All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Friday, April 13, 2018
"Sanders explained that he believes his agenda, which includes Medicare for All and free public education, will have an especially “profound and positive” effect on communities of color." (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Briahna Joy Gray
Bernie Sanders in the Deep South
“It is making sure every American has high quality health care as a right — the right to excellent education. But it is also addressing the special problem of racism, of sexism, of homophobia, etc.”
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"The TCJA is already egregiously tilted towards the rich and big corporations. " (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Hunter Blair
The Trump Tax Cuts Should be Repealed, Not Made Even Worse by Making Individual Tax Cuts Permanent
The corporate tax cuts flow entirely to shareholders — and the top 1 percent holds 40 percent of total stocks.
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"It serves only those who wish to pollute, exposing more American to unhealthy air." (Photo: Flickr/cc) Gretchen Goldman
Brace Yourself for Unhealthy Air
The Trump Administration just weakened clean air protections.
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"Better to keep these countries in misery and conflict, some reason, than to allow them to thrive while they defy the United States." (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) Stephen Kinzer
The US Doesn’t Even Care About Syria — But We Keep the War Going
According to the logic behind American strategy in the Middle East — and the rest of the world — one of our principal goals should be to prevent peace or prosperity from breaking out in countries whose governments are unfriendly to us.
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"She deserves outrage, but because of her lack of morality, not her political party." (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Singer
In Trump’s America, You No Longer Need to Pretend to be Against School Segregation
How far have we sunk when you don’t even need to feign decency in order to expect having a chance of Congress confirming you?
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Teachers rally in Chicago, 2012 (Rachel Docherty / Flickr) Negin Owliaei
Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks
Educators aren't just fighting for their own salaries. They're fighting to make life better for their entire communities.
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"It is important to note that while this is a big move, it needs to kick off a series of actions that see an end to onshore licenses, and a plan to manage the decline of existing production." (Photo: Michael N/Pacific/BarcroftImages) Hannah McKinnon
Ready, Set, Go!
New Zealand joins the growing club of first movers tackling fossil fuel production! Who will be next?
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 "Suddenly, after burying the nation in more debt by cutting taxes, with most of the benefits going to the wealthy and large corporations, they propose a constitutional amendment that would force cuts to important programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and military retirement benefits." (Photo: John Samora/ The Arizona Republic) Karen Hobert Flynn
Bust the Budget then Vote to Balance It: GOP's Shameless Bid to Shred Safety Net
The balanced budget amendment is a shameless GOP attempt to shred Social Security and the whole safety net after busting the federal budget with massive tax cuts.
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"When the economy deserts the people, eventually people rebel. They even choose fascists over perverse policies delivered by democracies." (Photo: D. Myles Cullen/White House/Flickr) Robert Kuttner
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
When politics fails to serve working people, the far right fills the vacuum.
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 "If you want to measure the effectiveness of the U.S. military, note, for instance, that more than a decade and a half after its “Global War on Terror” was launched there are al-Qaeda affiliates in far more places than on September 12, 2001." (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters) Tom Engelhardt
A Tale of American Hubris
Or five lessons in the history of American defeat.
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"Between 1877 and 1950, 3,959 African Americans were murdered in lynchings." (Photo: Wolfram Kastl/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Lynchings Past And Present
This buried history of power and dehumanization is still living, still present in our world, still killing African-Americans and others.
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Peter Dreier
Paul Ryan: Charlatan, Hypocrite, and Right-Wing Extremist Scurries for the Exit
Ryan successfully bamboozled many reporters and the nation at large, somehow convincing them he was a budget expert and something of a social philosopher. But he turned out to be just a slick talker who must have flunked basic math in high school or college, because his budget numbers never add up.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
“We are here. And we’re ready to take over. Because we may not run the United States, but we make it run. And we are ready to shut it down with our bodies.”(Photo: AP/Gerry Broome) Sarah Anderson
A New Poor People’s Campaign Is Gearing Up to Launch on Mother's Day
A major new report makes the case for a 'fusion movement' against systemic racism, poverty and inequality, militarism and the war economy, and ecological devastation.
