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Friday, March 12, 2021
A homeless person is seen on a cold weather in Manhattan of New York City, United States on February 23, 2021. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Chris Hedges
The American Rescue Plan Does Not Address the Deep-Rooted Inequality Killing Us
Biden's bailout will not alter the structural inequities and other fundamental underpinnings of America's death spiral.
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People walk past the metal gate of a closed shop reading "Maduro" in Caracas amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, on September 3, 2020 as inflation increases in Venezuela which is in the midst of the worst economic crisis in its history after seven years of recession. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP) (Photo by FEDERICO PARRA/AFP via Getty Images) John McEvoy
UN Rebuke of Crushing US Sanctions on Venezuela Met With Stunning Silence
By omitting the devastating impact of sanctions, corporate media attribute sole responsibility for economic and humanitarian conditions to the Venezuelan government.
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Demonstrators seen holding placards during the "Stop The Bans Day of Action for Abortion Rights" rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Elizabeth Nash
Arkansas Passing Near-Total Ban on Abortions Is Part of Larger Plan to Hurt Reproductive Rights Nationally
As the courts have become more conservative, state legislatures have focused more attention on total and early abortion bans, with the hope that eventually the Supreme Court will allow such sweeping laws to take effect.
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Villagers bang pots in an effort to clear locusts from crop fields near Miyal village in Banaskantha district some 250km from Ahmedabad on December 27, 2019.  A massive locust invasion has destroyed thousands of hectares of crops in northwest India. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images) GRAIN
Sustainable Agriculture in the Face of the Climate Crisis: Farmers Leading the Battle in Asia
They must become a road map—in Asia and the rest of the world—to get us all out of the terrible mess created by industrial agriculture and corporate greed.
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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Members of National Nurses United union members wave "Medicare for All" signs during a rally in front of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in Washington calling for "Medicare for All" on Monday, April 29, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) F. Douglas Stephenson
Biden's Neoliberal Rescue of For-Profit Health System Proves We Need Medicare for All
We need a system that is truly universal—everybody in, nobody out. Biden's proposal will add more participants to the current program, but still leave millions out.
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Gender-related messages are disseminated through an Oxfam Bluetooth audio kit at a tea stall in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while door-to-door visits have been limited, these devices are providing essential information to communities. (Photo: Umme Tamima/Oxfam) Alexandra Kotowski
Four Things to Know About How Residents of the World's Largest Refugee Camp Have Braved Covid-19
Women and girls have bore the brunt of the crisis.
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Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Anthony Souffle/Zuma Press/Corbis) Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon
Rahm Emanuel Is in the Running for a Top Ambassador Post. The Prospect Is Appalling.
The saga of Emanuel's three decades in politics is an epic tale of methodical contempt for progressive values.
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President Joe Biden. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Biden Seems Intent on Falling in Line With America's History of Failed Foreign Policy
Under the guise of correcting Trump's failures, they will perpetuate their own.
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A rally participant holds a sign that reads "Let Us Vote!" At 5th and Penn Streets in Reading, PA Wednesday evening November 4, 2020 where people gathered to hold a rally to call for all of the votes cast in Tuesday's election to the counted. The rally was organized by members of Make the Road Pennsylvania, Berks Stands Up, and Sunrise Movement Berks. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Voter Suppression: The Deep Roots of Racism in the GOP's Pursuit Towards Autocracy
"They're doing anything they can to silence the voices of Black and Brown voters specifically because they largely powered [Democrat] wins."
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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. (Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Wikimedia Commons) Ali Ahmad, Aditi Verma
Ten Years After Fukushima: The Experts Examine Lessons Learned and Forgotten
A nuclear accident anywhere is an accident everywhere.
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Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y., center) stands flanked by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) at the original Senate introduction of the For the People Act on March 27, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Michael Waldman
Congress Can Stop These GOP Voter Suppression Laws, Cold. It Just Needs the Political Will.
