All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Thursday, December 6, 2018
These customer service issues erode confidence in the system, leaving Social Security vulnerable to benefit cuts that opponents of the program have been advocating. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Max Richtman
New Legislation Would Clamp Down On Social Security Field Office Closing
Congress should pass it, the president who promised to protect Social Security should sign it, and SSA’s budget should be increased to implement it
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Elizabeth Bruenig
Why This Progressive Texan Can't Get Excited About Beto O'Rourke
I'm not sure we need another Obama, or another of any Democrat we've had recently: I think the times both call for and allow for a left-populist candidate with uncompromising progressive principles. I don't see that in O'Rourke.
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ride a New York City subway together in October 2017. (Photo: Richard Drew / AP) Naomi LaChance
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defends Amazon Deal at Sanders Event
“Every day it’s something else. This Amazon deal took the cake for me. … You give away $3 billion? $3 billion? To the richest man in America? For a company that will most likely come here anyway?”
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The challenges that face us are immense. Now, more than ever, we need hellraisers like Mother Jones and Noam Chomsky to fight like hell for the living. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How Would Mother Jones Eulogize George H.W. Bush?
Mother Jones would have us pray for George H.W. Bush, who died at age 94, but also for his victims, many of whom, children included, were buried without pomp, or were simply disappeared
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Under Bush, the U.S. committed genuine war crimes. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
It’s Good to Argue About Dead Presidents
New debates, especially on overlooked subjects, bring new vibrancy to our civic life. In death, even flawed politicians can do us that final service
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The Trump administration and its corporate allies are trying to con all of us into believing that for-profit corporations can carry out Medicare’s mission. They want to weaken, and ultimately dismantle, the superior government program. (Photo: Screenshot) Diane Archer, Richard Eskow
Don’t Let the Trump Administration Corporatize Medicare
Medicare Advantage plans force enrollees to gamble with their health and their savings
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Codepink's women for Peace at the Nomination Hearing for new US Ambassador to Yemen. (Photo by Ann Wright) Ann Wright
Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People
Confirming Christopher Henzel as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty) Vijay Prashad
G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with then-Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci / AP file ) Trita Parsi
Trump's International Anti-Iran Coalition Looks Like It's Falling Apart. He Doesn't Have a Back-Up Plan.
The president upended diplomatic relations based on support from the leaders from Saudi Arabia and Israel. Now our position is rather precarious.
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Why do we condemn Trump but laud the Bush family? Because they weren’t as mean-sounding and could take a joke? (Photo: Shutterstock) Domenica Ghanem
Is Bush’s Legacy So Different From Trump’s?
Some may mourn Bush's more “respectable” presidency. But looking back, one sees the very same race-baiting and cruelty
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These real crises stand in stark contrast to the invented ones. They are actually happening, transforming our physical world, costing lives and treasure. Whereas the crises that capture headlines day after day — looking at you, oil price differential! — turn out to be wildly exaggerated for cynical political ends. (Photo: Avi Lewis
The November Crisis
We are living in a state of planetary emergency
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We must be careful not to confuse the impact of climate change with the impacts of history. (Photo: Getty) Steve Minkin
A Climate of Violence: Refugees and Global Warming
While we need to focus on climate change and cutting emissions of greenhouse gases we must not ignore the compelling issues of injustice and violence driving people out of Central America and elsewhere
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Many of the millions of jobs required to protect the climate will be infrastructure jobs that generally require skills acquired through apprenticeship, education, advanced training, and opportunity to work in favored jobs and industries. (Photo: Sunrise Movement) Jeremy Brecher
Climate Jobs for All: A Key Building Block for the Green New Deal
The climate crisis confronts us with a critical need that may help lift the idea of jobs for all from an idle speculation to a realistic possibility
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The Trumpsters say it's time to turn this historic public service over to the magic of the free market profit motive and the efficiency of bottom-line corporate management. You know, like airlines and cable companies. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
Putting the Trump Stamp on the Public
The USPS is an unmatched bargain, a civic treasure, a genuine public good that links all of America's people and communities into one. And that's why the right wing is so dead set on offing it.
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What’s going in some GOP-led states is especially troubling because it shows a brazen partisan disregard for election results. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Steven Rosenfeld
The GOP’s Power Grabs Are a Measure of Political Despair Produced by the 2018 Election Clobbering
Even with voting rights victories, partisan ambushes may lie ahead
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Helena Norberg-Hodge
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment
Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet.
