All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Bill Moyers
A Poignant Poem That Encapsulates 2016
Bill Moyers shares "Starting with Black," which addresses the "urgent political and moral crisis" that we currently face.
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability
President-elect Donald Trump exploded a half-century of U.S. nuclear-arms policy in a single tweet last week: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such...
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Shreya Dasgupta
Top 10 Happy Environmental Stories of 2016
Mongabay takes a look at some of the “happier” stories of this year — from the declaration of large marine parks to animals that are recovering after years of decline, a reserve for the world’s largest primate, and increased restrictions on wildlife trade.
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Andy Bichlbaum
How Standing Rock Solved My 2016, First World Problems
2016 was a rough year. After Nov. 8, it became almost unlivable. In my case, a sustained state of anxiety and depression erupted occasionally into nausea and panic. Behaviors buried since the Bush...
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Friday, December 30, 2016
Zahra Hirji
2017: Trump Peddles Climate Doubt in a World Sold on Action
President-elect Donald Trump may dismiss the Paris Agreement and pack his cabinet with climate deniers, but once he takes office, he will face a world that takes the climate crisis as seriously as he...
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Howard Friel
NYT on Iraq and Russia: Newspaper of Record or Journalistic Home to Intelligence Sources and Warmakers
On May 17 of this year, PBS Frontline broadcast a program titled, “The Secret History of Isis,” which it described as “the inside story of the radicals who became the leaders of ISIS.” As a companion...
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George W. Bush inauguration protests in 2001 Ted Glick
Justice Protectors, Let’s Take Action Inauguration Day
I’m not sure how many Inauguration Day protests in DC I’ve been to over the years. The one I distinctly remember is January 20 th , 2001, George W. Bush’s first inauguration. There was a similar...
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Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll in 1946 Robert Dodge
Coming to Our Senses Regarding Nukes
As part of President-Elect Trumps daily tweets this past week he stated: The United States must greatly strengthen its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding...
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North Carolina flag Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
A Call For The Economic Boycott Of North Carolina
The GOP efforts to undermine the very foundation of government cannot be tolerated.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Stephen Zunes
Obama's Support for International Law Draws Bipartisan Ire
Here’s one way to look at it: The United States was the only country in the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council that did not support a resolution passed last week criticizing Israel for continuing...
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Bob Burnett
5 Resistance Resolutions
As we enter a perilous new year, here are five resistance resolutions: 1. Practice resistance each day. Political resistance is an American tradition; "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."...
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Rebecca Solnit
Another, More Beautiful America is Rising. Trump Will Be Resisted
American people will stand up for ideals of humanity, from lawyers and tech workers to the Californian senate
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Alan S. Blinder
The American Public Against Trump
The United States, supposedly the world’s beacon of democracy, is practicing a strange form of it nowadays. One presidential candidate won nearly three million more votes than her opponent, who, with...
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Dean Baker
Denialism on Trade
It is really amazing how the political and economic establishment types feel the need to deny that trade can actually have a negative impact on manufacturing jobs and total employment in their...
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Medea Benjamin
No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes
The U.S. is selling weapons to a country that's killing a child every 10 minutes. That has to stop.
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Josh Hoxie
Reducing Inequality in the Trump Era
With Washington looking hopeless, it's up to local communities to close the gap between the richest and the rest.
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Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News
Justice Jumping Genres
A historic year for environmental justice saw government failures in Flint, a resurgent Native voice, and a merging of movements. We're watching where it’s headed in the new year.
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Donald Trump's nominee for Labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, at the 2016 FreedomFest at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gwynne Dyer
2016 Year-Ender: We're In For A Wild Ride
The main message of 2016 was that we are entering a period of economic and political upheaval comparable to the industrial revolution of 1780-1850, and nothing expressed that message more clearly...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Michael Moore
5 Things You Can Do Right Now About Donald J. Trump
The following was posted by the author to his Facebook page. Read the original here . It's been seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him. So if...
