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Friday, September 20, 2019
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., attend a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center with House and Senate Democrats on a report which they say shows that prescription drug prices have risen under President Trump on May 10, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Dana Brown
Pelosi Plan Not Good Enough: Lower Drug Prices Now Through a Pharmaceutical Public Option
There has never been more momentum or more public outrage on drug pricing and issues of corporate excess in the pharmaceutical sector. The people deserve—and are demanding—much something much better.
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Participants of a demonstration clap their hands and write the Icelandic "Hu". The demonstrators follow the call of the movement Fridays for Future and want to fight for more climate protection. They want to support the calls for strikes and protests all over the world. (Photo: Patrick Seeger/dpa/Getty Images) Rachel Sarah
To the Adults Who Are Striking Today for the Future, Thank You
Today is the day we must stand up for all generations.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019
How do Democrats envision making the leap from fearfully refusing to sponsor a climate debate to the next President of the United States suddenly being positioned to rally an entire nation to get behind a World War II-scale national climate mobilization? (Photo by mdgovpics/Flickr) Tom Weis
Another Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez: How Are Democrats Going to Contain the Climate Worldfire If They Won’t Even Hold a Climate Debate?
Either the Democratic Party is committed to mobilizing America to "address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II" or it isn't.
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Movements are the great sign of hope. (Photo: YES! illustration by Fran Murphy) Shannan Stoll
Where Bill McKibben Finds Hope Amid the Climate Crisis
The environmental activist says surviving an existential threat like climate change requires honesty—and hope.
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Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing September 18, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Thunberg, who recently sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-carbon emissions sailboat, is in Washington to discuss the climate crisis with lawmakers and will speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Greta Tells Congress to #UniteBehindtheScience
On Friday tens of millions of people around the world will participate in a climate strike, demanding action on the issue and an end to the use of fossil fuels.
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For some species, climate impacts are not as direct but all living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems (Photo: Jenny Lee Silver via Flickr) David Suzuki, Rachel Plotkin
Connecting the Dots Between the Climate and Biodiversity Crises
The polar bear has become the poster child for climate change impacts in the Arctic. Sea ice, which the bears depend on for hunting, is melting at an ever-expanding rate.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Here We Go Again: Neoliberal Centrists Are Anointing One of Their Own—and It Could Cost Us
Running a candidate who will advocate policies that are embraced by the elite are done in the interests of the oligarchy is literally the only path that leads to a Trump victory in 2020.
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As wealth continues to concentrate at the top, the extremely wealthy are using it shut out students who are already hundreds of steps behind on the road to success—all to give the already affluent another boost along the way. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America
Low-income parents risk jail for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the poor out.
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Schools should be community hubs that prepare people for the skills we will need going forward to live through climate change. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images) Jessica Garraway, David Boenke
Teachers Should Join the Student Strikes
Students are striking for a future—educators should join them.
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The wave of climate strikes led by young people has other parts of society joining in and following their lead - trade unions, human rights organisations and others. (Photo: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Jenny Ricks
Led By Our Youth, the Climate Narrative Has Changed
The lack of meaningful and radical action from our governments, the denial of the existence of a climate crisis, the monied interests that drive our overconsumption and reliance on fossil fuels are all trying to prevent radical and effective solutions to the climate emergency—these are the usual...
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Charter schools are a scheme to eliminate the public from public education paid for at public expense. (Photo: The Progressive) Steven Singer
Charter Schools Were Never a Good Idea. They Were a Corporate Plot All Along
The concept always was about privatizing schools to make money.
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Has the upcoming generation taken it upon itself to save the planet? Is a transnational human unity beginning to create itself? (Photo: Sanmonku) Robert C. Koehler
Bad News to a Sick and Miserable-Looking Earth: "I'm Afraid You Have Humans."
Has sanity—and by sanity, I mean hope—finally emerged as a counterforce to the impenetrable status quo of fossil fuel consumption, capitalism and nationalism?
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Ralph Nader
25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections
Everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. It will produce far less anxiety, dread, and fear. Can you hear that, Congress and the White House?
