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Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ron Fein
Ukrainegate Is Impeachable. But So Is Putting Kids in Cages
Do we really want to send future presidents the message that, so long as they don't pressure foreign governments to punish their political opponents, they can put children in internment camps?
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Alan MacLeod
The Phony Liberalism of Bill Maher
Despite everything he does and says, media still call HBO host a 'liberal'
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Friday, October 4, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to protect and improve Medicare at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Diane Archer
Watch Out, Seniors! Trump Just Launched a Stealth Attack on Medicare
Trump's new executive order does nothing to hold the Medicare Advantage plans accountable for their fraudulent overcharges or their inappropriate denials of care and coverage. Rather, it rewards them.
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Flooding in the author's neighborhood, Houston, September, 2019. Anis Shivani
Lessons from Hurricane Harvey, for a Still-Flooded Houston
As Imelda’s floodwaters drain from my hometown, I observe a discourse around Harvey’s two- year anniversary constrained by a presumed opposition between the needs of humanity and the forces of nature—as though the two were in mortal combat.
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The fact is..that almost all those nearly 10,000 persons shot by live fire by Israeli professional snipers have been unarmed civilians posing no threat to anyone. (Photo: Gaza march, Ma’an News Agency) Juan Cole
US Press Horrified By Trump’s "Shoot Migrants in the Legs" But Ignores What Israeli Snipers Do to Palestinian Protesters
The Israeli army and government are now officially worse that the worst elements of the Trump administration.
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Jodie Evans with others outside of the United Against a Nuclear Iran conference in New York City. (Photo: Codepink) Jodie Evans
Why I Confronted Trump’s Architect of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran and Called Her a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
Sigal Mandelker’s cruel policies cost too many lives to ignore.
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US President Donald Trump speaks after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center October 3, 2019, in The Villages, Florida. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Bill C. Davis
A Criminal Trump, GOP Complicity, and Hitler's "Chimera of Conscience"
The forces keeping this chaotic, renegade organism in place are oblivious to the harm they are doing to themselves and indifferent to the harm being claimed by others.
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Despite long-standing reassurances by vendors and election officials that voting machines cannot be hacked because they are not connected to the internet, recent security reports reveal that many voting machines are connected to the internet and possibly have been for years. (Photo: Getty) Lulu Friesdat
Voting Machines Pose A Greater Threat to Our Elections Than Foreign Agents
Security experts are alarmed at internet connectivity in voting systems because it can allow hackers to inject malware that disrupts or changes the outcome of an election.
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"Don’t we need, as a public, to understand what the government is doing … behind closed doors?" (Photo: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Snowden Knows Exactly Why No One Wants to Be a Whistleblower
"NSA whistleblowers who did go through this process had their lives destroyed."
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Over the course of three years, this administration has been chiseling away at our government’s advisory network. (Photo: Matthew Roth/flickr/cc) Genna Reed
Science Advice Shouldn’t Be at the Whim of a President and His Appointees
This executive order was just another example of this administration seeking to cut science and information out of the government and decisionmaking process.
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Never has the drug industry accumulated more profits and government subsidies, yet so many patients cannot begin to afford lifesaving medicines. (Photo: NoHoDamon/Flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Shame of the Nation: The 1% Rules and the 99% Lets Them
There has never been so much but so little for the majority.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019
The Oligarchs have accumulated massive power, all at the expense of the people. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) John Atcheson
When the Fringe Is Mainstream and the Mainstream Is Fringe: On Orwell and US Oligarchy
The Democratic Party and the mainstream press are doing their best to make all records tell the same tale, and they’re doing it as part of a systematic coup by the oligarchy that has been four decades in the making.
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Striking United Auto Workers Union (UAW) members and supporters picket the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Sept. 25, 2019, in Detroit. (Photo: Jim West/ZUMA Wire) Frances Moore Lappé, Bruce T. Boccardy
Most of Us Are Not Doing So Well: Numbers Crunching Working People
Our government’s and corporate media’s failure to capture the true extent of unemployment creates a distorted narrative about work that feeds bewilderment and self-recrimination.
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School strike for climate in Melbourne (Photo: Julian Meehan via Flickr) John Feffer
The New Age of Protest
People are hitting the streets to protest government inaction, repression, and corruption. Does that mean democracy is in trouble or stronger than ever?
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Immigrant workers are not backing down in the face of President Trump's attacks. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)  Rose Bookbinder
After Largest Workplace Raid in a Decade, Immigrant Workers Are Organizing
We can only expect that these raids will keep coming. The more prepared we are with rapid response, the more potential there is to organize and create a united front to fight back.
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IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig at the Capitol on May 15, 2019, in Washington. Rettig says increasing audit rates of the wealthy depends on whether the IRS budget grows. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Paul Kiel
IRS: Sorry, But It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
Congress asked the IRS to report on why it audits the poor more than the affluent. Its response is that it doesn’t have enough money and people to audit the wealthy properly. So it’s not going to.
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If any president is deserving of impeachment, it is Trump. (Photo: YouTube screen shot) Sonali Kolhatkar
No Good Reasons to Avoid Impeaching Trump
If Trump survives an impeachment vote because his backers in the Senate refuse to abandon him, he may go on to lose at the polls because of the impeachment process.
