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Monday, January 20, 2020
Despite CNN's grandstanding claims that Sanders has not provided a price tag on his health plan, he repeatedly says that Medicare for All will cost $30 trillion or a bit more over 10 years. (Photo: CNN) Jeff Cohen
7 Pointed Questions for Corporate Media About Their Anti-Progressive Biases
Over the last year, corporate outlets have continuously portrayed progressive reforms as scarily left-wing despite poll after poll showing they are broadly popular.
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 Dr. King was a troublemaker, in the best sense of the word. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Richard Eskow
Dr. King's Radical Revolution Of Values
Dr. King’s spirit lives on in the new Poor People’s Campaign, and in every place radicals gather to change the world.
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(Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Karen Greenberg, Joshua L. Dratel
Guantánamo's Indelible Legacy
Here are eight ways in which the toxic policies of Gitmo have contaminated American institutions, as well as our laws and customs, in the years since 2002.
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The students walked away from the unit with a deeper sense of the wars America has been and a more nuanced understanding of World War II and Vietnam. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Brian Gibbs
Teaching War So That It Matters
Students need to be taught a more nuanced and complete narrative on the endless wars America has been involved in.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Nikola Alexandre
Why Mother Nature Is the Key to Reforestation Planet Desperately Needs
While mass planting of trees is absolutely necessary, assisted natural regeneration simply supports and accelerates the natural process of forests which yearn to grow.
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Drastically reducing our energy use and implementing vast amounts of wind and solar are the best hopes for stopping coal. (Photo: AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Despite Trump Vows, Coal Industry Falling as Wind Power Surges in US and Worldwide
Trump is one of a handful of significant trans-generational genocidal maniacs whose policies will kill millions in the future.
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Julian Assange supporters demonstrate outside of the Westminster Magistrates Court on November 18, 2019 in London. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
Why Americans—and the World—Ought to Be Concerned About Julian Assange's Extradition Case
The indictment of Assange is recognized by many free speech groups as the most important press freedom case of our time. Yet, with mainstream media blackout and utter silence of political leaders on this important issue, criminalization of journalism goes on without much of the public being aware...
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Saturday, January 18, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: White House / Flickr) Sameena Mustafa, Arti Walker-Peddakotla
Hindu Fascism: An All-American Threat
We, as Muslim and Hindu women of color, have watched in horror as both the country of our ancestors, India, and the country of our birth, the United States, have devolved into nationalism and fascism.
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JoAnn Conrad, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, canvases a residential neighborhood on January 31, 2016 in West Burlington, Iowa. The 2020 Iowa caucuses will be on February 3.  (Photo: Michael B. Thomas / AFP via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Voters in Iowa Care More About Key Issues Than Warren-Sanders Unity
"What people are talking about on the doors is nothing like what's on social media."
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New York Times columnist David Brooks. (Photo: Miller Center/flickr/cc) Josh Bivens
Of Course There Is a Class War, David Brooks
Though absolutely wrongheaded and naive, his latest New York Times column is very useful.
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Friday, January 17, 2020
Frac sand in Wisconsin. (Photo by Tara Lohan) Tara Lohan
How One Utah Community Fought the Fracking Industry—and Won
Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer.
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Every presidential hopeful should publicly publicly commit to not use the 2001 or 2002 AUMFs to take military action. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ashley Pratt , Susan Nahvi
Presidential Candidates Must Promise to Rein in Use of Force
The American people need presidential candidates who will vow to use peaceful, constructive means to solve diplomatic disagreements.
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A wounded Iraqi child. (Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images) Claudia Lefko
That This Doctor Cannot Even Afford Computer Shows Iraqis Still Paying Price of US Invasion
No one can be in good health when they are living in a war/post-war zone such as Iraq.
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Homeless residents gather outside their tents on a sidewalk in Los Angeles, California on January 8, 2020. - California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state budget will include more than $1 billion directed towards homelessness, in response to a growing crisis on the streets on California's major cities. (Photo:  Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Pat LaMarche
Why Advocates for the Homeless Are Forced to Repeat Themselves Again and Again
Homelessness, at its root, is not about lack of housing. It is about systemic poverty and the instability our tattered social safety net creates.
