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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
"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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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Billy Corriher
Trump's Census Move Borrowed From Racial Gerrymandering Playbook
The decennial census already overcounts white people and undercounts people of color.
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 Nations "turbocharge their inequality" when they "let their wealthiest carve generous loopholes in their tax codes," the author writes. (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
A Bigger Welcome Mat for America’s Tax Evaders
The GOP tax cut enacted in December and the just-passed federal budget give would-be affluent tax cheats both motive and plenty of opportunity.
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 The basis for the criticism of Trump's tariff policies is not its potential hit to the stock market, the author argues. (Photo: Iman Mosaad/flickr/cc) Dean Baker
Roger Lowenstein, F**k Your Stock Portfolio
The value of the stock market does not equal the country’s economic well-being.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018
A kite flies during a 2011 protest against U.S. wars in Iraq and beyond.  (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Cathy Breen
Who Calls Anyone Civilized?
Fifteen years later, war rages on in Iraq.
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Photo: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office Jennifer Nou
Census Smoke Signals
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is either seriously misinformed about how the Census Bureau usually works (troubling) or doesn’t care (also troubling).
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An Aedes aegypti mosquito. Sarah Anderson
The Mosquito Gap
How poverty, climate change, and bad policy put poor people at greater risk from pest-borne diseases.
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A detail from a sculpture made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches that was featured at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. (Photo: Adam Mason, Smithsonian's National Zoo via flickr/cc) Kathleen Rogers
Wrapped in a Sea of Plastic
Half a century of this “uncontrolled experiment” is fast becoming as serious a problem as climate change
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César Chelala
The Iraq War Fueled the Destruction of the Middle East
The human and material costs of the war keep mounting.
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Friday, March 30, 2018
"The unfortunate truth is that RGGI has not driven any carbon reductions in states where it has been implemented." (Photo: Danicek/Shutterstock) Jim Walsh
Carbon Markets: Foolish Climate Policy that Big Banks Can Love
RGGI doesn’t threaten dirty energy companies—it protects them.
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"Walker had been thumping his tubs for weeks about how “outside forces” were making the good people of Wisconsin pay for special elections that Walker was obligated by law to call." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Charles P. Pierce
How Much Taxpayer Money Has Scott Walker Wasted Fighting Courts That Told Him to Do His Job?
Wisconsin Republicans will do anything to tamp down on democracy.
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High school students in Wisconsin are marching to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown to demand gun safety laws. (Photo: March For Our Lives: 50 Mile More/Twitter) Alexandra Tempus
Feeling Safe? Teen Gun Reform Activists Ask Paul Ryan
“There’s an assumption that just because I’m carrying an American flag I have to be a chest-beating, war-mongering weapons fanatic,” Thompson said. “I’m trying to change that.”
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"Without reconciling its own shadow, this nation of law failed to fully shield the republic from the tyranny of the Old World." (Photo: Backbone Campaign/cc/flickr) Nozomi Hayase
Trump's War Cabinet and Coming American Despotism: Will We the People Rise Up?
Through freely associating with one another, united in love, we can walk the revolutionary way of peace, carrying the steps of our ancestors.
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"We learned some hard lessons, not the least of which was that we’d been lied to our entire lives." (Photo: Sharon Finney/Getty Image) Gary Olson
A Few Thoughts on the March for Our Lives
If a critical mass of students begins seeing the connections among violence, racism, injustice, capitalism and Washington raining death on people abroad, the MSM will abruptly cease its fawning approval.
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"So while the decennial census should be a comprehensive social survey, it has no business questioning our citizenship." (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Michelle Chen
Trump Wants to Reframe the Census to Fit His Definition of America, Not Protect Americans
The addition of a citizen question isn't a bureaucratic nuance, it's the soft edge of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
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Protesters against gun violence at the March for Our Lives in Los Angeles. (Photo: Rising Up With Sonali / Vimeo) Sonali Kolhatkar
Why Focusing on People of Color Will Help the Movement for Gun Control Succeed
“Yes, the March for Our Lives Was About Black People, Too—and It’s About Time.”