The For the People Act would make our democracy more inclusive and block efforts by state legislators to make it harder to vote.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Snow and ice in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Shutterstock) Denita Jones
Deregulated, Privatized Utilities in Texas Are Designed for Private Gain at Public Expense
My family spent the Texas freeze cold and dirty and parched while utilities bilked us and politicians fled to resorts.
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 In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Like the Diana Story, Meghan’s Fight With the Royals Will Ensure Nothing Really Changes
The Royal Family, the perpetuation of privilege and the erosion of democracy will march on as before, in the same long and glorious British tradition.
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Dangerous power lines and power pole dangle over street traffic in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/alejandrophotography) Carmen Scurato
Resilient Networks Can Save Lives
The injustice and barriers getting in the way of people trying to stay connected are nearly identical to the injustices woven into our electrical grids.
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Does nature need us, or do we need her? (Photo: Getty/Stan Tekiela Author / Naturalist / Wildlife Photographer) Jim Hightower
The Rights of Nature: We Need Nature More Than It Needs Us
This concept of nature existing in its own right as a living entity—not merely as inert property to be extracted and exploited for profit—is the essence of a rapidly spreading Rights of Nature movement.
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 In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Racism Among the Royals? Really?
While Queen Elizabeth the person may be off the hook for asking about Archie's complexion, the monarchy's not off the hook for colonialism or white supremacy.
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Protestors hold signs that read "hate is a virus" and "stop Asian hate" at the End The Violence Towards Asians rally in Washington Square Park on February 20, 2021 in New York City. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, violence towards Asian Americans has increased at a much higher rate than previous years. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported a 1,900% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Violence Towards Asian Americans Has Skyrocketed
The scapegoating of Asian Americans is taking an ugly, violent turn.
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West Virginia's Joe Manchin and Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema—have said they won't vote to end the filibuster, presumably because they want to preserve their centrist image and appeal to Republican voters in their states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Biden Must Wield the Power of the Presidency and Get Manchin and Sinema to Fall in Line
There is no excuse for two Democratic senators to allow Republicans to stomp on our democracy and entrench their minority rule for generations.
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 Why do the most "essential" workers so often earn so little—or, in the case of those who cook, clean, and care for the people they live with, nothing at all? (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
Rethinking Employment in the Biden-Harris Era
One of the lies capitalism tells us is that we should be grateful for our jobs and should think of those who make a profit from our labor not as exploiters but as "job creators."
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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Before a Democratic news conference to introduce H.R. 4, Voting Rights Advancement Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Chris Winters
The War on Democracy and Voting Rights Is Under Way
The Republicans have realized that their biggest problem is that voters don't like them or their policies. Rather than adapt, their solution appears to be to get rid of the voters.
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A protester holds a sign against Big Oil during a rally against climate change in San Diego, California on February 21, 2017. (Photo: SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images) Yousef Rabhi, Anna Hansen
We Are Local Leaders Uniting to Hold Climate Polluters Accountable
We wouldn't be forced to tackle these unprecedented challenges were it not for the oil and gas industry that has spent decades polluting our climate and lying about it in order to protect their profits.
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City of Jackson workers make repairs at the site of a water main break on East Pascagoula Street on March 08, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi. Residents in parts of Jackson, Mississippi, where 80% of the residents are Black, have been without running water since mid-February after the city was hit by back-to-back winter storms. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) Wenonah Hauter
The Daunting Water Crisis Requires a Bold Federal Response
In Jackson, Mississippi, and throughout the South, communities are struggling to meet their residents' most basic needs.
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A Burger King in Oakland, Calif. advertising that it accepts benefits issued to low-income families for food. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Julian Agyeman
Disparity by Design: How Urban Planning and Housing Policy Helped Create 'Food Apartheid' in US Cities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 54.4 million Americans live in low-income areas with poor access to healthy food.
