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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Jim Hightower
How Trump's Poverty Subsidy Enriches the Rich
This is how corporate and political elites conspire to rig the system, blatantly ripping off money meant to help poor people to make the rich richer.
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Yara Hawari
It Is Time to Stop Lecturing Palestinians and to Start Listening
Palestinians were not shocked by the reversal of U.S. policy on Israeli settlements and they know worse is yet to come.
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Joshua Cho
After Al-Baghdadi's Death, Media Failed to Ask Where 'War on Terror' Is Going
The circumscribed coverage of al-Baghdadi's death represented yet another artful evasion of any critical discussion of imperial foreign policy.
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Fran Quigley
How to Win the Holiday Healthcare Debate With Your Conservative Relatives
Like 99% of Americans, Uncle Joe would benefit from the change if he only knew the truth.
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Michael Winship
Donald Trump and His Insane Clown Posse
The GOP thinks its Ukraine fantasies are one more rung up the fool's gold ladder of chaos.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Julie Hollar
False Equivalence in the Age of Trump
As the election nears, genuine truth-telling—as opposed to disingenuous false equivalence—is more urgent than ever, but it's just as unlikely as ever that corporate media will be up to the challenge.
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Raed Jarrar
What Do Iraqi Protesters Want?
The protests were initially sparked by everyday frustrations: widespread unemployment, lack of access to public services, and rampant government corruption.
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Robert Reich
The Myth of Voter Fraud—And the Truth About What's Threatening Our Elections
The next time you hear Trump and his enablers claim widespread voter fraud, know the truth. Their lies are intended to make it harder for millions of Americans to vote, while they ignore the real threats to our democracy.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Tale of the Whistleblower
Why is it so important for people like Jim Jordan to be able to talk to the whistleblower to discover what happened?
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Juan Cole
What Does Fraud and Bribery Trial of Israeli PM Netanyahu Tell Us About Trump Impeachment?
Both came to power in part through the backing of billionaires and their fake news organs. Both men are being investigated for corruption. Both have decried the investigations into their criminal activities as "a coup."
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Friday, November 22, 2019
Danny Sjursen
Trump's War Crime Pardons Will Forever Be a Stain on the United States
So the U.S. has held thousands of "terror" suspects in various prisons across the Mideast, some for decades in Guantanamo Bay, often without trial, they'll ask, but accused American war criminals get a free pass without even facing charges?
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Grady and the six others—the Kings Bay Plowshares 7—pleaded with the jury to look to their conscience. The activists were following the biblical edict to turn swords into plowshares, after all. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) Sam Husseini
Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons?
"US government is using nuclear weapons daily as a gun pointed at the head of the planet."
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MSNBC’s anti-Bernie Sanders bias was on full display in Wednesday’s Democratic debate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Branko Marcetic
Want More Proof of Corporate Media’s Anti-Bernie Bias? Look at MSNBC’s Democratic Debate
During the debate and in the spin room, Sanders was treated more like an outsider than a front runner. It’s part of a broader anti-Bernie slant in the "liberal" network’s coverage.
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California on June 1, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Miles Mogulescu
Is Pete Buttigieg Just a Shill for Corporations and the Donor Class?
Why has Buttigieg flipped from being a putative progressive to being perhaps the most conservative, pro-corporate Democrat remaining in the field? A good place to start would be to follow the money.
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The Trump administration has little respect for the integrity of words, no respect for educating the public with the facts, and every intention of clouding the space between fact and fiction, certainty and uncertainty. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Karen Greenberg
The War on Words in Donald Trump’s White House: How to Fudge, Obfuscate, and Lie Our Way Into a New Universe
The strategies employed in Washington to confuse and mislead the public have subtly eaten away at the country’s collective mindset, creating fertile ground for Trumpian-style lying to successfully take root.
