All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
"Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that the Kochs will get $1.4 billion from the Jobs and Tax Cut Act of 2017, money that could be used to pay asbestos victims before they die." (Photo: Wikicommons) Don Wiener, Mary Bottari
ALEC’s Deadly Asbestos Agenda Benefits Koch Industries, Nationwide
The ALEC bill offered by DeGroot would mean that many victims would not live to see their day in court.
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Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by an Israeli sniper, was featured in an Israel propaganda video claiming she was used as a 'human shield' by Hamas [Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa] Neve Gordon, Nicola Perugini
The Fallacy of Israel's Human Shields Claims in Gaza
Desperately trying to justify the killing of unarmed protesters, Israel once again uses its 'human shields' mantra.
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"You may have heard of Sinclair before, because it has been exposed for repeatedly injecting politically charged segments into local news, which otherwise typically avoids ideological punditry." (Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) Jacob J. Hutt
A TV Mega-Merger That’s Bad for the First Amendment
This unprecedented concentration of control, which contradicts the FCC’s own policies about how wide a broadcasting company’s reach can be, would stifle the diversity of views in the press that’s essential for a healthy democracy.
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"Authors, teachers, and parents are upset about Scholastic’s President Donald Trump by Joanne Mattern, saying the biography leaves out his racism, misogyny, xenophobia to the point of inaccuracy." (Photo: YES! Magazine) Lornet Turnbull
Scholastic Under Fire for Children’s Book Portrayal of Trump
Parents and teachers aren’t angry over what the new book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out.
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Leah with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). (Photo : Tim Wilkins / PA / cc) Tim Wilkins
Children Say NO! to Family Separations by ICE
“Because I am out here, fighting for them to have the right to be with their families, to be happy.”
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George Washington; Thomas Paine; Donald Trump (Getty/Shutterstock/Photo Montage by Salon) Jeff Biggers
Trump's Immigration Debacle Repeats History's Mistakes
An insult to George Washington and Thomas Paine.
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"For decades, the principal objective of U.S. strategy in Asia had been to bolster key Pacific allies Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines, while containing Chinese power in adjacent waters, including the East and South China Seas." (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Michael T. Klare
Is War With China on the Horizon?
The Pentagon’s provocative encirclement of China.
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President Trump and Melania Trump signing a ‘Be Best’ initiative the day after Sen. Senator Jeff Merkley was barred from examining a children’s detention center in Brownsville, Texas. (White House) Pierre Tristam
Cruel and Usual Trump
The zero-tolerance policy at the border doesn’t enslave children but it achieves the same ends: it dehumanizes parents and children and treats both as surplus merchandise warehoused in prisons, without a say, without rights.
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"This crew are psychopaths and, as their attempt to blame the Democrats for their own policy shows, unrepentant professional prevaricators." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Juan Cole
It’s All About the Midterms: Trump Took Those Children Hostage to Stoke His Base
Ripping infants out of the arms of their mothers excites Trump’s base.
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Monday, June 18, 2018
Eugene Victor Debs, American Union leader, addressing a crowd, 20th century. Debs ran for President of the United States on behalf of the Social Democratic Party in 1900, and the Socialist Party of America in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920. Artist Unknown. (Photo: Historica Graphica Collection/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Peter Dreier
One Hundred Years Ago, Eugene Debs Gave An Anti-War Speech That Landed Him in Prison
"But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.”
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Russell Mokhiber
Florida Trial Lawyer Offers $100,000 Reward for Evidence That Corporations Are Behind Frivolous Lawsuits Against Corporations
"We know that big corporate interests have successfully attacked the credibility of our civil justice system by highlighting frivolous lawsuits. They do it so they can eliminate truly righteous lawsuits."
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Briahna Gray
Fetishizing "Identity Politics" Could Cost Democrats in 2020
It’s inevitable that every election between now and 2020 will be read like tea leaves, full of potential insights into how to unseat Trump. But that analysis must be rooted in evidence — what policies candidates actually support and how they frame them — rather than forcing pre-existing ideological...
