All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Brazil's far-right, scandal-plagued, evangelical pastor-billionaire Edir Macedo is supporting Jair Bolsonaro ahead of the upcoming presidential runoff election. Glenn Greenwald
In Bolsonaro's New Brazil, Far-Right Evangelical Billionaire's Media Empire Is Being Exploited to Investigate Journalists
Edir Macedo, known as The Bishop, is now an explicit supporter of far-right extremist and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro
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Kelly Trout
Three Key Takeaways From the IPCC Report on 1.5 Degrees of Warming
There is no time to lose in rapidly reducing emissions
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Ryan Cooper
Tribalism Is Not the Problem
Tribes do not behave as moronically as described, and the problem with American politics has more to do with modernity
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MBS, Trump Juan Cole
The Top Five Ways Trump Enabled Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
The lawless and fascist discourse of the U.S. president is not without consequences in world affairs
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Friday, October 19, 2018
Ahmed Abu Artema
Gaza’s Great March of Return: Six Months On, We Are Still Struggling Against Israeli Oppression
Despite the bloody fallout, all indications point to the continued momentum of the Palestinian protest movement
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Have Democrats Forgotten About This Summer's Immigration Debacle?
Because the liberal party is once again unable or unwilling to articulate a critical issue and effectively lay cruel immigration policies at the feet of Trump and the Republicans, the GOP’s anti-immigrant hysteria may reign supreme
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Members of XR deliver flowers, possibly reminiscent of a funeral bouquet, to Greenpeace staffers. (Photo: Courtesy of Jonny Pickup on Flickr.) Michael Molitch-Hou
Climate Activists Occupy Greenpeace UK Headquarters—Wait, That Can't Be Right
British environmental activist group says Greenpeace is not radical enough to meet the dire climate situation
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Sam Husseini
The Most Strategic Midterm Race: A Progressive Challenges Steny Hoyer
Pat Elder's challenge to Hoyer not only pushes back against corporate domination, but also tangibly for peace and against militarism around the world
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Jack Holmes
The President of the United States Just Explicitly Endorsed Political Violence
We've been heading towards this moment for a long time, but the president has now put the bloody icy on the cake
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John Feffer
The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders
Saudi Arabia's apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi might have taken inspiration from Russia and North Korea — or Israel and the United States.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Robert Weissman
'Tough on Crime' Jeff Sessions Touts Plummeting Corporate Crime Enforcement Like It's an Achievement
Attorney General's time at the Justice Department has resulted in near-record low white-collar crime prosecutions
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That was the story most journalists missed, in some cases because the story handed to them limited the historical scope of what was at stake in anti-pipeline protests. (Photo: Screenshot) Daniel David
Why Coverage of Indigenous Issues Is So Lousy
Indigenous perspectives, plural because there are many, have always been missing to our understanding, whether it’s about pipelines, land rights, racism or music
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I’m still mired in the past, shaken by the spectacle of the Kavanaugh hearings, and pulled across the decades into the darkest crevasses of my memories. (Photo: Screenshot) Belle Chesler
The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone
The media’s moving on, but I’m not
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Hurdles surrounding the vetting of voter information may impede participation in close contests on Election Day. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Steven Rosenfeld
Voter Data Suppression Is GOP’s Latest Anti-Voter Tactic
Arizona and Georgia are leading examples
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Iqbal Khyber and Badshah Khan bring a breath of fresh air. (Photo: Dr Hakim) Dr. Hakim
Nonviolent Afghans Bring a Breath of Fresh Air
We have all been smoking the cigarette of war, despite the evidence on its cancer-causing nature. What we should do is to quit smoking. Quit the human behavior of war!
