All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Adam Johnson
As Sanders Surges, Cable News Runs Prison Reality Show, Jesus Documentary
Over the past week, Bernie Sanders racked up six wins out of seven primary contests, winning 92 delegates more than his rival Hillary Clinton to chip into her pledged delegate lead. While not an...
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Monday, March 28, 2016
Jim Naureckas
No, CNN, the States Sanders Won This Weekend Weren’t ‘Largely White and Rural’
After Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won the Democratic caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state, CNN ‘s Chris Moody ( 3/28/16 ) observed: These caucus states—largely white and rural—are the...
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Chase Strangio
The Fight Against North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law Heads to Court
Apparently the most urgent need in the state of North Carolina involves stopping transgender people from using bathrooms. For North Carolina lawmakers, the urgency was so great that they felt...
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Witness for Peace
'The Honduran Government Wants to Incriminate Us'
On the criminalization of COPINH and how misdirection plagues investigation into Lenca leader’s assassination
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Peter Van Buren
The Obama Doctrine: The Audacity of Ignorance
Think what it must be like to be one of America’s allies. You enjoy some trade, watch Beyonce and Brad Pitt at the movies, and visit Disneyland on holiday. But then there’s America again at your...
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Robert Borosage
Sanders Soars: The Democratic Race Is Closer Than The Republicans’
Bernie Sanders routed Hillary Clinton in three Western states on Saturday. He isn’t just winning; he’s winning with stunning percentages: Alaska 82-18; Hawaii 70-30; Washington 73-27. He’s taken five...
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Gareth Porter
How Putin's Leverage Shaped the Syrian Ceasefire
By his military withdrawal, Putin was actually enhancing his leverage over both the military situation and the political negotiations still to come
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Seth Abramson
Bernie Sanders Just Trounced Hillary Clinton in Three of the Ten Most Diverse States in America
The overwhelming majority of the voting data accumulated thus far in the Democratic primaries contradicts the media narrative suggesting Bernie Sanders doesn’t perform well in states with diverse...
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Mary Bottari
Easter Rebellion: Three States Give Bernie Sanders Landslide Victories
MADISON — The Sanders campaign came to Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday with a wind at its back. Sander swept Alaska, Washington State and Hawaii with huge margins, even though the political...
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Magnus Eckeskog
A Big Deal for Our Ocean
Today governments from all over the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. We will be there to ensure clear rules for the creation of...
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Paul Buchheit
5 Ways NOT To "Make America Great Again." And One Way To Do It.
Mahatma Gandhi said, "A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." The visions of "greatness" coming from America's political and business and military leaders are quite...
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Peter Bloom
The Smart Con: Clinton vs. Trump
Trump’s outlandishness may get more press but Clinton’s intelligence act might be just as dangerous
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Tom Engelhardt
Don't Blame It All on Donald Trump
Entering uncharted territory in Washington
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
Ralph Nader
Why Bernie Sanders was Right to Run as a Democrat
The two-party system suffocates independent challengers. I would know.
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Bhaskar Sunkara
The 'Sanders Democrat' is Paving the Way for the Radical Left
In 2006, when I told people that I was a socialist, they looked at me like I was crazy. To be a socialist was to be on the margins of American political life, wedded to a lost cause that disappointed...
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James Zogby
Dangerous and Delusional
The performances by four of the five remaining presidential candidates at AIPAC’s policy conference made this a perfectly strange and unsettling week in Washington. The entire affair was more of a...
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Erik Opsal
Arizona’s Long Voting Lines Showed How Democracy is Broken. Here’s How to Fix it.
While Americans waited for election results on Tuesday, some voters in Arizona waited five hours or more just to cast a ballot — long after the polls closed. “Eventually, I gave up at 6:40 p.m. when...
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Mark Ruffalo, Annie Leonard
We Must Rebuild Our Democracy
It started with the founding fathers. In America’s very first election, in 1788, the government officially barred all women, all people of color, and any man without land from voting. This was...
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David Korten
The Thing Sanders, Trump, and Clinton Agree On. It’s That Bad.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is slated for an up-or-down vote in Congress. Proponents say it’s about free trade. But it looks more like corporate colonization.
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Saturday, March 26, 2016
Eric Margolis
Viva Cuba Libre!
