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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Economic and sector sanctions are too often designed to inflict maximum pain on civilians, not empower them. (Photo: Syrian Refugees/Josh Zakary/flickr/cc) Ilhan Omar
Sanctions Are Part of a Failed Foreign Policy Playbook. Stop Relying on Them.
Research has shown that sanctions rarely achieve their desired goals. In the worst-case scenario, they hurt the people of a country—generally the very people we’re purporting to help—without making a dent in the country’s behavior.
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Climate activists demonstrate in Washington, D.C. in 2015. One displays a sign admonishing ExxonMobil for its complicity in furthering the climate apocalypse. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud) Elliott Negin
ExxonMobil Is Still Bankrolling Climate Science Deniers
The world’s largest oil company says climate change is real, yet continues to finance climate denier groups.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday October 2, 2019. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Is It Really Smart to Narrow the Impeachment to Just Ukraine?
Simple is sometimes simplistic. And stupid.
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Indigenous Peruvians protest mining pollution, 2015. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jen Moore
Abusive North American Companies Pay Off Latin American Police to Harass Critics
In countries like Peru, extractive industries contract police to suppress Indigenous protesters and detain international observers—including me.
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A crowd gathers in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after several decisions were handed down on June 27, 2019, including a decision that blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
How Politics Threatens the 2020 Census
If Hispanics, blacks, the poor and other hard-to-count groups go undercounted, seats in Congress and federal funding will be in jeopardy.
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U.S. Marines in northern Syria, March 2017 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Diana Ohlbaum
How (Not) To End Endless Wars
The goal is to end the war, not just our participation.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Hagopian
The Chicago Teachers Strike: 'Until We Get What Our Students Deserve'
"The ball is in Mayor Lightfoot’s court now. She’s got a decision to make. I know that we will remain in the streets until we get what we deserve."
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The message of the global movement to ban fracking and get off fossil fuels envisions a different future, one that starts with cutting off pollution at the source. (Photo: ribarnica/flickr/cc) Wenonah Hauter
Trump Seeks to Frack the 2020 Election
While Donald Trump will run as the champion of a disastrous addiction to fossil fuels and fracking, Democrats should proudly champion a different vision.
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Framing this debate by fearmongering over "higher taxes" ignores that this money is already coming out of American families’ pockets. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Donald M. Berwick
Stop Fearmongering About 'Medicare for All.' Most Families Would Pay Less for Better Care.
The case for Medicare for All is simple. It would cover everyone, period. Done right, it would lower costs. And it would ease paperwork and confusion.
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In September, Tennessee governor Bill Lee released a plan to convert that state’s Medicaid funding to block grants. (Photo: Bill Lee/Twitter) Mike Ervin
The GOP and the Zombie Medicaid Block Grants
Here they are again, back from the dead, like zombies.
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Since the last particulate matter review, several new large-scale epidemiologic studies provide powerful evidence that particulate matter is causing adverse health outcomes (such as early death, heart attacks, and respiratory stress) at locations and during time periods with concentrations at or below the level of the current standards. (Photo: Getty Images) Gretchen Goldman
The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don’t Protect Public Health
The Independent Panel’s deliberations, demands for further research, and unanswered questions highlight how broken the EPA process is.
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Anti-war demonstrators protest against the announcement of a US troop increase for Afghanistan, at a rally outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on December 2, 2009. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
A Modest Goal: #usoutofafghanistan
The hashtag is as relevant today as it has ever been these last eighteen years.
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The latest Trump administration assaults on refugees and immigrants should shock the conscience. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Arnold R. Isaacs
Making America Crueler Again: Trump's Ugly New Anti-Immigrant Wave
The White House targets refugees, green card applicants, and poor immigrants.
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(FromL) Federal party leaders, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, host Patrice Roy from Radio, Canada's Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet pose for pictures on October 10, 2019. (Photo: SEAN KILPATRICK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Gary Engler
Climate Change Deniers Become Extinct in Canadian Election
The four parties that do offer climate action plans (of varying seriousness) collected almost 65 percent of the vote.