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"We would do well to remember, amid the loud cheers and eager applause, that it was Saudi Arabia itself, with its draconian religious ideology, that created the very problems it is bending over backwards and forwards trying to deal with today." (Image: CBS News/60 Minutes) Soumaya Ghannoushi
Mohammed Bin Salman is Buying America's Silence With a Fake Veneer of Cultural Openness
Riyadh has delivered a small dose of cultural and economic openness in order to avoid demands for political liberalism.
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"When he criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, he wasn’t just demanding they demonstrate their patriotism. He was disrespecting their – and, indirectly, everyone’s – freedom of speech." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Robert Reich
Is Trump The Worst President In American History?
Donald Trump is degrading the core institutions and values of our democracy.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018
"Will Republicans, who refused to confirm Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2005, assume some responsibility for opposing this sociopath?" (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Stopping War Pusher John Bolton, Trump’s Choice for National “Insecurity” Advisor
For Bolton, the Constitution, federal law, the Geneva Conventions, and other international laws are pieces of paper to be thrown away with unctuous contempt.
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"In the absence of alternatives, and Iran’s flat-out refusal to renegotiate the JCPOA, it is simply illogical to withdraw from a deal that’s working." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Sina Azodi
The Art of Saving a Deal
A decision to withdraw from the deal, would be a public-relations victory for the Islamic Republic, because it will be the U.S. who’d be at fault for the collapse of JCPOA.
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“Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives, compared to people living in any other rich democracy." (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Sarah van Gelder
No, Growing Inequality Won’t Solve Itself
A society that fails to invest in its children, to protect its land and water, or to build a future is courting collapse.
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"Manning is calling for the abolition of prisons, the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, for universal health care and more." (AP Photo/Dannis Van Tine) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Chelsea Manning: We Got This
Reform is not in her vocabulary.
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 "There’s a significant consensus here that the Iraq invasion was a “terrible mistake,” a “tragic error,” or even the “single worst foreign policy decision in American history.” Fewer voices are saying what it really was: a war crime." (Photo: via PRI) Rebecca Gordon
Trump, Making Atrocities Great Again
Trump’s recycling program: war crimes and war criminals, old and (potentially) new.
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"MbS would be better not to open his mouth on the subject until Christmas can be celebrated at a church in Riyadh." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Ultimate Hypocrisy: Saudi Crown Prince Touts Religious Tolerance in NYC
Saudi Arabia is religiously intolerant in ways that contradict Islam and give the religion a bad name.
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"As the GOP has become composed of characterological extremists, they have become all but incapable of negotiation or compromise." (Screengrab from NBC) Ryan Cooper
The Parkland Kids Have Triggered Conservative Snowflakes
What explains these defamatory attacks on a bunch of children simply trying to stop their fellow students from being senselessly butchered?
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"With the ascension of the deeply unpopular Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to President Trump’s cabinet, Democrats are making her an issue in state and local elections and invoking her name in fundraising emails to whip up opposition to centrist Democrats and Republicans." (Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/AP) Jeff Bryant
Democrats Can Win if They Lead on Education
Republicans have made themselves especially vulnerable on the issue of school funding by imposing years of financial austerity on schools.
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Robert C. Koehler
Change Is Coming... And Not Through the Barrel of Our Guns
The uncontained force behind the national murder rate is dehumanization, and as this movement grows, it must — it will — look institutional dehumanization straight in the eye.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
"No one on the panel brought up Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war crimes in Yemen—consistent with MSNBC’s network-wide virtual blackout on one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
Media Boosts Obvious Saudi Front Group as Neutral ‘Think Tank’
The Arabia Foundation is so satisfied with the media’s presentation of its messaging that it routinely tweets out articles it’s featured in and TV appearances it’s had, knowing its messaging is syncing up nicely with bin Salman’s PR tour to the United States.
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Then US President George W Bush (R) shakes hands with then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton,on 4 December 2006, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC (AFP) Sarah van Gelder
What to Do About Bolton and Other Pro-War Appointees
A widespread show of support at the local level could embolden lawmakers toward a no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons.
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