All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Deborah Menkart
Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book
A firestorm erupted when Scholastic released a children’s book early this month, A Birthday Cake for George Washington , by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, featuring...
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Nick Dearden
‘Corporate Courts’ Have Taken from the Poor and Handed to the Rich – TTIP Will Turbo-Charge This Redistribution
Huge corporations and the seriously wealthy will be the big winners from the controversial US-EU trade deal known as TTIP. That’s the implication of a new study which shows that billions of pounds...
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Bill McKibben
Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style
How to stop the fossil fuel industry from wrecking our world
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Adil E. Shamoo
The US Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff
The United States should rethink its ties to a country that engages in mass executions and disastrous military campaigns.
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Gareth Porter
Will Iran Nuclear Deal Change US's Middle East Politics?
It is doubtful that the nuclear agreement with Iran will have a very deep impact on US policy in the next few years
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Robert Borosage
The Democratic Choice: Change or Continuity
Ten million people watched the Democratic debate on Sunday despite Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s best efforts to bury it on a holiday weekend night after the NFL...
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Monday, January 18, 2016
Talia Remba
Further We Must Go To Fulfill King's Vision
'Those who deny that we face these challenges are standing in the way of solutions that we sorely need.'
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RoseAnn DeMoro
'Medicare for All' Proposal by Sanders Will Protect Most Precious Gift: Our Health
National Nurses United today enthusiastically welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century – healthcare coverage for everyone. Sanders’...
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Peter Dreier
Martin Luther King Jr.: One of the Nation's Great Democratic Socialists
As we celebrate his birthday, it is easy to forget that Rev. Martin Luther King was a democratic socialist. In 1964, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, he observed that the United States could...
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Janet Redman
In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy
A Canadian oil conglomerate is suing the U.S. over its actions to protect the climate. It’s a small taste of what could come under the TPP.
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Chris Hedges
The Mirage of Justice
If you are poor, you will almost never go to trial—instead you will be forced to accept a plea deal offered by government prosecutors. If you are poor, the word of the police, who are not averse to...
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Environmental Health News
On MLK Day, Environmental Justice Deserves a Key Role
In celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, we have to keep environmental justice part of the civil rights movement
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Mike Lofgren
An Oligarchy Has Broken Our Democracy. It Must Be Dislodged.
Pro forma elections have camouflaged the true state of our political system. Will that change this year?
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Winnie Byanyima
The World's Inequality Countdown
The rich can no longer pretend that their wealth benefits the rest of us - the only thing trickling down is inequality
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Michael Moore
President Obama, Please Come to Flint
Dear President Obama, I am writing this to you from the place where I was born -- Flint, Michigan. Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have...
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Robert Reich
Six Responses to Bernie Skeptics
1. “He’d never beat Trump or Cruz in a general election.” Wrong. According to the latest polls, Bernie is the strongest Democratic candidate in the general election, defeating both Donald Trump and...
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Peter Van Buren
You Won't Like It, But Here's the Answer to ISIS
Giving advice to a presidential candidate who wants to "Do something"
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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Steven Shafarman
A Dream and a Plan — the Full Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. day, 2016. This year, as in the past, we’ll hear excerpts from his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream,” and references to his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize — but probably nothing about his...
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Jim Hightower
Why the GOP's Fence Fantasy Is a Farce
A long time ago, in a not-so-faraway land, a civilization existed that was governed through a fairly rational political system. Even conservative candidates for high office had to have a good idea or...
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Eric Margolis
The Terror of New York Values
A new low in the presidential primary debates was reached last week when candidate Ted Cruz charged that Donald Trump represents “New York values.” This was almost as a bad as when presidential...
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The Davos Class? Nick Buxton
Davos and Its Threat to Democracy
The result is that we are increasingly entering a world where gatherings such as Davos are not laughable billionaire playgrounds, but rather the future of global governance. It is nothing less than a silent global coup d’etat.
