All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Monday, December 31, 2018
President Jimmy Carter and Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping meet outside of the Oval Office on Jan. 30, 1979. (Photo: AP) Jimmy Carter
How to Repair the U.S.-China Relationship—and Prevent a Modern Cold War
While today’s leaders face a different world, the cause of peace remains just as important
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A girl eats boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation in the district of Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. (Photo: Hammadi Issa / AP) Gareth Porter
Is the End of the Brutal War in Yemen Finally at Hand?
Congressional strategists and activists who have been working on the issue believe passage of the war powers measure will force Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to the negotiating table
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Julian Assange, through his work with WikiLeaks, engaged in that type of vibrant journalism that revitalized the impulse for real democracy.(Photo: Reuters) Nozomi Hayase
Justice for Julian Assange, Test of Western Democracy
This cruel persecution of Assange represents a deep crisis of Western democracy
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President Trump arrives to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Trump vs. the Foreign Policy Establishment
Waging war to pacify the Greater Middle East hasn’t worked and won’t
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Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee with her attorneys Debra Katz, left, and Michael Bromwich, right, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) Sabrina Hersi Issa
The 'Year of the Woman' Forced Us to Take A Step Back for Every Step Forward. That Isn't Real Progress.
Focusing on the inclusion of women in politics is misplaced if the structures that promoted our exclusion don't change
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Trump learning from his mistakes and acting diplomatically? Fat chance. But, hey, the US will have to withdraw from the region sooner or later. It may just start on Trump’s watch.(Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Reese Erlich
Trump: The Sudden Anti-War Champion?
Sorting out the president's impetuous moves in Syria and Afghanistan
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One year after its passage, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act deserves a failing grade. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Morris Pearl
Republican Tax Cut Made Me Richer and Kept Working Americans Stagnant
Most of the bill’s $1.9 trillion in tax cuts targeted corporations and wealthy Americans such as me, leaving little more than crumbs for most working Americans
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The president’s many year-end meltdowns, as well as revelations regarding his past wrongdoing, have turned the conversation toward precisely the accountability issues that Moore has been raising. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr/cc) John Nichols
Impeachment Will Be on the Table in 2019
If Americans take seriously the impeachment process that led to the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency in 1974, then we can no longer neglect the arguments for Trump’s impeachment
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The Catonsville protest sparked a wave of break-ins at draft boards in which files were burned, mutilated, stolen or destroyed. (Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
Resistance Is the Supreme Act of Faith
We resist not because we will succeed, but because it is right
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Sunday, December 30, 2018
Juan Escalante
2018 Was the Year Donald Trump Declared Total War on Immigrants
In this, his second year of office, the president’s sick and deranged racist fantasies came to life through his xenophobic policies and the rise of his deportation force
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Chris Winters
How This Year's Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019
Our fragile democracy needs the will of the people to protect it, but the events of 2018 prove that Americans are up to the challenge.
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Kristy Dahl
Feeling Blue About Climate Change? You're Not Alone
We need to hold fiercely to a vision of the future we want to see and work like hell to make it a reality
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Lawrence Wittner
The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Maintaining the U.S. status as "No. 1" in war and war preparations comes at a very high price
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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Ruth Conniff
Redrawing the Political Map: Gerrymandering Fights Set the Stage for 2019 and Beyond
In one scenario, courts could affirm the gerrymandered map, extend the Republican legislature's power grab, and allow it to lock itself in power for the foreseeable future.
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Medea Benjamin
10 Good Things About 2018
There is light at the end of the tunnel, and here are some rousing points of light from 2018, both domestic and international
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Juan Cole
Germany's Electricity 38% Renewable in 2018, More Than Coal for First Time
In the U.S. the proportion of electricity generated by renewables is only about 20%, about half as much as Germany, because of the opposition to green energy of Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Gas, and increasingly Big Trump
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Madhuri Grewal, Chris Rickerd
How to Fund the Government Without Paying for Trump's Border Wall
Members of Congress should hold fast in their refusal to fund Trump’s obsession with achieving his monument to brutality at the border.
