All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Michael J. Brewer
What the Academy Awards Tell Us About the Value of Black Work
What’s the value of an Academy Award? It’s a question I’ve been mulling over ever since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the revered gatekeepers of America’s film industry—announced...
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Shaun Burnie
Five Years on and the Fukushima Crisis Is Far From Over
Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now it's back, and has Japan's ex-Prime Minister on board.
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Domenica Ghanem
Some Questions for the ‘Expert’ Who Accused Me of ‘Passive Terrorism’
The U.S. military apparently thinks Muslim women’s clothing choices — rather than, say, drone strikes — are a driver of terrorism.
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Sam Husseini
Nuclear Annihilation of a Radical Message on Israel: The Case of Concepcion Picciotto
There were some lovely, moving moments in the memorial service of Concepcion Picciotto at Luther's Place Church on Saturday. Concepcion is known -- with William Thomas, who died a few years ago --...
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Karl Meyer
Détente and the New Cold Wars
The essential key to addressing real threats to international security and peace, as well as to resolving smaller wars and regional conflicts, is to reverse the present trend toward Cold Wars with...
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Christopher Brauchli
Good Old American Know How
He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in. —Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, The Lathe of...
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Saturday, February 27, 2016
Ashley Gorski
The Government Is Already Forcing Companies to Give It Access to Our Data
The government wants our data, whether it’s sitting on our iPhones or in transit across the Internet. Last week, we learned that the FBI is trying to force Apple to break its own security features in...
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Stacy Mitchell
With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?
All great empires eventually fall. This is as true in retail as it is in geopolitics. Often the descent into oblivion takes decades. A&P, which was once such a formidable market power that it was...
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Ray McGovern
The Unique Resource Available to All 2016 Candidates: VIPS
Former Secretary of State Clinton, whose campaign is brimming with establishment foreign policy advisers, has chided Democratic rival Sen. Sanders for lacking a roster of experts. But ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern says an untapped resource for any candidate is the Veteran Intelligence Professionals...
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Peter Dreier
David Brooks Is Wrong Again — Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money
In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate. The cancer Brooks...
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Peter Van Buren
Texas Academics Told to Avoid ‘Sensitive Topics’ to Prevent Angering Armed Students
Here’s another swanky benefit of our out-of-control gun culture: university professors should be aware that their students might shoot them. The Texas state legislature voted last year to allow...
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Ralph Nader
An E.Coli’s Last Message to President Obama
Deadly invisible pathogens are on the march. Ebola, and now the Zika virus, the ongoing cholera epidemics and the enormous casualties from tuberculosis, malaria and varieties of avian Influenza—all...
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Rajesh Makwana
Scrapping Trident and Transitioning to a Nuclear-Free World
As the illicit trade in nuclear weapons escalates alongside the risk of geopolitical conflict, it’s high time governments decisively prioritized nuclear disarmament
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Ashley Williams interrupted Hillary Clinton at a private event by unfurling a banner with the phrase "we have to bring them to heel" – a reference to comments she made in the 1990s while supporting a criminal reform bill pushed by her husband President Bill Clinton. Benjamin Todd Jealous
Forget What Hillary Said in the 1990s. It’s Her Current Positions That Trouble Me.
The fact that a “progressive” lawyer like Hillary Clinton supports the death penalty in 2016 is incomprehensible.
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Donna Smith
Beyond the Middle Class: Bernie Walks the Talk for Working Class People Like Me
Bernie Sanders is an American hero. For me and millions of other people, Bernie stands his ground—our ground—at moments when it really matters. This campaign for president of these United States is a...
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Noa Yachot
7 Reasons a Government Backdoor to the iPhone Would Be Catastrophic
You’ve likely caught wind of the fact that the government and Apple are in the midst of an intense legal showdown in what Edward Snowden has called “the most important tech case in a decade.” The...
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Bianca Mugyenyi
Why You Should Get Excited About 2016: It’s A Leap Year For Climate Justice
We are fast approaching February 29th, the beginning of the 2016 Leap Year. Every four years we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun—because...
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Matthew Stanley
"We Are Not Denmark": Hillary Clinton and Liberal American Exceptionalism
Several months removed, it now seems clear that the Democratic debate on October 13 contained an illuminating moment that has come to embody the 2016 Democratic Primary and the key differences...