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Bill Curry, a two-time Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut and a White House advisor in the administration of Bill Clinton. Russell Mokhiber
Bill Curry on Corruption in America
“Both parties have a perceived self interest in never bringing it up. It’s the bipartisan consensus.”
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John Bolton (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Paul Pillar
The Bolton-Pompeo Package
Two hazardous peas in a pod.
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“The money in the state is going somewhere.” And the answer to where it’s going, he says, is in “the hands of the one percent.” (Photo: @StephMontelongo/Twitter) Valerie Vande Panne
How Privatization Sparked the Massive Oklahoma Teacher Uprising
For more than a decade, state legislators—Democrats and Republicans alike—have marched the state off the proverbial financial cliff, then used budget shortfalls to push privatization.
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Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing to enter Egypt on 14 February 2016 (Photo: AFP) Abir Kopty
How Many Palestinians Have To Die For the World to Stop Israel's Crimes In Gaza?
Israel knows it will get away with its crimes, and therefore it keeps on committing them.
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"National Democrats have been cautious to back the striking teachers, but that is changing now that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have voiced support for the teachers." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Jeff Bryant
What Teacher Strikes Can Teach Democrats About Education Politics
Not only have Democratic party leaders ignored the growing discontent among teachers; they’ve been actively complicit with Republicans in spreading a false message about what’s been plaguing public education.
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“When you consider human security, such as the right for a person to have shelter, food, health, education, a future, you see quickly that the billions of dollars put into border militarization are drastically misplaced.” (Photo: Getty) Debbie Weingarten
Sending Troops to the Border Will Cause More Migrant Deaths
“The outcome of border militarization has not been to deter migration, but instead to create more vulnerability.”
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 Shaun King has been an outspoken member of the Black Lives Movement. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab)  Leonard Pitts Jr.
“Controversial Guy” Gets Stopped, Hassled at The Airport
The government’s unsubtle way of letting a critic know that Big Brother is watching.
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"He’s just as dim and, therefore, just as pliable as this guy. What are they waiting for?" (Photo: Hal Yeager/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Republicans Must Be Thinking About a President Mike Pence Right Now
He has many of Trump's qualities without some of the obvious baggage.
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"So a forum whose founders made big bucks off trafficked minors doubled as a haven for the vulnerable." (Photo: Screenshot) Molly Roberts
No One Wants to Listen to the Sex Workers
Despite all its repulsive profiteering, Backpage was still sex workers’ best shot at staying safe.
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"US antitrust laws and enforcement themselves are often insufficient in tackling the issues central to consolidation in technology and media." (Photo: Getty) Justin Anderson
Who Will Take on the 21st Century Tech and Media Monopolies?
After decades of regulatory neglect, Big Tech is finally coming under the microscope.
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"Her commitment to the “rule of law” includes approving the torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was waterboarded at the CIA’s secret prison in Thailand when she was in charge." (Photo: CNN/Screenshot) Kevin Gosztola
Who’s Who Of American War Criminals And Torture Apologists Endorse Gina Haspel For CIA Director
“Bloody Gina.”
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Will Bunch
What's a Guy Gotta Do To Get Impeached in Trump's Out-of-Control America?
The risk we face is not in normalizing impeachment, which is the tool that the Founding Fathers created to deal with the threat posed by the kind of president that they feared — and that Donald Trump has become. The real hazard is normalizing Trump’s conduct over the last 15 months.
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Juan Cole
Protests Won’t Stop Trump Derailing Mueller Inquiry; Putting the Left in Congress Will
Going to your town square and protesting will have zero effect if you don’t give money to a candidate, walk the neighborhood ringing doorbells for her, and get out the vote.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
"Equal pay would cut poverty among working women and their families by more than half and add $513 billion to the national economy." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Gabriela Lemus
It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work
The problem is that employers continue to engage in pay disparities without real accountability.
