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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Sanders is one of a few candidates treating the climate crisis as an urgent matter—which you would think should inform the framing of an article about expert opinion of his plan. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Julie Hollar, Jim Naureckas
Sanders’ Plan to Fight Global Climate Disaster Too Ambitious, Says NYT
It’s as if the paper can’t resist slipping in gratuitous digs at Sanders any chance it gets, even as the world burns.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Jeffrey C. Isaac
Some Midday Thoughts About Sondland Testimony and Impeachment
Only politics can save us!
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Democratic Naysayers Are Wrong on Medicare for All
"Americans know that their current private health care payments, whether insurance premiums or out-of-pocket, are nothing other than 'taxes' they pay to stay alive."
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The Israeli West Bank settlement of Beitar Ilit (Photo: Yoninah via Wikimedia Commons) Helena Cobban
Pompeo Casts International Law Aside On Israeli Settlement Policy
Let us remember that this is yet another example of Washington acting as a callous scofflaw—a rogue nation, indeed—when it comes to efforts to uphold the values and mechanisms of international law.
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13 October 2019, Ecuador, Quito: Demonstrators cheer on the government's decision to withdraw the controversial increase in fuel prices. This was agreed by the government and the leadership of the indigenous peoples after lengthy negotiations. (Photo by Juan Diego Montenegro/picture alliance via Getty Images) Beatriz Martínez Saavedra
Protests in the Global South: Ecuador and Chile Facing an Uncertain Economic Order
Protests in the global south, particularly in Chile and Ecuador, appear to be the result of long range monetarist policies that suit the political class and fail large sections of society.
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Shell and BP have known for decades about the climate crisis, yet they just carry on drilling. (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr/cc) Andy Rowell
Planned Fossil Fuel Production Dangerously Out of Line With Climate Safety
Big oil remains on auto-pilot, happily and recklessly driving us off the cliff.
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 The United States ranks near the bottom for life span and infant mortality—all while paying more per capita than nearly every other nation. Or maybe you’re one of the 30 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance coverage at all. (Image: Inequality Media / MoveOn) Robert Reich
Republicans (and Even Some Democrats) Trying to Scare You Away From Medicare for All Are Peddling Rubbish
We shouldn't be paying private for-profit corporate insurers boatloads of money to get the coverage we could have for much less.
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To become more courageous, hang out with courage! (Photo: CC7 / Frances Moore Lappé
10 Tips on Disarming Despair
If we believe something is essential—as in fixing our broken democracy and confronting the climate crisis—we’ve shown over and over throughout our long history that we can indeed do whatever it takes.
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The US government has been waging a war against the First Amendment. Assange has become a political prisoner of this war. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Nozomi Hayase
The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public’s Defense of Free Speech
If the US government succeeds in extraditing Assange to the US where he faces 175 years in prison without any chance of fair trial, it not only leads to possible execution of an innocent man, but also the death of a free press as a guardian of democracy.
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Nonprofit managers are caught between the desires of funders—whose funds come from the very exploitation that the nonprofit may be trying to combat—and their own staff. (Photo: @Teamsters/Twitter) Sarah Jaffe
Nonprofit Workers Join the Movement to Unionize
Increasing numbers of people in mission- and passion-driven fields are waking up to the fact that they are, despite the trappings of middle-class-ness, still workers doing a job.
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Guatemalan civilian and peasants organizations demonstrate in front of US Embassy in support of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, in Guatemala City, on November 14, 2019. (Photo: ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Abbott
The Other Americans: Indigenous Guatemalans Mobilize to Denounce Coup in Bolivia
Repression against indigenous Bolivians has spurred protests across the Americas.
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Together with common-sense cuts to runaway overhead costs, and by rolling current Pentagon health care costs into a universal health plan, we easily get more than the $300 billion needed for Medicare for All. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lindsay Koshgarian
It’s Our Choice: Medicare for All, or Endless War?
