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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Burning fossil fuels has led to a rapid increase in the earth’s temperature which is causing a climate crisis that is escalating in its destruction and scientists say we have only a few years to avert worldwide cataclysmic devastation. Linda Childers
Climate Crisis is Too Real to Ignore
This is an “All hands on deck!” moment.
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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is another member of the Business Roundtable. Just weeks after he made the commitment to all his stakeholders, Whole Foods, an Amazon subsidiary, announced it would be cutting medical benefits for its entire part-time workforce. Robert Reich
The Biggest Business Con of 2019: Fleecing Workers While Bosses Get Rich
From Boeing to Whole Foods, companies are touting social responsibility as profits soar. Don’t believe a word of it.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a campaign stop at The River Center on December 28, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Warren wants to rein in capitalism's excesses but calls for a gentler capitalism are mere fads. Yanis Varoufakis
Imagining a World Without Capitalism
For the new year, imagine the wondrous possibilities of a truly liberal, post-capitalist, technologically advanced society.
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Strands of kelp at Shelly Point in Beaumaris, Tasmania on September 7, 2019. The Tasman Sea is warming and once plentiful kelp forests have rapidly declined.  The kelp rising in 30-foot high stalks has been habitat for rare ocean life through recorded history.  Once present along the whole length of Tasmania's east coast, now little is left. Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M. Khan
Warming Ocean Currents Affect Weather and Environment
Australia's giant kelp beds are literally being cooked by the ocean
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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Bharat Masrani Linda McQuaig
How $15 Billion in Bonuses Leaves Canada's Bankers Gloomy
There’s silly. There’s absurd. And then there’s this: The country’s six largest banks are dishing out $15 billion in bonuses this year. But, in the eyes of some, this isn’t enough . Indeed, Bill...
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Eugene Debs delivers an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio on June 16, 1918. Peter Dreier
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Jews
Like the Passover story, the celebration of Hanukkah reminds us that people can overcome great obstacles and achieve great things if they have a vision of a better society and build movements that...
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A City Creek Center sign outside the World Trade Center Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nonprofit investment arm, Ensign Peak Advisors offices are located on December 17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. An inside whistleblower has alleged the Mormon Church used 1.4 billion of a $100 billion tax-free investment fund to pay cost overruns on the for-profit church-owned high-end shopping center. Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Mormon Tutors
Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money. . . . -Moses ben Maimon (1135-1204), Charity’s Eight Degrees Tutors in the...
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Stacy Bannerman, foreground, second from right, a peace activist married to a National Guard soldier who fought in Iraq, has written about unusual relationship between warrior and anti-war activist in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 13, 2006 Stacy Bannerman
In 2020, Live Your Prayer
I quit going to church when my husband first went to the Iraq War in 2004. Then one day in the summer of 2017, I was walking around aimlessly and wandered into an old Episcopalian chapel in Medford,...
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President Donald J. Trump looks as a flag is revealed during a ceremony to establish the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Karl Grossman
Trump Signs Measure Enabling Establishment of a U.S. Space Force
President Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that establishes a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces—despite the Outer Space Treaty...
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Donald Trump Ralph Nader
“Then, I Have an Article II, Where I Have the Right to do Whatever I Want as President.” – “King” Donald Trump
Against Donald J. Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted narrow impeachment charges, despite key House Committee Chairs’ arguments for broadening the impeachment charges. These veteran lawmakers,...
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Friday, December 27, 2019
If you use Department of Education figures, as opposed to those put out by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of people suffering homelessness in the U.S. is closer to 1.4 million each year—not the 500,000 to 600,000 figure frequently used. (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Pat LaMarche
Trumpian Attacks on Homelessness and California Are Utter and Total Poppycock
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a system for counting the homeless that is worthless: utterly worthless. And the media's failure to report this story accurately is dangerous.
