All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Thursday, March 10, 2016
John Feffer
To End No Wars
In a world awash with weak states, powerful weapons, and crumbling institutions, conflicts can easily continue for generations — and perhaps never end.
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Dennis Bernstein
The Honduras Killing Field
An apparent resurgence of death-squad violence in Honduras, including the March 3 murder of prominent Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, is a harsh reminder of Secretary of State...
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Adam Johnson
Shocker: WaPo Investigates Itself for Anti-Sanders Bias, Finds There Was None
On Tuesday, FAIR published a straightforward recapping of 16 hours of Washington Post stories that displayed a remarkable run of negative articles about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie...
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Beverly Bell
¡Berta Lives!
The life and legacy of Berta Cáceres
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Robert C. Koehler
Politics and the Golden Rule
"What I’m not trying to do is just pass legislation. I’m trying to change the face of American politics.” Pull these words out of the context of “the news” and let them pulse like the heartbeat of...
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Harvey Wasserman
7 Top NRC Experts Break Ranks to Warn of Critical Danger at Aging Nuke Plants
Seven top Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) experts have taken the brave rare step of publicly filing an independent finding warning that nearly every U.S. atomic reactor has a generic safety flaw...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Ruth Conniff
Rust Belt Upset Puts Sanders Back in the Game
It was a big upset for Bernie Sanders. Polls showed him down by twenty points against Hillary Clinton in Michigan. His win, delivered by Michigan voters on Tuesday night was a blow to conventional...
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Les Leopold
Hillary's Wall Street-Friendly Economic Plan Costs Her Michigan
Billed as a major populist economic address, Hillary Clinton put forth her jobs program in Michigan. Wall Street is smiling. Team Hillary is crying. Her program fits perfectly within the neoliberal...
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Russell Mokhiber
Single Payer Advocate Quentin Young Dies at 92
Dr. Quentin Young, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and from 1992-2014 the organization’s national coordinator, died on March 7 in Berkeley, California where he had...
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Martha Burk
What the GOP’s Supreme Obstruction Means for Women
Senate Republicans are leaving women in limbo on several crucial issues.
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Frances Moore Lappé
Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before
As perhaps never before in our history, all the pieces are in place for a democracy movement to take off in America, one strong enough to tackle the system-roots of our country's crises. What? You...
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Brent Patterson
The Public Won't Be Served at Obama's State Dinner for Trudeau
What can we expect out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's two-day visit to Washington, DC this week? First of all, this is what isn't likely to be on the agenda: a shared commitment to a 100 per cent...
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John Perkins
The Deeper, Darker Meaning Behind Not Closing Guantánamo
The other night on John Oliver’s HBO program, I saw a funny montage of President Obama repeatedly stating his intention to close Guantanamo. In the beginning, the youthful president was unequivocal...
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Robert Borosage
March Madness: Sanders Takes Michigan in Huge Upset
Bernie Sanders shocked the political world with a stunning victory in the Michigan primary Tuesday night, coming back from 20 percent down in polling to win by some 2 percent of the vote. After all...
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John Atcheson
Sanders Takes Michigan, But Mainstream Media Keeps Discounting His Campaign
For weeks now, the Mainstream Media (MSM) has all but ignored the Sanders campaign and talked about Hillary’s capture of the Democratic nomination as a done deal. But, once again, Sanders proved them...
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Robert Reich
The American Fascist
I’ve been reluctant to use the “f” word to describe Donald Trump because it’s especially harsh, and it’s too often used carelessly. But Trump has finally reached a point where parallels between his...
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Glenn Greenwald
Nobody Knows the Identity of the 150 People Killed by U.S. in Somalia, but Most Are Certain They Deserved It
The U.S. used drones and manned aircraft yesterday to drop bombs and missiles on Somalia, ending the lives of at least 150 people . As it virtually always does, the Obama administration instantly...
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Medea Benjamin, Rebecca Green
Hillary Clinton’s State Department Armed Saudi Arabia to the Teeth
While Saudi Arabia and Boeing poured cash into the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton's State Department approved enormous sales of Boeing fighter jets to the kingdom.
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Georgie Johnson
Why Climate Change is a Gender Equality Issue
A 2014 EU study found that women are consistently more concerned about climate change than men, and are more willing to make sacrifices to reduce emissions. Women are even statistically more likely...
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Kevin Gosztola
Obama Administration To Justify Drone Strikes With Casualty Counts
President Barack Obama’s administration bombed what the Pentagon claimed was an al Shabab training camp and killed 150 people. The death toll from the air and drone strikes was higher than any...