If we end wars, shut down wasteful and failing weapons programs, and close unnecessary foreign bases, we could come up with an extra $350 billion to spend on Medicare for All—without sacrificing security.
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Governments are still not stepping up on climate action, yet there are no more excuses to not be delivering on real commitments that put an end to fossil fuel production. (Photo: Hoda Baraka
Mind the Gap: On the Glaring Hole Between Global Fossil Fuel Expansion and Paris Climate Goals
The disconnect between Paris temperature goals and countries’ plans and policies for coal, oil, and gas production is massive, worrying and unacceptable.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Supporters of Evo Morales demonstrate in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Monday. (Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
The OAS Lied to the Public About the Bolivian Election and Coup
Facts show nothing suspicious about the re-election of Evo Morales.
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As “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” celebrates the life and work of Fred Rogers, we can look to Rogers’s work for lessons on building a healthier world for our youth. (Photo: Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images) Jackie Smith, Bob Glidden
The Health of Millennials (and those coming next) Can Benefit from Lessons of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Declining physical and mental health is linked to social isolation, which is tied to atrophied social skills, practices, and values that were staples of Rogers’ programming.
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Almost half of US families are unable to afford the basics like rent and food, and 40% can’t afford an unexpected $400 expense, with almost 80% of US workers living paycheck to paycheck. (Photo: AP/Craig Ruttle) Joshua Cho
Record Inequality and Corporate Profits Are What Media Call a 'Strong Economy'
Corporate news outlets have an inherent interest in cloaking class warfare by equating a "strong economy" with the prosperity of the investor class, even if it comes at the expense of everyone else.
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Diane Semo, whose daughter is in recovery from Heroin, joins over 100 drug reform advocates, former addicts, and family members who have lost loved ones to drugs in a march to demand action on Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Mattea Kramer
A 12-Step Program to Opioid Justice
Finding peace amid the new opium wars.
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The only way to counter these measures is massive citizen mobilization—and to elect leaders who will make the right to vote a priority. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
The Right to Vote Should Not Fall Victim to Partisan Battles
Republican state legislators and governors push measures to suppress the vote of targeted populations.
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Pompeo has become Mussolini, in the same way that Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu long since had. (Photo: Guardian Screenshot) Juan Cole
Fascists R Us: Trump and Pompeo’s Deny That Israeli Squatting on Palestinian Land Is Illegal
A combination of US Evangelical lawlessness and white supremacy with incessant lobbying by the Zionist far right has finally put the United States in the position of supporting the policies of the Axis in World War II.
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Since Morales’ forced resignation, the response of leading Democrats and presidential hopefuls has been one of almost total silence, even among the party’s putative progressives. (Photo: CNN) Jacob Sugarman
Bernie Sanders' Stance on Bolivia Matters
Any presidential candidate who claims to represent workers and marginalized communities, who even nominally opposes U.S. imperialism, should be able to identify a coup as such.
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As the planet heats up and critical resources run low, people will need to adapt in a number of ways. (Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images) Steven Gorelick
Thinking Outside the Grid
A greater reliance on local power would eliminate one of the most destructive side-effects of the grid: the misperception that energy is limitless.
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Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 in Henderson, Nevada on May 7, 2019 . (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
It Was Revealing Who Joe Biden Saw—and Who He Didn't See—in California
The astroturf quality of this campaign should not be ignored.
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Monday, November 18, 2019
 Inside the empty counter-summit. Nandini Archer, Claire Provost
US Isolated at 'Failed' Anti-Abortion Summit in Nairobi
Conservative protests against global development conference in Kenya fail to draw crowds, or derail commitments.
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A close-up of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Janine Jackson
Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to ‘Perpetuate Peace’
Absent in media coverage of Veterans Day was discussion of the way to honor veteran.
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Sign reads: Protect public education. Diane Ravitch
Yes, Something Stinks about the State Takeover of the Houston Independent School District
The state officials behind the takeover are vandals, disrupters, corrupters of democracy.