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Monday, October 21, 2019
Kurdish activists wears a mask of the American president Donald Trump during demonstration against the ongoing Turkish military operation in the northeastern Syria on October 19,2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch Kurdish community demonstrated in the streets of Amsterdam to protest against the offensive launched by the army of Turkey in the region of Rovaja, Syrian Kurdistan region, the last bulwark against Daesh. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Is War on the Menu for 2020 Elections?
When democracy fails, history tells us that violence and conflict usually follows.
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Demonstrators shouted slogans outside the national assembly in Quito, Ecuador on Oct. 8, 2019 following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by the government's decision to scrap subsidies. (Photo: by Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images) Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Ecuador: From The Middle of the World to the End of the World
Ecuadorian people are teaching the world a lesson: unjust power, no matter how strong, always comes with a vulnerable spot, a measure of injustice, and peaceful and organized resistance against it.
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A woman walk past prototype sections of a border wall between Mexico and the United States under construction on October 5, 2017 in Tijuana, Mexico. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images) Tamaryn Nelson
Trump Found a Different Way to Build His Wall
The Trump administration is using a wide range of cruel policies to stop people in need from seeking safety in the US.
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U.S. Border Patrol agents process immigrants from Central America while taking them into custody on August 17, 2016 near Roma, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) John Feffer
The Far Right's War on the World
It's time to flip the script. We are indeed in the fight of our lives.
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President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded.  (Drawing: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Pity the Kurds
And curse the United States which has once again turned the Kurdish people into cannon fodder.
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A US soldier stands in an armoured personnel carrier as the US forces pull out of their base in the Northern Syrian town of Tal Tamr, on October 20, 2019. - US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria today, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
No, Trump Isn't Bringing US Troops Home
Not those in Syria and not any of the 60,000 soldiers spread across the Mideast
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José Antonio Ocampo
International Tax Emergency. A Critical Time for Developing Nations to Speak Up!
Developing countries lose at least $100 billion hidden away each year by multinationals in the world's tax havens. This must end.
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Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.  (Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Norman Solomon
Beware, Pete Buttigieg Is a Sharp Corporate Tool
With the mutual alignment of Buttigieg and his corporate healthcare-industry donors, Mayor Pete's approach seems to be a case of a flimflamming candidate who poses as a forthright leader.
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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Lines of crops David R. Montgomery
The Key to Saving Family Farms Is in the Soil
Farmers adopting regenerative agricultural practices across the Midwest are restoring the health of the soil and of their rural economies.
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Greta Thunberg, Iris Duquesne, and Alexandria Villaseñor attend a press conference where 16 children from across the world presented their official human rights complaint on the climate crisis to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child at the UNICEF Building on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Jessica Taft
A UN Treaty Guarantees Youth Rights Everywhere on Earth—Except the United States
One notable children’s rights violation in the United States today is the separation of migrant children from their parents
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The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists Kathy Kelly
Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition
Marianne Goldscheider worries that, similar to the 1930s, citizens of countries possessing nuclear weapons sleepwalk toward utter disaster.
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Caricature of President Donald Trump Karl Evers-Hillstrom
Trump Was Outraised by Hundreds of Millions in 2016. That Won’t Happen Again in 2020
The Republican incumbent is approaching 2020 with a massive cash advantage.
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Sign reads: There is no planet B. Janet Gunter
Why Taking Responsibility for Our Carbon Emissions Means Promoting the Right to Repair
Using products for longer is one of the simplest actions we can take towards climate justice.
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A natural gas drilling rig. Derrick Z. Jackson
Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points
The natural gas industry is on an aggressive public relations tear to convince Americans that for decades to come, it is the “bridge” between coal and renewable energy. The campaign is loaded with...