Long ago in Havana, my mother and father would take me to the famed “Floridita” bar to join a burly, white-bearded man and drink daiquiris. He gave me his book, “A Farewell to Arms,” autographed to “...
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Christopher Brauchli
Texas and Textbooks
School days, school days, Dear old Golden Rule Days. . . . — 1907 Popular Song by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards For those of us who in years gone by have enjoyed watching the Texas State Board of...
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César Chelala
Declassifying Records Will Shed Light on US Role In Argentina
In 1979, with Paul Heath Hoeffel, I wrote “Missing or Dead in Argentina: The Desperate Search for Thousands of Abducted Victims.” For this article, published as a cover story in The New York Times...
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Nick Engelfried
How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America
Montana communities won a victory against one of the world’s biggest coal companies earlier this month, when Arch Coal abandoned the Otter Creek mine – the largest proposed new coal strip mine in...
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
From TPP to TTIP: Clues to New Food Trade Rules
While civil society groups around the world raise a variety of concerns about the substance of free trade agreements, for the most part their criticisms begin with the lack of transparency. Instead...
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Sue Sturgis
Offshore Drilling Fight Shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners and chanted "Shut it...
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Ralph Nader
Hillary's Latest Bow to AIPAC
It is well known to Washington political observers that politicians invited to speak at the annual, giant AIPAC convention ask for suggested talking points from this powerful pro-Israeli government...
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Friday, March 25, 2016
Glenn Greenwald
Highlighting Western Victims While Ignoring Victims of Western Violence
For days now, American cable news has broadcast non-stop coverage of the horrific attack in Brussels. Viewers repeatedly heard from witnesses and from the wounded. Video was shown in a loop of the...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
The Remarkable Bernie Sanders Journey That Will Overcome the Crowning of Clinton
It’s not over. Far from it. The economic and political establishment, which includes the Democratic National Committee (DNC), its Wall Street and corporate backers, and the major media, most of it...
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John Atcheson
What the Ex-Pat Primary Tells Us About the Bernie Blackout
Tuesday, March 22, and Wednesday the 23 rd were excellent days for the Establishment misinformation machine. Two Days in the Life of the Bernieblackout Tuesday began with an email from the Sanders...
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Sue Sturgis
Pre-empting Local Democracy in North Carolina and Beyond
Date on which the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding the city's non-discrimination policy to offer new protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
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Jim Hightower
Stand Up and Sit In for Democracy
The jig is up, my time has come. I’m about to be arrested. They’ll be hauling me away in mid-April. Not for doing anything wrong but for standing up for what’s right. Or, more accurately, I’ll be...
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Robert Parry
Obama’s Foreign-Policy Self-Enslavement
President Obama may have seen his refusal to bomb Syria in 2013 as his “liberation day” from Official Washington’s expectations, but he promptly put himself back into captivity
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Kevin Gosztola
The Sanders Campaign’s Views On Creating Radical Change Are Quite Realistic
Our objective should be to build, painstakingly, patiently but energetically, a movement that, when it reaches a certain critical mass, would shake whoever is in the White House, in Congress, into...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
‘This Is a Coup’: Brazil’s Workers Party Faces Its Greatest Test
Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country in terms of population and Latin America’s most expansive state, is in political turmoil. The left-leaning Workers Party, PT (as it is known by its...
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Dima Khalidi
AIPAC Speeches and UC Regents Take Aim at Human Rights Advocacy
For us Palestinian-Americans, the height of election year means it is cringe season. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, intentionally timed to attract the presidential...
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Christian Christensen
Dear Media: Radovan Karadžić is a European Christian
Radovan Karadžić has been found guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. That’s Radovan Karadžić: Bosnian Serb leader, Bosnian Serb politician,...
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Kerri Kennedy
Brussels Attacks: When Will Our Outrage Lead to a Radical Change in Our Policy Response?
It's time for us to invest seriously in peace instead of war in the name of the security.
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Jeff Bryant
How Breaking Government Hurts Children
After years of electing people who declare, “Government is the problem” and who avow to “drown it in a bathtub,” the results are apparent that, yeah, government might not work so well when you have...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Horror Persists, From Brussels to Cuba — Guantanamo, Cuba, That Is
Daesh-allied militants attacked a European city this week, setting off three bombs in Brussels that killed 31 and injured 260. In the United States, the response was immediate, first with the...