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An Extinction Rebellion protester holds up a placard saying "Divest from climate change" on October 14, 2019 in London, England. Andy Rowell
Major Victory as EIB Ends Fossil Fuel Financing by 2021
Other banks must now follow.
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An Exxon sign in Framingham, MA. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, Bill McKibben
Big Oil Needs to Pay for the Damage It Caused
Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering.
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A banner is hung across a roadway while people participate in direct action with Extinction Rebellion on April 17, 2019 in New York City. Chris Hedges
How to Save the Planet and Ourselves
We must reduce carbon emissions by 40% in the next 12 years to have a 50% chance of avoiding catastrophe.
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The situation in Iran eerily resembles that in summer, 1953. Juan Cole
Iran: Economic Blockade and Crowd Protests Were Also How the US Made the 1953 Coup
The 1950s boycott of Iranian oil exports plunged the country's economy into crisis and stirred popular resentments.
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William Hartung
America's Arms Sales Addiction
The 50-year history of U.S. dominance of the Middle Eastern arms trade
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
A Lebanese protester waves a national flag as he marches with others during a demonstration along the Fuad Chehab avenue in the capital Beirut on October 29, 2019 on the 13th day of anti-government protests. (Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images) Reese Erlich
A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq
Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination.
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Bolivian riot police and soldiers confront supporters of Bolivia's ex-President Evo Morales during a protest against the interim government in Sacaba, Chapare province, Cochabamba department on November 15, 2019. The police later opened fire on the demonstrators, killing at least five people and injuring many others. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images) Lucas Koerner, Ricardo Vaz
Western Media Whitewash Bolivia’s Far-Right Coup
For all the supposed threat Trump represents and the enthusiasm sparked by his possible impeachment, Western media continue to march lockstep behind his administration’s coups in Latin America.
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Relatives mourn by the coffins of supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales killed during clashes with the police in Sacaba, Cochabamba, Bolivia, on November 16, 2019. - The UN rights chief voiced alarm Saturday at the deadly crisis in Bolivia, warning that excessive force by police was "an extremely dangerous development". Morales resigned and fled to Mexico after losing the support of Bolivia's security forces following weeks of protests over his disputed re-election that has seen 15 people killed a Martin Winiecki
On Bolivia: Four Provocations for the International Left
The fall of the last surviving leader of the "pink tide" is a true moment of reckoning for progressives worldwide.
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 Only Medicare for All offers full choice of doctors and hospitals, the ability to negotiate bulk drug and medical equipment rates, as well as annual negotiation of provider rates, while offering a sustainable large risk pool insurance, actuarially sound, that can provide all necessary health care and protection against medical bankruptcy. Michele Swenson
Let's Be Very Clear: Medicare for All Is Not Socialism
What we have now in the U.S. is a for-profit health insurance model that privatizes profit and socializes risk. And it's not working.
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Jesse Jackson
Risking Lives in Endless US Wars Is Morally Wrong and a Strategic Failure
Too often ignored is the far greater number of lives that are lost not on the battlefield but at home, not from the enemy’s guns but from our veterans’ own hands.
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(From left) Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney. "My investigation into the causes of the war," writes Professor Butt, "finds that it had little to do with fear of WMDs - or other purported goals, such as a desire to "spread democracy" or satisfy the oil or Israel lobbies. Rather, the Bush administration invaded Iraq for its demonstration effect." (Photo: via PRI) Eric Margolis
The Forgotten Plunder of Iraq
Few talk or think about Iraq these days and the media ignores this important but demolished nation.
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Saturday, November 16, 2019
37-year-old Tanisha Anderson, who suffered from mental health isues, was killed by police in 2014 after her family members call 911 for assistance. (Photo: Anderson Family) Laura Flanders
Tanisha Anderson, Impeachment, and a Hawk
This column could probably have gotten more likes if I'd made it about Trump instead of Tanisha Anderson or a hawk.
