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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
MSNBC host Chris Matthews on "Morning Joe" Monday said he was unhappy with the direction voters are taking the Democratic Party. (Photo: screenshot/MSNBC) Jacob Bacharach
Chris Matthews and the Twilight of the Boomer's Pro-Corporate Establishment
This ineffectual effort to red-bait Sanders and smear his supporters as wannabe Stalinists or violent revolutionaries, are absurd on their face.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Most of the time, those overseas conflicts are literally out of sight (and largely out of mind). (Photo:Reuters) William Astore
America’s Endless Wars Persist Because They Don’t Exist (For Americans)
Even though the U.S. now lives in a state of perpetual war, for most Americans it’s a peculiar form of non-war.
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"The only candidate running for President this year who has earned our trust as well as the trust of the Climate Emergency Movement—the only candidate with the moral courage to lead the United States, and the world, through the era of the climate and ecological emergency—is Senator Bernie Sanders," writes Silk and the Climate Mobilization team. "We are proud to endorse him." (Image: Climate Mobilization) Ezra Silk
We Need an Unprecedented Mobilization to Fight the Climate Emergency. That's Why We Endorse Bernie Sanders.
We need an unprecedented grassroots movement—one that is now beginning to rise across the world—to demand and to win the emergency mobilization we need to save our future. But we also need a deeply principled and courageous leader.
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Before becoming a national figure, he hosted free, simple meals with discussions of the vital issues of the day in communities small and smaller (this is Vermont). (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Nancy Braus
What the Vermont Electorate Can Teach You About Bernie Sanders
What we see in Bernie is what we get. And millions of us like what we see.
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Donald Trump—bully, boss, and self-appointed protector of his followers—reminds us to be afraid, be very afraid. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Phyllis Eckhaus
Politics Is Primal
Politics is about power…and only the most privileged can afford to ignore the looming terror of navigating the world with neither power nor protection, of being at the mercy of ruthless others.
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A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wears a sign reading 'Don't shoot the messenger' while she demonstrates outside Woolwich Crown Court prior to his extradition hearing on February 25, 2020 in London, England. Assange is wanted by the United States on charges related to the publication of classified US military documents and faces a possible maximum 175-year prison sentence. (Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
Assange’s Extradition Hearing Reveals Trump’s War on Free Press Is Targeting WikiLeaks Publisher
Major human rights organizations and press freedom groups, including Amnesty International and The Committee to Protect Journalists, have now come out strongly against Assange's extradition to the United States.
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while the attacks on Sanders contributed to his defeat in 2016, they proved less effective than the red-baiting of old. Bill Blum
The Despicable (and Very Predictable) Red-Baiting of Bernie Sanders
If Donald Trump is to be unseated in November, the red-baiting of the Democratic frontrunner and the demonizing of his supporters must end—full stop, once and for all.
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) waves to guests after being interviewed by Rev. Jesse Jackson at Operation Rainbow Push on March 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Residents in Illinois go to the polls on March 15 for their state's primary. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
The Important Word When Bernie Says 'Democratic Socialism' Is 'Democratic'
Sen. Sanders isn't talking about making America into Cuba or Venezuela. He's talking about extending social guarantees like those offered in other advanced countries, such as Denmark and Sweden.
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Despite leadership’s rejection of Sanders he won an overwhelming victory in Nevada and appears to have done very well in union households. (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters) John Buell
Why the Nevada Culinary Workers Revolted Against Their Union Bosses to Support Sanders and Medicare for All
Sanders defenders have done a good job explaining that freedom of choice of one’s physicians and cost savings are better secured by Medicare For All than by any private plan.
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The burden of air pollution is well documented but still one of America’s most under-reported tragedies. (Photo: Pixabay) Derrick Z. Jackson
How the Trump Administration’s Polluted Policies Are Hurting Children
Let the children suffocate.
