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Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The mass incarceration system has relied on the same kind of dehumanizing language to sustain and legitimize its abuses. (Photo: Erin George, Ravi Mangla
How Dehumanizing Language Fuels Mass Incarceration
Projects to dismantle the system of mass incarceration must exist alongside a concerted effort to restore the humanity of incarcerated people, formerly incarcerated people, and other justice-involved people.
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 Part of the pushback against these deals is the continued growth in rural communities of controversial factory farms (operations with thousands, if not tens of thousands, of animals producing large amounts of manure) primarily to feed exporting agribusiness companies. (Photo: KOMUnews/cc/flickr) Ben Lilliston
Trump’s Japan Deal Another Win for Global Meat Companies
The Trump administration is building quite a record of favoritism for these multinationals that now rivals its well-known allegiance to the fossil fuel industry.
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Hypersonic weapons are just the most recent manifestation of the urge to engage in an “arms race,” even if, as a sports metaphor, it couldn’t be more off base. (Photo: Reuters) Rajan Menon
Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security
Why arms races never end.
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A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests with others outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
One Year After Khashoggi's Brutal Murder: Business as Usual?
Who is more evil—the maniacal Saudi crown prince responsible for the journalist's gruesome assassination and the murder of tens of thousands of Yemenis, or the mendacious world leaders and businesspeople who continue to give MbS their support?
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Saudi Arabia continues to insist that the September 14 attack on its oil facilities came from Iran, and not from Yemen. This is despite the fact that both the civilian and the military authorities in Iran have denied that they conducted the successful raid on the Saudi airfields. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Iran’s Capacity to Strike Back Should Even Make a Politically Desperate Trump Think Twice
Such a scenario means that the entire region—from the Mediterranean Sea to the Hindu Kush mountains—will be plunged deeper into war.
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Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses an audience on the campus of the University of Chapel Hill during a campaign rally on September 19, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sanders spoke to college students on the working people's rights, among fair wage and health care. (Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Bernie’s Student Debt Plan Creates a Million More Jobs Than Warren’s—She Should Embrace It
Full student debt cancellation, of the kind Sanders is proposing, would create at least a million more jobs than the plan Warren has put forth. Why, then, would progressives oppose it?
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We now know #Shellknew, but carried on drilling. (Photo: Fossil Free Deutschland) Andy Rowell
Despite Climate Emergency, Shell Boss Still Thinks It's "Legitimate to Invest" in Oil
Shell still cares more about its shareholders than it does about society. It cares more about profit than it does people. It cares more about cash than a safe climate.
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Climate activists gathered outside the CNN studios in New York, where a Town Hall on Climate Policy was held on September 4, 2019. The activists demanded that leading Democratic presidential candidates commit to meaningful climate action. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images) Sarah Myhre
Why Women’s Climate Leadership Is Vital
Women’s leadership won’t be a panacea for the overwhelming whiteness of climate leadership, but it’s a starting place.
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Header from the Kushner "peace plan." Joshua Cho
In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes
That Jared Kushner or this administration cares about "peace" for the Palestinians has always been a farce.
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A protester dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and another dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump stand outside the White House in the wake of the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 19, 2018. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Juan Cole
On the Anniversary of Khashoggi's Grisly Assassination, Are Trump's Calls With Saudi Prince Also on Top Secret Server?
Besides Ukraine, it appears likely that the White House may have also put conversations U.S. president had with Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
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Mitch McConnell said Monday that Senate rules would require him to take up any articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if approved by the House. (Photo: Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
McConnell's Republican Senate Is a Roadblock to Progress in America
The Majority Leader and his GOP allies will block reforms our nation desperately needs until voters move them out of the way.
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US President Donald Trump talking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Real Lesson of Ukraine Gate Is That Trump's 2020 Reelection Campaign Will Be Ruthless
The real value of the formal impeachment now underway is to put Trump on notice that he can't necessarily get away with abusing his presidential power to win reelection. He will still try, of course.