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Ellen Lindeen
Education, Junior High, Police, and Fixing Our Killing Problem
'The time has come to address the killing of black people by white police officers'
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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Christopher Brauchli
Crime (?) and Punishment-A Comparative Study
Avoid self righteousness like the devil-nothing so self blinding. — Basil Henry Liddell Hart, Advice to Statesmen When we see how uncivilized the behavior of some of our closest allies in the world...
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John LaForge
The US Tiger and the North Korean Mouse
North Korea’s claim to have conducted a hydrogen bomb test January 5 has been both ridiculed as completely implausible and condemned from all sides as provocative and a violation of UN Security...
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Ralph Nader
Big Crony CEO Pay Grab--Effects Beyond Greed!
As the New Year gets underway, the highest-paid CEOs of many large corporations have already paid themselves more than the average worker will earn in the entire year! By the end of the first week of...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Tell the Truth about Bernie’s Health Care Stand
The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake. They sent Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea out on behalf of her mother to bash Senator Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care. What’s...
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Friday, January 15, 2016
Glenn Greenwald
U.S. Radically Changes Its Story of the Boats in Iranian Waters: to an Even More Suspicious Version
When news first broke of the detention of two U.S. ships in Iranian territorial waters, the U.S. media — aside from depicting it as an act of Iranian aggression — uncritically cited the U.S...
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Brandon Buskey
Justice Has a Waiting List in New Orleans
“Take a number.” Though rarely pleasant words to hear, you tolerate them from a teller at the DMV or your butcher the day before the Fourth of July. They are not words you would ever expect to hear...
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Pete Dronkers
What the Catastrophic Aliso Canyon Methane Leak Teaches Us About Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels
It’s early December, and I’m siting in a mega-church packed with more than 500 people. They’re here to listen to an update on the efforts to contain an enormous natural gas blowout that occurred more...
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Robert Borosage
The Republican Debate: Seven Trumped-Up Survivors
Seven contenders lined up in the main Republican debate Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Donald Trump, still leading in national polls, may not have won the night, but he has surely...
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Jeff Bryant
How Much Do We Hate Our Children?
When President Barack Obama recently made an impassioned plea to do something about the proliferation of gun violence in America, he drew upon the images of elementary school children gunned down in...
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Charles P. Pierce
We Haven't Scratched the Surface of What Bernie Is Capable Of
It's time for Hillary Clinton to check the rearview mirror.
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Andy Rowell
Obama to "Halt" New Coal Leases
Every day, it seems, brings more bad news for the fossil fuel industry. The week started badly with the news that they US coal giant Arch Coal , which owns the world’s biggest coal-mining complex,...
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Gary Olson
Philanthropy: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Whenever I hear a powerful philanthropist piously proclaim, “I just wanted to give something back,” my first reaction is “Why not give it all back?” I say that because “giving back” is all about...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Michael Winship
GOP Tickles the Dragon’s Tail
After years of flirting with America’s right wing and egging on a growing rage, the GOP establishment is "shocked" by Trump's success -- and scrambling to save face.
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Dave Johnson
Clinton’s Pre-Iowa Assault On Sanders’ Medicare-For-All Plan
As the Iowa caucuses draw near and as Bernie Sanders closes in on Hillary Clinton in the polls, Clinton has started “attacking” (media word) Sanders’ proposals for providing universal health care...
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Peter Certo
Here’s the Thing About Terrorism Obama Won’t Tell You
Our wildly inflated fear of terrorism is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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Astra Taylor
Here’s How to Solve the Student Debt Crisis: Make College Free
Sometime in 2008, I got a phone call informing me I had defaulted on my student loans. I had thought I was in a deferment period, but I had moved several times, and I wasn’t receiving the letters in...
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Tom Engelhardt
Washington’s Imperial Shock Troops
Meet the hottest new commander in the increasingly secretive world of American warfare, Lieutenant General Raymond “Tony” Thomas. A rare portrait in the Washington Post paints him as a “shadowy...
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Ari Paul
Requiem for a News Channel
Skeptics said it wouldn’t last, and they were right. Al Jazeera America launched in the summer of 2013, a spin-off of the Doha-based channel’s English version to specifically target a United States...
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David Vine
Doubling Down on Failure: The Pentagon’s Dangerous “New” Base Plan
Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases...