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Extremely wealthy individuals may spend hundreds of millions on political contributions with the aim of influencing policies that will benefit them. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Chuck Collins
The U.S. Would Be Better Off With Fewer Billionaires
Living under an oligarchic system, we should develop a healthy skepticism of the actions of billionaires, whether they are running for office, bankrolling other candidates or giving billions to charity.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) waves to supporters at a campaign rally on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Jim Naureckas
Bernie Sanders Plunges to First Place
For the most part corporate media have moved on to the next stage of grieving, which is anger.
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A Green New Deal might be expensive, but doing nothing about climate change will almost certainly cost far more. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The Humongous Costs of Inaction
If we don’t launch something as bold as a Green New Deal, we’ll spend trillions coping with the consequences of our failure to be bold.
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Monday, February 24, 2020
Juan Cole
MSNBC's Chris Matthews Epitomizes Corporate Democrats' Bernie Derangement Syndrome
Corporate media will not tell you what America’s real problems are, because they are the class that benefits from all the dysfunctional characteristics of our Late Capitalism.
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Nurses and doctors rallying for Medicare for All in Chicago over the weekend outside the annual gathering of the American Medical Association which currently opposes the plan to make healthcare coverage in the United States available to all. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Robert Dodge
Medicare for All, Union Benefits, and the Promise of #NotMeUs
The nation's healthcare crisis is staring us in the face. And so is the solution.
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President Donald Trump's address to the nation regarding border security is shown on a television screen in Times Square, January 8, 2019 in New York City. A partial shutdown of the federal government extended to 17 days following the president's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall while Democrats have refused. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Going Off-Script in the Age of Trump
The American susceptibility to contrived and scripted versions of reality reveals an emptiness at the core of our national politics.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The proposed legislation, which will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) David Goodner
How Bernie Can Provide a Better Version of the Hope and Change Presidency of Barack Obama
Is Sanders the Obama 2.0 that Democrats have been looking for? After tearing his way through Nevada, Bernie pivots to Super Tuesday with his eye on the White House. Here are the top five mistakes of his predecessor he must avoid in order to finally win universal health-care and a permanent...
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Ann Toback, CEO of the Workers Circle, speaks at the Women's March rally in New York City on January 18, 2020. (Photo: The Workers Circle) Michael Winship
The Workers Circle Fights Injustice with Activism—and Joy
A conversation with CEO Ann Toback: "Dissent is one of the great privileges of being a patriot."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Diane Archer
Here's What 22 Separate Studies Found: Medicare for All Would Cost Less Than the For-Profit Status Quo
No matter how you design a single-payer public health insurance system, it would have lower overall health care costs, so long as for-profit private health insurers no longer exist to drive up health care costs.
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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg greets supporters as he arrives at a town hall campaign event at the Denver Airport Convention Center February 22, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Nevada held its presidential caucus earlier today. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
As a Corporate Tool, Buttigieg Is Now a Hammer to Bash Sanders
The corporate establishment has not yet figured out how to defeat Bernie Sanders in the primary, but the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana appears dead set on damaging the progressive frontrunner as much as possible.
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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Jud Lounsbury
'Blue-Collar Boom' Is a Bust
Trump's claims of a reinvigorated economy are mostly bogus.
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Jim Hightower
The Lie of Healthcare 'Choice'
In our corporate-run health system, consumer "choices" are shaped entirely by profit-seeking monopolists.
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Ann Larson
With Bloomberg Running, A Student Debt Strike Is Even More Urgent
Bloomberg's plan doesn't go far enough to address the student debt crisis.
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Juan Cole
Why the Russian Petro-State Is Actually Terrified of a Bernie Sanders Presidency: The Green New Deal
If millions of Americans started driving electric cars with Federal tax breaks and an end to gasoline subsidies, American petroleum demand would plummet.
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Kenneth Peres
Joe Biden Serves Wall Street, Not Main Street
He has relied and continues to rely on the campaign contributions of Wall Street and billionaires, including union busting law firms.
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Ralph Nader
Three Major News Stories That Need To Be Exposed
Bribes to get what Washington and giant multinational corporations want from fragile countries merits more reporting.