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Monday, September 30, 2019
People disabled by war are a common site in Kabul. Here a man arrives in a wheelchair to receive duvets given out to help families survive the cold winter. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Kathy Kelly
The Wounds of War
A U.S. drone killed at least thirty-two pine nut farmers in Afghanistan and yet the U.S. war machine keeps grinding on.
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Why would Democrats want to spend even a minute during this Presidential campaign defending Biden against corruption charges, when there are plenty of other qualified Democratic candidates without this liability? (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Fighting Corruption Must Be Our Focus In 2020
The future of the nation and the planet is at stake.
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In a nation where locking up young black men is a lot more expedient than fixing their broken neighborhoods, yet it runs away at accelerating speed from the Donald Trumps and the Jeffrey Epsteins and all the others who hire the right lawyers and know the right people.(Photo: Shutterstock) Will Bunch
Trump Impeachment Isn’t Politics. It’s Whether There's Anything America’s Powerful Can’t Get Away With
There’s a long way to go before America can plausibly claim that no man is above the law, but the impeachment of a crooked president will be a massive and long-overdue step in the right direction.
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Increasing numbers of the young are now starting to make demands and, in the wake of that march, I have the feeling that the demanding won’t stop until they get at least some of what they want -- and the rest of us so desperately need. (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Make America Greta Again
"Sea levels are rising and so are we!"
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Michael Winship
Healthcare Reformer Wendell Potter: The For-Profit 'System Is Unraveling'
A business group comes out swinging on behalf of Medicare for All.
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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ellen Brown
The Disaster of Negative Interest Rates
President Trump wants negative interest rates, but they would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, and his objectives can be better achieved by other means.
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Young climate strikers march through Melbourne, Australia on May 3, 2019. (Photo:  julian meehan/flickr/cc) Leah Asmelash
Greta Thunberg Isn't Alone. Meet Some Other Young Activists Who Are Leading the Environmentalist Fight
Around the globe, young people are sounding the alarm on climate change and environmental issues by organizing rallies and confronting policymakers.
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Norman Solomon
MoveOn's Phony New Campaign for 'Protecting Whistleblowers'
In the last decade, MoveOn—which says it has an email list of 8 million "members"—has refused to do any campaigns to help Manning, Drake, Snowden, Kiriakou, or Sterling.
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Sunday, September 29, 2019
Manar Waheed
Slashing of the Refugee Cap Latest Sickening Move by Trump
Trump continues the legacy he began with the Muslim ban, betraying communities and implementing discriminatory and hateful policies at nearly every turn.
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Jim Naureckas
Corporate Media Still Waiting for Trump to Knock Over a Bank
The corporate media establishment is devoted to the peculiar notion of "objectivity"—which, somewhat counterintuitively, rejects the idea that there is an objective reality that journalists can meaningfully describe.
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Juan Cole
Yemen’s Houthis Claim Invasion of Saudi Arabia, Capture of Thousands of Troops in Najran
If the story is true, it is a huge development.
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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Kathy Kelly
The Wounds of War in Afghanistan
Recovering from a broken hip, the author reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war.
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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Peter Dreier
Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory?
The Speaker of the House has helped build an impressive roster of players. The questions that liberals and Democrats—indeed, most Americans—are now asking is whether she can bring the team into the end zone.
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David Solnit, Julie Searle
San Francisco Climate Strike Street Murals Take Over Wall Street West
"This is what arts and resistance looks like in San Francisco!" declared one of the many groups involved in the collective action. "Shutting down 2 blocks of SF’s financial district to disrupt climate profiteers!"
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Ralph Nader
Will Constitutional Outlaw Trump Implode With Lies Before He is Impeached?
When he is not openly violating the Constitution, Trump lies and commits impeachable offenses.
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Friday, September 27, 2019
School students, Local Citizens, Environmental Activists shout slogans as they participate in a global climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future", Kolkata, India, September 27, 2019. (Photo: Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Margaret Klein Salamon
With a Planet on Fire, This Is What It Means to Enter Emergency Mode
The climate crisis is an unprecedented emergency. How we react to the climate crisis will shape centuries and millennia to come.
