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Monday, July 29, 2019
Demonstrator holds a sign that reads, “No one is illegal on stolen land” at a protest near the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images) Guillermo Torres
Indigenous People Demand an End to Detention on Stolen Lands
"As the original caretakers of these lands and territories, we have inherent authority over migration and demand an end to these barbaric acts."
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A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas. (Photo: NNSA/flickr/cc) Lawrence Wittner
Dear Moderators of the Presidential Debates: How About Raising the Issue of How to Avert Nuclear War?
Don’t you―as stand-ins for the American people―think it might be worthwhile to ask the candidates some questions about how best to avert a global catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude?
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Remaining at the present level would imply a continued carnage at the “commodity extraction frontier” until so little is left that eternal warfare and collapse are inevitable. (Remko de Waal/Getty-AFP) Joan Martinez Alier , Nick Meynen
Never-Ending Growth?
The fatal flaw in the plan to end poverty and save the planet.
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Poorer seniors are likely to have been poor, or among the working poor, most of their lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Katherine Newman
Retirement Shouldn’t Mean Poverty
Social security helps, but growing inequality means millions of elders are just barely making it.
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Kolkata, India: Temperatures soar past 40˚C during a June 2019 heatwave. (Photo: Piyal Adhikary / EPA) Tom Matthews
Heatwave: Think It’s Hot in Europe? The Human Body Is Already Close to Thermal Limits Elsewhere
Spare a thought for less fortunate communities who are routinely experiencing extraordinary temperatures.
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Miles Mogulescu
Nadler to the Rescue?
While Nadler and his Judiciary Committee colleagues may have saved Democrats from having nothing to say to their constituents about impeachment during the recess, the question remains whether they're being too clever by half
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Danny Sjursen
How America's Wars End (Messily)
And the Afghan war will be no exception
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Sunday, July 28, 2019
Hundreds of millions of animals trapped in horrendous conditions inside the secretive world of factory farming. Linda McQuaig
Animals Protected from Sexual Abuse, But Not Factory Farm Abuse
In a real head-scratcher, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in June 2016 that sexual contact with an animal was legal, as long as there was no penetration. Whatever uncertainty that created for...
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Trump is a puppet master, his tweets, rants, and outright insanity are the strings and Democrats and the mainstream media are his puppets, as day-after day, the headlines and political debate are dominated by his latest theater of the absurd. John Atcheson
Trump is Sucking the Air Out of the Political Debate - And Democrats and the Media Are Enabling Him
Another Monday, another day devoted to Trump’s insane tweets, racist rants, and faux outrage . Just as he wants it. Trump is a puppet master, his tweets, rants, and outright insanity are the strings...
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Fascists like military might and power, especially its display. The July 4 parade in Washington this year was a Fascist happening. Arthur Haberman
The American Version of Fascism is Alive and Prospering
The United States, as a whole, is not a fascist country. There are many places in states and localities where democracy thrives. The federal Republican Party, however, has become a fascist...
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US President Donald Trump meets with US Vice President Mike Pence(R) and US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24, 2019, before signing 'hard-hitting sanctions' on Iran's supreme leader. Christopher Teel
America Gone Rogue
If America goes to war in Iran, it will be because we are a rogue state, not because they are. Iran’s government is a vicious theocracy which supports bloodthirsty regimes, but the current crisis...
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FREEPORT, ME - A sign explaining the transformation of the newly renamed Wolfes Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment. The farm is now heavily focused on Regenerative Agriculture. Ronnie Cummins
The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change
The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers. This great...
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Boris Johnson (L) and US President Donald Trump greet before a meeting on United Nations Reform at UN headquarters in New York on September 18, 2017. Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy
There is an obvious answer to the question of how the world's two oldest and most venerable democracies installed disordered minds in power and enabled them to pursue unpopular policies. But there is also a deeper explanation.
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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, aka Boris Johnson, is now the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. (cc/DonkeyHotey) Eric Margolis
New Captain for a Sinking Britain
Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is being called by many ‘the British Trump.’ It’s an easy comparison, given their quirky, confrontational styles, prominent blond hair, tribal politics...
