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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
It took decades to overcome the Jim Crow laws imposed at the end of Reconstruction. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/Flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
Our Fundamental Right to Vote Is Under Attack
In state after state, Republicans want to suppress voting because they know they are a minority party.
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Monday, February 22, 2021
Donald Trump. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Jordan Libowitz, Caitlin Moniz
Trump Reported Making More Than $1.6 Billion While President
When Trump failed to separate himself from his businesses—and in fact used the presidency to increase his business earnings—he made it clear that his top priority was his personal profits.
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We who were there in the 1960s and before still believe in the dreams of our generation as well as the dreams of those who march under the banners of Black Lives Matter today. (Photo by Jason Whitman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Lewis M. Steel
Reflections on Battling White Supremacy
I was a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s. As I watched GOP senators shrug off a racist coup attempt, I thought: We’ve seen this before.
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Led by Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader over the past four years, Trump managed to appoint 231 federal judges, plus three new Supreme Court justices, an enviable record.(Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Peter Dazeley) James D. Zirin
Are Judges Just Politicians in Robes?
Having seen that appointed judges refuse to toe the party line at the federal level, the GOP has decided to employ partisan gerrymandering to change the way judges are elected at the state level.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) walks back to his office from the Senate floor on U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
Profiles of "Courage" During the Trump Impeachment Trial
Sycophantic antics of Republican members who opposed Trump's impeachment.
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Allowing the most powerful media conglomerates to negotiate payments from the most powerful tech conglomerates is an attempt to rebalance the equation. (Photo: Wikimotive) Timothy Karr
Cutting Deals with Big Tech Won't Save Journalism
We need strong public-media laws that prioritize a free press, civic-minded news production and the interests of the communities news outlets are supposed to serve.
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Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Wenonah Hauter
Deb Haaland Attacked by Fossil Fuel Industry
If Haaland follows through on the actions the oil and gas industry and their allies in Congress are worried about, she will be the most effective Interior Secretary in recent memory.
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The facts and numbers from numerous sources reflect the reality of deprivation in America, and help to confirm what has been called the "sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s." (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/Darrin Willoughby / EyeEm) Paul Buchheit
2021 Update: Half of America In or Near Poverty
We need Guaranteed Jobs. President Biden's proposed Civilian Climate Corps is a positive step in this direction.
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A kid sits in front of her computer as she does homeschooling at her home as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 27, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) Paul J. Ramsey
Politicizing Schools and Science, Again
Remote learning surely is saving some lives—of students' elderly family members and vulnerable teachers—which, in a pandemic, should take priority over political—even economic—concerns.
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Telfair Elementary School first grade teacher Ms. Gutierrez works with her students on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Marion Brady
Salvaging Public Schooling
Using scores on tests of recalled secondhand information to shape education policy doesn’t just invite societal suicide, it assures it.
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Sunday, February 21, 2021
A group of young farmers trained by the NGO Madagasikara Voakajy in the rural municipality of Ambodin’Ifody, in Moramanga, Madagascar. (Photo: Madagasikara Voakajy/Mongabay) Valisoa Rasolofomboahangy
Young Madagascar Farmers Find New Ways to Help Lemurs, Rainforests—and Themselves
"The local community living near these protected areas can be the source of the lemurs' conservation problems but is also the solution to those same problems."
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Kizito Mihigo, a popular Rwandan musician, died on February 17, 2020. (Photo: Stephanie Aglietti/AFP via Getty Images) Ann Garrison
Kizito Mihigo and the Struggle for Truth and Reconciliation in Rwanda
Rwandan musician, genocide survivor, and peace activist Kizito Mihigo was remembered in his homeland and beyond on the first anniversary of his death.
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Saturday, February 20, 2021
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak at a press conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?
As Republican strategist Kevin Philips noted years ago, the Republicans go for the jugular while the Democrats go for the capillaries.
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A frozen road sign in Killeen, Texas in the aftermath of winter storm Uri on February 18, 2021. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Texas Freeze Illustrates a Failed Economic System
We need to begin changing our fundamental ethic, from "I'm getting mine. Screw you," to "We're all in this together." Because we are.
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Friday, February 19, 2021
When we consider the immensity of the transformation needed, the odds of achieving an ecological civilization might seem daunting—but it’s far from impossible. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images) Jeremy Lent
Transforming to an Ecological Civilization: The Alternative Is Unthinkable
A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it. We need to forge a new era for humanity—one that is defined, at its deepest level, by a transformation in the way we make sense of the world, and a concomitant revolution in our...