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"Giving a narcissist like Trump that kind of coverage is like feeding a malignancy."(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) John Atcheson
We Get It — Trump Is Awful
Now what?
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"In addition to the meager pay, most have no benefits, no job security, no government regulations backing them, and usually a longer work day, with many young people putting in 10- to 12-hour days for $13 per hour or less." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
The "Jobs for Everyone" Fantasy
The super-capitalists want us to believe that they know what they're talking about.
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"The vision of a liberated LGBTQ2S existence is one that must be embodied every day in a politics of solidarity, and not just once a year in a public display." (Photo by Meera Fox/Getty Images) Saurav Sarkar
Why We Fight About Pride Parades
Can the queer community support members who suffer state violence or corporate exploitation? That's what the pride debates come down to.
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 A U.S. Border Patrol facility for children and families in McAllen, Texas, pictured in September 2014. (Photo: 2018 John Moore/Getty Images) Michael Garcia Bochenek
‘Whatever’ – What Happens to Kids Taken From Families at US Border
CBP has no childcare facilities in detention centers.
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"The Department of Homeland Security recently confirmed that from April through May of this year, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families by the U.S. Border Patrol." (Photo:Getty) Deborah Gross, Ellen Olshansky
Toxic Effects of Stress on Children Separated From Parents
This kind of trauma overwhelms the body. It causes feelings of terror and helplessness.
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"Dreams were seen as a waste of the mental energy needed to seek out and acquire the basics: food, rent, clothing, whatever was essential to get through a day, a week, or at most a month." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Beverly Gologorsky
What Does Poverty Feel Like?
The poor in America.
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"Don’t fall for the reality-TV spectacles he creates." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
To the Press, After 18 Months of Trump
Focus on what he’s really doing.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018
A restaurant employee cleans a table. Kate Davidson
I've Worked for Tips for Most of My Life. It's Time to Pay Us the Minimum Wage
D.C.'s ballot measure Initiative 77 would gradually raise the current base wage for tipped workers from $3.33 an hour
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bank protest Roy Eidelson
The 1% Could Use Their Influence to Challenge Racism and Bigotry. Too Often, They Don't
When the 1% encourage prejudice and discrimination, they're prioritizing the preservation of their tremendous material advantages over the creation of a more equal and more decent society
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 father and son from Honduras Steven Singer
This Father's Day, Let's Be Worthy of Our Children
A country that doesn't respect the rights of parents—even if those parents aren't documented U.S. citizens—has no right to pretend it values fatherhood or motherhood
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baby mom Leonard Pitts Jr.
Would God Really Snatch a Suckling Baby From Its Mother's Breast?
Trump's evil border policy is a look-the-other-way, not-my-fault species of moral putrefaction brought to you by the most ostentatiously Christian political party in one of the most noisily Christian nations on Earth
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U.S. forces Doug Rawlings
Does the Burns/Novick Vietnam Documentary Deserve an Emmy?
The war was never "begun in good faith." It was never just a "mistake." It was, from the beginning and throughout, a morally depraved undertaking.
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Leslie Cockburn Laura Flanders
We Should Be Excited About the Bottom-Up Wins in Virginia's Primaries
Progressive candidates like Leslie Cockburn and Anthony Flaccavento fared well in the state's races
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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Universal Declaration of Human Rights on a staircase Adam Parsons
We Need to Reclaim the UN's Radical Vision of Global Economic Justice
That thousands of people die daily from poverty-related causes, while the number of chronically undernourished people increases, is an affront to the very idea that everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living
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Republicans' Food Stamp Work Requirement Is a Scheme to Punish Hungry Americans Jim Pugh
Republicans' Food Stamp Work Requirement Is a Scheme to Punish Hungry Americans
We should aim to remove barriers to access, not take away food assistance from those who can't find work
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Trump Juan Cole
Americans Will Only "Sit Up" for Trump When He's Handcuffed and Frog-Marched Out of the White House
Support for Trumpism falls around 9.5 percent if we ask voters about areas of agreement with him
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poverty wages sign John Atcheson
If the Economy Is So Good, Why Are People So Unhappy?