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It is a parody of democracy that allows such irresponsible and corrupt gluttons to make globally important decisions. (Photo: Shutterstock) Tamara Pearson
The Climate Crisis Means the Wrong People Are Running the World
There is no democracy when you can't do anything about the companies polluting your rivers and air. The unbridled power of the big corporations is despotic.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
"No matter how cynical you might be about propagandistic American media, you are not prepared for how much watching this trailer is like snorting 100% pure John Bolton." (Photo: Screenshot) Joe Emersberger
Reuters’ Can’t Find US Critics to Question Amazon’s Anti-Venezuela Propaganda
This technique not only invisibilizes principled US-based dissent from Washington’s aggression, but also associates anti-war and anti-imperial views with governments it has helped Washington vilify. This is not limited to Venezuela.
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Shahid Buttar is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has faced little opposition since being elected in 1987. (Photo: Shahid Buttar for Congress) Michael Sainato
2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
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As tensions mount in the Gulf, the daily news about other dire consequences of our oil addiction continue to be reported apace. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Americans Want Action on Climate; Not War Over Oil With Iran
Rather than being exposed to the volatility of the oil markets and Middle Eastern politics, we could all insulate our selves by ushering in a new era of decentralized renewable energy as part of an international Green New Deal.
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Rev. John Dear
Over 3300 Actions This Week with Campaign Nonviolence
It’s about time for all of us to step to the plate the way Gandhi and Tutu and so many other heroes and peace leaders have before us.
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The only hope for sensible gun regulation is to challenge the corruption represented by the NRA by nonviolent demonstrations and action, enlisting the overwhelming majority of Americans in a movement for change.  (Photo: ©supattra ngorkcharoen/ Jesse Jackson
Can America Break Its Gun Addiction?
Other nations savaged by civil war or outside invasion may suffer greater casualties in a conflict, but we have made violence—and victims of violence—routine.
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While Palestinian-Israelis inside Israel can vote in this election, the some 5 million Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank are kept stateless and have no vote. (Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Palestinian-Israeli Joint List Gains Seats, as Netanyahu’s Demonization Backfires
Netanyahu is always going on about how anyone who opposes his colonization of the Palestinian West Bank is a racist bigot, but there really is no greater racist bigot than he.
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An image grab taken from a video made available by al-Huthi Media Office on September 18, 2019 shows what they say are satellite images of before (R) and after last week's attack on Saudi Aramco's oil fields. Yemen's Iranian-backed Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for last week's oil installation attacks, which took out half the Kingdom's production, although Washington and Riyadh have roundly rejected the claim and blamed Iran instead. (Photo: Al-Huthi Group Media Office / AFP) (Photo credit should read Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
If Congress successfully reclaims its constitutional authority over the US role in this conflict, it could be a critical turning point in ending the state of permanent war that the U.S. has inflicted on itself and the world since 2001.
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A General Motors worker holds a picket sign after United Auto Workers Local 440 workers joined a national labor strike against GM in Bedford, Indiana on 9/16/2019. Sarah Lahm
GM Just Took Away Our Insurance, But It Can't Stop Our Strike
"We are damn mad. They have abused our trust, especially when unions are under attack in our country right now."
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The Supreme Court recently ruled it has no power to intervene when states use partisan gerrymandering to draw these maps, saying it is an issue for state legislatures and state courts. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power
Despite the fact that Republicans continually receive fewer raw votes in national elections, they could regain control of the House through gerrymandering.
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One is that the longstanding refusal of most members of the U.S. political elite (officials, legislators, think-tankers, corporate media, and so on) to even mention the fact of Israel’s own nuclear-weapons capabilities and to take full account of them in public discussions of strategic matters in the Middle East is extremely harmful. (Photo: Avi Ohayun/Israeli govt/cc/flickr) Helena Cobban
The Emperor’s New-Old Nuclear Clothes
Israel wants to keep leaders in Washington distracted and always a little off-balance, so they will end up without the bandwidth and the stamina needed to confront Israel over the continuation of colonial expansion in the lands occupied in 1967.