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"AARP reportedly receives a commission of 4.95% for new enrollees on top of the premiums the elderly pay for the Medigap policy from United Healthcare," writes Nader. "This money—about seven hundred million dollars a year—is a significant portion of AARP’s overall budget." (Illustration: AARP advertisement with overlay) Ralph Nader
Wake Up AARP! A Message to Seniors: Medicare "Disadvantage" Is a Corporate Trap
Medical Dis advantage would be a more accurate name for the quasi-private programs referred to as Medicare Advantage, as insurance companies push to corporatize all of Medicare, yet keep the name for the purposes of marketing, deception, and confusion.
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Trump has violated numerous campaign finance laws, including orchestrating hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush payments to individuals to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Karen Hobert Flynn
Congress Has No Other Option Than to Impeach and Remove the President From Office
This is a time for members of Congress to rise up, put country over party, and act in accordance with our American values and the oath they take.
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Barkan, located in the occupied West Bank, is an Israeli residential settlement and industrial zone that houses around 120 factories that export around 80 percent of their goods abroad. In the background is the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan. (Photo: David Silverman/HRW) Stephen Zunes
Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is Rooted in Bipartisan Support
Three previous U.S. administrations all ignored the gross power asymmetry between the Palestinians under occupation and the Israeli occupiers—an imbalance compounded by the fact that as the chief mediator in negotiations, the U.S. is also the primary military, economic, and diplomatic supporter of...
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Bolivian riot police breaks up a massive funeral procession that turned into an anti-government demonstration in La Paz on November 21, 2019. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
"They're Killing Us Like Dogs"—A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
Writing this dispatch from Bolivia, the conflict here is spiraling out of control and I fear it will only get worse.
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 Relatives of Antonio Ronaldo Quispe Ticona lead the procession of the victims killed during clashes with police at the Senkata fuel plant, on November 21, 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. Police and military forces on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant of YPFB in Senkata that had been blockaded for five days by Evo Morales' backers and at least eight people were reported killed during the operation. (Photo: Gaston Brito Miserocchi/Getty Images) Beverly Longid
Stand With the Bolivian People for Self-Determination
The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation calls for the immediate stop of killings, threats, racism and barbaric violence against our Bolivian brothers and sisters.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trump’s language, his choice of senior officials in his administration, and his popularity among white nationalists show that he holds racist views. Jill Richardson
Explaining Trump’s Racism
Racism means a lot more than using slurs or feeling hatred. Yet even in these narrow terms, Trump fits the bill.
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Omar understands that punishment perpetuates crime; that healing, repairing harm and creating peace are not simplistic matters to be dumped into the trash bin of the prison-industrial complex. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future
The freshman Congresswoman represents the intelligence of tomorrow, pushing at the status quo centrism at the American political core.
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Fortunately, leading a progressive rebellion against the oligarchy is not only the moral thing to do; it’s smart politics, too. (Photo: Getty) John Atcheson
Sorry, President Obama—But We Do Need To Tear Down The System
When neoliberals and centrists defend "the system" or warn against upending it, they’re more likely expressing concerns about their losing their personal power base than they are about the Party winning elections.
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"What came as a huge shock following my recent birthday was not the financial relief—though that is lovely," writes Smith. "The more significant and potentially cost-saving result for all of us lucky enough to have Medicare coverage is the mental and emotional relief I have felt in such a short time. It’s as if someone lifted a ton of weights off of my back and set my sails into a prevailing wind." (Photo illustration: David McNew/Getty Images) Donna Smith
Medicare for All: Medicine for a For-Profit System Addicted to Itself
After years of pain, anxiety, and poverty under the status quo it is almost impossible to describe the relief I've felt after becoming eligible for Medicare this month.
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From Oct 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019, they documented 331 murders of trans and gender-diverse people around the world. (Photo: kthtrnr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
A Violent Epidemic Is Taking American Lives
In addition to mourning those who have been killed, trans activists and allies have organized "Trans Awareness Week" to precede the Day of Remembrance.
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As Trump’s latest interventions into the military justice process suggest, he is determined to keep these attacks on civilians beyond prosecution. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home
Trump’s war on the law extends beyond flouting Congress and packing courts—overseas, it extends to arguable crimes against humanity.