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Friday, December 28, 2018
Raising the minimum wage is one of the most straightforward ways to lift pay for the lowest-paid workers in the economy. (Photo: SEIU) David Cooper
Over 5 Million Workers Will Have Higher Pay on January 1 Thanks to State Minimum Wage Increases
After decades of policy choices that have suppressed wage growth for the most workers, it is encouraging that policymakers and voters have increasingly embraced this simple and effective policy tool
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To achieve meaningful gender justice, we need to apply a gender lens in analyzing both problems and solutions.(Photo: Flickr/cc) Anjana Samant
The First Step Act Is a Small Step for Incarcerated Women
In recent decades, women have been the fastest growing incarcerated population in the country
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The United States is on the seventh day of a government shutdown sparked by Trump demanding $5 billion for The Wall. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Ryan Cooper
The Comical Incompetence of President Trump
It's worth remembering every now and then that Trump is horrible at being president
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As a dedicated member of the plutocratic insurgency, it makes sense that Pruitt meshed with Trump's politics. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Kai Olson-Sawyer
Why Scott Pruitt Still Matters in the Trump Era
The fact that Pruitt’s personalized politics once established him as a top-shelf candidate to lead the EPA represents the banal expectation of cabinet-level corruption in the Trump era
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Let’s not forget that the right to vote is only granted to 60% of the total population and only one third of Palestinians who live under Israeli rule. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/Flickr/cc) Ariel Gold
Elections Don’t Make Israel a Democracy
Absent entirely from the election conversation is the Palestinian population living under Israeli control without voting rights
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James Abro
Bergen County Ended Chronic Homelessness, So Can Every Other Community
“If your goal is not to eliminate homelessness in your community then your efforts will seem aimless.”
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Thursday, December 27, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (center) with fellow Democratic members of Congress, both current and just elected: Terri Sewell, Ilhan Omar, John Sarbannes, Veronica Escobar. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images) Miles Rapoport, Cecily Hines
A New Playing Field for Democracy Reform
To win substantive reforms, our system is overdue for structural reforms. 2018 created an opening.
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Even a stunning defeat in the 2020 election will not be enough. (Photo: Win McNamee/ Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
The Republican Party as Presently Constituted Must Be Torn Down to Its Foundations. The Planet Depends on It.
Our new environmental reality was not inevitable. It is, in many cases, the result of public policy.
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“It’s not palm oil itself that’s the problem,” she said. “It’s the way it’s produced.”(Photo: Migin/Getty) Dominique Mosbergen
We Need to Talk About Palm Oil
Our insatiable demand is wreaking havoc on the planet—and our climate
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Stronger unions, a federal jobs guarantee, a universal living wage, and single-payer health insurance could all help restore the balance between labor and technology. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Bob Lord
Innovation Used to Benefit Workers. Can It Again?
Machines can make jobs better, but a tiny class of bosses uses them to make jobs disappear. It doesn't have to be this way.
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McDonald's workers are joined by other activists as they march toward the company's headquarters to protest sexual harassment at the fast food chain's restaurants on September 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  Rebecca Burns
The 8 Most Important Labor Stories of 2018
There are hopeful signs as the year closes out
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President Donald Trump and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan Mike Lofgren
The Party of Ideas
A pity they're all crackpot ideas.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
In Canada, the health care system contributes to social solidarity and national pride.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System Is Better Than Obamacare
In the United States, tens of thousands of Americans will continue to die every year due to lack of health insurance and much higher prices for drugs, medical devices, and health care itself.
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The U.S. military budget is more than $200 billion higher than it was 30 years ago. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lindsay Koshgarian
A Point of Holiday Agreement: Stop Wasting Money on the Pentagon
Military leaders literally don’t know what they’re doing with our money, but they want more. People on the left and right have had enough.
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The transition to renewable energy can be greatly accelerated if the world’s governments finally bring the engineers to the fore. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
For Climate Safety, Call in the Engineers
When world leaders convene at the UN next September to advance climate safety further, the world’s leading engineers should greet them with a global framework for action
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Tracy L. Barnett
How Do 2,800 Migrant Children in Detention Spend the Holidays?
Activists camped outside a sprawling tent city in the Texas desert bring a message to migrant children detained there: No estás solo. You are not alone.
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2018 was the year Israel finally went completely rogue and ensured that it can no longer be considered to be in the club of liberal capitalist democracies. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Biggest Stories of 2018: Israel Announced Apartheid, Shot Thousands of Civilians
A systematic pattern of war crimes amounts to crimes against humanity, which Israel is certainly guilty of this year, even if the international institutions are too cowardly to indict the Netanyahus and the Liebermans
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Norah Vawter
The Green New Deal: Let's Get Visionary
We need a plan to save the planet while creating great jobs. Actually, there is one.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Nathan J. Robinson
Why Bernie Sanders Is (Still) the Most Progressive Choice for President
With less than two years until election day, no other Democratic candidate has the ability to defeat Donald Trump
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Usha Lee McFarling
Looking for a Shred of Good News on Global Warming? Consider the Explosion of Cheaper Clean Energy
Can we decarbonize the global economy as quickly as we need to? It’s a daunting task that will likely require much more effort — from our best engineers, but also from individuals and government leaders.
