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Monday, December 24, 2018
Roger Bybee
An Undemocratic GOP Enshrines Zombie Laws via Midwest Coups
What do the Michigan and Wisconsin power grab bills mean for the future?
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Eric Holt-Giménez
The Green New Deal: Fulcrum for the Farm and Food Justice Movement?
It's time for the U.S. farm and food justice movement to step up.
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Siona Peterous
How Activists Are Moving the Dial on Student Loan Debt
As student debt grows, grassroots organizations keep pushing for sweeping change on a national level
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Anti-austerity demonstrator march in London in 2015. Davide Castro
Austerity Is Stupid, and Why the Powerful Don't Like to Admit It
We need a Progressive International whose narrative deeply penetrates this warped version of reality.
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Danny Sjursen
The World According to the 'Adults in the Room'
A year of Forever War in review
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Trump Dean Baker
No, Donald Trump Is Not Leaving Us Poorly Prepared for the Next Recession
The basic story is that high deficits and debt will leave us less room to have a large stimulus when the next recession hits. This is wrong
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Sara LaWall
Showing Up at the Border for Our Shared Humanity
Two thousand years ago, a young mother and father fled for their lives and left everything behind for the safety of their child. Their names were Mary and Joseph
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Leslie Watson Malachi
We're Learning the Truth About Voter Fraud
There's no moral difference between suppressing the vote through the law and literally stealing ballots. Both may have happened in North Carolina.
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Katharine Trendacosta, Ernesto Falcon
The Year Without the Open Internet Order: 2018 Year in Review
It started the court battles that will decide the future of the free and open Internet
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Chris Hedges
Banishing Truth
"The editor urged me to do nothing. It would be my word versus that of all the cops involved, and all would accuse me of lying. The message was clear: I did not have a story. But of course I did."
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NATO-led airstrikes during the 2011 bombing of Libya. (Photo: Indy Media) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing
In this "war on terror," the U.S. and its allies have dropped a staggering 291,880 bombs and missiles on other countries
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Sunday, December 23, 2018
President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. David Atkins
The United States Didn’t Lose the Cold War. Racist Plutocrats Won It.
Watching the way that Vladimir Putin has bent the American government through his agents in the White House and the conservative movement, it is unsurprising that many leading thinkers recoil at the...
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Flashback: John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden Pierre Tristam
Flashback: Democrats’ Arafat Complex
I’ve been looking at lists of 2020 prospects for Democratic hopefuls to unseat Donald Trump in 2020 and getting flashbacks to pre-internet antiquity when those same Tussaud Museum pieces wagged...
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"As we approached the 2018 mid-term elections and since, it has become ever clearer that a major struggle between now and 2020 will be over how we define the 'progressive' electoral agenda," writes Reed, "whether it should be weighted toward advancing candidates who are nonwhite, female, and gender-nonconforming or those who support such policy initiatives as Medicare For All.  Of course, those goals are not necessarily in conflict. The question, though, is which should take priority when they are. We must Adolph Reed Jr.
Which Side Are You On?
The Democratic Socialists of America are openly debating internal tensions regarding identity and class, but there are important lessons the broader left needs to learn. If Trump is to be defeated, the learning needs to come fast.
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Central American refugees seeking asylum under federal statute and international protocols are turned away from ports of entry, channeled toward life-threatening desert crossings, told to wait months or more likely years in Mexico. Steve Klinger
The Meaner Trump Gets, the More Kindness We Feel
"When someone stands up to violence a force for change is released. Every action for peace requires someone to exhibit the courage to challenge violence and inspire love." — Thich Nhat Hanh In this...
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A boy standing in front of the JRS school in a refugee camp holds a rubber hose like the type used by some teachers to strike children who fail to learn their lessons. Other children hold the raw cauliflower florets they are munching on. The permaculture lessons during the APV-led life skills classes encouraged students to grow vegetables in small containers beside their homes. Greenery beautifies, has a calming effect, and is a small step toward combating air pollution. Carolyn Coe
Afghanistan: Where Can the Anger Go?
KABUL—At a busy four-way intersection in the northwestern part of Kabul, traffic is stuck. There is no traffic signal, and cars are threaded through one another like a woven rug. A passenger car is...
