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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Massive worker protests killed a “grand bargain” with Republicans proposed by President Obama that would have cut Social Security benefits. (Photo: Fighting back works!) Dave Lindorff
You Will Have Social Security Just Like Your Parents and Grandparents—If You Fight to Keep It!
Despite being a socialist idea in a country that has always officially rejected and ridiculed socialism, it is hands down the most successful government program in the history of this nation.
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For communities dependent on fossil fuels, particularly in regions like Appalachia with few other major industries, today’s job losses are just the latest phase of a long decline. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ann Eisenberg
As the Coal Industry Shrinks, Miners Deserve A Just Transition—Here's What It Should Include
A just transition should focus on sustainably rebuilding regional economies, and should be informed by input from people who are affected.
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The survival of private prisons depends on keeping a consistent and increasing number of people incarcerated and today immigrants serve as this predatory industry's primary cash generators. (Photo: Shutterstock) Todd Miller
Why Climate Action Needs to Target the Border Industrial Complex
Climate change is displacing a growing number of people; governments are responding by privatising border policing.
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We must know the candidate’s vision on nuclear policy—their approach to eliminating the risk of nuclear war. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Cecili Thompson Williams
Which of the 2020 Candidates Are Ready to Address the Threat of Nuclear Weapons?
Will the candidates continue to support the policy that gives the US president unfettered authority to start a nuclear war? Or will they instead lower global risk of war and publicly commit the US to a nuclear No First Use policy?
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The U.S. began to adhere to a doctrine of shareholder capitalism in the 1980s and beyond, a philosophy that minimized the role of the state, and gave primacy to short-term profitability, as well as production growth through efficiency (i.e., downsizing) and mergers. (Photo: iStock) Marshall Auerback
America Will Keep Losing Its Middle Class as Long as 'Free Markets' Dominate the Economic Debate
We need to invest in research and development if we’re going to strengthen the middle class and compete in a global market.
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Monday, November 4, 2019
Trump has long invited his followers to violence. (Photo: Screenshot) Dorothee Benz
Nazi-Normalizing Barf Journalism in the Trump Era
Again and again during Trump’s presidency, corporate media have fallen over themselves to find acceptable ways to describe utterly unacceptable behavior, policies and decisions—none more so than the New York Times.
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Roberto Savio
Farewell to the World Social Forum?
Citizens have become more aware of the need for change than they were when we first met in Porto Alegre many years ago.
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Greta Thunberg is the global face of this movement and her presence is extremely influential. (Photo: Anders Hellberg/Effekt) Svenja Blanke
Who’s Afraid of Greta Thunberg?
The character of Greta Thunberg is part of a polarised global confrontation regarding climate change. Despite what her critics may say, her speeches have contributed to social mobilisation and awareness of the climate crisis and the future of the planet.
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World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Simone D. McCourte / World Bank) Leo Baunach
World Bank Rankings Promote Deregulation at the Expense of Working People
The highly controversial annual Doing Business report gives governments high marks if they slash taxes and worker protections.
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A boy holds a poster as he participates in a protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of the Fridays for Future demonstrations in Mumbai, India on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Dear Fossil Fuels: It’s Over
Breaking up is never easy, but humanity is ready for this toxic relationship to end once and for all.
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Syria has no oil to speak of, and certainly not the sort of potential production that would remunerate a US investor. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 6 Problems With Trump Taking Syrian Oil
Whoever told Trump the US was there for oil is an inspired fabulist who pulled the wool over Trump’s eyes.
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The entire political and governmental system is corrupt. (Photo: John Sonderman/Flickr cc 2.0) Chris Hedges
The Enemy Within Is Deep Indeed
The deep state, incapable of reform and determined to retain its grip on power, will morph under the threat of popular unrest into a corporatized fascism.
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We are all hostages to the blunderer who would never have been in the White House if it weren’t for a country that had already auctioned off its political system to the highest bidders and its government to the national security state. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump
Donald in Blunderland: Living a mixed metaphor.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019
A US soldier stands by an armored vehicle during a patrol of the northern countryside of the northeastern Syrian town of al-Malikiyah (Derik) at the border with Turkey, on November 3, 2019. Ron Forthofer
Proposed Withdrawal of US Troops in Syria
President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the...
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We the People John Atcheson
Politics as a Food Fight: The Media Is Feeding the Political Divide
False “balance” which infects the entire mainstream media, making it puke out nonsense as if it were news.
