All Views Articles

Saturday, October 14, 2017
FCC Chairman Pai Should Condemn Trump's Attacks on Free Speech Jessica J. González
FCC Chairman Pai Should Condemn Trump's Attacks on Free Speech
Ajit Pai has a chance to be on the right side of history.
Read more
According to Breast Cancer Action, October is really "Breast Cancer Industry Month." (Photo:  WCN 24/7/flickr/cc) Karuna Jaggar
Putting a Knot in Pinkwashing
This October marks 25 years since the multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation The Estée Lauder Companies helped launch the pink ribbon and with it the global marketing bonanza.
Read more
President Donald Trump speaks during the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: DoD) Steven Feldstein
Under the Trump Administration, US Airstrikes Are Killing More Civilians
Unfortunately, the increased trend of civilian casualties is unlikely to diminish.
Read more
Demonstrators gathered in front of the White House on Oct. 12, 2017 for a rally to stop a war with Iran. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal Like Run-up to Iraq War
Former head of International Atomic Energy Agency weighs in on Trump's move to decertify the deal
Read more
Donald Trump, who promised last year to close the special hedge-fund tax break, has mysteriously omitted that vow from the “tax reform” framework the White House released this fall. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jim Hightower
What Happened to Trump’s Pledge to Close This Billionaire Loophole?
The president's pledge to roll back a hedge fund loophole has mysteriously vanished from his tax plan.
Read more
Friday, October 13, 2017
Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Caring Across Generations campaign: "The Maine campaign for universal in-home care could be the next big thing in the care movement. It could be a blueprint for the nation." Sarah Anderson
Taxing the Wealthy to Pay for Universal Home Care
Activists in Maine are mobilizing to a path-breaking proposal on the 2018 ballot that would fund in-home services for the states elderly and disabled.
Read more
Trita Parsi
Trump's Speech Against Iran Deal a National Disgrace
The most insulting of Trump's lies was when he sought to pass himself off as a champion of the Iranian people.
Read more
It’s not about a single leader. It is about a movement of millions Americans who want a better life for themselves and their families, and leadership that gives voice to those universal aspirations. Jeff Weaver
The Establishment Still Doesn't Recognize The Political Revolution That's Happening
The path ahead for real progressive change is becoming clearer and clearer.
Read more
Ryan Cooper
It's Time for Democrats to Stop Being Such Gormless Chumps
There is nothing responsible about being a prissy rule-follower when you're in a vicious, dirty political brawl.
Read more
Khalid Qassim has been held at Guantánamo Bay for 15 years. He has never been charged with a crime or had the chance to prove his innocence at trial. Khalid Qassim
I am in Guantánamo Bay. The US Government is Starving Me to Death
'I am asking for anyone out there to talk about what’s going on here. To ask why Trump is letting us slowly die. I don’t have many days left."
Read more
Public education supporters have been protesting Betsy DeVos since her nomination as Secretary of Education. Jesse Hagopian
Seattle Teacher: Dear Betsy DeVos, You’re Not Welcome Here
Educators, students, parents, unions, working people, the poor, LGBTQ folks, women, people of color, and human rights organizations are ready to protest you.
Read more
Sayra Lozano
I’m a ‘Dreamer.’ If Someone Must Be Punished, Let It Be Me.
"Let me pay the fine, let me risk my security by advocating publicly, let me bear the burden of this broken immigration system, not my community."
Read more
Now, financial interests are using this tragedy to exploit Puerto Rico even further. As Kate Aronoff, Angel Manuel Soto, and Averie Timm report in The Intercept, they are attempting to use PROMESA to accelerate the sell-off of Puerto Rico’s shared resources to private hands. Richard Eskow
After The Storm, It’s Labor vs. Finance for the Future of Puerto Rico
Wall Street, which has been plundering the island for years, is trying to tighten its grip on the island, meanwhile organized labor is working to rebuild its ranks.
Read more
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Lawrence Wilkerson, Gareth Porter
Congress, End America's Role in Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen
It’s time to break with such destabilizing policies that threaten fundamental U.S. security interests.
Read more
The rich get richer and the rest of us lose income, health care, and other essential services like housing, food, and education. (And don’t think they won’t come for Social Security next.) LeeAnn Hall
Tax Cuts for the Rich, Paid for with Your Health Care
So-called “tax reform” would have the same result as health care repeal: millions lose their care, while millionaires get a tax break.
Read more
American society is embracing its inner empire. Eventually, its long reach may come for us all. Danny Sjursen
The Empire Comes Home
Counterinsurgency, Policing, and the Militarization of America’s Cities.