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Revolving-door hires and former defense executives in government remain a powerful force for the status quo in Pentagon spending. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) William Hartung, Mandy Smithberger
Bestselling Pentagon Fiction: Beware of Defense Secretaries Pledging Reform
A trillion-dollar future Pentagon budget?
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Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) Ryan Cooper
The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius
He is not some omnipotent political mastermind. Attacks on his integrity, competence, appearance, or anything else that he's sensitive about will drive him nuts and sow chaos in his administration.
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Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by at least 24 women. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Trump Is Deserving of an Impeachment Inquiry, Many Times Over
"At some point, we have to stand up to him and let him know that the line has been drawn, and you will go no further."
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A scene from New York City's Global Climate Strike. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig) Sonali Kolhatkar
Children to Adults: 'Do Your Job So We Have a Future'
Children not only have the scientific facts on their side, but the moral clarity to demand change.
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This is the sort of tactic former vice president Richard Bruce Cheney deployed against CIA operative Valerie Plame, to punish her husband Joe Wilson for revealing that there was never any solid evidence that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Witness Intimidation: Unbalanced Trump Seeks Whistleblower Sources, Hints Execution for Espionage
Trump is desperate to prevent more whistleblowers from surfacing and revealing more crimes or more details about the Zelensky shakedown.
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Making the connection between the environment, nuclear war, peace and the survival of our world is critical. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Robert Dodge
Hope and Necessity This International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
There cannot be peace on the planet without peace with the planet.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joins fellow House Democrats to mark 200 days since they passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act with a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following the release of a whistle-blower complaint about abuse of power, the House Democratic leadership announced this week that it is launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Slow Down. The Case for a Deliberate and Focused Impeachment Inquiry
Three reasons why it would be a mistake for House Democrats to rush the investigation into the president
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Trevor Timm
Trump’s Ukraine Scandal Shows Why Whistleblowers Are So Vital to Democracy
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have consistently demonized people who share information with the press and public.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
 Today the US military support for Saudi Arabia is connected to the US fossil fuel industry’s determination to control access to the world’s oil. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
10 Ways That the Climate Crisis and Militarism Are Intertwined
To free up billions of Pentagon dollars for investing in critical environmental projects and to eliminate the environmental havoc of war, movements for a livable, peaceful planet need to put "ending war" at the top of the "must do" list.
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Supporters rally for universal health care in Chicago. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
No One Should Have to Bargain for Health Care
As the GM strike shows, employers use their workers’ health as a bargaining chip. Medicare for All would end that.
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Thomas Neuburger
Bernie Sanders, Medical Debt, and the Proposal for a Public Credit Agency
Families that are in trouble due to medical debt are in trouble now , and the relief they need is also now . This plan offers it.
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Trump relishes the role of an underdog, persecuted by the powerful. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home
Trump has been enlisting foreign leaders in his fight against the U.S. state. Is impeachment a moral necessity or political trap?
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Trump went on to withhold $250 million in military aid from Ukraine, which Congress appropriated, and many suspect the suspension of aid was a way of pressuring Zelensky to look into Hunter Biden. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Annals of Impeachment: From Nixon’s "Smoking Gun" Tape to Trump Zelensky Summary
Trump and his cronies are so far gone that they actually thought that staffers’ summary of his July conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky would exonerate him. Instead, it has so many Nixonian smoking guns that it single-handedly provoked a smog alert on Capitol Hill.
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Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R) and incumbent U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) share a moment during a mock swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
That the former vice president could say such a thing about his successor—who has loyally served as Trump's highest-ranking henchman—illuminates a lot about Biden's style and his substance.
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry today after allegations that President Donald Trump sought to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate leading Democratic presidential contender, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, which was the subject of a reported whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Ima John Atcheson
In the End, Trump Left Pelosi No Choice on Impeachment
If we must impeach, we must target the fundamental nature of the crimes, not the criminal.