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AC Milan's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma walks in St. Mark square on November 16, 2019 in Venice, three days after the city suffered the highest tide in 50 years. - Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) Arshad M Khan, Meena Miriam Yust
Venice Is Flooded—A Look at Our Coastal Future
It might look likes the city—world famous for its canal streets—is sinking. But that is not what's happening.
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The progressive news site Splinter shut down abruptly in October. (Credit: Logo illustration) Jack Crosbie
The Progressive Press Is Facing Mass Extinction
Deadspin, Splinter, and ThinkProgress are gone. The mainstream media is hopelessly neutral. Who’s left to check capitalism?
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Republican counsel Steve Castor listens to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing with witness U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the second impeachment hearing held by the committee, House Democrats continue to build a case against U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to link U.S. military aid for Ukraine to the nation’s investigation of his political rivals. (P Michael Winship
The Disdain for Ukraine Is Mainly in Trump's Brain
The President of the United States treats Ukraine as if it were the slaphappy Freedonia of the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup.
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In a video recently screened at an event hosted at one of his luxury properties, and with his Donald Trump Jr. in attendance, the U.S. President—his head superimposed on video game character—walks down the aisle he stops, pulls out a gun, and opens fire on parishioners who have the faces of his critics, or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. (Photo: Screengrab) Christopher Brauchli
The Violence of Fascist Leaders, Then and Now
Although lacking internet, the Nazis knew the value of film in order to get their message to the people.
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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, DC on November 15, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The Most Impeachable President in US History vs. The Most Hesitant Congress.
What are the Democrats waiting for? Trump is the most impeachable tyrant in the country's history—hands down.
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Aerial view as demonstrators march during a national strike and general demonstration called by different workers unions on November 12, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. On Sunday, Government announced it has agreed to start the process to write a new Constitution for the country, which is one of the most repeated demands by the demonstrators since October 18. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Shahid Mahmood
Welcome to Chile: One of Latin America's Most Unequal Countries
The current Constitution illustrates a time when Pinochet along with President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger forced upon Chile economic policies that would consolidate an export-driven economy owned by foreign multi-nationals.
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Michelle Chen
Can Google’s Soul Be Saved?
Rank-and-file Silicon Valley tech workers are using their leverage to push companies toward more ethical business models, or at least away from destroying the environment and undermining human rights.
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Former President of Brazil Lula da Silva speaking in front of the Metalworkers union on November 9, 2019, after his release from prison. (Photo: Brian Mier) Brian Mier
As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There
The Brazilian Supreme Court reversed a 2018 ruling on November 7, upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty in the 1988 Constitution and declaring it illegal to jail defendants before...
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The youth-led Sunrise Movement launched a campaign earlier this year to urge the Democratic Party to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate about the climate crisis. (Photo: Sunrise Movement/Twitter) Tom Weis
DNC Dithers While the World Burns
Does anyone else find it strange that nearly every Democratic presidential candidate has publicly called for a climate debate the DNC refuses to hold?
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Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. (Photo: T.Dallas/ Victor Pickard, David Elliot Berman
Cities and States Take Up the Battle for an Open Internet and Municipal Broadband
A different vision of how the internet could operate is already taking shape across the United States.
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"After devoting nearly two decades to growth at any cost," writes Karr, the Facebook "network has become far too big NOT to fail—even when you consider the resources Facebook is now throwing at filtering and flagging objectionable content. And those failures are having dangerous ramifications in the real world." (Photo: flickr/GostGo/cc) Timothy Karr
Why Facebook Filtering Will Ultimately Fail
We as a society need to do more than hope that Facebook can fix itself.
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David Solnit, Stephanie Guilloud
Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons
The 1999 protest against the World Trade Organization was a key turning point on the cusp of the 21st century, and there is no better moment to remember the lessons and carry forward bold visions of resistance.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to “support the troops,” a state and federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (Photo: Archive/File) Robert C. Koehler
Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress
For far too long, war has won.
