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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Protesters gather during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Sonia Gill
President-Elect Biden's Voting Rights To-Do List
Trump’s assault on our democracy reinforces the Biden administration’s obligation to do everything within its power to protect the right to vote.
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A Marine stands guard outside the West Wing, signifying the president is in the Oval Office, as snow begins to fall at the White House on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Michael Winship
The Final Days of Donald Trump, Absentee President
During which a petulant manchild tries to wear us out with his refusal to face reality.
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"There are roughly 3 million Palestinians in the Palestinian West Bank, so their 25 deaths are the equivalent of 2,750 American deaths daily, one of the worst rates in the world," Cole writes. Juan Cole
Everyday War Crimes: Israeli PM Netanyahu Gets Covid Vaccine, Squatters Get Vaccine, But Not Occupied Palestinians
Vaccines will be supplied to the hundreds of thousands of government-backed illegal Israeli squatters on Palestinian land in the West Bank, but not to the indigenous Palestinian population.
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"If the Times is concerned about the health and well-being of Venezuelans, the paper should focus its reporting on the U.S. government’s campaign to crush the Venezuelan economy and shatter its political system," writes Greene. Bryce Greene
NYT Erases US Economic War Against Venezuela
The New York Times has long played a role in supporting U.S. attempts to dominate Latin America.
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Saturday, December 19, 2020
A homeless encampment in Portland, Oregon. Eleanor J. Bader
Homes Guarantee Campaign Demands Housing for All
With the pandemic making shelter more crucial than ever, activists are fighting for everyone’s right to a place to live—regardless of income or background.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Ralph Nader
Comparing Republican With Democratic Party Energy Levels: No Contest
Just under 400,000 votes, in the six battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, gave Biden his Electoral College victory! Democrats wake up!
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A group of young intellectuals and artists demonstrate at the doors of the Ministry of Culture during a protest in Havana, on November 27, 2020. Reese Erlich
Are Cuban Protesters Freedom Fighters or US Pawns?
Painters, musicians, and other artists are responding to what they call the "lack of freedom of speech." The government calls them agents of the U.S.
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President Donald Trump speaks to the press during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on September 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Death
When considering the number of deaths for which Trump was responsible, historians will also look at those killed because of his devotion to the death penalty.
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Juan Cole
Pence, Who Backed Muslim Visa Ban, Gets Vaccine Invented by Muslim Immigrants
Pence also praised far right-wing evangelical leader John Hagee. Hagee has said that Muslim Americans are not real Americans.
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Friday, December 18, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for the post of secretary of health and human services. Dusti Gurule
Joe Biden's Historic Pick for Health Secretary Signals Hope
Xavier Becerra, who would be the first Latino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, has been an outspoken supporter of reproductive rights.
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pporters of US President Donald Trump rally at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2020. Supporters are backing Trump's claim that the November 3 election was fraudulent. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) John Feffer
America’s Destructive Denialisms
The refusal of tens of millions of Americans to recognize the election results is part of a much larger denialism—of Covid-19, of climate change, and U.S. decline.
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Pfizer’s appeals make it sound as though the frame­work of intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rules and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal monop­o­lies is a com­mon-sense glob­al order whose ben­e­fits to human soci­ety are appar­ent. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Pfizer Helped Create the Global Patent Rules. Now It's Using Them to Undercut Access to the Covid Vaccine.
The pharmaceutical company is opposing a proposal at the World Trade Organization to expand vaccine access to poor countries.
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Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Aliyah Chavez
Deb Haaland: "I'll Be Fierce for All of Us"
Haaland is poised to become the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency.
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Schoolchildren receive face masks in classroom from the director at a primary school in popular district of Attecoube in Abidjan, Africa on May 25, 2020. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
The Great Divider: Covid-19 Reflects Global Racism, Not Equality
Poor, dark-skinned people should not be made to die when their lives can be saved by a simple vaccine, which is available in abundance.
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According to FDD analysts, nothing about the U.S. military misadventures in Iraq or anywhere else in recent decades requires any major adjustments to the aims of U.S. policy or the means to be employed in pursuing those aims. (Photo: Screenshot) Andrew Bacevich
Neocons Want Us to Belly up for One More Round of War
They already expect citizens to pay for the next round.
