All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Lara Alqasem. Edo Konrad
Over 100 Academics, Jewish Leaders Demand Israel Release U.S. Student
Lara Alqasem got permission from the Israeli consulate to study at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Upon landing, she was detained and ordered deported. She has been held for six days.
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A woman gets "I Voted" sticker from poll worker Tony Dominguez at polling station set-up in a real estate office in Los Angeles on May 19, 2015. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Stephen Palumbi, Mary Roberts
Why Baby Boomers Should Vote Like Their Kids This November
The middle of this century will be theirs to navigate. We can give them a boost.
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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) Glenn Greenwald
Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global.
Jair Bolsonaro has been instantly transformed from marginalized clown into the overwhelmingly dominant force in the country’s political life
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Al D'Amato, Fred Trump and Donald Trump attend the Mike Tyson-Carl Williams Boxing Match on July 21, 1989 at the Trump Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Ron Galella / WireImage file) Suzanne Garment
Trump Family's Massive Tax Con Job Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight for Years. And It Could Cost Them Millions
The Trumps may soon wish they had sought their real estate fortunes anywhere except the liberal precincts of New York
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The responsibility for global emissions is heavily skewed towards the lifestyles of a relatively few high emitters – professors and climate academics amongst them.(Photo: @IPCC_CH/Twitter) Kevin Anderson
What Does Science Demand? A Global Energy Transformation With Focus on Inequality of Consumption
Until human society is prepared to acknowledge the huge asymmetry in consumption and hence emissions, temperatures will continue to rise beyond 1.5 and 2°C
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Elizabeth Warren, Ro Khanna
End US Complicity in Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster
The Yemeni people are suffering. Instead of supporting more bombing, the United States can help bring peace to the region.
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Monday, October 8, 2018
"We are fighting for the very right to resist as anti-protest laws emerge across the country, which aim to criminalize our people for protecting what is most sacred to us."(Photo:Leah Kolakowski) Jade Begay, Dallas Goldtooth
Letter From Indigenous Activists
Essential reading on, and beyond, Indigenous Peoples Day
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Though federal estimates put the nation’s homeless number at 554,000, most cities—including Portland, which officially has about 4,000 people without shelter—estimate the homeless, notoriously hard to count, to be at least three times higher.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Homeless America
These men and women, and increasingly children, are the collateral damage of the corporate state, their dignity and lives destroyed by the massive transference of wealth upward, deindustrialization and the slashing of federal investment in affordable housing begun during the Reagan administration
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Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte (New York Times, 5/10/18) presents Trump and Bolton’s “deal” for Iran.(Patrick Chappatte/New York Times) John O'Day
Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War With Iran
Iranian leaders have repeatedly said they do not want war with the US, but US corporate media, despite frequently characterizing Trump as a “mad king," continue to play an instrumental role in rationalizing a future war with Iran
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Smog blankets Santiago, Chile, in June. A U.N. report warns that even a 1.5-degree C increase in global temperatures will cause serious changes to weather, sea levels, agriculture and natural eco-systems. (Cllaudio Reyes / AFP/Getty Images) Hannah McKinnon
Breaking the 2 Degree Habit: Why 1.5 Is Critical
The alarm bells for climate have been ringing for decades, but as we come face-to-face with the horrific impacts scientists warned of, the excuses for inaction really are up
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Win McNamee / AP) Bill Blum
5 Truths Exposed by Kavanaugh's Rise to the Supreme Court
Kavanaugh’s confirmation represents the culmination of a multi-decade effort by the most revanchist sectors of the right to seize control of the justice system
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President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each. But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) Lawrence Wittner
What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised By Republicans?
Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers
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By setting the Tuesday, October 9th deadline to re-register or lose the vote in November, Georgia has made it extremely difficult to fix this problem of its own making. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Miles Mogulescu
Red Alert: Georgia Voters Must Check Today To See If They've Been Purged From Voting
Georgia has purged nearly 10% of its registered voters –nearly 750,000 people from the voting rolls without their even knowing
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East German border guards look through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate on November 11th, 1989.(Photo: AP/Lionel Cironneau) Michael Winship
In Germany and America, Invisible Walls
Donald Trump would build a wall to squelch immigration but Berlin is a city that knows the horror of what such a barrier's really like
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Sunday, October 7, 2018
From left, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listen as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Lisa Graves
By Honoring Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's Request for Privacy, Sen. Feinstein Did Exactly the Right and Moral Thing
The #MeToo movement has united millions of women—and men—to stand up for survivors. That includes honoring their privacy and standing with them, if and when they speak out.
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Rachel Cleetus
Seven Things You Should Know About the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report and its Policy Implications
Our children and grandchildren’s futures depend on the choices we make today.
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Eric Margolis
'No More Torture,' Says France. Not So the United States
It will be hard for Washington to keep holding itself up to be the world champion of human rights when its torturers are hard at work inflicting unspeakable punishments on suspects.
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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Dr. Anita Hill. Ayanna Pressley
I Believe Survivors. I Believe Christine Blasey Ford. And I Still Believe Anita Hill
We must rally around one another, to support survivors and to refocus our efforts and our energy on Nov. 6, because change can’t wait, especially not now.
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Robert Reich
'November Is Coming': On Containing the Catastrophe
The only remedy is for voters to flip the House or Senate, or ideally both.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018
Christopher Brauchli
L'amour and Nuclear War
If it was such "a very great moment in the history of the world," why is the world still so terrified?
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Pierre Tristam
Saint Kavanaugh
Of course, in the end, it wouldn’t matter if he were a liar, a lout, a lecher, a drunk and a goon. The president is all those things, minus the drunk part, and he got elected to an office substantially more powerful than a supreme court seat.
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Brett Kavanaugh Sam Husseini
Young and Professional Kavanaugh: "It's All Part of the Same Scummy Guy"
Who showed fire in their belly and articulated Kavanaugh's lying under oath? Who went for the jugular?
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Protesters gather against the far-right’s presidential candidate on September 29, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mark Weisbrot
Presidential Election Is About a Fight for Democracy in Brazil
For the first time in decades, the threat of a military dictatorship is surfacing in Brazil. No responsible journalism should ignore this threat, nor legitimize the extremism that strengthens it.
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Friday, October 5, 2018
It’s time for the world to sit up and listen, because the work is far from over.(Photo: Screenshot) Donna McKay
Mukwege and Murad Nobel Win Amplifies Voices of Sexual Violence Survivors in Era of Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford
The importance of this win cannot be overstated
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It is time for the SFPD — and police departments across America — to shed its shameful past.(Photo: Engel Ching/Shutterstock) Ezekiel Edwards
San Francisco Is a Hotbed of Illegal Race-Based Policing
Race-based policing is not just a problem in San Francisco — it is nationwide calamity
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John McMurtry, Matthew Stanton
Above the Law and Below the Belt: High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction
What has happened in Washington DC with the Kavanaugh hearings is of grave concern to anyone who believes in the democratic rule of law over a moneyed faction fixing all legal process
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They’ll do exactly what we did: pass on health insurance and decline the few extra bucks to make sure we didn’t go to bed hungry. What else are we supposed to do when the government forces us to choose between our families and our future?(Photo: Getty Images) Mirka Estrada
Trump Is Rewriting Our Immigration Law To Come After Families Like Mine
It feels like they’re using children as chess pieces in a twisted political contest to force immigrants into the shadows of a nation we helped build
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Computer mouse pads emblazoned with the "Secure the Vote" logo are displayed on a vendor's table at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia in July. Election security is yet another issue that will be on voters' minds during the midterm elections in November. (PMel Evans / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Here’s a Reality-Based Battle Plan for the Midterms and Beyond
It is imperative that Democrats win, and win big, in order to bring the Trump agenda to a screeching halt
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We’ve got to stand together, in West Virginia and all across the country.(Photo: People's Action Blog) Gary Zuckett
West Virginia Survivors Say NO To Kavanaugh
For the sake of every survivor, and for and every one of us who will be harmed by the anti-democratic decisions Kavanaugh will make if he gets a lifetime appointment to the Court, it’s time for your conscience to be heard loud and clear
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Given the choice between Young Ben Sasse and his cautious prudence and Mitch McConnell's outright cynicism and bulldozer politics, I'll take the latter every time, because at the very least it is free from what Mr. Lincoln once called "the base alloy of hypocrisy."(Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Ben Sasse Is Sad. Ben Sasse Is a Hypocrite.