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Isn't time for parents and adults to "misbehave," walk out of our offices and join our kids in the streets for the crisis of our times? (Photo: Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
Parents, Time to Misbehave and Climate Strike With Your Kids
Our kids get it: While schools and parents wring their hands and debate over issuing "excused absences" for missed classes, they have ignored the fact that the surge of carbon emissions last year increasingly renders a bleak future.
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Fighting for a future: Young protesters at the Global Climate Strike in London on March 15, 2019. (Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr) Reynard Loki
Global Climate Strike: Kids Are Demanding Action, But Will Adults Act?
There’s growing frustration, particularly among the world’s youth, with how adults have so horribly mismanaged the climate crisis.
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One in four Americans with chronic illnesses say they are forced to skip filling prescriptions regularly due to cost. (Photo: Fran Quigley
Removing the Profit From Our Pills: The Case for a Public Pharma System
The American people are ready to extract the profit from our pills, and this new report shows us how to do it.
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If the U.S. cannot defeat the likes of second- and third- and fourth-rate military powers like Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, does it really want to start a war with the strategic ally of the #2 and #3 nuclear powers in the world? (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) Robert Freeman
Conflict With Iran Portends World War III
The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. It is, quite possibly, life-and-death for the planet.
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U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
The Uncertain and Dangerous Interregnum: World Peace and the Post-Cold War Era
On geostrategic dynamics and a vision for Eurasian common security diplomacy
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
President Donald Trump brandishes a graphic during an Oval Office briefing on the status of Hurricane Dorian in Washington, D.C. on September 4, 2019. (Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Harriet Feinberg
Why Trump Can’t Learn: An Educated Guess by a Veteran Teacher
Dyslexia may explain a lot about the twisted behavior of the president.
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The purpose of TFS, like all colonial purposes is economic: to sell the carbon sequestered by indigenous trees. (Photo: Creative Commons) Alberto Saldamando, Jim Walsh
Expanding Carbon Offsets Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis or Protect Tropical Forests
Rather than expanding California’s failing cap-and-trade program to include tropical forest offsets, the state should scrap it altogether and require polluting companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the source.
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IHP Climate Change Program Students volunteer, making art for Climate Strikes.  (Photo: Peter Menchini) David Solnit
Climate Strikes to the Green New Deal: Arts Organizing to Protect the Planet
"We need more than dire warnings about the future. We need artists to create images of the better and more beautiful world we want to build."
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When citizens blind themselves to a news organization’s corporate entanglements, and trust the outlet to be truthful anyway, it is, to put it mildly, extraordinarily naïve. (Photo: CBInsights) Alison Rose Levy
The Incredible Belief That Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content
Given that "90% of the United States' media is controlled by five media conglomerates," the top executive at many news outfits is likely the CEO of a multinational corporation.
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 Here's what we know from modern U.S. history, writes Lofgren: "The elites failed at every level." (Photo: David Eulitt/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Are We the People Unfit for Democracy?
Maybe we are wired for authoritarianism—but the present crisis has another cause.
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On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century Is a Ploy and Annexation Is the New Reality
Israeli leaders are facing little or no hindrance whatsoever as they finalize their complete colonization of all Palestinian land.
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 Even though the having the infamous Watchlist declared unconstitutional can be seen as a significant win for the Muslim American community, the remedy requested by the Plaintiffs is narrow and is unlikely to affect the many other policies that target Muslims. (Photo: Getty) Maha Hilal
Admitting the Terrorism Watchlist Was Unconstitutional is Important, But Not Nearly Enough
We must acknowledge the totality of the U.S.' collateral damage, from those subject to extra scrutiny at airports to those being bombed in their home countries for nothing more than adhering to Islam.
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In this photo taken on May 1, 2019 shows environmental campaigners holding a protest against the development of the India-backed Adani coal mine at the entrance of Abbot Point port near the Queensland state town of Bowen, where the commodity will be shipped. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Jensen
The Danger of Inspiration: A Review of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
Naomi Klein's new book is essential reading, but does it go far enough in confronting the grim realities we truly face?
