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Friday, February 21, 2020
HONG KONG, CHINA - 2020/01/01: Riot police officers in formation rushing to arrest protesters during the new year day demonstration. The unrest in Hong Kong shows no sign of a abating in 2020, with the new year marked by rallies showing continued resistance against Beijing's tightening grip over the financial hub. (Photo: Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists?
Depends whose police are being protested.
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There needs to be more engagement with the communities our new economy sets out to help. (Photo: Joe Brusky, CC BY-NC 2.0) Antonia Jennings
The Movement to Replace Neoliberalism Has Lost a Battle, But We Can Still Win the War
Now is not the time for despair. Neoliberalism is limping to its death, and it’s up to us to make sure that what comes next isn’t something worse.
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Amid his unprecedented advertising push, Bloomberg has risen in national polls. (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images) Karl Evers-Hillstrom
Michael Bloomberg Is Spending Nearly $6 Million Per Day on Campaign
No candidate has ever come close to Bloomberg’s personal spending.
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People put flowers and candles near the Midnight Shiha Bar for the victims of the recent shooting on February 21, 2020 in Hanau, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) Juan Cole
White Terrorism Targeting Innocent Muslims in Germany Is Not Termed "Terrorism"
It is no accident that the shooter idolized Donald J. Trump, one of the world’s most vocal purveyors of hatred toward Muslims.
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We can and must avoid getting any closer to the brink of nuclear war—we’re already dangling too close to the edge. (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
We Need to Treat Nuclear War Like the Emergency It Is
Alarmingly, the Trump administration is shredding arms control agreements and deploying "more usable" nuclear weapons.
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Bonnie Castillo
Bernie Sanders Best Represents Nurses' Values
The Sanders campaign is premised on building a mass movement for transformative change. Nurses are too.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr. (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice, courtesy of Wikimedia) Bill Blum
The Feud Between Trump and Barr Is a Grand Illusion
The sad truth is that the two men are as simpatico as ever in pursuit of their jointly held goal of executive supremacy.
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We need to act in time enough to matter. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Thomas Neuburger
On February 6th Antarctica Was Warmer Than Orlando, or Why I Support Only Sanders
Even if we elect a better-than-Trump, half-measures candidate, we're still not better off. Our grandchildren will curse us all the same.
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Bill Spence
Australian Government Is Burning Our Children's Future
Despite devastating fires, the Australian government is actively opposing any moves to limit climate damage.
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Studies suggest there is bias against women and ethnic minorities in both the health care and criminal justice systems. (Photo: Getty Images/Christopher Robbins) Anne P. DePrince, Jennifer M. Gómez
Weinstein Trial Begs a Question: Why Is the Pain of Women and Minorities Often Ignored?
Recognizing and believing their pain is essential to the work of healing and justice.
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Faith leaders pray with President Donald Trump during a Jan. 3, 2020 rally for evangelical supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry church in Miami. (Photo: Lynne Sladky / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump Goes Global With His Absurd Anti-Abortion Agenda
In spite of the relentless fearmongering, legislative erosion of women’s rights and powerful political allies to do their bidding, the anti-abortionists remain a minority.
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I want to live in a country where talented people from poor families can still go to college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Trump Wants to Cancel Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants
A broken promise to teachers and nonprofit workers.
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Participants at We Must Do M.O.R.E. tour stop in Greenfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 2020. (Photo: Steve Pavey) James Goodman
Poor People’s Campaign Puts the Spotlight on Poverty
Series of gatherings around the country builds momentum for June 20 march.
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11/9/35: General Smedley D. Butler, U.S. Marines, retired, pictured as he addressed a crowd of 6,000 participants in an anti-war demonstration on Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, Nov. 9th. Butler suggested, "That the government pay business and commercial interests not to trade with warring nations." (Photo: Bettman/Getty) Danny Sjursen
Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?