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A sign outside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota, one of the countrys largest known Coronavirus clusters, is seen on April 21, 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. - Smithfield Foods pork plant in South Dakota is closed indefinitely in the wake of its coronavirus outbreak.(Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images) Tyler Lobdell
Smithfield Claims To Be 'Sustainable' While Remaining One of the Biggest Industrial Polluters in the US
Smithfield is pushing a massive greenwashing campaign to dupe consumers into thinking its products are environmentally friendly.
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National Guard Citizen-soldiers stand in formation after a U.S. Capitol tour on January 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Due to COVID-19, Capitol tours had been restricted since March 13, 2020, but have exclusively been reopened for National Guard members. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Shannon M. Smith
How the National Guard Became the Go-to Military Force for Riots and Civil Disturbances
The modern National Guard evolved from Colonial-era militias.
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"This widening income inequality," the commission posits, "has widened inequalities in health."(Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/francescoch) Sam Pizzigati
American Social and Medical Disorder: The 'Pre-Existing Condition' That Doomed the U.S. Covid Response?
The answer from a blue-ribbon medical commission on the Trump years: decades of rising inequality.
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An injured Yemeni child and a man receive treatment at a hospital, following an explosion at a wedding hall during the night, in the Yemeni Red Sea city of Hudeida, on January 2, 2021. - Five women were killed when a projectile exploded at a New Year's Day wedding party in Hodeida, the latest atrocity in the war-torn nation. The government and Huthi rebels blamed each other for the Friday night attack near Hodeida's airport, a frontline between their forces on the edge of the key Huthi-held port. (Photo by Abdi Nor Iftin
President Biden Needs to Step Up Efforts to Stop the War in Yemen by Ending All Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Mothers are helplessly lowering their toddlers to graves next to the remnants of American-made bombs used by Saudi Arabian forces.
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We must reject the siren call of supremacy—that would put one group down to elevate our own—and the forces that would divide us. (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/ smartboy10) Debra Gore-Mann
Toward a Shared Liberation: Our Interconnected Struggles Are Built on Asian and Black Solidarity
We must train our eyes on the true enemy: white supremacy in all its forms.
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) walks to the Senate Chamber on the third day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Stop Manchin and Sinema From Imitating Jim Crow Dixiecrats and Letting the Filibuster Block Civil Rights and Voting Rights
Sinema's and Manchin's decisions may well determine whether America remains a democracy or whether it's indefinitely distorted by minority rule.
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The Canadian government must end its support for a repressive, corrupt Haitian president devoid of constitutional legitimacy. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
An Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Regarding Haiti
It’s time for the Canadian government to stop propping up a repressive and corrupt dictatorship in Haiti.
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images) Carolyn Clendenin
Gov. Abbott: Millions of People in My State Without Power? Damn Liberal Climate Agenda!
It’s far from surprising that Texas leaders are using a crisis to do some PR against real action on climate change. It’s strategy #1 in the GOP playbook for dealing with the existential crisis facing our nation.
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Copies of The Guardian newspaper. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Writers and Scholars Opposing Censorship
On the Sacking of Nathan J. Robinson: An Open Letter to Guardian US Editor John Mulholland
Regardless of one's opinions on the Middle East, everyone should be distressed by The Guardian' s act of blatant censorship.
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If completed, Line 3 would have the climate impact equivalent to fifty new coal-fired power plants. (Photo: 350.org) Akilah Sanders-Reed
Stopping Line 3 Is a Matter of Intergenerational Justice
Take five minutes today to do three things to #StopLine3.
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Abandoned American Flag Waving Against Cloudy Sky. (Photo: Getty/ Stock photo/Justin Helmick / EyeEm) Tom Engelhardt
The American Century Ends Early
How the USS Enterprise was transformed into the USS Roach.
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U.S. Senate Committee Hearing Room (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
What About Eliminating the Senate Altogether?
The U.S. Senate is a global and national problem.
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The planet is 70% water. Our bodies are 70% water. Water is the ecological basis of all life, and in the commons, conservation creates abundance. (Photo: Davide Restivo/Wikimedia/cc) Vandana Shiva
Reclaiming Our Common Home: Expand the Commons to Include Everything We Need
Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners.