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From Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro to the CEOs of all those fossil-fuel companies, we’re still left with the pyromaniacs largely in charge. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
On the Precipice: The Collective Asteroid of Human History
Blind to our future fate and that of our children and grandchildren, humanity has been installing in power leaders who are the literal raw material for ensuring that the collective asteroid of human history will indeed be delivered.
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A much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes. (Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn't Felicity Huffman's $15,000
While bribing your child’s way into an elite college is pretty bad, it pales in comparison with the millions of dollars in bribes paid every hour in America at the federal and state level so billionaires and big corporations can get the laws they want.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been at war against Yemen since 2015. It is a ghastly war, a reckless war, one for which there is no end in sight. Trump wants advice on how to deal with Iran from the architect of that war—Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) Vijay Prashad
Only the Coalition of the Foolish Wants a War With Iran
If you want to identify the most reckless powers in our world today, look no further than Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.
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Then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios December 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The 'Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War
The current Democratic frontrunner did everything he could to enable the Iraq war, and—still—takes no responsibility for doing so.
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Monday, September 16, 2019
Our vision for a Homes Guarantee is simple: in the wealthiest country in world’s history, we can and we must guarantee that everyone has a home. (Photo: Caelie_Frampton/flickr/cc) Linda Armitage
We Need a Homes Guarantee. Now
A grassroots-led effort aims to ensure every person in the United States has safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing.
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 Liberal voices were largely silent as Israel built new settlements, roads, and infrastructure, seizing Palestinian land and violating their fundamental rights. (Photo: The West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev is pictured in late December, 2016) James Zogby
An Israeli Election That Will Decide Nothing
Both Netanyahu and Blue and White know that they can claim sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, continue to strangle Gaza, expand settlements in the West Bank and "Greater Jerusalem" and nothing will happen.
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The loosely defined proposal for a Green New Deal hits the panic button, American-style, but it does not exactly lay a cornerstone. Which is to say that it avoids prickly issues of land use – generally reserved for states and localities that regularly do battle with sacrosanct private property rights. (Photo: Dave Clark) Catherine Tumber
Land Without Bread: The Green New Deal Forsakes America's Countryside
Missing altogether from the Green New Deal is the language for protecting rural land, the very land that supports the "healthy communities" the Green New Deal aims to cultivate.
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In 2018 a record number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ representatives were elected to Congress, including the first Muslim women. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Reasons for Optimism
Whenever privilege and power conspire to pull us backward, we eventually rally and move forward.
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The Swedish teen Greta Thunberg has become an inspiration to millions of people for a multitude of reasons. (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) Rachel Plotkin
Why Greta Thunberg Inspires Me
I appreciate her reliance on scientific evidence, her unique and direct form of communicating and simplifying complex issues and the way she models a low-carbon lifestyle.
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The F-35 isn't simply a product of the naked greed and power of the military-industrial-congressional complex. In a strange way, it also reflects the ongoing love affair Americans have had with weaponry of every sort. It's about, you might say, the 1.5 trillion ways we worship warplanes and everything they mean to us. (Photo: Forsvarsdepartementet/flickr/cc) William Astore
The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter: A Wasteful Weapon for America's Forever Wars
Lockheed Martin remains top gun in the Pentagon's cockpit.
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When an [intelligence service] uses dirty tricks, provides billions of dollars in weapons to renegade militias and Islamic radicals, overthrows governments and assassinates leaders, leaving in its wake mayhem and disasters it did not foresee, it has failed. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Our Invisible Government
The most powerful and important organs in the invisible government are the nation’s bloated and unaccountable intelligence agencies.
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The Houthis have the most motive of any of these actors, since the Saudis have dropped thousands of bombs on them for nearly four and a half years. (Photo: Saudi Aramco plant in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia/Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters/Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump Awaits Orders From Saudis; and Why the Houthis Could Have Done It
We all kept saying it is dangerous to have an erratic person like Trump in the White House in case there was a major global crisis. This might be it, folks.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Spin Room after the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal
It is instructive when you realize what news outlets are doing when they only give you the "partial score."