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People need to know that an alternative exists to our toxic status quo and understand how to fight for it. (Photo: Food&Water Watch) Peter Thacher
We Need To Inspire Courage to Stop Climate Change—Not Fatalism
There is no other important social issue where we tolerate defeatism— climate change should be no exception. The only acceptable response is to work to fix it
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This is the backdrop to the 2018 midterms, and to the whole Trump Administration, which is essentially one, long negative campaign.(Photo: Alex Brandon/AP) Ruth Conniff
The Republicans’ Long, Negative Campaign
Among a slew of attacks on voters, the GOP’s longstanding effort to simply turn them off remains among the most effective
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While practically every Democrat bigwig has at least expressed concern about the Khashoggi story, many Republicans have actually doubled down on their support.(Photo: Illustrated | abadonian/iStock, Wikimedia Commons) Ryan Cooper
Republicans' Saudi Arabia Derangement
It's a good demonstration of how deep the moral corruption has gone in the GOP under Trump, and the extent to which their foreign policy "thinking" is dictated by foreign lobbying
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The key in Nader’s story to the citizens retaking control of Congress and the government is sustained mass nationwide demonstrations and rallies.(Photo: Sage Ross/flickr/cc) Chris Hedges
The Rats Revolt
There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup d’état that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader.
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Frances Moore Lappé
What Is Democracy, Anyway? Let’s Talk
Above all, democracy is a cultural journey—not an end stage—headed towards widely dispersed power and away from concentrated control
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If we’re asleep at the wheel, the likelihood of calamity skyrockets.(Photo: Screenshot) Richard Heinberg
When It Comes to Sustainability, We’re a Society of Distracted Drivers
We human beings are all, in effect, driving this planet
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Thom Hartmann
The Fascists Are Coming for Your Social Security and Medicare
The warning signs are already here.
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Even if these candidates don’t win, their campaigns have been historic. If November isn’t kind to progressives, I don’t think we should brush this wave aside. (Photo: Shutterstock) Norah Vawter
Progressives Need to Be Brave Enough to Fail
I don’t believe that we’re going to create real change through the compromises and decorum of so-called moderates
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We must strengthen federal anti-discrimination laws, so housing can’t be denied to someone due to their source of income, poor credit, lack of rental history, or their status as a victim of domestic violence.(Photo: Shutterstock) John Tharp, Maria Foscarinis
All Laws That Make It a Crime to be Homeless Should Be Repealed
Here's what should replace them
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As a result of the 2017 election, Democrats will have more say in Virginia's redistricting. (Photo: Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) Sam Wang, Ben Williams, & Rick Ober
How Gerrymandering Reform Can Win in the States
Through local action, Democrats this November have a chance to untilt the playing field in every state that now has an extreme partisan gerrymander
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Our society is one that has long accepted and encouraged the victimization of women and other marginalized people.(Photo: Genebel/Twenty20) Sandra Park
How America Systematically Fails Survivors of Sexual Violence
The multiple layers of discrimination that survivors experience, and the network of systems that foster it, could leave one feeling hopeless
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Last week, President Trump referred to protests opposing the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as "the rule of the mob." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty) Tim Lau
The Trump Administration Wants to Drastically Limit the Right to Protest in the Nation’s Capital
The National Park Service could charge a “protest tax” and block off 80 percent of the White House sidewalk to demonstrations
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Trump reached out to Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who has invoked Hitler’s mass extermination of Jews as a model for how he would like to dispose of drug dealers and addicts. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Trump Is America's Most Dangerous Export
Donald Trump is not only undermining democracy here at home, but he’s also emboldening dangerous authoritarian movements around the world
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has bragged that he has been thinking about cutting these programs since his frat days. He literally claimed that he was “dreaming” of ending Medicaid when he was “drinking at a keg,” adding, “I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time.”(Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy J. Altman
The Future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Is on the Ballot This November
Right-wing extremists have never been subtle about their goal to eliminate all three programs
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A panel at last month's climate summit gave welcome attention to agricultural emissions, but speakers failed to suggest adequate reforms. (Photo: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
To Address the Climate Crisis, We Must Completely Rethink How We Produce and Consume Food
Market-driven solutions won’t cut it
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There are constant reminders in Berlin of Germany's violent history, like the white crosses honoring East Berliners shot while trying to escape or the big sign at Checkpoint Charlie announcing, "You are leaving the American sector" in four languages. (Photo: Michael Winship/CD) Michael Winship
Doubt It Can Happen Here? Tell It to Berlin
A note to those who think it unfair to compare the Trump White House and the GOP to what happened in Germany 85 years ago.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Daniela Manuschevich, Nick Meynen
Chilean Union Leader Found Dead One Day After Anti-Pollution Demo
One day after protesting massive chemical pollution, Alejandro Castro was found, hanging. The artisanal fisherman union leader had just pulled off a mass mobilization against acute chemical...