The Nebraska senator's "cautious prudence" on Brett Kavanaugh might be worse than Mitch McConnell's bulldozer politics
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The truth is that the USPS’s problems were largely created by Congress. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Julie Bates
It's Your Post Office. Keep It.
Take it from a postal worker: If the U.S. sells its public mail service, consumers will lose big time
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Nathan J. Robinson
If The Rule Of Law Means Anything, Kavanaugh Must Be Impeached
If a federal judge can get away with lying to Congress, why do we even have sworn oaths?
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Any foreign power hoping to line the pockets of American politicians just has to hire a local lobbyist to do it for them. (Photo: White House/Flickr/cc) Ben Freeman
How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen
The royal touch
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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. (Photo: REX/Shutterstock) Tim Dickinson
Why the FBI’s Kavanaugh Investigation Is So Troubling
The feds did not interview key witnesses — including former classmates who claim they can corroborate sexual misconduct allegations and lies under oath
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While states have registration filing deadlines, it has never been easier to register. This chart has a state-by-state list of deadlines and same-day registration details. (Photo: Pinterest) Steven Rosenfeld
A Voter’s Guide to Registering for the 2018 Election—Beat the Deadline!
You can’t vote without registering—and it’s easier than you might think
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Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith on Face the Nation in Washington, D.C, November 11, 1956 Tom Andrews
This Is Susan Collins' "Declaration of Conscience" Moment
This is Sen. Susan Collins’ “Declaration of Conscience” moment. She can have no better guide — or source of inspiration — than Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who described her moment to me when I was a...
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Online advertising is the lifeblood of Google, Facebook, and many other Internet enterprises that profit by providing personal data to various vendors. (Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock/The Atlantic) Ralph Nader
The Root of the Internet’s Disrepute: Online Advertising!
"The central problem is that the entire industry is built to leverage sophisticated technology to aggregate user attention and sell advertising."
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The sexual assault accusations aren’t his only disqualifying actions. Like Carswell and Haynsworth, his political and judicial record indicate obeisance to beliefs that should not control the nation’s future.(Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
From Carswell to Kavanaugh
This moment transcends politics. Women are fighting for their humanity.
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I watched the news footage of Kennedy on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, bleeding to death. With his big victory in California, Kennedy would surely have sailed to the Democratic nomination and almost certainly defeated his Republican opponent. (Photo: Screenshot) John de Graaf
The Year That Changed Everything: A Personal Memory of 1968
No other year has left such vivid memories for me, though it may be that this year, 2018, will be even more decisive for the future of America
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Linguists and then archeologists of the 19th century used Taíno to group together the various Arawak-speaking peoples in the Greater Antilles. (Photo: Smithsonian Exhibits, 2017) Bill Bigelow
Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People
Columbus’s treatment of the Taíno people meets the UN definition of genocide. But there has also been a curricular genocide — erasing the memory of the Taíno from our nation’s classrooms
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Trump is really no different than hundreds of other billionaires and centi-millionaires around the world that use aggressive techniques to hide money, reclassify and reappraise assets, and dodge and evade taxes. Chuck Collins
Trump and the Wealth Dynasty Defense Industry
These professional enablers of inequality are part of national and global associations
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His self-serving, evasive, and often demonstrably untruthful testimony at the hearing only reinforced those concerns. (Photo: CSPAN) Susan N. Herman
Why the ACLU Opposes Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court
This decision was based on unique circumstances presented by credible allegations of sexual assault and a display of partisan rancor, leading us to doubt Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve on the Supreme Court, a job that demands the highest integrity because of the finality of the court’s rulings...
