate that more equal societies are better able to handle the pandemic. (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson, Brian Wakamo
Inequality and Covid-19 in 13 Charts
A new data visualization series illustrates how the pandemic and flawed policy responses have widened long-standing economic, racial, and gender divides.
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It follows that if he loses the election, Trump will not accept the result because it would be the product of Anti-Trump Nation, and Trump isn’t the president of people who would vote against him. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Coming Civil War Over Trump's Ego
He has turned America into a gargantuan projection of his own pathological narcissism.
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We can believe in a future of expanding rainforests, flowing rivers, diverse species and a stable climate. We can believe in a world without famine or drought, without systemic violence or economic injustice. (Photo: jotily/Getty Images) Henry Coleman
What to Do When the World Is on Fire
Let’s open our eyes to the majority of human cultures—including and especially indigenous Australian ones—that have consistently enriched the biosphere.
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The idea that poverty is the result of bad behavior, laziness, or sin rather than decisions made by those with power is distinctly ascendant in Donald Trump’s and Mitch McConnell’s Washington. (Photo: Screengrab/State Department Website) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
How Christian Nationalism in the US Legislates Evil and Punishes the Poor
The dangers posed by today’s Christian nationalists are all too real.
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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Protesters march through lower Manhattan over the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police on June 19, 2020. Glen Ford
The US Dictatorship of (White) Capital and Its Tools of Bamboozlement
Like three card monte scammers everywhere, the oligarchs that rule the United States strive constantly to keep the populace guessing where the “money card”—in this case, the real power in society—is located.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Mark Green, Ralph Nader
Debate Detector: Trump's Top 10 Tricks
Here's a useful guide to have on hand as the presidential debates get underway.
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Syrian refugees arrive at a humanitarian camp in in Dohuk, Iraq on October 17, 2019. David Vine
The U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Displaced 37 Million People
Here’s why we used the numbers we did — and what they can and can’t tell us.
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Phil Berrigan in front of a "wreckage of war" die-in at the River Entrance. Frida Berrigan
After 4 Decades of Plowshares Actions, It’s Nuclear Warfare that Should Be on Trial — Not Activists
Forty years ago, the Plowshares Eight sparked a movement of nuclear disarmers that continues to take responsibility for weapons of mass destruction.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on September 19, 2020. Robert Freeman
Debunking the Myth of “The Greatest Economy Ever”
Trump’s claim to economic wizardry easily falls apart.
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happy pigs in pasture Rebecca Wolf
This Is How We Pry The Corporate Stranglehold Off Of Our Farm System
The corporations behind Big Ag are deeply invested in keeping our farm system as it is. It’s our responsibility to get farms and our food production back in the hands of the people.
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A better world is possible, reads a sign Joan Pedro-Carañana
Yes, There Is Hope
There are increasing numbers of experiences putting collaborative methods for hope and dialogue into practice.
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A participant holding a sign during a vigil on September 20, 2020 in Manhattan. Christopher Brauchli
Ignorance Is Bliss
For the trump, are at most minor inconveniences that can always be overcome by rhetoric.
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Saturday, September 26, 2020
A voter puts a ballot in a ballot box on June 9, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada Ralph Nader
To Democratic Voters – Up Your Demands; To Trump Voters – See How He Didn’t Deliver for You
Some practical advice for casting informed votes.
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Exterior of the JBS Greeley Beef Plant on April 23, 2020. Ben Lilliston
Don’t Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for Covid-19 Failures
Given the industry’s track record, corporate immunity would likely open the door for more abuses that directly put workers lives and those that live in meatpacking plant communities at risk.
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The Google logo is projected onto a man on August 09, 2017 in London. Mitch Stoltz
The Government’s Antitrust Suit Against Google: Go Big and Do It Right
This suit has the potential to be the most significant antitrust case against a technology company in over 20 years, since the DOJ’s 1998 suit against Microsoft.
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An RBG flag is flown in front of the U.S. Supreme Court for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg September 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Penny M. Venetis
Ginsburg’s Legal Victories for Women Led to Landmark Anti-Discrimination Rulings for the LGBTQ Community, Too
Advances were only possible because Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for applying the equal protection clause beyond its original purpose, to promote equality for women.