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02 November 2019, Berlin: A demonstration of Kurds against the invasion of Syria by the Turkish army under the motto "Stop the war. Solidarity with Rojava" is moving along the boulevard Unter den Linden. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard et al
We Stand in Solidarity with Rojava, an Example to the World
Leaders from social movements, communities and First Nations from around the world, including LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Eve Ensler and Stuart Basden on the Turkish invasion in north-east Syria
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Riot police stand guard as dozens of people gather during a rally to show solidarity with protesters in Chile at the Chilean Consulate General on October 21, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. César Chelala
Why is Latin America Burning?
In Latin America several countries are under turmoil, as people cannot even meet their most basics needs. The last few months have seen a remarkable spectacle: hundreds of thousands of citizens are...
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United States of America v. Max Blumenthal Joe Emersberger
Max Blumenthal Arrest Exposes Hypocrisy of Western Media and ‘Human Rights’ NGOs
Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, a prominent journalistic critic of US policy toward Venezuela, was arrested by DC police on Friday, October 25, in connection with a protest at the Venezuelan embassy...
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Saturday, November 2, 2019
House Judiciary Committee members (L-R) Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) share a laugh during a hearing about the Mueller Reporter in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Spare Us From the Vichy Republicans
The party has become a cult run by crooks.
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Yanis Varoufakis, leader of the anti-establishment European Realistic Disobedience Front (MeRA25) movement, DiEM25's electoral wing in Greece, during a press conference following the European parliamentary elections earlier this year. (Photo: Aris Missinis/AFP/Getty Images) Yanis Varoufakis
Another Europe Is Possible
I'm an old-fashioned lefty. I don't believe in destroying institutions. I believe in taking them over and transforming them into true public servants.
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(cc/donkeyHotey) Alan Singer
Why They Love Trump
Like many who lean left, even many to the right of center, I find Donald Trump’s contempt for law, disrespect for people, derision of opponents, disdain for facts and truth, erratic and self-serving...
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 Research shows people are stockpiling guns, white men in particular. They are less educated, worried about their ability to protect their families, insecure about work, and have racial anxiety. Stockpiling sometimes fills a void in their lives and can accompany hero fantasies. One study found that “for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home.” Wim Laven
Should You Be Afraid of the Fascists in Your Community?
I get accused of “being over-the-top” and using hyperbole by conservative friends and acquaintances with increasing frequency. This is caused, in large part, by me being a vocal and active...
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Family members of those who died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 hold photographs of their loved ones as Dennis Muilenburg (R), President and CEO of the Boeing Company, and John Hamilton (L), Vice President and Chief Engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, testify at a hearing in front of congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 30, 2019. Ralph Nader
Buffeting Boeing CEO’s Rope-a-Dope in Congress
This past week, Boeing’s deadly 737 MAX crashes were the focus of two back-to-back hearings – one in the Senate and one in the House. In the House Transportation Committee hearing, at least 50...
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Friday, November 1, 2019
Despite taking some steps to address the issue of child soldiers, the TIP states that the South Sudanese government “continued to use and recruit child soldiers… at times by force,” and did not fully implement its own action plan to demobilize children from security forces. (Photo: Charles Lomodong/AFP via Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
For 9th Straight Year, US Grants Waivers to Countries Violating Anti-Child Soldier Law
The White House recently announced the US was granting full or partial waivers to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) to Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
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Zuckerberg is not a political philosopher concerned about the public good. There is a zero evidence he is a deep thinker of any sort. He is a Harvard boy who stumbled into a good idea and had the necessary connections to get very rich from it: end of story. (Photo: Getty) Dean Baker
Mark Zuckerberg Is a Rich Jerk
There is no reason to waste any effort trying to convince Mark Zuckerberg what is good for democracy. We just have to tell him, and make him a pay a very big price if he is too lazy or dumb to "get" it.
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Protest outside BlackRock's headquarters in New York City. (Photo: Amazon Watch) Moira Birss
BlackRock's Ghoulish Lack of Action for the Amazon
BlackRock's continued silence on this crisis—both in the public space as well as its continued failure to engage with civil society stakeholders—is alarming.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Commons Members Lobby during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool / Getty Images) Reese Erlich
Boris, Brexit, and the British Election
Brexit has deeply split British society and presents a serious conundrum for left and progressive forces.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House June 20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Edwards
Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, and the Rise of the 'Shallow State'
Pompeo nauseates me almost more than any other member of the president's inner circle, even though there are far more despicable characters to be found there.