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Neither GDP nor the Dow is a good measure of economic performance. Neither tells us what’s happening to ordinary citizens’ living standards or anything about sustainability. (Photo: Johannes Eisle/AFP/Getty Images) Joseph Stiglitz
Here's the Truth: Trump's Economy Is an Absolute Disaster for People and the Planet
It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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The food system has to change in significant ways if it hopes to continue amidst changing climates and disappearing landscapes. (Photo: The Ecologist) Emily Folk
Environmental Changes in our Food System
Consumers are calling for greater sustainability across the board, and the agriculture industry is no exception.
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Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (Photo: Tasnim News Agency / Wikimedia/CC) Sonali Kolhatkar
Three Reasons Why Trump Ordered Soleimani’s Killing
Trump killed Soleimani because he could, because he wanted to reassert American military dominance—and because he thinks it can help his chances of reelection.
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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings behind him, speaks in support of HR 1 at the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) Tiffany Muller
As Citizens United Turns 10, We Need Candidates Who Will Fight to Get Money Out of Politics
In the decade since this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, just 11 wealthy people have made 20 percent of super PAC donations.
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives to the Senate chamber for impeachment proceedings at the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, the House impeachment managers read the articles of impeachment against President Trump in the Senate chamber and Roberts sworn in every senator for the trial. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Ralph Nader, Louis Fisher, and Bruce Fein
Let Chief Justice John Roberts Cut the Gordian Knot of Trump's Impeachment Trial
The Chief Justice serves for life shielded from partisan pressures. As a way to dispel combustible suspicions of bias, life tenure makes him the optimal choice for presiding over—and setting the rules for—the trial.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
To date, Trump’s publicly announced justifications for Soleimani’s assassination have shifted wildly, in the fashion of dictators of developing nations, lurching from one bogus rationale to another. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Bill Blum
Trump’s Unprecedented Attack on Iran and the Rule of Law
It’s time to demand an end to the madness once and for all.
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The Space Force is a huge white elephant, worse than the Reagan-era missile defense system dubbed Star Wars. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Trump's Space Force Means Trump Not Satisfied Being Terrible Only on This Planet
The U.S. military is creating an imaginary "space gap" to pour money into closing, wasting funds while increasing the risk of conflict.
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Under the new rules, immigrant detainees will face even greater hurdles in accessing lawyers and legal materials. (Photo: Shutterstock) Eunice Cho
The Trump Administration Weakens Standards for ICE Detention Facilities
The new immigration detention standards set by the Trump administration weaken critical protections and lower oversight requirements. The consequences for the health and safety of people who are detained could be disastrous.
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Zuckerberg’s Facebook sends Trump’s unfiltered lies to 43 percent of Americans, for whom Facebook is a source of news. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Should Facebook and Twitter Stop Trump’s Lies?
We can’t do anything about Trump for now. But we can and should take action against the power of these two enablers.
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Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register on Jan. 14. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jim Naureckas, Julie Hollar
The Biggest Loser in the Iowa Debate? CNN’s Reputation
One really does get the impression that if CNN were holding a debate on the Titanic, the first question would literally be about rearranging the deck chairs.
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The current kerfuffle between Warren and Sanders has almost nothing to do with the real issues at stake in this election and even this primary. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Warren-Sanders Squabble is Foolish
The real issues in this campaign have nothing to do with who said what in 2018.
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Considered the “MVP” of the right-wing infrastructure built in the state over the past decade, WILL’s leaders and funders include many of Wisconsin’s heaviest Republican hitters and have collectively poured at least $12 million into the Wisconsin GOP and its candidates over the past two decades. (Photo: Creative Commons) David Armiak , Arn Pearson
Group Behind Wisconsin Voter Purge Lawsuit Has Strong GOP Ties
This case has thrust Wisconsin to the forefront in this year’s voter suppression wars and reflects a larger Republican strategy to tilt the playing field by making it harder for low-income, student, and minority citizens to vote.
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The wall will not curb their principal business of smuggling and the Trump administration’s new immigration policies have turned what was formerly a minor sideline—kidnapping people for ransom—into a growth industry.(Photo: qbac07/Flickr/cc) William deBuys
The Humanitarian and Environmental Disaster of Trump’s Border Wall
Making America great again in a new wild west.
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We’re the greatest military superpower on the planet, and this fact is consuming our ability to think and act in a rational and humane manner.  (Photo: Ralf Schlesener/ICAN) Robert C. Koehler
Nuclear Hubris
If an attack of any sort kills "hundreds of thousands or even millions" of people—their deaths are instantly belittled if they aren't Americans.
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 Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders supporters cheer and chat outside the James Clyburns World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina June 21, 2019. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us.