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), nominee for Secretary of the Interior, testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Haaland would become the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images) Aidan Smith
Through Vigilant Organizing, Progressives Secure Representation in the Biden Administration
Make no mistake, these appointments matter—these individuals will be shaping and informing policy decisions at the highest levels of government, affecting millions of lives in the process.
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Beauport Hotel with wind turbines behind in Gloucester, Massachusetts, New England, USA. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Biden Overturns Trump Policy, Pushes Massive 84-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm to Power All Southern Massachusetts
The $3 billion wind farm will be America’s first commercial scale offshore wind installation.
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Rupert Murdoch shakes hands with Roger Ailes after naming Ailes the head of Fox News, New York, New York, January 30, 1996. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
The Four Horsemen: Rush, Roger, Rupert, and The Donald May Ride Forever
As do pestilence, famine, war, and death.
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Monday, March 8, 2021
An activist places a candle in a offering to murdered Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Caceres during a demonstration outside the Honduran embassy in Mexico City on June 15, 2016. (Photo: PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images) Salena Tramel
Sowing a Feminist Future
"This is the struggle of a whole people who know they are thirsty for justice and have the wisdom to forge their liberation."
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Women activists from Mazdoor Sabha shout slogans on the occasion of International Women's Day as they demonstrate against the central government's recent agricultural reforms, in Amritsar on March 8, 2021. (Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images) Audrey Azoulay , Katrín Jakobsdóttir
The World Not Only Needs Women Leaders—It Needs Feminist Leaders
"Because gender equality not only serves to advance the cause of women—a fairer society benefits us all."
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People protest against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project outside the Governor's Mansion on November 14, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. Tara Houska
Enbridge's Greenwashing Will Not Stand
You can't put a fire out and pour millions of barrels of tar sands on it at the same time.
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This Trump experiment denies people their right to choose traditional Medicare. It can force them into a for-profit health insurance structure without asking them. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Diane Archer
The Ghost of the Trump Administration Is Haunting Medicare
The Trump administration has outsourced Medicare to insurance companies and other for-profit middlemen, placing them between Americans and their doctors.
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Participants hold signs while protesting the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act in 2017. (Pre-COVID) (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Laura Packard
Congress Must Expand Health Care Now Through the American Rescue Plan
Expanding health care incrementally through the American Rescue Plan will help save lives now, and lay the groundwork for health care for all later.
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A 2020 Royal College of Nursing study found nurses are underpaid because they are mostly women. (Photo: Ernesto rogata / Alamy Stock Photo) Marisa Bate
International Women's Day Should Reflect a Record of Direct Action, Not Hollow Gestures
COVID-19 is the enemy of us all, but to women it has felt like a meteor made of pure misogyny, shattering our lives on impact.
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Generating more revenues to invest in measures essential to ensure women's rights and gender equality depends on progressive and fair tax systems.(Photo by Aleksander Kalka/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Magdalena Sepúlveda
Do You Want a More Caring—and Feminist Society? Tax Better!
Women are the first to pay the price for decades of budget cuts and privatization of essential services.
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Moderna, a U.S. biotech firm, announced on November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95% effective. (Photo illustration: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) John Buell
Making the Covid Vaccine Less Accessible to Poorer Countries Is Dangerous for Everyone
COVID-19 and its variants reduce poor nations to producers of pathogens that will continue to disrupt economic and social life in wealthy nations.
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Protesters march in front of the White House to call for the closure of Guantánamo Bay military prison. (Photo: Greg Foster/flickr/cc) Ramzy Baroud
'Is This Who We Are?': Gitmo is America’s Enduring Shame
Guantánamo is a crime against humanity and there will never be any justification to rationalize why hundreds of people were held indefinitely, without trial, without due process, without international observers and without ever seeing their families and loved ones.
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Sunday, March 7, 2021
 A piping plover Tara Lohan
Sounds of Silence: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music
Writer Kathleen Dean Moore turns her ear to nature’s sounds and what we’re losing as species disappear.