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Saturday, July 27, 2019
MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math Katie Halper
MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math
When MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah ( 7/21/19 ) said that Bernie Sanders “made [her] skin crawl,” though she “can’t even identify for you what exactly it is,” she was just expressing more overtly the...
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Friday, July 26, 2019
The classrooms of universities and multiversities, are concentrated arenas of learning that offer special opportunities to raise students and intellectuals to speak up for the poor, for Mother Earth and her children. (Photo: Nnimmo Bassey) Nnimmo Bassey
We Must Wake the World From Slumber to Tackle the Existential Crises of Our Days
The classroom of life has no graduation.
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Congress has no ability to check the executive branch in any meaningful way. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Danielle Allen
We Are in Our Articles of Confederation Moment
Our national legislature no longer functions.
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"Warren’s foreign policy positions have shifted a fair amount in recent years, particularly during the past few months." (Photo: Marc Nozell/flickr/cc) Reese Erlich
Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace
Warren’s troubling foreign policy history includes uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving.
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Geopolitical Crimes are ongoing and others are being initiated to reflect current realities. (Photo: CommonDreams) Richard Falk
Geopolitical Crimes: A Revolutionary Proposal
We can no longer afford the occurrence of deliberate choices by representatives of leading governments that pose grave harm to the human interest in achieving humane societies and a sustainable future for the species
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Congress either needs to exercise its oversight prerogative, or voters need to elect a different president in 2020, so that the criminal justice system can be brought to bear on private-citizen Trump. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images) Kim Wehle
The Question Isn't Whether Trump Obstructed Justice, But Whether Congress Even Cares
What’s at stake is not Trump the man, but the very nature of the institution of the U.S. presidency.
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New York Times depiction (7/24/19) of Bernie Sanders at a student debt rally with indebted former student Pamela Hunt. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Jim Naureckas
The NYT’s Six Percent Solution for Student Debt
Why are Democratic candidates going on about student loan debt? Why, the problem is practically solved already! That’s the message of a piece in The Upshot ( 7/24/19 )—the New York Times ‘ project...
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Republicans have quite plainly looked at our current state of electoral dysfunction and concluded that it’s working pretty darn well for them. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Paul Waldman
Mitch McConnell Is Right. Secure, Open Elections Would Elect More Democrats.
Legislation to secure our elections is partisan. And the fact that it’s partisan shows just how pathological the Republican Party has become in its determination to hold on to power.
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Johnson will jeopardize our children’s future, because he is a climate denier. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Meet Boris, the UK’s Climate-Denying New Prime Minister & "Donald Trump of Britain"
No wonder the Republicans are excited, as Boris Johnson is one of their own. He is cut from the same cloth.
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So far, that wager has netted Americans nothing. No money. No deal. No bridges, roads or leadless water pipes. And there’s nothing on the horizon since Trump stormed out of the most recent meeting. (Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon/Getty Images) Tom Conway
Trump Promised Massive Infrastructure Projects—Instead We’ve Gotten Nothing
That contract Trump signed with American voters to produce an infrastructure plan in the first 100 days: worthless. It never happened.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Puerto Ricans Demonstrate How to Oust a Corrupt Leader
What's happened in Puerto Rico provides important lessons for all Americans fed up with our deeply corrupt, racist, misogynist and hateful commander in chief
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The Framers anticipated the possibility of a Donald Trump. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Why Impeach Trump? It's the Right Thing to Do
The Constitution mandates that the House undertake an impeachment inquiry and present evidence to the Senate
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
God only knows what Trump might try under those conditions, but one thing is for sure: Nancy Pelosi is not going to do anything to stop him. (Photo: Illustrated | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images, Strawberry Blossom/iStock) Ryan Cooper
Hey, Democrats: Robert Mueller Still Isn't Going to Do Your Job For You
Instead of using the Mueller report to build a general case against Trump, and satisfy their base's demand to at least try to provide a check on his accelerating abuses, they hauled Mueller before the House to summarize his own report back to them like it's kindergarten story hour
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Robert Mueller is sworn in before testifying to the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Mueller at the Congressional Ramparts
Trying to protect us from the rude tyranny at 1600 Pennsylvania.