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"On the very same day that Walmart made headlines by doling out $1,000 one-time bonuses to a whopping 7% of its workforce, it used its tax savings to offset the expense of closing 63 Sam’s Club stores, costing nearly 11,000 workers their jobs." (J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Nick Hanauer
That $4,000 Raise Donald Trump and Paul Ryan Promised You Was a Trickle-Down Lie
Take it from a rich business guy, we only give out raises when we have to. Don't count on that $4,000 Donald Trump & Paul Ryan promised from tax cuts.
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"Western Media" is a brand, a gimmick, a commodity fetishism at the service of systemic mass deception in "the West" itself and around the globe - and BBC is a paramount example of it. (Photo: Sky News) Hamid Dabashi
'Western Media' and Mass Deception
What does the coverage of the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza tell us about the truth of 'Western media'?
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"Since 2010, the National Rifle Association has spent over $120 million to ensure the interest of gun manufacturers are represented over the safety of our families and the will of the people." (Photo: Light Brigading/flickr/cc) Ben Gubits
To End Gun Violence, We Need to Address the Influence of Big Money In Politics
Despite overwhelming popular support for stricter gun control laws, Congress has been unwilling to act because of pressure from powerful special interests.
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"Three companies, including insurance giant GEICO, had no women board members, while 24 companies had less than 25 percent." (Photo: Maryland GovPics/flickr/cc) Joe Jackson
Big Businesses Runs America - But Who's Running Big Businesses?
All-male or all-white boards are no longer acceptable and should inspire a push for change.
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"Having outsourced responsibility for defending the country to people few of us actually know, we’ve ended up with a military system that is unfair, undemocratic, hugely expensive, and largely ineffective, not to mention increasingly irrelevant to the threats coming our way." (Photo: Reuters/file) Andrew Bacevich
Creating a Perpetual War Machine
What happens when a few volunteer and the rest just watch.
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"Senate rejection of Pompeo would send a powerful message that the Trump-Bolton-Pompeo war agenda is not acceptable." (Photo: AP) Robert Crawford
The Senate Should Reject Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo
The warning signs of another major Middle Eastern war are flashing red.
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 "This glimmer of attention may have provided Palestinians with an opportunity to elevate the injustice of the siege up the global political agenda, but is, sadly, of little consolation to the families of the dead." (Photo:  rpb1001/flickr/cc) Ramzy Baroud
Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine
The protest was about reclaiming the agenda, transcending political infighting and giving voice back to the people.
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"American political culture has devolved from the Vietnam era, when pacifists were marginalized, to a kneejerk bellicosity in which they don't exist as part of the debate." (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Ted Rall
The Media Never, Ever Gives Peace a Chance
Nowhere to be found was a pacifist: someone who opposes war, all war, no matter what. Nor were there any anti-interventionists: people who say Syria is not our business and should be left to sort out its own affairs.
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Comcast chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Jeff Cohen
Do U.S. Oligarchs Exist? Not in Mainstream Media
Word choice is revealing when one considers an indisputable fact: U.S. oligarchs have done far more to undermine U.S. democracy than any Russian ever could
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Monday, April 9, 2018
The power asymmetry is one of the largest of any conflict in the world, yet Western media still cling on an institutional level to a “cycle of violence” frame, with “both sides” depicted as two equal parties. (Photo: Pinterest) Adam Johnson
Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isn’t a ‘Clash’
The power asymmetry is one of the largest of any conflict in the world, yet Western media still cling on an institutional level to a “cycle of violence” frame, with “both sides” depicted as two equal parties.
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"We’ll probably never know who killed Yasser Murtaja." (Picture: Reuters) Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
A State-Sponsored Mass Shooting
Israeli army has shot upwards of 1,000 unarmed protesters in the span of a week.
