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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The fact that MBS lifted the driving ban and simultaneously put in prison those who had campaigned and suffered for such reforms makes clear his actual motive: to silence dissent and prevent these women’s voices from being heard. (Photo: @noconversion/Twitter) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Saudi’s Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
How can the world’s leaders pretend that it is acceptable to meet in a country that imprisons and tortures peaceful women activists and bombs civilians in Yemen?
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 09, 2020 in New York City watch as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 2,000 points. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Christian Parenti, Dante Dallavalle
Wall Street Is High on Government Supply
For more than a decade, the US government has been taking over ever larger portions of the financial system to prop up shaky markets. It hasn’t worked. We need a real socialization of finance — for the majority, not the banks.
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A man taking precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak walks past the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP) Ellen Brown
The Fed’s Baffling Response to the Coronavirus Explained
The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them.
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Travelers at the Atlanta airport wearing facemasks during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo: Chad Davis) Neil deMause
Reading About Coronavirus Without Scaring Yourself Too Much (or Too Little)
Reading up on the new coronavirus can feel like a rabbit hole of conflicting reports.
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Being better than the worst is not good enough in a time of climate emergency. (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr/cc) Kelly Trout
The Loopholes Lurking in BP’s New Climate Aims
It’s time for BP and all oil companies to stop hiding behind net-zero rhetoric and commit to immediate action on the scale of the crisis we’re in.
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COVID-19’s incubation period could be as long as 14 days, and little is known about how long it could take to recover once symptoms take hold. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) Elise Gould
Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, the Workers Who Need Paid Sick Days the Most Have the Least
Many of the 73% of workers with access to paid sick days will not have enough days banked to be able to take off for the course of the illness to take care of themselves or a family member.
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We are at the threshold of irreversible and irrevocable global changes that will jeopardize civilization," writes Orr. "No one in previous generations could say that with the authenticity and urgency with which we assuredly can." Key questions remain. How will we respond? And will it be in time? (Image: Ms Tech/Getty) David Orr
Politics and Consequences: From Climate Emergency to Coronavirus
After a forty-year waged on both science and government, the dangers that face us now are no surprise at all.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Democratic Presidential Candidate, speaks to thousands of supporters during a rally at the Boston Common on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
'In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See': The 2020 Bernie Campaign Represents a Fight That Must Continue
Corporate media and corporate Democrats want the Bernie 2020 campaign—and the grassroots energy behind it—to melt away. That's not going to happen.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Global financial markets have lost nearly $10 trillion in wealth. Miles Mogulescu
The Coronavirus Is A Wake-Up Call For Climate Change
If the world can do this for one virus, it can begin to do this for the even more catastrophic — and predictable — danger of climate change.
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Our imminent coronavirus and economic crises won’t respond to trickle-down economics. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
How We Should Respond to the National Coronavirus Emergency
Congress must immediately enact an emergency $400 billion.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rev. Jesse Jackson greet the crowd during a campaign rally in Calder Plaza on March 08, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan holds its primary election on Tuesday March 10. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Is Only Candidate Who Inspires a New Generation
Sanders will beat Trump by summoning America to a new day, not by calling for a return to yesterday
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If Warren refuses to endorse Sanders, and if her supporters vote for Biden, then this was never about winning feminist reforms, let alone dismantling patriarchy. It was about advancing the political career of one woman over the lives of the many. (Photo: Bridgett Bennett/AFP via Getty Images) Diana Sierra Becerra
If You Support Women and Feminism, Back Bernie Sanders
Many are urging Warren to endorse Sanders because his platform is feminist and because he has the best chance to defeat Trump.
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St. Martin de Porres homeless shelter client Randy Armstrong says the coronavirus “sucks.” There are 212 mats at St. Martin de Porres shelter for men like Armstrong over the age of 50. He’s shoved his mat against the wall for more space. (Photo: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) Bill Quigley
Six Quick—But Very Important—Points About Coronavirus and Poverty in the US
The most vulnerable among us simply do not have the same options as the most privileged.