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Trevor Timm
Bernie Sanders Is Winning with the One Group His Rivals Can't Sway: Voters
Perhaps more important than Sanders’s gain in the polls is how it happened: by patiently hammering on his message, regardless of what other candidates said
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Robert C. Koehler
Kayla's Legacy
She had so little and she had so much. I didn’t know her, except for the tiny piece of her life that was revealed in the 2013 documentary Hear OurVoices , directed by David and Patricia Earnhardt,...
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Katherine Paul
Campbell’s Will Label GMOs—and the Sky Will Not Fall
Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have long defended their die-hard positions against mandatory GMO labeling laws, often by feigning concern about the financial impact labeling...
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Mizue Aizeki
Immigration Raids Inhumane No Matter Who They Target
Critics of the federal government’s latest wave of deportations--which started with predawn raids in early January and saw 121 Central American asylum seekers, many of them children and parents,...
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Rajesh Makwana
A New Era of Global Protest Begins
In line with the steady rise in social unrest over the past decade, it’s likely that we will witness an unprecedented escalation in large-scale citizen protests across the globe in 2016 and beyond.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
John Kiriakou
Outrage in Oregon
Taking over a federal building at the point of a rifle gives protest a bad name.
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Brian Gilmore
Flint's Water Crisis Flows From A Much Bigger Problem
There is something terribly disturbing about the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan. When state leaders can’t even deliver basic services such as safe drinking water, they have failed. The...
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Diana Best
Another One Bites the Dust: Arch Coal Declares Bankruptcy
Arch Coal, the second largest coal mining company in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week.
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Robert Parry
What Hillary Knew about Libya
In Official Washington’s propaganda world, the U.S. government and its “allies” are always standing for what’s right and good and the “enemies” are the epitome of evil doing the vilest things. But some emails to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton depicted a far different reality, writes Robert...
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Jake Johnston
Haiti, Six Years Later
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, leaving hundreds of thousands dead, more than a million displaced and virtually shutting down Haiti’s already weakened government. Out of...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
The President Heard Us
In his State of the Union, President Obama called for "reducing the influence of money in our politics." Fantastic. He has heard the growing cry of the 85 percent of us who want big changes (with...
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Hugh Handeyside
Social Media Companies Should Decline the Government’s Invitation to Join the National Security State
The pressure on social media companies to limit or take down content in the name of national security has never been greater. Resolving any ambiguity about how much the Obama administration values...
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Perry Hopkins
By Restoring Voting Rights, We Restore Individuals and Democracy
To end this injustice in Maryland, lawmakers should override the governor's veto and restore voting rights to thousands of state citizens
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Jim Hightower
Why the GOP's Fence Fantasy Is a Farce
A long time ago, in a not-so-faraway land, a civilization existed that was governed through a fairly rational political system. Even conservative candidates for high office had to have a good idea or...
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Isaiah Poole
Millennials in Poll Fake Right, Go Left
At first glance, a poll released this week by USA Today and Rock the Vote, done by Ipsos, seems to confound our narrative that a majority of millennials identify more with progressives than...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Robert Borosage
Has Obama Rally Changed America?
Is Barack Obama a transformational president? That was his ambition: to be more, as he put it, like Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton, to launch a new era, not simply tack to the prevailing winds of...
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Hannah McKinnon
Losing Friends Fast: B.C. Government Officially Opposes Kinder Morgan’s Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion
Yesterday the Government of British Columbia announced that it was officially opposing the expansion of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. The province pointed to the company’s...
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Patrick Cockburn
Isis May Be Concluding It Need No Longer Tread Carefully in Turkey
If the terror group was behind this bombing it is important to know if it is a one-off or the start of a new campaign
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Amy Davidson
Angela Merkel’s Cologne Test
On Saturday, at least three groups of marchers assembled outside the main train station in Cologne, Germany. They had each come to offer their response to the attacks on women who had gathered in...
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Jamie Henn
Obama's Final Climate Test: Keep It in the Ground
The coming months will be defining ones for the president and the entire planet.
