All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Thursday, October 6, 2016
CJ Werleman
The American-Made Catastrophe in Yemen
While US officials condemn Russian war crimes in Syria, the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen is committing the same - but the media is silent
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Ali Gharib
What Tim Kaine Actually Got Wrong About the Iran Nuclear Deal During the Veep Debate
Fact-checking the fact-checkers: Hillary Clinton didn’t help to eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons program because the talks weren’t about eliminating Iran’s nuclear weapons program because Iran didn’t have a nuclear weapons program at that time to eliminate.
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Glenn Greenwald
U.S. Admits Israel is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime: Weeks After Giving it $38 Billion
Israel’s then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak explicitly warned in 2010 that Israel would become a permanent “apartheid” state if it failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians that creates their...
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Dror Ladin
ACLU Lawyers Will Get to Question Ex-CIA Officials in Torture Case
In a critical step towards accountability, a federal judge has ordered that former high-ranking CIA officials will have to sit for depositions in the lawsuit against the two psychologists who...
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Gyasi Ross
Native Americans Need Hillary to Actually Be An Ally Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Ok, let’s state the obvious: Trump is bad for Native Americans. He’s bad for all people of color, really. He wants to stop Muslims from coming into this country, deport 11 million Mexicans, and put a...
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James Hansen
4 Reasons the Paris Agreement Won’t Solve Climate Change
Many hail the Paris agreement —set to cross the threshold this week to come into effect—as a panacea for global climate change . Yet tragically, this perspective neglects to take into account the...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Politics of Fear
“This politics of fear has actually delivered everything we were afraid of.” Well, OK, let’s think about these words of Jill Stein for a moment, as the 2016 presidential race enters, oh Lord, its...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A rally for proposition 61 in California. Deborah Burger
How to Cut Drug Prices? California Can Set a Model With Prop. 61
Despite all the disgust with pharmaceutical price gouging and the public shaming of CEOs like Heather Bresch of EpiPen infamy and “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, we’ve yet to see any concrete steps to...
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President George W. Bush announcing the start of his invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003. Robert Parry
Dangerous New ‘Group Think’ for War with Syria/Russia
Official Washington has a new 'group think' that is even more dangerous than the one that led to the Iraq War. This one calls for U.S. escalation of conflicts against Syria and nuclear-armed Russia.
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Mark Schuller
Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Looking Beyond the Disaster Narrative
Well-meaning people have either emailed or texted me over the past couple of days, with some variant of “how are things going in Haiti?” Short of people’s prayers, and the question, “is everyone you...
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Alli McCracken
Are U.S.-Saudi Relations Finally Souring?
Pressure from human rights organizations like Oxfam to victims of the 9/11 attacks are helping erode the bond between these old political allies, but the results of this election season could squander our chance at change.
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In 2008, a year Democrats won Ohio, Bruce Springsteen played a concert in Cleveland for the campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama. Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage to greet The Boss with his wife, Patti Scialfa. John Russo, Sherry Linkon
‘Rich Enough To Forget My Name’: Springsteen, Trump and the Democratic Party
If Democrats and the media had listened to the people whose lives Springsteen sings about, they might understand where their white working-class voters have gone.
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Isaiah Poole
Amid “Men Yelling Indistinctly” At VP Debate, Shards Of Substance
The vice-presidential debate Tuesday night was rated by some commentators as generating more heat than light. At times, that certainly seemed true when watching Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike...
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The 2015 Climate March in New York, NY. Ezra Silk
The Climate Emergency and the Election: A Pathway to WWII-Scale Mobilization
This week I will turn 28, and thoughts of the future are weighing heavily on my mind. Clinging to the idea of a relatively stable future, people encourage me to get real, grow up, and focus on myself...
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The Plowshares Movement during the 1997 action at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. From left to right: Susan Crane, Steve Kelley, Philip Berrigan, Mark Colville, Steve Baggarly, and Tom Lewis-Borbely. Jake Johnson
'Either We Destroy War or It Will Destroy Us': Happy Birthday, Philip Berrigan
In 1997, at the age of 73, Philip Berrigan, accompanied by five others, arrived at the shipyard of Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. It was early — just past four in the morning — and there was much...
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Andrew Crocker, Mark Rumold
Yahoo Email Surveillance: the Next Front in the Fight Against Mass Surveillance
In a bombshell published Tuesday, Reuters reports that, in 2015, Yahoo complied with an order it received from the U.S. government to search all of its users’ incoming emails, in real time. There’s...