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Isaiah Poole
Whistleblowers Challenge Candidates: Stand Against Wall Street Fraud
Four people who have been at the center of some of the nation’s biggest Wall Street scandals have come together to send a message to the 2016 presidential candidates: Pledge to stand against Wall...
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Steven Singer
How to Get Rich From Public Schools (Without Actually Educating)
Gold! There’s gold in them thar schools! Don’t believe me? When you drive by an inner city school, it doesn’t exactly look like the Taj Mahal . Does it? Even relatively upscale suburban schools...
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Howard Friel
Antidote to DNC Bias Against Bernie Is Massive Grassroots Turnout
Before supporters of Bernie Sanders vote in the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1 , their candidate will already be behind Hillary Clinton in the participating states. This is because the...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Albert Woodfox, the Last of the Angola Three, Is Finally Free
Albert Woodfox turned 69 years old Friday. He also was released from prison that day after serving 43 years in solitary confinement, more time than anyone in U.S. history. “Quite a birthday gift,”...
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John Bonifaz, Derek Cressman
The Threat of Big Money in Politics and the Call for a 28th Amendment
While Americans agree that there is too much money coming from too few people in our political campaigns today, a debate over how to address that problem raises an even larger question about whether...
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Michael Winship
Does Mitch McConnell Really Give a Damn About the Supreme Court?
Ideology has never been as important to the Senate majority leader as power.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Gary May
Make the Candidates Talk About Voting Rights in Tonight’s Debate
Where do the Republican presidential contenders stand on the issue of voter suppression?
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Bill Quigley
Public Defender Meltdown in Louisiana
Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, no longer provides public defenders to all its people accused of crimes; within months over half its public defender offices are...
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Harriett McLachlan
Time for Canada to Reclaim Its Role as Human Rights Leader
Five million is a staggering number. The sheer scope is so large that it is hard to visualize. Add the complexity of poverty and the number is suffocating. It emits a sense of urgency -- a clear call...
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William Hartung
More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts
According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015,...
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Kate Fried
Bottled Water Goes Off the Deep End
Kona Deep's new bottled water, made from desalinated ocean water, is making waves; but that doesn't mean you should buy it.
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Amy Kroin
One Comcast Is More Than Enough
Few companies inspire the degree of loathing Comcast elicits. But if Charter’s bid to take over Time Warner Cable is approved we’ll have not one but two Comcasts to contend with — because that’s just...
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Ilana Solomon, Ben Beachy
The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program
On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against an important piece of the climate solution puzzle: India’s...
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Bruno Stagno-Ugarte
A Cemetery of Life Vests But Not Lives
The European Union should stop squabbling and work together on a coordinated response to the European refugee crisis.
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Robert C. Koehler
Finding Peace at the Heart of Grief
A young, much-beloved woman was gang-raped three years ago on a bus in Delhi and a culture exploded. The documentary India’s Daughter , which addresses the horrific rape-murder and its aftermath, is...
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Tom Engelhardt
War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.
And no kidding, that’s the literal truth when it comes to war, American-style
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Jim Naureckas
Article on Sanders’ Complaints About Journalism Demonstrates Why Sanders Complains About Journalism
If the New York Times really were what the New York Times pretends to be, when it or its industry was criticized, it would bend over backwards to make sure it was being fair to the critics. That’s...
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Juan Cole
Kerry Warns of Break Up of Syria; But Is That Realistic?
Amid ongoing talks in Geneva around a cessation of hostilities in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday night in a joint telephone call with other diplomats, “It may be too late to keep...
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Ramzy Baroud
Transcending the Clinton-Sanders Debate: On the Middle East and US Foreign Policy
As US liberals and some leftists are pulling up their sleeves in anticipation of a prolonged battle for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, the tussle becomes particularly ugly whenever the...
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Doug Henwood
The Liberal Redbaiting of Bernie
The Sanders campaign has certainly sharpened the contradictions, hasn’t it? It’s been very clarifying to see Hillary Clinton and her surrogates running against single-payer and free college, with...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Don McCanne
Clinton's ‘Public Option’ is a Diversion: We Need Single Payer, Medicare for All
You remember the public option. During the drafting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), efforts were made to include a public option – a government-run plan that would compete with the private health...
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Olivia Alperstein
Republican Senators Must Fulfill Their Constitutional Duty
We are on the brink of an unprecedented Constitutional crisis – one brought on by Republican leaders in the Senate. Never in our country’s history have Senators so blatantly and explicitly refused to...