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Mushroom cloud seconds after detonation of "the Gadget" by the U.S. military in 1945 at testing range in New Mexico. Olivia Alperstein
Time to Put an End to the Nuclear Age
2020 has been hard enough. The last thing the world needs this year is nuclear weapons.
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Signs at environmental justice protest Derrick Z. Jackson
Why Environmental Justice Needs to Be on the Docket in the Presidential Debates
Earlier this week, when Fox News announced the lineup of topics for the upcoming presidential debate, climate change and environmental justice were nowhere to be seen. Among the many lamentable...
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Protestors wear "#FREEASSANGE" face masks outside Belmarsh prison prior to Julian Assange's extradition hearing on February 24, 2020 in London. Alan MacLeod
Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’
A successful Assange prosecution could be the legal spark for future anti-journalistic actions.
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Friday, September 25, 2020
Trump’s statement is abhorrent, and we must certainly be prepared for chaos surrounding this election. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Heather Cox Richardson
Trump: "We're Going to Have to See What Happens"
An Atlantic article rings the fire bell.
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The Senate's dereliction of duty to the people in this country is reprehensible. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Vanita Gupta
Trump and McConnell Refuse to Help Millions Amid Pandemic, But Stop at Nothing for Supreme Court Power Grab
Let's fight Trump's nominee like our lives depend on it—because they do.
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This means that stimulating the economy to create jobs is crucial—both to the 33.0 million workers who are being directly harmed by the recession because they are either out of work or have had their hours and pay cut, and to the millions more who saw their bargaining power disappear as the recession took hold. (Photo: Witthaya Prasongsin/iStock/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
At Least 33 Million Workers Are Being Hurt by the Coronavirus Recession
The top policy priorities for boosting the economy are fiscal aid to state and local governments and extending the unemployment insurance provisions of the CARES Act.
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It is difficult not to conclude that for at least several decades, the Silent and Baby Boom generations have sat atop the rest of society like a monstrous stone idol that demands worshipping. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Peril of America's Aging Elite
We all should know when to pass the baton to a younger generation.
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If we had more Zinn in our schools, at least as a counterpoint to the patriotic view of the United States that still dominates, we would know more about what ties us together as a nation, and spend less energy on our differences. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Sarah Lahm
Why We Should All Be Reading Howard Zinn Right Now
As the historian aptly predicted, who is on the Supreme Court is not as important as what the American people demand.
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In one world, the world of the vast majority, people struggle day in and day out for economic security. (Photo: Len Tsou/Flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
Let’s Start Debating What Dooms Democracy: Concentrated Wealth
Why we need to shove inequality onto America’s political center stage.
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I continue to believe that voting through the compromised USPS should only be a last resort for those who must be quarantined or who are medically avoiding even masked contacts because of the coronavirus. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Will Bunch
Will Dems' Embrace of Mail, Masks, and Social Distance Help Trump Win the Election?
Democrats have embraced voting-by-mail with a quasi-religious zeal that almost defies reason.
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Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
6 Crucial Races That Will Flip the Senate
Winning the White House is absolutely crucial, but it’s just one piece of the fight to save our democracy and push a people’s agenda.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Which is why it’s flat-out wrong that Fox News’s Chris Wallace—and those who advised him—didn’t see fit to put climate change on his topic list for Tuesday’s first presidential debate. (Photo: Screenshot of Wallace) Margaret Sullivan
Rewrite That List of Debate Topics, Chris Wallace. And Put the Climate Crisis at No. 1.
Our planet is in serious, irrevocable trouble. There’s no bigger issue.
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Hersey begins Hiroshima in an understated fashion, noting exactly what each of the six survivors he chronicles was doing at the moment their lives changed forever. (Photo: Courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima) Nick Turse
This Vanishing Moment and Our Vanishing Future
John Hersey, Hiroshima, and the end of world.
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Trump has made clear the likelihood that he will not accept the results of the election unless he’s the winner. (Photo: Ted Eytan/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Election 2020: The Coming Chaos
Nonviolent resistance to Trump means more than just defeating him and jettisoning him from the presidency; somehow it also means reaching his supporters and transcending the civil war they’re ready to wage.