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"By maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia," write Benjamin and Miller, "the US is sending a message to citizens around the world that it values money and power over human rights." (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Mary Miller
Khashoggi Is The Tip Of The Bloody Iceberg: 10 More Reasons to Cut the US-Saudi Alliance
Despite its history of thuggery, the United States has been cozy with the kingdom for decades.
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Individual and family costs for medical care and insurance coverage are exploding, and tens of millions of people are having to choose whether to pay for needed care or their housing, heating, or other basic needs. (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc) Chuck Idelson
Behind Trump’s Attack on Medicare for All – a Fear of Losing Political Power
Most revealing in Trump’s campaign invective and universally rebuked op ed are not the fabrications littering nearly every word, but the motivation behind it
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’s “just the canary in the coal mine.” John Nichols, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
‘I Want Us to Be That Party Again’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks about her win and what inspires her going forward
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Students held direct actions, rallies, and teach-ins to send a clear message that education is a right, not a privilege. (Photo: People's Action Blog) Anna Attie
Students Across the Nation Fight for #FreeCollege4All
Student Action will continue this fight until we win a world where college need never be considered a luxury
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In the five years since the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, gutted the key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, many states in the South and the Midwest controlled by Republicans have enacted voter registration laws that disenfranchise minority voters. (Photo by Hero Images/Getty Images) Chris Winters
Voter Registration Is Inherently Racist
And several other reasons that the midterm elections are testing how far some states can go in disenfranchising certain voters
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Andrew Bacevich
Rethinking National Security: Some Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate
A letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren
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Jefferson Morley
The Khashoggi Affair Won’t Stop Trump’s Drive for War With Iran
Symbolic punishment will be designed to protect the policy of provocation.
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Monday, October 15, 2018
Kali Holloway
Descendant of Racist Confederate Leader Voices Support for Anti-Racist Activists
A UNC-Chapel Hill student faces criminal charges for protesting a Confederate statue on campus
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Sam Pizzigati
Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World
The global reaction to two new landmark reports suggests the world could well lose that confrontation
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Deborah Burger, Zenei Cortez
The American People Will No Longer Buy the Trump-GOP Lies About Medicare for All
Americans have increasingly concluded that market approaches are failing their health and their economic security. They want real change—and 70 percent now favor Medicare for all.
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Will Bunch
Trump Is Clamping Down on White House Protest. Be Very Afraid of What Comes Next
The big question about the National Park Service rules is: Why now?
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Jeff Cohen
Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters
The party's failure to challenge US foreign policy is both a moral and strategic failure
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"Regardless of what ultimately happened to [journalist Jamal] Khashoggi," writes Hartung, "continuing U.S. arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia under current circumstances is immoral." William Hartung
Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime
There are other ways to promote jobs in the United States that do not involve accepting blood money from the Saudi regime.
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Karen Greenberg
How Guantanamo Set the Stage for the Kavanaugh Hearings
Justice derailed and the echoes of Gitmo
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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Jeff Bryant
How the Wealthy Destroy Public Schools, One Gift at a Time
"What billionaire donors all have in common...is their devotion to blaming schools and educators for problems posed by educating low-income children."