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Supporters of ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales rally against the coup. (Photo: Shutterstock) Laura Carlsen
What’s Happening In Bolivia Is a Violent Right-Wing Coup
Progressives need to speak up: Morales made mistakes, but nothing justifies the violent right-wing putsch that followed.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden sit during a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Trade Representative Michael Froman in the Oval Office of the White House December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, Obama was meeting about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). (P Sonali Kolhatkar
OK Obama... Time to Cancel Radical Centrism
So-called "centrists" are terrified that if the Democratic nominee is far to the left of Biden and Obama, they will be forced to coalesce around a candidate who represents a threat to the establishment of which they are a part.
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Sanders is one of a few candidates treating the climate crisis as an urgent matter—which you would think should inform the framing of an article about expert opinion of his plan. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Julie Hollar, Jim Naureckas
Sanders’ Plan to Fight Global Climate Disaster Too Ambitious, Says NYT
It’s as if the paper can’t resist slipping in gratuitous digs at Sanders any chance it gets, even as the world burns.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Jeffrey C. Isaac
Some Midday Thoughts About Sondland Testimony and Impeachment
Only politics can save us!
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Democratic Naysayers Are Wrong on Medicare for All
"Americans know that their current private health care payments, whether insurance premiums or out-of-pocket, are nothing other than 'taxes' they pay to stay alive."
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The Israeli West Bank settlement of Beitar Ilit (Photo: Yoninah via Wikimedia Commons) Helena Cobban
Pompeo Casts International Law Aside On Israeli Settlement Policy
Let us remember that this is yet another example of Washington acting as a callous scofflaw—a rogue nation, indeed—when it comes to efforts to uphold the values and mechanisms of international law.
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13 October 2019, Ecuador, Quito: Demonstrators cheer on the government's decision to withdraw the controversial increase in fuel prices. This was agreed by the government and the leadership of the indigenous peoples after lengthy negotiations. (Photo by Juan Diego Montenegro/picture alliance via Getty Images) Beatriz Martínez Saavedra
Protests in the Global South: Ecuador and Chile Facing an Uncertain Economic Order
Protests in the global south, particularly in Chile and Ecuador, appear to be the result of long range monetarist policies that suit the political class and fail large sections of society.
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Shell and BP have known for decades about the climate crisis, yet they just carry on drilling. (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
Planned Fossil Fuel Production Dangerously Out of Line With Climate Safety
Big oil remains on auto-pilot, happily and recklessly driving us off the cliff.
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 The United States ranks near the bottom for life span and infant mortality—all while paying more per capita than nearly every other nation. Or maybe you’re one of the 30 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance coverage at all. (Image: Inequality Media / MoveOn) Robert Reich
Republicans (and Even Some Democrats) Trying to Scare You Away From Medicare for All Are Peddling Rubbish
We shouldn't be paying private for-profit corporate insurers boatloads of money to get the coverage we could have for much less.
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To become more courageous, hang out with courage! (Photo: CC7 / Shutterstock.com) Frances Moore Lappé
10 Tips on Disarming Despair
If we believe something is essential—as in fixing our broken democracy and confronting the climate crisis—we’ve shown over and over throughout our long history that we can indeed do whatever it takes.
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The US government has been waging a war against the First Amendment. Assange has become a political prisoner of this war. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public’s Defense of Free Speech
If the US government succeeds in extraditing Assange to the US where he faces 175 years in prison without any chance of fair trial, it not only leads to possible execution of an innocent man, but also the death of a free press as a guardian of democracy.
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Nonprofit managers are caught between the desires of funders—whose funds come from the very exploitation that the nonprofit may be trying to combat—and their own staff. (Photo: @Teamsters/Twitter) Sarah Jaffe
Nonprofit Workers Join the Movement to Unionize
Increasing numbers of people in mission- and passion-driven fields are waking up to the fact that they are, despite the trappings of middle-class-ness, still workers doing a job.
