All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Friday, March 18, 2016
Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman
Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption—and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy
The multiple, remarkable crises subsuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention . That’s understandable given that Brazil is the world’s fifth most populous country and eighth-...
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George Lakey
How Empathy, Not Protest, Can Defeat Trump and Right-Wing Extremism
In Orson Scott Card’s great 1985 strategy novel “Ender’s Game,” a boy named Ender enters a training school where students learn skills for outwitting an opponent. They play computer games that become...
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Laurie Penny
What We Talk about When We Talk about Millennials
When we speak about generational angst, we should not forget that we are really talking about class, and class expectations.
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Rainey Reitman
An Open Letter to President Obama on Encryption: This is About Math, Not Politics
Encryption Isn’t Something We Can Negotiate About, No Matter How Politically Convenient That May Seem
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Robert Reich
Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job
The Constitution of the United States is clear: Article II Section 2 says the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint … judges to the Supreme...
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Les Leopold
Think Again Hillary Democrats: 10 Reasons Why She Could Lose this Fall
The media tells us that Hillary has a lock on the nomination. That news should make her supporters extremely nervous, and not because the prognosticators have been wrong so many times already. All...
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John Atcheson
Feeding the Wrong Wolf
Tuesday night, as the results from the primaries were crystallizing, the media declined to cover a speech by Bernie Sanders so they could "stand-by" on the chance that Trump might speak. But there’s...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
The US Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women
Much is at stake in a Supreme Court case over a Texas abortion law. The nation’s highest court heard oral arguments last week in Whole Woman’s Health v. John Hellerstedt . The case challenges...
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Derek Davison
Ted Cruz’s Team of Islamophobes
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the three remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, is unveiling his national security team today, and Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake was...
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Marjorie Cohn
Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba
In advance of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba on March 20, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights. But a comparison of Cuba's human rights...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Joe Smyth
Most of the Coal Mined by the Biggest Coal Companies in the U.S. Belongs to the American Public
The biggest coal mining companies in the country depend on subsidized federal coal, even as they attack federal climate and clean air policies.
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Harvey Wasserman
Run, Bernie, Please Keep Running
We all win when Bernie Sanders runs. We need him to continue through the Democratic Convention and beyond. You can pardon my enthusiasm, but I’ll now be sending him my $27. That Bernie came in second...
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Amy Goodman
Fascism: Can It Happen Here?
“When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes a saying that is widely attributed to the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair...
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Brandon Weber
What Solidarity Looks Like: Nearly 100 Unions Pitch In to Help Flint
Unions from all over the midwest have donated time, water, dollars, and more to help the residents of Flint, Michigan get through the water crisis that still rages on there. Firefighters,...
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Hector Villagra
The Injustice of Deporting Children Without Representation
Department of Justice immigration judge recently made headlines for testifying that 3- and 4-year-old migrant children could be taught immigration law and could competently represent themselves in...
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Ralph Nader
Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit
The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.” All $585 billion and...
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Peter Van Buren
Is America Exceptional, or Only Great?
Five questions that weren't asked during the 2012 presidential debates and are unlikely to be asked in 2016
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Dean Baker
How to Fight Poverty Through Full Employment
One of the most effective ways to combat poverty among current and future generations is to maintain a full employment economy. The point should be straightforward: when the labor market is strong,...
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Miriam Pemberton
Here’s What a Budget That Prioritizes Peace Looks Like
The budget proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus de-funds the Pentagon and invests new money in transitioning away from America's military-dependent economy.
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Lindsay Suter
My Oily Heirloom
Divesting from fossil fuels required breaking a family tradition.
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Robert C. Koehler
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
The snaking line was more than a mile long. Thousands of us had been waiting for hours in the bitter cold to get into Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre to hear Bernie Sanders speak. It was Monday night...
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Bill Bigelow
The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
The Trump Campaign Is Brought to You by Trump Inc.
The 2016 presidential campaign is one of the strangest I’ve witnessed in a lifetime obsession with politics. I thought there was nothing new under the sun, but then the Donald Trump campaign walked...