In a sense, this moment calls for Sanders and Warren supporters to be better than their candidates, who've descended into an avoidably harsh conflict that hugely benefits corporate power and corporate Democrats.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals at the Mohegan Sun Pocono on April 15, 2019 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. One of Sanders' proposals for his presidential bids is Medicare for all. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) William Grover
It Is Clear the Establishment and Corporate Media Would Prefer Trump Reelection to President Bernie Sanders
Sanders is likely to face two strikes—one in the capitol and one from capital —if he wins the Democratic nomination and later the White House.
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A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a back burn ahead of a fire front in the New South Wales town of Jerrawangala on Jan. 1, 2020. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Abaki Beck
To Help Australia, Look to Aboriginal Fire Management
Cultural burning is proactive, while Western-style controlled burning, also called hazard reduction burning, is reactive.
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Feeding our kids shouldn’t fall only to kind strangers and acts of charity. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Why Do We Have School Lunch Debt at All?
We live in a nation where food is plentiful but millions of children experience hunger and food insecurity.
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We are so accustomed to a lone voice-in-the-wilderness candidate who tries to stake out progressive positions only to be condescendingly ushered offstage by the sensibly centrist popular kids, this moment in history snuck up on us. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
In Iowa Debate, Progressives Resist Efforts to Divide Them
The moderators did all they could to start a fight, but Sanders and Warren refused to bite.
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At factory farms, thousands of animals are raised in confined spaces, producing a massive amount of waste stored in manure lagoons. (Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images) Ben Lilliston
Cory Booker's Halt on Factory Farms Would Help the Climate
Data from the EPA shows a steady increase in agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, much of it linked to industrial systems of crop production and the rise of factory farms over the last two decades.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) chats with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) alongside billionaire-philanthropist Tom Steyer during a break of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. Cari Hernandez
On the Politics of 'Believing Women'
What we've seen as a result of Warren's statement is further perversion of the language of abuse and victimhood in a context it was never meant to be used.
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 According to the CNN report, merely posting a photo of the general could get the Facebook authorities to take a post down. (Photo: Coda/Screenshot) Ari Paul
Facebook’s Soleimani Ban Flies in Face of First Amendment
If sanctions can be invoked by a social media network to take down certain content, what is next?
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These bills could expand our understanding of sexism and racism in the media, and chip away at some of the barriers that have frozen out women and people of color from owning news outlets and shaping coverage. (Photo: Screenshot / Fox News) Jessica J. González
We Must Remedy Discrimination in Our Media System
If we’re going to foster journalism that actually meets community needs, we must address how the foundation of the U.S. media system is built on racism and sexism.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios December 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sam Husseini
It Is Remarkable—and Dangerous—How Little Scrutiny Biden Has Received for Supporting Iraq War
Maybe there's a reason nobody who voted in favor of that war—excluding George W. Bush—has won a presidential election.
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Two-thirds of respondents support increased spending on climate resilience for communities who are vulnerable to disasters. (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Nearly All Americans Want to Get Off Fossil Fuels
The vast majority of people in the world’s largest fossil fuel producing country want to phase them out.
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As we head deeper into a divisive election season—and as we remember Dr. King—it’s worth remembering that our real enemy is injustice, not each other. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
Learning from King’s Last Campaign
Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful.
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Activists of the group Remove Trump stand in-line during a “Swarm the Senate” protest at Senate Russell Office Building January 13, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The group held the event to call on the removal of U.S. President Donald Trump from office. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Making America Dread Again! Trump Is an Unparalleled Threat to Safety and Security
You were willing to start an undeclared war with Iran last week, had their missile attack taken one American soldier’s life, but when American lives are threatened by crony capitalism, you do nothing.
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Sanders and Tlaib turned out 900 people to a Sunday rally in Iowa City centered on combating climate change. (Photo: Sunrise Movement Cedar Rapids) David Goodner
In Iowa, Rashida Tlaib and the Sunrise Movement Push the Green New Deal—and Bernie Sanders
Ahead of the critical Iowa caucus, climate organizers are stumping for bold action and a presidential candidate they believe will get it done.
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Instead of taking a serious look at its responsibility as a curator and disseminator of vast amounts of information in a highly charged political atmosphere, Facebook has shunted the responsibility on to its consumers. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Scott Goodstein
Has Facebook Learned Nothing?