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Matt Taibbi
Trump Is Just One Player in a Much, Much Larger Tax Story
That big 'New York Times' expose should most of all remind us that upper-class tax evasion has been the norm for a generation
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Peter Dreier
The #MeToo Movement's Roots in Women Workers' Rights
An unsung shero of the early 20th century, Rose Schneiderman organized women to fight for laws to protect them from sexual harassment and assault in the workplace
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Charles P. Pierce
There's a Lot of Talk About 'Mobs' These Days. Let Me Refer You to the Constitutional Convention
The notion that large, emotional mobs have always been dismissed out-of-hand in America is ahistorical
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Juan Cole
On Not Writing Recommendation Letters for the Occupiers in Palestinian Territories
"The political atmosphere of the United States is powerfully shaped by persons who are essentially honorary members of the proto-fascist and colonial Likud Party in Israel, whether Evangelical Christians, or Jewish magnates like Sheldon Adelson, or erratic opportunists like Lindsay Graham."
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Saturday, October 13, 2018
"The lack of urgency in Congress has persisted," writes Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), "even in the wake of recent revelations that a Facebook security breach exposed 50 million users’ personal information to attackers and Google let third-party app developers access information on users who did not give them permission." Ro Khanna
Facebook's and Google’s Breaches Show It’s Time for an Internet Bill of Rights
The American people can no longer wait while their data is being collected, shared and stolen on the web. The Internet can be a tool for more freedom and prosperity, but only if proper rules and guidelines exist.
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Logos of CVS and Aetna are displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York on Dec. 5, 2017. Robert Reich
Living in the New Guilded Age
We’re now in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. But unlike then, today’s biggest corporations have enough political clout to neuter antitrust.
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Stacey Abrams of Georgia, Andrew Gillum of Florida, and Beto O'Rourke of Texas aim to capitalize on a "blue wave" in 2018 to make Democratic inroads and shake up politics in the South. Chris Kromm
How the 2018 'Blue Wave' Could Shake Up Southern Politics
A new round of Democratic victories in the South in 2018 could give progressives an opportunity to capitalize on demographic changes and gain a political foothold to begin shifting the balance of power in Southern states
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Mural: Tribute to Archbishop Oscar Romero. Brett Wilkins
Pope to Declare Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero a Saint
It was Romero’s life and deeds, not any purported supernatural powers, that have earned him worldwide recognition and renown as a champion of oppressed people throughout Latin America and beyond.
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The Tornillo facility, a shelter for children of detained migrants, in Tornillo, Texas, U.S., is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, obtained by Reuters June 25, 2018. Christopher Brauchli
Immigrants... Once More
The children were abducted – abducted by the U.S. government
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To be sure, the higher interest rates borne of Trump’s profligate borrowing will deliver huge returns to his true base: the rich.(Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Robert Freeman
The Market Weighs in on Trump’s Economic Policies
The whole of Trump’s economic policy has been a massive injection of debt into an already healthy economy
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Friday, October 12, 2018
Khashoggi, a long-time critic of the Saudi royal family, hasn’t been seen since Tuesday October 2, when he went inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to get a marriage license. (Photo: Twitter) Hassan El-Tayyab
Khashoggi Disappearance Is an Opening for Referendum on U.S.-Saudi Alliance
With no leadership coming from the White House, the onus falls on Congress to impose swift and concrete consequences on the Saudis
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Opinion columns generally aren’t subject to the same rigorous vetting that hard news stories receive, but they’re also not supposed to be fact-free propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) Pete Vernon
If the President Writes It, Should USA Today Publish?
On Wednesday, USA Today handed over a section of its opinion pages to the president, allowing him to publish a piece “In which almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.”
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Diana Stuart, Ryan Gunderson
Stop Misdiagnosing Climate Change
So what's the real source of our planetary self-destruction? It's growth-dependent capitalism.
