All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Monday, December 19, 2016
Jessica Levinson
What the Electoral College Must Do
A rejection of Donald Trump by the Electoral College won’t happen, but it should.
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Ezra Rosser
The Bullshit Era
Calling it what it is will be an essential part of fighting back against it
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Ryan Schleeter
Thanks to Rick Perry, Trump’s Ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline Just Got Deeper
Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Energy sits on the board of the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Dave Johnson
"Corruption" Then And Now
Remember how the “news” media was going on and on about the Clinton Foundation — at least when they weren’t going on and on abut Hillary Clinton’s emails, or airing entire Trump rallies for free?...
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David Suzuki
Tread Lightly to Lift the Weight of the World
How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That's how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study...
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John F. Kowal
The Electoral College, the Constitution, and Trump's Conflicts of Interest
On Friday, the Brookings Institution issued an analysis of an obscure constitutional provision that should concern every American. The paper, by Norman Eisen, Richard Painter and Laurence Tribe,...
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Walter Benn Michaels
It's Not Racism vs. Anti-Racism; It's Capitalism vs. Socialism
Why i nstead of a more complicated understanding of identity, we need a more profound understanding of exploitation
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Arun Gupta
Thanks, Trump! We Now Have Two Opportunities for Bold Progressive Reform
There’s an argument to be made that progressives are lucky Bernie Sanders didn’t win the nomination.
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San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial
Is Russian Election Hack Just the Beginning for America?
The CIA’s conclusion that the Russian government acted to covertly influence the U.S. election has elicited anger and concern from across the political spectrum , even as President-elect Donald Trump...
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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Cynthia Kaufman
Getting out of this Mess by Building support for Economic and Social Justice The election was terrible and means huge setback in the things we who support social and economic justice care about. For...
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Ariel Dorfman
Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt
DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump, Choices, and Qualifications
I’m glad you like adverbs-I adore them. They are the only qualifications I really much respect. — Henry James, Letter to Miss Edwards Now that some of Donald Trump’s choices for important positions...
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Neve Gordon
David Friedman the Crusader
David Friedman, the newly appointed United States Ambassador to Israel, is on a crusade. Two weeks before the elections, he wrote an oped in the Jerusalem Post that reveals his unflinching fervor: “...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Trumped by Putin
It is very likely now that Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States on Jan. 20, in no small part because of the direct intervention in and manipulation of the American...
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Howard Friel
A CIA Source Has Informed Me that Paul Krugman Voted 100 Times for Hillary Clinton
If "facts" can be established simply by what "anonymous intelligence sources" tell reporters, we remain in grave threat from irresponsible journalism
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Robert Kuttner
Are We Stuck with Inequality?
The latesT study of deepening inequality by three of the most careful scholars of the subject, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saens, and Gabriel Zucman, has prompted another round of shrugs from economists...
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Richard Eskow
Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016
This is the time of year when people try to make sense of the preceding twelve months. It’s a fool’s errand, in one sense. A year is an arbitrary division of time. We decide what it means in...
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Harvey Wasserman
Will There Be a 'December Surprise'?
As millions of Americans desperately seek an alternative to Donald Trump , the 2016 presidential election now faces the volatile possibility of a “December Surprise”. Here are some Constitutional...
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Stephen Crowley
If Our Protests Against Donald Trump Aren't Strategic, They Will Fail
Taking to the streets, blocking traffic or marching on Washington will not be enough. What we must do is unite single-issue protests under a broader banner
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Juan Cole
Demonization of Putin as "Personally" Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique
The leaked allegations supposedly from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally” directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good...
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Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Will Police in the Trump Era Embrace Accountability?
Six weeks before Donald Trump takes office, there are growing fears about what he is likely to do with America’s powerful law enforcement apparatus. He has proposed banning all Muslim travel to the U...
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Janine Jackson
Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
It is, of course, worth knowing what involvement any other country might have had in the US election, but elite media’s consumption with the Russia-did-it storyline so far is discouraging to say the...