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Peter Van Buren
Police are Calculating Your ‘Threat Score’ to Decide How to Treat You
I watched a documentary about North Korea which explained how the government there assigns a score to each citizen, based on how large a threat to the regime s/he is perceived to be. When I lived in...
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Robert Reich
“The Big Short” and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street
If you haven’t yet seen “The Big Short” – directed and co-written by Adam McKay, based on the non-fiction prize-winning book by Michael Lewis about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the...
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Sabrina Stevens
Let's Make 2016 a Progressive Year for our Schools and Communities
How can we make 2016 the year we reinvent public education? It’s a tall order. But if we set a few key intentions for our work, we have a shot at making real progress. For starters: let us please,...
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Michael Nigro
Coming Soon: The Next Tamir Rice
A Cleveland police cruiser lurches forward into a coterie of protesters and stops dangerously close to hitting a number of us who, along with about 150 others, had taken the streets for a second day...
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Dave Johnson
Supreme Court Appears Ready To Bankrupt Public-Employee Unions
After a decades-long effort to place ideologically committed “movement” members in the judicial branch of government, funded by extremely wealthy individuals and their corporations, it looks like the...
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Michael T. Klare
The Oil Pricequake: Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices
As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past half-century. All...
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Jim Naureckas
David Bowie, Media Critic
It’s hard to think of an artist who has used the media as part of their art more than David Bowie did. To me the classic example is 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From...
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John Atcheson
The Oligarchy is Using Our Lizard Brain to Enable a Silent Coup
All is not well in the home of the brave scared witless
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Monday, January 11, 2016
Cassady Sharp
The State of the Union Depends on the State of Our Democracy
From voting rights to campaign finance, our democracy is under attack.
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The execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and 46 convicted al-Qaeda members has triggered a still-unfolding crisis between the Kingdom and Iran. Peter Van Buren
A Game of Thrones in the Middle East
What’s the Real Story Behind Saudi Arabia’s Execution of Shia Cleric al-Nimr?
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Lauren Wolfe
When Does the Violation of Women's Bodies Become a "Red Line"?
If people divide their understanding of militarized violence into normal and not normal, acceptable and not acceptable, it makes a terrible kind of sense: violence against women has been "normalized"
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Nick Dearden
Venezuela’s Food Revolution Has Fought Off Big Agribusiness and Promoted Agroecology
Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. The country has not only banned...
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Jeremy Brecher
Climate Insurgency After Paris
'The governments of the world may rule the world but they don’t own the world.'
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Garry Leech
The Hypocrisy of Obama’s Gun Control Crusade
President Barack Obama took to the stage last week to announce the latest initiative in his crusade to make it more difficult for Americans to purchase firearms. He even shed some tears for American...
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Rick Shenkman
Why “Collateral Damage” Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans
(or How We Learned to Stop Worrying About People and Love the Bombing)
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Paul Buchheit
The Real Terrorists: The .01%
They consist of 16,000 individuals, about the size of a crowd at a professional basketball game. The inequality horror they've fomented is reaching far beyond the half of America that is in or near...
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Alli McCracken
Send Obama to Gitmo
President Obama should be given props for the progress made in thawing US-Cuban relations, but there’s a piece of unfinished business that he could—and should—still attend to: returning the US Naval...
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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Allie Yee
Immigrant Advocates Take Action Following Deportation Raids in the South
The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear. News of the Department of Homeland Security's plans to conduct immigrant...
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Ashoka Jegroo
ICE-Free NYC Protests Raids on Immigrant Families and Communities
Eight protesters wearing cement-sleeves were arrested on Friday outside a New York City immigration court for blocking a busy intersection, as part of a protest against recent raids by Immigration...
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William Blum
A US Media Lost in Propaganda
Vulgar, crude, racist and ultra-sexist though he is, Donald Trump can still see how awful the American mainstream media is. I think one of the main reasons for Donald Trump’s popularity is that he...
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Laurie Penny
After Cologne, We Can't Let the Bigots Steal Feminism
Why can't we always take sexual assault as seriously as we do when migrants and Muslims are involved as perpetrators?