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"I like Sanders myself, but (other) people just won’t vote for a socialist." (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Boomer, Hold Thy Tongue
If you fall into the category of voters who generally agree with Sanders on the issues but fear that he can’t be elected, then please, at the least, stop acting as an echo chamber for the supposed irrational fears of your peers.
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Could a draft lead to fewer conflicts? And the answer to that is: possibly, but not certainly. (Photo: Reuters/file) Nan Levinson
Would a Draft Matter?
The nature of the military that fights America’s forever wars.
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Our current broken health system is far from painless for everybody, and quoting job numbers that are misleading without further context only muddies the waters in the debate surrounding M4A. (Photo: Screenshot) Josh Bivens
Even HBO’s John Oliver Didn’t Provide the full Context on "Medicare for All" and Jobs
Many studies project that providing health insurance to currently uninsured and underinsured people will substantially boost demand for health care services, which in turn will boost demand for health care workers.
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Those who don’t have a lot of money in the stock market should view its ups and downs as you would any other spectator sport. It doesn’t have a lot to do with you. (Photo: Screenshot) Dean Baker
Coronavirus Is a Reason to Worry About the Economy—the Stock Market Plunge Is Not
If the coronavirus becomes very widespread, we could see enormous economic impacts.
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Not bothering to push for Medicare for All today will guarantee that it doesn’t happen tomorrow. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Adam Gaffney
Medicare For All: If Not Now, When?
The vast majority of the nation could benefit from single-payer reform—and that fact makes it winnable.
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Jennifer Goff, Erika Gubrium, et al.
Five Americans Living in Social Democratic Norway Explain Why Bernie Sanders Is So Appealing
We had to live in such a society before we could believe that it was possible. Here's what we discovered.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dome event in Columbia, South Carolina on January 21, 2019. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images via JTA) Jesse Hagopian
Why as a Black High School Teacher I'm Endorsing Bernie Sanders
This is the campaign to fix the hole in the soul of America.
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Monday, March 9, 2020
The policy agenda of presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is, in my view, the best racial justice agenda for 2020. (Photo: Adolph Reed Jr) Adolph Reed Jr.
Push for Racial Justice Beyond Race Alone
Today, liberals and many on the left reflexively cast “African American” and “working class” as antagonistic rather than overlapping categories.
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People in prisons and jails are often denied adequate soap and cleaning supplies, making infection control nearly impossible. (Photo: Shutterstock) Maria Morris
Are Our Prisons and Jails Ready for COVID-19?
People in prisons and jails are uniquely vulnerable to coronavirus. Officials must act quickly to pull together a plan to ensure the safety of incarcerated people, medical staff, and correctional officers.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Carly Regina
Not Just 'Two Old White Men,' This Democratic Primary Is Now a Serious Fight Between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders
When it comes to the issues and their agendas, the contrast between these two candidates could hardly be more stark.
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President Trump has spent a substantial part of his presidency demeaning and defunding the CDC. (Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images) John Buell
Will the Establishment's Neoliberal Model of Drug Profiteering Finally Kill Us All?
Why is there even a debate on whether any Coronavirus Vaccine Should be Free?
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Have we ever encountered a public figure who so consistently reversed truth and falsehood on such a vast scale? No. I think Trump is very unusual. (Photo: Getty Images) Bill Moyers
Losing Reality: Can We Get the Truth Back?
Bill Moyers in Conversation with Robert Jay Lifton.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden looks on as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Anis Shivani
Time to Debate: How Bernie Could Destroy Biden in 120 Minutes Or Less
Some serious advice for Sen. Sanders from somebody who is not a professional campaign strategist.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City continues to implement precautions in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including new cleaning protocols carried out by MTA employees. Frequently used surfaces in stations, such as turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines, and handrails, will be disinfected daily. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) Josh Bivens
With Working People Most Vulnerable, It's Time to Get Serious About Economic Response to Coronavirus
The first two characteristics of a potential COVID-19 slowdown—that it could come fast and come straight for low-wage workers first—suggest one potential response: rapid direct payments to individuals.