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The US military exists to fight wars. It is the most heavily armed, most violent organization in the world. (Photo: Domenico/flickr/cc) Gregory Shupak
US Isn’t Leaving Syria—but Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised
The Syrian government’s alliance with Russia supposedly justifies Washington’s occupying Syria, in defiance of international law.
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"Two elementary schools in Southeast D.C. show how inequities between district schools that serve white, middle class children, and those that serve low-income, Black students play out." (Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) Abel McDaniels
Teachers and Students Walkout: Call Bullshit on Apartheid Schools in the Nation’s Capital
Washington, D.C.’s public school system is just one example of how the impacts of racial segregation in our schools have been ignored.
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Phyllis Bennis
John Bolton's Terrifying First Day in the Trump White House
On the deadly consequences of this dangerous man being placed in such a seat of power
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After years of seeming compliance with Washington’s rules for good global citizenship, China’s recent actions in Central Asia and the continent’s surrounding seas have revealed a two-phase strategy that would, if successful, undercut the perpetuation of American global power. (Photo: Naval Surface Warriors/flickr/cc.) Alfred W. McCoy
Gunboat Diplomacy and the Ghost of Captain Mahan
Or how China and the U.S. are spawning a new great power naval rivalry.
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"Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies because state legislatures have cut education spending year after year while giving businesses and the rich tax cuts." (Photo: United Steelworkers of America) Leo Gerard
Deep and Abiding Disrespect for Teachers
What these states have in common is Republican control and union suppression.
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"The biggest beneficiaries of our country's prosperity are spending their money on tax avoidance strategies." (Photo: AP/Craig Ruttle) Paul Buchheit
Three More Reasons for Wealth-Deprived Americans to Take to the Streets
Nearly 15 percent of our nation's total household wealth — $14 trillion! — has been transfered from middle-class America to people with an average net worth of $75 million.
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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of South African anti-apartheid fighter and former president Nelson Mandela, died on April 2 after a long illness at the age of 81. They are seen here at a 1990 rally in Soweto celebrating Nelson Mandela’s release from jail. Tony Burman
Winnie and MLK: Their Fight was Right — and It’s Not Over
The pursuit of racial equality in South Africa and the United States, begun decades ago, still resonates today.
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Former U.S. National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, speaks about the situation in Syria during a discussion at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, on March 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. McMaster will be replaced by uber-hawk John Bolton on Monday, April 9th. Ray McGovern
Welcome to Vietnam, Err, I Mean Syria, Mr. President
As President Trump faces strong opposition from generals, war profiteers, “mainstream media,” and — not least — Israel to pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, here’s a look back to a similar fix another...
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Casa Pueblo Naomi Klein, Lauren Feeney
The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich "Puertopians" are Locked in a Pitched Struggle Over How to Remake the Island
When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Puerto Ricans almost immediately began worrying about disaster capitalists swooping in to buy up beleaguered public utilities and damaged beachfront property on the cheap.
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Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Room in the McLean House, at Appomattox Court House, in which Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant  on April 9, 1865. (Library of Congress) Jason Opal
The Civil War Wasn’t Enough
We live in a second Gilded Age, a world of cruel inequality that makes Donald Trump seem genuine no matter how many lies he tells.
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Kids in Lockdown Steven Singer
Don’t Let School Lockdown Drills Become the New Normal
We need sensible gun regulations – not another B.S. duck and cover exercise to engender a false sense of security and pop our civic resolve
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Donald J. Trump John Atcheson
Trump is Still the Most Unpopular President Since Polls Have Been Kept; But It May Not Matter in 2018 or 2020
Americans would turn out to support a truly progressive Party that represents the people, not the interests of corporations, the elite and the ultr-rich
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The seven members of the Kings Bay Plowshares, who entered the Georgia naval base on April 4 to protest nuclear weapons, white supremacy and racism. (WNV/Kings Bay Plowshares) Frida Berrigan
How Do You Tell the Kids that Grandma is in Jail for Resisting Nuclear Weapons?