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Rosario Dawson
An Open Letter to Dolores Huerta
“When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve...
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Simon Jenkins
The Scariest Thing about Brussels is Our Reaction To It
Paranoid politicians, sensational journalists – the Isis recruiting officers will be thrilled at how things have gone since their atrocity in Belgium
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Andrea Fuller
Living in Poverty Amid Affluence
As income inequality grows among Americans, so does the tension it fuels. As one of millions in this country struggling to make ends meet, I am weary of inequality and poverty—not only from my own...
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Garry Leech
Obama’s Cuba Visit Illustrates US Arrogance
In his speech to the Cuban people in Havana, President Barack Obama declared, “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas. … I’ve urged the people of the Americas to...
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Polly Jones
Bill Gates: We Need More than a Superhero to Change the World
Superheroes are having something of a resurgence. Our children continue to be inspired by them. Older generations remember how we were once inspired. And the companies which own them are seeing their...
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Dave Johnson
A Corporate/Billionaire Austerity Budget Or A People’s Prosperity Budget
You’ve heard people ask, “How come they can come up with a couple trillion dollars to invade Iraq, or hundreds of billions for corporate tax cuts, but say we’re broke when we need to fix our...
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Tanya Golash-Boza
Day of the Demagogue: Trumpian Deportation Fantasies and American Realities
In 2006, when I first began researching deportations, George W. Bush was president and quietly building a deportation machine in the Department of Homeland Security. Outside of small activist circles...
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Bill Quigley
Texas Mothers Jailed Five Days in Louisiana over Two Hot Dogs
Two Texas mothers, who police said had no criminal record, spent five days in a notorious Louisiana jail over charges they ate two hot dogs, milkshakes and an icee at a convenience store. The women...
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Ramzy Baroud
If Syria is to Fall, Others Will Follow: The Pandora’s Box of Federalism
The apparent sudden Russian military withdrawal from Syria, starting on March 15 left political commentators puzzled. Few of the analyses offered should be taken seriously. There is little solid...
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Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins
Food Companies Plan to Label GMOs—but Is There More to the Story?
The world’s largest food corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars (some of it illegally ) to avoid being required to label the genetically engineered ingredients in their products. But...
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Robert C. Koehler
Recovery from Militarism
The pols cry glory and revenge. They cry security. They cry greatness. Then they stick in the needle, or the missile or the rifle shell, or the nuclear bomb. Or at least they imagine doing so. This...
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Ray McGovern
Torture Doesn't Work (The 2016 Election Campaign Edition)
US intelligence veterans warn against torture
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John Bonifaz
Abolishing the Wealth Primary: The New Poll Tax in American Politics
Fifty years ago today, the United States Supreme Court struck down the poll tax, a barrier that, for decades, had blocked millions of poor African-American voters, as well as poor white voters, from...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Seth Abramson
Bernie Sanders Is Currently Winning the Democratic Primary Race, and I’ll Prove It to You
Nobody cares how well a politician does at the ballot box when he or she is running for an office unopposed. What matters is how a politician performs in contested primaries and general elections, as...
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David Goldstein
Condemning Our Grandchildren to a Real-life Video Game
Over the past seventeen years or so the temperature of the Earth had climbed from about 0.75 to 0.9 degrees Celsius above the pre-fossil-fuel era baseline. Last year was the hottest year recorded,...
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Susan M. Akram
Syria Continues to Bleed While the Middle East Closes its Doors
Host states impose greater restrictions on refugees’ rights at least partly because Western states aren’t fulfilling their responsibilities.
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Beverly Bell
Gustavo Castro Witnessed the Murder of Berta Cáceres. That Means His Life Is in Danger.
In the face of silence from Washington, the Clinton-backed coup government in Honduras is mopping up activists for democracy and indigenous rights.
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Juan Cole
How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks
1. Stop calling Daesh “the Islamic State.” They are manipulating you. They aren’t a state and they aren’t Islamic. If some fringe cult took over some villages in Mexico and called itself “The Vatican...
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Eve Ensler
Let Donald Trump Be Our Unifier
This presidential election is America’s reckoning. What mighty love will we summon to ensure the ending of this violence, this hate?