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Ted Gup
Another Deadly Drone Mistake: At What Point Do We Say Enough?
It was an obscure item last week that drew little media attention. An apartment building in Afghanistan’s remote Nangarhar province was apparently hit by an American drone strike, killing at least...
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Robert Borosage
Why Is This Election So Close?
It’s the populism, stupid.
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Trevor Timm
Yahoo May Have Let the Government Spy on Emails. Now Will We Embrace Encryption?
Not only would this likely violate the fourth amendment; giving the NSA or the FBI a backdoor into a tech company’s innards could let hackers in too
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Mobashra Tazamal
If US Victims of Terror Can Sue Saudi Arabia, Can Victims of American Terrorism Sue the US?
The 9/11 bill's passage - and the rejection of another to halt arms sales to Saudi - should raise questions about what is really motivating politicians
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Joel K. Goldstein
Why the Vice Presidential Debate Matters
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence have only one chance to audition for a job that has grown increasingly more important.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
How to Get Justice After the Wells Fargo Scandal
Wells Fargo’s abuse of its customers — its employees opened some 2 million accounts and credit cards for depositors who may not have wanted them — has sparked deserved outrage. Sen. Elizabeth Warren...
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Alexander Zaitchik
No, Hillary, Young Voters Aren't Naive. The System Doesn't Work for Them
Clinton thinks Bernie Sanders supporters, who live in their ‘parents’ basements’, don’t know any better. That’s a dangerous blind spot
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Bill Bigelow
Support Indigenous Rights: Abolish Columbus Day
The movement to abolish Columbus Day and to establish in its place Indigenous Peoples Day continues to gather strength, as every month new school districts and colleges take action. This campaign has...
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Bernie Sanders
Four Reasons to Say "NO" to Donald Trump
Too much of the media is looking at this presidential race as if it were a “Dancing With the Stars” contest, a World Series or the Super Bowl. It’s not. As people well know Hillary Clinton and I had...
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Andrew Bacevich
What We Talk About When We Don’t Want to Talk About Nuclear War
Donald and Hillary take a 'No-First-Use' pledge on relevant information
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Ramzy Baroud
Israel’s Nuclear Man: Shimon Peres, A Brand without Substance
Former Israeli Prime Minister and President, Shimon Peres, was a very successful brand. He was presented to the world as stately, wise, a relentless advocate of peace , and a sane voice amidst a...
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Michael Winship
La Guardia’s the Name and Boy, Could We Use Him Now
Like Donald Trump, Fiorello La Guardia was supremely self-confident and brash, and loved publicity. But unlike Trump, this Republican backed up his big talk with action and genuine concern for his constituents.
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Salil Shetty
Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis: Sharing, Not Shirking Responsibility
On September 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly collectively, and spectacularly, failed the 21 million refugees of this world
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Nozomi Hayase
WikiLeaks, 10 Years of Pushing the Boundaries of Free Speech
“To me, freedom of speech is something that represents the very dignity of what a human being is… that’s what marks us off from the stones and stars.” These are words spoken by Mario Savio, the...
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Monday, October 3, 2016
Robert Parry
Do We Really Want Nuclear War with Russia?
The U.S. propaganda war against Russia is spinning out of control, rolling ever faster downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a nuclear showdown
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Michel Paradis
What’s Driving the Passion Behind JASTA?
In all the debate over the Justice Against Sponsored Terrorism Act (JASTA), the hardest argument to ignore has been from the victims of the September 11th attack. The moral and political clout of...
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Chris Hedges
In Latin America, The Empire Strikes Back
A decade ago left-wing governments, defying Washington and global corporations, took power in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador. It seemed as if the tide in Latin...
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John Nichols
Dopey Donald Trump Can’t Figure Out Why AFL-CIO Members Aren’t Showing Up at His Rallies
The Republican nominee is discovering that running on “the most anti-worker, anti-union platform of any party in the history of the United States” might turn off union members.
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Conn Hallinan
US Diplomacy and Interventionism in the Age of Endless War
Is the United States on the verge of enshrining humanitarian intervention as a bedrock principle of foreign policy?
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Joanne Lin, Carl Takei
Homeland Security Must Stop Using Private Prisons for Immigration Detention. Here’s How to Do It.