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For straight men who emphasize the performance of sexual prowess, sex with women is necessary to achieving masculinity — and women saying no puts a roadblock in their path to being a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
We Need to Talk About Masculinity
If we taught men better ways of "being a man," we wouldn't have to teach women to cover their drinks
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DxE claimed the farm’s practices are a result of the Trump Administration’s decision to rollback a rule proposed under Obama in 2016 to create a minimum standard of animal welfare for organic farms. (Photo: Screenshot) Michael Sainato, Chelsea Skojec
Police Arrest 58 Activists After Factory Conditions Exposed at 'Free Range' Perdue Supplier
The animals rights organization, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) provided exclusive undercover footage of visibly sick and starving birds at a Petaluma, California based Lakeville Growers’ Petaluma Poultry Farm, dispelling the company’s claims of raising organic and free range chickens
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 Brett Kavanaugh being sworn before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. ( Gowri Ramachandran, James Sample
Brett Kavanaugh Lied Brazenly and Repeatedly Under Oath. Any Law Student Knows He Cannot Sit on the Supreme Court
It feels self-evident, but a judge who cannot obey the law cannot be expected to apply it.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
But theatrics aside, what we know now that we didn’t before Kavanaugh’s meltdown is this: At the very least — he’s temperamentally unsuited for the nation’s highest court. (Photo: Shutterstock) Martha Burk
The Mean Drunk and the Mendacity
I fear the Senate will conclude that boys will be boys — and sometimes sexual predators — but they can still grow up to be Supreme Court justices
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Only 4 percent of American workers have gotten any kind of payout related to the corporate tax cuts, and most of those have been one-time bonuses, not permanent raises. (Photo: Shutterstock) Frank Clemente
Under Cover of Kavanaugh, Republicans Passed Huge Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
While Americans watched the Senate, House Republicans passed an extra $3 trillion tax cut for rich people and corporations
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This attack reached a second milestone on 1 September 2018, when former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, a favourite in Brazilian presidential election polling for the elections on 7 and 28 October, was disqualified from running for office. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images) Noam Chomsky, Celso Amorim, et al.
A Warning Regarding the Blow to Brazilian Democracy and Its Global Consequences
We are profoundly concerned about the consequences of illegitimately facilitating the Brazilian presidential victory of a fascist candidate
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Donald Trump, June 1995 (AP/Kathy Willens) Heather Digby Parton
Daddy’s Boy: New York Times Investigation Exposes the Breadth of Trump’s Lies and Corruption
Donald Trump’s image as a self-made billionaire was always a lie. New Times exposé makes clear it was a whopper
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There is a single factor that overrides the environmental, economic, and cultural crisis of rural America - overproduction. (Photo: Richard Hurd) Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman
Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Natural Disasters
Unfortunately, the Washington power structure cares little for the environment or working families
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In many ways, the 2018 midterm elections will be a referendum on this entire approach—with a rising tide of progressive candidates who stand to make substantial gains in Congress and state legislatures.(Photo: Heath Hinegardner) Michael Sainato
A Progressive Tide
The centrist strategy of trying to win over moderate Republicans backfired miserably for Democrats. A blue wave is now pulling the party to the left
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Workers rally in Chicago on September 27 outside a conference of railroad industry executives. (Photo: Ike Gittlen/flickr)  Jeff Schuhrke
Today Amazon, Tomorrow the Railroad Industry: The Fight for $15 Rolls On
“I join your voices in saying to these railroad companies that they should adopt responsible contractor policies to ensure that the prosperity that they are experiencing is shared with all of the workers in the industry.”
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The unhappy coincidence of morally outrageous politics and character found in Judge Kavanaugh is just that—a coincidence, if not a wholly improbable one. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty) T.S. Mendola
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Bad Character Has Nothing to Do With His Bad Politics
The same argument that connects the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh to his record implicitly admits the converse: that good politics are a sign of good character
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Jim Hightower
Poverty Is Over! So Why Are Republicans So Quiet About Their Chief Economic Accomplishment?