Read more
Do people have a right to accessible weather information that they pay for with their tax dollars? Myers and AccuWeather, as well as Jacobs and Panasonic appear to think not. I happen to think Americans deserve access to the life-saving forecasts and other weather information provided to the public by NOAA scientists. Andrew Rosenberg
Conflicts of Interest? NOAA’s Nominees AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers, and Dr. Neil Jacobs of Panasonic
"These agency leaders affect the lives of literally every person in this country."
Read more
Trita Parsi
5 Reasons Why Trump Is Moving Towards War With Iran
Trump's confrontation with Iran is a war of choice, not a war of necessity
Read more
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. (Courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima) Juan Cole
Trump Wants 10-fold Increase In Atom Bombs But Is After Iran, Which Has None
A nuclear warhead dropped on a major city like New York or Beijing or Moscow could kill 700,000 people. Then ten could kill 7 million. A hundred could kill 70 million.
Read more
Quinta Jurecic
Robert Mueller Can’t Save Us
"Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is a black box."
Read more
Clearly, those trying to recast the narrative of DeVos from the potent force originally described in the media into the weakened warrior currently in fashion are seeing the trees and not the forest. Jeff Bryant
Betsy DeVos’s Attack On Public Education Is Just Beginning
DeVos is still dedicated to transforming American schools from universal access to a competitive marketplace.
Read more
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Enterprising businesses that want to save money could cite “religious freedom” to exclude virtually any medical treatment from their insurance plans. Surgery, antibiotics, immunizations — you name it. Martha Burk
Your Boss Shouldn’t Get to Have ‘Religious’ Objections to Your Health Care
Expanding "corporate citizen" rights into health care could ultimately affect everybody, not just women.
Read more
John Feffer
Trump Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy
From his feud with Bob Corker to his plans to renege on the Iran deal, Trump's mood swings mean a dangerous new era of foreign policy.
Read more
The most important challenge for Our Revolution and this new labor network will be to contribute meaningful political support to shaping the outcome of the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections. There is real potential for the Democratic Party to recapture the House of Representatives. Rand Wilson, Peter Olney
Labor for Our Revolution
The unions that supported Bernie Sanders unite in a new network.
Read more
Robert Reich
Five Reasons the GOP Tax Plan Is a Cruel Joke
The evidence is overwhelming — trickle-down economics simply doesn't work.
Read more
A Scott Pruitt puppet seen at the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. in April 2017 Juan Cole
As Trump & Pruitt Unleash Climate Demons, Scientists Dream of Atlantic Wind Farm
"Why would someone deliberately sabotage our air, water and climate?"
Read more
We need massive, ambitious climate action and a just transition away from polluting industry. The comment period for a replacement to the CPP offers an opportunity for working class people and people of color to put forward OUR visions for what U.S. climate policy needs to be and build power together to make those visions a reality. Ben Ishibashi
How We Beat Trump’s Dirty Power Play
It is an attack on the very existence of U.S. climate policy, and any notion that we put people’s lives before the profit margins of big fossil fuel companies.
Read more
There is a budget that closely mirrors what the people want: the People's Budget, released by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is closely aligned with preferences of the majority of Americans, and it does a better job at lowering the projected deficit though targeted tax increases on the rich and budget cuts in the military and a few other specific areas. John Atcheson
What the People Want vs. What Trump, Ryan and McConnell and Gang are Proposing
And as long as Democrats continue to embrace corporatism and the mythical center, they will continue to lose to these clowns.
Read more
Tim Koechlin
The Rich Get Richer Still
The Trump Tax Plan is Plunder, Plain and Simple.
Read more
Neal Gabler
Trump the Entertainer
The media continue to view Trump through a political lens when an entertainment lens would be more appropriate.
Read more
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Bernie Sanders
Why We Must Make Public Higher Education Tuition Free
Americans face almost $1.5 trillion in debt in the name of higher education
Read more
John Nichols
Paul Ryan's Scorching Duplicity on Gun Violence, Mental Health and, Well, Everything
A closer look at the shameless political careerist now running the U.S. House of Representatives
Read more
Mourners gather at the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign where Greg Zanis, a retired carpenter from Chicago, placed 58 crosses to honor those who were killed during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2017. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Evil that Guns Do
The firearms lobby suggests that because morality can't be legislated, the evil of gun violence can only be controlled by... more guns.