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Mainstream economists insist that the way to measure the health of an economy is in growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Boris SV) Cynthia Kaufman
A Just Transition to a Fair and Sustainable Society or Healthy Green Growth?
A review of Tomorrow's Economy: A Guide to Creating Healthy Green Growth
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Snowy day. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Robert C. Koehler
Bending the Moral Arc of the Universe—Toward Peace, Sanity, and Survival—No Matter the Obstacles
Uncertainty in a vulnerable world.
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A nurse adjusts intravenous drug dosages being given to a COVID-19 patient on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) floor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on April 21, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Derrick Z. Jackson
America's Response to Covid-19 Should Long Perforate Our Pomposity About Being the Greatest Nation on Earth
500,000 US Covid-19 deaths and counting: a shameful public health failure.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Over the last four years Trump has repeatedly been denounced for acting as though he were above the law. We can’t allow a supposed need for “unity” to confirm that he was right. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
GOP Senators Said Trump Was Culpable, but a "Private Citizen" Now. Fine—Indict Him Like One.
Impunity is a disease that rots the rule of law.
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A water-level view in Glacier National Park, Montana. Regenerative Agriculture, explains Roulac, describes "farming and grazing practices that reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity—resulting in both carbon drawdown and an improved water cycle." (Photo: Cavan Images/via Getty Images) John W. Roulac
Making America's Rivers Blue Again: Connecting the Dots Between Regenerative Agriculture and Healthy Waterways
Building a regenerative food system where bees buzz, dragonflies hover, and fish and frogs thrive will begin when we change hearts and minds. Fake meats and GMO soy are not the answer.
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Fast-food workers, cashiers, cooks, delivery people, and their supporters hold a rally outside New York City Hall on May 24, 2017. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) James K. Galbraith
CBO Not Competent to Assess Economics of Minimum Wage in "Unreliable" New Report
CBO should not have published this report, and no one should rely on it.
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The CBO report provides one of the most detailed explorations to date of the economics of single-payer financing. (Photo: Sen. Bernie Sanders/Twitter) Adam Gaffney, David Himmelstein
Universal Healthcare for Less! CBO Scores Medicare for All
The bottom line of the CBO analysis—that universal coverage can be affordably achieved even as benefits are expanded and cost sharing all but eliminated.
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Activists protest outside federal court during a hearing related to President Donald Trump's financial records on October 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Randy Baker
Failure to Prosecute Trump's Serial Assaults on the Republic Would Be Indefensible
Failure to prosecute Trump will embolden aspiring autocrats.
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Vitamin D capsules tablets. (Photo: Getty/stock photo) Jonathan Cook
Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid
Most experts—scientists and doctors—have not taken Vitamin D seriously, despite the growing evidence, because it is made in the mystical touch of sun on skin rather than by white-coated technicians in a laboratory.
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Climate Change activists gathered to participate in a Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest in Washington, D.C. on Friday, December 6, 2019. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Rebecca Long
We Must Give Power to the People Most Affected by Climate Change, While Also Disrupting the Capitalist System
In her new book, Shalanda Baker, President Biden’s choice for Deputy Director of Energy Justice, emphasizes the need for an urgent and equitable response.
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Junior Ceqara and Alexa Albare share a blanket to keep warm while standing in line to enter Fiesta supermarket on February 16, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather, power outages and traffic accidents to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Juan Cole
From Covid To Mass Power Outages, the Texas Republican Party Has Created a Failed State
The Republican Party does not believe in government. They believe in coddling the very rich.
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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) delivers opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 9, 2021. (Photo: Washington Post/YouTube screen grab) Michael Winship
The Truth on Trial at Trump’s Second Impeachment
Big stories reveal the good, the bad and the ugly of humankind—and that includes those who report and comment on the news.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
People protest against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project outside the Governor's Mansion on November 14, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Eric Hansen
A Message to Joe Biden: Stop Line 3
Isn't it time to stop creating dangerous crude oil infrastructure?
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Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inside the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
43 Republican Senators Chose To Stand With the Seditionists Rather Than Defend the Republic
What we saw Saturday was a profile in cowardice. Had there been a secret ballot, the Senate vote to convict Donald Trump likely would have been overwhelming.
