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Sunday, November 10, 2019
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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Richard Nixon announces his resignation from the White House, 9th August 1974. (Photo: Dirck Halstead/Liaison/via Getty Images) Michael Winship and Bill Moyers
A Message to PBS: Televise the Trump Impeachment Hearings for All to See
Why we took out that ad in The New York Times.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Facebook will leave up political ads containing lies if they are posted by candidates. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Steven Rosenfeld
Social Media Is Amplifying Trump’s Rants and Disinformation More Than Ever—Can Society Protect Itself?
As 2020 approaches, a look at disinformation trends, who’s susceptible, and the Democratic Party’s countermeasures.
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They are, in other words, doomed to repeat my own unfulfilling, damaging journey—in some cases, on the very same ground in Iraq and Afghanistan where I fought. (Photo: Caitlin O’hara/AFP/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire
A new generation of West Pointers joins America’s hopeless wars.
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Why are banks no longer lending to each other? Are they afraid that collapse is imminent somewhere in the system, as with the Lehman collapse in 2008? (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Ellen Brown
Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed?
It looks to be just another case of Wall Street fattening itself at the public trough, using the funds of mom and pop depositors to maximize bank profits and line the pockets of bank executives while depriving small businesses of affordable loans.
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Shoppers carry bags at the Iranian capital Tehran's old Tajrish bazar on April 23, 2019. (Photo: ATTA KENARE / AFP/Getty) Vijay Prashad
How U.S. Sanctions on Iran Are Killing Innocent People
The evidence is undeniable. The U.S. sanctions are seriously destroying Iran’s health infrastructure and are leading to immediate deaths and suffering of the Iranian population.
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Robert Reich
Massive Power, Dangerous Lies, and Why Corporations Like Facebook Must Be Broken Up
Antitrust law was designed to check the power of giant commercial entities. Its purpose wasn't just to hold down consumer prices but also to protect democracy.
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An estate tax is levied on the value of a deceased person's estate before it's distributed to the heirs. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Jimmy Gomez
Hiking the Estate Tax Will Help Close the Wealth Gap
A robust estate tax would limit the American aristocracy, narrow the wealth gap and raise revenue for public services essential to those of us who won't inherit a fortune.
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Thousands of Irish schools students participate today in the Global School Strike for Climate Action march on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)   Sydney Ghazarian
The Climate Strikers Walked Out of School. Next, Let’s Walk Off the Job.
We can leverage our power as workers through high-impact, disruptive labor strikes that halt the economy’s gears until politicians can no longer ignore us, and are forced to cede to demands that will save the world.
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"We’re in deep, deep trouble."(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Trump's Climate Crimes Are His Most Impeachable Offenses
The climate crisis imperils the planet. To deny it is impeachable, the highest of high crimes and misdemeanors.
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Nuclear stockpiles have shrunk, not grown, and nuclear-armed nations number nine. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys
Hello, omnicide.
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Thousands of people turnout to hear Senator Bernie Sanders and take action against the Republican tax plan that would give huge tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations while raising taxes for many middle-class families and threatening to unravel the Affordable Care Act at John S. Knight Center on December 2, 2017 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Norman Solomon
The Class Warfare of Billionaires Against Sanders and Warren
The fight happening now for the Democratic presidential nomination largely amounts to class warfare. And the forces that have triumphed in the past are outraged that they currently have to deal with progressive opposition from not one but two candidates.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Jane Fonda and her Fire Drill Fridays are linking social movements across issues, eyeing the connections between the myriad problems we see causing climate chaos, many of them rooted in capitalist consumer culture. (Photo: Twitter/CodePink) Jodie Evans
Avoiding the Climate Catastrophe Starts With Divesting From the War Machine
The time has come to divest from the war machine and withdraw our public dollars from weapons corporations.
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If Chenoweth is right and the million Chileans in the street have breached the tipping point for successful non-violent popular democracy, Chile may be leading the way to a global political and economic revolution. (Photo:  RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Neoliberalism’s Children Rise Up to Demand Justice in Chile and the World
It is entirely fitting that Chile should be in the vanguard of the protests sweeping the world in this Autumn of Discontent, since Chile served as the laboratory for the neoliberal transformation of economics and politics that has swept the world since the 1970s.
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Communities are taking things into their own hands, advocating for and winning automatic voter registration and same-day registration, upending proposed voter roll purges, and requesting absentee ballots.(Photo: Shutterstock) Robert P. Alvarez
Republicans, Not Russians, Threaten Our Elections
When turnout climbs, Republicans lose. No wonder they're closing polling places and purging voters all over the country.