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Remember groups that are likely to come to the defense of the employer-based insurance system that Warren wants to dramatically reform, like the Chamber of Commerce, may (again) be receiving tens of millions of dollars from industry. (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Wendell Potter
How Health Insurance Industry Allies Are Going to Lie and Attack Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All Plan
The health insurance industry believed it was marching Warren into a trap, and now they’re scrambling to come up with a response to preserve their treasured but failing cash cow: the employer-based health insurance system.
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A regular talking head and host on MSNBC, marketing executive Donny Deutsch angered many progressives over a recent combined attack on Bernie Sanders and the country of Denmark. (Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC) Djaffar Shalchi
Dear Mr. Donny Deutsch: Please Come to "F***ing Denmark."
I invite you. Come and see for yourself a happy and healthy society, funded in part by hefty taxes on millionaires like you and me.
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PG&E is resorting to mass power outages to protect itself from liabilities during fire season, plunging millions of Californians into darkness. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
California Must Take Back Its Power—Literally
The idea of wresting the power grid out of the hands of private investors and making it a publicly owned utility has grown more and more appealing.
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Ten years into AGRA, Global Hunger Index scores remained in the "serious" or "alarming" categories for 12 of the 13 AGRA countries. (Photo: Global Justice Now/cc/flickr) Million Belay, Timothy A. Wise
The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa
Certain policies, strongly promoted by the Gates Foundation, open Africa to the multinational seed companies in the name of modernization, but they undermine climate resilience and food security for Africa’s small-scale farmers.
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President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Melania Trump and President Trump during the opening of an "anti-extremist" center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2017. (Photo: Saudi Press Agency) Juan Cole
Looming Impeachment Puts Trump in Company of Corrupt Mideast Leaders
Only because the masses turned against their guy did military elites step in to insist they step down. Think about that.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Greta has been adamant we need to listen to the science and adhere to regulatory practices. Sadly, the only thing Greta has provided is a platform for politicians to conceptualize the seriousness of it all. (Photo: Andreane Williams/CBC/twitter) Shahid Mahmood
Painting Over Greta
Activism is meaningless unless there is the political will to leverage civic engagement into policy change.
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
A Message to Progressives: Adam Schiff Is Not Your Friend
While tenaciously challenging a despicable president who should be impeached, we should be aware that the California Democrat remains deeply enmeshed with corporatism and militarism.
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US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, September 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Michael Winship
United Kingdom—Brexit or No Brexit—Our Donald Trumps Your Boris
But an ocean apart, both US and UK activists fight dangerous threats to democracy.
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Americans are fed up with a callous, often cruel system that treats them as collateral damage and a "medical loss ratio." (Photo: National Nurses United/Twitter) Zenei Cortez
Patient Crisis Obscured By Cost Talk on Medicare for All
How long must we allow fearmongering and health care industry talking points stand in the way of the transformative reform that would guarantee health coverage for all our nation’s residents without the backbreaking costs and heartbreaking health insecurity that burdens so many today?
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Donald Trump’s declared intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as a preliminary step toward reducing our regional military presence has elicited bipartisan condemnation expressed in the strongest terms. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Why Those "Endless Wars" Must Never End
Donald Trump and the ten commandments (plus one) of the national security state.
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What is rarely considered is that most of those immigrants and their children come from countries where the U.S. has supported their most murderous regimes and actively destroyed their democratic forms of government. (Photo: Syrian refugees/ Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) César Chelala
An Open Letter to Donald Trump: You Are Putting the World at Grave Risk
What happens after the U.S. contributes to destroying a country’s social fabric?
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Compassion, policing—these words don’t go together! (Photo:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Keeping the Peace Is Far More Complicated Than Waging War
The police may be more like an occupying army as the militarization of police departments around the country is becoming common.
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Democratic presidential candidate, former vice President Joe Biden takes photos with people in the crowd at Wilson High School on October 26, 2019 in Florence, South Carolina. Many presidential hopefuls campaigned in the early primary state over the weekend, scheduling stops around a criminal justice forum in the state capital. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Jeff Hauser, Eleanor Eagan
Who Exactly Are Joe Biden's Wealthy, Well-Connected Bundlers?