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Nusrat Choudhury
The Department of Justice Throws Its Weight Behind Ending the Jailing of the Poor for Unpaid Fines
The fight against modern-day debtors’ prisons just got a new champion: the Department of Justice. On Monday the department called upon state court leaders to ensure that court rules and procedures on...
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Adam Johnson
Cable News Covers Everyone’s Speech but Sanders–Who Made the Mistake of Discussing Policy
The March 15 primary elections handed five victories to Hillary Clinton, giving the former secretary of State a 1,094-to-774 pledged delegate lead, by the New York Times ‘ count , heading into the...
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Lee Rowland, Rachel Goodman
Is it Okay to Kick People Out of Campaign Rallies? That Depends.
While there may not be a single policy issue this year’s presidential candidates can agree on, there does seem to be a bipartisan consensus on one thing: Protest will not be tolerated at campaign...
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David Morris
American Democracy: Progress and Relapse
The founding fathers minced no words about their distrust of the masses. Our first President, John Adams warned , “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy…” Our second President, Thomas...
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John Kiriakou
An American Mussolini
The GOP front-runner's calls for violence against his critics are no joke.
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Beverly Bell
Why Was Berta Cáceres Assassinated?
A few numbers begin to reveal why Honduran indigenous leader and global movement luminary, Berta Cáceres, was assassinated on March 3, 2016. According to the Council of Popular and Indigenous...
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Scott Faber
New DARK Act Would Keep American Consumers on Hold
The new version of the DARK Act introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) would allow companies to voluntarily rely on toll-free numbers and websites instead of labels to inform American consumers...
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Wenonah Hauter
DARK Act Vote in Senate Imminent: Will Congress Protect American’s Right to Know?
On Monday night, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) filed a new version of the anti-GMO labeling bill widely known as the DARK Act , which would prevent states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered...
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Robert Borosage
Mini-Super Tuesday: The Campaigns Remain Contested
As expected, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big in the “Mini Super Tuesday” primaries Tuesday. On the Republican side, the outsiders – Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – will brawl all the way...
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Isaiah Poole
People’s Budget Formally Unveiled Amid GOP Dystopia and Dysfunction
The fiscal 2017 People’s Budget was formally unveiled Tuesday by leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the same day that House Republicans released their own dystopian spending plan –...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
The GOP Elites Have Themselves to Blame
Trump's the symptom, not the disease. The Republican establishment has been infecting the body politic for years.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Gregory D. Foster
Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis
How Civilian Control of the Military Has Become a Fantasy
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Media Malpractice That’s Hurting Everyone but Trump
“I believe that in a democracy what elections are about are serious debates over serious issues,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said upon announcing his presidential campaign in April 2015. He...
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Joydeep Bhattacharya
Want to Retire in Comfort? Back Bernie Sanders on Free College Tuition
Sanders’ plan means higher taxes if you’re middle-aged – but it will make your children wealthier, more productive, and better able to look after you
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Phyllis Bennis
Russia is Withdrawing from Syria — and the U.S. Should Follow Suit
For too long Moscow and Washington have tried to out-muscle each other by escalating the Syrian war. Now, for once, they've got a chance to escalate their efforts to end it.
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Shauna Rust
The Right to Vote Is in Jeopardy in North Carolina
Leading up to today’s primary election, North Carolina has been the focus of national discourse on the right to vote and the fundamentals of democracy. North Carolina has one of the most restrictive...
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Ray McGovern
Putin Shuns Syrian ‘Quagmire’
Gambling that President Obama will cooperate in seeking peace for Syria, Russian President Putin called back much of Russia’s military force dispatched to Syria last fall
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Rajesh Makwana
The Global Refugee Crisis: Humanity's Last Call for a Culture of Sharing and Cooperation
The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and political chaos in the months ahead.
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Isaiah Poole
The Economic Justice We Should Be Voting For
Polls are open Tuesday in four cities that are listed among the 10 “worst cities for black Americans” and two of “America’s most segregated cities,” according to reports published last year by 24/7...