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Juan Cole
Russia Wants Trump Reelected, and May Be Making a Bet That Bernie Sanders Can't Defeat Him (They're Wrong)
Many Russian politicians and pundits are convinced that Sanders cannot win. They are wrong in this glib conclusion.
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump-Style Vengeance
Trump's willingness to avenge himself for actions taken he perceives to be hostile to him is not limited to individuals. He can also exact revenge on an entire population.
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Sam Pizzigati
What Billionaires Really Love About Hard Work
Talking about it. Michael Bloomberg is just the latest deep pocket to laud how much he personally labors.
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Friday, February 21, 2020
When one looks beyond the classical models, one sees clearly that those who have accumulated large fortunes did not in any sense earn them. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Vince Taylor
Is Bloomberg Entitled to Keep His Wealth?
Individual wealth in the billions of dollars (and arguably, considerably lower levels) creates a threat to social stability and to the continuation of our democracy.
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Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Opens Monday: Fight for the Free Press Is Now On
From medical professionals to journalists’ associations, the waves of courage that have emerged this week in defense of Julian Assange, invite all of us to join in, and stand on the right side of history.
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Human beings aren’t robots. We can’t just sit at our desks and work. We have all these pointless meetings, frivolous emails and phone calls, co-worker discussions, disruptions and distractions. (Photo: Flickr/Whitter Wang) Steven Singer
Don't Extend Kids' School Day; Shorten Parents' Work Week
The idea of a 32-hour workweek (instead of the traditional 40) is gaining support. After all, much of our time on the job is wasted.
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HONG KONG, CHINA - 2020/01/01: Riot police officers in formation rushing to arrest protesters during the new year day demonstration. The unrest in Hong Kong shows no sign of a abating in 2020, with the new year marked by rallies showing continued resistance against Beijing's tightening grip over the financial hub. (Photo: Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists?
Depends whose police are being protested.
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There needs to be more engagement with the communities our new economy sets out to help. (Photo: Joe Brusky, CC BY-NC 2.0) Antonia Jennings
The Movement to Replace Neoliberalism Has Lost a Battle, But We Can Still Win the War
Now is not the time for despair. Neoliberalism is limping to its death, and it’s up to us to make sure that what comes next isn’t something worse.
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Amid his unprecedented advertising push, Bloomberg has risen in national polls. (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images) Karl Evers-Hillstrom
Michael Bloomberg Is Spending Nearly $6 Million Per Day on Campaign
No candidate has ever come close to Bloomberg’s personal spending.
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People put flowers and candles near the Midnight Shiha Bar for the victims of the recent shooting on February 21, 2020 in Hanau, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) Juan Cole
White Terrorism Targeting Innocent Muslims in Germany Is Not Termed "Terrorism"
It is no accident that the shooter idolized Donald J. Trump, one of the world’s most vocal purveyors of hatred toward Muslims.
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We can and must avoid getting any closer to the brink of nuclear war—we’re already dangling too close to the edge. (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
We Need to Treat Nuclear War Like the Emergency It Is
Alarmingly, the Trump administration is shredding arms control agreements and deploying "more usable" nuclear weapons.
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Bonnie Castillo
Bernie Sanders Best Represents Nurses' Values
The Sanders campaign is premised on building a mass movement for transformative change. Nurses are too.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr. (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice, courtesy of Wikimedia) Bill Blum
The Feud Between Trump and Barr Is a Grand Illusion
The sad truth is that the two men are as simpatico as ever in pursuit of their jointly held goal of executive supremacy.
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We need to act in time enough to matter. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Thomas Neuburger
On February 6th Antarctica Was Warmer Than Orlando, or Why I Support Only Sanders
Even if we elect a better-than-Trump, half-measures candidate, we're still not better off. Our grandchildren will curse us all the same.
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Bill Spence
Australian Government Is Burning Our Children's Future
Despite devastating fires, the Australian government is actively opposing any moves to limit climate damage.
