All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Mary Anne Hitt
Two Truths and a Lie: Trump Won’t Save Coal or Slow Clean Energy With Clean Power Plan Rollback
The Trump administration’s new, enfeebled policy doesn’t come close to meeting the legal threshold required of the EPA to create safeguards against carbon emissions
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"Those who heard Roosevelt’s speech were aware that confronting fascism would result in dramatic changes to their lives within months if not weeks." (Photo: Wikicommons) John Halle
Going to War on Climate Change
"We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do, but when it comes to tax cuts for billionaires and unlimited war, we seem to be able to invent that money fairly easily.”
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Ryan Cooper
Fact Checkers Have a Medicare-for-All Problem
The fact that even the Mercatus Center couldn't make universal Medicare look bad is a very good sign. Fact checkers need to get a grip.
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"Instead of multilateral trade pacts like NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or even the WTO, Trump favors bilateral deals rewritten to the (supposed) advantage of the United States." (Photo: Beijing/ Shutterstock) Alfred W. McCoy
Beijing’s Bid for Global Power in the Age of Trump
“America First” versus China’s strategy of the four continents
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"There is a world out there where we the people control government; where we send men and women of good will to office who support what the majority wants." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) John Atcheson
Inchoate Anger Is the Animating Force in Politics
Now people can do something about it
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"From Agamemnon to Bush to Obama to Trump – none was willing or able to end a war they couldn’t win." (Photo: Tama Leaver/flickr/cc) Tom Gallagher
A Trojan Horse for the U.S.?
Then and now, the relentless waste of life, health and wealth of war continues for no reason greater than to save face for a nation’s leaders
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Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
When Truth Isn't Truth
Casting doubt on reality is not a philosophical position, it is a strategy designed to confuse people and undermine democracy
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Monday, August 20, 2018
"The rest of the story is a sorry tale of the revolving door between industry lobbyists and the institutions that are supposed to keep the rest of us safe from industry excesses." (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Trump's Deregulation Frenzy Isn't Trumpism, It's Republicanism
Any other Republican president would've waged the same war on clean air he'll launch Monday
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"A study in Nature last year concluded that there has been a threefold increase in widespread extreme rain events over central India during 1950–2015." (Photo: India Water Portal) Andy Rowell
After the Fires, Come the Floods
“What is predictable is that climate change which is happening across the globe is going to accelerate the rate at which the extreme events are happening.”
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"They believe the norms other people live by don’t apply to them." (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Musk, Trump, and the Second Gilded Age
Like Trump, Musk loves to upend the status quo by breaking norms and maybe even some laws
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"Below, more than two million Palestinians living under cruel Israeli occupation are barred from using the airport."(Photo: BookingIsrael) Jonathan Cook
In Detaining Peter Beinart, Israel Has Declared it No Longer Represents Millions of Jews Overseas
The problem for Israel is that increasingly those most critical of it include Jews
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Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump (Photo: Department of State/Flickr) Trita Parsi
On Iran, Is It Trump Versus His Own Neocons?
This group has already walked back Trump’s offer for dialogue with Iran without preconditions
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"When we blur sports and the military, adding corporate agendas into the mix, we're not just doing a disservice to our troops and our athletes; we’re doing a disservice to ourselves.' (Photo: Shaun King/Facebook) William Astore
Why Can’t We Just Play Ball?
The militarization of sports and the redefinition of patriotism
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The People’s Peace Movement ( PPM ) walking barefoot to the Northern provinces of Afghanistan, led by a blind member of their group, Zindani. (Photo: PPM’s Facebook Page) Dr. Hakim
In Afghanistan, Our Need to Rethink the Institution of War
We’ve been thinking that we need armies to stop ‘terrorists’, but armies don’t stop ‘terrorists’. Instead, they give ‘terrorists’ reason to keep fighting
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Chris Hedges
Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
On the the dawn of the Anthropocene and how humanity has engineered our own march toward collective suicide
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Sunday, August 19, 2018
Elizabeth Bruenig
It's Time to Reclaim 'Socialism' From the Dirty-Word Category
At the heart of the democratic socialist vision flowering on the American left is the recognition that more than policy tweaks will be needed to empower everyday people to participate meaningfully in society and democracy
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Will Bunch
Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us
The crisis of toxic masculinity needs to be on the front burner of the American conversation—not only because it’s so bad, but because it’s getting worse
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Sam Pizzigati
The Market Made Them Do It
Corporate boards are asking us to blame sky-high CEO pay on the laws of supply and demand
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Andy Rowell
BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the 'Climate Cliff'
"What is a 'world class' reserve of oil to BP, is 'world destroying' to everyone else."
