All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Robert Reich
Why the Only Answer is to Break Up the Biggest Wall Street Banks
If you took the greed out of Wall Street... all you'd have left is pavement
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Steven Singer
Dear Betsy DeVos, I Will *Never* Report My Students to ICE
I will defend my students. I will stand up for their safety and their rights. That’s just what we do in public school.
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Friday, June 1, 2018
Wenonah Hauter
What Fossil Fuels and Factory Farms Have in Common
Hint: They’re both issues of environmental injustice.
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Bryce Covert
Why 50,000 Las Vegas Workers Are on the Verge of Striking
"We want corporations to understand that we’re doing our jobs, and we want them to do their jobs also."
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Paul Street
Needed Now: A Real and Radical Left
Without a functioning left able to fight and do things for ordinary working and poor people, we will have nothing to defend and sustain our households, families and communities when the next big capitalist meltdown comes—an event that is due in the very near future
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Luz Sosa
Join Us To Keep Families Together
Is the United States, as many of us are taught, a nation of refuge, the land of the free and the home of the brave? Or are we a nation of fear?
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Adam Johnson
WaPo Editors: We Have to Help Destroy Yemen to Save It
The most logical way the US can stop the slaughter of Yemen is to stop engaging it in it. But to the Washington Post, this runs against the US policy of bombing and/or sanctioning anything that has the most remote connection to Iran, so this simple course is just not on the table
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Ryan Cooper
The Deafening Message of Trump's Dinesh D'Souza Pardon
It is a spectacular abuse of the pardon power and a barely-veiled announcement that Trump will use that power to protect odious conservative criminals and undermine the Mueller investigation
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Stan Sorscher
We Have a "Free Trade" Problem, But Trump Offers All the Wrong Economic Answers
Free-market orthodoxy has failed. It’s time to consider our public interest.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018
The language — drafted by Reps. Keith Ellison, Barbara Lee, Ro Khanna, Jan Schakowsky, Jim McGovern, and Walter Jones — amended the defense bill to state clearly that “the use of the Armed Forces against Iran is not authorized by this Act or any other Act.” (Photo: Getty) Jamal Abdi
Did Congress Just Shut Down Trump’s War Plans for Iran?
The Senate would do well to follow the House’s lead — and go even farther to shut all the backdoors to war.
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"Let’s be clear: the gag rule the president has proposed is not about improving women’s health care." (Photo: Getty) Elizabeth Warren
Trump’s New Proposal Is Another Attempt By The Government to Control Women’s Bodies
Let’s be clear: the gag rule the president has proposed is not about improving women’s health care.
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"Instead of celebrating the true Saudi heroes, since May 15 at least 11 activists, both women and male allies, have been arrested." (Photo: @noconversion/Twitter) Medea Benjamin
The Message From Saudi’s “Reformist” Crown Prince to Saudi Women: Shut Up And Drive
While gaining the right to drive certainly brings Saudi Arabia a step closer to joining the 21st century, the biggest impediment for women has not been the inability to drive—but the male guardianship system that is a form of gender apartheid.
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A house in the mountains of Puerto Rico that was damaged by Hurricane Maria broadcast a call for help from its roof. A new study out of Harvard University estimated that the death toll from the storm far surpassed the White House's figures, sparking censure of the Trump administration's handling of the crisis. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Sonali Kolhatkar
Racism Keeps Rearing Its Ugly Head
We see over and over the dehumanization of people of color in our country and our world.
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"Media coverage of the crisis in Puerto Rico has been dismal since the hurricane hit; even when outlets reported on major scandals about the mismanaged recovery, the coverage was negligible and faded quickly." (Photo: Sarah Wasko / Media Matters) Katie Sullivan, Lis Power
Study Finds 5,000 People May Have Died From Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Cable News Focused on Roseanne Instead.
Cable news covered Roseanne for over 10 hours. They covered Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico for just over 30 minutes.