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Sunday, September 15, 2019
Demonstrators are seen chanting slogans during the global climate strike in March 2019. In September 2019, thousands of people from all over the world plan to rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the climate strike movement, which teenaged advocate Greta Thunberg began last year. Peter Kalmus
How to Live With the Climate Crisis Without Becoming a Nihilist
'Today, despite all the grim climate news, I actually feel more optimistic than ever.'
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Israelis walk by a Likud Party billboard shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US President Donald Trump on August 5, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel to return to polls on September 17 after Netanyahu fails to form goverment. Ariel Gold
Israel: Two Elections, One Apartheid State
Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel’s last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu’s Likud...
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Non-Oligarchs David Koch and Charles G Koch Alan MacLeod
Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’
In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires
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John Lansing, now CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), talked about the operations of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees United States government-supported, civilian international news media such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Marti, and Alhurra. He explained how he planned to reshape U.S. media operations to better fit the current media environment, including how to address propaganda by countries such as Russia and China and stateless actors suc Laura Flanders
From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing's Glass House
I don’t know about you, but I take a teeny weeny bit of offense when a guy in a glass house lobs a great big stone and expects me not to notice the sound of shattering. Which brings me to National...
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Another World is Possible Robert Freeman
Teaching Democrats to Talk About Socialism
It doesn’t matter who the Democratic nominee for president is next year, they will be attacked for being “socialist.” It will be relentless and merciless. The problem is that none of the current...
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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Greta Thunberg joins activists outside the United Nations during a protest on September 6, 2019 in New York. Naomi Klein
Maxime Bernier Attacked Greta Thunberg’s Autism. Naomi Klein Says Autism Made the Teen a Global Voice of Conscience
Maxime Bernier wants us to think he is sorry. The leader of the extremist People’s Party of Canada had tweeted that Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is “clearly mentally unstable. Not only...
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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) talks to journalists with fellow Republicans (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  at the U.S. Capitol March 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. Kathleen Romig, Kathleen Bryant
Cutting Social Security to Offset Paid Parental Leave Would Weaken Retirement Security
Two recently introduced bills allowing workers to trade part of their future Social Security retirement benefits for parental leave benefits after the birth or adoption of a child would undercut...
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The list of problems getting buried by money is nearly endless.  Gun control; health care; a living wage; the high cost of education; endless war; each is rooted in the power of the oligarch’s coup, and each is a function of money in politics. John Atcheson
The Plutocratic War on People: Centrists and Conservatives are Ignoring the Giant Elephant in Our National Living Room
The best analogy I can think of to characterize what passes for political “debate” in America these days, is a bunch of people stuck in a rubber life raft with a big leak hissing away, drifting in...
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Let’s reconsider the idea of mandatory public service: citizens serving others in need. Volker Franke
Me First and the Loss of Compassion
America stands at a crossroads today. Terrorism and nuclear proliferation, immigration, climate change or the growing gap between rich and poor reveal policy priorities that increasingly segregate...
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From A Russian: Our Planet is So Small that We Must Live in Peace
Traveling to Yakutsk in Far East Russia
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Democratic Debate's Top Ten in Texas
Candidates debate guns—and much more—in an open carry state.
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Friday, September 13, 2019
Julie Hollar, Jim Naureckas
ABC Democratic Debate Lowlights
Judging the candidates is one thing, but the quality of the questions was hardly inspiring.
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Afghan children look on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on December 19, 2009. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
#NeverForget the War in Afghanistan
Let's remember: the only reason U.S. troops are dying in Afghanistan is because they are deployed to Afghanistan
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For over 130 straight weeks, activists in North Carolina have protested the policies of Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who faces re-election next year in one of the three Senate races in Southern states where Democrats stand the best chance of winning. (Photo: Tuesdays With Tillis/Facebook) Rebekah Barber
How the South Could Help Flip the US Senate
Flipping any of these seats will not come easy for Democrats, but real organizing and political investment is the only way
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People take part in the demonstration 'Fridays for Future' in Piazza del Popolo, on April 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Simona Granati-Corbis/Getty Images) Austyn Gaffney
They Can’t Vote Yet, But Youths Are Ready to #ClimateStrike
We’re hurtling toward collapse. Thank goodness your kids are paying attention.