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With Biden’s South Carolina win and the centrist candidates’ unexpected endorsements ahead of Super Tuesday, the barrage of anti-Sanders messaging finally paid off, fueling a perfect storm among undecided Super Tuesday voters.(Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
Beware the Buyer's Remorse of Impulse-Purchase Joe Biden
While Biden may indeed be a "nice guy," he is quite possibly the worst candidate to challenge Trump.
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Trump believes that he already owns the island, that he’s now the survivor-in-chief. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) John Feffer
President Trump as a Political Hit Man
Trump’s perpetual reelection machine.
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Is Biden the solution? No. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
If It's Biden vs. Trump, This Year's One-Choice Election Will Be for Oligarchy
We don’t need a "Punch and Judy" show between Trump and Biden. But that, along with corporate tyranny, is what we seem fated to get, unless we take to the streets and tear the house down.
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Sunday, March 8, 2020
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Joe Nguyen & Liz Lovelett
Hey Fellow Warren Supporters, Let's Rally Around Bernie Sanders
For all the strife we saw between Warren and Sanders during the campaign, the fact remains that the two have much more in common than not.
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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation leader, speaks out during an action inside the UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid. Osprey Orielle Lake & Katherine Quaid
Celebrating Climate Women on International Women's Day
In the midst of multi-layered injustices including institutionalized patriarchy, colonization, racism, and economic inequality, women continually lead the way.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Scott Casleton
Bernie Beats Trump (and Biden) on Trade
There is simply no question that Sanders's approach to trade prioritizes workers and the environment, and not corporate convenience.
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Nanticha Ocharoenchai Nanticha Ocharoenchai
What I Learned From the Women Fighting to Save Our Planet
Creating change meant fixing a problem, and fixing a problem meant facing the complexities of environmental policy and political drama.
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
They Really, Really Don't Want Black People to Vote, Do They?
Six hours is time enough to steal a democracy. But it's time enough to save one, too.
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Slate photo illustration Gregory Shupak
Media Malfunction as Sanders Notes Positive Aspects of Latin American Socialism
A far more urgent task for reporters covering the U.S. election cycle would be asking candidates how they plan to combat U.S. authoritarianism at home and abroad, and questioning why the accomplishments of Latin American socialism aren't possible in the United States.
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A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise in Zabul province, Afghanistan, in July 2010. Eric Margolis
End Bush's Stupid War Today
Since 2001, hardly a word of truth about Afghanistan has come out of Washington.
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Drivers take part in a rally demanding more job security and livable incomes at Uber and Lyft New York City headquarters on May 8, 2019. Sascha Cohen
Freelancers Shouldn't Betray Other Gig Workers By Allying with Anti-Union Opponents of AB5
AB5 certainly needs tweaking, and jettisoning the arbitrary 35 article cap for writers is a good place to start. But it's another thing entirely to sidle up to Big Tech, Republican politicians, and firms like PLF, and to defend our work using the capitalist ethos of "individualism."
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Saturday, March 7, 2020
Nikki Madsen
Unnecessary Restrictions on Abortion Pose Undue Burden to Women's Constitutionality
These regulations—as well as the extremist legislators who impose them—ignore the fact that abortion is safe, and as clinics close, more and more patients are forced to travel outside of their communities for care.
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President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases John Feffer
Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?
The Spanish flu helped herald the collapse of the first wave of modern globalization. A century later, could the coronavirus do the same?
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Chris Matthews of MSNBC waits to go on the air inside the spin room at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino after the Democratic presidential primary debate on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Roger Lancaster
Welcome to the New Legitimation Crisis: Bernie Sanders vs. the Plutocrats
In these dangerous times, we might be pardoned for finding comic relief in the spectacles that are constantly playing out, as our uncomprehending ruling class stages displays of its own rank incompetence, its unfitness to govern. We might be excused for mocking the emperor's new clothes.