Why no retired generals oppose America's forever wars.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Arguments for Bloomberg’s candidacy stress his wealth as a plus, a kind of monetary insulation against outside influence, and his self-made billionaire status as a key weapon against Trump. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Ilana Novick
Progressives Will Stay Home for Michael Bloomberg
The ability to buy your way into power is not proof that people like what you do—for Bloomberg or for Trump.
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Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with the demonstrated experience and will to rectify the systemic injustice in America. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jaz Brisack et al
Rhodes Scholars on Bernie, Buttigieg, and Meritocracy
From our privileged position, we believe that the only candidate who is committed to transforming inequality and creating universal access to education is Bernie Sanders.
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Bloomberg is joined by Joe Biden on what seems like an endless apology tour. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Jesse Jackson
Kerner Report Set Standard for What a Serious Presidential Candidate Should Champion
The report became famous for its stark warning: "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal." It was the last attempt to address honestly the structural inequalities that plague African Americans.
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Mega-billionaire, Democratic presidential candidate, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign stop at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images) Jim Goodman
Bloomberg Won’t, As They Say, Play Well in Peoria, But Then, Neither Should Trump
The reality is that Bloomberg and the President are little more than two peas in a pod.
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Krugman is correct enough in saying that the Sanders point of view often goes by the name social democratic. (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Tom Gallagher
Paul Krugman on This Bernie Sanders and Socialism Thing
What Sanders actually calls himself is a "democratic socialist"—a term that never appears in Krugman’s article—because he doesn’t believe that billionaires should be running the show and the working people of the country should.
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"Unelectable" is now an overworked spin pushed by centrist Democrats and their corporate media allies. (Photo: Mara Liasson) Robin Andersen
Factchecking NPR’s Attempted Takedown of Bernie Sanders
Their ignorance is willful, and finds its roots in a profoundly ideological position, an ideology adopted by journalists who favor and are rewarded by corporate arguments promoted by corporate Democrats.
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Corporations like having healthcare linked to employment. They like having people held captive in jobs they hate for fear that they’ll lose their health coverage. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Dudzic
Why Won’t Corporate America Support Single Payer Medicare-for-All?
The only thing that will move most large corporations is a powerful grassroots anti-corporate movement that will hold their feet to the fire.
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Senator Bernie Sanders’ Social Security Expansion Act would subject earned income over $250,000 to the Social Security payroll tax. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Max Richtman
It's Time for Millionaires to Contribute Their Fair Share to Social Security
Some of America’s wealthiest recognize the inherent unfairness in the system.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Stephanie Davis and her daughter, Janiyah, attend the State of the Union address on February 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Jeff Bryant
The Charter School Movement Is Imploding. What Comes Next May Be Worse
Trump’s plan for 'school choice' will lead to the further privatization of public education.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction and Maintenance conference on April 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)   Hamilton Nolan
More Than 1,200 IBEW Members Call on Union Leadership to Retract Biden Endorsement
In organized labor, as in society at large, the 2020 Democratic primary is exposing the deep, latent divide between the left and the establishment.
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a town hall event in Coralville, Iowa on Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Buttigieg and Centrist Dems Want a Military Response to Climate Change. That’s Dangerous.
The Pentagon sees climate victims as threats.
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Thanks to the cowardice of the Obama administration, no CIA officer or any higher official in the administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, no psychologist, no doctor, no one at all has yet been held accountable for the years of torture practiced on a global scale in the war on terror. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Rebecca Gordon
Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents)
"The right to do whatever I want as president."
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Marcha das Margaridas is fighting for the rights of the working class in general and, in particular, for the rights of rural women workers, while welcoming demands from several other social movements. (Photo: Wikipedia) Renata Motta, Marco Antonio Teixeira
Women From Every Corner Occupy Brasilia: the Marcha das Margaridas
One of the largest women's mobilizations in Latin America, the Marcha das Margaridas, is led by rural trade unions, together with agrarian and feminist movements.
