All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Christen A. Smith
The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner
If the world is to truly begin to take steps to preserve black women’s lives, then we must take this into account in our discussions.
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Beverly Bell
What We Want for 2018: The Biggest Movement Leaders Envision the Changes Ahead
From Alicia Garza to Annie Leonard, nine organizers share their hopes for the new year.
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A fireworks display in London marks the start of 2018. (Photo: Amanda Slater/flickr/cc) John Buell
2017: Corporate Sins of Commission and Omission
Some of the most outrageous, even reckless performances of the year
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Saturday, January 6, 2018
Andrew Cohen
The Overton Window and Trump's Judges
Trump’s judicial nominees have been so extreme that what was once considered beyond the pale is now acceptable.
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Human rights campaigners protest at the Farnborough International Arms Fair on July 11, 2016. (Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/flickr/cc) Stephen McCloskey
Western Complicity Is Fueling Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis
A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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Sam Pizzigati
The Free Market Made Us Do It!
A new global CEO pay comparison, the most dramatic yet, demolishes the standard-issue corporate rationale for America's over-the-top executive compensation.
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Demonstrators take part in a rally against offshore drilling outside the White House on May 15, 2016. (Photo: DCErica/flickr/cc) Sue Sturgis
Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Flouts Law by Ignoring Governors' Wishes
Listening to governors when drawing up a five-year offshore drilling plan is not merely a matter of courtesy
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A Twitter user illustrated the irony of Trump calling for respect for the people’s right to express themselves—in Iran. Adam Johnson
Think Tank-Addicted Media Turn to Regime Change Enthusiasts for Iran Protest Commentary
As usual, it’s simply taken for granted the United States has a divine right to intervene in the affairs of Iran.
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Friday, January 5, 2018
"As the diplomatic process finally begins, there will be countless opportunities for the Trump administration to undermine it, and countless voices telling it to." (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) Kevin Martin, Gabe Murphy
North Korea Diplomacy Needs Defending, Not Snarky Tweets
While slowly warming to the prospect of dialogue with North Korea, the administration has been taking a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ approach.
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"Kobach, who gained national notoriety for his relentless efforts to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Kansans, met with Trump before his inauguration and reportedly was a source for the president’s unsubstantiated claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the presidential election." (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Brian Tashman
Trump Wants Homeland Security to Continue Dirty Work of Voter Suppression
Purging voters is Kobach’s aim.
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President Trump at the White House on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Eugene Robinson
Trump Was Right To Hope He’d Lose
Somebody tell me how we survive three more years of this oppressive, exhausting show.
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Sarah Anderson
RIP Marc Raskin, Who Connected the Dots Between Inequality and War
The late IPS co-founder consistently connected the dots between America’s military adventures overseas and economic and racial injustice at home.
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 "If indigenous history is covered, students are likely to hear a tragic but vague narrative of massacre, disease, and death, a narrative devoid of the specific political and tribal context that is vital to understanding the colonial and imperial relationship between Native communities and the U.S." (Photo: Reuters) Halee Kirkwood
7 Acts of Native Resistance They Don’t Teach in School
It is irresponsible to teach the tragedies without also teaching the resistance movements that oppose colonial violence.
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"In the U.S. where industrial agriculture has dominated (and degenerated) for far too long, a growing number of farmers are reclaiming their independence by returning to their roots." (Photo: Public Domain) Ronnie Cummins
Let's Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!
Planet Earth will survive in one form or another, no matter what damage we humans inflict on it. The question is, will we survive with it?
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"While many in the international community were focused on what the American move would mean for the future of the region and the so-called peace process, few paid heed to the fact that the US and Israel had something far more consequential in mind." (Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/flickr/cc) Ramzy Baroud
Israel Step Closer to Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City
The US and Israel are now actively invested in a system of political Apartheid in Palestine, and are twisting the arm of the PA to facilitate such a dreadful regime.