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Juan Cole
It Seems That Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince MBS Is Continuing His Purge of Potential Rival Princes
Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, his brother Nawwaf, and Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud are accused of plotting to overthrow King Salman.
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DeRay Mckesson Vera Eidelman
Will the US Supreme Court Protect the Right to Protest?
An officer sued DeRay Mckesson. The lawsuit, which should have been swiftly dismissed, now threatens the First Amendment rights of millions.
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Friday, March 6, 2020
Bernie Sanders, unlike other potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, has a message that resonates with a wide variety of people. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Ralph Nader
Trump vs. Sanders: A Concise Comparison for Voters (and Why Bernie Wins Hands Down)
When there is a conflict between big business and the public good, on labor rights, consumer rights, small taxpayer respect, and environmental protections, Bernie has stood with the people.
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A better solution is to break up transnational corporations and restructure them in ways that assure community accountability. (Photo: Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain) David Korten
Corporations are Human Creations. We Can't Let Them Threaten Our Survival
The concentration of corporate power is driving us toward catastrophe. We need new organizational models that serve the common good.
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Supporters of ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales rally against the coup. (Photo: Shutterstock) Laura Carlsen
The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy
Under its pro-Trump secretary general, a politicized OAS has botched electoral missions across the hemisphere—and even precipitated a coup.
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Fire fighters and municipality workers with protective suits disinfect the streets, buses and taxies as a precaution to the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tehran, Iran on March 06, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Exactly How Many People in Iran Will Die of Coronavirus Because of Trump's Inhumane Sanctions?
If you were an evil comic book villain attempting to kill large numbers of people with a disease outbreak, you could not do a better job in putting people in harm's way than Trump has been doing.
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The OAS repeatedly made statistical claims about Bolivia’s election that were clearly false. (Photo: Alexis Demarco/APG/Getty Images) Joe Emersberger
WaPo Prints Study That Found Paper Backed an Undemocratic Bolivia Coup
When you have election monitors beholden to the US government, and a corporate media willing to cover for them, it is only duly elected officials in poor countries that need fear those kinds of consequences—and much worse.
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The coronavirus doesn’t care how wealthy you are or what political party you are in. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Image) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
It's Medicare or Coronavirus-for-All
A healthy populace with regular access to affordable health care is the best defense against an epidemic like we now face.
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Jesse Jackson
No, President Trump, the Never-ending War in Afghanistan Is Not Ending
Trump is wrong to pretend he’s bringing the troops home from Afghanistan. All he’s agreed to do is bring them back down to the level they were at when he took office.
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Trump’s war chest is stocked by big money super-PACS. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Paul Street
Trump's Real Base Is the Ruling Class
Trump has shown that he understands who his real and most powerful base is—the billionaire class—ever since his election.
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Thursday, March 5, 2020
 As early as tonight—Thursday, March 5—a black man in Alabama, Nathaniel Woods, is scheduled to be executed for three tragic murders that another man has confessed to. (Photo: Alabama Dept. of Corrections) Bill Kitchen
Can Bernie Sanders or Bart Starr Jr.—or Anyone—Save Nate Woods From Execution?
Sanders probably has little, if any, influence with Gov. Ivey. But he does have the ability to bring national attention to an issue just by mentioning it.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren pictured with the author and her husband, Larry Smith. (Photo: Progressive Democrats of America) Donna Smith
She Persists: A Reflection on Elizabeth Warren's Sense of Shared Humanity
Warren has been and ever will be the kind of powerful, American woman I will look up to with wonder and gratitude.
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Even in the midst of the most serious epidemic of recent times, Azar's thoughts at his press conference signify he's comfortable with a system that puts corporate profits over public health. (Photo: CNN/Screenshot) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Trump's Ludicrous Handling of the Coronavirus
What Alex Azar appears to be saying is that a coronavirus vaccine, once it is developed, will be left to the private marketplace rather than to government procurement.