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Guatemalan civilian and peasants organizations demonstrate in front of US Embassy in support of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, in Guatemala City, on November 14, 2019. (Photo: ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Abbott
The Other Americans: Indigenous Guatemalans Mobilize to Denounce Coup in Bolivia
Repression against indigenous Bolivians has spurred protests across the Americas.
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Together with common-sense cuts to runaway overhead costs, and by rolling current Pentagon health care costs into a universal health plan, we easily get more than the $300 billion needed for Medicare for All. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lindsay Koshgarian
It’s Our Choice: Medicare for All, or Endless War?
If we end wars, shut down wasteful and failing weapons programs, and close unnecessary foreign bases, we could come up with an extra $350 billion to spend on Medicare for All—without sacrificing security.
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Governments are still not stepping up on climate action, yet there are no more excuses to not be delivering on real commitments that put an end to fossil fuel production. (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) Hoda Baraka
Mind the Gap: On the Glaring Hole Between Global Fossil Fuel Expansion and Paris Climate Goals
The disconnect between Paris temperature goals and countries’ plans and policies for coal, oil, and gas production is massive, worrying and unacceptable.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Supporters of Evo Morales demonstrate in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Monday. (Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
The OAS Lied to the Public About the Bolivian Election and Coup
Facts show nothing suspicious about the re-election of Evo Morales.
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As “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” celebrates the life and work of Fred Rogers, we can look to Rogers’s work for lessons on building a healthier world for our youth. (Photo: Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images) Jackie Smith, Bob Glidden
The Health of Millennials (and those coming next) Can Benefit from Lessons of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Declining physical and mental health is linked to social isolation, which is tied to atrophied social skills, practices, and values that were staples of Rogers’ programming.
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Almost half of US families are unable to afford the basics like rent and food, and 40% can’t afford an unexpected $400 expense, with almost 80% of US workers living paycheck to paycheck. (Photo: AP/Craig Ruttle) Joshua Cho
Record Inequality and Corporate Profits Are What Media Call a 'Strong Economy'
Corporate news outlets have an inherent interest in cloaking class warfare by equating a "strong economy" with the prosperity of the investor class, even if it comes at the expense of everyone else.
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Diane Semo, whose daughter is in recovery from Heroin, joins over 100 drug reform advocates, former addicts, and family members who have lost loved ones to drugs in a march to demand action on Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Mattea Kramer
A 12-Step Program to Opioid Justice
Finding peace amid the new opium wars.
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The only way to counter these measures is massive citizen mobilization—and to elect leaders who will make the right to vote a priority. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
The Right to Vote Should Not Fall Victim to Partisan Battles
Republican state legislators and governors push measures to suppress the vote of targeted populations.
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Pompeo has become Mussolini, in the same way that Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu long since had. (Photo: Guardian Screenshot) Juan Cole
Fascists R Us: Trump and Pompeo’s Deny That Israeli Squatting on Palestinian Land Is Illegal
A combination of US Evangelical lawlessness and white supremacy with incessant lobbying by the Zionist far right has finally put the United States in the position of supporting the policies of the Axis in World War II.
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Since Morales’ forced resignation, the response of leading Democrats and presidential hopefuls has been one of almost total silence, even among the party’s putative progressives. (Photo: CNN) Jacob Sugarman
Bernie Sanders' Stance on Bolivia Matters
Any presidential candidate who claims to represent workers and marginalized communities, who even nominally opposes U.S. imperialism, should be able to identify a coup as such.
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As the planet heats up and critical resources run low, people will need to adapt in a number of ways. (Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images) Steven Gorelick
Thinking Outside the Grid
A greater reliance on local power would eliminate one of the most destructive side-effects of the grid: the misperception that energy is limitless.
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Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 in Henderson, Nevada on May 7, 2019 . (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
It Was Revealing Who Joe Biden Saw—and Who He Didn't See—in California
The astroturf quality of this campaign should not be ignored.
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Monday, November 18, 2019
 Inside the empty counter-summit. Nandini Archer, Claire Provost
US Isolated at 'Failed' Anti-Abortion Summit in Nairobi
Conservative protests against global development conference in Kenya fail to draw crowds, or derail commitments.