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I cannot think of a more important and powerful time to march. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Naava Ellenberg
Now Is Not the Time for Women to Stop Marching
The 2020 march will be the strongest demonstration of our power yet, as we lift up every member of our community in our calls for justice.
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Is Joseph saying that Trump, by the force of his magnetic personality, will send young people thronging back to the faith? (Photo: Creative Commons) Mike Lofgren
The Stupidest Op-Ed of 2019 Argues Trump Will Inspire a Religious Revival
Newsweek just published a piece that set a record for preposterous ideas, confidently but incoherently argued.
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Gandhi said we must become the change we want to see. (Photo: Brian Larkin) Brian Larkin
Extinction Rebellion: A Flock of Starlings and a Plane Tree
The collective impact of human activity is already, and at an ever increasing pace, destroying life on earth.
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Many political leaders from both parties condemned Trump for the remarks, which, of course, were cheered by the crowd in Battle Creek. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Dave Zweifel
Trump's 'Moral Character' Is Severely Lacking
Trump's broadside against the late congressman from Michigan, John Dingell, was disgusting and deplorable.
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"Anti-Trump Protest - Chicago" (Photo: Alek S/CC BY 2.0) Manuel Serrano
Avoiding the Collapse of Democracy Is Our Responsibility
Democracy needs to keep moving forward. If we elude our responsibility when it comes to breathing new life into the values that sustain it, our liberal societies will eventually collapse.
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The voters I spoke to at these events are fighting for change. They want an economy that puts workers first. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) Larry Cohen
Voters Want Change, Not Centrism
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and other candidates aiming for the so-called center do not inspire voters.
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Women who do not have health insurance are more likely to delay prenatal care, contributing to maternal mortality rates. (Photo: Getty) Julie A. Burkhart
The High Price of Abortion Restrictions
States with more restrictions on reproductive health care have higher maternal and infant mortality rates.
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The good news is that housing is finally being addressed as the national crisis it is. (Photo: Shutterstock) Nicole Braun
We Need a New Deal for Housing
I’ve worked hard my whole life and will probably never own a home. This is a policy shame, not a personal one.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks to supporters at an Immigration Town Hall in San Ysidro, California on December 20, 2019 at San Ysidro High School. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker / AFP / Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Here It Comes: Get Ready for a Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You've Never Seen
Beware. Because disparaging and minimizing Bernie in 2019 didn't work, the next step in 2020 will be to trash him with a vast array of full-bore attacks.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019
While pushing this colonial narrative, the Post actually tried to make the absurd case that some of the US’s strategic failures stemmed from being too generous to Afghans. (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
WaPo’s Afghan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry
The scandal of the Afghanistan War is not that the US entered into and prolonged an "unwinnable" war; the scandal is that the US empire’s invasion of Afghanistan is a war crime in violation of international law, and has inflicted imperial violence on the Afghan people.
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As 2019 began, Saad Hariri was prime minister of Lebanon. On 17 October small street protests broke out against corruption, gridlock, lack of services, failure to collect garbage, lack of electricity, sectarianism and new taxes on the Whatsapp messaging program. (Photo: Javier Barrera/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Juan Cole
While Americans Slept in 2019, Uprisings Reshaped Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Algeria
All four of these popular revolts caused a sitting prime minister or president to step down.
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Carbon capture could help limit the effects of climate change. (Photo: Brian Boucheron / Flickr) Ellen Brown
The Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet
The bottom line is that saving the planet from environmental destruction is not only achievable, but that by focusing on regenerative agriculture and tapping up the central bank for funding, the climate crisis can be addressed without raising taxes and while restoring our collective health.
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For every injustice we see in the criminal-justice system, there is a law, practice or policy that allowed it to happen. (Photo: @CBSNews/Twitter) Cyntoia Brown-Long
I Was Jailed for my Trafficker’s Death. I’m Free Now—But Other Women Languish.
