All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Michael T. Klare
The Coming World of "Peak Oil Demand," Not "Peak Oil"
Debacle at Doha and the collapse of the 'Old Oil Order'
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cathy Breen
Can We Feel the Heat?
I am travelling as a peace witness in Iraqi Kurdistan. We visited a sheikh whom I had met in Fallujah in 2012. He and his family were forced to flee to Kurdistan about two years ago. Fallujah iis...
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Kevin Gosztola
Why Sanders Supporters Should Not Let Democratic Primary Demoralize Them
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was expected to do very well in the five primaries on April 26, but after the results, Bernie Sanders and his supporters face a critical moment in...
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Crystal Lameman
The Leap Manifesto is a Path to Jobs and Justice
I was one of the first to sign the Leap Manifesto, and I helped write it. You might find that strange if you’ve read the media reports calling its authors latte-sipping Toronto elites. I’m not...
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Martha Burk
The GOP's Two-Pronged Assault on Women
The GOP isn't just taking aim at reproductive rights — it's after our very economic survival.
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Erin Sagen
Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl
The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
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Robert Borosage
The Atlantic Primaries: Trump and Clinton Consolidate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – the two presumptuous if not yet presumptive leaders for their party’s presidential nomination – won big on Tuesday. Trump swept all five states (Connecticut,...
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Dean Baker
The Question Is Not "Free Trade" and Globalization, It Is Free Trade and Globalization Designed to Screw Workers
Why are none of the "free trade" members of Congress pushing to change the regulations that require doctors go through a U.S. residency program to be able to practice medicine in the United States?...
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Jim Hightower
Crime Can Pay if It’s Big Enough
For banksters like Goldman Sachs, federal criminal settlements are just a cost of doing business.
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James McEnteer
The Geopolitics of Generosity
On April 16, Ecuador suffered an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale. One week later, the death toll stood at 656, with more than twelve thousand injuries reported and more than fifty...
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Gareth Porter
The Classified '28 Pages': A Diversion From Real US-Saudi Issues
The controversy is a distraction from the real problems that Saudi Arabia’s policies pose to the US and the entire Middle East region
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Ming Chun Tang
Could US Trade Threaten Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba?
With limited access to chemical and mechanical inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides and farm machinery, Cuban farmers have pioneered innovations in sustainable agriculture out of necessity since...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Real Meaning of Donald Trump
He’s a Sign of American Decline (Just Not in the Way You Think)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Christian Poirier
Bold Moves Block Tapajós Mega-dam and Uphold Indigenous Rights, for Now
In the shadow of last week's contentious vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's indigenous agency FUNAI and environmental agency IBAMA made unexpected, decisive rulings in defense of...
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Gerry Hebert, Paul S. Ryan
Four Ways To Fight For Democracy
Following the demonstrations in Washington for voting rights and campaign finance reform, Moyers & Company is asking activists to describe how they are carrying the fight forward. This is part of the series.
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Sam Pizzigati
Did The Beatles Help Fuel The Reagan Revolution?
Overcrowded classrooms. Crumbling bridges. Shuttered libraries. These have become our everyday realities after over a generation of tax-cutting political bravado. A shrinking middle class. Rising...
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Chuck Collins
Clueless CEOs at the Top
US business honchos fearful of populist backlash
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Brendan Fischer
Lying About Election Spending, Dark Money Group Brags to Donors it Will 'Win Senate Seats' with 'No Donor Disclosure'
And the FEC Does Nothing About It
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Jim Naureckas
Clintonism the Future? NYT’s Political Science Fiction
Just before the New York primary, the New York Times ( 4/16/16 ) published an op-ed by Michael Lind called “Trumpism and Clintonism Are the Future.” It’s a good guide to how the wishful thinking of...
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Beth Geglia
What Does Justice for Slain Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres Mean?
Amidst lingering smoke from the morning’s ceremony, Garifuna leader Miriam Miranda opened up the space with a welcoming. “We celebrate that you are here with us today to build something real. We don’...
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Ronald Lewis, Helen Stokes
What I Told the Attorney General and the HUD Secretary About My Criminal Record
After four decades of mass incarceration and over-criminalization in the United States, as many as 1 in 3 Americans now have some type of criminal record, and nearly half of U.S. children now have a...
