All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Monday, October 17, 2016
Kevin Gosztola
‘Get A Life’: Clinton Bashed Anti-Fracking Activists During Private Labor Meeting
At a private meeting with the Building Trades Council, Hillary Clinton bashed environmentalists who oppose natural gas fracking and insist the United States must keep all fossil fuels in the ground...
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Robert Reich
Ascendance of Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton Equals Big Win for Big Business
Hillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican...
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Lizzy Ratner
Amy Goodman Is Facing Prison for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All.
The charges against Goodman are a clear attack on journalism and freedom of the press.
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Tom Engelhardt
He Who Lives by the Media Dies by the Media
Consider it justice (of a sort): he who lives by the media dies by the media. I’m talking -- as if you had a scintilla of doubt -- about Donald Trump. If the Washington Post’s release of a video of...
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Rebecca Gordon
Finding Hope in Dismal Times
On learning to claim our victories and why fighting for justice is like surfing
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Bill McKibben
Donald Trump Isn’t the Only Enemy on the Ballot
He represents much of what’s wrong about American politics, but not all of it. Just look at what the Koch brothers are doing in Vermont.
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Paul Buchheit
What the Narcissists Have Done to Our Jobs and Health
When Donald Trump blurted out "that makes me smart" as a reason for non-payment of taxes, he was revealing a truth about the American narcissist. Senator Lindsey Graham was equally arrogant when he...
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Sunday, October 16, 2016
U.S. Army patrol in Afghanistan. Edward Hunt
Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan
Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul.
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Heidi Chow
CETA's Threat to Seed Freedom
Seeds are an emotive issue. Across the globe, generations of farmers have been able to save seeds from each year's crops, store them, exchange them and re-use them in the next season. Seeds are the...
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Charles Eisenstein
Fear of a Living Planet
By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet
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A man with Down syndrome stands in front of smiling older woman. Mike Elk
Lawmakers Want to Close the Loophole That Pays Disabled Workers Pennies An Hour
Recently released Census data reveal that, in 2015, the poverty rate dropped significantly for most demographic groups. One of the only groups who didn’t see an improvement were people with...
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Screenshot of ABC News report on U.S. involvement in Yemen. Adam Johnson
Hiding US Role in Yemen Slaughter So Bombing Can Be Sold as ‘Self-Defense’
To hear US corporate media tell it, the US was dragged into a brand new war on Wednesday. US destroyers in the Gulf of Aden launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels, a Shia insurgent group currently...
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Data center. Kasia Tarczynska
America’s Most Prosperous Companies Get $2 Million Per Job Subsidy at Their Data Centers
Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, America’s most well-known brands and most prosperous firms, are demanding that states and localities provide them ever-larger economic development...
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Kirtana Chandrasekaran
We Need an Agroecological Revolution—So Why Are Governments Investing in Agribusiness?
Agriculture is under pressure to perform on this World Food Day. As governments pay lip service to combatting climate change in the Paris Agreement, few of them are taking the real action necessary...
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Sarah van Gelder
How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors
Four reasons communities all over the country are winning against the powerful and extremely wealthy fossil fuel industry.
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The aftermath of an airstrike in Yemen in 2015. CJ Werleman
Homegrown Terrorism is Rooted in US Actions, Not Islam. Just Ask the FBI.
Like climate change, the debate surrounding radicalization is over. It’s now time for action, and that means we must first fix ourselves.
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President President Barack Obama meets with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice listens at left. Gilbert Doctorow
The Warnings of a New World War
The U.S.-Russia confrontation over Ukraine and now Syria is far more dangerous than is understood by mainstream U.S. analysts as Russia lays down clear warnings that are mostly being ignored, writes Gilbert Doctorow.
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Solar panels Ralph Nader
Ken Bossong—“Favorite Sun”
If Mother Sun were to select a favorite son on Planet Earth, Ken Bossong would be high on the list. Operating for over forty years on a tiny budget from a tiny office in Takoma Park, Maryland, the...
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Kathy Mulady
From Flint To Standing Rock To Upstate NY, Organizing To Save Our Water
Despite the drinking water crisis epitomized by the scandal in Flint, Michigan, Donald Trump has pledged to scrap regulations protecting our water resources. Meanwhile, the victims in Flint are...