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"There is no longer a 'center' in American politics," writes Reich. "No middle ground between lies and facts. No halfway point between civil discourse and violence. No midrange between democracy and fascism." (Photo: Screenshot/Inequality Media) Robert Reich
The GOP Is a Dangerous Cult That Democrats Should Not Negotiate With
We either have a future based on lies, violence, and authoritarianism—or on unyielding truth, unshakeable civility, and democracy.
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Adapted from photo of Mark Meckler by Gage Skidmore. Alex Kotch
Parler Is Now in the Hands of a Right-Wing Extremist Seeking a Radical Rewrite of the Constitution
Mark Meckler has a long history of creating organizations to mobilize far-right activists.
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Rohingya refugees take a rest under tent at temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, Indonesia on September 8, 2020. Nearly 300 Rohingya people stranded on the beach off Lhokseumawe on early Monday morning. (Photo by Zick Maulana/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Rachel Gore Freed
Reversing Myanmar's Coup Isn't Enough. Here’s How to Build a Better Burma
Myanmar's military should be held accountable for the coup, but the West needs to make sure they are punished for their abuses against the country's minorities as well.
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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the American Federation of Teachers have joined to offer free online education programs on human rights and democracy. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/TethysImagingLLC) Adnan Karim
Recent Events Reveal Urgent Need for Civics Education in the US
If citizens do not have the basic knowledge to defend our democracy, they will be drawn to the delusional and irresponsible declarations and promises of immoral leaders who build their base by spinning lies.
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Hundreds of community members line up early to pick up food boxes at Chelsea Collaborative during their weekly food drive in Chelsea, MA on July 15, 2020. (Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
We Must Put Human Life Before Corporate Profits
Whose rights matter in pandemic America? Not those of poor Americans, that's for sure.
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Reliance on part-timers, erosion of the minimum wage, attacks on unions all have served to depress working class wages. (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/ photovs) Juan Cole
Unemployment Is 3 Times Higher Than They Are Telling Us—We Need Stimulus Now
If we are to do anything about these human tragedies the first task is to not hide behind concepts and narratives that understate the problem.
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Jared Kushner speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Belén Fernández
The Case Against Jared Kushner's Nobel Nomination
Former US presidential son-in-law is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize over his role in Arab-Israeli normalisation.
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Monday, February 15, 2021
 Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) Ariel Dorfman
"Libertad y Justicia Para Todos": How Spanish Can Help Us Survive Viral Times
A journey into the heart of a language we need now more than ever.
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Intesar Ahmed in al-Amiriya shelter, Baghdad. (Photo: Patrik Paulov) Patrik Paulov
The Gulf War 30 Years Ago: Memories From a Shelter in Baghdad
On February 13, 1991, a horrific massacre took place in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The U.S. coalition bombed a shelter and killed more than 400 people.
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Chefiatou Tokou chants during a Labor Day march in Boston on Sep. 4, 2017. (Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Ken Jacobs
A $15 Minimum Wage Would Be Life-Changing for Workers and Save the US Billions per Year
Beyond the working families who will get a raise, every single American taxpayer has a stake in raising the minimum wage.
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So much is hanging in the balance, for the people of Iran suffering and dying under the impact of U.S. sanctions. (Photo: CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
American neocons and hawks, including those inside his own administration, appear to be flexing their muscles to kill Biden’s commitment to diplomacy at birth, and his own hawkish foreign policy views make him dangerously susceptible to their arguments.
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Howard University Hospital staff members received Covid-19 vaccination doses on December 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Stephen Cockburn
Big Pharma Must Share Their Vaccine Knowledge and Technology With the World—Now
To stop the global pandemic, rich countries need to stop hoarding vaccines.
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Education needs not only to be made fully equitable, but also to be re-imagined. (Photo: Shutterstock) Zoe Weil
What's Really Wrong With—and How to Fix—Our Broken Education System
Change the goal of schooling and watch the good unfold.
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Former President Donald Trump is greeted by his ideological precursor President Ronald Reagan at a 1987 White House reception. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, cc) Robert Reich
Out of the Ashes of Trump, Will the US Finally Bury Reaganism?
Ronald Reagan convinced the nation that big government was the problem. It was rubbish.
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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) speaks at the event in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Now Is the Time to Really Prosecute the Case Against Trump—By Pivoting to Real Democratic Reform
Any approach to moving forward must reckon with the fact that one of this country's two major parties is no longer committed to multiracial democracy.