Read more
It isn’t as if Barack Obama doesn’t realize what he is doing and what is happening to him in this self-enriching bubble he has shaped, post Presidency. He can’t seem to help himself, and going to nearly 500 fat-cat political fund-raisers outside Washington, D.C. as President didn’t help to change or expand his chosen circle. Ralph Nader
Obama: Too Cool for Trump’s Crises
Say the right thing and the people won’t mind so much when your words don’t match your deeds.
Read more
“the feminization of politics, beyond its concern for increasing presence of women in decision-making spaces and implementing public policies to promote gender equality, is about changing the way politics is done.” Sol Trumbo, Nick Buxton
The Power of a Transformative City
“The local was where democracy was born; it is now where we will recover it.”
Read more
Medea Benjamin
10 Reasons the US Should Stick With the Iran Nuclear Deal
On Trump's wildly false arguement that the agreement is not in the country's national interest
Read more
William Hartung
How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops
How taxpayers are really just supporting the CEOs of arms manufacturers and Defense Department contractors
Read more
To leave the world’s future in the hands of nationalist blowhards or even prudent practitioners of traditional national statecraft will simply continue the drift toward catastrophe. Lawrence Wittner
Should Limiting North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions Be the Responsibility of the U.S. Government?
Threatening North Korea with destruction is remarkably counter-productive.
Read more
Joe Cirincione
Trump’s Horrifying Iran Deal Gambit
“We are sleepwalking into an armed conflict.”
Read more
Monday, October 9, 2017
Women — even if they too are smart and accomplished — often feel humiliated or too scared to speak out. Los Angeles Times Editorial
The Problem of Sexual Harassment is Much Bigger Than Hollywood's Vile 'Casting Couch' Culture?
When will we finally put a stop to it?
Read more
Trump’s 2018 budget calls for a 93 percent cut in funding for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Robert Reich
Trump and Weinstein
When powerful men are sexual predators.
Read more
Until the next massacre. A vigil in Philadelphia for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Pierre Tristam
Pride In “Our Country”? Count Me Out
While lost in Trump's everyday wreckage, the U.S. voted against a United Nations resolution that condemned executions of LGBT people.
Read more
Those who fight against the sicknesses, whether squatting in old warehouses, camped out at Zuccotti Park or Standing Rock or locked in prisons, have discovered that life is measured by infinitesimal and often unseen acts of solidarity and kindness. Chris Hedges
Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope
"The bottomless narcissism and hunger of consumer culture cause our darkest and most depraved pathologies."
Read more
Marjorie Cohn, Jonathan Moore
The Vietnam War is Not History for Victims of Agent Orange
The actions of the US government and the US manufacturers of Agent Orange and other deadly herbicides is a moral outrage.
Read more
Thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed in recent months by imprecise bombings by the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul. Andrew Bacevich
How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars
Sixteen years of autopilot wars, but who’s counting?
Read more
Robert Freeman
Why the US Lost the Vietnam War
The U.S was not simply outfought. It was out-thought.
Read more
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Anti-LGBTQ advocates are also trying to use religion to deny people healthcare James Esseks
Think Religiously Motivated Discrimination Can't Affect You? Guess Again.
In the past, courts have largely rejected attempts to use religion to discriminate. But our opponents haven't given up.
Read more
Robert Reich
Why We Need Sanctuary States
Other states should follow California's and Oregon's lead.
Read more
In the industrialized world, Denmark will be the vanguard of renewable energy by 2022 Juan Cole
Top Ten Renewable Energy Surprises in New IEA Report
A new International Energy Agency report contains some startling findings about solar energy dominance and its future.
Read more
The tragedy of American gun violence emerged from the banality of the American gun business, Janine Jackson
We Need Thoughtful Coverage of Gun Violence, Not Slow Pans Over Arsenals
Part of the problem is the rush to coverage, which is—in part—responsible for nonsense like AP , Newsweek , and Time (among others) running online reports that ISIS claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas massacre.
Read more
Robert Dodge
ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize Is Humanity's Rx for Survival
Nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to our humanity and the U.N. Treaty, through the work of ICAN, is now our prescription for survival.
Read more
Saturday, October 7, 2017
John Atcheson
Save Your Prayers and Pass Some Laws
Congressmen and women, stop saying there's nothing we can do. Stop offering prayers as substitutes for action.
Read more
Juan Cole
Plummeting in Polls, Will Trump 'Wag the Dog' With Iran, North Korea?
"The conjuncture of these two pieces of news—Trump making cryptic but dire threats and Trump’s astonishing unpopularity—creates the threat of a wag the dog scenario."
