All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
"By purporting to punish the Human Rights Council, the Trump presidency, representing the U.S. Government, is much more punishing itself, as well as the peoples of the world." (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Richard Falk
The U.S. Withdraws (Again) From the UN Human Rights Council
America's laughable tendency to lecture the world about the human rights failures of others.
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"Parents who were deported four months ago and are still waiting for the U.S. to return their baby." (Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) Marcia Zug
For Many Immigrant Families, the Fight for Reunification Is Just Beginning
Deported parents are rarely able to return to the U.S. to seek reunification, and this has allowed courts to treat deportation as abandonment.
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In this June 18, 2014 file photo, two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. The photos were taken by The Associated Press in 2014, when President Barack Obama was in office. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press) Will Bunch
Some of the Pictures of Border Kids That Haunt Me Most Are From 2014. Here's Why
The president with the looming stain on his legacy was Barack Obama.
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Robert Reich
Donald Trump's Dastardly Fourth of July
On the very worst American patriot.
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Monday, June 25, 2018
IDF soldiers hold their weapons Tom Palaima
Sniper’s War and Anti-Terrorist Terrorism
“Better ways must be found to deal with such confrontations.”
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A rally to support healthcare John Atcheson
Lessons From the Healthcare Wars: or Why Democrats Will Be Disappointed in 2018
The Party is continuing to fight its increasingly progressive base, instead of mobilizing it
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Ryan Cooper
In Defense of Incivility
Ostracizing Trump administration officials in public isn't rude. It's necessary.
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Jeff Bryant
Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling Will Hurt Children
The nation's rightwing has taken a big swing at workers and unions, but kids will also be among those who get hit
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Rebecca Gordon
Nicaragua at the Barricades... And a Crossroads
"We will always be confronted by U.S. power..."
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Chris Hedges
The Soldier's Tale: A Man Who Went to War and Realized His Side Was the Enemy
"I was blindly following orders. I was inflicting violence on the poorest people on earth. How is there any morality in that?"
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Juan Cole
Warning to US: Erdogan Has Used Same Techniques as Trump to De-Democratize Turkey
Erdogan's rise as an authoritarian strong man is a key lesson to America about how Trump could move the US in a similar direction
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Sunday, June 24, 2018
"All across this country, the author writes, "we're still not safe." Robin Carver
Why We Still Need Pride Parades
Pride parades are safe spaces in a country where LGBTQ people can be harassed, fired, and denied housing or even medical care.
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Steven Singer
Antwon Rose’s Life Matters
We need justice for Antwon.
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Melissa Boteach
New Jersey’s Governor Just Proposed a Millionaires’ Tax. So Why Is the Legislature Opposing It?
If the choice is between protecting New Jersey millionaires from a negligible tax increase or restoring funds for public education, health care, transit, and other basic needs, there is a clear answer
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Sign reads: Keep Out Kristine Mattis
Dispatches from the War on Cancer: Detection as Prevention, Chronic Disease as Cure
Far too many carcinogens exist merely for profit and convenience, not necessity.
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 ‘Please sir, may I have some more?’ James Mahoney’s illustration for chapter one of Dickens’s ‘Adventures of Oliver Twist.’ (Image: Public domain) Sarah Bilston
Breaking Up Families? America Looks Like a Dickens Novel
It’s 2018, but it sure feels like 1834.
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Demostrators with the Poor People's Campaign rally in Sacramento, Calif. on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
The American March to Inequality: Why the UN Alston Report Alarms the Trump Plutocrats
The new report violates the basic tenet of the propaganda of our robber barons, which is that things are getting better.
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Demonstrators rally outside the Supreme Court on April 25, 2018 as Trump v Hawaii is argued inside. (Photo: Victoria Pickering/flickr/cc) Sirine Shebaya, Johnathan Smith
President Trump, Your Words Do Matter (And Should Doom Your Muslim Ban)
Trump has never been bashful about his anti-Muslim animus.
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Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig
A Movement Emerges to Free Former Students from Crushing Loan Debts
Today’s burgeoning student debt only exists because our country abandoned the principle that young people who are willing to work hard should have access to higher education, regardless of their economic circumstances.
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Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart Janine Jackson
WaPo Can’t Believe White Supremacist Senate Candidate Really Means It
It's "discourse" that's the problem?