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Adjusting for inflation inequality in this fashion, they estimate that 3.8 million more people would be counted as poor in 2018, and that the poverty rate would be 1.0 percentage point higher (12.8 percent rather than 11.8 percent) that same year.(Photo: Becker1999/flickr/cc) Shawn Fremstad
Inflation Inequality and the Poverty Measure
Today the United States is the only country in the world that measures present-day poverty by using a poverty line set over half a century ago.
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Meals on Wheels and other HHS-funded community meal programs designed to support older adults could refuse to deliver food to older Americans who are Jewish, Muslim, or LGBTQ. (Photo: Gabe Souza/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Louise Melling
Trump Wants to Allow Discrimination With Billions of Dollars of Federal Funding
Proposal from Health and Human Services would allow discrimination based on faith—including people who are Jewish, Muslim, Catholic—as well as LGBTQ people.
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Keep in mind that such Military Support Sites only begin to scratch the surface when it comes to the Pentagon’s inventory of non-base outposts. (Photo: Nick Turse
Winter Is Coming
Castle Black, the Syrian withdrawal, and the Battle of the Bases.
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The Massachusetts senator is adamant that her plan would not impose any taxes on the middle class. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) Ilana Novick
How Warren’s 'Medicare for All' Plan Hurts the Cause
Warren’s funding scheme is getting major criticism from the left.
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Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, shown campaigning in Iowa, has released a plan for Medicare for All. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
The Medicare for All Debate Is Long Overdue
Medicare for All is popular at first look. When the insurance and drug companies and other opponents unleash their arguments, people’s doubts grow.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
You don’t have to be a so-called “originalist,” interpreting the Constitution according to what the founders were trying to do at the time, in order to see how dangerous it is to allow a president to seek help in an election from a foreign power. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
Case Closed. There's No Question the Founding Fathers Would Impeach Trump
If a president can invite a foreign power to influence the outcome of an election, there's no limit to how far foreign powers might go to curry favor with a president by helping to take down his rivals.
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William the Conqueror pillaged and plundered to become one of the 20 wealthiest human beings in history. In modern times, bonus-chasing CEOs have followed suit. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Sam Pizzigati
William the Conqueror and CEO pay
In 2018, fifty publicly traded U.S. corporations paid their CEOs more than 1,000 times what they paid their median workers.
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Massive worker protests killed a “grand bargain” with Republicans proposed by President Obama that would have cut Social Security benefits. (Photo: Fighting back works!) Dave Lindorff
You Will Have Social Security Just Like Your Parents and Grandparents—If You Fight to Keep It!
Despite being a socialist idea in a country that has always officially rejected and ridiculed socialism, it is hands down the most successful government program in the history of this nation.
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For communities dependent on fossil fuels, particularly in regions like Appalachia with few other major industries, today’s job losses are just the latest phase of a long decline. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ann Eisenberg
As the Coal Industry Shrinks, Miners Deserve A Just Transition—Here's What It Should Include
A just transition should focus on sustainably rebuilding regional economies, and should be informed by input from people who are affected.
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The survival of private prisons depends on keeping a consistent and increasing number of people incarcerated and today immigrants serve as this predatory industry's primary cash generators. (Photo: Shutterstock) Todd Miller
Why Climate Action Needs to Target the Border Industrial Complex
Climate change is displacing a growing number of people; governments are responding by privatising border policing.
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We must know the candidate’s vision on nuclear policy—their approach to eliminating the risk of nuclear war. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Cecili Thompson Williams
Which of the 2020 Candidates Are Ready to Address the Threat of Nuclear Weapons?
Will the candidates continue to support the policy that gives the US president unfettered authority to start a nuclear war? Or will they instead lower global risk of war and publicly commit the US to a nuclear No First Use policy?
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The U.S. began to adhere to a doctrine of shareholder capitalism in the 1980s and beyond, a philosophy that minimized the role of the state, and gave primacy to short-term profitability, as well as production growth through efficiency (i.e., downsizing) and mergers. (Photo: iStock) Marshall Auerback
America Will Keep Losing Its Middle Class as Long as 'Free Markets' Dominate the Economic Debate
We need to invest in research and development if we’re going to strengthen the middle class and compete in a global market.
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Monday, November 4, 2019
Trump has long invited his followers to violence. (Photo: Screenshot) Dorothee Benz
Nazi-Normalizing Barf Journalism in the Trump Era
Again and again during Trump’s presidency, corporate media have fallen over themselves to find acceptable ways to describe utterly unacceptable behavior, policies and decisions—none more so than the New York Times.