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Donald Trump César Chelala
Donald Trump’s Droit Du Seigneur
In medieval Europe, droit du seigneur referred to a legal right which allowed feudal lords to have sexual relations with subordinate women. This tradition, however, had older origins. The Greek...
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TISA protest sign Deborah James
As Deadline Looms, WikiLeaks Reveals Corporate Demands from the European Union in the Trade in Services Agreement
Demands by the EU to Lock in Privatization of Public Services in Developing Countries; Financial Services Deregulation; and Antidevelopment Provisions Revealed; Secretive, Antidemocratic Deal Must Not Be Rushed to Conclusion
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Doreen Stabinsky
The Courage to Embrace Radical Choices in the Face of the Climate and Food Crisis
One of the worst droughts in living memory continues to threaten East and Southern African countries, brought on by the recent El Niño event. More than 40 million people across the continent are...
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Robert Parry
Donald Trump’s False Martyrdom
The Republican presidential candidate is presenting himself as a martyr absorbing the "slings and arrows" of false charges that he groped and abused women, even though he boasted about doing exactly that
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Standing Rock Sioux Protectors Intensify Fight Against Dakota Pipeline Construction
Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, leaving devastation in its wake. So far, at least 1,000 people are reported to have died in Haiti, and at least 39 have died throughout the southeastern United...
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Glenn Greenwald
On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive Is an Easy Call
For years, Wikileaks has been publishing massive troves of documents online — usually taken without authorization from powerful institutions and then given to the group to publish — while news...
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Jake Johnson
No Moral Superpower: Arundhati Roy, Edward Snowden, and the Crimes of Empire
When Arundhati Roy was preparing, in 2014, for a trip to Moscow to meet Edward Snowden, she was troubled by two things. One of them was the fact that the meeting was arranged to take place at the...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Are Elections Less Important Than Ever in the Age of Trump?
I confess I am enjoying watching the Republican Party implode. It is an all-consuming act of political rubbernecking. The blowback, personified by Donald Trump, of the party’s decades-long descent...
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Rashna Batliwala Singh, Peter Matthews Wright
Imperial Privilege: On War and Violence Near and Far
“Imagining politics as a form of war,” writes political scientist and philosopher Achilles Mbembe, “we must ask: What place is given to life, death, and the human body (in particular the wounded or...
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Kevin Gosztola
Clinton Speech For Deutsche Bank Was Designed To Give Cover For Wall Street Coziness
Hillary Clinton did a paid speech for Deutsche Bank in 2014 that was written by a speechwriter so she had something to show if people ever asked what she said “behind closed doors for two years to...
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John Light
The $1 Billion Election No One Is Noticing
While most media attention is on the presidential circus, candidates for statewide and local offices have raked in massive amounts of campaign donations.
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Jeff Bryant
Public School Activists Stage Massive Nationwide Rally Demanding Government Leaders Prioritize Education
In an election year calling attention to multiple policy priorities, parents, educators, community organizers, and progressive activists are increasingly frustrated that education seems to be a...
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Buddy Bell
Policies of Exclusion Challenged Across the Board and Across the Border
On the morning of Oct. 8, a group of US veterans who were deported to Mexico, in some cases after having fought in U.S. wars, congregated in Plaza Ochoa, Nogales, Sonora. They were joined by members...
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Jeremy Brecher
Climate Emergency: Global Insurgency
There is no choice but to escalate today’s campaigns against global fossil fuel infrastructure
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Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler
Mass Media, the Wetiko Virus and the Future of Humanity
The Cree Indians of North America, and many First Nations, have a concept called wetiko , a cannibalistic mind-virus that creates an unnatural desire to continually consume human flesh and gives its...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Trevor Timm
If Trump Leaks Are OK and Clinton Leaks Aren't, There's a Problem
Journalists should always publish newsworthy information – even if its from a potentially biased source. This election should be no different
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Lindsey German
Stop All Intervention in Syria and Let the People Decide Their Future
British politicians calling for intervention in the Syrian civil war ignore lessons learned from Libya and Iraq and risk a bigger war as a result
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Micah Lee
Dear Clinton Team: We Noticed You Might Need Some Email Security Tips
There is probably no one more acutely aware of the importance of good cybersecurity right now than Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, whose emails have been laid bare by Wikileaks, are...