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"There are no walls, no entrances or exits that can be closed in order to contain the damage from or protect the American people from Washington’s destructive follies." (Photo: Getty) Tom Engelhardt
Duck-and-Cover America: Advice to College Graduates in The Age of Trump
A commencement speech to the "campus of my mind" about what can't be walled out—or in.
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"Many people across the state share the school teachers’ desperate concern about the conditions in their children’s schools, even though their elected representatives adamantly ignore the wishes of a wide swath of their constituents." (Photo: @StepUpOklahoma/Twitter) Jan Resseger
Rivka Galchen Takes You Inside the Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout and Inside Red-State, Anti-Tax Politics
"Oklahoma has essentially been under single-party rule for about a decade."
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"In North Carolina, there’s little doubt parents use charters to segregate."(Photo: New Boston Post photo by Evan Lips) Jeff Bryant
New Charter School Plan Should Alarm the Nation
“A design for racial and economic segregation.”
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Ken Burns and Lynne Novick’s “Vietnam War” series does not deserve a “Best Documentary” award. (Photo: Getty) Mike Ferner
Veterans’ Group Says “No” to Emmy for PBS Vietnam War Series
“In this war-torn world, what is desperately needed – but what Burns and Novick fail to convey – is an honest rendering of that war to help the American people avoid yet more catastrophic wars.”
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“Peace” is a feel-good delusion and “disarmament” (nuclear and otherwise) is the butt of a joke. (Image: CD/CC BY 2.0) Robert C. Koehler
The American Way of War: Evolution Stops Here
There’s nothing in this controlling consciousness devoted to creating — or imagining — a world without nuclear weapons or a world free of war and poverty.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
"We need to face the complicated issue of immigration with sobriety, a keen understanding of current laws, history, economics, labor flows, supply and demand, demographics and what has actually made America great — its immigrant roots and its welcoming philosophy." (Photo: @NIJC/Twitter) Maria Cardona
America Is Better Than Trump's Cruel Immigration Policies
This new policy is vicious, brutal and is nothing less than Trump administration-endorsed, U.S. government-sanctioned child abuse.
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"What conservatives and corporatists didn’t anticipate when they used hate, greed, racism, and all the other “isms” to run their con, is that these forces would ultimately take over the Party, and the country." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Sides, Balance, and the Death of Truth
Progressives need to reject the right’s false narrative, not compromise with it
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"Being there in the aftermath of Sandy I got a preview of our shared future — the devastating impact of climate disasters on our health, on our finances, and on our families." (Photo: Mark Lennihan) Amanda Devecka-Rinear
Organizing After Disasters – Both Natural and Man-Made
New Jersey Organizing Project members fought for the dignity of their community when hurricane recovery efforts prioritized the rich and powerful.
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"With Connecticut’s vote in favor of the National Popular Vote Compact, we’re one step closer to fixing our democracy." (Photo:Wikicommons) Adam Eichen
The Electoral College Reform Movement Made Great Strides This Month, But Is It Enough?
“The vote of every American citizen should count equally, yet under the current system, voters from sparsely populated states are awarded significantly more power than those from states like Connecticut…This is fundamentally unfair.”
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"As a result of the ruling, corporations can force workers to sign arbitration clauses that eliminate their right to bring collective legal action." (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) Amy Traub
Trump’s America: More Freedom for Banks, Less for Working People
On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, ruling 5-4 that employers who steal wages, harass employees, or discriminate on the job can block workers from banding together to pursue justice in the courts.
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U.S. CEOs average over quadruple the global major corporate CEO average, with $14.25 million in annual pay and a 401 index value. (Photo: Rob Hyrons/Shutterstock) Sam Pizzigati
U.S. CEOs Are World’s Best – For Themselves
How can the same marketplace value the labor of U.S. CEOs so much more highly than the labor of CEOs from other nations?
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 “Nobody is forcing these companies to supply more sensitive image-recognition technology to those who might use it in violation of human or civil rights.” (Photo: Amazon) Jamie Williams, Jennifer Lynch
Amazon, Stop Powering Government Surveillance
Amazon should stand up for civil liberties, including those of its own customers, and get out of the surveillance business.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
"Jean Valjean, after 19 years in prison—five for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s hungry children and 14 more as punishment for attempts at escape—is released with no home, no occupation and little money." (Photo: Mr.Fish/Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Teaching ‘Les Misérables’ in Prison
My students will spend their lives condemned as felons.