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hands in cuffs Udi Ofer
Unveiling a State-by-State Plan to End our Mass Incarceration Crisis
The Smart Justice 50 State Blueprints are the product of over two years collecting data, analyzing policies, and learning from people impacted by our criminal legal system. This is how we can end the mass incarceration crisis.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Demonstrators hold signs against HB6 Harvey Wasserman
Ohio’s Fascist Pro-Nuke Attack on Democracy Comes Due on Monday
The unprecedented assault threatens the referendum process in Ohio and across the nation.
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Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria's northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on October 9, 2019. Reese Erlich
Trump Blows It Big Time in Syria
Trump Dumps Kurds as the Empire Crumbles
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State Rep. Chloe Maxmin and allies celebrate the Maine AFL-CIO signing onto the Green New Deal in April of 2019. (Photo: Maxmin's Twitter) Frances Moore Lappé
We're Not "Polarized" Everywhere. In Maine, Democracy and Green Energy Win Big
How often I hear that in “polarized” America rural voters will reject a green agenda out of hand. For them, green means liberal, tree-hugging snobs, unconcerned about the struggles of real working...
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Two U.S. soldiers keep an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, June 26, 2018. Gregory Shupak
Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria
Influential sectors in corporate media clearly believe that US policy in Syria should be tailored toward assuring worldwide US hegemony.
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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. June 18, 2016. Ralph Nader
Where Are the Influentials Who Find Trump Despicable?
"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing."
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Guarani Kaiowá indigenous people in the Guapo’y Guasu community, in the Dourados Amambai Peguá Indigenous Reserve, in Mato Grosso do Sul Clarissa Beretz
Bolsonaro Helping to Fuel Explosion of Violence Against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil
"It is the worst it has been since the redemocratization of Brazil."
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Climate justice activists gathered outside a forum attended by fossil fuel executives in New York City on Sunday, September 22, 2019 ahead of the U.N. climate summit. Charlie Simmons
Our Tax System Rewards Polluters
Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes — and actually received billions in rebates.
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Friday, October 18, 2019
 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas on Oct. 17. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) Trita Parsi, Stephen Wertheim
America’s Syria Debacle Is Not Trump’s Alone
By going along with the myth that the president is pulling out of the Middle East, his critics are helping make U.S. wars there worse.
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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle sits after shortly landing Nov. 12, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush) Brian Terrell
The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye"
There is no lie that can cover the black eye of US complicity in genocide.
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 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Robert Weissman
The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction
This is a president who believes the powers of the presidency are bestowed on him to advance his own personal interests—political and profit-seeking—rather than those of the American people.
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Obama was not a progressive leader. (Photo: Cumbre de Líderes de América del Norte 2016/flickr/cc) Siddak Ahújá
Obama’s Endorsement of Trudeau Highlights Class Unity of the 1 Percent
If Barack Obama truly cared about endorsing a progressive economic leader, or even a leader of colour just like him, he could have chosen Jagmeet Singh of the left-wing New Democratic Party. But he didn’t.
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Jim Kim may have abandoned the pursuit of sustainable, human-centered development in order to pursue private profit. But we must not.  (Photo: Ryan Rayburn/World Bank/Flickr) Michael Galant
The World Bank Must Put People Before Profit
The World Bank's Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) agenda is a coup for global capital—steamrolling the poor and vulnerable to pave the way for private profit.
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Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. - Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Trump’s Fake Withdrawal From Endless War
Despite his endless promises to end these wars, Trump has instead been dropping more bombs and missiles on other countries than Bush II and Obama put together—a terrifying feat.
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The national security state and politicians should not be the sole gatekeepers of what information circulates in the public sphere. (Photo: Shutterstock) Hannah Gurman, Kaeten Mistry
The Ukraine Whistleblowers and the Rise of Partisan Whistleblowing
This moment should spark a conversation about the place of national security whistleblowing in a democratic society.