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Ralph Nader
Avalanche-Level Liar Trump Learned Art of Deception From the Pros: US Corporations
Before there was Trump there was a corporate stranglehold on false claims and campaigns that had a singular purpose to mislead
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Sam Husseini
Biden Takes Iraq Lies to the Max at Democratic Debate
When so much was on the line, what the former vice president did when he was in the U.S. Senate was to help ensure war happened while trying to wash his hands of responsibility for it
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Juan Cole
Looks Like Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cell Phones and Trump Was Fine With It
If you were in FBI counterintelligence and you found Israeli StingRays all over downtown DC and you told the president about it and he blew you off, you’d really have no further option but to go to the press.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
It is a false logic that turns workers into idlers, imagines welfare abusers when in fact immigrants sustain the care economy with their labor and their taxes, and sees the victims of neocolonial trade policies as invading criminals.  (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Sarah E. Parker, Jorge Majfud
The Latin American Migration Crisis Was Born Out of Greed and Myths About Race
In Unwanted People , historian Aviva Chomsky’s essays explore the roots of this violent history.
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Although broadcast TV news generally does a subpar job of covering climate change, ABC has fared considerably worse than its counterparts, airing less climate coverage than CBS and NBC every year since 2013, according to a Media Matters study. (Photo: Ceci Freed / Media Matters) Evlondo Cooper, Ted MacDonald
ABC's History of Poor Climate Coverage Doesn't Bode Well for the Next Presidential Primary Debate
Good news: There are a few easy ways the moderators can make the climate crisis a substantive and informative part of the debate.
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It’s time to talk about democracy. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) David Daley, Adam Eichen
It’s Time to Talk About Our Broken Democracy. Will Tonight's Democratic Debate Moderators Step Up?
We need a candidate to push for protecting democracy as fiercely as Jay Inslee did for addressing climate change.
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Art at Friendship Park on the Tijuana-San Diego border. (Photo: Judy Rohrer) Judy Rohrer
"The Stakes for Asylum Seekers Could Not Be Higher"
Wednesday's ruling by the Supreme Court underscores the need for stories about the experiences of real people at the border.
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If he can be made to look hesitant, frail, and confused, that is likely to spark some fear in Biden supporters that he simply wouldn't be able to handle a gruelling campaign and presidency. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) Ryan Cooper
Can Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Dent Biden's Electability Edge?
Somebody better lay a glove on him, and soon.
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Those who are without power—the poor, the indigenous, the uprooted—are at the mercy of heartless authority, no matter that the authority has global limits. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Altruists of the World Unite!
We have managed to divide the planet into a bunch of nation-states that, with a very few exceptions, maintain standing armies to protect themselves from other nation-states and view national sovereignty as their highest, and perhaps only, political value.
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Not only do corporate media credulously assume that the US has always been interested in peace, conveniently forgetting that the US rejected offers from the Taliban to hand Osama bin Laden over and surrender soon after the invasion. (Photo: US Marine Corps/Sgt. Mark Fayloga) Joshua Cho
On 18th Anniversary of 9/11, Media Worry About ‘Premature’ End to Afghan War
The Afghans are one of the least happy populations ever recorded. Yet corporate media’s propagandistic coverage discourages the US from doing the one thing that might help change that: get out.
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The rest of the mainstream media, which can often be lazy, has adopted this framing of abolishing private insurance or not as the biggest issue when it comes to healthcare. It only scares voters for no reason, and helps Trump’s reelection chances. (Photo: Screenshot) Miles Mogulescu
Can Debate Moderators Stop Parroting GOP Talking Points?
Let’s hope that tonight’s moderators from ABC and Univision for the third debate—this means you, George Stephanopoulos, Jorge Ramos, Linsey Davis, and David Muir—will ask more more honest questions which clarify the issues, instead of ginning up false controversy.
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We're in a climate emergency and we must resist. (Photo: Greenpeace) Piper
Why I'm Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S.
"I don't want to see every single corner of this country be exploited for fossil fuels while communities are being torn apart by oil spills, chemical fires, and more extreme floods, fires, droughts, and storms."
