All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Christopher Brauchli
Innocent Infants
"Since October 2016, more than 700 children have been taken from those illegally entering the United States...Of the children taken, more than 100 children were less than 4 years of age."
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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Gary Olson
More Thoughts on the Poor People’s Campaign
"The primary reason I joined the Poor People’s Campaign and have encouraged others to do so is its potential for realizing basic structural change."
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Libby Schaaf
No, Mr. President, I Am Not Obstructing Justice
"As mayor, it’s my duty to protect my residents—especially when our most vulnerable are unjustly attacked."
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Ernesto Falcon
The Path to Victory on Net Neutrality in the House of Representatives
While many will think that the uphill battle in the House makes net neutrality a lost cause, that is simply not true.
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Jim Naureckas
The Surprising Popularity of ‘Far Left’ Policies
Supposedly radical ideals are actually embraced by large swaths of the American public
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Friday, May 18, 2018
"Conditions have become so extreme that the United Nations has stated that by 2020 the Gaza Strip could become uninhabitable.”(Photo: Twitter) George Capaccio
Bloody Monday Every F-ing Day of the Week
The blood of our dead and dying brothers and sisters in Palestine covers the tiny hands of Donald Trump and his bloody-minded pal Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Bolton has a long record of antagonism towards North Korea; during his tenure in the George W. Bush Administration he advocated that it be added to the "Axis of Evil."  (AFP) Bob Burnett
All the President’s Men: John Bolton
Trump's foreign policy is "personal" while Bolton's is deeply ideological.
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"In some places, annual interest rates for these lenders average over 500 percent." (Photo: John Donges ) Brian Wakamo
The Post Office as an Alternative to Shady Private Banks
A Senate bill would fill a void in many rural and low-income communities by reintroducing low-cost lending at neighborhood post offices.
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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s move to eliminate so-called ‘secret science’ has long been sought by conservatives. (Photo: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-NC-ND) Bernard Goldstein
Why the EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Proposal Alarms Public Health Experts
Pruitt is moving to rid the EPA of the science needed for effective regulation.
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Palestinians have a right to liberate themselves that extends to the right tothe use of armed struggle, yet as Shammalah wrote, the Great Return March signifies a “nearly unanimous acceptance of peaceful methods to call for our rights and insist on our humanity.”(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Gregory Shupak
Blaming the Victims of Israel’s Gaza Massacre
To characterize Israeli violence as a “response” is to wrongly imply that Palestinian actions warranted Israel unleashing its firing squads.
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“There is no profession more widely protected under federal and state law than working in law enforcement.” (Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr) Kanya Bennett
Congress Wants More Protections for Cops While Ignoring Police Reform
Giving hate crimes protections to police is “profoundly inappropriate” as “hate crimes laws are intended to extend protection to historically persecuted groups.”
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
"Mulvaney, who recently bragged before 1500 bankers that, as a Congressman from South Carolina, he wouldn’t talk to lobbyists unless they had given him campaign money."  (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Trump: Making America Dread Again
“Let the buyer beware.”
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Democratic socialist Summer Lee won election to the Pennsylvania statehouse running on a campaign of economic and racial justice. (Photo: Lee for PA) Miles Kampf-Lassin
Socialists and Progressives Just Trounced the Democratic Establishment
On Tuesday, insurgent challengers beat out their opponents in races across the country by running on bold left platforms.
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"Yes, yes, everybody deserves legal representation, but the mouthpiece for misery merchants doesn’t deserve a job keeping the rest of us safe from his former clients." (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc) Charles P. Pierce
Trump Just Named a Consumer Watchdog Who Will Play Dead
The best people, volume infinity.
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 "Are there people who are willing to open their eyes in this darkness to see the Palestinian human face?" (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Samah Jabr
Palestine: Our History Haunts Our Future
When Palestinians fight for their national rights, we are called “terrorists.” When we demonstrate in non-violent ways and are killed by the occupying forces, we are called “suicidal”.