This August, the Justice Department made history when it announced that the Bureau of Prisons would curtail — and eventually end — its use of private prisons. As the Justice Department noted, this...
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Christopher Stokes
One Year After Kunduz: Battlefields Without Doctors, in Wars Without Limits
Today, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is remembering one of the darkest moments in its history. On 3 October 2015, U.S. airstrikes killed 42 people and destroyed the MSF trauma hospital in Kunduz,...
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Paul Buchheit
Three Reasons a New President Won't Help America. One Way She or He Could.
There are at least three major American failures that are too entrenched in our society to undergo change with anything less than an FDR-type effort. Corporations Continue to Ignore Their...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia, Avert Wider War in Syria
Veterans of the intelligence community call on president to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon
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Karen Greenberg
Liberty Is Security: The Lesson Not Drawn From 9/11
How government overreach does not keep us safe
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Jake Johnson
If Nature Is Sacred, Capitalism Is Wicked
In his remarkable study When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten recounts a meeting he attended ahead of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
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Robert Reich
The Real Scandal of Trump Paying No Taxes
According to the New York Times , Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns – which could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for 18 years. The...
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Sunday, October 2, 2016
Rick Salutin
Does Anyone Know Who Really Won That Debate?
In politics, we tend to see what we want or need to. You’re looking for an outcome, yearning for it.
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Marjorie Cohn
Trump's Blindness Toward Slavery, Jim Crow
Donald Trump’s remarkable comments about American blacks never being worse off demonstrated a stunning ignorance of or callousness toward the grotesque evils of slavery and Jim Crow
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Natasha Lennard
Five Years After the Brooklyn Bridge Arrests, the Occupy Wall Street Worth Remembering
Occupy Wall Street didn’t begin for me on September 17, 2011. I was there when Zuccotti Park was first claimed by activists and the encampment began, but I didn’t see much potential that first day on...
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Bill Blum
A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil
As the Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 3, an old adage comes to mind. It was first penned by the satirist Finley Peter Dunne in 1901. Purged of its original Irish brogue, the saying...
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Chuck Collins
Trump Was Born on Third Base
The stories politicians tell about their successes matter—including the ones they omit.
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Steven Singer
You Can’t Be Anti-Opt Out and Pro-Democracy
Our lawmakers have a problem. This summer they doubled down on one of the most anti-democratic mandates in the federal repertoire yet they claim they did so to protect states rights. Here’s the...
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Ben Case
Why the National Anthem Protests Can’t be Silenced
Since Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began sitting for the national anthem during the National Football League’s preseason, national anthem protests have surged into the...
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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Peter Certo
Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade
Bad trade deals created the social rot Trump is exploiting today. Why does Hillary defend them?
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Guy Taylor
TTIP May be Dead, But We’re Still Facing TTIP by the Back Door
The architects of the current wave of trade deals have embarked on a desperate ploy to salvage something from the death of their flagship treaty. Sacrificing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...
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Michael Butler
Why is the U.S. Big Pharma lobby Sponsoring a Conference on the Future of Health Care in Canada?
Over the past two days a major health care summit has occurred in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. The summit, titled “A New Health Accord for All Canadians,” is a partnership between the Canada...
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Adam Johnson
Big Papers Want Foreign Companies, Not War Crime Victims, to Sue US
The editorial boards of the US’s four most influential newspapers joined President Barack Obama in opposition to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a bill that makes suing Saudi Arabia...
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Winona LaDuke
Slow, Clean, Good Food
In an impressive fossil fuels travel day, I left the Standing Rock reservation and flew to Italy for the International Slow Food gathering known as Terra Madre. A world congress of harvesters,...
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Christopher Brauchli
New Best Friends
Sticks and stones can break my bones But words can never hurt me. A child’s reply to a taunt It was a truly heart-warming couple of days-the rapprochement of two former bitter rivals, one of whom, in...
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Kathy Kiely
Doing What the Feds Won’t on Corporate Political Disclosure
A tiny Washington nonprofit is trying to do what Congress and the SEC won't.
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Ray McGovern
Russia-Baiting and Risks of Nuclear War
The propaganda war on Russia is spinning out of control with a biased investigation blaming Moscow for the MH-17 tragedy and angry exchanges over Syria, raising the risks of nuclear war
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Shaun King
Here is How We Will Boycott Injustice and Police Brutality in America
Last Thursday, I wrote a column on the need for us to add a serious, creative, long-term, nationwide economic boycott to our strategy on how to combat police brutality, racial violence and systemic...