Both political parties endorse policies centered on empowering industrialists and the financial community at the expense of workers
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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Emile Nakhleh
The Middle East Is Worse Off in Trump's Wake
Trump's proclivity for strongmen and benign attitude toward human rights violations globally have empowered these regimes to torture their peoples and silence their voices
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Friday, June 15, 2018
"Nor do any of these commentators address the possibility that the US ruling class might need to change its global conduct." (Photo: FAIR) Gregory Shupak
Pundits Worry Threat of Nuclear War Is Being Reduced
For the punditry, the goal of US/North Korea talks isn’t lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, it’s total North Korean submission to US commands.
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"Post-JCPOA, with America’s options and allies greatly reduced, nothing short of a military draft will provide the manpower needed to bring about the type of regime change that the president and his advisers so eagerly want in Iran." (Photo: Lobelog) Shervin Malekzadeh
Boys Go to Baghdad, Real Men Go to Tehran
It may be that the next greatest U.S. failure will be to allow the sort of people who pulled the country into folly in 2003 to come back in 2018 to do the same elsewhere.
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"All of this is a legal problem for the Foundation, the 2016 Campaign and Trump, because the Foundation is not allowed to participate in any political campaign, even Trump’s own." (Photo: Flickr/GageSkidmore) Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
The Curious Campaign Role of Donald Trump’s Foundation
In an extensive complaint and supporting documents, New York’s Attorney General says Trump’s foundation made nearly $3 million in illegal contributions to his campaign. Trump calls the suit “ridiculous” and says he won’t settle.
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"The prospect of the world’s largest technology companies training machines in the service of the world’s most powerful military is unnerving to say the least."(Photo: IDF via Getty Images) Rasha Abdul Rahim
Why Project Maven Is the Litmus Test For Google’s New Principles
As AI technology advances, the question of who will be held accountable for associated human rights abuses is becoming increasingly urgent.
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Conservative estimates state that since 2001, U.S. interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have displaced 10 million people. (Photo: Getty Images) Sarah Eckel-Dalrymple, Brienne Kordis
From Wall Street to the Vatican; The Pope’s Chat With Larry Fink
Considering the countless conflicts that have raged across the world and the continued threat of climate change, it’s well past time to hold institutions accountable for profiting on the backs of global destruction.
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On May 24th, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) met behind closed doors and  approved the massive 1140 page National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA S 2987 )(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Renee Parsons
Public Barred From Markup of Pentagon Spending Bill in Senate Committee
Every iota of debate and vote taken were conducted in secret.
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"The symptoms of the devastating inequality here include Americans now living shorter and sicker lives than citizens of other rich democracies." (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) John M. Repp
UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country”
Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines.
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"It feels like you’re just waiting to die." (Photo: ACLU) Jennifer Turner
Alice Marie Johnson Talks About Her Life Sentence, Getting Clemency, and Her Newfound Freedom
"Now that my case has magnified this problem again we need to be even more active in this fight. All of us."
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy towards undocumented immigrants. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) George Goehl
Why I’m Going to the Border for Father’s Day
I hope dads across the country can, for just a minute on this Father’s Day, contemplate the risks that migrant fathers take to make their children safe.
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A South Korean railway station's TV image of Donald Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump Helps the Cause of Peace in the Koreas, but What About Elsewhere?
Trump’s foreign policy involves giving free rein to the military establishment in a way that even Obama did not, which could result in perpetual war everywhere but in the Koreas.
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"The military budget has become bloated with waste and abuse. According to the Pentagon’s own internal figures, the department could save at least $125 billion by reducing operational overhead." (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The Military Industrial Drain
It’s time to rein in Pentagon spending and this endless war machine, and demand investment in America.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018
"The Mueller team is not going away." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The Constitution and the Lawmen are Coming for Trump—He Laughs!