An injustice to one is a threat to us all. #FreeEveryCyntoia
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(Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images) Agnes Callamard
The Khashoggi Verdict Is Exactly What Impunity Looks Like. It Must Be Denounced.
Impunity for the killing of a journalist commonly reveals underlying political repression, corruption, abuse of power, propaganda and even international complicity. All are present here.
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The politicians of Corbyn and Sanders ilk will always face an uphill battle. (Photo: corbyn.org) Margaret Kimberley
Propaganda and the Defeat of Jeremy Corbyn
If Americans are going to make connections with the British elections they must talk about the assault on democracy from the billionaires and their willing minions.
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"New technologies advancing toward our workplace shouldn't reduce the standard of living of Americans. They should raise our standard of living," writes Reich. "But that won't happen automatically." (Image: Inequality Media) Robert Reich
5 Ways to Stop Corporations From Ruining the Future of Work
Why we need to assert our roles as workers and members of a democratic society to ensure that new technologies benefit all of us.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Amy Goodman
Let 2020 Be the Year of a Truly Free Press
We all have a responsibility to ensure that journalists are free to do their work, without threats of injury, imprisonment, or death.
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Lawrence Mishel, Melat Kassa
Top 1.0% of Earners See Wages Up 157.8% Since 1979
This disparity in wage growth reflects a sharp long-term rise in the share of total wages earned by those in the top 1.0% and 0.1%.
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Randall Amster
The Gift of Perspective
Our existence at any scale is indeed a cosmic gift, even more so when we consider its full range of operation.
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César Chelala
President Trump's Baseless Attacks on Wind Power
Wind power is far more ecofriendly than burning fossil fuels and, more importantly, has the possibility of freeing the U.S. from the economic dependency on fossil fuels.
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
The UK's Electoral System Failed
First-past-the-post voting has been praised for promoting political stability, but it comes at the price of a government in which a minority can ride roughshod over the interests and preferences of more than half of the population.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Actor Jimmy Stewart played Geoge Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, the iconic holiday film directed by Frank Capra in 1946. Christopher W. Shaw
It's a Wonderful Life... For Bankers
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both understand the key economic lesson at the heart of the classic holiday film.
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CODEPINK delegation in the sukkot of the Yusef Abad synagogue. (Photo: CODEPINK) Ariel Gold
The Fascinating History and Political Lives of Jews in Iran
As American Jews and non-Jews we should be outraged at how the Trump administration is endangering Iranian civil society and making their efforts for change much harder.
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People seeking asylum pictured in front of a migrant refugee center in Jalisco, Mexico in 2018. (Photo: Daniel Arauz) Jeff Abbott
The Other Americans: Asylum Seekers Routed to Guatemala
A proposed amendment to immigration policy endangers asylum seekers, advocates warn.
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Within six years, Modi and Shah have managed to do what India's worst enemies couldn't: to set India at war with itself. (Photo: Kremlin/cc) Shrenik Rao
India Under Modi Is Becoming a Brutal Authoritarian State
Modi's Hindutva populism, backed by naked threats against India's Muslim minority and the suppression of dissent, is crashing India's economy and its democracy.
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If there’s ever to be genuine and just peace between the two nations, diplomacy must be the priority, and Iranian civil society must be acknowledged and respected. (Photo: opeth91 / Shutterstock) Kristin Henderson
A Feminist Alternative to Trump’s Chest Beating on Iran
Foreign policy should prioritize the needs of ordinary civilians and civil society—and wars of choice should always be off the table.
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A Nativity scene in the southern Califiornia city of Claremont depicting the Holy Family as a separated family held in cages at the U.S. border is sparking controversy and conversations over President Donald Trump's immigration policies. (Photo: Rev. Karen Clark Ristine/Facebook) Juan Cole
Would Refugee Baby Jesus Have Been Torn From Mary’s Arms by Trump?
These American, Christian politicians would not have admitted the holy family when they fled Herod the Great.