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Jay Walljasper
How to Make City Streets More Friendly
A bottom-up St. Paul project changes how people feel about their city
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Friday, September 30, 2016
Nomi Prins
Jail Wells Fargo CEO and Chairman John Stumpf!
Stumpf's actions were not merely "unethical" — they were criminal. And in the current system, he'll not only get away with it, he'll profit more than handsomely.
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Lornet Turnbull
How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in America
Charles Tso is an urban planner who moved to Portland, Ore., from California more than a year ago. An avid biker, the 26-year-old doesn’t own a car and seldom drives. So when he went to his local...
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Murray Dobbin
'The World Must Jettison Neoliberal Ideology': A Globalization Wake-Up Call
If recent mainstream economic reports are to be taken seriously, some of the big brains managing global capitalism these days are starting to lose faith in their neoliberal ideology . Some come close...
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Roger Bybee
Don’t Believe What You Read: People Really Do Care about Free Trade
President Barack Obama is apparently dead set on a last-minute passage of the twelve-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership t h a t would e n h a n c e t h e p o w e r o f gigantic g l o b a l c o r p o r...
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Carl Pope
18 Reasons Why We Must Invest in America's Infrastructure
In Monday's debate , Hillary Clinton pledged to spend $275 billion investing in America's infrastructure. Donald Trump doubled down, promises lots more. On Tuesday the Senate failed to pass a bill to...
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Jim Naureckas
When Is Direct Military Intervention Not Direct Military Intervention?
“President Obama has long refused to approve direct military intervention in Syria,” the New York Times asserted in an editorial ( 9/29/16 ) about “Vladimir Putin’s Outlaw State.” That’s a peculiar...
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Kenneth Pennington
We Need Small Donors to Halt the March to Plutocracy
Presidential candidates can’t just attend intimate gatherings with America’s richest to raise money. Bernie Sanders showed that another way is possible
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Kevin Martin
US at the Crossroads: Start a New Nuclear Arms Race? Or Address Climate Change and Human Needs?
What if I have little time left? How should I spend my time? Most people face these questions in terms of their own lifespans. But what if the subject of these sentences changes from “I” to “we?”...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice
Grass-roots organizing, the hard work of building movements, can be grueling. Pay is often low or nonexistent. Success is never assured. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate But Didn’t
It seems as though we dread elections in the United States. Over several past races, only 50 percent to 60 percent of eligible voters have cast their ballots. More and more Americans are tuning out...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Alastair Crooke
How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists
The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart
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Dean Baker
Economists Keep Getting It Wrong Because the Media Coverup Their Mistakes
Most workers suffer serious consequences when they mess up on their jobs. Custodians get fired if the toilet is not clean. Dishwashers lose their job when they break too many dishes, but not all...
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Dave Johnson
The Missed Opportunity On Trade – And What We Must Do Next
The candidates discussed “trade” for a few minutes during the first presidential debate on Monday. Once again the opportunity for a meaningful dialogue on an important issue slipped away. Where do we...
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Josh Bivens
Freeing Corporate Profits from Their Fair Share of Taxes Is Not the Deal America Needs
There’s obviously plenty to criticize regarding Donald Trump’s claims and characterizations about the problems facing the U.S. economy during last night’s debate. But one thing that stuck out clearly...
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John Feffer
The Lost Language of Integration
Has society let go of the belief that disparate communities can be brought together for a common goal without one absorbing the other or both tearing each other apart?
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Jeff Bryant
Elizabeth Warren Clarifies The Charter Schools Debate
Are charter schools a “progressive” idea for education? Some progressive sources would have you think so, but other progressives have challenged that framing. This week, Massachusetts news outlets...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Debate: They Both Bombed It
Painful, stupid, trite . . . America! There was more than one loser in the big debate, but that’s no surprise. I hardly expected any issues of substance to get serious air time, let alone intelligent...
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Donna Smith
The Human Calculus: Political Futures vs. Human Life on the Colorado Ballot
Not long after I moved back to Colorado in early 2013, I met a young, up and coming state legislator named Crisanta Duran. She was awarded the Health Care for All Colorado “Health Care Hero” award...