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The Green New Deal may come to embody a future more humane and liberating than what its ancestor imagined possible. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Steve Fraser
The Greening of the New Deal
The great depression and the climate crisis, new deals then and now.
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Sanders has been calling himself a socialist for decades, and he most recently distinguished himself from Warren’s self-proclaimed capitalist label in an interview. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
No, Warren and Sanders Are Not the Same
Do progressives want the candidate who may be feeling pressured to move to the left or the person whose candidacy is setting the progressive standard?
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about them. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Trump’s Endless Wars
Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Reminder: Trump Didn't Win, Democrats Lost
And if the party nominates another centrist candidate, they will likely lose again.
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No nation on earth can afford the catastrophic regional and global consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) Olivia Alperstein
Don’t Forget: Nuclear Weapons Are an Existential Threat
A new study shows just how bad a nuclear war could get. We need a plan to eliminate this risk permanently.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls California Senator Kamala Harris (L) and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) applaud Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Donna Smith
Post-Debate Musings: Bernie’s Heart and His Courage Just Fine with Me
It will be nice when all of the candidates stop lying about how badly we Americans want to keep our private coverage. Are you kidding?
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Broad’s investments in education reform were about redesigning schools "to function like corporate enterprises." (Photo: Eli Broad/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) Jeff Bryant
How Billionaire Charter School Funders Corrupted the School Leadership Pipeline
Charter school funders like Eli Broad turned school leadership into a cartel system focused on advancing careers and enriching businesses.
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Considering that Pompeo is widely known as both a war hawk—a proponent of war with Iran—and an ally of blatant Islamophobes, his declaration of service to a perfect God is definitely troubling. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Collusion Of Church and State
Where are the values—religious or otherwise—that can save this recklessly careening, war-addicted, carbon-spewing state from participating both in its own and the whole planet's destruction?
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The author, Nathan Williams, is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion staged a protest at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations on October 10, 2019 in London, England. Climate change activists have gathered to block access to various government departments as they launch a two week protest in central London. (Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images) Nathan Williams
Experiencing Firsthand Failures of UN Climate Politics, I Realized Civil Disobedience Only Route Left
I was arrested at London City Airport because only a mass uprising in defence of life can counter mass death
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
A Yemeni collects items amidst the rubble of a destroyed funeral hall building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. (Photo: MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
Death, Bloodshed, and Misery in Yemen
"Strike with creativity!" proclaims Raytheon.
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Why are anyone’s love life, family, and identity a referendum? Why are they a debate? Why must we plead our case to not get fired for who we love in front of the Supreme Court? (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Why Are LGBTQ Rights Even a Debate?
Before I came out, I thought it was normal to "debate" our right to marry or hold a job. Now I know it’s not—at all.
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Many Americans—including several presidential candidates—have begun asking whether the Supreme Court should be reformed. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
Should the Supreme Court Be Reformed?
In an era of increasing political polarization, we should rethink how the Court is organized in order to rebuild public trust.
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Today’s overpaid CEOs are unlikely to start sharing that good life—and the wealth that finances it—more equitably without public policies to prod them in this direction. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sarah Anderson
Where Is 'Line Worker Barbie'?
CEO-worker pay gaps are the clearest proof that corporations like Mattel and many others don't respect their employees.
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It’s always tricky to predict outcomes in the Supreme Court, but with its five-member conservative majority now firmly entrenched, the panel is poised to swing further to the right as it grapples with issues on LGBT rights, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, abortion, the Second Amendment and “religious liberty.” (Photo: wbentprice / Flickr) Bill Blum
The Supreme Court Could Spell the End of American Democracy
The nine justices who constitute our most powerful judicial body are set to decide a bevy of politically charged cases that could impact the 2020 elections and profoundly affect the lives of each and every American.
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I, for one, have had quite enough of Buttigieg's glib turbo-wonk shtick. He simply is not being straight with the American people. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Pete Buttigieg's Disingenuous Attack on Medicare-For-All
Mayor Pete's plan would be more expensive than Medicare-for-all. He would "pay for that" by keeping more of the cost burden on the shoulders of individual Americans.