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Harvey Wasserman
30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Are Killing Us All
April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It comes as Germany, which is phasing out all its reactors, has asked Belgium to shut two of...
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Isaiah Poole
Sanders Didn’t Start The Fire, So Don’t Ask Him To Put It Out
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign operation has been anything but subtle in suggesting that now that her win in the New York primary Tuesday has made her nomination at the Democratic convention...
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Robert Parry
From Brady to MH-17, Power Defines Reality
From the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down to Tom Brady’s NFL suspension, reality gets defined not by facts and reason but by power and propaganda
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Adam Eichen
Democratic Hope in New York
We face a crisis in this country: A majority of young Americans have lost faith in our government. According to a 2015 Harvard poll , only 17% of 18-29 year olds trust Congress as an institution...
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Rhea Suh
Two Years of Tragedy in Flint
When Flint, Michigan, switched its water supply on April 25, 2014, it sparked an unprecedented public health crisis. Its residents are still in dire need of help.
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Nicolas J. S. Davies
Hidden Costs of US Air War
When Russian air strikes kill civilians in Syria, it is big news in US newspapers, but there is near-total silence when US bombs kill civilians in Iraq or Syria
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Nick Dearden
TTIP is a Very Bad Excuse to Vote for Brexit
The next round of talks begin on Monday in New York and Obama is worried – unless serious progress is made in coming months, his trade legacy may be doomed. The problem for the US president is...
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Robert Borosage
Clinton’s Defense of Big Money Won’t Cut It
Hillary Clinton’s heated defense of the money she has raised from Wall Street and other interests won’t cut it. Her protests contradict the basic case that virtually all Democrats and reformers have...
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Hazim Ismail, Leena Hasan
TPP Benefits the Few and Harms Many
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has been called "NAFTA on steroids," is a harbinger of invasive and human rights-violating times. Called a trade agreement, it actually has very little to do with...
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Robert Reich
The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment Politics
Will Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the...
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Timothy Johnson
Meet The Press Panel Fooled By Trump’s Temporary, Moderate Position On Anti-LGBT 'Bathroom Bills'
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and panelists on his NBC show cited Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s claim that he opposes anti-LGBT “bathroom bills” as evidence that Trump is...
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Rebecca Gordon
The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t
The Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zubaydah
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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Hamid Dabashi
American Democracy is Rigged
The Republican and Democratic parties are functioning like two identical but competing Orwellian Ministries of Truth.
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Adam Johnson
Forget Bernie Bros — the Worst Trolls Work in Corporate Media
One of the more popular pastimes of establishment media pundits is complaining of their various “trolls”—anonymous, faceless basement dwellers who lurk online and harass with aggressive, non-stop...
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Robert Parry
Is Hillary Clinton ‘Honest’? (A Response to Kristof)
Hillary Clinton’s defenders object to the widespread public view that she is a liar by noting she scores reasonably well on the accuracy of her policy statements, but that is missing the point
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Neal Gabler
The Mainstream Media’s Big Disconnect: Why They Don’t Get Middle America
The top journalists covering the elections are out of touch. No wonder they're missing this year's big stories.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
A Young American Reminds Us How Badly We Are Failing Children on Climate Change
If Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh didn’t have the look and sound of a 15-year-old, one could easily assume he was twice his real age. The indigenous environmentalist talks like a seasoned activist and well-...
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Mohamad Bazzi
Obama May Be Preaching 'Tough Love' to Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story
Despite his rhetoric, and his administration’s perceived shift toward Iran, Obama has not fundamentally changed the US status quo toward Saudi Arabia
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Andrew Bacevich
War Out of Sight, Sacrifice Out of Mind
In the dispiriting of summer of 1979, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter tried to sell his fellow citizens on a radical proposition: Having strayed from the path of righteousness, the nation was in...
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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Michael Winship
Drone Warfare and the Kill Chain
In the current movie, starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman, the human toll and moral dilemma of drone warfare are portrayed in a compelling drama of life and death.
