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Thursday, June 4, 2020
A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests
The life you save may not be your own. Those who wear a mask at protests are making clear that they're willing to undergo some discomfort to protect people they don't even know.
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One day the whole nation will take to its knee. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Knee for Change
In a country founded on racism, real change must be deeply structural.
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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes, in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is closing in on 100,000 deaths in less than four months caused by the coronavirus. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Beware Donald Trump's Electoral Cleansing
Is U.S. President actually using a calculated strategy that COVID-19 is not an equal-opportunity killer?
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
He’s beaten and tear gassed people peacefully protesting for justice for their neighbors.(Photo: Shutterstock) Sister Karen M. Donahue
I’m Outraged By Trump’s Church Photo-Op
As a Catholic sister, I think Trump should read his Bible, not pose with it.
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New York Times photo (4/12/20) of Floridians waiting in line to sign up for unemployment benefits. Julie Hollar
Proposals to Ease Covid’s Blow on the Hardest Hit All But Ignored by Corporate Media
By sidelining those voices, media sideline real solutions to the inequality they feign to care about.
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Through the little-known 1033 program, the Pentagon has been shipping massive amounts of surplus war equipment to our local gendarmes. (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images) Jim Hightower
The Militarization of 'Officer Friendly'
Militarization is a dangerous and ultimately deadly perversion of the honorable purpose of policing—and it is out of control.
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This lawsuit will be the first of several we intend to file in states across the country. (Photo by Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images) Brian Hauss
The US Is Facing a Full-Scale Assault on the Press
As police continue to attack reporters covering protests nationwide, this is why the ACLU is filing this class-action lawsuit today.
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Tracey L. Rogers
In Trump's America, Gun-Toting Anti-Quarantine Activists Called "Very Good People," But Unarmed Protesters Denouncing Police Brutality Are "Thugs"
What the president and others don't realize is that we're not just protesting the death of George Floyd (or Breonna Taylor, or Ahmaud Arbery, or Eric Garner, or Alton Sterling, or Philando Castile). We are also protesting the racist culture embedded in police precincts throughout the nation—and the...
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State and local government austerity in the aftermath of the great recession contributed to a significant shortfall in employment in public K–12 school systems, a shortfall that continued through 2019. (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Elise Gould
Public Education Job Losses in April Are Already Greater Than in All of the Great Recession
Not only are these job losses devastating to those no longer getting a paycheck, but they negatively impact the education students receive.
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Bush’s war of aggression contained within itself the accumulated evil of the whole, and now that evil is spreading out to turn us all into Fallujans. (Photo:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Juan Cole
From Fallujah to Minneapolis: Trump Brings the US Military 'Battlespace' Home
A significant part of the American elite was shaped by Bush’s wars to think about dissidence as the equivalent of insurgency and to see challenges to the status quo as illegitimate.
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Since moving into the Oval Office in January 2017, Trump hasn’t shown an ounce of interest in governing. He obsesses only about himself. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Robert Reich
Donald Trump Is No Longer President
The sooner we stop treating him as if he were, the better.
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A protester wears a face mask displaying the words "I can't breathe" during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park on June 3, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) Randall Amster
We Interrupt This Pandemic... With Demands for Justice and Healing
The call to "reopen" society isn't just about stores and bars; it's about reopening ourselves to the reality of a system that is built on racism, violence, and injustice.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Violence employed by police and security agencies such as the FBI, which have devolved into occupying forces, to protect the exclusive interests of a tiny, ruling criminal class exposes the fiction of the rule of law and the treason of the ruling elites. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) Chris Hedges
The Treason of the Ruling Class
They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state.
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Demonstrators march down I-94 in St. Paul, Minnesota, protest after the death in police custody of George Floyd on May 31. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
"I Can't Breathe": The Murder of George Floyd Was a Lynching in Broad Daylight
The signs say Black Lives Matter. Yet the very people who are supposed to protect us too often, in too many places, don’t seem to agree.