Facebook should be subject to the same rules and responsibilities as any other publisher; it’s not enough to call itself a gateway to other people’s content and wash its hands of the consequences.
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Trump, in other words, sees the U.S. government as infected by "Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters, to push their own secret agendas." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Rebecca Gordon
The 'Deep State' Does Not Mean What Trump Thinks It Means
For Trump the deep state is the government—or at least those parts of it that frustrate him in any way.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on trade with China, Iran and other topics. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Michael Winship
A Brutal Trump Makes Culture War on Iran—and Everyone Else
Civilization gets sucker punched.
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Then U.S. Senator Joe Biden in 1995 speaking on the Senate floor about his repeated efforts to cut Social Security spending. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN) Ilana Novick
Joe Biden Has a Serious Problem With Social Security
The Biden campaign says the candidate is committed to defend and even expanded the program. But a look at his record offers a troubling picture.
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Monday, January 13, 2020
The path to taking back the General Assembly majority and flipping North Carolina blue again runs through just a small number of close, competitive districts. Blair Reeves
Bring Democracy Back to North Carolina
Finally, there's good news.
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"An American global killing machine (quite literally so, given that growing force of drones) is now at the beck and call of a single, unaccountable individual. This is the nightmare the founding fathers tried to protect us from." (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Lt Col Leslie Pratt/Public Domain) Allegra Harpootlian
Droning the World: The Assassination Complex From Bush to Obama to Trump
How the U.S. presidency became a killing machine.
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"As bad as it looks – as despairing as you can sometimes feel – the great strength of this country is our resilience," writes Reich. "We bounce back. We will again. We already are." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
Why I'm Still Hopeful and Not Done Fighting for a More Just Society
If climate change, nuclear standoffs, assault weapons, hate crimes, mass killings, Russian trolls, near-record inequality, kids locked in cages at our border, and Donald Trump in the White House don’...
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When ruling elites are unable to protect the rights and needs of citizens, or no longer interested in doing so, they become disposable. Chris Hedges
How Democracies Die
The U.S. suffers from an epidemic of nihilistic violence.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo(R) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, D.C., January 8, 2020. Juan Cole
Trump's "WMD" Scandal? Was the Charge of "Imminent" Soleimani Attack Just Made Up?
The “intelligence” on which Trump and Esper and secretary of state Mike Pompeo made their decision to off Soleimani was likely raw and cherry-picked.
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren greet each other at the start of the Democratic presidential debate at the Fox Theatre on July 30, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Biden, Buttigieg, and Corporate Media Are Eager for Sanders and Warren 'Trash Talk' Narrative to Take Hold
It would be a serious error for progressives to buy into corporate media portrayals of the Sanders and Warren campaigns as destined to play a traditional zero-sum political game.
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Sunday, January 12, 2020
US soldiers Reese Erlich
"Would the American Public Tolerate US Soldiers Defending Trump Hotels?"
Iran has focused on military targets, but Soleimani has "millions of followers all across the region from Yemen to Lebanon who will be seeking revenge from the United States. Iran cannot control them."
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human needs before corporate greed Jackie Smith
We Need to Fight for a World That Prioritizes People Over Economic Growth and Endless Consumption
By supporting human rights globalization as a counter-movement to corporate globalization, we can advance people-centered policies and build upon earlier work of transformative movements worldwide.
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President Donald Trump Pierre Tristam
American Impotence: Trump's Assassination of Soleimani Masks Broad Retreat
No amount of propaganda can paint the assassination of Soleimani as more beneficial than damaging to American interests.
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Retired Gen. David Petraeus Kevin Gosztola
To Make Sense of Soleimani Assassination, Media Turn to Disgraced Iraq War Gen. David Petraeus
Soleimani and the militia groups he led played a key role in defeating the Islamic State in Iraq, but Petraeus denies this reality.
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UN peacekeepers Skye Wheeler
UN Peacekeeping Has a Sexual Abuse Problem
Survivors of violence, displacement, and poverty shouldn't have to fear that those charged with protecting them will contribute to their suffering.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Kate Kizer
Congress's Work to Prevent War With Iran has Only Just Begun
Congress must go further in this moment and deeply examine the structures and groupthink that has convinced so many in power that war is the only viable tool to address conflict.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020
US soldier Eric Margolis
How the US Runs Iraq
The murder of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani shone a strobe light on 'independent' Iraq, and what we saw was not pretty.