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Robert Fisk
When We Mourn the Passing of Prince But Not 500 Migrants, We Have to Ask: Have We Lost All Sense of Perspective?
Could not one of those dead children among the five hundred souls on the sinking Mediterranean boat become a ‘superstar’?
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
Flint Is About How We Treat the Poor
This water crisis could not have occurred in a rich community
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Eric Margolis
Defending Democracy To the Last Drop of Oil
Poor President Barack Obama flew to Saudi Arabia this past week but its ruler, King Salman, was too busy to greet him at Riyadh’s airport. This snub was seen across the Arab world as a huge insult...
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Janine Jackson
Looking Back on Deepwater With Journalism as Usual
April 20 marked the 6-year anniversary of the biggest oil spill in US history, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which new research says was even bigger than previously...
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Ralph Nader
Breaking Through Power: Historic Civil Mobilization Now
Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions...
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Christopher Brauchli
Crimes & Punishments
Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. — Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message (1903) A number of readers have written inquiring whether it is acceptable to have state...
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Friday, April 22, 2016
Silvio Carrillo, Jeff Conant
This Earth Day, Lets Defend Earth’s Defenders
April 22, 2016 marks the 46 th Earth Day – the one day each year when all of us are encouraged to recognize our fragile planet and find ways to live a little lighter on the land. It is beyond...
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Kevin Gosztola
Clinton’s Digital Task Force Breaks Barriers To Defend Her Donors
A super political action committee, Correct The Record, which has direct ties with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign, launched a “digital task force” to push out “positive...
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Glenn Greenwald
To See the Real Story in Brazil, Look at Who is Being Installed as President — and Finance Chiefs
(Para ler a versão desse artigo em Português, clique aqui .) It’s not easy for outsiders to sort through all the competing claims about Brazil’s political crisis and the ongoing effort to oust its...
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Laura Flanders
Concentrated Media Power is Real Power: We've Let Markets Rule the Public's Airwaves
For months we have done our best here at the Laura Flanders Show show to keep it a Trump-free zone. As far as humanly possible we’ve not commented on Donald Trump's rise, his fall, his peaks, or his...
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Dilma Rousseff: a target of the rich and powerful. David Miranda
The Real Reason Dilma Rousseff’s Enemies Want Her Impeached
Corruption is just the pretext for a wealthy elite who failed to defeat Brazil’s president at the ballot box
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Jeff Bryant
We Won’t Improve Education By Making Teachers Hate Their Jobs
Does this sound like a place you’d like to work? The work environment is “depressing” … “morale is at an all-time low.” “It feels like a lot of busy work and hoop jumping and detracts from the work...
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Dror Ladin
The Government Breaks Its Streak of Cutting Off CIA Torture Lawsuits
W hile President Obama acted quickly to dismantle the CIA’s torture program when he took office, his administration has consistently shut the courthouse doors to the victims. But a recent government...
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Sharita Gruberg
What Happens When Asylum Seekers Are Too Poor to Make Bail
On April 6, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government for detaining immigrants who remain in jail simply because they are too poor to pay...
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David Korten
This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back
Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home.
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Erica Smiley
Redefining the Possible for Labor
Our best weapon to combat wealth inequality remains a strong union contract, but innovative direct action is also needed.
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Andy Rowell
"Grim Drumbeat" Behind Historic Climate Agreement
History will be made today at a ceremony in New York when countries start to formally sign the Paris climate agreement, which was initially approved in December last year. The Paris accord agrees to...
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Erik Hoffner
Goldman Prize for a Gold Mining Opponent
'People are becoming aware and understand what I’m fighting for: the land, water and life, not only my own, but the population in general.'
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John Atcheson
Fair Game: Why Bernie Should Keep Going
Predictably, after New York, the establishment is demanding that Bernie bow out. The etiquette of conventional Party politics, after all, dictates that he step aside, lest he weaken the front runner...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Andrew Crocker
A Disappointing Ruling on National Security Letters, But Not the Last Word
The federal district court in San Francisco in EFF’s National Security Letter (NSL) cases has unsealed its order from last month, which denies our clients’ long-running First Amendment challenges to...