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A recent IPS report finds that 80 percent of S&P 500 firms last year paid their CEO over 100 times their median employee pay. At 50 publicly held firms, workers would have to toil at least 1,000 years to make as much as their boss made in just one. (Photo collage: Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
Sanders, Lee, and Tlaib Lead Effort to Tax Huge CEO-Worker Pay Gaps
The House-Senate companion bill address corporate America's extreme disparities, giving firms an incentive to lift up the bottom and bring down the top of their pay scales.
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Demonstrators wave flags as they take part during the day of cultural activities 'El Derecho a Vivir en Paz' called by 'Movimiento Unidad Social' at Plaza O'Higgins on October 27, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Unidad Social, an organization conformed by various social groups, has called society to be part of cultural activities in defence of human rights and against abuses, under the slogan #NoMasAbusos (No more abuses) people demand Sebastian Piñera's Government attention to issues such as health care, pension Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Why Aren't People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?
Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people.
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Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Dreamers Tell Trump and SCOTUS They Are Here to Stay
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a legal challenge being brought against President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, enacted...
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Julie Hollar
NYT Recycles Polling to Tell Democrats Once More: Move to the Right
Hmmm... this was a very slippery question to hang an article on.
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U.S. Army personnel drive through flood waters in Fort Ransom, ND. (Photo: US Army) Michael T. Klare
Welcome to a World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose
What the U.S. military will be doing in a climate crisis future
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 UTOP policemen are driving away demonstrators who support former President Morales and demand the resignation of current interim president Jianine Añiez. (Photo: Gaston Brito/picture alliance via Getty Images) Angela Marino
The Right-Wing Coup in Bolivia Is Exactly the Opposite of What Democracy Looks Like
While emboldening the right wing at home, the face of U.S. foreign affairs once again masks evil with indefensible hypocrisy for people all around the world to see.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
GUATEMALA COUP, 1954. Colonel Miguel Mendoza, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and Major Julio Gaitan (foreground, left-to-right), three leaders of the rebel invasion force which overthrew the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman of Guatemala in 1954. Photographed 24 June 1954. (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images) César Chelala
Coming to Terms With the U.S. Role in Central America
U.S. military intervention has played an important role in the instability, poverty, and violence that drives tens of thousands of people from the Central American countries toward Mexico and the United States.
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When you can’t do good science, you can’t base your public health regulations—your pesticide bans, your pollution controls, your clean water rules, and whatever else—on good science. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jill Richardson
The EPA’s War on Science Continues
The EPA wants to ban research that doesn’t violate the privacy of its subjects. That means less science—and fewer rules for polluters.
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Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It’s poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
Time for a Billionaire Ban
The wealthiest Americans dominate our airwaves. Let’s hear from someone else for a change.
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Chairman Adam Schiff (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (2nd R), Republican of California, during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, with witnesses Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Alan Hirsch
Why This Impeachment Skeptic Changed His Mind
When a president continually engages in inappropriate behavior to win an election, the election itself ceases to be a reliable way of removing him.
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Entire neighborhoods, cities, societies have been shattered by war. The total number of injured and traumatized extends into the tens of millions. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) David Vine
Reckoning With the Costs of War: It's Time to Take Responsibility
As the new Costs of War report and 3.1 million deaths should remind us, part of our responsibility must be to repair some of the immeasurable damage done and to ensure that wars like these never happen again.
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it’s time for the IEA to step up or step aside. (Photograph: Shutterstock) Kelly Trout
Decoding the IEA’s Scenario Spin: Real Reform or More of the Same?