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If the power grabs by Wisconsin Republicans against the popularly elected incoming statewide Democrats weren’t enough, there is also a plan by Wisconsin GOP leadership to make cuts to early voting in order to limit turnout in future elections. (Photo: Screengrab) Jay Riestenberg
Lame Duck Power Grabs in The Midwest
What do Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina all have in common? Extreme partisan gerrymandering.
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The wildfire that wiped out Paradise, California, viewed from space. At last count, there were 88 confirmed dead, 296 missing, The fire destroyed 13,972 homes, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other structures. (Photo: NASA) Richard Smith
An Ecosocialist Path to Limiting Global Temperature Rise to 1.5°C
An emergency plan to meet the climate emergency
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Welcome to the struggle for the country’s soul. We haven’t seen anything yet. (Photo: Susan Stocker / Associated Press) Ben Fountain
Midterm America
A blue wave from another universe
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Scott Klinger
Why Do Our Schools Seem Broke?
New report shows that subsidies handed out to corporations cost U.S. school districts more than $1.8 billion last year
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David McWilliams
Sanders Is Building a New Political Movement and Could Run Again
Building a movement means organizing something that goes on and on and on—and there is no "winning" in a finite sense. But to succeed it must have one crucial component: a cause.
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Prior to the tax cut, the biggest gift GM got from the government was a bailout in 2009 of more than $50 billion. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump Takes on General Motors (And Guess Who Wins?)
American corporations exist to advance the interests of their shareholders, who aren’t prepared to sacrifice profits for more and better jobs for Americans
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“There’s an intensive effort by Israel and pro-Israel groups to get governments, universities, legislative bodies to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel and its state ideology, Zionism.”(Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See
The series is an inside look over five months by an undercover reporter, at how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with U.S. domestic Jewish groups to spy on, smear and attack critics who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement
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Haspel and her CIA analysts, in contrast, appear to believe that Bin Salman is a major threat to US interests in the Middle East because he is unbalanced and a brutal murderer. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Congressional Noose May Tighten Around Saudi Crown Prince as Haspel Testifies
This deep divide in the Trump administration probably will prevent it from implementing an effective anti-Iran boycott
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“Some people say that I should be in school instead. Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can ‘solve the climate crisis’. But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions.”(Photo: @StrikeClimate) Andy Rowell
“Since Our Leaders Are Behaving Like Children, We Will Have to Take Responsibility”
Children from Canada, Australia and Sweden are taking the lead on climate change
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The Republicans’ plan is fairly obvious—to keep Wisconsin’s government in an unchanging zombie state until 2022, when the Republicans hope to regain control of the governor’s mansion and attorney general’s office. (Photo: Michelle Stocker/Capital Times) Jud Lounsbury
Wisconsin’s GOP Scheme to Keep Scott Walker as Zombie Governor
Republicans are using their gerrymandered control of the state to push through a slew of power-grabbing bills before the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general can take office
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Kathy Kelly
Seeing Yemen from Jeju Island
As wars rage on, every voice crying out in affliction should be heard.
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Norman Solomon
What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020
The only way to overcome the corporatism that ultimately delivered the nation to Donald Trump, is for social movements to fight more resolutely and effectively for progressive change, including in the Democratic Party
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Monday, December 3, 2018
Bill Blum
5 Reasons Trump Won’t Fire Mueller
Despite all you've heard about the commander-in-chief's unfettered authority to discharge any member of the executive branch with impunity, Mueller isn't going anywhere any time soon
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chickens at a factory farm Jacy Reese
Emptying the Cages
A new book envisions the end of animal factory farming and all the suffering it causes.
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Kirk Freudenburg
Why We Need to Go Back to Fascism 101
Donald Trump and the Tiberian lie
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Zbigniew Brzezinski Alfred W. McCoy
Trump’s Trade Czar, The Latest Architect of Imperial Disaster
Five Academics Who Unleashed the “Demon” of Geopolitical Power
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Jack Esler
Who Are the Extremists? Who Are the Rational Ones?
The logic of neoliberal reason gives us liberal leaders who lie to our faces telling us we can extract and pump out tarsand bitumen and still make a safe energy transition.