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David Korten
Trump Played to Anger, But We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer
We’ve been pitted against each other for too long. Now is the time to come together to fix our corrupt political systems.
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Robert Crawford
The Culture of Torture in the Trump Era
“Would I bring back waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. . . . It works. And even if it doesn’t work they deserve it anyway for what they do to us.” Among the anxieties about what Donald Trump...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Robert Reich
The 4 Syndromes of Passivity in the Face of Pending Tyranny
As the era of Trump approaches, some of you are succumbing to the follow four syndromes: "Millions of others feel equally powerless. But taking action—demonstrating, resisting, objecting, demanding,...
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Doug Henwood
Putin Didn't Win This Election for Trump. Hillary Clinton Did
Democrats would rather point to shady foreign operators than think about why Hillary Clinton will not be the one taking the oath in January
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John Atcheson
Meet the New Swamp, Same as the Old Swamp
Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington D.C.. Instead, he’s dredging the swamp of its old sewage and filling it with even more fetid waters. But here’s the thing neoliberals and Democrats...
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Graham E. Fuller
How America Disgraces Itself
The ugly spectacle of the U.S. election is spilling over into the transition with new conspiracy theories about Russia and Donald Trump, as the world looks on in shock and dismay
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Michael T. Klare
Trump’s Carbon-Obsessed Energy Policy and the Planetary Nightmare to Come
Scroll through Donald Trump’s campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Party of Transcendence
It might be too too much to ask of the Democratic Party, but I’m asking it anyway
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Ramzy Baroud
Navigating War: Has the War in Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?
When a veteran war reporter like Robert Fisk constructs his argument regarding the siege of Aleppo based on 'watching' video footage, then one can truly comprehend the near impossibility of adequate...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Hamilton Electors Have a Message for Donald Trump: ‘You’re Fired’
Donald Trump continues to shock the world as he endlessly fires off derogatory, lie-laden tweets and nominates generals and fossil-fuel zealots to his Cabinet posts. Hillary Clinton’s lead in the...
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Reese Erlich
The Six Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories
I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims
As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence” when it has the capability for hard evidence, say U.S. intelligence veterans
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Thomas S. Harrington
Burning Down the House: On Democracy and the Post-Trump Democrats
On November 8th, a puerile con-man named Donald Trump turned widespread economic desperation and the civic ignorance quite purposefully engendered by the US media system over the last three decades...
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Medea Benjamin
Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers
While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy—a hidden one—has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Adam Johnson
Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance
Daily Kos publisher and Vox Media co-founder Markos “Kos” Moulitsas, an influential voice in liberal politics, published a blog post ( Daily Kos , 12/12/16 ) that captures just how terribly leading...
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Peter Certo
Foreign Meddling in Our Vote? Remember How This Feels.
During the Cold War, the CIA did everything it’s accusing Russia of doing today — and more.
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Aaron Lund
The Fall of Aleppo
In a rapid offensive lasting less than a month, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have recaptured the last opposition enclave in east Aleppo. On Monday evening, the army cleared street...
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Miriam Pemberton
The Pentagon’s $125 Billion Cover-up
The brass asked for a report on eliminating waste. When investigators found some, the military buried it.
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Michael Moore
Donald Trump Is Gonna Get Us Killed
The following was posted by the author to his Facebook page. Read the original here . A week has gone by since Donald Trump admitted he's only been to "two or three" of his daily presidential...
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Jim Hightower
Why in the World Would Trump Tap Perry to be Energy Secretary?
Perk up people - for I bring you tidings of great joy: Gov. "Oops" is back! Yes, Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who specialized in putting the "goober" in gubernatorial, is being brought back...
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Jason Opal
Yes, Donald Trump Is Like Andrew Jackson
And, no, not in a good way
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Steven Singer
Don’t Be Fooled: Betsy DeVos Still Loves Common Core
Poor Betsy DeVos. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary has spent her entire adult life advocating for Common Core, but now she has to pretend like she doesn’t like it . In fact...