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Protesters march with a banner during a demonstration in Manchester, United Kingdom on September 1, 2020. Rivera Sun
9 Skillful Struggles Happening Right Now
Learn some lessons from these nonviolent struggles around the world working to bring justice, equity and change to their communities.
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Participants seen holding signs and marching on a picket line during a solidarity event in Manhattan showing support for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Sam Pizzigati
Why the Amazon Worker Vote in Bessemer Means So Much
Unions don't just raise worker wages. They help flatten grand private plutocratic fortunes.
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 Du Bois, born February 23, 1868, wanted to build a democracy that respects the rights of all. Robert Greene
Remembering W.E.B. Du Bois: A Giant in the Struggle for Black Freedom in the US
As America faces a period of renewed racial and political polarization, Du Bois’s vision for building a multi-racial democracy is more relevant than ever
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images) John Feffer
The Talented Mr. Bin Salman
The Saudi prince, like the Patricia Highsmith character, is a confidence man, serial killer, and all-around psychopath. The United States should stop enabling him.
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Saturday, March 6, 2021
water tap Shiney Varghese
Calls for the Biden Administration to Prioritize Our Water Infrastructure
Newly introduced legislation would help counteract decades of underinvestment in water infrastructure that's been plaguing America’s drinking water systems.
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Residents look on as wildfires burn through bush on January 4, 2020 in Lake Tabourie, Australia. Tom Pegram, Julia Kreienkamp
Global Obsession With Economic Growth Will Increase Risk of Deadly Pandemics in Future
Human civilization is on a collision course with the laws of ecology.
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Erik Prince, former chairman of the Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater USA, testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Christopher Brauchli
Prince Redux: The Family's Imprint Is Still Being Felt
It’s hard not to marvel at their staying power.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Juan Cole
Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s Lifting of Covid Restrictions
Abbott's policy is in accord with the general Conservative principle that property is more important than human life.
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A mob supporting then-President Donald Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. César Chelala
A Fragile Democracy
In short, the former president’s behavior was criminal.
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Friday, March 5, 2021
I don’t want to have to struggle so hard to survive. I don’t want that for anyone. (Photo: Shutterstock) Eshawney Gaston
Essential Workers Deserve $15 an Hour
We care for your parents, children, and homes. We should make enough to care for our own, too.
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Wheat Pasting art in public spaces. (Photo by David Solnit) Alastair Boone, David Solnit
How Art Can Stop Evictions
Street Spirit Newspaper's publishes anti-eviction art kit.
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Congress must take bold action to guarantee universal paid sick leave on the federal level. (Photo: Shutterstock) Rebekah Entralgo
The Richest Country in the World Should Guarantee Universal Paid Sick and Family Leave
For workers like my mom, the financial strain caused by a lack of paid leave can be just as stressful as catching COVID-19.
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U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN.) (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Tina Smith
I've Made Up My Mind: The US Senate Must Abolish the Filibuster
The filibuster has long been the enemy of progress. In fact, it’s been a highly effective tool to thwart the will of the people.
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Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State speaks onstage during 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Corporate Media Praise Republicans Who Oppose Trump, but Whitewash Their Extremism and Undermining of Democracy
Their own credulous coverage of the little lies of vote fraud, which went on for decades and their willingness to lionize purveyors of those lies to this day, have played no small role in allowing it to happen.
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People protesting the U.S. bombings of Syria. (Photo: Creative Commons) Reese Erlich
Biden's Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward
Latest military attack shows that the new President hasn’t broken from the failed policies of the past.
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Passing large-scale relief measures now is an economic and racial justice imperative.(Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Blake Callahan) Elise Gould
Jobs Report Shows Congress Must Pass Full $1.9 Trillion Relief Package Immediately
The $1.9 trillion relief and recovery bill being considered in Congress this week is exactly what workers and their families need right now.
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Democrats' only chance of reversing historical precedent in 2022 is through running on a set of accomplishments. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images) Joe Dinkin
The Choice for Democrats in Congress: Go Big or Go Home.