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Barry Lando
Trump's Enablers—An Appalling Parallel
Why should we not compare Nazi officials with the leaders of the Republican Party, most of whom denounced and derided Donald Trump when he was running for office, but now seem eager to join his wrecking-ball attacks on America’s most hallowed democratic principles?
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Lady Liberty getting arrested. "Being 'good'—kind and honest with those we touch directly—is admirable and desirable, but we need more," writes the author. "It's time to elevate another virtue: courage." (Democracy Spring - April 2016) Frances Moore Lappé
The Opposite of Evil Is No Longer Goodness
My point is simple. It's now time to focus on courage.
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Sunday, December 2, 2018
An exterior view of the GM Lordstown Plant on November 26, 2018 in Lordstown, Ohio. Sam Pizzigati
GM, Jobs, and Corporate America’s Incentive to Exploit
Executive pay excess is driving decisions that are turning workers—and their communities—into sacrificial lambs.
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Asylum-seekers wait in line Madhuri Grewal
How Trump Weaponized the Government’s Refugee Resettlement Agency
The cruelty of the Trump administration knows no bounds.
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Caricatures of Charles and David Koch Anna Massoglia, Kaitlin Washburn
2017 Financials of the Koch’s Dark Money Network
The Koch network: as powerful as ever
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The west facade of United States Supreme Court Building at dusk in Washington, D.C. Christopher Brauchli
The Trump and the Courts
The Trump doesn’t respect anyone, not even the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Steven Singer
Billionaire Heiress Lashes Out at Unions Because Her Fortune Didn’t Buy Election
If anyone has a “stranglehold” on politicians it’s silver spooned magnates like DeVos
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Steve Suppan
The 2017 Thanksgiving Salmonella Outbreak Is Still With Us. Why?
There are serious questions about the proposed USDA takeover of all federal food safety duties
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Saturday, December 1, 2018
Marc Lamont Hill speaking on CNN Juan Cole
The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing
CNN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here. You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site . And here...
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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi Sue Sturgis
The Corporations That Helped a Confederate Apologist Hold a Senate Seat
Despite her hanging remark, not all money ran from Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi
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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Jair Bolsonaro Ricardo Martner
AMLO vs Bolso: Opposing Views on Development
The differences between the two are profound, especially their economic proposals
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A person using a smartphone Cindy Cohn
Questions We Should Be Asking About Facebook’s Smear Campaign Against Its Critics
The incident confirms that we should double down on pressure on Facebook and Instagram to provide users with more control over their experience on the platforms.
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Man holds a sign reading 'Bailout families, not Wall Street insiders' Dean Baker
Our Elites Refuse to Accept Responsibility for Leaving Behind the Left Behind
In short, we have a problem of the government subsidizing the financial industry at the expense of the rest of the country, not a story of the market just leaving some areas behind.
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A St. Paul Pioneer Press for sale in 2006. Jim Hightower
Free the Free Press From Wall Street Plunder
Our right to a free press is meaningless if hedge funds can gobble up and gut the community newspapers that exercise it.
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March for Our Lives Portsmouth Mehnaaz Momen
The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse: The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire
It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, some not so visible.
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Nancy J. Altman
Trump’s Budget Director Reveals Plans to Attack Social Security and Medicare
Americans will not be fooled into allowing Mick Mulvaney to make what he deemed “easy” cuts to earned benefits.
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Santorum became a CNN senior political commentator in January 2017 and is paid to regularly espouse right-wing views, only occasionally disagreeing with the Republican line. (Photo: Screengrab) Michael Molitch-Hou
CNN's Anderson Cooper Cancels Segment With Climate Report Author to Give Rick Santorum More Air Time
After being interviewed for Anderson Cooper 360°, Katharine Hayhoe’s interview about the latest national report on climate change never aired
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Peoples Climate March 2017 Stephanie Kelton, Andres Bernal
We Can Pay for a Green New Deal
We must transform our energy system, transportation, housing, agriculture and more.
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Russell Mokhiber
Banned From Newspapers for Criticizing... Newspapers! Jim Hightower Up Against the Corporate Wall
After years as one of the nation's leading progressive voices, the Creators Syndicate informed the columnist earlier this week they were not going to distribute his latest piece. Why not?
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump’s Tear-Gassing of Migrants Is the Next Step in a Cruel Dehumanization Campaign
The thousands of human beings currently camped out in Tijuana in desperate conditions, at the end of a long and arduous journey, are real people. Period.