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Kate Tummarello
The Fight to Rein in NSA Surveillance: 2016 in Review
It’s been a busy year on a number of fronts as we continue to fight to rein in the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of innocent people. Since the 2013 leaks by former government...
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Kevin Basl
Why I Answered the Call for Veterans to Go to Standing Rock
At Standing Rock, for the first time, I felt like I was finally serving the people.
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Peter Van Buren
Symbolic Failure Point: Female Afghan Pilot Wants Asylum In The US
History loves little markers, tidy packages of symbolism that wrap up a big, complex thing. You know, the helicopter on the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon standing in for years of failed war...
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Dean Baker
Trump and Growth
Neil Irwin used an Upshot column to address the issue of whether Donald Trump can acheive the 4.0 percent annual growth rate he has promised over the next decade. He argues that insofar as it is...
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Ali Abunimah
Israel Punishes the World After UN Vote
On Monday evening I appeared on Al Jazeera English to speak about Israel’s reaction to Friday’s UN Security Council decision . Resolution 2334 , passed by a vote of 14-0 with the United States...
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Sarah van Gelder
It Wasn’t All Bad: 5 Signs of Positive Change in 2016
The election divided the year into “before” and “after.” But there remain signs of hope for 2017.
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Ralph Nader
Tripwires for the Trumpsters
The Trumpsters are coming to town—led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee—and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C. With all three branches of government...
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Peter Cohen
10 Good Things that Happened this Year in US Politics
As we end 2016, with many Americans still in shock over the elections results, it's easy to overlook all the good things that happened in the US politically. So, as we prepare for 4 years of open...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Jay Walljasper
Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy
One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health. It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die. It’s...
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Gareth Porter
Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria
Obama's failed Syria policy was provoked by the inability to anticipate Iranian and Russian intervention on behalf of the Syrian regime
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Gwynne Dyer
Netanyahu, Obama, and the United Nations
Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is very, very cross about last Friday’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the creation of illegal Jewish settlements all over the...
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Terry Odendahl
6 Lessons Learned Fighting Oppressive Regimes While Trying to Protect People and Planet
The U.S. is bracing for President-elect Donald Trump . All initial indications are that the U.S. is in for a dramatic change of leadership, more like some of the authoritarian regimes we are used to...
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Mark Trahant
Standing Rock Prepared Us For Trump's Billionaires and Oil Giants
Continuing to shrink our oil consumption is one way to challenge the oil uber alles mentality of the Trump administration.
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Juan Cole
Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine
I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation , which is that President Obama should recognize Palestine before he goes out of office. For different but related reasons,...
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Stephen Zunes
Trump's Frightening Picks for U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Among the many disturbing appointments by President-elect Donald Trump are the people charged with conducting U.S. policy in the Middle East. Trump’s ignorance of the region will make him even more...
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Peter Dykstra
Fiends of the Earth
Some environmental planners spend their careers mapping out worst-case scenarios. As of January 20, they’ve got one in the White House.
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Robert Parry
A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons
For the past couple of decades, the neocons have ruled the roost of American foreign policy, but they have now suffered some stunning reversals that have left them fuming
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Monday, December 26, 2016
Brennan Lagasse
Arctic Waters Have Been Rescued From Drilling, But What About the Land?
Time is running out for Obama to say no to Big Oil and permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and the people who depend on it.
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Chris Hedges
In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other
This Christmas I mourn the long, slow death of our democracy that led to the political ascendancy of Donald Trump. I fear the euphoria of those who have embraced the atavistic lust for violence and...
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Still from Frank Capra’s “It's a Wonderful Life” Diane Ravitch
Stuart Egan: What Frank Capra Could Teach Betsy DeVos About Public Schools
At the family Christmas dinner in New Jersey, someone asked the question, “What is the best Christmas movie of all time?” There were many suggestions, but the consensus was Frank Capra’s “It’s a...