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Frida Berrigan stands in front of the newly unveiled Catonsville Nine historical marker in Catonsville, Maryland with her children. (WNV) Frida Berrigan
50 Years Later, the Spirit of the Catonsville Nine Lives On
It was nine people stepping out of comfort and into commission and conscience.
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“Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children.” (Photo: Screenshot/Catonsville9.org) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later
A reporter asked, “What are your future plans?” Smiling, in handcuffs, Berrigan flashed a peace sign and shouted, “Resistance!”
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"In a set of parallel moves of betrayal, the dismemberment of agencies created to honor and protect peacefulness and basic civil liberties at home or abroad is ongoing." (Photo: beppesabatini/Flickr/cc) Karen Greenberg
Dismantling Democracy, One Word at a Time
Down the memory hole.
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“They don’t speak English. They don’t integrate well, they don’t have skills.” (Photo: Molly Riley/AP) Robert C. Koehler
Sorry, Uneducated Central Americans, John Kelly Says This Country is Closed
The ignorant racism that permeates national decision-making.
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"Scott Pruitt abuses the public trust by using his position to serve the Koch brothers and other fossil-fuel magnates, and he is killing us and our kids in the bargain." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Richard Eskow
Real Corruption: The Scott Pruitt Story
The real reason Scott Pruitt should be removed from office is because he is causing lasting harm to current and future generations.
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"Although Trump’s initial move in eliminating those he sees as Undermen is to make sure they are deported if their papers are not in order, we have already seen at Charlottesville that he condones white nationalist violence against anyone who disagrees with him." (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
When Trump Calls Latinos “Animals,” Should We Hear Echoes of the SS’s Undermen?
Denigrating people as less than human is a step toward permitting their elimination.
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John Atcheson
You Would Think It Would Be Impossible to Lose Ground to Trump and the GOP—But You'd Be Wrong
For several weeks Democrats have been slipping in polls, and now they are virtually dead even with Republicans. Even Trump is getting more popular.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
"Leading up to the FCC’s vote, many media outlets were shockingly silent on the repercussions of upending consumer protections on internet access." (Photo: Dayanita Ramesh / Media Matters) Dina Radtke
Trump-Obsessed Media Outlets Again Ignore Critical Net Neutrality News
As Democratic senators made a last-ditch effort to salvage net neutrality rules — which passed in the Senate — coverage by many media outlets is still nowhere to be found.
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Save the Internet Katharine Trendacosta
The Senate Voted to Stand Up for Net Neutrality, Now Tell the House to Do the Same
Despite the fact that millions of Americans of all stripes want to keep net neutrality, the number of House members supporting the Congressional Review Act (CRA) there languishes below the 218 number needed to pass.
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"Heeding our appeals, a few weeks ago, Dublin became the first European capital to adopt BDS for Palestinian rights." (Photo: Screenshot/IrishTimes) Omar Barghouti
Boycott is Best Response to Illegal Israeli Killings
Ireland and EU Complicit in enabling Israel’s violations of Palestinian’s rights.
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"Pruitt has made it easier for power plants to avoid upgrading to cleaner equipment."(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Kate Yoder
We’re Ignoring the Biggest Pruitt Scandal: He’s Making Pollution Worse
Since Pruitt’s LinkedIn profile calls him the “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” I guess he’s just doing his job.
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John Feffer
The Bolton Administration Has Already Begun
The hard-right national security adviser successfully tanked the Iran deal. His next target? The North Korea talks.
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Red Terry at a pipeline protest in Waynesboro, Virginia (Photo: WHSV.com) Norah Vawter
Pipeline Outrage Is a Human Issue, Not a Political Issue
The fight against pipelines can unite progressives and libertarians, city folk and country folk.
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"It’s difficult to imagine any of the seemingly knowledgeable and healthy adults at the Times editorial board actually thinking the US has been “neutral” in its dealings with Israel and Palestine." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Adam Johnson
NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict
Israel’s support from the US Congress borders on sycophantic.