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Such a cavalier approach to the use of deadly force permeates American behaviour among citizens, between citizens and the police, as well as between the military and other states, raising questions about US society beyond the ambit of foreign policy. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images) Ahsan I Butt
The Afghan War: A Failure Made in the USA
The US-made mess in Afghanistan has much to do with its failed policies and shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitude.
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He showed that people of conscience can make a difference, even against the most powerful oppressor. (Photo: Dave Bredeson/Dreamstime.com) Jesse Jackson
Remembering the Message of Christmas
The Prince of Peace, he taught us that peace is not the absence of violence; it is the presence of justice and righteousness.
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The only tricks left to Trump and the Republicans are stoking social and racial resentments and claiming to be foes of the establishment. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
How Trump Has Betrayed the Working Class
The consequences of Trump’s and the Republicans’ excessive corporate giveaways and their failure to improve the lives of ordinary working Americans are becoming clearer by the day.
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Medicare for All is the gift we need this holiday season. And it's what we'll continue to fight for in the New Year. (Image: Samuil_Levich / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Chuck Idelson
All I Want for Christmas and Hanukkah Is Medicare for All
Medicare for All would eliminate the debilitating health insecurity caused by skyrocketing costs while guaranteeing everyone will get the health care they need, when and where they need it.
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Monday, December 23, 2019
holiday meal Julianne Tveten
There's No Place Like the 'Center' for the Holidays
The corporate media's holiday civility guides dismiss and stigmatize political dissent.
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USPS trucks Steve Beyersdoerfer
Postal Workers Deliver 20 Million Packages Per Day. What Can We Give Them in Return?
The White House task force claims that the Postal Service is on an "unstable financial path." The reality is that Congress manufactured our financial problem—and it could fix it.
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Actress and activist Jane Fonda (R) marches during the "Fire Drill Fridays" climate change protest and rally on Capital Hill on December 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images) Rev. John Dear
A Christmas Arrest for Climate Justice on #FireDrillFriday
We need to go way beyond Gandhi and Dr. King, and build a global grassroots, bottom up, people power movement of active nonviolence on behalf of all creation the likes of which the world has never seen.
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Members of Rise and Resist gathered at Madison Square Park during the Veteran's Day Parade to demonstrate public outrage at Trump letting him know he is not welcome in a city he recently abandoned as a resident as well as not welcome as an alleged four-time draft dodger. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Chris Hedges
The Moral Hypocrisy of Trump's Limited Impeachment
If the Democrats and the Republicans were committed to defending the Constitution why didn’t they impeach George W. Bush when he launched two illegal wars that were never declared by Congress as demanded by the Constitution?
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A visitor waves a flag while listening to President Donald Trump deliver a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the seventeenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo: Jeff Tom Engelhardt
Is Donald Trump America's Second 9/11?
On the first 9/11, the greatest power in history struck out at the planet. The second time around, it seems to be preparing to strike out at itself.
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US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, December 21, 2019. (Photo: by Robyn Beck/AFP/via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
It's Corporate Media, 'Moderate' Democrats, and the Oligarchy vs. Bernie Sanders and a Movement
The greatest trick the American oligarchy ever played was convincing the country they didn't exist.
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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders gestures after speaking during the 2019 J Street National Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on October 28, 2019. Dave Lindorff
OK Boomers, Wake Up!
Sanders is the person you used to be but forgot about.
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President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on November 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Al Martinich, Tom Palaima
The Trump Presidency is Reversing History
If Trump is not convicted in the Senate of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, he will be emboldened.
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A sampling of headlines on Corbyn's defeat. Alan MacLeod
Corporate Media Find All the Wrong Lessons for US Left in Corbyn's Defeat
While there certainly are many things that progressives can learn from Labour's defeat, the herd of independent minds in the corporate press can see only one lesson: don't go left.
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 A Senate acquittal will be a triumph for Trump, and a disgrace for the United States, and for the world. César Chelala
Bitter Days for Donald Trump
This is the third time in the history of the United States that a president is subjected to political trial.