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Bernie 2020 has more than a pulse. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Eric Levitz
Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Alive and Well
Sanders was better, crisper, and funnier than ever before.
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One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. - Advocacy group Avaaz is calling attention to what the groups says are hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Timothy Karr
Can Anyone Stop Facebook from Poisoning Democracy?
While the social media giant wraps itself in the banner of free expression and political speech, it serves more as a scrim to hide its continued spread of political disinformation to tens of millions of voters in advance of the 2020 elections.
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Michael Winship
Our Mad Dog President—and His Bible-Thumping Kennel Pals
The White House theocrats may be the biggest danger of all.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
With the climate strikers marching on their front feet—and the old guard caught retreating on its heels—we have a clear opportunity to achieve a true systems change. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Yanis Varoufakis, David Adler
A Recession Is Coming. When It Does, We Need to Demand a Green New Deal.
Having squandered the last crisis, we cannot make the same mistakes again. A Green New Deal is the only reasonable response.
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Community organizers and activists demand police accountability at a rally in New York City on August 9, 2019, to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images) Zenobia Jeffries Warfield
It’s Time for Effective Oversight of Police Violence
Would the possibility of mandatory sentencing make a police officer think twice before pulling the trigger? What about them having to forego their pensions, or pay victims’ families from their 401Ks?
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Despite Trump’s frequently voiced desire “to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he may yet do more harm than his Republican predecessor. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump
Extorting Ukraine is bad enough, but the president has done much worse.
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We should be doing far more rehabilitation and far less incarceration. (Photo: Josh Rushing/cc/ACLU of Louisiana) Jesse Jackson
What I Learn When I Have Lunch at Cook County Jail
These are not serial murderers or rapists. They are overwhelmingly people who erred or did wrong but are not bad people.
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Too much profit rests in the balance for them to stop their prolonged execution of the human race. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lee Camp
Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity’s Death Warrant
Basically, a tiny number of sociopaths make the decisions that are currently dooming us all, and as much as I’d like to tell you otherwise, those people don’t even notice if we all march outside in colorful hats.
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 A man holds a sign against the International Monetary Fund during a demonstration in solidarity with Ecuadorian people at the Embassy of Ecuador on October 14, 2019 in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo by Camilo Freedman/APHOTOGRAFIA/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
The IMF Convenes in Washington, Deaf to the Suffering It Causes Across the Planet
What the people of the world want it clear: democratic control of their economies. The International Monetary Fund continues to stand in their way.
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren, left, and Bernie Sanders speak at the NALEO Candidate Forum in Miami, Fla., on June 21, 2019. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images) Robert McChesney
Means Testing: Sanders vs. Warren on the Single Most Important Policy Idea for Progressive Success
Basing eligibility on wealth or income level is phony progressivism and a crucial tactic promoted by the right to eliminate social welfare programs that could benefit the entire population and the common good.
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Citizens United protest Kenneth Peres
Legalized Political Corruption Is So Much Bigger Than Trump: A Journey in 7 Charts
It's time for a democracy movement that directly attacks systemic corruption by depending not on specific leaders but on a grassroots movement that both produces leaders and holds them accountable.
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Monday, October 14, 2019
With climate change clearly upon us, the federal government must take bold action to equip farmers in Ohio and across the nation with the tools they need to help themselves, their communities, and the future of our food. (Photo: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock) Karen Stillerman
As Presidential Candidates Prepare for Ohio Debate, Farmers Need a New Vision
Tell the debate moderators that climate solutions, including soil health, are topics of critical importance to Ohio and the nation, and must be addressed in this presidential debate.
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Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria. (Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images) Khury Petersen-Smith
Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War
Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.