The former Vice President's anti-transparency stance is definitely more concerning in light of his apparent fundraising desperation.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Americans may snicker when Trump pays homage to an army dog that he says helped to track Baghdadi but they should remember that Bush and Obama and now Trump are responsible for far greater suffering. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Margaret Kimberley
The Baghdadi Scam
The Democrats and corporate media don’t really oppose what Donald Trump is doing in Syria or anywhere else.
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Nate Silver in 2015. (Photo: Internet Week New York / Flickr/cc) Jacob Bacharach
Nate Silver Is Making This Up as He Goes
One suspects that despite his claims to analytical rigor, at some very basic level, Silver does not actually know what a poll is.
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The wildfires—and the climate crisis that’s making them worse—are public problems. The reliability of our power grid is a public need. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
We Need Publicly Owned Utilities
California’s wildfires and blackouts show the dangers of entrusting our power to for-profit corporations.
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James Dorsey
Popular Protest: Just How Effective Is It?
The uprisings are many, but are they enough?
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Extinction Rebellion protesters in London. (Photo: Jess Nyman, Twitter) Sam Knights
Extinction Rebellion: We Need To Talk About The Future
This year has changed everything.
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Sanders went so far as to say that some of the $3.8 billion that currently goes to Israel every year should be dedicated to humanitarian aid for Gaza. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Bernie Sanders Says Give Aid to Gaza and That Calling Out Netanyahu's Racist Government Isn't Anti-Semitism
Palestinian rights have entered into an American presidential campaign, virtually for the first time.
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In nation after nation throughout modern history, every time government has been taken over by oligarchs and corporations, democracy has died—usually to be replaced by a strongman form of oligarchy or outright fascism. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
A Democracy-Killing Duo: How the Supreme Court and the Morbidly Rich Are Ruining Democracy in America
This is not democracy; it’s oligarchy or, at the very least, a corporate state.
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Company executives enjoy virtually a free hand to make decisions about allocating funds for political purposes and those purposes are naturally guided by the executives' own political preferences. (Photo: David Ohmer/flickr/cc) John Aram
Reassessing Corporate Social Responsibility
Neither voluntary nor mandatory social responsibility can substitute for public policies, including business regulation, formulated by representatives whose campaigns are financed by true citizens.
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John Buell
The Lies Corporate Media Tell When Bernie Sanders Is "Extreme" and Trump's GOP Is "Mainstream"
The modern Republican Party is as extreme as any major party in our history.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Biases, they added, are baked into the health care system, including discriminatory treatment by some white medical professionals, such as well documented "differential perceptions of black patients." (Photo: Alex Proimos/flickr/cc) Bonnie Castillo
What Algorithms Tell Us About Structural Racism in Health Care
In a medical system premised on profits and ability to pay, racial disparity presents in ability to afford the high cost of premiums, deductibles and co-pays that disproportionately discourages African Americans from getting needed medical care.
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 A report from the U.N. found that, for the first time since it started tracking the conflict in Afghanistan 10 years ago, U.S. and Afghan government forces had killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militant groups. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Allegra Harpootlian
Drone Strikes and Tears: Why I Weep While I Work
Or what it means to experience U.S. wars from a computer screen away.
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Today, the majority of Americans favor the GND, free tuition, a $15 minimum wage, sane gun laws, a repeal of Trump’s tax cuts for the rich, overturning Citizen’s United and getting money out of politics and a host of other "socialist" priorities.  (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) John Atcheson
The Revolution Is Here: Democrats Ignore It at Their Peril
With the majority of people holding progressive views, the way to get no-shows to show is not to back centrist policies, it’s to run on values that favor the people, and that are supported by the majority of Americans.
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Striking teachers, school staff, and supporters march through downtown Chicago on the ninth day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on October 25, 2019. (Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)   Michael Arria
Over the Last Week, At Least 85,000 Workers Were Out on 13 Different Strikes
"Right now there is a movement of workers across the country who are taking back their power at a scale we have not seen in recent memory."
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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, is a national memorial to commemorate the victims of lynching in the U. S. (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans In Failing to Understand What A Real Lynching Is
Whatever complaints Republicans may have about an impeachment hearing convened in Congress under its constitutional authority, it surely is not a lynching.
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inside the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Bill Blum
What Will Tump Impeachment Trial Look Like in Mitch McConnell-Controlled Senate?
No matter the ultimate outcome, the American people will have the opportunity to assess the evidence against Trump.