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Joel Simon
Donald Trump Threatens Press Freedom Worldwide
For the first time in history , the Iranian state broadcaster livestreamed the entire 90-minute US presidential debate on Sunday. This was not meant to be a civics lesson. Rather, it was an effort to...
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John Feffer
Trump the Arsonist
Evangelicals, survivalists, the alt-right, and Hurricane Donald
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Philip K. Stoddard
Protecting Forests Is Our Best Defense Against Natural Disasters
October 13th is the United Nations’ International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. Today, I joined local elected officials ranging from Virginia to Florida to recognize the importance of Southern...
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Tom Gallagher
If You Mean It, Hillary Clinton, Say It Loud
In an email released by WikiLeaks, one Hillary Clinton advisor claimed the campaign was so uninspired that he was “ petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump...
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David Morris
Trump, Republicans, Guns, and Butter
In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military “much stronger than it is right now” without increasing...
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Robert C. Koehler
Nuclear Standoff
Values the size of Planet Earth are at stake, as the American presidential election grows ever smaller, ever pettier, ever more certain that rancor triumphs over relevance. Can you imagine, let us...
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Richard Eskow
The Republicans’ Civil War – And Everyone Else’s
Whom among us, upon hearing of the grave and perhaps existential threats now facing the Republican Party, is entirely immune to the siren song of schadenfreude? Who from the liberal classes can...
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Glenn Greenwald
In the Democratic Echo Chamber, Inconvenient Truths Are Recast as Putin Plots
Donald Trump, for reasons I’ve repeatedly pointed out , is an extremist, despicable, and dangerous candidate, and his almost-certain humiliating defeat is less than a month away. So I realize there...
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Wendell Potter
History (of Health Insurance Greed) Repeats Itself
It doesn't take a psychic to predict that health insurance carriers will return to the Obamacare fold in 2017 with dollar signs in their eyes.
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Farhiya Tifow
From North Dakota to Kenya, People Power Fights Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Oil and gas is a sector which depends on exploitation without responsibility, thus creating the worst form of relationship with people and the environment.” – Nnimmo Bassey On a panel discussing “...
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Ramzy Baroud
Was the Women’s Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat?
The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose...
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Krystal Two Bulls, Scott Parkin, & Patrick Young
The Financial Powers Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Confronted
A look into the banks and energy companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
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Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig
In the Spirit of the GI Bill, Cancel All Student Debt
Our young people deserved a Bill of Rights, we sold them a bill of goods instead
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Nancy Altman
Did Donald Trump Cheat on His Social Security and Medicare Taxes?
In 1995 and other years, has billionaire Donald Trump paid less for Social Security and Medicare than minimum wage workers paid? If he did, he probably cheated. The only way to know for sure is to...
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Simon McCormack
When Minority Report Becomes New Yorkers' Reality
Tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s presentation on his $100 billion plan to invest in the state’s infrastructure last week was an initiative that will put New Yorkers’ privacy in peril. Part of Cuomo’s...
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Vandana Shiva
Ending a Century of Ecocide and Genocide, Seeding Earth Democracy
Putting Monsanto on trial is only the beginning of what the world's people must do to regain control of their food systems
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Nancy Young
Hurricane Matthew: Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
In the days before Hurricane Matthew, when it became clear it would not dissolve harmlessly, I called a friend in Haiti to warn him. I did not just call Daniel Tillias, leader of the SAKALA community...
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Ray McGovern
Ignoring Russia Warnings, US Walking Towards New Abyss in Syria
As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict
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Donna Smith
Battered Voter Syndrome
Whew. This has been a grueling election season for many of us, and it feels very much like being beaten repeatedly no matter which direction I turn. My organization, Progressive Democrats of America...
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Kevin Gosztola
Labor Secretary Advised Clinton To Cast Sanders As Candidate Of Whites To Turn Off Minorities
Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has spent a considerable amount of time boosting Hillary Clinton’s campaign, offered advice in February on how to change the narrative so people of color were...
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Robert Parry
Debate Moderator Distorted Syrian Reality
The American people are receiving a highly distorted view of the Syrian war – much propaganda, little truth – including from one of the moderators at the second presidential debate
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Stephen Zunes
Anti-War Movement Must Listen to Voices Within Syria's Civil War
With the prospects of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, peace activists have been mobilizing across the country. Recognizing the disastrous results of recent U.S. military interventions,...