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Harry Jaffe
Why 'Going Negative' on Bernie Sanders is a Very Dangerous Move
Going negative against Bernard Sanders is a bad career move. Every time a political opponent has attacked Sanders, it has served only to strengthen him. We have come to accept attack ads as standard...
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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Mary Bottari
Right-Wing Network Puts Anti-Union Case in Samuel Alito's Lap
Justice Samuel Alito has been scouring the land looking for a case to make his mark on history. Could he find a way to hold a big bank accountable for ripping off millions of consumers? Could he...
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David Krieger
North Korea: How Many Wake-Up Calls Will It Take?
North Korea has been sounding alarms since it withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003. Its latest wake-up call in early 2016 was its fourth nuclear test. This time it claimed to...
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Moral Monday Ralph Nader
12 People Who Made a Difference (and You Can Too!)
Can one person truly make a difference in the world? Far too many people think not, and thus they sell themselves far too short. A wave of pessimism leads capable people to underestimate the power of...
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Wenonah Hauter
President Obama Needs to Intervene in Flint Water Crisis
It’s hard to believe that in 2016, people in the United States are contending with poisoned water, but that’s the sad, frustrating, outrageous problem facing many today in Flint, Michigan. Although...
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Friday, January 8, 2016
Matt Gillard
Lead Poisoned Kids in Flint Will Need More Than Apologies, Declarations
The children of Flint will need more than new declarations of emergency , state-level resignations and public apologies to help reverse the damage that has been done to their young bodies and...
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Kevin Gosztola
‘Insider Threat’ Program: Hundred Thousand Pentagon Personnel Under Total Surveillance
At least a hundred thousand military, civilian, and contractor personnel at the Defense Department have been subjected to a “continuous evaluation” or total surveillance of their electronic...
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Glenn Greenwald
Where Were the Post-Hebdo Free Speech Crusaders as France Spent the Last Year Crushing Free Speech?
It’s been almost one year since millions of people – led by the world’s most repressive tyrants – marched in Paris ostensibly in favor of free speech . Since then, the French government – which led...
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Isaiah Poole
“Bleeding-Heart,” Or Just Bloody? The GOP Poverty Show
Republican leaders, including six of the GOP presidential candidates, on Saturday will engage in one of their occasional displays of “compassionate conservatism,” in which they seek to convince...
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Alyssa Peterson, Melissa Boteach
What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum
This Saturday, conservative leaders will gather in South Carolina for the “Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity” co-hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. With an overall poverty rate of...
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Monia Mazigh
Will the Canadian Government Shed Light on the No-Fly List?
It is a shame that a number of Canadian toddlers and young children are being humiliated at the airport in the name of extra security checks and delayed in boarding their plane with their parents...
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Glen Ford
Why the Feds Punk Out When Confronting White Rightwing Insurgents
When a criminal justice system born in Native American genocide and Black slave patrolling finds itself in conflict with conservative white Christian landowners, it short-circuits.
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Hassan Ahmad
Homeland Security Targets Families Seeking Asylum
The Department of Homeland Security has begun launching raids against undocumented immigrants, including many women and children, and rushing them into deportation proceedings. As many as 121 asylum...
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Michael Winship
With the New Year, the American Parade of Politics and Prejudice Marches On
Philadelphia's Mummer's Parade brought flare-ups of racism and bigotry that parallel the rage and fear that grip much of the public in this election year.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Jay Walljasper
MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Your Health
A compelling reason to keep that New Year’s resolution to be more active.
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Hina Shamsi
Landmark Settlement in Challenge to NYPD Surveillance of New York Muslims: What You Need to Know
A settlement in our challenge to NYPD surveillance of New York Muslims was announced today, heralding new safeguards to protect against bias-based and unjustified investigations of Muslim and other...
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John Feffer
Economists Said the Market Would Save the Planet. It Didn't.
Climate change and the geopolitics of cheap oil
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Christine Ahn
To End North Korea’s Nuclear Program, End the Korean War
Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test may be a last-ditch effort to get on the U.S. agenda before Obama leaves office and a hawkish new president comes in.
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