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A close-up of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Janine Jackson
Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to ‘Perpetuate Peace’
Absent in media coverage of Veterans Day was discussion of the way to honor veteran.
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Sign reads: Protect public education. Diane Ravitch
Yes, Something Stinks about the State Takeover of the Houston Independent School District
The state officials behind the takeover are vandals, disrupters, corrupters of democracy.
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An Extinction Rebellion protester holds up a placard saying "Divest from climate change" on October 14, 2019 in London, England. Andy Rowell
Major Victory as EIB Ends Fossil Fuel Financing by 2021
Other banks must now follow.
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An Exxon sign in Framingham, MA. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, Bill McKibben
Big Oil Needs to Pay for the Damage It Caused
Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering.
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A banner is hung across a roadway while people participate in direct action with Extinction Rebellion on April 17, 2019 in New York City. Chris Hedges
How to Save the Planet and Ourselves
We must reduce carbon emissions by 40% in the next 12 years to have a 50% chance of avoiding catastrophe.
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The situation in Iran eerily resembles that in summer, 1953. Juan Cole
Iran: Economic Blockade and Crowd Protests Were Also How the US Made the 1953 Coup
The 1950s boycott of Iranian oil exports plunged the country's economy into crisis and stirred popular resentments.
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William Hartung
America's Arms Sales Addiction
The 50-year history of U.S. dominance of the Middle Eastern arms trade
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
A Lebanese protester waves a national flag as he marches with others during a demonstration along the Fuad Chehab avenue in the capital Beirut on October 29, 2019 on the 13th day of anti-government protests. (Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images) Reese Erlich
A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq
Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination.
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Bolivian riot police and soldiers confront supporters of Bolivia's ex-President Evo Morales during a protest against the interim government in Sacaba, Chapare province, Cochabamba department on November 15, 2019. The police later opened fire on the demonstrators, killing at least five people and injuring many others. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images) Lucas Koerner, Ricardo Vaz
Western Media Whitewash Bolivia’s Far-Right Coup
For all the supposed threat Trump represents and the enthusiasm sparked by his possible impeachment, Western media continue to march lockstep behind his administration’s coups in Latin America.
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Relatives mourn by the coffins of supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales killed during clashes with the police in Sacaba, Cochabamba, Bolivia, on November 16, 2019. - The UN rights chief voiced alarm Saturday at the deadly crisis in Bolivia, warning that excessive force by police was "an extremely dangerous development". Morales resigned and fled to Mexico after losing the support of Bolivia's security forces following weeks of protests over his disputed re-election that has seen 15 people killed a Martin Winiecki
On Bolivia: Four Provocations for the International Left
The fall of the last surviving leader of the "pink tide" is a true moment of reckoning for progressives worldwide.
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 Only Medicare for All offers full choice of doctors and hospitals, the ability to negotiate bulk drug and medical equipment rates, as well as annual negotiation of provider rates, while offering a sustainable large risk pool insurance, actuarially sound, that can provide all necessary health care and protection against medical bankruptcy. Michele Swenson
Let's Be Very Clear: Medicare for All Is Not Socialism
What we have now in the U.S. is a for-profit health insurance model that privatizes profit and socializes risk. And it's not working.
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Jesse Jackson
Risking Lives in Endless US Wars Is Morally Wrong and a Strategic Failure
Too often ignored is the far greater number of lives that are lost not on the battlefield but at home, not from the enemy’s guns but from our veterans’ own hands.
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(From left) Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney. "My investigation into the causes of the war," writes Professor Butt, "finds that it had little to do with fear of WMDs - or other purported goals, such as a desire to "spread democracy" or satisfy the oil or Israel lobbies. Rather, the Bush administration invaded Iraq for its demonstration effect." (Photo: via PRI) Eric Margolis
The Forgotten Plunder of Iraq
Few talk or think about Iraq these days and the media ignores this important but demolished nation.