A different kind of law is closing in on the cheating Donald.
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Trump's North Korea Summit Reveals Democratic Party Fault Lines
Who wouldn’t cheer avoiding nuclear war?
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"The greed of those geopolitical dreamers will intersect with the greed of an ever wealthier, ever more gilded 1%, of the billionaires who were preparing to swallow whole the political system of that last superpower and grab so much of the wealth of the planet, leaving so little for others."(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
A Twenty-First-Century History of Greed
American wars and self-decline.
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"Four in ten Americans can’t come up with $400 in an emergency." (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Josh Hoxie
Just How Rich are the Ultra Rich?
Some rich people fly first class to fancy hotels. Others fly private jets to private islands.
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"Trump treats world affairs like it’s an elementary school club." (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Call It ‘Unileaderism’: Trump’s Foreign Policy of One
From the G-7 dustup to the flashy photo shoot with Kim Jong-Un, U.S. foreign policy is now determined solely by the president's pettiest personal preferences.
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“This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppressors across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win reelection—no matter what the voters say.” (Photo: Franz Jantzen) Bill Blum
Supremes Give Stamp of Approval to Voter Suppression
The case could embolden other states to take steps to disenfranchise minorities, homeless, low-income, and people with disabilities—i.e., those who tend to vote Democratic.
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"By construing his domestic politics as the work of an unprincipled, unpredictable and increasingly dangerous tyrant, corporate media have illuminated the fact that there is only one remaining idea that makes a qualitative difference between the president’s nuclear arsenal and North Korea’s: American exceptionalism." (Photo: Kevin Lim/THE STRAITS TIMES/Handout/Getty Images) John O'Day
Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian’s Nukes?
Trump, Kim and American exceptionalism.
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"One would never know it from the mainstream US media, but the president who matters most in this process is not Trump, it’s South Korea’s Moon Jae-in." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Kevin Martin
Everybody, Especially Congressional Democrats, Take a Deep Breath and Follow the President's Lead (President Moon's, Not Trump's)
South Korea’s Moon Jae-in has been brilliant in pursuing peace and diplomacy with both Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in just over a year in office.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
"While Pruitt was getting headlines for having taxpayer-funded aides do his private business, his EPA just gutted an Obama-era law to protect Americans from toxic chemicals." (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Scott Pruitt's Corruption Is Bad, But His Planetary Sabotage Is Worse
Scott Pruitt's abuse of our environment is far more dangerous than his abuse of taxpayer money.
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"Our leaders have apparently judged that we either don’t need — or don’t deserve — things like an adequate standard of living and universal health care." (Photo: Otherwords) Mona Younis
Other Countries Expect More of Their Leaders. So Should We.
We're the wealthiest country on earth, but over 40 percent of us live in or near poverty.
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"For some of us, we will think back and remember how we used to do things before the ubiquitous presence of plastic, but many of us are young enough that we can’t visualize our lives without plastic encasing everything."(Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images) Eileen McCabe
Our Throw-Away Society
We are at a crossroads not just for the health of our planet, but also for the health of our society.
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"He has a national security adviser – John Bolton – who has been pushing the US to bomb Iran for more than decade." (Photo: Middle East Eye) Trita Parsi
Iran Is Not North Korea: Trump's Regional Allies Prefer Civil War to Peace
Unlike with Pyongyang, America’s allies in the region are not interested in a diplomatic solution to the Iran issue.
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Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running to unseat the powerful Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District, but the establishment of the party continues. (Photo: Facebook) Glenn Greenwald
The Democratic Party’s 2018 View of Identity Politics Is Confusing, and Thus Appears Cynical and Opportunistic
Given its rhetoric, how does the Democratic Party justify supporting white, male machine politicians over credible female challengers, LGBT people, and people of color?
