All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Monday, November 28, 2016
Kevin Gosztola
‘United Against The Black Snake’: Water Protectors Respond To Army Corps’ Eviction Notice
A coalition of grassroots groups at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock indicated it would reject an Army Corps of Engineers eviction notice, “stand united in defiance of the black snake,” and...
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Robert Parry
Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt
The "fake news" theme has captivated The Washington Post and the mainstream U.S. media so much that it is stooping to McCarthyistic smears against news outlets that don’t toe the State Department’s propaganda line
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Bill Quigley
Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers
When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do? Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be. Others stand still, let their eyes get adjusted to the different...
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Marc Becker
Hasta Siempre, Fidel Castro
The passing of Fidel Castro is one of those events that highlights a deep divide that separates the United States from most of the world. While the mainstream media in the United States reports from...
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Steve Wasserman
Reflections on the Death of Fidel
Nearly 60 years ago, Herbert Matthews of The New York Times interviewed a rebel-with-a-cause most people thought was dead. Matthews’ scoop in the tangled jungle of Cuba’s Sierra Maestra proved that...
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Jim Naureckas
Appeal to the Working Class? Don’t Bother, Says Krugman
In the wake of a disastrous Election Day, does the Democratic Party need to present economic policies that have more to offer the majority of voters? Don’t bother, argues New York Times columnist...
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Nada Elia
‘Tis the Season, to Boycott!
One of the accusations most frequently lobbed at BDS activists (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) is that “boycotts are divisive.” Apparently, they drive a wedge in society, pitting...
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Lisa Graves
5 Things to Know about Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump Education Choice
Billionaire Betsy DeVos, a major GOP funder and party activist from Michigan, has been tapped by Donald Trump to become the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education next year. Many have decried...
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Josh Bivens
Already a Big Gap Between Trump's Promises to the Middle Class and His Policies
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would take the side of American workers against economic elites when evaluating policy. Yet, the policy proposals he put forth...
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Daniel I. Weiner
Obama's Last Chance to Take on Dark Money
During his time in office, President Barack Obama has repeatedly criticized the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, and spoken out with particular force on the need to curb the...
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Eric Margolis
Suez: The End of Europe's Empires
Sixty years ago, I was home after school, sitting in our living room on New York’s Central Park West, reading a history of Rome and listening to Dvorak’s splendid cello concerto when the announcer on...
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
César Chelala
Meeting Fidel
As a young medical student in Argentina I had been fascinated by Fidel Castro and his rebel combatants and followed with interest their advance from the mountains to the plains to the capital city of...
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Christopher Brauchli
Transition, Tweets, and Trump
The gods have their own rules. — Ovid, Metamorphosis It’s been a couple of really exciting weeks for President-elect Trump and a very busy time at that. Some visitors have come by just to establish...
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Rev. Billy Talen
Standing Rock: A Moment of Clarity for Progressive Activists
Earth-force meets money-force at Standing Rock. I’m so relieved I’m here. It scares me to think that I might have missed this. We get up at dawn. Four hundred people walk slowly in a light snow to...
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Belén Fernández
Fidel Castro in Context
The revolutionary's achievements in the face of US meddling made him a powerful symbol of resistance against hegemony.
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Marjorie Cohn
Philippines’ Duterte Seeks Peace
Filipino President Duterte oversaw a brutal anti-drug campaign but is now seeking peace with leftist revolutionaries and rejecting U.S. pressure for more counterinsurgency warfare
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Derek Davison
Deputy NSC Advisor Pick McFarland: Treat Middle Easterners Like Kids
On Friday, Donald Trump’s transition team announced that Fox News national security analyst Kathleen Troia McFarland will serve as his Deputy National Security Advisor, working under National...
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Norman Solomon
Euphemism as Journalism: Distracting the Audience by Focusing on Trump's Skill at Distraction
Euphemism isn’t journalism, but conflating the two can be irresistible for mainline journalists when candor might seem overly intrepid. Two months before Inauguration Day, a straw in the US media...
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Friday, November 25, 2016
Bianca Jagger
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: If Not Now, When?
For over three decades I have campaigned for human rights throughout the world. I founded the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF) in 2005 to be a force for change, and a voice for the most...