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Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday. (Photo: Libby Solomon/The Baltimore Sun) Will Bunch
'Did Climate Change Kill … People in Ellicott City?'
Team Trump is doing everything it can to “ignore” climate science.
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A protester holds a sign reading 'Gaza: your silence kills' during a demonstration in Paris on 15 May against Israel’s latest massacre (AFP) Nada Elia
Gaza's Great Return March Massacre: A Turning Point
Palestinians must mobilise and strategise to ensure that Israel’s latest assault will be its last.
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A television report in Seoul, South Korea, shows President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Photo: Bloomberg /Jean Chung) H.D.S. Greenway
Trump’s Willful Ignorance Is Another Strain of American Exceptionalism
America is the “prize amateur nation in the world.”
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Mike Lofgren
Pity the Right-Winger: He Gets No Respect!
Notes from the Never-Ending Culture Wars
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 "In the dystopian scenario used by the Pentagon to train its future leaders, today’s forever wars have proven ineffective and future threats are to be met with new, similarly ineffective, forever wars." (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Ricky Best) Nick Turse
Tomorrow's Terror Today: Pentagon Documents Detail Dystopian Dangers
Narco-corruption, ISIS 3.0, and the terror drone attack that never happened.
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"The Supreme Court’s conservatives are doing the bidding of corporate and billionaire America." (Photo: Skeeze) Richard Eskow
How Trump And The GOP’s SCOTUS Screw Workers
Americans have traditionally viewed the Supreme Court as an unbiased, apolitical institution. But today, more than ever, this is an illusion.
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 "There’s no strategy. Only a thin-skinned narcissist needing flattery and fearing ridicule." (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
America’s Megalomaniac
With Trump, there’s no longer American foreign policy. There’s only Trump’s ego.
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Monday, May 28, 2018
Juan Cole
On Memorial Day, US Troops Still Dying in Afghanistan but Half the Country Is Lost
"I don't think Afghanistan stays on our minds, despite the fact that we are still war-fighting there and it is our longest war in history."
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Stacey Abrams Linda Kramer Jenning
Stacey Abrams Wants You to Upend the Status Quo, Too
The first black woman candidate for governor of Georgia overcame obstacles at every turn, and laid out the road map for others to follow
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money Ellen Brown
Blackstone, BlackRock, or a Public Bank? Putting California's Funds to Work
California has over $700 billion parked in private banks, private equity funds or shadow banks. These funds could be transferred to an infrastructure bank to generate credit for the state—while the funds remain safely on deposit in the bank.
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Zach Henson
My Answer to 'Thank You For Your Service'
On Memorial Day, we shouldn't just honor our fallen brethren with a moment of silence. We should also question why they died.
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A man asks for money in Philadelphia Bill Quigley
Memorial Day – 7 Facts Documenting Our Neglect of Millions of Veterans
Politicians who preach patriotism would do well to address these issues
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troops Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars
Soldiers, civilians, and the 140 million Americans who are poor or low-income pay the price for our never-ending wars
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Sunday, May 27, 2018
Red Nose Day is typical of "brand aid” initiatives that engage consumers in low-cost heroism as a way to channel good intentions into politically unquestioning and commercially lucrative options. Noelle Sullivan, Lisa Ann Richey
There Are Better Ways To Fight Poverty Than Giving Money To Corporations
Worldwide strides toward a so-called free market have increased, not decreased, global inequalities.
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U.S. Warns Syria That Ceasefire Violations Will Be Met With ‘Firm’ Measures Juan Cole
Legal? Despite Withdrawal Pledge, Trump’s Massive Mission Creep in Syria
Mission creep can go very wrong very quickly
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WAR (Image: CD/CC BY 2.0) Camillo Mac Bica
Homily for the Slain
Memorial Day is a facade, a misrepresentation.