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Net zero targets require a significant reduction in pollution and any emissions that remain are offset with measures such as tree planting to reach zero overall. (Photo: Flickr) Emily Beament
World Shifting to Net Zero Emissions
More than 30 trillion of the world annual product (GDP) is being generated in nations, regions and cities with an actual or proposed net zero target.
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The stakes in preserving or reentering these vital arms control treaties could not be higher. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson, Flickr) Olivia Alperstein
An Arms Race That No One Can Win
We all have a vital interest in ensuring that nuclear weapons are not used. It’s time for the United States to take the lead on nonproliferation and disarmament.
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Nancy J. Altman, Linda Benesch
Bloomberg (Still) Wants to Cut Social Security
Bloomberg's words about 'options' are a clear signal. His language is insider speak, a wink and a nod to the donor class that he, like them, favors cutting Social Security.
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Monday, February 17, 2020
Buttigieg changes positions in response to pressure from Wall street and big pharmaceuticals. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
Buttigieg Is a Wall Street Democrat Beholden to Corporate Interests
Given his history, it is no surprise that Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Pharma, health insurers, real estate developers and private equity have decided to invest millions of dollars into Buttigieg’s campaign.
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As we wait to fix our broken system, thousands of people are denied access to healthcare or are crushed by medical debt. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/flickr/cc) Rohit Anand
The Real Choices in American Healthcare
My parents had to decide between my sister’s health or their financial security.
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“The only way to make them care is to make them pay.” (Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) Johnathan Hettinger
Jury Awards $265M in Damages in Dicamba Trial Against Monsanto, BASF
After three weeks of arguments, the jury awarded the peach-farmer plaintiff $15 million in damages and $250 million in punitive damages against the chemical companies.
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Addressing the climate crisis and ensuring a just transition to regenerative agricultural practices will take forward-thinking public investment combined with strong regulation. (Photo: Guido Lois) Tara Ritter
A False Solution: Why Carbon Markets Don't Work for Agriculture
"Carbon markets will do nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All they will do is create another way for polluters to profit from their lack of environmental concern."
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Honduran migrants walk near Esquipulas, Chiquimula departament, Guatemala, on January 16, 2020, after crossing the border in Agua Caliente from Honduras on their way to the United States. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images) Meghan Krausch
We Talk About One U.S.-Backed Coup. Hondurans Talk About Three.
Tracing U.S. complicity in the ongoing human rights crisis in Honduras.
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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu greets Bloomberg when the former mayor flew to Israel in July 2014 to support Israel's assault on Gaza and oppose the FAA decision to suspend domestic flights to the country. Michael Arria
Bloomberg Defied a Flight Ban to Show Support for Israel, Defended the Country Shelling a School and Killing Sleeping Children
Bloomberg: "Unfortunately, if there are innocents getting killed at the same time it’s not Israel’s fault."
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With very few exceptions, the loudest voices to be heard from mass media are coming from individuals with wealth far above the financial vicinity of average Americans. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders
In American politics, hell hath no fury like corporate power scorned.
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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Taliban fighters attend a surrender ceremony in Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2020. Nicolas J.S. Davies
Afghan Troops Say Taliban are Brothers and War is "Not Really Our Fight"
Afghanistan is not the United States' longest war. That tragic distinction belongs to the American Indian Wars.
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After Epic 'Nightmare' in Iowa, Democratic App Built by Secretive Firm Shadow Inc. Comes Under Scrutiny. Officials from the 68th caucus precinct overlook the results of the first referendum count during a caucus event on February 3, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Liliana Harrington
The Company Behind the Iowa Caucus App Debacle has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Treating citizens as mere pawns in a game run by propaganda shops
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The German American Bund’s 1939 rally in support of Nazism at Madison Square Garden, New York, was foretold by Lewis’s 1935 novel, It Can't happen Here. Michael Winship
It's Happening Here...
Messages of resistance in two little books, one a movie script.