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Studies suggest there is bias against women and ethnic minorities in both the health care and criminal justice systems. (Photo: Getty Images/Christopher Robbins) Anne P. DePrince, Jennifer M. Gómez
Weinstein Trial Begs a Question: Why Is the Pain of Women and Minorities Often Ignored?
Recognizing and believing their pain is essential to the work of healing and justice.
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Faith leaders pray with President Donald Trump during a Jan. 3, 2020 rally for evangelical supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry church in Miami. (Photo: Lynne Sladky / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump Goes Global With His Absurd Anti-Abortion Agenda
In spite of the relentless fearmongering, legislative erosion of women’s rights and powerful political allies to do their bidding, the anti-abortionists remain a minority.
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I want to live in a country where talented people from poor families can still go to college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Trump Wants to Cancel Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants
A broken promise to teachers and nonprofit workers.
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Participants at We Must Do M.O.R.E. tour stop in Greenfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 2020. (Photo: Steve Pavey) James Goodman
Poor People’s Campaign Puts the Spotlight on Poverty
Series of gatherings around the country builds momentum for June 20 march.
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11/9/35: General Smedley D. Butler, U.S. Marines, retired, pictured as he addressed a crowd of 6,000 participants in an anti-war demonstration on Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, Nov. 9th. Butler suggested, "That the government pay business and commercial interests not to trade with warring nations." (Photo: Bettman/Getty) Danny Sjursen
Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?
Why no retired generals oppose America's forever wars.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Arguments for Bloomberg’s candidacy stress his wealth as a plus, a kind of monetary insulation against outside influence, and his self-made billionaire status as a key weapon against Trump. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Ilana Novick
Progressives Will Stay Home for Michael Bloomberg
The ability to buy your way into power is not proof that people like what you do—for Bloomberg or for Trump.
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Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with the demonstrated experience and will to rectify the systemic injustice in America. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jaz Brisack et al
Rhodes Scholars on Bernie, Buttigieg, and Meritocracy
From our privileged position, we believe that the only candidate who is committed to transforming inequality and creating universal access to education is Bernie Sanders.
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Bloomberg is joined by Joe Biden on what seems like an endless apology tour. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
Kerner Report Set Standard for What a Serious Presidential Candidate Should Champion
The report became famous for its stark warning: "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal." It was the last attempt to address honestly the structural inequalities that plague African Americans.
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Mega-billionaire, Democratic presidential candidate, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign stop at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images) Jim Goodman
Bloomberg Won’t, As They Say, Play Well in Peoria, But Then, Neither Should Trump
The reality is that Bloomberg and the President are little more than two peas in a pod.
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Krugman is correct enough in saying that the Sanders point of view often goes by the name social democratic. (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Tom Gallagher
Paul Krugman on This Bernie Sanders and Socialism Thing
What Sanders actually calls himself is a "democratic socialist"—a term that never appears in Krugman’s article—because he doesn’t believe that billionaires should be running the show and the working people of the country should.
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"Unelectable" is now an overworked spin pushed by centrist Democrats and their corporate media allies. (Photo: Mara Liasson) Robin Andersen
Factchecking NPR’s Attempted Takedown of Bernie Sanders
Their ignorance is willful, and finds its roots in a profoundly ideological position, an ideology adopted by journalists who favor and are rewarded by corporate arguments promoted by corporate Democrats.
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Corporations like having healthcare linked to employment. They like having people held captive in jobs they hate for fear that they’ll lose their health coverage. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Dudzic
Why Won’t Corporate America Support Single Payer Medicare-for-All?
The only thing that will move most large corporations is a powerful grassroots anti-corporate movement that will hold their feet to the fire.
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Senator Bernie Sanders’ Social Security Expansion Act would subject earned income over $250,000 to the Social Security payroll tax. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Max Richtman
It's Time for Millionaires to Contribute Their Fair Share to Social Security
Some of America’s wealthiest recognize the inherent unfairness in the system.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Stephanie Davis and her daughter, Janiyah, attend the State of the Union address on February 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Jeff Bryant
The Charter School Movement Is Imploding. What Comes Next May Be Worse
Trump’s plan for 'school choice' will lead to the further privatization of public education.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction and Maintenance conference on April 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)   Hamilton Nolan
More Than 1,200 IBEW Members Call on Union Leadership to Retract Biden Endorsement
In organized labor, as in society at large, the 2020 Democratic primary is exposing the deep, latent divide between the left and the establishment.