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Roshi Joan Halifax speaking at Fire Drill Fridays, December 20, 2019. Roshi Joan Halifax
Wake Up Now! Rise Up Together!
We must take a stand now for ending the structural violence associated with our climate catastrophe.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Runoff from melting permafrost in Alaska flows toward the sea. Jeff Carter
Major Missed Opportunity on Clean Energy Incentives to Reduce Carbon Emissions
The stakes could not be higher. The climate crisis is a health emergency.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) speak about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2019. Ralph Nader
Democrats Cave in Secret Budget Deal with Trump
What a grotesque way to spend taxpayer money!
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Any responsible government Americans elect in 2020 must learn from the well-documented failure and catastrophic human cost of U.S. regime change efforts in Afghanistan. Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work
The underlying fault is not in how the U.S. tries and fails to reconstruct societies destroyed by its "regime changes," but in the fundamental illegitimacy of regime change itself.
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Consuming ourselves to death. Kristine Mattis
The Climate Emergency Needs No Holidays
The voice of corporate capitalism seems to predominate this season, while the wails of our planetary ecosystem are muffled under a pile of packages.
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Two naughty men. Michael Winship
Trump and McConnell Are Getting Nothin’ for Christmas
'Cause they ain't been nothin' but bad.
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Candidates participate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Julie Hollar
PBS Decides What Debate Watchers Need Is More Talk From Pundits
Debates are one of the few opportunities most voters outside of the early voting states have to hear directly from the candidates without being filtered by journalist spin. Until now.
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Friday, December 20, 2019
As has been the case throughout his presidency, The Hill tends to take everything Trump and his allies say at face value, sharing their statements repeatedly without indicating whether they’re actually true. (Photo: Ceci Freed / Media Matters | Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons) Parker Molloy
The Hill Can’t Stop Spreading Misinformation About Trump’s Impeachment
The site’s social media strategy sows confusion and spreads lies.
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It would probably be redundant by now to point to Eisenhower’s departing warning about the military-industrial complex, except for the fact that it continues to be prophetic and grows increasingly manifest every day. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Dread and Circuses: Powerful Forces Diverting Attention From Imperative Measures Through Crass Distractions
It may be tempting to obsess over the ways that the two main parties diverge, but it might be more important to note when they agree.
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A Rust Belt factory (Photo: Andrew Bardwell / Flickr) Walden Bello
Good Riddance to the WTO
Rich countries embraced trade multilateralism when it suited them, and now they’re abandoning it. That may not be such a bad thing.
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Residents defend a property from a bushfirein Taree, north of Sydney.(Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Climate Crisis Rages in Australia, With 14 of 15 Hottest Places in World and Sydney Fire-Besieged
Australia is a major exporter of coal and other hydrocarbons, and with 0.7 percent of the world population is responsible for 5% of carbon dioxide emissions if exported fuels are counted. That is staggering.
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How does one save one’s country from a cult? (Photo: Shutterstock) Sonali Kolhatkar
To Understand Trump, You Must Understand His Cult
One of the best means of battling the cult of Trump is to continue to hammer away at the truth, hoping the shelf of nagging doubts at the back of the MAGA heads may collapse someday with the weight of facts and truth.
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Thursday, December 19, 2019
Protester holding a sign at the rally in Times Square. The night before the House of Representatives takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the "Nobody Is Above the Law" coalition at more than 500 rallies planned around the country, calling on the U.S. House to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. In New York City thousands of protesters took to the streets, gathering at Father Duffy Square in Times Square, and marched down Broadway to Union Square. (Photo: Erik M John Atcheson
Just Because Republicans Are Spewing Nonsense on Impeachment Doesn't Mean the "Big Lie" Won't Work
The real jury in an impeachment trial is the people, no the U.S. Senate. But is enough of the nation truly ready to call out the president and is party for what they truly are?