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Jill Richardson
Walling off Common Sense
Why Trump’s border plan is such a loser.
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Timothy Karr
Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers
The Obama administration’s ongoing crusade against government whistleblowers — which culminated last year in the imprisonment of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — has reignited a debate over the...
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Vandana Shiva
Make Monsanto Pay
Monsanto is in the news again. The Competition Commission of India (CCI), the country’s antitrust regulator, has recently said that it suspects a Monsanto joint venture abused its dominant position...
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Kevin Gosztola
Clinton Campaign Relies On Rumors And Dishonesty To Attack Sanders
From misleading voters about what Bernie Sanders would do to their healthcare to creating the perception that Sanders is dishonest about his involvement in the civil rights movement, Hillary Clinton’...
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Chris Siebert
Slow Bern: The Sanders Candidacy In Perspective
It’s true folks, Hillary Clinton has caught up with Bernie Sanders, and they are now tied in delegates. This is becoming a real race! The fact that Sen. Sanders is running such a successful campaign...
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Lorraine Chow
Fracking Cases in Pennsylvania Expose the Human Cost of Drilling
The environmental costs of fracking , from earthquakes to an alarming rise in methane emissions , has been well reported. The human cost of fracking, however, is not heard often enough. In...
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Naureen Shah
Will Guantánamo Still Be Open in 2050?
Will Guantánamo still be open a decade from now? What about in 2050, a half century after it opened? Years from now, will we still be protesting—every January 11– the grim anniversary of this site of...
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Steven Thrasher
Black Thinkers Like Bernie Sanders. They've Studied the Clintons' True Cost
Spike Lee endorsed the Vermont senator on Tuesday. He is the latest in a series of black intellectual heavy-weights to have come out in support of him
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Amy Davidson
Donald Trump Wins, Wins, Wins in Nevada
"We’re going to do it and it’s going to happen fast," Donald Trump said at his victory party on Tuesday night, at the Treasure Island Hotel, in Las Vegas, after winning the Nevada caucus by a large...
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Rebecca Gordon
Murderous Police in the City of Love
Turning American communities into war zones, death by death
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Iain Overton
Our Global Guns Problem
Americans love guns. And Americans hate anyone who dares to criticize their infatuation. The first truth is rooted in America's almost unique constitutional right to bear arms — a legal and cultural...
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James Carden
Donald Trump and the GOP’s New ‘Pitchfork’ Rebellion
As Democrats show signs of falling in line behind the party’s establishment candidate (Hillary Clinton), the Republicans remain in rebellion casting aside one establishment favorite after another and making populist-billionaire Donald Trump the frontrunner
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David Turnbull
Introducing the Climate Test
Today, with a number of our partner organizations in the US and Canada, we’re unveiling the Climate Test . This is a proposal being delivered jointly to President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau...
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Dave Johnson
The Sanders “Economic Plan” Controversy
“When you dare to do big things, big results should be expected. The Sanders program is big, and when you run it through a standard model, you get a big result.” – James K. Galbraith Democratic...
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Richard Heinberg
100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff.
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Jim Naureckas
NYT Contributor Has Multiple Motives for Denying Drone Crimes
Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden , former director of both the NSA and CIA, began his New York Times op-ed ( 2/21/16 ) with 24 paragraphs of dialogue illustrating how carefully the US government...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Economic Dilemma Democrats Face in 2016
Democrats face a dilemma in 2016: How do they deal with the Obama presidency, and particularly the Obama economy? As the early primaries have shown, Americans are in a surly mood, with the economy at...
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Robert Reich
The End of the Establishment?
Step back from the campaign fray for just a moment and consider the enormity of what’s already occurred. A 74-year-old Jew from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, who wasn’t...
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Christian Christensen
We Need to Stop Using Fox News as an Alibi for Trump’s Islamophobia
Fox News is a godsend for US journalism. Not because it is a purveyor of critical investigative reporting, of course, but because it provides an in-house scapegoat for the US news media to “explain”...
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Monday, February 22, 2016
Peter Van Buren
San Bernardino Shooter’s Apple Password Changed While in Government Possession
They lie like a rug. In an attempt to convince Americans that having encryption and password-beating backdoors installed on their electronics so the government can snoop, the FBI first claimed the...
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Nathalie Baptiste
Zika is a Reproductive Rights Issue
Several countries afflicted by the Zika virus are asking women to delay getting pregnant. Yet local laws — and U.S. foreign aid rules — make it impossible for many to get a safe abortions.