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Two cows from Jim Goodman’s former herd. Jim Goodman
Dairy Farming is Dying. After 40 Years, I’m Done.
Now, organic dairying is dominated by large operations that are more factory than farm.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018
U.S. bombs explode over Syria, 2014 Eric Margolis
Time to Get Out of Syria
The US has no strategic interest in Syria and no business at all being militarily involved there.
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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12. Linda McQuaig
Canada’s Huawei Arrest Lending Support to Rogue U.S. Behavior
The phrase “rule of law” has a nice, lofty ring to it, so it’s not surprising that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking it to defend Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive. But while...
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Yeisvi Carrillo, seen in a family photo, is an American citizen who remains in foster care while her mother, Vilma Carrillo, appeals a deportation order. Christopher Brauchli
An Angel and an Orphan
She could not have imagined how it would all turn out thanks to the monstrously evil policies of the Trump administration.
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At a September 2018 gala dinner organized by the Atlantic Council in New York, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri received the Global Citizen Award.  The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, shared the table with Macri. Celina della Croce
Why Argentina’s New Loans From the IMF Are Spurring Unrest and a Deepening Social and Economic Crisis
The IMF has a long history of strong-arming the direction of Argentina’s policies and economy.
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Trump tweeted a picture of him performing the “Green Acres” theme song with Megan Mullally at the 2005 Emmys to announce his signing of the Farm Bill Thursday. Susan H. Bragdon, Jennifer Clapp, Olivier De Schutter
The Wrong Conversation about Trump’s Tariffs
The just passed Farm Bill awarded millions of dollars to wealthy agribusiness and factory farms
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Prior to the Bush’s Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, rural America had been undergoing a steady demographic shift in which it was depopulating and growing older, but otherwise they remained mostly white. Since the recession, the pace of change in rural America has become blinding, with depopulation, death, and diversity completely altering the character of rural life.  John Atcheson
Communities Without Consequences: Demographics and the Destruction of Democracy
Even after more than two years, the notion that America elected an ignorant, racist, profane, incompetent, reality show buffoon as President still seems incomprehensible to the rational, reality-...
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Friday, December 21, 2018
Claudia Maquin shows a photo of her daughter, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (Oliver de Ros / AP) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Tragic Lives of the Children Trump's Policies Target
Immigration policy is a matter of life and death, most tragically impacting the most vulnerable among us
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A migrant girl from Central America cries next to the border wall while she tries to cross with her family from Mexico to the US, in Tijuana, Mexico, December 11, 2018 (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Belén Fernández
'Barbed Wire-Plus': Borders Know No Love
Across Europe and North America , governments have gone to great cruelty to stop migration
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The job of editors when presented with a too-good-to-be-true story is to ask: Is this, in fact, too good to be true?(Photo: Screenshot) Neil deMause
Der Spiegel Shows Danger of Liking Good Stories More Than True Stories
The job of journalists and editors alike is to tell stories, absolutely—but to tell them in service to the truth, even when it goes against preconceptions or conventional wisdom
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Ever since Pelosi entered the congressional leadership of her party, the nature of the representation she offers has been an ambiguous thing. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Nancy Pelosi Represents House Democrats, but San Francisco? Not So Much
Pelosi’s response to President Trump’s recently announced intention to withdraw American troops from Syria is just the latest instance of the House Democrats’ leader taking a foreign policy stance out of sync with the expressed views of her base
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Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic would join NATO, hauling in billions of dollars of arms sales. Ten more countries would join over the next nine years, bringing NATO’s military to Russia’s doorstep. (Image: Lockheed Martin) Mark Weisbrot
“Fort Trump” in Poland Is Another Dangerous, Delusional Idea
Even talking about a new military base in Poland shows how far US foreign policy toward Russia has descended into stupidity and recklessness
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He was a frat bro from a wealthy family who read a lot of Ayn Rand. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Paul Ryan Was a Villain And No One Will Miss Him
The outgoing House speaker’s entire career was a cash grab for billionaires, capped off by a low trick to literally starve children in Yemen
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Michael Winship
In One Wretched Day, All You Need to Know About Donald J. Trump