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The Hoover Dam (Shutterstock) Andreea Sterea
The Looming U.S. Water Crisis
America is going through a water crisis, and we’re going to face even more dire times if it doesn’t begin to change soon.
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Majorities in Minnesota, Nebraska, and Arkansas agreed that paying farmers to cover the cost of practices that protect soil, reduce vulnerability to floods and droughts, and prevent water pollution is one of the most important ways to safeguard agriculture and the nation’s food supply. (Photo: USDA Photo by Lance Cheung/Flickr) Karen Stillerman
Farm State Voters See Soil as a Solution to Agriculture’s Woes
Large majorities of voters said they would be more likely to support candidates for public office who propose ways to help farmers build healthy, living soil.
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The public has a right to know how these teams operate, how their officers are trained, and whether the guidelines that govern their activities contain civil liberties and privacy safeguards. (Photo: CBP/flickr) Tarek Ismail, Scarlet Kim
A Secret CBP Team Is Targeting and Detaining Innocent Travelers. We’re Suing.
For too long, the government has acted as if it has carte blanche at the border. No more.
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Not only did UN Resolution 2334 fail to hold Israel accountable, it, in some way, facilitated further Israeli expansion in the West Bank, paving the road for the annexation that will surely follow. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
From a Blessing to a Curse: How UN Resolution 2334 Accelerated Israel’s Colonization in the West Bank
The US managed to turn international consensus regarding the illegality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine into an opportunity for Tel Aviv to disown any commitment, not only to the UN, but to the so-called two-state solution, and the "peace process", as well.
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I’ve heard it in the voices of the children I’ve met who tell me that they remember vividly their inability to study because they were afraid that, in the very schools where their minds were to be molded, at any moment their bodies might be attacked or even destroyed. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Andrea Mazzarino
How War Targets the Young
War on terror, war on education.
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I think the odds are good that, if the Democrats don’t blow it by nominating Joe Biden or someone like him, the humpty-dumpty Republicans are setting themselves up for a very big fall next November. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Ted Glick
Impeachment and the Democrat/Progressive United Front
Let’s do all in our power to turn the Republican Party’s unanimous kissing of Mafioso Don’s ring in the House yesterday into a massive wave of popular revulsion and a progressive political landslide next November.
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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leads a formation of ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise. (Photo: US Navy/Public domain) Robert C. Koehler
Given $738 Billion, US War Budget Hits the Motherlode (Again)
The delusions of militarism live on in a nation addicted to violence and bloodshed for profit.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
To further protect immigrants from ICE’s abuses, we urge other agencies that maintain databases accessible through CLETS to disable ICE ERO accounts from using those databases. (Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Saira Hussain
California DOJ Cuts Off ICE Deportation Officers from State Law Enforcement Database
The Trump administration relentlessly targets immigrant communities and ICE continues to exploit state and local resources, including databases, to act as force multipliers for immigration enforcement.
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Progressive campaigns must reach the working class everywhere it lives—in deindustrialized smaller towns as well as the biggest cities—and they must do more than make promises or show up at election time. (Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Images/Getty Images) Sarah Jaffe
Even in Defeat, Labour Mobilized the New Working Class
The U.K. election demonstrated the urgent need for grassroots organizing.
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Memorials outside the Tree of Life synagogue, Pittsburgh. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sarah Gertler
Trump’s Judaism Order Has Nothing to Do With Fighting Anti-Semitism
The man who called neo-Nazis "very fine people" has no business defining anti-Semitism for the rest of us.
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Global evidence now shows environmental projects are more effective when gender considerations are taken into account. (Photo: COP25/EPA/Chema Moya) Maria Tanyag , Jacqui True
Climate Conferences Are Male, Pale and Stale—It’s Time to Bring in Women
By supporting women at all levels, from the village to the global stage, this vital perspective can inform the creation of robust, sustainable and effective solutions to our climate crisis.