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"The loss of Net Neutrality will have a disproportionately severe impact on people of color, who rely on an open internet to challenge systemic racism, seek out educational and economic opportunities, combat dehumanizing narratives and fight for justice." (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Timothy Karr
Trump's Appalling Record on Internet Freedom at Home Makes Him a Weak Champion of Rights Overseas
Donald Trump wants to make the internet great again … in Iran.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
"That the protests have resulted at least in part from U.S. policies to squeeze Iran is immaterial to Trump and his supporters in Congress." (Photo: Hamed Saber / Flickr) John Feffer
Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About
Iranians are protesting conditions worsened by U.S. policies, but Washington’s hawks see only an opportunity for regime change.
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Opposition leaders Mel Zelaya and Salvador Nasralla speak to crowds during a protest in Tegucigalpa while the army ominously line up behind them. Mel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup, endorsed by the U.S. goverment, in 2009. In 2017, Salvador Nasralla was the presidential candidate for the opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship. The opposition point to irregularities before, during and after the election that are backed up by reports from the Observer Mission of the Organisation of American States Jonathan Marshall
While Pundits Condemn Iran, Honduran Police Kill Street Demonstrators
Do you smell a double standard? You should—and hardly for the first time.
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"The criminalization of people who end their own pregnancies fits into a larger landscape of overcriminalization in general, and over-policing of communities of color specifically."(Photo: Getty ) Jill E. Adams
If Trump Wants To End Roe v. Wade, We Must Fight For Legal Abortion
When abortion opponents, candidates and lawmakers speak of abolishing abortion, they are really talking about sending people who have abortions to jail.
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The jet stream and polar vortex on January 3, 2018. (Photo: Map from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.) Brenda Ekwurzel
The Polar Vortex, Winter Storm Grayson, and Climate Change: What’s the Connection?
Scientists are making progress in better understanding how much natural seasonal patterns, ocean cycles, and other factors play a role in altering the jet stream and how much global warming is responsible.
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"There was then just one country targeted, the very one where, a little more than a decade earlier, the U.S. had ended a long proxy war against the Soviet Union during which it had financed, armed, or backed an extreme set of Islamic fundamentalist groups, including a rich young Saudi by the name of Osama bin Laden." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
Mapping a World From Hell
76 countries are now involved in Washington’s war on terror.
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Palestinian school girls sit behind a flag of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) as they attend the "Life and Hope" festival at an UNRWA school in the war-battered southern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah, near the border with Egypt. (Photo: AFP) Yara Hawari
What Would Happen If Trump Cuts UNRWA Funding?
A total US funding cut would mean a serious reduction in services and the complete halt of many of the education and health programmes.
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"The president’s tweets in support of the protesters were a good start. Washington should also let loose a tsunami of sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards, the linchpin of Iran’s dictatorship. Policy-wise, that would be a good place to start," said Reuel Marc Gerecht (Center for American Progress via Flickr). Eli Clifton
Iran Hawks Embrace Protest Movement But Show Little Concern For Iranian Lives
Their agenda is to align the U.S. with anything likely to destabilize the Iranian government, regardless the human cost.
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"In our contemporary mythology, the defining gods, especially here in the “developed world,” are hulking, dangerous entities called nations, which stomp across the planet endlessly pursuing their interests."(Photo: Adam Fagen/Flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Button, The Wall And The Myth Of Nations
The most toxic force on Planet Earth is nationalism.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
"To save the heart and soul of our democracy, America needs a radical revolution of values." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Philip Lederer MD
Notes From the Burn Intensive Care Unit
Will Americans stay silent while the United States becomes a country in which billionaires control our political system, families live in homeless shelters, and kids die from preventable diseases?
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 "Visa recently offered select merchants a $10,000 reward for depriving customers of their right to pay by the method of their choice.” (Photo: Flickr/401(K) 2012/cc) Ralph Nader
Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash
Once you’re in the credit card system, lack of privacy and access to your credit are just the tip of the iceberg.
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While many of us were absorbed in the holidays, the Trump administration relaxed Medicare’s penalty protocols by “scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.”(Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Elizabeth Bruenig
Trump Is Nakedly Fragile
Whatever virtues Trump and his administration are aiming for, mercy isn’t among them. Mercy, after all, is a quality of the strong; in his repeated attacks on those with the very least, Trump is most obviously weak.