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Voters who waited absurdly long hours in line to cast their ballots, or even would-be voters who were unable to vote. I wonder how Sanders did among these categories? (Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The True Meaning of Super Tuesday
We are not yet the nation we are struggling to become, but the Sanders campaign, however it fares in 2020, is helping to shape that future. It’s doing so one voter at a time, whether or not their vote is counted.
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Hundreds of Oberlin College students protested a recent announcement that the Ohio college is "formally considering" contracting with outside vendors, potentially cutting 108 United Automobile Workers union jobs. (Photo: Mallika Pandey / Oberlin Review) Les Leopold
When Gown Crushes Town: The Corporatization of Oberlin College
Only the strongest actions from Alumni are likely to prevent the carnage that the College is about to unleash on these workers, on the community so dependent upon it, and on itself.
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A child looks on as migrants take shelter inside a abandoned building as they gather in city center waiting to resume their efforts to enter Europe in Edirne, northwestern Turkey on March 5, 2020. The EU has scrambled to respond to the surge of migrants at the Greek border, where authorities say some 24,000 were stopped from entering between February 29 - March 2, 2020. (Photo: OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images) Jonas Ecke
Yet Another Betrayal of Humanitarianism: EU Policies at the Greece-Turkey Border
If fascism now comes wrapped in an American flag, it is accompanied and conjured by historical amnesia in Europe.
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Giuliani’s foreign policy portfolio extends far and wide, though it was in Ukraine—specifically with that country’s many corrupt, Russian-leaning oligarchs—that he rocketed to world attention and helped trigger the president’s impeachment.(Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Bob Dreyfuss
A Giuliani-Trump Foreign Policy?
Rudy’s coup at Foggy Bottom.
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Fundamental health reform would benefit typical American families in all sorts of ways. (Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Josh Bivens
Fundamental Health Reform Like 'Medicare for All' Would Help the Labor Market
Job loss claims are misleading, and substantial boosts to job quality are often overlooked.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a campaign rally at the Charleston Music Hall on February 26, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. South Carolina holds its Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, February 29. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
A Profound and Historic Question for Elizabeth Warren: Which Side Are You On?
How Warren answers that question might determine the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In the process, she will profoundly etch into history the reality of her political character.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
How could Gaza hospitals possibly confront the Coronavirus epidemic when, in some cases, clean water is not even available in Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa? (Photo: UNRWA) Ramzy Baroud
A Terrifying Scenario: Coronavirus in 'Quarantined' Gaza
Imagine living in a place that you couldn't get out off with sickness and threat of death all around you. Maybe now you will understand.
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 Familiarize yourself with the census form and apply to be your city’s local census taker, Young adults, let's ensure the $1.5 trillion at stake helps our communities thrive this decade. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Gissela Moya
Want Everyone Counted in the 2020 Census? Involve Young Adults
Although we still live under heightened political fear, our communities must be counted.
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Trump is not ending wars, but preparing for more war. (Photo: Shutterstock) Khury Petersen-Smith
Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars
Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.
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Charles Brave, president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, speaks during an "I'm a Medicare for All Voter" campaign press conference in Charleston, South Carolina on February 24, 2020. (Photo: Medicare for All — South Carolina/Twitter) Adolph Reed Jr., Willie Legette
South Carolina, Neoliberalism's Stranglehold, and the Mystique of the 'Black Vote'
By reducing all of black Americans' concerns to race or exploiting the idea of a singular "black vote" in the first place, the elite political class continues to undermine our ability to organize the majoritarian social movement we need to combat the ruling-class assault on all working people in...