“Our grandma is in jail,” Madeline tells a woman wrestling a shopping cart at Target. “She went over a war fence and tried to make peace,” Seamus adds helpfully. “They arrested her, and she is in...
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The Shameful Exploitation of Martin Luther King Jr. Wim Laven
The Shameful Exploitation of Martin Luther King Jr.
When a politician votes for programs and policies inimical to those King defended, they are purely hypocritical when they appropriate his words and feign admiration for him.
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Friday, April 6, 2018
"What we know may be enough for the Justice Department to launch a probe into Haspel's actions at the CIA, especially her potential role in covering up evidence." (Photo: CIA) Elizabeth Oglesby
Guatemala Shows Why the CIA Must Be Held Accountable For Torture
As discussions around Haspel's nomination heat up, other contentious legal proceedings — the current genocide trials in Guatemala — remind us that U.S. sanctioning of torture has a long, dark history with which we have yet to reckon.
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"Since a direct US-led war on Syria would have been a violation of international law, Obama unleashed the CIA to operate covertly with Saudi Arabia and other countries." (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Trump is Right About Syria: It’s Time to Leave
The war has failed to accomplish anything other than to destroy Syria, destabilize Europe, and bleed the United States. Around 500,000 are estimated to have died in the war, with 10 million displaced .
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Michael Winship
Lest We Ever Forget, Three Lists for Donald Trump
Whoever came up with that old saying, "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit," saw this guy coming from a country mile
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Even with the proposed pay hike, teachers’ salaries are still devastatingly low, despite being years into the economic “recovery.” Michelle Chen
The Oklahoma Teachers’ Strike Is a Mutiny Against Austerity
Even with the proposed pay hike, teachers’ salaries are still devastatingly low, despite being years into the economic “recovery.”
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 Our country is in a midst of a corporate crime wave against consumers, workers, investors, and small taxpayers. (Photo: via CECE) Ralph Nader
Degrading Newspapers’ Business Sections
Regular coverage of very important consumer struggles with Congress, the White House, the courts, and the state legislatures has vastly shrunken.
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"I simply cannot imagine what it must be like to be a former President with a son, also a former President, undeniably responsible for such widespread killing, injury and abject misery." (Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters) Ray McGovern
Lunatic Loose in West Wing
As Uber-Hawk John Bolton prepares to take over as national security adviser on Monday, Ray McGovern looks back at when Bolton was one of the “crazies” in the George W. Bush Administration.
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"There’s a problem in our society—systemic racism in American media—and rather than an examination of whether it’s affecting coverage here, what the listener gets is yet another boilerplate story about “Russian bots." (Photo: Twitter) Adam Johnson
Media Warn of ‘Russian Bots’—Despite Primary Source’s Disavowal
"Total bullshit."
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Bolton still insists that the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which shattered that country and the entire region, was justified, a fact that ought in itself to have disqualified him in the eyes of a president who, on the campaign trail, repeatedly called that war “dumb.(Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
The Dolls of Militarism
Cleaning house, enabling war.
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"The incoming president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, says he is going to decarbonize the transportation sector, making electric cars and trucks standard in the country." (Photo: Shutterstock) Juan Cole
Three Countries Show How Near a 100% Green Grid Is
The world invested more in solar energy than in coal, gas, and nuclear combined last year.
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 "B’Tselem is implicitly warning that not only are soldiers bound to disobey the orders, but obeying them would place the soldiers in legal jeopardy of committing war crimes." (Photo: Mashhour Wihwak) Yossi Gurvitz
B’Tselem Calls on Israeli Soldiers to Defy Shooting Orders, Lest They Commit War Crimes
This is the first time an Israeli NGO has explicitly warned Israeli soldiers that they are about to commit war crimes in advance of the act itself.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018
"It's hard to estimate how many deaths the US is responsible for overseas, especially indirect ones and those that have resulted from illegal gun trading." (Photo: Chayak / Flickr) Tamara Pearson
US Shootings: Gun Industry Killing More People Overseas
In every measurable way, the U.S is head honcho of the global violence industry.