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Jayde Tynes
Seven Inspirational Protests of 2016
Needless to say, 2016 has been a tough one for social justice activists around the world. With the rise in xenophobia after Brexit, the presidential election of Trump and the looming threat of trade...
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David Cortright
Preparing for the Storm
More than five weeks after the political tsunami and many of are still living in a state of denial. It’s understandable and even commendable in one sense: we must never accept Trump and the hatred...
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Paul Pillar
Trump's Disappearing 'Neutral Guy'
President-elect Trump’s attack on the U.S. abstention to a U.N. vote condemning illegal Israeli settlements raises doubts about his vow to be a "neutral guy" on Palestinian issues
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Cathy Breen
Christmas in Karbala
KARBALA Iraq -- It is Christmas day, and I am in Karbala with dear friends. We awoke to a second day of rain, and pictures of flooding, especially in Baghdad, are being shown on TV. Yesterday, on...
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César Chelala
Too Little, Too Late for US Decision on Settlements
The United States’ abstention on the UN Security Council (UNSC) anti-settlement resolution is a serious blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy of annexation in the West Bank. Israel’s...
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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sasha Breger Bush
Trump and National Neoliberalism
And why the world is about to get much more dangerous
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Jeff Bryant
Girding For The Education Fight Ahead
If you want to get an idea of what kind of education policies to expect from a Donald Trump administration, Wall St. has a clue for you. A report from BuzzFeed explains, online charter schools are “...
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The Children of Berks
All I Want for Christmas Is to Get Out of Immigration Detention
Families are not supposed to be in immigration detention at all — and certainly not for more than a few days — but these children have been locked up with their mothers for more than a year. They are...
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Emily Johnston
The Fossil Fuel Industry Needs Our Consent. We Can and Must Refuse to Give It.
On November 9, like a lot of people around the world, I was stunned and devastated. In the days and weeks afterward, I was hit by new waves from that same feeling, worrying in turn about Muslim...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Importance of Being a Trump
First there’s the children’s house of make believe. . . . —Robert Frost, Directive The children are having the best time. It’s more fun than playing with electric trains, kite flying or practically...
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Frida Berrigan
Why My Family Turns Our Christmas Tree Into a Political Statement
If it is not about the presents, what is Christmas about?
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Melissa Batchelor Warnke
Call Me a Coddled Snowflake, But Trump's Fetish for Nukes Is Infinitely More Terrifying Than His Other Outrage
An editor whom I greatly respect believes essays about media coverage holes — “The press isn’t paying enough attention to this thing I care about!” — do not generally make for engaging reads. She’s...
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Kim Haddow
Election Losses Don’t Stop Corporate Efforts to Block Voter-Approved Minimum Wage Hikes
Voters spoke very clearly on November 8 when they elected to raise the minimum wage in Arizona and Maine, along with Colorado and Washington State. But those wins, the democratic process, and the...
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Christian Detisch
Why Working Locally Is the Key to Banning Fracking
Under the Trump administration, our local work to ban fracking is more important than ever.
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Sarah Aziza
Cyber Security Takes on New Ugency for Groups Targeted by Trump
With under a month to go until Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, activists from the grassroots to large organizations like the ACLU are working to fortify their digital platforms against...
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John Nichols
Keith Ellison Says He Is Ready to Fight for Democracy in North Carolina—and Across America
Congressman is right to warn Democrats that a battle in one state has nationwide implications.
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Attack on the Freedom of the Press
Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using. 1. Berate the media and turn the public against it. Trump refers to...
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Elizabeth Warren
The Obama Legacy: Protecting Consumers From Big Banks, Payday Lenders, and Debt Collectors
President Obama’s work on behalf of consumers is a central part of his legacy. When he took office eight years ago, our country was in the midst of the worst financial crisis in generations—a crisis...