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Richard Wolff
How US Politics Sustains US Capitalism
And why a true transition to socialism requires a wholly different politics
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Julie Matthaei
Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Why we must reach beyond a politics that views feminism as a struggle of women against oppression by men for a solidarity politics that seeks to end all forms of oppression
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan: The War That Shames America
Lessons so painfully learned by America in the Vietnam War have been completely forgotten and the same mistakes repeated
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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Richard Silverstein
It Is Netanyahu, Not Corbyn, Who Deserves 'Unequivocal Condemnation'
Jeremy Corbyn has never ordered anyone's assassination. He's never ordered an invasion of a foreign country. Benjamin Netanyahu has.
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Robert Borosage
How to Win Elections from the Ground Up
Focusing on the top line—gubernatorial, Senate and House races—misses the critical story of the 2018 primaries: progressive populists are beginning to build for real power, starting from the ground up.
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Billy Corriher
Making Sense of the Chaotic West Virginia Supreme Court Impeachment
The impeachment of West Virginia's entire state Supreme Court is playing out against a broader trend of conservative politicians targeting judges who rule against them
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Samira Abrar
The Human Cost of War for Afghan Children
Youth growing up in Afghanistan today have never known peace, and after almost two decades of U.S. development efforts, living conditions in the country may be worse than when the so-called "peacemaking" started in 2001
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Christopher Brauchli
Trumping Immigrants
The First Lady's parents became United States citizens thanks to a program that President Donald Trump wants to end
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Friday, August 17, 2018
Simone Chun
Sea of Tears: The Tragedy of Families Split by the Korean War
'How can there be a half-century of separation between brothers and sisters, between parents and children?'
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Billionaires Reach for the Stars While World Suffers
With all due respect to Jeff Bezos and other billionaires who plan to spend billions of dollars of their personal wealth on space travel, hundreds of millions of children who lack access to basic...
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Peter Certo
Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
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Juan Cole
If You Put an Old W. Bush Crony in Charge of Iran Policy, Doesn’t It Signal a War-Like Intention?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed Brian H. Hook , the State Department director of policy planning, to head a coordinated “Iran Action Group.” Hook served in several important posts in the...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Women of Color Are Making History Ahead of Midterms
While the more important battles will come in November’s general elections, the primary races have already indicated that we are witnessing a game-changing moment in the nation’s political landscape.
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Norman Solomon
Democrats Should Finally Put Superdelegates Behind Them
The superdelegate system remains a burr in the donkey’s saddle, threatening to further undermine party unity.
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Will Bunch
Can Elizabeth Warren's Big New Idea Save Capitalism (and America) From Itself?
This isn’t socialism, but it's an attempt to make the brutal "free market" a little more responsive to the needs and demands of the workers who toil within this flawed economic system
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Ralph Nader
Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
In short, Democrats — even the most progressive of the bunch — must do better to communicate with, inspire, and serve the American people
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Kate Aronoff, Miles Kampf-Lassin
Democratic Socialism Derangement Syndrome? Why Hysteria about the Rise of the Progressive Left Misses the Mark
Election pearl-clutching is often related to fears that socialism endangers the wealth and power of America's elites.
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Elizabeth Bruenig
Evil Walked the Earth in Pennsylvania
"Catholic lay people, such as myself, must demand that church authorities cooperate fully with law enforcement, having proved themselves utterly incompetent to address this crisis themselves."
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Robert C. Koehler
The Right To Be Afraid
There’s something wrong here that our legal system is, apparently, incapable of addressing.