The precedent created by letting one or two moderates derail popular legislation supported by the rest of the caucus is truly dangerous.
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Thursday, March 4, 2021
These guys are blocking their fellow Americans from the chance to leave their kids a safe, sustainable world. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Image Source) Lynn Parramore
Meet the "New Koch Brothers"–the Hedge Fund Activists Wrecking America’s Green New Deal
Players on Wall Street have been torpedoing our chances of averting environmental catastrophe for years.
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Publicly-owned banks around the world have responded quickly and efficiently to crises.  (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Ellen Brown
Will 2021 Be Public Banking’s Watershed Moment?
For local governments, public banks offer a path to escape monopoly control by giant private financial institutions over public policies.
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U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning stealth fighter flies over the San Francisco Bay on October 13, 2019. (Photo: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images) William Astore
Rewarding Failure: Why Pentagon Weapons Programs Rarely Get Canceled Despite Major Problems
As scores of billions of dollars are thrown away on failed weapons systems, America's roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure continue to crumble.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken concludes his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. (Photo: Carlos Barria/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Why Biden Is Dead Wrong on the ICC and Occupied Palestine
Since Palestine as a permanent UN observer state is a member of the ICC and invited the court into its territory, the International Criminal Court has every right to investigate violations of the Rome Statute that took place in those territories.
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Sandra Steingraber is a distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. She is leaving Ithaca College following the finalization of the faculty cuts. (Photo: Courtesy of Laura Kozlowski) Sandra Steingraber
How Austerity Killed the Center for Climate Justice: A Farewell to Ithaca College
"As a matter of conscience, how could I launch a center devoted to the idea of justice when so much injustice would be taking place all around me? It’s traumatizing."
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"There are other ways to address right-wing extremism," writes Eskow. "They're messy, they're slow, and there's no guarantee they'll work. It would take thousands of words to lay them out, but here's a start." (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Ma Bell with Mind Control: Liberalism, Radicalism, and the Evolving Face of Censorship
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently lamented the rise of domestic extremism in the Washington Post . "We pride ourselves on the institutions that have evolved over...
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Rising sea levels threaten lives and livelihoods in populous, low-lying countries like Bangladesh (Photo: Shutterstock) Lorah Steichen
The Only Good "National Security" Approach to Climate Change Is to Make the Planet Itself Safer—for Everyone Who Lives on It
As we saw in Texas, climate change is a major security risk. But it's not the kind the military is well equipped to handle.
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A mourner weeps during the funeral of members of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) paramilitaries who were killed in an area targeted by US military air strikes, in the central Iraqi holy shrine city of Najaf on March 14, 2020. - US air strikes targeting pro-Iranian military factions in Iraq killed one civilian and five security personnel early on March 13, the Iraqi military said, warning the raids risked a bloody escalation for the war-battered country. (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Ge Robert C. Koehler
The US War Machine Doesn't Want Us to Take War Personally
The God of War is our ruler, and the job of the guy we elect as president is to slather our every act of war in sophisticated justification, a.k.a., public relations.
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Trump's insurrectionists attack police while trying to storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The rioters broke windows and used metal bars, flag poles and bear spray as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Wait, Don't Tell Me: The Capitol Riot Was Yet Another "Intelligence Failure"
This is Washington's go-to excuse for basic failures of policy, but we should not tolerate it any longer.
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At 15 megatons, 1,000 times the magnitude of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear weapons, the Castle Bravo bomb vaporized three islands and contaminated many others. Helen Jaccard
Marshall Islanders Remember "Castle Bravo" Nuclear Bomb with Honolulu Veterans and Supporters
The Honolulu remembrance was part of the Golden Rule Project’s educational program about the growing danger of nuclear war, and the great damage that has already been done by nuclear weapons.