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Lara Merling
The Pain of Puerto Ricans: A Profit Source for Creditors
Thousands died because of the storm. For those who survived, the territory's burdensome debt means more suffering is on the way
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Friday, June 22, 2018
 "Families aren’t the only things being separated, she shows us. Americans, too, are being divided from their consciences." (Photo: Beppesabatini/Flickr/cc) Laura Flanders
National Suicide Point?
This state of affairs is normal, but only in a broken society.
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Michael Winship
Trump’s Mean Boy Nation
Never forget that the president's gang may be incompetent at a spectacular level but they're cruel and nasty to the bone
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"In Mexico, the influx of corn has created a situation where U.S.-grown corn is cheaper than corn grown in Mexico, pushing farmers and families off their land." (Photo: Richard Perry/NYTimes) Wenonah Hauter
Recognizing the Neoliberal Roots at the Heart of Trump's Cruel and Inhumane Border Policies
America’s unique responsibility for creating this crisis is one of the many reasons that we have to put an end to the president's "zero-tolerance" policy.
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A group of U.S. mayors left shoes and a teddy bear outside a holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, on Thursday. The mayors, from more than a dozen cities, gathered near the holding facility to call for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families. (Photo: Andres Leighton / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Which Side Are You On?
There are no gray areas, no nuances when children’s lives are at stake.
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"The mothers, fathers, little children and teenagers fleeing violence in Central America are not coming to “steal” the United States. They are simply looking for a way to survive." (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Ruth Conniff
Trump’s Get-Tough Policies Will Make the Border Crisis Worse
Nothing about Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach is addressing the root cause of migration.
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 "Today, thousands of refugees face grave harm if they return to their countries of origin. And yet the United States, Turkey, Israel, China, and others blithely return these refugees as part of a worldwide crackdown on “illegal” immigration." (Photo: UNHCR Photo Unit / Flickr) John Feffer
World to Refugees: Go to Hell
Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
"Throughout Central America extreme inequality along with ruthless and repressive governments have led to a pathological politics." (Photo: @NIJC/Twitter) John Buell
Look Deeper: Child Detention and the US’s Paramilitary Politics Abroad
Amidst the justifiable horror evoked by US authorities’ criminal treatment of these children there is too little examination of the conditions that spur many of these mass migrations.
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 "Amazon has been a leading corporate welfare King and is about to reap more of this extorted harvest once you decide where to locate your second headquarters." (Photo: Mathieu Thouvenin/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
The Unsurpassed Power Trip by an Insuperable Control Freak: An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos
Given your successful tax avoidance mania, you should be ashamed of yourself. Because of your company’s insatiable greed, you have decided to ignore the plight of the homeless.
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"Such was the case with the more than 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, the vast majority of them US citizens, who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II." (Photo: Chronicle file photo, The Chronicle) Brett Wilkins
What Have We Become? What We Have Always Been
We are a nation that has, since its earliest days, stolen children from their parents.
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"I’m a working class, Black Latina living in a multi-racial, multi-generational household." (Photo: Brandy Brooks
How We Can Transform Our Communities Now
I want to change how we understand who is qualified to lead – and how we decide who and what counts in Montgomery County.
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Ernesto Falcon
Corruption at the Assembly Committee Gutted California's Net Neutrality
Between the money, the disingenuous arguments of the telecoms, and the manipulated process that forced the hostile amendments into the bill, what happened this week shows just what giant corporations can accomplish with willing legislators.
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United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley withdrew the United States from the U.N.’s Human Rights Council. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Just Another Day Where the United States Completely Abandons Its Commitments to the World
On human rights and climate change, Trump says we're taking our ball and going home.
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"There is no mechanism in place to reunite parents, some of whom have already been deported, with their children, who are still in cages, jails and hastily erected tent cities scattered around the country in 17 states." (Photo: Screen shot / Democracy Now!) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How Four Words Changed the Course of the Immigration Debate
“They was begging and saying, ‘No, no.’ And the mothers was hugging their children and … well, we kept right on firing."
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"From Oct. 15 to present, 2017-2018, only 15,383 refugees were legally admitted to the US."(Photo: Masha George / Washington, DC) Juan Cole
Not Only Is Trump’s Refugee Policy Morally Wrong, it Is Illegal in US and Int’l Law
It is absolutely clear that the US under Trump is in violation of its commitments under the 1967 Protocol and the relevant articles of the Convention on the Treatment of Refugees.