Until Republicans renounce their putrescent Piped Piper, we are all in for it.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
As the shackling of men on the decks of ships reveals, the Coast Guard’s present war-on-drugs detention mission is not one it has exactly been prepared for. (Photo: US Coast Guard) Karen Greenberg
America’s Mixed Messages: On Board the USS Detention
Prisoners at sea
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Being too much of a malleable conduit for the messaging of the powerful in Washington has always been a problem for the corporate media.(Photo: Screenshots) Reed Richardson
‘Trump Says…’: The Journalistic Scourge of Echo-Chamber Headlines
Deferential social media framing spreads White House propaganda and betrays public trust
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Incidentally, that is a good insight into how moderate Democrats actually feel about AOC and the rest of the left, when they aren't desperately trying to appropriate some of her celebrity. (Photo: Illustrated | REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Ryan Cooper
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets It
Nothing short of an all-out political struggle will topple the centrist Democrats—or perhaps convince them to start taking these problems seriously
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Dana Brown
At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals
The Warren/Schakowsky bill would create the Office of Drug Manufacturing
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Trump took away the Republicans’ chance to pin the looming shutdown on Democrats when he bragged on TV that he was taking responsibility for it. (Photo: Screenshot) Ruth Conniff
Trump’s Wall Crumbles, Government Stays Open
The Congressional showdown over the $5 billion wall boondoggle and the exposure of dirty dealing by Trump associates, are directly related
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Bernie Sanders, unlike other potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, has a message that resonates with a wide variety of people. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Naomi LaChance
Bernie Sanders Is a 2020 Favorite
“For those of us who believe in radically transformative political change, the choice is already clear—Bernie Sanders is the only viable option.”
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As humanity reaches for a green existence — as it struggles to find its way back into the circle of life — it must step beyond the insanity of war. (Photo: Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images Reportage Reportage) Robert C. Koehler
Is Yemen Our Future?
The word “war” may be the most powerful word in human history, because it creates a mask of respectability for—that is, it conceals—the dehumanization and mass slaughter of a designated enemy, along with limitless environmental contamination
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The blind belief in the economic growth model is waning, as ever more people realize that the present economic model is playing havoc with people and planet. (Photo: Screenshot) Anja Lyngbaek
Groomed to Consume
Rampant consumerism doesn’t happen by itself: it is encouraged by an economic system that requires perpetual economic growth.
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The US system asks for ALL of us to care for others by being an organ donor, but then does not reciprocate that care without enormous financial barriers. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Mary O’Connor Mack
Do You Have a Heart? On Organ Donation, Poverty, and For-Profit Healthcare
Despite the efforts encouraging Americans to be organ donors and to “Give the Gift of Life,” we rarely hear about those who don't meet the financial criteria
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Mnuchin’s special blend of incompetence and ill intent leaves the field wide open for rampant Wall Street deregulation. (Photo: Wikipedia/cc) Rebecca Burns, David Dayen
Steve Mnuchin’s Path of Destruction Leads From Wall Street to Trump’s Treasury
There’s a reason he’s been called “ the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.”
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
There’s no better anecdote to sum up Paul Ryan’s career in politics — masquerade as an advocate for poor people for the chance to pass policies that would hurt them most. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Negin Owliaei
Paul Ryan Only Ever Cared About the Rich
The outgoing House speaker was once celebrated as a 'serious' wonk. Now it's clear his politics are just as cruel as Trump's
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The Michigan Statehouse (Shutterstock) Nicole Braun
Lame-Duck Republicans Are Waging War on Heartland Democracy
I teach sociology. Believe me — nothing good will come of what they're trying to pull here in Michigan and beyond
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Bold policies, direct actions, and a new guard will take center stage, and it’s about time. (Photo: Shutterstock) Tracey L. Rogers
Politics in 2019 Will Have a Lot More Backbone
As Democratic leaders sharpen their challenge to President Trump, movement leaders are stepping up to challenge the party leadership
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The U.S./Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico. President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the federal government if he doesn't get $5 billion for his border wall.  (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Donald Trump’s Border Wall Demand Is Dressed Up With More Lies About Immigrants
This isn’t a crisis; it’s a political ploy designed to fan fear and division.