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"The Poor People’s campaign calls not only for a radical redistribution of political and economic power, but for a deep moral analysis of the national consciousness around poverty and racism." (Photo: PoorPeoplesCampaign.org) Jessicah Pierre
The Moral Revolution America Needs
Poor people of all races are shifting the national conversation on poverty and race from "right vs. left" to "right vs. wrong."
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President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands in Trump Tower. (Photo: Reuters) Renee Parsons
Trump - Israel Collusion on Syria
“I thank our great friend the United States, which has invested $6.5 billion to defend the skies of the State of Israel.”
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"More than 83 percent of the companies (188 out of 225) paid their CEO in excess of 100 times the median salary." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Rep. Keith Ellison Takes a Hard Look at New CEO Pay Ratio Data
The Minnesota lawmaker has been a champion of efforts to defend the disclosure reform from Republican attack.
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"The champagne-quaffing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem while Gaza drowned in blood left a profoundly sour taste in the mouth." (Photo: Twitter) Jonathan Cook
West’s Failure to Act Will Be Cause of the Next Gaza Massacre
There are no calls for embargos on sales of arms, no demands for war crimes investigations, no threats of trade sanctions.
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Gabe Murphy
U.S. War Footing in Korea Remains Major Roadblock to Peace
Many have rightly voiced fears that the Trump administration’s plan may be to come to the table with North Korea with unrealistic, maximalist demands so that it can claim that it tried diplomacy and diplomacy failed, making it easier to build a case for war.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
"The videotapes were destroyed in complete disdain for the rule of law." (Photo: CSPAN3) Brian Tashman
The Government Has Information on Gina Haspel’s Torture Record. The Senate Can’t See It.
Every American should be wary of what Sen. Wyden has described as an “A to Z cover-up” of Haspel’s torture record.
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Tom Engelhardt
A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine
How the U.S. military takes the world through the Gates of Hell
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L), his wife Sara Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (3rd L), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (C), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May, 2018 (AFP) Richard Silverstein
Jerusalem: This Alliance of Israeli and American Extremism Will Spark Cycle of Revenge
Israel has lit a powder keg of provocation and deliberately so.
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"In 1948, the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) saw the state of Israel established, 750,000 Palestinians forced into exile, and over 500 Palestinian villages and towns destroyed." (Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Image) Yara Hawari
Seventy Years of Palestinian Resistance Since the Establishment of the State of Israel
The brutal cost that Palestinians in Gaza are paying is because of their resistance to Israel- a resistance that began over seven decades ago.
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Israeli police forces violently detain a Palestinian protester in Jerusalem (Photo: Alexi Falson) Yumna Patel, Akram Al-Wa'ra
‘America Crossed Every Red Line’: Palestinians in Jerusalem Protest New US Embassy
“Their celebration today shows how brutal and monstrous they are, and the racism that they practice in this land.”
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"Why is it so hard to admit that the Israeli army, and Israeli squatter settlers, routinely kill Palestinians?" (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Can Palestinians Be Killed? Can Israelis Kill Them? Or Do They Only “Die”?
That is why Palestinians in Gaza are rallying at the fence and insisting that the world will not be allowed to forget two million stateless persons trapped and under blockade in an Israeli concentration camp.
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"70 years later, my people are still refugees." (Photo: Che Erasmus Nche / Eras Media Productions via BDS South Africa) Ramzy Baroud
My Home is Beit Daras: Our Lingering Nakba
The tragic way that Beit Daras was conquered by invading Zionist forces has left behind blood stains and emotional scars that have never healed.
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Monday, May 14, 2018
Jeremy Brecher
The New Poor People’s Campaign: Seeds of a Non-Party Opposition?
All of us who have participated in one or another aspect of what has come to be known as the Trump Resistance should think about how we should be connecting with the new Poor People’s Campaign—and with each other.