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Richard Eskow
By Picking Tillerson and Perry, Trump’s Pretty Much Just Trolling Us Now
When it comes to Cabinet-level appointments, Donald Trump hasn’t lost his ability to astonish and dismay. At this point his staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
Dare for Democracy: Three Essential Steps
The Small Planet Institute has published an online guide to help people find a way to get involved.
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Randall Amster
President-Reject: Don’t Say His Name
'If he craves the spotlight, pull the plug. If he desperately needs attention, starve him of it.'
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Kieran Suckling
Trump’s United States of Oilmen
Rex Tillerson represents an existential threat to the planet and his nomination to be the next secretary of state must be rejected
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Ted Rall
Democratic Party's Last Chance: Fight Trump or Die
Democrats need to stop grasping at straws. Shocked by Trump's win and dismayed at his half billionaire , half military junta cabinet , liberals are thrashing about in the stinking waters of dying...
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Trevor Timm
How the Obama Administration Laid the Groundwork for Trump's Coming Crackdown on the Press
In the summer of 2009, less than a year after President Obama took office, one of the first orders of business for the newly empaneled Senate Judiciary Committee was passing a long-stalled federal ‘...
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Tim Shorrock
Cops of the Pacific? The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump
Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as...
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Richard Eskow
While Democrats Chase Russians, Republicans Keep Rigging Elections
What does it tell us when leading Democrats are more upset about allegations of Russian election-rigging than they are about Republican election-rigging? After all, American oligarchs like the Koch...
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Kate McChesney
#SanctuaryCampus: To Counter Trump, We Will Stand Together
For the millions of people that are vulnerable to the destruction of our planet, there are also millions today facing fear, persecution, and hate. The urgency to act is now.
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Ralph Nader
Trump Trumpets His Real Plans
Even for a failed gambling czar, Donald Trump has been surprisingly quick to show his hand as he sets the course of his forthcoming presidency. With a reactionary fervor, he is bursting backwards...
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Robert Parry
Hypocrisy Behind the Russian-Election Frenzy
The madness sweeping Official Washington and the mainstream media about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election is pervaded by breathtaking hypocrisy
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Jeremy Scahill, Jon Schwarz
Obama Must Declassify Evidence of Russian Hacking
Here are two of political history’s great constants: first, countries meddling in the internal affairs of others (both enemies and “friends”); and, second, bogus charges from a faction in one country...
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Monday, December 12, 2016
James Zogby
What Democrats Must Do
We went into this election cycle knowing that both political parties faced real challenges. Republicans had created and fostered a radical populist movement they had intended to use to oppose...
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Betsy Hartmann
Ten Ways to Build a Broad Progressive Movement to Defeat Trump
1. Figure out the whole recipe. There are many reasons Trump won and Hillary lost. Rather than fight over what’s the most important one, it’s more productive to explore the insidious ways different...
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Marjorie Cohn, Jeanne Mirer
Don’t Certify Electors and Electoral College Vote Without Full Recount
The American people deserve to know that the outcome of this election is actually valid. We are tired of hearing the pundits say that the election is over and there is nothing we can do when there...
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Richard Eskow
Through the GOP, the Wealthy Are Waging War on the Old
If you’re an older American — or expect to be someday — and you aren’t wealthy, you may have concluded that the Republican Party is at war with you. If so, you’re not wrong. Republicans are pushing...
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Chris Hedges
For Donald Trump, the presidency will be a vast stage for accommodating his megalomania and insatiable appetite for money. Those who mock, defy or anger him will feel the wrath of the state. Those...
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Eli Clifton
Flynn’s Twitter Account Follows Racists and Conspiracy Theorists
National Security Adviser-designate Ret. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has come under increasing fire. His personal Twitter account and his son’s promotion of Twitter-based conspiracy theories about Comet...