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"Fiercely opposed to the Iraq War, Raskin wrote in 2007: "(The) United States must avoid making more global messes. The nuclear option must be removed from the table, including threats of 'preemptive' and 'preventive' war." (Photo: Twitter) John Nichols
Wisconsin-Born Marcus Raskin Shaped Progressive Politics Of Two Centuries
Raskin never lost faith in that prospect of universal justice.
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A million Palestinians in Gaza depend on UNRWA emergency food rations. That number soared from just 80,000 in 2000, after years of Israeli siege and military assaults on the territory. Abed Rahim Khatib APA images Ali Abunimah
What Happens If Trump Does Stop Aid To Palestinians?
US aid to the Palestinian Authority has averaged around $400 million a year – and primarily benefits Israel by reinforcing the status quo of occupation.
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New Zealand singer Lorde announced on December 24 she will not be performing in Tel Aviv in 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez) Hind Awwad
Lorde Set An Example For Young Celebrities To Follow
Exhibiting the political maturity of a truly "informed young citizen", she recognised why the overwhelming majority of Palestinians have called on international cultural figures not to entertain apartheid Israel.
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"Human Rights Watch has documented that the Saudi-led coalition was using internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 16 attacks that targeted populated areas, killing scores of civilians including women and children." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) César Chelala
Yemen Is Today's Guernica
The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led massacre of innoncent Yemeni civilians.
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Jim Hightower
Inequality is Feeding America
Vast disparities in the economy happen not by chance, but by intentional design
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Norman Solomon
Social Media Madness: The Russia Canard
There are real parallels between the McCarthy Era and today's anti-Russia fervor in the United States
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
“The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” became an instant bestseller in ways that even one of the largest publishers in the nation did not anticipate. (Photo: Lesley Becker/Globe Staff) Bandy X. Lee, Leonard L. Glass
The Ethics of Warning the Public About a Dangerous President
Mental health professionals should further engage in educating the public, not less.
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The utter ignorance and stupidity underlying this tweet is staggering for someone with so much power. As the New York Times noted in response: “Trump’s tweet made the common mistake of looking at local weather and making broader assumptions about the climate at large.”(Photo: Another Believer) Andy Rowell
As Trump’s Climate Denial Continues, Experts Take Flight to France
In time, there will be a so-called “brain drain” of leading climate experts who will leave the US to escape the noxious fumes of the Trump Administration.
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A child, 10, watches a video during her 15 minutes of computer time at her home in San Jose, Calif. on Dec. 14. (Josie Lepe / TNS) Naomi Schaefer Riley
Kids Don't Need a Cellphone; They Need a Digital Diet
When you take away phones and tablets, you have to give your kids other things — more time outside, more low-tech toys or more time with you.
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Matt Taibbi
Goodbye, Erica Garner
In a life full of tragedy, she died too soon.
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A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police on December 30, 2017 [AP] Ahmad Sadri
Why Did Protests Erupt In Iran?
Deep within Iran's authoritarian system there is a tiny democratic heart, complete with elective, presidential and parliamentary chambers, desperately beating against an unyielding, theocratic exoskeleton.
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“Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate nonviolence for the whole world. That’s my philosophy. I don’t believe in death and killing on any side, no matter who’s heading it up—whether it be America or any other country." (Photo: AP/Jack Thornell) Rev. John Dear
The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”
It’s our most important choice ever.
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Monday, January 1, 2018
Will Bunch
The One Half-True Thing Trump Said in Times Interview Was Scarier Than His Two Dozen Lies
As 2018 dawns, The Donald clearly hasn’t lost track of his One Big Idea.
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Reza Marashi
Iran Protests: Civil Rights Movement Or Revolution?
As things currently stand, these protests more closely resemble a continuation of Iran’s long-standing civil rights movement rather than an attempt to overthrow the government.
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Sarah van Gelder
Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized
Removing debris after a hurricane or giving blood after a shooting empowers us.
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Jared Bernstein
A New Year’s Resolution for the Media: Do Not Let Republicans Get Away With Saying ‘Reforms’ When They Mean ‘Cuts’
There’s no reason to expect general readers to intuitively understand that when House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) says he plans to “reform” entitlements, he means to cut them.
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Trita Parsi
There's Something Different About These Iran Protests
Four days into the protests, there are still more questions than answers.
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