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Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside the UK Home Office building on 05 November, 2019 in London, England. Nozomi Hayase
Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement
The US government’s extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange is a critical moment for press freedom, but also for the anti-war movement
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Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet’en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) Linda McQuaig
Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles
The hardball tactics are alarming
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Truthiness: Trump & YouTube Christopher Brauchli
Truthiness: Trump & YouTube
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. -Robert Frost The Black Cottage It must have been a bit of a downer for the trump. It came just three days...
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jamie Peck
Bernie Sanders Can Beat Trump with His Progressive Vision for America. Primary Voters Know It.
Democratic primary voters aren't just eager to win the presidency. They're also eager to see a leader fight for a real progressive policy platform.
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In Nicetown, a North Philadelphia neighborhood that was redlined in the 1930s, banks and mortgage brokers largely stay away. Lenders have been particularly stingy when it comes to home improvement loans. Rawan Elhalaby
Banking is Changing. Its Lack of Diversity Must Change, Too, and Congress Can Help
Ultimately, America’s economy cannot prosper if communities of color don’t prosper.
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Prominent international critics have called Israel’s Jews-only settlements, as well as segregated roads and other infrastructure, a form of apartheid.  (Photo: The West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev is pictured in late December, 2016) Brett Wilkins
UN Publishes List of Companies Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements in Palestine
Prominent international critics have called Israel’s Jews-only settlements, as well as segregated roads and other infrastructure, a form of apartheid.
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Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire Anis Shivani
So Many More People Understand the Meaning of Neoliberalism Today, and That’s a Huge Thing
Ordinary people—nurses, teachers, salespeople, accountants, drivers—increasingly understand what Neoliberalism signifies.
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Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" Laura Flanders
Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don't Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice
If there is one way for the Democrats to bungle this battle for democracy, Bloomberg is it.
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Vice President Henry Wallace (left) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Photo: Library of Congress) Ralph Nader
“Democratic Socialism” – Bring it on Corporate Socialists!
Our government today is of, by, and for the dominant corporations
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Friday, February 14, 2020
Many industries in the U.S. are dominated by just a handful of companies, such as Amazon and Apple. (Photo: Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Amitrajeet A. Batabyal
How the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Increase Inequality
Since economic power leads to political power, these companies have used their resources to lobby for rules and regulations that further narrow the scope of antitrust laws and harm consumers.
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President Alejandro Giammattei assumed office on January 14, 2020, after promising on the campaign trail to make Guatemala friendlier to transnational mining corporations. (Photo: Flickr/Vinicio Cerezo) Ellen Moore, Jen Moore
Global Mining Corporations Have a Friend in the New Guatemalan Government
The new president has appointed a former mining executive to a high-level post, worrying indigenous communities that have long protested the company’s harmful extraction activities.
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Pro impeachment activists occupy the capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2019. (Photo: By the People/Rachael Warriner) Anthony Torres
When the People Lead, Leaders Follow—Lessons From the Fight to Impeach and Remove Trump
The Senate may have betrayed the American people, but the movement for impeachment secured critical victories that will propel us forward in the longer battle for democracy.
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix (second right) after supporting the unfurling of a banner on Tower Bridge in central London, during an Animal Equality protest to draw attention to the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) Abigail Penny
Measuring Our Impact on the Planet
Is Joaquin Phoenix the voice for farmed animals everywhere right now?
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In the current election cycle, Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person on Earth, has already spent $300 million of his own money on his presidential bid. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Alex Kotch
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller
Over the last decade, Bloomberg helped Republicans take and maintain control of the U.S. Senate.
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Someone like Sanders, who promises to take on the power and influence of the rich, is an unwelcome intrusion into politics as usual. (Photo: Bloomberg column 2/10/20) Alan MacLeod
For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Sanders is the frontrunner going into the next Democratic debate on Wednesday. But don’t expect the media to treat him particularly well.