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Rajan Menon
American Military Intervention Can’t Save Syria
The New York Times appears to have experienced an epiphany of the obvious on Syria. On October 6, its op-ed page ran a piece by Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, both former members of President...
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Adam Johnson
Blaming Millennials for Their Elders’ Trump Attraction
Blaming Millennials is 2016’s hottest media trend. Thus far Millennials have been blamed for killing the movie business , credit , the hangout sitcom , online shopping , Macy’s , napkins , vacations...
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Dilip Hiro
American Power at the Crossroads
A snapshot of a multipolar world in action
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Chris Hedges
The New Slave Revolt
A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside...
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Michael Winship
At Second Debate, A Monster Calls
In the latest Trump-Clinton confrontation, many voters shudder at the prospect of the Republican candidate at the helm.
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Monday, October 10, 2016
Sabrina King, Will Munger
The Surveillance State Descends on the Dakota Access Pipeline Spirit Camp
For the past six months, at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers, history has been made at one of the largest international gatherings of indigenous people in recent history...
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Mark Schuller
Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere
As Hurricane Matthew continued onto the U.S., the waters receded in Haiti, and it became apparent that the damage in Haiti was immense. Just like many people who either are Haitian or work in Haiti,...
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Steven Chovanec
Selective Outrage Over Aleppo Bombing
When the U.S. kills civilians while bombing ISIS’s cities in Syria and Iraq, the jihadists are blamed for using “human shields” and the big media is silent, but different rules apply to Russia’s attacks on Al Qaeda in Aleppo
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Medea Benjamin
Do Western Nations Care about Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?
How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers,...
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Kevin Gosztola
WikiLeaks Release Of Clinton Campaign Emails Smeared As Russian Masterminded Plot (Again)
With no specific evidence, President Barack Obama’s administration explicitly claimed the Russian government was responsible for stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee and other...
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Jake Johnson
Democrats' Embrace of Corporate Cash Isn't Pragmatic, It's Ideological
Democrats were once ardent opponents—at least in word—of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which has, as the New York Times editorial board noted , "thrust politics back to the robber-...
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Shaun Harper
Many Men Talk Like Donald Trump in Private. And Only Other Men Can Stop Them.
When we don't stand up to the sexism around us, we're all complicit.
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John Nichols
Donald Trump Just Summed Up His Totalitarian Vision for America in 4 Words
The “you’d be in jail” line was antithetical to every historic and contemporary understanding of the American experiment.
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Jeremy Scahill
Trump May Go Away, But the People He Has Empowered Will Not
The following is an excerpt from The Intercept's live-blog for Sunday night's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: These presidential debates — certainly this one — serve as...
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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Daniel Abdulah
Proposed Pipeline Sparks Widespread Dissent
The People over Pipelines march packed the streets with local activists in July who came together in protest and embarked on a five day trek across 55 miles, covering only a fraction of the proposed...
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Michael Moore
Trump Is Not the Only Grabber Who Must Go
The rats are quickly jumping from the sinking ship of Trump. But not so fast, dear Republican senators and congressmen. Trump may have verbalized his misogyny, sexism and abuse of women into an open...
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Sarah Aziza
The Women’s Boat to Gaza Activists Are Free and Undeterred
“If you’re listening to this, then you will know that myself and all the women who sailed on the Women’s Boat to Gaza have been arrested and are in detention in Israel.” These pre-recorded words by...
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan: Fool's War
Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or...
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Peter Bloom
Sex, Lies and America’s Deplorable Democracy
Only a little more than a month before the November election, both Trump and Clinton were rocked by new scandals. Headlines around the country and world reported on secretly recorded tapes and speech...
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Robert Reich
Wishful Thinking: First 100 Days After November 8
1. Hillary Clinton is elected President. 2. Democrats take over the Senate, and reduce the Republican margin in the House to just 3 votes. 3. Elizabeth Warren announces she’ll challenge Hillary in...
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Janine Jackson
US Media Don’t Need to Look Abroad to Find an Abortion Crisis
US media saw a story in the work boycott and street protests by some 6 million women in Poland that led to a reversal of government plans to put through a complete ban on abortion, including in cases...