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Many experts, and policymakers (such as Senator Warren), have suggested that these “Big Tech” companies should be broken up, and if they are, then cloud computing services are among the most logical services to be spun off. (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc) Thomas Hanna
The Oligopoly That Controls Our Digital Infrastructure Has Deepened Economic and Racial Divides
As we rebuild, let's remove control of wireless spectrum, cloud infrastructure, and broadband internet from corporate hands and put it under public, democratic control.
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The credibility gap and the war that generated it gave rise to another kind of division: "the generation gap." (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
How the Credibility Gap Became a Chasm in the Age of Trump
...and a new generation gap grew wider.
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Donald Trump needs to go, and we can’t wait until even November 3, let alone January 20, 2021. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Will Bunch
Donald Trump Needs to Go. And No, We Can’t Wait Until November
The president of the United States declared war on America on Monday night.
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People protest over George Floyd's death in front of The White House on Saturday on May 30 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Michael Winship
No Justice, No Peace, No Leader at the Top
At a time for healing, Donald Trump pokes at the wound.
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Monday, June 1, 2020
Health care workers, students, child care givers, food service workers, big box store employees, delivery drivers, mail carriers, and others are taking action to call out gross inequities and organize our society differently. (Photo: Shutterstock) Shailly Gupta Barnes
Even Now, Our Leaders Are Still Putting Their Faith in the Rich
It has become crystal clear during this pandemic that working people fuel this economy, but they’re the ones bearing the cost.
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UPS, FedEx and other private carriers are far more expensive than the USPS and much less efficient. (Photo: Bob Shand/Flickr/cc) Andy Piascik
Save the US Postal Service Before It’s Too Late
A publicly-funded, national postal service is one of our country’s great achievements.
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Protesters march in Milwaukee on May 30. (Photo: Isiah Holmes) Isiah Holmes
Days of Rage in Milwaukee
City rocked by weekend of protests and clashes.
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In 1981, when Ronald Reagan ended the New Deal era, crushed labor unions, and massively cut the top personal and corporate tax rates, he kicked off the most massive and widespread looting of America since the 1920s. (Photo: Bob Daugherty/AP) Thom Hartmann
Yes, the Looting Must Stop
African Americans and Hispanics have been looted of trillions in reduced pay by racist employers and giant corporations, while their safety, lives and peace of mind have been looted by racist police.
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A woman holding her child looks at US soldier from the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment securing her house during a house to house assessment mission in Baghdad, 09 January 2008. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images) Caitlin Cawley
Americans Have Long Ignored Iraqis—Now Is the Perfect Time to Connect With Their Stories
The coronavirus pandemic has made brilliant Iraqi occupation literature relatable for the first time to a wider American public living in quarantine.
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Sanaa, Yemen. 30th Apr, 2020. A health worker wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant on the hands of people at a market in the old city of Sanaa, amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo: Hani Al-Ansi/dpa/Alamy Live News.) Kathy Kelly
Our Disaster: Why the United States Bears Responsibility for Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis
The policies of the United States are deeply implicated in Yemen’s suffering, including the sale of billions of dollars in munitions to Saudi Arabia and other countries that have intervened in the civil war.
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This is the moment when I would normally say: class of 2020, gather yourselves together and, arm in arm, take this path through that gate and off this beautiful campus where you’ve just spent four years of your life. It’s time for you to enter our world and make it a better place. (Image: 'Class of 0000' campaign) Tom Engelhardt
Donald Trump May Not Be Herbert Hoover
A graduation speech for an age of collapse.
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Sunday, May 31, 2020
In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Emily Peterson-Cassin
Why Trump's Social Media Executive Order Is Troubling, Bizarre, and Dangerous
Here’s the social media accountability we actually need.
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Demonstrators hold a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Lafayette Square Park in the early morning hours of May 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Across country, protests against Floyd's death have set off days and nights of rage as the most recent in a series of deaths of black Americans involving the police. Earlier yesterday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Danielle K. Kilgo
Riot or Resistance? How Media Frames Unrest in Minneapolis Will Shape Public’s View of Protest
Too often journalists contribute to a troubling hierarchy by adhering to industry norms that work against protest movements that aggressively challenge the status quo.