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From the very beginning, Columbus was not on a mission of discovery but of conquest and exploitation. It is time to abolish the holiday commemorating his accomplishments. (Photo: University of Wisconsin-Madison) Bill Bigelow
It's Time to Abolish Columbus Day
Just as the climate justice movement is doing with fossil fuels, we can organize our communities and our schools to divest from Columbus. And that would be something to celebrate.
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Demonstrators hold signs in support of a financial transactions tax (FTT), also known as a Robin Hood tax.  (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Dean Baker
The Economics and Politics of Financial Transactions Taxes and Wealth Taxes
Imagine that instead of handing money to our billionaires, we are taxing away their wealth at the rate of 3.0 percent annually.
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Global Climate Strike in London on March 15 2019. (Photo: Flickr/Gary Knight. Public Domain) Stephen McCloskey
What INGOs Can Learn From Greta Thunberg and the Global Climate Strikes
Combining analysis, outrage and active citizenship can build and sustain large-scale public engagement.
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The Squaxin Island Canoe Family joined the 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey. (Photo by Julian Brave NoiseCat) Terri Hansen
For Indigenous Peoples Day, Tribes Return to Alcatraz 50 Years Later
A new generation of Native activists will take a canoe journey around Alcatraz to mark Indigenous Peoples Day and pay homage to occupation of the island 50 years ago.
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Think of Donald Trump as the president of that decline or, if you prefer, as MR. BREXIT! (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
American Brexit
It’s not just Britain headed for the subbasement of imperial history.
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KTVU Reporter Heather Holmes got a ride with the Blue Angels—and did nothing but PR for the Navy. (Photo: Screenshot) Christopher D. Cook
The Problem With the Blue Angels
Local news media celebrate a dangerous, expensive, military PR event without raising a single question or issue.
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Biden continues to greatly benefit from the orientations of corporate media outlets that loudly echo the concerns of corporate Democrats (often called "moderates" or "centrists") and their kindred spirits in realms like Wall Street.(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out
A key problem for the Democratic establishment is that the "electability" argument is vaporizing in the political heat.
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Sunday, October 13, 2019
Clayton Brascoupé holds several ears of indigenous corn. Gosia Wozniacka
A New Bill Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People
Traditional seed varieties cultivated for generations have far fewer protections than modified or hybrid seeds. Six senators have introduced legislation to level the playing field.
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Teresa Albano
Resisting Anti-Immigrant Hate in the City of Big Shoulders
A gaggle of far-right MAGA men showed up at a Chicago church to protest its immigrant rights work. Bad decision.
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President Donald Trump Jon Rainwater
Trump Isn't Really Ending Endless Wars, He's Making Them Worse
Here's what progressives should support in Syria.
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Kurdish protesters demonstrated in the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn Juan Cole
Kurds Consider Asking for Russian No-Fly Zone as Moscow Demands Foreign Armies Leave Syria
A close reading of the Russian press, however, shows that a Russian no-fly zone against Turkey in northeast Syria is highly unlikely.
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Brett Kavanaugh Christopher Brauchli
Warren Wants to Close the Loophole Through Which Brett Kavanaugh and Maryanne Trump Barry Crawled
Kavanaugh ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court and Trump Barry descended from a federal appeals court—moves which enabled them to escape the consequences of their misconduct.
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Donald Trump William Cohn
The Don Fought the Law...
Yes, we may see the law as a tool of the powerful, and it often is, but the law may also be the means to finally hold Trump accountable and to remove him from the office he never rightfully earned.
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hermits Rest Grand Canyon NPS Deborah Taffa
Making National Parks Accessible to Native People Again
A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?
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US troops Joshua Cho
Major Media Bury Groundbreaking Studies of Pentagon's Massive Carbon Bootprint
Given corporate media's propagandizing for starting and staying in wars and for neverending arms races, one should expect this.
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End CO2lonialism Josue De Luna Navarro
A 'Red Deal': Why Indigenous Communities Belong at the Center of Climate Action
Policies that aren't rooted in Indigenous communities can cause many of the same oppressive outcomes as extraction.