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The question of ownership—private or public—cannot be answered without accounting for the structural safety and potential liabilities of the two decrepit megaliths at San Luis Obispo. (Photo: Wikimedia) Mimi Kennedy, Harvey Wasserman
Final Showdown: PG&E at the Brink of Nuclear Bankruptcy
The same pattern of lethal neglect and deferred maintenance that made PG&E the proven culprit in murderous wildfires is being repeated at Diablo Canyon.
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Spurred by journalism and grassroots action, elected officials at the local, state and federal levels have started asking questions about the dangers associated with Amazon’s surveillance-driven business model. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Evan Greer
Google Nest or Amazon Ring? Just Reject These Corporations' Surveillance and a Dystopic Future
Purchasing devices that constantly monitor, track and record us for convenience or a sense of safety is laying the foundation for an oppressive future.
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Romanian and U.S. protesters outside the World Bank, December 11, 2019. (Photo: CIEL) Stephanie Danielle Roth
People Power in Romania Stopped a Mining Project. Now the Corporation Is Suing for Billions of Dollars.
Romanian and U.S. environmental justice activists demonstrated in Washington, DC, outside a World Bank tribunal hearing on a case brought by Canadian-based Gabriel Resources.
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Wilson, the indefatigable local shrimper, had been trying for some 30 years to get state and national officials to stop Formosa from dumping poisonous plastic chemicals into the Lavaca Bay ecosystem. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Jim Hightower
Can 'Powerless Nobodies' Fight the Corporate Powers?
The Formosa settlement victory sets a major legal precedent to advance other citizen lawsuits against polluters, requiring that the polluters (not taxpayers) pay for their messes.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Michelle Obama recently announced that she can be friends with the former president George W Bush because “our values are the same.” People were outraged, but if you compare administrations, you start to see what those values they share truly are. (Photo: Getty) Jessa Crispin
Barack Obama Is Going After Old Men. His Real Target Is Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who consistently scares the political establishment, and the Obamas can’t stop themselves from showing whose side they’re on.
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A U.S. Army poster shows a romanticized view of the four-day battle of Bagsak Mountain on Jolo Island in the Philippines, June 11-15, 1913. (Photo: Wikipedia) Danny Sjursen
Remembering America’s First (and Longest) Forgotten War on Tribal Islamists
The Moro War: It was "progress" all the way then, too.
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There is ample room to change the quality of growth, to reduce its environmental impact significantly.  (Photo: via Earth Island Journal) Joseph Stiglitz
Is Growth Passé?
Some suggest that the Paris climate agreement’s target for limiting global warming can be achieved only by stopping economic expansion. But there is ample room to change the quality of growth and significantly reduce its environmental impact without condemning billions of people to lives of...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts, speaks about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., December 10, 2019. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Rachel M. Cohen
Trump’s North America Trade Deal Is Poised to Worsen Climate Change—But Dems Don’t Seem To Mind
“We cannot simultaneously claim to fight climate change on one hand and enact climate-denying trade deals on the other."
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After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. Instead, Sanders has bounced back stronger than ever, according to two new polls.(Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Ilana Novick
Media Taking Notice as Sanders Surges in New Polls
It looks like the media might finally have to take Sanders seriously.
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Pro-Israeli flacks have painted all 2 million Palestinians in Gaza as “terrorists” because Hamas dominates the politics of the Strip. (Photo: Tijen Erol) Juan Cole
Israeli Blockade of Gaza Causing Contaminated Water, 25% of Illnesses and 12% of Infant Deaths
Under the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of Occupied populations, it is a war crime for Israel to impose collective punishment on all Palestinians in Gaza to get at Hamas.
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The result of this reckless and ruthless course is a country ever more divided. (Photo: Getty) Jesse Jackson
Trump Is Leading a Revolution That Is Destroying America
He has decided the presidency is above the law, as well as beyond the reach of Congress and courts.
