All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Monday, December 5, 2016
Richard Eskow
How Trump's Grift Gave Government to the 0.01 Percent
Trump was always a Trojan horse for the 0.01 percent. And now he’s forming a government of, by, and for the very elites he campaigned against.
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Dean Baker
How to Gain Support for Trade: Stop Rigging It to Redistribute Upward
The NYT had an article presenting the comments of several people genuflecting over the lack of public support for current trade policy (wrongly referred to as "free trade"). The obvious reason for...
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"Will Obama act on any of these nine recommendations?" asks Chatterjee. "Or will he simply hand over the vast, increasingly secretive national security state that he helped build to a man whom he once declared to be 'unfit' not just for the presidency but even for a job at a retail store." Pratap Chatterjee
Publish, Punish, and Pardon
Nine Things Obama Could Do Before Leaving Office to Reveal the Nature of the National Security State
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Michela Zonta, Sarah Edelman
6 Reasons Why HUD Deserves a Leader Who Is Actually Qualified for the Job
Earlier this month, when rumors of erstwhile presidential candidate Ben Carson’s role in a future Trump administration started flying, Carson made it clear that he wasn’t interested in an agency...
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Norman Solomon
Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites
We still don’t have any sort of apology or retraction from the Washington Post for promoting “The List” -- the highly dangerous blacklist that got a huge boost from the newspaper’s fawning coverage...
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Vandana Shiva
People's Economies vs Corporate Control: First Commodification, Then Financialization, Now Demonetization
Ever since the Corporate Form was "invented" - in its earliest avatar as the collective East India Companies - those who have ruled via corporation have found innovative "means" new to extract wealth...
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Michel Temer Christopher Brauchli
Temer and Trump
Politicians [are] a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people. . . . — Abraham Lincoln, 1837 Speech in Illinois Legislature Herewith some remarkable similarities between...
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Earth from space Gretchen Goldman
The Internet Can’t Get Over the House Science Committee’s Climate-Denying Tweet—and That’s a Good Thing
On Thursday the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted some good ole fashioned climate denial—you know, the old tired long discredited nonsensical claim that cold weather negates...
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IfNotNow marched on the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia on Nov. 22. Sarah Aziza
IfNotNow Leads 'Jewish Day of Resistance' Against Trump and Appointees
This article was originally published by Waging Nonviolence on November 30. Demonstrators are gathering in over 30 U.S. cities today as part of a “Jewish Day of Resistance” against President-elect...
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Exxon sign Sarah Anderson
Overpaid Oil CEOs for Top Diplomat?
Donald Trump is reportedly vetting ExxonMobil’s current and former CEO for the job of Secretary of State. Both are poster boys for executive excess.
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Howard Dean speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July. John Atcheson
No, Dr. Dean, Democrats Do Need to Fight It Out
While he was bowing out of the contest to head up the Democratic National Party, Howard Dean said the election of the next chair should not become a fight between Hillary supporters and Bernie...
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Dry cleaning sign Melanie Benesh
A Pro-Industry EPA Could Undermine New Chemical Safety Law
By releasing the first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under the new federal chemical safety law, the Environmental Protection Agency reminds us of what’s at stake – and how decisions made by the...
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Carrier sign Ralph Nader
Trump and His Betraying Makeover
Attention workers who voted for Trump, either eagerly or as a vote against the hawkish, Wall Street favorite, Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump, less than a month after the election, has already begun to...
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Kinder Morgan protest Andy Rowell
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Might Be Canada’s DAPL
In the end, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for all his suave talk of being a new progressive politician, who would era in a new type of politics, turned out disappointingly to be like all...
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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Fidel Castro Marjorie Cohn
The Remarkable Legacy of Fidel Castro
When Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25 at the age of 90, we lost one of the most remarkable leaders of the 20th century. No other head of state has so steadfastly stood up to the United States and...
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From left to right: Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, and Mitch McConnell Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Three Men in a Room: The D.C. Edition
For years, New York’s dysfunctional state government has been derisively called “ Three Men in a Room .” The three men were the Governor, the New York State Senate Majority Leader and the New York...
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Protest banner reads "System change not climate change." Ilana Solomon, Ben Beachy
After the TPP, Here’s a Progressive Vision for Trade
This op-ed was originally published on the Sierra Club's Compass blog on November 16, 2016. Opposition to status-quo trade deals has reached unprecedented heights. The entire 2016 election cycle...
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The National Security Agency seal superimposed on an eye Jamie Williams
The Problem of Our Surveillance Laws: Report Exposes Deeply Rooted Governmental Secrecy—Underscoring Why Obama Should Act Now
Kafka wrote in his parable The Problem of Our Laws , “It is an extremely painful thing to be ruled by laws that one does not know.” By this standard, America has long been in pain. Secret law runs...
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Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC on Nov. 29, 2016. Karin Kamp
As Hate Incidents Rise, Rights Groups Urge Trump to Denounce Bigotry
The Southern Poverty Law Center reveals a "national outbreak of hate" since Donald Trump's election.
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Donald Trump on CNN Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders & Helped Donald Trump Win
We hadn’t seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sanders joined the “Democracy Now!” news...
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A prison Carl Takei, Joanne Lin
In Stunning Reversal, Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Advisors Urge Homeland Security to Shift Away from Private Prisons
In a surprise development, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), an expert panel of law enforcement, national security, military, and other experts who advise the secretary of the Department...
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Friday, December 2, 2016
Shefali Sharma
The CETA Vote: Will the European Parliament Learn From BREXIT and Trump?
Our tour across Europe on Selling Off the Farm Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP and its links to the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) launched on November 29 at the...
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Adam Johnson
Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited ‘Fake News’ Blacklist?
The Washington Post ( 11/24/16 ) last week published a front-page blockbuster that quickly went viral: Russia-promoted “fake news” had infiltrated the newsfeeds of 213 million Americans during the...
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The Hall of Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY. Nele Marien
Mainstreaming Biodiversity: A Real Solution to the Devastation of Nature?
4 December marks the start of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP). While not as well-known as the climate COPs, this conference responds to a complex...
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A wind farm in Illinois. Kenvo Esquivel, Diane Fager
Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump
With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency this November, many on the left are rightfully frightened about what the next four years portend for the fight against climate change, when even...
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