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"Warren Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway, hasn't paid much in real taxes over the years, choosing to defer $77 billion through the end of 2016." (Photo: Fortune Live Media/Flickr/cc) Paul Buchheit
The Kindly 87-Year-Old Man Who Took All the Schoolkids' Lunch Money
There seems to be no corporate recognition of the shameful act of taking decades of societal largesse and then doing everything possible to avoid paying for any of it.
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Last year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a “priority.”(Photo: Getty) James Cogan
Ecuador Hints It May Hand Over Assange
Julian Assange has remained incommunicado for more than six weeks and as his health deteriorates many of his former supporters have remained silent too.
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A Palestinian protester stands over cartoons of US President Donald Trump and pictures of him defaced with a blue Star of David during a demonstration in the city of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on 20 December, 2017 (AFP) Kamel Hawwash
US Embassy Move is a Day of Mourning and a Warning
As Trump celebrates the relocation of his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, Israel should recognise that the next generation of Palestinians will never stop fighting back.
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A dog with a bulging eye was one of many dogs with disturbing medical problems at Samples Creek Kennel, a Missouri puppy mill owned by Pamela Baldwin, who has been in all five of our Horrible Hundred reports. (Photo: Missouri Department of Agriculture) Kitty Block
Horrible Hundred Report Highlights Problem Puppy Mills in the U.S.
We have seen other troubling moves from the USDA in recent months, including a potentially disastrous proposal to allow third party groups to inspect puppy mills and other types of animal dealers.
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Jonathan Cook
Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza
The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved.
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 “Killing Gaza” illustrates why Palestinians, with little left to lose, are rising up by the thousands and risking their lives to return to their ancestral homes—70 percent of those in Gaza are refugees or the descendants of refugees—and be treated like human beings. (Photo: Screenshot) Chris Hedges
Killing Gaza
Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen’s powerful new film, “Killing Gaza,” offers an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world, struggling to endure.
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"A Third Gulf War would distinguish itself from recent Middle Eastern conflicts by the geographic span of the fighting and the number of major actors that might become involved." (Photo: CommonDreams) Michael T. Klare
Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War
The road to hell in the Middle East.
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"The Daniels payment remains a reportable liability regardless of the billing arrangement." (Photo: "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"/Screenshot) Walter Shaub, Adav Noti
Out of Loopholes, Trump Must Disclose Stormy Daniels Debt in Next Financial Report
Trump is out of loopholes. After failing to disclose his Stormy Daniels debt to Michael Cohen, he needs to come clean in his next financial report on that debt and any others he may have left out.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018
Cynthia Kaufman
Building Democracy to Fight the Nativist Attack: A Review of 'The People vs. Democracy'
If we want to protect society from the rise of illiberal democracy, we need to take very seriously what it would mean to make society democratic in ways that give people control over their lives.
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Gerrymandering Fran Korten
Rejection of Gerrymandering in Ohio Suggests the US Wants Fairer Elections
In both red states and blue states, steps are underway to limit how much districts can be drawn for partisan advantage.
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John Atcheson
Ready, Fire, Aim: Idiocy in Action
When something isn't broken, you have to create the illusion of failure so you can "fix" it and so Trump endeavored create one.
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Juan Cole
Kelly's "Family Separation" Recalls Slave Era Practice of Selling Parents Down the River
Kelly's doctrine of "deterrence" of undocumented immigration into the U.S. through family separation is undergirded by a special kind of sadism and ignorance combined.
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Donald Trump Iran Gregory Shupak
Media Debate Best Way to Dominate Iran
Rarely allowed into the debate is the notion that Iranians have the right to chart their own course free of U.S. interference.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018
Eric Margolis
Trump's War Against Iran
Many of the same war party crowd that engineered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq are now running the Trump administration. Their goal is to cripple Iran and leave the Mideast to joint Saudi-Egyptian-Israeli control.
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Puerto Rico Stephen Kinzer
The Deal That Puerto Rico Didn't Ask for and Didn't Want
Puerto Rico remains devastated, but few in Congress or the White House seem to consider its reconstruction a priority.