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The need is now crystal clear for progressives nationwide: Organize and volunteer to boost the Biden vote against Trump in the dozen swing states. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
We’ve Got Our Own Reasons to Elect Biden—and He Isn’t One of Them
With so much at stake—including social justice, human rights and this planet’s climate—Autumn 2020 is a time when people have the decisive opportunity to prevent the consolidation of illegitimate power by an authoritarian regime.
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Wealth inequality is already high and, much like high-wage jobs, several sources of wealth have been spared the worst of the pandemic’s economic damage. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Samantha Waxman
States Should Tax Wealth to Respond to COVID-19
Wealthy families and profitable corporations can afford it, and states can’t afford not to.
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It is up to Facebook users to voice their concern by notifying Zuckerberg and Sandberg that they will abandon the platform the moment the media giant decides to adopt the IHRA definition. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Neve Gordon
Redefining Anti-Semitism on Facebook
The objective is to force Facebook to alter its hate speech definition so that its own "detection algorithm" will characterize any criticism of Israel as hate speech and automatically remove the pertinent content from the platform.
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 Business as usual for the oil and gas industry means increasing production even as investors are pulling out and bankruptcies are looming. (Photo: tolkien1914/flickr/cc) Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
New OCI Analysis Gives Big Oil Much Needed Reality Check
The new OCI report makes it clear that Big Oil is hiding behind claims that they are changing while continuing to push fossil fuels despite the harm to our health and climate.
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Under Trump, we’ve lost 5 million of the 11.6 million net jobs created under Obama. That’s the worst jobs record of any modern president. (Photo: Shutterstock) Chuckie Denison
Trump Lied to Heartland Workers
Trump is bragging about his jobs record in the Midwest. So why didn’t he lift a finger when 14,000 GM workers were laid off?
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What have these justices of dubious legitimacy done with their power? They have repeatedly sought to tilt the electoral system toward Republicans. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
If Trump Fills RBG’s Seat, the Court’s Legitimacy Will Be in Crisis
We cannot afford a Supreme Court that has abandoned its constitutional duties to cement right-wing minority rule.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Hannah Murphy
Will We Be Able to Reverse Trump’s Climate Damage?
What Joe Biden would need to do starting from Day One to correct the course of US climate policy.
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Poverty remains high, and severe food insecurity has increased 31% across AGRA’s 13 countries, as measured by the United Nations. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images) Million Belay, Timothy A. Wise
Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution
It is time for African governments to step back from the failing Green Revolution and chart a new food system that respects local cultures and communities by promoting low-cost, low-input ecological agriculture.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Smoky skies from the northern California wildfires casts a reddish color in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Richard Heinberg
What If Preventing Collapse Isn't Profitable?
The real downside of the green-profit narrative has been that it created the assumption in many people's minds that the solution to climate change and other environmental dilemmas is technical, and that policy makers and industrialists will implement it for us, so that the way we live doesn't need...
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Thom Hartmann
Trump Keeps Telling Us How He and Republicans Plan to Steal This Election
Can we stop him and save our republic before it's too late?
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An overview of Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga. (Photo: Google Maps) Laura Flanders
Mourn Justice Ginsburg and Fight to Close Irwin Detention Center
Now is the time to mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg and fight like hell for living breathing, actionable, racial, reproductive and gender justice.
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If current polls are predictive, Trump’s path to the White House remains strewn with obstacles of his own making. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Peter Andre Globensky
So What If He Loses? Donald Trump and the Aftermath
Knowing the character of the man, his rejection at the polls will unleash a torrent of vindictive actions very much at his command.
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The outgoing President, Rafael Correa, right, received in the the Palace of Carondelet the president-elect Lenin Moreno for the official act of transition between the two governments in April 2017. Quito, Ecuador. (Photo: Gabriela Mena / ACG/SIPA USA/PA Images) Guillaume Long
Political Trials and Electoral Bans: The Battle for Democracy in Ecuador
Amidst political trials and electoral bans, Moreno's assault on democracy is past the point of no return.
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 It's one thing to have voting rights and quite another to be able to exercise those rights. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
How the Right Rigs Elections
Today, in a coordinated, methodical, richly funded scheme, corporate-minded and right-wing candidates are being "elected" not by winning votes but by preventing votes.