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 "There can be good lives for all people if we abandon the goal of infinite energy growth. Our guiding principle needs to be that the only form of truly clean energy is less energy." (Photo: Bryan Minear/Unsplash) Robert C. Koehler
Climate Change and Consciousness Shift
Perhaps it takes a climate crisis to get us to understand that our home is the whole planet and we’re all in this as one.
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The rights of nature represents necessary legal and cultural shifts in which we understand ourselves as part of nature, and not, as Colombia’s Constitutional Court explained, "a ruler of nature." (Photo: Jim Liestman/Flickr/cc) Mari Margil
Legal Rights of the Natural World: Beyond Personhood
By becoming a bearer of rights, nature is now being thrust into the murky realm of legal personhood.
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Two children drinking water outdoors. An estimated 110 million Americans are potentially exposed to PFAS through drinking water. (Photo: Shutterstock) Michael Green
Trump Threatens to Veto First-Ever Congressional Action on "Forever Chemicals"
PFAS are "forever chemicals": They take thousands of years to break down—and can remain in our bodies for decades.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) answers questions on the potential of impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. McConnell refused to answer hypothetical questions on the impeachment topic, but did indicate he was not provided a reason by the Trump administration for financial aid being withheld from Ukraine. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Lisa Gilbert
Impeach Trump? Yes. But Don't Forget Complicity of McConnell and GOP
The party's silence makes it partly responsible for the fact that at the helm of the country is a corrupt and craven want-to-be autocrat who tramples the Constitution on a regular basis.
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Impeachment supporters rally outside the White House. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
The Case for Impeachment Goes Way Beyond Ukraine
Democrats need to take Trump’s crimes against people and the planet as seriously as those against Joe Biden.
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Attorney General William Barr in the Oval Office. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/White House) Charles P. Pierce
Trump's Ukraine Call 'Not-a-Transcript' Proves This Is 'Stupid Watergate'
The Trumpists release a non-transcript that is nonetheless incriminating—for the president, for his attorney general, and for Rudy Giuliani.
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An impassioned and blunt speech by Greta Thunberg urged world leaders to finally understand the urgency of our climate emergency. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) Andy Rowell
Big Polluters Respond to Greta’s Climate Call With "Woefully Short" Ambition
Most leaders still pledge climate action out of one side of their mouth and continue investing in fossil fuels out of the other.
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New polling from Data for Progress shows that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are united in their support for policies that would radically restructure the current system. (Photo: Floris Van Cauwelaert/flickr/cc) Nancy J. Altman, Sean McElwee
You Might Be Surprised at How Far Americans Are Willing to Go to Overthrow the Power of Big Pharma
No industry is more unpopular than the pharmaceutical industry.
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Last Friday, as four million young people marched in the world’s capitals for action on climate, countless more were on the picket line supporting autoworkers who are out on strike. (Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Climate Strike/Auto Strike: Same Struggle, Same Fight
We want a future, a future we can live in, in a society that values people and planet, now and coming up.
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Storytelling of people’s experiences is especially useful: It shifts the discourse from one that identifies migrants as threats to one that sees migrants as fellow humans; it replaces racist rhetoric with empathy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Julia Paley
The End of Asylum?
Trump’s asylum ban and kangaroo tent courts threaten to destroy a pillar of international humanitarian law. What can we do?
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United Auto Workers members picket outside of General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Workers Are Asking, Whose Side Are You On?
Auto workers, nurses, pilots, hotel workers—they’re all going on strike. Trump boasts about the "economic miracle," but most workers aren’t experiencing it.
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Is anyone benefiting in Trump’s economy? The wealthy and corporations have never had it this good. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
Trump's Economy Leaves Working People Behind. Here Are the Receipts.
The next time Trump and his enablers boast about the economy to distract from the damage they’re really doing to America, know the truth.
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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. - Amid mounting allegations of abuse of power by the US president, Pelosi announced the start of the inquiry in the House of Representatives, the first step in a process that could ultimately lead to Trump's removal from office. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Two Cheers—Not Three—for Pelosi's Speech on Impeachment
This is serious progress, but it remains to be seen whether the House Democrats now have a real political strategy for impeachment.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Through the Mueller investigation, President Trump should have learned the legal risks of seeking foreign support for his election efforts. Instead, he seems only to have learned that he can get away with it. (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Paul Seamus Ryan
The "Quid" Is a Crime: No Need to Prove "Pro Quo" in Ukrainegate
Americans have long prided themselves on a belief that no one is above our nation’s laws. President Trump seems determined to prove us wrong.