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Protesters rally in downtown San Diego against California's stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, on April 18, 2020. Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across the country against coronavirus-related lockdowns—with encouragement from President Donald Trump. (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) Anna Jacobs
A Warning to Joe Biden: Trump Is Winning the Covid-19 Spin Game
The Republican president is finding a way to turn the coronavirus into something that will rally his base. Can the Democrat say the same?
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Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protest in downtown Charlotte turn violent in NC, United States on May 30, 2020 (Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
May the Screams and Tears and Protests Shake the Very Conscience of This Nation
If we want to reach a better place on the other side of this, we must refuse to be comforted too quickly.
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Saturday, May 30, 2020
A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in an explosive video pressing his knee to the neck of handcuffed George Floyd for at least five minutes on May 25, was arrested earlier on May 29, said John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) Robert Shetterly
The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America
To strangle George Floyd with his hands, officer Derek Chauvin would have had to look him in the face... The knee was a brutal coward's knee.
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A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody for Floyd's death. Chauvin has been accused of kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd pleaded with him about not being able to breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead a short while later. Chauvin and 3 other officers, who were involved in the arrest, Zenobia Jeffries Warfield
Another Uprising Was Inevitable
This epidemic of racism is more prevalent, more real, more tangible than even a virus that is taking lives seemingly overnight. When do Black people get to rest, to be safe, to breathe?
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Jim Naureckas
Newsweek Fails to Note That White House Reopening Guidelines Make Absolutely No Sense
It's critically important that media provide accurate reporting on what our governments are choosing to do, and what price we are likely to pay for their choices.
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 On April 4, 2018, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O’Neill, Carmen Trotta and Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. prayed, poured blood, spray painted messages against nuclear weapons, hammered on a replica of a nuclear weapon, hung banners and waited to be arrested. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) Kathy Kelly
The Glory and Duty of Beating Swords to Plowshares
"The question isn't: did the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 have a lawful excuse to do what they did. The question is, what's our excuse not to do more? What will rise us?"
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"Twitter in no way censored the president," argues Chemerinsky. "It engaged in its own speech by providing readers with further information. It is truly Orwellian that Trump declared he was acting to protect free speech when he was retaliating against speech and seeking to expand the liability of media companies. Trump’s action is illegal. As president he does not have the power to change the meaning of a federal statute." (Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Erwin Chemerinsky
Trump's Authoritarian Executive Order Is an Assault on Free Speech—Not a Defense of It
It may be tempting to shrug off the president's spat with a social media platform, but we ignore such chilling conduct at our peril.
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US Representative Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey, puts on a mask during a press conference about COVID-19 testing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 27, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP/ via Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
America Bravely Marches Towards 'Failed State' Status
Societies that tolerate deep divides in income and wealth, new research suggests, invite pandemic disasters. And while President Donald Trump makes an obvious and deserving target, the real failures of our ruling order predate his troubled and reckless administration.
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Friday, May 29, 2020
Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on Thursday in Minneapolis. As unrest continues after the death of George Floyd, police abandoned the precinct building, allowing protesters to set fire to it. (Photo: STEPHEN MATUREN/GETTY) Jeneé Osterheldt
It’s Bigger Than Buildings. America Is Burning
We didn’t start the fire. America was founded by firestarters. The thieves of land who also stole people and raped and killed and brutalized their way into power. This country was built on the backs of Black folk it didn’t perceive as human and even today it tries to pillage our souls.
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When it comes to the virus, Washington is doing basically none of the things we need it to do. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Dan Froomkin
Reminder to the Press: Trump's Deadly Covid-19 Failures Are Still Happening
It’s almost as if the D.C. media has forgotten what Trump and the federal government urgently need to do—and could be doing—to save people’s lives.
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School closures have created some of the most trying ordeals for families in this pandemic. (Photo: carl_hfser/flickr) Ari Paul
Coverage of School Reopening Needs to Include School Workers
The eagerness to reopen schools is understandable, but given the intensity of this crisis, the decision must come after a comprehensive review of all factors, which includes the voices of the workers who will be taking on the most risk.