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Jen Maman
International Women's Day: The Stories I Will Tell My Daughter
As women we hear and tell many stories. We carry these stories with us – ones that happened to us, to our mothers, sisters, friends. My mother-in-law told me a story. She grew up in a small village...
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Stephanie Land
Who Are the ‘Legitimate’ Poor?
Recently, I disobeyed a cardinal rule of the Internet and decided to read comments on an article I once published in the Missoula Independent . I had begun writing about raising my daughters on very...
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Michael Klare
Energy Wars of Attrition and the Irony of Oil Abundance
Three and a half years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) triggered headlines around the world by predicting that the United States would overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading...
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Cassady Sharp
What the Koch Brothers Have to Do With the Flint Water Crisis
The water crisis in Flint is the tragic result of the wrong people in power.
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Scott Klinger
7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Ultra Rich
New data provides a glimpse into the lives of the richest of rich—how the 400 highest earners make their money and pay their taxes.
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Dave Johnson
Auto Bailout Controversy: ‘Gotcha’ Politics vs. Building Trust
In Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate, just two days before Michigan’s primary takes place, Hillary Clinton dropped a ‘gotcha’ bomb on Bernie Sanders, saying Sanders “was against the auto...
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Jagoda Munic
On International Women's Day and Everyday... We Are All Berta Cáceres!
Today, on International Women’s Day, we raise our voices in indignation at the brutal murder of our sister Berta Cáceres – indigenous Lenca leader, community organiser, grassroots feminist and...
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Aisha Dodwell
A Bad Day for Monsanto and a Good Day for Public Health in Europe
Monsanto needs to be stopped, the health of the world literally depends on it.
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Donna Smith
Once People Feel the Bern... The Fire Will Not Go Out
Exactly how will the wealthy and powerful who are the political establishment in this country put out the fire that this campaign has ignited?
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George Farah
The Parties Are Ruining the Primary Debates
During this election, the Republican and Democratic parties have asserted unprecedented control over the primary debates, and the results have been disastrous. Historically, the major parties have...
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Adam Johnson
Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours
In what has to be some kind of record, the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours, between roughly 10:20 PM EST Sunday, March 6, to 3:54 PM EST Monday, March 7—a window...
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Monday, March 7, 2016
Medea Benjamin
Pink-Slipping Hillary: On Remembering the Victims of the Iraq War
Ahead of International Women's Day on March 8th , the following is an excerpt from False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton , edited by Liza Featherstone and forthcoming June 14 of this...
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David Lepeska
Another Dark Moment for the Turkish Media
In an increasingly volatile Turkey, the takeover of Zaman marks the latest blow in the battle between Erdogan and Gulen.
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Trevor Timm
Imagine Obama's National Security Policies in Trump's Hands
It’s bad enough that Obama entrenched the illiberal powers of George W Bush. Think what would happen if a man who has praised torture gets hold of them
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Paul Fanlund
On Race and More, Donald Trump Is a Perfect Fit for the GOP
“EMERGENCY,” screamed the subject line on the fundraising email. “Donald Trump is the Republican front-runner, and that’s TERRIFYING.” The League of Conservation Voters, like groups and candidates...
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Tom Weis
Why Bernie Sanders Is the Democratic Party’s Best Hope to Win the White House in November
What many expected to be a coronation for establishment candidate Hillary Clinton has morphed into a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Despite all the corporate media hype to the...
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Amy Traub
No Kids? Here’s Why You Still Have a Stake in Paid Family Leave
Paid family leave is finally gaining steam in the United States. President Obama and the Democratic presidential candidates universally embrace the idea . And while a conservative Congress may stymie...
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Elizabeth Warren
Why Seniors—Not CEOs—Deserve a Raise
Any conversation about tackling poverty in the United States should include protecting and expanding Social Security. The reason is pretty straightforward: Social Security is the most powerful tool...
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Kevin Gosztola
Clinton Benefits From US Media’s Misleading Reporting Of Delegate Counts
The vast majority of U.S. establishment media organizations report Democratic Party “super delegates,” as if they are part of the delegate totals presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie...
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Mark Engler, Paul Engler
The Transformative Power of Democratic Uprisings
In praise of impractical movements: Three times when the world broke open—and two when it might again
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Nick Dearden
The EU-Turkey Summit Exposes Our Inhumanity to Refugees
Europe is disintegrating before our eyes. Open and democratic societies cannot be built on fear and hatred. Today the European Council is meeting to discuss giving billions of euros to the brutal...