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View of students and faculty carrying signs during a strike by faculty and staff of Boston University, on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 1979. Historian Howard Zinn, then a professor at BU, is visible in the foreground. (Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty Images) Peter Dreier
The Right’s Long War On Howard Zinn Reaches The White House
Conservatives have been upset about kids reading 'A People’s History of the United States' for years, worrying that it stirs up trouble. Now Trump has taken up the cause.
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The recent media-sponsored town halls with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden haven’t inspired much hope for the place of climate in the debates.  (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc) Julie Hollar
With Planet at Stake, Moderators Must Make Climate a Focus of Debates
The climate crisis has been and continues to be a top issue for voters and one that can’t be ignored by journalists for another four years.
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The Trump administration is trying to fully exploit a 2018 Supreme Court decision that vacated a lower court approval of the Obama administration’s plans to establish critical habitat for the highly endangered dusky gopher frog. (Photo: Suzanna L. Collins / Science Photo Library) Tim Whitehouse
The Final Frontier: When Nature is a Nuisance to Development
"In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it perches."
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People stand in line, spaced six apart due to Covid-19, in order to vote early at the Fairfax Government Center on September 18, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. Voters waited up to four hours to early vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Steven Hill
Forget 'Vote By Mail'—To Safeguard the Election, Put on Your Mask and Vote Early In-Person
The U.S. under Trump has reached such a perilous state that this simple act has become heroic.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden greets guests during a campaign stop at the RiverCenter on October 16, 2019 in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sonali Kolhatkar, Juliet Schor, et al.
Open Letter: Dump Trump, Then Battle Biden
Fifty-five progressive writers and activists with a message for 2020 voters.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Will the American electorate end up asking for an encore performance of this full-throated rejection of scientific evidence? (Photo: Grist / U.S. Forest Service) Derrick Z. Jackson
Election Day Is Nearing, But There's No End in Sight to Trump's Attacks on Science
Will the ghosts of the hundreds of thousands of people who are dying from this playbook rise up to spirit Trump out of the White House?
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Over time, the unbridled pursuit of power wears down democratic institutions, erodes public trust, and breeds the sort of cynicism that invites despotism.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
For RBG It Was All Principle, for Mitch McConnell It’s All Power
Those who fight for power will bend or break rules to give themselves every advantage.
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Americans must make certain that Trump and the senators understand that this outrage will cost them politically, not help them. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Death of a Supreme Court Justice Famed for Consensus-Building Is Used to Sow Divisions
Republican leaders show once more that they care only about power, not about the law or legitimacy.
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A firefighter uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Bill McKibben
Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It—Because They Do
Captain Trump wants to steer us straight onto the rocks. This election is humanity’s last shot to prevent utter climate catastrophe.
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The one thing he definitely appears to have noticed is that this virus most easily kills elderly Social Security voters and Black and Brown people. (Photo: Getty) Thom Hartmann
Trump "Never Noticed" a Modern-Day American Genocide
It appears Trump is trying to spread the virus as far and wide as possible.
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Democrats and progressives must use every tool at their disposal to prevent the confirmation of Justice Ginsburg’s successor before the next President is inaugurated. (Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Warning: GOP Can Appoint a Supreme Court Justice in Time to Confirm Trump's Second Term
This is truly an existential reckoning.
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War is an indescribable nightmare. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Andrea Mazzarino
War Zone America?
Perspectives on a riven nation from a worried military spouse.
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Supporters of Julian Assange protested outside the Old Bailey as the extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumed on September 7, 2020 in London, England. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces an array of hacking and espionage charges. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images) Stefan Simanowitz
Why Are Amnesty International Monitors Not Able to Observe the Assange Hearing?
It is ironic that no one responsible for possible war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan has been prosecuted, let alone punished. And yet the publisher who exposed their crimes is the one in the dock facing a lifetime in jail.
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Then U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, pcitured with Commander of the US Central Command Army Gen. David Petraeus (background), testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee June 16, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to focus on developments in Afghanistan. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will Michele Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire?
Purported to be among Joe Biden's top picks for Defense Secretary, the longtime supporter of endless war and limitless Pentagon budgets is exactly the wrong choice.