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Cusco, Peru (Photo: Shutterstock) Manuel Pérez Rocha
Corporate Lawsuits Could Devastate Poor Countries Grappling With COVID-19
Wealthy corporations may use trade courts to keep public health measures from cutting into their profits.
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Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro (Alan Santos/PR via Wikimedia Commons) Kevin Funk
The Class Politics of Coronavirus Responses in the Americas
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is rapidly losing public support, while Donald Trump remains entirely capable of triumphing in November despite his relative unpopularity.
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Palestinians are still under the security control of the Occupying Israeli military. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Netanyahu Calls Palestinians Future "Subjects" as Annexation Looms
You can’t keep 5 million people stateless forever, that this is monstrous. But apparently, you can do so for many decades, maybe a century or more.
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
We owe it to workers and animals to make this crucial, commonsense change. (Photo: Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian) Josh Balk
The Case for a New Technology to Help Slaughterhouse Workers
While the meat industry is receiving its massive $16 billion federal COVID-19 bailout, the USDA and Congress should also enact policies and allocate funds that would phase out archaic electrical slaughter methods in favor of CAS.
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S. David Freeman, Chief Energy Advisor, State of California, appears as the keynote speaker at the "Energy Summit" panel discussion, June 2, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
S. David Freeman: Seven Decades of Participating in Power for All of Us
Freeman mocked the foolish embrace of fossil fuels and warned all who would listen about the deadly impact of coal, oil, and natural gas consumption on our environment.
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Bolivia's self-declared interim president Jeanine Anez talks during a conference at the presidential palace on November 13, 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Javier Mamani/Getty Images) Benjamin Dangl
Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia
Following Áñez’s seizure of power, Bolivia has endured the worst state violence and political persecution it has seen in decades.
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CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015. (Photo: CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump’s War on Iran?
As with George W. Bush's false WMD claims about Iraq in 2003, Trump's real goal is not nuclear non-proliferation but regime change.
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"If allowed, Clearview will destroy our rights to anonymity and privacy — and the safety and security that both bring. People can change their names and addresses to shield their whereabouts and identities from individuals who seek to harm them, but they can’t change their faces." (Photo: Fight for the Future) Nathan Freed Wessler
We’re Taking Clearview AI to Court to End its Privacy-Destroying Face Surveillance Activities
The company’s surveillance activities are a threat to privacy, safety, and security.
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Klobuchar has risen to the top tier of Biden’s possible VP picks. Her selection would likely be disastrous. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her VP Quest
When Amy Klobuchar was running for president, corporate media served as her biggest political base.
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For the oligarchs and functionaries of Big Tech, Big Pharma, and other megafirms, who got on famously with the strongmen in authority, globalization proceeded apace. (Photo: Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Yanis Varoufakis
A Chronicle of a Lost Decade Foretold
Many on the left still cling to the hope that the COVID-19 crisis will translate into the use of state power on behalf of the powerless. But those in authority have never hesitated to harness government intervention to the preservation of oligarchy, and a pandemic alone won't change that.
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Floating trillions to Wall Street banks and big corporations might push their share prices up, but it won’t solve the issues that truly matter. (Photo: Screenshot) Nomi Prins
Here Comes the Great Coronavirus Depression
Crashes, then and now.
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The G7 nations don’t have the guts to stand up to the United States. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Is It Time to Boycott the United States?
The G7 kicked Russia out over its invasion of Crimea. Does the U.S. assault on international laws, treaties, and democracy itself warrant the same treatment?
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The pandemic has shown that we need a public option for basic banking services. (Photo: Shutterstock) Raúl Carrillo
We Need a Public Option for Banking
As families struggle to get stimulus checks, it's time to fix the rusty pipes of our inequitable financial system.
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 Police need to be highly trained and thoroughly multi-racial. They need, indeed, to be the ones who take the lead as we rebuild our social system based on the sanctity of life. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Policing and the Sanctity of Life
Compassionate policing exists right now and simply needs to expand beyond the reach of militarism and racism, which invade policework like a virus.
