All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Walden Bello
How Obama’s Legacy Lost the Elections for Hillary
Instead of jobs and relief, the Obama administration offered only half-measures to struggling people in the Rust Belt and beyond.
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Ryan Goodman, Samuel Moyn
Trump’s Whistleblowers—Why Pardoning Manning and Snowden Makes Sense Now
Whatever you might have previously thought about the notion of President Barack Obama pardoning Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, the election of Donald Trump changes everything. The stunning new...
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Mehdi Hasan
As a Muslim, How Do I Tell My Child the New President Doesn’t Like Us?
Donald Trump’s victory has led to a surge in anti-Muslim feeling in the US. Explain that to a nine-year-old
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Jake Johnson
Stop the Lobbyist Howard Dean, Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair
The Democratic Party now finds itself in the midst of an identity crisis. Or, so we are told by the major press, from the Washington Post ("What's next for Democrats? For starters, a battle for the...
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Robert C. Koehler
Election Theft and Racist Elitism
“All great changes,” said Deepak Chopra, “are preceded by chaos.” That starts to get at it — how to understand, and start healing, the national wound inflicted on this country, and the world, by the...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Chuck Collins
Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump
The fact is, over the last three decades, both Republicans and Democrats have helped shift America’s wealth to a small segment of rich people and global corporations.
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Cenk Uygur
Tear It Down: Why Every Person at the DNC Should Be Fired
Voters couldn't have been clearer in this election—they can’t stand the establishment.
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Lucy Cadena, Godwin Ojo
The System Has Failed. Time for an Energy Transformation That Benefits People
The dirty energy system is an illegitimate system. Now we must reclaim the system and produce energy that is democratic, sustainable, and safe.
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Ali Abunimah
Is Trump Bringing “White Zionism” to the White House?
Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, has weighed in on the controversy over President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of the racist former executive chairman of Breitbart News as his chief...
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Bill Quigley
Social Justice Attorney Andrea Burton: Jailed for Refusing to Remove Black Lives Matter Lapel Pin
Andrea Burton, a 30 year old Ohio criminal defense lawyer, was rocketed onto the national social justice scene this summer after she was handcuffed and jailed for refusing to take off a Black Lives...
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Jeremy Scahill
Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in US History
The election of Donald Trump has sent shockwaves through the souls of compassionate, humane people across the country and the world. Horror that a candidate who ran on a platform of open bigotry,...
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Payal Parekh
Why We Must Fiercely Defend Those Who Defend the Earth
The urgency for recognition and protection for environmental defenders at COP22 and beyond
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Les Leopold
Winning Back the Working Class: A Time of Reckoning for Progressives
By not acting on behalf of the nation's struggling workers, the left will continue to cede the jobs terrain to Donald Trump
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Harvey Kaye
Progressives, Take Hold of American History
The election results may have been different had Democrats embraced America's past and its radical imperative of freedom, equality and democracy.
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Richard Eskow
Welcome to Swamp Trump. Please Don’t Feed the Gators.
It’s already a Washington truism that Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and others who exploit government for personal gain, has turned to it instead for his key...
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Simone Campbell
America Must Allow Its Heart to Break Before It Can Heal
We must acknowledge within our community the frustrations we all share, and then move forward together.
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Liza Featherstone
Feminists Misunderstood the Presidential Election from Day One
By banking on the idea that women would support Hillary Clinton just because she was a female candidate, the movement made a terrible mistake
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Lori Wallach
But just to be clear, Trump did not derail the TPP – people power united across borders did that
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Derek Davison
Bolton, Giuliani: Finalists to Head Trump State Department
The election of any new president brings some uncertainty about how that president’s administration will govern. But the uncertainty surrounding the incoming Donald Trump administration is greater...
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Ted Morgan
The Tragedy of the Two Americas
As the world struggles to make sense of the 2016 election, my mind traveled back to two books I read recently: Eddie Glaude’s Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul , and Arlie...
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Zoe Williams
The Dangerous Fantasy Behind Trump’s Normalization
Boris Johnson has urged people to ‘snap out of the doom and gloom’. Yet this situation is not normal. Convincing ourselves the president-elect doesn’t mean everything he says is a fantasy that stops us seeing Trumpism for the barbarism it is
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Ted Rall
No, Everything Is Not Going to Be Alright
After president-elect Donald Trump’s 10-15 minute scheduled get -to-know-you with lame-duck president Barack Obama ran an hour and a half , too many of my friends who ought to know better contacted...
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Frida Ghitis
Steve Bannon Is a Real Danger in the White House
The news that President-elect Donald Trump chose Steve Bannon as his top strategist should put Americans on their guard. It has already caused exuberant celebrations in white supremacist and neo-Nazi...