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John Washington
ICE Is Terrorizing Immigrants. Now Some Communities Are Putting It On Trial.
Though ICE has been a scourge on immigrant communities for years, the past year may have been the agency's most brutal.
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Costa Rica Joseph Stiglitz
How Costa Rica Gets It Right
How has a country of under five million people become a world leader in developing holistic policies that promote democratic, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth? The answer lies in its people's belief that focusing on the welfare of all citizens not only enhances wellbeing, but also...
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Robert Reich
Trump's Drug Pricing Scam
If Trump were serious about lowering drug prices he'd have to take on the U.S. drug manufacturers.
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Richard Eskow
Primary Day: Lessons for Democrats
If they are willing to propose bold electoral reform, as well as new rules that "un-rig" the economy for middle-class voters, they’re more likely to turn opportunity into victory in November.
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Gina Haspel Katherine Krueger
WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism
"It should be the role of the media to draw attention to Haspel—and the CIA at large—for their work perpetuating the country's long, bloody campaigns around the world, rather than cheerleading her as some kind of feminist hero."
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Friday, May 11, 2018
Brian Terrell
Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann
Not to compare the evil of the holocaust with the CIA rendition and torture (as if evil could be measured by quantity), but the evasions and obfuscations of these two willing technicians of state terror are chillingly similar
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"There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Californians could attend top tier research universities as well as state and community colleges without incurring student debt." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Chuck Collins, Josh Hoxie
Restoring Opportunity: Taxing Wealth to Fund College For All in CA
New report finds initiative to restore the California state estate tax could make college accessible for millions of students in the state.
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 "They may not fear a tamed, caged democracy, but they fear a reckless chaplain calling out in prayer for a fair system of taxation." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Let the Prayer Continue
Let sanity — please, oh Lord — prevail, and the re-empowered voices of war and dominance return to shame and silence.
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Six buttons Mandy Manning wore at the White House. (Screen shot / Democracy Now!) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How the White House Curbed the U.S. Teacher of the Year
"I am here for refugee and immigrant students, for the kids in the gay-straight alliance, and for all the girls."
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Paletinian medics treat injured protesters east of Gaza City on 13 April. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajour/ APA images) Maureen Clare Murphy
Nightmares Rise Among Gaza’s Children
The impact of Israel’s terrible violence towards civilian protesters is not only limited to physical harm.
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“Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural”(Photo: Screenshot) Jim Naureckas
Who’s Reacting to Iran Deal Pull-Out? Why, It’s Women in Chadors, Walking Past Anti-US Mural
We’re once again seeing a raft of news reports illustrated with photos whose essential visual message is that Iran hates freedom.
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Trump pulling out of the JCPOA. (Photo: Creative Commons) Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet
Narrative on Iran Defective at Its Core
The Iran nuclear deal was perhaps the best hope for allaying Iran’s territorial fears and convincing a skeptical international community that Iran has no intention of commencing a nuclear arms race despite being subjected to repeated hostilities.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
"Two other federal appellate opinions this year—from the Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit—included strong analyses by judges who similarly questioned suspicionless border device searches." (Photo: qbac07/Flickr/cc) Sophia Cope
Fourth Circuit Rules That Suspicionless Forensic Searches of Electronic Devices at the Border Are Unconstitutional
EFF has long argued that border agents need a warrant from a judge, based on probable cause of criminality, to conduct electronic device searches of any kind.
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"Imagine ending the game." (Common Dreams: CC BY-SA 3.0 US) Kristine Mattis
The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken
The preservation of capitalism.
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"Overheated economic systems are also prone to catastrophic recessions and depressions, which have devastating impacts on communities, as we saw during the most recent recession." (Photo: Dean Chahim/flickr/cc) Rick Wilson
If Extreme Inequality Harms Our Whole Society, What is a Conscientious Person to Do?
If this keeps up, things don’t look good for the human race.