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"50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, the same racial injustices still confront the nation." (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) Lewis M. Steel
Radical New Leaders Are Reviving Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign
The movement looks to rebuild the cross-racial civil rights alliance that disintegrated during a half-century of counter-revolution. Their radical vision is more necessary than ever.
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"Facebook still makes it possible for advertisers to target based on categories closely linked to gender, family status, and disability." (Photo: Laura Hutton/Shutterstock) Rachel Goodman
Facebook’s Targeting System Can Divide Us On More Than Just Advertising
How can we agree on the policies that should govern our world when there are no common reference points for what that world looks like?
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"A recent poll conducted by the Oklahoma association of teachers found, “93 percent of Oklahomans believe the state legislature has not done enough to increase funding for Oklahoma students and public schools." (Photo: @StepUpOklahoma/Twitter) Jeff Bryant
Striking Teachers Are Fighting for Communities
Not only have governing policies made teachers an unappreciated, underpaid workforce, but lawmakers have forced teachers into becoming first responders on the front lines of communities that are being disinvested and decimated.
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"As the world watches, the United States has blocked a draft statement in the UN Security Council calling for an investigation into the use of deadly force on protesters." (Photo: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr/cc) Huma Yasin
The Price Of Murder: Stop Funding the Israeli Military
The US continues to fund the Israeli war machine with little regard for human life. Then it wonders why Palestinians, and supporters of Palestine, aren't fond of it.
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"Insys Therapeutics, a company whose founder was indicted for allegedly bribing doctors to write prescriptions for fentanyl (a substance 50 times stronger than heroin), spent $500,000 to stop marijuana legalization in Arizona in 2016." (Photo: Charles Williams/flikr/cc) Domenica Ghanem
If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start with Big Pharma
Big corporations, not street dealers, are the true authors and profiteers of the opioid crisis.
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 "Does the Second Amendment pay homage to the default American storyline: that the enemy is always out there and the only defense is shooting first (or building a wall)?" (Photo: Kim Davies/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Rethinking the Whole Country
For America to be America, does it need an enemy?
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Members of the Patch High School drill team compete in the team exhibition portion of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill meet at Heidelberg High School April 25. (Photo: Kristen Marquez, Herald Post/flickr/cc) Greta Zarro
The Missing Link in the Gun Debate
The culture of war is pervasive in our society, through military-funded Hollywood films and video games, the militarization of the police, and JROTC and ROTC programs in our schools.
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"Chickens raised and slaughtered for meat, known as “broiler chickens” by the poultry industry, are bred to grow so large, so fast, that many cannot even walk without pain." (Photo: Mike Mozart/flickr/cc) Kenny Torrella
McDonald's Once Made Progress on Animal Welfare, But Has Now Fallen to the Back of the Pack
While more than 100 food brands have committed to banning these cruel practices from their supply chains, Mickey D’s has stood firm in its commitment to extreme animal cruelty.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
He pegged the U.S. government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”(Photo: Democracy Now!) Stephen Zunes
Remembering Martin Luther King, the Radical for Peace
He was a democratic socialist who believed that meeting the needs of the poor was a higher priority than ensuring profit for the few.
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"Uncomfortable will teach you that if you have truth on your mind, you can go ahead and just say it, unfiltered." (Photo: Michael Bennet/Twitter) Jesse Hagopian
"Things That Make White People Uncomfortable": Michael Bennett's Essential New Book
"Why does the world even have to be like this?"