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U.S. bombs and bullets have claimed at least hundreds of thousands of civilian lives this century. Here, a U.S. airstrike against Islamic State militants in densely-populated Mosul, Iraq on July 9, 2017 is shown. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars
Unbeknownst to many Americans, the U.S. military and its allies are engaged in bombing and killing people in other countries on a daily basis.
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An sculpture depicting U.S. former president Donald Trump is seen outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida, United States on February 28, 2021. (Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Same Old, Same Old from the Mouth That Roared
Trump's CPAC speech may have been a rehash of his greatest hits but it made clear his lust for tyranny is undiminished.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
By domestic standards, in our system of checks and balances, the president does not have the authorization to use military force without the consent of Congress. (Photo: Shutterstock) Domenica Ghanem
Biden Is Bending Rules to Drop Bombs But Not to Raise Wages—That’s a Mistake
People overcame great challenges to put this administration, and this Senate, in power. We shouldn’t be bombing people abroad while families at home struggle to survive.
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A photo from John Dear’s meeting with Rep. John Lewis in 1995. (Photo: WNV/John Dear) Rev. John Dear
My Long-Lost Conversation With John Lewis on His Vision of Nonviolence
In this never-before-released interview, the late civil rights leader and congressman talks systemic racism, permanent warfare, extreme poverty and nonviolence as a way of life.
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The opportunity to use taxation policy to reduce inequality or accelerate our progress towards net zero is being sacrificed on the altar of party politics. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/krisanapong detraphiphat) Molly Scott Cato
The Joy of Tax: An Economy for the Common Good
Taxation—including a carbon tax—can incentivise the transition to a low carbon economy, while reducing inequality and supporting vital services.
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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a press briefing at the White House on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kerry and McCarthy took questions from reporters about the Biden administration's plans and agenda on climate change issues. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
John Kerry Tells Big Oil to Stop Resisting Energy Transition or "You’re Going to End up on the Wrong Side of This Battle."
The pandemic has "accelerated the energy transition," from which "oil demand may never recover."
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 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo: Bill O'Leary-Pool/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
'Pathetic and Disgraceful': The GOP's Shameful War on Voters
The theft of our democracy doesn't happen in a violent coup but in a thousand legalistic cuts by crooks like Ted Cruz.
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Eisner, Jack Steele
With Biden Refusing to Act, It's Time to Take Mohammed bin Salman to Court
With Biden's inaction, courts are the best chance of achieving justice for Jamal Khashoggi and holding Mohammed bin Salman to account for his many human rights abuses.
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President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 16, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Biden Is Following a Failed Blueprint for Forever War
Bombing Syria and excusing the crimes of the Saudi crown prince won’t bring us any closer to a withdrawal from the Middle East.
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From left, Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., conduct a news conference in the Capitol to introduce the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act which would tax high net worth households on Monday, March 1, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Madeleine Johnsson
To Restore American Democracy, We Need to Tax the Ultra-Wealthy
After the tech sector, Wall Street is the second-highest source of wealth for American billionaires.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The Sherburne County (Sherco) Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant owned by Xcel Energy and located in Becker, Minnesota. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr/cc) Fabian Flues, Cecilia Olivet
This Obscure Energy Treaty Is the Greatest Threat to the Planet You’ve Never Heard Of
The Energy Charter Treaty allows fossil fuel companies to sue governments for taking action on climate change. It must be stopped before it’s too late.
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"Going big" might have worked in 2009, but in 2021 Biden must go beyond fiscal stimulus. (Photo: Shutterstock) Yanis Varoufakis
Biden Must Go Beyond Fiscal Stimulus
Both supporters and critics of US President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan assume that there is a dollar amount that is just right. In fact, no such figure exists: every possible stimulus size is simultaneously too little and too big.
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The ruling class devotes tremendous resources to mask this social murder. (Photo: Getty/Stock/Jose A. Bernat Bacete) Chris Hedges
The Age of Social Murder
The ruling elites, despite the accelerating and tangible ecological collapse, mollify us, either by meaningless gestures or denial.