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Saturday, November 16, 2019
37-year-old Tanisha Anderson, who suffered from mental health isues, was killed by police in 2014 after her family members call 911 for assistance. (Photo: Anderson Family) Laura Flanders
Tanisha Anderson, Impeachment, and a Hawk
This column could probably have gotten more likes if I'd made it about Trump instead of Tanisha Anderson or a hawk.
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AC Milan's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma walks in St. Mark square on November 16, 2019 in Venice, three days after the city suffered the highest tide in 50 years. - Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) Arshad M Khan, Meena Miriam Yust
Venice Is Flooded—A Look at Our Coastal Future
It might look likes the city—world famous for its canal streets—is sinking. But that is not what's happening.
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The progressive news site Splinter shut down abruptly in October. (Credit: Logo illustration) Jack Crosbie
The Progressive Press Is Facing Mass Extinction
Deadspin, Splinter, and ThinkProgress are gone. The mainstream media is hopelessly neutral. Who’s left to check capitalism?
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Republican counsel Steve Castor listens to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing with witness U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the second impeachment hearing held by the committee, House Democrats continue to build a case against U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to link U.S. military aid for Ukraine to the nation’s investigation of his political rivals. (P Michael Winship
The Disdain for Ukraine Is Mainly in Trump's Brain
The President of the United States treats Ukraine as if it were the slaphappy Freedonia of the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup.
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In a video recently screened at an event hosted at one of his luxury properties, and with his Donald Trump Jr. in attendance, the U.S. President—his head superimposed on video game character—walks down the aisle he stops, pulls out a gun, and opens fire on parishioners who have the faces of his critics, or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. (Photo: Screengrab) Christopher Brauchli
The Violence of Fascist Leaders, Then and Now
Although lacking internet, the Nazis knew the value of film in order to get their message to the people.
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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, DC on November 15, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The Most Impeachable President in US History vs. The Most Hesitant Congress.
What are the Democrats waiting for? Trump is the most impeachable tyrant in the country's history—hands down.
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Aerial view as demonstrators march during a national strike and general demonstration called by different workers unions on November 12, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. On Sunday, Government announced it has agreed to start the process to write a new Constitution for the country, which is one of the most repeated demands by the demonstrators since October 18. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Shahid Mahmood
Welcome to Chile: One of Latin America's Most Unequal Countries
The current Constitution illustrates a time when Pinochet along with President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger forced upon Chile economic policies that would consolidate an export-driven economy owned by foreign multi-nationals.
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Michelle Chen
Can Google’s Soul Be Saved?
Rank-and-file Silicon Valley tech workers are using their leverage to push companies toward more ethical business models, or at least away from destroying the environment and undermining human rights.
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Former President of Brazil Lula da Silva speaking in front of the Metalworkers union on November 9, 2019, after his release from prison. (Photo: Brian Mier) Brian Mier
As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There
The Brazilian Supreme Court reversed a 2018 ruling on November 7, upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty in the 1988 Constitution and declaring it illegal to jail defendants before...
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The youth-led Sunrise Movement launched a campaign earlier this year to urge the Democratic Party to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate about the climate crisis. (Photo: Sunrise Movement/Twitter) Tom Weis
DNC Dithers While the World Burns
Does anyone else find it strange that nearly every Democratic presidential candidate has publicly called for a climate debate the DNC refuses to hold?
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Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. (Photo: T.Dallas/Shutterstock.com) Victor Pickard, David Elliot Berman
Cities and States Take Up the Battle for an Open Internet and Municipal Broadband
A different vision of how the internet could operate is already taking shape across the United States.
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"After devoting nearly two decades to growth at any cost," writes Karr, the Facebook "network has become far too big NOT to fail—even when you consider the resources Facebook is now throwing at filtering and flagging objectionable content. And those failures are having dangerous ramifications in the real world." (Photo: flickr/GostGo/cc) Timothy Karr
Why Facebook Filtering Will Ultimately Fail
We as a society need to do more than hope that Facebook can fix itself.