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As with older, traditional farm subsidy programs, the largest farms, which need the help the least, received the most taxpayer dollars from these two new programs. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Anne Schechinger
New USDA Records Show Trade Bailout and Coronavirus Payments Went to the Largest Farms
USDA must make changes to ensure the money goes to small struggling farms and to farmers who actually do the work.
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Authority bias and emotional contagion facilitate the spread of misinformation and its deadly consequences, at least when we don’t take the steps necessary to figure out the facts. (Photo: Screenshot) Gleb Tsipursky
The Deadly Threat of Misinformation About COVID on Fox News, According to Science
Consuming the wrong news can kill you.
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Isolation "tent city" set up on the grounds of the Folsom Prison in California in response to a coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Getty Images) Ifoma Modibo Kambon
I Survived Covid-19 at Folsom State Prison
A story of unaccountable action, negligence, deliberate indifference, and deception
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) stands alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he signs a bill in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C, October 10, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Marie Follayttar
With RBG Gone and Fascism at the Gates, Mainers Know Susan Collins Cannot Be Trusted
It is our duty to fight like hell to ensure that Susan Collins does not cast another vote for a Supreme Court Justice. It is our duty to act every single day until election day to get out the vote and ensure that we stop the rise of fascism in this country.
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Monday, September 21, 2020
CDC Director Robert Redfield looks on while testifying on Capitol Hill on July 2, 2020. (Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Ken Cook
After Covid-19 Flip-Flops, CDC Director Must Resign
Either science goes, or Redfield goes.
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As I look to the future in a world of Gates and Tech Barons, I see a humanity that is further polarized into large numbers of ‘throw away’ people who have no place in the new Empire.(Photo by Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times) Vandana Shiva
Bill Gates' Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life
Gates' 'funding' results in an erasure of democracy and biodiversity, of nature and culture. His 'philanthropy' is not just philanthrocapitalism. It is philanthroimperialism.
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There’s no question that, at the beck and call of the fossil-fuel industry, Donald Trump and his demonic crew have worked without qualms or remorse to ensure that this would be a fiery and furious America. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen
Think of him as the president from hell and here I mean a literal hell.
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A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire in Oroville, California on September 9, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Jamie Henn
The Climate Emergency Isn't Just a Crisis, It's a Crime
Whether you see a blood red sky in San Francisco, a wind ravaged landscape in Iowa, or a flooded street in Pensacola, you know what you're looking at: a world unraveling at the seams and—in a very real sense—a crime scene.
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The public should be concerned about the volume of suspect bank transactions that are the tip of the iceberg in terms of illicit funds, money laundering and tax dodging. (Photo: Getty) Chuck Collins
FinCen Files Shine Spotlight on Suspicious Bank Transfers
The reporters behind the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers have more to share. We should pay attention.
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Don’t let them steal this seat. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Anand Giridharadas
The Many Reasons the GOP Wants to Steal Ginsburg's Seat
Remembering what's at stake in the fight to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Bank of America is the only major American bank that has not yet ruled out funding for destructive drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Bernadette Demientieff, Siqiñiq Maupin
Why Is Bank of America Still Open to Funding the Destruction of Our Homelands in the Arctic?
We stand together, the Iñupiat and the Gwich’in, in calling on Bank of America to listen to Indigenous people, protect our homelands, and stay out of the Arctic Refuge.
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 "Fox News, the Republican Party, and the right edge of evangelicalism take the lead, often inspiring each other to new levels of extremism." (Photo: Screenshot) John Buell
The Many Ugly Faces of Climate Science Denial
The great danger of aggressive nihilism is that it will forestall remedial action until the crisis becomes so severe that some combination of authoritarian government and an even more harshly inegalitarian economy will prevail.
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The redistribution of wealth to the richest 1% over the past 45 years is hard to comprehend. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
How Hypocrites in High Places Have Contributed to the Riots in the Streets
The four-decade losses in wealth and job income have contributed to the poverty numbers, and to violent reactions.
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Sunday, September 20, 2020
President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a meeting at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on March 3, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
The Haves and the Have-Nots
By not permitting the United States to participate in Covax, Trump is depriving the WHO effort of funding it desperately needs to develop the vaccine.