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Trump spent most of the day at an event on religious discrimination, held in a basement room and not attended by many world leaders but appreciated by American evangelists. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Evelyn Leopold
How Serious People Planned to Avert Climate Catastrophe at the UN (While Trump Hung Out in the Basement)
The Trump administration has leapt back into the 19th century, canceling as many fuel emission policies as possible and rolling back more than 80 environmental rules and regulations.
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The majority of civilians who are violently killed in Afghanistan are now violently killed by the U.S. and its partners—and that’s not for a lack of competition, with the Taliban answering record-high airstrikes with atrocity after atrocity of their own. (Photo: Shutterstock) Charles Davis
Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Like racist mass murders at home, drone attacks killing dozens of civilians at a time are only possible because of a culture of dehumanization.
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In my 20 years working inside the industry and the 11 years I’ve been watching from the outside, I have never seen such high support among the people who get their coverage through their employers for switching to a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Wendell Potter
Why the Private Health Insurance Industry Faces an Existential Crisis
A former health insurance executive says the moment the insurance industry fears most has arrived.
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Even with the billions and billions of dollars spent, the new technologies, the smart walls (and dumb ones), the checkpoints and biometric ID devices, borders can always be subverted with some grassroots organizing, a little luck, and a joyful spirit.  (Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Border Patrol/Flickr) Todd Miller
Trapped in an Empire of Borders: The American Homeland Is the Planet
The U.S. border is much bigger than you think (and don’t just blame Donald Trump).
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The industrial food system only exists today because of the support it gets from governments which march in lockstep with corporate lobbyists. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) GRAIN
Step Aside Agribusiness, It's Time for Real Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Big food and agribusiness companies are desperate to portray themselves as part of the solution to the climate crisis. But there is no way to reconcile what's needed to heal our planet with their unflinching commitment to growth.
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Gantz (pictured above) had recently boasted about sending "parts of Gaza back to the Stone Age." (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine
For Gantz, war is the answer, as indicated by one of his campaign slogans, "Only the strong survive."
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Most of the torture techniques approved by the Bush administration—which included the interrupted drowning technique known as “waterboarding,” sleep, sensory and food deprivation, shackling in excruciating “stress positions,” the use of loud music and dogs to torment detainees, slamming into walls, solitary confinement, exposure to extreme heat or cold and sexual humiliation—are illegal under both domestic and international law. (Photo: Getty) Brett Wilkins
Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post
Billingslea’s nomination has alarmed human rights advocates due to his unapologetic embrace of torturing suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush administration.
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Julie Hollar
What Corporate Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She’s Not Bernie Sanders
Why has Warren—who has positioned herself as Bernie Sanders’ closest ideological competitor, and a vocal crusader against corporate control over the political system—so far escaped the scathing and skeptical coverage Sanders has received?
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Flanked by other House Democrats, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) speaks as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Why on Earth Is Nancy Pelosi Protecting Donald Trump?
The House Speaker is directly, and personally, undermining the role of Congress as the sole institution of government designed to hold to account a corrupt, inept, and destructive executive.
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Monday, September 23, 2019
President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats)
Biden's disingenuousness is no match for Trump
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The concept of conserving energy is an age-old philosophy embodied in use of the word “reduce.” Those who only see the horrible potential of climate change have an unfortunate tendency to mimic the behavior of climate change deniers as they themselves deny the dangers of alternative energy sources. (Photo: TLPOSCHARSKY/Flickr/cc) Don Fitz
What Is Energy Denial?
Our guiding principle needs to be that the only form of truly clean energy is less energy.
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From left, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calf., Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Jeff Hauser, Max Moran
Why Are House Democrats Afraid to Wield Their Subpoena Power?