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Jack Werner
The Anti-War Position Bernie Sanders Can Represent
There's a huge opening to critique the economic foundations of America's wars — one that fits perfectly with the populist anger fueling the rise of Bernie Sanders.
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John Buell
The Supreme Court’s Ultimate Coup: It Makes the Most Consequential Decisions
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should be an occasion to re-examine one of his favorite themes: the intent of the Founding Fathers. In one sense, Scalia did serve their principles...
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Stephen Kinzer
The Media are Misleading the Public on Syria
Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why...
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Howard Friel
Hillary Clinton’s Pay-to-Play Speaking Fees Disqualify Her as a Presidential Candidate
Black’s Law Dictionary defines “recusal” as “removal of oneself as judge or policy-maker in a particular matter, esp. because of a conflict of interest.” In the federal judiciary—a coequal branch...
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Guy Taylor
Five Reasons Why the TTIP Talks Are Looking a Bit Wobbly
The twelfth round of negotiations for TTIP, the biggest trade deal of them all, starts today in Brussels. The impacts of TTIP are disturbing and well documented elsewhere on this site, but we are...
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Katherine Paul
GMO Labeling Next Steps: Who Will Sen. Stabenow Dance With Now?
You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You – Molly Ivins The late, great political columnist Molly Ivins , who railed relentlessly against money in politics, would be all over the GMO labeling fight...
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Alfred W. McCoy
How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower: America’s Opium War in Afghanistan
After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled...
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Paul Buchheit
Why We Need Democratic Socialism to Fix Our Educational System
Latoya and Jalesa, both 26, grew up on the west side of Chicago, attending Calhoun Public School during the day and stepping across the street to Marillac Social Center for after-school programs...
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Sunday, February 21, 2016
Biola Jeje, Belinda Rodriguez
Why Free Higher Ed Can’t Wait
Students are rising up to demand free higher education.
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John Atcheson
Voodoo Journalism: Dr. Krugman Strikes Again—Risking His Credibility
Paul Krugman is at it again. This time, he’s using his position as the leading progressive columnist in the “nation’s newspaper of record,” to ballyhoo a letter from four former heads of the Council...
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David Greene
Big Victory: Judge Pushes Jewel v. NSA Forward
We won a groundbreaking legal victory late Friday in our Jewel v. NSA case, which challenges the NSA’s Internet and telephone surveillance. Judge Jeffrey White has authorized EFF , on behalf of the...
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Jonathan Marshall
Kosovo Chaos Undercuts Clinton ‘Success’
President Bill Clinton’s Kosovo war of 1999 was loved by neocons and liberal hawks—the forerunner for Iraq, Libya, Syria and other conflicts this century—but Kosovo’s political violence and lawlessness today underscore the grim consequences of those strategies even when they “succeed,” writes...
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Kary Moss
Flint’s Poisoned Children Deserve the Truth
By now, you've surely heard about the Flint water crisis. And you probably know why it happened: After the state of Michigan suspended democracy in the impoverished, predominantly African-American...
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Kate Aronoff
BDS Movement and Common Sense Face Threat from UK Government Ban
Earlier this week, the British government announced a new Tory-led parliamentary measure that will inflict “severe penalties” onto local governments and public institutions that boycott goods and...
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Matt Karp
Why Bernie Can Win
The pundits are wrong. Bernie Sanders is the most electable candidate this November.
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Peter Dreier
Gloria Steinem Renews an Old Debate About Socialism and Feminism
In 1905, Eugene V. Debs, the popular labor activist and Socialist Party leader, had a speaking engagement in Rochester, New York and went to visit the aging women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony at...
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Adam Johnson
Billionaire-Owned Observer Whines About Democratization of Media in 2016’s Worst Op-ed
Second only to glib equivalencies between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, 2016’s most popular lazy media trope is the idea that rabid Sanders fans have unleashed dark populist forces that threaten...
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Meleiza Figueroa
Hillary Clinton Cries Crocodile Tears for Latin American Immigrants
At first glance, Thursday seemed like a banner day for Hillary Clinton’s “minority firewall.” Several respected leaders of Latinx organizations offered their enthusiastic support for the Democratic...
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Arun Gupta
The Hidden, Very Good Reason for the $10 Oil Tax
Doomed as it may be, an oil tax is a step toward redefining energy as a public good—for which everyone pays the cost of overuse and abuse.