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Jeremy Brecher
Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor
As United States Energy Transfers Partners began building the Dakota Access Pipeline through territory sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the tribe began an escalating campaign against the...
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Nomi Prins
Trump's Future Piggy Bank, Our Country?
How Trump’s conflicts of interest could become ours
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Jake Johnson
Movements, Not Presidents: The Nationwide Fight Against Neoliberalism
Just months after becoming president of the United States, Barack Obama met with some of the world's most powerful executives. It was a time of crisis : The economy was wavering dangerously in the...
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Stephen Zunes
Millennial Apathy and a Possible President Trump
Despite the widely recognized shellacking of Donald Trump by Hillary Clinton in Monday night’s debate, polls show that the presidential race remains surprisingly and disturbingly close. There are a...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Sarah Jaffe
Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline
For indigenous people, the fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline is about reviving a way of life.
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David Morris
Memo for Armchair Strategists: Four Key Factors for Election Day
The system indeed is rigged, but that doesn't mean there won't be a winner
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Kevin Gosztola
Letter From CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Details Federal Prison’s Scandalous Treatment
Shadowproof Editor’s Note: Concerned with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ failure to provide medical treatment and their indifference toward CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling’s heart problems,...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
The Presidential Debate Missed the Biggest Issue
Getting money out of politics gets bipartisan support, so why not go for a mandate? Getting money out of politics gets bipartisan support, so why not go for a mandate?
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Ben White
Shimon Peres: Israeli War Criminal Whose Victims the West Ignored
Shimon Peres, who passed away Wednesday aged 93 after suffering a stroke on 13 September, epitomised the disparity between Israel’s image in the West and the reality of its bloody, colonial policies...
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Jim Hightower
Laboratories of Democracy and the Mad Scientists of the Right
In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America's federal structure is that "a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a...
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John Russo, Sherry Linkon
Hillary Clinton Needs To Declare the Trade War Lost
She'll have more credibility if she doesn't try to convince voters they're better off than they are.
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Michael Winship
A Good Night for Hillary Clinton
Worries that Trump would bulldoze his opponent into submission were unfounded.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Adam Johnson
Lester Holt Asks Zero Questions About Poverty, Abortion, Climate Change
Presidential debates do as much to illustrate corporate media priorities as they do to showcase the candidates. They provide a snapshot into what the media, in this case represented by NBC ’s Lester...
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Ed Kilgore
Hillary Clinton Won the First Debate. What If That Doesn’t Move the Polls?
So, after immense anticipation and much back-and-forth argument over the standards for judging the candidates’ performance, the winner of the first presidential debate of the general election was not...
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Seeds of Corporate Power vs Farmers’ Rights
We need to start tilting the playing field back in favor of farmers and the environment.
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Robert Parry
Clinton Toned Down Her Hawkishness
Hillary Clinton’s strongest point in Monday’s debate may have been what she didn’t say, as she avoided a return to her hawkish rhetoric that has alienated many anti-war Democrats
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Trump’s Falsehoods on Election Rigging Are at Odds With Reality
Even before he walked onto the debate stage Monday night at Hofstra University, Donald Trump was complaining that his first head-to-head contest with Hillary Clinton was not fair. “The system is...
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Nick Turse
Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars
Win, Lose, or Draw: How U.S. Special Operations Command details dismal U.S. military record
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Tom Engelhardt
War to the Horizon... It's the American Way
It’s the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let’s start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history. It...
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Adam Parsons
Standing in Solidarity for a Humanity Without Borders
Much has been made of the basic unfairness in how responsibility is shared between nations for ameliorating the refugee crisis. But the real question is the level of economic sharing that is needed to deal with its root causes, when the international response continues to be woefully inadequate.
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Juan Cole
The Presidential Debate That Did Not Really Happen
Regular readers will know that in my view the 2016 presidential election did not happen. Likewise, the first debate between the two candidates did not take place. There was no debate as the word is...
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Peter Van Buren
Does Free College Threaten Our All-Volunteer Military?
Does free college threaten our all-volunteer military? That is what writer Benjamin Luxenberg, on military blog War on the Rocks says. But the real question goes deeper than Luxenberg’s practical...
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Michael Winship
The Tracks of John Boehner’s Tears
The former speaker of the House left Capitol Hill last year, but not for long. He's back as a star player for the lobbying industry and making a ton of cash.
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