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John Atcheson
Justifiable Anger Fuels Trump's Hold on Power and Democrats Still Don't Seem to Get It
People are either angry or cynical and they’ve a right to be. The angry show up to vote and they vote for nihilists and cranks, and many of the cynical, believing that voting doesn’t matter, stay home.
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A global crisis of famine and mass starvation looms unless we can turn around the trajectory of our civilization. (Photo: Oxfam) Jeremy Lent
We Need an Ecological Civilization Before It’s Too Late
In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living...
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Anthony Flaccavento (Photo: Courtesy of Flaccavento for Congress) Laura Flanders
A Progressive Organic Farmer's Fighting Chance in Virginia
Having more real, rural progressives in Congress could fundamentally take the country back, but not if Democrats don’t start taking a chance on real change-makers like Flaccavento
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If the stakes in voting weren’t high, or if voting didn’t have an impact, you wouldn’t find all these political efforts in some states to make the process harder for the opposing party’s base. (Photo: Getty) Steven Rosenfeld
With Such High Stakes This November, Here’s How to Make Sure Your Vote Is Properly Counted
And what to do if something goes wrong on Election Day
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After a lifetime of work, Americans should have enough guaranteed Social Security to maintain their standards of living. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy Altman
Seniors Are Getting Slowly Strangled by Social Security’s Flawed Math—Here’s How to Fix It
2019 Social Security benefits will rise, but checks may not
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The more papers are owned by billionaires like Bezos, the more potentially pervasive the billionaires’ influence.(Photo: Screenshot) Justin Anderson
WaPo Picks a Side in Maryland Race—the Side That’s Offering Billions to Amazon
Looming over the Post’s coverage of the governor’s race is Hogan’s ingratiating support for Amazon, the e-commerce giant owned by the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, who also happens to own the Washington Post
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Bill Moyers
The Bold Bravery of 'Beautiful Country Burn Again'
On the most bracing book about politics that I have read this year and a discussion with its author
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Brett Kavanaugh, during his nomination for the Supreme Court by Donald Trump. (Photo: D. Myles Cullen / White House Photo) Henry Giroux
Trump, Kavanaugh and the Path to Neoliberal Fascism
We need an impassioned international social movement with a vision, organization and set of strategies to challenge the neoliberal nightmare engulfing the planet
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One perhaps fortuitous outcome of the Kavanaugh confirmation may be the recognition that the Supreme Court is inherently political. (Photo: Supreme Court/Screenshot) John Buell
After Mitch McConnell’s Coup: Democratizing the Court, Democratizing America
The Court can inflict its damage only if the many of us who will be injured by its actions fail to collaborate and organize against its destructive pursuits
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Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground on October 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida. The hurricane hit the panhandle area with category 4 winds causing major damage. Jeff Biggers
We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option
The old adage that a crisis is never a crisis until it is validated by disaster has become a reality for seventy percent of our cities already dealing with flooding, drought, fire and environmental decay
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Recent estimates show that 99 percent of U.S. food animals are now factory raised. (Photo: Center for Food Safety) Cameron Harsh
How to Combat Climate Change with What You Eat
With this resource CFS is demonstrating that avoiding factory-raised meat is not only possible, but necessary for our health and the health of our planet
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Americans are very clear about which side they are on. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP) Bernie Sanders
Trump Lies About 'Medicare for All' and He's Made Health Care Worse
Medicare for All is popular because it would save people money and assure them the health care they need. Trump's only defense is to lie about my bill
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San Ardo Oil Field in Monterey County, California (Photo: Loco Steve via Wikimedia Commons | CC 2.0) Shaye Wolf
If We Don’t Stop Digging Up Fossil Fuels, Who Will Die?
Report details brutal cost of climate inaction
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Dr. Carol Paris
Mr. Trump, If You Love Medicare, Improve It and Expand It to All
Can the U.S. afford to expand Medicare to all? The real question is, can we afford not to?
