All Views Articles for 2019-05-16

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Adrienne Pine
An Academic Arrested for Protecting the Venezuela Embassy
As a scholar and educator, there are times when standard tools of teaching, publishing, and public speaking aren't enough. There are times when we need to put our bodies on the line.
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"Unlike many macroeconomists," writes Sachs, most Americans know "there is more to life than a short-run increase in GDP growth or decline in the unemployment rate." Jeffrey D. Sachs
America's Illusions of Growth
Buoyant GDP and unemployment data in the United States may have improved President Donald Trump's re-election chances. But these indicators fail to measure what really counts for the public.
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Arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi (Photo: z.o.y.a via Shutterstock) William Hartung
It’s Time to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Congress should work to close off the other main avenue of U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition—the sale of bombs, combat aircraft, armored vehicles, attack helicopters, and other equipment to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two primary perpetrators of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen
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“I felt everything was meaningless and there was no point going to school if there was no future.” (Photo: Time) Suyin Haynes
'Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World': How Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Got Everyone to Listen
Organizers estimate that on March 15, a remarkable 1.6 million people in 133 countries participated in a climate strike inspired by Thunberg’s solo action
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Will the Democrats ever learn a) how to message and b) that the press, no matter what conservatives say, is not their friend? (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
I No Longer Believe House Democrats Will Uphold Their Constitutional Duty
And, as a result, the president*'s chances of reelection are better than anyone thinks
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Denying a woman a right to a legal abortion is not an expression of love for women and children. It is instead an expression of hatred and contempt. (Photo: Marc Nozell/flickr/cc) Helaine Olen
Alabama’s Abortion Ban Doesn’t Promote Life. It Exhibits Contempt For It.
That the lecherous Donald Trump is presiding over this sustained rollback of women’s reproductive rights and seeming social breakdown is a feature, not a bug
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415 ppm is a grim number. It signals we are in deep, deep trouble. (Photo: stopfundingfossils/flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
415 ppm: We Are all Part of Exxon’s Unchartered Climate Experiment Now
Never before in human history have carbon dioxide levels reached 415 parts per million
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Politics should be more than a cover for get-rich-quick schemes. (Photo: Mike Kline) Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Don’t Rebrand Corruption
No one is happier about the Supreme Court’s rebranding of corruption than sketchy politicians, argues Brennan Center Fellow Ciara Torres-Spelliscy.
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Alex Azar, former top executive of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, head of the Department of Health and Human Services. (Photo: Worldwide Speakers Group) Ralph Nader
Trump: Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food and Keeping Consumers in the Dark
Messrs. Trump, Azar, and Perdue better wake up before innocent Americans lose their lives due to corporate indentured government officials failing to properly do their jobs
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Donald Trump and many congressional Republicans, the well-being of the Saudi royals and of defense contractors matters more than a bus carrying school children destroyed by a laser-guided MK-82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Mashal Hashem, James Allen
How to Lobby Washington to Death
A business model from hell and the war in Yemen
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State legislatures are escalating their assault on that right — and on the women who attempt to exercise it.(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Martha Burk
The Most Dangerous Time for Women’s Rights in Decades
Merely banning abortion isn't enough for some on the rabid right—a few are even threatening women with the death penalty.
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Why is war a top-down directive rather than a collective, public decision? (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
War's Unanswered Questions
For those who already know that war is not only hell but utterly futile, the raw question hovering over these potential new exercises in mass murder transcends the obvious question: How can they be stopped?
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The Trump Administration is escalating the threat of nuclear conflict in Iran and elsewhere. (Photo: USAF) Stephen Zunes
The Threat of War With Iran
Is the U.S. lurching towards another illegal war in the Middle East?
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Trump’s undermining of that implicate order—the order that has created and defined the nation—is nothing less than an attack on the civilization itself. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Robert Freeman
Trump Attacks Western Civilization Itself
Trump’s imperious usurpations of that system do not simply affront political sensibilities or conventional norms. They desecrate the western constitutional order that has been 800 years in the making.
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