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Thomas S. Harrington
The Normalizer-in-Chief
Got an unsavory past? Does a great moral stench attend to you as you go about your daily business? Tired of having people see the things you do as grotesque vulgar and savage? No problem. Call the...
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Emily Johnston
We Can No Longer Hope to Win This By Simply Voting or Speaking Out
'We do this work out of love, and we know that nothing has ever been more necessary.'
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Nick Turse
Trump's America and the Dismal Tide
It did happen here
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Gareth Porter
The John Bolton Threat to Trump’s Middle East Policy
Disastrous consequences could ensue if President-elect Donald Trump picks John Bolton for secretary of state
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Andrea Grimes
Love Will Trump Hate (Eventually)
In Texas, a single-party government led by bigots is nothing new.
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Charles P. Pierce
Why Hiring Steve Bannon Is the Same as Hiring David Duke
No white hoods required.
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Meron Rapoport
In Trump We Trust: Israelis Edge Towards Burying the Two-State Solution for Good
Israeli settlement leaders welcomed Trump's election with cheers. Will his victory hasten their initiatives towards the annexation of the West Bank?
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Will Bunch
Trump's First Big Moves Are #NotNormal
The normalization of President-elect Donald Trump is well under way. Exhibit A would have to be the new issue of People magazine—the publication that just a few weeks ago was reporting that a female...
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Norman Solomon
For the Good of the Party: It's Time for Donna Brazile to Go
It’s time for Donna Brazile to go. Like Debbie Wasserman Schultz before her, Brazile has lost credibility as an honest broker at the Democratic National Committee. The DNC chair should be evenhanded...
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Robert Reich
Why We Need a New Democratic Party
It is time for a New Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. It has been taken over by...
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Peter St. Onge
Hi America. It’s North Carolina. We Know What You’re About to Go Through.
Hello America, It’s North Carolina. We know some of you are a little jittery right now about the 2016 election. We understand. It’s not just Donald Trump that has you nervous. It’s Donald Trump and a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Through the Gates of Hell: From the Invasion of Iraq to Donald Trump
President Trump, the empire of chaos, and the end of the American experiment
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Tom Gallagher
Donna Brazile Needs to Leave the DNC—Right Now
The race to head the Democratic National Committee is on. The decision of both outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his presumptive successor Chuck Schumer to endorse the candidacy of Rep...
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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Glenn Greenwald
Trump Will Have Vast Powers. He Can Thank Democrats for Them.
Liberals are understandably panicked about what Donald Trump can carry out. “We have a president-elect with authoritarian tendencies assuming a presidency that has never been more powerful ,”...
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Alec MacGillis
Revenge of the Forgotten Class
Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.
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John Light
The Lawsuit That Could Save the Planet
With Donald Trump proposing to undo nearly all of President Obama's climate legacy, hope for a safe climate future may rest in the hands of the courts.
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Michael Brune
Determined, Not Defeated
This post is a slightly edited version of remarks I gave at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday. This was a deeply disappointing election for the United States — and the world. For...
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Carl Lindskoog
When Trump’s “Deportation Force” Comes for Us, History Can Show Us How to Respond
The undocumented members of our communities are frightened. And for good reason. In his first day in office, President-elect Trump has vowed to reverse President Obama’s executive orders shielding...
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David Smith-Ferri
Something to Teach Us About Living Well
On Sunday, November 6, in Redwood Valley, a tiny agricultural community in northern California known for its premium wine grapes and marijuana and its back-to-the-land ethics, cars spilled out of the...
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Olga Bonfiglio
The Day After
Donald Trump’s victory left a lot of us numb and speechless on the day after the election. His rise to the presidency was always inconceivable and yet throughout the 18-month campaign, he defied all...
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Adam Johnson
Polls Showed Sanders Had a Better Shot of Beating Trump–but Pundits Told You to Ignore Them
There was a debate last spring, when the Sanders/Clinton race was at its most heated, as to whether Bernie Sanders’ consistently out-polling Hillary Clinton was to be taken as a serious consideration...
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Saturday, November 12, 2016
Bernie Sanders
Where the Democrats Go From Here
Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly...
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Donna Smith
Fasten Your Seatbelts, Progressives, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Night
After of a week like this one during which a sexist, racist, white, male 70-year-old was elevated to the presidency, progressives cannot shrink from our responsibility to rise loudly and clearly in...
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Jim Hightower
Who Won in 2016? Big Money.
Neither Clinton nor Trump took on the role of corporate mega-donors this election.
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Frida Berrigan
Confessions of a Lifelong White House Protester
Like the rest of the world, I woke up to the nightmare of a President Trump on Wednesday. But the first noise I heard that morning was the laughter of my daughters Rosena and Madeline — that quiet...
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Michael Winship
Add Nov. 9 to the Mornings I’d Rather Forget
In the hours after Trump declared victory, some signs of hope and resistance.