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Nozomi Hayase
Awakening Courage in the Era of Trumpism
American democracy is in deep crisis. As with every election cycle, electoral politics this year failed to provide true therapy for the pathology of the corporate state. There is no diagnosis of...
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Lakshmi Puri
Facing Grim Reality on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is commemorated. A commemoration in essence is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges, prove that...
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Frank Ackerman
Green State America: How to Keep America’s Climate Promises
In January, Donald Trump will endorse climate denial, renouncing the Clean Power Plan and climate targets in general. This will damage the fragile global momentum toward emission reduction,...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Canada At Risk of Sinking in Trump's Political Tsunami
When economic waves come out of Washington, they rock Canada. Now, with the Donald Trump tsunami heading towards the White House, Canadians fear their already floundering economy could be sunk...
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Gideon Levy
When Is Anti-Semitism Not Anti-Semitism? When It’s From a Trump-Loving ‘Friend’ of Israel
The only message of congratulations that Steve Bannon has received from abroad, apparently, since being named the senior strategic adviser in Donald Trump’s White House, is one that arrived on...
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Paul Pillar
Ideology Is Supplanting Intelligence
With Donald Trump’s earliest appointments to senior national security positions, some of the disturbing implications for the making of foreign policy of his own lack of qualifications for office are...
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Edward Hunt
Obama, Trump, and the Future of US Foreign Policy
Amid all the uncertainty about what a Trump presidency means for the future role of the United States in the world, one possibility is that Trump will embrace some variant of the policies that have...
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Randall Amster
Black Friday and White Noise
Here we go again, right on the heels of gorging ourselves in preparation for the frenetic commercialism of the holiday season. The relentless pursuit of consumer “goods” (which are almost universally...
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Kristine Mattis
Embracing A New Normal (Not of the Trump Variety)
I attended a Catholic university, and during my time in college, I embarked on several school-sponsored retreats. While semi-religious, these days-long outings in the wilderness really more resembled...
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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Together we can win a more just and sustainable future for us all, across borders. Tobita Chow
TPP Is Dead. Time For a Progressive Trade Vision.
Trump’s election has killed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trump made it one of his top campaign promises to end the TPP, and his election win was a signal to supporters of the TPP in both...
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Donald Trump supporters rally for their candidate William Hoynes
Learning the Wrong Lesson from the Trump Victory
Amidst all the post-election analysis, a consensus explanation of what propelled Donald Trump to victory is emerging among economically comfortable white liberals. The short version: Trump...
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Julia Harumi Mass
My Mother Was Incarcerated in an Internment Camp as a Child. She Tells Us 2016 Reminds Her of 1942.
My mother was seven years old when she and her family were evacuated from the West Coast and forced to live in an Army barrack behind barbed wire in an internment camp in Heart Mountain , Wyoming...
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Stephanie Van Hook
How to Turn a Family Gathering Into a Laboratory for Political Healing
I don’t know what it’s like to have a family where everyone agrees politically. I did not grow up in an activist household where even if there were disagreements about the details there might be an...
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Gabe Mandell
No Giving Thanks On Carbon Emissions: ‘Business as Usual’ Strategy Literally Doesn’t Cut It
I didn’t travel anywhere for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, yet I am counting my blessings because, together with other petitioners under age 18, I was back in King County Superior Court Tuesday...
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Water protectors Medea Benjamin
Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock
It is with a heavy heart that I travel to Standing Rock to give thanks and serve meals to the water protectors who, in the freezing weather, have braved attack dogs, tear gas, water cannons, rubber...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
John Nichols
Republicans Cannot Claim a Mandate When Hillary Clinton Has a 2-Million-Vote Lead
A higher percentage of Americans rejected Trump in 2016 than rejected Romney in 2012.
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Deborah S. Rogers
Solidarity Politics to Resist the Coming Regime
Many have issued clarion calls for resistance against the neofascist headed for the White House, his odious henchmen in tow. Few, however, have outlined all the steps needed to block Trump’s...
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Olivia Alperstein
Get an IUD While You Can
With a new Congress threatening birth control access, millions of women are looking at long-term solutions.