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The Space Force also has bipartisan support. Some 188 Democrats joined 189 Republicans to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock) Conn Hallinan
The U.S. Needs COVID Relief and Renewable Energy, Not a Space Force
Instead of wasting scarce funds on the Space Force, the Biden administration should deploy its diplomats to demilitarize space.
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Thursday, December 17, 2020
Throughout this election season, young voters and activists have forced climate change to center stage, and this final pivotal race is no exception. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/Flickr/cc) Mekdela Maskal
Young People in Georgia Fight for Climate Ahead of Runoff Elections
"I think if people realized that a lot of the social justice issues in Georgia are tied to environmental issues, they would be more interested in fighting for the environment."
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British troops in Kuwait on their way to invade Iraq in March 2003. (Photo: Cpl. Paul Jarvis/Flickr/cc) Moazzam Begg
Failure to Prosecute UK War Crimes in Iraq Exposes ICC's Own Failings
The court could have set a powerful precedent in holding Britain to account. Instead, it has become a laughing stock and few will be able to take it seriously again.
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We’re going to have to con­fis­cate the rest of your mon­ey when the rev­o­lu­tion comes any­how. Might as well set your kar­ma right before then. (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic via Getty Images) Hamilton Nolan
Dear Mackenzie: There's One More Donation You Owe to the World
Unionize Amazon.
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If left-wing Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez want to plot a new direction for the party, they don’t have much time left to build the power it will take to replace Pelosi with one of their own. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Athena Film Festival) Sarah Jones
AOC Is Right About Pelosi and Schumer
Under Pelosi and Schumer, the party has catered to conservative and moderate members while alienating its rising progressive flank, and Ocasio-Cortez’s specific criticisms of Pelosi are certainly informed by ideology.
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We must also take collective action as a state and country to stand up for those that have been left behind in this pandemic. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images) Sarah Piepenburg
This Holiday Season—Shop Safely, Support Local Businesses and Act with Justice in Mind
When you purchase gifts through small, local retailers, you are helping to sustain the livelihoods of real people in your community.
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Nothing in Joe Biden’s history suggests that he or any of the people he's already appointed to his national security team have the slightest inclination to destabilize that Democratic-Republican imperial pact. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
It's Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11: Can We Finally Stop Marching to Disaster?
After two decades, can wefinally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.
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Part of what’s making policy change possible is power-building among those whose voices have traditionally been sidelined. (USDA Photo by Preston Kere) J. Mijin Cha
For a Path Forward on Climate, Let’s Learn From the Original New Deal
A broad, progressive coalition came together in the 1930s to bring the United States out of the Great Depression. It can be done again in the face of COVID and climate change.
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As awareness of the "rights of nature" grows across global humanity, I have no doubt that the wisdom of this awareness will start infiltrating our judicial, social and economic infrastructure as well, and begin undoing the short-term, dangerous thinking behind it. (Photo: Peter Lesseur / EyeEm/ iStock) Robert C. Koehler
One World: The Wisdom of Wholeness
In this country, as well as much of our divided world, short-term gain is often all that matters and nothing else exists. This flawed thinking is at the core of our social infrastructure.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Trump stoked anti-immigrant sentiment in the name of fighting crime, and his claims were baseless and false. The lie should end with his presidency. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Trump’s Lies About Immigrants Should End With His Presidency
New data confirms what’s been true all along: Trump built his brand selling fear-mongering lies about immigrants and crime.
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The most comprehensive and economically efficient solution for the abuses of the for-profit system and safety net programs is, of course, expanded Medicare-For-All.(Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Maggie Mills
A Public Option Won’t Save Us. The Sick and Disabled Need Medicare-for-All
Medicare and Medicaid are rife with complicated formulas for exclusions, exceptions, and limitations. The cruelty that is imposed by the constraints of these programs cannot be overstated.