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Roberto Savio
Farewell to the World Social Forum?
Citizens have become more aware of the need for change than they were when we first met in Porto Alegre many years ago.
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Greta Thunberg is the global face of this movement and her presence is extremely influential. (Photo: Anders Hellberg/Effekt) Svenja Blanke
Who’s Afraid of Greta Thunberg?
The character of Greta Thunberg is part of a polarised global confrontation regarding climate change. Despite what her critics may say, her speeches have contributed to social mobilisation and awareness of the climate crisis and the future of the planet.
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World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Simone D. McCourte / World Bank) Leo Baunach
World Bank Rankings Promote Deregulation at the Expense of Working People
The highly controversial annual Doing Business report gives governments high marks if they slash taxes and worker protections.
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A boy holds a poster as he participates in a protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of the Fridays for Future demonstrations in Mumbai, India on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Dear Fossil Fuels: It’s Over
Breaking up is never easy, but humanity is ready for this toxic relationship to end once and for all.
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Syria has no oil to speak of, and certainly not the sort of potential production that would remunerate a US investor. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 6 Problems With Trump Taking Syrian Oil
Whoever told Trump the US was there for oil is an inspired fabulist who pulled the wool over Trump’s eyes.
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The entire political and governmental system is corrupt. (Photo: John Sonderman/Flickr cc 2.0) Chris Hedges
The Enemy Within Is Deep Indeed
The deep state, incapable of reform and determined to retain its grip on power, will morph under the threat of popular unrest into a corporatized fascism.
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We are all hostages to the blunderer who would never have been in the White House if it weren’t for a country that had already auctioned off its political system to the highest bidders and its government to the national security state. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump
Donald in Blunderland: Living a mixed metaphor.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019
A US soldier stands by an armored vehicle during a patrol of the northern countryside of the northeastern Syrian town of al-Malikiyah (Derik) at the border with Turkey, on November 3, 2019. Ron Forthofer
Proposed Withdrawal of US Troops in Syria
President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the...
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We the People John Atcheson
Politics as a Food Fight: The Media Is Feeding the Political Divide
False “balance” which infects the entire mainstream media, making it puke out nonsense as if it were news.
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02 November 2019, Berlin: A demonstration of Kurds against the invasion of Syria by the Turkish army under the motto "Stop the war. Solidarity with Rojava" is moving along the boulevard Unter den Linden. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard et al
We Stand in Solidarity with Rojava, an Example to the World
Leaders from social movements, communities and First Nations from around the world, including LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Eve Ensler and Stuart Basden on the Turkish invasion in north-east Syria
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Riot police stand guard as dozens of people gather during a rally to show solidarity with protesters in Chile at the Chilean Consulate General on October 21, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. César Chelala
Why is Latin America Burning?
In Latin America several countries are under turmoil, as people cannot even meet their most basics needs. The last few months have seen a remarkable spectacle: hundreds of thousands of citizens are...
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United States of America v. Max Blumenthal Joe Emersberger
Max Blumenthal Arrest Exposes Hypocrisy of Western Media and ‘Human Rights’ NGOs
Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, a prominent journalistic critic of US policy toward Venezuela, was arrested by DC police on Friday, October 25, in connection with a protest at the Venezuelan embassy...
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Saturday, November 2, 2019
House Judiciary Committee members (L-R) Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) share a laugh during a hearing about the Mueller Reporter in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Spare Us From the Vichy Republicans
The party has become a cult run by crooks.
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Yanis Varoufakis, leader of the anti-establishment European Realistic Disobedience Front (MeRA25) movement, DiEM25's electoral wing in Greece, during a press conference following the European parliamentary elections earlier this year. (Photo: Aris Missinis/AFP/Getty Images) Yanis Varoufakis
Another Europe Is Possible
I'm an old-fashioned lefty. I don't believe in destroying institutions. I believe in taking them over and transforming them into true public servants.
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(cc/donkeyHotey) Alan Singer
Why They Love Trump
Like many who lean left, even many to the right of center, I find Donald Trump’s contempt for law, disrespect for people, derision of opponents, disdain for facts and truth, erratic and self-serving...
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 Research shows people are stockpiling guns, white men in particular. They are less educated, worried about their ability to protect their families, insecure about work, and have racial anxiety. Stockpiling sometimes fills a void in their lives and can accompany hero fantasies. One study found that “for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home.” Wim Laven
Should You Be Afraid of the Fascists in Your Community?