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Bob Herbert
The War on the Poor Is Already Underway
It was just a little over two months ago that the Census Bureau reported the very good news that real median household incomes had increased by 5.2% from 2014 to 2015, and that the poverty rate had...
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Mark Engler
Why Targeting Corporate Democrats Is Part of the Fight Against Trump
On November 14, six days after the election of Donald Trump, some 40 young people walked into the office of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, calling on the senior lawmaker to step aside in his bid to be...
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Adam Johnson
Hey Media, We Don’t Need Another Glossy Profile on That Nazi Dork
There’s been a recent wave of press for a certain unnamed Nazi Dork who threw a gathering in Washington, DC, for his Nazi friends this past week, attempting to use the Trump victory to raise the...
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Jim Hightower
Bing Bing, Bong Bong, Bing Bing
What an election year. I feel like I've been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are fiction, bizarre is normal and corruption is a virtue...
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Frank Clemente
6 Worst Things About Trump Tax Plan
If Congress takes up tax reform in early 2017, the White House will push cuts that would benefit the wealthy, including the president-elect himself and his family members.
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Neve Gordon
Israel’s New Friends in the Trump White House
Israel’s leaders and their right-wing Jewish allies in the United States have no problem stomaching anti-Semitism so long as the anti-Semite supports Zionism. But if an anti-Semite can be a Zionist then anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are not the same.
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Mark Schuller
End of an Empire? A View of Clinton's Loss and Trump's Triumph from Haiti
Seen from outside the U.S., this descent into fascism is not surprising
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Cayte Bosler
Showdown at Standing Rock Is Not Just About the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Sioux are not alone among indigenous people pushing for the rights and protections they've long been denied
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Jake Johnson
Yes, the Democratic Party Did Abandon the Working Class
It's not as if the Democratic Party was ever "the party of the people" — at least not in the mystical sense depicted by both party loyalists and some on the left who are nostalgic for the liberal...
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David Michael Green
Which Part of the 1930s Did You Not Get? Americans Finally Learn To Cooperate On A National Suicide Project
What you assist... you will become
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Robert C. Koehler
Bending the Arc
Maybe this much is true. Donald Trump, pseudo-president-elect, loser of the real election, charismatic stump-speech populist whose actual ability to govern may well be non-existent, has inflicted...
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Dean Baker
Turning the White House into the New Headquarters for Trump University
There are sharp differences between the political parties in many areas, but one principle on which there has been a longstanding agreement is that the presidency should not be used as a marketing...
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Kate Aronoff
The Standing Rock Protests Are a Taste of Things To Come
The way opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline have been treated by police is likely to be replicated on a massive scale under Donald Trump
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Oscar Reyes
Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action
Market forces, state and local action, and strong social movements could blunt the impacts of a denialist White House.
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Pierre Tristam
It’ll Be Alt-Right
There’s an in-your-face quality to those trying to assure those distraught after Trump's win. It's intentional and triumphant, as with any reversal of roles in an insane asylum.
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Jim Naureckas
‘Nothing to See Here’ Headlines Conceal Police Violence at Dakota Access
The New York Times ( 11/21/16 ) gets a failing grade for its headline over a report on escalating police violence against Native American activists and others defending the Missouri River against the...
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William Hartung
Donald Trump and The Pentagon: Reagonomics on Steroids?
Is a Trump presidency good news for the military-industrial complex?
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David Cole
Why Trump’s Proposed Targeting of Muslims Would be Unconstitutional
As a candidate, Donald Trump notoriously called for a ban on the entrance of all Muslims, a database to track Muslims in the United States, for aggressive surveillance of “the mosques,” and for...
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Kirk Freudenburg
Dealing with Emperor Trump: Field Notes from Ancient Rome
The Roman poet, Virgil, wrote his classic epic, The Aeneid, in the aftermath of decades of political dysfunction and violence. Riots and bloody brawls, revenge killings, and periodic outbursts of...
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Norman Solomon
In Resistance to Trump, “Community” Should Be a Verb
Against a Trump regime that is totally unacceptable, we’ll need resistance that’s sustainable. Like a healthy forest, the resistance will depend on great diversity to thrive—a wide range of people...
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Lacy MacAuley
What Next? White Supremacists in Suits and Ties in Washington
Fascists are coming out of the closet. They may have new haircuts, but their thinking is old and tired. That’s why we need you. Now.