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a town hall event in Coralville, Iowa on Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Buttigieg and Centrist Dems Want a Military Response to Climate Change. That’s Dangerous.
The Pentagon sees climate victims as threats.
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Thanks to the cowardice of the Obama administration, no CIA officer or any higher official in the administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, no psychologist, no doctor, no one at all has yet been held accountable for the years of torture practiced on a global scale in the war on terror. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Rebecca Gordon
Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents)
"The right to do whatever I want as president."
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Marcha das Margaridas is fighting for the rights of the working class in general and, in particular, for the rights of rural women workers, while welcoming demands from several other social movements. (Photo: Wikipedia) Renata Motta, Marco Antonio Teixeira
Women From Every Corner Occupy Brasilia: the Marcha das Margaridas
One of the largest women's mobilizations in Latin America, the Marcha das Margaridas, is led by rural trade unions, together with agrarian and feminist movements.
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Net zero targets require a significant reduction in pollution and any emissions that remain are offset with measures such as tree planting to reach zero overall. (Photo: Flickr) Emily Beament
World Shifting to Net Zero Emissions
More than 30 trillion of the world annual product (GDP) is being generated in nations, regions and cities with an actual or proposed net zero target.
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The stakes in preserving or reentering these vital arms control treaties could not be higher. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson, Flickr) Olivia Alperstein
An Arms Race That No One Can Win
We all have a vital interest in ensuring that nuclear weapons are not used. It’s time for the United States to take the lead on nonproliferation and disarmament.
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Nancy J. Altman, Linda Benesch
Bloomberg (Still) Wants to Cut Social Security
Bloomberg's words about 'options' are a clear signal. His language is insider speak, a wink and a nod to the donor class that he, like them, favors cutting Social Security.
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Monday, February 17, 2020
Buttigieg changes positions in response to pressure from Wall street and big pharmaceuticals. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
Buttigieg Is a Wall Street Democrat Beholden to Corporate Interests
Given his history, it is no surprise that Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Pharma, health insurers, real estate developers and private equity have decided to invest millions of dollars into Buttigieg’s campaign.
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As we wait to fix our broken system, thousands of people are denied access to healthcare or are crushed by medical debt. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/flickr/cc) Rohit Anand
The Real Choices in American Healthcare
My parents had to decide between my sister’s health or their financial security.
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“The only way to make them care is to make them pay.” (Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) Johnathan Hettinger
Jury Awards $265M in Damages in Dicamba Trial Against Monsanto, BASF
After three weeks of arguments, the jury awarded the peach-farmer plaintiff $15 million in damages and $250 million in punitive damages against the chemical companies.
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Addressing the climate crisis and ensuring a just transition to regenerative agricultural practices will take forward-thinking public investment combined with strong regulation. (Photo: Guido Lois) Tara Ritter
A False Solution: Why Carbon Markets Don't Work for Agriculture
"Carbon markets will do nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All they will do is create another way for polluters to profit from their lack of environmental concern."
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Honduran migrants walk near Esquipulas, Chiquimula departament, Guatemala, on January 16, 2020, after crossing the border in Agua Caliente from Honduras on their way to the United States. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images) Meghan Krausch
We Talk About One U.S.-Backed Coup. Hondurans Talk About Three.
Tracing U.S. complicity in the ongoing human rights crisis in Honduras.
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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu greets Bloomberg when the former mayor flew to Israel in July 2014 to support Israel's assault on Gaza and oppose the FAA decision to suspend domestic flights to the country. Michael Arria
Bloomberg Defied a Flight Ban to Show Support for Israel, Defended the Country Shelling a School and Killing Sleeping Children
Bloomberg: "Unfortunately, if there are innocents getting killed at the same time it’s not Israel’s fault."