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Tom Engelhardt
The War Piece to End All War Pieces
(Or How to Fight a War of Ultimate Repetitiousness)
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Bernie Sanders
Medicare for All's Time Has Come
If every major country on earth can guarantee healthcare to all and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States of America cannot do the same.
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Sam Husseini
The Trump-Media Logrolling
While the need for genuinely free sources of information is greater than ever, it is unclear to me if traditional newspapers can be part of the equation
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Miles Mogulescu
The Constitution’s Case for Impeachment of Donald J. Trump
'Impeachment is not a constitutional crisis. Impeachment is the cure for a constitutional crisis.'
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The Workers Left Behind by the DNC's Fossil Fuel Resolution Alycee Lane
The Workers Left Behind by the DNC's Fossil Fuel Resolution
Why only a just transition framework will do.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
According, outside groups and the three candidates spent an astonishing $36.9 million so far in the state’s most expensive primary in history. (Photo: Leah Vukmir/Screengrab) Mary Bottari
Wisconsin GOP Just Nominated ALEC’s “Iron Lady” to Take on Tammy Baldwin
Leah Vukmir will have the full support of the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity group and their many resources in the state
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"Any war crime committed in Yemen by the Saudis and the Emiratis is a war crime committed by the governments in London and Washington, which continue to supply these monarchies with billions of dollars of deadly weaponry used to kill children on a school trip."(Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Vijay Prashad
The Hour When Children Die—What Is Going On in Yemen?
Nearly every child in Yemen needs humanitarian assistance
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 "The Saudis decided not to deploy their own, unaided ground forces into Yemen. Instead, they embarked on an aerial campaign to bomb the Houthis into submission, much like the Americans once tried in Vietnam." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) Jack Healey
Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam
American media outlets largely ignore this war
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"Citizen Action members worked together through 2017 to build an 8 year progressive platform designed to create a gold standard for progressive candidates." (Photo: Citizens Action) Robert Kraig
Progressives Win Big in Wisconsin Primary
Like an iceberg, they’re getting ready to crash into the GOP’s “unsinkable” ship of gerrymandering and dark money and send it straight to the bottom of Lake Superior
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 "The attorney could have shown the court that this lethal-injection protocol featuring fentanyl is unconstitutional, because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, as a Nevada court has found of a similar protocol." (Photo: Josh Rushing/Flickr) Brian Stull
'Do We Deserve to Kill?' The Answer Is 'No' After Nebraska's Latest Execution
People who love justice hate nothing more than a justice system where only one side is able to fight
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Cork County, Ireland (Photo: Shutterstock) Celia Bottger
If Ireland Can Get Out of Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too
Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry. Why not yours?
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"A feminist foreign policy is not just about the common good—it’s about the global good." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Stacy Bannerman
A Foreign Policy That Can Change Everything for Everyone
Women talk about gender, racial and economic justice. But anti-war messaging is still missing from the resistance movement—and there can be no justice without peace
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A protester celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Washington, D.C., November 6, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Bill McKibben
Seeing Red? Think Blue
Election day is just one day in the political calendar: if you care about climate change or medical care or mass incarceration, all the other days are just as important, because it’s then that you build the movements that really shift the Z eitgeist
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Juan Cole
Trump Wouldn’t Have Let Her in the Country, But Ilhan Omar Is Likely Joining Congress
Ilhan Omar is humane where Trump is selfish. Ilhan Omar is high-minded where Trump is in the gutter. Let's hope hers is the future — his the past.
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Jeff Cohen
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
This country needs a serious opposition party that can defeat both corporate power and the GOP. Nothing else will do.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Even when they win by default because the Republican’s overreach has become so obvious or so destructive that the people boot them out, Democrats go into office without a real mandate, and therefore cannot deliver what the voters want – policies which put the people first. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) John Atcheson
With 3 Months To Go, Pundits and Democrats Still Clueless
In an era of minority parties, primary victories don’t become election victories
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Marine Le Pen, National Front political party leader, and Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon attend the party's convention in Lille, France, March 10, 2018 (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) Maya Goodfellow
How Worried Should We Be About Steve Bannon's 'Movement'?