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The status quo—of a planetary emergency and deep inequalities—is unsustainable and insupportable. (Photo: pxfuel, Creative Commons Zero—CC0) Thomas Hanna, Mathew Lawrence
Reimagining Democratic Public Ownership for the Twenty-first Century
A new transatlantic project will explore how new models of public ownership can shape the emerging commanding heights of the economy.
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Based on where EVs have been sold, driving the average EV produces global warming pollution equal to a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon (mpg) fuel economy. (Photo: joel-t/iStock) David Reichmuth
Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why
Switching to an EV can make a big difference in how much global warming emissions we produce and is one of the biggest actions a household can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
The U.S. war machine demonstrated total disdain for its upstart rival, and unleashed an illegal war based on lies that has now raged on through many phases of violence and chaos for 17 years. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
The peace movement’s small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize.
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The real hope represented by Bernie Sanders’ campaign is that he can pull together these sharply separated populations—in the process shifting the focus to the elite forces whose propaganda has kept them apart. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Ted Morgan
Why the Democrats Should Back Bernie Sanders: And Why They Won’t, If They Can Possibly Help It
This could represent the beginning of a real healing of America’s tragic history around race and class.
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The establishment is trying to push the party’s candidates to surrender their progressive ideals and just tinker around the edges of actual change. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jim Hightower
The Irony of the Centrist-Progressive Debate
Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls.
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At 18-plus years or, if you prefer to combine Washington’s two Afghan wars, 28-plus years, we’re talking about the longest American war in history. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
War Addicts, Inc.
Making sense of the age of carnage.
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Prime Minister Netanyahu has recently, and probably accurately from his perspective, called Donald Trump “the best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.”(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Danny Sjursen
America and Israel Against the World
The only other nations supporting the Trump and Netanyahu plan are dictatorial and/or monarchical Arab client states like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
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Corporate media’s propagandistic coverage is most apparent when they consistently refuse to hold the US government accountable to its own standards for what constitutes “state sponsors of terrorism.” (Photo: New York Times Screenshot) Joshua Cho
No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home
There’s a much stronger case that the US rather than Iran is actually the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Wall: Separating Democracy From Voters
We have a political system that continually surrenders to us-vs.-them thinking: leadership that requires an enemy to keep the country united.
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Jeff Cohen
When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as 'Former,' CNN Is Lying To You
A lot of the corruption in Washington stems from former officials, whether Democrat or Republican, leaving government to work as consultants or lobbyists for greedy private interests.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Who’s Afraid of 'Socialism'?
Americans were taught to associate "socialism" with dictatorship and "capitalism" with democracy. Are those days over?
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“Medicare for All would be, and should be, mandatory, just as Medicare is currently mandatory." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Russell Mokhiber
NPR Mara Liasson Mandatory Medicare for All and the Ramped Up Attack on Single Payer
Leaders of the single payer movement were taken aback by the use of the term and did not know where it came from.
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The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) Ruth Conniff
Election 2020: Transformation or Stability?
We don’t know whether the candidate with the most progressive policy ideas will win. What we do know is that there are different paths to victory.
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We must get big money out of politics, end the flow of lobbyists in and out of government, and strengthen ethics laws. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
5 Ways Donald Trump Has Not Drained the Swamp
Trump has enlarged and deepened the swamp, but the swamp was there before he got to Washington.
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Medical professionals, medical students, ACTUP New York and their supporters held a rousing protest rally outside Pfizer World Headquarters in New York one of the worlds largest drug companies. At the beginning of this year, the corporate giant announced price increases for 40 of its drugs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Health Care for People...or for Corporate Profits?
Unable to win public support on their own merit, the corporatists and their hired political hacks are going all out to continue their profit gouging and keep control of America's dysfunctional system.
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We must tell the truth and show through our actions that we stand with young people in their efforts. (Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight. Public Domain.) Harriet Shugarman
How to Support Your Children in Turning Climate Angst Into Climate Action
We must tell the truth and show through our actions that we stand with young people in their efforts.