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Philadelphia Energy Solutions Mindy Isser
Climate Activists Can't Afford to Ignore Labor. A Shuttered Refinery in Philly Shows Why
The people most affected by climate change will be in the working class.
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Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani Juan Cole
All the Times the US Allied With Soleimani Against Common Enemies, Giving Him Air Support at Tikrit
Soleimani played a key role in helping defeat ISIL in Iraq, where he was a de facto and even tactical U.S. ally.
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peace arch sign Abdi Soltani
Iranian Americans Have Rights, Too—No Matter What's Happening Abroad
Military action abroad does not justify discrimination at home.
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó Lucas Koerner
For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaidó
For the corporate press, it would appear that the only "coup" is that perpetrated by Maduro in insisting on serving out his elected mandate.
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Brent Patterson
Canada, the RCMP, and Human Rights Obligations to the Wet'suwet'en Nation
"International human rights law requires governments to respect, protect, and promote the right of Indigenous peoples to make their own decisions about their lives and futures according to their own customs and traditions."
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Friday, January 10, 2020
The U.S. has killed untold numbers of civilians by unmanned aerial drones, bombing raids, cruise missile attacks, and special operations missions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia—also in Syria and Yemen. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Issues Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War
All Catholics should refuse to kill and should refuse cooperation with United States wars.
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Iranian mourners attending an anti-US demonstration aftr the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus. 290 civilian passengers and crew members, including 66 children, died. (Photo by Barry Iverson/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
Ukraine Airliner Tragedy Evokes Memories of US Iran Air Shootdown, Cubana Flight 455 Attack
On July 3, 1988 the US guided missile destroyer USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655, an Airbus A300 flying in Iranian airspace and carrying 290 civilians from Tehran to Dubai via Bandar Abbas, killing all aboard.
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Trump’s threats a few days ago to put sanctions on Iraq, “sanctions that would make Iran sanctions seem tame,” can only be called blasphemous. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/EPA) Cathy Breen
Why Do We Allow This Madness To Continue?
"What right does your president have to attack us, to ruin our country?"
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A demonstrator holds a banner during a rally named "No War With Iran" in Foley Square on January 9, 2020 in New York City. The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trumps military actions against Iran. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) Robert Edwards
The Assassin's Creed in the Age of Endless War and Trump
This is the world in which we now live, one of endless war, where victory is not only impossible but undesirable, and where a mad king can run amok, and we the people just nod and go about our day. It will remain so until the American public decides that we have had enough
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"With global capitalism superimposed on the traditional nation-based political order," argues White, "the world lacks overarching governance capacity, in general, with the chartering mismatch a key case in point. The global-national contradiction suggests an important strategic prong for the redesign movement: transnational control of transnational corporations." (Image: Wikimedia Commons) Allen White
The People of the World Need a Much Better Way to Curtail the Power of Multi-National Corporations
The seeds of a transformative corporate governance redesign movement, already sown, have sprouted and are ready to spread across the world.
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The US has willfully and recklessly created an enemy for no reason other than its own misguided actions. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
America’s Dangerous Iran Obsession
The US, seemingly with no awareness of its recent history with Iran, and led by an emotionally unbalanced president who believes he may commit murder and get away with it, is still acting out a 40-year-old psychological trauma. As usual, it's others who are most at risk.
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Demonstrators protest the possibility of War with Iran from a pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Drive during rush hour on January 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
10 Ways Trump's Actions Against Iran Hurt the US, the Region, and the World
We, the American people, must rise up to overcome the power of the military-industrial complex and take our country's destiny out of the hands of warmongers and monsters.
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Even if one is inclined, against all experience, to take US claims about an official enemy on faith, the language that Soleimani killed "hundreds of Americans" is a deliberately nebulous. (Photo: Screenshot) Alan MacLeod
From Resistance to Assistance: Corporate Media's Pathetic Pushback to Trump's Iran Assassination
While corporate media like to present themselves as holding the current administration to account, in reality they offer little meaningful resistance to its foreign policy adventures.
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Biden has been trying to rewrite his Iraq War history, with only sporadic and halfhearted media pushback. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Steady Hand Joe? Biden's Foreign Policy Instincts Are Exactly What We Don't Need
Turning Biden's support for Iraq War into foreign policy 'experience.'
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Apart from the war declaration clause, which has receded in relevance along with the global decline of formal war declarations, Congress retains its most direct constitutional instrument: money. (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
We Need More Than the Relatively Useless War Powers Resolutions
By any measure, the War Powers Act has failed to constrain presidential warmaking. A simpler step would be to stop funding wars.