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News organizations have big megaphones, and in 2020 we used them well to help steer our societies through a terrible pandemic. (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc) Mark Hertsgaard
As 2020 Ends, It’s Time for News Outlets to Declare a "Climate Emergency"
Let 2021 be the year that we declare, in accordance with science, that humanity is facing a climate emergency—an emergency we promise to illuminate and, we hope, help humanity overcome.
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Supporters of President Trump listen to the National Anthem at a "Stop the Steal" rally in Phoenix, Arizona on November 7, 2020. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Will Bunch
A Notable Death in 2020: American Democracy
America has two political parties. When one no longer believes in counting the votes, it’s not a democracy.
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Plastic packaging materials like the ones being used by Amazon often end up as litter, in landfills, or worse, in oceans, contributing to pollution.  (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl\ullstein bild via Getty Images) Matt Littlejohn
Amazon Must Stop Flooding Our Oceans With Plastic Waste
Amazon’s apparent embrace of plastic packaging is hindering its commitment to help the fight against climate change.
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Medical workers hug outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic on May 7, 2020 in New York City. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 270,000 lives with over 3.9 million infections reported. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Timeless Truths for Trying Times
We progressives have far more potential than generally realized to build our majority in politics, the workplace, legislation and social programs. We ought to be ardently appealing to the public's innate preference for a society that's equitable and cooperative.
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Back-to-normal complacency would be deadly. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Dear Joe Biden: Back-to-Normal Complacency Would Be Deadly
Fighting these systemic problems is not a matter of ideology. It’s a matter of morality and common sense.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Healthcare workers roll a patient into the emergency room at Maimonides Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Brooklyn borough of New York, United States, Dec. 14, 2020. (Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty) Richard Eskow
After One Hundred 9/11's, Here Are 9 Life-Saving Actions Progressives Must Demand Now
Why aren't more of us demanding action to save lives now?
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Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, and his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive on the red carpet at the Amazon Studios after-party celebrating the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images) Chuck Collins
MacKenzie Scott’s Bold and Direct Giving Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class and Their Perpetual Private Foundations
Scott, a newcomer on the billionaire wealth scene, has surrounded herself with advisors that come from under-resourced communities, not the folks that typically sit on foundation boards.
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Bob Dylan performs as part of a double bill with Neil Young at Hyde Park on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for ABA) Laura Flanders
The Times They Ain’t a-Changing
Charity doesn’t change the times. Redistributing assets does.
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Boxes of food are stacked next to people waiting in line at a walk-up food distribution bank for people facing economic hardship or food insecurity, in a church parking lot in Los Angeles, California, August 10, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) Rajan Menon
Covid-19 and the Nightmare of Food Insecurity
Hunger in America.
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Demonstrators march during an anti-war protest October 25, 2003 in Washington, DC. Thousands of demonstrators called for the end of U.S. military action in Iraq and to bring the troops home. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
The Endless War to Preserve American Primacy
Unable to achieve victory abroad, the United States has been battered by an accumulation of crises at home. The two are related.
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Proud Boys march in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, December 12, 2020. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The Here and Now Dangers of 'Standing Down' and 'Standing By' for Donald Trump
Why we need nonviolent citizen action—not street fighting with the Proud Boys—to protect the election results and democracy.
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People gather together to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demanding the right to a union on May 23, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Celine McNicholas, Margaret Poydock
The Biden Administration Can Reverse Much of Trump’s Bad Labor Policy Without Congress
The Trump administration has consistently advanced a pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda. It is critical that the Biden administration work with the same diligence from day one to reverse these actions.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks to the media after the Republican's weekly senate luncheon in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 8, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Mitch McConnell Wants to Let Corporations Kill You Without Consequence
This is beyond immoral. This is ghastly, and should have been at the top of every news story in America for the past six months.
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People wait in line to vote in Georgia's Primary Election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
In Georgia It Will Be Voter Turnout vs. GOP Voter Suppression
Voters purged are likely to be "young voters, voters of lower income and citizens of racial groups that have been denied their sacred right to vote in the past," a report from the Georgia American Civil Liberties Union states.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Rouhani to Biden: If US Comes Back to Nuclear Deal, So Will Iran
If Biden, on becoming president, lifts the US financial and trade blockade on Iran, Tehran will immediately return to scrupulously observing the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
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Amazon’s workers have no union to protect them. (Throughout its 25-year history, the corporation has aggressively fought union organizing.) (Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Jeff Bezos, Mitch McConnell, and Killer Covid-19 Capitalism
Bezos, as well as every major employer in America, can easily afford to protect their workers.