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Jo Miles
Is It GMO? When Printing a Label on a Package Is Too Easy…
The food industry’s latest ploy would pretend to label GMOs while making it more difficult to tell what’s in your food.
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Alex Abdo
Apple v. FBI: What Just Happened?
Monday night, on the eve of its courtroom showdown with Apple over a locked iPhone, the FBI surprised everyone. In a motion filed with the court, it asked for more time to explore a new possible...
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Tom Gallagher
Sanders Supporters Are Not Sheep... They’re the Future
When it comes to their take on Bernie Sanders supporters, there's a strange congruity between those who see themselves to the left of his campaign and the Clinton supporters to its right. From the...
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Robert Borosage
The Presidential Race: The West Weighs in
Bernie Sanders is ignored by the media, dismissed by the pundits and the president, but he keeps on rising. Donald Trump continues to outrage, generating well-deserved condemnation in the media,...
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Adam Johnson
With Obama in Cuba, Pro-Torture Pundits Suddenly Concerned With Human Rights
US President Barack Obama landed in Havana Sunday to great fanfare, both in Cuba and stateside. His visit marks a significant shift of the United States’ approach towards the socialist state, and the...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Time for These Two Democrats to Go
They represent everything wrong with the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton should tell them to take a hike.
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William Astore
America's Post-Democratic Military
A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State
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Mohamad Elmasry
The Brussels Attack and Liberal Islamophobia
Glaringly absent from American news media are opinion polls showing that Muslims are no more likely to accept violence than other groups
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Thomas Palley
How the Democratic Party Establishment Suffocates Progressive Change
The Democratic Party establishment has recently found itself discomforted by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign to return the party to its modern roots of New Deal social democracy. The establishment’s...
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Kevin Gosztola
Sanders Declines To Pander To Israel Lobby In Speech Prepared For AIPAC
At the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC) conference, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a hawkish, right wing inflammatory speech that was met with raucous...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
Major Research Findings: Sanders’ Tax Wall Street Plan Would Raise $300 Billion And Create Millions of New Jobs
New research findings from a team of progressive economists provides documentary evidence that the financial footing for Sen. Bernie Sanders visionary social change agenda is not only plausible, but...
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Valerie Wilson
What Second Graders Can Teach Us About Inequality
Two of the most widely cited statistics on inequities within the American labor market are that the average woman earns just 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and that the black unemployment...
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Donna Smith
Why Medicare for Libby and Medicaid for Flint?
PDA Demands Medicare for Life for All Poisoned People
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Trevor Timm
After Invading Iraq 13 Years Ago the US is Still Making the Same Mistakes
The lead-up to war in 2003 was filled with spin and misinformation. But today, we aren’t even having the semblance of a debate about military intervention
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Robert Reich
Why Either Trump’s or Cruz’s Tax Plans Would Be the Largest Redistributions to the Rich in American History
The tax cuts for the rich proposed by the two leading Republican candidates for the presidency—Donald Trump and Ted Cruz—are larger, as a proportion of the government budget and the total economy,...
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Juan Cole
Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians
I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as US policy toward the Mideast doesn’t change much. She was still a senator then. Much of the...
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Gareth Porter
Reporting (or Not) the Ties Between US-Armed Syrian Rebels and Al Qaeda’s Affiliate
A crucial problem in news media coverage of the Syrian civil war has been how to characterize the relationship between the so-called “moderate” opposition forces armed by the CIA, on one hand, and...
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Simon Jenkins
Our Response to the Brussels Bombings Requires Patience and Restraint
Blanket media coverage and calls for revenge just fuel the cycle of violence
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Cindy Cohn
Good News For Now: Court Postpones Hearing in Apple v. FBI
A magistrate in Riverside, CA has canceled a hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in the Apple v FBI case, at the FBI’s request late Monday. The hearing was part of Apple's challenge to...
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Monday, March 21, 2016
Samantha Brotman
If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's
The 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC. The conference is no small affair; as is the case every year, there is a star-...
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Ben Lilliston
Selling TPP as the Farm Economy Drops off a Cliff
The farm economy is beyond struggling. Farm income was 50 percent lower in 2015 than in 2013 and is expected to drop further in 2016, reports the USDA . Prices for commodity crops, livestock and...