I get accused of “being over-the-top” and using hyperbole by conservative friends and acquaintances with increasing frequency. This is caused, in large part, by me being a vocal and active...
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Family members of those who died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 hold photographs of their loved ones as Dennis Muilenburg (R), President and CEO of the Boeing Company, and John Hamilton (L), Vice President and Chief Engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, testify at a hearing in front of congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 30, 2019. Ralph Nader
Buffeting Boeing CEO’s Rope-a-Dope in Congress
This past week, Boeing’s deadly 737 MAX crashes were the focus of two back-to-back hearings – one in the Senate and one in the House. In the House Transportation Committee hearing, at least 50...
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Friday, November 1, 2019
Despite taking some steps to address the issue of child soldiers, the TIP states that the South Sudanese government “continued to use and recruit child soldiers… at times by force,” and did not fully implement its own action plan to demobilize children from security forces. (Photo: Charles Lomodong/AFP via Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
For 9th Straight Year, US Grants Waivers to Countries Violating Anti-Child Soldier Law
The White House recently announced the US was granting full or partial waivers to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) to Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
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Zuckerberg is not a political philosopher concerned about the public good. There is a zero evidence he is a deep thinker of any sort. He is a Harvard boy who stumbled into a good idea and had the necessary connections to get very rich from it: end of story. (Photo: Getty) Dean Baker
Mark Zuckerberg Is a Rich Jerk
There is no reason to waste any effort trying to convince Mark Zuckerberg what is good for democracy. We just have to tell him, and make him a pay a very big price if he is too lazy or dumb to "get" it.
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Protest outside BlackRock's headquarters in New York City. (Photo: Amazon Watch) Moira Birss
BlackRock's Ghoulish Lack of Action for the Amazon
BlackRock's continued silence on this crisis—both in the public space as well as its continued failure to engage with civil society stakeholders—is alarming.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Commons Members Lobby during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool / Getty Images) Reese Erlich
Boris, Brexit, and the British Election
Brexit has deeply split British society and presents a serious conundrum for left and progressive forces.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House June 20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Edwards
Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, and the Rise of the 'Shallow State'
Pompeo nauseates me almost more than any other member of the president's inner circle, even though there are far more despicable characters to be found there.
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Remember groups that are likely to come to the defense of the employer-based insurance system that Warren wants to dramatically reform, like the Chamber of Commerce, may (again) be receiving tens of millions of dollars from industry. (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Wendell Potter
How Health Insurance Industry Allies Are Going to Lie and Attack Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All Plan
The health insurance industry believed it was marching Warren into a trap, and now they’re scrambling to come up with a response to preserve their treasured but failing cash cow: the employer-based health insurance system.
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A regular talking head and host on MSNBC, marketing executive Donny Deutsch angered many progressives over a recent combined attack on Bernie Sanders and the country of Denmark. (Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC) Djaffar Shalchi
Dear Mr. Donny Deutsch: Please Come to "F***ing Denmark."
I invite you. Come and see for yourself a happy and healthy society, funded in part by hefty taxes on millionaires like you and me.
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PG&E is resorting to mass power outages to protect itself from liabilities during fire season, plunging millions of Californians into darkness. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
California Must Take Back Its Power—Literally
The idea of wresting the power grid out of the hands of private investors and making it a publicly owned utility has grown more and more appealing.
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Ten years into AGRA, Global Hunger Index scores remained in the "serious" or "alarming" categories for 12 of the 13 AGRA countries. (Photo: Global Justice Now/cc/flickr) Million Belay, Timothy A. Wise
The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa
Certain policies, strongly promoted by the Gates Foundation, open Africa to the multinational seed companies in the name of modernization, but they undermine climate resilience and food security for Africa’s small-scale farmers.
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President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Melania Trump and President Trump during the opening of an "anti-extremist" center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2017. (Photo: Saudi Press Agency) Juan Cole
Looming Impeachment Puts Trump in Company of Corrupt Mideast Leaders
Only because the masses turned against their guy did military elites step in to insist they step down. Think about that.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Greta has been adamant we need to listen to the science and adhere to regulatory practices. Sadly, the only thing Greta has provided is a platform for politicians to conceptualize the seriousness of it all. (Photo: Andreane Williams/CBC/twitter) Shahid Mahmood
Painting Over Greta
Activism is meaningless unless there is the political will to leverage civic engagement into policy change.