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With very few exceptions, the loudest voices to be heard from mass media are coming from individuals with wealth far above the financial vicinity of average Americans. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders
In American politics, hell hath no fury like corporate power scorned.
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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Taliban fighters attend a surrender ceremony in Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2020. Nicolas J.S. Davies
Afghan Troops Say Taliban are Brothers and War is "Not Really Our Fight"
Afghanistan is not the United States' longest war. That tragic distinction belongs to the American Indian Wars.
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After Epic 'Nightmare' in Iowa, Democratic App Built by Secretive Firm Shadow Inc. Comes Under Scrutiny. Officials from the 68th caucus precinct overlook the results of the first referendum count during a caucus event on February 3, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Liliana Harrington
The Company Behind the Iowa Caucus App Debacle has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Treating citizens as mere pawns in a game run by propaganda shops
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The German American Bund’s 1939 rally in support of Nazism at Madison Square Garden, New York, was foretold by Lewis’s 1935 novel, It Can't happen Here. Michael Winship
It's Happening Here...
Messages of resistance in two little books, one a movie script.
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Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside the UK Home Office building on 05 November, 2019 in London, England. Nozomi Hayase
Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement
The US government’s extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange is a critical moment for press freedom, but also for the anti-war movement
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Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet’en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) Linda McQuaig
Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles
The hardball tactics are alarming
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Truthiness: Trump & YouTube Christopher Brauchli
Truthiness: Trump & YouTube
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. -Robert Frost The Black Cottage It must have been a bit of a downer for the trump. It came just three days...
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jamie Peck
Bernie Sanders Can Beat Trump with His Progressive Vision for America. Primary Voters Know It.
Democratic primary voters aren't just eager to win the presidency. They're also eager to see a leader fight for a real progressive policy platform.
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In Nicetown, a North Philadelphia neighborhood that was redlined in the 1930s, banks and mortgage brokers largely stay away. Lenders have been particularly stingy when it comes to home improvement loans. Rawan Elhalaby
Banking is Changing. Its Lack of Diversity Must Change, Too, and Congress Can Help
Ultimately, America’s economy cannot prosper if communities of color don’t prosper.
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Prominent international critics have called Israel’s Jews-only settlements, as well as segregated roads and other infrastructure, a form of apartheid.  (Photo: The West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev is pictured in late December, 2016) Brett Wilkins
UN Publishes List of Companies Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements in Palestine
Prominent international critics have called Israel’s Jews-only settlements, as well as segregated roads and other infrastructure, a form of apartheid.
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Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire Anis Shivani
So Many More People Understand the Meaning of Neoliberalism Today, and That’s a Huge Thing
Ordinary people—nurses, teachers, salespeople, accountants, drivers—increasingly understand what Neoliberalism signifies.
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Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" Laura Flanders
Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don't Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice
If there is one way for the Democrats to bungle this battle for democracy, Bloomberg is it.
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Vice President Henry Wallace (left) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Photo: Library of Congress) Ralph Nader
“Democratic Socialism” – Bring it on Corporate Socialists!
Our government today is of, by, and for the dominant corporations
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Friday, February 14, 2020
Many industries in the U.S. are dominated by just a handful of companies, such as Amazon and Apple. (Photo: Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Amitrajeet A. Batabyal
How the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Increase Inequality
Since economic power leads to political power, these companies have used their resources to lobby for rules and regulations that further narrow the scope of antitrust laws and harm consumers.
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President Alejandro Giammattei assumed office on January 14, 2020, after promising on the campaign trail to make Guatemala friendlier to transnational mining corporations. (Photo: Flickr/Vinicio Cerezo) Ellen Moore, Jen Moore
Global Mining Corporations Have a Friend in the New Guatemalan Government
The new president has appointed a former mining executive to a high-level post, worrying indigenous communities that have long protested the company’s harmful extraction activities.
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Pro impeachment activists occupy the capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2019. (Photo: By the People/Rachael Warriner) Anthony Torres
When the People Lead, Leaders Follow—Lessons From the Fight to Impeach and Remove Trump
The Senate may have betrayed the American people, but the movement for impeachment secured critical victories that will propel us forward in the longer battle for democracy.