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Martin Luther King, Jr
'I've Been to the Mountaintop': The Final Speech
Delivered on the eve of his assassination, King had arrived in Memphis to join striking santitation workers demanding dignity and better working conditions
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"King foreshadowed that if we maintain our exploitive economic and political systems, then we’d get not only racial apartheid, but economic apartheid as well." (Photo: Public Domain) Jessicah Pierre
King’s Dream Included Economic Equality, Too
The late leader didn't just criticize racial segregation. He called for an end to economic injustice.
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Olivia Alperstein
It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen
American taxpayers are helping to fight someone else’s war in Yemen, and the blood is on our hands.
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"It’s not too late, however. Amazon’s HQ2 project can go down in history as a monument to high-tech arrogance, or it can usher in a new era for economic development that is inclusive and accountable." (Photo: luxuryluke/flickr/cc) Greg LeRoy
Cities Fail to Disclose Tax Incentives in Bids for Amazon’s HQ2
The “winning” state and city could overpay so much that incumbent taxpayers won’t even break even.
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"You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less have it thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at the tippy-top." (Photo: Dean Chahim/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
A Regime of Austerity Versus the Common Good
In Washington, on Wall Street and in the corporate suites, the elites have taken exquisite care of themselves, with the top one percent tripling their share of the nation's wealth since 1980.
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"King was arguably the greatest progressive leader of the past century."(Photo: AP/Gerry Broome) Libero Della Piana
Fifty Years On, MLK’s Call for Economic Justice Rings True
The importance of the Poor People’s Campaign and King’s vision of a “radical revolution of values” was not just about race. It was about a radical reimagining of U.S. society as a whole.
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"Israel is well equipped to deal with violence but it fumbles every interaction with non-violent dissent because these interactions thrust Israel’s policies ― policies that deny basic rights ― onto center stage." (Photo: Ma'an News Agency) Yousef Munayyer
In Gaza, Israel Aims To Massacre Hope
As the notion of a two-state agreement fades firmly into history, the apartheid reality becomes impossible to ignore.
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Cornel West
Martin Luther King Jr Was a Radical. We Must Not Sterilize His Legacy
If King were alive today, his words would threaten most of those who now sing his praises
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
"He would be critiquing an immoral economy which spends trillions on war and nuclear weapons but can’t find the resources to fund health and education— addiction treatment, health care for pregnant women, pre-kindergarten programs, and our public schools, parks, and libraries." (Photo: CWA/Local 7076) Philip Lederer MD
Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed on Freedom
We don’t need a commemoration of the murder of Dr. King, we need a resurrection of his movement.
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America’s colleges are, in short, more unequal today than at any time in the last four decades. Charles T. Clotfelter
Rich Colleges Are Getting Richer. Why That's a Problem
This growing inequality has three dimensions.
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"Unsurprisingly enough, this shift will require not only greater spending on costly, high-tech military hardware but also a redrawing of the global strategic map to favor the regular military." (Photo: Xinhua) Michael T. Klare
Could the Cold War Return With a Vengeance?
The Pentagon plans for a perpetual three-front “long war” against China and Russia.
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"African-American children have the highest rates of firearm mortality overall; they are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns in a country where African-Americans make up 14 percent of the population." (Photo: Katesheets/flickr/cc) Christopher M. Norwood
Repeal the Second Amendment — It’s Not a Crazy Idea
Do we honestly think that the 39 men that signed the U.S. Constitution 230 years ago, are some sort of deified superheroes who cannot be questioned by mere mortals in 2018?
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The featured image under ‘Immigration’ at the White House website has nothing to do with what made America great–its immigrants–but with the heavily armed policing of the border. (Photo: White House website) Pierre Tristam
Trump’s Census Whitewash
Once again more Americans are being excluded from the bargain than added to it: democracy is taking on the airs of a gated community.
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Palestinians set up tents in preparation for mass demonstrations along the Gaza strip border with Israel, in eastern Gaza City, on March 27. (Photo: AP File Photo) Vijay Prashad
The Failures Of Western Reporting in Gaza
If a Palestinian is killed by an Israeli soldier, the most appropriate thing to do is to call it a “clash.”