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
A Message to Progressives: Adam Schiff Is Not Your Friend
While tenaciously challenging a despicable president who should be impeached, we should be aware that the California Democrat remains deeply enmeshed with corporatism and militarism.
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US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, September 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Michael Winship
United Kingdom—Brexit or No Brexit—Our Donald Trumps Your Boris
But an ocean apart, both US and UK activists fight dangerous threats to democracy.
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Americans are fed up with a callous, often cruel system that treats them as collateral damage and a "medical loss ratio." (Photo: National Nurses United/Twitter) Zenei Cortez
Patient Crisis Obscured By Cost Talk on Medicare for All
How long must we allow fearmongering and health care industry talking points stand in the way of the transformative reform that would guarantee health coverage for all our nation’s residents without the backbreaking costs and heartbreaking health insecurity that burdens so many today?
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Donald Trump’s declared intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as a preliminary step toward reducing our regional military presence has elicited bipartisan condemnation expressed in the strongest terms. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Why Those "Endless Wars" Must Never End
Donald Trump and the ten commandments (plus one) of the national security state.
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What is rarely considered is that most of those immigrants and their children come from countries where the U.S. has supported their most murderous regimes and actively destroyed their democratic forms of government. (Photo: Syrian refugees/ Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) César Chelala
An Open Letter to Donald Trump: You Are Putting the World at Grave Risk
What happens after the U.S. contributes to destroying a country’s social fabric?
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Compassion, policing—these words don’t go together! (Photo:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Keeping the Peace Is Far More Complicated Than Waging War
The police may be more like an occupying army as the militarization of police departments around the country is becoming common.
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Democratic presidential candidate, former vice President Joe Biden takes photos with people in the crowd at Wilson High School on October 26, 2019 in Florence, South Carolina. Many presidential hopefuls campaigned in the early primary state over the weekend, scheduling stops around a criminal justice forum in the state capital. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Jeff Hauser, Eleanor Eagan
Who Exactly Are Joe Biden's Wealthy, Well-Connected Bundlers?
The former Vice President's anti-transparency stance is definitely more concerning in light of his apparent fundraising desperation.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Americans may snicker when Trump pays homage to an army dog that he says helped to track Baghdadi but they should remember that Bush and Obama and now Trump are responsible for far greater suffering. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Margaret Kimberley
The Baghdadi Scam
The Democrats and corporate media don’t really oppose what Donald Trump is doing in Syria or anywhere else.
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Nate Silver in 2015. (Photo: Internet Week New York / Flickr/cc) Jacob Bacharach
Nate Silver Is Making This Up as He Goes
One suspects that despite his claims to analytical rigor, at some very basic level, Silver does not actually know what a poll is.
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The wildfires—and the climate crisis that’s making them worse—are public problems. The reliability of our power grid is a public need. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
We Need Publicly Owned Utilities
California’s wildfires and blackouts show the dangers of entrusting our power to for-profit corporations.
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James Dorsey
Popular Protest: Just How Effective Is It?
The uprisings are many, but are they enough?
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Extinction Rebellion protesters in London. (Photo: Jess Nyman, Twitter) Sam Knights
Extinction Rebellion: We Need To Talk About The Future
This year has changed everything.
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Sanders went so far as to say that some of the $3.8 billion that currently goes to Israel every year should be dedicated to humanitarian aid for Gaza. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Bernie Sanders Says Give Aid to Gaza and That Calling Out Netanyahu's Racist Government Isn't Anti-Semitism
Palestinian rights have entered into an American presidential campaign, virtually for the first time.
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In nation after nation throughout modern history, every time government has been taken over by oligarchs and corporations, democracy has died—usually to be replaced by a strongman form of oligarchy or outright fascism. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
A Democracy-Killing Duo: How the Supreme Court and the Morbidly Rich Are Ruining Democracy in America
This is not democracy; it’s oligarchy or, at the very least, a corporate state.
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Company executives enjoy virtually a free hand to make decisions about allocating funds for political purposes and those purposes are naturally guided by the executives' own political preferences. (Photo: David Ohmer/flickr/cc) John Aram
Reassessing Corporate Social Responsibility
Neither voluntary nor mandatory social responsibility can substitute for public policies, including business regulation, formulated by representatives whose campaigns are financed by true citizens.