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Bill Quigley
Reverse Robin Hood: Six Billion Dollar Businesses Preying on Poor People
Many see families in poverty and seek to help. Others see families in poverty and see opportunities for profit. Here are six examples of billion dollar industries which are built on separating poor...
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Sunday, March 6, 2016
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
Letter from Pérez Esquivel to Barack Obama in Occasion of His Travel to Argentina on March 24
Buenos Aires, March 2nd, 2016 President of the United States of America Dear Mr. Barack H. Obama, A greeting of Peace and Goodwill: We have learned in recent days that you shall be undertaking a...
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Eric Margolis
Hillary Haunted by Libya
I went to Libya in 1987 to interview its strongman, Muammar Khadaffi. We spent an evening talking in his colorful Bedouin tent outside the Bab al-Azizya Barracks in Tripoli which had been bombed a...
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Zoe Weil
Civil Discourse Leads to Positive Change; Insults Do Not
In the past week I’ve seen a grotesque image of Donald Trump as a pig centaur trending on Facebook, and an open letter inviting FB friends to de-friend them if they support Trump. I’ve seen Hillary...
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Ragnhild Freng Dale
When the Activists Stop the Mine; The Battle over Norwegian Fjord
As the Heathrow 13 escape prison after direct action to stop a 3 rd runway, climate activists in Norway face a lawsuit for blocking a mining company’s drilling site. Civil disobedience is quickly...
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Pierre Tristam
Republicans On Crack
Growing up I always figured the Berlin Wall would fall from the weight of its own insanity. I just never figured it would happen when I was in my 20s, in the 1980s. I figured it’d be more of a mid-...
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Saturday, March 5, 2016
Bill McKibben
The Mercury Doesn’t Lie: We’ve Hit a Troubling Climate Change Milestone
Thursday, while the nation debated the relative size of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently...
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Neal Gabler
How the Media Enabled Donald Trump by Destroying Politics First
The mainstream media is to blame for Donald Trump’s rise, but not for the reasons most people think.
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Yanis Varoufakis
A United, Democratized Europe Is Our Only Weapon Against A Dark Continent
Following the Berlin Launch of DiEM25 , eleven representatives of the GREENS (including two Members of the European Parliament) sent DiEM25 an Open Letter welcoming its 'birth' and urging us to unite...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Conversion of Chris Christie on the Road to High Office
Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. - A child’s saying It is a message of redemption and forgiveness and it speaks volumes about Donald Trump and only a few pages less...
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Rivera Sun
10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle
“There is a place between passivity and violence. I’ll meet you there.” – Rivera Sun Nonviolent struggle is on the rise globally. Neither passive, nor inaction, this powerful way of working for...
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Ralph Nader
What Will Many Bernie Sanders Voters Do After July?
The hard-bitten, corporatist Democrats are moving Hillary Clinton through the presidential primaries. They are using “Republican-speak” to beat down Bernie Sanders as favoring Big Government and more...
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Friday, March 4, 2016
Jeff Bryant
The Positive Aura Of Charter Schools Is Wearing Thin
The rapid expansion of the charter school industry across the country continues to be dogged by high-profile scandals , lurid news reports , and studies showing widespread corruption and fraud . The...
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John Atcheson
Decoding Super Tuesday: Why Sanders Is Still on Track to Win and Why the Democrats Need Him To
As usual, the mainstream media is confused by the results from Super Tuesday. To hear them tell it, Hillary has all but sewed up the nomination. In reality, Sanders had a good day, and Tuesday’s...
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Mary Anne Hitt
Oregon Makes History with Legislation to Replace Coal with Clean Energy
On Wednesday, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that is one of most significant actions ever taken in the United States on climate change and clean energy. The bill, titled the “Clean...
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Dan Arel
Bernie Sanders and the Future of Liberalism and Socialism
In the wake of Super Tuesday, you can find one of two Bernie Sanders articles on the internet. You have those writing his obituary, telling voters it’s over and it is time to support Hillary Clinton...
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Tom Engelhardt
Eviscerated Weddings and the American Way of War
Here’s a what-if that continues to haunt me. What if some disturbed “lone wolf,” “inspired” by the Islamic State’s online propagandists, went out with an assault rifle or two and -- San Bernardino-...
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Donna Smith
Political Revolution: This is what Democracy Feels Like
Here in Colorado we have much to celebrate this week. It seems that U.S. News and World Reports ranks Denver as the top city to live in, and Colorado Springs comes in fifth according to the same...
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Michael Winship
When the Poetry of Campaigning Becomes a Cheesy, Dirty Limerick
Political rhetoric in the GOP has degenerated into name-calling and petty insults.