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Robert Reich
The Megalomaniac and the Stock Market
Trump's ego and his economic team's incompetence not only threaten the stock market, but could tank the whole economy
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Monday, December 24, 2018
Roger Bybee
An Undemocratic GOP Enshrines Zombie Laws via Midwest Coups
What do the Michigan and Wisconsin power grab bills mean for the future?
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Eric Holt-Giménez
The Green New Deal: Fulcrum for the Farm and Food Justice Movement?
It's time for the U.S. farm and food justice movement to step up.
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Siona Peterous
How Activists Are Moving the Dial on Student Loan Debt
As student debt grows, grassroots organizations keep pushing for sweeping change on a national level
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Anti-austerity demonstrator march in London in 2015. Davide Castro
Austerity Is Stupid, and Why the Powerful Don't Like to Admit It
We need a Progressive International whose narrative deeply penetrates this warped version of reality.
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Danny Sjursen
The World According to the 'Adults in the Room'
A year of Forever War in review
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Trump Dean Baker
No, Donald Trump Is Not Leaving Us Poorly Prepared for the Next Recession
The basic story is that high deficits and debt will leave us less room to have a large stimulus when the next recession hits. This is wrong
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Sara LaWall
Showing Up at the Border for Our Shared Humanity
Two thousand years ago, a young mother and father fled for their lives and left everything behind for the safety of their child. Their names were Mary and Joseph
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Leslie Watson Malachi
We're Learning the Truth About Voter Fraud
There's no moral difference between suppressing the vote through the law and literally stealing ballots. Both may have happened in North Carolina.
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Katharine Trendacosta, Ernesto Falcon
The Year Without the Open Internet Order: 2018 Year in Review
It started the court battles that will decide the future of the free and open Internet
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Chris Hedges
Banishing Truth
"The editor urged me to do nothing. It would be my word versus that of all the cops involved, and all would accuse me of lying. The message was clear: I did not have a story. But of course I did."
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NATO-led airstrikes during the 2011 bombing of Libya. (Photo: Indy Media) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing
In this "war on terror," the U.S. and its allies have dropped a staggering 291,880 bombs and missiles on other countries
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Sunday, December 23, 2018
President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. David Atkins
The United States Didn’t Lose the Cold War. Racist Plutocrats Won It.
Watching the way that Vladimir Putin has bent the American government through his agents in the White House and the conservative movement, it is unsurprising that many leading thinkers recoil at the...
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Flashback: John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden Pierre Tristam
Flashback: Democrats’ Arafat Complex
I’ve been looking at lists of 2020 prospects for Democratic hopefuls to unseat Donald Trump in 2020 and getting flashbacks to pre-internet antiquity when those same Tussaud Museum pieces wagged...
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"As we approached the 2018 mid-term elections and since, it has become ever clearer that a major struggle between now and 2020 will be over how we define the 'progressive' electoral agenda," writes Reed, "whether it should be weighted toward advancing candidates who are nonwhite, female, and gender-nonconforming or those who support such policy initiatives as Medicare For All.  Of course, those goals are not necessarily in conflict. The question, though, is which should take priority when they are. We must Adolph Reed Jr.
Which Side Are You On?
The Democratic Socialists of America are openly debating internal tensions regarding identity and class, but there are important lessons the broader left needs to learn. If Trump is to be defeated, the learning needs to come fast.
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Central American refugees seeking asylum under federal statute and international protocols are turned away from ports of entry, channeled toward life-threatening desert crossings, told to wait months or more likely years in Mexico. Steve Klinger
The Meaner Trump Gets, the More Kindness We Feel
"When someone stands up to violence a force for change is released. Every action for peace requires someone to exhibit the courage to challenge violence and inspire love." — Thich Nhat Hanh In this...
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A boy standing in front of the JRS school in a refugee camp holds a rubber hose like the type used by some teachers to strike children who fail to learn their lessons. Other children hold the raw cauliflower florets they are munching on. The permaculture lessons during the APV-led life skills classes encouraged students to grow vegetables in small containers beside their homes. Greenery beautifies, has a calming effect, and is a small step toward combating air pollution. Carolyn Coe
Afghanistan: Where Can the Anger Go?