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In this handout image provided by South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) before their meeting on May 26, 2018 in Panmunjom, North Korea. North and South Korean leaders held the surprise second summit after U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled the meeting with Kim Jong-un scheduled for June 12. Ray McGovern
South Korean President Moons Bolton
The summit may still be alive because it appears advisers around Trump may well be warning him not to follow his national security adviser down the road to disaster.
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Public education supporters protesting Betsy DeVos' nomination as Secretary of Education. Christopher Brauchli
Conflicts of Interest
Recusal. Such a simple word. And yet it is the plug that enables you to drain the swamp that you create.
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Charter schools have turned our children into the products of businesspeople. Enough. (Photo: AgainstAusterity.org) Steven Singer
The Best Charter School Cannot Hold a Candle to the Worst Public School
Charter schools are at heart a less democratic system than public schools.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Brown’s Last Chance campaign to demand Jerry Brown stop new oil and gas drilling in California and devise a fair plan to phase it out entirely. Cassady Sharp
Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground is the Only Way to Save Polar Bears Ravaged by Climate Change
That’s why I’m working with the Brown’s Last Chance campaign to demand Jerry Brown stop new oil and gas drilling in California and devise a fair plan to phase it out entirely.
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Members of Code Pink for Peace protest before Central Intelligence Agency acting Director Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing to become the next CIA director before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building May 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Robert Crawford
Reflections on Gina Haspel’s Confirmation
In short, accountability will not come from the top
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HEATWAVE: The Chicago Sun-Times front page from July 17, 1995. Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg
Oppression is the Greatest Determinant of Deadly Heat
Climate change mitigation and adaptation requires sweeping progressive reforms
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A witness tree near Devil’s Den at Gettysburg Battlefield. Kent Shifferd
The War Tree
Why has all this anti-war, pro-peace activity not worked?
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Members of the Palestinian community and their supporters march toward the Israeli consulate to protest President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Eric Margolis
Palestinians: 70 Years of Suffering
The Trump administration is now an extension of Israel’s hard right Likud Party.
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Friday, May 25, 2018
Fred Wertheimer, Norman Eisen
Trump Has Given Us the Ultimate Chinese Import: American Princelings
Princelings Donald Jr. and Eric run President Trump’s worldwide business enterprises, although the president still owns and profits from his businesses
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Laura Flanders
After Brexit, Blexit: Putting Your Money Where Your Life Is
In the heart of the world’s financial capital, the Public Bank NYC coalition is pushing for a municipal public city bank—one owned and operated in the public interest
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 "On the North Korean side, they can get some relief from devastating sanctions, a partial return to ordinary nation status, and perhaps most importantly, get to appear magnanimous and statesmanlike." (Photo: Richard Engel/Twitter) Ryan Cooper
Peace in Korea Is Still Possible — Just Without America
If some or all of these nations even make hesitant moves toward such a thing, it will demonstrate how Trump's flailing, herky-jerky incompetence is dissolving America's entire post-WWII foreign policy framework.
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Mehreen Kasana
Finance Giant BlackRock Faces Activist Heat for Investing in the War Machine
Divest from the war machine, protesters tell the private equity giant
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"Of course, there was no offer that the United States or its allies rein in their own nuclear programs." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Stephen Zunes
Pompeo’s Iran Speech a Prelude to War?
Pompeo made his demands knowing they would be rejected.
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Pierre Tristam
Israel’s Mass Shootings
You can always depend on the American public to scapegoat Israel’s war crimes, blame them on anything and everyone but Israel's bigoted death machine
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A "Pay Your Fair Share" projection created by the Neighborhood Action Coalition & Transit Riders Union to support the Seattle head tax appears in this May 10 photo. (Photo: Flickr / Jennifer Durham, Backbone Campaign, CC BY 2.0) Sonali Kolhatkar
Amazon Battles Seattle—and Loses
In the game of chicken between democracy and corporatism, Seattle demonstrated that people power can prevail.