From the IEA’s preview materials, we already know this: The IEA is still failing, in 2019, to respond to climate emergency and steer energy decisions away from fossil fuels and towards the renewable future required to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
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A supporter of former President Evo Morales hands over an indigenous flags "wiphala" to an anti-riot police officer during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 12, 2019. Protesters have been in the streets calling for Morales' resignation. He stepped down after the army requested he leave his post and requested political asylum from Mexico. (Photo: Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
How the OAS and US Just Helped Overthrow Another Government
The U.S. government and the Organization for American States can notch another coup on their belts.
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A couple walks along a line of tractors blocking the parliament in Kiev on November 12, 2019, during a rally to protest against government plans to lift the moratorium on agricultural land sales, a step long awaited by investors but opposed by the Ukrainians fearing a foreign land grab. The former Soviet country, whose stalling economy has been propped up by Western aid in recent years, is home to some of the largest swathes of cultivated land in Europe. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUP Frederic Mousseau, Elena Teare
Ukraine, the Land of Quid Pro Quos
If we are to take the matter of quid pro quos seriously, we should take the measure of over US$20 billion of aid forcing Ukraine to privatize its land and its economy for the profit of a few Western interests.
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In both style and to a certain degree substance, Trump is more mobster a la Capone than politician a la Nixon. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot) Bill Blum
Think Capone When It Comes to Trump’s Impeachment
For Trump, rules, including the rule of law, are meant to be broken. Defiance, fueled by a volatile mix of psychopathology, sociopathy and ignorance, is his brand.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ben Freeman , Ryan Summers
The Perfectly Legal Ways Foreign Powers Subvert US Democracy
Foreign powers have ample ability, through their lobbyists, to directly influence congressional legislation. They also have at least three indirect, perfectly legal avenues for trying to shift U.S. foreign policy in their favor: think tanks, the media, and academia.
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Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales, take part in a march in downtown La Paz on November 12, 2019, after he left in exile to Mexico. - Bolivia's Evo Morales was en route to exile in Mexico on Tuesday, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his abrupt resignation as president. The senator set to succeed Morales as interim president, Jeanine Anez, pledged to call fresh elections to end the political crisis. (Photo: Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia
The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation's massive reserves of this crucial mineral.
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In another poll from a crucial state, California, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 39% of Latinos in California said they prefer Sanders, compared to 21%  for Biden and 5% for  Warren. (Photo: Mark Makela / Stringer/ Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think
"While there’s no one candidate that’s won the hearts and minds of all women voters, it’s Bernie Sanders who has made the most progress."
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Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva passing through the crowd of his supporters after his speech in front of ABC Metallurgists Unionin San Bernardo do Campo, Brazil November 9, 2019. (Photo: Felipe Beltrame/NurPhoto/PA Images) Danica Jorden
Lula Free, Bolsonaro in Rage
A ruling by the Constitutional Court provisionally released Lula. An important part of the Brazilian people welcomed the news with joy and hope. But Bolsonaro reacted with rage and called him "guilty scum."
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Moments after Trump’s statement praising the Bolivian military, Mexico announced it had granted Morales political asylum. Around two dozen lawmakers and officials from Bolivia already had sought refuge from Mexico. (Photo: Flickr) Kevin Gosztola
Trump Applauds Bolivia’s Military Coup As US Establishment Media Blame Morales For Turmoil
Right-wing opposition forces, and their supporters in the U.S. government, benefited from the sheer ignorance of the electoral process in Bolivia, which was weaponized to further destabilize the country.
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Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 12, 2019. - A state of emergency was declared on November 11 and residents in the Sydney area were warned of "catastrophic" fire danger as Australia prepared for a fresh wave of deadly bushfires that have ravaged the drought-stricken east of the country. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
'Catastrophic' Wildfires Threaten Sydney, Australia as Government Backs Coal
A new report on the G20 and climate finds that Australia’s emissions are increasing and there is no plan to rein them in.