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Monday, October 28, 2019
Peter Bloom
Forget Russia, The Real Threat to Democracy Are Corporate Assets Like Clinton and Trump
Here's a truth that is very unpopular among many in the U.S. mainstream: the nation's democracy is being corrupted from the inside, not from abroad.
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Corporate-led development has contributed to spiraling housing costs and undermined people’s right to affordable and safe housing. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Jackie Smith
Corporate Influence Threatens Human Rights in Communities Nationwide
National network of cities files report to UN Human Rights body on corporate power and local human rights challenges.
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Tzipi Livni (pictured) is the former Israeli foreign minister who has been the subject of arrest warrants and a lawsuit in three countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza. (Photo: Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images) Brett Wilkins
Duke Students Protest Speech by Tzipi Livni, Former Israeli Foreign Minister Accused of War Crimes
"Hosting [Livni] for a lecture minimizes the lives and deaths of her victims while encouraging future reproductions of her crimes."
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Asylum-seekers inside the Leona Vicario Federal shelter in Ciudad Juarez, October 9, 2019. (Photo:Guillermo Arias for the ACLU) Ashoka Mukpo
I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw.
How will we respond to their suffering? Will we allow the most hateful and uncaring among us to write our history, or will we fight back and demand better?
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Court rulings against the no-fly list and terror watch list are providing an opening for bigger pushback against the war on terror’s erosion of liberties. (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror
Lower courts are slowly but steadily eroding the legal basis for some of the most reactionary war on terror policies.
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Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) James Carroll
What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later
And the return of war-as-the-answer.
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 Along with the abuses of prisoners in places like Camp Bucca, FOB Mercury, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, U.S. warfare predictably led to the buildup of ISIS and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's commitment to "an eye for an eye." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq
We can work to abolish war, mourn the deaths of Al-Baghdadi's children and question how conditions inside U.S. military camps, in Iraq, led to the extremism of Al-Baghdadi and his ISIS followers.
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Al-Baghdadi and his movement did enormous damage to the image of Islam in the world, and committed genocide against Muslims, as the term is defined in the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court.(Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
US Militarism, Having Provoked ISIL Into Being, Kills Cult Leader Baghdadi
People in eastern Syria were brutalized and then suffered enormous damage as the US bombed their towns and villages to defeat ISIL, which had taken them over.
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Sunday, October 27, 2019
U.S. soldiers in South Korea train in their Abrams tanks. Juan Cole
Did US Officials Manipulate Trump Into Sending Back Troops From Iraq to Syria “For the Oil”?
The U.S. military and political establishment was extremely upset by Trump’s withdrawal of 1,000 US troops from northeast Syria.
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President Donald Trump is flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while making a statement in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on October 23, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Tyler Cullis
Trump Pours More Misery On Iranians He’s Claiming To Support
The Trump administration is deliberately targeting humanitarian trade with Iran as part and parcel of its so-called "maximum pressure" strategy.
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President Donald Trump answered questions from the press while departing the White House on Nov. 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Robert Reich
Trump's Emoluments Mess
Trump has been funneling government dollars into his own pockets ever since he was elected.
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Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger appears in court during her trial for the 2018 murder of Botham Jean on September 28, 2019. Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
Amber Guyger Case Shows How Far America Has to Go When It Comes to Justice for Innocent Black Victims
The murder of Botham Jean in his own home resulted in an almost unprecedented conviction of a police officer—but the case played out with frustrating familiarity.
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"All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the president's political opponents," said Jonathan Karl, president of the White House Correspondents Association. Christopher Brauchli
Now and Then
The Nazis knew the value of film in order to get their message to the people.
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A Chilean protest movement has exploded and forced change in the country's neoliberal government, but for some reason U.S. media isn't paying attention. Alan MacLeod
The Revolution Isn't Being Televised
The media is uninterested in protest movements around the world.
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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Boris Johnson was forced to ask for another Brexit extension. Johanna Ross
'Patience Is Running Thin' in Brexit Stalemate
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is forced to abandon his 'do or die' pledge to leave the E.U. by 31st October...
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If the president does it, is it illegal? Kary Love
Of Course a US President Can Murder Somebody Without Legal Jeopardy—Ain't That Great!
"Once the foundation is there, and the people and Congress acquiesce, mission creep soon extends the immunity and impunity to other areas."
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The trident symbol at Kings Bay Naval Base in Brunswick, Georgia covered in blood after a 2018 Catholic Workers protest. Kathy Kelly
Trident Is the Crime
U.S. possession of nuclear weapons robs the poorest people on the planet of resources needed for food, shelter, and housing.