The widespread normalisation of the far-right is far more worrying than one man's efforts to keep himself relevant
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We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson
The Enemy Between Us: How Inequality Erodes our Mental Health
Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other
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Soldiers assigned to Task Force Southwest at Camp Sharob in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, March 22, 2018. (Photo: Department of Defense/Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro) Reese Erlich
Afghanistan Has Become Trump’s ‘Failed Narco State’
President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 election. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan
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"Roosevelt’s and the other founders’ words and actions make clear that they envisioned Social Security to be a permanent part of the economy, once the Great Depression was history." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy Altman
The Truth About Social Security: Setting the Record Straight
Eighty-three years later, Social Security addresses universal economic risks that have always been with us and always will be
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"In a political climate dominated by an erratic president in the pocket of the NRA and a Congress with large numbers of members under the sway of the gun lobby, however, only a strong, persistent public outcry might make a difference." (Photo: Chayak / Flickr) William Hartung
Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire
The NRA and the gun industry in the global stratosphere
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"Yes, the prospect of runaway climate change is terrifying. But this dead world is not our destiny. It’s entirely avoidable." (Photo: Getty) Eric Holthaus
Terrified By ‘Hothouse Earth’? Don’t Despair — Do Something
This is our actual planet we’re talking about, the only place in the entire universe capable of supporting life as we know it
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An oil-soaked bird struggles against the side of a supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) Elizabeth Bruenig
Cruelty Without Consequence Is Trump’s Way
President Trump’s Interior Department has announced that it will no longer enforce prohibitions on “incidental takes” — the unintended, though still perhaps foreseen, killing of birds, as in open waste pits, uncovered oil spills, lit communication towers and low-visibility power lines
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Monday, August 13, 2018
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks after US President Donald Trump announced his nomination in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/ AFP/ Getty Images) Hannah Leibson, Rebecca Hare Cokley
Kavanaugh Thinks It’s Okay to Perform Elective Surgery on People Without Their Consent
As both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate gear up for what is likely to be a long hearing process, the 57 million Americans with disabilities are bracing themselves for the negative consequences of Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment
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"The conference was organised by the leading climate denial think tank, Heartland Institute." (Photo: Screenshot/The Heartland Institute) Andy Rowell
As America Burns From Climate Change, Trump Officials Attend Denial Conference to Discuss Why Climate Change is Fake
Trump represents the last chance for the fossil fuel industry to wreck this planet
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"Every voter has the right to know whether or not their next member of Congress will represent ‘We the People’ or big money and special interests."(Photo: Susan Melkisethian/Flickr/cc) Johannes Epke
Where do your Representatives Stand on the Influence of Big Money in Politics?
This is the first step to restore a government that works for people, not money
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"Start instead with “kitchen table” issues like stagnant wages, shrinking benefits, the escalating costs of health care, college, pharmaceuticals, housing." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
10 Steps to Finding Common Ground
What can we do–all of us–to begin talking across the great divide?
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21 July 2017 - Denver, CO - US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta gives remarks and participates in Q&A at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. (Photo Credit: Department of Labor Shawn T Moore)   Mary Bottari
ALEC Is Pushing a New Slate of Viciously Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Laws
A veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals
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In July, Arne Duncan, the Obama administration education secretary, visited Parkland, Fla., to pitch parents on his idea for a national school boycott designed to force Congress to take action on gun legislation. (Tonya Alanez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/AP) Valerie Strauss
Arne Duncan Never Learns
Duncan still thinks, apparently, his biggest mistake involved poor communication rather than the substance of the policies
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This image made from video taken on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, shows a child injured in an airstrike resting at a hospital in Saada, Yemen. Yemen's Shiite rebels are backing a United Nations’ call for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children. (Photo: AP Video) Will Bunch
I Don't Remember Voting For U.S. Bombs to Murder Little Kids in Yemen, Do You?