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César Chelala
Poverty: The Dark Side of the American Empire
If we have learned anything from this last presidential election it’s that poverty continues to be an ignored concept by president-elect Trump and by U. S. politicians. Although both avoid using the...
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Ray McGovern
The Syrian-Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson
Amid Official Washington’s desire to censor non-official news on the Internet, it’s worth remembering how the lack of mainstream skepticism almost led the U.S. into a war on Syria
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Craig Murray
The CIA’s Absence of Conviction
On why a little simple logic demolishes the intelligence agency's claims
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Rebecca Gordon
It's 2016. Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?
On yet another undeclared U.S. war
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Paul Buchheit
How Capitalism Kills... And May Be Getting Deadlier
In each of the following areas of our lives, capitalism has been a deadly force in the past, and prospects for the future seem even worse with Donald Trump's Cabinet picks. 1. Medications In 1996...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Pierre Tristam
Cops Aren’t Under Siege. Civilians and Liberties Are.
Last week the sheriff’s office posted a thank-you letter on its Facebook page that a citizen gave two deputies. It’s about 100 words long, and it’s a touching note of gratefulness “from a family that...
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Janine Jackson
If We Were ‘Staggered’ by Police Brutality, Wouldn’t Walter Scott Mistrial Have Knocked Us Over?
Corporate media reported the mistrial in the case of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, whom video showed shooting unarmed African-American Walter Scott eight times in the back in April...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Truth
“And lying she knew was a sin.” Tom Lehrer, — An Irish Ballad A number of parents have written asking for suggestions as to how they can explain to young children why the life of the lie has improved...
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Jill Richardson
Why We Still Need Feminism
Until recently, American women didn't even own their own bodies.
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Adam Johnson
Worst False Equivalencies of 2016
For all the dangers the rise of Donald Trump poses—to vulnerable communities, to world peace, to the planet’s ecosystem—the one silver lining of Trump’s candidacy is that it has completely exposed...
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Ira Chernus
Joy Trumps Fear
Sometimes I force myself to look at photos of Donald Trump, to confront the harsh reality that he will indeed, in all likelihood, soon be the president of the United States. What strikes me most...
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Robert Parry
Big Media’s Contra-Cocaine Cover-up
Twelve years ago, a campaign of character assassination by the major U.S. newspapers drove an honest journalist to suicide. Now those papers claim to be paragons of truth-telling, says Robert Parry.
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Sarah van Gelder
How Standing Rock Has Changed Us
As we work toward a post-fossil fuel society, we can look to these lessons from the Sioux.
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Joanne Lin
Obama Can Stop the Trump Administration From Targeting and Discriminating Against Muslim and Arab Immigrants
This Monday, December 12, the ACLU will be joining Color of Change, 18 Million Rising,, MoveOn, DRUM — Desis Rising Up and Moving, and others to deliver over 280,000 petition...
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Kazu Haga
Violence Brought Us Trump, It’s Not How We Will Stop Him
What’s next? That is the big question facing this country after the election. And many people have been sharing their thoughts on that over social and traditional media, over dinner conversations, at...
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Daysi Flores
The Voice of Berta Cáceres Has Become the Voice of Millions
I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day she was murdered. I never imagined that later this year I would be in a demonstration along with almost a thousand women in Honduras asking for justice for her murder...
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Randall Amster
Beyond the Post-Truth Society
There’s been a lot of virtual ink spent recently on the various implications of presidential politics in the hypermedia age. It’s not a secret that the system is dysfunctional, and that having more...
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Kathy Kelly
Human Rights Day, A Call to Care
December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights.On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing...
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Friday, December 9, 2016
Larry Cohen
Donald Trump Is Bullying Unions. He Picked the Wrong Fight
The president-elect slammed a Carrier union leader and then chose a fast-food executive to be labor secretary. The working-class will fight back
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Aaron Vansintjan
Degrowth Is Punk as Fuck
We’re not trying to sound nice. Take your positivity and shove it.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him
Donald Trump has a thin skin. That personality trait is consistent with his large ego, desire to flaunt his wealth, portray himself as a playboy and aggressively fight every imagined slight. The fact...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
A Victory at Standing Rock—for Now
The Dakota Access pipeline has been stopped, at least for now. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation and thousands of native and non-native allies won a remarkable and unexpected victory Sunday. Word came...