Make no mistake: Democratic cowardice toward oversight has real, "kitchen-table" consequences for voters.
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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (2nd L) looks at opposition member Javier Bertucci during the signing of the dialogue agreement between the government and the opposition in Caracas on September 18, 2019. (Photo: Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
Dialogue in Venezuela Another Missed Opportunity for Democrats
Instead of aiding and abetting Trump's disastrous policy, the Democrats need to challenge it, and the most obvious candidate to do so is Bernie Sanders.
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A supporter of the former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva holds a flag during a national strike protest called by unions and students against the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pension reform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images) Celso Amorim
Five Hundred Days of Injustice: On the Imprisonment of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
For normalcy to return to Brazil and for hope to be recovered, Lula's freedom—along with annulment of the faulty process by which he was condemned—is essential.
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The Squad does not agree with Nancy Pelosi about Democratic vulnerability in 2020, and thinks there will be an even bigger blue wave than in 2018, which will sweep conservatives from power and shift the country left. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) Juan Cole
The Squad Was Right About Trump Impeachment
"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior—it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it."
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden works the grill at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Seventeen of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and more than 12,000 of their supporters made an appearance at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
Will Joe Biden Be a Rerun of 2016 Tragedy?
As a throwback to the Clintonite 1990s, Biden says he feels the pain of victims but won’t name many villains. That approach no longer works—and actually plays into the hands of demagogues like Trump.
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The Obama administration further shattered the Greater Middle East and beyond through a string of military interventions. (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters) Danny Sjursen
Just When I Thought Endless War Couldn't Get Any Worse…
A veteran in a world of never-ending wars and improvised explosive devices.
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Patti Lynn, Nnimmo Bassey, & Lidy Nacpil
Want Real Climate Ambition? Keep Polluting Industries Out and Make Them Pay.
The industries that have fueled this crisis should have no part in dictating the solutions—rather, they should be made to pay to address the massive damages they have caused and to finance real solutions to the crisis.
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The ruling elites and the corporations they serve are the principal obstacles to change. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
We must organize to replace existing structures of power with ones capable of coping with the crisis before us.
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Sunday, September 22, 2019
María José Carmona
Stress, Overwork, and Insecurity are Driving the Invisible Workplace Accident Rate
The pressure to work faster and longer is making work more dangerous for diverse jobs, from delivery drivers to home care workers.
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Juan Cole
Bribery and High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Did Trump finally go full impeachable in Ukraine calls?
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Christian Christensen
The US Just Killed 30 Innocent People in Afghanistan. Let's Pretend It Was London.
What if the victims of last week's U.S. drone strike had lived somewhere other than Afghanistan?
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Jessica Garraway
A Real Extinction Rebellion Means the End of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Capitalism
"Our goal is to get 3.5 percent of the population mobilized. It's time to stop thinking about our target audience as middle class white people. Those who are already fighting are the most likely to join us in mass."
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Tom Valovic
Google Becomes Evil
Why is the tech giant censoring alternative web sites?
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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Ryan Cooper
The Rise of the Entitled Millennial Politician
"Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with young people running for office... But simply being young does not mean one has access to the fountain of all wisdom. One must also have good political views."
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Sarah Jones
Yoga Teachers Are Unionizing to Heal the Wellness Industry
"You're in the wellness industry, your job is about health, and yet your own health is not supported or guaranteed in any way."
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Savannah Kinsey
Fighting for Healthcare in America's Forgotten Towns
"Life expectancy in my Western Pennsylvania town is on its way down. But there’s hope—if we fight harmful myths about poverty."
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Eleanore Catolico
Why Detroit Could Be the Engine for the Green New Deal
The city exhibits all of the problems the framework is meant to heal.
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Randall Amster
Youth Trumps Fossils
"Perhaps these youths don't have all the answers, but they're asking the right questions. How much more evidence do we need before taking action?"
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Friday, September 20, 2019
The worst tragedy is that companies get to make millions attacking indigenous people and burning down vital ecosystems. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson
Who’s Burning the Amazon?