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Reprensetative John B. Larson (D-Conn.), accompanied by members of the House Ways & Means Committee and Social Security advocates, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill to announce the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Nancy J. Altman
Today's Congressional Hearing Is A Huge Milestone In The Fight To Expand Social Security
Social Security is unquestionably the most important source of retirement annuities, life insurance, and disability insurance for the nation’s working families, even for those fortunate to have other assets
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The sense that the end of next year is the last chance saloon for climate change is becoming clearer all the time. (Photo: Clint Spencer) Matt McGrath
12 Years to Save the Planet? Make That 18 Months
"The climate math is brutally clear: While the world can't be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence until 2020."
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Construction at the North Hollywood West Treatment facility, which will be the first of four new LADWP plants to treat contaminated groundwater in the San Fernando Valley. (Photo: Tara Lohan) Tara Lohan
A Climate-resilient Los Angeles Must First Address Its Polluted Past
To meet ambitious climate goals, L.A. needs more local water. A critical step is battling the ghosts of industry past—polluted groundwater that dates back to World War II.
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In whose world are filth, disease, and persistent emotional cruelty acceptable? (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Karen Greenberg
No Fairy Tale: The Trump Administration’s Declaration of Inhuman Rights
What the child detentions at the border really tell us.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo: Nottheviewsofmyemployer/Flickr/creative commons) John Feffer
Boris Johnson and the New Battle of Britain
As hard Brexiteer Boris Johnson takes over, Labour is finally coming down on the side of Remain. Will it be too late?
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Protesters outside JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's New York City home. (Photo: Make the Road New York) James Goodman
American Gulags
Communities across the country push back on immigration prisons
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The Federal Trade Commission announced a $5 billion settlement with Facebook, which represents about a month of revenue for the company. (Photo:  Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo) David Dayen
Trump’s Antitrust Cops Fail to Police Big Business—Again
The day after one regulator announces an investigation into Big Tech, another gives Facebook a wet kiss. It’s all part of a pattern.
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 ICE has an annual budget of around $7.5 billion, which is spent in absolute denial of our interconnectedness. It “protects” the country by defining emigrants as aliens and denying them virtually all basic rights. (Photo: Ilias Bartolini/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Strongest People on the Planet
A refugee's plight: A mother and daughter's two year journey to the United States
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Mueller explicitly denied yesterday that he had exonerated Trump. So that’s a Trump lie. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP) Juan Cole
Mueller's Testimony Exposes Trump for What He Really Is
The Trump campaign team actively welcomed Russian interference in the election
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Instead of reducing the numbers of children who can get free meals, Sanders wants to increase the numbers to include everyone. (Photo: USDA/cc/flickr) Steven Singer
America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty
Will America continue to prioritize late-stage capitalism over ethical treatment of children?
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Reuters photo (7/19/19) of a Trump supporter supporting Trump. Julie Hollar
Media Can’t Quit 'Trump Supporters Support Trump' Stories
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the point of these person-in-the-street interviews was to give Trump supporters a platform, rather than to take a real look at what "Michigan voters" think
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Scientist and inventor James Lovelock, 94, sits with one of his early inventions, a homemade Gas Chromatography device, used for measuring gas and molecules present in the atmosphere, during a photocall for the Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick exhibition at the Science Museum, south west London. (Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Images via Getty Images) Gwynne Dyer
James Lovelock at 100
James Lovelock has changed our contemporary perspectives on life on this planet as much as Charles Darwin did for the 19th century
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Puerto Rico seems doomed to remain a US colony. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Dave Lindorff
Hong Kong and Puerto Rico: Two Colonies Doomed to Second-Class Status by Remote Central Government Control
We can expect more unrest in both places as time goes by, as the citizens of both Hong Kong and Puerto Rico endure the continued humiliation of colonial or quasi-colonial status under the thumb of remote central governments a thousand miles away
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Historically, the early settlers who preceded the establishment of Israel in 1948 were idealized as true Zionists, celebrated as “cultural heroes” - the Jewish redeemers, who eventually ethnically cleansed historic Palestine from its native inhabitants. (Photo: Getty) Ramzy Baroud
Killing Tariq: Why We Must Rethink the Roots of Jewish Settlers Violence
This violence will only stop with the end of racist ideology that rationalizes murder
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The GOP's go-to deflection of racism—"We're the party of Lincoln"—doesn't hold up so well. (Photo: elycefeliz / Flickr / creative commons) Tracey L. Rogers
Can the Party of Lincoln Be Racist? Absolutely
The Great Emancipator was also an open white supremacist who wanted to send freed black people “back to Africa.”