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Some people are saying Mike Bloomberg isn't an oligarch. They're wrong. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Paul Heideman
Michael Bloomberg, American Billionaire Oligarch
The multi-billionaire has spent his career using his fortune to undermine democracy and enact his preferred political agenda. His presidential gambit is just the latest example.
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The Kushner Plan "tries to make of Palestine a Frankenstein creation." (Photo: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro, via Flickr @thejointstaff) Juan Cole
From 'Swiss Cheese' to 'Frankenstein's Monster,' Arab Leaders Have Many Names for Kushner-Trump Apartheid Plan
A contest among Arab leaders to find the most colorful way of expressing how truly catastrophic the Kushner Apartheid is for the Palestinians and the Arab world.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Mehdi Hasan
With Back-to-Back Wins for Sanders, Pundits Proven Wrong in Iowa and New Hampshire
It was a big, big mistake to write off both Bernie Sanders and his No. 1 policy proposal.
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Practical Bernie Sanders voted for Obamacare, but he didn’t give up on his long-term goal of universal health care. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Radical—He’s a Pragmatist Who Fights to Un-rig the System
Sanders would use both markets and government to reverse the upward redistribution of income to the already rich.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Asbestos  is a carcinogenic mineral now banned in more than 60 nations. (Photo: Shutterstock) Derrick Z. Jackson
Asbestos, Ubiquitous and Avoidable, Is a Deadly Threat to Our Kids
Like cigarettes, asbestos is a time bomb causing disease in victims decades after exposure—in this case lung cancer and mesothelioma.
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Capitalism is literally destroying life on earth. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) John Sanbonmatsu
No, Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
(But that's okay)
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Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kelsey Yule
Trump’s Border Wall Is an Ecologist’s Nightmare
Blowing up mountains, bulldozing sacred sites, guzzling groundwater—the wall is turning border ecosystems into a grim dystopia.
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Donald Trump isn’t the first president to try to parlay Pentagon funding into political support, but he’s been more aggressive and systematic in his efforts than any president in memory. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) William Hartung
Will Trump Ride Pentagon Spending to Reelection?
The president bets on arms sales big time.
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Over and over Americans have called for diplomatic solutions, an end to endless wars, and have worked tirelessly to realize the full breadth of equality and freedoms we have espoused for centuries. (Photo: Liz Lemon/Flickr/cc) Assal Rad
Iranian-Americans in the Age of Trump, the Travel Ban, and the Threat of War
We want democracy and freedom for Iran, not because of Iranian exceptionalism, but because those are the values we aspire for at home, and therefore believe all people deserve.
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The United States can and must once again show leadership in multilateral efforts to de-escalate tensions and pull us back from the brink of nuclear conflict. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Allen Hester
The Doomsday Clock Is the Call to Action We Need Right Now
Nuclear weapons make us less, not more, safe, and it’s time to stop playing a no-win game of chicken and enact common-sense nuclear policies before time runs out.
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Mega-billionaire, Democratic presidential candidate, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign stop at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Robert McChesney
If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—Not Sabotage Democrats
The mega-billionaire should be running against Trump in the Republican primaries, not as a Democrat. If he actually cared about this country more than stroking his massive ego that is exactly what he would be doing.
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Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven candidates qualified for the second Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020 which comes just days before the New Hampshire primary on February 11. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Ima Adolph Reed Jr.
Here They Come Again: The Kind of Neoliberal Democrats Who Prefer Trump to Sanders
Here's the question: to what extent is the Establishment's commitment to democratic institutions greater than their commitment to current forms of capitalist hierarchy? It seems like we are about to find out.
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Monday, February 10, 2020
View from Dresden city hall after the February 13-15, 1945 Allied bombing. (Photo: Deutsch Fotohek/Wikimedia Commons) Brett Wilkins
The Beasts and the Bombings: Reflecting on Dresden, February 1945
The Dresden bombing shocked the world’s conscience.