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Monday, December 14, 2020
The economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic has utterly devasted local news media. (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Steve Macek, Andy Lee Roth
How the Biden Administration Can Help Rejuvenate Journalism After Four Years of Carnage
It will require pressure from grassroots movements and concerned citizens to put these timely and urgent ideas on the agenda of the new administration.
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People wait in line for early voting at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Early voting started today in Georgia for the runoff election for the Georgia Senate seats. The race is between Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and Democratic candidates John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) Stephen Prince
Wanna Win Georgia, Democrats? Go All-In for $15 Minimum Wage
As the Democratic party searches for a path forward after an underwhelming election, the answer should be clear. Double down on an issue that an overwhelming majority of Americans support.
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The new Biden administration needs to take a truly fresh look at the whole range of destructive policies the United States has pursued around the world for decades, and the insidious role the CIA has played in so many of them. (Photo: Codepink) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will Biden’s America Stop Creating Terrorists?
We hope Biden will finally renounce hare-brained, militarized policies that destroy societies and ruin people’s lives for the sake of unattainable geopolitical ambitions, and that he will instead invest in humanitarian and economic aid that really helps people to live more peaceful and prosperous...
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People line up for groceries and gift cards given out by Neighbors in Need in the parking lot of the 7th Day Adventist Church in Lawrence, MA on Nov. 23, 2020. Food insecurity has grown in low-income communities during the coronavirus pandemic, and many food pantries and banks have had to serve more families. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
It’s Time We Called It What It Is: Fascism
The epic thrash we’re witnessing is because the forces of capitalism, seeing a terminal economic crash approaching, are attempting to preemptively replace democracy with authoritarianism—fascism—so that they can control the outcome.
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Too many have died because our country’s preexisting conditions of systemic injustice have gone untreated for so long and those in power never seem to learn the applicable lesson of this moment. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
The Ghosts of Christmas Present: GOP Kick the Most Vulnerable Amid Pandemic
Vaccine thinking applied to all of American life.
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U.S. President Donald Trump awards the National Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House October 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Meese was appointed attorney general by President Ronald Reagan and served from 1985 to 1988. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
How Right-Wing Conservatives Have Laid Waste to America for 50 Years
Thanks to a half century of insidious "trickle-down" philosophy—which astoundingly continues to be preached by many of the super-rich—inequality has stretched our nation nearly to the breaking point.
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People walk by the Pfizer world headquarters in New York on November 9, 2020. - Pfizer stock surged higher on November 9, 2020 prior to the opening of Wall Street trading after the company announced its vaccine is "90 percent effective" against Covid-19 infections. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Pandemic Failure, Vaccine Success Indict American Monopoly Capitalism
This vaccine victory is bittersweet. We have lost so many Americans to the virus, who didn’t have to die. Many of them died because of stubbornly pro-capitalist public policy.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is seen in the Senate subway during a Senate vote in the Capitol on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Bernie Sanders and Our Winter of Progressive Discontent
While Sanders is ill-positioned and uninclined to push back very hard against the evident trajectory of Biden's decisions, many progressives are starting to throw down gauntlets against the corporate and militaristic aspects of the incoming presidency.
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Sunday, December 13, 2020
Then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 20, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
If Democrats Want to Succeed, They Will Have to Implement Policies That Primarily Benefit the Working Class
Progressives cannot just sit by and expect Biden or the Democratic Party to do the right thing.
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"The pandemic has laid bare entrenched inequality in the United States and those most vulnerable to Covid-19 are often those most at risk from pollution and climate change." (Photo: Kris Krüg/flickr/cc) Elizabeth Cerceo
Lighter Coal Regulations May Mean More Covid-19 Deaths
Addressing emission standards, pollution, and environmental protections are necessities now.