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Christopher Brauchli
Silence is Golden
Silence in times of suffering is the best. —John Dryden At long last there is gun related news that does not implicate the second amendment. The news involves a device related to guns that is...
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Robert Parry
Fearing Sanders as ‘Closet Realist’
To Washington’s neocons like David Ignatius, Sen. Sanders should be disqualified for being a “closet realist” who doesn’t accept their forced “regime change” in Syria. Sanders is also not onboard for more “nation building” like the neocon handiwork in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, writes Robert...
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César Chelala
Environmental Degradation Takes a Heavy Toll on Women and Children’s Health
In 1975, at the Mexico City First World Conference on Women, Vandana Shiva, the Indian scholar and environmental activist, introduced the issue of women’s relationship to the environment. At the time...
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Friday, February 19, 2016
Ralph Nader
The Conundrums of Justice Scalia
The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia evoked widespread commentary about how outspoken he was both on the Court and at law schools and other forums where he often lectured and...
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Michael Winship
Maybe It IS a Single-Issue Election
Maybe it’s that 50,000-year-old, Neanderthal DNA scientists say a lot of us possess, but this feels like the most brutal, vicious and mendacious political year since the days when politicians traded...
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Harry Boyte
‘Yes, We Can’ Progressivism
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both progressives, but they draw on different traditions of progressive reform.
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Mark Morford
Will Obama Destroy America Before It’s Too Late?
America! Something is amiss. We are in the final throes of a desperate situation, and the numbers just aren’t adding up. What can be done? The facts are almost too dreadful to discuss: No matter how...
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Adil E. Shamoo
The Saudi Slaughter in Yemen
Why does the United States continue to support the Saudi intervention in Yemen?
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Sonali Kolhatkar
A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tried to issue a mea culpa in The New York Times last week for her recent remarks suggesting that women who are not planning to vote for her friend...
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Laurie Penny
Why the Rest of the World Should Get a Vote in the Greatest Reality TV Show on Earth – the US Election
I've been watching so closely, I am now able to tell Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio apart almost 50 per cent of the time, though it’s still like watching the Chuckle Brothers trying to lead a fascist rally.
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Robert Naiman
How Secretary of State Clinton Enabled the Coup in Honduras
The rule of law in Honduras has still not recovered from the coup that the Democratic candidate for president enabled
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David Morris
Downton Abbey, Obamacare, and the Road to Socialized Healthcare
As the rightly acclaimed television series Downton Abbey unspools its final episode some fans have criticized the producers decision to devote so much time to a debate about the future of Downton’s...
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John Atcheson
Establishment Democrats Missing the Moment – And the Point
This is one of those pivotal moments in history when real, fundamental change is possible. When we can shift the terms of the national debate, recapture power from the plutocrats and return it to the...
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Paul Pillar
Playing Whack-a-Terrorist in Libya
The Libyan “regime change” of 2011 – aggressively promoted by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – turned a relatively prosperous and secular country into another failed state where terrorism is finding a home, prompting new calls for a Western “whack-a-mole” intervention
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Michael Winship
ExxonMobil – More than Fifty Proud Years of Melting Glaciers!!
Back in 1962, the fossil fuels giant was bragging about its ability to heat up the Arctic.
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Mary Bottari
Adelante! El Dia Sin Latinos en Wisconsin
Latino families, friends, supporters and business owners took to the streets surrounding Madison’s Capitol on Thursday to protest a pair of anti-immigration bills being fast-tracked in the GOP-...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Glenn Greenwald
Hillary Clinton, With Little Notice, Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel
Former President Bill Clinton on Monday met in secret (no press allowed) with roughly 100 leaders of South Florida’s Jewish community, and, as the Times of Israel reports , “He vowed that, if elected...
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Raja’ee Fatihah
I Am a Muslim American Army Reservist Who Was Turned Away From a Gun Range Because of My Faith
At a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination, communities nationwide are coming together to push back. This is the second in a series of blog posts meant to highlight this fight for...
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Mary Grant, Jo Miles
Lessons from Flint and the Price of Water Privatization
U.S. communities are shifting toward keeping their water infrastructure public, and that’s a good thing. But stopping water privatization is only the first step.
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Jeff Bryant
What School Walk-Ins Teach Us
There’s a dangerous myth being perpetrated that the American public has given up on publican education . Those making this claim point to the swelling enrollments of charter schools and the spread of...
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