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"Yet it might be near the end of the line for Pruitt; White House aides have decried his scandals as embarrassing and called for his firing." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Justin Anderson
Focus on Pruitt’s Scandals Obscures Environmental Degradation Under Trump
Most of the administration’s actions no doubt come as a result of the cozy relationship between the fossil fuel industry and the Trump cabinet.
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"How should each citizen of Japan, the former colonizer, look at the way the leaders of the divided Koreas have held hands and pledged the solidarity of their people towards a shared future?" (Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool via AP) Satoko Oka Norimatsu
Inter-Korea Summit: How One Japanese Views The Japanese Mainstream Attitudes toward the North-South Detente on the Peninsula
The core of the Korean nuclear threat undoubtedly lies with the United States, who first brought nuclear weapons to the Peninsula in 1958.
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 "Facebook’s process for deleting posts and accounts based on its community standards has long been opaque, leading to charges from people across the political spectrum that Facebook is effectively shutting down their speech while allowing others to operate unfettered." (Photo: Legal Loop) Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Facebook and Free Speech
Facebook should adopt a policy of extreme transparency.
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"The U.S. wind business now employs more than 100,000 people." (Photo: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany/Licensed under CC BY 2.0) Harvey Wasserman
Trump Has Plenty of Accomplices in His Reckless Energy Policies
The nation’s entrenched fossil-nuclear corporate elites are more focused on propping up the industries of the past than embracing the technologies of the future.
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"We see you dipping into fossil fuel industry branded manipulation." (Photo: via Friends of the Earth) Brett Fleishman
HSBC Divests From New Coal Projects Everywhere... Except Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Vietnam
Yet another example of t he fossil fuel industry's long history of exploiting poverty as a cover for destructive development.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018
"The Democrats’ plan, called A Better Deal for Teachers and Students, calls for another $50 billion fund to pay for new school infrastructure." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Jeff Bryant
Will Teacher Uprisings Change Democrats?
Seeing an NC governor, of any party, standing with organized teachers during a strike action is unprecedented.
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Most troublingly, however, the directive allows for people (most likely Americans, given the scope of the TSA’s duties) to be nominated for the 95 list if they are the “subject of a credible threat of violence” or “are otherwise publicly notorious.” (Photo: iStock) Faiza Patel
Does TSA Really Need a Watch List for “Unruly” Travelers?
The Transportation Security Administration's new "secret watch list" is purportedly meant to protect airport security screeners. But it could easily turn into an "enemies list" of people the TSA will target at airports.
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"Your unwavering support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion runs counter to both of these commitments and undermines Canada’s role as a global leader.” (Photo: Greenpeace) Andy Rowell
Civil Society To Justin Trudeau: “The Time For Investment in New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Is Over”
“The Trudeau federal government has made itself a pathetic hostage to a Texas-based pipeline company known for its cheapness and debt.”
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"The public needs to know far more about how agencies are gathering our data, what they’re doing with it, any policies that govern this surveillance, and the tools agencies use, including algorithmic surveillance and machine-learning techniques." (Photo: Sergey Nivens/ Shutterstock) Hugh Handeyside
We’re Demanding The Government Come Clean on Surveillance of Social Media
Our government should be fostering, not undermining, our ability to maintain obscurity in our online personas for multiple reasons, including individual privacy, security, and consumer protection.
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"George W. Bush launched the CIA’s drone assassination program and that was just the beginning." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) Rebecca Gordon
Trump Drones On
How unpiloted aircraft expand the war on terror.
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"This legislation needs immediate public hearings in Congress." (Image: ACLU) Ralph Nader
Audit The Outlaw Military Budget Draining America’s Necessities
The Pentagon has been in violation of that Congressional directive since 1992 but keeps promising that an audit is coming.
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The most encouraging alternative I’ve seen to this situation is the movement, taking hold in some of our country’s most troubled schools, called Restorative Justice, which begins by giving every student his or her voice. Robert C. Koehler
Empowering Kids Instead Of Arming Them
The more guns out there, the more dangerous the world is.