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"The recent massive fiscal and monetary interventions of capitalist states, though insufficient, have underlined for people what is possible under another system with different priorities and values." (Photo: <a href="">Jonny White</a>/cc/flickr)</p> Walden Bello
The Death of Neoliberalism
The coronavirus pandemic roared through an already destabilized global economic system suffering from a deep crisis of legitimacy.
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Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion attend a protest against the expansion of Stansted Airport on 29 August 2020 in Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom. (Photo: Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images) Frank Fischer
The Risk of Progressive Reversal
People worried about their basic safety are not particularly interested in new social experiments.
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"The Knesset roundly rejected the bill, with both the Likud-led far-right coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Blue and White bloc of his foreign minister and sometime rival, Benny Gantz, voting against it." (Photo: Ben Amos Gershom/<a href="">Prime Minister of Israel</a>)</p> Juan Cole
Affirming Jim Crow, Israeli Parliament Votes Down Bill Guaranteeing Equality for Palestinian-Israelis
During the past year, the Knesset has shot down numerous proposals to amend the National Law to forbid discrimination against non-Jews.
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A structure on Highway 128 goes up in flames after the Kincade Fire raged into the Alexander Valley on Sunday morning, October 27, 2019, east of Geyserville, California. (Photo: Karl Mondon/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Kumar Venkat
Climate Science Is Vulnerable to Politics
We as voters must ensure that climate science is immune from political meddling and elect leaders who will respect the scientific process.
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A Boston Public School student prepares for a caravan protest in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2020, as parents, teachers and students engage in an ongoing debate about the reopening of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Chan­dra Thomas Whit­field
All the Options for Schooling Are Bad—But We Have to Choose Safety
On parents' impossible decision.
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"How do you put a price tag on the trauma, pain, and turmoil that greedy politicians inflicted on our whole community for the sake of profit? You can't." (Photo: Shutterstock) Nakiya Wakes
What the Flint Water Crisis Meant for My Family
Take it from me: You don't want to go through what we did. Every community deserves water, life, and dignity.
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President Donald Trump greets Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) C. Kyle Rudick
Republicans Aren't Hypocrites: A Lesson in Power in the Aftermath of RBG's Death
Charges of hypocrisy are insufficient to change the course of the RBG's replacement or, in fact, in other Republican attempt to race-bait, disenfranchise voters, or increase the wealth of the affluent.
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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is flanked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) while speaking to the media about President Donald Trump's Proposed FY 2018 budget May 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Democrats, It's Time for Constitutional Jiujitsu
Trump and his party must be defeated. They must be out-maneuvered, brought down, and decisively vanquished.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18, 2020, sparking a political fight over her replacement as early voting has already begun for the next general election. (Photo: Steve Petteway/Supreme Court of the United States) Michael Winship
Do the Right Thing: Obey RBG's Last Wish
Give Justice Ginsburg the proper send-off and let the election winner choose.
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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to administer the Oath of Allegiance to candidates for U.S. citizenship at the New-York Historical Society on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Alicia Bannon
Justice Ginsburg Should Not Be Replaced Until After the Election
GOP senators invented a new standard in order to deny President Obama a Supreme Court appointment in 2016. Now they should abide by it.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center on Sept. 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images) Edith Roberts
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A 'Precise Female'
This slow talker, ruthless editor, and die-hard romantic wanted to make sure that every woman could find her best place.
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In July 2018, a protest broke out outside the U.S. Supreme Court after President Donald Trump announced his nominee to replace outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy. Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: Trump's Supreme Takeover
If the president gets to appoint another SCOTUS judge, we'll be paying the price for decades to come.
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Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looks on as Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) speaks to the media following their weekly policy luncheon on April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images/adjusted with filter) Juan Cole
If McConnell Packs the Court on Behalf of Minority Rule, Dems Must Expand and Reform It
They ought to come in prepared to introduce serious reform so that our laws reflect the will of our 330 million people rather than that of a few corrupt billionaires allied with hypocritical religious fundamentalists.