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Andy Rowell
“Green New Deal” in US “Must Be Mirrored by a Global Green Deal”
“Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. This arrangement benefits few, but comes at the detriment of our planet and all its inhabitants."
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Cyntoia Brown in the PBS documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. (Photo: Daniel H. Birman Productins, Inc) David A. Love
Cyntoia Brown Shows Us That Justice Is Not Blind
Is a system broken when it works as designed?
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A 2016 Brennan Center report found that nearly 40 percent of prisoners are incarcerated without a public safety benefit. That number is likely to come down as a result of the new measure.(Image: Melanie Hobson/EyeEm) Tim Lau
Senate Passes Historic Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
The FIRST STEP Act marks progress toward reducing mass incarceration
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Exploitation of the environment through over-extraction of resources and toxic pollution are externalities that are rarely discussed in the context of “the market” or economic growth. (Photo: iStock) Kristine Mattis
An Economy That Does Not Consider Ecology Is Not Sustainable
As long as economics always takes precedence, ecology will inevitably come back to bite us in the ass
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Russell Mokhiber
Advocates Call on Jayapal to Release Draft Text of House Single Payer Bill
"We are being asked to mobilize support for the new HR 676, but we cannot support a bill we have not seen."
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Mexicans participate in an indigenous ritual at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration. (Photo: Shutterstock) Manuel Pérez Rocha
AMLO Goes Full Throttle Against Neoliberalism—But What About NAFTA?
Mexico’s first left-wing president gave a fiery inaugural speech against neoliberalism in Mexico. But he barely mentioned NAFTA.
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The fate of single-payer healthcare in New York may be imperiled by union opposition. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)   Natalie Shure
Why Are These Labor Unions Opposing Medicare for All?
As long as credible action toward Medicare for All remains scarce among elected Democrats, advancing the policy demands a confrontation with the party establishment—something most labor leaders so far seem unwilling to do
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Anti-abortion (in front) and abortion-rights (in back) advocates demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court in June. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Louise Melling
Will the Supreme Court Overturn Roe v. Wade After All?
Reading the tea leaves on abortion rights
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Many Washington insiders assert forcefully that committing to PAYGO rules in the House for the next Congress is good politics. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Josh Bivens
The Bad Economics of PAYGO Swamp Any Strategic Gain From Adopting It
It is terrible economics to view federal budget deficits as always and everywhere bad
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How did we get to a national economic conversation that is dominated by chatter on the rise and fall of stocks, when it’s just a small part of economic life for most of the 300 million people who live in this country?(Photo: Ars Electronica / Flickr) Marshall Auerback
An Economy Built Around a Stock Market Is Certain to End Up Looking Like the Mess We Call America
The doctrine of shareholder value has created multiple economic crises, long recessions, growing inequality and decades of stagnant incomes for the average American worker
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Tom Engelhardt
In Praise of a Military Budget That Ensures Our Destruction
If we are this committed to destroying life and the planet that sustains it, perhaps the Pentagon does need more money
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A number of human rights and humanitarian organizations have even launched the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots with the goal of adopting an international ban on the development and deployment of fully autonomous weapons systems. (Photo: Sharron Ward/Campaign to Stop Killer Robots/Facebook) Michael T. Klare
The Coming of Hyperwar: "Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!"
Artificial intelligence and the future of war
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Certainly we have a political class that’s hostile to the idea. But we don’t have a public that’s hostile to the idea. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Mark Engler, Sam Pizzigati
Jeff Bezos Has Enough! It’s Time for a Maximum Wage
A Q&A with author Sam Pizzigati
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This radical framing of the rights of rural producers to determine what and how they produce helps ensure the health of the environment as well as people and cultures. (Photo: Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images) Jackie Smith, Caitlin Schroering
Global Peasant Declaration Represents Huge Advance for Human Rights
Seventy percent of the world’s population is fed by small-scale producers. These producers, however, face an onslaught of threats related to economic globalization
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The war on Yemen has to end to prevent the near-death of the Yemeni people. (Photo: Felton Davis/flickr/cc) Vijay Prashad
Yemen Remains on the Precipice of a Large-Scale Famine
The UN and U.S. Senate weigh in, but will their actions be enough to bring peace?