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CBC depiction (6/29/19) of Juan Guaído. Lucas Koerner, Ricardo Vaz
Western Media Losing Enthusiasm for Failing Coup in Venezuela
Disappointed by Guaído’s fading star, Western reporters have labored to mint new pro-Washington heroes worthy of their regime change fantasies
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Given the destructiveness of runaway climate change and rising inequality, we cannot afford to wait until the current international trade system is reformed before acting. (Photo: Shooting Chris / Flickr) Ethan Earle, Manuel Pérez Rocha
What Kind of Trade Policy Should Progressives Support?
NAFTA 2.0 simply locks in existing drives toward ecological collapse and social inequality. A better deal would put people—and nature—first
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We’ve delivered our message, but will he act? (Photo: Twitter/Greenpeace) Flo Stuart-Leach
Why We Just Blocked Boris Johnson on His Way to See the Queen
It will be Boris Johnson’s job to help tackle the climate emergency that’s dangerously heating our planet and threatening the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world
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Facebook is set to launch a global cryptocurrency named Libra, which is expected to come online in the first half of 2020 (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters) Lorenzo Marsili
The Rise of Corporate Nations
Multinational corporations are increasingly encroaching on the functions of sovereign states
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Their recent legislative push stands in stark contrast to repeated attempts by other members of Congress to stamp out constitutionally protected boycotts of Israel. (Photo: Erik McGregor) Manar Waheed, Kate Ruane
With the Right to Boycott Under Attack, Some Members of Congress Are Pushing Back
Exercising one’s right to boycott is quintessentially American, and that reminder was clearly due
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
In September 2014, a U.S. official from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador’s black market were made in the United States. (Photo: Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times) Frances Moore Lappé
Blood on Our Hands: How We Help Drive Immigration North
Where are the calls to stop the massive illegal transfer of U.S. weapons fueling the very violence that drives innocent people to leave their homes?
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The real political enemy is the Republican party, and nothing is more important than a resounding Republican defeat in 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
We Must Defeat Trump
This does not mean that "centrist" strategies ought to be embraced, but it does mean that Democrats need to argue with a sense of proportion and in a way that underscores their unity against Trump
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It’s not a system that’s working well, and if we’re worried about the overall availability of food, we in the rich world should stop doubling down on industrial agriculture. (Photo: Kuarmungadd for Getty Images) Timothy Wise
World Hunger Is on the Rise
Let’s face it: The U.S. is not feeding the world
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The United States has had a sanctions regime in place against Iran for decades, almost since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Vijay Prashad
The U.S.-Iran Standoff Can Only End When the U.S. Accepts Iran’s Right to Have a Nuclear Energy Program
The United States, however isolated, refuses to accept that Iran has the right—under international law—to a nuclear energy program (which includes enrichment).
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The reality of climate change was now indisputable. All that remained in question was how rapidly it would occur and the extent (and again rapidity) of the devastation that it would ultimately inflict. (Photo: Flickr/ChrisA1995/cc) Andrew Bacevich
The Great Reckoning: A Look Back from Mid-Century
"Even today, it remains difficult to understand why, given mounting evidence of a grave crisis, passivity persisted for so long across most sectors of society."