The news media needs to do a much better job keeping American citizens informed about what’s happening in Yemen — and all the other outposts of “the forever war” — and how U.S. dollars and U.S. bombs are making these conflicts happen
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Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, in 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) David Greene
Alex Jones Is Far From the Only Person Tech Companies Are Silencing
Facebook, Twitter, Apple and other companies routinely silence voices in marginalized communities around the world that struggle to be heard in the first place, replicating their offline repression
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Jamie Henn
This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing
The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party
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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Space Force logo Juan Cole
Trump's "Space Force": More "Whitey on the Moon"
How little progress we have made since the 1960s!
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no prop a sign Heidi Shierholz
Missourians See 'Right-to-Work' for What It Is: An Assault on Workers
Such measures jeopardize unions' ability to give workers a meaningful voice in the workplace
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Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg
Climate Change Is the Inevitable Consequence of Capitalist Privatization
Just as diverse as we humans are, so too are the creative ways we can organize ourselves to create a more sustainable future
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buy more stuff Kristine Mattis
Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: The Environment Crisis Requires Overhauling Our Corporate Industrial Civilization
We cannot take for granted, as economists and industrialists do, that we will continue to produce and consume more
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Saturday, August 11, 2018
healthcare rally Pierre Tristam
It Should Be Criminal to Let Health Insurers Deny Coverage Based on Pre-Existing Conditions
Instead, the Trump administration, Florida, and 19 other states are fighting in court to make it permissible business again
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schoolboy protester Steven Singer
This Wall Street PAC Bankrolling Democrats Thinks Being Progressive Means Mirroring Betsy DeVos
If Democratic candidates want to keep the support of grassroots voters, they need to reject money from Democrats for Education Reform
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Trump Eric Margolis
Trump's Sanctions on Iran and Violation of the Nuclear Deal Defy His Vows to Create US Jobs
The $20 billion lost should be counted as part of annual U.S. aid to Israel
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carr fire Bob Burnett
As California Burns, It's Time to Elect Climate Leaders to Deal With This 'New Normal'
The catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis aren't confined to the West Coast wildfires—each community will have to develop their own particular response
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Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Ansje Miller , Zack Kaldveer
Toxic Corruption: The Chemical Industry Keeps Pulling EPA's Strings
Protecting public health was once an EPA priority—now it's being treated as just another obstacle to maximizing corporate profit
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buses Kevin Kumashiro
A Back-to-School Lesson for 2018: As Elites Cut, the Masses Build
Education can strengthen our democracy when it raises our consciousness, reframes the debate, and mobilizes the public
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Friday, August 10, 2018
"According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children." (Photo: BBC News) Kathy Kelly
U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
“If an airstrike was a drive-by and killed someone, the U.S. provided the car, the wheels, the servicing and repair, the gun, the bullets, help with maintenance of those—and the gas.”
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Artist and activist Robin Bell projected the words "Emoluments Welcome" on the facade of the Trump International Hotel in Washington in May 2017.(Photo: Robin Bell) Rex Nutting
Confused By Emoluments? The Founding Fathers Would Have Impeached Trump in a New York Minute
The Founding Fathers had someone just like Donald Trump in mind when they banned any and all emoluments to the president from any foreign or state governments
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“There is overwhelming research that distress and anxiety relating to climate is on the rise.”  (Photo: Milamai/Getty Images) Peter Kalmus
The Best Medicine for My Climate Grief
A climate scientist talks to a psychologist about coping with the crushing stress related to climate change. Here’s what he learned
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'Rashida Tlaib at her campaign headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday after becoming the Democratic nominee for a House seat." (Photo: Anthony Lanzilote for The New York Times) Michelle Goldberg
The Pragmatic Left Is Winning
For once, Democrats are not in disarray
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"Laura Ingraham’s maternal grandparents were immigrants from Poland." (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Juan Cole
US Editorials Called the Polish Immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’
Ingraham's typical Know-Nothing pronouncements on immigration to the US
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"This is Alaska's North Slope, which already was heavily drilled and which the current administration and its landlords are planning to turn into another bonanza for themselves." (Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Climate Change Destroys the Lives of the Poorest Human Beings First
History will not look kindly on us for this, or for any other aspect of our environmental record
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 "More establishment-inclined Democrats, sensing which way the wind is blowing, are already repositioning themselves." (Photo: Illustrated | Alex Edelman/Getty Images, Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, AP Photo/Al Goldis, AP Photo/Jim Salter, grebeshkovmaxim/iStock) Ryan Cooper
The Left Is Just Getting Started
If centrists think a couple of close losses spells the end of the left, they have another thing coming
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Thursday, August 9, 2018
"While we still don’t have a good explanation of who killed Kennedy, we do know the available facts do not corroborate the official theory." (Photo: US Department of State) Jefferson Morley
QAnon: Why We Have the CIA Partly to Thank for the Craziest Conspiracy Theory Yet
The roots of the wackiest pro-Trump conspiracy can be traced back to the CIA
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Mike Lofgren
A Buckeye’s Lament: What Has Happened to Ohio and the Midwest?