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Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz during this year's campaign. Norman Solomon
Beto, We Hardly Knew Ye
The Texas Democrat's actual political record deserves scrutiny, and it's not what progressives might expect from the overheated adulation that has sent his presidential balloon aloft
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Katie Halper
How Come So Many Bernie Bros Are Women and People of Color?
Despite data to the contrary, the media continues to distort Sanders' politics and the diversity of his supporters
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Monday, December 17, 2018
Blum documented the violent and anti-democratic record of the US empire; he was a reference that FAIR frequently turned to when noting what was missing from the corporate media’s version of history.(Photo: William Blum) Jim Naureckas
William Blum, US Policy Critic Derided by NYT, Dies at 85
You know you’ve lived well—well enough to rattle the establishment—when the New York Times smears you in the obituary it runs about you
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We’re facing precisely the sort of economic downturn that Congress promised the tax cut would prevent. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Max Moran
Wall Street Thrives and Working People Struggle as GOP Tax Cut Turns One
Last year's tax cut legislation was a barely-cloaked present to the same financiers who crashed the world economy in 2008
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Labor shouldn't just back the Green New Deal, it should help lead the way. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)   Jeremy Brecher, Joe Uehlein
12 Reasons Labor Should Demand a Green New Deal
Only protecting humanity from climate catastrophe can unify the political forces needed to meet labor’s demands for jobs, union rights, economic security, full employment, and worker empowerment
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Infrastructure projects of the sort proposed in the Green New Deal are “self-funding,” generating resources and fees that can repay the loans. (Photo: Emelia Gold) Ellen Brown
This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work
A network of public banks could fund the Green New Deal in the same way President Franklin Roosevelt funded the original New Deal
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Robert Reich
Why Trump’s Private Transactions Are Terrifying
After two years of Trump we may have overlooked the essence of his insanity: His brain sees only private interests transacting. It doesn’t comprehend the public interest.
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In another sign of how far removed Washington is from the American public, 40 per cent of respondents want the US to impose sanctions to stop Israel expanding its settlements on Palestinian territory. (Photo: Getty) Jonathan Cook
American Public’s Backing for One-State Solution Falls on Deaf Ears
A growing number understand that it is time for a new, single state model, one that ends Israel’s treatment of Jews as separate from and superior to Palestinians, and instead offers freedom and equality for all
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A New World Order is indeed beginning to tyrannize America and Donald Trump is encouraging the globalists responsible to do even more of the same. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) John Feffer
The New World Order Is Here
Globalists really are ruining your life
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The for-profit Trump University was denounced as a fraud and went out of business after being hit with lawsuits. (Photo: Google Images) Chris Hedges
Trump, the Quintessential American
We live in an age when the fake, the fraudulent, the fabricated and the theatrical supplant reality
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Mike Lofgren
The End of Rolling Thunder? We Can Only Hope So!
How a Nixon campaign dirty trick turned into a full-blown psychosis among America's paranoid fringe.
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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Sam Pizzigati
Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change?
Some 250 million years ago, life on Earth survived an existential climate crisis. But that Earth had a distinct advantage. No rich.
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Crystal Vance Guerra
Why Hondurans See Migration as an Act of Civil Disobedience
In walking out of their country en masse, Hondurans are making a loud, bold statement about the extreme injustices they face at home.
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Juan Cole
Despite US, Russian & Saudi Opposition, Climate Summit Reaffirms Paris Goals
"The agreements reached are wholly inadequate and do not reflect the urgency of the climate crisis we are in. But they might have a positive psychological effect, in keeping the Paris goals alive and encouraging governments to encourage companies and consumers to take action."
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Elizabeth Bruenig
My Advice to Progressives: Don't Back Down
"If all the Democrats can manage is to hark back to the past and focus on winning for its own sake, they're missing an opportunity to lay out a blueprint for the future."
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christopher Brauchli
Holiday Detention
"Trump has now discovered another group of people he can indefinitely detain in what seems an obvious violation of the constitutional right of all who are in the United States, to not spend lengthy periods in prison without due process of law."