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"The adjustment—from one country to two—would not be easy, I know. But if you are inclined to start listing all of the problems that this transition might generate, please keep the status quo in mind." (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Tim Koechlin
America's Political Divide: A Modest Proposal
The idea of "one America" might be passé.
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"With deep ties to natural resource-based economies, farmers and rural communities are on the front lines of the climate crisis." (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/suziesfarm/11438035863">Suzie's Farm</a>/cc/Flickr) Ben Lilliston
A Roadmap for the Biden-Harris Administration: Redesigning Farm Systems for the Climate Crisis
A just transition for farming must not only consider reforms to farm policy, but also aligned reforms in financial, trade, environmental, and competition policy.
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"According to an analysis done by the Economic Policy Institute, 34.7% of Georgian workers would get a raise if the federal minimum wage were increased to $15 an hour. That's over 1.5 million people earning on average an extra $3,700 a year." (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Stephen Prince
To Win Georgia and the Senate, Democrats Need to Go All-In on $15 Minimum Wage
Georgia is ripe for this kind of economic message.
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"Sadly, only the states of Maine and Vermont currently permit incarcerated people to vote. The remaining states prohibit voting under varying criteria, ranging from an absolute ban for life to bans only while incarcerated." (Photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images) Patrick Stephens
Let Everybody Vote, Even If They're Incarcerated
What value is a democracy that actively seeks to silence the voices of its most vulnerable citizens?
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A girl wears a face mask as students sit in a classroom of the Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany on June 15, 2020. (Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images) Jill Richardson
Failing Students Need Support, Not Blame
Students don't fail because they are lazy. They fail because something is wrong in their lives—and right now, so much is wrong.
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Saturday, December 12, 2020
A man in a protective suit and mask disinfects warehouse full of food products. (Photo: Dusan Petkovic) Kari Lydersen
Warehouse Workers on the Front Lines of the Covid Crisis Are Worried They'll Be Passed Over for the Vaccine
Low-wage warehouse workers, many of whom are temporary, are demanding access to the vaccine.
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SolarCraft workers install solar panels on the roof of a home on February 26, 2015 in San Rafael, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Juan Cole
How Biden Could Save $437 Billion and Create Millions of Jobs by Reversing Trump Tariffs on Solar Panels
The tariffs did not prevent the industry from growing, but it slowed its previously exponential growth and probably cost 60,000 jobs.
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks on November job numbers at the Queen Theater December 4, 2020 Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Michael Brune
To Combat the Climate Crisis, We Need a Government-Wide Mobilization
Hopefully Biden will nominate leaders who understand the severity of the climate crisis and the environmental injustices that burden communities of color and low-income communities.
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"A mutual aid collective asks no questions and has no requirements. It trusts people to know what their needs are, and it tries to meet those needs." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Annie Levin
Rebuilding the Solidarity Economy During Covid-19
The pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have shown New York's mutual aid collectives how to navigate the line between mutual aid, solidarity, and charity.
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People wait in line to vote in Georgia's Primary Election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Go Vote Yourself a Raise, Georgia—You've Long Earned It
Candidates should be pushed to say if they stand with the super-rich profiteering, callous Big Business tycoons or with the people who work for pitiful wages, on the rugged frontlines, and keep our society running.
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"People with disabilities have a right to live in the community as independently as possible, and to receive necessary services and support in their homes. But for many people with disabilities, especially people of color, that right is far from a reality." (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/15837538976/">Elvert Barnes</a>/Flickr/cc)</p> Vania Leveille, West Resendes & more
The Biden Administration's Disability Rights To-Do List
When President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take office, their administration must act quickly to protect the rights of and promote opportunities for people with disabilities.
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People lay underneath the iconic Wall Street bull during a rally in the financial district against the proposed government buyout of financial firms September 25, 2008 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
Our Youngest 'Self-Made' Billionaire, Our Wealthy's Oldest Bogus Claim
The super rich owe their super fortunes to factors that have little to do with their "genius."