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Frances Moore Lappé marching in Democracy Spring from Philadelphia to the Capital steps. April 2016. Frances Moore Lappé
Why We Can’t Give Up on Democracy
Only democracy can meet essential human needs, even beyond the physical
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“If we are seriously interested in increasing participation in politics among the generations coming of age in the 21st century, we need to alter our approach.” (Photo: Josh Johnson/Unsplash) Adam Eichen
Why Aren’t Young People More Involved in Politics?
Instead of complaining about younger people being politically apathetic, older generations need to show empathy and provide mentorship
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They’ve taken a leave of absence from their jobs as cooks, casino workers, hotel housekeepers, and airport catering workers to help elect Jacky Rosen senator and Steve Sisolak governor. (Photo: www.rosenfornevada.com) Rebecca Gordon
All Eyes on Nevada: A Chance to Swing the Senate
Cooks and casino workers take on Trump
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If companies pay workers less than it costs those workers to live, it’s their billionaire owners who benefit the most from government subsidies. Why on earth would we subsidize billionaires in an age of extreme inequality?(Photo: Shutterstock) Josh Hoxie
No One In The United States Should Be Poor, Period
Amazon's wage hike is welcome news, but nobody's well-being should depend on the whims of billionaire CEOs
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The same pattern has repeated in every crisis-hit region, where the poorest in society pay the price through extreme austerity and the privatisation of public assets and services, despite being the least to blame for causing the crisis in the first place.(Photo: eyewashdesgin: A. Golden, Flickr/cc) Adam Parsons
A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash
When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world
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What he’s describing here is a profound social shift, only partially because it seems to curb the rights of the relatively wealthy to live the way they want —from zooming cross-country in their gas-guzzling SUVs to taking a private jet to Saint Barthélemy. (Photo: Mitchell Barnett Architect PC) Robert C. Koehler
Climate Change and Collective Salvation
Facing up to climate change requires human cooperation at an unprecedented level
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Jair Bolsonaro has criticized monsters such as Chile’s Pinochet and Peru’s Fujimori – for not slaughtering more domestic opponents.(Photo: Fabio Teixeira/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) John Feffer
Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?
What that Protestant Reformation can teach us about the durability of far-right movements — and the order they seek to replace
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went on overdrive talking about an assault by a bunch of activists around the Hill who were engaging in nothing more than boisterous lobbying and advocacy around one of the biggest legislative fights in recent years. And the serious reporters in traditional corporate media outlets just ran with that spin. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Murshed Zaheed
Journalists and Media: Stop Feeding the Right-Wing Spin Machine
Reporters and pundits in corporate media act less like journalists and more like right-wing megaphones. This needs to stop.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
We pay far more than other countries for health care, and we get far less – among rich countries, we alone have massive coverage gaps, and our health care outcomes are by far inferior.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Robert Weissman
Fact Check: Trump Is Dead Wrong on Medicare-for-All
Lies from Trump are nothing new, but these outright falsehoods about our healthcare system must not go unchallenged
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President Donald Trump olds a lunch meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and members of his delegation, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on 20 March, 2018 (Photo: AFP) Richard Silverstein
What Will Trump Do About Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance?
All that the US president cares about is making deals and that does not include human rights or democracy
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Kent Conrad (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Amanda N. Stencil) Ben Armbruster
Trump Has Put US On Path To War With Iran While Nobody is Paying Attention
“If the president of the United States wants to take this nation to war, he can take this nation to war. And stopping that is incredibly difficult.”