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Will Bunch
Is France Showing Us What America’s Next Civil War Will Look Like?
"Everything I've seen so far out of France is singing loudly that, yes, it's a small world, after all – and that what's happening on the barricades is both a reflection of what's going on in much of the developed world and a screaming alarm for what could come next."
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Sarah Kastner
Why Do We Revere Malala But Not Ahed Tamimi?
"The point isn't that Malala doesn't deserve the platform she’s been given, but that while we celebrate Malala's advocacy for girls' education, we must ask why that platform is not extended to children like Ahed."
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Lindsay Koshgarian
Nine Things to Buy with $5 Billion Instead of a Border Wall
Five billion dollars is not huge in a federal discretionary budget of more than $1 trillion. But it's an incredibly meaningful sum to any number of smaller federal government programs.
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Wendell Potter
Take It From Me: Tweaks Won't Fix Healthcare
Democrats should focus on for Medicare for All—health insurance companies are interested in profits, not playing fair. I should know. I used to be a vice president at Cigna.
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Friday, December 14, 2018
Demonstrators gather outside a court after the trial of the men charged with the murder of indigenous activist Berta Caceres, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras November 29, 2018 (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters) Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Alfred Brownell
Attacks on Indigenous Rights Defenders Should Not Be Ignored
Dozens of indigenous rights defenders have been killed this year but the world has looked the other way
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The human carnage inflicted by this bloody quagmire of corruption and waste is nigh unimaginable. (Photo: Screenshot) Ryan Cooper
The Impossibility of Bipartisan Healthcare Compromise
Democrats should write a health-care reform bill so aggressive that it drastically weakens the profitability of Big Medical, and drives many of them out of business entirely. If you cannot join them, beat them
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Voters back home — and now their new representatives in Congress — are seeing past the sheep’s clothing to the Wall Street wolves within.(Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Porter McConnell, Rion Dennis
No Labels and the ‘Problem Solvers’ are Wolves of Wall Street in Sheep’s Clothing
Political organizations hide their pro-finance politics under the cloak of bipartisanship while they rake in funding from corporate interests
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Protesters known as the "yellow vests" displayed a French flag altered to show dates of important protests, including 1968 and 2018, as they marched on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees on Saturday. (Photo: Michel Euler / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Taking French Lessons: The Power of the 'Yellow Vests'
Through weeks of mass direct action, the French have shown their government who is boss, and elected officials have been forced to accept and acquiesce—at least to an extent. It is a dynamic we can only dream of here in the U.S.
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Russia is no more threat to the people of United States than any other lesser imperialist power. We face far greater threats from the neocons currently occupying the White House. (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Reese Erlich
Sex, Russia and Impeachment
Democrats should stop braying about the Trump-Putin conspiracy and focus on the White House's real crimes
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Fetal tissue is essential for understanding how the virus causes birth defects in the developing fetus. (Photo: AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Carolyn Coyne
Trump Administration Ban on NIH Use of Fetal Tissue Should Worry All Scientists
Banning or restricting research with human fetal tissue derived from elective terminations has no moral or ethical purpose and serves only to fit a political agenda
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Without Net Neutrality, large phone and cable companies will take control of the stories we tell, deciding who gets a voice and who doesn’t. (Photo: Maria Merkulova) Timothy Karr
How We're Getting Net Neutrality Back
“The public can plainly see that a soon-to-be-toothless FCC is handing the keys to the internet — the internet, one of the most remarkable, empowering, enabling inventions of our lifetime — over to a handful of multibillion-dollar corporations.”
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The education insurgency was more than even getting candidates elected. It was also about changes in policy. (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Singer
What Happened to 2018 As The Year of the Teacher?
I don’t care what corporate journalists are being forced to report by their billionaire owners. These accomplishments should not be minimized.