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The establishment, of systematic racism, in everything from school resegregation to residential segregation to employment discrimination, needs to be addressed through a second generation of civil rights legislation. (Photo: Wolfram Kastl/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 6 Reasons Authorities Are Cracking Down Hard on Black Protesters While Treating White Supremacist Reopeners With Kid Gloves
The establishment, of systematic racism, in everything from school resegregation to residential segregation to employment discrimination, needs to be addressed through a second generation of civil rights legislation.
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A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, on April 25, 2020. The price for crude oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history on April 20 amid the global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) Jamie Henn
Big Oil Is Pretending It Doesn’t Want a Bailout. That's Bullshit.
Despite fossil fuel industry efforts to spin a fairytale about oil companies tightening their belts and lifting themselves up by their bootstraps, corporate socialism is exactly what these climate villains want.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
For months, leading medical authorities have implored the FDA to suspend this restriction and give clinicians who provide abortion and miscarriage care the flexibility they need to protect their patients during this crisis. But the administration is intransigent. (Photo: Robin Marty/Flickr) Julia Kaye
The FDA Is Making Needless COVID-19 Risks a Condition of Abortion and Miscarriage Care. We’re Suing.
Against a nationwide medical consensus, the FDA is forcing patients to endure life-threatening risks to access medication to end an early pregnancy or treat a miscarriage.
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The seemingly unbreakable bonds between employment and health care mean that COVID-19 might have already cost 16.2 million newly unemployed American "warriors"—and their families—access to medical services and treatment. (Photo: © Greg Nash) Russell Weaver
Can the COVID War Become a Fight for Health Care Democracy?
Americans must make it known that we can’t fight a war and then simply go on to live flourishing lives without a basic guarantee to quality medical care.
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A sign reading, "We Will Be Heard" at the 2019 Women's March in Washington, D.C. (Photo: TC Davis/Flickr/cc) Anthony Zenkus
Joe Biden, Rape Culture, and Living in the Dark
It's hard when someone you like, someone you think is a good man or woman, is accused of rape. Our first instinct is to not believe it. That's normal. But that cannot be the end.
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2019 Climate strike in Jakarta, Indonesia ©Gilang Kharisma (Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Bronwen Tucker , Kate DeAngelis
Why $77 Billion a Year in Public Finance for Oil, Gas, and Coal Is Even Worse Than It Sounds
Right after the mostly-rich and powerful G2O countries signed the Paris Agreement with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5ºC, they went home and continued with the business-as-usual public finance policies that directly undermined this goal.
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This most recent effort to limit corporate accountability must be examined in the larger political and legal context. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Celine McNicholas, Margaret Poydock
Republicans and Corporate Interests Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erase Companies' Liability
Any effort to immunize corporations from responsibility to ensure workers a safe workplace will only lead to fewer protections for working people.
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An internally displaced woman voluntarily returning to her home in Bentiu, South Sudan, is being checked for fever. (Photo: United Nations/Isaac Billy) Pauline Muchina, Kennedy Akolo
Leaders Must Act to Protect Refugees and Internally Displaced People in Africa
The window of opportunity for containment is shutting fast. We must work together quickly to stop the spread of Covid-19 among the continent's most vulnerable populations.
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Then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a mask of himself which he picked up from supporter during a rally in the Robarts Arena of the Sarasota Fairgrounds on November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo illustration: Common Dreams/ Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
COVID-19 and the Unmasking of Donald Trump
The pandemic proves once and for all that this president is the enemy of the people.
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An employee at the Utah County Election office puts mail in ballots into a container to register the vote in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Provo, Utah. (Photo: George Frey/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
There's Only One Reason Trump and the GOP Don't Want Mail-in Voting
Vote-by-mail makes voting easier. And when voting is easier, Republicans have a much harder time suppressing the vote.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
 Asylum seekers protest inside the Mantra Hotel in Preston, Melbourne, Australia. May 16, 2020. (Picture by Micheal Dodge/AAP/PA Images. All rights reserved) Michael Flynn, Katie Welsford
COVID-19 Reveals the Inherent Vindictiveness of Migration Detention
The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the glaring injustices of the immigration detention system.