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Cathy Breen
Signs of Hope in Desperate Times
A postcard from war-torn Iraq
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Peter Dreier
Preparing for Trump: A Ten-Point Plan
For activists, politicians, the press and everyday citizens
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Amy Goodman
Will Political Chaos in North Carolina Lead to a ‘Third Reconstruction’?
Editor’s note: After this column was written, North Carolina lawmakers voted against repealing the transgender “bathroom bill,” which requires people to use public restrooms that match the sex on...
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Carol Burris
Charter Schools Already a Massive Threat. And Now Here Comes Billionaire Betsy Devos
Opening a charter is akin to opening your own business — but the cost and risk are fully funded by the taxpayers.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Lauren Carasik
Donald Trump's Cabinet Bodes Ill for the Planet
The president-elect's appointments make it clear that we cannot rely on the government to protect the planet.
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Mark Weisbrot
Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Made a Mess
President-elect's policy toward China already a disaster
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Jeanmarie Bishop
An Open Letter to the Quote Unquote Left
"We blew it. If we want to fix it, we can't do it with the same strategies with which we blew it."
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Dakota Access pipeline construction Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright
Black Snake Bleeding Out: How DAPL Is Duping Investors
The Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) is yet another violent variable in the equation of environmental racism that plagues the United States, and the world—to the peril of Indigenous and low-wealth...
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UN draft resolution marketed as opposing Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land actually lays ground to eventually legitimize them Ali Abunimah
Why UN Resolution on Settlements Would Be Bad for Palestinians
Update: The vote on the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, has reportedly been postponed . This came after Israeli Prime Minister...
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A small figure gazes up at dark clouds. Sarah van Gelder
How to Face a Trump Presidency: Resist, Reconnect, Renew
We can't count on Republicans or Democrats to save us. Instead, we are the ones to build the world we want, starting in our communities.
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Robert C. Koehler
I Pledge Allegiance To...
I pledge allegiance to . . . what? The Electoral College, to no one’s serious surprise, voted Donald Trump in as the nation’s 45th president, and the pot of outrage in the American spectator...
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John Buell
Fake News and the New McCarthyism
One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and...
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Tom Engelhardt
Dystopian Donald: Will Trump Make 1984 Look Like a Nursery Tale?
Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such vivid previews of what...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Mitchell Plitnick
Nominee For US Ambassador to Israel Should Set Off Alarm Bells
With his nomination of attorney David Friedman as the new United States Ambassador to Israel, President-elect Donald Trump has sent a very clear message that he intends to shift U.S. policy away from...
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Jennifer Lynch
Trump on Free Speech and Freedom of the Press
No one can know for sure what the incoming Trump administration will do, but President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized and threatened the media in the United States. In lieu of...
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Michael Winship
An Unexpected Lesson from Pearl Harbor
Next week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit the site of the surprise attack. With him come thoughts of reconciliation and tolerance.
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Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
Calling Working People of All Colors
The economic concerns of the white working class and people of color are more alike than different.
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Monique Morrissey
In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love
Donald Trump ran a campaign that rejected Republican orthodoxy on a variety of issues. He consistently and emphatically rejected the party line on slashing social insurance programs like Medicare and...
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Les Leopold
The Invention Of The White Working Class
History warns us to be very, very careful when using the phrase “white working class.” The reason has nothing to do with political correctness. Rather, it concerns the changing historical definitions...
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Tom Engelhardt
An Administration of Losers?
Members of Trump's cabinet are unlikely to have the power to "win" anything, but they will indeed have an unprecedented power to destroy
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Sam Pizzigati
Waging Class War in Comfort
Do the corporate chiefs now parading into the new Trump administration see the United States as just another enterprise — to fleece?
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Will Bunch
The 'Good Girls Revolt' is the Untold Political Story of 2017
Esther Gordon, a 65-year-old retired French teacher who lives in Newtown Square, will never forget that feeling when she woke up on November 9 and it sunk in that Donald Trump had really won the...