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Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigran families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020. Naureen Shah
This Is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses—For Good
The systemic abuses of ICE make communities less safe—especially when they act in tandem with law enforcement through programs like 287(g), ICE detainers, and Secure Communities.
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Ralph Nader, Bruce Fein
Democrats' Shameful Cave
Trials without witnesses are not genuine trials.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media briefing on November 10, 2020 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Shaan Sachdev
Trump's Global Grim Reaper, Mike Pompeo
The real reasons he was a shameful Secretary of State, and how Antony Blinken can do better.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) leave after the weekly Senate policy lunch on Capitol Hill on December 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Juan Cole
Who Were the Republican Senators Afraid of When They Acquitted Their Own Attempted Murderer?
At some point you have to wonder whether the bigger danger was the Capitol insurrection or the pusillanimous GOP reaction to it.
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Tim Koechlin
A Reminder of What Is Possible
There is still a lot of work to do, of course. There is a lot of pain out there. But it feels so good to be hopeful.
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A protester holds a sign while marching to Manhattan on August 21, 2020. Elaheh Farmand
We Must Fight the System, Not Each Other
Once I saw the connection between domestic and international injustices of our societies and capitalism, I found myself awoken after years of sleeping in the belly of the beast.
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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Julie Hollar
Impeachment Trial Is Not About Convincing GOP Senators—Many of Whom Were Trump's Co-Conspirators
The point of the impeachment trial is to determine how history will remember Trump's anti-democratic presidency as well as the party that supported him—and media's framing today will have a powerful influence on that eventual verdict.
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JoAnn Lum
Workers' Groups to Biden: Support Equal Rights for All Workers to Organize
Workers' organizations call on working people to support Biden's plan to create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented workers and further demand Biden support equal rights for all workers to organize to strengthen workers unity.
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PresidentJoe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Engler, Paul Engler
It's a Myth That Presidents Welcome Movement Pressure—and Biden Is No Different
Politicians fear the disruptive power of a mobilized base, even when it helps them succeed.
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Protesters march in support of the pro-Palestinian BDS movement in New York City. Juan Cole
Federal Court Strikes Down Arkansas Attempt to Punish Proponents of Boycotting Israel Over Its Treatment of Palestinians
The anti-boycott laws are the ultimate in cancel culture. They are also un-American.
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. Chuck Collins, Bob Lord
Taxes on the Rich: One-Sixth of What They Used to Be
A new IPS briefing paper highlights the unique role of tax policy in wealth concentration.
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"Hundreds of people are dying a day from poverty. Many of them are low-wage workers, tipped workers, people getting sick unnecessarily. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people still lack healthcare," said Rev. William Barber. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Fight for Racial Justice
Democrats need to stop playing games and use their majorities to pass a $15 minimum wage right now—we can't wait any longer.
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Friday, February 12, 2021
In this handout provided by congress.gov webcast, lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) speaks on the third day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. House impeachment managers will make the case that Trump was singularly responsible for the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol and he should be convicted and barred from ever holding public office again. (Photo by congress.gov via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump's Guilt Clearly Demonstrated During Senate Trial
The Democrats are now presenting a "slam dunk" impeachment case in the Senate. And it will almost certainly "lose" in "court." What's next?
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Trump's insurrectionists attack police while trying to storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The rioters broke windows and used metal bars, flag poles and bear spray as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
We Must Expose the Insurrection Financiers
The January 6 assault on our democracy should lead to greater accountability for future political leaders—and their wealthy financial backers.
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Bruce Springsteen’s ad implies that both the left and the right have a responsibility to move toward the center. (Photo: Jeep/ Screenshot) Elliot Gilfix
Jeep Ad Featuring Bruce Springsteen Emblematic of Lazy Obsession With the Mythical Political "Center"
Sorry, but there is no "seeking the middle ground" with the GOP. It has gone way off the deep end.
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Nathan J. Robinson is editor-in-chief of Current Affairs magazine, book author, and, until recently, a political columnist for The Guardian newspaper. (Photo: Current Affairs) Jonathan Cook
The Guardian Reveals Its True Face by Sacking Progressive Columnist Nathan Robinson for Criticizing US Military Aid To Israel
We need to understand that old corporate media like the Guardian are not an ally to the left, they are the enemy.
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The ascendency of conservatism beginning in the late 1960s was likely due in part to an increasing preference of the public for what it held to be the “normal” and “traditional.” (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Mike Lofgren
The Right Devolves From J.S. Bach to Skinhead Rock
How conservatives fell in love with trash culture, and why it reflects their rage.