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Diane Ravitch
Richard Kirsch: It Is Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn
My mentor Lawrence A. Cremin, a great historian, attributed this saying to Charles Beard, but apparently it predates him. It is always darkest just before the dawn. Just when things seem utterly...
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Arun Gupta
How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism
Cities can offer shelter and protection to their vulnerable citizens and become a place progressives can exert real power.
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Kathy Kelly
Where to Turn
In July 1941, Albert Einstein, ten months a U.S. citizen, wrote Eleanor Roosevelt asking her, as First Lady, to raise with the president the matter of lifting bureaucratic hurdles so that Jewish...
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Friday, November 11, 2016
Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
And Now, For Some Good News
In states and municipalities across the country, voters showed strong support for getting big money out of politics and empowering ordinary citizens
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Graham E. Fuller
The Establishment’s Massive 'Intelligence Failure'
As shocking as Donald Trump’s victory was—and as uncertain as the future is—his victory marked a massive 'intelligence failure' of the Establishment, a blow to its arrogance and self-dealing
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John Atcheson
Taking a Bullet
Progressives must seize the moment or suffer the consequences
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Jeff Bryant
Education Victories Democrats Can Rally Around
Sorting through this week’s humiliating defeat by Donald Trump at the polls, Democrats are having a hard time finding any bright spots in all the darkness. But Trump’s victory was a very close one (...
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Cynthia Kaufman
On Surviving the Trump Years with Our Spirits Intact
The day after the election most people I knew were exhibiting physical signs of stress. I felt it mostly in my stomach. The morning after the election, I spent time commiserating with an undocumented...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump
From Barack Obama, the first African-American president, the pendulum has ominously swung to the Ku Klux Klan’s choice, Donald Trump. Just elected the 45th president of the United States, Trump...
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Christian Christensen
Discrimination More Appealing than Experts Thought Possible
We were told that this was a high point for postwar democracy: a moment in which an entire nation sent a clear, unambiguous message that the politics of hate, racism and ethno-nationalism would be...
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Ryan Camero
From Executive Power to People Power on Climate
For the next four years, it will be a "People’s To-Do List" to which we are all accountable. The world deserves nothing less.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Bill C. Davis
In Paris, Yesterday's Date Looked Like This: 9/11/16
In Connecticut on Tuesday morning (11/8/16) I voted. That night I got on a plane to Paris and slept believing I would wake up the next day to learn that America had elected its first woman president...
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Neal Gabler
Farewell, America
No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.
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Ronnie Cummins
Now That It's Over, It's Times to Exercise Our 'True Power'
The best thing about the 2016 election, a contest between two of the most unpopular candidates in history, is that it’s over. Now, we get back to work. Back to our radical roots (it’s never been lost...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Nation Up for Grabs
How do we respond now that the unthinkable has happened?
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Jake Johnson
Blame the Neoliberals: Democrats' Toxic Ideology Paved the Way for Trump
How corporate centrism has failed to defeat even the most incompetent figurehead of the nativist right
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Jenni Monet
What the Trump Victory Means for Standing Rock
The Sioux tribe is facing a pro-oil president-elect with personal investments riding on the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline.
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Randall Amster
Trumping Disbelief
On why denial is not a viable political strategy
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Thomas S. Harrington
I Would Love to Share in Your Incredulity
I would love to share, my liberal friend, in your sense of incredulity about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of United States. I would love to stand with you in the sense of...
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Norman Solomon
For the Trump Era: Fight Not Flight
A lot of U.S. citizens are now talking about leaving the country. Canada, Europe and New Zealand are popular scenarios. Moving abroad might be an individual solution. But the social solution is to...
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Naomi Klein
It Was the Rise of the Davos Class That Sealed America’s Fate
Hillary Clinton’s embrace of neoliberalism was disastrous. The only answer now is to take on the billionaires
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Glenn Greenwald
Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit
The parallels between the U.K.’s shocking approval of the Brexit referendum in June and the U.S.’ even more shocking election of Donald Trump as president last night are overwhelming. Elites (outside...
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Kevin Gosztola
The Hubris of Democratic Elites, Clinton Campaign Gave Us President Trump
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, her network of super political action committees, and the liberal establishment relished a matchup against Donald Trump. However, her campaign failed to put...
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LeeAnn Hall, George Goehl
Donald Trump’s Victory is Not the Last Word
Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is nothing short of a disaster for America. He is a racist, misogynist and xenophobe. And we, like many of you, fear for our families, our neighbors, our...
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Aisling O’Donnell
Democracy After the Flood
A pause for hope in a time of distress
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Robert Parry
Why Trump Won and Why Clinton Lost
Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat reflected a gross misjudgment by the Democratic Party about the depth of populist anger against self-serving elites who have treated much of the country with disdain
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John Nichols
It Really Is That Bad
S o now we must get very good at saying “no” to Trumpism.