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 Under the prodding of Mike Pompeo, the White House increasingly views the Arctic as a key arena for future great-power competition, with the ultimate prize being an extraordinary trove of valuable resources, including oil, natural gas, uranium, zinc, iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Michael Klare
The Pompeo Doctrine: A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic
How to seize the Arctic’s resources, now accessible due to climate change (just don’t mention those words!)
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A climate activist holds a sign reading 'Youth strike 4 climate' in front of a banner reading 'Climate justice' during a Fridays For Future strike for climate protection that is part of 'SMILE for Future' event. More than 450 young climate activists from different European countries gathered to attend the summit 'SMILE for Future', that stands for Summer Meeting in Lausanne Europe. The aim of the summit is to reinforce the links between the participants of the European Youth Climate Strike movement and to d Rosa Pavanelli
Unions: We Must Back the Climate Strike!
Now is the time to show the next generation that unions are the force for progressive change in the 21st Century.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Zachary Norris is executive director at Ella Baker Center and co-founder of Restore Oakland. (Photo: Brooke Anderson) Deonna Anderson
What to Build Instead of Prisons
In Oakland, social justice groups are fighting the prison industrial complex through renovated space dedicated to restorative justice and community building.
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There are stockpiles of research finding that incarceration has dramatically increased without yielding large crime-reduction benefits for the country — and has in fact harmed communities and torn apart families. Not only that, but in states where prison rates have fallen, the crime rates have fallen as well. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty) Lauren-Brooke Eisen
The 1994 Crime Bill and Beyond: How Federal Funding Shapes the Criminal Justice System
The 1994 crime bill has a complicated legacy, dominated by funding incentives blamed for driving mass incarceration. A quarter century later, there are numerous proposals to undo the damage.
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Construction workers employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1942. (Photo: Shutterstock) Tim Butterworth
'Socialism' Made America Great
The GOP hopes the S-word will scare you, but great public works projects transformed this country for the better.
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Habib (standing, left) serves fruit at a meeting for parents at a “Street Kids School” meeting. Six years ago, Afghan Peace Volunteers members befriended Habib after his father had been killed when a bomb exploded in Kabul. His colleague Masoma is in the background. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Kathy Kelly
A Morning in Afghanistan
Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism, and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.
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It’s tempting to look for easy ways to fix big problems by trimming around the edges to avoid making the real changes you don’t want to make. Tempting, but not feasible. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
It’s Not About Your Straws or Your Light Bulbs
Polluting industries want you to think the climate crisis is your fault, not theirs.
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 One should avoid wrecking key ecosystems, but if the energy payoff is sufficiently high, it still might be worth doing, because if climate change is not stopped the ecosystem will be wrecked anyway. (Photo: Illustrated | Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Screenshot/The New Yorker) Ryan Cooper
What It Will Take to Actually Fight Climate Change
The technology is very largely there. All that is missing is the energy, commitment, and international coordination.
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The National Security Council had been the principal forum for consideration of key policies for 72 years. Bolton destroyed it in 17 months. (Christopher Halloran via Shutterstock) Joseph Cirincione
The Catastrophic Tenure of John Bolton
Trump created the storm, but Bolton aimed it expertly. An aerial view of the White House post-Bolton would reveal a devastated landscape.
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On the battleground of public relations, Business Roundtable (the chief lobbing front for America's biggest corporations) has declared its solidarity with all of us who seek economic fairness and equal opportunity. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Why Would We Trust Plutocrats to Save Us From Plutocracy?
They're still going to plunder your unions, paychecks, jobs, health, environment and overall well-being. The only difference is that they now want you to think they feel bad about it.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Trump and his cronies have shown present and future politicians how much corruption the Republican Party and the public will tolerate, and it’s a very bad sign for the future of the American experiment. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
To Save the Republic, Some of Trump’s Allies and Appointees Will Have to Face Federal Prosecution
The biggest danger Trump poses to America is normalizing corruption for future administrations.