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix (second right) after supporting the unfurling of a banner on Tower Bridge in central London, during an Animal Equality protest to draw attention to the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) Abigail Penny
Measuring Our Impact on the Planet
Is Joaquin Phoenix the voice for farmed animals everywhere right now?
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In the current election cycle, Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person on Earth, has already spent $300 million of his own money on his presidential bid. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Alex Kotch
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller
Over the last decade, Bloomberg helped Republicans take and maintain control of the U.S. Senate.
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Someone like Sanders, who promises to take on the power and influence of the rich, is an unwelcome intrusion into politics as usual. (Photo: Bloomberg column 2/10/20) Alan MacLeod
For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Sanders is the frontrunner going into the next Democratic debate on Wednesday. But don’t expect the media to treat him particularly well.
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The status quo—of a planetary emergency and deep inequalities—is unsustainable and insupportable. (Photo: pxfuel, Creative Commons Zero—CC0) Thomas Hanna, Mathew Lawrence
Reimagining Democratic Public Ownership for the Twenty-first Century
A new transatlantic project will explore how new models of public ownership can shape the emerging commanding heights of the economy.
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Based on where EVs have been sold, driving the average EV produces global warming pollution equal to a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon (mpg) fuel economy. (Photo: joel-t/iStock) David Reichmuth
Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why
Switching to an EV can make a big difference in how much global warming emissions we produce and is one of the biggest actions a household can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
The U.S. war machine demonstrated total disdain for its upstart rival, and unleashed an illegal war based on lies that has now raged on through many phases of violence and chaos for 17 years. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
The peace movement’s small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize.
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The real hope represented by Bernie Sanders’ campaign is that he can pull together these sharply separated populations—in the process shifting the focus to the elite forces whose propaganda has kept them apart. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Ted Morgan
Why the Democrats Should Back Bernie Sanders: And Why They Won’t, If They Can Possibly Help It
This could represent the beginning of a real healing of America’s tragic history around race and class.
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The establishment is trying to push the party’s candidates to surrender their progressive ideals and just tinker around the edges of actual change. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jim Hightower
The Irony of the Centrist-Progressive Debate
Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls.
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At 18-plus years or, if you prefer to combine Washington’s two Afghan wars, 28-plus years, we’re talking about the longest American war in history. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
War Addicts, Inc.
Making sense of the age of carnage.
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Prime Minister Netanyahu has recently, and probably accurately from his perspective, called Donald Trump “the best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.”(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Danny Sjursen
America and Israel Against the World
The only other nations supporting the Trump and Netanyahu plan are dictatorial and/or monarchical Arab client states like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
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Corporate media’s propagandistic coverage is most apparent when they consistently refuse to hold the US government accountable to its own standards for what constitutes “state sponsors of terrorism.” (Photo: New York Times Screenshot) Joshua Cho
No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home
There’s a much stronger case that the US rather than Iran is actually the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Wall: Separating Democracy From Voters
We have a political system that continually surrenders to us-vs.-them thinking: leadership that requires an enemy to keep the country united.
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Jeff Cohen
When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as 'Former,' CNN Is Lying To You
A lot of the corruption in Washington stems from former officials, whether Democrat or Republican, leaving government to work as consultants or lobbyists for greedy private interests.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Who’s Afraid of 'Socialism'?
Americans were taught to associate "socialism" with dictatorship and "capitalism" with democracy. Are those days over?
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“Medicare for All would be, and should be, mandatory, just as Medicare is currently mandatory." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Russell Mokhiber
NPR Mara Liasson Mandatory Medicare for All and the Ramped Up Attack on Single Payer
Leaders of the single payer movement were taken aback by the use of the term and did not know where it came from.
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The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) Ruth Conniff
Election 2020: Transformation or Stability?
We don’t know whether the candidate with the most progressive policy ideas will win. What we do know is that there are different paths to victory.
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