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Warren and Sanders know the system is rigged and that economic and political power must be reallocated from a corporate-Wall Street elite to the vast majority. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
America’s Next President: Warren Sanders
If the backers of both Sanders and Warren eventually come together behind one of them, they’ll have the votes to take the White House, and even flip the Senate.
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Cuba Delegation in Havana. (Photo:CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin
Five Years After Obama’s Cuba Opening, Cubans Are Reeling From the "Trump Effect"
Trump’s policies are making life harder for Cuba’s 10 million people.
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"Medicare for All," writes Burger, "would eliminate the cost barrier that disproportionately affects communities of color with higher rates of no insurance or underinsurance." (Photo: National Nurses United) Deborah Burger
Medicare for All Will Boost the Fight for Racial Justice in Health Care
Transformation of our health care system to a more humane model based on health care as a human right, not profits and ability to pay would sharply reduce systemic and institutional racial disparities.
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Monday, December 16, 2019
When Bernie Sanders campaigned on his plan in 2016, he was seen as a disruptor but not necessarily a threat. That much, very clearly, has changed. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Kreidler
Industry Seeks to Flatline Universal Health Care
A deeply funded lobbying group is out to kill Medicare for All. Its ideological roots run back to the Truman era.
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These reckless marketeers are able to get away with this because Congress and the White House have disabled the FAA and turned it from a safety watchdog into an industry lapdog, leaving Boeing free to self-certify its planes. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Boeing’s Perilous Bungling Requires New Leadership
Boeing has displayed an egregious pattern of mismanagement.
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The time to act, to educate, to build stronger movements, to scale up our best practices, to gain political power, is now. (Photo: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Ronnie Cummins
'We Need Total System Change': A Letter from Santiago, Chile
Without mass grassroots awareness and collective action, without a political revolution—the billionaires and corporations will destroy us all.
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A Superfund site on the left, and the Waukegancoal plant that has been polluting groundwater with coal ash. (Photo: Derrick Z. Jackson) Derrick Z. Jackson
Toxic Injustice and the Green New Deal
Priority for abused communities must pervade every aspect of a Green New Deal.
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Warren argued throughout for increased funding for public education, funded by her proposed wealth tax. (Photo: Public Education Forum in Pittsburgh) Carol Burris
Rating the 2020 Democrats at This Weekend's Education Forum
Support was voiced by the candidates for community schools, increased school funding for Title I schools, increased pay for teachers, support for unions, fully-funded pre-schools, increasing the number of teachers of color, student loan forgiveness, and other equity issues which have commonly...
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren greet each other at the start of the Democratic presidential debate at the Fox Theatre on July 30, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Progressives Need a United Front for Sanders and Warren
The need is for supporters to openly explain reasons for preferring Warren or Sanders while avoiding the start of a mutual demolition derby. In the process of strengthening progressive forces, it’s vital to defeat corporate Democrats, before proceeding to defeat Donald Trump.
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In 2019, Pentagon spending is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts and may soon be—adjusted for inflation—twice the Cold War average. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc) William Hartung
Lessons From Battling the Pentagon for Four Decades
The stubborn persistence of the military-industrial state.
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The decay and rupture of the social bonds that once held our societies together have unleashed the dark pathologies of opioid, alcohol and gambling addictions and led to an explosion of hate crimes and mass shootings, along with suicide. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Hope Lies in the Streets
Economic tyranny lies at the root of the unrest in Hong Kong, India, Chile, France, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon as well as the rise of right-wing demagogues and false prophets such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Sunday, December 15, 2019
Ivy Brashear
The Lies We're Told About Appalachia
The old exploitative images are indelible: out of work, White, needy. They obscure the region’s diversity and long tradition of activism.
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Rivera Sun
What's the Secret to Success for Nonviolent Movements? Try Solidarity.
Instead of "going it alone," movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from aligned organizations and groups.
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