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There is no question that the US government has the money to offer increased benefits through universal programs. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Ben Spielberg
On Both Politics and Policy, "For All" Beats "For Some"
On the most commonly cited rationale for each position—sustainability for universalists and resource constraints for means testers—proponents of universalism have the upper hand.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020
"We will not allow a new war to break out," writes Koshgarian. "Call your members of Congress and tell them to immediately pass legislation revoking the president’s blanket war authority and reclaiming war powers for Congress alone." (Image: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Lindsay Koshgarian
We Must Stop War With Iran. Here's What You Can Do Today.
War with Iran would be bloodier and costlier even than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We can't afford another war.
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A child participant seen during the rally. Dozens of protesters take part in a rally called "Swarm the Senate" in the Hart Senate Office Building urging action to "impeach, remove, indict and jail" President Trump. (Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Democrats Need to Rip Off the Mask of Timidity and Impeach Trump on All Counts
Only a full accounting of Trump's high crimes and misdemeanors will shake the Republicans from backing McConnell's kangaroo court
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Though on its surface the current conflict is between Iran and the United States, a war would reverberate through the world. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Assal Rad
There Are No Winners in a War With Iran
Now more than ever, anti-war voices are crucial to end the madness of our ineffective policies.
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After more than 18 years of war with neither end nor victory in sight, says Tom Engelhardt, absolute failure is the "new success" as Pentagon budgets and arms makers' profits soar while the military-industrial complex enjoys the bounty of endless conflict and blood further than the eye can see. (Photo: Jeff Owens / EyeEm / iStock via Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
The Global War of Error
No, that's not a typo.
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Al-Zamili continued, saying that “our ranks must be closed, because the enemy is preparing to eradicate and eliminate us, and we must not give in to the United States but rather must draw up plans confront it.” (Photo Credit: Creative Commons) Juan Cole
Provoked by Trump’s Crazed Attack, Shiite Militias Threaten US Military
In an angry Tweet, al-Khazali said that Iraqis were a courageous and competitive people, and their response to the US will not be of less severity than that of Iran.
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U.S. Senator Wayne Morse (D-Or.) at a peace rally during the U.S. war in Vietnam stands in front of a banner that reads "Napalm use if an atrocity." (Photo: Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics / University of Oregon) Norman Solomon
Trump Is a Reckless and Dangerous Warmonger, But Too Many Democrats Continue to Work Against Peace
Much has changed during the last five decades, but deception remains central to the state of perpetual war that funnels mega-billions in profits to the military-industrial complex. And Democrats continue to play a central role in this costly destruction.
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The report calls for the launch of a well-planned phase-out of oil and gas production that addresses the needs of workers and communities impacted by fossil fuel developments. (Photo: Robert S. Donovan/cc/flickr) Tim Gray
What If Limiting New Fossil Fuel Supply Is More Important Than Reducing the Emissions Produced When We Burn Them?
If the world uses all the oil and gas from the fields and mines already in production, it will push us beyond 1.5°C of warming.
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The administration justified the killing of Soleimani by suggesting that he and Iran’s surrogates throughout the region were on the verge of attacks that threatened U.S. soldiers. It has not provided evidence for these imminent attacks.(Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
The Endless War With Iran
The current crisis might be averted, but the longer U.S. war with Iran continues.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
By invoking the word “witch-hunt” he can make them all disappear. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Kirk Freudenburg
The Spotted Trump Hoax, and Other Mythical Creatures
By conjuring these illusions, Donald Trump dodges responsibility.
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A memorial to those killed in the 2018 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Andrea Hank) Sarah Jaffe
After a String of Antisemitic Attacks, a Choice Confronts all Jews
A surge of antisemitism has left us wondering where we can turn, to induce the feeling that rather than exercising solidarity, we should turn inward.
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 Protesters display signs as they march to mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq March 19, 2006 in Portland, Oregon. Thousands participated in the event in Portland as demonstrators in cities across the U.S. called for an end to the conflict and withdrawal of U.S. troops. (Photo: Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images) Khury Petersen-Smith
We Need a Strong Anti-War Movement—Yesterday
As we spiral toward a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, it’s worth reflecting on the failures to rein in U.S. aggression along the way.
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Congress needs to take action to prevent a catastrophic war on Iran. De-escalating the current tensions is the most immediate priority. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sarah Anderson
Congress: War Profiteering Is Real. We Need to End It.