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The invocation of the War Powers Resolution with regard to support for the irregular or irregular forces of a foreign country is pure genius, and now that it has been done once, it surely will be done again. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Senate Fingers Saudi Bin Salman as Murderer, Demands End of Yemen War
Thursday was a historic day, and these bipartisan resolutions will go down in history for their moral clarity and jealous guarding of constitutional prerogatives, as well as for their remarkably frank designation of a de facto head of state with whom the US is allied as a murderer
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The goal of corporations is to maximize profits for shareholders, not to serve the public interest. (Photo: Screenshot/Robert Reich) Robert Reich
The Truth About Privatization
When the primary goal is to serve the public, rather than shareholders, we need to be careful not to sacrifice the public interest to private profits
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Incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on November 14. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Ralph Nader
Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out
Adopting these suggestions will liberate new members to challenge the taboos entrenched in Congress regarding the corporate crime wave, military budgets, foreign policy, massive corporate welfare giveaways or crony capitalism
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This is just one of the more ridiculous, shameless ways in which former officials abuse their past position. (Photo: Talk Radio News Service) Michael Winship
Where There's Smoke, There's Boehner
The former speaker's cannabis pitch symbolizes how low too many of our craven, so-called public servants are willing to stoop for an almighty buck.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Socialism cannot stop the rise of fascism if it fails to halt the slide of market economies into market societies. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Theo Horesh
Can Socialism Save Democracy?
If socialism is going to save democracy, it needs to bring about equality without snuffing out freedom, and it needs to respect the role of markets without letting them dominate society
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Birds are, of course, only one small part of a staggering process of human-caused obliteration now underway across this planet. (Photo: Caleb Putnam/flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
A Bad World for Migrants (and I Don’t Even Mean Human Ones)
Bird populations of many sorts are dropping across the planet
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 Thanks to the massive accumulation of wealth by a 1% skilled at gaming the system, the roots of a crisis that didn’t end with the end of the Great Recession have spread across the planet, while the dividing line between the “have-nots” and the “have-a-lots” only sharpened and widened. (Photo: Screenshot) Nomi Prins
A World That Is the Property of the 1%: Wall Street, Banks, and Angry Citizens
The inequality gap on a planet growing more extreme
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Representatives of United States President Donald Trump himself also made a presentation about the benefits of coal, natural gas and nuclear power. (Photo: Joanna Flisowska/Climate Action Network) Beatrice Tulagan
Coal in, Activists Kept Out at Katowice Climate Talks
All progress made during the first week of climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland was overshadowed by the deportation of at least 12 civil society representatives and the no-holds-barred promotion of the coal industry at the official conference venue
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These systems threaten to further entangle people with law enforcement, ripping families apart and increasing the likelihood of racially biased police violence. (Photo: Amazon) Jacob Snow
Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door
It is doing so without regard for how the technology will be exploited by law enforcement, ICE, and other government agencies prone to violence and racial discrimination
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High-end tax giveaways wind up hurting working families and their communities.(Photo: Shutterstock) Frank Clemente
The GOP Tax Bill Is Creating Jobs—Just Not in the U.S.
Thanks to the GOP tax law, corporations get huge breaks for outsourcing jobs. And workers? They get pink slips.
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For labor unions like ours, climate change is an environmental issue, an economic opportunity, and a political challenge that can destabilize our societies. (Photo: @sunrisemvmt) Héctor Figueroa
For the Future of Our Communities, Labor Support for The Green New Deal
As a union representing 163,000 doormen, security officers, cleaners, and airport workers up and down the east coast, we support this bold vision to reduce greenhouse gasses, switch to renewable energies, and create good jobs
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Without competition from the public Postal Service, for-profit firms would likely jack up delivery fees even higher for the 70 million people who already live in areas hit by delivery surcharges. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kathy Toler
I’m a Postal Worker. If You Get Mail in a Small Town or Suburb, Listen Up!
A Trump administration plan could mean reduced service and higher postage for at least half of all ZIP codes
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 Why do we care about and feel the need to protect only “American citizens”? Do we possess a collective consciousness too small to embrace all of humanity? (Photo: Gregory Bull / AP) Robert C. Koehler
The Phrase “Border Security” Freezes My Soul Every Time
Are the borders we protect so rigorously (by which I mean that one border on our southern edge) somehow divinely ordained? How were they determined? An even more taboo question is: How respectful has this country been of other countries’ borders?
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