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Friday, December 11, 2020
U.S. Sen David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) speaks at a campaign event to supporters at a restaurant on November 13, 2020 in Cumming, Georgia. There is a runoff election between Loeffler and Democratic opponent Raphael Warnock scheduled for Jan. 5, along with a second Senate runoff between Republican incumbent David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images). Miles Mogulescu
Want to Defund the Police? Then Vote for Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia Senate Run-Off Race
When police (and teachers and firefighters and other essential state and local government workers) are defunded and fired in the next few months, blame it on Republicans like Purdue and Loeffler.
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US President Donald Trump speaks at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit on December 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president signed an executive order stating the US would provide vaccines to Americans before aiding other nations. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
What Trump's Doing Is Crazy and Dangerous—and It Ain't Over Yet
Trump still threatens us, and discussing the election in the past tense is stupid.
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Since leaving public office in 2016, Vilsack spent the last four years in a cushy million dollar a year job cozying up to corporate dairy processors at the Dairy Export Council. During Vilsack’s tenure, dairy farmers went broke at an alarming rate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Bryce Oates, Jake Davis
Tom Vilsack Is the Reason Urban and Rural Progressives Must Unite to Fight Corporate Agribusiness Control Over Democracy
If progressives ever want to gain more votes in rural America, they must rid the Democratic Party of the Corporate Agribusiness stranglehold over everything rural and strike fear into any politician who attempts to pander to those interests.
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Trump and Mnuchin just don’t like the look of the Iranian government so they are arbitrarily making the lives of ordinary Iranians miserable. (Photo: Medea Benjamin) Juan Cole
How US Sanctions Have Contributed to the 50K Dead of Coronavirus In Iran
Iran suffers the worst pandemic outbreak in the Middle East.
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Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Mike Lux
When Justice and Politics Match: Deb Haaland Should Be Biden’s Interior Secretary
It would be a big disappointment to the environmentalists, progressives, all those members of Congress who supported her, and the tribes Haaland organized and mobilized to help elect Joe Biden to overlook such a well-qualified candidate for his Cabinet.
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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Farmers shout slogans as they take part in a march to India's capital New Delhi to protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms, in Ambala on November 26, 2020. - Indian police fired tear gas and water cannon when they clashed with several thousand farmers marching to New Delhi to protest against recent agricultural reforms. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images) Arshad M. Khan
Food Fight in India Becomes a Matter of Life and Death
Under the new system, private agricultural businesses, grocers and supermarkets can buy directly from farmers and government price supports have been eliminated. Farmers believe it puts them at the mercy of agro-business.
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The current suggestion about the Biden administration trying to exploit the Trump-imposed sanctions is merely the latest version of a notion heard in this country throughout the four-decade history of the Islamic Republic of Iran—that by exerting pressure just a little longer, the Iranian rulers will cry uncle over whatever issue we want them to cry uncle about. That notion has not worked for the last four decades. (Photo: Alex Gakos via shutterstock.com) Paul Pillar
Why Using Trump’s Sanctions as 'Leverage' To Get More From Iran Won’t Work
Punishing the target country regardless of its behavior does not create leverage; it destroys it.
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The Biden-Harris administration must rescind President Trump’s executive order banning federal entities and contractors from providing employees with training on "divisive concepts" and "harmful ideologies" related to race and gender. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) ReNika Moore, Jennifer Bellamy
The Biden Administration Must Prioritize Reversing Trump's Damage to Racial Justice Policy
When President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take office, their administration must make racial justice a top priority.
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Evictions often force families to live in overcrowded, unsanitary, and transient conditions. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images) Sonya Acosta
Preventing Spike in Evictions Will Help Limit COVID-19’s Spread
Evicted families’ limited housing options increase their contact with others and limit their ability to social distance, quarantine, access appropriate health services, or practice recommended hand hygiene.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump rally at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2020. Supporters are backing Trump's claim that the November 3 election was fraudulent. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Samer Shehata
Trump Is Inciting Domestic Terrorism
Trump’s repeated false claims about the presidential election add fuel to the already simmering fire of right-wing extremism in the US.
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Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Cameron, Louisiana, in the early hours of August 27, 2020. (Photo courtesy of NOAA/GOES-East) Tina Gerhardt
Is 2020's Record-Breaking Hurricane Season What the Future Holds?