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Yousef Munayyer
CNN Fired Marc Lamont Hill For Saying Palestinians Deserve Equal Rights
Marc Lamont Hill calls for treating Palestinians as equal human beings with equal human and civil rights, and he is out the door in 24 hours. This is CNN , and it should be ashamed.
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Abigail Sullivan, Matthew Houser
Addressing Climate Change Through Degrowth: It May Be Less Contentious Than You Think.
It may seem far-fetched and radical to hope that degrowth could receive widespread public support, but it is impossible to shift society unless we begin putting forth a vision of what alternatives could look like
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Kathy Kelly
The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East
Why the movements that pressured the U.S. Senate to reject current U.S. foreign policy regarding Saudi Arabia and its war on Yemen must continue to raise their voices
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
With this story, it has done what it regularly does when supposedly vital western foreign policy interests are at stake – it simply regurgitates an elite-serving, western narrative. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Guardian Escalates Its Vilification of Julian Assange
The Guardian did not make a mistake in vilifying Assange without a shred of evidence. It did what it is designed to do.
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If ever there was a corporations that owes its entire existence to corporate socialism, it’s GM. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Les Leopold
Do the Democrats Have a Plan for General Motors?
Rather than allowing Trump and GM to set the terms of the debate, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party needs to break out of their neo-liberal box
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 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media on November 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)  Robert Reich
Trump is Violating the Three Basic Principles of the Rule of Law
Breaking the rule of law doesn’t require consistency. It requires only a thirst for power at whatever cost.
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Native Americans” came into being not through genes but through the historical processes of conquest and colonial rule, along with grudging and fragile acknowledgement of Native sovereignty. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Aviva Chomsky
Making Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land
The DNA industry and the disappearing Indian
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A child sits in an area affected by a drought in the southern outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2016. In the same area this September, the Honduran government declared a state of emergency because of drought as 290 municipalities are on the verge of running out of food. (Photo by Orlando Sierra/Stringer/Getty Images) Todd Miller
Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story
Drought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change
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Tear gas is only the latest indignity visited upon the people waiting in Mexico for safe passage out of the horror that had become their lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
It’s a Borderful World
Globalization’s ardent supporters, like politicians and financiers, are powerful people. They cross borders with ease. Much easier to pick on the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the world
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We dug into the work of building deeper relationships with rural people who are rarely asked for their opinions and whose voices are rarely counted. We heard their pain as jobs, farms and hope were lost. (Photo: Screenshot) George Goehl
Heartland Holds the Key to Winning in 2020
Two years after they sent Donald Trump to the White House, voters in the Heartland broadly rejected his divisive agenda in a people-powered blue wave
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These workers are justifiably looking to Congress for help. (Photo: Bill Fugliano/Getty) Leo Gerard
Workers Petition Congress: Protect Our Pensions
They worked hard and played by the rules—but now their pensions are at risk for reasons out of their control
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Nemonte Nenquimo with Waorani elders. (Photo by Jeronimo Zuñiga, Amazon Frontlines) Nemonte Nenquimo
A Message of Indigenous Resistance and Inspiration From the Amazon
Our fight is not just a fight about oil — it’s a fight about a different way of living
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Yifat Susskind
Who Benefits When Women Human Rights Defenders Are Targeted?
What do all of these stories have in common? These women all have tried to remake the world, in ways big and small.
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Robert C. Koehler
It's Time. We Must Jam the 'Demonic, Destructive Suction Tube'
Nothing much has changed in 50 years. This tube is still sucking resources and spewing fear. And it still owns the media.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Calls to Senators or Representatives or their top staff are often ignored if you are not a campaign contributor. (Photo: Architect of the Capitol) Ralph Nader
First Step Post-Election – Open Up the Closed, Secretive Congress
Currently, Congress is open for avaricious business, not for productive democracy
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The NATO-led coalition said it was unaware of any civilians in the area of the air strikes. (Photo: Domenico/Flickr/cc) Brett Wilkins
Afghan Officials: US Air Strike Kills At Least 30 Civilians, Including 16 Children
How much longer is this insanity going to continue?