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Jim Hightower
What Is the 'Trump Fix'?
In Donald Trump's presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the "populistic" patina he needed to...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tania Ildefonso Ocampos
IS’s New Tactic: Attacks to Discourage the West from Welcoming Refugees
As IS loses territory, EUROPOL warns that the group now aims to fuel - and capitalise on - anti-Muslim sentiment through attacks in the West
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Panyin Conduah
Teaching Civics in the Time of Trump
Do we need a new Schoolhouse Rock! to remind us how to run a democracy?
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Harvey Kaye
Gingrich Renews the Right’s Declaration of War on Age of Roosevelt
Seventy-five years ago this past January, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went before Congress and the American people to declare that a generation’s “rendezvous with destiny” had come, that the...
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Catherine Rottenberg
Trumping It Up: Neoliberalism on Steroids
Trump's ascendency should not be seen as marking neoliberalism's demise, but rather as ushering in its newest stage.
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Magdalena J. Seol
Memo to Trump: US Interests in the Era of Climate Change
During the US presidential campaign, President-elect Trump argued that global efforts to address climate change, such as the Paris Climate Agreement, were a “bad deal” that posed an unnecessary...
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Ted Gleichman
Feds Deny LNG Export Through Oregon – Developer Turns to Trump
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) has conclusively rejected the only remaining US West Coast plan to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada and the Rockies to Asia. On December...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sham Populism, Shameless Plutocracy
In a speech at the Heritage Foundation last week, former House speaker Newt Gingrich portrayed President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration as a historic moment for conservatism. “This is...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Bad News for America’s Workers
Like Bush, Trump is yet another Republican president who will assume office despite losing the popular vote, only to pretend that he has a mandate to undertake extremist policies.
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William Astore
All the President's Generals
Trump’s push to "win" with warriors is a loss for America
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Kathy Kelly
Steer Your Way Into Love and Resistance
The frightening truth that our society is a train hurtling toward an abyss must be faced.
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Ralph Nader
An Open Letter to President Obama: Decision Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Dear President Obama: On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed for the New York Times titled, “ America...
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Norman Solomon
Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy
This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a...
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Monday, December 19, 2016
Chris Hedges
‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New
The media landscape in America is dominated by “fake news.” It has been for decades. This fake news does not emanate from the Kremlin. It is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry that is skillfully...
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Ari Berman
North Carolina’s Legislative Coup Shows What Voter Suppression Will Look Like Under Trump
Republicans have turned North Carolina into a laboratory for subverting democracy.
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Anne Kaun
In the Age of Trump, Resistance Movements Must Bring People Together Beyond the Digital Realm
The temporality of corporate social media is based on a business model of dispossessing data. Platforms like Facebook are no substitute for the work of sustainable, long-term organizing.
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Sasha Davis
Could a Network of Rebellious Cities Really Stand Against Trump?
Since the November U.S. election, many on the Left have taken a closer look at how local places like cities, towns, college campuses, indigenous communities, and states can challenge the coming Trump...
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Nick Turse
Commandos Without Borders: America’s Elite Troops Partner with African Forces But Pursue US Aims
Al-Qaeda doesn’t care about borders. Neither does the Islamic State or Boko Haram. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc thinks the same way. “[T]errorists, criminals, and non-state actors aren’t bound by...
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Nafeez Ahmed
The UK's ‘National Security’ Plan? It's a Blueprint for a Police State
The report offers no insight on how Britain has destroyed the national security of other countries - and thereby threatened its own
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Lisa Pryor
Dear America, Why Did You Let Us Down?
SYDNEY, Australia — On the other side of the world from you, we are living in two time zones. One regulated by the rise and fall of the sun, the other regulated by the American news cycle. In our...
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Robert Reich
The Onslaught of Tyranny: Why Trump Rallies for Trump
A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy
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