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Members of the South Central Farm attending the immigrant rights march in downtown Los Angeles California on May Day, 2006. (Wikimedia/Jonathan McIntosh) Catalina Adorno
What Immigrants Can Learn From the Teachers Strikes
Without immigrant labor, the economy would collapse.
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"The army and Jewish settlers have become so emboldened to the extent that they execute Palestinians in cold blood with little or no consequence." (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Beating the US ‘Veto’: Palestinians Need Urgent Protection From Israel
Israel should not have free reign to abuse Palestinians at will, and the international community should not stand by and watch the bloody spectacle as it continues to unfold.
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"Though large-scale immigration raids have happened before, the size and brutality of this particular raid, along with the use of military tactics, have shocked even the most seasoned immigrants’ rights activists."(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Veronica Isabel Dahlberg
ICE’s Military-Style Raid Leaves Immigrant Communities Terrorized
Regardless of citizenship status, for workers — including teenagers, mothers, fathers, and those with medical issues — to be treated like enemy insurgents is beyond disturbing.
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U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea's nuclear programme. (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images) Kevin Gosztola
Backlash to Trump-Kim Summit Is Motivated By Commitment to Projecting American Superpower
What leverage does the U.S. have to force Jong Un to do something meaningful about human rights if negotiations are not to move forward without action?
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The June 1 cartoon criticized Trump for his immigration policies. (Photo: Rogers) Olivia Riggio
Spiked Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cartoonist Speaks Out
"As I’ve said to some people, I’ll be fine, but the city won’t be fine if we lose this paper, if this paper continues down this road."
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“An event of an unprecedented magnitude.” (Photo: Ferdinand Reus) Andy Rowell
Iconic African Baobab Trees Dying Due to “Changing Climate”
There seems no news that will shake us out of our misguided malaise.
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A protest against abortion in front of the Planned Parenthood in Plano, Texas. (Los Angeles Times) Cecile Richards
Conservatives Are Fighting to Roll Back Abortion Rights. And They're Winning
Limiting access to abortion does not eliminate the need for abortion; it only makes abortion illegal and unsafe.
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Jonathan Cook
How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions
Our planet and our children's futures depend on us liberating ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
"The relative costs of war compared to diplomacy are horrifying." (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images) Lindsay Koshgarian
Diplomacy Is Better Than War in North Korea
If you’re against war, this is a good development.
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Vaccines and the Liberal Mind
Instead of demanding blue-ribbon safety science and encouraging honest, open and responsible debate on the science, too many online outlets are silencing critics and shutting down discussion on this key public health and civil rights issue
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images) Reese Erlich
Summit With North Korea: We've Been Here Before
"The government of North Korea is tyrannical...but should we be in a state of war with all tyrants?"
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"What will we do to keep the greedy and the hateful from doing further harm to the planet?" (Photo: EyesWideOpen/Getty Images) Alycee Lane
A Just Dystopia: Climate Activism Must Include Planning for the Worst-Case Scenario
No matter how hard we organize, no matter how many “fossil fuel-free” resolutions we pass, no matter how often we march, we might still end up rushing inexorably toward climate change catastrophe.
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Both leaders appeared pleased with the summit, despite the declaration being relatively vague. (Photo: Reuters)  Jenny Town
Trump Kim Summit: Rhetoric Versus Reality
Watching reactions to the Singapore summit as it unfolded became the ultimate foreign policy Rorschach test - everyone came away with a different picture of what happened.
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An unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the largest booster in in the US fleet, lifts off from an air force base in California to put a classified satellite into orbit (Photo: Gene Blevins/Reuters) Belén Fernández
Trump's Astronomically Misguided 'Space Force'
Plans to create a US 'space force' will take global militarisation to another level.
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"Trump takes a look at the trade flows with the rest of the G7 and comes to an inescapable conclusion: he cannot possibly lose a trade war." (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) Yanis Varoufakis
If Trump Wants to Blow Up the World Order, Who Will Stop Him?
As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them.