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A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14A Tomcat aircraft flies over an oil well still burning in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
Operation Desert Storm: Blood for Oil
Amid the ongoing horror, it’s important to find ways to atone for war crimes—including reparations.
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Members of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) hold posters with an image of slain indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Caceres, as they demand a 526-year sentence for Roberto Castillo, executive president of Desarrollos Energeticos (DESA), as a preliminary hearing in the case against him resumes, in Tegucigalpa on October 10, 2019. (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images) Mary Lawlor
In Honduras and Across the World, Human Rights Defenders Continue To Be Killed With Impunity
Five years after Berta Cáceres was murdered, governments are still failing to protect human rights defenders.
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Make no mistake: the addiction to Pentagon spending is a bipartisan problem in Washington. (Photo: Staff/AFP via Getty Images) Mandy Smithberger
The Pentagon, First, Last, and Always
Focusing on the wrong threats, including a new cold war with China, is the last thing we can afford now.
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Monday, March 1, 2021
Climate adaptation planning should focus first and foremost on advancing programs that provide basic services to the most marginalized. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Matt Sehrsweeney
The Most Effective Method of Minimizing the Impacts of Climate Change Is Ensuring That Everyone’s Basic Needs Are Met
We must attend to the structural injustices that immiserate so much of this country.
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Cattle are a major source of pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, methane, as well as the dusk fills the air around Fresno. Today, this 300–mile long stretch of factory farms and sprawling suburbs is the worst region in America to breathe. (Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Ben Lilliston
Factory Farms: New EPA Emissions Data Should Guide Biden on Agriculture and Climate
We have to appropriately regulate the factory farm industry that has thus far successfully externalized the costs of its water and air pollution to the rest of us.
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Lifting wages helps overcome ugly stereotypes about the poor. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) John Buell
Opponents of a $15 Minimum Wage Are Dead Wrong
Raising the minimum wage is widely popular.
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 As temperatures continue to break records, the meagre results of international climate action reveal a disconnect between most of the world’s governments and science. (Photo: Sanmonku) Joan Herrera i Torres
Capital Versus Biosphere: Humankind Is Testing the Limits of the Very Space in Which We Live
An eco-social agenda fit for the times.
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Supporters of then-President Donald Trump clashed with police and security forces in an attempt to storm the U.S. Capitol while Congress certified President Joe Biden's electoral victory on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images) Andrea Mazzarino
Living Up Close and Personal With Our Endless Wars
Perspectives on the storming of the Capitol from a military spouse.
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This week Senator Elizabeth Warren will introduce wealth tax legislation. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images) Chuck Collins
COVID-19 Has Exacerbated Extreme Levels of Inequality. It’s Time for a Billionaire Wealth Tax
The US's billionaires have amassed democracy-distorting concentrations of wealth and power as millions have been thrown into poverty.
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 Emlynn de Kock (11), daugther of the murdered Evelyn de Kock marched with people of the Eersterust community during the Stop Violence Against Women March on June 16, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images) Orthalia Kunene
The Climate Crisis Fuels Violence Against Women
Without women’s full participation and freedom from violence, oppression, and discrimination, our efforts to address the climate crises will be an absolute failure.
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A protester holds a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 8, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Coup Leaders, Aung San Suu Kyi Betrayed Democracy in Burma
Though we must insist that the return to rule by the military in Burma is unacceptable, we must equally demand that Burma embraces true democracy for all of its citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran on December 14, 2020. (Photo: Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Trita Parsi
Iran's Refusal to Meet Not Surprising
There is no perfect solution to this imperfect situation. Both sides will have to swallow some pride and pay a political cost.
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Tim Berners-Lee's original vision for the world wide web had the reader and user at the center, writes Grygiel, "but not everyone was as public-spirited: Companies like Facebook have been moving away from this principle since the web's founding." (Photo: sue seecof/flickr/cc) Jennifer Grygiel
Fiasco in Australia Illustrates How Facebook Is Ruining the Internet
The situation in Australia is a significant opportunity to examine how much power Facebook has over the ways people can seek information online.