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The corporate coup orchestrated by the ruling oligarchs over the past few decades gave us Donald Trump. If this coup is not reversed, far worse will follow. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
Death by Oligarchy
When those on the bottom and in the middle of the social pyramid lose their voice and agency, when the society exists only to serve the greed of the rich, when income inequality reaches the levels it has reached in the United States, the social fabric is torn apart and the society destroys itself.
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His policies drew the great ire of the US government, Western corporations and the corporate press, who function as the ideological shock troops against leftist governments in Latin America. (Photo: CBS/Screenshot) Alan MacLeod
When the US Supports It, It's Not a Coup
The media message from the Bolivia case is clear: A coup is not a coup if we like the outcome.
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Monday, November 11, 2019
It’s not that Trump understands rhetoric. He doesn’t. But he’s like an idiot savant, in that he has an innate capacity to use rhetoric effectively. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) John Atcheson
Trump Is Controlling the Narrative On Impeachment
As long as the media and the Democratic Party allow Trump to impose his rhetorical frame on the impeachment process, the prospect of four more years of Trump remains a clear and present danger.
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The reality is that almost EVERY SINGLE domestic platform on a progressive agenda can be funded by the overinflated military budget. (Photo by Cliff Wells / Veterans for Peace) Garett Reppenhagen
Reclaiming Armistice Day
As I hear the messages of militarism, I’ll be holding up hope (and a sign!) that seeks to reclaim a moment that is rooted in justice and ending wars that disrupt livelihoods and take resources from people around the globe.
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With Medicare for All, the vast majority of families will spend less on health care than they do now on premiums, copays and deductibles. Melinda St. Louis
We Asked a Simple Question. What We Received Was Shocking.
" $10,000 for 4 hours in emergency room, food poisoning. Didn’t even stay the night!"
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Voices activists Brian Terrell, Kathy Kelly and Sarah Ball outside the Brunswick Courthouse. (Photo: Kings Bay Plowshares 7) Brian Terrell
A Doubtful Proposition
A Reflection on the Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7
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In 2006, for instance, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom documented ExxonMobil’s funding of 39 organizations that promoted “inaccurate and misleading” views of climate science. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud/cc/flickr) Naomi Oreskes
The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All
Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.
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Think now of young men or women home from Iraq or Afghanistan, Somalia or Panama, Vietnam or Korea, the woods of Europe or the islands of the Pacific, what they have done cannot be undone, all the words of assurance that their actions were not murder cannot be justified, and nothing can clean the haunting blood from their hands. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert Reeves) Matthew Hoh
And the Armies That Remained Suffer’d: Veterans, Moral Injury and Suicide
The only way to prevent veterans from killing themselves is to prevent them from going to war.
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 As awareness and activism grows among young people around the climate crisis, immigration, racism, gun violence and the Trump administration, we show the connections between these issues and U.S. wars. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Stephanie Rugoff
Helping Students Keep Their Humanity by Not Signing Up for War
We Are Not Your Soldiers brings exposure of imperial wars to a generation of youth largely unaware of the crimes being carried out throughout the world in their names.
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Norman Solomon
Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge
The biggest fear among the billionaire class is not that a progressive Democratic nominee will lose against Trump. The biggest fear is that such a nominee will win.
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Sunday, November 10, 2019
Glen Ford
By Trying to Silence Sanders, the Corporate Media Delegitimize Themselves
Bernie Sanders has been made into a non-person, and his proposals routinely distorted, because the corporate media want Americans to meekly submit to the Race to the Bottom.
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Sam Pizzigati
Inequality and the Iron Law of Decaying Public Services
The fires ravaging California offer still another reason to fear our grand economic divides.
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Theo Wuest
If Money Is Tight, Climate Change Is Your Issue
"40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming."
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Regina Schwartz
Immigration: "Loving Justice"
When we fail to respond humanely to refugees, we not only deny their vulnerability, we also deny our own.
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Karim Sharara
The Struggle of Nation and Religion in Lebanon
"What happens once the protests are over, after people go home, and find that their expectations were cut short? Will it be another thirty years before they muster the courage to rise up again?"