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COVID-19 demonstrates that there is a direct connection between the environment and our health. (Photo: World Learning/flickr/cc) Janis Petzel
Let’s Pay Attention to What COVID-19 Is Trying to Tell Us About Climate Change
It’s pointing us to a healthier and more resilient world if we chose to listen. We have no time to lose.
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Workers protest against the failure from their employers to provide adequate protections in the workplace of the Amazon delivery hub on National May Day Walkout/Sickout by workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Innstacart and Shipt amid the Covid-19 pandemic on May 1, 2020, in Hawthorne, California. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Shahid Buttar
A Whistleblowing Visionary Offers a Ticket to Our Future—If We Take It
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has a reputation for legislative mastery. She frequently uses it on behalf of corporate interests, however, not the invisible workers making less than minimum wage.
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Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams took the stage on election night event on May 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Deborah Toler
Is Stacey Abrams Progressive?
The Georgia Democrat, while clearly forward-thinking on voting rights and other key issues, has repeatedly thrown her lot in with the corporate wing of the party.
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McConnell’s moralistic reference to the profligacy of state governments is an initial shot over their bow in the political struggle over state debt. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) John Buell
Is Mitch McConnell Blocking State Aid to Enrich Vulture Funds and Bolster Corporate Control of the Economy?
Without further assistance from the Federal government, all states will be obliged to make draconian cuts in their budgets.
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 The spread of Covid-19 has offered a rare opportunity to raise questions, challenge frameworks, and critically consider what “ending” war might even mean for this country.(Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
The Coming of a Social-Distancing Version of War
The future of forever war, American-style.
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Monday, May 25, 2020
People wait in line as SF-Marin Food Bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry at Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, California on Monday, April 20, 2020. Work furloughs and layoffs created by coronavirus shelter-in-place orders are driving thousands to seek food assistance. Jesse Jackson
Americans Have United Before to Defeat an External Enemy and We Can Again
This is a time when leaders must emerge, move beyond their comfort zone, and offer bold responses to a stark crisis. This is not a moment for posturing.
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"With respect to nuclear hazards, especially from the weaponry and their possible use, there is a growing disconnect between risk and behavior," writes Falk, "a combination of nuclearism prevailing among the political elites of the nuclear weapons states and public disregard. There is a greater appreciation of the dangers associated with nuclear energy." (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Richard Falk
Arms Control & Disarmament: A Failed Marriage
As with the climate crisis, the linkages between contagious disease and nuclear weapons are too evident to ignore.
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A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise in Zabul province, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Andrew Bacevich
US Public Remain the Tacit Accomplice in America's Dead End Wars
Honor the fallen, but not every war they were sent to fight
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The Trump administration has attacked environmental regulations aimed at protecting people and the planet since the moment it came to power. (Photo: Mark Dixon/Flickr/cc) Kenneth Peres
Murderer in Chief (Part Two): Trump's Gutting of Environmental Rules Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths
The Trump administration—not state governors, not Congress, and not past presidents—is directly responsible for the hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths heading our way.
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A man rides through as grocery store workers and others stage a protest rally outside the Whole Foods Market, in the South End of Boston, to demand personal protective equipment, added benefits if needed and hazard pay, during the coronavirus pandemic on Apr. 7, 2020. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Michelle Chen
A Spontaneous Rebellion of Low-Wage Workers Is Rising Up Amid Pandemic
Workers are fighting for their lives—even as they save ours.
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 On this Memorial Day, let's remember the peace and justice activists—including Rachel Corrie—who died while demanding a better world. (Photo: Denny Sternstein/AP) Matthew Rothschild
Remembering Slain Peace and Justice Activists on This—and Every—Memorial Day
Let us remember those who died fighting for human rights and a better world.
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Members of National Nurses United stand in protest among empty shoes representing nurses who have died from Covid-19 in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 07, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Let's Honor Fallen Workers on Memorial Day, Too
Covid-19 has shown us how many different kinds of workers are needed to keep us safe, housed, and fed. Many of them face danger every day, just as soldiers do.