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Kayakers wore red T-shirts announcing the “Gaza Unlocked” campaign and managed to display flags, connected by string, spelling out "Free Gaza." (Photo: @USBOATTOGAZA/AnnWright46) Kathy Kelly
The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives
"Free Gaza Chicago River Flotilla," three days of action calling for an end to Israeli attacks and blockades in Palestine
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According to IUCN study nearly half of the world's heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100. (Photo: iStock) Andy Rowell
A Letter to the Future From a Glacier That Is No More
"Okjökull was the first named Icelandic glacier to melt because of how humans have transformed the planet’s atmosphere. Its fate will be shared by all of Iceland’s glaciers unless we act now to radically curtail greenhouse gas emissions."
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 A Honduran immigrant entertains a fellow immigrant's child in front a map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented Central American immigrants on September 14, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico. The shelter, called La 72, is run by Fransiscan friars and is the first stop for thousands of Central American immigrants crossing north through Mexico to reach the United States. Many risk riding atop "La Bestia" or The Beast, a freight train which passes through Tenosique in Mexico's sou Tom Gallagher
The US Needs a Marshall Plan for Central America
How much longer will we watch the suffering and inhumanity before we agree that we need to do something big?
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U.S. government policies are causing deaths and hardship, and make no mistake, it only takes a brief examination of history to understand that a wall and criminalization are not deterrents for people with no options. (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty) Alison Bodine, Tamara Hansen
Imperialist Made Crisis of Migrants and Refugees
For the last 18 years, since the new era of war and occupation began, there has been no end to the war, violence, and economic devastation imposed on people around the world by imperialist governments like the U.S., Canada, and the countries of the European Union
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John Nichols (Photo by Joe Mabel/ Ruth Conniff
Crisis in Journalism Is a Crisis for Democracy
'We need journalism to expose this dumbing down and bartering off of policy making'
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If you plan to vote for Trump because of his tax cuts, for example, or his uncritical support of Israel, you’re also voting for his racism. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
We Can’t Pretend This Is a Normal Election
This is nothing less than a fight for the soul of the nation. Everyone needs to take a stand.
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National security advisor John Bolton has tricked London into an adversarial posture toward Iran, with ratcheting tensions. And that is a big win for Iran War hawks around Trump. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
How John Bolton Tricked Clueless UK Tories Into Confrontation With Iran
Trump's national security advisor has succeeded in putting the Brits in a headlock
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Monday, July 22, 2019
People look at handguns as thousands of customers and hundreds of dealers sell, show, and buy guns and other items during The Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center which is the first major gun show in the area since the Oregon shooting in Chantilly, VA on Saturday, October 03, 2015. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) John Lindsay-Poland
The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That.
Gun exports reached record levels in 2017 and again in 2018. Can Congress stop Trump from loosening the rules even further?
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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Trump, Go Back Where You Came From
Don't let this presidential pickpocket use cruel verbal assaults to distract you from the truth
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Juan Cole
It's Just Good Business: Even Red States Are Dumping Coal for Solar
Arizona, despite being GOP-dominated, is number 3 in the US for residential solar power production. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, Arizona homeowners put in 52.83 megawatts of new solar...
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 U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on trade with China, Iran and other topics. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Santiago Zabala
Trump's Brand of Fascism Is Distinct But No Less Dangerous Than Last Century's Fascism
While there are indeed substantial differences between the fascism of the past and what we see today, the general historical trajectory will inevitably remain the same
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol March 08, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sarah Jaffe
The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar
While others on the left waffle on questions of imperial power and foreign relations, the freshman Democrat takes on American hegemony.
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US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. - President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) Sarah Anderson, Negin Owliaei
‘The Squad’ Keeps the Focus on Bold, Inequality-Busting Policies
Reps. Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and Ocasio-Cortez fight hard for their constituents in the face of racist attacks
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Juan Cole
Is Trump Setting the US Up for Further al-Qaeda Attacks by Putting Troops in Saudi Arabia?
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump is sending US troops to be based in Saudi Arabia , and King Salman has signed off on the paperwork. Several hundred US military personnel will be at Prince Sultan...