Surging stock prices for military contractors gave several CEOs an early payday after Trump’s Iran aggression.
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A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) Robert C. Koehler
Will the US Always Be This Hungry for War and Carnage?
The people do not want war, but right now we have almost no say in the matter.
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US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington DC, United States ,on January 8, 2020. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Barbara Garson
Now We Know for Certain Trump Will Do Anything to Win in 2020—Even Start a War
Though a failed realtor, Trump was a successful reality show star. And he knows how to entertain people with fake conflict.
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If the reason seems unclear, then it may be worthwhile for the average citizen of goodwill in a nuclear-armed country to resolve this new year to urge their leaders to renew their commitments to arms control and ultimately, the elimination of these genocidal weapons. (Photo:US Department of Defense) Gerard Boyce
The Dubious Moral Justification for a Nuclear Second Strike
The aim of presenting the case for the continued possession of these terrifying weapons that hold the potential to destroy all life on earth this way seems to be to convince citizens that nuclear weapons are morally justifiable and thus somehow 'acceptable.'
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Wake up, Democrats. Stop expecting help from Bolton and his neocon kin, whom the “liberal” media like MSNBC and The Washington Post have been offering a platform. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Wake Up, Democrats. Bomb-‘Em-All Bolton Won’t Help Impeachment
Would Bolton, a leading advocate of bombing Iran, suddenly decide to help bring Trump down, at the very moment when Trump is taking action that could lead to the fulfillment of Bolton’s greatest aspiration, a regime-change war with Iran?
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No country would accept this economic strangulation at the hands of another without striking back in some way, and Iran’s replies to Trump’s fingers around its wind pipe have brought us to this pass. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump Has Conducted a War on Iran for 19 Months; Iran Finally Hit Back
Trump’s blockade on Iran has not the slightest legitimacy. If you blockade a country and prevent its trade with naval ships, that is an act of war in international law.
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Iranian armed forces launched more than a dozen missiles at military bases in Iraq hosting U.S. forces. (Photo: Screengrab/Twitter) Adil Ahmad Haque
Iran’s Unlawful Reprisal (and Ours)
Given the abject failure of unilateral force to achieve anything of lasting value, collective security measures seem worth trying. Exchanging armed reprisals can only lead to ruin.
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U.S. Army Soldiers in Rashidiyah, Iraq, Oct. 6, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett) Annelle Sheline
The U.S. Military Should Take the Iraqi Parliament’s Advice and Leave
The on-going presence of American troops in the region does not enhance U.S. or regional security; it makes Americans more vulnerable to attack and further mired in endless wars in the region.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd at a campaign rally on July 26, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Are Establishment Democrats Running Out of Ways to Sabotage Bernie Sanders?
The moderates of the party can't stand what Bernie is and what he stands for, but they apparently can't find a way to beat him.
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A woodchip mill burnt by bushfires is seen as smoke rises in Quaama in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. - Reserve troops were deployed to fire-ravaged regions across three Australian states on January 6 after a torrid weekend that turned swathes of land into smouldering, blackened hellscapes. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) John Fleming
In Australia's Nightmare, a Vision of the Planet's Terrifying Future
What’s happening Down Under is a dark preview of the kind of chaos and destruction that’s awaiting the rest of the world in this rapidly unfolding climate crisis... It sounds dramatic because it is.
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Major General Qasem Soleimani, pictured here on April 11, 2016, was killed Friday in Iraq by a U.S. drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Anthony Dworkin
Soleimani Strike Marks a Novel Shift in Targeted Killing, Dangerous to the Global Order
This new development shows how the influence of the open-ended military campaign against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State is washing back into the inter-state realm, imperiling the line between war and peace.
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But really... what has the U.S. accomplished over the last thirty years? Andrew Bacevich
A Report Card on the Failed American Project of the Last Three Decades
Since 1989, intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs.
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Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2018. (Photo: STR / AFP /Getty Images) Stephen Zunes
There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Americans
The assertions being repeated today seem based on apparently groundless claims from twelve years ago by the same people who said Iraq possessed weapons, weapons programs, and weapons systems that were such a grave threat that they ignited the U.S.-Iraq war.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls (fromL) Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrive for the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Biden and Buttigieg Exemplify How Corporatism and ‘the Madness of Militarism’ Go Together
Political positions on class warfare don't always run parallel to positions on military warfare. But they have now clearly aligned in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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