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Warming of 3 or more degrees C would—literally—create a world that is alien to human experience. (Photo: Screenshot/Tumblr) John Atcheson
What Corporate Media and the Neoliberal Establishment Can't Admit About the Climate Emergency
The crisis is already upon us, but the media refuses to cover it as the clear and present danger it is now, and the virtual apocalypse it will soon be without immediate, urgent, global action.
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As we face endless wars and the climate emergency with dwindling resources available to humanity, and while famines and lack of water become paramount as facts of life in ways we are not prepared for, those of us who hold to an ideal of a common humanity will have to confront these greatest of challenges. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Mary Hladky, Thea Paneth
"We Must Learn to Live Together as Brothers or Perish as Fools"
By uniting as a common humanity, we can ultimately address the enormous challenges facing us.
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The loss of forest cover in the Amazon would affect not only the world’s climate, but also the local climate in Brazil and neighboring countries, leading to less rainfall, and adversely affecting its agriculture. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Prabir Purkayastha
White Nationalism and Crony Capitalism Are the Sparks That Started Fires in the Amazon
The right only denies global warming because its climate ‘science’ has surrendered to capitalists.
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The political response remains positively inept, with a climate denier in the White House, an Amazon-destroyer in Brazil, and an EU besotted by the Brexit shambles. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Andy Rowell
Climate Deniers' Response to Climate Crisis: "There Is No Climate Emergency"
Meanwhile there is daily evidence that our climate is spiralling out of control, with unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic, the Amazon, and Africa.
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Amazon Watch, a California-based organization that works in concert with indigenous and environmental groups, issued a report earlier this year documenting the dozens of companies that stand to make money as Bolsonaro strips regulations in Brazil. (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace) Negin Owliaei, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson
Activists Follow the Money Fueling Amazon Fires
Protesters around the world are singling out the bad actors profiting off deforestation.
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Populists Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden, not because they perform better on their feet but because they have the more compelling story of what ails America. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Robert Kuttner
There’s a Reason Populists Like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are Gaining on Joe Biden
The problem with a centrist politics of returning America to "normal," as Biden commends, is that normal meant a four-decades slide in the living standards for most Americans. That brand of normal brought us Donald Trump.
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While it is easy to create enemies, it is much harder to understand the “other", a necessary approach if we wish to eliminate conflict and honor the desire for peace and security of all people in the world. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) César Chelala
9/11: A Day that Changed the World
One of the lessons to be drawn from that tragedy is that violence begets violence and intolerance breeds intolerance.
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An American soldier on patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan. When the U.S. leaves Afghanistan our position will be: We’re outta here; you guys sort this out. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images ) Andrew Bacevich
Trump’s Afghanistan 'Peace' Will Be Vietnam All Over Again: A Mess America Leaves Behind
Leaving a misguided war, American-style
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Monday, September 9, 2019
Joshua Cho
Biden Invokes Dead Family Members Against Medicare for All and Corporate Media Plays Along
Many outlets uncritically transmitted the ad's message as if it were merely a campaign strategy, instead of explaining what Biden, Sanders and Warren's proposals actually are, and clarifying for voters whether Biden's charges against his primary opponents are accurate.
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We need leaders who will support the crucial scientific work of federal agencies and have the moral courage to resist attempts to politicize scientific communication. NOAA leadership just abdicated this responsibility. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Gretchen Goldman
NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement
The National Weather Service has worked hard to build its reputation locally and nationally. The administration and NOAA leadership tore that down in one shameful memo.
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Boris Johnson is not an ideologue. He is a man who cares, ultimately, about his own reckless pursuit of power. (Photo: Michael Kappeler/Picture Alliance via Getty Images) Liam Kennedy
Boris Johnson,Voice of the People? Give Me a Break.
As the UK moves towards a People vs. Parliament election, the elitist defender of the big banks will need quite a transformation.
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Gender equity policy is also smart health policy. (Photo: Marc Nozell/Flickr/cc) Patricia Homan
New Abortion Laws Contribute to Sexist Environments That Harm Everyone’s Health
The key implication of my research on structural sexism is that gender inequality in the U.S. is not only a human rights issue, but also a public health problem.
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