They told us they did it not for the rich, but to help middle-class and poor families. But here we are in the thick of the 2018 congressional elections, and — shhhhh — silence. Not a single lawmaker who voted for this grand ideological promise is mentioning it, much less running ads touting their...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
When matters come before the Court involving political parties and ideology, it is hard to imagine anyone perceiving Kavanaugh as other than he described himself: a conservative Republican who overcame Democratic opposition.(Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP) Erwin Chemerinsky
A Very Tarnished Court
Kavanaugh, or his replacement, will be the fifth Republican justice sitting illegitimately
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Mitchell’s memo also fails to address a central question that any reasonable prosecutor would examine: motive. (Photo: Getty) Daniel S. Goldman, Mimi Rocah
Kavanaugh Hearing Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s Critique of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is Incomplete and Deeply Flawed
It’s one thing to misleadingly frame Dr. Ford’s allegations as a case of “he said, she said.” It’s something else to ignore what “he” actually said
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“There’s no such thing as a low-yield nuclear war.” (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
Don’t Arm This President With These Nukes
As President Trump gave a belligerent address at the UN, lawmakers rolled out legislation to ban “low-yield” nukes that raise the risk of conflict
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These corporate giants create grand fortunes for those who run them. And those who run them create chronic economic insecurity for those they employ and the communities where they live. (Photo: a.mina/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
Share the Wealth? We Can Start Now – Here’s How
Foremost among the forces: the large corporations that dominate our global economy
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Indeed, climate change has long been on the military’s radar. (Photo: Sgt. Jerry Rushing / U.S. Department of Defense) Daniel Ross
The U.S. Defense Department Is Losing the Battle Against Climate Change
Underfunding, lack of strategic planning and denialism are hindering the DoD’s climate response
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Imagine you’re a privileged white male who’s learned, implicitly, and accepted, explicitly, that white male culture will protect you, no matter what, if you stick to the script. If you can’t imagine that, recall Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, and Brett Kavanaugh during the hearing. (Tom Williams/Pool/CQ Roll Call/Abaca Press/TNS) Susan Galleymore
How Dare She Unsettle Us?
As Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, Brett Kavanaugh et al, undermine women’s latest efflorescence toward equality, Dr Ford highlighted essential elements of ubiquitous toxic patriarchy. And she did so from the epicenter that dispenses male power
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There are only seven or eight thousand cheetahs left on Earth. Once upon a time (and not so long ago) there must have been 100,000. (Photo: Jon Newman/flickr) Frida Berrigan
The Cheetah in Us All
A mother thinks about the inheritance of children
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Monday, October 1, 2018
Being considered a person who should be believed – is foundational to one’s standing as a member of a family, of a university, of a workplace, of a society. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Rebecca Solnit
Dear Christine Blasey Ford: You Are a Welcome Earthquake
It was made at great personal cost, but your brave testimony has had incalculable benefits for the country at large
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Hagen and Corleone, or Kavanaugh and McGahn? (Photo: The Godfather Wiki) Miles Mogulescu
Will the FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe Be a White House Coverup?
If the FBI investigation is controlled by McGahn and limited to 4 or 5 witnesses, it is a cover-up and a sham
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Throughout the day, Kavanaugh came across as defensive, entitled, angry, and evasive.  The fact that he refused to embrace an investigation that might clear him was particularly damning. (Photo: ANDREW HARNIK/Getty Images)  John Atcheson
Why Kavanaugh Shouldn't Be Confirmed
Regardless of what the FBI finds, he’s shown himself to be unfit
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It is no surprise that “climate change” is not mentioned within President Trump’s new agreement. (Photo: Coucil of Canadians) Sujata Dey
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on NAFTA 2.0
I am still searching for any reference to Indigenous consent in the agreement
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Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018 [Reuters/Win McNamee] Sheetal Dhir
It's Time to Speak About the Economic Cost of Sexual Assault
The Kavanaugh scandal is an opportunity to finally talk about the economic toll sexual assault takes on our society
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Chad Ludington
'Brett Has Not Told the Truth': What a Yale Classmate Says About Kavanaugh's Heavy College Drinking
"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth."