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"Women activists refocused their work in the international arena, attempting to expose the violence of the occupation to the world through documentation, media reports, and international conferences." (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images) Fadi Abu Shammalah, Jen Marlowe
The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza
Why Palestine’s feminists are fighting on two fronts.
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Juan Cole
If Obama Had Met with Kim Jong Un, the Republican Party Would Have Had a Cow
One of the concerning developments on the internet is that hypocrisy, which was probably the ultimate Cool Meme in the zeroes of this century, no longer rules.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to spend billions of Canadian citizens’ dollars on Kinder Morgan’s canadian assets provides no certainty that the Trans Mountain Expansion project will ever get built." (Photo: Protect the Inlet) Adam Scott
What Canada’s Pipeline Purchase Means for Line 3 and KXL
When all of these projects reach the end of the line, it’s the taxpayer that will pay to clean it all up.
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"Contrary to the idea relentlessly repeated in media coverage that there is no objective basis for a denuclearization agreement, it has become clear to Pompeo that Kim is serious about reaching such an agreement." (Photo: Ahn Young-joon / AP) Gareth Porter
How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong
They have assumed that North Korea cannot live without nuclear weapons—without making any effort to understand North Korea’s strategy in regard to nuclear weapons.
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"The warmongers have no more of a plan for “regime change” in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Scapegoating Iran
"Americans say they want the Middle East to be free from violent extremism, but this will only happen when the Middle East is free from occupation and foreign intervention."
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"So, while I don’t begrudge team Trump their bragging — it’s standard practice — if anything, the strength of the economy underscores how little it has to do with this extremely chaotic presidency and an economic team that engages far more in wishful thinking than cogent analysis." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Jared Bernstein
How Trend-Riding Trump Is Taking Credit for the Economy He Inherited
Though it is almost always undeserved, presidents take credit for good economies and try to blame others for bad ones.
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 "Beyond any possible dispute, the sharia conspiracy is a fabrication, an imaginary threat conjured up to stoke public fear and hostility toward Muslims." (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Arnold R. Isaacs
Giving a Pass to Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Islamophobia enters the government, is incorporated into the law, and becomes increasingly acceptable in America.
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Ira Helfand
A Failed Trump-Kim Summit Would Be a Catastrophe
We cannot know if such negotiations will be successful. But we do know what will happen if they fail and nuclear weapons are used
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"Katie Porter (above) , who is supported by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and progressive groups, supports Medicare For All and other left ideas." (Photo: Katie Porter For Congress) Richard Eskow
“Establishment Wins” Are Bad for Democrats – and the Country
Despite millions being spent to defeat the progressive movement, the left is experiencing an extraordinary ascendance.
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"Last Monday the court in its wedding-cake ruling declared gays once again second-class citizens, at least when their sexuality has to compete with someone else’s more stone-throwing version of Christianity." (Gexydaf) Pierre Tristam
Pious Homophobes Win One
Until the dissenting opinions win the day, the dignity of millions will be sacrificed at the hetero-altar of religious correctness.
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"N. Korea doesn’t trust Trump at all and is not planning to make any deal with him to give up its nuclear weapons entirely." (Photo: KCNA via Reuters) Juan Cole
After What Trump Did to Iran and Canada, Why Should N Korea Trust Talks With Him?
Even if the talks go nowhere, Pyongyang will have seen a permanent rise in its world standing.
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Kathy Kelly
A Mile in Their Shoes: In Praise of Afghans Walking for Peace
Can the a recently declared cease-fire lead to negotiations and an end to the war?
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"The only legal way to constrain Trump is to vote for a Congress, this November, that will stand up to him. And then, in November 2020, vote him and his regime out of office."(Reuters/Larry Downing) Robert Reich
The Constitutional Crisis Is Now
For a year and a half the president of the United States has been carrying out a systemic attack on the institutions of our democracy.
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Timothy Karr
Net Neutrality Can Still Be Saved
You can be sure that Trump's FCC chairman Ajit Pai and his cronies in the phone and cable lobby will declare victory on Monday, but the expiration of the 2015 rules will be only a temporary hiccup. The fight is far from over in Congress, in the courts and across the country.