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George Lakoff
A Minority President Trump: Why the Polls Failed and What the Majority Can Do
1: The American Majority Hillary Clinton won the majority of votes in this year’s presidential election. The loser, for the majority of voters, will now be a minority president-elect. Don't let...
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Monday, November 21, 2016
Tracy Rector
Big Business Is Threatening Mother Earth
Right now, corporations threaten the lifeblood of Mother Earth. There are thousands of water protectors mobilized against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) in Cannonball, North Dakota, on the...
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Robert Reich
The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance...
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Robert Parry
Whose Fake News Gets a Pass? NYT Advocates Internet Censorship
The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls “fake news,” but the Times ignores its own record of publishing “fake news”
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Tom Goldtooth, Annie Leonard
What Standing Rock Needs Obama to Do Quickly—Before Trump Takes Over
Trump will try to fast-track fossil fuel projects across the country. That makes the final months of President Obama’s term more important than ever.
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Andy Rowell
Meet Donald the Climate Clown
Later today in Stockholm, a conference organized by the business group, the International Chamber of Commerce, examines “ Bridging the Climate Change Policy Gap .” The conference flier asks the...
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Jim Naureckas
Far From a Distraction, Hamilton Feud Calls Attention to the Real Issue: Trump’s Historic Unpopularity
In the wake of the celebration of Vice President–Elect Mike Pence being confronted by the cast of Hamilton —and tweets from Donald Trump confirming that the message had been received—came a backlash...
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Robert Freeman
The Clean Deal: A Strategy for Healing and Renewal
The country needs to heal. It can do that by renewing itself. Both are possible, but only if the parties put aside their treasured shibboleths and commit to a twenty-first century economic...
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Jeff Hauser
To Defend Democracy, We Must Demand Financial Transparency from Trump
From executive appointments to policy, understanding Trump's personal financial interests will be essential to judging his adminstration
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Chris Hedges
We Are All Deplorables
My relatives in Maine are deplorables . I cannot write on their behalf. I can write in their defense. They live in towns and villages that have been ravaged by deindustrialization. The bank in...
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Christian Parenti
Listening to Trump
What I learned by going down a weeks-long, late-night, YouTube rabbit hole
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Rebecca Gordon
Life Under Trump: Night Terrors and Daytime Hopes
The night after the election, this long-time pacifist dreamed she shot a big white man carrying an arsenal of guns. He was wandering around a room full of people, waving a pistol and threatening to...
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Paul Buchheit
The Terrorism Targeting Our Grandchildren
Four decades of American narcissism and greed and exceptionalism have allowed the super-rich to dictate the future path of our nation. We're paying the price now, with environmental disasters,...
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Sunday, November 20, 2016
César Chelala
Hamilton vs Trump
“Apologize!” was President elect Donald Trump conclusion of two messages he wrote to the cast of Hamilton, one of the most successful Broadway musicals in recent times. He was thus responding to the...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Swamp
Drain the swamp. —Donald J. Trump It’s great news for Kansas-and who’d have thought it. Of course it hasn’t happened yet, but it seems to be a possibility. When President-elect Donald Trump was...
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Augie Lindmark
After a Long Week, the Single Payer Movement Marches On
For many supporters of universal healthcare, last week felt nauseating. From local to national politics, the notion of health as a human right was barred from public policies. At the state level,...
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Todd Gitlin
Bad Faith Has Many Brands
Defeat has many parents, and buck-passing cannot be the national pastime.
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Julie Chinitz
Cleaning the Corporate Dirt from the GOP Budget
While Donald Trump is busy appointing corporate lobbyists and white supremacists to key positions on his staff, Congress remains in session. Lawmakers are now working on a budget that could make or...
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Saadia Ahmad
Democracy Is Not Demonization
I am a Muslim-American and a peacebuilder. In the aftermath of a polarizing election season, the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, and an onslaught of violent hate crimes and proposed policies...
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Shamus Cooke
Can a Mass Movement Seize This Anti-Trump Moment?
Change is in the air. Millions of people in the U.S. woke up to the living nightmare of a Trump presidency. The threat and shock posed by Trump jolted hundreds of thousands off their couch and into...