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Incarcerated firefighters arrive at the scene of the Water fire, a new start about 20 miles from the Apple fire in Whitewater, California, on August 2, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Ray Levy-Uyeda
How Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters Are Getting the Jobs and Pay They Deserve
In California's most catastrophic wildfire season yet, an organization is challenging the state to hire firefighters who were previously incarcerated to help meet public safety needs.
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"The oil industry may be dying, but it will still pollute us for decades after its death." Andy Rowell
A Dying Industry is Leaving A Deadly Legacy
An important new investigation examined the issue of the shocking state of over three million abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States.
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"In the OECD they should be doing advanced liquid fuels, green hydrogen, waste-to-value, renewable natural gas, and geothermal energy. Be bold or slowly decay." (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Joseph Daniel
Will BP Finally Succeed at Moving Beyond Petroleum? To Survive, It Must.
The founder of SunEdison discusses what the future holds for BP and other major oil and gas companies that are looking to transition.
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"Why have we handed over the enormous assets we own to this expanding corporate state?" (Photo: <a href="">jerry dohnal</a>/flickr/cc)</p> Ralph Nader
Why Do Americans Give Away So Much Control to Corporations?
The corporate "Borg" is sucking the ready availability of the good life, decent, secure livelihoods assured by our collective self-reliance, and the freedom to shape our future out of our political economy.
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Friday, September 18, 2020
"The [USA Today] headline directly suggests that 'voters' are equally wary of both candidates," writes Hollar. (Photo: USA Today) Julie Hollar
Voters Should be Wary of USA Today’s False Balance on Election 2020
The newspaper overstates Trump’s support and creates the impression of a balance that doesn’t exist.
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A man holds a flag with a picture of former Bolivian President Evo Morales during the first campaign event of MAS party ahead of presidential elections on September 9, 2020 in El Alto, Bolivia.  (Photo: Gaston Brito/Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
Silence Reigns on the US-Backed Coup Against Evo Morales in Bolivia
The Organization of American States had a key role in the destruction of the country’s democracy last November.
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"My view is that a way of life more in harmony with nature is absolutely necessary for survival," writes Hallsmith. (Photo: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Gwendolyn Hallsmith
Confronting Collapse
As we pick up the pieces of the shattered economy, the route to the Great Transition becomes clear: we need to recapture and democratize money as a lever for resource allocation and collective power.
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A still image from a video of a gender-reveal explosion in Arizona that caused more than $8 million in damages in 2017. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service) Robin Savannah Carver
Let ‘Gender Reveal’ Parties Burn
Even their creator says enough is enough. Let children discover themselves on their own terms.
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Protesters hold a giant Palestinian flag as they walk across University Avenue in front of the U.S. consulate, during a demonstration against the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on in Toronto, Canada, December 9, 2017. (Photo: Giordano Ciampini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Nora Barrows-Friedman
84 Percent of Canadians Want War Crimes Probe Into Israel
Poll after poll shows a stark conflict with the ruling Liberal Party’s close alliance with Israel and the general opinions of the Canadian population across the political spectrum.
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The words "help we matter 2" are seen written in a window at the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC), housing one of the nation's largest jails, in Chicago, Illinois, on April 9, 2020. (Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images) Andrea Woods
Federal Judges Are Failing Incarcerated People During the Pandemic
As a deadly pandemic rages on, the stakes could not be higher. We need judges who understand how lopsided and cruel our system of mass incarceration is.
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US President Donald Trump speaks during the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives in Washington, DC, September 17, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump Doesn’t Understand History Any More Than He Understands Epidemics
Academic history is not about praise or blame or making people feel good about their national identity. It is about explanation. Why did something happen when it did?
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The new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, encapsulates Eisenhower's legacy in a four-acre urban park at the base of Capitol Hill featuring a stainless steel tapestry depicting beaches of D-Day, heroic-sized bronze sculptures, and stone bas reliefs. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
Remembering Ike, Our Unexpected Egalitarian
Former president Dwight Eisenhower deserves his new memorial. We deserve the greater economic equality he worked to help achieve.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020
US President Donald Trump speaks on infrastructure development at the Richfield Training Site, south of Cleveland, Ohio on March 29, 2018. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Margaret Poydock
President Trump Has Attacked Workers’ Safety, Wages, and Rights Since Day One
Here's a look at five of the worst actions the Trump administration has taken against workers.
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