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Les Leopold
The Hypocrisy Of Corporate Welfare: It’s Bigger Than Trump
The “bribe” for Carrier is barely a rounding error in the tens of billions of dollars in public money and tax breaks lavished upon corporations each and every day by Republicans and Democrats alike.
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Jeff Bryant
Principles To Guide The Vetting Of Betsy DeVos
President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education in his administration set off a firestorm of commentary on what her impact might be on furthering “school...
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Dave Johnson
Trump's Anti-Worker Punch Down Strategy
“You better keep your eye on your kids. We know what car you drive.” That’s the kind of threats a local union official is getting after President-presumed-Elect Donald Trump tweeted something bad...
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Martha Durkee-Neuman
Millennial Organizers Want to See An Intersectional Understanding Of Gun Violence
Each generation carries its own revolution. For years, gun violence has dramatically impacted communities around the United States and a movement for gun violence prevention has emerged to respond...
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Glenn Greenwald
A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs
The phrase “Fake News” has exploded in usage since the election, but the term is similar to other malleable political labels such as “terrorism” and “hate speech”: because it lacks any clear...
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Nancy Altman
Bait and Switch: No One Voted to Destroy Medicare
Donald Trump did not campaign on a promise to destroy Medicare. In fact, he promised not to touch Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. But now that the Republicans are in charge of the White...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Rory Fanning
The Antiwar Tour
Two American veterans journeyed to Japan to apologize for US war crimes. They found a growing grassroots antiwar movement.
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Cara Matteson
It’s Time to Talk About the Class Divide Among Women
If you’re like me, you’re still processing what it means to live in a Trump-led America. We are still grieving. We’re desperate to find someone or something to blame, and there’s plenty of blame to...
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Richard Heinberg
Localism in the Age of Trump
2016 will be remembered as the year Donald Trump—a wealthy, narcissistic political novice with a strong authoritarian bent—was elected president of the United States after campaigning against...
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Ashley Gorski
Trying to Keep the Internet Safe From Warrantless NSA Surveillance
With Donald Trump about to become president, the courts have a chance to rein in the NSA’s ‘Upstream’ surveillance powers now, as oral arguments begin in Wikimedia v. NSA .
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John Nichols
Chuck Jones Is a Better President Than Donald Trump Will Ever Be
Trump is attacking a steelworkers union leader for calling out Trump’s lies.
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Adam Parsons
Home Truths about the Climate Emergency
COP22 again highlighted the mismatch between illusive policymaking and the stark reality of global warming. As always, it was left to civil society groups to uphold a vision of global cooperation and economic sharing as the only path towards a sustainable future.
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Kathy Kelly
In Afghanistan, See How We Live
Here in Kabul, I'm generally an early riser at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, but I'm seldom alone. Facing exams, my young friends awaken early and then stay up late to study. Before...
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Robert C. Koehler
Trump, Taiwan, and the Weapons Deal
The president-elect stumbles over the protocols of geopolitics and war, tweeting all the way. It’s not just insane. It’s awkward. “Since 1979,” the Guardian points out, “the U.S. has acknowledged...
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Jeff Weaver
Don't Buy David Brock's Blame Game for Clinton Loss
The knives are out on the Democratic side after the unexpected victory of Donald Trump . Not surprisingly, the first attacks have been launched by the experts on mudslinging against fellow Democrats...
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Norman Solomon
McCarthy’s Ghost Smiles as Dems Point the Finger at Russia
On Tuesday, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and six ranking members of major House committees sent President Obama a letter declaring, “We are deeply concerned by Russian efforts to undermine,...
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