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Jane Fonda was fabulous. She took the makeshift stage in her red coat and hat and launched into a brilliant, clear speech calling upon California, and the rest of the nation and the world, to stop all new oil wells. (Photo: Rev. John Dear) Rev. John Dear
Fire Drill Fridays Take L.A.
Catastrophic climate change is not coming in fifty or one hundred years. It’s upon us now.
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Long before he thought about running for any office, let alone for president, Sanders fought for racial justice. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Barbara Smith
I Helped Coin the Term 'Identity Politics.' I'm Endorsing Bernie Sanders.
I support Sanders because I believe his campaign is currently the best hope for helping marginalized Americans.
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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with supporters on February 9, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Michaela Rafferty
Before Celebrating Sinn Féin Election Surge, Consider Their Pro-Austerity Record in the North of Ireland
For over two decades, the party has shared power in the North of Ireland, where it has widened the gaps between rich and poor.
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An aerial view of homes destroyed by the Camp Fire on February 11, 2019 in Paradise, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Pat LaMarche
The Climate-Fueled Camp Fire Took Their Homes. Now They Are at Risk of Losing FEMA Housing Too.
It's time for our country to focus on massive, extreme events—fueled by climate change—that result in the instantaneous homelessness of tens of thousands of people.
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 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., campaigns in Concord, New Hampshire, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jason Sattler
Moderate Democrats Have a Duty to Consider Sanders. He Has a Clear Path to Beating Trump.
Bernie Sanders isn't even my favorite senator running for the 2020 nomination. But I see his potential to unite the Democratic Party and oust Trump.
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The Kushner Apartheid Plan would not end any of these abuses but would cement them forever in place. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Israeli Blocking of Palestinian Exports to Jordan Shows Reality of Apartheid That the Kushner Plan Would Only Cement
That Israel can stop Palestinian-Jordanian trade demonstrates conclusively that Palestine is not a free agent but is rather an Occupied territory, and that all the power rests in the hands of the Occupation military.
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Assange would face a politicized show trial in the United States if he were extradited to face 17 charges under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic cables, documents and videos that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us
The publication of classified documents is not yet a crime in the United States. If Assange is extradited and convicted, it will become one.
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Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Finnmark region of Norway and adjacent Russian territory have become one of the most likely battlegrounds for the first use of nuclear weapons in any future NATO-Russian conflict. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Michael Klare
The Arctic: World War III’s Newest Battlefield
U.S. troops head for the far north.
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US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. - US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers
So much for freedom of speech and open election discourse in public places—even in the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire.
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Sunday, February 9, 2020
Adam Gaffney
Trump Says Covering All Immigrants Would Bankrupt Our Healthcare System. That’s a Lie.
Covering undocumented immigrants under Medicare for All isn't just morally right—it’s also economically sound.
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Sarah Jones
The Democrats Finally Get Around to Talking About Abortion
"Abortion rights are in theory one of the Democratic Party's basic principles, a standard it will not compromise. Except that it does, with disastrous results."
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Andrew Taggart
If Work Dominated Your Every Moment, Would Life Be Worth Living?
An obsession with work causes needless human suffering and immiserates our imagination.
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Amanda Follett Hosgood
At the Unist'ot'en Outpost, a Tightknit Group Readies for Police
"This is my home. It's not a protest camp."
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Russell Mokhiber
West Virginia Legislation Would Make Civil Disobedience Against Gas Pipelines a Felony
"West Virginians value their rights to free speech and free association as granted to us under the Constitution. We will not stand for the legislature taking these rights away."
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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Anita Desikan
The EPA's New Shameful Tactic: Avoid People Poisoned by Coal Ash
The Trump administration has rolled back requirements for public hearings regarding federal rules, making the fossil fuel industry even less accountable to communities.
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Ryan Cooper
American Democracy Is Dying
"About every other country has suffered a constitutional collapse at some point; our number may well be up quite soon."
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