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David Solnit, Stephanie Guilloud
Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons
The 1999 protest against the World Trade Organization was a key turning point on the cusp of the 21st century, and there is no better moment to remember the lessons and carry forward bold visions of resistance.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to “support the troops,” a state and federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (Photo: Archive/File) Robert C. Koehler
Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress
For far too long, war has won.
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A recent IPS report finds that 80 percent of S&P 500 firms last year paid their CEO over 100 times their median employee pay. At 50 publicly held firms, workers would have to toil at least 1,000 years to make as much as their boss made in just one. (Photo collage: Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
Sanders, Lee, and Tlaib Lead Effort to Tax Huge CEO-Worker Pay Gaps
The House-Senate companion bill address corporate America's extreme disparities, giving firms an incentive to lift up the bottom and bring down the top of their pay scales.
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Demonstrators wave flags as they take part during the day of cultural activities 'El Derecho a Vivir en Paz' called by 'Movimiento Unidad Social' at Plaza O'Higgins on October 27, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Unidad Social, an organization conformed by various social groups, has called society to be part of cultural activities in defence of human rights and against abuses, under the slogan #NoMasAbusos (No more abuses) people demand Sebastian Piñera's Government attention to issues such as health care, pension Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Why Aren't People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?
Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people.
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Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Dreamers Tell Trump and SCOTUS They Are Here to Stay
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a legal challenge being brought against President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, enacted...
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Julie Hollar
NYT Recycles Polling to Tell Democrats Once More: Move to the Right
Hmmm... this was a very slippery question to hang an article on.
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U.S. Army personnel drive through flood waters in Fort Ransom, ND. (Photo: US Army) Michael T. Klare
Welcome to a World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose
What the U.S. military will be doing in a climate crisis future
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 UTOP policemen are driving away demonstrators who support former President Morales and demand the resignation of current interim president Jianine Añiez. (Photo: Gaston Brito/picture alliance via Getty Images) Angela Marino
The Right-Wing Coup in Bolivia Is Exactly the Opposite of What Democracy Looks Like
While emboldening the right wing at home, the face of U.S. foreign affairs once again masks evil with indefensible hypocrisy for people all around the world to see.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
GUATEMALA COUP, 1954. Colonel Miguel Mendoza, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and Major Julio Gaitan (foreground, left-to-right), three leaders of the rebel invasion force which overthrew the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman of Guatemala in 1954. Photographed 24 June 1954. (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images) César Chelala
Coming to Terms With the U.S. Role in Central America
U.S. military intervention has played an important role in the instability, poverty, and violence that drives tens of thousands of people from the Central American countries toward Mexico and the United States.
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When you can’t do good science, you can’t base your public health regulations—your pesticide bans, your pollution controls, your clean water rules, and whatever else—on good science. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jill Richardson
The EPA’s War on Science Continues
The EPA wants to ban research that doesn’t violate the privacy of its subjects. That means less science—and fewer rules for polluters.
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Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It’s poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
Time for a Billionaire Ban
The wealthiest Americans dominate our airwaves. Let’s hear from someone else for a change.
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Chairman Adam Schiff (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (2nd R), Republican of California, during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, with witnesses Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Alan Hirsch
Why This Impeachment Skeptic Changed His Mind
When a president continually engages in inappropriate behavior to win an election, the election itself ceases to be a reliable way of removing him.
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Entire neighborhoods, cities, societies have been shattered by war. The total number of injured and traumatized extends into the tens of millions. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) David Vine
Reckoning With the Costs of War: It's Time to Take Responsibility
As the new Costs of War report and 3.1 million deaths should remind us, part of our responsibility must be to repair some of the immeasurable damage done and to ensure that wars like these never happen again.
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it’s time for the IEA to step up or step aside. (Photograph: Shutterstock) Kelly Trout
Decoding the IEA’s Scenario Spin: Real Reform or More of the Same?
From the IEA’s preview materials, we already know this: The IEA is still failing, in 2019, to respond to climate emergency and steer energy decisions away from fossil fuels and towards the renewable future required to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
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A supporter of former President Evo Morales hands over an indigenous flags "wiphala" to an anti-riot police officer during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 12, 2019. Protesters have been in the streets calling for Morales' resignation. He stepped down after the army requested he leave his post and requested political asylum from Mexico. (Photo: Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
How the OAS and US Just Helped Overthrow Another Government
The U.S. government and the Organization for American States can notch another coup on their belts.