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Trump also chose to extend tax cuts that favor the wealthy at a further cost of $1.4 trillion over 10 years. (Photo: Shutterstock) Shailly Gupta Barnes, Lindsay Koshgarian
Remember Trump’s Choices: War, Walls, and Wall Street
There are few clearer ways to see an administration’s choices than its budget. Here’s what we found in the president’s.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Reich
If You Understand How Trump Defeated Clinton Four Years Ago, Do You Really Vote for Joe Biden?
As Democratic establishment coalesces around Biden, 2020 primary starting to look a lot Like 2016.
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Those of us who have been with this unprecedented social justice movement with our heart and soul for the last many years expect that Bernie goes to this climactic fight with Biden with nothing left unsaid. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Anis Shivani
After Super Tuesday, Bernie Must Go All Out to Make the Case for Biden's Unelectability
The gloves must immediately come off when it comes to treating Joe Biden.
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After all—god save us—he might even find himself in the White House for a second term. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
The Trump Conundrum
Donald Trump is the fakest (and realest) news of all.
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 If media really cared, they would make some distinctions between the different kinds of money corrupting our elections, and their size and impact—context that’s been lacking in the “they all do it” coverage of the issue. (Photo: The Intercept) Julie Hollar
Do Media Really Care About Money in Politics?
All that soft money doesn’t go to the candidates—most of it goes directly toward ad buys, so it supports the salaries of people like Maddow and Bolduan. They aren’t about to bite the hand that feeds them.
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Biden’s approach will also leave millions without proper health care, which is unacceptable in a civilized society. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Juan Cole
The Real Losers on Super Tuesday: Urgent Climate Action and Medicare for All. The Winner: Plutocracy
On three big issues of major concern to the public, Biden ranges from being fairly good to being wholly inadequate. Sanders is superb on all three.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Members of National Nurses United (NNU), along with a broader coalition of pro-Medicare for All organizations rallied outside of the national headquarters of PhRMA in support of Medicare for All on April 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
Our For-Profit Health Care System is Unjust—Only Medicare For All Can Fix It
When my patients struggle, it's not because they're unfortunate. It's because the system is unjust. We don't have to live like this.
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These are individuals who view a system which makes neighbors of opulence and soul-crushing poverty as wrong, a coalition which gives credence to 'of, by, and for.' (Photo: Nigel Clarke) Nigel Clarke
Mouseland Should Be Governed By Mice, Not Cats
As the population has jumped back and forth between Republican and Democrat, the plight of the ordinary person has remained the same or gotten worse.
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The stakes for ensuring that people have reliable access to broadband are higher than this administration will ever admit. (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc) Jessica J. González
How Trump's Attack on Net Neutrality Created a Legal Mess for the Entire Internet
Now more than ever we need the Senate to pass the Save the Internet Act.
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"Unlike their predecessors on the mat," writes Eidelson, "today's Legion of Doom don't rely on brute strength and frightening visages to subdue opponents. Rather, their seeming stranglehold on our politics comes from the bottomless wealth of the self-serving 1% and from the use of manipulative narratives." (Image: Wrestlefest/Screengrab) Roy Eidelson
Beware the Bipartisan Legion of Doom: Corporate Democrats and Trump's GOP
There is no more daunting and dangerous duo in U.S. politics than the profits-over-people corporate wing of the Democratic Party and the belligerent, bigoted, and brutal Republican Party of Donald Trump.
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We really need to start thinking of a much richer set of economic tools that can solve society’s problems in coming years.  (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Josh Bivens
Economic Policy and the Coronavirus: How to Mitigate Harm and Plan for the Future
A list of considerations for policy makers.
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MSNBC host Chris Matthews opines on the state of the Democratic primary ahead of the Nevada Caucus last month. (Image: screenshot/MSNBC) Jeff Cohen
Did Chris Matthews Reveal That Democratic Establishment's Real Fear Is a Bernie Win?
Notice that the central worry from many in the corporate media is not that Sanders will lose to Trump, but that he will win .
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Greenpeace gave Bloomberg’s campaign climate plan a C+ rating. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Alex Kotch
Candidates Backed by Bloomberg Helped Pollute the Planet
While Bloomberg has been consistent in his efforts to scale down coal operations, he’s been an enthusiastic supporter of natural gas development.