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U.S. President Donald Trump Ralph Nader
The Ukraine Shakedown Is Important, But Not Sufficient to Let People Realize All the Other Things Trump Is Doing
The "abuse of the public trust," in Alexander Hamilton's phrase is overflowing.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Homecoming Committee video Jill Richardson
What Life on the Margins Feels Like
A recent uproar on my campus reveals the pain young people of color feel at being treated like "others."
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Police body cameras Matt Cagle
California Just Blocked Police Body Cam Use of Face Recognition
The rise of face and other biometric surveillance technologies gives governments an unprecedented power to track, classify, and discriminate against people based on their most personal, innate features.
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Friday, October 11, 2019
The civil war in Syria, exacerbated by military intervention by countries including the U.S., has left 5.5 million Syrians seeking asylum. (Photo: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/cc) Vassilis K. Fouskas, Bulent Gokay
Trump's Bankrupt Syria Policy: Civilians Will Pay the Price
Trump's decision confirms the decline of US power in the Middle East and globally.
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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) Brett Wilkins
Mainstream Media Suddenly Care About Syrian Civilian Casualties
United States military has killed more foreign civilians than any other armed force on the planet since dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945.
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Officially celebrating Christopher Columbus—an Italian Catholic—became one way to affirm the new racial order that would emerge in the U.S. in the 20th century, one in which the descendants of diverse ethnic European immigrants became “white” Americans. (Photo: Light Brigading/cc/flickr) Malinda Maynor Lowery
Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day in Favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The growing recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day actually represents the fruits of a concerted, decadeslong effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.
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The September 2014 edition of Wired, which featured Snowden embracing the American flag. (Photo: Wired magazine cover detail/with overlay) Jefferson Morley
Understanding the Two Types of Whistleblowers
Legal whistleblowers work within the system seeking to make the government work better. Civil disobedience whistleblowers go outside the system (and the law) seeking to change or disrupt government policy.
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Trans people live in poverty at more than double the national rate—and 30 percent of us have been homeless. (Photo: shutterstock / zimmytws) Robin Carver
The Supreme Court Needs to Protect Trans People from Discrimination
"I wasn’t hired because I am trans. And in more than half the country—twenty-nine states, in fact—that’s perfectly legal."
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This combination of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, photos provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office shows booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman. The associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Biden and his son, Hunter. (Photo: Alexandria Sheriff's Of Juan Cole
How ‘Citizens United’ Decision Paved Way for Giuliani's Clients Parnas and Fruman to Buy influence in America
As I pointed out last week, the most powerful intervention in US politics allowing foreign influence in US elections, which contributed to Trump’s victory in 2016, was the Supreme Court’s Citizens...
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There are currently 5.6 million displaced Congolese and it's estimated that 99% were made homeless due to violence. (Photo by Leon Sadiki/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images) Nick Turse
As the World Looks Away, Death Stalks the Democratic Republic of Congo
The forgotten trauma of a forgotten war.
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Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey’s government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons
The Turkish military doesn’t function without the U.S. weapons industry—and the approval of the U.S. government.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
John Atcheson
A Trump Impeachment Inquiry Isn't Keeping Congress From 'Getting Things Done'—Mitch McConnell Is.
As long as people keep voting for anti-government candidates they will elect people who are not interested in—or even knowledgeable about—governing. And that means things the people want, won’t get done.
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Not only are they reeling from protests against government corruption and austerity programs, like Ecuador and Algeria, but in both Haiti and Iraq, their corrupt neoliberal governments were imposed on them by the use of U.S. military force. (Photo: Iraqi Protesters/ AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Crises in Iraq and Haiti Expose the Failure of Militarized Neoliberalism
It should be no surprise that the new governments installed by all these U.S. wars and coups are among the most corrupt regimes on earth.
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