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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks during a protest in Chicago, March 27, 2013. Thousands of demonstrators rallied in downtown Chicago on Wednesday to protest the city's plan to close 54 public schools, primarily in Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods. (Photo by John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images) Labor Notes Editorial Staff
Karen Lewis Lit the Spark That Inspired a Generation of Teachers and Union Organizers
When you see fire in educators who are standing with students and community to demand justice, look in those flames for her unwavering determination—and her wide smile.
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Teacher unions in other cities are already following the CTU’s example. (Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Jeff Schuhrke
After Threatening Strike, Chicago Teachers Set "New Standard" With Safer School Reopening Plan
Hard-fought negotiations and a strike threat led to Chicago teachers reaching the "most comprehensive agreement for reopening schools" in the country, potentially setting a model for other districts nationwide.
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The Proud Boys is a far-right, neo-fascist and male-only political organization. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
It’s Time To Resurrect a Global Anti-Fascist Consensus To Name, Shame, and Throw These Guys Out of the Game
Beating back the far right globally.
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Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds To Sisi's Egypt. (Photo: CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds To Sisi's Egypt
Sisi's reign of power has caused vast human rights abuses and a large-scale breakdown of civil society.
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
The Biden Administration has both the need and the potential to move forward quickly on the climate crisis. (Photo: Friends of the Earth International) Tina Gerhardt
How Biden Can Tackle the Climate Crisis
Joe Biden has promised to ensure climate justice, but will his administration rise to the challenge?
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Brian Terrell at left, with Joan Pleune, Felton Davis and Bud Courtney, blocking the US Mission to the UN, December, 2017. (Photo by Joanne Kennedy) Brian Terrell
Ending the Other War in Yemen
The global proliferation of weaponized drones is no surprise and Biden’s plea for peace in Yemen that allows for their continued use is a hollow one.
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Radio engages, persuades, and informs—and, when done right, builds trust. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/athima tongloom) Larry Bensky, Conn Hallinan
Saving Pacifica Radio Is Critical to Building a Progressive Movement
"We are in a battle for the heart and soul of Pacifica."
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., national co-chair of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, speaks out against the U.S.-led war in Vietnam at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 1968. King would be assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee less than two months later. (Photo: Joseph Klipple/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Can America's Soul Be Saved From Poison Injected by Trump?
Only by acknowledging the evil caused by the simultaneous presence of racism, materialism, and militarism, will it be remotely possible for the United States to take the first few halting steps toward redemption.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ari Paul
The Fawning Coverage of Psaki’s Performance Suggests Some in the Press Have Forgotten That Spin Doctors Are Not on Your Side
For all the calm Psaki is bringing into the White House press room after a four-year circus, as State Department spokesperson it was her job to justify the most imperial aspects of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.
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A new climate campaign video released Thursday parodies a TV  commercial produced Wavemaker, the ad agency contracted by Chevron, by keeping the stock imagery of sunrises and people climbing mountains, but replacing the voiceover with the truth about Chevron's impacts on the climate and communities. (Image: Screenshot/YouTube w/ overlay) Jamie Henn
Ad Agencies Like Wavemaker Need to Stop Greenwashing Chevron's Climate Crimes
The real purpose of Chevron's deceptive feel-good advertising is to convince the public and politicians that the oil and gas giant is already acting on climate, so there's no need to regulate them or hold them accountable.
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Under the Higher Education Act, Biden has the authority to cancel federally owned debt by executive order. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Mondaire Jones
Biden Could Cancel Student Debt With the Stroke of a Pen
Canceling student debt isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the economically smart thing to do. It would liberate millions of Americans to meaningfully participate in our economy.
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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) talks to reporters during a break in opening arguments in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 10, 2021. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Republicans Are Now the Party of Lawlessness and Disorder
There really is no debating that Trump incited a deadly insurrection riot, no more so than we might debate that the earth is round. And the pending vote to convict or acquit will make clear exactly what the GOP has become.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Passage of the Dream Act is a necessary step. But it must be just the first of many. (Photo: Shutterstock) Vanessa Meraz
All Undocumented Americans Deserve a Pathway to Citizenship
Years of advocacy have made DACA the floor of what’s possible, not the ceiling.