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A Bernie Sanders supporter holds up a sign in support of Sanders' healthcare proposals at a February rally in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016. (Photo: Mark Dixon/flickr/cc) Paul Buchheit
Four Numbers That Scream 'Vote for Bernie!'
The richest 10% are very interested in keeping things just the way they are.
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (L) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) interact during a break at the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Alison Rose Levy
A Final, Super Tuesday Appeal to Warren Voters
Please realize what is happening and don't subvert the passionate democracy of the #NotMeUs generation.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addresses a rally at The Saint Paul River Centre on March 2, 2020 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on the eve of "Super Tuesday" Democratic presidential primaries. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP / Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
On Super Tuesday and Beyond, 10 Reasons to Vote for Bernie Sanders
The choice Democratic voters face is now clear: the corporate centrist establishment (the same one that lost in 2016) versus a surging multiracial coalition of people demanding real change, real justice, real equality, and an end to the status quo power dynamics that are killing and harming so many...
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Monday, March 2, 2020
A Pew Center poll in December 2011 reported that younger people were more favorable  toward socialism than capitalism. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Bruce T. Boccardy
A Moral Flaw in the Process of Capitalist Economics
If we cherish political democracy as a fundamental principle in our country, then we must adhere to a form of economic democracy as well.
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Modi’s assault on Muslims did not end in August. (Photo: Russian President, cc) Christopher Brauchli
Modi's Muslims
We can only fear what this country will become should he reign another four years.
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I’m voting for Bernie because for too long the suffering of so many people in this country has fallen on deaf ears. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Mary Kelly Gardner
On Joining a Teachers’ Union and Supporting Bernie Sanders
Sanders' voice is a rallying cry, reminding us all that collective action works, that we should let down our guard, allow ourselves to hope and band together.
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Shouldn’t the U.S. military be made into a far leaner and more agile force geared to actual defense instead of disastrous wars (and preparations for more of the same) across a significant swath of the planet? (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) Mandy Smithberger
Letting the Pentagon Loose With Your Tax Dollars
Creating a national insecurity state.
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Bernie and his staff have responded to this feedback with continued engagement and a willingness to strengthen their approach to the climate and ecological emergency. This is real leadership. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Margaret Klein Salamon, Ezra Silk
Our Climate Mobilization Journey With Bernie Sanders
It gives us hope that a Bernie Sanders administration, which we are committed to making a reality, will be the world’s first Climate Mobilization Presidency.
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Open, nonviolent revolt against the oligarchic state is our only hope. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget
The culture wars give the oligarchs, both Democrats and Republicans, the cover to continue the pillage.
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Heather Higgins speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.  (Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC)   Lisa Graves
Dark Money Played a Pivotal Role in Trump’s Wisconsin Win
A confidential report claims that secretive groups targeting independent voters helped tip the balance for Trump in 2016.
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We must continue to highlight and criticize, with passion, facts and concrete examples, the bad actors, practices and policies that have brought us to the brink of a global crisis. (Photo: CinCool/flickr/cc) Ronnie Cummins
Six Rules for Organizing a Grassroots Regeneration Revolution
We must think, act and organize locally, while simultaneously cultivating a global vision and global solidarity.
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Waste pickers oppose policies that exclude them from their source of livelihood: recyclable waste. (Photo: Global Alliance of Waste Pickers) Barcelona Research Group on Informal Recyclers
The World’s Waste-Pickers Under Threat
New waste management policies undermine the informal recycling sector in the Global South.
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 "Bernie Sanders presents the clearest alternative to Trump." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
At the Epicenter of Super Tuesday, the Sanders Coalition Is Set to Shake the Political World
Make no mistake about it: The bulk of powerful corporate media and entrenched corporate Democrats will do all they can to prevent the nominee from being Sanders.