Read more
Christopher Brauchli
Clark Kent aka Scott Pruitt
According to one report, during his first months in office, Mr. Pruitt’s non-commercial airplane travel cost taxpayers more than $58,000.
Read more
"There are now two mayors who’ve proven that progressive candidates can win just about anywhere. Learn that lesson or you deserve to lose forever," Pierce writes. Charles P. Pierce
If the Democrats Don't Learn This Lesson, They Deserve to Lose Forever
Progressive candidates can win anywhere. Contest every race.
Read more
Sonali Kolhatkar
No Good Reasons to Continue America's Longest War
"Unless something changes, another 10 years will pass with Americans remaining blind to the reasons for the war and Afghans continuing to pay the price of our ignorance."
Read more
Friday, October 6, 2017
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning had her visiting fellowship at Harvard University rescinded after CIA Director Michael Pompeo and former director Mike Morrell objected. (Photograph: @xychelsea/Instagram) Azeezah Kanji
The Dangerous Hypocrisy of Celebrating Obama While Criminalizing Manning
As president, Barack Obama prosecuted more than twice as many whistleblowers as all previous administrations combined — stifling a vital source of information about state practices shrouded in a veil of secrecy
Read more
Twenty-five years ago, I wrote an article, “Once Upon a Genocide,” reviewing the major children’s literature about Columbus. My conclusion was that these books teach young readers that colonialism and racism are normal. Bill Bigelow
Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers
The world is still sliced in two between the worthy — the owning classes, the corporate masters, the generals — and the nobodies. The invaded, the owned, the bombed, the poisoned, the silenced.
Read more
There needs to be a new conversation about racism, in specific, and the system of white male privilege, in general.  While economic equality should be one aspect of this conversation, it should also include race, gender, and class. Bob Burnett
Martin Luther King Jr asked “Chaos or Community?”
"It's painful to acknowledge that most of what Dr. King complained about in 1967 remains true in 2017."
Read more
At Shale Insight, Perc Pineda, an economist with the Plastics Industry Association said, "the capacity to produce ethylene – from 2010 to 2020 is expected to grow by more than 60% - according to ACC and that will benefit plastics manufacturing." However, plastics production is inherently wasteful; the largest sector is packaging, which creates materials that are immediately thrown away. Alison Grass
Big Surprise: Energy Industry Has a Best Friend in the Oval Office
The annual Shale Insight fracking conference shed some (unsurprising) light on the partnership between the Trump Administration and Big Energy.
Read more
Life in this entitlement environment shapes how the awesomely affluent interact with the world. They come to see their privilege as the proper order of the universe. The wealthy deserve to be served. Those without wealth do not. If those without wealth did rate as deserving, after all, wouldn’t they already be wealthy? Sam Pizzigati
Why Do So Many Super Rich Despise the Poor?
Donald Trump's putdown of suffering Puerto Ricans reflects a mindset that has long afflicted the awesomely affluent.
Read more
 Denial: even if we intellectually acknowledge the possibility of war, we rarely conceptualize the ground reality. Our imaginations are clouded by the sanitized portrayals we see on TV. To put it bluntly: the nightly news doesn’t show images of the dead, dismembered children that litter the street in conflict zones. Lisa Fuller
Is Las Vegas a Harbinger of America's Future?
"No one thinks that their neighborhood will become a war zone until they hear the first gunshots."
Read more
Joyce Tambu answers to a reporter's questions at a refugee camp in Gumbo Nick Turse
The Journalist and the Fixer
Who Makes the Story Possible?
Read more
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Jill Richardson
We’re Failing the US Citizens of Puerto Rico
Wanting federal aid in a natural disaster isn't wanting "everything done for you." It's what we should all expect.
Read more
DxE photograph depicting piglets huddled up against their mothers at Smithfield-owned Circle Four Farm in Utah. DxE says the piglets were sick or starving Glenn Greenwald
The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms
Abuse and torture is all a factory-farmed pig knows.
Read more
David Korten
Let’s Talk About What We Really Want From Tax Reform
The Trump/Republican tax cut proposal is an opportunity to discuss how to redistribute wealth and power.
Read more
The events of the day demonstrated many things to the world. The most self-evident of these is the underlying brutality and lack of imagination of the current Spanish Government led by Mariano Rajoy,   as well as the many other parties (including the supposedly progressive Socialists) and media outlets that have backed his "there's nothing to talk about" approach to the Catalan question. Thomas S. Harrington
Last Sunday In Catalonia: Pirates 1, The Invincible Armada 0
The rest of the world is finally waking up to a reality that Catalans have understood for a very long time now
Read more
The EPA estimates that current pollution control systems will prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths, avoid 2,200 hospital admissions, and eliminate 19,000 asthma attacks annually because some of these pollutants cause lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory harm. Jonna Hamilton
Is Your Representative Setting Us Up for Another Dieselgate?