"Globally, tropical cyclones are about 25 percent more likely to be at major-hurricane intensity now than four decades ago. The chances of rapid intensification in the 1980s was about one in 100 in the Atlantic. Nowadays, the chances are 1 in 20."
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President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Government Palace on March 12, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo by Carolina Cabral/Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
Low Turnout, but Free, Elections in Venezuela Are a Blow to Regime Change
After four years of sanctions, sabotaged industries, attempted coups, an assassination by drone attempt, a mercenary incursion and paramilitary attacks, among others, Venezuela managed to survive the Trump administration’s maximum pressure.
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The effects of war and the Industrial Revolution are what have brought us to where we are now: the Anthropocene. (Photo: Pixabay) Robert C. Koehler
Embracing Ecological Realism
Human exploitation of Planet Earth has reached a point where what we do and how we live reverberates across the circle of life—and could destroy it, for every species, for all life.
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Climate Activists Protest Against Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Demanding He Sign On To Green New Deal. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty) Richard Lachmann, Michael Schwartz
How to Stop Big Energy in Its Tracks (Quite Literally)
And here's the real question: Is a planetary Green New Deal possible?
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As winter approaches and many families face eviction and hunger as well as growing COIVD-19 cases, the incoming Biden administration will be facing a mounting, not waning, crisis. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Elise Gould
Any Hope for a Quick Recovery Off the Table Unless Congress Acts Now
The job openings and labor turnover survey continues to show weaker levels of hires than before the recession hit.
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Aerial view of the São Paulo favela of Paraisópolis and its wealthy neighbor Morumbi. (Photo: Johnny Miller, 2020.) Johnny Miller
Sixteen Years Later, a Helicopter Returns to the Site of the 'World’s Most Famous Photograph of Inequality'
As we recreated his legendary aerial shot of Sao Paulo, I connected with Brazilian photographer Tuca Vieira around our shared passion for creating provocative images of spatial inequality.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Most of the weight is in concrete. (Photo: Lijphoto / shutterstock) Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams
Anthropocene: Human-Made Materials Now Weigh as Much as All Living Biomass, Say Scientists
The science-fiction scenario of an engineered planet is already here.
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The blame lies not only with the goons and racists on the right, the corporatists who pillage the country and the corrupt ruling elite that does their bidding, but a feckless liberal class that found standing up for its beliefs too costly. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Chris Hedges
In the End We Will All Pay for the Cowardice of the Liberal Class
No one should take them seriously. They stand for nothing. They fight for nothing.
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A  medic loads a sick nursing home resident with Covid-19 symptoms into an ambulance on August 5, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Bill Quigley
19 Tragic Facts About Covid-19
At least 106,000 nursing home residents and staff died from COVID as of early December, around 39% of the overall deaths reported.
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The United States is the world’s leader in solitary confinement, with tens of thousands of men, women, and children locked in isolation on any given day. (Photo: Derek Goulet/cc/flickr) Udi Ofer, Jeffery Robinson
Bold and Visionary: A Criminal Justice To-Do List for the New Administration
Biden and Harris have a mandate from the electorate to fight against mass incarceration, and it's past time to tackle this crisis.
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Climate justice can only be achieved if developed nations compensate the developing nations for loss and damage and provide them with the necessary financial means to adapt to a changing climate. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Pelenise Alofa, Tasneem Essop
Climate Change Should Be Our Priority in the Post-Pandemic Era
As we prepare to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, governments trying to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 are digging us deeper into the climate crisis.
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Then-General Lloyd Austin III, commander of the US Central Command, speaks during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee March 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) Sarah Lazare
Biden’s Defense Secretary Pick Shows the Revolving Door for Military Contractors Remains
Industry ties were simply taken for granted in Biden’s defense secretary sweepstakes.
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It is well past due to build on the success of the first CARES package. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) John Buell
Where’s the Second Relief Act? The US Safety Net Is Working, but There Are Capitalists Who Don’t Want It To
If the current model of capitalism is incompatible with the guarantee of quality jobs, it is time to talk about alternatives that provide workers more leverage within labor markets and a broader voice in compensation and investment decisions.