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Sunday, March 1, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during the Blue NC Celebration Dinner held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place on February 29, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bloomberg is campaigning before voting starts on Super Tuesday, March 3. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
Here Are 10,000 Words Detailing Why Bloomberg Embodies Everything Wrong With the US Plutocratic Political System
Bloomberg and his political and media allies want to portray him as a non-ideological centrist, a good administrator who will "get it done," and a pragmatic politician who can work with both major parties. Don't believe them.
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Radio personality and CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish came under fire Saturday—along with the network—for "casually" portraying the surging prospects of Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders as comparable to the threat of the infectious coronavirus which continues to spread in the United States and around the world. (Photo: YouTube Screengrab/TRN Show/David Doel) Juan Cole
The Plutocracy Strikes Back: CNN Compares Bernie Sanders to Coronavirus
When I was young, people used to rail against plutocracy, and you always thought they were a bit kooky. But now I don't know what else you would call the United States.
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2020 Democratic hopeful and mega-billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Republican President Donald Trump share a congenial moment in this file photo. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) Peter Bloom
The Real Global Threat to 21st Century Freedom Is Authoritarian Capitalism Not Democratic Socialism
The fascists and plutocrats are not just coming... they are already here.
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Thousands of Minneapolis cleaning workers walked off their jobs and struck their downtown commercial high-rises. Among their key demands was that their employers take action on climate change. Quite possibly the first union sanctioned strike in the U.S. for climate protection demands. (Photo: SEIU Local 26) Jeremy Brecher
Did We Just Witness the First Union-Authorized Climate Strike in the United States?
The union's focus on climate change demands is part of a growing trend toward "bargaining for the common good."
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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Protesters in 2015 rallied outside a Wendy's in Baltimore in support of The Healthy Working Families Act which would require businesses with 10 or more employees to provide up to seven paid sick days a year. (Image: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun) Elise Gould
Lack of Paid Sick Days and Large Numbers of Uninsured in US Increase Risks of Spreading the Coronavirus
Meaningful paid sick leave legislation is incredibly important for low-wage workers and their families and important to reduce the spread of illness. Indeed, lives depend on it.
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg looks on during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Democratic Debate Moderators Frame Questions to Define Acceptable Politics
What we continue to see is the corporate media's ability use of its outsized power to dictate the limits of the conversation—and therefore also limit the ambitions of our politics.
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President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The Trump administration is coming under increased criticism from democrats for not doing enough to prepare America for the Coronavirus. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
American Fuhrer: Delusionary, Dictatorial Donald Trump Is Drunk on Power
The word 'corruption' cannot fully embrace how this insulting megalomaniac is tearing apart our country, our democratic practices, and our moral norms. Who will put a stop to this president's corrupt rampage against the American people?
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Friday, February 28, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders addresses his supporters at a campaign rally at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The South Carolina Democratic primary will be held in three days. (Photo: Paul Hennessy / Echoes WIre/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Bernie Sanders Is the Unity Candidate
Despite the desperate smears from center-right opponents claiming he is "divisive," the reality is that Bernie Sanders’ policies are all about unity: common needs, mutual care, and a shared future.
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Larry Kudlow, the director of Trump's National Economic Council. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
A Message for Trump: Coronavirus Threat Is About Public Health—Not the Stock Market or Your Reelection
The gangerous cynicism of the Trump administration's response to the growing crisis.
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As the legal battle continues over the Trump administration's new "public charge" policy, "we must all fight this cruel regulation and the Trump administration's broader anti-immigrant agenda and see it for what it truly is: a power struggle between those of us who believe we can become an inclusive and equitable society and those who are threatened by our diversity." (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Marielena Hincapié
Trump's New "Public Charge" Is a Radical and Grotesque Attack on Immigrant Communities and US Democracy
While Trump wages this political power grab, the regulation going into effect this week will devastate countless families, deterring immigrants and citizens from seeking critical services—even though their tax dollars support these very programs.
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