Away from the large urban centers, the Midwest has transformed into a stronghold of derivative Southernism: country music and mores, religious fundamentalism, the cult of the good old boy, reactionary conservatism of a primitive type.
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"This is because minority interests in civil society are able to manipulate the political process in their favor – mostly via the unequal distribution of money and power." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) John R. Wallach
On the Ambiguity of "Democracy" in America
What's in a (political) name?
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"Jews had lived for centuries as full citizens of Holland, experiencing little of the discrimination so prevalent in some other European countries." (Photo: Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images) Dianne Monroe
“What Harm Can There Be in One Little Question?”: How the Horrific Grows in Small Steps
H ow the past can guide us through turbulent and dangerous times
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"Bell’s win is testimony to the power of grassroots social movements." (Photo: B.C. Lorio/Flickr) Frank Leon Roberts
The Ferguson Effect: Why Wesley Bell’s Primary Victory in St. Louis Matters
As we move toward the midterm elections of 2018, we would do well to pay attention to the continued influence of the movement for Black lives on local elections and on the changing face of criminal justice reform in America
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"This is a very dangerous situation." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
The Knife in Iran’s Back: Trump Reinstates Sanctions, Opening the Door to Chaos in Asia and Europe
China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure
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"So energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and a lower cost." (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Want to Create Jobs? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and lower cost
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"So far this year the city has racked up more than 300 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune. Something, as we all know, is out of control, in this city, across the country . . . and across the planet.." (Photo: AP) Robert C. Koehler
Poverty, Violence, and Spiritual Wildfires
We’ve chosen, over the last half century, to perpetuate violence rather than take a complex, value-transforming stand against, or beyond, it
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
"The great majority of victims in the war in Iraq have been civilians." (Photo: Shutterstock) Edward Hunt
Visions of War and Wealth in the Middle East
U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is part of a long-term strategy to gain regional influence and access to resources
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'Whatever occupation they work in, black women are typically paid less than white men in the same occupations." (Photo: @AAUW/Twitter) Amy Traub
Social Exclusion and Black Women’s Pay
Exclusion from “good” jobs shows up not only in lower pay for black women, but also in black workers’ reduced access to critical employment-based benefits like health care and retirement plans
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"Now, at a moment of crisis and high political tension, the public seems unable to grasp the gravity of allowing the government or anyone else to use that power." (Valentin Wolf/imageBROKER/REX Shutterstock, Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times/Redux)  Matt Taibbi
Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship
The social network is too big and broken to properly function, and these “fixes” will only create more problems
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"The idea that all humanity is equally and collectively responsible for climate change – or any other environmental or social problem – is extremely weak." (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Alex Randall
Neoliberalism Drives Climate Breakdown, Not Human Nature
Attempts by the New York Times to blame humanity as a whole for climate change let the real culprits off the hook
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"While large-scale solar has grown here, the national marketplace is moving toward solar-with-storage at homes, businesses and parking areas." (Photo: Becker1999/Flickr/cc) Jim Warren
Solar With Storage Surges as Gas Falls
All the economics and technology are available to rapidly replace coal and “natural” gas, save billions and create thousands of jobs across rural and urban North Carolina
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