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Thomas Frank
Donald Trump Is Moving to the White House, and Liberals Put Him There
Hillary Clinton was exactly the wrong candidate: a technocrat who offered fine-tuning when the country wanted to take a sledgehammer to the machine
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Sonali Kolhatkar
We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast
The first thing that occurred to me when predictions of a Trump Presidency were apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year old?” My son went to bed last night asking me who was going...
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Kate Aronoff
Trump Won. Now We Organize to Block Him, Every Step of the Way
Progressives must unify to halt a slide into authoritarianism. A visionary left is better suited to lead this mission than routed establishment Democrats
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Robert Freeman
President Donald Trump and The Great Repudiation
How the most patently unqualified, the most offensive, personally odious presidential candidate in American history has just been elected president.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Jeremy Scahill
The True Scandal of 2016 Was The Torture of Chelsea Manning
A few days ago, we learned that Private Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life last month for the second time since being sentenced to 35 years at the U.S. military prison in Leavenworth,...
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Jamie Henn
The Mainstream Media’s Climate Fail This Election—And What We Can Do About It
With the presidential race finally over, how can the climate movement reclaim the spotlight it deserves?
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William Greider
No Honeymoon for Hillary
If Clinton wins, she’ll inherit massive public anger unless she fights for progressive changes on trade and industrial policy.
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Richard Heinberg
The Case of the Vanishing Oil Reserves
Where are Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade when we need them? A crime is in progress, and only a detective who’s unafraid of stepping on powerful people’s toes is likely to get to the bottom of it. Here’...
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Ann Wright
At Standing Rock, A Native American Woman Elder Says "This is What I Have Been Waiting for My Entire Life"
This time I have been at Standing Rock, North Dakota at the Oceti Shakowin camp to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for four days during a whirlwind of national and international attention...
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Sara Shaw
Fighting Back Against Dirty Energy, False Solutions and Climate Change
How the fossil fuel industry is at the root of global injustice
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Julian Assange
A Statement on the US Election
'Irrespective of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election, the real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work.'
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Matthew Stanley
The Philadelphia Moment: Obama, Clinton, and the Substance of Symbols
On the day of yet another historic presidential election with what looks to deliver yet another unprecedented result, I, like many others, find myself thinking about the symbolic value of events in...
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Ai-jen Poo, George Goehl
The Case Against Cynicism: A Dispatch from Colorado and Florida
We live in an age of cynicism. We’re not going to tell you what others might — which is that cynicism is a privilege. While it is true that some people don’t have the same set of options or resources...
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Michael Winship
Last Stop for Democracy
Trump's rhetoric during the last days of the campaign has led even the most equable of journalists to the end of his rope.
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Monday, November 7, 2016
Greg Kaufmann
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Cast Your Ballot
One of the biggest lies about poverty in our country is this: We don’t know what to do to dramatically reduce it. The truth is, there is no shortage of excellent plans , great scholars , and people...
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Mark Schuller
As World Looks Elsewhere, Haiti’s Disaster Just Beginning
One month after Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, the nation and its people have been all but forgotten by the international community
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Rebecca Solnit
Whether Trump or Clinton Wins the US Election, What Follows Is Up To Us
When the polls close, a new battle will begin – to resist a racist climate denier, or to force a centrist Democrat to deliver genuinely progressive change
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Rev. John Dear
Taking a Stand at Standing Rock
Like millions of other concerned people, I’ve followed the standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota for months. The good people of Standing Rock—including the Dakota, the Lakota and...
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Alexandra Tempus
The Era Of Climate Migration Meets Violent Borders
Less than two weeks before Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson had announced that the United States would hasten the widespread deportation of undocumented...
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Jeff Bryant
Will Grassroots Beat Big Money In Massachusetts Charter School Vote?
A lot is at stake in tomorrow’s election, but as the New York Times reports, the big war in Massachusetts is not about who will be president but what will happen to the state’s number of charter...
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David Smith-Ferri
In Russia with Love
Here in Russia, where I have been traveling as part of a small delegation organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, the people with whom we have spoken have no illusions about war and its effects...
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Bill Curry
I Was With Bernie Till the End; Now We All Must Vote Hillary
I’m not a big Clinton fan, but I’m voting for her happily, and every lefty should, because the difference between a narrow margin and a comfortable one could be huge.
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Robert Reich
Trump's Three Enablers: The GOP, the Media, and... The Establishment Democrats
Even if he loses (and I believe he will), Donald Trump has done incalculable damage to America – eroding the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on. But he couldn’t have accomplished this...
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Paul Buchheit
How a Disappearing and Deluded Middle Class Awaits the New President
Disturbing truths about the wealth gap in America have surfaced in recent months. Our nation is breaking in two. Yet downtrodden Americans are hoping for a fairy-tale ending to their misery, instead...
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