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John Buell
The Lies Corporate Media Tell When Bernie Sanders Is "Extreme" and Trump's GOP Is "Mainstream"
The modern Republican Party is as extreme as any major party in our history.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Biases, they added, are baked into the health care system, including discriminatory treatment by some white medical professionals, such as well documented "differential perceptions of black patients." (Photo: Alex Proimos/flickr/cc) Bonnie Castillo
What Algorithms Tell Us About Structural Racism in Health Care
In a medical system premised on profits and ability to pay, racial disparity presents in ability to afford the high cost of premiums, deductibles and co-pays that disproportionately discourages African Americans from getting needed medical care.
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 A report from the U.N. found that, for the first time since it started tracking the conflict in Afghanistan 10 years ago, U.S. and Afghan government forces had killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militant groups. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Allegra Harpootlian
Drone Strikes and Tears: Why I Weep While I Work
Or what it means to experience U.S. wars from a computer screen away.
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Today, the majority of Americans favor the GND, free tuition, a $15 minimum wage, sane gun laws, a repeal of Trump’s tax cuts for the rich, overturning Citizen’s United and getting money out of politics and a host of other "socialist" priorities.  (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) John Atcheson
The Revolution Is Here: Democrats Ignore It at Their Peril
With the majority of people holding progressive views, the way to get no-shows to show is not to back centrist policies, it’s to run on values that favor the people, and that are supported by the majority of Americans.
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Striking teachers, school staff, and supporters march through downtown Chicago on the ninth day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on October 25, 2019. (Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)   Michael Arria
Over the Last Week, At Least 85,000 Workers Were Out on 13 Different Strikes
"Right now there is a movement of workers across the country who are taking back their power at a scale we have not seen in recent memory."
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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, is a national memorial to commemorate the victims of lynching in the U. S. (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans In Failing to Understand What A Real Lynching Is
Whatever complaints Republicans may have about an impeachment hearing convened in Congress under its constitutional authority, it surely is not a lynching.
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inside the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Bill Blum
What Will Tump Impeachment Trial Look Like in Mitch McConnell-Controlled Senate?
No matter the ultimate outcome, the American people will have the opportunity to assess the evidence against Trump.
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Monday, October 28, 2019
Peter Bloom
Forget Russia, The Real Threat to Democracy Are Corporate Assets Like Clinton and Trump
Here's a truth that is very unpopular among many in the U.S. mainstream: the nation's democracy is being corrupted from the inside, not from abroad.
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Corporate-led development has contributed to spiraling housing costs and undermined people’s right to affordable and safe housing. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Jackie Smith
Corporate Influence Threatens Human Rights in Communities Nationwide
National network of cities files report to UN Human Rights body on corporate power and local human rights challenges.
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Tzipi Livni (pictured) is the former Israeli foreign minister who has been the subject of arrest warrants and a lawsuit in three countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza. (Photo: Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
Duke Students Protest Speech by Tzipi Livni, Former Israeli Foreign Minister Accused of War Crimes
"Hosting [Livni] for a lecture minimizes the lives and deaths of her victims while encouraging future reproductions of her crimes."
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Asylum-seekers inside the Leona Vicario Federal shelter in Ciudad Juarez, October 9, 2019. (Photo:Guillermo Arias for the ACLU) Ashoka Mukpo
I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw.
How will we respond to their suffering? Will we allow the most hateful and uncaring among us to write our history, or will we fight back and demand better?
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Court rulings against the no-fly list and terror watch list are providing an opening for bigger pushback against the war on terror’s erosion of liberties. (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror
Lower courts are slowly but steadily eroding the legal basis for some of the most reactionary war on terror policies.
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Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) James Carroll
What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later
And the return of war-as-the-answer.
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 Along with the abuses of prisoners in places like Camp Bucca, FOB Mercury, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, U.S. warfare predictably led to the buildup of ISIS and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's commitment to "an eye for an eye." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq
We can work to abolish war, mourn the deaths of Al-Baghdadi's children and question how conditions inside U.S. military camps, in Iraq, led to the extremism of Al-Baghdadi and his ISIS followers.
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Al-Baghdadi and his movement did enormous damage to the image of Islam in the world, and committed genocide against Muslims, as the term is defined in the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court.(Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
US Militarism, Having Provoked ISIL Into Being, Kills Cult Leader Baghdadi
People in eastern Syria were brutalized and then suffered enormous damage as the US bombed their towns and villages to defeat ISIL, which had taken them over.
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Sunday, October 27, 2019
U.S. soldiers in South Korea train in their Abrams tanks. Juan Cole
Did US Officials Manipulate Trump Into Sending Back Troops From Iraq to Syria “For the Oil”?
The U.S. military and political establishment was extremely upset by Trump’s withdrawal of 1,000 US troops from northeast Syria.
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