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President Donald Trump will not throw out the first pitch at Sunday's World Series Game 5. Peter Dreier
Trump Doesn't Have the Balls To Throw Out the First Pitch at the World Series
"Offered a chance to wear a real major league baseball cap in a real baseball stadium, Trump's balked."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. Dean Baker
Senator Warren is Exactly Right
"Warren is determined to talk about the substance of the issue, whether or not the reporters want to hear it."
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Wall Street is gambling with student debt. Eli J. Campbell
Wall Street Has Been Gambling With Student Loan Debt for Decades
"The student debt crisis is symptomatic of an unsustainable capitalist system."
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Paying for Medicare for All isn't complicated. Stephen Marks
Paying for 'Medicare for All'? No Problem
"A lack of money is not the problem."
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Friday, October 25, 2019
Jane Fonda was not just lending her celebrity status. She was taking a personal risk and challenging all of us to create the space for massive, diverse, cross-sector civic engagement to end our fossil fuel dependency now. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Wendy Fields
#FireDrillFridays—Vote. Speak. Act.
Fossil fuel pollution will affect all of us, regardless of where we are on the political spectrum, or our race, class, gender, or zip code.
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CNN showed a split-second glimpse of trans protesters at its LGBTQ town hall (10/10/19) before cutting back to candidate Pete Buttigieg. Julie Hollar
LGBTQ Issues Missing in Presidential Campaign Coverage
It’s time for journalists to step up and cover these issues with the urgency they deserve, both at the debates and in their daily election coverage.
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When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they’re really saying is they don’t want that much change. And the reason they don’t is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Centrists—Or Neoliberals–Control the Party and the Media and They're Risking Losing to Trump Again in 2020
We either ignite a revolution built around values, and take back the country from the neoliberal centrists, or we risk another Trump victory.
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Activist outside the Congress demanding a vote to pass ' The Green New Deal'. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM to begin debate on a sweeping resolution to combat climate change, the Green New Deal, which was introduced by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey. Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) James Haslam
Can the Next President Deliver a New Social Contract for Our Survival?
It's time for us to come together, and demand what our country needs to ensure our survival—including electing politicians who support a shared new vision of the future: one that’s rooted in community-based solutions and intersectional organizing.
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What happened in Los Angeles proves it is possible to create a society where the public as a whole determines its goals and sets its own financial strategies for achieving them. (Photo: Twitter/@publicbankla) Aaron Fernando
California Opens the Public Banking Floodgates
The move shifts power away from profit-motivated board members of corporate banks and into the hands of the people.
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For starters, the talking heads who are invited on news shows rarely, if ever, speak of the corporate crime wave, the corporate welfare scandals, or many preventable mass casualties that flow from corporate negligence and cover-ups.(Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Ralph Nader
Corporate Power Wins When a Nation's Civic Leaders and Experts Are Locked Out
The foregoing case for a single-payer health insurance system is just one example of how corporate power prevails when there is media and political exclusion of the informed and experienced civic community.
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Trump goes back and forth between dismissing Syria as an unimportant desert and playing up its small oil reserves. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
New War for Oil? Trump to Occupy Oil-Rich Syrian Province with Tank Corps, Asks for Kurdish Displacement There
The notion of a US invasion and occupation of Deir al-Zor is entirely illegal in international law.
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The answer the threats facing the bees and other pollinators, writes filmmaker Peter Nelson "is not going to come from the top, but is going to come from our own citizen actions on a grassroots level." (Photo: Peter Nelson / 'The Pollinators') Peter Nelson
What's Wrong With the Bees? Our New Film, "The Pollinators," Seeks an Answer
If these beekeepers are worried, we all should be: our diet depends upon pollination for one of every three bites we eat.
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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visits FOX News Channel’s "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on September 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
Angered Over the Whiff of US Troop Withdrawals, Now the Generals Speak Up?
Let's review the boundless hypocrisy of just a few of the most prominent voices crowing against the Syria withdrawal.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
 The overall cost of college is rising at an untenable clip when including other costs that many students incur, such as housing, food, transportation, books and other supplies, and child care. (Photo: Benjamin Esham/flickr/cc) Michael Mitchell
State Higher Education Cuts Pushed Costs to Students, Worsened Inequality
To build an economy in which the benefits of higher education are broadly shared and felt by every community regardless of race or class, state lawmakers need to invest in high-quality, affordable, and accessible public higher education.