KABUL—At a busy four-way intersection in the northwestern part of Kabul, traffic is stuck. There is no traffic signal, and cars are threaded through one another like a woven rug. A passenger car is...
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Two cows from Jim Goodman’s former herd. Jim Goodman
Dairy Farming is Dying. After 40 Years, I’m Done.
Now, organic dairying is dominated by large operations that are more factory than farm.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018
U.S. bombs explode over Syria, 2014 Eric Margolis
Time to Get Out of Syria
The US has no strategic interest in Syria and no business at all being militarily involved there.
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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12. Linda McQuaig
Canada’s Huawei Arrest Lending Support to Rogue U.S. Behavior
The phrase “rule of law” has a nice, lofty ring to it, so it’s not surprising that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking it to defend Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive. But while...
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Yeisvi Carrillo, seen in a family photo, is an American citizen who remains in foster care while her mother, Vilma Carrillo, appeals a deportation order. Christopher Brauchli
An Angel and an Orphan
She could not have imagined how it would all turn out thanks to the monstrously evil policies of the Trump administration.
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At a September 2018 gala dinner organized by the Atlantic Council in New York, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri received the Global Citizen Award.  The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, shared the table with Macri. Celina della Croce
Why Argentina’s New Loans From the IMF Are Spurring Unrest and a Deepening Social and Economic Crisis
The IMF has a long history of strong-arming the direction of Argentina’s policies and economy.
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Trump tweeted a picture of him performing the “Green Acres” theme song with Megan Mullally at the 2005 Emmys to announce his signing of the Farm Bill Thursday. Susan H. Bragdon, Jennifer Clapp, Olivier De Schutter
The Wrong Conversation about Trump’s Tariffs
The just passed Farm Bill awarded millions of dollars to wealthy agribusiness and factory farms
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Prior to the Bush’s Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, rural America had been undergoing a steady demographic shift in which it was depopulating and growing older, but otherwise they remained mostly white. Since the recession, the pace of change in rural America has become blinding, with depopulation, death, and diversity completely altering the character of rural life.  John Atcheson
Communities Without Consequences: Demographics and the Destruction of Democracy
Even after more than two years, the notion that America elected an ignorant, racist, profane, incompetent, reality show buffoon as President still seems incomprehensible to the rational, reality-...
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Friday, December 21, 2018
Claudia Maquin shows a photo of her daughter, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (Oliver de Ros / AP) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Tragic Lives of the Children Trump's Policies Target
Immigration policy is a matter of life and death, most tragically impacting the most vulnerable among us
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A migrant girl from Central America cries next to the border wall while she tries to cross with her family from Mexico to the US, in Tijuana, Mexico, December 11, 2018 (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Belén Fernández
'Barbed Wire-Plus': Borders Know No Love
Across Europe and North America , governments have gone to great cruelty to stop migration
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The job of editors when presented with a too-good-to-be-true story is to ask: Is this, in fact, too good to be true?(Photo: Screenshot) Neil deMause
Der Spiegel Shows Danger of Liking Good Stories More Than True Stories
The job of journalists and editors alike is to tell stories, absolutely—but to tell them in service to the truth, even when it goes against preconceptions or conventional wisdom
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Ever since Pelosi entered the congressional leadership of her party, the nature of the representation she offers has been an ambiguous thing. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Nancy Pelosi Represents House Democrats, but San Francisco? Not So Much
Pelosi’s response to President Trump’s recently announced intention to withdraw American troops from Syria is just the latest instance of the House Democrats’ leader taking a foreign policy stance out of sync with the expressed views of her base
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Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic would join NATO, hauling in billions of dollars of arms sales. Ten more countries would join over the next nine years, bringing NATO’s military to Russia’s doorstep. (Image: Lockheed Martin) Mark Weisbrot
“Fort Trump” in Poland Is Another Dangerous, Delusional Idea
Even talking about a new military base in Poland shows how far US foreign policy toward Russia has descended into stupidity and recklessness
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He was a frat bro from a wealthy family who read a lot of Ayn Rand. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Paul Ryan Was a Villain And No One Will Miss Him
The outgoing House speaker’s entire career was a cash grab for billionaires, capped off by a low trick to literally starve children in Yemen
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Michael Winship
In One Wretched Day, All You Need to Know About Donald J. Trump
Until Republicans renounce their putrescent Piped Piper, we are all in for it.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