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Sign reads: A better world is possible. Laura Basu
An Agenda for a New Internationalism
The Labour Party's International Social Forum kickstarted a much needed debate about global justice.
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Alan MacLeod
Media Just Can’t Stop Presenting Horrifying Stories as ‘Uplifting’ Perseverance Porn
Out-of-touch corporate media give us supposedly charming, wholesome and positive news that actually, upon even minimal retrospection, reveals the dire conditions of late capitalism so many Americans now live under.
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) speaks as Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hold a press conference addressing remarks made by President Donald Trump. Peter Bloom, Pasi Ahonen
The Dangerous Truth about Trump’s Racism: White Power, Elite Rule, and Justified Privilege
“The Squad” threaten his very elite existence and the eugenicist convictions that underpin its legitimacy
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Sen. Bernie Sanders Karl Evers-Hillstrom, Jessica Piper
Which 2020 Democrats Are Taking Money From the Healthcare Industry?
No Democratic candidate has pulled in more from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries than Biden
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Sam Pizzigati
A Tale of Two Druglords
One gets life behind bars, the other retires into luxury. Guess which one reaked more havoc.
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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Grape-Bollin-Schwartz Levee overtops in numerous areas June 27, 2011. Amahia Mallea
As Flood Risks Increase Across the US, It’s Time to Recognize the Limits of Levees
What does a healthy river of the future look like?
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top 15 countries for military expenditure:chart Ernest A. Canning
Why We Must Restore the Title, “War Department”
Just like the change in nomenclature from "War Department" to "Defense Department", the use of the phrase, "war on terror", has been nothing short of Orwellian.
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Demonstrators participate in a Fight for $15 rally on April 14, 2015. Sue Sturgis
Institute Index: $15 Wage Bill in Hands of Senator Opposed to Minimum Wage
The boost could lift 1.3 million people out of poverty
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrest an undocumented Mexican immigrant during a raid in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 11, 2018 in New York City. Preeti Vissa Kristipati
ICE Raids, Asylum Seekers and the Othering of People of Color
An agenda lies behind all of this
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Friday, July 19, 2019
Children participate in a March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. Lauren Gambill
It’s Time to Stop Arguing Whether Gun Laws Work
We need to think critically about how “protecting guns” is harming our children.
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DC statehood demonstration Monica Hopkins
Washington, DC Residents Deserve the Full Benefits of Citizenship
Equal representation is fundamental to American democracy
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Michael Sainato
The Billionaires v. Bernie
The democratic socialist candidate is under attack from the super rich, their corporations, lobbyists, and think tanks. Some are even backing his 2020 Democratic primary rivals.
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Protester holds a sign reading: Protect workers and the environment Ben Lilliston
Did Obama's Trade Legacy Just Hammer the Green New Deal?
The path towards achieving climate goals must address the revamping of trade rules
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Planet of the Surreal: Turning 75 in the Age of Trump
You don’t have to be a scientist anymore to grasp the nature of the new planet we’re on.
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President Donald Trump John Atcheson
Trump's a Racist—But We Knew That. Now What?
Victory in 2020 will be all about turnout, and turnout will be determined by whether or not Democrats address voters' real concerns
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Why I'm Glad About Trump's Latest Twitter Tirade
The clarity of his racism is a useful tool to measure where America stands
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"People always tell me and the other millions of school strikers that we should be proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished," writes Greta Thunberg in the introduction to the new Climate Resistance Handbook. "But the only thing that we need to look at is the emission curve." Greta Thunberg & Daniel Hunter
Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here.
A new guide to activism aims to inform and inspire a new generation of global climate campaigners
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Republicans must think “crooked Donald” is invincible. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Will Even One Disgusted Republican Mount a Serious Primary Challenge to Trump?
Is their moral courage totally AWOL?
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We are impressed with the strength and resilience of the women of "the Squad." (Photo: National Nurses United) Bonnie Castillo
Nurses Stand in Solidarity With Congressional Women of Color
We are proud of Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley for their outspoken advocacy. We could not be more appreciative of their activism and voice on behalf of all of us.