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Thousands of farmers gathered to protest three new agricultural laws in Mumbai, India, January 26, 2021. (Photo by Sanket Jain) Sanket Jain
Why India's Farmers—Confronting Corporate Power and Modi's Right-Wing Government—Deserve Global Solidarity
For more than eighty days, Indian protesters have demonstrated against a set of laws that would corporatize the country’s agriculture—and leave most farmers destitute.
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"In a just world, our tax system would 'pinch' all people equally," writes Pizzigati. "We would recognize, as truly progressive tax systems do, that people of means should pay a greater share of their income and wealth in tax than people of lesser means." (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Sam Pizzigati
The Average American Pays Tax on Over Half Their Wealth. Shouldn't the Very Rich Do the Same?
Our current national confusion over wealth taxes serves only the wealthy.
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President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (Photo: White House/Lawrence Jackson) Stephen Miles
Biden Must Realize There Is No Winning an Endless War
There is only loss and suffering.
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"The good news is the filibuster is a Senate rule," explains Reich. "It's not in the Constitution. It's not even in a law. Like any other Senate rule it can be changed by a simple majority of senators." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
Senate Democrats Can and Must Abolish the Filibuster. Now.
As long as the filibuster is intact, Senate Republicans could keep the Senate in gridlock, and then run in the 2022 midterms on Democrats’ failure to get anything done.
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Saturday, February 27, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki held a news briefing to answer questions from the members of the press. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Janine Jackson
With Biden's Jen Psaki at the Podium, Corporate Outlets No Longer Think Briefings Newsworthy
Obama briefings? Not news. Trump briefings? Always news. Biden briefings? Not news again.
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US President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2021. - The US House passed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, hailed by Democrats as a critical step in funneling new funding toward vaccinations, overburdened local governments, and millions of families devastated by the pandemic. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Green
Biden Can Be the FDR of Democracy
Like Roosevelt did for the economy and Carter did for human rights, President Biden must make reviving American democracy the nation's top long-term priority by creating a new "Office for Democracy." It'd be an ignition switch to advance so many of the urgent pro-democracy reforms already proposed...
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Raising the minimum wage doesn't just increase workers' current compensation," writes Lawson. "It also increases their future compensation: Social Security." (Photo: Getty Images) Alex Lawson
Want to Strengthen Social Security? Raise the Minimum Wage—and Do It Now!
Social Security is extremely popular, effective, and efficient, but it has one major flaw—benefits are too low. Raising the minimum wage would be a big step towards fixing this problem.
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Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on February 18, 2021 in Killeen, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Michael Winship
When Texas Froze Over, There Was Hell to Pay
In the face of a winter disaster, when it came to taking care of the state’s citizens, GOP leadership was clueless and counterproductive. As usual.
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Friday, February 26, 2021
Activists with "CodePink women for peace" hold a banner reading "Guys Put Down Your Guns !!" on January 24, 2014 at the entrance of the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo: CodePink/flickr) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised
Biden must recognize that the best way to protect U.S. personnel in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region is to take them out of the Middle East.
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Hundreds took to the streets in 2018 as antiwar and social justice groups organized a demonstration in New York City, with a rally at Herald Square and march to Trump Tower as part of national regional spring actions throughout the country against the US bombing of Syria and opposing endless U.S. wars. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Phyllis Bennis, Khury Petersen-Smith
Dangerous US Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal
Regardless of who is giving orders to US bombers, we know that deploying US troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.
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By shifting their profits to tax havens, large companies deprive governments worldwide of at least $240 billion per year in fiscal revenues. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) José Antonio Ocampo, Joseph Stiglitz
'Global Minimum Tax on Multinationals': An Open Letter to Joe Biden on International Corporate Taxation
For too long, international institutions have failed to address one of the most toxic aspects of globalization: tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations.
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