As the shackling of men on the decks of ships reveals, the Coast Guard’s present war-on-drugs detention mission is not one it has exactly been prepared for. (Photo: US Coast Guard) Karen Greenberg
America’s Mixed Messages: On Board the USS Detention
Prisoners at sea
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Being too much of a malleable conduit for the messaging of the powerful in Washington has always been a problem for the corporate media.(Photo: Screenshots) Reed Richardson
‘Trump Says…’: The Journalistic Scourge of Echo-Chamber Headlines
Deferential social media framing spreads White House propaganda and betrays public trust
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Incidentally, that is a good insight into how moderate Democrats actually feel about AOC and the rest of the left, when they aren't desperately trying to appropriate some of her celebrity. (Photo: Illustrated | REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Ryan Cooper
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets It
Nothing short of an all-out political struggle will topple the centrist Democrats—or perhaps convince them to start taking these problems seriously
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Dana Brown
At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals
The Warren/Schakowsky bill would create the Office of Drug Manufacturing
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Trump took away the Republicans’ chance to pin the looming shutdown on Democrats when he bragged on TV that he was taking responsibility for it. (Photo: Screenshot) Ruth Conniff
Trump’s Wall Crumbles, Government Stays Open
The Congressional showdown over the $5 billion wall boondoggle and the exposure of dirty dealing by Trump associates, are directly related
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Bernie Sanders, unlike other potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, has a message that resonates with a wide variety of people. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Naomi LaChance
Bernie Sanders Is a 2020 Favorite
“For those of us who believe in radically transformative political change, the choice is already clear—Bernie Sanders is the only viable option.”
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As humanity reaches for a green existence — as it struggles to find its way back into the circle of life — it must step beyond the insanity of war. (Photo: Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images Reportage Reportage) Robert C. Koehler
Is Yemen Our Future?
The word “war” may be the most powerful word in human history, because it creates a mask of respectability for—that is, it conceals—the dehumanization and mass slaughter of a designated enemy, along with limitless environmental contamination
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The blind belief in the economic growth model is waning, as ever more people realize that the present economic model is playing havoc with people and planet. (Photo: Screenshot) Anja Lyngbaek
Groomed to Consume
Rampant consumerism doesn’t happen by itself: it is encouraged by an economic system that requires perpetual economic growth.
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The US system asks for ALL of us to care for others by being an organ donor, but then does not reciprocate that care without enormous financial barriers. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Mary O’Connor Mack
Do You Have a Heart? On Organ Donation, Poverty, and For-Profit Healthcare
Despite the efforts encouraging Americans to be organ donors and to “Give the Gift of Life,” we rarely hear about those who don't meet the financial criteria
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Mnuchin’s special blend of incompetence and ill intent leaves the field wide open for rampant Wall Street deregulation. (Photo: Wikipedia/cc) Rebecca Burns, David Dayen
Steve Mnuchin’s Path of Destruction Leads From Wall Street to Trump’s Treasury
There’s a reason he’s been called “ the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.”
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
There’s no better anecdote to sum up Paul Ryan’s career in politics — masquerade as an advocate for poor people for the chance to pass policies that would hurt them most. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Negin Owliaei
Paul Ryan Only Ever Cared About the Rich
The outgoing House speaker was once celebrated as a 'serious' wonk. Now it's clear his politics are just as cruel as Trump's
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The Michigan Statehouse (Shutterstock) Nicole Braun
Lame-Duck Republicans Are Waging War on Heartland Democracy
I teach sociology. Believe me — nothing good will come of what they're trying to pull here in Michigan and beyond
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Bold policies, direct actions, and a new guard will take center stage, and it’s about time. (Photo: Shutterstock) Tracey L. Rogers
Politics in 2019 Will Have a Lot More Backbone
As Democratic leaders sharpen their challenge to President Trump, movement leaders are stepping up to challenge the party leadership
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The U.S./Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico. President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the federal government if he doesn't get $5 billion for his border wall.  (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Donald Trump’s Border Wall Demand Is Dressed Up With More Lies About Immigrants
This isn’t a crisis; it’s a political ploy designed to fan fear and division.
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Andy Rowell
“Green New Deal” in US “Must Be Mirrored by a Global Green Deal”
“Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. This arrangement benefits few, but comes at the detriment of our planet and all its inhabitants."
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Cyntoia Brown in the PBS documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. (Photo: Daniel H. Birman Productins, Inc) David A. Love
Cyntoia Brown Shows Us That Justice Is Not Blind
Is a system broken when it works as designed?