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Ayanna Pressley secured her upset victory with a 59-41 landslide. She was one of dozens of insurgents who prevailed in Democratic primaries during the course of the first nine months of 2018. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) John Nichols
Evolution or Death
The midterms are a battle for the soul of both parties
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 Is anything the U.S. doing, anyone it is empowering or arming, likely to make the Middle East or America any safer? If not, wouldn’t a different, less interventionist approach be the essence of sober strategy?(Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
Backfires and More Blowback: A Generation of American Folly
U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brian Fallon, Christopher Kang
Why the FBI Should Investigate 'Boofing'
Small lies matter — especially when you're asking to be on the Supreme Court.
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As in the cases of most lynching victims, the crime Thompson committed was the crime of freedom. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Lynching the Past
It is only by confronting the past that we can end the perpetuation of these crimes in other forms
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Will it be enough, though? (Photo: CNN) Will Bunch
Maria Gallagher, Ana Maria Archila and the Amazing Power of Everyday People Raising Their Voice
The elevator pitch that altered the trajectory of American history
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Linda McQuaig
Reactions to Anti-Muslim Video Highlight Political Double Standard
The episode highlights the extent to which debate over Palestinian rights has been all but shut down by our political leaders
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Eric Margolis
Amerika Uber Alles
Patriotism is poison. Dictators, despots, lunatics—and too many democratic politicians—use it to inflame popular passions to enhance their power.
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Camillo Mac Bica
Reclaiming Armistice Day: A Day to Perpetuate Peace
As a veteran, I will not be misled and victimized once more by the militarists and war profiteers.
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Juan Cole
55% of GOP Say Sexual Assault Not Disqualifying for SCOTUS; What Is *Wrong* With Them?
It seems to me that social psychologists ought to look into what is wrong with self-described Republican voters that they take such completely amoral stances
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"Whatever happens on the Court, in the rough times ahead, let’s do what Ana Maria did. Let’s let no one stand alone," Flanders writes. Laura Flanders
It's Time to Call #TimesUp on Standing Alone
It's time to call #TimesUp on anyone standing solo against power.
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Alison Rose Levy
Believing in Activism Is How We Win
Enlisting more people to step up to participate and support activism—even at long odds—is the only way to win.
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David Krieger
Nuclear Abolition: The Road from Armageddon to Transformation
The nuclear abolition movement must link up with the many other social forces fighting for a better world.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Tim Berners-Lee
One Small Step for the Web…
People want to have a web they can trust. People want apps that help them do what they want and need to do — without spying on them.
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Friday, September 28, 2018
"Perhaps what with being a senator and lawmaker and elite and all, Sen. Graham could do something about the high rates of violence against women in his state," Cole writes. Juan Cole
Lindsey Graham Disregards Violence Toward Women, and His State Is a Women's Murder Capital
Graham’s tone deafness to rape victims is nothing new. He has consistently voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
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Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Mitchell Zimmerman
I'm a Lawyer. I've Been to Trial. And I Believe Christine Blasey Ford.
When you look at the surrounding circumstances, it's clear: Brett Kavanaugh has everything to gain by lying. Christine Blasey Ford has nothing.
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Khury Petersen-Smith
The US Isn't Just Backing the Yemen War—It's Helping Trap Those Forced to Flee
The United States is helping Oman militarize its border with Yemen, trapping refugees from the U.S.-backed bombing of the country
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Christopher Brauchli
Yearning to Be Free
Who'd have thought this country would ever descend to such a low level. It has, and it is still falling.
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Peter Dreier
Unhinged? Unlikely
Trump is a pathological liar and we now know that Kavanaugh has lied his way through his confirmation hearings for his federal judgeship and now for the Supreme Court
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Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Saul Loeb/AP) Shamus Khan
Kavanaugh Is Lying. His Upbringing Explains Why.