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Richard W. Gillett
Donald Trump and Germany in the 1930s: Reflections After a Visit to Nuremberg
Nuremberg, a historic medieval city, was widely known in the 1930s as the most pro-Nazi city in Germany. Last December it was also the origin of a wonderful seven day cruise on the Danube River for...
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Diane Ravitch
Donald Trump Scares Me
I watched the GOP presidential debate last night and found it very depressing. The main event was the effort by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to pierce Trump’s armor and rattle him. The more they poked at...
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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Wenonah Hauter
McClendon's Legacy As Warning
Aubrey McClendon's legacy should serve as another warning that the age of oil barons must end.
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Robert Naiman
Super Tuesday: Sanders Defeats Debs
Every American on the left knows that when labor leader Eugene Debs ran for President in 1920 as a socialist, he got a million votes. I don't know if Howard Zinn would approve this message, but by...
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George Lakoff
Why Trump?
Donald Trump is winning Republican presidential primaries at such a great rate that he seems likely to become the next Republican presidential nominee and perhaps the next president. Democrats have...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Race and the Crime of Felony Disenfranchisement
Now that Super Tuesday is behind us and the field of presidential candidates is narrowing with the suspension of Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign, a potentially paradigm-shattering general election looms...
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Terrance Heath
It’s Too Late for The GOP to Stop Trump, But Not For Progressives
The Republican establishment has run out of time to stop Donald Trump. The Republican Party is now the party of Trump. As Chauncey Devega wrote, the transformation is plain: “The Republican Party is...
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Jim Hightower
You Don’t Matter to Drugmakers
Big pharma executives are going all out to paint themselves as the good guys — just not to you.
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Mattea Kramer
Killing Someone Else’s Beloved: Promoting the American Way of War in Campaign 2016
The crowd that gathered in an airplane hangar in the desert roared with excitement when the man on stage vowed to murder women and children. It was just another Donald Trump campaign event, and the...
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Robert C. Koehler
War, Peace, and Bernie Sanders
It’s the day after the big vote and I’m doing my best to dig Tulsi Gabbard’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders out from beneath the pile of Super Tuesday numbers and media declarations of winners and...
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Laura Flanders
Dark Money: What Might The Money Media Cover If They Weren't Covering Trump?
Dark Money, Super PACs, shady multi-millionaires buying your democracy. When Americans were asked recently what they fear most, it wasn’t terrorists (unless you mean the sort that take over your TV...
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Meghan Rhoad
Dispatches: Regulating US Abortion Providers Off the Map
Today, the United States Supreme Court will take up the most important abortion rights case in at least a decade, hearing arguments over the constitutionality of a Texas law that imposes onerous...
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Liz Ryan Murray
Paying for Low-Wage Pollution
Economic justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations.
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Jim Naureckas
The Trump Campaign: Bad for America, but Good for CBS
CBS CEO Les Moonves, who in December ( Intercept , 12/10/15 ; FAIR.org , 1/23/16 ) said of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, “Go Donald! Keep getting out there!” because “the more they spend,...
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Bill Quigley
From Tijuana to Harvard to Compton to UCLA Law: The Journey of Social Justice Lawyer Luz Herrera
Luz Herrera, social justice lawyer and UCLA law professor , was born in Tijuana to Mexican parents and grew up in the Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard Law, she ran a...
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Bernie Horn
Dear Justice Kennedy: Stand Against This Assault On The Constitution
As you know, on Wednesday the Supreme Court hears arguments on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt , a case that considers the constitutionality of a Texas anti-abortion law (HB 2). I write because...
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Stop the War on Women Terry O'Neill
Today, The Supreme Court Begins A New Chapter In Its History--Will Women Be The Losers?
Hillary Clinton titled her 2004 memoir " Living History ," and today, that's what we're all doing. The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has coincided with a schedule of arguments before...
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Gareth Porter
'Plan B' and the Bankruptcy of US Syria Policy
The 'Plan B' episode shows another moment of failed US policymaking on the Syrian crisis, revealing a familiar pattern of deep division
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George Lakey
Using Momentum to Build a Stronger Movement
We always looked forward to the annual visit of Saul Alinsky when I taught at a small graduate school. Alinsky was the terror of city hall bosses everywhere, and he told us colorful stories from his...
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Jesse Franzblau
Hillary Clinton’s Dark Drug War Legacy in Mexico
Clinton’s State Department overlooked human rights abuses and corruption while keeping a lucrative flow of contracts moving to U.S. security firms working in Mexico.