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A 2016 Brennan Center report found that nearly 40 percent of prisoners are incarcerated without a public safety benefit. That number is likely to come down as a result of the new measure.(Image: Melanie Hobson/EyeEm) Tim Lau
Senate Passes Historic Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
The FIRST STEP Act marks progress toward reducing mass incarceration
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Exploitation of the environment through over-extraction of resources and toxic pollution are externalities that are rarely discussed in the context of “the market” or economic growth. (Photo: iStock) Kristine Mattis
An Economy That Does Not Consider Ecology Is Not Sustainable
As long as economics always takes precedence, ecology will inevitably come back to bite us in the ass
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Russell Mokhiber
Advocates Call on Jayapal to Release Draft Text of House Single Payer Bill
"We are being asked to mobilize support for the new HR 676, but we cannot support a bill we have not seen."
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Mexicans participate in an indigenous ritual at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration. (Photo: Shutterstock) Manuel Pérez Rocha
AMLO Goes Full Throttle Against Neoliberalism—But What About NAFTA?
Mexico’s first left-wing president gave a fiery inaugural speech against neoliberalism in Mexico. But he barely mentioned NAFTA.
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The fate of single-payer healthcare in New York may be imperiled by union opposition. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)   Natalie Shure
Why Are These Labor Unions Opposing Medicare for All?
As long as credible action toward Medicare for All remains scarce among elected Democrats, advancing the policy demands a confrontation with the party establishment—something most labor leaders so far seem unwilling to do
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Anti-abortion (in front) and abortion-rights (in back) advocates demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court in June. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Louise Melling
Will the Supreme Court Overturn Roe v. Wade After All?
Reading the tea leaves on abortion rights
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Many Washington insiders assert forcefully that committing to PAYGO rules in the House for the next Congress is good politics. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Josh Bivens
The Bad Economics of PAYGO Swamp Any Strategic Gain From Adopting It
It is terrible economics to view federal budget deficits as always and everywhere bad
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How did we get to a national economic conversation that is dominated by chatter on the rise and fall of stocks, when it’s just a small part of economic life for most of the 300 million people who live in this country?(Photo: Ars Electronica / Flickr) Marshall Auerback
An Economy Built Around a Stock Market Is Certain to End Up Looking Like the Mess We Call America
The doctrine of shareholder value has created multiple economic crises, long recessions, growing inequality and decades of stagnant incomes for the average American worker
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Tom Engelhardt
In Praise of a Military Budget That Ensures Our Destruction
If we are this committed to destroying life and the planet that sustains it, perhaps the Pentagon does need more money
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A number of human rights and humanitarian organizations have even launched the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots with the goal of adopting an international ban on the development and deployment of fully autonomous weapons systems. (Photo: Sharron Ward/Campaign to Stop Killer Robots/Facebook) Michael T. Klare
The Coming of Hyperwar: "Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!"
Artificial intelligence and the future of war
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Certainly we have a political class that’s hostile to the idea. But we don’t have a public that’s hostile to the idea. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Mark Engler, Sam Pizzigati
Jeff Bezos Has Enough! It’s Time for a Maximum Wage
A Q&A with author Sam Pizzigati
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This radical framing of the rights of rural producers to determine what and how they produce helps ensure the health of the environment as well as people and cultures. (Photo: Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images) Jackie Smith, Caitlin Schroering
Global Peasant Declaration Represents Huge Advance for Human Rights
Seventy percent of the world’s population is fed by small-scale producers. These producers, however, face an onslaught of threats related to economic globalization
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The war on Yemen has to end to prevent the near-death of the Yemeni people. (Photo: Felton Davis/flickr/cc) Vijay Prashad
Yemen Remains on the Precipice of a Large-Scale Famine
The UN and U.S. Senate weigh in, but will their actions be enough to bring peace?
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Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz during this year's campaign. Norman Solomon
Beto, We Hardly Knew Ye
The Texas Democrat's actual political record deserves scrutiny, and it's not what progressives might expect from the overheated adulation that has sent his presidential balloon aloft
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Katie Halper
How Come So Many Bernie Bros Are Women and People of Color?
Despite data to the contrary, the media continues to distort Sanders' politics and the diversity of his supporters
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Monday, December 17, 2018
Blum documented the violent and anti-democratic record of the US empire; he was a reference that FAIR frequently turned to when noting what was missing from the corporate media’s version of history.(Photo: William Blum) Jim Naureckas
William Blum, US Policy Critic Derided by NYT, Dies at 85
You know you’ve lived well—well enough to rattle the establishment—when the New York Times smears you in the obituary it runs about you
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