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A sign welcomes visitors to the General Motors Lordstown Complex, assembly plant in Warren, Ohio on Nov. 26, 2018. (Photo: Alan Freed / Reuters) Ross Barkan
General Motors, Sears and Toys R Us: Layoffs Across America Highlight Our Shredding Financial Safety Net
Millions of Americans are in danger of entering their final decades unable to afford ballooning medical bills and cost-of-living expenses
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How's about you all get together and fight like hell to keep this gombeen off the federal bench. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP/REX/Shutterstock) Charles P. Pierce
Thomas Farr Is a Hack Too Far
Thomas Farr, an ambitious vote suppressor, was nominated for a spot on the federal bench
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Serious conversations need to take place about the way in which monopoly pharmaceutical firms draw public funds to protect themselves from risk and then charge high prices to make astronomical profits. (Photo: International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/flickr/cc) Vijay Prashad
What’s Keeping the World From Ending AIDS: Greedy Big Pharma, Bad Policy
December 1 marks the 30th World AIDS Day—and despite leaps forward in medicine and awareness in affluent parts of the world, it’s still a big problem elsewhere
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“Without the right to vote, all other democratic rights are illusory.” (Photo: C-SPAN) Steven Rosenfeld
Stacey Abrams Files Federal Lawsuit Detailing Georgia’s Extensive Voter Suppression in 2018
But electing a Democrat as Secretary of State in next week’s runoff might be a quicker solution to these problems
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Leader Pelosi, if you wish to be the Democrats’ Speaker of the House and truly represent the ideas your constituents and Party it is time you joined the vast majority of Democrats by embracing Medicare for All. (Charlie Neibergall / AP) Brandon Harami
It's Time for Nancy Pelosi to Embrace Medicare for All
Pelosi constantly talked about the need to lower healthcare costs and how important it was to our midterm sweeps, however the only healthcare positions she’s taken have been the need to lower prescription drug costs and protect the Affordable Care Act
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Netanyahu’s once stable coalition is hanging by a thread, with the support of only 61 members in the Knesset. (Photo: Ben Amos Gershom/Prime Minister of Israel) Ramzy Baroud
Netanyahu's Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars Is Over
It seems that the age of striking Gaza with impunity in order to score political points with Israeli voters, is, perhaps, over
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This week the Senate can impose a reality check on the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia by voting to end the shameful U.S. role in the Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) war in Yemen. (Photo: Bumble Dee via Shutterstock) Kate Kizer
Trump Runs PR for the Saudis But Congress Can Shut Him Down
If the bill passes, the Senate could stop the president’s plan for more war in the region in its tracks
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Call me cynical, but I’d bet those Giving Tuesday dollars that Amazon’s giving to fight homelessness will come as cold comfort to those in Long Island City and Crystal City who are about to be made homeless. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Amazon Gives to End Homelessness? That’s Rich.
This is the same trillion dollar corporation that just extracted billions of taxpayer dollars in what amount to bribes from two cash-strapped states: Virginia and New York
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
 Greta Thunberg is leading a school strike and sits outside of the Swedish Parliament, in an effort to force politicians to act on climate change. (Photograph: Michael Campanella for the Guardian) Greta Thunberg
I'm Striking From School to Protest Inaction on Climate Change – You Should Too
Every Friday, I miss classes to sit outside my country’s parliament. I will continue to do so until leaders come into line with the Paris agreement
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to activists with the Sunrise Movement protesting in the offices of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in Washington D.C., on Nov. 13, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times via Redux) Naomi Klein
The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal
This possibility is simply too important, and time is just too short, to allow it to be shut down by the usual forces of political inertia
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George Capaccio
Nothing Justifies the Killing of Children in Yemen. Nothing.
As members of a purportedly democratic society we are obliged to hold our leaders accountable and demand that they do everything in their power to protect and preserve the lives of the people of Yemen
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Retired Gen. John Abizaid was the top U.S. commander in the Middle East as head of Central Command from July 2003 to March 2007. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)  Andrew Bacevich
Rule Number One in Warfare: Know Your Enemy
What does the nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid as the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing—and arguably quite a lot.
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"As horrific as Trump’s systematic perversion of reality is, it is a symptom of the problem, not the underlying problem," writes Lofgren. "A distorting misrepresentation of evident facts, deliberate or unconscious, already suffused public life in America." Mike Lofgren
'In Front of Your Nose'—A Sequel to Orwell in the Trump Era
Why can't we see what is in front of our faces?
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Michael Winship
The President Isn't Orange. He's Yellow.
Our chief executive evaluates everything by price and values nothing by standards of common decency.