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Joan Mandle , Adam Eichen
The Democracy Movement Is Here To Stay
SuperPACs and billionaires are bankrolling our elections, and as a result, most Americans have virtually no influence in our political system —a damning state of affairs for the world’s oldest...
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Jim Naureckas
Trampling Science to Boost Nuclear Power
When the Washington Post and New York Times are making the same corporate-friendly point, it’s safe to assume that some PR agency somewhere is earning its substantial fees. In this case, the subject...
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Robert Parry
No Reward for Sanders’s Israel Stance
Sen. Sanders showed guts when he broke from the political lock-step of unrestrained praise for Israel, but his loss in the New York primary shows there’s little reward for such courage
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Trevor Timm
You May Hate Donald Trump. But Do You Want Facebook to Rig the Election Against Him?
The company’s dominance means it can easily manipulate voter behavior. Though it claims it won’t, just the possibility is a threat to democracy
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Robert C. Koehler
The New Enlightenment?
What remains endlessly hinted at about the 2016 presidential race, but not fully articulated, is that something enormous — bigger than politics, bigger than America itself, perhaps — is trembling and...
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James Esseks
Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Have Nothing to Do With Privacy and Everything To Do With Fear and Hatred
If social conservatives in Tennessee get their way , the state will soon become the second in the nation to use the coercive power of the government to force people into bathrooms that violate their...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Harriet Tubman and the Currency of Resistance
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that the revised $20 bill will feature the portrait of the legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Tubman was born a slave, escaped to freedom and...
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Thulsi Narayanasamy
Rana Plaza: Three Years On, Garment Workers Still Exploited
Global fashion brands dictate the precise designs of clothes down to the last stitch, yet claim to have little power to ensure the basic rights of workers in factories. On the third anniversary of...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows
In Washington’s drone wars, collateral damage comes home
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Kevin Gosztola
Sanders Campaign’s Commitment To Victory Irritates Media, Offends Clinton Campaign
Once again, for the umpteenth time in the Democratic presidential primary, there is a dominant narrative in the establishment news media that it is over for Bernie Sanders. News outlets have crunched...
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Michael Winship
This Election’s Teaching Our Kids Bad Habits
The gutter-level of this year's campaign rhetoric is dragging all of us down — and that includes America's children.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Mairead Maguire
The Rome Conference on Nonviolence: A Turning Point in History
It was a joy for me to join eighty people from around the world meeting in Rome from April 11th to the 14th at the “Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding...
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Janine Jackson
Trump’s Bad Ideas Aren’t Un-American After All
Many of the GOP front-runner's worst proposals are playing out already.
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Jim Hightower
Dodgy Dave and How the Panama Papers Reveal Scandalous Hypocrisy
It's always educational to observe the behavior of wildlife in their natural habitat. For example, we learn that there's nothing more vicious than a wild animal that's cornered. I would add that...
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Peter Bloom
The Democratic Stockholm Syndrome
New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for those holding their progress captive
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Beverly Bell
Berta Cáceres Lives On, And So Does Violence By Honduran Government and Dam Company
Fifteen hundred people from at least 22 countries convened in Honduras from April 13-15, 2016 for the “Peoples of ¡Berta Vive!” International Gathering. They came to honor slain global movement...
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Medea Benjamin
President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading
One concrete outcome that President Obama could pursue on his visit to Saudi Arabia is saving the lives of three Shia youth sentenced to be executed, most likely by beheading, for participating in...
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Robert Borosage
The Big Apple Goes With the Home Team
There’s no place like home. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big last night in their home state of New York. Trump won 60.5 percent of the vote and 88 delegates, with John Kasich a distant second...
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Kevin Gosztola
Closed New York Primary Helps Democratic Party Maintain Status Quo
At least 126,000 voters in Brooklyn, New York, were purged from voter rolls. The purge seems to be a symptom of the state’s “closed primary” system, which forces voters to affiliate with a political...
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Jake Johnson
While Workers Struggle for $15, CEOs Enjoy Obscene Pay Raises
Fight for $15 has emerged as one of the most prominent progressive movements in the United States by drawing attention to, among other issues, the role wage stagnation plays in the nation's worsening...