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Sunday, May 24, 2020
(Historical photos colorized by Marina Amaral, in project called ‘In Color || Slavery In Brazil, 1869’) Mirna Wabi-Sabi
A History of News and Justice in the Americas
Why hasn’t Social Media been more effective in bringing forth Social Justice? Some would argue that it has, by connecting people, trending the resistance against racism, and being useful in court —...
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Waves pound against the shore of Plum Island in Massachusetts, the day after a winter storm. Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad M. Khan
Sea-Level Rise Could Sink the US Southeast: How to Fight It as Individuals
The latest news on rising sea levels can be described as another example of human folly. The Anthropocene has seen plant extinctions, animal extinctions, both at an unforeseen pace, and now there is...
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A Memorial Day For Lies? Laura Flanders
A Memorial Day For Lies?
So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to believe...
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Saturday, May 23, 2020
MEAT SOLUTIONS: The Cargill meatpacking plant remains in operation after scaling production after as many as 18 employees have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus on April 17, 2020 in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Meatpacking plants are altering their production as outbreaks of the virus have been reported at the factories in Colorado, South Dakota, and Iowa. Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman
Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus
From wasted food to the exploitation of farmworkers, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that this country’s food system must be changed. Politicians must pass further stimulus...
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Eric Trump arrives as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying and deliver remarks at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019. Christopher Brauchli
The Pandemic and the Trumps
That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in, and the best of me is diligence. —Shakespeare, King Lear They were revelations. And they were revealed in the space of three days. And both...
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A sign asking Navajo residents to stay safe and warning of a curfew near the Navajo Nation town of Casamero Lake in New Mexico on May 20, 2020. - The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country after surpassing New York. Judy Rohrer
COVID-19 Reveals Viral Discrimination, Higher Ed Should Pay Attention
People are still saying “the virus doesn’t discriminate.” We know that’s just not true. We are not equally “all in this together.” The virus is hitting vulnerable populations the hardest—our elderly...
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George McGovern & Bernie Sanders Tom Gallagher
What the Class of ‘70's Old New Left Might Have Talked About at Their Canceled Reunions
There’ll be no fiftieth reunions for the class of ‘70, it seems. Abruptly thrust out into the world in the uproar following the National Guard’s killing of four students at a Kent State University...
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(Image: DonkeyHotey/cc) Ralph Nader
Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain
Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history...
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Friday, May 22, 2020
A return to “normal” in governments’ policies towards fossil fuel production—which were largely still enabling its expansion—is out of the question. To “build back better,” governments must exit the unstable boom-bust cycles of extraction, and instead manage its phase-out in a predictable, people-centered, and Paris-proof way. (Photo: Kelly Trout
5 Reasons We Must Act Now to End Oil and Gas Production
The world needs a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic that dispatches with the old subservience to the fossil fuel industry and instead puts health first, provides relief directly to people, centers workers and communities not corporate executives, builds solidarity across borders, and—crucially—...
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In addition to contributing to climate change, forest fires present a more immediate and very grave threat to public health. (Photo: Shutterstock) Luciana Tellez-Chavez
This Year’s Forest Fire Season Could Be Even Deadlier
Countries are using the coronavirus crisis to lift environmental regulations, even as COVID-19 leaves populations more vulnerable to health impacts from fires.
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We’ve got over a million people in prison, nearly a million more in jail, and half a million in immigrant detention. (Photo: Shutterstock) Robert P. Alvarez
A Simple Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis in Prisons
Releasing low-risk inmates would ease the risk that sky-high prison infection rates pose to all of us.
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While location surveillance is problematic at any time, the coronavirus crisis has led to a rapid uptick in its use; many measures to facilitate it have been passed by fast-tracked legislative procedures during national state of emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki) Katitza Rodriguez, Svea Windwehr
International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19
Location surveillance comes with a host of risks to citizens’ privacy, freedom of expression and data protection rights.
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Systematic inequality in America has produced two very different pandemics. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
A Tale of Two Pandemics
We are all weathering the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.