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Gareth Porter
Obama’s Syria Policy and the Illusion of US Power in the Middle East
One of Obama's biggest failures is letting his policy in Syria be determined primarily by the ambitions of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
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Christian Christensen
Trump’s Misogyny and the Media’s “Righteous-Indignation Dollar”
Twenty years ago, the great Bill Hicks had a classic stand-up bit in which he imagined ad executives watching his rant against advertising, and saying to each other: “Oh, I see what Bill is doing! He...
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Saturday, October 8, 2016
Anne Marie Goetz
Still No Woman at the Helm of the UN
António Guterres's election as the new UN Secretary-General is a stark illustration of how male-dominated decision-making means that female leadership is not just rare, but virtually inconceivable.
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Marcy Wheeler
Trump Is Who He's Always Been, and Trump Is the Epitome of the GOP; They Have to Own Him
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold has come up with another scoop. While scraping for video clips does not seem to be Fahrenthold’s strength, like the KFile boys who bolted Buzzfeed in the...
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James Zogby
Israel: Strong Words Must Be Followed by Strong Action
I was both understanding of and puzzled by the Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s announcement of new settlement construction in occupied Palestinian lands. It was just a few weeks ago that...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Slough of Despond
Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers and husbands. — Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams Alabama is back with us. Its arrival preceded by just one day the news...
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Rajiv Sicora
The Real Solution To Climate Polarization: Defeat The GOP Denial Machine
Political “divisions reach across every dimension of the climate debate,” the Pew Research Center declared this week, releasing its latest survey results tracking polarization in the United States...
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Ralph Nader
Trump–Betrayer in Chief
Let’s say you’re inclined to vote for Donald Trump largely because you dislike Hillary Clinton and are fed up with government messing up and serving Wall Street over Main Street. You’ve heard all the...
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Jeff Biggers
Hillbilly Shuffle: Don't Blame Appalachia For Trump
The phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, we’ve been told for months in the media, has been fueled by the coal-fired alienation and anger of the nation’s working-class whites...
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Friday, October 7, 2016
Thomas Frank
Some of Clinton's Pledges Sound Great. Until You Remember Who's President
The Democrats promise to take on a system rigged against middle America. So why the hell has Barack Obama done almost nothing about that for eight years?
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Howard Zinn
Fifteen Years of Lessons Not Learned
Publisher's note for The Progressive: October 7 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the beginning of the longest war in U.S. history. Midday on Sunday October 7, 2001 U.S. president George W. Bush...
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Matt Taibbi
Six Million Adults Who Won't Influence This Presidential Race
One in 40 Americans can't vote because of a criminal conviction. But the rules aren't exactly fair
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Robert Naiman
Sen. Mike Lee: U.S. Can't Bomb Syrian Forces Without Congressional Approval
According to multiple voices in the DC press, the idea of the U.S. bombing Syrian government forces is "back on the table" this week. On Sunday, under the headline, " Four military options for Obama...
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Jeff Bryant
Federal Government Feeds Charter School Beast Despite Auditor’s Warnings
Politicians always promise they will rid government of “waste, fraud, and abuse,” so let’s hope at least one political leader or policymaker will denounce our federal government’s new gift of nearly...
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Scott Paul
If the Saudi-Led Coalition is Committing War Crimes, the US is Aiding and Abetting Them
A few days ago, Ryan Goodman announced on Twitter that we should expect “a challenge to (some) critics of Defense Department support to Saudi Arabia.” Jay Shooster published that challenge on Just...
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Miriam Pemberton
Combat vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared
As our climate crisis plays out in increased refugee flows and natural disasters, the government is still wasting money on ineffective, traditional military security.
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Silence on Climate Change Is Another Form of Denial
President Barack Obama made a brief statement in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, announcing that the global accord to combat climate change, the Paris Agreement, had achieved enough signatories to...
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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Jim Naureckas
NYT Declares Snowden a Thief–and Journalism a Crime
On the home page today of the New York Times , the lead story ( 10/5/16 ) bears the headline: “Contractor for NSA Charged in Possible New Theft of Secrets.” Describing the arrest of Harold T. Martin...
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Tom Engelhardt
This Is Not About Donald Trump
The Age of Decline, Apple Pie, and America's Chosen Suicide Bomber
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John Light
The Paris Agreement Is Set to Go Into Effect. Will it Be Trumped?
Whether or not the world confronts climate change could boil down to how Americans vote.
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