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"If such deep connections between Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration sometimes seem to surface out of nowhere, they all too often stem from an extraordinarily influential, if largely unpublicized, Saudi lobbying and public relations campaign." (Photo: White House/Flickr/cc) Ben Freeman , William Hartung
Arms and Influence: How the Saudis Took Donald Trump for a Ride
The Saudi royals, who clearly grasp the nature of The Donald, have offered him the one thing he seems to love most: flattery, flattery, and more flattery
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"Trump’s insistence that that the agreement is somehow advantageous to Iran and would allow it to develop nuclear weapons is completely ludicrous." (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) Stephen Zunes
Trump’s Dangerous Abrogation of the Iran Deal
The “threat” from Iran is that it is a regional power that has dared to challenge the United States’ hegemonic ambitions in the greater Middle East.
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"Alvarado arrived at his inauguration in a hydrogen-powered bus." (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Costa Rica’s New President Promises 100% Green Energy, Aims to Be 1st Such Nation
“We must impel decisive and coordinated action by all sectors of society to initiate and speed up this process permanently."
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"Adelson, for his part, was Trump and the GOP’s biggest campaign supporter." (eastcoastgambler via Flickr) Eli Clifton
Follow the Money: Three Billionaires Paved Way for Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal
Trump and the GOP are deeply indebted to anti-Iran deal billionaires who aren’t afraid to advocate for policies that push the country closer to another war in the Middle East.
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“Charter schools increase the cost of public education in Texas by over $600 million per year.” (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Jeff Bryant
Charter Schools Threaten the Existence of Public Education
Privately-run, mostly taxpayer-funded schools financially harm public education.
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"The team around Donald Trump, my contact warned, was going to try to discredit me and my organization, the National Iranian American Council, and some of our allies." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Trita Parsi
Who Ordered Black Cube’s Dirty Tricks?
If a foreign private intelligence agency was hired to help change a vital aspect of US foreign policy, with global consequences, it is a matter of urgent public interest to discover who ordered the operation.
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Norman Solomon
New Polls Show Anti-Trump Isn’t Enough to Beat GOP
Recent survey data bolsters concerns that Democrats' feeble partisan maneuvers are ill-suited to ousting the Republicans from power
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Adam Johnson
CNN’s Iran Fearmongering Would Make More Sense Coming Directly From Pentagon
Barbara Starr has a long, storied career of acting—in effect if not in name—as a Department of Defense spokesperson
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
"A war with Iran is not likely to play well with the American public at large or even with Trump’s base, the majority of whom believed him when he said he wouldn’t repeat the mistake of launching yet another Mideast war." (Photo: Screenshot) William Hartung
Make No Mistake: Trump Is Paving the Way For War with Iran
The decision to violate and withdraw from the Iran anti-nuclear deal is one of the most dangerous foreign policy blunders in recent memory.
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John Feffer
The Banality of Haspel
It would be hard to find someone with more experience to run the CIA. And that’s why she’s a terrible choice.
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Tim Karr
Red Alert for Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know
Now is the time! Get your lawmakers to speak up for real Net Neutrality — and to stand on the right side of history
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"For the last several decades, relations between the U.S. and Iran and between Iran and the West have been shrouded in misconceptions and prejudices." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) César Chelala
Trump’s Decision on Iran Deal Spells Disaster for the Middle East
While Iran has not invaded another country in centuries, both the U.S. and Israel, Iran’s enemies, have led brutal wars against other countries and peoples.
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Frances Moore Lappé
Hope Hides in the Cracks of Our Faltering Democracy
All is not well, but that does not mean that all is lost
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"Like Pruitt, Ryan Zinke is misusing taxpayer dollars and promoting industries he’s supposed to regulate." (Photo: BSEE / Flickr) Lena Moffitt
Raising the Flag on Ryan Zinke’s Corruption
The man charged with protecting our public lands is handing them over to fossil fuel companies.