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Dave Johnson
Fact-Check This: Arrogance Of Elites Helps Drive The Trump Phenomenon
For some time now most of the people in this country have been under economic pressure. Pay is not going up very much or at all, while living costs keep rising. One recent statistic stands out – 63...
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Philip Weiss
Trump ‘Has No Business Being President’ Because He Would Be ‘Neutral’ to Israel — Clinton Tells AIPAC
If there was any doubt that Hillary Clinton is running to the right of Donald Trump on Israel, she removed it this morning with a fist-pumping hard-right speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC that...
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Ron Howell
Journalist Marta Rojas an Unrecognized Witness to Cuban History
The half-century embargo against Cuba has blocked not only the exchange of goods and services between the two nations. It has stifled the fair exchange of ideas and role models that make for true...
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Jeremy Haile
How the Felony Drug Ban Keeps Thousands of Americans Hungry
With 2.2 million people locked up in prisons and jails, it’s fair to say America has a culture of incarceration. Our nation’s criminal justice system is so pervasive that Sesame Street now provides...
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Kate Fried
General Mills to Label GMOs
Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect in July, and some major companies are starting to give consumers more information about what’s in their food.
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Adam Hochschild
A Corporation Goes to War: How Texaco Supported Fascism
“Merchants have no country,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. “The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” The former president...
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Dawn Bickett
Eight Ways People are Fighting for Forests this International Day of Forests
Love trees? Then celebrate – 21 March is the International Day of Forests! Without healthy, thriving forests, our planet cannot sustain life. But they are facing serious threats from human activity...
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Tom Weis
The Revolution May Not Be Televised, But Bernie Sanders Is Going All The Way
First the political powers that be tried to count Bernie Sanders out after Super Tuesday, only to watch him come roaring back with a Michigan miracle that shocked the political world. After being...
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Robert Scheer
The U.S. Terrorized Cuba, Not the Other Way Around
Truthdig editor’s note: As President Obama begins his historic visit to Cuba, we are posting some of Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s past writings about the U.S.’ relations with and actions...
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Jim Hightower
Caught in the Corporate Feeding Frenzy
These Texas steelworkers are fighting back against the global elites racing them to the bottom.
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Stacy Bannerman
Will Candidates Turn “Shock and Awe” into Truth and Reconciliation?
This weekend marks thirteen years since the “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq, and while the Presidential contenders have gone back-and-forth about the war, not one of them is leading the way forward...
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Rucha Chitnis
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
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Norman Solomon
The Democratic Party’s ‘Superdelegates’ Are Super Wrong
When I was a teenage volunteer for Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign in 1968, one of the aspects of the national Democratic Party power structure that bothered me the most — apart from its...
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Eric Weitz
Weimar America?
Forget Trump. It's the people who paved the way for him who seem uncomfortably familiar to an expert on pre-Nazi Germany.
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Marian Wright Edelman
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock: Flint’s Disposable Poor Children
America’s political blame game continues while children continue to suffer life impairing harm. The nation was riveted this week as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency (...
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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Ray McGovern
Behind the Crimea/Russia Reunion
Official Washington marches in propaganda lockstep about Crimea’s decision to rejoin Russia two years ago, with references to a Russian “invasion” and a “sham” referendum of Crimea’s voters, but the reality is different, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
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Laura Flanders
A Great National Sick-Out - It's Past Time
A picture’s worth a thousand words they say, and that was certainly the case earlier this year when public school teachers in Detroit started tweeting out pictures of the crumbling schools they work...
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Erin Brockovich
We Are All Flint
How America’s moms are leading the battle for clean drinking water
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Janine Jackson
When Your Media Are ‘Disappointed’ by Opposition to Bigotry
As the aggressive behavior of his supporters becomes as much of a story as the violence implied in his politics, Donald Trump is bringing together folks who agree on little else to denounce him. It’s...
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Peter Bloom
Sanders Must Build a Progressive Movement All the Way to the Convention and Beyond
Hillary Clinton’s sweep of all five states last Tuesday seemed to signal the end of Bernie Sanders’ insurgent “socialist” Presidential campaign. While Sanders is far from being mathematically...
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Neal Gabler
Trump’s Presidential Campaign Is Straight Out of Hollywood
He starred in a TV reality show, but Donald Trump's ascent is based on two classic movie archetypes.
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