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Robert Fisk
How the West Got It Wrong as the Syrian Civil War Developed
Five years ago, we were high on Arab revolutions, and journalists were growing used to 'liberating' Arab capitals
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Henry Henderson
Congressional Hearings Should Reflect That Flint Is Not Fixed
This week the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform is holding two hearings on the mess in Michigan . I expect we will hear more of the same from the folks who created this disaster when they...
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Robert Reich
The New Truth About Free Trade
I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The old-style trade agreements...
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Stephen Zunes
The US Role in the Honduras Coup and Subsequent Violence
On March 3, BertaCáceres, a brave and outspoken indigenous Honduran environmental activist and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize , was gunned down in her hometown of La Esperanza. Erika...
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Jeff Bachman
Revisiting the "Humanitarian" Intervention in Libya
Five years ago, on March 17, 2011, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 (2011) authorizing "regional organizations or arrangements...to take all necessary measures...to protect...
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Heather Weaver
Ida-NO: Gem State Lawmakers Consider Bill to Allow Bible in Science Classes
Idaho’s public school students may soon have an additional reference text in science class — the Bible. Senate Bill 1342 , which will be heard this week by the House Education Committee, would...
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Mark Weisbrot
The Political Economy of Argentina’s Settlement with the Vulture Funds
After 15 years of court battles, injunctions, smear campaigns, lobbying, and other interventions, the vulture funds have finally won a tentative agreement with the new Argentine government. Vulture...
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Kevin Gosztola
Faced With Exonerated Man, Clinton Invokes Terrorism To Defend Death Penalty
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked by Ricky Jackson, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder who spent 39 years in prison, how she could support the death penalty, despite...
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Sian Cowman, Philippa de Boissière
For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are 'Worse than Colonization'
These mega-projects expropriate land, spoil environments, and pollute democracies. Berta Cáceres gave her life resisting them.
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Chris Hedges
The Mexicanization of the United States
The neoliberal ideology that is the engine of corporate capitalism spews its poison around the globe. Constitutions are rewritten by judicial fiat in a mockery of democracy. Laws and regulations that...
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Emily Arasim, Osprey Orielle Lake
Women on the Front Lines Fighting Fracking in the Bakken Oil Shale Formations
In the rolling plains of North Dakota, companies like Halliburton, Hess, Crestwood Energy, Whiting Petroleum Corp. and Enbridge have crowned themselves king and are acting with a level of impunity beyond measure.
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Glenn Greenwald
The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic 'Neutrality'
As Donald Trump’s campaign predictably moves from toxic rhetoric targeting the most marginalized minorities to threats and use of violence, there is a growing sense that American institutions have...
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Gareth Porter
Kerry Sought Missile Strikes to Force Syria's Assad to Step Down
Kerry sought to 'send a message' to Assad via cruise missile strikes against Syrian government positions but Obama refused proposal
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Rev. John Dear
Building New 'Nonviolent Cities'
Last year, I was invited to give a talk on peace in Carbondale, Illinois. I was surprised to discover that in recent years, activists from across Carbondale had come together with a broad vision of...
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Nancy Altman
Social Security: The GOP vs. the American People
In case anyone had any doubts, the most recent Republican presidential debate made crystal clear how out of touch the Republican establishment is with the American people. Social Security is...
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Dave Johnson
What’s The Problem With 'Free Trade'
Our country’s “free trade” agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate. There are those...
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Paul Buchheit
Unsure About Socialism? Here's More Evidence That Capitalism Is Killing America
A recent Gallup poll found that less people would vote for a socialist than for an atheist, a Muslim, or an evangelical Christian. Media-numbed Americans still believe that "government is the problem...
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Bob Dreyfuss
It Can’t Happen Here... Can It?
Trump’s Storm Troopers and the Possibility of American Fascism
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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Nat Parry
Donald Trump’s First Amendment Hypocrisy
Election 2016 has taken a turn into territory unfamiliar and perhaps mildly terrifying to many Americans, potentially heading down a dark road characterized by political violence and what social...
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Ellen Brown
Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails
Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the people from a dictator than about money, banking, and preventing African economic sovereignty.
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Brandon Weber
A Nurse in Michigan Helps Explain Why Working People Are Behind Bernie Sanders
The pollsters, including Nate Silver of 538 Blog , famously got this state wrong—dead wrong. Predicting a 99% chance of a Hillary win, reality struck the Democratic party establishment across the...