The fires are no accident. They’re set by people turning a profit in a grocery store near you.
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Dipti Bhatnagar
We Have a Decision to Make. Change the System or Face Climate Catastrophe
We have a choice between a better world that will be climate-just , or a world of injustice, suffering, and species collapse.
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) met with press on Thursday Sept. 19, 2019 to announce that she would be introducing a House Resolution in support of teaching climate change in schools. (Photo: Bill Bigelow
Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for Climate Education in All Schools
“We need to teach every young person the human impacts of climate change and how to combat the climate crisis before it is too late.”
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In recent years, as the American-led coalition has closed down bases in advance of a prospective U.S. military withdrawal, more and more Afghans have died or been injured by military waste exploding in abandoned areas once used by international security forces as firing ranges. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Stephanie Savell
The Saddest Story of All: The Imperial Debris of War
Why ending the Afghan War won’t end the killing.
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Students protest in front of the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was part of the global climate strike in March, when students around the world demanded that elected officials take action on climate change. (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images) Stephanie Van Hook
Beyond Coping: How to Find the Strength to Take on Climate Change
Our emotional energy can be a source of power.
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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center in orange shirt, participates in a youth climate strike outside the United Nations on Aug. 30 in New York City. Thunberg was also in town to address the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
It's Time to Strike for the Climate
Not only is the cost of inaction going to be astronomical, but so is the cost to the human race, in terms of livelihoods, homes, environments and lives.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., attend a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center with House and Senate Democrats on a report which they say shows that prescription drug prices have risen under President Trump on May 10, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Dana Brown
Pelosi Plan Not Good Enough: Lower Drug Prices Now Through a Pharmaceutical Public Option
There has never been more momentum or more public outrage on drug pricing and issues of corporate excess in the pharmaceutical sector. The people deserve—and are demanding—much something much better.
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Participants of a demonstration clap their hands and write the Icelandic "Hu". The demonstrators follow the call of the movement Fridays for Future and want to fight for more climate protection. They want to support the calls for strikes and protests all over the world. (Photo: Patrick Seeger/dpa/Getty Images) Rachel Sarah
To the Adults Who Are Striking Today for the Future, Thank You
Today is the day we must stand up for all generations.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019
How do Democrats envision making the leap from fearfully refusing to sponsor a climate debate to the next President of the United States suddenly being positioned to rally an entire nation to get behind a World War II-scale national climate mobilization? (Photo by mdgovpics/Flickr) Tom Weis
Another Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez: How Are Democrats Going to Contain the Climate Worldfire If They Won’t Even Hold a Climate Debate?
Either the Democratic Party is committed to mobilizing America to "address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II" or it isn't.
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Movements are the great sign of hope. (Photo: YES! illustration by Fran Murphy) Shannan Stoll
Where Bill McKibben Finds Hope Amid the Climate Crisis
The environmental activist says surviving an existential threat like climate change requires honesty—and hope.
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Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing September 18, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Thunberg, who recently sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-carbon emissions sailboat, is in Washington to discuss the climate crisis with lawmakers and will speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Greta Tells Congress to #UniteBehindtheScience
On Friday tens of millions of people around the world will participate in a climate strike, demanding action on the issue and an end to the use of fossil fuels.
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For some species, climate impacts are not as direct but all living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems (Photo: Jenny Lee Silver via Flickr) David Suzuki, Rachel Plotkin
Connecting the Dots Between the Climate and Biodiversity Crises
The polar bear has become the poster child for climate change impacts in the Arctic. Sea ice, which the bears depend on for hunting, is melting at an ever-expanding rate.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Here We Go Again: Neoliberal Centrists Are Anointing One of Their Own—and It Could Cost Us
Running a candidate who will advocate policies that are embraced by the elite are done in the interests of the oligarchy is literally the only path that leads to a Trump victory in 2020.
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As wealth continues to concentrate at the top, the extremely wealthy are using it shut out students who are already hundreds of steps behind on the road to success—all to give the already affluent another boost along the way. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America
Low-income parents risk jail for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the poor out.
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