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Workers have been abused by many facets of today’s American capitalism. (Photo: Reuters) Robert Kuttner
At Last, Legislation to Stop Private Equity Abuses
The bill to break the back of the worst thieves on Wall Street is sponsored by—no surprise—Elizabeth Warren
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 Fighting this war is as much a matter of demobilization—reversing courses of action, shrinking our carbon footprint—as it is mobilizing green energy production and rebuilding society around a green consciousness. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Fighting Climate Change Means Ending War
This is not a mere moral abstraction, something to do because it’s right and good. We will disappear as a species if we don’t—no matter how much money we have
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David Marcus, Head of Calibra at Facebook, testifies about Facebook's proposed digital currency called Libra, during a Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 16, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Weissman
Beware Facebook's Libra: A Corporate Surveillance Leviathan With No Precedent Outside the Realm of Science Fiction
It would be foolish to trust Facebook about anything. It would be equally foolish to trust any giant corporation with the mission of creating a private global currency.
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Screen shot of a recent Fox Business report about U.S.-Iran relations. (Photo: Fox Business via YouTube) Gareth Porter
How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis
The Trump administration and the media have, to date, successfully made the Iranian government the focus of scrutiny that the public would be well-served to turn on them as well
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A rally demanding the closure of migrant detention camps on July 12 in San Diego. (Photo: Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune) Lauren Markham, Thi Bui
Get Children Out of Cages at the Border and Into School
We have the means to welcome them into stable living situations, as our own rules demand, and into quality schools
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum at Drake University on July 15, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Twenty Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the forums that will feature four candidate per forum, to be held in cities across Iowa over five days. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
To Corporate Media, No Democrat Can Possibly Be Right-Wing
If there is a "left wing" of the Democratic Party, there must, logically, be a "right wing." That so many outlets refuse to frame the ideological division that way speaks volumes.
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Elizabeth Warren unveils plan to stop ‘looting’ of U.S. companies. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Thea M. Lee
Elizabeth Warren Means Business: A Letter in Support of the 'Stop Wall Street Looting Act of 2019'
"This bill addresses serious problems with the private equity business model, without getting in the way of firms that actually do produce allocative or operational efficiencies that strengthen the U.S. economy."
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to the media at a joint press conference in Tehran. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP) Stephen Zunes, Medea Benjamin
Trump’s Threats Towards Iran Aren’t Working. Here’s Why.
By treating the Iranian regime as a monolith the Trump Administration risks closing one of the few remaining avenues for defusing the crisis
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Kelsey Kruger
The Green New Deal Must Include Regenerative Agriculture and an End to Factory Farming
A millennial perspective on why the way we farm and how we consume food must be part of the conversation when it comes to the climate crisis
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Medical costs are the primary reason for bankruptcy in the United States. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) David Steil
This Republican's Case for Medicare for All
It's time to accept that the free market doesn't work for health care. Patients can't do comparison shopping from the back of an ambulance.
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how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? (Photo: AP) Thom Hartmann
How a Trojan Horse Project to Rewrite Our Constitution Could Actually Happen if Trump Wins in 2020
It’s looking more and more like the endgame here for Trump—and the right-wing billionaires who support him and the GOP—is not just to get reelected, but to actually rewrite our Constitution and end the American experiment
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The "Squad": Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Washington vs. The Squad
Trump’s not the only one terrified of these four congresswomen—leading Democrats apparently are, too.
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Both media and politicians love to use coal miners as anti-environmental props—as in Donald Trump's February 16, 2017, signing ceremony for a bill removing protections for streams. (Photo: AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM) Sarah Lazare
The Media Uses Coal Miners To Attack the Green New Deal—Then Ignores Their Pension Fight
In 34 stories about coal miners, the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico did not once cover miners’ pension and healthcare demands
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This trend not only magnifies the risk of economic stagnation and market failures; political changes around the world suggest that it has also become a profound threat to democracy. (Photo: Getty Images) Jayati Ghosh
The Exploitation Time Bomb
Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality—posing a threat not only to economic growth, but...
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