There are currently bills in Congress that would make it difficult for the EPA to regulate manufacturers from selling high-pollutant car devices.
Read more
Juan Cole
Top 5 Signs Donald Trump Might Be an Effing Moron
Despite whatever Rex Tillerson said or did not say, the evidence is everywhere.
Read more
Jim Naureckas
Two Charts on the Gun Crisis: One Hopeful, One Hopeless
After mass shootings, support for gun control typically doesn't change and in some cases, declines.
Read more
Richard Eskow
The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Time For Something New
An ideology that has become complacent and complicit: complacent in its power, and complicit in its relationship to corporate power.
Read more
Robert C. Koehler
The Violence Comes Home Again
I’m not against gun control measures, but they’re not enough.
Read more
Medea Benjamin
From a Concert in Las Vegas to a Funeral in Yemen, We Must Stop Mass Murder
While we try to steer the domestic conversation to the need for gun control, we should also be seeking to end the massive flow of US weapons to Saudi Arabia that is wreaking such carnage.
Read more
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Bill Blum
Judicial Roadmap for the Supreme Court Veers Right
The “originalist” school of jurisprudence is often at odds with the evolving standards of morality and social justice.
Read more
A recent survey by Lake Research Partners and WPA Intelligence shows that a supermajority of those polled (71%) support the court stepping in to place limits on the practice. Wendy Weiser, Thomas Wolf
Why the Supreme Court Must Strike Down Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering
A ruling from the court that bars extreme partisan gerrymandering would go a long way toward undoing the dysfunction that’s gumming up our legislatures and restoring some basic accountability for our lawmakers.
Read more
Joseph Stiglitz
Déjà Voodoo: Plutocratic Economics from Reagan to Trump
A Trump administration staffed by plutocrats – most of whom gained their wealth from rent-seeking activities, rather than from productive entrepreneurship – could be expected to reward themselves. But the Republicans’ proposed tax reform is a bigger gift to corporations and the ultra-rich than most...
Read more
The corporate state – the autocratic joining of business and government – exerts its influence all the way down to the state and local levels, not just in Washington. It works through boards of education and trustees of colleges and universities, drawing heavily from the business world and its professional servants in such disciplines as law, accounting and engineering. Ralph Nader
How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy
When public institutions are governed by private interests.
Read more
It has been calculated that if the UK’s welfare budget were split among the country’s 50 million adults, each of them would get £5,160 a year. Ellen Brown
How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation
Studies have shown that it would actually be cheaper to distribute funds to the entire population than to run the welfare services governments engage in now.
Read more
Uju Okoye
Nikki Haley’s Trip to Africa Will Be Exercise in Hypocrisy
Trump's aim of "reducing costs at any cost" leaves Africa's myriad hotspots even more vulnerable than they already are
Read more
Shireen Al-Adeimi
Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen
The international community has betrayed Yemenis over and over again.
Read more
The benefits of CHIP are profound, and have a ripple effect. By ensuring adequate care, CHIP eliminates a major factor that keeps children from attending and excelling at school, and thriving in our society. LeeAnn Hall
Millions of Lives at Risk as GOP Lets CHIP Expire
Playing politics with children’s lives.
Read more
Don João Mamede Filho
Three Years for Eternity: A Prayer for Climate Action and the Common Good
In order to fight climate change, we need to unite in action that is collective, global, and shared, involving all strata of society all around the world.
Read more
CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015. (Photo: CODEPINK) Gabe Murphy
To Support Diplomacy with North Korea, Defend Diplomacy with Iran
The Iran agreement is a shining example of what nations can accomplish with patient, open minded dialogue.
Read more
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
 It almost sounds like the newspaper owned by the second-wealthiest person in the world doesn’t want people talking about how much the extremely rich own compared to the rest of us. Jim Naureckas
WaPo Defends Boss Against Sanders’ Charge That He’s Extremely Wealthy
“Since the wealthiest six people own $462.6 billion and the bottom 50 percent own $409 billion, the case is closed, right?”