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Hank Edson
When They Come for Our Vote
People supporting Hillary Clinton often compare the “Bernie or Bust” movement to Ralph Nader’s third party campaign in the 2000 election, angrily accusing Sanders supporters in advance of handing the...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Kenneth Roth, Ethan Nadelmann
US Should Seek Bold New Approach on Drugs
The “War on Drugs” has been lost. Not only has it failed to reduce problematic drug use, it has cost more than a trillion dollars over the past few decades, and produced horrific unintended...
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Brad Johnson
Hillary Clinton’s Fossil Fuel Financiers
Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency of the United States is powered by a lot of fossil fuel money. How can this be, when nearly all of the industry’s contributions are going to Republicans...
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Naomi Dann
Campus Battle Heats Up Over BDS
On April 14, the Doctoral Students Council (DSC) at the City University of New York Graduate Center passed a resolution endorsing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Citing Israeli-imposed...
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Arn Pearson
Why I Chose to Get Arrested in Defense of Our Democracy
On Monday, I joined hundreds of fellow citizens who were arrested as part of a non-violent act of civil disobedience on the steps of our U.S. Capitol. I stood with people of all ages and all walks of...
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Andy Rowell
Fossils Fuels Could be Phased Out “Within 10 Years”
As the saying goes: the stone age did not end due to the lack of stones and the oil age will not end due to lack of oil. It will end due to climate change and the coming clean energy revolution. And...
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Isaiah Poole
Elizabeth Warren Takes On TurboTax (And Its Fellow Scavengers)
One of the right’s favorite talking points is how they’d like the tax code to be so simple that a citizen could file their taxes on a postcard. Here’s what the right doesn’t talk about: There is...
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Robert Dodge
From Flint’s Children to Nuclear Weapons, Funding Our Nations Priorities
This week our nation funds our national priorities on tax day. In this era of growing discussion about participatory democracy and citizens engaging in the decisions of how their community tax...
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Alison Stine
Why Art Matters, Even in Poverty
In the toy aisle, which is inconveniently next to the bread aisle, I tell my 5-year-old son we are not getting a truck today. I tell him we buy what we need, and not more. I tell him I have enough...
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Scott Greytak
Barons of Coal, Begetters of Change
Last week, the former CEO of the Massey Energy Company, once the fourth largest producer of coal in the United States, was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by law – one year in prison, one...
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Peter Van Buren
Why Don’t the Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?
Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America’s longest war is its least talked about. Afghanistan has not come up in any Republican or Democratic debate, except perhaps as one...
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Karen Greenberg
Still in the Bush Embrace: What Really Stands in the Way of Closing Guantánamo
Can you believe it? We’re in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and everything it represents remains...
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Robert Reich
Why Isn’t Everyone In Favor of Taxing Financial Speculation?
Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals – to tax financial speculation? Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and...
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Robert Parry
Democrats March Toward Cliff
Barack Obama once called Hillary Clinton “likable enough,” but a new poll raises doubts about that, as the Democratic frontrunner’s net-negative has nearly doubled to 24 points
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Marjorie Cohn
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist
An amazing thing happened at the prime-time Democratic debate in Brooklyn on Thursday. A few days ahead of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York primary, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dared to...
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‘Our Congress:’ Protesters Say Democracy Is Awakening Kathy Kiely
‘Our Congress:’ Protesters Say Democracy Is Awakening
On an April Sunday, more than 200 organizations united in Washington to fight for voting rights and campaign finance reform.
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Jake Johnson
President Obama's Coddling of Saudi Arabia
Much has been made of President Obama's lengthy interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic , in which he argues that many American allies have become "free-riders" — allies content to receive...
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Morris Pearl
Patriotic Philanthropy?
Alec MacGillis’ piece “The Billionaires’ Loophole,” published March 14, 2016, ostensibly explores the fairness of the carried interest tax loophole, a giveaway to fund managers that “helps” increase...
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Les Leopold
Would Hillary Overthrow a Government Run by Bernie?
Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that a Bernie-like leader was elected the president of a Latin American country and that the U.S. feared he would adopt policies that were hostile...
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