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“Now we are 17 years straight in Afghanistan and this war has cost us over $1 trillion so far. These types of votes have real consequences on human life as well as our budget." (Photo: Kevin De León) Tom Gallagher
The Afghanistan War and the California Senate Race
Kevin DeLeon is asserting that the Afghanistan War is a bad idea today – when there’s virtually no one else talking about it.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
"Only 10 percent of Gazans have access to safe drinking water, almost half of the population is unemployed, and over 70 percent live in poverty." (Photo: Shutterstock) Razan Azzarkani
America’s Treatment of Palestinians Has Grown Horrendously Cruel
No words can describe the anger and anguish I feel as a Palestinian in America watching this unfold.
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"It’s not hard to understand how it could put a damper on your morale to be working hard and struggling to get by while your boss is being rewarded hundreds — or even thousands — of times more than you on payday." (Photo: Shutterstock) Sarah Anderson
Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business
Would you do your best work for a CEO who pulls in 5,000 times your own salary?
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"Through further demonstrations, teach-ins, music and the arts, and mass meetings, the campaign is continuing to tackle anti-black discrimination, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and other social evils." (Photo: TwitPic/@Fightfor15) Saurav Sarkar
Hundreds of Poor People's Campaign Activists Got Themselves Arrested for Racial Justice
While some white people were calling the cops on people of color, others joined them — and members of every other community — in a huge sweep of actions in state capitals.
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"Donald Trump and his administration are the Wal-Mart of corruption." (Photo: @HCSOTexas/Twitter) Michael Winship
Point The Trigger Finger at Everyone Else
No matter what the gun rights advocates say, all these deaths are about a country with far too many guns, plain and simple, full stop.
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'Medicaid is the nation’s largest payer of mental health services, covering 27 percent of adults with a serious mental illness, but the Trump Administration has approved harmful state policies that will strip Medicaid coverage from people with mental health conditions." (Photo: Larissa Puro/flickr/cc) Anna Bailey
Trump Policies Threaten Housing-Health Integration for People With Mental Health Conditions
The stress of housing instability and homelessness can worsen health problems like mental illness and make it harder for people to get treatment.
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"The facts in Jesner v. Arab Bank could not have been more gut wrenching." (Photo: Michael Coghlan/cc/flickr) Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
While Few Notice, The Supreme Court Is Making Corporate Human Rights Abuses Easier
Though it largely flew under the radar, the SCOTUS decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank is a large step backwards in the fight for human rights.
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"People should be free to walk down the street without being watched by the government.' (Photo: David Ryder/Getty) Matt Cagle, Nicole Ozer
Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Dangerous New Facial Recognition Technology
Amazon’s Rekognition raises profound civil liberties and civil rights concerns.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Alfred W. McCoy
Golden Shower Diplomacy and the Hidden Meaning of American Decline
Preserving the positive legacy of an empire in decline
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Andrea Dutton, Michael Mann
Water’s Rising Because It’s Getting Warmer
That research shows that sea levels are rising and human-caused climate change is the cause. Don’t just take our word for it; help yourself to the mountain of scientific literature showing as much.
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Patty Lovera
A Food Revolution: The Climate Case for a Factory Farm Ban
We need to take bold action over the next decade in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. This includes tackling the greenhouse gas emissions created by food production, including meat and other animal products.
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President Trump waves as he arrives for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Adele M. Stan
Trump’s Authoritarian Grip Tightens
Changes implemented by the administration on every front add up to a frightening pattern.
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"At the very least, citizens in countries supplying weapons to the Saudi-Emirati coalition must demand their legislators forbid all future sales." (Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/Flickr/cc) Kathy Kelly
Scourging Yemen
“There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians."
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"Many of whom who hold dual Israeli-American citizenship, e.g., Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Richard Blumenthal, John Bolton, have stepped up their protectionist agenda by instigating and supporting legislation which stifles free speech and makes illegal any criticism of and demands for Israeli accountability." (Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr/cc) Camillo Mac Bica
Rationalizing Genocide
It’s long past time for the United States to end its complicity with Israeli war crimes.