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In addition to exonerating powerful men, they’re protecting rape culture.(Photo: Shutterstock) Anny Martinez
The GOP’s Kavanaugh Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior
Psychologists call it DARVO: deny, attack, reverse victim and offender
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City officials are failing to understand how such towers play a key role in the global hidden wealth infrastructure, a shadowy system that’s hiding wealth and masking ownership, all for the purpose of helping the holders of private fortunes avoid taxes and oversight of illicit activities. (Photo: Screenshot) Chuck Collins, Emma de Goede
Towering Excess: The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians
Boston’s luxury boom figures to accelerate the city's already troubling disparities of income, wealth and opportunity
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Late last year she took credit for the UN having cut its budget by almost $300 million, at a time when the institution’s challenges—on climate change, on displacement, in Syria, in Yemen, and elsewhere—are perhaps as great as they’ve ever been.(Lev Radin/Shutterstock) Derek Davison
Nikki Haley’s Mission Accomplished Moment
By all rights, Haley’s lasting legacy as U.S. ambassador to the UN should be the damage she caused to the institution to which she was assigned
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Kavanaugh’s decisions and political statements are so off the wall, I’ve called him a corporation masquerading as a human being. (Photo: Getty) Ralph Nader
Let’s Start a Kavanaugh Watch to Check All Five Corporate Judges
Their unjust decisions, hiding behind stylized plausibility and casuistry, need to be unmasked and regularly relayed to the American people
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Our loved ones didn’t sign up to serve a president. They signed up to serve the American people, most of whom have no idea what they’re fighting for.(Photo: Shutterstock) Stacy Bannerman
If You Forget About a War, It's Time to End It
Saying 'Enough folded flags,' military families speak out against the Afghanistan War
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Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico
And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route
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Still image from Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9." (mmflint) Ben Norton
‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Aims Straight for Trumpism’s Dark, Neoliberal Heart
This film is precisely what is needed: an enlightening and entertaining cinematic diagnosis of the rapid decay of the United States of America in the age of Trumpism, delivered from an uncompromising left-wing perspective, one that is willing to tear down liberal idols when necessary
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The kaleidoscope of geopolitics and Islamophobia is now spinning so fast that it should make our heads spin. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Juan Cole
How Muslims Became the Enemy
The new Islamophobia looks like the old McCarthyism
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Often voters don’t discover they’ve been purged until they try to cast a ballot, and then it’s usually too late.(Photo: Steve Cup) Robert Lowes
How Voter Suppression Imperils the Midterms
Blue wavers may find it harder to cast a ballot this fall, due to a counter-wave of policies meant to suppress the Democratic-leaning votes of the poor, the young, and minorities
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A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018 (Photo: Osman Orsal/Reuters) Bill Law
Jamal Khashoggi: A Red Line Has Been Crossed
Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and suspected death is a grave assault on the freedom of expression worldwide
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They have succeeded in portraying authoritarianism as, itself, under threat. The latest version of this unreality is the myth that young white men, that privilege itself, are now under siege.(Photo: Shutterstock) Gordon Adams
Trump’s Velvet Coup: Kavanaugh Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
I am watching my country going through a slow motion disintegration into civil war, conflict, and the rise of authoritarianism
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This is the most hopeful note: more and more people are coming to the conclusion that this escalating crisis, ever-harder to deny, can galvanize change on the scale that is really needed.(Photo: The Leap) Avi Lewis
Time to Use Our Fear as Fuel: Three Takeaways from the IPCC's New Report
More and more people are coming to the conclusion that this escalating crisis, ever-harder to deny, can galvanize change on the scale that is really needed. Nothing less will do.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The Mare Jonio. ‘The project takes place against the backdrop of an Italian government that has sought repeatedly to block and even criminalise humanitarian assistance.’ (Photo: Ruben Neugebauer)  Michael Hardt, Sandro Mezzadra
We’ve Launched a Migrant Rescue Ship to Resist the Racist Right in Italy
This mission is not only about providing humanitarian aid but protesting against the toxic politics of Italy, Europe and the US
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Jane O'Meara Sanders
How to Fix Western Democracy
We need to set the bar higher for our elected officials, candidates, the media and ourselves.
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"The average cost of cancer drugs today is four times the median household income."(Photo: TheNextSystem) Dana Brown
A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.
If biologics really are the future of medicine, we must change the way prescription drugs are priced in the United States, or millions of patients will be left behind
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