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People celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran in April after the announcement of a preliminary agreement in the Iran nuclear talks. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Trita Parsi, Ryan Costello
Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners And Victimizes Ordinary Citizens
Iranian people are once again those who will suffer most.
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"We cannot continue to allow governments and industry to expand and finance new fossil fuel production that only digs us deeper into the hole we are trying to get out of." (Photo: Screenshot) Hannah McKinnon
When You Are In a Hole…
Tackling fossil fuel production at the UN.
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"In December, the FCC voted to repeal the rules, a decision viewed as catastrophic by many in tech, the music industry, and elsewhere in government." (Photo: Shauna gm/Twitter) Madeline Buxton
Why You'll See Red Alerts Across The Web This Week
Net neutrality rules have existed since 2015 to ensure that all online content loads at the same speed and has an equal chance of being seen.
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"The torture conducted in the “War on Terror” has caused irreparable damage to many of its victims." (Photo: Justin Norman/flickr/cc) Sondra Crosby, Brock Chisholm
We Have Evaluated Torture Survivors. Gina Haspel Cannot Head the CIA.
Confirming Haspel would be unconscionable.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Narges Bajoghli
Iran Will Never Trust America Again
"We were naive to think the Americans would stick to their promises in this deal, but are the American people and the rest of the world really that naive to fall for the same lies again?”
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Trita Parsi
Trump’s Reckless Decision Puts US on Path to War with Iran
Trump has taken a functioning arms control deal that prevented an Iranian nuclear bomb and turned it into a crisis that can lead to war
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"A primary function of this Contra War was to punish Nicaragua for dropping the ball on the anti-communist front and daring to defy US politico-corporate interests in the United States' self-declared backyard." (Photo: Screenshot/Al Jazeera) Belén Fernández
A Nicaraguan Spring or Imperial Spring Cleaning?
Nicaragua in its current state is hardly a revolutionary paradise - but US involvement is not the answer.
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 "Haspel herself played a role in destroying evidence of what occurred at the site she oversaw." (Photo: CIA / with overlay) Karen Greenberg
The Hearings for Trump’s CIA Pick Should Prompt a Reckoning With Torture
Her nomination is a slap in the face to those who embrace the rule of law.
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Across significant parts of the Middle East in the years since, the U.S. has had a major hand in destroying not just tower after tower, but city after city  Fallujah, Ramadi, and Mosul in Iraq, Raqqa in Syria, Sirte in Libya. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
The Caliphate of Trump
And a planet in ruins.
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"Despite purchasing the latest “smart” bombs that, in theory, should minimize civilian casualties, the Saudi-led coalition continues to kill staggering numbers of civilians in Yemen." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) Shireen Al-Adeimi
What the Deployment of Green Berets to the Saudi-Yemen Border Tells Us About America’s Dirty War
The U.S. tries to distance itself from Saudi war crimes in Yemen—but it’s always been America’s war too.
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Global agroecology movements have called for “scaling out.” Scaling out agroecology would support farmer-to-farmer exchange that spreads agroecological practices through existing, and expanding, networks of small-scale family producers.  (Photo: Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images Antonio Roman-Alcalá
Agroecology is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In?
If there’s one thing the American food movement could learn from the global movement for agroecology, it’s that movements move government policy, not the other way around.
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 "Those who see Trump as a threat to constitutional norms and values should concentrate less on the long shot of impeachment and more on winning elections by promoting a positive vision for the future." (Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr/cc) Bill Blum
History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, Not Impeaching Trump
Given the two-thirds rule and the paucity of presidential impeachments, it’s difficult to discern a reliable impeachment template for the Democrats to follow that would conclude with Trump’s conviction and removal.
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"The only actually nuclear-armed state in the Middle East is Israel." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
The Dishonest Case Against the Iran Deal
The Iran deal is working perfectly well.
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"Facebook controls what users see." (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Singer
Facebook is Censoring Your Favorite Bloggers
Facebook has employed a new algorithm to determine exactly what you’re allowed to see on your news feed.
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