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"As the explosive Group of Seven, or G7, summit in Quebec showed, the Trump administration is increasingly isolating itself from its allies in palpable ways and, in the process, significantly impairing the country’s negotiating power." (Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images) Nomi Prins
Imperial President or Emperor With No Clothes?
How Donald Trump’s trade wars could lead to a great depression.
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"Over seven decades of murderous contempt for this tiny, communist country, we helped create it." (Photo: KCNA via Reuters) Robert C. Koehler
Trump, Kim and the Nuclear Status Quo
There seems to be a huge media memory void surrounding North Korea — and the U.S. role in shaping its defense strategy.
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Katie Wilson
Jeff Bezos 1, Seattle Homeless 0. Now What?
Advocates are regrouping after city officials knuckled under to pressure from Amazon and repealed a tax on big employers.
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Jessicah Pierre
Celebrating the End of Slavery—With One Big Asterisk
Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in America. But with over 2 million of us behind bars, has it really ended — or just transformed?
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"This battle is a tough one, as public sector workers are constantly under attack, all over the world." (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) Rosa Pavanelli
50 Years Later, We Still Have a Dream
Only real access for all to quality public services—education, health care, childcare services, decent retirement, public transport, efficient justice systems and quality infrastructures—will allow the fight for social justice and the reduction of inequalities to progress.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
"Already pediatricians are warning about the lasting damage they’re likely to suffer from this cruel treatment." (Photo: Otherwords) Jill Richardson
Immigrant Kids Are Suffering Trauma That Will Last Years
I know firsthand how childhood trauma follows you your whole life. What's happening to kids on the border is even worse.
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 "It will mean things like abolishing the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency (or better yet, the entire Department of Homeland Security)." (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Ryan Cooper
Democrats Were Oblivious About Immigration During the Obama Years. Now They're Enraged — and Hopefully Sorry
A sensible and humane immigration policy will mean far more than just reversing the particular actions from Trump.
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Tamara Pearson
The Vivid Dangers of Our Indifference to a Hellish World
What if ignoring the world's problems was the most morally fucked thing a person could do?
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U.S. Border Patrol agents process immigrants from Central America while taking them into custody on August 17, 2016 near Roma, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Kate Aronoff
Why Abolishing ICE Is Good Climate Policy
The war on terror has unleashed unspeakable cruelty. We must not rely on its institutions to fix the climate crisis.
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"The Syria war has resulted in a massive influx of refugees, most of whom are hosted by neighboring Middle Eastern countries, but many have sailed the sea to seek safety in Europe." (Photo: Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis
Without military interventions, economic exploitation and political meddling, a refugee crisis - at least one of this magnitude - wouldn't exist in the first place.
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“Our true national security lies in achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament.” (Photo: Screengrab) Kathy Kelly
Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament
Our small community here longs to preserve all life, to end potential omnicide.
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"The next step on the road towards total tyranny might be arresting the leaders of the Israeli human rights community and outlawing the existence of the major NGOs doing this lonely, valuable work - and it has already made moves in this direction." (Photo: MEE) Richard Silverstein
Israel Wants to Turn Filming of Its Crimes Into a Crime
Bill criminalising the filming of Israeli security forces underscores the state’s chilling suppression of Palestinian rights.
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“The act of ripping children away from their parents is nothing new for the United States. Separating children and their families to ‘kill the Indian to save the man’ by sending Native children to boarding schools, and doing it in the name of religion, is one generation removed from my family.” (Photo: John N. Choate/MPI/Getty Images) Mark Trahant
Indian Country Remembers the Trauma of Children Taken From Their Parents
As Congress prepares to debate separating families at the border, a look back at the U.S.’s past with the cruel practice.
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"This is about a runaway military-industrial complex that our ruling elite are more than happy to let loose." (Photo: Pixaby) Lee Camp
Trump’s Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It
We are a rogue nation with a rogue military and a completely unaccountable ruling elite.
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 "Parents who were deported four months ago and are still waiting for the U.S. to return their baby." (Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) Amrit Cheng
Fact-Checking Family Separation
The Trump administration is choosing to separate families. It’s a policy decision that could be stopped at any time by the president without legislation.
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Jim Hightower
What Do Those People Want?
It's simple: progress.
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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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man 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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