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Jules Boykoff
Why We Should Commandeer Hotels to House the Homeless
Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis in plain sight and a bleak indictment of capitalism. Now the capitalists have a chance—a duty, really—to step up in the clutch.
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Amazon head Jeff Bezos appears at a company event Sept. 25, 2019. Thanks to Covid-19's sales boosts, in the first quarter of 2020 Bezos made back the $10 billion he lost in 2019 more than twice over. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa (Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images) Amber Colón Núñez
Covid-19 Profiteers Are Making a Killing
Here are some of the most outrageous capitalist responses to the pandemic.
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Speaking in a web broadcast organized by the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel, Blinken stated bluntly that Biden "would not tie military assistance to Israel to any political decisions it makes, full stop."(Photo: Matt Smith Photographer / Shutterstock) Mitchell Plitnick
Key Biden Adviser Offers Little Hope for Palestinians
Being better than Trump is a very low bar, and hearing Blinken’s words made it clearer than ever that advocates for Palestinian rights will need to mobilize as never before under a Joe Biden administration.
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New York Times depiction (4/10/20) of Voice of America‘s studio (Photo: Jason Andrew). Julianne Tveten
Trump’s Pick Could Move VOA Further Right—But It’s Never Been an Independent Outlet
For decades VOA has enjoyed the best of both worlds for a Western media organization: operating at the government’s behest while masquerading as an exemplar of the free press.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Demonstrators unload fake body bags from a truck in protest of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, in Lafayette Park near the White House, May 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. All 50 states have reopened to varying degrees more than two months after lockdown, but the moves have not been coordinated, with the Northeast and West Coast moving slower than states in the South. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
In a Class War—Like It or Not—the System Always Makes a Killing
While negative coverage of Donald Trump has been common due to his handling of the pandemic, media outrage has been muted in relation to the magnitude of the dying in our midst.
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 By choosing to display the portraits of Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis, Monticello rejected Jefferson’s notions of white supremacy. (Photo: Robert Shetterly) Robert Shetterly
Thomas Jefferson: One Man, Two Legacies
It’s painful to speculate how different our history might have been, the altered quotient of human suffering in this country, and the world, if Jefferson, Washington and Madison had freed their slaves.
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Imagine one million people on the move right now, all trying to find safe shelter. (Photo: NASA) Astrid Caldas
Dangerous Hurricane Season To Open Amidst COVID-19
Emergency response officials need to develop COVID-19-safe evacuation plans, with safe locations and enforced social distancing, taking into consideration those most vulnerable socially and economically.
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From a rally for public education in Washington D.C. in July 2017. (Photo: Bob Korn) Stan Karp
Getting a Covid-19 Education: From Race to the Top to a Plunge to the Bottom
The pandemic and federal education policy.
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 But the Trump administration’s zeal in shifting attention from its own bungling of the Covid-19 crisis to China’s alleged culpability in creating a global pandemic only raises tensions precipitously between the planet’s two great powers at a terrible moment. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Bob Dreyfuss
The Wuhan Hoax
Covid-19 and Trump’s war on the U.S. intelligence community.
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The United States has long established itself as the neoliberal superstar, the modern nation with the most wealth inequality, threadbare social safety net, and thoroughly corporatized political leaders from both major parties. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Mark Harris
Pandemic Capitalism’s Cruel Absurdity
The global pandemic has brought a new urgency to the need for political alternatives to status quo politics, a need for socialist politics, and organization and a vision of a future beyond capitalism.
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A prolonged depression is virtually guaranteed without significant federal aid to state and local governments. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Congress Must Do Much, Much, Much More to Help Tens of Millions Unemployed
Nearly one in four workers has applied for unemployment benefits.
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In this time of the great disruptions brought on by the coronavirus, the practice of beauty keeps us centered on the ultimate importance and worth of the world in which we live. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Sandra Lubarsky
Now Is the Time to Practice Beauty
Beauty is intimately and evolutionarily connected to the urge to live. It is the value associated most keenly with experiences that affirm our vitality in relation to the vitality of other beings.
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