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Ray McGovern
Installing a Torture Fan at CIA
President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, an open aficionado of torture practices used in the “war on terror,” to be CIA director shows that Trump was serious when...
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Saturday, November 19, 2016
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
A Dying Mule Always Kicks the Hardest
Why Donald Trump's election means "we must work together for a Third Reconstruction in America."
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The Yes Men
The Yes Men's Guide to Resisting Trump
What happened Nov. 8 is for many of us (especially liberal white people) literally unthinkable — which may be why our bodies are getting involved, with many reporting stomach problems and nausea, or...
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Bill McKibben
Donald Trump is Betting Against all Odds on Climate Change
President-elect Donald Trump has already begun to back off some of his promises: Maybe not all of Obamacare has to go. Maybe parts of his wall will actually be a fence. Maybe it’s okay to have some...
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Rohit Chandan
TV Pundits Eager to Make Trump the New 'Normal'
After wrongly predicting the election, political pundits are returning to TV talkshows to explain what will happen under a Trump presidency. But these predictions aren’t like TV anchors predicting...
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LeeAnn Hall
This Doesn't Sound Like Our Voice
We’re already starting to see how America’s gamble on Donald Trump will pay off: with gifts to the corporations and billionaires he swore he’d put us above. One of Trump’s first priorities is to...
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Mark Pocan
An Unstoppable Progressive Movement
There is no reason to sugar coat it. The election of Donald Trump is a wakeup call for those of us who care about working-class families. People all across the country are struggling to make ends...
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Conn Hallinan
America’s Spiral Into Permanent War Seems More Foolish Than Ever
Donald Trump is inheriting the scariest tools of aggression imaginable. A new book explores their dark legacy.
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Janine Jackson
Spinning Bannon as ‘Provocateur’ Who ‘Relishes Combativeness’
There’s a difference between bad news and bad reporting. We’re seeing a lot of both these days, as each Trump Cabinet choice hurls us deeper into dystopia. For example: How do you describe a man who...
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Jeff Bryant
What Student Protests Tell Us About America Under Trump
While it may be President Obama’s job to ease the country through the change in leadership to a President Donald Trump administration, the rest of the country doesn’t have to go along with it. At...
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Michael Winship
None of This Is Normal. All of It Is Un-American.
Hate crimes after Donald Trump's election and his appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House aren't the way to bring America back together.
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Cornel West
Goodbye, American Neoliberalism. A New Era Is Here
Trump’s election was enabled by the policies that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens. We gird ourselves for a frightening future
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Dipti Bhatnagar, Sara Shaw
Can Keeping It in the Ground Be Fair?
The movement to ‘ keep it in the ground ’ is gaining pace. The climate science is becoming ever more apocalyptic about how little time we have to curb dangerous climate change - a recent UNEP report...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Bernie Sanders Continues His Political Revolution
Among the many conflicting and shocked thoughts that went through my head on election night, as I watched the victory of Donald Trump materialize in defiance of predictions, was that once upon a time...
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Bhikkhu Bodhi
Worldviews Clashing at Standing Rock
The standoff at Standing Rock offers a choice between two worldviews: one that can lead to a new economy of shared prosperity and one that will hasten the devastation of the planet.
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Peter Dreier
Trump Isn’t Hitler. But We Should Act Like He Is.
Trumpism is a new phenomenon in our country’s history—our stance must be one of resistance and opposition
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Christopher D. Cook
In the Dumps? Ten Ways to Fight Trump
This will be the seed-bed for a progressive populist uprising, if we organize, coalesce, and make it so.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Peter Bloom
Progressives Wake Up: It’s Time to Put Centrism to Rest
Argument for a new bold vision of progress
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Mattea Kramer
On the Road With Our American Selves
(Or How to Feel Like a Jerk in Mombasa)
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Chuck Collins, Helen Flannery
Gilded Giving: What Happens When Billionaires Dominate the Charitable Sector
New report details dangers of a top-heavy philanthropy in age of extreme inequality
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John Feffer
Bartleby the American
The case for non-cooperation with Trump.
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Ralph Nader
Which Trump? Early Signs Not Good
Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants to be the “president of all the people.” In his 60 Minutes interview following the election...
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