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"It is this climate that prompted the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move their Doomsday Clock to two minutes till midnight, nuclear apocalypse, this past January - the closest to midnight since the height of the Cold War in 1953." (Photo: CreativeCommons) Robert Dodge
At The Brink of Nuclear War, Who Will Lead?
The American people when provided with the facts about nuclear weapons overwhelmingly oppose their use and want to see them eliminated.
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“They want to bring that oil through here, but we say that we will stop Kinder Morgan,” George-Parker said. “It is not happening.” (Photo: Emma Cassidy, Greenpeace) Andy Rowell
“We Are Going to Not Allow Kinder Morgan to Finish This Pipeline”
Not only is the growing resistance from the local community, indigenous rights groups and local and US-based environmental groups to the pipeline, but even the financial community thinks the economics and changing energy market is stacked against it.
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"Pompeo, a Kansas oil man backed by the Koch brothers, is just a former congressman and a virulent Christian fundamentalist with white nationalist tendencies." (Photo: AP) Juan Cole
How Pompeo’s “Severest Sanctions” on Iran Will Backfire
Pompeo, a Kansas oil man backed by the Koch brothers, knows little about the world and is among the worst prepared secretaries of state in American history.
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“If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Real Corruption: Mick “Pay and We’ll Talk” Mulvaney
When it comes to this kind of deep corruption, which perverts government’s role for the benefit of the privileged few, Mick Mulvaney is a master of the art.
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Adam Johnson
Media Ignore Government Influence on Facebook’s Plan to Fight Government Influence
When a venture that’s supposedly meant to curb "foreign influence" is bankrolled by a number of foreign countries—including the United Arab Emirates, Britain, Norway, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea—one would think that would be worth noting.
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Laura Flanders
Life or Death for the FCC
Let's face it, the FCC's mission to regulate communications media in the public interest, has been beaten to a pulp by politicians of both parties over the last two decades
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Michael Sainato
The False Narratives Used to Try to Derail Bernie's Army
The most damning criticisms of Our Revolution in a new Politico piece are unquoted and unsourced
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"We’ve heard the heartfelt prayers and the feckless clichés from political figures pledging solidarity, support and vague promises of action." (Photo: mathiaswasik/Flickr/cc) Bill Blum
Trump, the NRA, Mass Shootings and the American Culture of Death
We are awash in an ocean of firearms and killers armed to the teeth.
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(Photo: Bryan Cox/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
A Vile Act of Inhumanity: Splitting Up Families like the Slave Traders Did
More than 90 percent of deportation attempts in the first two months of the Trump administration were against people who had committed no crime other than to be living in the country without required documents.
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Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Daniel Kramer/AFP/Getty Images) Mike Males
The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous
Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school.
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"In gaining Trump’s support, the two Koreas have indeed, however paradoxically, neutralized the United States as an actor in the drama of inter-Korean relations."(Photo: Ju Peng/Xinhua via Associated Press) John Feffer
Playing Trump for Peace
How the Korean peninsula could become a bright spot in a world gone mad.
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"Trump, like all despots, has no ethical core." (Photo: coolloud/flickr/cc) Chris Hedges
The Coming Collapse
It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Juan Cole
The Royal Wedding and the End of Whiteness?
"Whiteness itself as a term of racial and class privilege and exclusion has been constructed and has a storied history. Its meaning has changed radically over time."
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Ryan Cooper
The Mind-Boggling Corruption of Trump Inc.
"It turns out that when you stop enforcing the law against rich people, a seething plasma of corruption tends to engulf the national political system."
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Russell Mokhiber
Stephen Smith on the Corporate Domination of West Virginia
"For generations, corporations, often with the help of the federal government, have done a really good job of systematically robbing our people and our communities of our economic wealth...It's a pattern of abuse."
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Robert Reich
How to End Partisan Gerrymandering
"Unlike racial gerrymandering, partisan gerrymandering would seem to violate the First Amendment because it punishes some voters for their political views."
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