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A couple walks along a line of tractors blocking the parliament in Kiev on November 12, 2019, during a rally to protest against government plans to lift the moratorium on agricultural land sales, a step long awaited by investors but opposed by the Ukrainians fearing a foreign land grab. The former Soviet country, whose stalling economy has been propped up by Western aid in recent years, is home to some of the largest swathes of cultivated land in Europe. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUP Frederic Mousseau, Elena Teare
Ukraine, the Land of Quid Pro Quos
If we are to take the matter of quid pro quos seriously, we should take the measure of over US$20 billion of aid forcing Ukraine to privatize its land and its economy for the profit of a few Western interests.
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In both style and to a certain degree substance, Trump is more mobster a la Capone than politician a la Nixon. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot) Bill Blum
Think Capone When It Comes to Trump’s Impeachment
For Trump, rules, including the rule of law, are meant to be broken. Defiance, fueled by a volatile mix of psychopathology, sociopathy and ignorance, is his brand.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ben Freeman , Ryan Summers
The Perfectly Legal Ways Foreign Powers Subvert US Democracy
Foreign powers have ample ability, through their lobbyists, to directly influence congressional legislation. They also have at least three indirect, perfectly legal avenues for trying to shift U.S. foreign policy in their favor: think tanks, the media, and academia.
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Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales, take part in a march in downtown La Paz on November 12, 2019, after he left in exile to Mexico. - Bolivia's Evo Morales was en route to exile in Mexico on Tuesday, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his abrupt resignation as president. The senator set to succeed Morales as interim president, Jeanine Anez, pledged to call fresh elections to end the political crisis. (Photo: Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia
The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation's massive reserves of this crucial mineral.
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In another poll from a crucial state, California, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 39% of Latinos in California said they prefer Sanders, compared to 21%  for Biden and 5% for  Warren. (Photo: Mark Makela / Stringer/ Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think
"While there’s no one candidate that’s won the hearts and minds of all women voters, it’s Bernie Sanders who has made the most progress."
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Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva passing through the crowd of his supporters after his speech in front of ABC Metallurgists Unionin San Bernardo do Campo, Brazil November 9, 2019. (Photo: Felipe Beltrame/NurPhoto/PA Images) Danica Jorden
Lula Free, Bolsonaro in Rage
A ruling by the Constitutional Court provisionally released Lula. An important part of the Brazilian people welcomed the news with joy and hope. But Bolsonaro reacted with rage and called him "guilty scum."
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Moments after Trump’s statement praising the Bolivian military, Mexico announced it had granted Morales political asylum. Around two dozen lawmakers and officials from Bolivia already had sought refuge from Mexico. (Photo: Flickr) Kevin Gosztola
Trump Applauds Bolivia’s Military Coup As US Establishment Media Blame Morales For Turmoil
Right-wing opposition forces, and their supporters in the U.S. government, benefited from the sheer ignorance of the electoral process in Bolivia, which was weaponized to further destabilize the country.
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Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 12, 2019. - A state of emergency was declared on November 11 and residents in the Sydney area were warned of "catastrophic" fire danger as Australia prepared for a fresh wave of deadly bushfires that have ravaged the drought-stricken east of the country. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
'Catastrophic' Wildfires Threaten Sydney, Australia as Government Backs Coal
A new report on the G20 and climate finds that Australia’s emissions are increasing and there is no plan to rein them in.
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The corporate coup orchestrated by the ruling oligarchs over the past few decades gave us Donald Trump. If this coup is not reversed, far worse will follow. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
Death by Oligarchy
When those on the bottom and in the middle of the social pyramid lose their voice and agency, when the society exists only to serve the greed of the rich, when income inequality reaches the levels it has reached in the United States, the social fabric is torn apart and the society destroys itself.
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