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Luxury development, Hawai'i coastline. (Photo: Kai Nishiki) Kaniela Ing
With Environmental Justice, the Devil Is in the Details
If we invest enough, and we invest right, our communities—Black, Indigenous, Latinx, all of us—will finally get a taste of the good life that America has forever promised.
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Attorney David Schoen, representing and defending former President Donald Trump, talks to reporters as members of former US President Donald Trump's legal defense team arrive prior to the start of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol, in Washington,DC on February 10, 2021. (Photo by JOSHUA ROBERTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) David Hart
If You Want Healing, Get Off My Bike
Do we, as a people, want the events of January 6th to be seen by history as the beginning of national healing, or will we allow it to be the start of an even worse time of division and violence in our nation?
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Former Secretary of State, George Shultz died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at the age of 100. (Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Washington Post Curates the Memory of George Shultz
By exclusion or distortion, establishment obituaries rewrite history to make the official heroes fit for adoration.
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The refusal to enforce the Buy American Act had also continued under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. (Photo by David Endelhardt via Creative Commons) Roger Bybee
Why Should U.S. Citizens' Tax Dollars Be Diverted to Enriching the Manufacturing Base of Other Nations When Americans Need Jobs?
The President’s plan to reinforce the Buy American Act is the first step in reviving the U.S. industry.
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A woman walks past the GameStop store inside the Susquehanna Valley Mall. An online group sent share prices of GameStop (GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (AMC) soaring in an attempt to squeeze short sellers. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) John Buell
GameStop Fiasco Proves We Need a Financial Transaction Tax
America is over-financialized and needs a tax on speculation.
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Farmworker Juan Antonio wears a face mask in a field in Riverhead, New York on April 14, 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo: Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images). Jim Hightower
We Can Push Biden for Fundamental Change at the USDA and Beyond
Here's a chance for progressives to rally a broad grassroots constituency to refocus the work of this huge public resource and make it The People's Department again.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
US President Donald Trump is seen on TV from a video message released on Twitter addressing rioter at the US Capitol, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Trump told his supporters on Wednesday to "go home" after they stormed the US Capitol following a rally during which he repeated his spurious claims of election fraud. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Trevor Potter
Impeachment Trial Must Result in Trump Lifetime Ban To Protect Our Democracy
We cannot begin to address this threat and rebuild trust unless we send a clear message that future presidents cannot incite an insurrection at the end of their term and get away with it.
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People shopping in the egg and dairy case on March 13, 2020 at Whole Foods Merket in Vauxhall, New Jersey. (Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Philip H. Howard, Mary Hendrickson
Corporate Concentration in the US Food System Makes Food More Expensive and Less Accessible
A resilient food system that feeds everyone can be achieved only through a more equitable distribution of power.
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"At this unique time in history when it is imperative that nations of the world join in cooperation to share resources to end the global plague assaulting its inhabitants and to avoid catastrophic climate destruction or earth-shattering nuclear devastation," writes Slater, "we are instead squandering our treasure and intellectual capacity on weapons and space warfare." (Photo: Shutterstock) Alice Slater
Time to Negotiate for Peace in Space
A legally binding international treaty banning the basing of weapons in space should be the global objective of all.
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Vicki Ibarra opens a late medical bill for her son at her home on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Fresno, California. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Laura Packard
Hedge Funds Tried to Kill GameStop. Now They’re Coming for Our Health Care System Too
Hedge funds and private equity firms make profits off our misery and threaten any future health care reform.
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In this long exposure photo, the LNU Lightning Complex fire continues to burn in the ridges near Chemise Road in Healdsburg, California on August 21, 2020. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
The Looming Fires
Climate change, the bomb, or the flame of hope?
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A Publix supermarket cashier. A 2019 Oxfam report shows that raising the minimum wage to $15/hr would benefit 40 million workers and their families. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) Mary Babic
Top Reasons It's Time to Raise the Minimum Wage Now
When employers don’t pay people enough to survive, those workers are compelled to seek government assistance, meaning taxpayers are essentially subsidizing the corporations.
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Members of the National Guard walk beside barbed wire fencing on U.S. Capitol grounds at sunrise on February 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate is scheduled to begin the second impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald J. Trump on February 9. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial
If the Democrats do not go full throttle in this trial—this last clear chance to exercise the Constitution against Tyrant Trump—they will be remembered as profiles of infamy.
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