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"Agroecology is the only solution we have to address the multiple crises we are facing." (Photo: Public domain) Timothy A. Wise
Rome Summit Takes Bold Step Toward Agroecology
Leaders endorse agroecology as one of the cutting-edge innovations we need to help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.
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A state of permanent war is considered America’s new normal. (Photo: U.S. Army Photo by John Pellino/flickr) William Astore
Killing Me Softly With Militarism
The militarization and decay of democracy in America.
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Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace) Kei Otsuki
Is It Time to Engage With the Destroyers of the Amazon Rainforest?
If we care, not only about extinguishing fires but about how to prevent this next year, we need first to understand who these destroyers of the Amazon are and how to engage with them in environmental governance.
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One juror summed it all up when he commented afterward: "I don’t know why they even prosecuted the case. It was a complete waste of taxpayer money." (Photo: Joe Gratz/flickr/cc) Joel Bellman
As President Trump Abuses His Power, Why Is Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Trying to Criminalize Dissent?
In an era of unprecedented presidential lawlessness and abuse of power, throwing the book at a powerless few who try to speak out against it seems almost perverse.
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Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets, stopping traffic and circling City Hall in a show support for the ongoing teachers strike on October 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)   Rebecca Burns
Chicago’s Citywide Strike Just Spread to Charter School Teachers
This is the first time that district and charter teachers have struck simultaneously in Chicago, an occasion marked by high energy and a raucous chorus of "Solidarity Forever" on the picket line.
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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, who has been deeply concerned about the treatment of Assange and his health, has been warning the public that Assange has been subjected to psychological torture.(Photo: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador) Nozomi Hayase
Assange’s Extradition Is a Case About the Crimes of Empire
The U.S. government’s prosecution of Assange is and always has been politically motivated. He is there for exposing the war crimes of the U.S. empire.
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The stink of Trump’s racist and misogynist hate, abject dishonesty and flagrant impunity over laws and the U.S. Constitution ought to follow every Trump supporter inside or outside government for the rest of their lives. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
The Republican Party Is as Guilty as Trump
Until they openly declare war on his presidency, his ongoing assault on our democracy is just as much their fault as his.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC .Clinton delivered remarks before recognizing the winners of the 2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Clinton, Stein, Gabbard, and the Deconstruction of RussiaGate
A friendly reminder: The United States has a long-g-g-g history of interfering in its own elections and hardly needs Russia's help.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
While California’s wildfires are a part of the area’s natural state, the size and intensity of the seasonal blazes have increased for decades under worsening climate change. (Photo: LA Times/Screenshot) Joshua Cho
Media Failed to Connect Climate Crisis and Utility Blackouts
Despite what corporate media would have us believe, we really don’t need to choose between enduring deliberate blackouts from for-profit utilities or hazarding deadly fires and widespread power shortages.
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As European companies become accustomed to Southern U.S.-style anti-unionism, the temptation grows to apply the same blanket strategies and tactics in Southern and Eastern Europe, or even in the heart of the European Union. (Photo: mrapplegate/Shutterstock) Lance Compa
When High-Road European Corporations Take the Low Road in the U.S. South
European multinationals have brought major investments to southern U.S. states, but they do not always bring the labor rights standards they abide by in their home countries.
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Having more people on the land isn’t the problem, it’s the solution. (Photo: Hero Images/Getty Images) David R. Montgomery
The Key to Saving Family Farms Is in the Soil
Farmers adopting regenerative agricultural practices across the Midwest are restoring the health of the soil and of their rural economies.
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Economic and sector sanctions are too often designed to inflict maximum pain on civilians, not empower them. (Photo: Syrian Refugees/Josh Zakary/flickr/cc) Ilhan Omar
Sanctions Are Part of a Failed Foreign Policy Playbook. Stop Relying on Them.
Research has shown that sanctions rarely achieve their desired goals. In the worst-case scenario, they hurt the people of a country—generally the very people we’re purporting to help—without making a dent in the country’s behavior.
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Climate activists demonstrate in Washington, D.C. in 2015. One displays a sign admonishing ExxonMobil for its complicity in furthering the climate apocalypse. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud) Elliott Negin
ExxonMobil Is Still Bankrolling Climate Science Deniers
The world’s largest oil company says climate change is real, yet continues to finance climate denier groups.
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