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Amazon warehouse. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Thinking of Amazon Workers This Holiday Season
Jeff Bezos is no Santa. His treatment of workers is downright disgusting.
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The New Cold War is unfolding on many fronts. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
Our Real Security: Preventing a New Cold War with China
Pressing for peaceful resolution of U.S.-China tensions in ways that provide mutual benefit for both sides and other Asia-Pacific nations needs to become a peace movement priority.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Wearing a mask has, sadly, become a political act, which it should not be, nor should it be a partisan act, it is simply a public health strategy.  (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Jim Goodman
As The Pandemic Worsens, Politics and Ego Are More Important Than Public Health
If we truly want to get the pandemic under control and save lives, people must stay home. If we truly want to avert an economic meltdown, Congress must pass new stimulus funding.
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 Becer­ra offers hope that the Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices won’t active­ly fight against sin­gle-pay­er at the state lev­el, and may even tar­get some of the health­care sector’s more egre­gious busi­ness prac­tices. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Natalie Shure
Biden's HHS Pick Will Be In a Position to Finally Take On the Healthcare Industry
Xavier Becerra has been a longtime supporter of Medicare for All and has shown willingness to confront pharmaceutical monopolies. There’s a lot he could do to make U.S. healthcare more progressive.
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Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees plant pine seeds in Georgetown, South Carolina, circa 1936-1940. (Photo by Library of Congress / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images) Neil M. Maher
Biden Needs to Go Big to Rebuild America
The Biden administration should take a page from FDR’s playbook and immediately create a new and improved Civilian Conservation Corps.
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Biden inherits truly fearsome troubles—among them the spiking pandemic, the collapsing economy, corrosive inequality, catastrophic climate change and entrenched structural racism. (Photo: Phil Clarke Hill/In Pictures via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Biden Should Revive the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
An active commission could help spearhead the investigations and reforms vital to addressing civil and human rights in this country.
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Wealth and power are inseparable—wealth flows from power and power from wealth. That means reversing structural inequalities requires altering the distribution of power. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Biden Says He’ll Take on Inequality. Good! You Need to Hold Him to It
As it was in the time of FDR and LBJ, power is redistributed only when those without it demand it.
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We lost the Iraq War the moment we invaded in 2003 and found none of the weapons of mass destruction that Bush and his top officials had sworn were there. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert Reeves) William Astore, Danny Sjursen
Spilling Ink and Spilling Blood: Fighting and Writing Against America’s Forever Wars
Pen pals of war.
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Actor Peter Sellers on the set of "Dr. Strangelove." (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Make the Bad Man Stop: An End to the Bullying Trump Years Can’t Come Soon Enough
Two movie scenes sum up four years of ignorance and devastation.
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 CEO of the Center for a New American Security and Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Norman Solomon
The Collapse of Michèle Flournoy’s Hopes Shows What Can Happen When Progressives Put Up a Fight
Flournoy has a long record of arguing for military intervention and escalation, from Syria and Libya to Afghanistan and beyond. That she didn't get the top job at the Pentagon is a good thing.
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Monday, December 7, 2020
CODEPINK protests killer drones at DC home of Jeh Johnson. (Photo: CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Why Jeh Johnson Would Be a Better Defense Secretary Than Michèle Flournoy
Flournoy has repeatedly demonstrated throughout her career, both in her official Pentagon positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations and in her published writings and statements, that she actually believes in the normalization of war.
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While the Biden-Sanders Climate Task Force shifted the Biden plan dramatically toward the Green New Deal, notable differences remain. (Photo: michael_swan/flickr/cc) Tina Gerhardt
How Biden Should Tackle the Climate Crisis
The Green New Deal makes social and racial justice inseparable from climate policy, but it’s unclear whether Biden will do the same.
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Former Beatle John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono address an antiwar rally in Manhattan's Bryant Park, 22nd April 1972. Over 50,000 people attended the rally staged to protest the escalation of the Vietnam War. (Photo: Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images) Joshua Meyrowitz
John Lennon Still Lives Among Us
When icons become "media friends," their impact can be unexpected and powerful.
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