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Juan Cole
Don’t Be Fooled: Lindsey Graham & GOP Establishment Just as Crazy as Trump
Lindsey Graham has been posing as the voice of reason in the Republican Party for the past few weeks, warning Tuesday that if Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton is the...
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Nathalie Baptiste
A Survey of Felon Voting Rights on Super Tuesday
Laws preventing ex-offenders from voting vary across the country, and disenfranchise millions.
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Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
Why We Should Teach About the FBI’s War on the Civil Rights Movement
This month marks the 45th anniversary of a dramatic moment in U.S. history. On March 8, 1971—while Muhammad Ali was fighting Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, and as millions sat glued to their...
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Andrew Bacevich
Don’t Cry for Me, America
What Trumpism Means for Democracy
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Richard Eskow
New Study Confirms: Private 'Trade' Courts Serve the Ultra-Wealthy
A new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international “trade” deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at...
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Dr. Hakim
How Many Global Crises Can a Fifteen-Year-Old Afghan Take On?
On 31st Jan, I followed Zekerullah, an Afghan Peace Volunteer who coordinates the Borderfree Street Kids School in Kabul, to visit Zuhair and his family in their rented room. Zuhair attends the...
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Jared Bernstein
An Anti-Poverty Agenda That Excludes Access to Reproductive Healthcare is Woefully Incomplete
I’ve written extensively in this column about anti-poverty policy. I’ve underscored the importance of minimum wages, work supports including child care and wage subsidies, SNAP (food stamps), housing...
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Jeremy Brecher
A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
One in six Americans say they would personally engage in nonviolent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse. That’s about 40 million adults. The...
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César Chelala
In Yemen, a Humanitarian Pause is Urgently Needed
As war continues to rage uninterrupted in Yemen, a humanitarian pause is badly needed as the country spirals down to chaos, leaving the majority of the population in urgent need of medical care...
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Monday, February 29, 2016
Robert Reich
An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment
You are the captains of American industry, the titans of Wall Street, and the billionaires who for decades have been the backbone of the Republican Party. You’ve invested your millions in the GOP in...
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Donna Smith
To the Good Old Girls: Working Class Women Matter on Super Tuesday
It felt worse to me than any good old boys slap down ever has during my adult life. I went to the California Democratic Party's convention in San Jose this weekend, and I decided I would attend the...
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Mary Bottari, Jessica Mason
DuPont Rakes in Federal Dollars Despite History of Hazards
Four workers were tragically killed when an insecticide leaked into a building at DuPont's LaPorte, Texas plant in November 2014. After two workers were overcome by toxic fumes, another responded to...
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Heidi Williamson
A Cautionary Tale from Texas for Low-Income Women in Ohio
Last week, Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law that defunds Planned Parenthood in Ohio. If the current state of affairs in Texas is any indication, low-income women in Ohio are about to see...
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Naomi Klein
Don’t Shut Post Offices—Reinvent Them
Naomi Klein delivered the following remarks in Ottawa on February 29, at the Leap Day launch of Delivering Community Power , a proposal to turn postal offices into green community hubs to power...
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Robert Borosage
South Carolina: Clinton’s 'Firewall' Holds
Boosted by overwhelming African-American support – particularly that of older African-American women – Hillary Clinton won a commanding victory Saturday in the South Carolina Democratic presidential...
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Ellen Rosser
Failed US Policy in the Middle East
The United States has been involved in the Middle East for almost one hundred years because of the vast oil reserves there, and the US has been militarily involved since 1967, when the US began...
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Brent Patterson
UN Says the TPP Threatens Indigenous Rights
The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights Victoria Tauli-Corpuz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens Indigenous land rights. Telesur reports , "The Trans-Pacific...
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Marjorie Cohn
Occupy Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Speeches
Hillary Clinton refuses to make public the transcripts of her speeches to big banks, three of which were worth a total of $675,000 to Goldman Sachs. She says she would release the transcripts "if...
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John Atcheson
Confederacy of Dunces 2: The Democratic Establishment is Sleepwalking Toward Disaster, And Sanders Supporters are Letting Them Do It
Bernie Sanders is trying to start a revolution, and if ever there was a country in need of one, the US is it. But his defeat in South Carolina and the polls heading into Super Tuesday suggest the...
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Paul Buchheit
In Bed with a Nation-Wrecker: 5 Ways Hillary Is As Bad As Bill
In 1996 Bill Clinton referred to the U.S. as "the world's greatest force for peace and freedom, for democracy and security and prosperity." For PEACE he cluster-bombed civilians in Yugoslavia, wiped...
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