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Gail Ablow
So, Who Are Donald Trump’s Voters?
We spoke with Robert P. Jones, whose American Values Survey studies the role that religion, culture and the economy play in informing voters' decisions.
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Kevin Gosztola
How Bernie Sanders Has Built A Multi-Racial Anti-Austerity Campaign
Bernie Sanders won a huge upset in Michigan last week. It helped position him to potentially win some of the states with primaries this week, particularly Ohio, Missouri, and even Illinois. Results...
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Jill Suttie
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
New studies show being in nature may increase your willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others.
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Trevor Timm
The Five Foreign Policy Questions Every Candidate Should Be Asked
Libya, Yemen, drones and more: why are presidential hopefuls being let off the hook on these critical challenges?
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Karl Nerenberg
With Free Tuition and Ambitious Tax Measures, Alternative Budget Dares Liberals to Think Big
When the Conservatives were in power the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' (CCPA) annual Alternative Federal Budget, or AFB, really did seem to come from an alternate universe. There was...
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Dave Johnson
“Free Trade”: The Elites Are Selling It But The Public Is No Longer Buying
“Free trade”: The elites are selling it but the public is longer buying it. Look at the support for Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, especially in light of Sanders’ surprise 20-...
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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Greer Ryan
Solar Done Right
Distributed solar can help get us off fossil fuels, protect wildlife
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Jesse Hagopian
Six Reasons Why the Opt Out Movement is Good for Students and Parents of Color
Corporate education reformers who seek to reduce teaching and learning to a single score are beginning to realize they are losing the public relations battle. Hundreds of thousands of families across...
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Robert Parry
Neocons Red-Faced Over Obama ‘Red Line’ in Syria
Official Washington’s neocons love to condemn President Obama for not enforcing his “red line” after a sarin attack in Syria in 2013, even though one neocon now admits that U.S. intelligence lacked the proof
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Chris Kromm
Trade Deals Have Hit North Carolina Harder Than Michigan
This week, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a surprise victory in Michigan over Hillary Clinton, the party front-runner who before the state's primary was favored in polls...
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César Chelala
US Should Stop Making (and Selling) Cowards' Bombs
The continuous use of cluster bombs -many of them manufactured by the US- in several conflicts around the world, shows a disregard for human rights and tarnishes the image of those countries that...
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Christopher Brauchli
Tips for Trump
There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth. . . . — Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince Herewith a few...
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Steven Thrasher
Clinton's Comments on the Reagans and AIDS Demand More Than Apology
It is hard but important for those who care about Aids to criticize the frontrunner of the Democratic party, who takes the support of gay voters for granted
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Jim Naureckas
Standing Up for Free Speech Is Not a Threat to Free Speech
Last night, in Chicago, activists did the right thing for democracy
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Peter Bloom
Fighting a Dangerous Establishment: Chicago Protestors Stand Up to Mainstream American Politics of Fear
If legitimate political anxieties are not directed toward the democratic pursuit of progressive goals, violence and threats of violance only invite further reaction – working against the construction of a mass popular movement for systematic social change.
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Neal Gabler
Blowing the Biggest Political Story of the Last Fifty Years
The shocking story isn't the rise of Donald Trump but how the GOP slowly morphed into a party of hate and obstruction.
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Adam Johnson
Sanders, Redbaiting and the ‘Denouncing’ Double Standard
During the Miami Democratic debate ( 3/9/16 ), Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked about sympathetic comments he had made in 1985 about the left-wing leaders of Cuba and Nicaragua. Despite repeated...
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Friday, March 11, 2016
Tom Gallagher
Sanders and Clinton After Michigan: A Look at the Map.
Much as we might wish that the anachronistic Electoral College would just go away, it won’t. At least not in time for this November’s presidential election, anyhow. Which means we need to take a hard...
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Fionuala Cregan
In Latin America and Beyond, Another World Is Still Possible
On the limitations of the Pink Tide and the increasing callousness of the global power elites
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Christian Christensen
Five “Truths” about the US Political Circus Non-Americans Should Question
As an American academic living in Europe, I am often asked by journalists to offer my opinion about what is going on with US politics, Trump and the media. A number of issues regularly crop up during...