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John Atcheson
Republicans Lost Their Way Long Before Trump (But So Did the Democrats)
When the entire democratic system is off the rails, this is what you get
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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Sam Pizzigati
Wage Theft: To Fight the Crime, Attack the Motive
'Respectable' corporate giants in the United States today are stealing their employees blind. We need to better understand how—and why.
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James North, Philip Weiss
New York Times Teams Up With Israel to Smear Slain Medic Razzan al-Najjar as 'Complex,' Not Innocent
"Everyone knows what this woman was doing: protesting and saving lives."
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Josh Bell
How the Justice Department's Seizure of a Reporter's Email Records Subverts the Free Press
The Trump administration's actions in this case increase the danger of a real chilling effect on both reporters doing their jobs and sources who will be less likely to talk.
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Sam Husseini
Anthony Bourdain: The Last Gasp of CNN's Original Vision
There's a hunger among regular people in the U.S. for the unvarnished realities of the rest of the world, and major media are serving up precious little to feed it.
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Gina Benevento
Who Owns America's Water?
Not you. Not if you're an average American citizen.
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Saturday, June 9, 2018
James Risen
Donald Trump's Surveillance of New York Times Reporter Is a True Declaration of War Against the Press
Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump was not known to have spied on journalists or tried to jail them—as Obama did with me—for refusing to reveal their sources. Until now.
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Juan Cole
Anthony Bourdain: The Only Mensch on Gaza
In the face of dehumanization of the Palestinians, Bourdain stood as an all too rare exception.
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Adam Johnson
Media Treat Trump Administration's Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective 'Government' Report
Though the "insolvency" of entitlement programs is not a universally agreed-upon fact, the eminent fall of the fiscal sky is not put up for debate. Corporate media ought to subject this claim to skeptical scrutiny.
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Friday, June 8, 2018
Krissy Kasserman
Big Ag's False Solution
Ag-gag laws are really just a ploy to protect profits
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Harry Blain
Wars Come and Go in Gaza, But Economic Violence Is Every Day
Don't wait for the next massacre to start calling out the more insidious violence Palestinians suffer every day
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Wall Street Richard Eskow
For Captured Regulators, Repealing the Volcker Rule Is Child's Play
Americans have very little protection from the next disaster—and regulators are about to make the next disaster even more likely.
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"Cuomo’s raids are a regressive, inequitable distribution of RGGI proceeds." (Photo: Screenshot)  Nikita Naik
Following the Money to Nowhere
New York diverts pollution trading funds to “highly questionable” programs.
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"The Trump administration has held this American as an “enemy combatant,” claiming that he fought for ISIS, which he denies." (Photo: 1st Lt. Sarah Cleveland / Department of Defense) Jonathan Hafetz
The Trump Administration Wants to Dump a Detained American Into One of the Most Dangerous Places on Earth
This isn’t a safe release, it’s a death sentence, and we will soon be challenging it in court.
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"While that didn't surprise those of us who follow the data closely, the release did seem to catch some of the proselytizers of the gig economy by surprise." (Photo by studioEAST/Getty Images) Dean Baker
Killing the Myth of the Gig Economy
It seems the gig economy means much more to pundits than to workers.
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 “All leak investigations — whether they directly target reporters or not — are a grave threat to press freedom.” (Photo: Gage Skidmore) Trevor Timm
Trump's Justice Dept Escalates Its Disturbing Crackdown on Leaks by Seizing New York Times Reporter's Phone and Email Records
"That should be a grave concern to anyone who cares about an informed citizenry.”
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"Stacey Abrams got to this point by systematically going around Georgia and talking to the folks in its 159 counties." (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Bob Burnett
Politics by Walking Around
The basic notion in "managing by walking around" is that one stands a better chance of understanding what is going on by getting out of the office and going to visit folks where they live or work.
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