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After all, the future doesn’t belong to him or to me. It belongs to my kids and your kids and all the generations to follow. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Frida Berrigan
Protecting the Children on a Trumpian Planet
Trumping the future would mean no future at all for my three kids
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This is a force that has seldom made an appearance in presidential debates or campaigns. Certainly it’s one of the forces behind gerrymandering and voter suppression. As far as I can tell, it’s not a force within the reach of democracy. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Impeaching the Symptom, Not the Disease
Trump may be a pioneer in bringing reckless, unrestrained narcissism into the role of national leadership, but he’s also a symptom of something wrong with this country that far transcends his stumbling ineptitude.
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School children shout slogans during a strike and protest by students highlighting inadequate progress to address climate change in Sydney on March 15, 2019. Around the world, during a week of rolling and coordinated strikes and marches, more than 7 millions people demanded bold action to address the planetary emergency. (Photo:  Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) António Guterres
Youth Climate Strikers Have Accused World Leaders Like Me of Failure. They Are Right
Around the world an unstoppable movement takes hold
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Boris Johnson preparing for his speech to Conservative Party Conference 2019. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images) Sonya Sceats
This "Strong Man" Populism Is Alarmingly Familiar to People Here Fleeing Human Rights Abuses
The Trump and Johnson administrations’ attacks on the judiciary and lawmakers are part of a broader rise of authoritarianism, and must be seen alongside shocking recently unearthed comments about the use of torture.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Schiff Makes Clear All Trump Efforts to Obstruct House Inquiry Will Be Added to Articles of Impeachment
Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff just provided a preemptive autopsy of Trump's presidency.
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Democracies will only begin to revive when we reverse the Reagan Revolution and return to the classical economic and political systems that existed in the Western world before the neoliberal 1980s. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
If We Want US Democracy Back, We Must Undo Attack on Middle Class Launched by Reagan
So long as the governments of America and other countries are captives of oligarchs and big corporations, and hang onto anti-worker, anti-middle-class neoliberal policies, citizens will continue to drift toward hard-right “populist" politicians.
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In political terms, there is nothing divided about Israel. In this month’s general election, 90 per cent of Israeli Jews voted for parties that identify as being either on the militaristic, anti-Arab right or on the religious, anti-Arab far-right. (Photo: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr/cc) Jonathan Cook
Why Israel Is Struggling to Find a Way Out of Its Political Deadlock
The reality is that there is strong unity in Israel—over shared, deeply ugly attitudes towards Palestinians, whether citizens or those under occupation. Paradoxically, the only obstacle to realising that unity is Netanyahu’s efforts to cling to power.
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Protesters rally outside the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2, 2018. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP/Getty Images ) Ben Freeman , William Hartung
Trump and Money Are Shielding Saudi Arabia From Accountability for Khashoggi's Killing
One year after Khashoggi’s killing, and 4 ½ years into the brutal Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Congress and the president have yet to hold Saudi Arabia accountable.
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A tax penalty on extreme pay gaps would give corporations an incentive to finally narrow these obscene divides. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Sarah Anderson
We’ve Waited Too Long for Corporations to Fix the CEO Pay Problem on Their Own
A decade after bonus-chasing executives like Angelo Mozilo crashed the economy, we need tax incentives to push companies to narrow the gaps between CEO and worker pay.
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Anaiah Thomas
I Climate Strike Because This Is Zero Hour
We need everyone to join young people, frontline youth and Indigenous peoples around the world—because we will not stop, because we have no other choice.
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We need health care system designed to care for people, not profits—and Medicare for All is the best way we can do that. (Photo: Shutterstock) Michael Wallis
Every Single One of My Patients Deserves Medicare for All
If my patient needs a heart procedure, we should decide that together—not some insurance company.
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Democratic presidential candidates participate in the third Democratic Presidential Debate in Houston, Texas on September 12. Each candidate has put forth a plan for addressing the climate crisis, but success will require the interplay of skilled and principled politicians and an active citizenry working together.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) David Korten
'No Winners on a Dead Earth': Why We Need a Climate Leader in 2020
The climate crisis is our common cause, and we’ll need to elect a president that is willing to take it on.
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Unfortunately, all over the country, private equity and hedge funds have been scooping up these cash-strapped papers—and looting them into irrelevance or bankruptcy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Snow Smith
Wall Street Is Killing Local Newspapers
We can’t put a price tag on our free press—but unless we stop them, predatory investors can.
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If there was anything Jamal was passionate about—almost desperate for—it was to be heard, read and understood first and foremost by Saudis, and ultimately by readers across the Arab world. (Photo: Twitter) Karen Attiah
'Do Not Keep My Mouth Closed... You’ll Suffocate Me': Khashoggi's Final Words in Arabic
Even in death, Jamal deserves to be heard, and his friends, family and compatriots deserve to have the chance to know the truth.
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Tamara Toles O'Laughlin
The Fight to Stop the Climate Crisis is Local
Everywhere the global #ClimateStrike movement exists, the fight to protect ourselves from fossil fuel extraction and climate injustice is personal and lives at home in our communities.
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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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