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Monica Bell
What Happens When Low-Income Mothers Call the Police
Amid the national discourse on policing, it is easy to lose sight of the day-to-day functions that police are expected to perform—the noise reduction, the carrying of groceries, the stopgap plumbing...
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Wenonah Hauter
The United States of Monsanto?
Why is it that so many politicians are all about letting states make decisions on controversial issues—until some states want to do something that Big Food companies oppose?
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Les Leopold
Revealed: Hillary's Wall Street Speeches (The Bootleg Tapes)
[After eight debates and countless speeches, Secretary Clinton has repeatedly shared her views on Wall Street, trade and job creation. Once we parse through the focus group-tested lines, we can find...
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Annelise Orleck
The New War on Poverty
The 2016 presidential race is revving up, the Supreme Court and National Labor Relations Board are weighing union and workers’ rights cases, and questions of tax reform, living wages, and the right...
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Elizabeth Warren
Senate Republicans: Do Your Job
There's a vacancy on the most important court in America, and the message from Senate Republicans is crystal clear: forget the Constitution. For Senate Republicans, it does not matter who President...
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Kevin Gosztola
At Miami Debate, Clinton Campaign Builds On Pattern Of Dishonesty
A Michigan primary exit poll found only fifty-eight percent of Democratic voters consider Hillary Clinton to be “honest and trustworthy.” In contrast, eighty percent of Democratic voters, including...
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Laura Flanders
The Great Corporate Buy-Up: Because of Corporations, Our Cities Are Not Our Own
Think you can tell the difference between a city and a business park? It may not be so clear. A corporate buying boom since the financial crash is gobbling up city property and leaving us with places...
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Peter Van Buren
FBI and Access to NSA Data on Americans
Hear that hissing sound? That is the last gasps for air from the Bill of Rights. The Bill is one breath away from hell. The FBI has quietly revised its rules for searching data involving Americans’...
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Juan Cole
GOP Debate Civil? Candidates Urged Torture, Child-Murder, Backing Bloody Dictatorships
The headlines Friday about the GOP debate in Miami stressed how relatively civil it was, with less name-calling and pissing matches among the remaining candidates. Those editors have a weird...
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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How About an Election Without Polls?
Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, defeating Hillary Clinton ... and all the pollsters. Election statistician Nate Silver wrote that Sanders’ Michigan victory “...
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Brendan Fischer and Zachary Peters
Cashing in on Kids: 172 ALEC Education Bills Push Privatization in 2015
Despite widespread public opposition to the corporate-driven education privatization agenda, at least 172 measures reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bills were introduced...
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Jeff Conant
The Ongoing Crime Against Environmentalists in Honduras Must End
A full week after the murder of Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres , the situation in Honduras continues to be urgent. Amnesty International has denounced irregularities in the Honduran...
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Lorraine Chow
California Widow Sues Monsanto Alleging Roundup Caused Her Husband’s Cancer
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Monsanto Co. by the widow of a prominent Cambria, California farmer alleging that Monsanto had known for years that exposure to glyphosate —the main...
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Tom Engelhardt
Done In by the American Way of War
With General John Campbell’s tour of duty in Afghanistan finished, a new commander has taken over. Admittedly, things did not go well during Campbell’s year and a half heading up the International...
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Lynne Cherry
In Memory of Gary Braasch: Helping the World See Climate Change
Hopefully, a price on carbon , leading to a fossil-fuel-free future, will be Gary’s lasting legacy.
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Isaiah Poole
Why We Need The People’s Budget’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Set aside for a moment concerns about political gridlock on Capitol Hill. Think about the actual gridlock that could await lawmakers and citizens on their way to Capitol Hill. Earlier in March,...
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Glenn Greenwald
Hillary Clinton, Stalwart Friend of World’s Worst Despots, Attacks Sanders’ Latin American Activism
At Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton attacked Bernie Sanders for praising Fidel Castro in the 1980s, as well for standing with Central Americans governments and rebel groups...
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