The elite learn early that they’re special — and that they won’t face consequences
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Anita Zeidler was the brilliant, hard-driven daughter of Milwaukee’s beloved (and controversial) Mayor Frank Zeidler – the last of the three socialist mayors who put our city on the map. (Photo: Milwaukeeindependent) Debbie Metke
Balancing Ourselves in the Activist Fight
The amount of work can seem endless, but we need to pace and yes, enjoy ourselves for the long haul
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“LOOK AT HOW LOUD I CAN PERJURE MYSELF.” (Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool/AP) Kyle Whipple
Brett Kavanaugh Really, Really Likes to Perjure
I believe these women, because they don’t have a well-documented and extensive history of perjury dating back to 2004
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Women gather on Capitol Hill on Sept. 4 to protest Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. (YouTube screen shot) Sonali Kolhatkar
Women Roar in the Face of Men Like Trump, Kavanaugh, Cosby
With masses of women on the outside backing bold and powerful women on the inside refusing to be silenced and diminished, there can be no going back
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Photo: ANDREW HARNIK/Getty Images)  Claire Fallon
Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony Was A Spectacle Of Angry Male Bonding
Anger, like laughter, really can bring men together at women’s expense
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When challenged, Kavanaugh denies. When accused, he sounds like a bully. (Photo: Screenshot) Josie Mooney
Kavanaugh Is A Liar: His Words Don’t ‘Ring True’
You have no place on the Supreme Court. And we will stay in the streets until you also understand this to be true
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High school pictures of both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Michael Winship
Brett Kavanaugh, the All-American Privileged Boy
His was not a judicial temperament. It was the unhinged ranting of a right-wing ideologue who should not be allowed to serve as an associate justice of SCOTUS.
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Brett Kavanaugh (left) and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (right). ( Kristine Mattis
What Brett Doesn't Know: Ten Lesson From the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings
It's fairly obvious that Kavanaugh cannot be trusted, but there's more to it than that
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Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as they march on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Talia Lavin
Men Are Afraid of Women Now? Good.
In the president’s words, the women coming forward are part of "a con game." But it has begun to feel as if the real con game is the broad expectation that women will go along peaceably.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh’s alleged acts of sexual misconduct and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican members’ refusal to subject his categorial denials to the test of empirical investigation share something fundamental in common. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/Flickr/cc) Peter Dimock
The Symmetry of the Torture and Sexual Misconduct Testimony of Brett Kavanaugh
What we do know suggests the likelihood that Kavanaugh, both as Associate White House Counsel under George Bush from 2001 to 2003 and then as his White House Staff Secretary from 2003 to 2006, had significant involvement in the Bush Administration’s torture policies
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"Folks, it’s going to be anything but pretty. Welcome to that most unpredictable and dangerous of entities, a dying empire." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Tom Engelhardt
In the Heart of a Dying Empire
The adolts in the room (and no, that is not a typo!)
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Volunteers delivering more than 85,000 signatures on a 2015 ballot initiative to strengthen Clean Elections in Maine. State House, Augusta ME. Frances Moore Lappé
Hope’s 3 Essentials, and All Are Present
Grounds are forming for each of the three realizations most humans need for eyes-wide-open hope triggering heroic action
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What their policies show is a deep disregard for women over several years. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) César Chelala
Why Do Republicans Hate Women?
Republican legislators have repeatedly denied that there is a war on women, and insist that this is a gimmick to influence women voters
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What, exactly, is he saying happened? It's almost impossible to decipher. (Photo: Getty) Jack Holmes
It's Difficult to Overstate How Unhinged, and Legitimately Scary, That Trump Presser Was
His sentences were scattered, fragmented, and hard to understand—including when he was smearing his accusers
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Laughter should have followed the rest of his speech, but it did not. Many of the delegates found it a dangerous speech, a belligerent speech with U.S. guns focused on Iran and Venezuela. (Photo: Screenshot) Vijay Prashad
The World Laughed at Donald Trump
But the rest of his speech is a serious threat to world order and peace
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