Read more
In all, the Trump-Ryan plan would cut federal public revenue by $2.4 trillion over ten years, even though taxes will go up for almost 30 percent of people with incomes between $50,000 and $150,000 and, potentially, for many families with incomes below that amount. Julie Chinitz
Let’s Stop the GOP's Biggest Grift of All
Republicans want to clear the path for the plutocrat tax plan by mowing down our essential services.
Read more
Stan Cox, Paul Cox
Before Maria, Forcing Puerto Rico to Pay Its Debt Was Odious. Now It’s Pure Cruelty.
Demanding the cancellation of the island's debt is a matter of human rights.
Read more
The Supreme Court cases came to an unjust conclusion: that the U.S. could rule over certain people without granting them the full constitutional rights enjoyed by their brothers and sisters across the ocean. Gabriela Meléndez Olivera
President Trump’s Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Confirms Second-Class Citizenship
Citizens who reside on the island, do not have the right to vote in presidential elections.
Read more
A scene from Les Cayes, Haiti, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 storm which made landfall in the country on 4 October 2016. (Photo: UN/Logan Abassi/flickr/cc) Mark Schuller
As Trump Visits Puerto Rico, Let’s Remember (and Apply) the Real Lessons from Haiti
To put it quickly: colonialism kills.
Read more
The transfer is from public institutions, in which voters have some say, insofar as democracy is functioning, to private tyrannies -- the corporations that dominate the economy -- in which voters have no say at all. Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
The Trump Presidency (or How to Further Enrich "The Masters of the Universe")
'There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.'
Read more
It is almost impossible to inflict this kind of death toll in such a short time without these types of firearms. Steven Singer
Guns and Profit – Why We’ll Do Absolutely Nothing New After This Las Vegas Shooting
Anything for a buck: for-profit healthcare , privatized education , and gun sales over all.
Read more
Juan Cole
26 Gun murders (equiv. 130) in England vs. *11,004* in US Annually
The US is downright weird compared to civilized Western Europe or Australia.
Read more
Donald Trump and Mike Tyson attend a March of Dimes dinner in New York City in November 1989. Michael Winship
Calling Foul on Donald Trump
The president's attacks on football players and the mayor of San Juan are a poisonous mixture of past resentments and racial hate.
Read more
Monday, October 2, 2017
they’ve chosen this moment to push an outmoded, climate threatening energy policy that will enrich their friends and benefactors and impoverish the world we all live in. Mitch Jones
Republican Tax Cuts Could Be Paved with Fossil Fuel Giveaways
In the wake of climate chaos, the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans are giving new handouts to billionaires and the fossil fuel industry.
Read more
Chris Hedges
The End of Empire
The brutality abroad is matched by a growing brutality at home.
Read more
Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts (right) and US Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (left) in an official photo in 2017. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) David Daley
A Supreme Court Case Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Illegal
Justice Anthony Kennedy could provide the deciding vote in Gill v. Whitford, an upcoming case that looks at gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Oral arguments begin Tuesday.
Read more
We have become a nation that accepts the blood sacrifice of our children as an ineffable part of our constitutional order, one of those things you have to tolerate, like pornography and the occasional acquittal of an unpopular defendant, in order to live in a free society. Charles P. Pierce
If Newtown Wasn't Enough, Why Would Las Vegas Be Enough?
Our leaders are afraid to tolerate limits on Second Amendment "freedoms."
Read more
Mark Weisbrot
If You Want Puerto Rico To Recover, Cancel Its Debt
Once the island has recovered from the hurricane, it needs to wipe away its debt and end its broken political status within the US
Read more
Banning consumer class actions lets financial institutions keep hundreds of millions of dollars that would otherwise go back to harmed consumers—and Wells Fargo seems to have harmed huge numbers of consumers. Heidi Shierholz
Forced Arbitration is Bad For Consumers
Class actions return hundreds of millions in relief to consumers, while forced arbitration pays off big for lawbreakers like Wells Fargo.
Read more
the essential mindset of fandom, which instinctively privileges competition over cooperation, aggression over empathy, and tribal allegiance over communalism. Steve Almond
Donald Trump’s Sporting Spirit
“There cannot be much doubt that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism — that is, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige.”
Read more
 Exxon has over half of its natural gas facilities, half of its developed acreage, the great majority of its productive and development wells, and half of its retail sites in the U.S. but declared $5.8 billion in U.S. losses along with $13.8 billion in foreign profits in 2016. Exxon CLAIMED A CREDIT on its U.S. income tax. Paul Buchheit
Three Insidious Ways 'Overtaxed' Corporations Are Cheating America
Big companies are deceiving us and the media won't report it.
Read more