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Brett Wilkins
Former US-backed Guatemalan Dictator Efraín Ríos Montt Dies Facing Genocide Charges
Victims of the genocide and human rights advocates said Rios Montt's death brings a measure of closure.
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Aaron Weiss
Confessions of a Former Sinclair News Director
As Sinclair prepared to purchase my station, I emailed a colleague to say, "From everything I've seen so far, it's not the evil empire some people think." It took just a few months to realize how wrong I was.
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Monday, April 2, 2018
"Too-late claims about needing to act on climate change ring hollow given the industry’s continued efforts to undermine the nation’s strongest climate policy at every turn—if automakers truly wanted to act on climate, they would support the rules as they stand, not beg the administration to change them." (Photo: World Learning/flickr/cc) Dave Cooke
EPA Rolls Back Fuel Efficiency Standards at the Request of Automakers
If the EPA completely rolls back the regulations, it will mean an additional half billion tons of global warming emissions just from the vehicles sold between 2022-2025.
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"It’s looking more and more as if it’s going to be up to the courts, here and abroad, to make them pay." (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Janet Cox
Xavier Becerra: Missing on Climate
Doesn’t the AG, and the state, have a dog in this fight?
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All the while, the ongoing blockade and restrictions imposed on Gaza have made conditions more difficult for the Palestinians who live there. “I want to be shot,” one 22-year-old protester told my colleagues on Friday. “I don’t want this life.”(Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC) Ishaan Tharoor
For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians
The aftermath of the protests underscored both the desperate futility of the Palestinian struggle and the relative impunity with which Israel can snuff out Palestinian lives.
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“The way we deal with economic precariat is to discipline the poor. We try to cajole the private sector to deal with problems” he said. “This hasn’t worked for the past 40 years.” (Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr/cc) Josh Hoxie
Cable TV Ignores Inequality; Here’s How to Get Around It
“What I would say to our friends in the corporate media is start paying attention to the millions of people who are struggling economically every single day. Let’s talk about that issue.”
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"It may be objected that Israel is not a dictatorship like that of Yemen or Syria. But for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, that is precisely what it is." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Shooting Protesters in Cold Blood: How Israel Became a Typical Middle Eastern Dictatorship
Randomly shooting into crowds is more than just threatening people with death. It is a means of terrorizing the dissidents.
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 "Selling weapons to dictatorships and repressive regimes often fuels instability, war, and terrorism, as the American war on terror has vividly demonstrated for the last nearly 17 years." (Photo: Ahmed Farwan/Flickr/cc) William Hartung
Weapons For Anyone
Selling arms as if there were no tomorrow.
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"Oxfam calculates that the new wealth obtained by billionaires alone could end world poverty seven times over." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Richard Eskow
Is the ‘Liberal World Order’ Worth Saving?
We live in a profoundly unequal world. 70 percent of the world’s population owns only 3 percent of its wealth, while 8.6 percent of the population owns more than 85 percent.
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Chris Hedges
The Oligarchs’ ‘Guaranteed Basic Income’ Scam
Beware the architects of our neofeudalism calling on the government to pay a guaranteed basic income
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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Marjorie Cohn
Trump Finds Fellow Bully in Bolton
The dangers inherent in following Bolton’s favored policies in Iran and North Korea cannot be overestimated.
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A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Colleen Kane Gielskie
Not Charging the White Officers Who Killed Alton Sterling Is a Travesty
That the officers who killed Sterling have not been charged is by no means the end of this fight.
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Laura Ingraham Robert Reich
Dollars for Decency
The slew of advertisers dumping Laura Ingraham "suggests that Americans may have had enough cruelty—coming from Laura Ingraham, from Fox News, from Donald Trump, from the Harvey Weinsteins of the land, from whomever."
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