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Migrants from Central America argue with a U.S. Border Patrol agent. (Photo: Gregory Bull / AP) Jacob Sugarman
Trump Is Forging His Own Gaza on the Southern Border
The Trump administration has sought to militarize the region from the start
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If Sanders and the rest of the left is actually going to not only win, but govern, they will have to develop a will to power that they have so far failed to display. (Photo: REUTERS/Eric Thayer) Ryan Cooper
What Bernie Needs to Win the Presidency
If he really wants to win the Democratic nomination, and the presidency, Sanders will have to get his hands dirty and really fight
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Despite the enormous support for the idea of an amendment on campaign finance, we also need to be thinking about other ways to reduce the influence of big money in politics.(Image: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Fixing Campaign Finance Needs to Be at the Center of Democracy Reform
It’s still overwhelmingly popular
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Much of the country of some 28 million is now food insecure, that is, about 10 million Yemenis are one economic setback away from starving. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Bowing to Saudi Pressure, Trump Stops UN Yemen Ceasefire
No public health crisis of this enormity has been known since WWII
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 “We’ve got involved because at this stage we can’t vote, we’re not politicians and we want to make a difference. We can’t stand around waiting.” (Photo: Andy Rowell
Australian Kids Plan “Big School Walkout for Climate Action”
“When young people try to have a voice in politics, Scott Morrison is shutting them down, yet he’s happy to listen to the coal lobby and big corporations who continue to profit from making climate change worse.”
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Norman Solomon
Democratic Party "Leadership" Is Upside Down
No matter how intense the top-down pressure gets from Speaker Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, we should insist from the bottom up that members of Congress stand their ground for progressive principles.
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Monday, November 26, 2018
Voters line up as the polls open at David Park Community Center in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 6. (Susan Stocker / Associated Press) Amy Eskind
Excited About the Big Voter Turnout in the 2018 Midterms? Don't Be
Yes, more than 116 million voted, but almost 120 million didn’t
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Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif. Authorities say the fire was 95 percent contained by Thanksgiving Day. Paradise is about 140 miles north of San Francisco. (Photo: NOAH BERGER / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Will Bunch
Oil Is the Poison That Burns Paradise, Kills Kashshoggi, Inflames Paris. When Will We Quit?
The blindness of Trump's oil-flooded eyes — rendering the United States the only nation on the planet to reject the Paris climate accord — shouldn't blind us to the fact that the rest of the world is also struggling to transition away from fossil fuels
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Neoliberalism generates little wealth. Rather, it redistributes it upward into the hands of the ruling elites. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism
Neoliberalism transforms freedom for the many into freedom for the few. Its logical result is neofascism.
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Close to 15 million men, women, and children have no access to health care. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) César Chelala
The War in Yemen Is Not a War. It Is a Massacre
The brutal and indiscriminate attacks of the Saudi-led coalition have left a ravaged country, with millions of civilians fighting for survival
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Paul Buchheit
Facts That Privileged Americans Don't Want Us to Know
It's strange that most media outlets rarely if ever report on these realities... until you remember who owns most media outlets
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Sunday, November 25, 2018
Cynthia Kaufman
Fighting for the Climate: A Note from Post-Apocalyptic California
Those of us working to support aggressive policies on climate change need to develop counter-narratives that help people to understand who is getting in the way of a society that works for us all.
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Greg LeRoy
End the Subsidy Wars: Amazon Took Advantage of a System That's Baked into America's Economy. We Must Finally Fix It.
How did such a flawed, wasteful system come to be? How can we be rid of it?
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Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Srecko Horvat
What Happens If Julian Assange Is Tried in the US?
The prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder in the U.S. would have grave consequences for press freedom across the world.
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Saturday, November 24, 2018
Verónica Montúfar
Women Are Most Likely to Be Affected by Violence in the Workplace, But We Are All Victims
We need to recognize the importance of the social dialogue and the establishment of concrete protection and prevention measures between the actors in the world of work: the employers, the workers, and the governments
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Adam Johnson
NPR Infomercial for Its Sponsor Amazon Omits Labor and Environmental Criticisms
It would be good if a radio station, ostensibly set up to serve the public, could mention these inconvenient realities.
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Linda McQuaig
More Oil Moving by Rail Now Than at Time of Mégantic Disaster
How is it that a preventable tragedy of this magnitude has passed into media and political oblivion—even though the circumstances that led to the crash remain essentially unchanged?
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