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Christopher Brauchli
Defrauded Students and DeVos
"Betsy DeVos has done so many notable things in her role as Secretary of Education that have justifiably earned her contempt, that being held in contempt by a federal judge because of one failing is barely newsworthy."
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Saturday, November 9, 2019
Richard Eskow
Can Bloomberg Buy the Election for $12 Billion? If So, He Can Write the Check Today
"Michael Bloomberg is providing a public service in one way. He has become a living illustration of our broken economic and political system."
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Debra Utacia Krol
Beyond November, Indigenous Communities Honor Culture and Heritage Year-Round
" We are still here."
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Ryan Gunderson, Diana Stuart
Corporate Climate Commitments: Who Should Lead Climate Action?
Corporate claims about climate action are made with little financial backing or, rather, funneling money in the opposite direction.
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Tom Conway
How Big Corporations Spy on Their Workers to Keep Their Wages Down
"If corporations get the green light to spy on workers, they'll have an easier time ferreting out organizing campaigns and bullying employees into dropping them."
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John Atcheson
The Neoliberal Assault on Warren's Plan to Pay for Medicare for All
Well, that was quick—and predictable.
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Jeffrey C. Isaac
Impeachment Must Be More Than Impeachment
"The impeachment needs to link the Ukraine scandal with the Mueller report."
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"Public TV touts itself as an independent voice – prove it. Take the big step. If you're serious, as you have said, about offering coverage on as many platforms as possible, then make one of those platforms the regular PBS broadcast stations that our nation knows and even loves." Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Our Point Remains: PBS Should Broadcast Impeachment Hearings in Primetime
And not just on digital platforms but on your regular local station.
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Friday, November 8, 2019
The biggest item on the benefit side is that it guarantees a benefit of at least 125 percent of the poverty level for anyone who has worked for at least 30 years. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Dean Baker
A Bold Plan to Strengthen and Improve Social Security Is What America Needs
The average benefit this year is just over $17,600, certainly not enough to maintain a middle-class lifestyle.
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Lindsey Graham says Trump's Ukraine policy was incoherent. It wasn't. He knew what he wanted. But the strategy to defend the president in this impeachment proceeding is certainly incoherent at this point. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Heather Digby Parton
Looks Like GOP Might Run With the "Moron Defense" for Trump
Exhausted Republicans have given up on the claim that Trump did nothing wrong. All they've got left is "he's dumb."
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Donald Trump with former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine
When it comes to Ukraine, Trump has been manipulated as deftly as a mindless marionette. It’s going to cost him.
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By “balancing” Edsall’s column with three other columns that make no mention of economics, class, wealth, poverty or inequality, the Times seems to be happily going along with the centrist smoke and mirrors. (Photo: Flickr/cc/ ALec Perkins/NYT) Julie Hollar
Throwing the Base Under the Bus—and Other Deep Thoughts From NYT
Edsall wants Democratic candidates to appeal to white working-class voters, not by offering them real economic succor, but by throwing the rest of the party under the bus.
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The only way to preserve the current social and economic order is by force. And when people have had enough, they meet force with resistance and resilience. (Photo: by Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Governments Beware: People Are Rising Up All Over the World
Free-market capitalism has proved time and again to be a failure. The promised riches are distributed far too unequally, and for most they never transpire.
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General view as people gather in a massive protest at Plaza Baquedano during the eighth day of protests against President Sebastian Piñera's government on October 25, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. President Sebastian Piñera announced measures to improve social inequality, however unions called for a nationwide strike and massive demonstrations continue as death toll reached 18. Demands behind the protests include issues as health care, pension system, privatization of water, public transport, education, social m Ralph Nader
America's Streets and Squares Are Waiting, But When Will the People Rise Up to Fill Them?
While there are some street protests in the U.S., they are sadly too few and far between.
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